IYO, at what level do you know a class just isn't for you?
I played Lancer during the beta and loved it. When release hit, I heard that to unlock Dragoon, I needed level 15 in Pugilist, so I started my character as that instead. I switched as soon as I could, as I hated how position-dependent Pugilist was compared to Lancer.
I was sad when it turned out I didn't really need to level Pugilist to unlock Dragoon, but the cross-class skills do help.
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Depends on the class really.
I've leveled Paladin, Dragoon, and Bard to 50. PLD and BRD you learn fairly early. I'd say you pick those up by 30. Dragoon however, you don't finish picking up important skills until 50. I initially thought DRG was going to be like PLD where I just spam my combo, but there's a lot of positioning and debuffs you need to keep up as a DRG to maximize your deeps.
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for ACN i'd say level 2. Once you hit lvl.2 and get bio you have a pretty good grasp of what your going to be doing for the rest of your gaming life as a SMN.
Just like many have already mentioned to 30 for the most part. You have dungeon exp by then and a desent concept of how the class/job works. Taking a class to 15 gives you an idea of how the class is played but not the overall game play. I personally have tried every class besides thm so far and for me pali, bard, and monk seem to fit my faster paced play. Mrd, lance, and arcanist seem slow to me. Healing well will say im not a healer by any means. But will say lance has improved since ive gotten a bit more skills but the play still seems sluggish. So take the classes to 30 and see how they feel from there. Most under that lvl may lavk the content or play style you enjoy.
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Yeah judge it around 30 to see what they're really all about, stop playing a class you're not having fun with go try somehting else that simple.
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I would never ever play a DRG or a MNK.
I wouldn't mind leveling a BRD, a BLM or a WAR.
I main SCH, PLD and ocasionally play WHM.
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Any reason y? Monk so far has been the most fun class ive played. Pali is my main. I have a bard its fun to play but something about monk just stands on its own. Imo the rotation is so far the hardest part. U mess up and ur back to doing cheap dps. Plus u get a glowing ring around you. How cool is that. Lol bard has its ups but it is literally pew pew pew and mad aoe.
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At level 30 the class has shown you pretty much everything you can expect from it. 15 is good enough to get a feel for the class.
By 30 you can complete the base class quests and get two class specific skills plus others from levelling up. Lancer felt boring at first but I managed to push through the wasteland of levels that was the upper teens through to 30. When I got all three attacks in the basic combo, it finally was always better to use that combo than try and get the back attack for damage in parties. And phlebotemize only increased the deadliness for solo content.
15 might not give you the basic combo that class will always use (especially for something like SCH which branches off ACN), but it gives you a decent enough feel for where you are going to be positioning yourself in party content.
I wanted to play a DoT class/job (SMN) but I don't want to deal with pets.
answer to tc's question is level 50.
that last skill can make a world of difference, unless you experienced a jobs full meta game, you cant get a full understanding of the job at hand.
unless of course, you read all of the skills, cross class skills, traits and etc. and decide from that.