Final Fantasy is known for a handful of things, including engaging storylines, having casts of iconic characters, and gameplay that reinvented the series in each subsequent release over the years. On top of that, Square Enix’s long-standing JRPG series also featured a unique job system, which basically put your characters in different classes to fit a certain role in the party, be it a sword fighter, brawler, or spell user, just to name a few.
Not all entries in Final Fantasy’s 30-year timeline featured the system, but it still created endearing memories for those who experienced tampering with all sorts of jobs in specific titles, namely FF III, FF Tactics and FF IV. In honor of Labor Day, we take a look at 10 of the best Final Fantasy jobs that’ll be useful in real life, and most importantly, you’ll be motivated to leave your current workplace just to try them out.
1) White Mage
Being a doctor might be one of the noblest jobs in the world, but it certainly takes a toll on them due to constant physical and mental exertions. Fret not, as you can resort to being a White Mage, who comes with an array of curative spells that can heal all sorts of injuries without the need of an operating table. You can even revive your real life party members as long their body haven’t undergone decomposition, and who knows, female White Mages might find their Prince Charming if they cast enough Toads to frogs. On another note, you can also Silence your annoying family members or friends to have a moment of peace. Just make sure you are a Holy person to undertake this huge responsibility.
2) Black Mage
If serving peoples’ needs is what you strive for in life, this might be the perfect job for you. A Black Mage has plenty of access to natural resources, allowing them to cook food and heat up water with Fire, conjure a cooling environment if the weather is too hot with a Blizzard, or create Water to quench your thirst. They can also make your life easier by casting Sleep to relevant parties, namely your boss, parents, or lecturer, while sending your enemies away with a simple Warp. Problem solved.
Gym addicts always dream of making a living by becoming a personal trainer, and what better way to do that than embracing the ways of a Monk? Daily meditation and the consumption of vegetarian diet is not compulsory, and you can even keep in shape just by throwing punches around. This effectively eliminates the need for all sorts of martial arts such as taekwondo, muay Thai, and karate, because who needs them when you can train your disciples to constantly dish out 9999 damage?
Music is a big part of our lives, and as much as all of us aspire to be the next breakout artist and release mind-numbing mainstream hits every few months or so, it just can’t be done. With that said, you can always make use of your passion in singing by becoming a Bard, which allows you to achieve wondrous things with your voice beyond what Justin Bieber can do. Got stop by a police officer on a roadblock? Just sing your hearts out to Confuse them. About to get rob by a bunch of hooligans? Believe it or not, your melody will Scare them away as well.
5) Time Mage
Ask 10 people on the streets about the most valuable resources in life, 9 out of them will most probably put time as the answer. We are in a constant battle against time to make full use of the seven days in the week, which can be a tiring affair especially if you have started working. Time management won’t be necessary anymore once you acquire the services of a Time Mage, who can speed up our office hours with Haste, Slow down our opponents’ reaction speed in Overwatch, and they can even Stop time for you to savor the best moments. Now you can prove everyone wrong by having a good social life without compromising your work and personal space.
Pets are one of the best things to have in life, but not all of us have the luxury to own one due to annoying factors such as lack of money and time (another reason why we need a Time Mage). Such constraints wouldn’t be a problem when you have a Summoner, who can just summon all sorts of creatures, including exotic ones like a bird that you can ride as a vehicle and a dragon that can destroy the world if they suit your taste. Just make sure you know what you are signing up for, because these “pets” don’t usually come with a user manual.
If pets are somehow not up to your liking, then maybe you’ll enjoy donning a onesie or two to live out your fantasies of being a cute furry human being. But it begs the question, how do you earn a living by dressing up as an animal? Putting yourself in an animal onesie will transform you into a Berserker with high attacking powers. A bodyguard position will be perfect to strike your employer’s unsuspecting enemies, and may God bless them from your wrath in constant Berserk mode.
Going out for drinks might be a heck of a lot of fun for some, but it’s off-putting for those who detest the effects of alcohol. Chemists will be the perfect solution for your traditional bartenders, as they can mix potions, or liquors and beers in this case, with varying effect. Now everyone can have fun without worrying of vomiting, getting hangovers, and doing stupid things that they’ll certainly regret. Who knows, the Chemist might even be able to conjure a drink that can enhance your health and intellectual skills, making a trip to your local bar a necessity instead of a burden.
Some people enjoy talking to the point they might consider it as a passion, but they can’t translate the ability to spout words after words from their mouth into jobs such as a motivational speaker, standup comedian or a lecturer. Being an Orator will easily solve that issue, with the usage of your speech as an offensive outlet. In fact, some of our politicians have mastered the arts in becoming an Orator, which can be seen in their ability to talk their way out of troubling situations despite having the odds stacked against them.
Having a good ability to deal with numbers will net you high paying jobs in the accounting and business sector, but it can also be a boring affair if you are required to face figures day after day. Now, what if you can apply your mathematics skills on the go in common daily situations? You can inject an element of fun in whatever you do, while not looking like a nerd in doing so. And oh, you’ll have an advantage in becoming an Arithmetician if you are of Asian descent.