1. Weapon degredation 2. Treasure hunter effect
In watching one of the previous interviews he mentioned weapon degredation. I must have missed this tidbit prior to now. The reference was to crafting and why their services should remain in high demand. I think this is a good thing for crafers, but could be a pain in the *** for adventurers.
Speaking of adventurers... in going back to the FFXIV web site to read about Blacksmiths, I noticed that they said Blacksmiths can weaken enemies constructed of metal... and they can discover loot that would otherwise be missed by the untrained eye.
This will be interesting indeed. A blacksmith in your group can keep weapons in top shape, enfeeble metal-based enemies, and provide some type of treasure hunter effect.
I wasn't big on crafting in FFXI (despite being a 100 cook and 100 bonecrafter), but the "crafting" class in FFXIV sounds much much more involved in many aspects of the game.
Without knowing any more than we know right now, I'm going out on a small limb and say Expert Blacksmiths will be some of the richest players in the game.
I apologize if these things have been discussed at length on these forums already.... however, I have been realtively absent from these forums until the release date announcement got me all pumped up again.