Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Hands-On with Scholar

A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to sit down with an early build of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers at the media tour. During our time with the upcoming expansion, we had a chance to check out all of the Job changes.

You can find our master post about the media tour, and a list of links to each job here.

This article is based on play of an in-development build of FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers, and content in the final version is subject to change.

Healer Role Actions

Role Actions in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will no longer be selectable. Once players obtain the level of the Role Action, it will be automatically unlocked. Depending on the Role, players will have a different number of actions available to them.

Scholar will have the following Role Actions.

Scholar

Scholar is a Job that I have only dabbled in before. I enjoy non standard healers in MMOs mostly because to me, straight up healing can get pretty boring. With Shadowbringers I wanted to focus on how they added more pure healing to Scholar without diluting its’ niche. But, I am not well versed in how it works at all, so here’s an attempt.

First, new pet! Summon Seraph is the capstone ability at level 80. Similar to Bahamut, Seraph can only stay on the battlefield for 20 seconds. While active, Seraph can use a few actions but I like charge abilities and the tooltips are up there so… Consolation is a charge based action that can be triggered by the Scholar to perform a small heal and barrier to all party members within 20 yalms of Seraph.

One of the more surprising additions for me was the addition of a Regen effect to Sacred Soil. It isn’t as strong as White Mage’s Regen, but it could have quite a bit of uptime over the fight  while only using one stack of aetherflow and most likely being affected by all of the healing magic buffs and critical chance that Scholar is known for.

The last addition I want to talk about is Recitation, which is a 90 second cooldown that gives the Scholar one free critical Adloquium, Succor, Indomitability or Excogitation. Which could really save the day in so many different ways. It is always interesting to me to see abilities that can give the player a moment of glory like that.