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This guide was created by Silversean of Asura, formerly Shiva and formatted by Spicyryan of Asura, formerly Pandemonium.


General Information

Scholars were military tacticians during the Crystal War and are able to use both schools of magic: black and white, between which they would switch based on the situation at hand. While SCH isn’t effective as BLM with nukes or WHM with cures it excels in over-time healing and damage. SCHs gain access to Regen 5, a potent healing spell and Helices, formidable damage over time spells. Scholar is about stratagem management.

Roles

Scholar is similar to Red Mage or Blue Mage in that it fills multiple roles. It can main heal, main nuke, enfeeble, stun, self-skillchain, and etc.
Scholars have to pay close attention to the battle as to see if they can improve the situation with their unique spells and abilities.

Abilities

Light Arts.png Light Arts

Grants a bonus to healing, enhancing, and enfeebling magic that is white magic based. While lowering proficiency for black magic (increased recast time, cast time, MP cost, and less potency for black magic). Reduces cast time, recast time and MP of associated white magic spells by 20% respectively, and allows access to Stratagems that provide bonuses to white magic.

  • Penury
    • Reduces MP cost of next white magic spell by 50%



  • Celerity
    • Reduces the casting time and the recast time of your next white magic spell by 50%.


  • Accession
    • Extends the effect of your next healing or enhancing white magic spell to party members within range. MP cost and casting time are doubled.


  • Rapture
    • Enhances the potency of your next white magic spell. (does not work with enhancing magic)


  • Altruism (Merit Points)
    • Increases the accuracy of your next White Magic spell.


  • Tranquility (Merit Points)
    • Your next white magic spell will generate less enmity.


  • Perpetuance
    • Increases the enhancement effect duration of your next white magic spell. (doubles the duration)

Dark Arts.png Dark Arts

Grants a bonus to elemental, dark, and enfeebling magic that is black magic based. While lowering proficiency for white magic (increased recast time, cast time, MP cost, and less potency for white magic). Reduces cast time, recast time and MP of associated black magic spells by 20% respectively, and allows access to Stratagems that provide bonuses to black magic.

  • Parsimony
    • Reduces the MP cost of your next black magic spell by 50%.


  • Alacrity
    • Reduces the casting and the recast time of your next black magic spell by 50%.



  • Manifestation
    • Extends the effect of your next enfeebling black magic spell to targets within range. MP cost and casting time are doubled. (works with the enhancing spell Klimaform)


  • Ebullience
    • Enhances the potency of your next black magic spell.


  • Focalization (Merit Points)]
    • Increases the accuracy of your next black magic spell.


  • Equanimity (Merit Points)
    • Your next black magic spell will generate less enmity.


  • Immanence
    • Makes it possible for your next elemental magic spell to be used in a skillchain, but not a magic burst.

Two-Hour.png Special Abilities

Special abilities A.K.A. "1 hours" are your special abilities with a default cool down of 1 hour. This is reduced to 45 minutes after obtaining 2100 Job Points on scholar.

  • Tabula Rasa
    • Restores all stratagems, allows unlimited stratagem use, and gives access to two unique spells:
      • Kaustra
        • Powerful DoT, only available during 1 hour. Consumes 20% of total MP to cast.
      • Embrava
        • Powerful buff, only available during 1 hr.
          • Grants a 72hp/tic Regen, 6 mp/tic Refresh, and 25.9% Haste and because it’s a special buff will stack with Regen, Refresh, and Haste. Consumes 20% of total MP to cast.
          • Embrava can be cast on an alliance even though you’re only in one party. Accession + Embrava your party, Accession + Embrava while targeting another person within in the alliance and not inside your party to apply Embrava to that party, do the same to the third party. Embrava gives 72 hp/tic Regen, but can stack with Regen 5. So 72 hp/tic from Embrava + 100 hp/tic from Regen 5 = 172 hp/tic.


Other Abilities

  • Sublimation
    • Stores MP while reducing HP. The effect ends once the MP limit has been reached, or HP is too low. Stored MP is gained when the ability is reactivated.


Increases damage done by helix spells while lowering spell duration by 50%.


  • Enlightenment (Merit Points)
    • Optimizes both white and black magic capabilities and allows access to both addenda for your next spell.


  • Libra
    • Examines the target's enmity level.

