FFXIV Dark Knight (DRK) Guide & FAQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advanced Dark Knight resources

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

Dark Knight Skills

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

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>Icon<8Enhanced VitalityIncrease VIT by 2.
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>Icon<16Enhanced Vitality IIIncrease VIT by 4.
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>Icon<24Enhanced Vitality IIIIncrease VIT by 6.
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>Icon<32Enhanced Scourge>effect<
>Icon<36Low Blows>effect<
>Icon<40Enhanced Unmend>effect<
>Icon<44Enhanced Dark Dance>effect<
>Icon<48Soul Devourer>effect<

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FFXIV Job Requirements Guide

HEAVENSWARD UPDATED: Dark Knight, Astrologian, Machinist Requirements. Learn the job reqs for ALL jobs in FFXIV!

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Update: HEAVENSWARD Jobs: Dark Knight, Astrologian, Machinist included. In this guide we list down all known pre-requisites to unlock every known job in FFXIV. Not every job is quite equal, so read if you’re wondering about something.

For those wanting to ‘begin the game’ as Dark Knight, Astrologian or Machnist read on.

For Ninja: It’s important to note that you cannot start the game as a Rogue. If you wish to rush to Ninja, begin the game as Pugilist (as It’s the secondary class requisite).

Note on all jobs: Obtaining the “Soul Crystal” of the Job is what technically transforms you to it. Your CLASS guildmaster will direct you to your Jobs “Guildmaster” once the requirements are met – and you will get your new questline for your Job skills there (as well as the soul crystal for your job upon completing the first one). Many new Job skills are unlocked via job quests.

Heavensward Jobs

All the three new jobs need the following:

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

Where & what are the unlocks quests for Dark Knight, Machinist and Astrologian?

Job Quest Location NPC
Dark Knight Our End The Pillars 13,8 Ishgardian citizen
Astrologian Stairway to the Heavens The Pillars 15,10 Jannequinard
Machinist Savior of Skysteel Foundation 8,10 Stephanivien

Reference links: Dark Knight (DKN?), Astrologian (AST?), Machinist (MCN?)

If you’re a new player wanting to rush into either Dark Knight, Astrologian or Machinist:

Dark Knight: Start the game as Gladiator (to Paladin). Once you’ve done the requirements above – switch to Dark Knight.
Astrologian: Start the game as Conjurer (to White Mage). Once you’ve then once you’ve done the requirements above – switch to Astrolgian.
Machinist: Start the game as Archer (to Bard). Once you’ve done the requirements above – switch to Machinist.

2.0 Jobs Requirements

Advanced Job
Base Class (Level) -> Secondary Required Class (Level)

  • Bard: Archer (30) -> Pugilist (15)
  • Paladin: Gladiator (30) -> Conjurer (15)
  • Dragoon: Lancer (30) -> Marauder (15)
  • Warrior: Marauder (30) -> Gladiator (15)
  • Ninja: Rogue (30) -> Pugilist (15)
  • Monk: Pugilist (30) -> Lancer (15)
  • Scholar: Arcanist (30) -> Conjurer(15)
  • Summoner: Arcanist (30) -> Thaumaturge (15)
  • Black Mage: Thaumaturge (30) -> Archer (15)
  • White Mage: Conjurer (30) -> Arcanist (15)

Reference Links
Physical: Archer (Bard) | Gladiator (Paladin) | Lancer (Dragoon) | Marauder  (Warrior) | Pugilist (Monk) | Ninja (Rogue)
Magical: Arcanist (Scholars) (Summoners) | Conjurer (White Mage) | Thaumaturge (Black Mage)

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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!

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Finding yourself here probably means you’re leveling a Rogue. Well, if you don’t wanna be part of the hidden village of nooblets, you’ve found the right guide! You’ll easily sneak past the early levels with our Rogue Leveling Guide! Rogues deal a good amount of damage compared to other classes early on, so you got that goin’ for ya.

WAIT RIGHT THERE! this Rogue Leveling Guide is best used along with the FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Of course, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! If you’re new, it’ll do you good to check out the basics of a Rogue.

Not sure where the ROG guild is? It’s in Limsa. You have Accuracy Food? Good. Is your battle chocobo (+Gyashl Greens) ready? Good.

Wait a sec, I’m above L30 – I’m a NIN! Then check out the Ninja Leveling Guide.

Rogue: the early levels.

Fresh off the Rogue block?! Go out there and slice up hunting log! A low level character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the best and most practical source of EXP in the early levels. For you (Rogue), you’ll find yourself up and about Lower and Middle La Noscea a lot. Your mission right now is to rush past the easly levels! If you’ve got a lot of leves, and feel like using them, do some levequests in Red Rooster Stead (Level 1 & Level 5), which is a west of Tempest Gate from Limsa (Lower La Noscea). Again, go out of your way to do all FATEs you can handle!

protip: Got some cross-class skills? Second Wind (PGL 8), Bloodbath (MRD 8) and Protect (CNJ 8) are pretty much the best you can ask for. They drastically minimize risk of death, and allows you to kill monsters with a higher level than your own! All in all, reducing your downtime significantly!

Level 2 skill reminder – Perfect Dodge: I might as well tell you now. You know those quests or FATES that you have to interact (pick up) something? Getting interrupted by enemies? Well, Perfect Dodge prevents that. A small boon, but still.

Level 4 skill reminder – Gust Slash: Your first combo skill. GS combos off Spinning Edge. Get used to the basics of a combo so you’re familiar with the concept early on. Golden rule is never break a combo!

Level 6 skill reminder – Wasp Venom: ALWAYS keep this on. This is a free, passive buff to your damage. Make it a habit to ALWAYS have a venom!

Level 8 skill reminder – Mutilate: Your first DoT (Damage over time). Keep in mind, for DoT’s to gain max value, enemies must survive at or near the full duration. Use it for tougher enemies!

Review the tips mentioned above and you should level up to 10 in no time… Finally 10? Grats! Make sure your hunting log (tier 1) is complete. You’ve also gained your first unallocated attribute points: dump them all into DEX. Before proceeding, Check the Rogue guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 for now – Get your class quests done ASAP! Try to go back to your guildmaster every 5 levels from here on out.

Level 10 skill reminder – Hide: Well, theres not so much to say about Hide. If you need to go around places without being seen, keep this in mind.

