FFXIV Mining Leveling Guide (70 Stormblood Updated)

Stormblood Updated! Level 60~+! Level up Mining Quickly! Mining Quests Items? Finding Mining Nodes? Stop wasting time! Power Level your Miner!

First of all, you might want to check out our Gathering General FAQ, and Mining General FAQ before you begin. Already familiar? Let’s get to it.

Key Info per section:

  • Mining quest requirement & location.
  • Mining Levequests location / Best leves.
  • Nodes unlocked, and material list.
  • If grinding, what’s the best item to farm? (Most useful)

Leveling your Miner 60 to 70? Smash deez stones in Stormblood!

Miner Leveling Guide – Navigation:
MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70]

FFXIVGuild MIN Guides
Mining Leveling Guide | MIN Levequests | Mining Node & Material Locations

Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the mining class: The Miner’s Guild is in Ul’dah.

Make sure you know all about gaining EXP most efficiently. We have a Gathering General Leveling Guide for this. Key points are: Choosing the right levequests (ones with evaluation can potentially give insane EXP), keeping key pieces of gear up to date (for getting maximum EXP per node), and making the most out of every node (using skills properly).

Our Gathering Gear Guide is something you should keep open while leveling up.

Regarding Mining Class Quest Items, it’s ideal to farm for them BEFORE you hit the next quest. (For example, farm Wyvern Obsidian while you’re level 26-29). As a quick reference, we will put all items needed here (they are mentioned again in more detail on every section).

Our Mining Node / Material Locations Guide will help you with this, and when looking for specific items.

Mining Class Quest Items

Level Item to gather Qty Level Item to gather Qty
MIN 1 Copper Ore 10 MIN 53 Mythrite Ore (HQ) 10
MIN 5 Bone Chip 50 MIN 55 Titanium Ore (HQ) 10
MIN 10 Obsidian 99 MIN 58 Hardsilver Ore (HQ) 10
MIN 15 Cinnabar (HQ) 10 MIN 60 Adamantite Ore (HQ) 3
MIN 20 Grade 1 Carbonized Matter 99 MIN 63 Beggar’s Mythril Ore
MIN 25 Effervescent Water (HQ) 15 MIN 65 Feather Iron Ore
MIN 30 Wyvern Obsidian (HQ) 15 MIN 68 Serpentine
MIN 35 Raw Amethyst (HQ) 20 MIN 70 Pummelite
MIN 40 Jade (HQ) 20
MIN 45 Electrum Ore (HQ) 20
MIN 50 Darksteel Ore 3

Useful links to have open: Mining Node Locations | Gathering Gear Guide

 

Mining Level 1-5

Mining Quest Level 1: 10 Copper Ore
Mining Quest Level 5: 50 Bone Chips
Level 1 Mining Levequests:
Ul’dah Adventurers’ Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 5 Mining Levequests: Ul’dah Adventurers’ Guild & Scorpions Crossing.

Where to find Bone Chips? You can complete both of these quests in one go, to save time.  So make sure you have both sets of items ready before you return to Adalberta (10 Copper Ores and 50 Bone Chips). If you’re lazy you can also buy this from tradecraft merchant NPC’s (not recommended).

Level 5 Node Locations Unlocked: Central Thanalan (Four Sisters, Stonesthrow) Western Thanalan (Gate of the Sultana)

Level 1 to 5 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Bone Chip0505Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Wind Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Lightning Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Muddy Water0305StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Copper Ore0105StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Wind Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Lightning Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Muddy Water0305Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Copper Ore0105Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Fire Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Water Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Muddy Water
  • 70 Bone Chip (50 for the quest)
  • 99 Copper Ore (optional)

This part should be easy. After gathering all of those Bone Chips, you should be well past level 5. Return to Adalberta and claim your rewards and gear upgrades. IF Grinding: farm copper ore.

Mining Level 6-10

Mining Quest Level 10: 99 Obsidian
Level 5 Mining Levequests:
 Ul’dah Adventurers Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
Western Thanalan Horizon.

Where to find Obsidian? Yup, 99 Obsidian. Get used to this. You can find Obsidian in Western Thanalan (The East Hammer). Again, you can buy this from NPC’s but I wouldn’t advise it.

Level 10 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (The East Hammer), Central Thanalan (Royal Allagan Starway)
Lower La Noscea (Cedarwood).

Level 6 to 10 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Tin Ore062310The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Zinc Ore092610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Soiled Femur082610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Water Shard01010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Obsidian1010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Tin Ore062310Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Zinc Ore092610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Soiled Femur082610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Lightning Shard01010Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Earth Shard01010CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c
Raw Sunstone072410CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Tin Ore, Zinc Ore, Soiled Femur
  • 20 Raw Sunstone.
  • 119 Obsidian (99 for quest)

While 99 Obsidian may seem pretty grindy, getting stacks of materials is something you should get used to. IF Grinding: farm everything equally, except Sunstone.

Mining Level 11-15

Mining Quest Level 15: 10 High Quality Cinnabar
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
 Western Thanalan, Horizon.
Level 15 Mining Levequests:
Eastern ThanalanCamp Drybone.

Where to find Cinnabar? The HQ Cinnabar shouldn’t be hard to get. They’re found in Western Thanalan (Horizon).

Level 15 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (Copperbell Mines, Horizon), Central Thanalan (“Western Thanalan” Exit).

Level 11 to 15 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Iron Sand1415HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Cinnabar1515HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Copper Sand1115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Water Shard0115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Rock Salt1215Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Ragstone1315Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Lightning Shard01015Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Iron & Copper Sand, Rock Salt, Ragstone.
  • 30 Cinnabar (10 HQ for the quest)
  • 99 Iron Ore (Even more preferably!)

I have to remind you: Unearth is good.
IF Grinding: farm iron ore. LOTS of it.

MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70]

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Mining Leveling Guide | MIN Levequests | Mining Node & Material Locations

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FFXIV Red Mage Leveling Guide

Level up your Red MAGE (RDM) ASAP! Setting up – Early Rotations – Gear Checks and more!

If you’ve found yourself here, you’re likely leveling up a Red Mage. You’ve found the right place. Hopefully, our Red Mage Leveling Guide helps you out – especially with setting up and the early L50+ rotation!

Red Mage Leveling Guide Navigation:
Page 1: Unlocking, L50 Skills & Rotation, L50 Gear, Class Quest List
Page 2: Leveling RDM 50 to 60 (Basic info for now)
Page 3: Leveling RDM 60 to 70 (Basic info for now)

For those who jumped right into this page, we will add a little blurb about unlocking Red Mage, if you haven’t already.

Unlocking Red Mage (RDM) Job

Quest Name: Taking the Red
Quest Location: Ul’dah – Steps of Thal (Merchant Strip) (X:14, Y:12)
NPC Name: Distraught Lass

You will be rewarded with the Soul of the Red Mage, your main hand weapon (Mythrite Rapier), and a free coffer of 115 left side gear (Red Attire Coffer)! Equip them as soon you have them!

Since Red Mage starts at level 50, there are a few things you have to “catch up to”… Namely, your Skills, Rotation, and to a lesser extent, Gear.

Fresh Level 50 Red Mage Rotation & Skills

RDM Rotation Summary

Red Mage is all about generating Black and White mana “equally”, then subsequently dumping it using our melee combo. We use Dualcast on every “long spell”, which is Verthunder or Veraero.

It’s also HEAVILY influenced by procs.

In the next tab we go into the nitty gritty, and talk about EVERY SKILL you’ve unlocked just now.