Merits

Group 1

  • Grimoire Recast: Shorten recast time of Light Arts and Darks Arts by 2 seconds.
  • Modus Veritas Duration: Increase duration of effect for Modus Veritas by 10%.
  • Helix Magic Accuracy/Magic Attack Bonus: Increase magic accuracy by 3 and magic attack bonus by 2 for helix spells.
  • Max Sublimation: Increase the maximum amount of MP available via Sublimation by 10.


Group 2

  • Altruism: Light Arts Stratagem. Increases the accuracy of your next white magic spell. Increase magic accuracy by 5.
  • Focalization: Dark Arts Stratagem. Increases the accuracy of your next black magic spell. Increase magic accuracy by 5.
  • Tranquility: Light Arts Stratagem. Your next white magic spell will generate less enmity. Reduce enmity by 10.
  • Equanimity: Dark Arts Stratagem. Your next black magic spell will generate less enmity. Reduce enmity by 10.
  • Enlightenment: Optimizes both white and black magic capabilities and allows access to both addenda for your next spell. Recast: 5min. +5 bonus to INT and MND.
  • Stormsurge: Storm-type spells grant a bonus to attributes associated with their element. Initial bonus value: +3. Increase bonus value by 1.

Traits

Support Jobs

Estq. Chappel icon.png Red Mage
Goetia Petasos icon.png Black Mage
Orison Cap icon.png White Mage
  • I have no idea why you'd use WHM as a sub job, the only thing you gain is Curaga and Divine Seal, with Accession SCH natively has a Curaga IV.

Equipment

Light Arts Sets

Regen  
Bolelabunga icon.pngBolelabunga description.png Genmei Shield icon.pngGenmei Shield description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Arbatel Bonnet +1 icon.pngArbatel Bonnet +1 description.png Incanter's Torque icon.pngIncanter's Torque description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Telchine Chas. icon.pngTelchine Chas. description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Arbatel Bracers +1 icon.pngArbatel Bracers +1 description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Bookworm's Cape icon.pngBookworm's Cape description.png
Augment-Icon.png
32x32.png Telchine Braconi icon.pngTelchine Braconi description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Telchine Pigaches icon.pngTelchine Pigaches description.png
Augment-Icon.png

You can either use Telchine with Regen Potency augments or Telchine with Enhancing Duration augments and get the potency from somewhere else. Another set could be: Ambuscade Cape for Regen Duration+ and the rest of the Telchine be Regen Potency+. It really depends on the player, aim for 9+ minutes and 90+ HP/tic Regens.


Cure  
Serenity icon.pngSerenity description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Niobid Strap icon.pngNiobid Strap description.png 32x32.png Hydrocera icon.pngHydrocera description.png
Gende. Caubeen icon.pngGende. Caubeen description.png Incanter's Torque icon.pngIncanter's Torque description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Heka's Kalasiris icon.pngHeka's Kalasiris description.png Telchine Gloves icon.pngTelchine Gloves description.png Ephedra Ring icon.pngEphedra Ring description.png Ephedra Ring icon.pngEphedra Ring description.png
Pahtli Cape icon.pngPahtli Cape description.png Bishop's Sash icon.pngBishop's Sash description.png Psycloth Lappas icon.pngPsycloth Lappas description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Regal Pumps +1 icon.pngRegal Pumps +1 description.png

Again, find whatever suits you. Aim for a mixture of Enhancing Skill+ and Enhancing Duration+. Keep Arabatel Bracers for Perpetuance.

This set is very user-dependent, you only need to hit the Cure Potency cap of 50% then equip Healing Magic+/MND+. The order of importance is: Cure Potency > Healing Skill > MND. The reason I have Psycloth Lappas in this set when they give no Healing skill+ is to put more Fast Cast in the set for cure recasts. Ephedra Rings > Stikini Rings as they give more healing magic skill and can also be used in your Cursna set.


