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Started by old school, January 21, 2020, 09:06:21 pm
Quote from: Original NES BookThe Red Magician has the ability to learn some of both black and white magic spells and is a fairly good fighter.
Quote from: Nyzer on January 21, 2020, 10:07:58 pmThe low Move would fall in line with the Red Mage being a caster. This wouldn't cripple its usefulness because it has both ranged damage and support options. Yes, its lower spell levels would mean that this isn't going to be OMGWTF damage, but it's not nothing, and allowing the Red Mage to have high PA still allows it to be a useful damage dealer in melee range. Not as much as a Knight Sword wielder, but KS are stupidly OP anyway with all their buffs and the ability to dual wield them. Rebalancing Knight Swords just so that - for example - they can't be dual wielded, while regular swords still can; or so that they're forced 2H but swords can still be used with shields or the Doublehand support, would easily make the Red Mage a worthy melee fighter without giving it Knight Swords.The low HP wouldn't cripple the Red Mage either. Giving them Protect, Shell, and Regen, in addition to their lower Move, easily allows them the opportunity to buff up before they hit the front line. A Red Mage with Protect & Regen could theoretically be tankier than a heavy armor job without it.
Quote from: Nyzer on January 21, 2020, 10:07:58 pmGive the Red Mage its own unique niche: the mana battery. FFT surprisingly really doesn't do much with the concept of MP restoration. Even the Dark Knight's Dark Sword/Duskblade/Infernal Strike skill is nearly useless as an MP restoration skill since it's exclusively put on jobs that have no-cost healing and attack moves. You could give the Red Mage a very unique role with just two skills: one ranged skill that costs MP, restores MP (whether AoE or single target is up to you), and cannot hit its caster, and then one sword-requirement weapon range skill that drains a target's MP. (You could even drop that last skill if you just wanted to move Duskblade here but I'm not much of a fan of that idea, especially since I think forcing the Red Mage to be in melee range if it wants to do a lot of casting is a good way to reinforce its mixed-role design.)All of this would turn the Red Mage into a unit that perfectly straddles the line between caster and melee, encouraging the player to switch between both no matter what the Red Mage's current role in the team is. If you're using them as a melee attacker, you'll still want to toss out some Blizzaras before you can close the gap, and regularly top up its Protect/Regen. If you're using them as a supportive caster, you'll still want to dart in and top up your MP with a Manastrike (name pending trademark) since you don't have the MP pool that the focused caster jobs do.
Quote from: Nyzer on January 22, 2020, 10:14:42 amKicking some of their status effects to a physical job would free up space to get experimental with their niche and expand a bit on what they do. Removing beneficial effects in order to heal a unit, removing negative effects from allies at the cost of HP, MP restoration (if not using the Red Mage for it), etc. They can be status-focused without being so one-note.
Quote from: Nyzer on January 21, 2020, 10:07:58 pmUm... no, you *don't* share learned skills across jobs in FFT. If you have a Freelancer with Cure, a Red Mage with Cure and Cura, and a White Mage with Cure-Curaga, learning Cure on the Freelancer will not learn it on the other two jobs.
QuoteYou either play them for Dual Cast or it's FFXI.
QuoteRaise was a Red Wizard spell
QuoteMy opinion is hardcore against the armor, though. They, traditionally, aren't meant to wear it.
Quote from: Nyzer on January 22, 2020, 10:14:42 amRemoving beneficial effects in order to heal a unit, removing negative effects from allies at the cost of HP, MP restoration (if not using the Red Mage for it), etc. They can be status-focused without being so one-note.
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