I ran a couple more dungeons and got the XP I needed to reach level 30 on my Arcanist, then went on to do the quest to unlock Scholar. Now I have Scholar as well as White Mage, so I’m going to see which I’d prefer to take on to level 50.
I have to say, based on the few dungeons I’ve “healed” as a Scholar since, I think it has the edge. Besides a couple of casts during boss fights, I haven’t actually needed to do much healing at all, instead letting my fairy pet, Eos, do all the work. I haven’t tried using Selene yet.
I’m hoping as I unlock some more abilities in the Scholar’s toolkit and the content gets harder I’ll have to do some more hands-on healing, but for now it seems to fun to sit back and DPS while the pet AI does all the work. It does seem a little like cheating: I get all the benefits of being the healer, like quicker queue times and more frequent player commendations, without having to actually, umm, heal.
Getting to do a full DPS rotation while being in a healing role reminds me of playing the Chloromancer in RIFT. Nearly all of the Chloromancer’s heals are based on reflecting a portion of damage done as healing back to the group; your big healing cooldowns and also your big damage cooldowns. The scholar doesn’t have the same mechanic tying healing to damage, but it’s still interesting to be in a dual role.
My next steps in FFXIV will be to level Thaumaturge a little further, as that will give me access to Summoner for solo questing, and eventually Swiftcast, which all of the Disciple of Magic jobs make use of.