Fast Cast  
Grioavolr icon.pngGrioavolr description.png Niobid Strap icon.pngNiobid Strap description.png 32x32.png Impatiens icon.pngImpatiens description.png
Arbatel Bonnet +1 icon.pngArbatel Bonnet +1 description.png Voltsurge Torque icon.pngVoltsurge Torque description.png Loquac. Earring icon.pngLoquac. Earring description.png 32x32.png
Anhur Robe icon.pngAnhur Robe description.png Merlinic Dastanas icon.pngMerlinic Dastanas description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Weather. Ring icon.pngWeather. Ring description.png Lebeche Ring icon.pngLebeche Ring description.png
Lugh's Cape icon.pngLugh's Cape description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Witful Belt icon.pngWitful Belt description.png Psycloth Lappas icon.pngPsycloth Lappas description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Merlinic Crackows icon.pngMerlinic Crackows description.png
Augment-Icon.png

Again, find whatever suits you. Aim for a mixture of Enhancing Skill+ and Enhancing Duration+. Keep Arabatel Bracers for Perpetuance.

This is my set which needs some optimization. The gear you use doesn't really matter, just try to hit the 80% cap without /RDM so you can /BLM to content and assist with stuns and not have to worry about Fast Cast from /RDM.


Enhancing Magic  
Grioavolr icon.pngGrioavolr description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Genmei Shield icon.pngGenmei Shield description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Befouled Crown icon.pngBefouled Crown description.png Incanter's Torque icon.pngIncanter's Torque description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Telchine Chas. icon.pngTelchine Chas. description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Arbatel Bracers +1 icon.pngArbatel Bracers +1 description.png Stikini Ring icon.pngStikini Ring description.png Stikini Ring icon.pngStikini Ring description.png
Perimede Cape icon.pngPerimede Cape description.png Olympus Sash icon.pngOlympus Sash description.png Telchine Braconi icon.pngTelchine Braconi description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Telchine Pigaches icon.pngTelchine Pigaches description.png
Augment-Icon.png

Again, find whatever suits you. Aim for a mixture of Enhancing Skill+ and Enhancing Duration+. Keep Arabatel Bracers for Perpetuance.

Dark Arts Sets

Burst/Helix  
Akademos icon.pngAkademos description.png Niobid Strap icon.pngNiobid Strap description.png 32x32.png Ghastly Tathlum +1 icon.pngGhastly Tathlum +1 description.png
Merlinic Hood icon.pngMerlinic Hood description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Mizu. Kubikazari icon.pngMizu. Kubikazari description.png Barkaro. Earring icon.pngBarkaro. Earring description.png Static Earring icon.pngStatic Earring description.png
Merlinic Jubbah icon.pngMerlinic Jubbah description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Amalric Gages icon.pngAmalric Gages description.png Locus Ring icon.pngLocus Ring description.png Mujin Band icon.pngMujin Band description.png
Seshaw Cape +1 icon.pngSeshaw Cape +1 description.png Hachirin-no-Obi icon.pngHachirin-no-Obi description.png Merlinic Shalwar icon.pngMerlinic Shalwar description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Arbatel Loafers +1 icon.pngArbatel Loafers +1 description.png

The reason I didn't list the exact values as for the Merlinic and Grioavolr augments is that it is highly variable and close to impossible to get the perfect augments. Just hit the Magic Burst cap of 50%, get 30+ MACC/MAB on each Merlinic piece and Grioavolr and you'll be fine. The reason this set is named Burst/Helix is that you'll only cast Helices when bursting unless a helix spell is part of a skillchain. Keep Arbatel Loafers +1 in your burst set for the Klimaform bonus even though Merlinic feet may look appealing, Arbatel wins.


Drain/Aspir  
Grioavolr icon.pngGrioavolr description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Niobid Strap icon.pngNiobid Strap description.png 32x32.png Ghastly Tathlum +1 icon.pngGhastly Tathlum +1 description.png
Pixie Hairpin +1 icon.pngPixie Hairpin +1 description.png Incanter's Torque icon.pngIncanter's Torque description.png Lempo Earring icon.pngLempo Earring description.png Digni. Earring icon.pngDigni. Earring description.png
Jhakri Robe +1 icon.pngJhakri Robe +1 description.png Jhakri Cuffs +1 icon.pngJhakri Cuffs +1 description.png Evanescence Ring icon.pngEvanescence Ring description.png Archon Ring icon.pngArchon Ring description.png
Ogapepo Cape icon.pngOgapepo Cape description.png Fucho-no-Obi icon.pngFucho-no-Obi description.png Merlinic Shalwar icon.pngMerlinic Shalwar description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Chironic Slippers icon.pngChironic Slippers description.png
Augment-Icon.png

Ideally for Drain and Aspir you'd want 5/5 Merlinic with MACC and Drain and Aspir Potency+, I just haven't got around to building another Merlinic set yet so I fill those spots with Jhakri+1 for the extra MACC.

