FFXIV Astrologian (AST) Guide & FAQ

All you need to know about the Astrologian job in FFXIV! How to unlock AST, what skills, stats, and other supporting info. Also links to advanced guides!

“You must believe in the heart of the cards.” – Mahiko ‘Yugi’ San.

Hi! Thanks for coming to our FFXIV Astrologian guide. Here, we discuss all basic Astrologian information, and post links to find more advanced Astrologian resources. The Astrologian is a Healing class which was introduced in Heavensward 3.0, and have a special requirements (Like Dark Knight and Machinist) compared  to the original jobs. New AST? The Astrologian leveling guide might be helpful.

How do I become a Astrologian in FFXIV? What are the AST Requirements?

1) You must have an existing Level 50 combat class (DoW or DoM).
2) You must have completed “Before the Dawn” (all story quests prior to 3.0).
3) Only then will the Astrologian unlock quest open up –

Where do I unlock Astrologian?
The quest name is “Stairway to the Heavens”, which is found in The Pillars (15,10). The questgiver is an NPC named ‘Jannequinard’.

Help! I’m a new player rushing to Astrologian! Then you’re best off starting the game as Conjurer and hitting the requirements as a White Mage. Then switch to AST once you’re good to go.

Astrologian stats: What stats to allocate and gear up for?

Being a healing class, AST’s will benefit most from MND. Any increase to healing output is welcome, obviously. PIE is the supporting stat for all MP based healers so it’s worth considering as well. VIT is useful for any person who wants to have increased survivability. Please note than over-stacking on VIT (Materia and Statpoints) is a huge minus to efficiency.

As for secondary stats, Piety is extremely important for AST since their secondary MP regen tool is random. Aside from that, literally every stat can benefit Astrologians in some way. This all depends on the stance you main, though.
(More info: AST Stats & Materia)

What are the Astrologian Skills & Traits?
The main difference with AST is you ‘start’ at level 30. So you might get a bit confused. The skills and traits are listed near the bottom of the post. But I’m sure what you’re curious about is: THE CARDS!

Card NameCard EffectRoyal Road"Family"Comments
BoleDefense upNext card POTENCY UPStat++percentile Damage Reduction. A free tank cooldown.
BalanceDamage upNext card POTENCY UPStat++percentile Damage. What else to say? Amazing.
EwerMana RegenNext card AOE EFFECTResource+Gives mana over time.
SpireTP RegenNext card AOE EFFECTResource+Gives TP over time.
ArrowGCD Speed upNext card DURATION UPSpeed+Reduces cast times and GCD. Can be a TP killer.
SpearLower CooldownNext card DURATION UPSpeed+Only works when using long CD skills AFTER Spear is applied.

More advanced uses of these cards can be seen in the: Astrologian Healing Guide (End-game).

Astrologian Stances: Nocturnal Sect & Diurnal Sect effects?

Here is a chart showing what each stance has to offer.

SkillNocturnal SectDiurnal Sect
Stance Bonus+5% Potency to healing+5% casting speed
Aspected BeneficHigher potency, 130% of healing is converted to shield.Weaker potency, leaves an 18s Regen effect.
Aspected HeliosLeaves a shield equal to 100% of the amount healed.Leaves a Regen effect on all affected members.
Celestial OppositionCannot be used while stanceless.Cannot be used while stanceless.

While the above table is a quick list, more in-depth knowledge can be gained from the Astrologian Healin guide.

What classes are Astrologian Cross-class skills from?
Thaumaturge and Conjurer. The most viable 5 to pick are:

  1. Cleric Stance
  2. Protect
  3. Aero I
  4. Swiftcast
  5. (free slot)

Crafting & Gathering classes suitable for Astrologian?
AST Armor: Weaver > Leatherworker
AST Star Globe (Weapon) & AST Accessories: Goldsmith

Like all casters, there is no way to get everything with one class. Mining is slightly more important than Botany for Astrologians. But as any end-game crafter knows, getting 60 in all DoH is the plan.

