Everyone and their mother had Bard leveled in Final Fantasy XI. It was one of the most sought-after support classes in the game. It felt like there were thousands of songs in Final Fantasy XI because of how many bards needed to utilize in any given situation (but let’s be real, we only used the same four songs in leveling parties while watching Netflix).
Bards In Final Fantasy XI Were True Support Classes
Bards needed to have a number of subjobs in order to be truly versatile from ninja to white mage. However, in most situations, bards simply threw up a couple of songs and watched everyone else do the work, but would that work in Square Enix’s other MMO? Can FFXIV ever have true support classes?
Bards In Final Fantasy XIV Are Archers
When Final Fantasy XIV: ARR was released (we pretend 1.0 doesn’t exist for our own sanity), many bards from FFXI flocked to Final Fantasy XIV expecting to sip on some tea, watch Netflix, and push two macros. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Every DPS in FFXIV is a DPS and nothing more. They might have party utility, but they all need to have the word “uptime” so ingrained into their brain that it ruins their lives.
It’s almost to the point where the word uptime optimization is almost a personality trait.
It’s not the fault of the players so obsessed with numbers as the reason why a true support class in FFXIV wouldn’t work. Some suggest adding an additional slot to the current party limits to accommodate a true support class.
A class that doesn’t need to worry about how much damage they’re doing, but focusing instead of buffing the party. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the current battle system will accommodate a true support class.
Do you think FFXIV will ever get a true support class? Do you have any ideas on how they could implement it? Comment below.