Final Fantasy XIV launches Blue Mage into the spotlight today

    
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It’s time to say the words that everyone in a party wants to hear in Final Fantasy XIV: “Don’t kill this guy yet, wait for him to use the right attack.” Yes, Blue Mage is now enabled in FFXIV, allowing players to explore the first limited job, a solo-based job focused around collecting a variety of different abilities to use in all sorts of content. That includes a specialized mage tank stance, the ability to launch a disgusting burp, and blowing yourself up.

These are more useful than they sound.

Players excited to try the job out on their characters should potentially take a look at a community-made guide to learning all of the different spells from the easiest possible targets, although several abilities can be earned from multiple sources. Or, if you’d rather, just head out there and hunt things down on your own! You can also check out our own Chris Neal giving Blue Mage a twirl later today at 11:00 a.m. EDT right on our usual streaming page.

Source: Square-Enix press release
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Sorenthaz

I toyed around with it a little bit before I had to go to work. Seems fun/interesting though the amount of people rushing to level it and not understanding you need to witness the abilities is a bit of a turnoff. Looking forward to playing with it further when I can. I love that they actually included super powerful spells that involve killing yourself to dish out potency 1000+.

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Sorenthaz

It’s not a “solo-based” job though when a good number of its stuff requires group content.

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For people who are struggling with leveling Blue – use high-level class to attack the high-level enemies then quickly switch to Blue for XP, something like this:

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WrathOfMogg

OK, people told me I couldn’t judge the job until I’ve tried it. Well, I tried it. Currently level 10 with six abilities. The job is fun, and just as I predicted, this makes me even more angry about the limited job design.

I want this to be a real job. I’m OK with losing some of the crazier abilities (or limiting them to solo play/carnival stuff) in order to play this as a real job.

I would main BLU if it was a real job. I’m sad and frustrated that I can’t.

Please, Square, dump this “limited job” nonsense. It’s OK if it takes another year or two, but find a way to make BLU a real job.

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cursedseishi

Fun concept, but unfortunately the rush of people… well, rushing to grab the class is killing it. Between me and a friend, it’s looking like 90% of the people grabbing the class are ignoring the ‘needs to use skill’ requirement and are just killing things en mass. Not bad for some monsters like Goblins and Bats, since they use their skills reliably. But anything like the Toads for sticky tongue? Or bombs and bees for detonate and final sting? Skills that don’t exactly pop up all the time or can go off before they die?

Nope. Ignore that, just kill them all. Spent almost 3 level ups worth early on just trying to learn Sticky Tongue, only to have a bunch of idiots spamming Bomb Toss everywhere to try and grab aggro and get the final hit on the low level toads in Lower La Nosca. Good thing the fate there also spawns toads who can use the skill, managed to learn it after one of them snagged me with it. And thank god it was a first try learn.

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Sorenthaz

Sticky Tongue was the first I grabbed. I just used water bolt or w/e on the level 2 frogs that spawn in the FATE and they tend to engage by tonguing you.

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cursedseishi

I actually went off and learned Blood Drain and Bomb Toss first, since both skills are much more commonly used. I’d try and keep aggro on regular toads and the Fate toads you mentioned, but like I said especially by the spawn point you had people spamming everything they could. The one I finally learned it from I had aggroed by random chance near the fate’s edge and it pulled me in.

Self Destruct on the other hand? Even worse… We had a lvl 50+ Whitemage spamming Holy near spawn points as well as casting high-level Aero on everything outside of the Copperbell Mines to keep others from even leveling their class.

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Tobasco da Gama

I love this class concept, but I just didn’t get into the little bit of FFXIV that I tried. Are there any other games (not even necessarily MMOs) outside of the various Finals Fantasy that have Blue Mage-like characters?

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Kevin Flanagan

Sadly it’s not around any longer, but I would have suggested playing Rogue in Marvel Heroes. She was pretty unique, and lent itself to lots of buildtypes.

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ihatevnecks

People got 50 within about 20 minutes of launch lol. Also so many trolls (or just idiots ignoring explanations) in places where you can’t just dps the mob down, like the bombs.