Rogue Level 10 to 16

The very first thing you want to do as you hit 10 is Guildhests. Still unlocked? Go to a town nearby (likely Swiftperch) and unlock it. You got a large EXP bonus for completion of a Guildhest on every class you do them on. AND ALONG WITH THIS  is unlocking the queue for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once every day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. SAYING IT AGAIN: You can get the completion bonus EXP for EVERY CLASS.

You should be close to (closer via Aetheryte…) Aleport in Western La Noscea. Everyone levels here at this range! Lots of people and a bunch of FATEs means a bunch of EXP. No FATEs at the moment? Check out the Levequests Aleport. Too easy? +4 the difficulty slider! Too hard? Swiftperch offers L10-14 Leves!! Grind your way to Rogue level 16 in this area.

Level 12 skill reminder – Mug: Ignore the stealing part. Treat it as an off-GCD damage skill. What’s off-GCD? You can use it while your other skills are on ‘cooldown’. Basically fitting it in between two skills. Value!

Level 15 skill reminder – Assassinate: An ‘execute’, meaning you can only do this when the enemy is low life. It’s off GCD, and is pretty much a mirror skill of Mercy Stroke.

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 16 – the turning point: AT LAST! Rogue level 16, you’ve unlocked Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. Completing it successfully merits a MEGA EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. Have you heard of or unlocked Challenge Logs? If not, what are you waiting for! (It initially unlocks at level 16) How to unlock the Challenge Log is mentioned in the General Leveling Guide. Getting to max level after hitting 16 is a lot less stressful. Go!

Dungeons as ROG: You might do too much single target damage for new tanks (Take it easy on these guys, they may actually be new players/tanks)! Open up fights by DoTing the entire pack before smashing whoever the tank is hitting. It’s not cool pulling aggro from your tank.

Skill reminder level 18 – Goad: A nice skill for party play. Goad grants TP regeneration to a party member (cannot be cast on self, sadly). Always handy, use it during boss battles or larger packs (Overpower!)

Rogue: finishing up to level 20: Check up and finish any missing Hunting Logs. I’m not blaming you if you’re sick of Aleport… If so you can check out: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan). They’re both roughly the same level zones. Go ahead and go to your guildmaster once you’re 20 and do the class quest. If you have any stat points: stick em into DEX! Alllright, lets continue!

Rogue Level 20 – 30

You know how it goes by now (If not, lemme remind you, son) – Daily Low Level Roulette, Daily Guildhest, FATES + Leves. Test out if you can handle Quarrymill (South Shroud) pick up Leves and FATEs around here. If you’ve got to this point with SUCKY GEAR, you’re gonna start noticing the effects! Thankfully you’ve been gathering gear from Dungeon Roulette – like I told you to, correct?!  In case you forget, Accuracy Food is a HUGE help!

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

Trait reminder level 20 – Fleet of Foot: Well, it makes you move faster. Great for leveling, great for dodging mechanics. I just decided to point this out in case you’re wondering why you seem a little faster :)

Skill reminder level 22 – Sneak Attack: A massive nuke. As long as this is up, use it! You will typically be doing this as an opener via Hide -> Sneak Attack when soloing.

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: One place that should heavily be considered is  Highbridge Area in Eastern Thanalan (Like this). Great for actively farming FATEs (even better when ‘afk camping’ the FATEchain)! If you queue up for dungeons and wanna ‘relax’ but still get chunky EXP every so often – this is it (Melee DPS and waiting for queues go hand in hand).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

Level 26 Skill Reminder – Aeolian Edge: Your basic combo finisher! Spinning Edge -> Gust Slash -> Aeolian Edge does massive damage, and should make your solo life much easier.

At Level 28: Go and ‘test the waters’ at  Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea! (Too hard? Party up!) This will be your FATE and Leve grindzone until you reac h30. If you’ve finally levelled to 30, Let’s wrap things up! Allocate unused stat points into DEX, erase any unfinished hunting logs, and and head on over to Limsa to grab your last class quest before doing ANYTHING ELSE.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Kiss of the Viper: For the most part, this is identical to your other venom (Wasp Venom) for now. Just reminding you, you have two venoms, make sure ONE is up for gods sake. You can’t stack both btw.

Rogue 30 onwards: What to do?

Once you’re done with the (final) L30 ROG class quest (If you got Kiss of the Viper, you’re good to go!), you have two main choices:

  • Ninja (requires Pugilist 15 and ROG 30)
  • Alternate job path for Rogue not yet released.

If you’ve chose Ninja- continue with our Ninja Leveling Guide. You might need to level Pugilist 15, go ahead and use the Pugilist Leveling Guide, too

Sadly, there is no second job path for Rogues yet – but i’m looking forward to updating this filler sentence in the near future :)

Congratulations sneaking, slicing and dicing your way past the early game! I sincerely hope the Rogue Leveling Guide was helpful! The journey isn’t over, but you’ll get there soon enough! For more awesome FFXIV updates, go ahead and Like us on Facebook – and if you need to drop a line, follow us on Twitter!

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!

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“Stick them with the pointy end”. Being here means you’re leveling up a Lancer! Well fate has THRUST you into the right place! Get past the early game FAST with our Lancer Leveling Guide! Good thing for you, Lancers are pretty resilient soloing!

HOLD UP! this Lancer Leveling Guide should be used along side the FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Of course, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! You might as well check out the basics of a Lancer, too, if you’re new.

Don’t know where the LNC guild is? It’s in Gridania. Got some Accuracy Food? good. Is your battle chocobo (+Gyashl Greens) ready? Good.

Wait a sec, I’m above L30 – I’m a DRG! Then check out the Dragoon Leveling Guide.

Lancer: the early levels.

A newbie lancer are ye?! Get to work ASAP skewering your hunting log! A low level character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the most efficient EXP source early on. For you (Lancer), you’ll be wandering around Central and North Shroud a lot. Your objective right now is to get past the early levels. If you feel like using leves, you can gain some EXP doing levequests in The Bannock (Level 1 & Level 5), it’s  north of Bentbranch Meadows (Central Shroud). Feel free to smash any FATE you might encounter!

protip: If you have cross-class skills, use them! Second Wind (PGL 8), Bloodbath (MRD 8) and Protect (CNJ 8) are hands down the most useful cross-class skills. They allow you to tackle enemies you have no business being up against! They also prevent a lot of deaths which are the main cause of leveling downtime.

Level 4 skill reminder – Vorpal Thrust: Your first COMBO attack. This combos FROM True Thrust. Get used to the concept of combos and how they work. You’ll be doing it a lot.

