A race of casters from unnamed lands. Their circles inflict crippling effects, and can be released to attack or heal. - In-game descriptionThe Arcanist (ミスティック Mystic) excels where not many can - the art of debuffing and inflicting powerful status defects. They can destroy their enemies with circles of numerous types, or even heal their allies using their powerful circles. Ill-suited for physical damage as they are, they can only deal high damage by dispelling an active circle to an enemy at any distance. Arcanists are generally favored with a Nightseeker, due to the fact that the Nightseeker benefits heavily from enemies with status ailments.
Akin to Hexers from the first two games, Arcanists specialize in inflicting crippling ailments or binds to multiple enemies at once, allowing the rest of the party to lay into them. These are accomplished using Circles, which not only inflict the bind/ailment to all enemies, but also repeatedly attempt the specified ailment/bind at the end of the turn, over 3 turns, without needing any further input from the Arcanist. In the meantime, the Arcanist is free to set down their debuffs or utilize other skills granted by their subclass, while their Circle Boon passively heals the party. In the chance that the circle is no longer needed, usually due to all enemies being afflicted, the Arcanist converts the circle into pure damage with Dismiss Blow or Dismiss Blast, or supports the party with a powerful Dismiss Heal.
To improve their ability at crippling enemies, Arcanists have incredible Luck growth, and their strong Technique stat empowers their damaging and healing ability. Their durability only barely surpasses the Runemasters, so it is best that the Arcanist remain at the back row during battles.
- Strengths: Capable of shutting down multiple enemies at once, great support capability.
- Weaknesses: TP-taxing skills, skill tree requires large skill point investments to fully utilize.
Subclasses for ArcanistsEdit
The skew in Arcanist stat growth that favours Technique over Strength locks out a lot of synergy with the more physically-oriented subclasses. The heavy skill point demand in the main skill tree for an optimized Arcanist can also make it difficult to spare enough free skill points to best use the subclasses' abilities. However, there are still a few options that can utilize the Arcanist stat distribution:
- Nightseeker: Throw skills are mainly used to inflict ailments - particularly curse and blind which the Arcanist circles lack - so that the Arcanist can focus more on binding circles. Assassinate can also help the Arcanist eliminate threats after spreading ailments with their circles. Speed Boost gives the Arcanist increased turn speed to efficiently shut down the opposition with circles or debuffs.
- Medic: Subclassing Medic to Arcanist turns Arcanist into the most efficient healer of the game. Heal Mastery and Steady Hands amplifies all healing effects, allowing for Circle Boon to provide great amounts of passive regeneration and also amplifying the effect of Dismiss Heal. Due to how Circles operate, Arcanists will have several free turns to support the party through Revive, Refresh and Recovery. Party Heal allows the Arcanist to heal the team without needing to spend time setting up and using a Circle. TP Boost raises the Arcanist's own battle stamina.
- Runemaster: Mainly for TP Boost and Free Energy, it will greatly cover their TP and have synergy with their mastery skills. Arcanists have a very good Tec growth, second only to the Runemasters, so the Rune attack spells are good alternate offensive options should the Arcanist have the skill points to spare. As Dismiss Blow and Dismiss Blast classify as untyped, Runic Flare can also vastly improve the damage done.
Arcanist as SubclassEdit
Most of the Circle-related skills work best when they have maximal investment - instead, Arcanists are usually chosen for their Ailment Boost passive that raises bind/ailment success, and TP Return once a bind/ailment succeeds. Optionally, Releasal Spell is picked for resetting a boss' ailment/bind resistance to make it easier to shut them down again.
- Nightseekers and Snipers base their strategy around binds and ailments; Ailment Boost and TP Return are absolutely necessary to make them stronger and last longer.