Enfeebling  
Grioavolr icon.pngGrioavolr description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Niobid Strap icon.pngNiobid Strap description.png 32x32.png Hydrocera icon.pngHydrocera description.png
Chironic Hat icon.pngChironic Hat description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Sanctity Necklace icon.pngSanctity Necklace description.png Digni. Earring icon.pngDigni. Earring description.png Lempo Earring icon.pngLempo Earring description.png
Chironic Doublet icon.pngChironic Doublet description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Amalric Gages icon.pngAmalric Gages description.png Stikini Ring icon.pngStikini Ring description.png Stikini Ring icon.pngStikini Ring description.png
Lugh's Cape icon.pngLugh's Cape description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Luminary Sash icon.pngLuminary Sash description.png Chironic Hose icon.pngChironic Hose description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Chironic Slippers icon.pngChironic Slippers description.png
Augment-Icon.png

Get as much MACC+ and Enfeebling Skill+ as you can.

Regular Nukes (non-MB)

For regular nukes I would just use your Magic Burst set, because ideally your burst set would have enough MACC/MAB that it would be better than other gear you could use. some Jhakri +1 pieces may have a few more MACC than Merlinic. You can build a regular nuking set that is more defined and isn't your Burst gear, but at endgame regular nukes aren't really a concern so I don't see a point in defining a new set for them.

Idle

Bolelabunga icon.pngBolelabunga description.png Genmei Shield icon.pngGenmei Shield description.png 32x32.png Ghastly Tathlum +1 icon.pngGhastly Tathlum +1 description.png
Befouled Crown icon.pngBefouled Crown description.png Twilight Torque icon.pngTwilight Torque description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Jhakri Robe +1 icon.pngJhakri Robe +1 description.png Serpentes Cuffs icon.pngSerpentes Cuffs description.png Dark Ring icon.pngDark Ring description.png Defending Ring icon.pngDefending Ring description.png
Cheviot Cape icon.pngCheviot Cape description.png Fucho-no-Obi icon.pngFucho-no-Obi description.png Assid. Pants +1 icon.pngAssid. Pants +1 description.png Serpentes Sabots icon.pngSerpentes Sabots description.png

For idle all you want is capped (or as close to capped as possible) PDT or DT, Refresh+, and you could throw in Regen+ if you wanted.


Sublimation  
Siriti icon.pngSiriti description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png Ghastly Tathlum +1 icon.pngGhastly Tathlum +1 description.png
Acad. Mortar. +1 icon.pngAcad. Mortar. +1 description.png Sanctity Necklace icon.pngSanctity Necklace description.png Odnowa Earring +1 icon.pngOdnowa Earring +1 description.png Savant's Earring icon.pngSavant's Earring description.png
Peda. Gown +1 icon.pngPeda. Gown +1 description.png Telchine Gloves icon.pngTelchine Gloves description.png Meridian Ring icon.pngMeridian Ring description.png Bomb Queen Ring icon.pngBomb Queen Ring description.png
32x32.png Eschan Stone icon.pngEschan Stone description.png Telchine Braconi icon.pngTelchine Braconi description.png Telchine Pigaches icon.pngTelchine Pigaches description.png

This isn't a "necessary" set, it will just maximize the Refresh effect from Sublimation and increase your MP store. The gear used in this set, aside from the Sublimation+ gear, is very user-specific. You just need to get as much HP+ as you can.

