Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail Hands-On with Scholar

6 Jun 2024

Last month we had a chance to play a preview build of Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail as part of the North American Media Tour. During our hands-on time, we were able to experience many of the Job changes that are in the works. For the Jobs that we weren’t able to personally get hands-on with, we still had an opportunity to look into the changes that will be coming when Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail arrives on July 2 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, Mac, Windows, and Steam.

You can see all of the Scholar changes, along with our thoughts below. Additionally, you can view the upcoming changes on our wiki by clicking on the Dawntrail tab on the Scholar Job page.

You can also find more coverage of the Dawntrail Media Tour here.

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

Heya Scholars. The last time we had an incoming expansion, most of the hot takes about your Job were about how dumb that Expedient thing is. Well, be careful who you make fun of at level 90, because Scholar definitely gets a glow up this time around. At least in the “Oooh… Shiny!” department. We’ll get to it in due time.

At level 92 you get a brand-new DoT. Chain Stratagem now grants the Impact Imminent status which is used to cast the AoE oGCD- Baneful Impaction. This deals some damage up front, but also inflicts all enemies hit with a very strong DoT for 15 seconds that ticks for close to double the damage of a Biolysis tick. And it has “Bane” in the name, which is nice. Ignore the fact that you can only gain access to it once every two-minutes. That isn’t too much of an issue as you’d want to get this out under buffs anyway. Though it would be spicy to let you have access to this with uptime over an entire fight.

Every healer gets an upgrade to Swiftcast at level 94. This reduces its’ cooldown from 60 to 40 seconds. Hey, more Swiftcast is great in all scenarios. Next, Succor is upgraded to Concitation at level 96. This is just a straight-up upgrade to the original spell in a hard to spot way. Concitation has an increased shield potency multiplier over Succor, 160% versus 180%. That gives it the same multiplier as Adloquium without the critical Galvanize effect. So yeah, better shield, that’s about it. Recitation becomes a 60 second cooldown down from 90 seconds at level 98. That’s going to help get those giant shields out when you need them.

Now it is time to dig into your capstone Enshroud but make it holy- Seraphism. There is a lot going on with this so let’s start with the tooltip. Seraphism has a cooldown of 180 seconds and when you use it, you’ll give all your party members within 50 yalms a small regen for 20 seconds. Also, the cooldown of Emergency Tactics will be reset, and its’ recast will be set to 1 second, giving you a way to really push out Pure healing during it if you choose to. Of course, that’s not the main feature of the ability as it also changes a couple of your spells into other spells. Adloquium becomes Manifestation, an instant cast, 20% stronger version of the original. Concitation (the upgraded Succor) becomes Accession with the same boost to potency. I mention the percentage boost because the last bit of the tooltip makes it known that you cannot stack this effect with Dissipation. Your faerie must be summoned, to use this ability. I know there were some questions about that in the community and there we are. But as you can see, this cooldown will give you some amazing shields, but can be repurposed into great direct healing with Emergency Tactics, which it ensures you’ll have.

So, all in all, Scholar is just Scholar with better access to triage tools. These all seem like welcome additions, but I know there will be some out there who would have liked to see more damage focused upgrades. While there are some potency boosts for Broil and Biolysis at level 94, you only got your one new DPS button every two-minutes. We’ll see if this trend of giving more mitigation to tanks and the expansion of all healer’s toolkits lead to more engaging healing to make up for that.

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