Originally Posted by Freeglader
Who wants to start talking about job combinations and esper allocation shall we? ;)
I want to know if you all have any suggestions on the team I'm planning on making.
Vaan, Ravager – Shikari/Foebreaker (Zalera, Shemhazai)
Balthier, Gun Mage - Machinist/White Mage (Famfrit, Zodiark)
Fran, Spellsword - Red Battlemage/Bushi (Belias, Cuchulainn, Zeromus, Exodus)
Ashe, Paladin – Knight/Time Battlemage (Mateus, Adrammalech, Hashmal)
Basch, Soldier - Uhlan/Archer
Penelo, Wizard - Black Mage/Monk (Chaos, Ultima)
With this setup everyone has access to 3 swiftness and both groups have access to all the breaks. I also tried to keep the jobs consistent with the characters and story. I've also thought about switching Archer and Monk for Penelo and Basch. I love the idea of Penelo being a ranged caster/archer, but giving monk to Basch feels strange to me. I'd feel obligated to give him Chaos which would give him a wide range of spells and for whatever reason I don't really like the idea of Basch casting magic. So this is what I'm settled on right now.
My biggest question is who to give Zalera and Shemhazai to. Zalera gives Vaan +435 hp and it gives Penelo steal/poach. In my group #2 only Basch can steal so would it be worth it to give Penelo an esper just for that? Shemhazai is also difficult for me. It gives Vaan guns 5 and 6 or it gives Fran esuna, cleanse, and shield block 1. What do you all think?
That's a really nice setup! I have three setups planned, unfortunately they are not optimized for access to 3x swiftness or Esper considerations :(. My main limitations were that I wanted to have two distinct squads (Vaan/Basch/Penelo and Ashe/Balthier/Fran) as well as somewhat lore friendly job assignments. For my first playthrough, I will be going with
Vaan: Shikari/Breaker (DPS with access to genji gloves)
Bash: Monk/Archer (Can hit flying Targets, plus it fits the reformed soldier style)
Penelo: Red Battlemage/Time Battlemage (Healer & Buffer of Squad #1)
Ashe: Knight/White Mage (A bit redundant, but she will be the tank/healer of Squad #2)
Balthier: Ulhan/Machinist (Can hit flying targets, late game time magic buffs)
Fran: Bushi/Black Mage (A throwback to the god tier samurais in FFT).