FFXIV Tank Role Actions: Guide & FAQ

All you need to know about the Tank Role Actions introduced in Stormblood!

Hey guys! In Stormblood, the cross-class skill system was completely replaced with the Role Action System. Here we talk all about the Tank Role Actions, and what’s best to use!

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Tank Role Actions List

Skill Level Recast Effect Duration
Rampart 8 90 20% defensive cooldown. 20
Low Blow 12 25 Stun. 5
Provoke 16 40 Provoke. Puts you at the top of a target’s threat meter. NA
Convalescence 20 120 Increase healing received by 20%. 20
Anticipation 24 60 Increase Parry rate by 30%. 20
Reprisal 32 60 Lowers target’s damage dealt by 10%. 5
Awareness 36 120 Nullifies chance of suffering critical damage. 25
Interject 40 30 Silences target. 1
Ultimatum 44 90 AoE version of Provoke. (5y) NA
Shirk 48 120 Transfers 25% of enmity to target party member. NA

Tank Role Actions: Quick Strategy & Discussion

Here’s a general rundown and a quick analysis on how useful each of the tank role actions are.

Rampart: Your bread and butter defensive cooldown. A must have if you are ever planning on taking damage. Take it 99% of the time.

Low Blow: Only bring it if there is something that needs to be stunned. If you played DRK before, keep in mind this no longer does damage!

Provoke: Essential for any encounter with a tank swap. Every tank has also used this as a panic button, heh. (Provoke mechanics in FFXIV work like this: you get to the top of the enemies’ enmity meter +1: so you have to follow it up or you will lose aggro right after)

Convalescence: A decent cooldown, but varies GREATLY depending on your synergy with healers. Has a nice interaction with DRK’s Living Dead. Great for large dungeon pulls.

Anticipation: High uptime, but not a lot of mitigation. It’s more reliable against a lot of small hits than hoping to parry a few large ones.

Reprisal: Basically free damage reduction. This is useful for any boss encounter. A must have for any raid or trial. Not as useful in dungeons as it only affects 1 target.

Awareness: Very situational; it’s hard to say if you need this or not without being familiar with the content you are running. Has good synergy with cooldowns such as Raw Intuition or Bulwark.

Interject: Same as Low Blow, only bring this if something must be silenced.

Ultimatum: Provoke in an AoE definitely great for dungeons, an “oh shit” button when all the mobs start running towards the healer. I would suggest bringing this over Provoke for dungeons, but not for trials or raids. (Provoke mechanics in FFXIV work like this: you get to the top of the enemies’ enmity meter +1: so you have to follow it up or you will lose aggro right after)

Shirk: Helps make tank swaps a lot easier. Only useful in raids and trials, do not bring this into dungeons. It has a niche application for opening bursts for raids, but it’s only something a finely tuned group would consider (and even then, maybe pointless).

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Tank Role Actions for Dungeons

These role actions should be taken when “queuing blind” in a random dungeon, and should serve you well for general content.

  • Rampart: Short cooldown and powerful. You’re crazy to zone without it.
  • Convalescence: Amazing when doing large pulls, takes a lot of stress from your healer.
  • Anticipation: Good when dealing with a lot of enemies.
  • Ultimatum: When you lose aggro, this helps you to regain it from multiple enemies quickly.
  • Low Blow: Useful for interrupting attacks that would force you to move. Usefulness varies in specific dungeons. The stun also works as “mitigation”, as that mob won’t hit you.

Awareness: Dungeon monsters crit! They crits add up when pulling big groups. VERY GOOD for speedrunning.

Provoke is mostly unneeded for experienced tanks. Ultimatum is probably a little better in dungeons. Don’t be afraid to take one / both if you’re still learning.

Reprisal is a poor skill for dungeons, since dungeon bosses are rarely a huge threat.

The other skills are iffy for “casual random dungeon runs”.

The order is largely irrelevant, but the above is a decent ordering given the dungeons you will encounter when you scale down to <50.

Tank Role Actions for Raids

RAID ROLE ACTIONS ARE HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY ENCOUNTER! THERE IS NO TRUE ONE SIZE FITS ALL!

  • Rampart: Still absolutely essential, take this.
  • Reprisal: An absolute must in raids. 2 tanks and reprisal blunts loads of mechanics.
  • Convalescence: This gets better the more you communicate cooldowns with healers.
  • Provoke: Most raids require tank swapping, also if you or the other tank dies, this is essential for regaining control over aggro.
  • Shirk: A flexible skill that allows safe tank swapping and better aggro management.

Shirk is pretty useless in encounters without tank swaps (if ever there would be one).But for the love of god ALWAYS TAKE PROVOKE. Don’t be fancy.