L50 RDM Single Target Rotation
L50 RDM Basic Single Target Rotation

Gaining Mana Phase

Jolt (L2) (DUALCAST ON).
Verthunder (L4) or Veraero (L10), use what boosts your LOWER mana (DUALCAST OFF).
===
Proc triggered? Verfire (L26) or Verstone (L30), Use that (DUALCAST ON).
No Proc? Jolt (DUALCAST ON).
===
Verthunder (L4) or Veraero (L10), Use what boosts your LOWER mana (DUALCAST OFF).
Repeat from here (Either Jolt, or Proc Triggered)

It may seem a little odd reading it – but try it out first, it makes a lot of sense after a few cycles. After the gaining mana phase, it’s melee time.

80+ Black and White Mana? Melee Phase

Corps-a-corps (L6) (optional – to dash close to them)
Riposte (L1) (Melee Combo A)
Zwerchau (L35) (Melee Combo B)
Redoublement (L50) (Melee Combo C)
Displacement (L40) (Optional – backflips out)
(Go back to gaining mana phase)

Also, use Fleche (L45) whenever able.

L50 RDM Basic AoE Rotation
L50 RDM Basic AoE Rotation

For 2 Enemies: Use Single target rotation on one of them.

For 3 Enemies: Scatter (L18) spam is “ok”, but generates colored mana slowly. I would replace all Jolts with Scatter, and try to use as many Dualcasts on Veraero and Verthunder. Any procs gained should be saved for when 1/2 guys remain.

For 4+ Enemies: Scatter spamming seems best. While mana charges slowly, you’ll do far more damage.

At 52 (might as well give you an idea now), Moulinet is an AoE melee attack which uses your Black and White mana – so don’t worry, you have an AoE rotation for both ends.

L50 RDM Misc (Cooldowns, Utility)
L50 RDM Misc skills (Cooldowns, Utility)

Acceleration (L50): ENSURES that the next spell you cast will trigger its proc. Obvious uses, use as often as possible.

Fleche (L45): An off-GCD nuke to be used as often as possible.

Tether (L15): Binds enemies, largely useless.

L50 RDM Role Actions

TL;DR – for general usage:
Lucid Dreaming > Diversion > Swiftcast at 32

Caster role actions are pretty slim pickings…

For a more detailed write-up check out our Caster DPS Role Actions Guide.

 

Fresh level 50 Red Mage: Gear Check

The free gear you get from completing the Red Mage quest is item level 115. All things considered this ain’t so bad. HOWEVER, it is missing the right-side accessories, and belt.

Ignore this section if you plan to sully yourself in PotD forever.

I want better than 115 item level!

There are only 2 possible item level upgrades from 115, and 4 possible sources:

  • 120 gear from World of Darkness (hassle if you don’t have it already)
  • 120 Ironworks gear from “old tomestone” (not too bad to obtain!)
  • 130 Dreadwyrm gear from Final Coil (hassle if you don’t have it already)
  • 130 Augmented Ironworks gear (needs Carbontwine and Carboncoat…)

While I imagine many people have these lying around – I can only faithfully vouch for only ONE of these tiers – 120 Ironworks from older tomestone gear is easy to obtain, and can be fairly worth it as they’re shared between many classes.

And, if you happen to get Carboncoat and Carbontwine from WoD (queue up that Alliance Raid!), great!

If you read the clicky above, you can FILL UP THE BLANKS with the left table, or TRYHARD AND UPGRADE with the right table. I will not be listing Dreadwyrm or WoD gear in these tables, due to their difficulty to obtain for people who weren’t there at the time.

L50 RDM Basic GearL50 RDM Better Gear
L50 Red Mage Gear – Basic of the Basic (i115)
Weapon Mythrite Rapier FREE from coffer
Head Red Hat FREE from coffer
Chest Red Bilaud FREE from coffer
Hands Red Gloves FREE from coffer
Belt HQ Rainbow of Casting Crafting / Market
Legs Red Gaskins FREE from coffer
Boots Red Boots FREE from coffer
Earring HQ Mythrite Earrings of Casting Crafting / Market
Neck HQ Rainbow Ribbon of Casting Crafting / Market
Wrist HQ Mythrite Bangle of Casting Crafting / Market
Ring HQ Agate Ring of Casting Crafting / Market
Ring HQ Agate Ring of Casting Crafting / Market
L50 Red Mage Gear – Tomestone (i120+)
Weapon Ironworks Magitek Degen Tomestone
Head Ironworks Hood of Casting Tomestone
Chest Ironworks Doublet of Casting Tomestone
Hands Ironworks Gloves of Casting Tomestone
Belt Ironworks Belt of Casting Tomestone
Legs Ironworks Breeches of Casting Tomestone
Boots Ironworks Boots of Casting Tomestone
Earring Ironworks Earrings of Casting Tomestone
Neck Ironworks Choker of Casting Tomestone
Wrist Ironworks Bracelet of Casting Tomestone
Ring Ironworks Ring of Casting Tomestone
Ring (Cannot use 2 of the same!)

Purchased from Auriana – Mor Dhona (X: 22.7, Y: 6.6)
For the other ring, use one from the other tab, Dreadwyrm, or Augmented Ironworks.

Red Mage Class Quests: Where!?

It happens to everyone, don’t worry. We will be listing the relevant chunks per tier on the respective page of this leveling guide as well, for easy reference.

Red Mage Job Quests 50 to 60
LVL
QUEST
LOCATION
COORDS
ISSUER
REWARDS
X Y
50 Taking the Red Ul’dah -Steps of Thal – Merchant Strip 14 12 Distraught Lass
Soul of the Red Mage; Mythrite Rapier, Red Attire Coffer
50 The Crimson Duelist Central Thanalan 20 21 X’rhun Tia
52 A Rewarding Struggle Eastern Thanalan 12 22 X’rhun Tia
54 Tracking the Cabal Western Thanalan 12 13 X’rhun Tia
56 A Vermillion Vendetta Western La Noscea 28 28 X’rhun Tia
58 On Lambard’s Trail Western La Noscea 28 26 X’rhun Tia
60 Stained in Scarlet Northern Thanalan 20 21 X’rhun Tia Manafication
Red Mage Job Quests 60 to 70
LVL
QUEST
LOCATION
COORDS
ISSUER
REWARDS
X Y
60 The Color of Her Hair Mor Dhona 23 8 X’rhun Tia
63 Traced in Blood Idyllshire 6 5 X’rhun Tia
65 Nightkin Idyllshire 6 5 X’rhun Tia
68 Child of Lilith Idyllshire 6 5 X’rhun Tia
70 With Heart and Steel The Pillars 11 11 X’rhun Tia Verholy, Duelist’s Attire Coffer

 

Red Mage Leveling Guide Navigation:
Page 1: Unlocking, L50 Skills & Rotation, L50 Gear, Class Quest List
Page 2: Leveling RDM 50 to 60 (Basic info for now)
Page 3: Leveling RDM 60 to 70 (Basic info for now)

I’m sure you’re itching to level up – and I hope you took the above preparations to heart! Just continue onwards with the links just above!

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FFXIV Astrologian Leveling Guide

Level up your Astrologian (AST) ASAP! Setting up – Early Rotations – Gear Checks and more!

Praise the stars! If you’re here, then you wanna level up an Astrologian! The heavens guided you true then – cause your Astrologian Leveling Guide will help you out! Especially with setting up from L30 so you won’t get overwhelmed!