Level 8 skill reminder – Impulse Drive: (FOR THE MORE EXPERIENCED PLAYERS) ID gives a bonus of +10 average potency versus TT+VT combo. While I don’t recommend doing this… since they removed the back attack off ID this is actually a thing. It’s dead boring, though.

Just do whats mentioned above and you’ll reach 10 in not time… 10 now? Grats! Complete all your hunting logs in this tier. You’ve also gained your first unallocated attribute points: dump them all into STR. Before you go, Check the Lancer guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 for now – Don’t delay your class quests! Try to check in every 5 levels for the remainder of your leveling process!

Level 10 skill reminder – Leg Sweep: Your first OFF GCD attack. Mainly you’ll be using this to boost your damage. However, keep in mind you can save it to STUN and CANCEL annoying monster attacks.

Lancer Level 10 to 16

Right after hitting level 10 the first thing you wanna do is Guildhests. Haven’t got them unlocked? Travel to almost any nearby town (likely Bentbranch Meadows) and unlock it. Doing Guildhests gives a beefy first-time completion EXP bonus on ANY class. ALSO UNLOCKED is the ability to queue up for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once every day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. IF YOU DIDN’T HEAR IT: EXP bonus for first completion is for ALL CLASSES!!

Make your way (hopefully via teleport) to Aleport in Western La Noscea. This place is THE place level up around this range. Lots of FATES, lots of PEOPLE = profit. FATEs not showing up? Get some Levequests in Aleport. Too easy? Scale it up to +4! Too hard? Swiftperch has leves that can be tuned to level 10 to 14!! Grind in this map until your Lancer reaches level 16.

Level 12 skill reminder – Heavy Thrust: Gives a +DMG buff that is VERY SIGNIFICANT. Always keep this up even if you do not hit from flank! You can change your opener to ‘Approach enemy and flank attack them with Heavy Thrust”

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 16 – the turning point: FINALLY! Lancer level 16! You’ve unlocked Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. Successful completion of this gives a GIGANTIC EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. ((Challenge Log)) ((Do you have it)) Unlocked? Do it now!! (It initially unlocks at level 16) Unlocking challenge log is detailed in the General Leveling Guide. After hitting 16, the road to max level is much, much easier.

Dungeons as LNC: You might do too much damage for low level tanks to keep aggro sometimes (depends on tank quality). One trick is to cross-class a DoT (Venomous Bite or Fracture), so you can spread out damage. Don’t be too harsh on low level tanks… they might actually be NEW to it! It isn’t cool to purposefully pull aggro from your tank.

Skill reminder level 18 – Life Surge: A welcome cooldown for soloing and otherwise. An ensured crit with lifesteal! Use it on your strongest attacks (Vorpal Thrust for now) to keep your life up. Do not forget its damage potential either.

Lancer: finishing up to level 20: Finish your hunting log if it’s not done. If you want to try another place (Don’t blame you if you’re sick of aleport) Go to: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan). They’re both similarly leveled (15~) zones. Double check and complete all LNC class quests (head to your guildmaster)and place all unspent stat points in STR! Ok? Go!!!

Lancer Level 20 – 30

You know what to do at this point: Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette, FATES + Leves. See if you can handle Quarrymill (South Shroud) and continue FATE grinding and Levequesting there. If you’re here and your gear is really bad, you’re gonna feel it! But you’ve been doing daily Dungeon Roulette – hmm… HMM?!  If I haven’t told you enough, Accuracy Food REALLY helps out!

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

Skill reminder level 22 – Invigorate: A KEY skill in the endgame. You might be reading this guide purely to be getting this (or Blood for Blood). Regains TP, nuff said. In a solo/leveling perspective, use it to sprint!

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: One mildly popular but oft forgotten spot is the Highbridge Area in Eastern Thanalan (Like this). This place is great for both active and AFK farming! This FATE chain is great to camp or while queued for dungeon (Melee DPS and waiting for queues go hand in hand).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

Level 26 Skill Reminder – Full Thrust: This is your first combo finisher. Does massive damage, and comboes from True -> Vorpal -> Full. Usage of life surge should now be paired up with this. This makes leveling a lot easier since things die significantly faster with Full Thrust combo!

At Level 28: Try your luck at the tropic waterscape we all love: Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea! Levequest and FATE here until you reach L30 (You might need a party if your gear is bad). Levelled up to 30? I’ll remind you yet again… allocate all stat points into STR, smash any unfinished hunting logs, and and finish your class quests in Gridania before doing ANYTHING ELSE.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Phlebotomize: ‘Phleb’ comboes off Heavy Thrust, which means it comes out early on in our rotation. Not a bad thing since it’s a DoT. While it may feel wasted on weaker monsters, Phlebs high potency won’t make you regret using it in most scenarios.

Lancer 30 onwards: What to do?

So, if you’ve completed your (final) L30 LNC class quest (Phlebotimize learned means you’ve done it). From here you have two main choices:

  • Dragoon (requires Marauder 15 and LNC 30)
  • Alternate job path for Lancer not yet released.

If you’re going Dragoon – continue with our Dragoon Leveling Guide. If you still need Marauder 15, go ahead and use the Marauder Leveling Guide.

Sadly, there is no second job path for Lancers yet – but i’m looking forward to updating this filler sentence in the near future :)

Good job piercing into the heavens of EXP! I certainly wish the Lancer Leveling Guide was useful! You’ve still got a ways to go – but you’ve done good so far! For more awesome FFXIV updates, go ahead and Like us on Facebook – and if you need to drop a line, follow us on Twitter!

FFXIV Arcanist (ACN) Leveling Guide

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

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Leveling an Arcanist, right? Why else would you be here! You (and Carbuncle) have found the right guide to help out! Hopefully our Arcanist Leveling Guide will show you the way past the early game! Luckily, Arcanists are one of the easiest classes to solo with! 2v1 is so unfair, after all!

WAAAAIIIT! this Arcanist Leveling Guide is designed to be used with FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Of course, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! Need some reminding on: basics of an Arcanist, check that out.

Don’t know where the ACN guild is? It’s in Limsa. Have some Accuracy Food? good. Is your battle chocobo (+Gyashl Greens) ready? Good.

Wait a sec, I’m above L30 – I’m a SCH/SMN! Then check out the Scholar Leveling Guide OR the Summoner Leveling Guide.

Arcanist: the early levels.

