GAH!A lot of people worked very hard to design FFXI.
There was like 12 guys.
One of the main roles of this group was to create and design each job class to be viable and distinct.
Paladins were meant to be tanks.
Dragoons were meant to be damage dealers.
Black Mages were meant to blow shit up.
Ka boom and shit.
They did this job very well. They took time to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each job class to ensure a varied and interesting selection.
And yet... Players don't seem to understand that.
A White Mage is a White Mage. They are dedicated healers and...
Well... They're healers.
They heal things.
A Summoner is not a White Mage.
Sure, a Summoner usually subs White Mage to act as a back up healer in emergency situations. It's possibly the only universally accepted subjob.
That doesn't make them a White Mage.
I actually put off leveling Summoner for a long time.
A very long time.
Most of my job choices revolved around hurting things. I was always the guy who was stabbing the thing, or setting the thing on fire, or stabbing the thing...
I'm a big fan of the stabbing.
But there were other factors.
Pretty much every Summoner I talked to told me that I'd spend most of my time acting as a second rate healer.
I didn't really want to be a healer. If I wanted to be a healer, I'd have leveled White Mage.
See, I'm not retarded.
This made Summoner a less than compelling choice.
Oh, did I mention my main character is Elvaan?
For those of you unfamiliar with the specific strengths of each of the races and job classes, let me break it down:
Summoners need mp.
Elvaans have terrible mp.
That's strike two.
Still, as most of my jobs grew higher and higher in level, I decided to give Summoner a chance.
Do you know what's fun? Spending twenty levels summoning a radioactive squirrel.
I gave it a shot. You know, try and see what newer players without access to higher jobs have to put up with.
Yeah... F&%@ that.
After 5 levels, I decided to go unlock all the avatars. If I had to look at that squirrel thing again, I'd probably have shot someone.
So, after a relatively short hiatus, I was back to Summoner with a wide array of summonable creatures to do my nefarious bidding.
Oh, is the monster weak to fire? Let me summon an avatar made of fire.
I was like a Swiss Army knife.
Okay... A Swiss Army knife capable of calling forth beasts composed of magic.
I literally have an avatar for every situation. Each of them has specific strengths and elemental alignments meaning I'm ready for any enemy.
Do you know what avatar I summon the most?
Neither do I.
I spend most of my time healing morons who can't find a White Mage.
I can summon a giant sea monster, a woman made of ice, a wolf composed of darkness, or even a demon born from a nightmare.
Unfortunately, I can't afford to summon those guys because that costs mp that I have to conserve to save idiots who draw hate.
You can imagine how frustrating that might be.
Do you know what I'm going to do tomorrow? I'm going to play as a White Mage.
Then I'm going to sub Summoner.
Then, I'm not going to heal ANYBODY. I'm going to spend every party summoning Carbuncle and letting him melee the enemy.
And anyone who complains gets fed to Jormy.
I friggin' hate people.