Necessary Reforged

Artifact  
32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Acad. Mortar. +1 icon.pngAcad. Mortar. +1 description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Relic  
32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Peda. M.Board +1 icon.pngPeda. M.Board +1 description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Peda. Gown +1 icon.pngPeda. Gown +1 description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png Peda. Loafers +1 icon.pngPeda. Loafers +1 description.png
Empyrean  
32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
Arbatel Bonnet +1 icon.pngArbatel Bonnet +1 description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
32x32.png Arbatel Bracers +1 icon.pngArbatel Bracers +1 description.png 32x32.png 32x32.png
32x32.png 32x32.png Arbatel Pants +1 icon.pngArbatel Pants +1 description.png Arbatel Loafers +1 icon.pngArbatel Loafers +1 description.png


Myrkr  
Grioavolr icon.pngGrioavolr description.png
Augment-Icon.png
Niobid Strap icon.pngNiobid Strap description.png 32x32.png Ghastly Tathlum +1 icon.pngGhastly Tathlum +1 description.png
Pixie Hairpin +1 icon.pngPixie Hairpin +1 description.png Sanctity Necklace icon.pngSanctity Necklace description.png Loquac. Earring icon.pngLoquac. Earring description.png Moldavite Earring icon.pngMoldavite Earring description.png
Amalric Doublet icon.pngAmalric Doublet description.png Telchine Gloves icon.pngTelchine Gloves description.png Mephitas's Ring +1 icon.pngMephitas's Ring +1 description.png Mephitas's Ring icon.pngMephitas's Ring description.png
Vates Cape +1 icon.pngVates Cape +1 description.png Luminary Sash icon.pngLuminary Sash description.png Psycloth Lappas icon.pngPsycloth Lappas description.png Psycloth Boots icon.pngPsycloth Boots description.png

You want to have as much MP+ as possible for Myrkr as the MP return is based on your total MP when you use the weaponskill. Also, writing your Myrkr macro to be /console input /ws "Myrkr" <me> will allow you to use Myrkr while not being engaged/targeted an enemy.

Macros

This is my macro setup and I've found it to be the easiest and quickest way to navigate through Light and Dark Arts, Stratagems, and Skillchains. I recommend fooling around on the job fora bit before you write your macros so you can write them how you play the job and what abilities you use the most.

Light Arts

For Light Arts I put /ja "Light Arts" <me> as Control 1 and the associated abilities under Light Arts preceding from the Light Arts macro and on the same macro line.

Light and Dark Arts Macro Line

Dark Arts

I do the same for Dark Arts as I do for Light Arts.


Self Skillchains

My self skillchain macros are on a different macro page, away from my other macros so I don't accidentally hit it and start a skillchain at the wrong time. The macros are named so I can quickly see the element and the skillchain at a glance, ex. "Fusi/Fire".

Skillchain Macro Page


I recommend following my template for self skillchains as I found it to be succint, fit on one macro, and adequately notify the party so that they can land magic bursts. IF YOU FOLLOW MY TEMPLATE ENSURE THAT YOU ARE LOCKSTYLED AND YOUR WEAPON IS LOCKED OR THE DELAY BETWEEN THE ANIMATION OF SWITCHING GEAR MAY MESS UP THE TIMING OF THE SPELLS AND THEREFORE MESS UP THE SKILLCHAIN

Macro Template

  • Macro Name: Fusi/Fire (tells me the name of the SC and its element at a glance)


  • Macro Line 1: /party (Starting Gear) (Skillchain) (Fusion) MB: (Fire)


  • Macro Line 2: /ja “Immanence” <me> <wait1>


  • Macro Line 3: /ma “Fire” <t> <wait5>


  • Macro Line 4: /p (Closed Position) (Skillchain in 3) <call20>


  • Macro Line 5: /ja “Immanence” <me> <wait1>


  • Macro Line 6: /ma “Thunder” <t>

Stratagem Mangement

Scholar is about managing stratagems, without them you're a crappy BLM/WHM. This means being smart when using stratagems so that you don't waste 1 while buffing and then not have enough to skillchain when you're asked to skillchain. Below is an example.


Cool Example

  • You're a Scholar in a party, your job is to buff and to self skillchain.
  • You start buffing and use Light Arts, Accession, and Perpetuance and then cast Protect (3 stratagems remaining).
  • You then use Accession and Perpetuance and then cast Shell (1 stratagem remaining).
  • Your next stratagem is available in 35 seconds and you have two more buff to apply, plus you need stratagems to self skillchain


Bad. You failed and now the party has to wait, let buffs wear, etc.