Just got them Arcanist robes ey? Start off by wiping up your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the most efficient EXP source early on. For you (Arcanist), you’ll find yourself up and about Lower and Middle La Noscea often. Your goal right now is to blaze through the early levels. If you’ve got a surplus of leves, you can gain more EXP by doing levequests in Red Rooster Stead (Level 1 & Level 5), which is a west of Tempest Gate from Limsa (Lower La Noscea). Do all nearby FATES if they pop!

protip: You got some cross-class skills? Protect (CNJ 8) is the most helpful. Also Aero (CNJ 4) is AMAZING. Trust me… spamming ruin sucks. Second Wind (PGL 8) isn’t the best but might serve in a pinch. It might be worth getting a level 4 CNJ just for Aero…

Level 2 skill reminder – Bio: Your first DoT (Damage over time), but not your last. (Hopefully you have Aero, too) DoT’s need time for it to reach passable value. Do NOT DoT enemies that will die quickly, or enemies with extremely low HP.

Level 4 skill reminder – Summon I: Well, this is why you’re an Arcanist right! Always and I mean ALWAYS have good ‘ol Carbuncle up. It’s literally FREE damage.

Level 6 skill reminder – Aetherflow: The most important skill in any Arcanists toolbox. Restores mana and gives you Aether flow stacks to use on certain skills like….

Level 8 skill reminder – Energy Drain: In terms of soloing – use this to nuke enemies OFTEN. Many times, you’ll just have aetherflow stacks sitting around doing nothing. There’s no reason to save these while soloing! Energy Drain is an off-gcd skill, to boot.

You’ll hit level 10 in no time using the above methods.Got to 10? Grats! Finish up your hunting log if you haven’t already. You’ve also gained some stat points to use – place them all to INT. Don’t forget, Go back to the Arcanist guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 in this case – always you do your class quests! Get this done ASAP for every 5 level interval in the future!

Level 10 skill reminder – Miasma: Your second DoT. Open every fight with Miasma>Bio>Aero. This also applies heavy on enemies!

Why INT as arcanist? Well, since you can’t queue up as healer until level 30, and you can’t use Cleric Stance either… leveling up with points in INT is just more sensible. You can always respec cheaply when you hit 30!

Arcanist Level 10 to 16

Upon getting level 10 get right to doing Guildhests. You haven’t unlocked them? Check out almost any nearby town (likely Moraby Drydocks) and unlock it. Completing a Guildhest gives a large first-time completion bonus with ANY class. IN ADDITION  you can queue up for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once every day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. I’LL SAY IT AGAIN: First time EXP bonus for completion is for ALL CLASSES!

Make the trip (hopefully not walking)  to Aleport in Western La Noscea. As the dothraki would say “Leveling in aleport at this level is best. It is known”. A cluster of fates and a clusterf*ck of people mean lots of EXP! FATEs dried up? You can take Levequests from Aleport. Too easy? Rank it up to +4! Too hard? Do Levequests (10-14) in Swiftperch! Now grind it up in this manner until your Arcanist reaches level 16.

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 15 Skill Reminder – Summon II: A ‘Tank’ summon. This little guy can be useful if you’re fighting harder enemies. Try it out! Some people like this guy over our little blue friend. (This is obtained via ACN class quest L15)

Level 16 – the turning point: At last! Arcanist level 16! You’ve unlocked Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. Completing this successfully gives you a SHOCKING EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. Have you got Challenge Log Unlocked? Do it if you haven’t! (It initially unlocks at level 16) See how you can unlock the Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. Once you’ve reached level 16, the rest of the journey is considerably easier!

Dungeons as a ACN: Simply DoT every enemy in the pack BEFORE ruin spamming. If you pull aggro doing this, then it is your tanks fault. Take it easy on low level tanks, though… they might actually be NEW PLAYERS, so adjust if needed. It’s never cool to pull from your tank as dps.

Skill reminder level 18 – Sustain: A massive heal over time to your pet. Yep, if it wasn’t easy enough already… In the end-game this skill isn’t used often but you would be best served not to forget it exists.

Arcanist: finishing up to level 20: Seek and destroy any unfinished logs! Sick of Aleport? I dont blame you! Check out: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan). They’re are also 15+~ FATE and Levequests zones. Make sure you’ve done all ACN quests (head to your guildmaster), and if you have stat points – put them in INT!

Arcanist Level 20 – 30

By now you know the drill on grinding: hunt logs, FATES, Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette, Leves… By now you can test out Quarrymill (South Shroud) and continue FATE grinding and Levequest there. If your gear is massively outdated you’re going to start feeling it badly NOW… but you’ve been doing daily Dungeon Roulette – right…RIGHT?!?!  I’ll remind you yet again… Accuracy Food is much more helpful that you think!

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

protip: If you have the cross-class skil Swiftcast, you can use it with Resurrection in tandem for dungeons. A useful combo until the endgame!

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: Often looked over and quite underrated, the Highbridge Area in Eastern Thanalan (Like this). This place is chock full of FATE’s and there’s like 5 in ONE CHAIN! This chain is great to camp while AFK or waiting for your dungeon queue (Waiting for queue is second nature to melee DPS like ACN).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

Level 26 Skill Reminder – Bio II: Your third DoT. At this point you should change your opener to Bio II -> Miasma -> Bio I. I don’t know if other people do it differently, but this order seems most practical (lines up the refreshing time).

At Level 28: Get your suntan lotion and visit the beaches of Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. Do the usual levequesting and FATE-grinding until you get to 30. Reached 30? For the millionth time – place unused attribute points into INT, finish your hunting log if you haven’t already, and head back to your guildmaster in Limsa for any unfinished class quests.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Bane: One of your few AoE skills… this one’s pretty deadly in small groups (exactly 4 is best). It spreads all your existing DoT’s on target to 3 other guys. Extremely powerful!

Arcanist 30 onwards: What to do?

If you’ve completed with the (final) L30 ACN class quest (Bane  learned? You’re good to go). From here you have two main choices:

  • Scholar (requires Conjurer 15 and ACN 30)
  • Summoner (required Thaumaturge 15 and ACN 30)

If you’re going Scholar – continue with our Scholar Leveling Guide. If you still need Conjurer 15, go ahead and use the Conjurer Leveling Guide.

If you’re going straight to summoner – continue with our Summoner Leveling Guide. You might still need to level up THM. In that case use the Thaumaturge Leveling Guide.

