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Bravely Default
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Vincent Lau
First Published: 14-02-2014 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 10-09-2020 / 02:15 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 19-09-2020 / 13:08 GMT

As in real life, the jobs you choose will be very important during your long journey. Not only that, but the job market too–and Bravely Default has a pretty interesting market… Initially, your characters begin life as a budding Freelancer; however, as you defeat asterisk holders (bosses) you’ll obtain their job asterisks and thus new jobs.

How To Change Jobs

Will you stick with one job for most of the time or constantly cycle through jobs? There’s no right or wrong method.

Will you stick with one job for most of the time or constantly cycle through jobs? There’s no right or wrong method.

You can instantly change a character’s job by opening the main menu (press X, START or SELECT) and going to the Job option. Press Up or Down on the D-pad to scroll through the available jobs and press the A button to confirm you choice. Hey presto! You now have a funky new outfit and set of abilities!

Any character can be any job–provided you possess the corresponding job asterisk. However, a whole party of Monks probably isn’t that great or interesting in the long run, so do try to vary your team a little! After changing jobs, be sure to re-evaluate your character’s equipment and abilities, as their original setup may no longer be ideal.

Differences Between Jobs

Note that equipment ranks only affect Physical Attack for weapons and Physical Defence for armours–not Magic Attack and Magic Defence.

Note that equipment ranks only affect Physical Attack for weapons and Physical Defence for armours–not Magic Attack and Magic Defence.

A character’s job affect their stat distribution; for instance, a Monk boasts high HP and Strength, while a Thief excels in Agility. Additionally, while a character can wield any weapon or armor in any job, their job determines the effectiveness of their equipment, shown as an alphabet rank from E to A (and the inevitable S).

The higher the rank, the higher the attack and defense of the weapon or armor. Having a White Mage swing an axe around is funny, but not very efficient… Later, you can acquire abilities that boost equipment ranks, but you still have to pay attention to the other stats. Furthermore, each job has its own set of abilities, which we’ll discuss next.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    3DS
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    14 February 2014
  • Last Updated
    10 September 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Welcome to the most comprehensive guide to the Final Fantasy-esque JRPG from RPG veterans Square-Enix. Inside our essential guide to the entire game we're leaving no stone unturned as we show you:

  • A complete breakdown of the combat and game mechanics.
  • How to rebuild Norende in record time (for the very best upgrades).
  • All of the Jobs and the craziest combinations to destroy all enemies with.
  • How to conquer the main story (and get the true ending).
  • Easy-to-follow tricks to pummel every boss into the ground with!
  • Every single item, weapon or piece of armor in the game.
  • A complete enemy bestiary (and what items you can steal from them).
  • Killer tricks needed to beat all of the ultra-tough Nemeses bosses.
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