Alrighty, after years of having precious link skills on every new class that comes out, I had a revelation last night. It may also have been because I had soda for the first time in about three weeks, and I was on a caffeine and sugar high. Also, it was about 4am, and I was delirious. Anywhooo~ Does anyone else think that the game would be improved by adding more link skills for older classes? To be more specific, as far as my own ideas go, a link skill for older classes that would enhance their own playstyle, and then they could share that benefit with other classes.
For an example, I will use the Aran class. I hear very frequently about Arans having survivability problems. How about % damage reduction? This would stack with their 4th job damage reduction skills, and the link would stack similarly with other jobs' skills. BOOM. You have eased a longstanding problem with Arans, and also created a UNIQUE link skill that will surely benefit any other character that would use it. Emphasis on UNIQUE, because I surely don't want stacking copies of already existing link skills. It just seems lazy, right?
Aha, ready for another example? Okay! Bishops. What do Bishops do? They buff the pomegranate outta you, and they do it often. They also heal the pomegranate outta you. So I have two options here, buff duration increase or healing effectiveness increase. I think the buff duration increase should be very small since it is a very powerful buff, but I think it is the better option since Bishops can already heal for 100% of HP, meaning that a healing effectiveness link skill would be pretty useless for them, and I want the link skills to benefit the original character.
How about a more unique example? Alright, what do BaMs do for a party? They have those sexy auras that make you squeal with joy, right? Well what is the most annoying part of having a BaM in the party on a large map? Hell, if they aren't standing right on top of you, you don't get a darn thing from them. Well, here comes a link skill to the rescue! Full map buffing capabilities. That BaM can be on the other side of the map and you're still reaping all of the benefits of having them in your party. Then, when you transfer the link, any character you play with a party buff skill will be able to buff everyone in your party without having to trail behind them on the map. I understand not everybody has party buffs, but this may be remedied when 5th job is released.
I fully believe that there are much more important things than moar link skills right now, but really, is Nexon ever going to fix a fraction of the bugs that currently exist? Probably not. So here I am, just watching Lost and thinking about awesome new skills that would change the game for the better. Anyone care to share their thoughts?