Astrologian Leveling Guide Navigation:
Page 1: Unlocking, L30 Skills & Rotation, L30 Gear, Class Quest List
Page 2: Leveling AST 30 to 50 (Basic info for now)
Page 3: Leveling AST 50 to 60 (Basic info for now)
Page 4: Leveling AST 60 to 70 (Basic info for now)

For those who jumped right into this page, we will add a little blurb about unlocking Astrologian, if you haven’t already.

Unlocking Astrologian (AST) Job

Quest Name: Stairway to the Heavens
Quest Location: The Pillars (X:15, Y:10)
NPC Name: Jannequinard

You will be rewarded with the Soul of the Astrologian, your main hand weapon (Star Globe), and a free coffer of 30 left side gear (Velveteen Cowl and Velveteen Tights)! Equip them as soon you have them!

Since Astrologian starts at level 30 (unlocked when you get another character to level 50), there are a few things you have to “catch up to”… Namely, your Skills, Rotation, and to a lesser extent, Gear.

GET A DPS CHOCOBO IF YOU PLAN TO SOLO.

Fresh Level 30 Astrologian Rotation & Skills

Thankfully, there aren’t too many skills unlocked by L30 so you won’t be overwhelmed.

AST Playstyle Summary

The heart of the cards… You gotta have faith when playing AST as it’s one of the classes more heavily affected by RNG!

Card management is a whole ‘nother layer placed on top of the already many list of things healers have to worry about – a daunting yet rewarding prospect! Inversely, mismanage your cards and you will suffer.

Astrologians just “feel” different… their unique cooldowns… how you can (and force) “stars to align” to maximize their effects… It’s unexplainable at this early stage but if this sounds amazing to you – continue forth!

L30 AST Dungeon and Group Basics
L30 AST Healing Basics

ALWAYS CHECK YOUR STANCE IF IT’S ON: At level 30 you only have Diurnal Stance – which adds a Heal over Time to some spells, as well as increasing all your healing potency, while reducing enmity.

Benefic (L2) is your basic, low mana low potency heal. Benefic II (L26) costs a lot more but heals for more as well. Use accordingly.

Essential Dignity (L15) is used to “fix” desperate situations. It quickly heals up any low life party member!

Use Draw (L30) as often as possible, so it goes on cooldown faster. The more buffs you can provide your team the better your runs will be!

L30 Ultra BASIC card usage notes:
Bole (green) on tanks (increased defense)
Balance (red) on highest DPS.
Arrow (light blue) on “class that benefits from reduced GCD”, or best DPS.
Spear (dark blue) on “class that benefits from crit”, or best DPS .
Spire (yellow) regenerates TP – very narrow use.
Ewer (bright blue) regenerates mana, usually use on self.

Helios (L10) is your basic AoE heal.

Ascend (L2) to ressurect fallen allies.

DPSING IN DUNGEONS:
open with Combust (L4) on each enemy.
Malefic (L1) when you’re not healing.

L30 AST Soloing Basics
L30 AST Soloing Basics

Combust (L4) on enemies who will last more than 12~ seconds.
Malefic (L1) Spam.

ASTROLOGIANS DPS IS SO LAUGHABLY BAD EARLY ON THAT YOU MUST MUST MUST GET A DPS CHOCOBO IF YOU PLAN TO SOLO

Use Draw OUTSIDE combat (it’s usually not worth the GCD). Balance > Spear > Arrow is what you’re looking for.

THERE IS NO AOE TO SPEAK OF. Simply “Combust all guys” is your best bet.

L30 AST Misc (Cooldowns, Utility)
L30 AST Misc skills (Cooldowns, Utility)

We may have touched on these lightly in the boxes above – but i’ll be listing all of these skills here again.

Lightspeed (L6) is a POWERFUL cooldown which increases healing potency, reduces MP used, and decreases cast time. Godly.

Ascend (L12) to resurrect allies during combat. Usually paired with the Role Action Swiftcast, or in utter desperation – Lightspeed.

Essential Dignity (L15) is an ULTRA off GCD heal that gets better the lower the targets HP is. This is one of the best heals in the game! More noticeable during raids – but this pulls its weight in ANY content.

Draw (L30) is your best friend, and I cannot fit all there is to know about it here. You will learn more and more about draw and its related skills as you journey as an Astrologian!

Undraw (L30) removes currently active card. Only used to throw away unwanted cards to speed up the cooldown of Draw.

L30 AST Role Actions
L30 AST Role Actions

Long story short, for general purposes:
Protect > Swiftcast > Lucid Dreaming > Any

For a detailed write up: check out Healer Role Actions Guide.

 

 

Fresh level 30 Astrologian: Gear Check

The free gear you get from completing the Astrologian quest is, ultimately, lacking. You only get a chest and leg armor, while lacking Helm, Belt, Gloves, Boots – and the entire 5 right-side accessories. If you plan to maximize your options in leveling – you wanna shore this up ASAP.

Ignore this section if you’re one of those pure PotD types.

ODDLY SOME OF THE HEALER GEAR AT THIS LEVEL IS 31.
You may as well level up once before upgrading.

L30 AST Basic of the Basic gear
Slot Item Note
Weapon Star Globe Free from coffer
Head Velveteen Cowl Free from coffer
Body Velveteen Cowl Free from coffer
Hands HQ Velveteen Dress Gloves Market board / WVR
Belt HQ Velveteen Sash Market board / WVR
Legs Velveteen Tights Free from coffer
Boots HQ Velveteen Dress Shoes Market board / WVR
Earring HQ Malachite Earring Market board / GSM
Neck HQ Malachite Choker Market board / GSM
Wrist HQ Malachite Bracelet Market board / GSM
Ring HQ Malachite Ring Market board / GSM
Ring HQ Malachite Ring Market board / GSM

OPTIONAL MELDING: Savage Might > Savage Aim > Heaven’s Eye > Quicktongue. Personally, I only melded the accessories (and I used them all the way to L50!)

Astrologian Class Quests: Where!?

It happens to everyone, don’t worry. We will be listing the relevant chunks per tier on the respective page of this leveling guide as well, for easy reference.

Astrologian Job Quests 30 to 50
LVL QUEST LOCATION COORDS ISSUER REWARDS
      X Y
30 Fortune Favors the Bole South Shroud 25 23 Leveva
35 Hanging in the Balance The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard
40 A Lesson in Patience The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard
40 Slings and Arrows The Pillars 15 10 Leveva
45 Ewer Right The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard
50 Loved by the Sun The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard
50 Spearheading Initiatives The Pillars 15 10 Leveva Astrologian’s Attire Coffer
Astrologian Job Quests 50 to 60
LVL QUEST LOCATION COORDS ISSUER REWARDS
      X Y
50 Sharlayan Ascending Coerthas Central Highlands 26 30 Jannequinard
52 Empty Nest The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard
54 Conviction The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard
56 Feather in the Cap The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard
58 Trumped The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard
60 The Hands of Fate The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard Welkin Attire Coffer
Astrologian Job Quests 60 to 70
LVL QUEST LOCATION COORDS ISSUER REWARDS
      X Y
60 East Meets West The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard
63 Ride Like the Wind The Pillars 15 10 Leveva
65 Come Rain or Shine The Pillars 15 10 Jannequinard
68 Behind Door Number Two Kugane 13 13 Kyokuho
70 Foxfire Kugane 13 13 Kyokuho Constellation Attire Coffer

Astrologian Leveling Guide Navigation:
Page 1: Unlocking, L30 Skills & Rotation, L30 Gear, Class Quest List
Page 2: Leveling AST 30 to 50 (Basic info for now)
Page 3: Leveling AST 50 to 60 (Basic info for now)
Page 4: Leveling AST 60 to 70 (Basic info for now)

I’m sure you’re itching to level up – and I hope you took the above preparations to heart! Just continue onwards with the links just above!