Advanced Astrologian resources

Astrologian Skills

NameLevelCastRecastMPTPRangeRadius
Malefic12.52.530y
>icon<Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Heavy 40%, Duration: 20s
Benefic222.530y
>icon<Restores target's HP. Cure Potency: 380
Additional Effect: 15% chance next Benefic II will have no cast time. Duration 15s
Combust4Instant2.525y
>icon<Deals unaspected damage over time.
Potency: 40 Duration 18s
Lightspeed6Instant1500y
>icon<Reduces cast times for spells by 2.5 seconds while reducing magic potency by 25%.
Duration 15s
Luminiferous Aether8Instant1200y
>icon<Reduces enmity generation.
Additional Effect: Refresh
Refresh Potency: 80 Duration: 15s
Helios102.52.52y
>icon<Restores own HP and the HP of all nearby party members.
Cure Potency: 290
Ascend1282.5
>icon<Resurrects target to a weakened state.
Essential Dignity15Instant6030y
>icon<Restores target's HP. Cure Potency: 400
Potency increases the lower the target's HP.
Exalted Detriment181s2.5s30y
>icon<Removes a single detrimental effect from target.
Stella222.52.525y
>icon<Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Heavy 40%
Duration: 20s
Benefic II262.52.530y
>icon<Restores targets HP. Cure Potency 620
Draw30Instant300y
>icon<Draw a card from your divining deck. Execute command again to use the card drawn.
Only one card can be drawn at a time.
Duration 15s, Recast timer cooldown will begin once the drawn card is read
or the Draw timer expires.
Diurnal Sect30Instant50y
>icon<Increases speed by 5% while adding a Regen effect to certain actions.
Cannot be used with Nocturnal Sect. Shares a recast timer with Nocturnal Sect.
Effect cannot be removed during battle. Effect ends upon reuse.
Aspected Benefic34Instant2.5s30y
>icon<Restores target's HP. Cure Potency: 190
Nocturnal Sect Cute Potency: 250
Nocturnal Sect Effect: Shields the recipient for an equal amount of HP healed. Does not stack with Adloquium.
Duration 30s

DIurnal Sect Effect: Regen
Cure Potency: 100 Duration 18s
Royal Road35Instant15s0y
>icon<Return the currently drawn card back to your deck to enhance the effect of the next card drawn,
Bole and Balance: 150% effect potency.
Arrow and Spear: 50% potency, extends the effect to nearby targets.
Ewer and Spire: Doubled duration
Disable38Instance60s25y
>icon<Reduces the potency of the target's next action by 10%
Duration: 10s
Spread40
>icon<
Aspected Helios4232.5
>icon<Restores HP of yourself and nearby party members. Cure Potency: 140
Diurnal Sect: Regen
Cure Potency: 50 Duration: 30s
Effect cannot be stacked.
Nocturnal Sect Effect: Erects a shield equal to the amount of HP healed.
Duration: 30s Effect does not stack with Adloquium.
Shuffle45Instant90
>icon<Return the currently drawn card to your deck and draw another.
Combust II46
>icon<?????
Nocturnal Sect50Instant5s
>icon<Increases healing potency by 5% while adding a damage nullifying shield to certain actions.
Cannot be used with Diurnal Sect.
Shares a recast timer with Diurnal Sect.
Effect cannot be removed during battle.
Effect ends upon reuse.
Synastry50Instant120
>icon<Generate and aetheric bond with target party member. Each time you cast a healing spell on a party member not under the effect of Synastry, 50% of the original spell also heals the bonded party member.
Gravity5232.5
>icon<Deals unaspected damage to a target and enemies near it with a potency of 200 for the first enemy, reducing by 10, 20, 30, 40% for each enemy hit with a minimum of 50%.
Malefic II542.52.5
>icon<Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 200.
Time Dilation56Instant90
>icon<Extends th duration of the target's beneficial effects by 15 seconds.
Collective Unconscious58Instant90
>icon<Created a wheel of fortune around the caster. Effect granted to party members upon entry differs depending on active Sect. Can only be executed whn a Sect is active. Effect ends upon using another action or moving.
Diurnal Sect: Regen
Cure Potency: 150 Duration 18s
Nocturnal Sect: Damage taken si reduced by 10%
Duration 18s
Celestial Opposition60Instant150
>icon<Stuns all nearby enemies. Duration: 4s

Also extends duration of beneficial effects cast on self and party members by 5 seconds.

Astrologian Traits

 LevelTraitsDescription
>icon<8Enhanced Mind
>icon<14Enhanced Mind II
>icon<16Enhanced Lightspeed
>icon<20Enhanced Ascension
>icon<24Enhanced Mind III
>icon<28Enhanced Essential Dignity
>icon<32Magick and Mend
>icon<36Enhanced Benefic
>icon<40Magick and Mend II
>icon<44Enhanced Disable
>icon<48Enhanced Luminiferous Aether

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FFXIV Dark Knight (DRK) Guide & FAQ

All you need to know about the Dark Knight job in FFXIV! How to unlock DRK, what skills, stats, and other supporting info. Also links to advanced guides!

“Ah, you think darkness your ally. You merely adopted it… I… uh… I’m a Zombie” – Mahiko ‘Bane’ San.

Hey guys! Welcome to our FFXIV Dark Knight guide. Here, we discuss all basic Dark Knight information, and post links to find more advanced Dark Knight resources. The Dark Knight is a tank class which was introduced in Heavensward 3.0, and have a special requirements (Like Astrologian and Machinist) compared to the original jobs. If you’re a newer DRK, the Dark Knight leveling guide may be useful.

