A character's Main Job is the primary job he/she has chosen to use, and which will gain or lose any Experience Points. A Support Job (subjob) is a secondary job, restricted, if applicable, to half the level of the Main Job, which provides access to additional Job Abilities and Job Traits based upon the restricted level of the subjob.
The "Standard Jobs" below are those jobs that are available to all players at the beginning of the game. The "Extra Jobs" are available upon completion of certain quests.
There are six standard jobs that are available to all starting players.
Paladins specialize in close-range combat, just like warriors. However, through long hours of spiritual training, paladins have acquired the ability to cast white magic spells, making them even more valuable on the battlefield.
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To strengthen themselves in battle, not only have these outlaw warriors mastered the ways of numerous weapons, but they have also acquired certain black magic spells to torment their enemies.
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A bright tune to soothe a party's wounds... A brisk march to raise a party's spirits... A forbidden chant to weaken a party's foes... The bards of Vana'diel use music as their weapon.
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By making pacts with the legendary "avatars", these heretic mages have unlocked the secrets to the forbidden magic of Vana'diel to unleash devastating force on their enemies.
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Employing the legendary arts of Aht Urhgan, these formidable fighter-mages employ elegantly curved blades for close combat, while decimating their enemies from afar with fell magic mastered from their opponents.
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Descendants of the dauntless pirates that once scourged the seas of the Near East, corsairs rely on the “Hexagun", a multi-barreled revolver, and elaborate luck-based abilities to alter the stakes of battle.
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These wandering performers entertain crowds and confound their enemies with a customizable puppet known as an "automaton." Puppetmasters can also fall back on hand-to-hand fighting skills that utilize the flexible movements of their art.
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(*= This Job was released with the update which first unlocked Rise of the Zilart content in April 2003, but it does not require possession of the Rise of the Zilart expansion disc to access.)