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FFXIV Machinist Leveling

Level up your Machinist (MCH)! Setting up – Early Rotations – Gear Checks and more!

If you’ve found yourself here, you’re likely leveling up a Machinist. You’ve found the right place. Hopefully, our Machinist Leveling Guide helps you out – especially with setting up and the early L30+ rotation!

Machinist Leveling Guide Navigation:
Page 1: Unlocking, L30 Skills & Rotation, L30 Gear, Class Quest List
Page 2: Leveling MCH 30 to 50 (Basic info for now)
Page 3: Leveling MCH 50 to 60 (Basic info for now)
Page 4: Leveling MCH 60 to 70 (Basic info for now)

For those who jumped right into this page, we will add a little blurb about unlocking Machinist, if you haven’t already.

Unlocking Machinist (MCH) Job

Quest Name: Savior of Skysteel
Quest Location: Foundation (X:8, Y:10)
NPC Name: Stephanivien

You will be rewarded with the Soul of the Machinist, your main hand weapon (Steel-barreled Carbine), and a free coffer of 30 left side gear (Toadskin Jacket and Toadskin Brais)! Equip them as soon you have them!

Continue doing any and all quests in the chain. You should get the Hotshot skill before proceeding.

Since Machinist starts at level 30  (provided you have a level 50 character), there are a few things you have to “catch up to”… Namely, your Skills, Rotation, and to a lesser extent, Gear.

Fresh Level 30 Machinist Rotation & Skills

Thankfully, there aren’t too many skills unlocked by L30 so you won’t be overwhelmed.

MCH Rotation Summary

The MCH “rotation” or if we can even call it that, is all about bullets, procs, RNG, and frustration.

Reload and Quick Reload add bullets into your gun that “surely” proc your next combo in the chain. If you’re doing it “raw”, your combo is reduced to a chance.

You must be very keen of procs, and maximizing the use of every bullet!

It’s useless to go into detail this early at L30. In the next tabs, we will mention ALL AVAILABLE SKILLS and the context wherein they’re used.

L30 MCH Single Target Rotation
L30 MCH Single Target Rotation

Use Reload (L4) and Quick Reload (L26) as often as possible. Be mindful never to go above 5 bullets.

Is Hotshot (L30) buff up? If no, use Hotshot, if yes, proceed.

Split Shot (L1) Proc or bullet? Proceed. If not, spam Split Shot (L1)
Slug Shot (L2).

If you have Reassemble (L10), use it only on your strongest skill (in this case, Slug Shot with Ammo.

Heartbreak (L6) when the enemy is at low life.

L30 MCH Basic AoE Rotation
L30 MCH AoE Rotation

DO NOT USE YOUR AOE ON 2 TARGETS.  A case can be made for using spread shot on 2 guys IF YOU HAVE AMMO – but I don’t think it’s ultimately worth it.

Spread Shot (L18) spam on 3+ targets.  Obviously with 4 or more targets, Spread Shot becomes beastly – but be wary of the TP costs.

Remember to still keep Hotshot (L30) up.

L30 MCH Misc (Cooldowns, Utility)
L30 MCH Utility Skills

Reload (L4) and Quick Reload (L26), just a reminder, gives bullets which increase potency on most skills, and ensures proccing the combo chain.

Reassemble (L10) ensures your next weapon skill is a critical strike – always save it for your strongest shot.

Blank (L15) is a decent pushback, you can interrupt skills with it. Careful using it in dungeons – you don’t wanna loosen up piled enemies.

Rapid Fire (L30) speeds up your GCD considerably for 3 skills. Useful in the near future with Wildfire (L30). For now, it’s a generic DPS cooldown.

L30 MCH Role Actions
L30 MCH Role Actions

Long story short a basic solo setup is:
Invigorate > Second Wind > Peloton > Any

For a detailed guide check out our Ranged DPS Role Actions guide.

 

Fresh level 30 Machinist: Gear Check

The free gear you get from completing the Machinist quest is, ultimately, lacking. You only get a chest and leg armor, while lacking Helm, Belt, Gloves, Boots – and the entire 5 right-side accessories. If you plan to maximize your options in leveling – you wanna shore this up ASAP.

Ignore this section if you’re one of those pure PotD types.

FOR THE ACCESSORIES: Fluorite Tier, OPTIONALLY melded with Heaven’s Eye > Savage Aim > Savage Might. You can meld your other gear, too, if you like.

L30 MCH Basic of the Basic gear
Slot Item Note
Weapon Steel-barreled Carbine Free from coffer
Head HQ Steel Sallet Market board / ARM
Body Toadskin Jacket Free from coffer
Hands HQ Toadskin Armguards Market board / LTW
Belt HQ Toadskin Belt Market board / LTW
Legs Toadskin Brais Free from coffer
Boots HQ Toadskin Leg Guards Market board / LTW
Earring HQ Fluorite Earring Market board / GSM
Neck HQ Fluorite Choker Market board / GSM
Wrist HQ Fluorite Bracelet Market board / GSM
Ring HQ Fluorite Ring Market board / GSM
Ring HQ Fluorite Ring Market board / GSM

Machinist Class Quests: Where!?

It happens to everyone, don’t worry. We will be listing the relevant chunks per tier on the respective page of this leveling guide as well, for easy reference.

Machinist Job Quests 30 to 50
LVL QUEST LOCATION COORDS ISSUER REWARDS
      X Y
30 Master of Marksmanship Outer La Noscea 20 18 Rostnsthal
35 Always the Last Place You Look Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
40 Rook Before You Reap Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
40 Securing the Locks Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
45 A Suppressive Strategy Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
45 Blood on the Sands Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
50 Rage against the Machinists Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
50 The Power of a Tourney Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
Junior Machinist’s Armor Coffer
Machinist Job Quests 50 to 60
LVL QUEST LOCATION COORDS ISSUER REWARDS
      X Y
50 A Joye-less Celebration Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
52 Pushing the Brume Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
54 A Joye-ful Reunion Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
56 Wheels of Justice Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
58 Taking the Fall Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
58 Rusted Steel Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
60 Rise of the Machinists Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien Machinist’s Armor Coffer
Machinist Job Quests 60 to 70
LVL QUEST LOCATION COORDS ISSUER REWARDS
      X Y
60 The Machinist’s Choice Foundation 8 10 Stephanivien
63 The Hrunting Heist Foundation 12 12 Hilda
65 Release the Hounds Foundation 12 12 Hilda
68 Snouts Down, Tails Up Foundation 12 12 Hilda
70 The Mongrel and the Knight Foundation 12 12 Hilda Gunner’s Armor Coffer

Machinist Leveling Guide Navigation:
Page 1: Unlocking, L30 Skills & Rotation, L30 Gear, Class Quest List
Page 2: Leveling MCH 30 to 50 (Basic info for now)
Page 3: Leveling MCH 50 to 60 (Basic info for now)
Page 4: Leveling MCH 60 to 70 (Basic info for now)

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FFXIV Dark Knight Leveling Guide

Level up your Dark Knight (DRK) ASAP! Setting up – Early Rotations – Gear Checks and more!

If you’ve found yourself here, you’re likely leveling up a Dark Knight. You’ve found the right place. Hopefully, our Dark Knight Leveling Guide helps you out – especially with setting up and the early L30+ rotation!

