How do I become a Summoner?
You need to have a level 30 Arcanist to unlock Summoner, just like Scholar. You also need to complete the MSq “Sylph-management” before the Summoner quest can be unlocked in the Arcanist’s Guild in Limsa Lominsa. Once you’re done with these requirements, you will be rewarded with the “Soul of the Summoner” crystal (in your armory chest). Equip it asap to upgrade your ARC to SMN.
What’s the Summoner playstyle?
As a ranged magical DPS class, Summoners deal tons of Damage Over Time. Maximizing Summoner DPS revolves around packing the biggest punch you can with Fester. Having all three of your DoT’s up (Bio, Bio II and Miasma) makes Fester stronger. Being a Summoner unlocks an offensive pet. While having 100% DoT uptime and having Fester off-cooldown is a must for max DPS; don’t forget about managing your other sources of Damage. The combo of Rouse+Spur should be used as often as possible!
Summoners have some pretty awesome utility skills in the form of Tri-Distater (AoE CC), and Enkindle – which brings out your pet’s “ultimate”.
What are good Summoner stats?
Like Black Mages, Summoners benefit highly from INT. You will want as much of it as you can stack. Like any caster, PIE is okay, but less so in Summoners case due to Aetherflow. VIT is always good for taking more hits.
As for Summoner secondary stats, Spell Speed seems useless (A lot of your damage is DoT’s), so you’re going to want either Critical Strike or Determination to increase your maximum damage output.
What are the Summoner Traits?
|Level Unlocks||Trait||Practical Description|
|6||Aetherdam||… + 1 Aetherflow|
|20||Enhanced Intelligence||… +8 Intelligence|
|20||Maim and Mend||Increases damage and HP of self and pet|
|20||Aetherdam II||… + 2 Aetherflows|
|26||Corruption Mastery||Upgrades Bio to Bio II|
|40||Enhanced Intelligence II||Increase Intelligence|
|40||Maim and Mend II||Replaces Maim and Mend|
|40||Aetherdam III||…. + 3 Aetherflows|
|60||Enhanced Intelligence III||Increases intelligence|
|66||Corruption Mastery II|
|70||Enhanced Dreadwyrm Trance|
What are the Summoner Skills?
Aside from the skills below, you may use any skill you’ve learned as an Arcanist.
|Name||Level||Cast||Recast||Cost||Range||Radius||Type / Affinity|
|Summons an attacker-type pet to fight at your side.|
|Cause wounds inflicted by Bio, Bio II and Miasma to fester, dealing damage with potency 100 for each effect.|
Can only be used when the original spells were cast by you, and under the effect of Aetherflow.
|Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 30 to target and all targets nearby it.|
Additional Effect: Bind
|Increases a pets physical and magical attack power by 40%.|
|Commands pet to use its signature attack.|
How many role actions can I use?
When choosing advanced job, the amount of role actions you may equip decrease to a total of 5 (as compared to 10). Read our Caster DPS Role Actions Guide on what to use.
Do I have to level up Summoner separately?
No, your EXP in Summoner rises as you level up your Arcanist class.
Any other Summoner Guides and Resources?
As we learn more about each job, we will be linking useful guides in each Job page, as well as our community discussion on the Job.