FINAL FANTASY XII: THE ZODIAC AGE – Best Jobs/Job Combos.
If your playing Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age for the first time, even if you have already played the original Final Fantasy XII, you are probably new to this, “JOB SYSTEM.” In Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age each Character has to pick one of 12 different Jobs (or Licence Boards) in order to progress in prowess. Unlike the original Final Fantasy XII in which everyone had identical Licence Boards and anyone could eventually use any kind of WEAPON, ARMOR, MAGICKS, TECHNICKS, ETC, the Zodiac Age adds a level of depth to the game by using the JOB SYSTEM. This means you basically have to lock each of your Characters into using certain kinds of WEAPONS, ARMORS, ABILITIES. In the Zodiac Age each Character can eventually have 2 Jobs each, but at the beginning of the game you are stuck with only 1. You may know most of these Jobs from other Final Fantasy games that use the JOB SYSTEM. The 12 Jobs you can choose from WHITE MAGE, SHIKARI (which is like a THIEF but can turn out more like a NINJA, but can actually TANK in this game,) BUSHI (which is like a SAMURAI,) BLACK MAGE, ARCHER, FOEBREAKER (uses Axes and Hammers,) TIME BATTLEMAGE, MONK, KNIGHT, RED BATTLEMAGE, MACHINIST (uses Guns,) and UHLAN (which is basically the DRAGOON of the game, but, no jumping.) You can go about picking your Jobs in anyway you want. You can make sure each Character has all different Jobs then each other and use every Job in the game, or you can double up on some Jobs. You can pick the Jobs closest to each Character’s starting Equipment and Abilities, or you can go off script and pick anything. The choice is yours, but you may be wondering, which Characters are best suited for which Jobs?? First I should say don’t stress over your decision, you can beat the game with any Job Combinations that you like. However, this choice is set in stone in the PS4 and PC Versions of the game, so once you pick a Job you are stuck with it. However in the XBOX One and Nintendo Switch Versions of the game you can Switch your Jobs at any time once you become a member of Clan Centurio just by talking to Montblanc (the Moogle,) so in those Versions you can actually play around with the JOB SYSTEM and figure out for yourselves what you like/works best for you. However, I have been playing this game for awhile now (beaten it several different times) and I am here to give you some free advice about what I believe are (SOME) of the best Job Combos and what Characters are best suited for each Job, based on Character Stats and how well these Combos actually work in game. Here is my take on Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age’s JOB SYSTEM and what I believe the best Job Combos for each Character are.
HP: Very High
STRENGTH: Very High/Highest
MAGICK POWER: High
VITALITY: Very High
SPEED: Very High
BEST JOBS: Bushi/Uhlan OR Bushi/Knight – With his Very High Strength and his High Magick Power Vaan is the best candidate to use Katanas as his Weapon, because the Katana’s Damage runs off Strength and Magick Power. First Strength THEN Magick Power, so Strength is more important, however without a High Magick Power as well the Damage is less, so Vaan is actually the ONLY Character qualified to use Katanas. That isn’t to say other Characters CANNOT do well as a Bushi, its just Vaan will always be the better choice. Basch’s Magick Power is the lowest in the game, so he’s out, and Ashe’s Strength is actually less then her Magick Power, so she doesn’t do as well either. I chose Uhlan as his Second Job because Uhlan uses Heavy Armor (which boosts Strength) and gives him access to Battle Lore Licences (which also boost Strength,) whereas Bushi uses Mystic Armor (which boosts Magick Power) and gives him access to Magic Lore Licences (which also boost Magick Power.) You can do this same trick with Bushi/Knight, however Uhlan actually has MORE Battle Lores than Knight does, so Uhlan is better for Maximizing Damage Output with the Katana. However, Knight gains access to high level White Magick like Curaga/Curaja, so its a toss up. If Katana Damage is more important to you, go with Uhlan, if Healing is more important, go with Knight. With either of these set ups, just put a Heavy Helm and a Mystic Robe on Vaan, give him the Genji Glove and watch him dish out Damage and Combo like crazy.
MAGICK POWER: Very High
BEST JOBS: Machinist/White Mage – With her Lowest in game Strength, Penelo is the best candidate to use Guns as her Weapon, because Guns only go by the Weapon’s Attack Power (and they ignore defense) for Damage, meaning her Strength has nothing to do with Damage Calculation. She also makes the best White Mage in the game due to her Very High Magick Power and her Highest in game MP, which she will need to cast all those Healing Spells on your team. Ashe actually has MORE Magick Power and less MP, so Ashe is better suited for the Black Mage Job, as she will need the Magick Power for Spell Damage. And you do NOT want a Black Mage/White Mage because you will find that you will NOT have enough Gambit Slots for all that Black Magick AND White Magick.
