Arcanist

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Introduction

Adepts of the art of arcanum derive their might from symbols of power born of geometric techniques hailing from across the southern seas. Held within occult grimoires, these symbols lend shape to the arcanist's aether, thereby allowing him to produce myriad powerful spells. Using the selfsame symbols to unlock the latent power contained within gemstones, arcanists are also able to summon forth the familiar known as Carbuncle to carry out their bidding.

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Arcanist frame icon.png Arcanist (ACN) is one of six starting DPS classes and one of two starting magical ranged DPS. It directly upgrades to Summoner frame icon.png summoner at level 30 but may also specialize to Scholar frame icon.png scholar, a healer.

General information

Guild

The Arcanists' Guild is in the maritime city of Limsa Lominsa. If you choose arcanist as your first class, you will start off in the city of Limsa Lominsa. At level 30, arcanists must specialize into either summoner or scholar.

Equipment

The arcanist is a disciple of magic and wears armor "of Casting." They use books as weapons. The following crafting classes can create items that are useful to the arcanist:

Hunting Log

See Arcanist Hunting Log.

Quests

Quest Type Level Quest Giver Unlocks Rewards
Way of the Arcanist Class quest 1 Murie Arcanist 1 Weathered grimoire icon1.png  Weathered Grimoire
5 Raisins icon1.png  Raisins
My First Grimoire Class quest 1 Thubyrgeim
What's in the Box Class quest 5 Thubyrgeim 1 Leather grimoire icon1.png  Leather Grimoire
Options:
1 Custom-made robe of casting icon1.png  Custom-made Robe of Casting
1 Hempen hat icon1.png  Hempen Hat
1 Bone ring icon1.png  Bone Ring
1 Copper wristlets icon1.png  Copper Wristlets
5 Allagan tin piece icon1.png  Allagan Tin Piece
Tactical Planning Class quest 10 Thubyrgeim 1 Engraved leather grimoire icon1.png  Engraved Leather Grimoire
Options:
1 Amateurs dalmatica icon1.png  Amateur's Dalmatica
1 Amateurs hempen coif icon1.png  Amateur's Hempen Coif
1 Hempen dress gloves icon1.png  Hempen Dress Gloves
1 Amateurs duckbills icon1.png  Amateur's Duckbills
1 Allagan bronze piece icon1.png  Allagan Bronze Piece
Topaz Teachings Class quest 15 Thubyrgeim Summon Topaz.png  Summon Topaz
Enhanced Aethercharge.png  Enhanced Aethercharge
Over the Rails Class quest 15 Thubyrgeim 1 Hard leather grimoire icon1.png  Hard Leather Grimoire
Options:
1 Cotton cowl icon1.png  Cotton Cowl
1 Hard leather ringbands icon1.png  Hard Leather Ringbands
1 Cotton tights icon1.png  Cotton Tights
1 Hard leather boots icon1.png  Hard Leather Boots
1 Allagan bronze piece icon1.png  Allagan Bronze Piece
Pincer Maneuver Class quest 20 Thubyrgeim 1 Engraved hard leather grimoire icon1.png  Engraved Hard Leather Grimoire
Options:
1 Altered cotton dalmatica icon1.png  Altered Cotton Dalmatica
1 Ash mask (lapis lazuli) icon1.png  Ash Mask (Lapis Lazuli)
1 Cotton dress gloves icon1.png  Cotton Dress Gloves
1 Cotton dress shoes icon1.png  Cotton Dress Shoes
5 Allagan bronze piece icon1.png  Allagan Bronze Piece
Grimoire Fandango Class quest 25 Thubyrgeim 1 Yew picatrix icon1.png  Yew Picatrix
Options:
1 Cotton halfrobe icon1.png  Cotton Halfrobe
1 Goatskin ringbands icon1.png  Goatskin Ringbands
1 Altered goatskin moccasins icon1.png  Altered Goatskin Moccasins
1 Silver spectacles icon1.png  Silver Spectacles
1 Allagan silver piece icon1.png  Allagan Silver Piece
Sinking Doesmaga Class quest 30 Thubyrgeim Ruin II.png  Ruin II
Ruin Mastery.png  Ruin Mastery
Arcanist (New Game+)
Arcanist (New Game+)
Arcanist Adventurer Plate
Arcanist Adventurer Plate
1 Engraved goatskin grimoire icon1.png  Engraved Goatskin Grimoire
Options:
1 Velveteen bliaud icon1.png  Velveteen Bliaud
1 Altered velveteen hose icon1.png  Altered Velveteen Hose
1 Velveteen gloves icon1.png  Velveteen Gloves
1 Toadskin boots icon1.png  Toadskin Boots
3 Allagan silver piece icon1.png  Allagan Silver Piece

