As you may have guessed, the Barrier Mage is a defense-focus class option. This class will boast the most potent defensive spells in the game, capable of reducing all but the most powerful attacks down to a mere fraction.
The idea for the Barrier Mage came about while working on another Tier 3 Wizard class. This other class was focused to utter destruction, using powerful versions of standard spells like Fireball. To have such a powerful destructive force warranted an equally potent defensive option. So the Barrier Mage was born!
These two classes also originally shared the same Tier 2 class, giving players of that class the option for all-out attack or defense. This was changed recently to better reflect each class rather than having the Barrier Mage hindered by a less-than-ideal Tier 2 stat progression.
In terms of raw stats, the Barrier Mage is still more fragile than would might expect. With a DEF stat nearly half of any Warrior class option, the Barrier Mage has a lot of ground to make up. To do this, the Barrier Mage has greater damage reduction while Guarding.
The bag of tricks doesn’t end there, while spells increasing party defenses are this class’ mainstay, the Barrier Mage will also have some abilities similar to the Paladin, allowing one to make the most of those defenses in battle.
I hope you enjoyed this Class Spotlight on the Barrier Mage. It’s now time for me to get back to cutting together some gameplay footage. Stay tuned!
And as always, you can check out other Class Spotlights here.