One of the many brands of the machinist, the tinker wages battle with his clockwork creations.
Tinker (カラクリ士, Karakurishi?, lit. Karakuri Master) is a job in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, accessible to moogles. The job uses gadgets that have a 50% chance of either hitting every enemy or every ally, making them an unreliable class. They are similar in function to Calculator from Final Fantasy Tactics, in that they cast normally single-target spells on multiple units, albeit with restrictions.
Although they are risky, the Tinker's stat growth is superb, having high HP, Attack, and Defense, average Speed and Magick, but with perfect Resistance, only severely lacking in MP. Tinkers are best used only when the situation calls for one, or at the start of a battle, when the game can be reset if the desired effect does not occur.
There are ways to make Tinkers more useful. One solution is to equip the entire party with items, which make them immune to a certain status effects, then use an ability which causes it freely so even if the ailment is cast on allies, none will be affected. If an enemy party is aided by a beneficial spell, as opposed to the player's team, Blue Screw is useful in removing the status from the enemies. One can use the Blue Mage's ability Roar to remove buffs given to the enemy, and can use the Summoner's ability Unicorn to remove debuffs.
Tinkers are considered to be the worst job especially due to the mission "Time to Act", where the Tinker will almost always Haste the enemy with Red Spring, usually allowing the enemy an immediate kill on a moogle unit, failing the mission. However, in a mission like "Clean the Ship Deck" that has no Mimic or the Luck Trial, Red Spring and etc. will always be positive toward the player's party.
The head of the research team at Goug is a Tinker.
To use the Tinker, a character must first master two Thief A-Abilities.
The TINKER crafts elaborate devices that wreak havoc on the battlefield.
Before the attack is issued, a box is opened, and the moogle face inside the box determines whether the allies or enemies are affected. An angelic moogle means that the ability will benefit the Tinker's team (i.e. positive statuses will affect its allies, while negative statuses will affect its enemies) while a purple, "evil" moogle means that the ability will benefit the Tinker's enemies.
|Red Spring||Rising Sun||All allies or foes||250||8|
|An ingenious contraption that casts Haste. Where it lands, nobody knows...|
|Blue Screw||White Fangs||All allies or foes||250||8|
|An ingenious contraption that casts Dispel. Where it lands, nobody knows...|
|Green Gear||Poison Knuckles||All allies or foes||250||8|
|An ingenious contraption that POISONS its victims. Where it lands, nobody knows...|
|Silver Disc||Metal Knuckles||All allies or foes||250||8|
|An ingenious contraption that BLINDS its victims. Where it lands, nobody knows...|
|Gold Battery||Cat Claws||All allies or foes||250||8|
|An ingenious contraption that heals wounds. Where it lands, nobody knows...|
|Black Ingot||Death Claws||All allies or foes||250||8|
|An ingenious contraption that DOOMS its victims. Where it lands, nobody knows...|
|Chroma Gem||Dream Claws||All allies or foes||250||8|
|An ingenious contraption that pits its victims to SLEEP. Where it lands, nobody knows...|
|Gold Moogletron||Survivor||All allies or foes||250||8|
|An ingenious contraption that casts Barrier. Where it lands, nobody knows...|
|Regenerate||Gaia Gear||Gain REGEN after taking damage.||200|
|MP Shield||Mirage Vest||Damage taken depletes MP rather than HP. Has no effect when the user has no MP.||450|
|Ribbon-bearer||Orb of Minwu||Enables the user to equip a ribbon, regardless of their current job.||300|
- Tinkers are either spars with Green Mages or the total opposite of them. Both cast buffs and debuffs, yet the Green Mages' magicks are area effect, and the Tinkers' are determinable in their benefit to all allies or enemies since their abilities all have affiliation-based effect.