Final Fantasy 14 underwent a massive overhaul with the release of Shadowbringers. The third expansion isn’t just about new story and zones, either! Basically all of the FF14 classes got sweeping changes to how they play and what they can do. It’s… overwhelming really. What do you do when a Job you’ve played for years suddenly changes out from under you? Well, in our case, we’ve decided to write guides to every class! That’s right. And now we’ve come to guide to the Scholar Job in FF14, as of Shadowbringers. Read on for all the sparkling details!
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FF14 Jobs are all going through some major changes in Shadowbringers. The new expansion includes major reworks across the board, as well as two entirely new classes: Dancer and Gunbreaker. Between these additions and another massive payload of story content, Shadowbringers almost makes FF14 feel like an entirely new game. And that’s exactly why you might need help picking your new main Job or Jobs this time around. We’re here to help with another FF14 Job guide — this time for the shield-happy Scholar.
Scholar Role – FF14 Shadowbringers Guide
The Scholar is a healer FF14. Although it’s very unique in that small pool of classes. For one, it’s a “pet class” — reliant on fairies that it can summon to do much of its healing. And unlike the White Mage, you can’t start the game as a Scholar or its equivalent low-level class. You must instead start as the DPS role called Arcanist. Then, at level 30, that class unlocks two new Jobs: the Summoner and the Scholar. The Summoner continues down the path of damage-dealing. Whereas the Scholar is a healer with a focus on shielding allies.
Less directly, the Scholar also benefits from just how uncommon healers are in FF14. Healers very often receive the “Hero in Need” XP and gil bonuses by participating in daily roulettes — except oftentimes in Alliance Raids. This makes the Scholar (and any other healer for that matter) somewhat easier to level up than DPS Jobs and even tanks in Final Fantasy. On the downside, they can be a bit more stressful to play than damage Jobs.
Scholar Rework – FF14 Shadowbringers Guide
The Scholar received some quite serious changes with Shadowbringers. One of the most obvious is that both Summoner and Scholar pets can no longer be targeted by enemies or allies. That introduced a couple of minor inconveniences, but mostly just means you don’t have to micromanage your fairies as much. That should make things a bit simpler now.
Speaking of which, the Scholar suffered a serious case of ability bloat before this latest expansion. Square Enix has “solved” that issue by removing, or otherwise combining a ton of Scholar skills. Many of these were offensive skills. As such, the Scholar mostly retains its “identity” as the healer all about erecting barriers. The Astrologian can also shield allies, but Scholar does it better (which is partly why most players run Astrologian with its health regen abilities).
The simplification still doesn’t end there, though. Previously, the Scholar could summon one of two different fairies at a time. Each sprite had different abilities — adding to overall customization, but also complexity. Now you can still summon two different fairies. However, the difference is purely aesthetic. Both pets have exactly the same skills as each other. Although you can now summon a “super fairy,” called Seraph, for 20 seconds. It still doesn’t truly replace your basic companions, but it does have unique (and powerful) healing skills.
As previously mentioned, though, that Job identity remains. Most of the additional Scholar skills focus on healing allies through your pets, protecting them with shields while you heal them, and just generally keeping the party alive. You can see a full list of all the FF14 Scholar changes in Shadowbringers right here.
Scholar Tips – FF14 Shadowbringers Guide
- Treat your allies like children. The Scholar lacks the raw healing power of the White Mage in FF14. The Job makes up for this with barriers that typically trigger whenever you heal someone. Adloquium, for instance, actually provides up to two shields with as much or more potency than the skill’s initial heal! This makes the Scholar especially good at keeping screw-ups alive. Allies that don’t know a particular boss fight will inevitably stand in area of effect attacks that they shouldn’t. Shields help mitigate this — while also dampening tankbusters and other unavoidable hits. This also makes the Scholar great in raids, where mechanics get more complex.
- Art of War isn’t so bad anymore. Shadowbringers boiled down a lot of Scholar DPS into this skill: a light AoE blast. It wasn’t a great trade at first… Art of War simply cost too much mana to make it very useful for helping to clear adds in dungeons. The first post-expansion patch changed all that, and made Art of War a far less taxing ability. Feel free to spam it here and there!
- You are situational. The Scholar simply isn’t the most universally useful healer in FF14. Normal, group content in Shadowbringers tends to deal higher damage than earlier stuff. But that’s a minuscule number of dungeons and raids by comparison. As such, the Scholar offers proactive play that… you just don’t need for much of the game. The high damage of a White Mage, or the buffs from Astrologian, are more useful to speed through old content. The Scholar is still viable in everything, of course, but remains best in up-to-date endgame content.
How to Unlock the Scholar Job – FF14 Shadowbringers Guide
There are two ways to unlock the Scholar in FF14. The first is to simply start the game as the Arcanist class. This is the level 1-29 equivalent of the Summoner — but shares a level with both the Summoner and the Scholar. So when you reach level 30 as an Arcanist, you actually get access to two new Jobs.
On the other hand, if you’ve already started FF14 and want to switch, you just have to find the class in the world. Simply head to the Arcanist Guild in Limsa Lominsa. Speak to the attendant there to begin the quest that will put you on the path of the Scholar Job. You will still need to begin at level one and work your way up, however.
That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for taking the time to read our guide to the Scholar in FF14: Shadowbringers. We hope it helps you master this situational healer Job to the best of your ability. Until then, good luck learning the new reworks, abilities, and intricacies of the Scholar going forward.