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White Mage (WHM) Guide

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White Mage is a classic healing job that branches off Conjurer. Its role is to restore the HP of party members that take damage from monsters, cure bad status effects from party members and to revive fallen members of the party upon death. The White Mage can also deal damage with Holy, Aero and Stone but this should be seen as secondary to everything else. This guide will talk about how to play the job at level 50 and it should be noted that it may not be the only way to play it. Others may disagree, but see it as a starting point and build on it from there.


Attributes


White Mage GuideAs a White Mage you should be placing all of your attribute points into Mind (MND) as this increases healing magic potency. As a healer it should be obvious why. You may think that Intelligence is also important for your attack spells but this is not the case. It is better to focus on MND and use Cleric Stance when you want to cast attack magic. Piety would add extra MP but the benefits of increased MND will be better.

With equipment however you could focus on more stats than just MND. Healing Magic Potency is the most important of the rest, with Spell Speed and PIE also being very useful as well. Critical Hit Rate will affect the chances of critical cures so it is worth considering too. Determination will boost the amount of HP restored from your heals.


Skill Usage


For a full explanation of skills see our White Mage and Conjurer pages.

As a WHM there is no set skill rotation throughout the battle, it is entirely situational. There is some preparation work that will help you maximise your potential however. Protect should always be on all of your party members and Stoneskin should also be cast between fights. Upon engaging the monster cast Aero II to apply the damage over time effect.

From here on you should apply the basic healer logic to decide which skill to use when.

Does my tank need healing? Cast Cure.
Do all of my party members need healing? Cast Medica.
Has a party member died? Cast Raise.
Does a party member have a bad status effect? Cast Esuna.

Regen should not be used before engaging the monster as it will draw too much enmity for the White Mage. You should wait until the tank has taken a bit damage. Managing your enmity is an important part of playing WHM as you do not want the monster to attack you since you will have to heal yourself causing even more enmity and eventually die and possibly wipe the party.

You should also try to recast Aero II when the effect wears off but only when it is safe to do so. The above situations taken priority over any damage dealing skills. Thunder II from Thaumaturge is also a useful DoT skill you can cast.

If you do find yourself in a situation where you can safely do some attacking then you can switch your MND and INT values with Cleric Stance and attack with Stone II and Holy. You do need to be careful here because you are using MP that you may need later in the fight for healing. It may even be the case that you do not use attacking spells on boss fights until you are confident of success with the fight.

Presence of Mind is a skills which increases your spell speed by 10%. You should aim to have this available for boss fights but if you time it right you can get away with using it between them. Divine Seal will add 30% to your cure potency for 15 seconds but has a 1 minute recast. This is situational in that you don't want to use it if your party members are near full HP.


Cross Class Abilities


WHM can take cross class skills from the THM and ACN classes and at level 50 you can equip up to 5.

The most useful skills you can get from Thaumaturge are Swiftcast (next spell is instant cast) and Surecast (next spell is cast without interruption). Both of these are situational and they may help you get out of some tricky situations.

From Arcanist you should take Virus as it will increase the party's damage for 10 seconds. Eye for an Eye is a useful support ability to take as well, your tank will be happy if you use that on him in critical moments as it helps his denfence. You should not consider taking Physick as it is identical to Cure.


Gear


The best gear for your White Mage constantly changes depending on what was added in the latest patch so it is important to do your own research on top of this guide. It may also be that you feel a different piece works better for you in that slot but in most cases the best item is the one listed. We have broken the gear down into tiers, because once you have an item of say ilevel 70 you don't need to aim for another of the same ilevel, you should be aiming for ilevel 80 or 90.

Currently only weapons have ilevel 80, which is why the armour goes 90, 70, 60. With patch 2.1 this will change and be consistent. As a general guide you should be aiming for a setup such as this:

Slot Best Next Tier Third Tier
Main Hand High Allagan Crook
Yagrush
Weathered Yagrush
Thyrus Animus
Tidal Wave Wand
Thyrus Atma
Shield Tidal Wave Buckler
Wave Buckler
Ancient Shield
Head High Allagan Circlet of Healing
Daystar Circlet
Weathered Daystar Circlet
Cleric's Circlet
Allagan Circlet of Healing
Direwolf Monocle of Healing
Gold Spectacles
Body High Allagan Coat of Healing
Daystar Robe
Weathered Daystar Robe
Cleric's Robe
Allagan Tunic of Healing
Direwolf Robe of Healing
Cashmere Robe of Healing
Hands Daystar Gloves
High Allagan Gloves of Healing
Weathered Daystar Gloves
Allagan Gloves of Healing
Direwolf Gloves of Healing
Cleric's Gloves
Saurian Gloves of Healing
Legs High Allagan Pantaloons of Healing
Daystar Breeches
Weathered Daystar Breeches
Direwolf Skirt of Healing
Cleric's Culottes
Allagan Breeches of Healing
Cashmere Skirt of Healing
Feet Daystar Sollerets
High Allagan Thighboots of Healing
Weathered Daystar Sollerets
Allagan Boots of Healing
Direwolf Thighboots of Healing
Cleric's Boots
Saurian Boots of Healing
Waist High Allagan Belt of Healing
Daystar Belt
Weathered Daystar Belt
Hero's Belt of Healing
Allagan Rope Belt of Healing
Direwolf Sash of Healing
Saurian Belt of Healing
Neck High Allagan Choker of Healing
Daystar Necklace
Weathered Daystar Necklace
Ribbon of Healing
Direwolf Choker of Healing
Hero's Necklace of Healing
Allagan Choker of Healing
Ear Daystar Earrings
High Allagan Earrings of Healing
Weathered Daystar Earrings
Hero's Earrings of Healing
Direwolf Earrings of Healing
Allagan Earrings of Healing
Tremor Earrings of Healing
Rings High Allagan Ring of Healing
Daystar Ring
Weathered Daystar Ring
Hero's Ring of Healing
Vortex Ring of Healing
Allagan Ring of Healing
Direwolf Ring of Healing
Wrist High Allagan Bracelets of Healing
Daystar Armillae
Weathered Daystar Armillae
Allagan Bracelets of Healing
Inferno Bangle of Healing
Hero's Bracelet of Healing
Direwolf Wristbands of Healing

* This guide only lists gear which is confirmed to be in FFXIV: ARR.

