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FFXIV: Best Starting Classes For Beginners

Confused as to which your starting class should be in Final Fantasy 14? In this list, we have the top 3 of them for you to choose from.

Picking the best starting class in Final Fantasy 14 can be a bit daunting, thanks to the many classes in the game. In fact, it is the system that revolves around these classes that makes this decision problematic. But there are some classes that are clearly better than the others at least for starters. So in this guide let us check the best starting classes for beginners in FFXIV.


Best Starting Classes in Final Fantasy 14 (FFXIV)

best starting classes in ffxiv

When picking the starting class you should from the following classes:

  • Arcanist (Healer & Melee DPS)
  • Gladiator (Tank)
  • Conjurer (Healer)

Let us learn why you should pick them.


Arcanist – Best Starting Class in Final Fantasy 14

Starting with the best class on this list. You should choose Arcanist if you like directly damaging your enemies while also being able to heal yourself and your team. This is a unique class as you get not one but two jobs for it when you level it up to level 30. You can choose to be a summoner, one of the best DPS jobs in the game. Or if you feel healing is more your call then you can go with Scholar.


Another excellent option for beginners is Gladiator. It is of the tank class, that as the name suggests will allow you to take many hits. You can still attack using it but that won’t be its primary role. So if you enjoy protecting your teammates by being their shield then this class should definitely be your pick. Picking a Gladiator will allow you to choose the job Paladin.



If you have always fantasized about being a healer then you need not look at any other classes than this. This class completely focuses on healing, you get several spells that directly heal or have effects that heal over time. You can choose the job role White Mage with it, which also allows you to cast certain spells that deal damage to your enemies.

How Classes work in FFXIV

There are 5 main classes, which have 9 sub-classes or base classes that you can assign jobs to when you reach level 30. Here are all of them:

Class Job Base class
Tank Paladin Gladiator
Tank Warrior Marauder
Tank Dark Knight
Tank Gunbreaker
Healer White Mage Conjurer
Healer Scholar Arcanist
Healer Astrologian
Healer Sage
Melee DPS Monk Pugilist
Melee DPS Dragoon Lancer
Melee DPS Ninja Rogue
Melee DPS Samurai
Melee DPS Reaper
Physical Ranged DPS Bard Archer
Physical Ranged DPS Machinist
Physical Ranged DPS Dancer
Magical Ranged DPS Black Mage Thaumaturge
Magical Ranged DPS Summoner Arcanist
Magical Ranged DPS Red Mage
Magical Ranged DPS Blue Mage

That covers this guide on the best starting classes for Final Fantasy 14 (FFXIV). For more guides on FFXIV and other games check out Gamer Tweak.