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#1 Jun 04 2009 at 2:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello all! I have recently gotten bored of EQ2 raiding and work is making it hard to make some of these raids, so me and some friends have decided to try FFXI. Ive read up on the classes and such and Im curious about a pairing. I want to main job a black mage and sub a scholar.

My question is, if my main job is black mage and sub job is scholar, while in white arts "stance" will my black magic rating still be A- while having white magic B+?

Thanks in advance
#2 Jun 04 2009 at 4:39 PM Rating: Decent
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if your skill is already B+ then dark arts doesn't affect it.

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#3 Jun 04 2009 at 4:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Very cool, so if i do black mage main and scholar sub, I can stay in white arts the whole time eh?
#4 Jun 04 2009 at 8:01 PM Rating: Good
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Very cool, so if i do black mage main and scholar sub, I can stay in white arts the whole time eh?

I wouldn't recommend it. It might be tempting to do so, since you think that gives you the best of both worlds. However, having Light Arts up will increase the MP cost, casting time and recast time of your Black Magic spells. It would be better to toss up Light Arts briefly to do a few things, and then going right back to Dark Arts.
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#5 Jun 05 2009 at 12:43 AM Rating: Good
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Like others have said, if you do try blm/sch i would stay in dark arts mainly. Being in the correct arts lowers cast and recast times as well, also, casting in the incorrect arts hits you with a cast/recast and mp cost penalty. Also, if you are in light arts the whole time, you won't have access to the two dark arts strategems, which are very handy.

One thing i have to mention tho is that the reason that /sch is not immensely popular with blm's is the lack of defensive spells. It may not be as big of a deal early in the game or for party play but at mid to late levels and for all types of solo play, your going to want some defense. By defense i mean two spells mainly... Blink and Stoneskin. These two spells add a great deal of survivability to blm, i can't count the number of times they have saved me from a dirt nap. My point is that /sch doesn't give access to them, only /rdm and /whm.

Do what you like but you'll find out eventually that there is a reason that /rdm and /whm are the two main subs for blm.

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