How do I become a Dark Knight in FFXIV? What are the DRK Requirements?

1) You must have an existing Level 50 combat class (DoW or DoM).
2) You must have completed “Before the Dawn” (all story quests prior to 3.0).
3) Only then will the Dark Knight unlock quest open up –

Where do I unlock Dark Knight?
The quest name is “Our End”, which is found in The Pillars (13,8). The questgiver is an NPC names ‘Ishgardian Citizen’.

Help! I’m a new player rushing to Dark Knight! Then you’re best off starting the game as Gladiator and hitting the requirements as a Paladin. Then switch to DRK once you’re good to go.

Dark Knight stats: What stats to allocate and gear up for?

DRK’s, being a tank class, have only two stats to choose from. VIT will be the go-to choice for 80% of Dark Knights, and would be correct most of the time. Many tank players like to allocate STR to increase their DPS. This may not be the optimal choice depending on your level of play, and your static group. But either way VIT, STR or a mix of both would be the way to go.

THERE MAY BE A PIETY ‘CAP’ LIKE BLACK MAGES – WE WILL SEE.

As for secondary stats, we don’t quite know yet. But if we boil it down to the basics (ignoring DRK specifics), you can have a read on: Parry vs DPS stats as tanks.
(More info: DRK Stats & Materia)

What are the Dark Knight Skills & Traits?
Unlike other jobs, you jump straight into DRK at level 30. So you might get a bit overwhelmed. The skills and traits are listed near the bottom of the post.

What classes are Dark Knight Cross-class skills from?
Gladiator and Marauder. (More info: DRK Cross-class skills)

Crafting & Gathering classes suitable for Dark Knight?
Going by trends we can assume…
DRK Armor: Armorsmith
DRK Greatsword: Blacksmith
DRK Accessories: Goldsmith

For gathering, Mining supports all the above crafters quite well, which is quite fortunate for DRK and other heavy armor users.

Advanced Dark Knight resources

  • Dark Knight Best-in-slot & End-game gear: Well, you need to suit up right?
  • Dark Knight rotation: Play your DRK to the highest efficiency!
  • Anything else to add?

Dark Knight Skills

NameLevelCastRecastMPTPRangeRadius
Hard Slash1
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Shadowskin2
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Spinning Slash4
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Scourge6
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Unleash8
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Low Blow10
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Syphon Strike12
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Unmend15
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Blood Weapon18
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Power Slash26
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Darkside30
>icon<
Grit30
>icon<
Dark Dance34
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Blood Price35
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Soul Eater38
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Dark Passenger40
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Dark Mind42
>icon<
Dark Arts45
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Shadow Wall46
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Delirium50
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Living Dead50
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Salted Earth52
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Plunge54
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Abyssal Drain56
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Sole Survivor58
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Carve and Spit60
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Dark Knight Traits

 Lv.NameDescription
>Icon<8Enhanced VitalityIncrease VIT by 2.
>Icon<14Enhanced Shadowskin>effect<
>Icon<16Enhanced Vitality IIIncrease VIT by 4.
>Icon<20Clean Weapon>effect<
>Icon<24Enhanced Vitality IIIIncrease VIT by 6.
>Icon<28Hasty Reprisal>effect<
>Icon<32Enhanced Scourge>effect<
>Icon<36Low Blows>effect<
>Icon<40Enhanced Unmend>effect<
>Icon<44Enhanced Dark Dance>effect<
>Icon<48Soul Devourer>effect<

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FFXIV 2.57 Patch Notes & Letter from the Producer – Moogreus

Some more good news to fuel the hype around Heavensward! check out the Patch 2.57 Notes | Letter from the Producer LIVE 21st edition

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Some more good news to fuel the hype around Heavensward! check out the Patch 2.57 Notes | Letter from the Producer LIVE 21st edition

Patch 2.57 Notes

Gearing up for Heavensward? Patch 2.57 will have an increase to the Echo in the Final Coil of Bahamut and introduce some changes to the Steps of Faith.

The echo in FCoB will take effect upon entering, increasing players’ maximum HP, damage dealt, and healing magic potency by 15%.
* Echo will NOT increase when your party wipes, unlike other instances.

Steps of Faith has been adjusted:
All enemies that spawn, including Vishap have their maximum HP reduced.
Damage dealt by certain enemies, Vishap’s underfoot and Bertha cannons have been reduced.

Riding music has changed for the following mounts: Sleipnir / Aithon / Xanthos / Gullfaxi / Enbarr / Markab / Boreas

Letter from the Producer LIVE (21st edition)

Yoshi-P is set to broadcast live from Nantes, France giving us more details around Heavensward. Don’t miss this chance!

