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I have recently come back to the game through the 4-day re-introduction event, and picked up my character.

I've got my Lancer up to level 30 now, and have Marauder at level 8. So I just have 7 levels of Marauder to go before I can take the Eye of the Dragon quest.

Is it worthwhile me getting my Lancer up to 50 before taking Dragoon? Are there advantages to having a Lv50 Lancer when working on Dragoon? Such as cross-over abilities.

Or do I level up Dragoon and Lancer as separate jobs, just like all the other jobs.

  • You're describing a distinction that does not actually exist. The advanced job has the same level as the class it derives from. – Shadur Apr 19 '17 at 12:43
  • @Shadur So as soon as I unlock Dragoon, I'll be a lv30 Dragoon? Then get all the Lancer and Dragoon skills as I level up? – David Yell Apr 19 '17 at 13:02
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    When you have the Dragoon soulstone equipped you are a Dragoon of the level your lancer is. And when you earn XP as dragoon or lancer you'll earn Lancer XP. – Shadur Apr 19 '17 at 13:05
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In Final Fantasy 14 there are base classes and advancement jobs, your base classes include classes such as arcanist, archer, marauder, and lancer just to name a few. Each of these base classes have a job associated with them, with exception to arcanist which has two, summoner and scholar, that require you to level a second base class to 15 to unlock. When you unlock your job you are leveling up your base class since the only thing that says you are your job is the equipable soul you obtain during the job quest. So this means for the oddity that is arcanist leveling up either scholar or summoner also levels up the other job.

Unlocking your job also unlocks more skills specific to your job that your base class will not unlock. By not taking your job when you first can unlock it you're essentially gimping your character since you will not be able to perform your role as well compared to a character with their job, which might be a great hindrance to your party in dungeons and trials and there are many players who get extremely angry over seeing people with no job in dungeons that are level 30+.

Another advantage of having your job is that at level 45 and 50 you get a free set of level 50 class armor specific to your class, so if you are struggling with gear this is a great freebie.

However there is one tiny advantage to going jobless and that is the cross class skills (which may not be a thing anymore come Stormblood). When you are playing as a base class you are able to use any cross class skill on any base class so if you wanted to throw healing skills on a lancer you could if you wanted.

  • I've accepted this answer, but please could you clarify more the difference between Class and Job, as that was my biggest stumbling block in understanding the system. I didn't realise that you are both, a Lancer class, but Dragoon job. – David Yell Apr 19 '17 at 14:31
  • Your class is your base class, so Arcanist, Rouge, Archer, Lancer, those are what your base classes are. Your jobs are your advancements, like Summoner, Scholar, Ninja, Bard, and Dragoon. Your job level is tied to your base class level since for your job you are just equipping a soul to give you the job abilities. – Ramirez Apr 19 '17 at 14:39
  • @DavidYell It's worth noting that the class system might be going away in the future (not in Stormblood but maybe an expansion after). The game producer isn't happy with it and the confusion it causes and it's more of a legacy holdover. In Heavensward and Stormblood, all the new classes are really just jobs with no base class. And past level 50, you can only get new abilities through your jobs. – Troyen Apr 20 '17 at 4:22
  • As per Stormblood cross-class skills are no longer a thing. – Shadur Aug 3 '17 at 8:28
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For simplicity I'll ignore the extra jobs introduced after Rouge/Ninja in this explaination of classes and jobs.

The class is what you choose by equipping a weapon. Swords for Gladiators, axes for marauders, Books for Arcanists, etc. These are your basic toolkits up to Lv30.

Jobs are unlocked at you get a class to lv30 (henceforth called the "base class"). This allows a specialisation within that class, along with a reasonable stat boost. You use a job ON TOP of the corresponding base class by equipping the corresponding soul crystal.

It's worth noting that as you level a job, the Exp earned goes to the base class, and the job's level IS the base class'. (you should see text like "Earned X Lancer exp points" while playing as a Dragoon)

The main example for this is the Arcanist, as that class has two jobs: Summoner and Scholar. As the player levels a Summoner, what they are in fact doing is leveling the base Arcanist. The upshot of this is if that same player has gotten to Summoner lv50 (thus the Arcanist beneath it is lv50), then goes and unlocks Scholar, the Scholar will start at lv50 as that's what the Arcanist is.

In short, you don't level the Job, you level the class. And as such gain any abilities from both as you level up as a job. So there's no gain from leveling the class separately, and it will in fact make your job harder without the stat boost the soul crystal provides, as well as the extra job skills/traits and unlocked specialised gear.

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    If anyone is curious what the stat boost is, it's +5 to all stats and +10 to your primary. – Troyen Apr 20 '17 at 4:15
  • I was under the impresson it was more than that, but thanks for the clarification – Force Gaia Apr 20 '17 at 7:12

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