Final Fantasy XIV’s Astrologian

In Final Fantasy XIV, players can choose a job type, one of which is the Astrologian, who uses the stars as a guide to wield a new form of magick.

Overview

Final Fantasy XIV is a popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). It was launched globally for PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows in August 2013, as a successor to the unsuccessful 2010 version of the game. It was later released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and the Mac operating system.

The game is set in the fictional world of Eorzea, five years after the events of the original 2010 release. At the end of the original game, the primal dragon Bahamut escapes from its lunar prison to commence the Seventh Umbral Calamity, an apocalyptic event that destroys most of Eorzea.

Thanks to the gods’ blessing, the players escaped the devastation by time traveling five years into the future. As Eorzea rebuilds and recovers, players must face the impending threat of invasion by the Garlean Empire from the north.

Final Fantasy XIV features a continuous world in which players are able to interact with the environment and with other players. The game invites players to customize and create a digital character to enter the world. Players are able to choose a name, gender, race, starting class and facial features. Unlike the original game, players may only choose to be a Disciple of War or Disciple of Magic. It is important to note that the Disciples of the Land and Hand are initially locked.

In the game, players can participate in multiple activities. However, it is advised that they first follow the main quests before participating in other adventures. They are then able to complete various side quests, class and job quests.

Once players have reached a certain level, they will be able to take on the Disciple of Land or Disciples of Hands jobs. Disciples of the Land are the harvesters, so they collect materials from the lands of Eorzea. The resources are then taken to be used by the Disciples of the Hand.

The Disciples of the Hand have the ability to use materials to craft new objects. It is believed that they are the backbone of the Eorzean economy. It is important to note that classes within this discipline do not participate in battle. Instead, they earn their levels by crafting various new items.

The game features various jobs for players to choose from. It is important to note that each job has its own unique skills and abilities. The following table indicates the job types for tank, healer and damage dealers:

Tank Healers Melee damage dealers Physical ranged Magical ranged
Gunbreaker Astrologian Ninja Bard Blue Mage
Dark Knight Scholar Dragoon Dancer Summoner
Warrior White Mage Samurai Machinist Red Mage
Paladin Monk Black Mage

It is recommended that players carefully consider their job type, as each job type has a specific role. Players can thus not take on the role of a tank with a physical ranged damage dealer job type.

Astrologian

As mentioned above, the Astrologian forms part of the healer category. The official job description reveals that ever has man coveted knowledge but none more so than that of his fate. Thus, did he labour to aster the skill of foresight, however, initial efforts bore little fruit.

That is, until men looked to the stars above, which foretell the coming seasons. Subsequently, men learned to read the heavens. Though this talent is known today as astrology, the residents of Sharlavan saw it fit to not only read the stars, but to write their movements as well. By adjusting their aetherial energies to that of constellations, they learned to wield magicks. Subsequently, astromancy was born. It is a new form of magick, which grants its users power over fate. Employing a star globe, and divining deck in their supernatural gifts, fortune always smiles upon the masters of arcana.

Abilities

It is important to note that the Astrologian has different abilities for player-versus-environment (PvE) and player-versus-player. The following table indicates the name and a description for some of the PvE abilities:

Name of PvE ability Description of PvE abiltiy
Combust The ability deals unexpected damage over time. The duration is 18 seconds while the potency is 40.
Divination It increases damage dealt by the Astrologion. Additionally, it increases the damage dealt by nearby party members.
Celestial Opposition This ability allows the Astrologian to restore his own, and his party members’ health points.
Earthly Star It deploys an Earthly Star in the designated area. This grants the effect of the Earthly Dominance.
Collective Unconscious The ability creates a celestial ring around the Astrologian.

While the following table indicates the name and a description of some PvP abilities:

Name of PvP ability Description of PvP ability
Helios It restores Astrologian and all nearby party member’s health.
Malefic IV The ability deals unexpected damage with a potency of 1200.
Celestial Opposition It removes all regeneration and barrier effects from nearby enemies.
Minor Arcana This ability draws either Lord of Crowns, or Lady of Crowns. It is important to note that it shares a recast timer.
Neutral Sect It reduces spell cast time and recast time by 10 percent.

Important aspects

In addition to the above-mentioned abilities, Astrologians also feature Arcana abilities, common actions, role actions and various traits. Players should thus pay attention to these when creating or playing with an Astrologian.

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