Healing Job Comparison
Each of the healing jobs in FFXIV have a unique playstyle and all of them excel in some areas and struggle in others. Here’s a quick rundown of each of the available healing jobs’ strengths and weaknesses.
Scholar Pros and Cons:
Thanks to their fairy pet, scholars are capable of higher DPS uptime than the other healers. They are highly flexible when it comes to combining healing and damage output, but they have a glaring issue with sustained healing output once their cooldowns are expended, though. Scholars provide reliable utility to the group, making them a good pick for progression. They also have the best AoE mitigation of all the healing jobs, though it’s on a 120s cooldown.
White Mage Pros and Cons:
White mages excel at both dealing damage and healing at the same time. They have an incredibly high raw healing output, and the potency on Stone IV puts the other healer DPS to shame. They’re also the kings of AoE damage with Thin Air and Holy spam. Their glaring weakness compared to the other healing jobs is their lack of party utility.
Astrologian Pros and Cons:
Astrologian is the jack of all trades when it comes to healing. Thanks to their sect mechanic they are capable of either shielding the party like a scholar or pumping out raw heals with regens like a white mage. Astrologian also provides some fantastic offensive utility with The Balance, which is the strongest and arguably most overpowered offensive raid buff in the game. Astrologian’s weakness is their DPS. They have the lowest damage output, but more than make up for this with their raid utility.
- If you want a lot of personal DPS and very strong heals without having to think about utility too much, then the white mage is the class for you.
- If you’re willing to sacrifice personal DPS output in exchange for versatility and amazing raid utility, then astrologian is your go to healing class.
- If you’d rather spend most of your time slinging out DPS spells while relying on your fairy and burst healing with Aetherflow stacks to carry the healing load, then the scholar job is an excellent choice for you.