Actions

PvE actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Ruin.png  Ruin Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 1 Spell 300 1.5s 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 240.
Summon Carbuncle.png  Summon Carbuncle Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 2 Spell 400 1.5s 2.5s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Summons Carbuncle to your side.
Radiant Aegis.png  Radiant Aegis Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 2 Ability Instant 60s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Orders Carbuncle to execute Radiant Aegis.
Radiant Aegis Effect: Creates a barrier around self that absorbs damage totaling 20% of your maximum HP
Duration: 30s
Can only be executed while Carbuncle is summoned.
Physick.png  Physick Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 4 Spell 400 1.5s 2.5s Range icon.png 30y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Restores target's HP.
Cure Potency: 400
Aethercharge.png  Aethercharge Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 6 Spell Instant 60s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Grants Aethercharge, increasing the potency of Ruin, Ruin II, and Ruin III by 50, and Outburst by 20.
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Grants Ruby Arcanum, Topaz Arcanum, and Emerald Arcanum
Can only be executed in combat and while Carbuncle is summoned.
Summon Ruby.png  Summon Ruby Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 6 Spell Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Summons Ruby Carbuncle, and orders it to execute Glittering Ruby.
Glittering Ruby Effect: Rushes target and deals fire damage with a potency of 400
Additional Effect: Grants 2 stacks of Fire Attunement
Fire Attunement Effect: Gemshine and Precious Brilliance become fire-aspected
Duration: 30s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Ruby Arcanum and Carbuncle is summoned.
Current pet will leave the battlefield while Ruby Carbuncle is present, and return once gone.
Gemshine.png  Gemshine Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 6 Spell 2.5s 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Channel the energies of your active elemental attunement to attack your enemy.
Fire Attunement Effect: Deal fire damage to a single target
Earth Attunement Effect: Deal earth damage to a single target
Wind Attunement Effect: Deal wind damage to a single target
Ruby Ruin.png  Ruby Ruin Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 6 Spell 300 2.8s 3s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals fire damage with a potency of 340.
Fire Attunement Cost: 1
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Fester.png  Fester Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 10 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 340.
Aetherflow Gauge Cost: 1
Energy Drain.png  Energy Drain Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 10 Ability Instant 60s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 200.
Additional Effect: Aetherflow II
Resurrection.png  Resurrection Arcanist frame icon.png ACN
Scholar frame icon.png SCH
12 Spell 2,400 8s 2.5s Range icon.png 30y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Resurrects target to a weakened state.
Summon Topaz.png  Summon Topaz Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 1Quest: Topaz Teachings 15 Spell Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Summons Topaz Carbuncle, and orders it to execute Glittering Topaz.
Glittering Topaz Effect: Rushes target and deals earth damage with a potency of 400
Additional Effect: Grants 4 stacks of Earth Attunement
Earth Attunement Effect: Gemshine and Precious Brilliance become earth-aspected
Duration: 30s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Topaz Arcanum and Carbuncle is summoned.
Current pet will leave the battlefield while Ruby Carbuncle is present, and return once gone.
Topaz Ruin.png  Topaz Ruin Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 15 Spell 300 Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals earth damage with a potency of 240.
Earth Attunement Cost: 1
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Summon Emerald.png  Summon Emerald Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 22 Spell Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Summons Emerald Carbuncle, and orders it to execute Glittering Emerald.
Glittering Emerald Effect: Deals wind damage with a potency of 400
Additional Effect: Grants 4 stacks of Wind Attunement
Wind Attunement Effect: Gemshine and Precious Brilliance become wind-aspected
Duration: 30s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Emerald Arcanum and Carbuncle is summoned.
Current pet will leave the battlefield while Ruby Carbuncle is present, and return once gone.
Emerald Ruin.png  Emerald Ruin Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 22 Spell 300 Instant 1.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 160.
Wind Attunement Cost: 1
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Outburst.png  Outburst Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 26 Spell 300 1.5s 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Precious Brilliance.png  Precious Brilliance Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 26 Spell 2.5s 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Channel the energies of your active elemental attunement to attack multiple enemies.
Fire Attunement Effect: Deal fire damage to a target and all enemies nearby it
Earth Attunement Effect: Deal earth damage to a target and all enemies nearby it
Wind Attunement Effect: Deal wind damage to a target and all enemies nearby it
Ruby Outburst.png  Ruby Outburst Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 26 Spell 300 2.8s 3s Range icon.png 25y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Deals fire damage with a potency of 160 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Fire Attunement Cost: 1
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Topaz Outburst.png  Topaz Outburst Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 26 Spell 300 Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Deals earth damage with a potency of 110 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Earth Attunement Cost: 1
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Emerald Outburst.png  Emerald Outburst Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 26 Spell 300 Instant 1.5s Range icon.png 25y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 70 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Wind Attunement Cost: 1
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Ruin II.png  Ruin II Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 1Quest: Sinking Doesmaga 30 Spell 300 1.5s 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 270.
Ruby Ruin II.png  Ruby Ruin II Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 30 Spell 300 2.8s 3s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals fire damage with a potency of 380.
Fire Attunement Cost: 1
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Topaz Ruin II.png  Topaz Ruin II Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 30 Spell 300 Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals earth damage with a potency of 270.
Earth Attunement Cost: 1
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Emerald Ruin II.png  Emerald Ruin II Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 30 Spell 300 Instant 1.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 170.
Wind Attunement Cost: 1
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Limit Breaks

