Currently, NIN is in really bad shape. It specializes at nothing and doesn't do anything that great.
It can enfeeble, but Hojo: Ni is a joke compared to Slow II.
It can do damage, but all the two handed DD's, and to a lesser extent THF and DNC, can all DD better, *AND* don't have a crappy Weapon skill. Face it, Jin being our best WS is..bad.
It can't main heal, or support.
It can't really tank all that well anymore compared to a PLD, and almost any job can tank just as well as NIN just by subbing it as a sub job. The only things it can still tank better than another job subbing it, are things that have bad accuracy, which is few and between now a days, and PLD can still tank most of those better too.
Simple suggestions, and fixes.
Help it tank:
Some type of Specialization trait. Enhanced effect for :Ichi spells.
This would give 4 shadow to utsu ichi, increase resist down effect on ichi elementals, etc. So, now NIN would have 7 shadows, and stronger resist down spells should they for whatever reason want them. Then, go even further, and give Ninja Shadow Mastery or something. This would half the amount of shadows taken from multi-hits and aga spells. So if an aga spell would take all, or a TP attack would take all, it would only remove half (rounded up). So Thundaga III removes 2 shadows if 3 were up, etc.
Give us a JA that consumes remaining shadows and allows us to add enmity to the monster based on how many were remaining. IE: If it isn't hitting you what good are those shadows doing for you?
There, tanking Ninja is fixed and not overpowered.
Help it DD:
Give it better Dual Wield, give it a better WS because Jin is outdated to holy hell, lower Futae recast to 1min and make it 100% more instead of 50%. Give us something that lets us SC with ourselves. Maybe sacrifice 1 shadow to add an element of our choosing to the mob. There, DD ninja is fixed, pretty badass, and isn't overpowered at all.
Do something. I want to play Ninja at things again.
Edited, Aug 27th 2010 7:13am by Zafire