Good luck with your journey from here on and thanks for using our Arcanist Leveling Guide! Time to catch ‘em all with either SCH or SMN! For more awesome FFXIV updates, go ahead and Like us on Facebook – and if you need to drop a line, follow us on Twitter!

FFXIV Pugilist (PGL) Leveling Guide

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

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Chances are you’re leveling a Pugilist if you’ve found yourself here. Well you’ve found the right guide! If all goes well our Pugilist Leveling Guide will help you punch through the early game barrier!

WAIT UP! this Pugilist Leveling Guide is best used in conjunction with FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Notably, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! Need a refresher on the: basics of a Pugilist, check that out.

Don’t know where the PGL guild is? It’s in Ul’dah. Have some Accuracy Food? good. Is your battle chocobo (+Gyashl Greens) ready? Good.

Wait a sec, I’m above L30 – I’m a Monk! Then get over to the MNK Leveling Guide.

Pugilist: the early levels

So Hamon just gave your Pugilist weapon? Begin with beating up your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the most efficient EXP source early on. In your case (Pugilist), you’ll be wandering around Central and Western Thanalan often. Your mission is to clear the early levels ASAP. If you’ve got leves to burn, you can get more EXP here by doing levequests in Scorpions Crossing (Level 1 & Level 5), it’s  north of Steps of Nald from Ul’dah (Western Thanalan). Always tag FATES whenever they’re nearby!

protip: (Cross-Class skills) (Do you have them)? Protect (CNJ 8), and Bloodbath (MRD 8) are what you need for now. They help you kill mobs with a much higher level than you, and significantly reduce the risk of dying.

Level 2 skill reminder – True Strike: This is your first example of a combo. Pugilists are THE combo class so get used to it! It’s important to READ all your skills to get an idea of what they do (and in your case.. WHERE to do them).

Level 6 skill reminder – Snap Punch: The third part of the combo, and your basic combo finisher. Grants a stack of Greased Lightning which increases damage dealt! Keeping your GL stacks is a huge part of being a great PGL/MNK. Get used to it now!

Level 8 trait reminder – Second Wind: The legendary Second Wind. The best damn cross-class skill for struggling in the early levels. Use it often to save yourself from the respawn prompt.

You’ll be Level 10 Pugilist in no time following the above tips. At level 10, finally? Complete any unfinished hunting logs before going on. You gained your first set of  unspent attribute points – place them all to STR. Finally, Check in with the Pugilist guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 in this case – make sure you do your class quests! Do this as soon as you can for every 5 level interval in the future!

Level 10 skill reminder – Haymaker: A great skill for soloing. Use it when it procs. Its large potency and slow debuff are nothing to scoff at.

Pugilist Level 10 to 16

If you’ve reached level 10. you should get right to doing Guildhests. Haven’t got it unlocked? Go to almost any nearby town (likely Horizon) and unlock it. Completing a Guildhest grants a large first-time completion bonus with ANY class. ON TOP OF THAT you can queue up for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once every day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. AGAIN: First time completion EXP bonus applies for ALL CLASSES!

Teleport (or…walk)  to Aleport in Western La Noscea. Aleport is everyones favorite zone in this level range. Lots of people and lots of FATES means fast spawn times! No FATEs at the moment? Do some Levequests from Aleport. Too easy? Max the difficulty to +4! Too hard? Leves in Swiftperch are 10-14! Punch and grind your pugilist up to level 16…

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 15 Skill Reminder – Touch of Death: Your first DoT as a monk. Keep in mind DoT’s need to run at or near their full duration for it to be worth doing. Only consider this when fighting only the toughest of enemies!

Level 16 – the turning point: If you’ve reached Pugilist 16 at last, you can unlock Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. Successful completion of this yields a ENORMOUS EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. Have Challenge Log Unlocked? Hurry up and do so! (It initially unlocks at level 16) You can find out how to unlock the Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. Once level 16 is over and done with, everything else gets considerably eaiser. Queue up now!

Dungeons as a PGL: You do more single target damage than you imagine. Touch of Death on multiple enemies if your tank is still new or learning – it’s never cool to pull from your tank.

Skill reminder level 18 – Twin Snakes: A large increase to damage output. This buff should never be down! Any monk worth his gloves should learn how to track and refresh Twin Snakes properly. That includes YOU.

Pugilist: finishing up to level 20: Track down and beat up any unfinished hunting logs! If you want a change of scenery ‘cause you’re sick of Aleport: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan) are also 15+~ zones where you can FATE and Levequest. Check in with your PGL Guildmaster for any available quests, and allocate all attribute points to STR!

Pugilist Level 20 – 30

Keep doing what you’ve been doing to reach this point: Leves, hunt logs and FATES, Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette. Move to greener pastures AKA Quarrymill (South Shroud) and continue FATE grinding and Levequest spamming. If you have lower than average gear at this point in the game – you’re gonna feel it BAD… but you’ve been queing Dungeon Roulette – or have you? I’ve told you before, and I’ll tell you again – Accuracy Food is life.

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

Level 22 Skill Reminder – Fists of Earth: This is a toggled stance that reduces your damage intake. Its FREE! It’s in your best interest to get used to “always having a fist” on – you’re a pugilist after all.

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: Often looked over and quite underrated, the Highbridge Area in Eastern Thanalan (Like this). This place is chock full of FATE’s and there’s like 5 in ONE CHAIN! This chain is great to camp while AFK or waiting for your dungeon queue (Waiting for queue is second nature to melee DPS like PGL).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

Level 26 Skill Reminder – Arm of the Destroyer: A most SHAMEFUL AoE skill. But I might as well talk about it. Do not underestimate the silence (use it to cancel annoying skills soloing and in dungeons). If you’re using it for damage, I wouldn’t use it on any less than FOUR enemies.

At Level 28: Travel and enjoy the sunny coastline of Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. FATE and Levequest it up until you get to level 30. Hit level 30? I’ll remind you again – put every stat point into STR, finish any hunting logs if available, and check back on the good ‘ol guildmaster for any PGL class quests you might have left off.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Demolish: Another DoT which takes the place of Snap Punch in your combo. Only do this versus tougher enemies! Like any DoT, don’t clip it!

Pugilist 30 onwards: What to do?

If you’re finished with the (final) L30 PGL class quest (Demolish learned? Then you’ve done the class quest). From here you have two main choices:

  • Monk (requires Lancer 15 and PGL 30)
  • Alternate job path not yet released

If you’re rushing to MNK – continue with our Monk Leveling Guide. If you might need it to get level LNC 15, might as well endorse the Lancer Leveling Guide.