See also: Limit Break
Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Limit break icon1.png  Skyshard Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS 1 Limit Break Level 1 2s Instant Range icon.png 25y
Circle AoE around the ground target 5y
Deals 60% the damage of Braver to all enemies in a circular area.
Limit break icon1.png  Starstorm Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS 1 Limit Break Level 2 3s Instant Range icon.png 25y
Circle AoE around the ground target 10y
Deals 130% the damage of Braver to all enemies in a circular area.

Magical Ranged DPS actions

See also: Role actions
Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Addle.png  Addle Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS 8 Ability Instant 90s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Lowers target's physical damage dealt by 5% and magic damage dealt by 10%.
Duration: 15s
Sleep.png  Sleep Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS 10 Spell 800 2.5s 2.5s Range icon.png 30y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Puts target and all nearby enemies to sleep.
Duration: 30s
Cancels auto-attack upon execution.
Lucid Dreaming.png  Lucid Dreaming Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
Healer role.png Healer
14 Ability Instant 60s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Gradually restores own MP.
Potency: 55
Duration: 21s
Swiftcast.png  Swiftcast Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
Healer role.png Healer
18 Ability Instant 40s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Next spell is cast immediately.
Duration: 10s
Surecast.png  Surecast Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
Healer role.png Healer
44 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Spells can be cast without interruption.
Additional Effect: Nullifies most knockback and draw-in effects
Duration: 6s

Shared pet actions

The following are shared actions used to control a pet behavior.

