Arcanist Job Abilities and Best Sub-Jobs | Bravely Default 2 (Bravely Default II)

Bravely Default II - Arcanist

This is a guide to the Arcanist Job class in Bravely Default 2 (Bravely Default II) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to know all the details about the Arcanist Job including its abilities, specialties, stat modifiers, and weapon proficiencies!

Arcanist Overview

Bravely Default 2 Arcanist Portrait
Arcanist Overview
・Arcanists are single-minded, high-octane attackers.
・While they're able to attack all enemies with full force, this can also b damaging to themselves, meaning it's not a job for everyone.
・Strengthening elemental resistances an using Reflect can be good strategies.

Arcanist Notable Stats

HP MP Strength Defense
Bravely Default 2 HP Ratio Bravely Default 2 MP Ratio Bravely Default 2 Strength Ratio Bravely Default 2 Defense Ratio
Magic Magic Defense Healing Power Agility
Bravely Default 2 Magic Ratio Bravely Default 2 Magic Defense Ratio Bravely Default 2 Healing Power Bravely Default 2 Agility Ratio

How to Play the Arcanist

Build up Resistances!

The Arcanist can deal ally damage so make sure to have at least +2 Elemental Resistance to at least on of the elements that you're going to use (+2 Fire Resist will work on Ardour that deals fire and water, etc.).

Play with a Shield Master

The Shield Master automatically guards allies on Critical HP. By setting everyone's HP to critical, you can freely cast elemental spells since the Shield Master will block all ally damage you'll inflict! By slotting in a +3 elemental resist to your Shield Master, you can even turn to a secondary healer for your tank!

Arcanist Ability List

Ability Type Cost Level Effect
Dark Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 15 MP 1 Perform a dark magic attack on a target/all targets.
Ardour Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 36 MP 2 Perform a magical attack on ally and foe alike that combines the powers of fire and water.
Drain Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 30 MP 3 Perform a magic attack that absorbs a target's HP.
Darkra Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 38 MP 4 Perform a powerful dark magic attack on a target/all targets.
Electon Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 50 MP 5 Perform a magical attack on ally and foe alike that combines the powers of lightning and light.
Aspir Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 20% HP 6 Perform a magic attack that absorbs a target's MP.
Darkga Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 66 MP 7 Perform an extremely powerful dark magic attack on a target/all targets.
Meltdown Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 70 MP 8 Perform a powerful magical attack on ally and foe alike that combines the powers of fire and wind.
Death Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 25 MP 9 Attempt to instantly KO a target.
MP Regen Bravely Default 2 Support Ability IconSupport 1 Slot 10 MP is restored by 5% at the end of each turn.
Comet Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 45 MP 11 Perform two to four quick non-elemental magic attacks on a target.
Doomsday Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 80 MP 12 Perform an incredibly powerful dark magic attack on a target.
Magic Amp Bravely Default 2 Support Ability IconSupport 1 Slot 13 Spells cost 50% more MP, but deal 25% more damage.
Apocalypse Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 110 MP 14 Perform an extremely powerful magical attack on ally and foe alike that combines the powers of earth and darkness.
Meteor Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 136 MP 15 Perform four incredibly powerful non-elemental magic attacks on random enemies in quick succession.

Best Abilities

Meteor

A non-elemental spell that can deal multi hit against an enemy. Coupled with the Arcanist's high Magic stat and you'll be hitting enemies for massive damage.

Doomsday

The strongest Dark Elemental spell and is an extremely useful ability. If you don't want to draft a team around an Arcanist, setting the Arcanist as a Sub-Job just to cast Doomsday is an alternative option to deal heavy Dark Damage to enemies!

Arcanist Speciality and Special Ability

Speciality

Specialities Effects
All In Applying attack spells to multiple targets does not reduce the damage inflicted, but does cause them to target the user.
Wild Wizardry Attack spells are 20% more powerful, and also reduce their targets' MP. However, they will also occasionally target all allies and enemies.

Speciality 2 Can only be learned after leveling the Arcanist to Level 12.

Special Ability

Special Ability
Black Mass
Strike all enemies with a powerful darkness-imbued magical attack.
Bonus Effects
Restorative Power +50%
Conditions
Use Necromancy x 13.

Arcanist Weapon Proficiencies

Below are the weapons proficiencies for the Arcanist Job. Refer to this section to know which weapons are best suited for the Arcanist Job.

sword icon bravely default 2,size :20x20 Sword Proficiency Rank Bravely Default 2 Dagger Icon Dagger Proficiency Rank Bravely Default 2 Ax Icon AxProficiency Rank Bravely Default 2 Shield Icon Shield Proficiency Rank
Bravely default 2 Spear Icon Spear Proficiency Rank Bravely Default 2 Bow Icon Bow Proficiency Rank Bravely Default 2 Staff Icon Staff Proficiency Rank

How to Unlock the Arcanist Job

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As you progress the story of Chapter 4, you'll discover that the population of Wiswald has disappeared. You'll learn that Vigintio has nefarious plans to create an army of undead wizards and your team decides to stop him. By foiling his plans, you'll earn the Arcanist Asterisk.

How to Beat Vigintio

Best Sub-Jobs for Arcanist

Oracle

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The Oracle allows the Arcanist to choose an elemental resistance to improve. This is handy if you still lack elemental resistant gears to nullify the damage that the Arcanist can deal to yourself.

Oracle Job Abilities and Best Sub-Jobs

Bastion

Bastion Job

The Bastion is a tank class but it can also be a great sub-Job to the Arcanist thanks to Vallation. Vallation is a barrier ability that can nullify all magic damage taken by the party for 1 instance. This can be comboed with your abilities so only the enemies will suffer the damage from your team wide attacks.

Bastion Job Abilities and Best Sub-Jobs

Bravely Default 2 Job Guides

Jobs List

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List of Jobs

Jobs
Freelancer Bravely Default 2Freelancer White Mage Icon.pngWhite Mage Black Mage Icon.pngBlack Mage Monk Icon.pngMonk
Vanguard Icon.pngVanguard Thief Icon.pngThief Bard Icon.pngBard Beastmaster Icon.pngBeast Master
Gambler Icon.pngGambler Berserker Icon.pngBerserker Red Mage Icon.pngRed Mage Hunter Icon.pngRanger
Shieldmaster Icon.pngShieldmaster Pictomancer Icon.pngPictomancer Dragoon Icon.pngDragoon Swordmaster Icon.pngSwordmaster
Spiritmaster.pngSpiritmaster Salve-Maker.pngSalve-Maker Oracle.pngOracle Bastion.pngBastion
Phantom.pngPhantom Arcanist.pngArcanist Hellblade.pngHellblade Hellblade.pngBravebearer

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