HP: Very Low
MP: Very High
MAGICK POWER: Highest
VITALITY: Very Low
BEST JOBS: Black Mage/Time Battlemage – With her Highest in game Magick Power and Very High MP, Ashe makes the best Black Mage in the game. I chose Time Battlemage for her Second Job to give her access to Heavy Armor (which is good because at the end of the game, you only need a Mystic Robe to MAX OUT her Magick Power, so a Heavy Helm is welcome,) access to Crossbows for a bit of Ranged Physical Damage (good for Flying Enemies,) but mostly for Haste/Hastega and Berzerk, which I need to cast on Vaan to turn him into the Damage Dealing Combo crazy BEAST he really is.
MP: Very Low
MAGICK POWER: Very Low
BEST JOBS: Shikari/(Any Heavy Armor using Job) OR Shikari/(White Mage OR Black Mage OR Red Battlemage) – With his Highest in game Speed and High Strength, Balthier makes the best candidate for the Shikari Job, which uses Daggers but can also unlock Ninja Swords and is the only Job that can use them. Also, Balthier’s Attack Animation with Daggers and Ninja Swords is FASTER then EVERYONE else’s. It may not sound like that would make much of a difference, it just means that TECHNICALLY he can Attack faster than anyone else in the game. You can pair him with ANY Heavy Armor using Job for the boost in Strength, but perhaps and even better option is pairing him with ANY of the (PURE) Mage Jobs because the Strongest Ninja Sword in the game, Yagu Darkblade is a Dark Elemental Weapon and giving your Shikari the, “Black Robes,” Mystic Armor will boost his Dark Elemental Damage by 50%!! This makes Balthier the best Character to fight the optional Boss Yiazmat, which is Holy Elemental and takes extra Damage from the Dark Element, and Yiazmat is the hardest Boss in the game.
STRENGTH: Very Low
MAGICK POWER: Average
BEST JOBS: Archer/Red Battlemage OR Monk/(Any Heavy Armor using Job) – Lets face it, Fran is the WORST Character in the game (STAT WISE, she has a good story and is pleasant to look at, lol,) but she actually makes the best Monk in the game as Monk will boost her Strength with its MOST Battle Lores in the game, and if you Combo it with ANY Heavy Armor using Job, that will boost her Strength even more, so her Very Low Strength will not matter, she will still be dealing a LOT of Damage. Alternatively you could make her an Archer/Red Battlemage because, “Burning Bow,” will boost her Fire Elemental Damage by 50% and Red Battlemage is the ONLY Job with access to Ardor, which is a VERY POWERFUL Fire Elemental Spell and with Burning Bow Equipped it makes for the STRONGEST Spell in the entire game.
MAGICK POWER: Lowest
BEST JOBS: Knight/(Black Mage OR Red Battlemage) – Really the only draw to Basch is his Highest in game HP and what will be your Highest Strength until Vaan reaches Level 99 and matches him in Strength. Basch’s other Stats are GARBAGE. Basically you can make him ANY of the Physical, Heavy Armor Jobs and he will do well. He isn’t suited for using Magick AT ALL. So why did I make him a Knight and pair him with a Mage Job?? Simple. Knight gets Excalibur which is a Holy Elemental Weapon and the Mage’s give him access to the, “White Robes,” Mystic Armor which boosts Holy Damage by 50%!! With this Combo Basch becomes your best and fastest way to destroy ANY of the MANY Dark Elemental Foes you will be coming across in the game. Trust me, there is a LOT of them. I don’t recommend using White Mage paired with Knight because Knight already gets access to Curaga/Curaja so it would be a waste.
Ok, there you have it, my Guide for the best Job Combos and which Characters are best suited for which Jobs. I hope you found this Guide to be enlightening and helpful. Of course, don’t feel like you have to listen to me and my opinions (dare I say FACTS) but feel free to play however you feel like. Really, use ANY Jobs you want to with ANY Character you want. Like I said before, you CAN beat the game with ANY Job set up. This is just for players who want to MAXIMIZE their Characters based on Stats and such. Feel free to use this as a blueprint, or even just take some of my suggestions, or don’t use any of them and do your own thing. Just, have fun with it. Thats what the game is all about. Enjoy!! 🙂