When: Thursday, May 21st 2015 @ 9am (PDT)

What will be covered:

  • Heavensward Preview – Part 1
  • Videos and gameplay footage to showing battle in the open field and inside dungeons
  • A glimpse of the new jobs and how they will function in battle
  • Also good to note that because the show will be full of Heavensward details, questions prior to the broadcast will NOT be held

How: Watch it on Twitch (http://sqex.to/htj)

* Audio will be available in both Japanese and English.

For those who will not be able to view the live broadcast, don’t worry! We’ll post the rundown of the event in due course.

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FFXIV Pre-Heavensward Contests – Moogreus

Details of the Memories of Eorzea Screenshot and Heavensward Free Company Recruitment Contest

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In line with the Heavensward hype, SE has released two new contests: Memories of Eorzea and Heavensward FC Recruitment contests!

Check out the contest details: Memories of Eorzea || Heavensward FC Recruitment

Details of the Memories of Eorzea Screenshot

What: Show FFXIV your favorite memory of Eorzea!

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 3:00 a.m. through Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (PDT)

How to enter:

  1. Take a screenshot related to the theme of “Your Favorite Memory of Eorzea” and post it in the contest entry thread.
  2. In your entry, include your character name, World name, and a brief comment. If no character name or World name is submitted, the prize will be awarded to the character on the entrant’s forum handle.
  3. Include the in-game item prize that you would like to receive from the list above. If no item is selected, one will be chosen for you.

Prize: One (1) in-game item of your choice from the selection below:

  • Ahriman choker / Mandragora choker / Bluebird earring

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& of the 100 Yoshi-P will choose 14 of his favorite entries and give them a signed framed copy of their screenshot

Official post on SE forums here

Check out the contest details: Memories of Eorzea || Heavensward FC Recruitment

Heavensward Free Company Recruitment Contest

What: Promote your FC and help bolster it’s ranks with a promotional video!

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 3:00 a.m. through, Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (PDT)

How to enter:

  1. Create a video from in-game footage and promote your free company in order to recruit members for Heavensward!
  2. Post your video as a public video on YouTube.
  3. After your video has been uploaded, reply to the appropriate World entry thread with a link to the video and be sure to include the following information in your post:
  • Video URL, Free Company name, World, Free Company master name (*If your free company master has been inactive for a long period of time, please list a different character name), Main activity time, An introduction for your Free Company and goals for Heavensward (up to 200 words)

Players must submit entries using the entry thread of the World they belong to. In addition, you must abide by the following guidelines when submitting your entry:

  • Use only in-game footage
  • Ensure that any music used follows the Material Usage License Agreement*
  • Include the following copyright notice (either in the video itself or the video description): FINAL FANTASY XIV © 2010-2015 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.
  • If you use a trademark in your video (such as “Final Fantasy” or any related logo), according to the Material Usage License Agreement, include a notice (either in the video itself or the video description) saying that the mark is owned by Square Enix, such as the following: FINAL FANTASY is a registered trademark of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Do not display any non-free company members in your video
  • Keep your videos between 30 seconds and 120 seconds long
  • Record videos between 720p to 1080p resolutions with a 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Follow the YouTube policies and guidelines

*As per the Materials Usage License Agreement, videos may only include audio from FINAL FANTASY XIV. Submissions featuring the song entitled “Answers,” or any other tracks not included in FINAL FANTASY XIV, will be disqualified. Within the YouTube video description, list all of the music used during the video in the order the tracks appear.

You must use the below format for the video title:
[FFXIV-FC Heavensward]FC name (World)

Example:
[FFXIV-FC Heavensward]FFXIVGuild (Tonberry)

Prize: Up to ten (10) free companies will be selected from each World as winners. Each member of the winning free company will be awarded with a Mandragora choker

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Official Post on SE forums here

Check out the contest details: Memories of Eorzea || Heavensward FC Recruitment

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FFXIV Fankit Updated! – Moogreus

Square has released a new fan kit for FFXIV

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Square has released a new fan kit featuring Au Ra artwork and for website publishers like us, they have a new tooltip system so we can embed FFXIV entries into our pages!

FFXIV Fankit Updated

Here are screenshots of the new additions:

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My Aura Twitter Campaign – Moogreus

Using the official FFXIV benchmark, create an Au Ra character and tweet a picture to the official FFXIV twitter account to win

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What: Using the official FFXIV benchmark, create an Au Ra character

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. (PDT) to Monday, May 11, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT)

How to enter: Follow the FINAL FANTASY XIV Twitter account, Take a screenshot of an Au Ra character with the following information on your tweet:

  • A screenshot of an Au Ra created using the Heavensward benchmark software
  • The #FFXIV hashtag
  • The #MyFFXIVAu_Ra hashtag
  • Your full in-game character name
  • Your World name
  • An “@” mention to @FF_XIV_EN
  • Sample tweet:”Name: Moogreus World: Tonberry #FFXIV #MyFFXIVAu_Ra @FF_XIV_EN Kupo!

