Archers overlap slightly with Rangers, as both specialize in bow weapons and share two trademark abilities, Barrage and Aim. The main difference is that Archers are exclusive to Ivalice, with the exception of Final Fantasy XIV, and specialize in status and elemental attacks while Rangers focus on being strong ranged physical attackers.
In the Zodiac versions, the Archer License Board is represented by the Sagittarius zodiac sign. They use primarily light armor and bows, and can cast some White Magick. The Archer also has the largest number of Technicks of any job class.
The Archer class is exclusive to enemy viera, which focus on debuffing and weakening enemies.
Archers have the Aim ability, which lets them take time to charge up a stronger attack than normal. The amount of time it takes to charge, and the strength of the attack, both increase as the job levels up.
The Archer class can use several special attacks to inflict status ailments on enemies. The job is available for human and viera, and job growth changes depending on which species the user is: humans may develop their skills to become Hunters, while viera become Snipers.
Archers can deal physical damage to both air and ground targets over a wide area.
Archers use their powerful composite bows to attack both land and air targets located diagonally from them.
The Archer appears as a character card.
The Archer appears with Wind-elemental cards.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
The Archer appears as part of the Crystal Defenders collaboration.
The Archer appears on a normal card.
As a crossover collaboration with Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade, the Resident Evil smartphone card battle RPG Minna to BIOHAZARD Clan Master boasts character Piers Nivans as an Archer. This is likely in correlation with how Piers was a skilled sniper, and in consideration of Resident Evil's European mysticism and heritage setting themes, evokes an old English saying regarding training archers: "If you want to train a longbowman, start with his grandfather"; as Pier's family heritage has a continued military tradition started from his great grandfather.