What you should have done:

  • Instead of wasting Perpetuance x2 on Protect and Shell which should have 20-30 minute durations without Perpetuance you should use Perpetuance on the more important buffs.
  • Light Arts and Accession to cast Protect. Accession to cast Shell (3 stratagems remaining)
  • Accession and Perpetuance to cast Regen 5 (1 stratagem remaining, 5-7 seconds until next stratagem)
  • Accession and Perpetuance to cast Storm II (0-1 stratagem remaining depending on your timing between spell cast)
  • Now your party is fully buffed with the spells that matter the most receiving the benefit of extended duration from Perpetuance rather than Protect and Shell.
  • Wait 1 minute to be at 3-4 stratagems, enough to perform 1-2 self skillchains.

Noteable Spells

  • Kaustra
    • Powerful DoT, only available during 1 hour. Consumes 20% of total MP to cast.


  • Embrava
    • Powerful buff, only available during 1 hr. Gives 72hp/tic Regen, 7 mp/tic Refresh, and 30% Haste and because it’s a special buff will stack with Regen, Refresh, and Haste. Consumes 20% of total MP to cast.
Example/Tips:
  • Embrava can be cast on an alliance even though you’re only in one party. [[Accession + Embrava your party, Accession + Embrava while targeting another person within in the alliance and not inside your party to apply Embrava to that party, do the same to the third party.
  • Embrava caps potency at 500 Enhancing Skill. It gives 72 hp/tic Regen, but can stack with Regen 5. So 72 hp/tic from Embrava + 100 hp/tic from Regen 5 = 172 hp/tic.


  • Storms
    • Storms enhance the effects of associated element spells and elemental weapon skills. There are tiered storm spells with Storms II being available after 100 job points. Single-tier storms provide single weather effects; double-tiered storm spells provide double weather effects.
These do not stack with current weather and Helices automatically gain the effect of weather even without weather spells.
Weather 2 gives a 33%-50% chance of increasing the weather-element associated spells and weapon skills a 25% damage increase, Hachirin-no-Obi increases the damage increase chance to 100%.


  • Klimaform
    • Klimaform is a spell that gives increased damage for spells/weaponskills of matching weather.
Note: the spell help text says it increases magic accuracy, but it also increases damage.
The magic accuracy bonus is a flat +15 magic accuracy and the damage increase of element-associated spells/WS is 15%. Klimaform can be extended to party members using the Dark Arts stratagem Manifestation even though the help text of Manifestation says it only applies to enfeebling magic.
Example/Tips:
  • +15-25% damage increase from Storms II + 10-15% damage increase from Klimaform = +25-40% damage increase from 2 spells (#nerfBLU).


  • Helices
    • A powerful DoT only available to scholars that do the initial damage of the spell per tic (technically it’s per “toc”, which is 1-10 seconds after the landing the helix and then that number of seconds for every toc), but the toc damage caps at 10k. Example: I land a 14k Pyrohelix 2, it will do 10k damage per tic due to the damage being capped.


Modus Veritas

Modus Veritas is a job ability that you can use only after a helix has been applied which doubles the damage of the helix (doubles the DoT damage), but decreases duration of the helix by 50%. The duration decreases can be nullified with merits.
Modus is extremely hard to land because SE nerfed it. Before the SE nerf a Scholar would land a helix and then use Modus doubling the damage, another SCH would Modus doubling that damage, another SCH used Modus, etc. which would allow 99k/tic damage, which is why SE nerfed it.
Now the accuracy of Modus is based entirely on the amount of time since helix was cast. I need to do some testing, but it seems 30-50 seconds after landing helix is the time needed to wait to land Modus Veritas (note: landing Modus Veritas on NMs is harder and you may need to wait longer to land it, if it’s even possible to land it)

Example/Tips:
  • If you have more than 1 Scholar in a party, only 1 Scholar should burst Helix as Helix will be overwritten by another Helix. Helix 2 overwrites Helix 1, Helix 1 will not overwrite Helix 2.

