I hope it will have refresh (like Goad), a damage vulnerability debuff (Dia maybe), piercing resistance debuff, damage shielding cooldowns (Phalanxes), and maybe a single target or self Haste cooldown. Bravery/Faith/Aura are possible, but if its utility is soooo good, it’ll be unfair/OP. So personal buffs should probably be more prevalent than party member or party wide buffs. I hope it will have access to a basic healing cross role kit like PLD has now (and enough MND for Cure to be better than caster’s Physick, but still too weak for significant healing), combat raise, in addition to some dps and caster options.
I think it may have attack spells from 4 or more of the 6 main elements. Main stat will be INT. The way it moves in to melee and back out could potentially Cleric Stance its INT to STR, but it’d be fine if it was all INT like NIN is all DEX. I think it should use caster accessories and have its own left side sets (higher physical defense than caster/healer, higher mdef than melee/ranged). I’d prefer melee LB and competing for a melee slot in raids, but utility and playstyle may have it more like a caster/caster LB/caster spot.
I believe redmage is gonna be so much fun to play cause they are going for the route of:red mage is good at many different things so we are going to make a class that has a playstyle of being a master of combining those things.Honestly the aesthetic appeal of the playstyle and how its versatile in how it moves and how they made the class essentially a ranged magic/melee hybrid with quick positioning is an outstanding original solution to the dilemma of what red mage should be according to others. Everyone wants to focus on certain individual aspects such as black magic or white magic or fencing, but really the solution was to combine these three elements into a unique style unto itself…Red Magic. The hype is real for me.
We don’t know enough about the cross class/role system changes yet. But if there were splits between ranged, melee, tank, healer, and caster with maybe a bit of blending specific to certain jobs…. would RDM wind up with more options than most?
Anyone notice the 2 spells cast seem to have colors of fire and blizzard (orange/blue) and then the line that drew the rdm in for a lunge was yellow? I’m betting on using different combinations of your basic spell attacks to accomplish different melee attack strings and final results. Combos or their constiuent parts as they are now for other jobs result in direct damage, self buffs/buff renewal, resistance vulnerability, debuffs (slow/blind), and damage over time.
I’m fine with some situational support abilities, much like SMN and BLM have, but I keep seeing requests for heals, and the last thing I want is for it to have tacked-on healing. Something oGCD that happens to heal self or ally while it applies a useful buff/debuff or deals damage would be okay for a niche bonus or clutch support skill, but since RDM is going to be a DPS class, any ability that consumes GCDs while failing to enhance or protect its ability to deal damage is going to be nigh-useless.
Thinking about RDM having heals brings to mind some Russian proverb I once heard about a priest needing an accordion. If we don’t want DPS to be casting heals (and we really don’t), we shouldn’t make them part of their kits outside of the obligatory cross-class Cure/Physick for low-level hijinks or the emergency self-heal.
Past Red Mages have had healing as well as attack spells and the like so it isn’t surprising that people expect/want this version to have something similar as well. On the other hand Red Mages are a mix of Black and White magic, NOT attack and healing magic. The White Mage in this game is probably one of the most offensive-styled ones due to being connected to Conjurer which also works well in making Red more offensive as well.
If they do get heals it will either be oGCD OR possibly be a GCD skill(s) that can work with the Chainspell so it can still help the big damage spell at the end. Atleast if I understood right that the Chainspells lead up to one big blast.