FFXIV Rogue (ROG) Leveling Guide

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

Attracted to the whole double-wielding, stealth, and “jutsus”, ey? Well, I ain’t here to judge. But I am here to give you tips in this Rogue Leveling Guide – which, if you found yourself here, is likely your goal! Believe it!

This page is strictly for Rogue – focusing more on ROG specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Rogue: Unlocking, and other basics

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Rogue.

EXP Grinding Methods
Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Rogue Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

L1 Skill UnlockedSpinning Edge: Your “basic attack”. It eventually links up to your basic DPS combo.

L2 Skill UnlockedShade Shift: A strong defensive cooldown. It gives you a shield based on max HP. While its primary use is in high end content, be aware of it during the leveling process – it may save a death or two.

L4 Skill UnlockedGust Slash: Your first combo! Its from Spinning Edge > Gust Slash. The very beginnings of your future rotation.

L5 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Ninja).

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedSecond Wind: A free heal is a free heal. This is obviously great while leveling up and you should be using it often.

L10 Skill UnlockedHide: Allows you to sneak around undetected! It’s actually pretty great in PvE / questing. Use it when you need to interact with objects guarded by NPC’s!

L10 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

L12 Skill UnlockedAssassinate: An “off-gcd” (OGCD) skill that can only be used against low HP targets.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedArm’s Length: Only useful in a select few high-end raids…. very niche. Almost useless in the leveling process.

L14 Trait UnlockedAll Fours: A weird trait that is almost useless in this game. Rogues take less falling damage but you never actually die from falling unless you’re in combat…

L15 ROG Class Quest unlocks Throwing Dagger: check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogue’S Guild.

Throwing DaggerA ranged attack. Not too hot. There really isn’t much else to say about this skill.

L15 ROG (continuing) Class QuestMug. Jacke will direct you to Western La Noscea for this quest.

Mug: Another OGCD that you should spam every time it’s available. Ignore the “bonus item” clause…

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

L16 Role Actions Slot III Unlocked Leg Sweep: Put this in your first Role Action slot! A stun is SUPER VERSATILE in low levels! Interrupting enemy mobs so you don’t have to move out is great for melee. Stunning also provides damage mitigation (the mob won’t attack), which is a great little bonus in dungeons. It also allows you to land Trick Attack in solo encounters!

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log
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L18 Skill UnlockedTrick Attack: Ahhh, the infamous Trick Attack! “Trick” causes a good chunk of damage AND makes the target suffer from “increases damage taken” – if they’re struck from behind. While the latter part of the skill may be difficult to trigger in solo PvE, stuns and Hide help! Great versus bosses!

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedDiversion: Useful only in dungeons and raids. Pulling from the tank is never good.

L20 Trait UnlockedFleet of Foot: A very unique passive you should be aware about. Rogues and Ninjas actually move faster than other classes!

L20 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V unlockedBloodbath: TP is TP – without it, you can’t DPS! You should never leave home without it! Put this in your second Role Action slot!

L25 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedAeolian Edge: Your first complete combo! It goes from Spinning Edge > Gust Slash > Aeolian Edge. The addition of a combo finisher improves your damage output quite a bit!

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP! It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Ninja (NIN)! The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are simply finishing ALL ROG class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksJugulate, and the prereq for Ninja:

Jugulate: is Yet another OGCD that silences. While its potency is small, it’s better than zero! The Silence effect… hmm, honestly the more experienced you are with the game, the more you know when silence is actually usable. It’s almost strictly worse than stun in a vast majority of cases. Situations do exist where certain skills can only be silenced. A vast majority of the time, you’ll just be using this as bonus DPS.

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Rogue. You now have the right to become a Ninja!

How to become a Ninja?

The quest to become a Ninja is Peasants by Day, Ninjas by Night, found in Rogues’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Ninja, and the skills Ten and Ninjutsu.

Soul of the Ninja is your job soul crystal. To become a Ninja you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Rogue again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Rogue! Congrats! Feel free to teleport behind the Ninja Leveling Guide. Hopefully our Rogue Leveling Guide helped you out… and if it didn’t – nothing personnel, kid.

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FFXIV Rogue General Guide & FAQ

STEALTH YO’ FACE! Everything you need to know about being a Rogue in FFXIV ARR. How to become a Rogue? Rogue Stats, Skills, Traits, and more!