  • Low Blow / Interject: absolutely RISE in value and should be taken in encounters that require more interrupts. Can be avoided if your DPS/ team have a good interrupt rotation.
  • Awareness if there is an enemy with a high critical hit rate you need to tank

If you’re looking to cut one of the “Default 5”, Convalescence and Shirk are first up on the block.

Anticipation is RNG based mitigation. Don’t ever bet your life on luck. Again, it excels versus many enemies as you’re more likely to get an “average expected outcome”.

Ultimatum is extremely situational in raids. So far there haven’t been any encounters designed where you need an AoE Provoke, but if you need it don’t hesitate to swap this in.

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Well, that’s about it for Tank DPS Role Actions! More than most classes, you have to be keen and adapt your role actions according to the encounter you’re playing! Put that effort, man!

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FFXIV Melee DPS Role Actions: Guide & FAQ

All you need to know about the Melee Role Actions in Stormblood!

Hey guys! In Stormblood, the cross-class skill system was completely replaced with the Role Action System. Here we talk all about the Melee DPS Role Actions, and what’s best to use!

What Jobs get the Melee DPS Role Actions?

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Melee DPS Role Actions list

(still debating the best way to present this table)

Skill Level Recast Effect Duration
Second Wind 8 120 Restore own HP with potency 500 (scales with ATK) NA
Arm’s Length 12 60 Created a barrier that nullified knockback and draw-in effects.
Slows all attackers by 30% when struck.
15
Leg Sweep 16 40 Leg Sweep 3
Diversion 20 120 Reduces enmity generation. 15
Invigorate 24 120 Restores 400 TP NA
Bloodbath 32 90 Converts a part of your damage to healing 20
Goad 36 180 Refreshes TP of a single party member 30
Feint 40 120 Lowers target’s strength and dexterity by 15% 10
Crutch 44 90 Removes bind and heavy from a party member. NA
True North 48 150 Ignore positional requirements. 1

Melee DPS Role Actions: quick strategy & discussion

Here’s a general rundown and a quick analysis on how useful each of the melee DPS role actions are.

Second Wind: A small heal that’s useful in emergencies. It can and will save your life, sometimes.

Arm’s Length: The anti-displacement can be useful in some encounters. This is quite powerful at reducing damage if the enemies are not immune, but it requires enemies to hit you…

Leg Sweep: Bring this if there is something that needs to be stunned. Unlike the old DRG Leg Sweep, this does not do damage.

Diversion: It helps when you’re doing a lot of damage in bursts. Mostly good for raids.

Invigorate: TP restoration is extremely important. Take it 99.9% of the time.

Bloodbath: This is not as good as Second Wind, but if you need more healing you can take this. Not as good in emergencies because of the slow heal over time. Useful for solo content.

Goad: If you take Invigorate 99.9% of the time, then this goes in 98% of the time. Tanks use TP so there’s always gonna be a target for this.

Feint: A must have for raids! Use it for the large physical attacks that most bosses have.

Crutch: VERY situational. It’s either good or garbage. Choose one.

True North: Many fights require movement which makes hitting positional requirements hard. Consider this a free DPS increase in those situations.

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Melee DPS Role Actions for Dungeons

These role actions should be taken when “queuing blind” in a random dungeon, and should serve you well for general content.

  • Invigorate: You’d be crazy to go anywhere without this.
  • Goad: This allows DPS to use more AOE attacks before running out of TP. Any other TP user in your party will appreciate this.
  • Leg Sweep: Use it to interrupt attacks that would force you to run away from enemies.
  • True North: Big pulls, messy movement, bad tanks… yeah.
  • Second Wind: Can save you a death sometimes.

If you need to swap in a different skill, I’d suggest swapping out Leg Sweep or Second Wind.

Feint can be swapped in if there is a boss that hits with powerful physical attacks. Similarly, Crutch can be swapped in if there is an enemy that slows or binds your teammates.

True North is technically optional for dungeons… but there are MANY upsides in getting used to it, plus in large speedrun pulls ground effects can cause you to lose positionals. Just take it, it’s not like you’ll lose much.

The other skills are iffy for “casual random dungeon runs”.

The order is largely irrelevant, but the above is a decent ordering given the dungeons you will encounter when you scale down to <50.

Melee DPS Role Actions for Raids

RAID ROLE ACTIONS ARE HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY ENCOUNTER! THERE IS NO TRUE ONE SIZE FITS ALL!

