AureliusSir the Mundane wrote:
Gladiator gets Phalanx.
From what we've seen thus far, Gladiator is the only class that can use Sword + Shield.
If weapons are intended to augment stats associated with a particular archetype, I would expect to see caster swords (PLD, RDM). Then you take two of those and stick 'em in your shield ("holy" for cures/buffs and "Darth Vader" for debuffs and nukes) which are toned down in their effectiveness because you've got 'em stuck in your shield, not in your hand. Than you have your customary mediocre whacker stick as your primary melee weapon with spells yoinked from Thaumaturge/Conjurer and VOILA!! "A shield that is not meant to be smacked upon is not really a shield"...RDMs aren't tanks (regardless of what some Taru RDM/NIN managed to pull off). So if it's not intended to be used for tanking, what possible use could it have? Ahhh...
Either that or the lantern shield is just the dps Gladiator's response to an extra ouchy shield bash.
Could go either way.
I might just be pessimistic about this, but I'd wager that your first idea isn't going to happen. With the wide variety of shapes that regular 'ole swords can take, I doubt that it'll happen. There are fat swords, thin rapiers, and curved scimitars, and I have a feeling that some would look wonky tacked on to the lantern shield. If you look at the lantern shield image, you'll see that the shape of the shield where the swords come out is molded specifically to fit those
swords. I highly doubt that SE would do the modelling to perfect their appearance with all of the other types. I mean, it'd be a cool option, but I just don't see it happening.
The second option sounds like the more likely outcome. Could act like FFXI's elemental spikes as well, I suppose. I'm really curious about the lantern shield. Seems like a cool concept to me.