Arcanist is a great way to start if you want the ease of soloing content, taking it to summoner after. You will have a pet that can tank for you and one of your skills heals it over time.
Arcanist is the best FFXIV class for solo players. I recommend the Arcanist for beginners. You have a Partner at the beginning who fights by your side and you learn as a damage class also to heal spells. Further, you are leveling two Jobs at the same time later, the scholar (healer) and summoner (damage dealer).
Before the advent of Red Mage, Summoner was said to be the most solo-friendly DPS due to the pet. And Summoner does technically have a heal, though it sucks. But the reason why Summoner has a heal is that it shares levels and some actions with Scholar - both are Arcanist as the base class, so leveling Summoner also levels up Scholar simultaneously. The gear is different, but the levels are shared. This means that if you do need a faster queue pop, you CAN be a healer for group content, and it means that if you run into something where your Summoner isn't soloing it so well for whatever reason, you could try going in as the Scholar instead. Granted, the question is whether you like the Scholar or Summoner playstyles. It is a pet class, some people like that, others do not, and Summoners are said to have had a very finicky rotation and are hard to optimize at a high level of play. I have no experience with this myself, but that is what Summoner's main friends have told me. Though if you're running solo, you probably don't NEED to be fully efficient with your Summoner gameplay, so the 'Summoner is hard lol' aspect may not even be relevant.
Level Arcanist. You get both scholar and summoner for the price of one. If you need to queue for dungeons, play as a scholar. If you would like to do fates, play as a summoner and summon titan-egi. You just have to get gear for either job but your leveling is the same for both.
|Class||Class Code||Disciple of||Role||Starting City||Weapons||Armor||Job||Job Code|
|Arcanist||ACN||Magic||Ranged Magical DPS||Limsa Lominsa||Books||Cloth|| Summoner
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The Arcanist’s Guild is in the Marine City of Limsa Lominsa. If you choose arcanist as your first class, you will start off in the city of Limsa Lominsa. At level 30, arcanists may specialize into either summoner or scholar.
The arcanist is a disciple of magic and wears cloth armor. They use books as weapons. The following crafting classes can create items that are useful to the arcanist:
The arcanists can build stacks with aetherflow to cast strong abilities at their enemies. They can also summon minor primals to help them in fight.
Every time the arcanist uses aetherflow, an aether gauge is filled with three stacks. They may then consume these stacks to cast certain abilities which become vital as the class develops into one of the available jobs – summoner and scholar. Arcanist gameplay consists of correctly positioning their pets, coupled with aetherflow management and casting damage-over-time spells.
Arcanist has the best solo endurance and mistake recovery while you learn to play, but if you don’t like its flavor or play style feel free to pick another class.
|Ruin||ACN||1||Spell||200||2.5s||2.5s||Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 180.|
|Bio||ACN||2||Spell||400||Instant||2.5s||Deals unaspected damage over time.|
|Physick||ACN||4||Spell||400||1.5s||2.5s||Restores target’s HP.|
|Summon||ACN||4||Ability||Instant||3s||Summons a caster-type pet to fight at your side.|
|Miasma||ACN||6||Spell||500||2.5s||2.5s||Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 20.|
|Egi Assault||ACN||10||Spell||Instant||30s||Orders your Egi to use Aerial Slash if Garuda-Egi is summoned, Crimson Cyclone if Ifrit-Egi is summoned, or Earthen Armor if Titan-Egi is summoned.|
|Resurrection||ACN||12||Spell||2,400||8s||2.5s||Resurrects target to a weakened state.|
|Summon II||ACN||15||Ability||Instant||3s||Summons a support-type pet to fight at your side.|
|Fester||ACN||18||Ability||Instant||5s||Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.|
|Energy Drain||SCH||45||Ability||Instant||3s||Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.|
|Bio II||ACN||26||Spell||600||Instant||2.5s||Deals unaspected damage over time.|
|Bane||ACN||30||Ability||Instant||10s||Spreads a target’s Bio and Miasma effects to nearby enemies.|
|Summon III||SMN||30||Ability||Instant||3s||Summons an attacker-type pet to fight at your side.|
|Energy Siphon||SMN||35||Ability||Instant||30s||Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 40 to target and all enemies nearby it.|
|Ruin II||ACN||38||Spell||400||Instant||2.5s||Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 150.|
|Outburst||SMN||40||Spell||400||2.5s||2.5s||Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 70 to target and all enemies nearby it.|
|Egi Assault II||ACN||40||Spell||Instant||30s||Orders your Egi to use Slipstream if Garuda-Egi is summoned, Flaming Crush if Ifrit-Egi is summoned, or Mountain Buster if Titan-Egi is summoned.|
|Enkindle||SMN||50||Ability||Instant||120s||Commands pet to use its signature attack.|
If you’re looking for a DPS that can solo alright, give arcanist/summoner a try. They have a tank-type summon that can let you play solo with a lot of non-endgame PVE content if you want to relax a bit and not dodge as much.