Prize: During the campaign window the FFXIV Community and Operations teams will select up to two hundred (200) winners. Winners will be selected based on overall creativity and originality. Winners will be awarded one (1) “Scarf of Wondrous Wit” in-game item.

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Rules and other disclaimers can be found at the Lodestone

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Moogreus Live Letter Part XX Digest

Just in case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of the latest Heavensward Live Letter (Part XX)

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Just in case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of the latest Heavensward Live Letter (Part XX) Digest

The detailed digest can be found in this forum post.

Key highlights:

  • The Main Scenario will have about 50 hours of gameplay (minus the cutscenes) (04:09)
  • New fields will be added that are roughly 50-100% larger than what is available now (08:45)
  • Flying mount footage is included in the video (09:56)
  • Battle System including the 3 new jobs + Increasing the level cap to 60 (19:27)
  • ‘Specialist System’ from level 55 onwards for DoH (26:10)
  • Artwork for new ‘Dungeon Reward Sets’ and ‘PVP Gear’ available in this post.

Full Youtube covereage:

Want to know more about Heavensward? Head over to our FFXIV Heavensward 3.0 Information page!

FFXIV Warrior (WAR) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Warrior (WAR) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

A Warry kind of guy huh? You’ve found the right guide if you’re leveling a Warrior! Check out the Warrior Basics if you need a refresher. You NEED to complete all MRD class quests (last is level 30) (got Butchers Block?, that means you’ve done it). Also Gladiator (GLD) class quests up to 15 (got Shield Lob on your Gladiator? check). Again, this WAR leveling guide should be used ALONG SIDE the General Leveling Guide.

Help! Where’s the WAR Guildmaster / quest giver? It’s Curious Gorge, located in Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea (18, 27). No quest? backtrack to the MRD Guild in Limsa.

Wait a second, I’m below level 30! No problem, the Marauder Leveling Guide is for you :) Coming into this guide, be done with your level 20-29 hunting log, and allocate all stat points into STR. Messes up your stats? Get a Keepers Hymn from your GC.

Reminders before we proceed: Your WAR will level up faster if  abuse Challenge Logs and Daily Roulettes! Also – Accuracy Food is a lot more useful than you think.

Warrior Level 30: Fresh off the Block

Reminder Level 30: Queue up for guildhests More than a Feeler and Annoy the Void.
> Level 30 Battlecraft / GC Leves: Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea.

Facemelting and butchery continues! Picking up from the MRD Leveling Guide, you should be in Costa FATEing it up. You can do this until a MAX of level 35 (Warriors can move to Coerthas sooner…).  Same old same old – if FATES are hiding get your Warrior behind to the levemete.

Cross-class skills: When you equip your Warrior soulstone, your crossclass options reduce quite a bit. Flash, Provoke and Second Wind are the best bet for now.

Level 30 skill reminder – Defiance: DO NOT use this while soloing. DO USE this while in dungeons. This is your bread and butter tanking stance. Please, for the love of god… don’t be that “Oops, forgot defiance” guy.

Reminder Level 35: Queue up for guildhests Shadow and Claw and Long Live the Queen.
Level 35 Battlecraft / GC Leves: Observatorium, Coerthas. (Also, Wineport ELN)

At around level 35 you can move to Coerthas Central Highlands. This place has a bunch of people (most of the time) doing a bunch of fates. If you’re soloing you might not get to tag them all! Partying up in Coerthas is popular, so it’s easy to find one! The Svara quest chain is like swimming in a metaphorical pool of EXP. (Begins @ Svaras Fear)

Level 35 skill reminder – Inner Beast: Real talk – Inner Beast is a massive skill that uses up your warrior resource: Wrath. Learning about how and when and why to use Wrath and what for separates the Warriors from… well.. “b!tches”. Inner Beast gives a huge damage reduction for a small window. While it’s effects are straightforward, Inner Beast and its proper usage is a large part of a pro Warriors repertoire.

Level 38 skill reminder – Storms Path: This skill combos off Maim. It applies a SIGNIFICANT “damage dealt minus” debuff on the enemy. Great for single tanking painful enemies. It goes without saying – this skill is absolutely massive in raiding.

Warrior Level 40 to 50: The last stretch… for now…

Reminder Level 40: Queue up for guildhests Ward Up and Solemn Trinity.
Level 40 Battlecraft / GC Leves: Whitebrim, Coerthas. (or Bluefog NThanalan)

Once you hit WAR 40, your first objective is to get a burst of EXP to try and hit 41 or 42. How? Any free challenge log entries, daily roullettes, early hunting logs, and guildhests. Why? since our next destination is Ceruleum Processing Plant, Northern Thanalan to FATEGRIND. Why skip Mor Dhona FATEs? Not many people FATE there. It’s best to party up in CPP (especially the early levels) check the PF or Shout – there’s no downside to partying up here in the early 40’s.