- Medics optionally utilize Circle Boon for passive healing over time, leaving their hands free to do other things like cure binds/ailments without needing further input.
|Proficiency||Recover TP when the effects of a circle wear off.||Class||None||Triggers when a Circle fades or is dismissed.|
|'Circle Boon||Party recovers some HP at the end of each turn while a circle is active.||Passive||None|
|Poison Circle||Forms a circle that lasts 3 turns, poisoning all enemies.||Circle||None||Level to also increase poison damage.|
|Nerve Circle||Forms a circle that lasts 3 turns, paralyzing all enemies.||Circle||Poison Circle Lv2|
|Chain Circle||Forms a circle that lasts 3 turns, binding the arms of all enemies.||Circle||None|
|Snare Circle||Forms a circle that lasts 3 turns, binding the legs of all enemies.||Circle||Chain Circle Lv2|
|Warding Mist||Chance of nulling a bind or status ailment on allies in your line.||Passive||None|
|Tame Ground||Decreases damage taken from damage floors for a certain number of steps.||Dungeon||None||Level to also increase duration.|
|Bracing Walk||Heals the entire party as you walk through dungeons.||Passive||Tame Ground Lv2|
|Herbology||Greater chance of finding extra plants when gathering.||Passive||None|
|Expertise||Recover more TP when the effects of a circle wear off.||Class||Proficiency||Triggers when a Circle fades or is dismissed.|
|Dismiss Heal||Dismiss the active Circle to restore some HP to the entire party.||Dismissal||Circle Boon Lv3|
|Dismiss Blow||Dismiss the active Circle for a ranged untyped attack to 1 enemy.||Dismissal||Dismiss Heal Lv3|
|Sleep Circle||Forms a circle that lasts 3 turns, inducing sleep on all enemies.||Circle||Poison Circle Lv2|
|Chaos Circle||Forms a circle that lasts 3 turns, panicking all enemies.||Circle||Sleep Circle Lv3|
|Hood Circle||Forms a circle that lasts 3 turns, binding the heads of all enemies.||Circle||Snare Circle Lv2|
|Charm Eye||For 3 turns, lowers physical and elemental power of all enemy attacks.||Support||None|
|Atrophic Eye||For 3 turns, lowers physical and elemental defense for all enemies.||Support||Charm Eye Lv2|
|Purist Chef||Increases TP gains from cooked food.||Sky||None|
|Enlightenment||Recover more TP when the effects of a Circle wear off.||Class||Expertise||Triggers when a Circle fades or is dismissed.|
|Dismiss Blast||Dismiss the active Circle for a ranged untyped attack to all enemies.||Dismissal||Dismiss Blow Lv3|
|Circle Mastery||Increases the effect of dismissing Circles.||Passive||Dismiss Blast Lv3||Effect bonus also scales with level of Circle being dismissed.|
|TP Return||Recover some TP when inflicting ailments or binds.||Passive||None||TP recovery is constant regardless of how many enemies are afflicted in a single move.|
|Releasal Spell||Eliminates 1 enemy's resistances to binds and status ailments.||Support||None||Level to reduce cost.|
|Ailment Boost||Increases chance of inflicting ailments or binds on enemies.||Passive||None|
The Arcanist class is unlocked after defeating the Hollow Queen in the 2nd Maze. Report your successful mission to the Outland Court, after some dialogue, Wufan will give you the Circle Staff, which will now allow you to recruit them. Wufan herself also offers to permanently join the guild.
Arcanists are pale and very skinny, their limbs being as thin as sticks. They are adorned by leaf-like and form-fitting undergarments due to their habitat being in the forest. Their hair colors generally range from white to vibrant colors such as blue and pink, while their eye colors range from blue to red. Their ears are similar to that of a cat, despite the fact they are unrelated to Beasts and Bushi.
- This class could be based on Etrian Odyssey's Forest Folk. Not only their design is similar; their Japanese name is the same as one of the Forest Folk's ranks.
- Wufan, like Kibagami and Logre, can be renamed after joining the party, despite being a unique party member.
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