  • Invigorate: As with dungeons, never enter a raid without this.
  • Goad: With 4 DPS and 2 tanks, you will always have a suitable target for this in raids.
  • Diversion: Helpful to prevent you from taking aggro when you are doing burst damage.
  • Feint: Almost every raid in the game has some form of physical damage, which makes Feint incredibly good. If the raid has only magic attacks don’t take this.
  • True North: Raids are the most common place where you will be unable to hit positionals due to mechanics. Take this unless you KNOW you will be able to hit all of your positionals.

If you can do without one of these 5…

Arm’s Length can be considered in any encounter with a displacement effect.

Leg Sweep can be useful if you need to join an interrupt cycle. Similarly, Crutch can be an absolute lifesaver if the raid has mechanics which heavy or bind.

Second Wind is also useful in raids if you take unexpected damage. If you don’t require one of the above skills replace it with this.

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Well, that’s about it for Melee DPS Role Actions! As can be seen, in raids all of the Melee DPS role actions are situationally useful. I hope this guide gives you a general idea of how to use them in raids. Observation and adaptation will be the keys to figuring out what is best for each fight.

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FFXIV Caster DPS Role Actions: Guide & FAQ

Hey guys! In Stormblood, the cross-class skill system was completely replaced with the Role Action System. Here we talk all about the Caster DPS Role Actions, and what’s best to use!

What Jobs get the Caster DPS Role Actions?

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Caster DPS Role Actions list

Skill Level Recast Effect Duration
Addle 8 120 Lower target’s intelligence and mind by 15% 10
Break 12 0 40% Heavy, 50 potency. 20
Drain 16 0 Deals 80 potency and absorbs all of it as HP. NA
Diversion 20 120 Reduces enmity generation. 15
Lucid Dreaming 24 120 80 potency mana refresh and halves current enmity. 21
Swiftcast 32 60 Next spell in cast immediately. 10
Mana Shift 36 150 Transfers 20% of own MP to target party member. NA
Apocatastasis 40 150 Reduces magic damage taken by party member by 20%. 10
Surecast 44 30 Prevents Sleep, Stun, and position-altering effects
to stop casting.
10
Erase 48 90 Removes a single DoT from target party member other than self. NA

Caster DPS Role Actions: quick strategy & discussion

Here’s a general rundown and a quick analysis on how useful each of the Caster DPS Role actions are.

Addle: A must have for raids! Reduces the typical “large magic damage” mechanic that’s common in most encounters.

Break: I don’t think this will be very highly taken. Most classes have a built in heavy that’s probably better than this 90% of the time. It’s not inherently bad, it’s just a waste of a slot.

Drain: I struggle to imagine a scenario where this is useful in. Probably while soloing in low levels.

Diversion: Always a decent pick for adds, and burst phase on pull. Mostly good for raids.

Lucid Dreaming: Personally, this is a must for RDM and SMN, and likely better than Diversion in most cases for those two classes. Likely useless for BLM unless you need additional enmity reduction.

Mana Shift: Great for giving healers MP!

Apocatastasis: Helps your party members (more often than not, tanks) survive big nukes, and helps “ease up” on magic damage mechanics. A must in trials.

Surecast: In any encounter where you can use it, this is one of the few cross-class skills than can “increase your DPS”, so it’s worth KEEPING IN MIND. So you don’t break rotation or lose a spell. Having said all that, I’m assuming its uses are still few and far between, so I guess I’m just trying to raise awareness about this skill.

Erase: If there is any raid wherein you can use this to save from a “mistake”, take it. Otherwise, it’s useless. Very very niche, but godlike when it’s useful.

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Caster DPS Role Actions for Dungeons

These role actions should be taken when “queuing blind” in a random dungeon, and should serve you well for general content.

Other skills are highly situational…

  • Apocatastasis: Probably better than Addle, since you target the tank.
  • Surecast is the only other skill than can POSSIBLY improve your DPS…

As you can see, it’s slim pickings for Caster Role Actions. The other skills are iffy for “casual random dungeon runs”.

The order is largely irrelevant, but the above is a decent ordering given the dungeons you will encounter when you scale down to <50.

Caster DPS Role Actions for Raids

RAID ROLE ACTIONS ARE HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY ENCOUNTER! THERE IS NO TRUE ONE SIZE FITS ALL!

Erase has a special mention here. DoT’s are a common “punishment” for some failed mechanics. If you can remove it with Erase, it increases the value of this skill by a mile.

A lot of the Caster Role Actions are very situational. While I hope you got a general idea for their use in raids – observation and adaptation will be key to maximizing them.

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Well, that’s about it for Caster DPS Role Actions! Some pretty useful stuff here for raiding. From what I see proper utilization of these can really set casters apart…

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FFXIV Ranged DPS Role Actions: Guide & FAQ

Hey guys! In Stormblood, the cross-class skill system was completely replaces with the Role Action System. Here we talk all about the Ranged DPS Role Actions, and what’s best to use!

