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Aside from the obvious answer of "effectively use skills while in that particular job", but I also notice that when new jobs come available the characters that can change into them already have some JP accrued.

I'm trying to maximize JP gain while minimizing XP gain so that I won't have to deal with level 60 random encounters while training a newly recruited level 3 squire. (And yes, I already know about the double JP ability as well as the trick of having a throwaway thief steal XP)...

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Is the iOS tag neccasary? is this version any different from the PSP game? –  JohnoBoy Jul 12 '12 at 8:26
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or PSX game? (get off my lawn!) –  Shaderach Jul 12 '12 at 9:11
    
There are definite differences between the PSP and PSX versions, but final-fantasy-tactics-war-of-the-lions isn't an accepted tag. –  Shadur Jul 12 '12 at 10:21
    
This post might be helpful, slightly related: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/121568/… –  Shelby115 Oct 22 at 14:42

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So, just a couple of baseline definitions. JP gain is static. It can increase as job level and character level increase, but the amount per action is always the same regardless of the action as long as it was successful. XP gain is based upon level difference between the character acting and its target. Acting upon a character of equal level grants you 10xp. Acting on a character lower level than you will decrease that amount.

Another fun fact is that all members of the team gain 1/3rd of the JP of another character's actions. So if a Black Mage does an action and gains 30JP, all the other characters get the JP Spillover amount of 10JP.

So from this information I believe you have two options aside from the throwaway thief.

  • Get your characters to around level 20 very early on in the game (I am talking after the first story line mission). Then prep for a long battle to raise as much JP as is needed to master a class for the next storyline mission. The enemies in the story do not scale with your level like random encounters. You can use beneficial abilities on your enemies so you do not kill them but gain just a minimal amount of XP per action

  • Your other option is to do nothing with your character. Put into the group the classes you want to raise. Protect the person whom you want to raise the skills of and then have that character do nothing. Have the others do the simple Double JP + Fundamentals->Focus abilities to gain max JP every time and let the other character gain 33% of that XP. Now granted this will slow your JP gain down to 1/3rd per other team member in the match, but the XP increase is 0 for a character that does nothing but wait.

I honestly think the XP thief is probably the best way to go, but these are the two options I am aware of that may get you what you need as well.

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Yeah, but Ramza's Tailwind and Steel abilities are just so damn useful I can't honestly justify doing nothing... Hmm. Disable his counterattack abilities, then once we're down to one critically injured enemy, surround him with the other four and take turns punching/healing him... –  Shadur Jul 12 '12 at 8:44
    
Also, so skills from your secondary set accrue JP for your current job rather than the one they belong to? Okay, gotcha. Thanks. –  Shadur Jul 12 '12 at 12:48
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@Shadur that is indeed the case. Except for the spillover your JP are for your active class regardless of the skill used. –  James Jul 12 '12 at 15:00

You can also use the arithmatician job to move and get jp. Get into a battle and make sure there is a yellow chocobo and make sure it is the last enemy on the field then set everyone to coward

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