Helix Mote File

  • If you use Gearswap, add this line to the mote files OR YOUR GEARSWAP WILL NOT CHANGE GEAR FOR HELICES 2.
  • The file path is: windower 4 > addons > gearswap > libs> mote-mappings
  • Copy and Paste what is below this bullet at line 194 in the above file path
['Pyrohelix']='Helix',['Cryohelix']='Helix',['Anemohelix']='Helix',['Geohelix']='Helix',['Ionohelix']='Helix',['Hydrohelix']='Helix',['Luminohelix']='Helix',['Noctohelix']='Helix',
['Firestorm']='Storm',['Hailstorm']='Storm',['Windstorm']='Storm',['Sandstorm']='Storm',['Thunderstorm']='Storm',['Rainstorm']='Storm',['Aurorastorm']='Storm',['Voidstorm']='Storm',
['Pyrohelix II']='Helix',['Cryohelix II']='Helix',['Anemohelix II']='Helix',['Geohelix II']='Helix',['Ionohelix II']='Helix',['Hydrohelix II']='Helix',['Luminohelix II']='Helix',['Noctohelix II']='Helix',
['Firestorm II']='Storm',['Hailstorm II']='Storm',['Windstorm II']='Storm',['Sandstorm II']='Storm',['Thunderstorm II']='Storm',['Rainstorm II']='Storm',['Aurorastorm II']='Storm',['Voidstorm II']='Storm',

Self Skillchains

I recommend following my template for self skillchains as I found it to be succint, fit on one macro, and adequately notify the party so that they can land magic bursts. IF YOU FOLLOW MY TEMPLATE ENSURE THAT YOU ARE LOCKSTYLED AND YOUR WEAPON IS LOCKED OR THE DELAY BETWEEN THE ANIMATION OF SWITCHING GEAR MAY MESS UP THE TIMING OF THE SPELLS AND THEREFORE MESS UP THE SKILLCHAIN

Macro Template

  • Macro Name: Fusi/Fire (tells me the name of the SC and its element at a glance)


  • Macro Line 1: /party (Starting Gear) (Skillchain) (Fusion) MB: (Fire)


  • Macro Line 2: /ja “Immanence” <me> <wait1>


  • Macro Line 3: /ma “Fire” <t> <wait5>


  • Macro Line 4: /p (Closed Position) (Skillchain in 3) <call20>


  • Macro Line 5: /ja “Immanence” <me> <wait1>


  • Macro Line 6: /ma “Thunder” <t>


Skillchain Spells

Level 1

  • Liquefaction: Stone > Fire or Thunder > Fire
    • Burst: Fire-Icon.png
  • Scission: Fire > Stone or Aero > Stone
    • Burst: Earth-Icon.png
  • Reverberation: Stone > Water or Luminohelix > Water
    • Burst: Water-Icon.png
  • Detonation: Stone > Aero or Thunder > Wind
    • Burst: Wind-Icon.png
  • Induration: Water > Blizzard
    • Burst: Ice-Icon.png
  • Impaction: Water > Thunder or Blizzard > Thunder
    • Burst: Thunder-Icon.png
  • Transfixion: Noctohelix > Luminohelix
    • Burst: Light-Icon.png
  • Compression: Blizzard > Noctohelix or
    • Burst: Dark-Icon.png

Level 2

  • Fragmentation: Blizzard > Water
    • Burst: Wind-Icon.png/Thunder-Icon.png
  • Fusion: Fire > Thunder
    • Burst: Fire-Icon.png/Light-Icon.png
  • Gravitation: Aero > Noctohelix
    • Burst: Dark-Icon.png/Earth-Icon.png
  • Distortion: Luminohelix > Stone
    • Burst: Water-Icon.png/Ice-Icon.png


  • Tips:
    • Use the T1 version of the spells as they cast the quickest.
    • It is always best to attempt to close a skillchain with a spell that is not the same element as the magic burst. This is due to the resist wall players face when using the same element consecutively.
      • You may be familiar with this due to how Black Mages wait three seconds between landing Deaths. This is the same concept, and it applies to all magical damage.
      • This can tend to involve helix spells which have a longer recast. So you will be at the mercy of your timers on this one. Rotate Level 1 and 2 in this case.

Acknowledgements

  • Spicyryan of Asura, formerly Pandemonium – Formatting, Advice, Proofreading


  • Verbannt of Asura, formerly Sylph – Advice, Proofreading


  • Byrne of Asura, formerly Sylph – Advice, Proofreading





  • Boogerballs of Asura, formerly Bahamut - Continually pushed me to play Scholar


  • Everyone else who have endured my nagging questions, told me when I had something wrong, and pushed me to be better. There are too many to name.

SCH.lua

  • If you made it this far, are interested in Scholar and need a .lua for Scholar, I'll link mine.