Sadly, there is no second job path for Pugilists yet – but i’m looking forward to updating this filler sentence in the near future :)

Thanks for using our Pugilist leveling guide! Here’s good luck to bashing your way to 50 – your enemies will need it. For more awesome FFXIV updates, go ahead and Like us on Facebook – and if you need to drop a line, follow us on Twitter!

FFXIV Archer (ARC) Leveling Guide

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

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Hey there! If you’re here – I’d say you’re leveling an Archer. You’re in luck because Archers are a pretty great class to solo with! I hope our Archer Leveling Guide will help you pew pew through the early game – quick and easy.

HOLD ON! this Archer Leveling Guide is best used in conjunction with FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Just a reminder, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! If you need to know more about the: basics of an Archer, check that out.

Don’t know where the ARC guild is? It’s in Gridania. Stocked up some Accuracy Food? good. Is your battle chocobo (+Gyashl Greens) ready? Good.

Wait a sec, I’m above L30 – I’m a Bard! Then get over to the BRD Leveling Guide.

Archer: the early levels

Just became and Archer huh? Start sniping your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the best and easiest method for EXP early on. In your case (Archer), you’ll be wandering around Central and North shroud often. Your mission is to clear the early levels ASAP. If you’ve got leves to burn, you can get more EXP here by doing levequests in The Bannock (Level 1 & Level 5), it’s  north of Bentbranch Meadows (Central Shroud). Remember to do as many nearby FATES as possible.

protip: Got some cross-class skills? Second Wind (PGL 8), Protect (CNJ 8), and Bloodbath (MRD 8) are your best bets for now. They do two things: make dying less of an issue, and allow you to kill higher level mobs.

Level 2 skill reminder – Straight Shot & Heavy Shot: Long story short, always make sure the Heavy Shot crit+ buff is on before you do anything else, DPS wise. This becomes increasingly important in the future – get used to it now!

Level 4 skill reminder – Venomous Bite: This skill is a DoT, so it requires 2 things for it to gain value. 1) Making it last its full duration, and 2) Never ‘clip’ it by reapplying it too soon. Generally speaking, starting a fight with Heavy Shot into VBite will be your opening DPS for a while.

Level 8 trait reminder – Heavier Shot: This trait grants a %chance on doing Straight Shot, that your next Heavy Shot is an auto critical. Obviously, bomb it as soon as it comes out. (Don’t worry about overriding your existing buff – the crit damage is worth it)

Level 8 skill reminder – Miserys End: A ranged execute that can only be done when your target has low HP. It’s off GCD, so make full use of this whenever it’s up!

You  should get to Level 10 Archer following what’s mentioned above. Reached level 10 now? Beat up your first tier hunting log before going ahead. You’ve also just gained some unspent attribute points – place them all to DEX.  In case you forget, Check in with the Archer guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 in this case – make sure you do your class quests! Do this as soon as you can for every 5 level interval in the future!

Archer Level 10 to 16

Level 10 Skill Reminder – Shadowbind: While binds aren’t exactly useful in solo PvE, just use it as an off-gcd

The first thing you want to do if you’ve hit 10 is Guildhests. Haven’t  unlocked ‘em yet? Head to a nearby town (likely Bentbranch Meadows) and unlock it. Guildhests give you great EXP bonuses for first time completion with any class. PLUS you can queue up for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once every day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. I REPEAT: Bonus EXP for first time completion applies for EVERY CLASS!

Make your way (hopefully teleport) to Aleport in Western La Noscea. Aleport is the universal “pre 20” zone. A chunky amount of people level up here, and a chunky amount of FATES to go with them. FATEs down right now? Get Levequests from Aleport. Too easy? +4 to difficulty! Too hard? Swiftperch has L10+ leves. Shoot and grind your archer butt to Level 16…

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 15 Skill Reminder – Repelling Shot: An off-GCD escape! Learn to use this backward jump to reposition or to DPS; and when to save it for what purpose. For soloing, just press it to avoid AoE’s!

Level 16 – the turning point: Once you hit Archer 16, you can unlock Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. Completing this gives a, no joke, LARGE EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. Do you have Challenge Log? No? Get it! (It initially unlocks at level 16) Check out how to unlock Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. After level 16, future levels are a breeze in comparison. Queue up now!

Dungeons as a ARC: Take it easy on low level tanks – they might not actually know how to play well yet. Multi-DoTing every enemy with Venomous Bite is a good way to get a little value in the early levels. As a DPS, pulling from your tank is not cool.

Skill reminder level 18 – Quick Nock: A frontal cone AoE. Useful when attacking 3 or more enemies.

Archer: finishing up to level 20: Hunting log – if it’s not complete do so NOW. I don’t blame you if you get tired of Aleport: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan) are also 15+~ Fate and Leve zones. Put unused stat points to DEX, and finish up any ARC class quests you haven’t done.

Archer Level 20 – 30

Keep following the same formula of Leves, hunt logs and FATES, Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette. Get on over to Quarrymill (South Shroud) and do FATES + Leves in this area. If your gear is considerably under levelled, you’re gonna start to feel the pain in this level range – but you’re Dungeon Roulette – like I told you, hmm? If I haven’t told you already (but I did), Accuracy Food is LEGIT.

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

Level 22 Skill Reminder – Swiftsong: Gives a small bonus to movespeed out of combat. It’s not much, but it’s worth keeping in mind. Any ‘speed’ increase to leveling is welcome.

Level 24 Trait Reminder – Enhanced Venomous Bite: Significantly increases the timer for Venomous Bite. This is extreme VALUE, yielding an insane amount of DPS for the TP and GCD spent.

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: One oft overlooked FATE grinding place is the Highbridg area (Like this), This place contains a massive EXP FATE chain, and many random FATES. If you’re semi-AFK waiting for dungeon queue to pop – camp the highbridge chain (Something you’ll get used to as an ARC).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

At Level 28: Teleport or swim to Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. Leve and FATEgrind here until you level to 30. Finally 30? As always, all unused points into DEX, wrap up unfinished ARC hunting logs and ARC class quests.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Windbite: Finally, our second DoT. Keeping track of both of your DoT’s should be second nature in the coming levels – it’s the very backbone of your DPS. (As you’ll see later with River of Blood..)

Archer 30 onwards: What to do?