Materia


In FFXIV: ARR all materia can be added to any slot so this guide only lists the materia that is useful for the White Mage rather than where to put it.

Mind - Increased healing magic potency
Piety - MP
Determination - HP restored by healing magic
Critical Hit Rate - Chance of critical cures.
Quicktongue - Spell Speed

As you will be limited by how much of a certain stat you can apply to gear through stat caps it is a good idea to use a variety and add stats to gear which aren't already on the piece.


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Fluxion [Anon]
Feb 07, 2014 - 20:26:04 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

I don't understand the different between Mind and Determination. Can anyone explain?
 
Zephyrik [Anon]
Oct 23, 2013 - 00:20:27 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Has a party member died? Cast Raise.

this is wrong... it's more like: Has a party member died? Point and laugh.
 
Xenor
Oct 13, 2013 - 14:36:01 | Location: Durham, United Kingdom

Thanks for all the tips, I have added a paragraph about Regen and enmity.
 
lalone [Anon]
Oct 04, 2013 - 03:38:36 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

when I had 20 points in mind I healed for about 50 ish more with cure I and then when i put the last 10 points in the diminishing returns of mind seemed to hit the power of the heals harder resulting in maybe a 10 extra heals, I was wondering if anyone else though the last 10 attribute points could be better spent on vitality or piety?
 
Cu Airuath [Anon]
Oct 01, 2013 - 17:47:37 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Kazumi's got the right of it.

A good White Mage doesn't pump out as much healing as he or she can, non-stop; a good White Mage gives out just enough healing at just the right time to precisely mitigate harm without drawing unnecessary enmity.
A better way to use regen is to wait until a moment after the fight begins, once you see the tank has taken a little bit of harm (and a lot of enmity), then apply regen so that, not only will the first tick of HoT actually do something, but it will wear off later in the fight.
Remember: Overhealing is a great way to kill your whole party. Because when the enemy turns on the squishy healer, the battered healer soon needs to heal himself, which often draws more enmity than the tank can dish out in his attempts to peel it off of the healer, ensuring that the enemy stays clamped on the healer, requiring the healer to continue the spiral by healing himself futilely unto exhaustion, at which point he dies and so too does the tank without any healing.
 
KazumiAmano
Oct 01, 2013 - 10:03:52 | Location: Unknown, United States

There's really no reason to throw out Regen pre-fight. It's not necessary for survival, ever, and it's akin to having DPS pull the mobs instead of the tank - messy fight often not worth the trouble.
 
dev op [Anon]
Sep 27, 2013 - 22:55:59 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

The proper pre-fight buff is Stoneskin. Then, as soon as Stoneskin falls, you pop Regen. Regen's first tick doesn't happen for 3 seconds, but the mob's next attack will come within 2.5 (usually); so, the first Regen tick hits right after the tank receives their first real damage.
 
dev op [Anon]
Sep 27, 2013 - 22:53:38 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Yes, it is a lot of hate. The second the first tick hits, all the mobs the tank did not directly engage come right for the WHM. Then, the tank has to run around and grab them. Then, the DPS get hate because the tank hasn't had time to pay attention to the first mob... It's a nasty cycle.

Tanks should always cancel Regen before a 2+ mob pull.
 
Anonymous
Sep 27, 2013 - 15:13:50 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

This is not world of warcraft. Any type of overhealing or enmity in the beginning of an encounter will kill you. You need to give the tank time to secure the target before you do anything.
 
cozy-k [Anon]
Sep 26, 2013 - 15:51:52 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Yeah, Regen definitely pulls enmity away from the tank if you use it at the beginning of a battle, especially when attacking grouped mobs. I'll usually have Stoneskin up on the tank before every fight so that he/she can build up enmity while taking minimal initial damage. Then, if Cure isn't enough, throw a Regen on the tank at that point.
 
Anonymous
Sep 26, 2013 - 11:26:31 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Casting regen before a boss pull will usually be just fine. Popping it before a trash pull will often lead to the side mobs scattering before the tank can grab. For example, a healer pops regen before tank runs in to grab a pack of three. The PLD runs in and shield lobs first mob and before they have a chance to pop a "flash" off to gather the rest of the pack, the two extra mobs will often bee-line straight for the healer. In a tight cluster of mobs this might be an easy recovery, but in a spread out pack (say, the statues in AK, the healer is going to take some hits before the tank can recover.
Just something to think about before healers go screaming about the PUG tank that "can't hold aggro." Don't pop regen before multiple mob pulls. And tanks, pull off regen before multiple mob pulls if it is still up from previous pull.
 
Xenor
Sep 26, 2013 - 01:04:24 | Location: Durham, United Kingdom

Is Regen really that much hate? I rarely play healer classes to be honest, but popping Regen before engaging is the logical thing to do. I will remove that tip for now then.
 
Anonymous
Sep 25, 2013 - 23:39:54 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

" Just before the party engaged the monster you should cast Regen on the tank."

Please take down the tip to pop regen right before the tank engages an enemy. This is only a good idea if you like to have your face eaten off. Any good tank that sees regen up before a pull will pull the buff off themselves. It pulls massive hate to the healer before you even engage.