A Realm Reborn let you play as your preferred character class, with options ranging from archers and black mages to pugilists and dragoons. Previously, in order to turn from Thaumaturg to Black Mage, you had to pursue another class and have their powers combine at a specific level. It promoted learning new classes, but felt incredibly grind-based and didn’t totally make sense. Heavensward offers new jobs, but the reasoning actually works for me, including the level downgrade.
Upon arriving in Ishgard, there are a range of new side quests to undertake in the city itself. I found myself in the factory where I was sent on a quest that resulted in opening up the machinist job. The option to shoot guns and set up turrets? Sign me up! However, I obviously knew nothing about it and didn’t have the skills to handle the better weaponry. As a result, my level 50 black mage transformed into a level 30 machinist when changing class. It made sense, although it’s still a bit frustrating that my character couldn’t equip the excellent gear that I already had and loved. Time to get new gear, and level up all over again. Instead, I’ve just stuck with being a black mage for now, but maybe when I have time again I will level up my machinist.
Yes, the new jobs are just as addictive as the old ones. From fishing and mining to killing things as the various classes and fulfilling your entire hunting log, there is just so much to do in the reward loop that you can easily lose many hours doing things that are totally unrelated to the story at hand.