Priest (PRST) is a recurring class in the Shining series. The first priest to ever appear in the series is Milo, although due to Shining In The Darkness's different game mechanics he has notable differences to the common examples of the class. Vicar (VICR) is most commonly the promoted class of a Priest, but variants include Cleric (in Shining Force III) and SBRN (in Sword of Hajya).
In Shining Force, the class was called Healer (HEAL), but still promoted to Vicar (VCR). In Shining Force II, Priests could be promoted to the Master Monk (MMNK) class instead of Vicar if holding a certain item, and in Shining Force III they can be promoted a second time to Bishop.
As the name suggests, Priests are usually suggested as being of holy or religious backgrounds, using their powers of light to aid the wounded in battle. Some of them have other or concurrent backgrounds, such as maids, nannies, princesses or mischievous schoolgirls.
Their races vary, including Humans, Elves, Hobbits, and Kyantols.
In battle, Priests are often regarded as essential party members due to their useful supportive and healing spells. They usually have average attack and defense, slightly stronger than a Mage's, although some are far stronger in one or both of these areas than many be expected.
Priests tend to use rods and staves as weapons, and may also have access to similar weapons such as flails, wands and ankhs. They can also equip most normal accessories, such as rings, as well as some special equipment (such as the Princess Circle in Shining Force III).
A Priest's spell selection usually includes Heal as their initial spell, with many also learning the area-effecting Aura spell. A Priest will usually learn the spell Detox, though in some games a Monk learns this spell instead (i.e. in Shining Force CD), and many learn one or more secondary spells, such as Slow or Quick/Boost. Some Priests can also learn offensive spells, such as Blast, but usually their melee attacks do more damage than any of their available spells and these tend to serve for ranged or area-affecting attacks.
Earlier on in games they can usually be used as additional melée fighters as well as healers, and can usually handle some punishment from enemy attacks, but aside from a few examples and situations should not always be used as frontline fighters towards the end of games. Although caution is required as they tend to be a priority target for some enemies, you should not be afraid of getting them too close to combat - treat them with care, and they'll be tough enough to do the same to the rest of the Force.
- Milo (Shining In The Darkness) - Priest by profession rather than as a given class
- Lowe (Shining Force)
- Khris (Shining Force)
- Torasu (Shining Force)
- Mayfair (Shining Force Gaiden / Shining Force CD)
- Slade (Shining Force CD) (Shining Force: Sword of Hajya / Shining Force CD)
- Sarah (Shining Force: Sword of Hajya / Shining Force CD) - joins promoted to Vicar
- Sarah (Shining Force II)
- Karna (Shining Force II)
- Frayja (Shining Force II) - joins promoted to Vicar
- Cynthia (Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conlict)
- Grace (Shining Force III)
- Uryudo (Shining Force III)
- Isabella (Shining Force III) - joins promoted as a Princess, but holds the same spells and attributes of a Cleric
- Prim (Shining Soul II)
There are some other characters who play similar roles to a Priest (such as Shining The Holy Ark's Shaman Melody), but their differences and non-designation as Priests mean they have been left out of this list.
- Priests aren't the only class to cast healing spells; Monks can also do so, as well as some other classes (such as Magic Creature (Amigo), Holy Child (Gracia), and Fairy (Primula)), although Priests tend to be the specialists in these spells.
- Priests in the Shining series do not seem to be as physically weak as the common or stereotypical template found in many fantasy games. Some, such as Milo and Prim, are also prominent solo physical fighters.