Once you’re done with the (final) L30 ARC class quest (If you have Windbite, you’re good to go). From here you have two main choices:

  • Bard (requires Pugilist 15 and ARC 30)
  • Alternate job path not yet released

If you’re going straight away to BRD – continue with our Bard Leveling Guide. You might still need to level PGL 15, though –Pugilist Leveling Guide.

Sadly, there is no second job path for Archers yet – but i’m looking forward to updating this filler sentence in the near future :)

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FFXIV Warrior (WAR) Leveling Guide

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

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

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

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

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

Warrior Level 30: Fresh off the Block

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

End-game resources for your Warrior

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

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

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Warrior – leveling up 50 to 60

Level 50 Battlecraft / GC Leves: ???

Level 55 Battlecraft / GC Leves: ???

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

FFXIV Marauder (MRD) Leveling Guide

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

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Hi! Reading this means you’re leveling up a Marauder. A great class to solo and party with, this Marauder leveling guide can help you level up faster and easier than it already is! Let the carnage begin!

Please NOTE, this Marauder Leveling Guide is meant to be used in along side the FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Just a reminder, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! If you need to know more about the: basics of a Marauder, you can check that out. Don’t know where the MRD guild is? It’s in Limsa. If you have any Accuracy Food, good. Is your battle chocobo ready? Good.

Hold on, I’m above L30 – I’m a Warrior! Then get over to the WAR Leveling Guide.

Marauder: the early levels

If you’re fresh Marauder – go start up with your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the fastest way to level up in the early levels. In the case of Marauders, you’re gonna be walking around Lower and Western La Noscea  a lot. The early levels are bad… if you really wanted to, you can get more EXP here by doing levequests in Red Rooster Stead (Level 1 & Level 5), which is a west of Tempest Gate from Limsa (Lower La Noscea).

protip: If you have some cross-class skills availabe – hands down Protect (CNJ 8) and Second Wind (PGL 8) are your best bets. They will prevent alot of deaths, and will enable you to kill enemies you have no business killing.

Level 4 skill reminder – Skull Sunder: This is your introduction to combos. This skill combos from Heavy Swing, and deals extra damage if successful. You’ll have quite a few more of these in the future, but it’s good to be aware of what and how combos work as early as now.

Level 6 Skill reminder – Fracture: An extremely good DoT (especially later on), you should open all fights with tougher enemies using Fracture. As with all DoT’s, you have to make sure enemies live long enough for them to suffer the full duration for a DoT to gain “value”.

Level 8 Skill reminder – Bloodbath: Super underrated. Bloodbath gives you ‘lifesteal’, allowing you to take on more enemies than you should be able to.

You can get to level 10 Marauder just doing the above. When you hit level 10 – make sure to complete all unfinished hunting logs before going forward. Also, check your unspent attribute points – place them all in STRENGTH.  Dont forget, Go back to the Marauder guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 – make sure these class quests are done before moving on. Do this as soon as possible for each 5 level interval in the future!

Level 10 Skill Reminder – Brutal Swing: An off GCD skill that you should be using always for DPS, or saving to interrupt enemy skills. Get used to it!

Marauder Level 10 to 16

Once you hit level 10, you can now do Guildhests. Not unlocked yet? Go to the nearest town (likely Swiftperch) and unlock it. Guildhests have a large EXP bonus for first time completion with any class. ON TOP OF THAT, you can queue up for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once a day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. AGAIN: you get the bonus for EACH CLASS on your first completion!

Now go next door over to Aleport in Western La Noscea. Aleport is THE place to grind FATEs in this level – it’s highly populated and the FATEs spawn fast and close together. Again, if FATEs aren’t popping – take the levequests in Aleport. Too easy? Max out the difficulty meter. Too hard? Leves in Swiftperch. Go on and grind until you reach level 16.

Level 12 Skill Reminder: Overpower, Literally an OVERPOWERED SKILL, does very decent frontal cone AoE damage and generates a huge amount of threat. Very useful in dungons, and useful solo when smacking 3+ guys at once.

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 15 Skill Reminder: Tomahawk, obtained by completing the L15 MRD class quest, is your only ranged attack. While not super useful for soloing, it’s good for dungeons… speaking of…

Level 16 – the turning point: Once your Marauder hits 16, you can unlock Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. This gives a CHUNKERSON EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. If you haven’t unlocked Challenge Log, do so. (It initially unlocks at level 16) Find out how to unlock Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. Once you reach Level 16, the rest gets a lot easier. Queue up for it ASAP!

Cross-class skills: Since you’ll be doing dungeons, getting Flash (GLD 8) is a great way to save TP (Don’t abuse overpower spam!). Less downtime is always good. Oh, its great for tagging FATEs, too.

Dungeons as a MRD: Tomahawk the guy you want the group to kill first, then Flash or Overpower the enemy team once or twice before doing your single target combo. This tanking microguide (this paragraph) will get you a LONG WAY.

Level 18 Skill Reminder – Maim: an EXTREMELY power skill which bolsters damage by a significant amount. It MUST be combod from Heavy Swing for this effect to take place. Always, and I mean always have this up.

Marauder: finishing up to level 20: From here, finish off your tier 2 hunting log. If you want a change of scenery Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan) are also L15+ areas. Once again: allocate all stat points to STR, and complete all MRD class quests before moving on.

Marauder Level 20 – 30

Keep doing what you’ve been doing to get up to this point: Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette. Head over to Quarrymill (South Shroud) and do Fates/Leves in this area. You might be feeling the effect of sucky gear by now – but you’ve been doing the Dungeon Roulette – right? Again, Accuracy Food is a larger help than you might imagine.

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

Level 22 Skill Reminder – Berserk: A crazy DPS cooldown… use it OFTEN. A nice bonus when soloing, and integral for single target tanking – this skill is much more important than you can imagine as a young Marauder.

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: A great place to reddit/watch shows/movies while  camping the fates around the Highbridge area (Like this), there’s an very high number of FATE’s here, but they’re chained up. This is great when waiting for your queue to pop (Not likely a problem for Marauders).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

At Level 28: Move on to Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. FATE and Leve it up here till you hit 30. Hit 30? Again, before going, allocate all unused stat points to STR, complete all MRD hunting log entries, and MRD class quests.

Marauder 30 onwards: What to do?

After completing your (final) L30 MRD class quest, you get Butchers Block (skill). From here you have two main choices:

  • Warrior (requires Gladiator 15 and MRD 30)
  • Alternate job path not yet released

If you’re planning to level a WAR – you can jump right to our Warrior Leveling Guide. You may still need the Gladiator Leveling Guide, too.

