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Recommended Jobs | Bravely Deafult

An Occupation, a Job or even a Class – there’s always something to differentiate your characters in a Final Fantas… Erm, a Bravely Default game. Well, its an FF game in all but name if we’re honest, but your choice of Job is just as important here. Pick the right one and you’ll be on the road to success, a veritable boss slayer in the waiting. Pick the wrong one and you’ll be flailing uncontrollably, struggling to tackle even the most basic of random encounters.

Now, we’ve already written about the absolute best jobs in Bravely Default, and gone into detail about what the game has to offer, but this title is about more than just absolutes: What about the early game when you have limited choices, and the mid game where your options start to branch out? What about the late game, where you’re looking for ways to power your journey through the wall of bosses? Well today we’ll be recommending Jobs for each portion of the game to give you some guidance!


Early Game Jobs

A lot of jobs will come flying at you in the early game and it can be hard to choose between them. Of course we recommend you experiment with all of them, but below we’ve chosen two that we think will serve you well as you push through the early portion of Bravely Default!


MONK

Bravely Default Monk

You’ll gain access to the monk job very early, upon dispatching an early boss duo. After having done so, you’ll be in possession of one of the strongest physical attackers available throughout the game. It may not have the highest defence rating, mainly due to it’s limitation in types of equipment that can be worn, but it will fire out huge amounts of damage – especially with no weapons equipped, thanks to their innate ability. They also have a very high HP pool, meaning they’ll be able to soak up some damage despite being lightly armoured.

It’s definitely worth putting a good amount of levels into the Monk class in the early portions of the game, even when others become available, so that you can access their powerful late game abilities.

Summary

  • Powerful physical attacks.
  • Can remove their own debuffs.
  • Moderate defences due to high HP.

Key abilities

  • Level 3 – Inner Alchemy: Remove Poison, Blind, Silence and Dread from yourself.
  • Level 6 – Hidden Dragon: Deal 125% of normal attack damage at the end of the turn.
  • Level 4 – HP UP 10%: Erm, increase your HP by 10%.

Recommended characters for this job

  • Tiz
  • Edea

Both Tiz and Edea have high enough base physical statistics to make use of the Monk job. Of course, the others can manage just fine, but if you’re looking to min-max throughout the game we’d recommend you use either of these two. If you’re looking for the absolute best, Edea takes the crown.


MERCHANT

Bravely Default Merchant

As you progress through the early game of Bravely Default, an unusual job will make itself known: The Merchant. You’ll gain access to this when you take down a rather dastardly chap in Anchiem, gaining it alongside the Spell Fencer (if we’re honest, it was a toss up between this and the Fencer – they’re both very good jobs for the early game).

The job itself centres around generating cash and then using it to create a variety of effects, ranging from damage reduction all the way to generating more BP. It’s certainly worth putting some levels into it early on – even if you’re not too enamoured with the abilities, the innate More Money skill is pretty handy, especially when you reach a new town and want to drop some cash for upgrades!

Summary

  • Helps in generating cash.
  • Healing help in a pinch.
  • Getting the support abilities early is very useful throughout the game.

Key abilities

  • Level 2 – Salesman: Sell a healing item to the enemy for 2.4x it’s value!
  • Innate – More Money: Earn more money from battles.
  • Level 4 – Pharmacy: Purchase a recovery item and us it on the target.

Recommended characters for this job

  • Tiz
  • Ringabel

Ringabel is more ideal for the Merchant role, though you may want him tied up with a job that requires his high speed. That being the case Tiz can also work well. You’ll probably want to keep Edea and Agnes fixed on a physical and magical role respectively, especially at this early point in the game.


Mid Game Jobs

The mid game on Bravely Default is positively stuffed full of job options. You’ll get access to a huge variation, and if we’re honest they all have their uses. Really though, what you’re looking for at this point is damage and flexibility, so we’ve recommended the following two jobs to cover these bases.


RED MAGE

Bravely Default Red Mage

The Red Mage is a staple of the Final Fantasy franchise, and as ever its role straddles the gap between White and Black mage by featuring spells from both. Traditionally they’re never quite as powerful as each of their inspirations, but they perform as a flexible in-between, providing 75% of each option rolled into one job.

The Bravely Default version starts out in the same fashion, providing you with great White and Black magic options just when you need it, as the mid game ramps up.

Once you give it some levels however, the Red Mage becomes a powerhouse that eventually provides you with some of the most powerful abilities in the game.

Summary

  • Versatility for the mid game.
  • Useful support abilities throughout the game.
  • Very powerful late game support ability for magic users.

