What are some basic things to know as a beginner White Mage?
the meta on nasomi is much different from in-era retail meta. back then there were all sorts of tests done on stat weight efficiency, maximum hMP efficiency, etc., that are not entirely accurate as far as my recollection goes
as someone who only played and did all content as WHM on retail up to abyssea? play RDM instead your first time. i am sorry. i don't like this answer either. but people do not care about your hMP. people do not want to wait on you. people want to kill, kill fast, gain exp, maximize damage, and worry about healing as little as possible. downtime should not exist here according to what i have seen. you will always see people who leveled WHM fine, but you will also hear about people who had trouble leveling WHM at all. i am speaking from my own experiences as someone who played RDM twice on here and hasn't taken WHM to cap yet.
that being said, if you insist on maining WHM and only WHM, you are fighting an uphill battle that is not impossible to win. you only need to stack as much hMP gear as possible and also get a light and dark staff, so you do have that. my experience on nasomi and retail has me still believing that in exp situations your enfeebles are largely useless and a waste of MP outside of Dia and Dia II due to how high kill speed is once people get their key items like okote, pca, hauby and so on. that being said, you also have crap enfeebling skill that sucks and no repose on here either so just cure, regen, and diabot like god intended.
oh, you also have the regen family. goddamn they are good. they are not cast and forget but holy shit the HP to MP return is ludicrous throughout. that being said my EXP uh, experience, has mostly been focused on on-demand heals on here and as little downtime as possible.
does it heal people? does it remove an effect? does it prevent damage? get it. also get haste. curaga and curaga II are probably the only musts in that family until endgame and even then, before you even fucking hit that cga3 button on this server i hope to god you have an enmity set macroed with it holy shit the draw on here is not what i remember
if you want a systematic list, you can look at the ffxiclopedia page and be pretty safe until 75. cura, repose, esuna, auspice, and sacrifice do not work here.
you can learn them but just don't because it's technically bad to do or something and they just disappear once you zone anyways.
Maybe go over what would be expected of you in the more popular leveling locations, or what's an effective way of skilling up your magic levels?
you heal. your job is to heal. if you do anything else outside of that you are a detriment to your party. yes, you can DPS lacklusterly and feed the mob TP. yes, you can banish nuke and spend more time hMPing. do you have enough slots to hold a billion yagudo drinks on top of max mind, hmp and other forms of gear? no. we never did on retail. you never will on here. i am sorry. save that stuff for the blue moon KRT parties.
your skill levels? uh, healing is pretty nice. it levels up when you do your job. healing. so does enhancing magic. regen is an enhancing magic spell. the actual skill doesn't affect the spell but it is good for your barspells, which are important if you know what you're up against in primarily not-exp situations.
Most of the guides out there are for like ultra hardcore endgame level 250 seekers of aldouin tier WHMs,
yeah what people do now on there is they pay for an account and then have a WHM and BRD/COR char that's literally a bot and SE will never ban them because they are too afraid of losing money from a subscriber on a dead game.
I've also looked up a few pre-2008 guides and they're decent enough, but not nearly as comprehensive as some of the more modern guides.
things are different here as far as calculations go so those guides won't help too much if you're minmaxing HP per MP spent and stuff. plus, on here, at least in an exp situation, everything is more fast paced from what i've experienced, so that matters less. just play whack-a-mole and throw regens on before you hmp and you should be good.
general tips would be to use /focustarget to watch buffs and also to get used to scrolling up and down the party list with whatever your configuration is. /ma "Cure" <stpc> and /ma "Poisona" <stpc> type spell macros were my friends, and they still are here.
as always anyone can feel free to call me retarded and quote me on stuff i may reply this time though but i'm going to bed right now i am very tired