Level 45 Skill Reminder – Unchained: Newer warriors may neglect this skill, but it’s the real deal. It cancels the damage reduction from Defiance. Learn to use this as often as able whilst tanking, and try to time your Berserk with it!

Reminder Level 45: No more guildhests for now :(
Level 45 Battlecraft / GC Leves: St. Coinachs Find, Mor Dhona (Or CPP, NThanalan)

At level 49, might as well finish your WAR hunting log – it’s the last chance anyway!

Level 50 Skill Reminder – Storms Eye, Infuriate: Storms Eye gives a slashing resist down debuff on the target (useful for many classes), a DPS and threat increase! Infuriate instantly gives you 5 stacks of wrath. It’s on a relatively short cooldown – so yes, this plus Inner Beast is balls. (It’s great for pulling with Unchained as well)

End-game resources for your Warrior

CONGRATS on reaching 50! What to do now with your sparkly new WAR?

It’s been a long journey leveling your Warrior – but fortunately the adventure is JUST BEGINNING! Thanks for reading! For more updates check Like our Facebook! Hit us up on Twitter! Ciao!

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Warrior – leveling up 50 to 60

Level 50 Battlecraft / GC Leves: ???

Level 55 Battlecraft / GC Leves: ???

This section is reserved for The 3.0 Heavensward update. For now, check out our Heavensward info page and Heavensward preparation page.

FFXIV White Mage (WHM) Leveling Guide

How to level up your White Mage (WHM) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

So you’ve taken the White, huh? If you’re leveling a White Mage, you’ve found the right guide! First of all you might want to check out the White Mage Basics. You NEED to complete all CNJ class quests (last is level 30) (If you have Cure II, that means you’ve done it). Arcanist (ACN) class quests up to 15 (If you have Summon II on your Arcanist, you’ve done it). Again, this WHM leveling guide is meant to be used WITH the General Leveling Guide.

Help! Where’s the WHM Guildmaster / quest giver? It’s Raya-o-Senna, located in Camp Tranquil, South Shroud (18, 27). If there’s no quest available, check back in the CNJ guild in Gridania

Wait a second, I’m below level 30! Then you should be in the Conjurer Leveling Guide :) Coming into this guide, you should have completed your level 20-29 hunting log, and allocate all stat points into MIND. If you haven’t, you can go ahead and buy a Keepers Hymn from your Grand Company supplier and do so.

Reminders before we proceed: Your WHM will hit 50 faster if you continue to abuse Challenge Logs and Daily Roulettes! Again – Accuracy Food will help you more than you think.

White Mage Level 30: Patience of Mind

Reminder Level 30: Queue up for guildhests More than a Feeler and Annoy the Void.
> Level 30 Battlecraft / GC Leves: Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea.

The grueling soloing and going out of mana continues! Picking up from the CNJ Leveling Guide, you should be in Costa FATE grinding right now. You can do this until a MAX of level 35 (But you can move to Coerthas sooner).  Same process – if FATES aren’t popping get your WHM butt over to the levemete!

Level 32 trait reminder – Freecure: An amazing trait every White Mage should abuse! Each cure has a chance to proc a free Cure II. This trait wont be seen much while soloing, but when you queue up for dungeons you should learn to be aware of it! You should adjust your HUD to make it CLEAR when you’ve hit a proc.

ffxiv freecure easy proc hud white mage leveling

As seen above, I have Freecure (and soon to be Overcure) right beside my partylist, and right under my character. It’s also a habit of mine to put CD’s there for easy checking.

Level 34 skill reminder – Stoneskin: Ah, this skill. Hate the long cast time, love the effect. This skill will make or break many a raid. But for now, learn to use it in between pulls for yourself when soloing, and for your tank when in dungeons!

Reminder Level 35: Queue up for guildhests Shadow and Claw and Long Live the Queen.
Level 35 Battlecraft / GC Leves: Observatorium, Coerthas. (Also, Wineport ELN)

At around level 35 you can move to Coerthas Central Highlands. This place is usually very populated, and contains a huge number of FATES. So numerous that ‘tagging’ them all might be an impossible task if soloing! Partying up in Coerthas is popular, so you wont have a hard time finding one! The Svara quest chain is exceptionally good for EXP (Begins @ Svaras Fear)

Level 38 skill reminder – Shroud of Saints: The White Mages only mana replenishment skill (pre 3.0). Use it early and often! Soloing as WHM can be painful because mana regen can be an issue – at least this helps you out somehow. In raids, needless to say, this skill is gold.

Before proceeding, as always, allocate all unused points to MIND, complete all White Mage job quests, and beat up your hunting log. Done? Okay.