|Addle||Magic Ranged DPS||8||Ability||Instant||90s||Lowers target’s intelligence and mind by 10%.|
|Swiftcast||Magic Ranged DPS
|18||Ability||Instant||60s||Next spell is cast immediately.|
|Lucid Dreaming||Magic Ranged DPS
|24||Ability||Instant||60s||Gradually restores own MP.|
|Surecast||Magic Ranged DPS
|44||Ability||Instant||120s||Spells can be cast without interruption.|
Arcanist is a fine class to start with. It unlocks a tank pet relatively early (level 15) which can keep enemies off you when you’re doing solo stuff like quests — really good if you’re inexperienced and need a little more protection. Being able to heal yourself is great too.
Arcanist is pretty solo-friendly since it has a tank pet. The following are shared actions used to control a pet behavior.
|Away||Order pet to leave the battlefield.|
|Heel||Order pet to follow behind you.|
|Place||Order pet to move to a specific location.|
|Stay||Order pet to remain where it is.|
|Guard||Order pet to refrain from attacking until you attack or are attacked.|
|Steady||Order pet to refrain from attacking until ordered to do so.|
|Sic||Order pet to attack.|
|Gust||Emerald Carbuncle||1||Spell||1s||3s||Deals wind damage with a potency of 20 to target and all enemies nearby it.|
|Downburst||Emerald Carbuncle||10||Spell||Instant||1.5s||Deals wind damage with a potency of 100 to target and all enemies nearby it.|
|Glittering Emerald||Emerald Carbuncle||40||Spell||Instant||1.5s||Deals wind damage with a potency of 30 to target and all enemies nearby it.|
|Gouge||Topaz Carbuncle||1||Spell||Instant||3s||Deals earth damage with a potency of 40.|
|Glittering Topaz||Topaz Carbuncle||10||Spell||Instant||1.5s||Creates a barrier around you that absorbs damage totaling 30% of your maximum HP.|
|Shining Topaz||Topaz Carbuncle||40||Spell||Instant||1.5s||Deals earth damage with a potency of 200 to all nearby enemies.|
|Maim and Mend||CNJ
|20||Increases base action damage and HP restoration by 10%.|
|Corruption Mastery||ACN||26||Upgrades Bio to Bio II.|
|Maim and Mend II||CNJ
|40||Increases base action damage and HP restoration by 30%.|
The best Solo class in FFXIV tends to be Arcanist. You get to double up a DPS caster and healer class at the same time all the way to 80.
The arcanist is a rather unique class in that they may specialize into two jobs:
|Way of the Arcanist||1||Murie|
|My First Grimoire||1||Thubyrgeim|
|What’s in the Box||5||Thubyrgeim|
|Topaz Teachings||15||Thubyrgeim||Summon II|
|Over the Rails||15||Thubyrgeim|
At 15 you should catch up and do your class quests, as you do get a skill form it – Summon II, which is pretty alright. It’s a better summon for soloing.
I would definitely recommend Arcanist if it’s your first class. You’ll do great DPS and you’ll have a pet to help with it and to, eventually, tank. And once you hit 30, you can use a Chocobo as well (for soloing) and you could either go all-out DPS or have your pet’s tank and heal for you, while you do the bulk of the DPS. It’s like having your own personal party and it’s kind of awesome.