Final Fantasy XI SpellStoneskin
|Effect||Absorbs a certain amount of damage from physical and magical attacks.|
|Duration||5 minutes or until destroyed|
|Casting Time||10 seconds|
|Recast Time||30 seconds|
|Magic Type||Enhancing Magic|
|Jobs||WHM 28, RDM 33, SCH 44, RUN 55|
Stoneskin is a White Magic spell that grants the Stoneskin status, which absorbs a certain amount of HP damage. The protection offered by Stoneskin must be completely destroyed before the player or monster will start to take damage again, even from degenerative statuses like Poison, Burn, etc.
The amount of protection is determined by the caster's MND stat and Enhancing Magic skill. It is useful for all jobs, but it is used mostly by mages hoping to compensate for low physical Defense and low Hit Points by providing a buffer from damage. Merchants in Bastok Markets, Port San d'Oria, and Port Windurst will sell Stoneskin scrolls to citizens of their own nation, but only when that nation ranks 1st in the conquest campaign.
Creates a barrier around the target that prevents a fixed amount of damage.
Stoneskin appeared as an ability that bestowed the Stoneskin status to all allies within an area of effect. At the initial release, Stoneskin was a Conjurer spell available for use at Rank 6 and it cost 3 action points to set.
Stoneskin appeared in the relaunch as a Conjurer action available at level 34. The ability bestowed the Stoneskin status to a single target for a period of 30 minutes, nullifying physical damage totaling to 10% of target's maximum HP. The ability had a cast time of 3 seconds and has a cooldown time of 2.5 seconds. Once the player learned the "Quick Stoneskin" trait at Conjurer level 36, the cast time of Stoneskin would be shortened to 2.5 seconds. The ability could be used by all Disciples of War and Magic and the only jobs that can use the ability were White Mage, Scholar, and Paladin.
At the launch, the spell originally gained an enhanced effect to increase its effectiveness to 18% once the player had learned the Graniteskin trait at level 36. However, the Graniteskin trait was removed at the launch of the Heavensward expansion, for in-game balance to allow all classes to have the same effect when using the spell.
After the release of the Stormblood expansion, Stoneskin was removed as an ability for players. White Mages instead received a new barrier action known as Divine Benison. However, certain guest NPC party members are still able to use the spell to aid players during certain quest instances, similarly to NPCs from instances in previous expansions having access to abilities available to their class or job in earlier patches.