White Mage Level 40 to 50: The last stretch… for now…

Reminder Level 40: Queue up for guildhests Ward Up and Solemn Trinity.
Level 40 Battlecraft / GC Leves: Whitebrim, Coerthas.

Once you hit WHM 40, the first thing you want to do is gain a few quick levels – How? Hunting Log (as much as you can), Challenge Log (any uspent entries), and Daily Roulette (Guildhest and Low Level). You need to get a few levels quickly here, since our next destination is CPP, Northern Thanalan to FATEGRIND. Mor Dhona is the next logical step, but it’s often not very populated. Check the PF or Shout – you’re gonna need a party for the early 40’s here.

Reminder Level 45: No more guildhests for now :(
Level 45 Battlecraft / GC Leves: St. Coinachs Find, Mor Dhona.

Level 46 skill reminder – Aero II: Well, finally you get another basic DPS skill. Starting off with Aero II -> Aero should be standard for any WHM! Of course, if the enemies are weak just spam Stone II.

At level 49, you might as well finish all your WHM hunting logs. They’re pretty much useless after.

End-game resources for your White Mage

So you’ve hit max level – CONGRATS! What to do now with your sparkly new WHM?

  • WHM BiS – Best in slot end-game gear and some tips on how to get there.
  • WHM Healing Guide – Some tips on how to maximize your WHMs potential!
  • Raid Guides Directory – You SHOULD be at least attempting to clear coil, right!

It’s been a long journey leveling your White Mage – but fortunately the adventure is JUST BEGINNING! Thanks for reading! For more updates check Like our Facebook! Hit us up on Twitter! Ciao!

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White Mage – leveling up 50 to 60

Level 50 Battlecraft / GC Leves: ???

Level 55 Battlecraft / GC Leves: ???

This section is reserved for The 3.0 Heavensward update. For now, check out our Heavensward info page.

FFXIV Heavensward 3.0 Information!

All YOU need to know about Heavenward HERE! The first expansion of FFXIV: Come see what ‘3.0’ has to offer!

Hi guys! Get HYPED for HEAVENSWARD, the first official expansion of FFXIV! Heavensward (or FFXIV 3.0 Patch) has a veritable CHUNK of content. Let’s see what’s goin on in Heavensward! Forgive me for the long load time, there’s a chunky amount of info and images here! (will be constantly updated until launch)

Heavensward (FFXIV 3.0)

Trailer & Basic Info | Level 60 | New Areas |
New Jobs | New Race | Airships & Flying Mounts |
| Trials: Alexander, primals | DoH & DoL | Useful Resources

Official Heavensward Trailers(s)

Heavensward: Basic Information

FFXIV Patch 3.0 “Heavensward” will be released in June 23 2015.
If you pre-ordered Heavensward, you will be able to play in Heavensward Early Access: June 19 2015
Level cap raised to 60. Meaning new skills and traits for all classes and jobs
Being an expsansion pack, it must be purchased. Where to buy Heavensward?

Pre Order Heavensward! – NA Version (compatible with NA accounts)

You can test how you run Heavensward with the: Heavensward Benchmark Tool.

 

Level Cap Raised to 60! And everything that goes with it!

FFXIV’s level cap is raised to 60 from 50. What does this mean for us?

  • New gear (as seen here in this 3.0 gear preview)
  • New skills and traits! and cross-class skills too!
  • A new RELIC WEAPON! (yey? ugh?)
    • Yoshida mentions that our 2.0 relic will be relevant (at least in the early phase I speculate)

If you’re late to the party, or worrying to much about gearing for 3.0 – don’t sweat it. Gear obtained in 2.5+ will likely be of no real use come 3.0! ((Back to Top))

Massive New areas, and all things that entail!

So with the level cap increased, that means we will be having new areas to come along with it! This means a lot more than you might first think:

  • Specifically mentioned “Exploration on the scale of launch” meaning HUGE new areas!
  • New FATES, enemies, levequests, hunting logs, side quests…
  • Multiple new dungeons (more than 4 estimated)

The Foundation | The Pillars

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Dravinian Forelands | Dravinian Hinterlands

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Coerthas Western Highlands

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The Churning Mists | The Sea of Clouds

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And yes, some of those picstures do indeed have FLYING MOUNTS. These areas can be seen thru video @ Heavensward: Tour of the North. Again they say the new areas will be MASSIVE! And judging from these screens and vid, they look great. ((Back to Top))

3 New jobs in Heavensward

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Dark Knight – Tank class that uses a 2-handed greatsword, supposedly does magical damage.
Vids & other previews:

Astrologer – Healer that uses a ‘celestial deck’, not much is known about this class but they seem awesome.
Vids & other previews:

Machinist – Ranged DPS that has little machine summons.
Vids & other previews:

