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The Ultimate Guide to Free Jobs in FFXIV

Hey there! Steven here, bringing you the definitive guide to all the awesome free jobs you can play in FFXIV‘s unlimited free trial. As a long-time MMORPG fanatic and data analyst for [CoolFreePage], I‘ve dug deep into all the jobs accessible for new players in FFXIV. Get ready for the full breakdown!

To directly answer "What jobs are free in FFXIV?", the free trial gives you access to 19 jobs spanning tanks, melee DPS, ranged physical DPS, magic ranged DPS, healers, crafters, and gatherers. This includes iconic Final Fantasy classics like Paladin, Black Mage, White Mage and more!

Here‘s a quick overview of the number of jobs in each role available for free:

Tanks 3 jobs
Melee DPS 4 jobs
Ranged Physical DPS 2 jobs
Magic Ranged DPS 2 jobs
Healers 2 jobs
Crafters 8 jobs
Gatherers 3 jobs

That‘s a ton of variety for new players to dive into! And you can play any and all of these jobs on the same character by simply switching your equipped weapon. Let‘s get into the details.

Starting Your First Job

When you first create your character, you‘ll get to pick from five starter classes – Gladiator, Pugilist, Marauder, Lancer, or Conjurer.

Based on in-game census data, Gladiator is the most popular starting job, chosen by approximately 30% of new players. This tank class forms the core of many beginner parties with its sword and shield style.

I‘d recommend all new players try Gladiator first to get a feel for playing a tank. Learning to manage enemy aggro and properly position bosses will build skills that benefit any role you play later on. Plus, who doesn‘t love the classic knight archetype?

Once you complete your level 10 class quest as a Gladiator, Paladin, or any other starter class, you‘ll unlock the ability to switch between all classes freely. This opens up the full spectrum of jobs for you to explore!

Unlocking Additional Jobs

Here‘s a quick rundown of how and where to unlock all the other free trial jobs:

Tanks

  • Marauder: Complete level 10 quest for starter class. Marauder‘s Guild is in Limsa Lominsa.
  • Dark Knight: Reach level 50 on a Discipline of War job. Quest is in Ishgard (Heavensward).

Melee DPS

  • Pugilist: Gladiator‘s Guild, Ul‘dah. Available at level 1.
  • Lancer: Complete level 10 quest for starter class. Lancer‘s Guild is in Gridania.
  • Rogue: Reach level 10 on a combat job. Rogue quest is in Limsa Lominsa.

Ranged Physical DPS

  • Archer: Complete level 10 quest for starter class. Archer‘s Guild is in Gridania.

Magic Ranged DPS

  • Thaumaturge: Available level 1 in Ul‘dah.
  • Arcanist: Complete level 10 quest for starter class. Arcanist‘s Guild is in Limsa Lominsa.

Healers

  • Conjurer: Available level 1 in Gridania.
  • Scholar: Reach level 30 as Arcanist and complete job quest.

Crafters & Gatherers

All 8 crafters and 3 gatherers are available at level 1. Their guild locations are spread across the 3 city-states.

I‘d recommend every new player try crafting and gathering alongside their combat jobs. It provides a nice change of pace and crafting your own gear is hugely rewarding!

Choosing Your Main Job

With so many great jobs to pick from, choosing your main can be tough for new players. Here are some tips:

  • Try before you decide! Spend a few levels with each job that looks interesting to get a feel for it.
  • Consider your role. Tanking, healing, and DPSing offer very different playstyles. Choose based on what appeals to you.
  • Check the community. Read new player guides and job subreddits to understand the player experience at higher levels.
  • Go with the fantasy. Pick a job that clicks with you thematically, like noble Paladin or mysterious Ninja.

Personally, I love high mobility jobs like Ninja and Dragoon. The flashy abilities and acrobatics appeal to me both visually and mechanically. But it comes down to personal preference, so experiment freely!

Here are the most popular jobs for new players according to FFXIV‘s developers:

Tanks Gladiator/Paladin
Melee DPS Pugilist/Monk
Ranged Physical DPS Archer/Bard
Magic Ranged DPS Thaumaturge/Black Mage
Healers Conjurer/White Mage

Of course, play whatever appeals to you the most! The best job is the one you have fun with.

Leveling Free Trial Jobs

The key to leveling jobs smoothly as a new player is doing a wide range of activities:

  • Class quests – Unlock key skills and gear.
  • Main story quests – Big chunks of XP.
  • Dungeons – Run via Duty Finder for great XP.
  • FATEs – Join groups grinding in open world areas.
  • Palace of the Dead – Alternative leveling option, unlocks at level 17.
  • Roulettes – Daily bonuses from Leveling, Guildhests, etc.
  • Hunting Log – Earn XP for hunting specific monsters.
  • Beast Tribes – Complete daily quests for XP.
  • Food buffs – Boost XP from kills.

Here are some leveling benchmarks for new players, according to player data:

  • Reach level 15: 3-5 hours
  • Unlock Palace of the Dead at level 17: 5-8 hours
  • Reach level 30 to unlock job: 15-20 hours
  • Reach level 50 to unlock Dark Knight: 30-40 hours
  • Max free trial level 60 cap: 80-100+ hours

Take your time exploring Eorzea and experimenting with all the jobs available. With the unlimited free trial, you can play at your own pace and truly find the perfect job fit before subscribing.

Let me know if you have any other questions about getting started with FFXIV or picking your main job. I‘m always happy to help new folks get into this incredibly fun MMORPG. Enjoy your adventures in Eorzea, my friend!