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Understanding Enmity and how it affects the roles within a party
« on: September 02, 2013, 10:01:07 PM »
We'll all understand that there's a difference between playing solo and playing in a team. And since you can do most of the leveling phase within FFXIV solo, it will make the transition to the team play even harder. The reason behind this is that playing solo often means defeating your opponent as quickly as possible making use of all your assets, where playing in a group only requires you to play on the strengths of your character. Now a days most roles in MMO's are simplified towards three roles: Tank, Healer and DPS (short for Damage Per Second), back in the older days there was a much larger variety of roles, but we'll get to that later.

The reason behind the three roles is quite simple. The Tank is there to soak up all the damage from the enemies so that the Healer has an easier job keeping everybody healthy (which in the perfect scenario would only be the tank). All while the DPS are taking care of defeating the enemies.


Enmity control
Whats important to note about this party setup however that it works entirely around Enmity control. The whole thing either works or falls depending whether the team can correctly control the Enmity.

Before we talk about the Enmity control we'll first need to explain what Enmity is. And in the most simple for of speaking Enmity is the indicator that decides which character an enemy is attacking. Apart from a few exceptions the enemy will always focus his attacks on the person with the most Enmity. For some characters this is a good thing and for others it isn't. Within FFXIV there are 3 ways to see what your Enmity level is. The first is also the most useless and are the red lines drawn from an enemy to the character that has drawn the Enmity for this creature. While a nice indication that something is terribly miss the lines will be easily missed in the heat of battle.

The second indicator is the Enmity bar next to each of the party members. At default its located in the top left corner and forms key information for Enmity control. The higher the bar the more Enmity you've generated and the character with the highest bar is usually the character that will get all the attention of the enemies.


The last indicator is by default located on the bottom left corner. This indicator is a personal indicator and will tell you your personal status for each creature. The indicators are both visually telling the Enmity level through the color and the shape of the icon.
A Red Square (flashing) means that you are the target for the mentioned creature.
An Orange Triangle means that you're pretty towards the point where the creature will focus you instead of his current target/
A Yellow Triangle means that have drawn some attention, but you've got nothing to worry about yet.
A Green Circle means your fully in the save zone as far as Enmity concerns.


Enmity control is a job for the entire team
I've told you how you can see your Enmity towards enemies and with it comes the question "What has it to do with me? Enmity control is something for the tank."

This is a commonly made mistake in many groups. So many times I've heard people complain about bad tanks that can't keep the Enmity. Surely there are some tanks out there that haven't gotten a clue how to control the Enmity, but more often the answer to your problem might lie with yourself. Sure its the tanks job to keep the Enmity on himself, but its not really hard to get the Enmity of him. The damage dealt by a DPS spikes heavily above that of the tank (obviously) which generate huge amounts of Enmity even casting cure generates a huge amount of Enmity let alone stronger cure spells. This is especially true when the tank is at a lower level or has weaker gear than the rest.

"Does this mean I have to stop attacking as a DPS?" The answer to that question is simply YES. Whenever you notice that you are generating more Enmity than the tank its better to hold of for a second or 2 than to keep going and draw the creature towards you. This even goes for the Healer who should stop healing (if possible) to prevent the Enmity from switching over.

Sure as a DPS you can probably tank a creature or 2, but this often means the healer has to spend a few (unnecessary) cures which means he'll generate Enmity. This on its turn might cause the creatures to attack the healer which then has to heal even more generating even more Enmity. In lower dungeons this might not be the biggest problem, but in later dungeons this endless cycle is one that usually ends with a party that gets wiped out.

So as said above keeping control of the Enmity is a job for the entire team. Its the tanks job to generate as much Enmity as possible and the rest of the group should do everything they can to keep there Enmity below that threshold, even if this means to hold your chocobo's for a moment.


Jobs within a party
As said above there are many roles within a party, but these days most MMO's have simplified these roles to 3: Tank, Healer and DPS.

The roles below are the roles in a party for FFXI. While the roles itself might not appear in the duty finder they form the basis for any end game party. Note that a character might take on more than 1 single role in a party.

