There has been quite a bit of speculation on this topic and I wanted to have a discussion thread for it here. What do you think the initial class will be for Scholar? Will Arcanist dual branch into SCH and SMN? Some people are shooting for Arcanist dual branching into scholar and summoner but I don't think this will be the case. As far as we know, classes still level at the same pace as the job its based off of, so once your SMN and ARC are 50, it makes no sense to me to unlock SCH at 50 instantly. This also doesn't sit right with me in the fact that it will basically eliminate a chance to have you go back to level 1 to level a new job. For those of you who haven't played FF XI, this was huge as it kept areas full and parties available at all levels for the entire life of the game. In FF XIV this, along with level sync, translates to more options to fill dungeon groups. Also on the topic of it dual branching, people are claiming 'they both use books!' which, while true, isn't at all evidence of a dual branch. WHMs and BLMs use the same type of weapons, only they were given different names. Just as a simple example, the most commonly accepted terms for the books seem to be 'Tomes' and 'Grimoires' which right there points to it being a possibility of books being available to more than one class and job. What will the initial class be then? But where does that leave us? We have zero leaked information at all on what could come as its initial class. I'm pretty much 100% sure it won't be musketeer (even though guns+magic is believable as a support hybrid ala bard in FF XIV) because the art we have for SCH clearly shows her holding a book, ruling out guns as a weapon. Will we get a form of 'Enchanter' job or something? Or a 'Tactician'? What about their starting city? All that settled, where does that leave us on the starting city? In a recent post to the lodestone, starting cities for each class were listed. Limsa LominsaMarauderArcanist * GridaniaArcherLancerConjurer Ul'dahPugilistGladiatorThaumaturge This list would leave me to believe that the starting city for this new class would be Limsa Lominsa in order to even out each cities starting classes to three. And even if Arcanist -does- end up dual classing, Limsa Lominsa would still be its starting zone. But does this fit to the lore? How much do we actually know about Scholars role in XIV? Scholars role in battle All above speculation is well and good, but it doesn't really effect the Scholars role in battle. Will they be a subpar BLM and a subpar WHM shoved together? Will it be pushed into more of a support role? Maybe it will be a support/healer combo since bard already seems to corner the market on support/dps combo. I could see it being a worse healer than whm with additional support abilities to perhaps mitigate damage or even buff allies but where does that leave its damage output? And would the damage even be used at all outside of the solo leveling experience? My money is on it being a slightly subpar healer with strong support skills to back it up and make it desirable in its own way to fit in nicely with WHM. I'd also like to see it have a decent array of enfeebles with subpar black magic to back up its damage output for solo leveling. What is everyones thoughts on Scholar? We have a week until E3 and the only thing keeping me sane is good old fashioned discussion. Go!