(ROGUE BANNER NEEDED)
Note that this page contains what we know for SURE, and will be updated come 2.4

“Rogue Quote”

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn Rogue FAQ

How do I become an Rogue!
You cannot choose Rogue as a starting class, so you have to beat your level 10 class quest on any other class before choosing to become a Rogue. If you’re a new player and plan on going Ninja straight up, choose Pugilist as your starting class and may as well level it to 15.

Where is the Rogue guild?
The Rogue guild is located in Limsa Lominsa.

What’s the best Rogue race?
Elezen Wildwoods, [more info: Racial Stats guide], Since they have the highest DEX (23). The next best races in order:
Mi’Qote: Seeker of the Sun (22)
Lalafell Plainsfolk (22)
Hyur: Highlander (21)
Roegadyn: Sea Wolf (18)

What’s the best Rogue god?
God choice is irrelevant for Rogues right now. [more info: Gods guide]

What are the best crafting and gathering jobs for Rogue?
Blacksmith (Weapons), Leatherworker (Armor) and Goldsmith (Accessories in general).
The most ideal gathering job to support this is Mining (But sadly all ninja daggers need wood, so a little bit of Botany)

What advanced jobs require Rogue?
Ninja requires (???)30. It’s the only job which requires Rogue as of now.
[Complete Job requirements Guide]

What’s a good Rogue stats build?
DEX (Increases Damage), with VIT coming a far second (Increase HP pool). For secondary stats and more in-depth info check the link below.
[Full info: Rogue / Ninja Stats & Materia Guide]. Long story short, dump all 30 points into DEX.

What are the Rogue traits and abilities?
Right here :) Scroll down.

More advanced information on Rogues can be found in the Ninja Guide.

 

FFXIV A Realm Reborn: Rogue Skills / Abilities

IconLevelSkillEffects
?Spinning EdgeDelivers an attack with a potency of 150.
?Perfect DodgeCompletely avoid the next physical attack. Duration:5s
?Gust SlashDelivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Combo Action: Spinning Edge Combo Potency: 200
?Kiss of the WaspApply wasp venom to your weapon, increasing damage dealt by 20%.
Changes the additional effect for Jugulate to Stun Duration: 2s
Shares a recast timer with Kiss of the Viper and cannot be used simultaneously with any other weapon poisons. Effect ends upon
?MutilateDelivers an attack with a potency of 60.
Additional Effect: Damage over time Potency: 30 Duration: 30s
?HideBlend in with your surroundings, making it impossible for most enemies to detect you, but reducing movement speed by 50%. Has no effect on enemies 10 levels higher than your own, or certain enemies with special sight. Cannot be executed while in combat. E
?AssassinateDelivers an attack with a potency of 200.
Can only be executed when target's HP is below 20%.
?Throwing DaggerDelivers a ranged attack with a potency of 120.
?MugDelivers an attack with a potency of 140.
Additional Effect: Increases the amount of items dropped by target if Mug is the finishing blow.
Viper Venom Effect: Changes additional effect to absorb 50% of damage as HP
?GoadRefreshes TP of a single party member. Duration: 30s
?Sneak AttackDelivers an attack with a potency of 300.
500 when executed in front of target.
Can only be executed when under the effect of Hide, and shares a recast timer with Trick Attack.
?Dancing EdgeDelivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Combo Action: Gust Slash
Potency increased to 260 when executed from a target's flank during combo. Combo Bonus: Decreases target's slashing resistance by 10% and HP recovery via healing magic by 20% Duration: 20s
?Kiss of the ViperApply snake venom to your weapon, increasing damage dealt by 20%.
Changes the additional effect for Mug to absorb 50% of damage as HP.
Shares a recast timer with Kiss of the Wasp, and cannot be used simultaneously with any other weapon poisons. Effect end
?Death BlossomDelivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby enemies.
?Aeoilian EdgeDelivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Combo Action: Gust Slash Potency: 320
?JugulateDelivers an attack with a potency of 80.
Additional Effect: Silence Duration: 1s
Wasp Venom Effect: Changes the additional effect for Jugulate to Stun Duration: 2s
?Shadow FangDelivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Combo Action: Spinning Edge Combo Potency: 200
Combo Bonus: Damage over time Potency: 40
Duration: 18s
?Trick AttackDelivers an attack with a potency of 240.
400 when executed from behind target.
Rear Bonus: Increases target's damage taken by 10% Duration: 10s
Can only be executed when under the effect of Hide, and shares a recast timer with Sneak Attack.

FFXIV A Realm Reborn: Rogue Traits.

ROGUE TRAIT TABLE NEEDED