Dark Knight Leveling Guide Navigation:
Page 1: Unlocking, L30 Skills & Rotation, L30 Gear, Class Quest List
Page 2: Leveling DRK 30 to 50 (Basic info for now)
Page 3: Leveling DRK 50 to 60 (Basic info for now)
Page 4: Leveling DRK 60 to 70 (Basic info for now)

For those who jumped right into this page, we will add a little blurb about unlocking Dark Knight, if you haven’t already.

Unlocking Dark Knight (DRK) Job

Quest Name: Our End
Quest Location: The Pillars (X:13, Y:9)
NPC Name: Ishgardian Citizen

You will be rewarded with the Soul of the Dark Knight, your main hand weapon (Steel Claymore), and a free coffer of 30 left side gear (Steel Cuirass and Padded Velveteen Trousers). Equip them as soon you have them!

Since Dark Knight starts at level 30 (although unlocked if you have a level 50 character), there are a few things you have to “catch up to”… Namely, your Skills, Rotation, and to a lesser extent, Gear.

Fresh Level 30 Dark Knight Rotation & Skills

Thankfully, there aren’t too many skills unlocked by L30 so you won’t be overwhelmed.

DRK Rotation Summary

The DRK rotation is all about mana management. While it doesn’t fully show yet at this low level, traces of it are seen.

Grit is your tank stance, which reduces damage and increases enmity.
Darkside is a substance that STOP MANA REGEN but increases damage.
Blood Weapon converts damage to MP, but cannot be used with Grit.

It’s useless to go into detail this early at L30, but at least the above gives you an idea of the “shuffling” and “tradeoffs” of the various DRK “stances”.
In the next tabs, we will mention ALL AVAILABLE SKILLS and the context wherein they’re used.

L30 DRK Tanking Basics

This should be your basic flowchart when inside dungeons.

Do I need Grit (L30) ? (Probably yes)
Is Darkside (L30) on? (It probably should be)
Unmend (L15) Ranged pulling skill (Optional)
Unleash (L6) x2: AoE Bonus Enmity
– (More experienced tanks can ditch one or both of these Unleashes)

Single Target rotation on one enemy

Hard Slash (L1)
Spinning Slash (L4): Bonus Enmity.
Power Slash (L26): Bonus Enmity.
You can do this once per enemy in the pack.

After the enemy group is “near death” and the risk to you is lower, start asking yourself these questions:

  • I should have full or near full mana by the next enemy group…
  • Can I SAFELY off Grit (L30)?
  • Should I use Hard Slash (L1) > Syphon Strike (L10) to regain mana?
  • Can/should I save Blood Weapon (L18) for the next pile?

After the enemies die, make sure to OFF Darkside to regain any lacking mana before the next pull.

L30 DRK Single Target Rotation
L30 DRK Basic Single Target Rotation

It feels a bit strange discussing a single target rotation in the context of a tank (I guess for soloing and “last enemies in a pack”). It seems redundant after the above tab but here it is.

  • Can I SAFELY off Grit (L30)?
  • Is Darkside (L30) on? Can I Darkside?
  • Is Blood Weapon (L18) available? Can I maximize the mana gained?

Hard Slash (L1)
Spinning Slash (L4): Bonus Enmity.
Power Slash (L26): Bonus Enmity.

I desperately need mana!

Is Blood Weapon (L18) available?
Hard Slash (L1)
Syphon Strike (L10) Regains mana on hit!

L30 DRK Basic AoE Rotation
L30 DRK Basic AoE Rotation

It’s pretty bad. You cannot contribute any meaningful AoE damage this early on.

4 Enemies or less: Use single target rotation on one of them.

5 or more: Unleash (L6) spam.

Sadly, even FOUR targets isn’t enough for Unleash to outrun your single target rotation.

L30 DRK Misc (Cooldowns, Utility)
L30 DRK Misc skills (Cooldowns, Utility)

Grit (L30): Tank stance which increases toughness and enmity produced.

Darkside (L30): Increases damage but SHUTS OFF mana regen.

Blood Weapon (L18): CANNOT BE USED WITH GRIT. Increases damage, converts damage to MP, reduces TP cost of skills and increases “skill speed”. Quite a huge buff, which you should maximize each time it’s up.

Unmend (L15): Ranged pulling skill.

Unleash (L6): AoE enmity generating skill with weak damage.

L30 DRK Role Actions
L30 DRK Role Actions

Long story short, for general use:
Provoke > Low Blow > Rampart > Any

For more detailed info, check our Tank Role Actions Guide.

 

Fresh level 30 Dark Knight: Gear Check

The free gear you get from completing the Dark Knight quest is, ultimately, lacking. You only get a chest and leg armor, while lacking Helm, Belt, Gloves, Boots - and the entire 5 right-side accessories. If you plan to maximize your options in leveling - you wanna shore this up ASAP.

Ignore this section if you’re one of those pure PotD types.

FOR THE ACCESSORIES either:

  • Sunstone Tier + MELDING VITALITY I, OR
  • Sphene Tier + MELDING STRENGTH I.

Personally, I prefer Sunstone, with or without VIT I melded.

L30 DRK Basic of the Basic gear
Slot Item Note
Weapon Steel Claymore Free from coffer
Head HQ Steel Celata Marketboard / ARM
Body Steel Cuirass Free from coffer
Hands HQ Steel Gauntlet Marketboard / ARM
Belt HQ Steel Plate Belt Marketboard / ARM
Legs Padded Velveteen Trousers Free from coffer
Boots HQ Steel Sabatons Marketboard / ARM
Earring HQ Sunstone Earrings Marketboard / GSM
Neck HQ Sunstone Choker Marketboard / GSM
Wrist HQ Sunstone Bracelet Marketboard / GSM
Ring HQ Sunstone Ring Marketboard / GSM
Ring HQ Sunstone Ring Marketboard / GSM

Dark Knight Class Quests: Where!?

It happens to everyone, don't worry. We will be listing the relevant chunks per tier on the respective page of this leveling guide as well, for easy reference.

Dark Knight Job Quests 30 to 50
LVL QUEST LOCATION COORDS ISSUER REWARDS
      X Y
30 Ishgardian Justice Foundation 11 12 Fray
35 The Voice in the Abyss Foundation 11 12 Fray
40 Heroic Reprise Foundation 11 12 Fray
45 Declaration of Blood Foundation 11 12 Fray
50 Our Answer Foundation 11 12 Fray Dark Knight’s Armor Coffer
Dark Knight Job Quests 50 to 60
LVL QUEST LOCATION COORDS ISSUER REWARDS
      X Y  
50 The Wages of Mercy Coerthas C.H. 13 16 Unflinching Temple Knight
52 The Knight and the Maiden Fair Foundation 13 12 Sidurgu
54 Kindred Spirits Foundation 13 12 Sidurgu
56 Original Sins Foundation 13 12 Sidurgu
58 The Flame in the Abyss Foundation 13 12 Sidurgu
60 Absolution Foundation 13 12 Sidurgu Chaos Armor Coffer
Dark Knight Job Quests 60 to 70
LVL QUEST LOCATION COORDS ISSUER REWARDS
      X Y
60 In Memories We Walked Foundation 13 12 Sidurgu
63 The Widow and Her Love Coerthas Western Highlands 32 36 Sidurgu
65 The Orphans and the Broken Blade Dravanian Forelands 32 23 Sidurgu
68 We Can Never Go Home The Churnign Mists 28 35 Myste
70 Our Compromise Foundation 13 12 Sidurgu Abyss Armor Coffer

Dark Knight Leveling Guide Navigation:
Page 1: Unlocking, L30 Skills & Rotation, L30 Gear, Class Quest List
Page 2: Leveling DRK 30 to 50 (Basic info for now)
Page 3: Leveling DRK 50 to 60 (Basic info for now)
Page 4: Leveling DRK 60 to 70 (Basic info for now)

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FFXIV Samurai Leveling Guide

Level up your Samurai ASAP! Setting up – Early Rotations – Gear Checks and more!

