With the launch of the Heavensward expansion for FFXIV details of the new jobs have become available on wikis. As announced the jobs of Astrologian, Dark Knight and Machinist have no base class, but like previous classes they do have cross-class skills taken from a secondary and tertiary class.
That’s a pretty mixed-up bunch from my perspective, I certainly got my predictions rather wrong!
Astrologian thus seems to be combining the healer magic of the Conjurer with the elemental damage of the Thaumaturge. Some of the job’s mechanics allow it to alternate between the Conjurer versus Scholar healing styles yet Arcanist isn’t a cross-class here.
Dark Knight ‘double-dips’ on the tanking abilities of the Gladiator and the Marauder – the two tanking base classes of the game. The Dark Knight actually follows the usual tanking-job patterns since both Warrior and Paladin can take elements from the other tanking base class. Dark Knight having its own abilities plus access to some of Warrior and Paladin makes it sound, to me at least, as though it may be a little over-powered though.
Machinist mixes the same class elements as the Bard with Archer (as secondary not primary class) and Lancer (as tertiary). The Machinist sticks close to the Bard formula with only a dose of Pugilist missing, lacking any hint of Arcanist (for the summoning of turret flavour).
The game has moved away from the class->job progression now so the cross classes were probably selected to fill certain ability gaps rather than to provide a specific, flavour-oriented, element.
Once I eventually get to level 50 and have all the Main Scenario quests done I’ll probably be looking at unlocking Machinist to give that a whirl. It’ll be complementary to my Bard main job from a gear and cross-class perspective. I’ll be interested in whether it offers any variation in gameplay though.
The game is certainly full, as you would expect, with players leveling the three new jobs. So far Dark Knights seem the most common just from my random observations, followed by Machinists. Sadly I haven’t yet seen an Astrologian in action but then I have a Scholar with me in all dungeons/guildhests etc so until we reach the larger group content that’s not going to happen…