Forget how ridiculous or impractical the design of the weapon may be – you know you want to wield a gunblade in Final Fantasy XIV. Fortunately, your wildest dreams will come true in FFXIV: Shadowbringers when the Gunbreaker job is added to one of the best MMORPGs around. The new job was one of the major announcements to come out of the recent FFXIV Fan Fest in Paris, along with the Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers release date, a new Nier raid, new Viera race, and a whole host of other news we’ve covered in our Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers guide.
We’re expecting a second job to be revealed for Shadowbringers at the forthcoming Fan Fest in Tokyo, which many are speculating to be a new healer class, the Dancer. For now, though, we’re going to be focusing exclusively on the Gunbreaker job.
Below you’ll find everything we know about the Gunbreaker job so far. We’ll be offering an overview of the job, taking a look at how you unlock the Gunbreaker, and – using early footage of the job – ruminating on what some of the Gunbreaker abilities might be. Be sure to check back regularly as we update this page with any new announcements.
The Gunbreaker will be the fourth job added to Final Fantasy XIV and will fulfil the Tank role. Its weapon of choice will be the gunblade and it will wear plate armour alongside the Warrior, Paladin, and Dark Knight jobs – so expect to share any loot with these folks.
How to unlock the Gunbreaker job in Final Fantasy XIV
According to the announcements made at the FFXIV Fan Fest in Paris, it is expected that you will need to go to the starting city of Gridania to unlock the Gunbreaker job. You’ll also need to have at least one Disciple of War or Magic job at level 60.
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If Gunbreaker is similar to previous jobs in other expansions, an NPC – currently unknown – will offer you a quest to start your journey into the role. This first quest will introduce you to the basic functions of the job starting at level 60 while also providing a weapon and a suitable set of armour so you can get to shooting and slashing right away.
Gunbreaker Skills and Abilities
No specific job skills have been confirmed at the time of writing, so all we have to go on at the minute is the short Gunbreaker gameplay video released at the Paris Fan Fest earlier this year. From this, we’ve got a small glimpse of how you’ll be able to wield your gunblade in Final Fantasy XIV.
As you might infer from the weapon choice, Gunbreaker will use a combination of melee-range sword slashes and close-range gunfire as the basis of its attacks. Many of these look like straightforward weapon combos that will be used to build aggro on enemies so you can tank in a similar fashion to the Warrior, Paladin, and Dark Knight classes.
Gunblade history lesson
Players of Final Fantasy VIII will undoubtedly be familiar with the gunblade already, as it was used by that game’s protagonist Squall Leonhart and his rival Seifer. It’ll be interesting to see whether the trigger mechanic from that game makes it into Final Fantasy XIV as an ability.
However, there are also two unique standout moves from the trailer. The first shows the Gunbreaker firing a burst of energy above them that generates a small shield, suggesting that the job will have its own damage mitigation skills. The second looks similar, as the Gunbreaker creates a thin barrier in front of him that could also serve as damage reduction in some form.
As a Tank, the Gunbreaker will also have access to the full range of Tank role actions. You’ll be able to choose up to five of these skills to customise your loadout, though we expect some of the more popular choices will remain vital to successfully play as a Gunbreaker. That means abilities such as Provoke, Rampart, Convalescence, and Reprisal will likely feature on your hotbar once more.
The introduction of the Gunbreaker will also see one of the game’s recurring characters, Thancred, take up the new job. He can be seen sporting the new weapon and a white version of the job’s Relic Gear in the Shadowbringers extended teaser trailer, suggesting he makes the choice to switch as part of the Main Scenario prior to the release of the expansion.
It’s likely that Thancred learns how to use the weapon through Gaius van Baelsar, aka the Shadowhunter, after his surprise return in Patch 4.3: Under the Moonlight. When Gaius first appears in The Burn he can be seen with a gunblade holstered on his back. It could be that either of these two characters plays a part in the Gunbreaker job quests or an as yet unknown individual who is prepared to teach players how to use the weapon.