If you’ve found yourself here, you’re likely leveling up a Samurai. Welp! You’ve found the right place. Hopefully, our Samurai Leveling Guide helps you out – especially with setting up and the early L50+ rotation!

Samurai Leveling Guide – Navigation:
Page 1: Unlocking | L50 Skills & Rotation | L50 Gear | Class Quest List
Page 2: SAM Leveling 50 to 60 (Basic info for now)
Page 3: SAM Leveling 60 to 70 (Basic info for now)

For those who jumped right into this page, we will add a little blurb about unlocking Samurai, if you haven’t already.

Unlocking Samurai (SAM) Job

Quest Name: The Way of the Samurai
Quest Location: Ul’dah – Steps of Nald (X:9, Y:9)
NPC Name: Ul’dahn Citizen

You will be rewarded with the Soul of the Samurai, your main hand weapon (Mythrite Uchigatana), and a free coffer of 115 left side gear (Nameless Armor Coffer)! Equip them as soon you have them!

Since Samurai starts at level 50, there are a few things you have to “catch up on”. Namely, your Skills, Rotation, and to a lesser extent, Gear.

Fresh Level 50 Samurai Rotation & Skills

SAM Rotation Summary

Lemme tell you the absolute basics of the Samurai rotation. It revolves around generating any number of those three fancy orbs (called Sen – Samurai’s Primary Resource) “Getsu, Ka, and Setsu” then expending these using Iaijutsu. Depending on how many of these you have, Iaijutsu’s actual skill changes.

At 52 onwards (I might as well mention it now), you will gain a secondary resource called Kenki to expend on various utility skills. You can Kenki naturally as you do various weapon skills.

In the next tab we go into the nitty gritty, and talk about EVERY SKILL you’ve unlocked just now.

L50 Samurai Single Target Rotation

Samurais have “3 basic combo trees” since you need to gain three different types of Sen. This is a basic single target rotation.

L50 SAM Basic Single Target Rotation

Hakaze (L1)
Jinpu (L4) (Grants 10% Damage up buff)
Gekko (L30) (Gain Getsu!)

Hakaze (L1)
Shifu (L18) (Grants 10% “Offensive Speed” buff)
Kasha (L40) (Gain Ka!)

Hakaze (L1)
Yukikaze (L50) (Gain Setsu!)

Iaijutsu (L30) (3 Sen: Midare Satsugekka)

“Repeat”

Note: For long fights such as bosses (or anything more than a minute) using Iaijutsu on 1 Sen is Higanbana – a ONE MINUTE DoT!

Note: Try to keep up both the “Speed” buff from Shifu and the damage buff from Jinpu at all times. Remember that while the Samurai doesn’t care WHICH Sen you choose for Iaijutsu, choosing the wrong “path” might lead to dropping one of these powerful buffs.

Note: Personally, I start with the chain which leads up to the “speed bonus” buff – as it’s more “valuable” than 10% damage UNLESS you plan to open with 1 Sen Higanbana – then the 10% Damage buff is better.

L50 SAM Basic AoE Rotation
L50 SAM Basic AoE Rotation

This is typically used on “3 or more guys”.

Fuga (L26) : This is a cone skill.
Mangetsu (L35) (Gain Getsu!) : Circular AoE centered on yourself.

Fuga (L26) : This is a cone skill.
Oka (L35) (Gain Setsu!) : Circular AoE centered on yourself.

Iaijutsu (L30) (2 Sen: Tenka Goken) : Large cone nuke.

Note: Against 2 guys, the “SPEED” wherein you gain sen is the upside here. You will be using Tenka Goken every 5th GCD. Using the AoE rotation against 2 enemies has a very very strong case, unlike most other classes whose clear breakpoint is usually at 3.

Note: The problem with this rotation is heavy TP use, and you will never actually trigger your buffs. This is the primary reason why the AoE rotation “sucks” against 2 enemies.

L50 SAM Misc (Cooldowns, Utility)
L50 SAM Misc skill rundown

Meikyo Shisui (L50): God… discussions on this can get complicated at max level but for now basically it allows you to “cheat” combos. If it isn’t obvious by now, the best use of this is to do combo finishers which grant you Sen! (Gekko – Kasha – Yukikaze > Midare!)

Third Eye (L6): Reduced your damage taken on the next hit by a tiny amount. This is connected to other skills later on, but try and practice it early and often.

Ageha (L10): Only usable on low life enemies. Grants a Kenki (more on this at L52…) bonus if its a “last hit”.

Enpi (L15): Is a ranged skill typical of most melee classes. Junk (for now…).

Iaijutsu (L30): Again, I might as well mention it here.
1 Sen: Higanbana – Long DoT, only used for long fights.
2 Sen: Tenko Goken – Large cone AoE.
3 Sen: Midare Satsugekka – Massive single target damage.

L50 SAM Role Actions
L50 SAM Role Actions

To summarize, for general purposes use:
Invigorate > Second Wind > Leg Sweep > Any

For more information about this, check our Melee DPS Role Actions Guide.

 

Fresh level 50 Samurai: Gear Check

The free gear you get from completing the Samurai quest is item level 115. All things considered this ain’t so bad. HOWEVER, it is missing the right-side accessories, and belt.

Ignore this section if you plan to sully yourself in PotD forever.

I want better than 115 item level!

There are only 2 possible item level upgrades from 115, and 4 possible sources:

  • 120 gear from World of Darkness (hassle if you don’t have it already)
  • 120 Ironworks gear from “old tomestone” (not too bad to obtain!)
  • 130 Dreadwyrm gear from Final Coil (hassle if you don’t have it already)
  • 130 Augmented Ironworks gear (needs Carbontwine and Carboncoat…)

While I imagine many people have these lying around – I can only faithfully vouch for only ONE of these tiers – 120 Ironworks from older tomestone gear is easy to obtain, and can be fairly worth it as they’re shared between many classes.

And, if you happen to get Carboncoat and Carbontwine from WoD (queue up that Alliance Raid!), great!

If you read the clicky above, you can FILL UP THE BLANKS with the left table, or TRYHARD AND UPGRADE with the right table. I will not be listing Dreadwyrm or WoD gear in these tables, due to their difficulty to obtain for people who weren’t there at the time.

L50 SAM Basic GearL50 SAM Better Gear
L50 Samurai Gear – Basic of the Basic (i115)
Weapon Mythrite Uchigatana FREE from coffer
Head Nameless Hachigane FREE from coffer
Chest Nameless Togi FREE from coffer
Hands Nameless Tekko FREE from coffer
Belt HQ Archaeoskin Belt of Striking Crafting / Market
Legs Nameless Hakama FREE from coffer
Boots Nameless Kyahan FREE from coffer
Earring HQ Mythrite Earrings of Slaying Crafting / Market
Neck HQ Rainbow Ribbon of Slaying Crafting / Market
Wrist HQ Mythrite Bangle of Slaying Crafting / Market
Ring HQ Agate Ring of Slaying Crafting / Market
Ring HQ Agate Ring of Slaying Crafting / Market
L50 Samurai Gear – Tomestone (i120+)
Weapon Ironworks Magitek Samurai Blade Tomestone
Head Ironworks Visor of Striking Tomestone
Chest Ironworks Cuirass of Striking Tomestone
Hands Ironworks Armguards of Striking Tomestone
Belt Ironworks Belt of Striking Tomestone
Legs Ironworks Hose of Striking Tomestone
Boots Ironworks Sollerets of Striking Tomestone
Earring Ironworks Earrings of Slaying Tomestone
Neck Ironworks Choker of Slaying Tomestone
Wrist Ironworks Bracelet of Slaying Tomestone
Ring Ironworks Ring of Slaying Tomestone
Ring (Cannot use 2 of the same!)

