Hello fairy abusers! If you’re wondering how to squeeze every drop of value from your Scholar – look no further! Welcome to our Scholar BiS guide for Heavensward! Let me preface this guide by saying thanks to our resident Scholar Giggly Giggles! The SS option was made by me, and should be taken with a WHM bias PoV, haha.
Quick stat summary: CRIT > PIE > SS =?= DET
For the sake of “interchangeable filler slots”, Savants <-> Gordian serve as natural replacements to each other (May or may not be discussed within guide, but take that as an ‘unspoken truth’).
|SCH Slot||BiS - Crit > Det||BiS - CRIT > SS||Accuracy|
|Head||Savants Top Hat||<- same||Impractical|
|Body||Savants Overcoat||Gordian Gown of Healing||Astral Silk Doublet of Healing|
|Gloves||Gordian Gloves of Healing||<- same||Impractical|
|Belt||Gordian Belt of Healing||<- same||Griffin Leather Corset of Healing|
|Legs||Gordian Brayettes of Healing||<- same||Impractical|
|Boots||Savants Boots||<- same||Griffin Leather Boots of Healing|
|Neck||Fabled Necklace of Healing||<- same||Citrine Choker of Healing|
|Earrings||Gordian Earrings of Healing||<- same||Your choice...|
|Bracelet||Fabled Bracelet of Healing||<- same||Your choice...|
|Ring||Fabled Ring of Healing||<- same||Chrysolite Ring of Healing|
|Ring||Gordian Ring of Healing||<- same||Your choice...|
|Food (Any)||Baked Pipira Pira||Hot Chocolate||Baked Pipira Pira|
Accuracy Column: Here are the melds for the pieces specified above:
Chest: with 5x ACC IV’s | Belt: with ACC IV x 3 – PIE IV x 2 | Boots: can cap ACC with ACC IV x 4 – ACC III
Ring (or any accessories you may want): can have 2 possible melds: (Fits 24 ACC/CRIT, 20 PIE)
- VIT IV – VIT IV – VIT IV – ACC IV – ACC IV
- VIT IV – VIT IV – ACC IV – ACC IV – ACC III.
More general melding notes below. Technically you can fit ACC in ALL PIECES, should you wish. Don’t go too crazy, though… there’s an absolute max ACC melding of 20 x ACC IV or melds that total +180 ACC. It isn’t very efficient or cheap, but if you’re hell bent on never missing…
Right now, SS is making a bit of a comeback for SCH, so there is a bit of a split when it comes to the stat choice. While I’m part of the SS camp, Giggles is still in the DET camp. Admittedly, DET is still the most stable choice. So for the intents of this BiS, if you happen to be in the SS camp, there is a table of adjustments for that. Here’s a short summary of our thoughts…
Giggly Giggles (DET): SS pretty much equals DET in terms of dot damage now. But the pet scaling and heals are what inches me to towards DET more. It’s effects are always ‘on’ no matter the circumstance.
Mahiko San (SS): I like the reduced GCD, and a noticeable difference in the +SS proc. The high eventual crit on either set allows for quite an uptime for it, but admittedly it’s hard to maximize the proc at all times. DET is ultimately the more consistent stat.
In the end, CRIT is still king for both choices, and the BiS boils down to a difference of TWO items, so it’s not a pain to try both.
Weapon: Don’t worry about which one is BiS for you or not. 99% of the SCH’s out there SHOULD go and buy Elements.
ESO and Gordian chest both aren’t ideal: If you can, invest in the third table entry. The crafted chest is really really good. If I were to personally choose, I’d shoot for the Gordian while wearing the crafted. Saves ESO and a Twine.
For non-chest body pieces, there’s a clear winner for SCH’s. A non-crit and crit variant is present on each slot.
A1S Pages: Ring > Earrings > Any filler piece for item level.
A2S Pages: Glove > Belt > 3x Gobcoat > Boots (Filler)
A3S Pages: Legs > 3x Gobtwine > Head (Filler)
A4S Pages: Gobdip (If elements) > Weapon > Shirt (Filler/SS Build)
“What should I buy first with Esoterics for my SCH!?” If I was given a gil for every time I was asked…
- Weapon: Elements May not be everyone’s BiS, but massive value as you DPS, too.
- Head: Value stats, cheap, and Gordian filler drops from A3.
- Bracelets: A strange choice, but super value in terms of stats, since 180/190 suck.
- Chest: Skip it if you have crafted. HP reqs aren’t so heavy this time around.
- Neck: The last decent accessory you can buy.
- Ring: “OPTIONAL”, go crafted especially for SCH.
- EVERYTHING ELSE IS NON-BiS: Buy it if you need more “power”.
You can move bracelets down to after chest/head if you’re having problems with survivability (Which is primarily the SCHOLAR RESPONSIBILITY so get good, son!!!!)
Fabled Ring of Healing: Isn’t that good. If you need a VIT accessory, this little guy is the first to go. Here’s how I would meld…
Chrysolite Ring of Healing: VIT IV, VIT IV, CRIT IV, CRIT IV, CRIT III (CRIT to ACC if wanted)
Alternatively (for this and other accessories) VIT IV, VIT IV, VIT IV, FREE FREE.
FREE Melds: ACC (if desired) CRIT > PIE > VIT II > Anything else.
SCH Crafted 180 Left: Melding and notes
Let me remind you I value CRIT and PIE much higher than any of the other stats. ANY MELD can be substituted for Accuracy if you so wish.
Aurum Regis Crown of Healing: CRIT IV x 4 – PIE IV
Terrible. CRIT – PIE – ACC are what you want and this would only give one of them.
Astral Silk Doublet of Healing: CRIT IV – CRIT IV – ACC IV x 3
AMAZING. I’d buy this ASAP. Promeld: ACC IV x 5.
Astral Silk Gloves of Healing: CRIT IV x 4 – PIE IV
Not so bad ‘caps’ crit and piety but no space for anything else.
Griffin Leather Corset of Healing: PIETY IV x 5.
A great piece. Promeld: ACC IV x 3 – PIE IV x 2.
Astral Silk Bottoms of Healing: CRIT IV x 5
Ehhh… No crit on it. So if you want ACC this isn’t the place you’d look.
Griffin Leather Boots of Healing: Piety IV x 4 – CRIT IV
Zero PIETY is a risk if you choose to go with Promeld: ACC IV x 4 – ACC III
I wont discuss melded gear on SCH just yet (due to the ordering and the existence of easily obtainable filler 190 gear, versus the currently brutally expensive 180 crafted). Will update once im done with all BiS.
Good luck gearing your SCH for 3.0!!! Thanks for reading our Scholar best in slot guide! I hope it helps! For more FFXIV updates, Like us on Facebook! Ask us anything on Twitter! Check us out on YouTube and Twitch!