Key abilities

  • Level 4 – Turn Tables: Gain 1BP when you evade an enemy attack.
  • Level 8 – Magic Save: MP costs reduced by 25%.
  • Level 14 – In The Red: Raise magic damage when you have negative BP values.

Recommended characters for this job

  • Tiz
  • Agnes

Both Tiz and Agnes are ideal for the Red Mage role, due to their superior magical statistics. All four characters can take it on however, and you may want to consider doing so at some point, especially if you’re looking to create the ultimate end game Black Mage that we mention in our Top 5 Best Jobs in Bravely Default list.


RANGER

Bravely Default Ranger

Alright, so you’ve acquired a Job that takes care of versatility in the form of the Red Mage, so how about just focusing on huge amounts of damage next? Well, look no further than the Ranger.

This class is designed to take advantage of different enemy types to do large chunks of damage in the mid game. No matter the opponent, the Ranger has an answer in each of it’s ‘Slayer’ abilities. Not only this, but it can also boost the bow damage of any unit with it’s support abilities – we would often give our spell casters the bow support to boost their damage, especially when you’re pushing through a dungeon before you reach the boss fights.

Summary

  • Great mid game damage against most enemy types.
  • Strong bows in the mid game make for good weapons.
  • Fluffy outfits for, erm, fans of that kind of thing.

Key abilities

  • Level 6 – Aerial Slayer: Deals 1.5x damage to aerial enemies.
  • Level 8 – Bow Lore: Raises Bow proficiency to rank S.
  • Level 14 – Multiburst: Four attacks for 0.6x damage to random enemies (or 2.4x total against one enemy, like perhaps boss fights?)

Recommended characters for this job

  • Tiz
  • Ringabel

This Job suits Ringabel given his high speed statistics, however Tiz can also function just fine in this role. Edea will also do well, but we’d leave Agnes on something that casts spells at the moment, especially in the mid game. Still, you can grind her to Bow Lore to improve her damage as noted above.


Late Game Jobs

So you’ve finally made it to the late game and you’re met with a huge variety of new enemies, locales and possibilities. Not to mention the boss rush that you have coming up. So whilst we’re not going to recommend the absolute End Game powerhouse (hint, it’s broken and it’s a dark type of mage), we are going to show you a few options that will help you power through the later portions of the game.


PIRATE

Bravely Default Pirate

From a personal perspective, the Pirate job is by far our favourite in the game. The visual design is fantastic, the abilities are fun to use and it’s such a physical powerhouse that it’s welcome in any party make up.

The job comes equipped with some of the best abilities in the game, particularly those that strip away enemy defences, and it can make use of the strongest weapons in the game: Axes. All of this combines to make a Pirate the strongest physical attacker possible, especially when you combine it with some support abilities from other Jobs (Dark Knight, comes to mind).

Summary

  • Very powerful physical attacks.
  • Can strip away enemy defences, both physical and magical.
  • Axes are very strong in Bravely Default.

Key abilities

  • Level 3 – Shell Split: Normal attack that also removes 25% of the targets defence.
  • Level 7 – Berserk: Attack automatically for six turns with 50% more attack power.
  • Level 10 – Defang: Reduces the targets physical attack by 25%.

Recommended characters for this job

  • Edea
  • Tiz

Edea is the prime candidate for this role, given that she has the highest physical attack of the four, though Tiz will also do a fine job. Again the others can take it on, but don’t expect them to reach the heights of Edea’s damage when they do so.


SPIRITMASTER

Bravely Default Spiritmaster

Well, with damage taken care of, it’s time to focus on something a bit more defensive: The Spiritmaster. This job excels at boosting both your healing abilities and your general survival in battle, thus proving itself essential for late game battles filled with dangerous enemies.

It accomplishes these things by providing benefits such as saving MP, boosting healing magic, returning BP and guarding the party from elemental attacks. Where the Pirate is the physical powerhouse, the Spiritmaster takes the cake for defensive abilities. Pair this with your primary healer and you’ll free up the rest of your party to take care of the enemies, safe in the knowledge that your HP pools are in good hands.

Summary

  • Significantly boosts healing.
  • Immense defensive buffs.
  • Can completely nullify some boss fights.

Key abilities

  • Level 2 – Auto-Shell: Begin every battle with Shell active, lasting ten turns.
  • Level 6 – Save WM MP: 25% MP reduction for White Magic.
  • Level 13 – Enigma: Nullify all elemental damage for 4 turns, effects the entire party.

Recommended characters for this job

  • Agnes
  • Tiz

As you might imagine, Agnes is ideal for this job given her high healing statistics. Tiz can also perform well, however it’s probably less than ideal to have more than one Spiritmaster in the group, unless you’re grinding them all.


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