Tank => Its the tanks role to soak up all the damage of the creatures. To do so the tank should be able to cast spells that draw the Enmity towards him and keep it on him whiles also minimizing the amount of damage he takes so that the healer can keep up with the damage he takes. A good tank will put the well being of the party above his own. Communication with the team is vital for the Tank. He's the one that should give the direction on which creature to focus, whiles also keep up the communication with the healer as to when he's able to keep up a good defense or requires some extra healing.

Healer => Its the healers job to keep the party alive be it through the use of curative spells or beneficial status effects. The main focus of the healer is most likely the tank as he's the one soaking up the damage, but a healer should never forget the rest of the party. The healer will most likely spend most of the time watching the HP bars of the party members whiles also keeping an eye on his on MP. He should find the right balance between keeping up the HP bars, draining his own MP and the generating of Enmity. Only by finding the balance between the 3 will the party prevail.

Damage Dealer => Its the role of the damage dealers to do as much damage as possible. Its the task of the damage dealers to strike down the creatures as fast as possible whiles keeping the Enmity on the tank at all times. This means they need to know there own limits and that of the tank to find the right balance between dealing damage and generating Enmity. A good damage dealer will never draw the Enmity of a tank as this will cause problems for the Healer and will more than often have deadly results.

Support => Its the supports role to support the rest of the team through beneficial status effects. This can be by enhancing the damage output of the damage dealer; Regenerating MP of the party; Increasing the defense of the tank; Heal additional party members to reduce the load on the healer; Whiles the support doesn't have a direct impact on the fight, it should be his job to make it easier for the rest of the party to do the things they are suppose to preform.

Puller => Its the job of the puller to lure new creatures towards the group. Most preferably the puller is a ranged damage dealer, this way he doesn't have to spend resources to pull in new creatures. A good puller knows the limits of his party and will only pull in new creatures when he knows the rest of the party is ready to receive them. Within FFXIV this role is more often merged with the Tank, but with the right communication you can let other people preform this task as well.

Secondary Healer => More than often having a single healer in your group isn't enough. During this time its the secondary's healers job to fill in the pieces that the main healer can't fill in himself. This might be healing up the rest of the party while the main healer is focusing the tank; Proving the team with beneficial status effects whiles removing negative status effects so the main healer can focus on healing; Providing additional AEO healing against bosses with bosses with many AEO abilities; Or simply having a tag team duty with the main healer to take over each other over once the other has ran out of MP. Whenever you play with more than 1 healer they both should know there task as healer to prevent them both from doing the same thing.



Thought this little background information about Enmity might help out a few people, also if you got any add-on or remarks let me know and I'll update them into the post.


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Re: Understanding Enmity and how it affects the roles within a party
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2013, 10:50:56 PM »
Many people i found online, don't know if that is the case here on the forum. Don't understand the word Enmity, if you say Aggro, most people understand. Though we should all know that in this game its called Enmity off course.

I personally use the last indicator, since i am mostly a tank so its good to know which enemy is or isn't focused on me.


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Re: Understanding Enmity and how it affects the roles within a party
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2013, 08:46:04 AM »
Many people i found online, don't know if that is the case here on the forum. Don't understand the word Enmity, if you say Agro, most people understand. Though we should all know that in this game its called Enmity off course.
I don't care how everybody calls it themselves, but FFXIV is talking about Enmity so the guide should also be about Enmity. There's no point in talking about Agro in a guide only to have people ask "But a tank can't generate Agro, all his abilities only generate Enmity."


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Re: Understanding Enmity and how it affects the roles within a party
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2013, 09:30:59 AM »
you can at least mention it like, "Enmity also know by a few people as aggro...." and after that don't mention aggro at all. Just saying.


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Re: Understanding Enmity and how it affects the roles within a party
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2013, 06:03:55 PM »
I went and stickied this topic. I learned a lot I didn't know about enmity reading this, and the fact that I'm pretty familiar with FFXIV and still didn't get this until now means a lot of people probably don't get it either. xD I can forsee it helping a lot of visitors to the forum in the future.


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Re: Understanding Enmity and how it affects the roles within a party
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2013, 04:27:35 PM »
Well it took me a while before I figured out all the enmity readings as well Jacob. I've had the luck that I have studied FFXI from Tebian during my FFRadio days ;D