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Ascertaining to be an Arcanist? Arrive unto answers with our FFXIV Arcanist Basics Guide & FAQ. As implied, this is for players wanting to know the absolute basics, and answer some of the most common questions regarding ACN.
Likely, one of the main reasons you’re here is either unlocking Arcanist, or wondering about the eventual advanced jobs you can evolve into, Scholar or Summoner.
How to become an Arcanist? Unlocking ACN:
Primarily, you can begin your journey into Eorzea and start the game as an Arcanist – simply choose it as your starting option upon character creation.
If you didn’t start as an ACN, you can unlock the Arcanist class by going to the Arcanist Guild in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks (around 5,11), look out for the quests either “Way of the Arcanist”, or “So you want to be an Arcanist”.
Other unlocking prerequisites? I’m 99% sure you need to complete the Level 10 class quest of your STARTING CLASS if you want to unlock any other new ones.
Why should I play or choose Arcanist?
This question is semi irrelevant as, along with any of the other base classes, the only reason you’re an Arcanist is simply a stepping stone into both Scholar and Summoner. But, I’ll give you a little description of what to expect anyway.
Scholars are a technical shielding / mitigation healer job (which still retains the pet, don’t worry). They’re a type of healer which rewards encounter knowledge and healer duo cohesion more so than its peers. While not known for sheer power, they are hyper efficient and have tools to help any situation.
Summoners are a DoT / Pet based magical DPS job which has been known to have a multi-phase rotation. Their job identity has been the most “fluid” of all, as they’ve been soft reworked quite a bit over the years.
So if either or both of these jobs got you thinking, go get your Arcanist levels dinging! You’ll do well to learn a little more about what you’ll eventually BECOME:
FFXIV Scholar Basics Guide, FFXIV Summoner Basics Guide.
Arcanist Crafters and Gatherers?
I often get asked “What Disciple of Hand or Disciple of Land classes go well with ACN?” Another related question to this is “Should I level them with my Arcanist simultaneously”?
Leveling up your DoH and DoL classes should be thought of as a separate goal all on its own. I suggest leveling up DoH classes all together, and all DoL classes together (except the optional Fishing). Do not try to align your combat class levels to your non-combat levels. Trust me.
My only advice related to this is to never cap your levequests. If you’re at max leve allowances, feel free to spend them on Fieldcraft, Tradecraft, or Battlecraft leves just to uncap ‘em.
What’s the best race for Arcanist?
TLDR: I don’t know a single person who changes race for their main class for stats. The gain is not even .1% from worst to best. My advice? Choose for aesthetics.
If you REALLY wanna do it, check out our FFXIV Racial Stats Guide, which, FAIR WARNING – I am about to recheck and update next week. But honestly, it’s best you don’t even click on that – THE MICROSCOPIC INCREASE IN STATS IS NEAR IRRELEVANT.
Related Arcanist Guides – Read More!
Here are a few useful links for you:
- General Leveling Guide for ALL combat classes / jobs
- Arcanist Leveling Guide
- Scholar Basics Guide & FAQ
- Summoner Basics Guide & FAQ
- Adding new links as we update them!
Upcoming Odds and Ends
Here’s a few things we’ll be adding on here in the near future:
- A small skill list for “human readability”, as the in-game one seems like the best source for EXACT information.
- List of relevant links for Arcanist, and some links for Scholar and/or Summoner.
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Summary & In Closing
Well that’s it for our Arcanist Basics Guide & FAQ. There’s not much to say but these are really basic little guides to help out the budding or confused ACN, and hopefully future SCH and/or SMN! Hopefully we answered a few of your questions.
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