Sadly, there is no second job path for Marauders yet – but i’m looking forward to updating this filler sentence in the near future :)

Thank you for using our Marauder Leveling Guide! Hope it helped a bit! You’ve come far – but you’ve still got quite a bit of an ‘axe to grind’! For more awesome FFXIV updates, go ahead and Like us on Facebook – and if you need to drop a line, follow us on Twitter!

FFXIV Gladiator (GLD) Leveling Guide

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

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So – if you’ve found yourself here you’re leveling a Gladiator. While not the most exciting of classes, the upside is you wont be dying anytime soon. Hopefully this Gladiator Leveling Guide will help you get past the early levels.

BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, this Gladiator Leveling Guide is meant to be used with the FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Just a reminder, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! If you need to know more about the: basics of a Gladiator, you can check that out. Don’t know where the GLD guild is? It’s in Ul’Dah. If you have any Accuracy Food, good. Is your battle Chocobo ready? Good.

Hold on, I’m above L30 – I’m a Paladin! Then get over to the PLD Leveling Guide.

Gladiator: the early levels

If you’re a brand spankin’ new Gladiator – go start up with your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the most practical way to get EXP early on. In the case of Gladiators, you’re gonna be walking around Central and Western Thanalan a lot. Your goal is to GTFO of the early levels ASAP. if you really wanted to, you can get more EXP here by doing levequests in  (Level 1 & Level 5), it’s north of Steps of Nald from Ul’dah (Western Thanalan).

protip: Got some cross-class skills? Protect (CNJ 8), Second Wind (PGL 8) and Bloodbath (MRD 8) are the best for now. They increase your survivability by a ton, and decrease downtime the most. Try it!

Level 4 skill reminder – Savage Blade: Your first combo skill! It introduces you to the combo system, and, if it isn’t obvious – you should be doing this.

Level 6 Skill reminder – Fight or Flight: On a short cooldown, ‘FoF’ provides a significant damage boost. There’s literally no reason to hold on to this – use it often! Later on, it’s important for tanking in dungeons too.

Level 8 Skill reminder – Flash: Ahh Flash… love it or hate it, this skill is the ultimate FATE tagging skill. I wont go into detail here, but ‘tagging’ enemies with flash is a good thing in FATES.

You can get to level 10 Gladiator just doing the above. Hit level 10? Double check to  complete all unfinished hunting logs before doing anything else. Also, check your unspent attribute points – put them all in STRENGTH.  Again, Go back to the Gladiator guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 – ensure your class quests are done before moving on. Do this as soon as possible for each 5 level interval in the future!

Why allocate to STR? You don’t need VIT for low level content as GLD – STR makes your journey to endgame just a little bit quicker. Fear not, you can respec on the cheap at any time.

Gladiator Level 10 to 16

Once reach level 10, you should do Guildhests. Haven’t unlocked them? Go to the nearest town (likely Horizon) and unlock it. Guildhests give big EXP bonuses for first time completion with any class. AAAAND you can queue up for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once a day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. AGAIN: you get the bonus for EACH CLASS on your first completion!

Now make the trip to Aleport in Western La Noscea. Aleport is the ultimate place to FATEgrind in this range – FATES are many and close together, plus a lot of people level here. No FATES coming up? Do Levequests from Aleport. Too easy? Slide the difficulty to +4. Too hard? Leve in Swiftperch. Do your thing here and grind to L16

Level 12 Skill Reminder: Riot Blade, THIS SKILL IF OFTEN OVERLOOKED. It does MORE damage than Savage Blade comboed. So until you get Rage of Halone (30), use Riot Blade as your DPS while soloing. Oh, you get mana when you do it, too.

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 15 Skill Reminder: Shield Lob, learned when completing the L15 GLD class quest, is your only ranged attack. Not the best for soloing, but useful for dungeons. Speaking of dungeons…

Level 16 – the turning point: Once your Gladiator hits 16, you can unlock Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. This gives a BEEFY EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. Haven’t unlocked Challenge Log? You should. (It initially unlocks at level 16) Find out how to unlock Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. Once you hit Level 16, the rest of the way is much faster. Queue up ASAP!

Dungeons as a GLD: Shield lob the the guy you want people to attack first, then flash the group twice before doing your single target combo. This little sentence will get you FAR.

Level 18 Skill Reminder – Shield Bash: a niche skill you should be aware about. You know those annoying AoE skills that you’re lazy to run away from? Shield bash is your friend. Interrupt them!

Gladiator: finishing up to level 20: Complete your hunting log if you haven’t. If you’re sick of Aleport: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan) are also L15+ areas. Once again: allocate all stat points to STR, and finish all GLD class quests before moving on.

Gladiator Level 20 – 30

Just grind it up as you have been doing till now: Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette. Travel to Quarrymill (South Shroud) and do Fates/Leves in this area. Having sucky gear at this point sucks – but you’ve been doing the Dungeon Roulette – haven’t you? Again, Accuracy Food is a larger help than you might imagine.

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

Level 22 Skill Reminder – Provoke: Useful for an ultimate long range pull, but more useful still – it ‘provokes’ any monster to hit you (placing you at the top of its aggro list). Obviously a useful tool for dungeons.

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: A great place to actively (or AFK camp) fates around the Highbridge area (Like this), there’s a bunch of FATES here and they’re chained up. This place is value if you’re waiting for your queue to come up (Not likely a problem for Gladiators).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

At Level 28: Move on to Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. FATE and Leve it up here till you hit 30. Once you’re 30, make sure to allocate all unused stat points to STR, complete all GLD hunting log entries, and GLD class quests.

You can also breathe a sigh of relief as you’ve finally learned Rage of Halone.

Gladiator 30 onwards: What to do?

After completing your (final) L30 GLD class quest(You’ve done it if you have Rage of Halone). From here you have two main choices:

  • Paladin (requires Conjurer 15 and GLD 30)
  • Alternate job path not yet released

If you’re planning to level a PLD – you can jump right to our Paladin Leveling Guide. You may still need the Conjurer Leveling Guide, too.

Sadly, there is no second job path for Gladiators yet – but i’m looking forward to updating this filler sentence in the near future :)

Hope you found our Gladiator Leveling Guide useful! But, you still got quite a bit more Halones to Rage – For more awesome FFXIV updates, go ahead and Like us on Facebook – and if you need to drop a line, follow us on Twitter!