Purchased from Auriana – Mor Dhona (X: 22.7, Y: 6.6)
For the other ring, use one from the other tab, Dreadwyrm, or Augmented Ironworks.

Samurai Class Quests: Where!?

It happens to everyone, dont worry. If you’re lost we have reminders on the relevant pages AS YOU LEVEL UP, but we may as well put the entire list here… for reasons.

Samurai Job Quests 50 to 60
LVL
QUEST
LOCATION
COORDS
ISSUER
REWARDS
X Y
50 Master Musosai Ul’dah – Steps of Thal 9 12 Musosai
52 The Sands of Debt Ul’dah – Steps of Nald 12 10 Musosai
54 Blood on the Deck Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks 11 11 Musosai
56 A Fraudster in the Forest New Gridania 12 13 Musosai
58 Tears in the Snow Foundation 14 13 Musosai
60 The Face of True Evil Foundation 14 12 Momozigo Meditate
Samurai Job Quests 60 to 70
LVL
QUEST
LOCATION
COORDS
ISSUER
REWARDS
X Y
60 A Dignified Visitor Ul’dah – Steps of Nald 12 10 Momozigo
63 Trials of the Sekiseigumi Ul’dah – Steps of Nald 12 10 Momozigo
65 Matsuba Mayhem Kugane 14 8 Makoto
68 The Hunt for Ugetsu Kugane 14 8 Makoto
70 The Battle on Bekko Kugane 14 8 Makoto Hisatsu: Guren; Myochin Armor Coffer

Samurai Leveling Guide – Navigation:
Page 1: Unlocking | L50 Skills & Rotation | L50 Gear | Class Quest List
Page 2: SAM Leveling 50 to 60 (Basic info for now)
Page 3: SAM Leveling 60 to 70 (Basic info for now)

Well, hopefully this page helped you out in setting up your Samurai so your leveling process will come along much more smoothly. Proceed to the next pages with the links above!

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FFXIV Thaumaturge (THM) Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

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

Casting off to level Thaumaturge? Well let me spell it out for you – out Thaumaturge Leveling Guide will help you. What’s the hold up? No need to be hot and cold about it – LET’S GO!

This page is strictly for Thaumaturge – focusing more on THM 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.

Thaumaturge: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the THM Class?

Location: Old Ul’dah – Steps of Nald, Thaumaturges’ Guild (x:6.2, y:12.8)
NPCs: YayakeCocobuki
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Thaumaturge
> Way of the Thaumaturge
> My First Scepter
Others: You may also begin the game as Thaumaturge

Thaumaturge are Healer classes, falling under the Disciple of Magic category. INT is your main stat which increases your damage.

You should be using a Healer or Tank chocobo companion (maybe a hybrid of the two). Honestly I’ve never really tried Tank… is it good? Lemme try now…

You may also want to check out our Thaumaturge General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

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 Thaumaturge.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

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!

Thaumaturge Leveling – 01 to 30

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

L1 Skill UnlockedBlizzard: Your basic spell used to gain the “Umbral Ice” buff – which greatly increases mana regen.

L2 Skill Unlocked – Fire: Your basic spell used to gain the “Astral Fire” buff – which greatly increases fire damage. I’ll explain a little more once you get to L4 – Transpose…

L4 Skill UnlockedTranspose: Turns Umbral Ice to Atral Fire and vice versa. So how it works is: Open with Fire (until you can’t cast any more Fires), Transpose, Blizzard until full then TRANSPOSE OR FIRE – repeat. It’ll make a lot of sense once you try it.

L5 THM Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Thaumaturges’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Black Mage).

L6 Skill UnlockedThunder: Your first Damage over Time (DoT) spell – open with this, or refresh it when it’s about to fall off. Usually, we would refresh this during Ice phase.

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Thaumaturge. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 for base classes Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Black Mage by then.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedAddle: Amazing for raids but pretty terrible for solo.

L10 Skill UnlockedSleep: Only good for questing and such (maybe dungeons, when healer falls asleep) – they wake up when hit. Great for quests and fates that require item interaction.

L10 THM Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Thaumaturges’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Skill Unlocked – Blizzard II: AoE version of Blizzard which hits close range guys only. Can be a little awkward… but decent for dungeons.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedBreak: Applies heavy. I don’t know when I would ever use this soloing. I would rather just DPS harder.

L15 THM Class Quest unlocks Scathe: check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Thaumaturges’ Guild.

Scathe: A filler spell for movement… great for getting that last bit in without “ruining” your “stance”…

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

 

L16 Role Actions Slot III UnlockedDrain: A small nuke with lifesteal. You have no means of self-sustain so this could be useful soling.

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Class Quest Skill UnlockedFire II: Ah, Fire II. GREAT FOR AoE!!!! Makes your dungeon runs much faster.

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedDiversion: Absolutely useless soloing, and of only limited use in dungeons this low. Skip for now. You’re gonna need this in raids, though.

L20 Trait UnlockedEnhanced Greased Lightning: explanation

L20 THM Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Thaumaturges’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V unlockedLucid Dreaming: Pretty terrible for THM/BLM since you have infinite mana.

L25 THM Class Quest check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Thaumaturges’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedThunder II: AN AoE DoT! Applies Thunder to all nearby enemies. Only one Thunder effect per caster applies, in case you’re wondering if T1 and T2 stack.

L28 Trait UnlockedThundercloud: Ahhh Thundercloud! It – each tick of Thunder gives you a chance to get a free, instant Thunder of your choice which does FULL DAMAGE (the entire DoT). Needless to say, this is amazing.

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP!
It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Black Mage (BLM)!

The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are
simply finishing ALL THM class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksManaward, and the prereq for Black Mage:

Manaward: A sick defensive cooldown. Great for raids but of limited use soling.

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Thaumaturge. You now have the right to become a Black Mage!

How to become a Black Mage?

The quest to become a Black Mage is Taking the Black, found in Thaumaturges’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Black Mage, and Convert.

Soul of the Black Mage is your job soul crystal. To become a Black Mage 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 Thaumaturge again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Thaumaturge! Congrats! Feel free to proceed to the Black Mage Leveling Guide. 

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FFXIV Pugilist (PGL) Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

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

Taking matters into your own hands, it seems. Well, if you’re leveling up Pugilist, you’ve found the right place. Our Pugilist Leveling Guide will help you punch right through!

This page is strictly for Pugilist – focusing more on PGL 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.

Pugilist: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the PGL Class?

Location: Old Ul’dah – Steps of Nald, Pugilists’ Guild (x:9.7, y:10.3)
NPCs: Gagaruna, Hamon
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Pugilist
> Way of the Pugilist
> My First Hora
Others: You may also begin the game as Pugilist

Pugilists are Melee DPS classes, falling under the Disciple of War category. STR is your main stat which increases your damage.

You should be using a Healer or Tank chocobo companion (maybe a hybrid of the two). Honestly I’ve never really tried Tank… is it good? Lemme try now…

You may also want to check out our Pugilist General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

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 Pugilist.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

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!

Pugilist Leveling – 01 to 30

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

L1 Skill UnlockedBootshine: Your basic attack! It does critical damage from behind (difficult while solo…), and turns your form into Coeurl.