Action Description
Away.png  Away Order pet to leave the battlefield.
Heel.png  Heel Order pet to follow behind you.
Place.png  Place Order pet to move to a specific location.
Stay.png  Stay Order pet to remain where it is.
Guard.png  Guard Order pet to refrain from attacking until you attack or are attacked.
Steady.png  Steady Order pet to refrain from attacking until ordered to do so.

Pet Actions

Action Acquired Level Type Casting Recast Description
Radiant Aegis (pet).png  Radiant Aegis Summon Carbuncle.png Carbuncle 2 Ability Instant Instant Creates a barrier around you that absorbs damage totaling 20% of your maximum HP.
Duration: 30s
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Traits

PvE traits

Trait Acquired Quest requirement Level Effect
Enhanced Aethercharge.png  Enhanced Aethercharge Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 15 Grants Ruby Arcanum and Topaz Arcanum upon executing Aethercharge.
Maim and Mend.png  Maim and Mend Conjurer frame icon.png CNJ
Arcanist frame icon.png ACN
Red Mage frame icon.png RDM
Sage frame icon.png SGE
Astrologian frame icon.png AST
Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM
Pictomancer frame icon.png PCT
20 Increases base action damage and HP restoration by 10%.
Arcanist: Also increases base damage and HP restoration of your pet by 10%
Enhanced Aethercharge II.png  Enhanced Aethercharge II Arcanist frame icon.png ACN 22 Grants Ruby Arcanum, Topaz Arcanum, and Emerald Arcanum upon executing Aethercharge.
Ruin Mastery.png  Ruin Mastery Summoner frame icon.png SMN 1Quest: Sinking Doesmaga 30 Upgrades Ruin to Ruin II.
Maim and Mend II.png  Maim and Mend II Conjurer frame icon.png CNJ
Arcanist frame icon.png ACN
Red Mage frame icon.png RDM
Sage frame icon.png SGE
Astrologian frame icon.png AST
Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM
Pictomancer frame icon.png PCT
40 Increases base action damage and HP restoration by 30%.
Arcanist: Also increases base damage and HP restoration of your pet by 30%

Jobs

The arcanist is a rather unique class in that they must specialize into either one of two jobs:

Core mechanics

Arcanist icon.png

Arcanists have a summoned pet called a carbuncle that accompanies them and can be ordered to give them a shield. They use Aethercharge to empower their spells. After it expires, they unlock the ability to summon various other pets to assist them. These pets empower the Arcanist in a cycle, with one of each pet usable after each use of Aethercharge before another Aethercharge is required.

Every time the arcanist uses aethercharge, they can then cast Summon Ruby.png  Summon Ruby, Summon Topaz.png  Summon Topaz, and Summon Emerald.png  Summon Emerald once each. These pets empower the arcanist's Gemshine and Precious Brilliance, with each giving a different effect compared to regular Ruin and Outburst. They also have Energy Drain, which adds to their Aetherflow gauge. They may then consume stacks from this gauge to cast certain abilities, some of which change as the class develops into one of the available jobs – summoner and scholar.

Achievements

This class is associated with the following achievements:

Name Points Task Reward Patch
Through the gate i icon1.png  Through the Gate I 5 Achieve arcanist level 10. - 2.1
Through the gate ii icon1.png  Through the Gate II 5 Achieve arcanist level 20. - 2.1
Through the gate iii icon1.png  Through the Gate III 5 Achieve arcanist level 30. - 2.1
Through the gate iv icon1.png  Through the Gate IV 5 Achieve arcanist level 40. - 2.1
Through the gate v icon1.png  Through the Gate V 5 Achieve arcanist level 50. - 2.1
Through the gate vi icon1.png  Through the Gate VI 5 Achieve arcanist level 60. - 3.0
Through the gate vii icon1.png  Through the Gate VII 5 Achieve arcanist level 70. - 4.0
Through the gate viii icon1.png  Through the Gate VIII 5 Achieve arcanist level 80. - 5.0
Through the gate ix icon1.png  Through the Gate IX 5 Achieve arcanist level 90. - 6.0

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