Supposedly you only need level 30 of any base class to unlock these. My guess is they start at level 50 (purely speculation on the latter). ((Back to Top))

New race: The Au Ra

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The Au Ra are horned humanoids that we can assume have some relation to dragons (purely speculation). As I learn more about the lore about these guys, I’ll update! Please comment if you know anything. ((Back to Top))

Free Company Airships

Airships can now be built and used by Free Companies! What does this mean? Well the team has a bunch of stuff planned for Airships in 3.0, but not all of it might be implemented ASAP. Here are some of the features regarding FC(personal?) Airships:

  • Airships are built and or improved via Free Company Crafting. (Yeahp)
  • Each FC may own up to four Airships (Each consisting of 4 parts that make up its visual design and function)
  • On release Airships can be sent on ‘ventures’ to explore the vast Sky Islands. They increase in rank as you do this.
  • Airships can bring back rare items from these ventures.
  • In a later update: players may join these ‘air raids’ to find various islands with random properties.
    • Islands containing ‘Notorious monsters’
    • Islands containing rare gathering nodes
    • and, quoting SE, “We have a lot of ideas for these”.

Flying mounts are also coming if in case you missed that by now, haha. Aside from personal travel, not much else is known for their uses. ((Back to Top))

New Raid: Alexander! New (and Old?) Primals!

Primals in Heavensward

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Many Primals will be part of the 3.0 storyline, and our trials. Older players would recognize Bismarck. An all new primal making it’s debut in FFXIV is also coming: Ravana. Of course, what are primals without BEAST TRIBES? Of course, 2 new beast tribes will be making their debut here in Heavensward as well. The Gnath and the Vanu Vanu.

ffxiv heavensward new beast tribes gnath vanu vanu

While they say Beastman quests might not be out for 3.0 straight away, they will definitely show up sooner or later. Of course, 3.0’s Primals and Beastmen are not limited by the two above, and we will likely see many old faces. ((Back to Top))

Alexander: Heavensward Raid

ffxiv heavensward alexander raid

Much like the Binding Coils of Bahamut, we assume 3.0’s entirety of raiding will take place in and around Alexander. Older players will recognize Alexander as a “primal”. He’s most known for his recent appearance in FFXIII series as the ‘summon’ of Hope Estheim. His elemental affinity in most FF games is Holy – and for the old school guys – would remember his epic battle versus Bahamut in FF9. His appearance in every FF aside from 13 is that of a FULL SIZED CASTLE.

3.0 will be the first patch wherein raiding is split into EASY and HARD mode. Easy mode is meant for more casual players to traverse through coil, while Hard Mode will yield the highest item level, and will be the main focus of progression raiding. How the loot/lockout/unlocking of these modes is still a mystery to us.

Well, what exactly his significance is in 3.0 is yet to be known, but surely I’ll be spending a lot of time in there. While many hardcore raiders like me are left with a ton of unanswered questions about progression, we are definitely happy nonetheless! ((Back to Top))

Changes in Crafting / Gathering?

Crafting in Heavensward

Crafting is getting new recipes, obviously. Mentioned above, there will be “company crafting” which caters to Airships and Housing Items. They said that houses can now be “Glamoured”. In any case the biggest news in crafting will be the introduction of specializations. Specializations will make it such that no one guy can craft everything. 

Oh, and crafters will be getting a brand new “AF” look, check out how DoH AF looks like in 3.0.

Gathering in Heavensward

Of course, new nodes will be appearing in 3.0+, but aside from that there seems to be no news regarding any major changes to gathering. If anything at least (like crafters) Gatherers get a brand new AF look in Heavensward.

I’m a a fan of crafting and hope they really expand on it. Gathering on the other hand…. well I hope they have some great plans for it come 3.0 :)
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New player? Need help? Old player, need advice?

For new players: I specifically created a leveling up guide that will serve your needs till the foreseeable future: Leveling general guide. I would suggest any vet to read this too, you might learn something.

For old players: You can check out my ever-growing compilation of ways to prepare for Heavensward. Newer players should also check this out just in case.

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Heavensward Resources

Heavensward: Official Trailer: SE’s first 3.0 trailer.
Heavesnward – Tour of the North:
 Official SE vid showing various maps. Seriously.. the soundtrack…
Reddit post detailing 3.0 in PAX East: translated ‘notes’ regarding 3.0
Heavensward Benchmark Tool: see how your rig runs 3.0
Preparing for Heavensward: Our little guide on what you can do NOW to affect your gameplay in 3.0

and again in case you haven’t already:

Pre Order Heavensward! – NA Version (compatible with NA accounts)

Please comment or add whatever else you may find out about Heavensward! Goodluck for 3.0 and beyond! Like us on Facebook, I will be posting Heavensward updates every monday (or more) until it comes out! ((Back to Top))