L4 Skill UnlockedTrue Strike: Requires Coeurl form and deals more damage from behind, then switches your stance to Raptor.

L5 PGL Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Pugilists’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Monk).

L6 Skill UnlockedSnap Punch: And just like that, you have your first complete combo!!! Requires Raptor and deals bonus damage from flank. It gives you a stack of Greased Lightning (commonly known as GL), and changes your form to Opo-Opo.

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Pugilist. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 for base classes. Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Monk by then.

Check out this list of Melee DPS Role Actions for Pugilist.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedSecond Wind: A heal is a heal. Since you’re not a healer – this is pretty good early on as you can imagine!

L10 Skill UnlockedInternal Release: A DPS cooldown that has quite a short recast time… use it often!

L10 PGL Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Pugilists’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedArm’s Length: Virtually useless in the early levels. Don’t bother binding it yet.

L15 PGL Class Quest unlocks Fists of Earth: check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Pugilists’ Guild.

Fists of Earth: Your first stance! It reduces damage taken so it’s okay for soloing. In high tier content you can use this form to reduce damage taken from certain mechanics. For now, ALWAYS KEEP IT UP! It’s free defense!

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

L16 Role Actions Slot III UnlockedLeg Sweep: Ahhh, pure VALUE! Switch this up to the first slot in your Role Actions. It’s main use is still stunning enemies to cancel their AoE abilities. This little gem also allows us to hit our positionals while solo! It’s also a small boon in dungeons, as stunning enemies makes them not hit your tank. Every little bit helps!

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Class Quest Skill UnlockedTwin Snakes: Ahh, your first branch in the combo. It requires Coeurl (2nd hit of combo), and gives you increased damage for a while! It’s always smart to go for this whenever you don’t have the Twin Snakes buff. So not you not only have to maintain GL, but Twin Snakes, too…. the plot thickens.

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedDiversion: Useless while soloing. The main use is to help out your tank so you don’t pull. You may as well practice using this in dungeons and bosses early as now.

L20 Trait UnlockedEnhanced Greased Lightning: Allows for a second stack of Greased Lightning!

L20 PGL Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Pugilists’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V unlockedInvigorate: Without TP you don’t do DPS. Simple as that! Switch this up to your second Role Action slot, as it will be useful for ANY kind of content. It’s especially useful to regain TP after death.

L25 PGL Class Quest check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Pugilists’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedArm of the Destroyer: An AoE attack which is only good against 4+ enemies. It changes your form to Raptor, so maintaining GL even in an AoE scenario isn’t too bad.

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP!
It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Monk (MNK)!

The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are
simply finishing ALL PGL class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksDemolish, and the prereq for Monk:

Demolish: is your first Damage over Time skill. It’s a combo finisher (requires Raptor), but grants GL as well. Always a decent practice to open up with this combo! So now, against bosses, you have three things to look out for. GL, Demolish and Twin Snakes

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

How to become a Monk?

The quest to become a Monk is Brother from Another Mother, found in Pugilists’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Monk, and Rockbreaker skill.

Soul of the Monk is your job soul crystal. To become a Monk 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 Pugilist again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Pugilist! Congrats! Feel free to proceed to the Monk Leveling Guide. Hopefully our Pugilist Leveling Guide helped you out

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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

How to unlock the ROG Class?

Location: Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks, Rogues’ Guild (x:8.1, y:16.5)
NPCs: Lonwoerd, Jacke
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Rogue
> My First Daggers
Note: Rogue is a base class that you CANNOT start the game with.

Rogues are Melee DPS classes, falling under the Disciple of War category. Unlike other melee classes, Rogues use DEX as their main stat.

You should be using a Healer or Tank chocobo companion (admittedly ,I don’t have much experience with Tank chocobos, are they even good?).

You may also want to check out our Rogue General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

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

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

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!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Rogue. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20. and 24 for base classes. Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Ninja by then.

Here’s a list of the Melee DPS Role Actions you’ll be getting as you progress.

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?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

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

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

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

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

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 Lancer (LNC) Leveling Guide

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

A brave one, aren’t you? If you’re here, you’re in the business of leveling up a Lancer (LNC). Well here’s a tip, and a spear to go with it – “Stick ’em with the pointy end”. Our Lancer leveling guide will help you punch right through the early levels!

This page is strictly for Lancer – focusing more on LNC 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.

Lancer: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the LNC Class?

Location: Old Gridania, Lancers’ Guild (x:14.3, y:5.8)
NPCs: Jillian, Ywain
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Lancer
> Way of the Lancer
> My First Spear
Others: You may also begin the game as Lancer

Lancers are Melee DPS classes, falling under the Disciple of War category. STR is your main stat which increases melee damage.

You should be using a Healer chocobo companion. I don’t think Tank chocobo’s can keep up?

You may also want to check out our Lancer General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

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 Lancer.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

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!

Lancer Leveling – 01 to 30

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

L1 Skill UnlockedTrue Thrust: For all intents and purposes – your basic attack.

L4 Skill UnlockedVorpal Thrust: Combos from True Thrust. This is the very beginnings of your rotation.

L5 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Dragoon).

L6 Skill UnlockedImpulse Drive: Has almost no use this early on. There was a purpose for gaining this on low levels back in the day, but that’s long gone. Ignore this skill for now but keep in mind it is part of a future combo.

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Lancer. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 for base classes. Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Dragoon by then.

For a glimpse into the future, see: Melee DPS Role Actions.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedSecond Wind: Regains some HP – great for soloing. You have no choice right now so slot it in.

L10 Skill UnlockedHeavy Thrust: Gives you a passive damage buff (whether you strike from front or side). It’s your first positional attack! Obviously while soloing, it’s quite difficult to get the potency bonus from the side. The buff you get though, ALWAYS KEEP IT UP!

L10 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedArm’s Length: Prevents knockback. Only has niche uses in raids – not very useful right now, however.

L15 LNC Class Quest unlocks Piercing Talon: check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.

Piercing Talon: A ranged skill that has little to no practical use (except squeezing out tiny value in raids).

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

L16 Role Actions Slot III UnlockedLeg Sweep: Not bad! A stun is great for soloing and dungeons – allowing you to effectively nullify the damage your target does for a short time. It also allows you to perform positional attacks while soloing! Great for the early levels and all dungeons.

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge Log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Skill UnlockedLife Surge: Turns your next action into a critical strike. Best used with your heaviest skills (IE Combo finishers). For now, that’s True Thrust.

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedDiversion: Reduces threat generated. It’s quite useless for solo content. Its main purpose is for raids.

L20 Trait UnlockedEnhanced Strength. 

L20 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot III unlockedInvigorate: Ahhh good ‘ol Invigorate. Gives you a chunky amount of TP. Great for any party content. Never leave home without it in your Role Actions!

L25 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedFull Thrust: Your basic DPS combo finisher! It goes from True Thrust > Vorpal Thrust > Full Thrust. Use your Life Surge on this from now on.

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

L30 Class quest unlocksBlood for Blood, and the prereq for Dragoon:

Blood for Blood: is a DPS increasing cooldown. The drawback is something you should be wary of in some raids. Increased damage TAKEN can be quite crippling for progression.

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

How to become a Dragoon?

The quest to become a Dragoon is Eye of the Dragon, found in Lancers’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Dragoon, and Jump skill.

Soul of the Dragoon is your job soul crystal. To become a Dragoon 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 Lancer again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Lancer! Congrats! Hopefully our Lancer Leveling Guide helped you out. Feel free to, err, Jump into our Dragoon Leveling Guide.

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