Final Fantasy XIV is an expansive MMO that lets players take control of over a dozen combat classes. Keeping track of them can be complicated, with so many to choose from. Thankfully, you don’t have to.
There are currently 20 playable combat classes in Final Fantasy XIV. FFXIV classes break down by role. There are Tanks, Healers, and DPS classes, each with its purpose in parties. You’ll find each class below and a brief description of their role in parties.
Final Fantasy XIV Tanks
As a Tank in Final Fantasy XIV, your job is to draw the enemy’s attention. Though you won’t deal the most damage, you’re what stands between your teammates and death. Shield your allies from damage with various defensive techniques.
- Dark Knight
Final Fantasy XIV Healers
Healers focus on keeping teammates alive. Healers can still attack, but offense is a last resort for these support players. If resurrections and healing spells are more your speed, you may feel at home with the following options.
- White Mage*
Final Fantasy XIV DPS
Because the DPS class is the largest in Final Fantasy, the classes are separated by subsets. You can see each DPS type below.
Melee DPS gets up close with enemies to deal damage. Unlike the other DPS classes, there’s nothing standing between them and the enemy. These fighters are especially skilled at quick, successive attacks on opponents.
Physical Ranged DPS
Physical Ranged DPS use weapons with range to damage foes. This DPS sect is especially adept at inflicting sustained damage but can also support allies with various abilities. If you want versatility with your DPS class, consider these fighters.
Magical Ranged DPS
The masters of the mystic arts use magic from a distance in battle. Mages in Final Fantasy XIV are particularly powerful when they get some room to cast spells. Magical Ranged DPS is the subset for you if you like summons, explosions, or flashy outfits.
- Black Mage
- Red Mage
- Blue Mage (Limited Job)
There are plenty of options to choose from in Final Fantasy XIV. Because characters can swap classes on the fly, you can try all these combat classes on the same character. Experiment with each type and see what fits your playstyle best.
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