What Jobs get the Ranged Role Actions?

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Ranged DPS Role Actions list

(still debating the best way to present this table)

Skill Level Recast Effect Duration
Second Wind 8 120 Restore own HP with potency 500 (scales with ATK). NA
Foot Graze 12 30 Binds target. 10
Leg Graze 16 30 40% Heavy. 10
Peloton 20 5 Increase out of combat movespeed for all nearby party members. NA
Invigorate 24 120 Restores 400 TP. NA
Tactician 32 180 Slowly regain TP for yourself and all nearby party members.
Halves enmity on use.
30
Refresh 36 180 Slowly regain MP for yourself and all nearby party members. 30
Head Graze 40 30 Silences target. 1
Arm Graze 44 25 Stuns target. 2
Palisade 48 150 Reduces physical damage taken by a party member by 20% 10

Ranged DPS Role Actions: quick strategy & discussion

Here’s a general rundown and a quick analysis on how useful each of the Ranged DPS Role actions are.

Second Wind: A decent self heal that should never be discounted. Good while soloing. Its usefulness in group play varies wildly.

Foot Graze: Binds get removed when damaging an enemy so this is very niche. The only time you would want this is in a raid encounter with a required bind…

Leg Graze: Leg Graze is pretty good for soloing. It’s also one of the better heavies for group play – but would require a laser specific reason to take it.

Peloton: Great for soloing (questing), dungeons, and moving around town. It’s the definition of a luxury skill.

Invigorate: A must. If you have no TP you’re not killing anything, so I hope the implications are obvious on this one.

Tactician: For the same reason as Invigorate, this is very useful in group settings giving tanks and other DPS players more TP. The enmity reduction effect is a welcome bonus.

Refresh: Always take this. Giving healers more MP is never ever bad.

Head Graze: Only take this if there are very specific “silence only” mechanics. Silence only mechanics are QUITE RARE in the history of the game, though.

Arm Graze: Short range and short stun time. It’s quite bad compared to the other classes’ stuns. Probably no good for raids unless you’re really needed in the “stun rotation”.

Palisade: Great for raids with any modicum of physical damage. It more than pulls its weight in dungeons, too. This kind of effect is powerful for any tier of play.

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Ranged DPS Role Actions for Dungeons

These role actions should be taken when “queuing blind” in a random dungeon, and should serve you well for general content.

  • Invigorate: TP is used up faster in dungeons wherein AoE and fast clearing is common.
  • Tactician: See the above, and helps your teammates, too.
  • Refresh: You can never go wrong helping healers with MP.
  • Palisade: You’ll primarily use this helping your tanks on huge pulls.
  • (Open) Peloton: Walk faster in between combat! Purely luxury.

Second Wind, Arm Graze or graze of choice would likely be the next pick. Peloton is a luxury skill that people won’t hate you for if you don’t take, so that last slot really is flexible.

The other skills are iffy for “casual random dungeon runs”.

The order is largely irrelevant, but the above is a decent ordering given the dungeons you will encounter when you scale down to <50.

Ranged DPS Role Actions for Raids

RAID ROLE ACTIONS ARE HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY ENCOUNTER! THERE IS NO TRUE ONE SIZE FITS ALL!

  • Refresh: When doing progression, MP recovery is huge. Helping healers is always good. It also helps some of the caster classes as a bonus!
  • Tactician: You can’t go wrong with TP, man. Value depends on fight design.
  • Palisade: Too good to pass up. Use it to help your teammate survive physical damage.
  • Invigorate: For obvious reasons. TP = Skills = DMG.
  • (OPEN) Second Wind: It can save you if used properly!

The (OPEN) slot SHOULD be a graze that’s useful in the specific fight. Otherwise, if just queuing blind, Second Wind should be OK.

More organized teams “may” overflow with TP recovery skills! Between Goad, Tactician and Invigorate, some of your team members may want to cut some of these skills out for more useful ones. This strategic choice, however, is mostly for more refined groups.

However, if a teammate dies and is revived, their TP gets set to a pretty low level. Better safe than sorry, and take those TP recovery skills!

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Well, that’s about it for Ranged DPS Role Actions! Getting rid of the damage reduction on the regenerative songs has sure been a long time comin’!

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FFXIV Healer Role Actions: Guide & FAQ

All you need to know about Healer Role Actions in FFXIV, the replacement for cross-class skills!

Hey guys! In Stormblood, the cross-class skill system was completely replaced with the Role Action System. Here we talk all about the Healer Role Actions, and what’s best to use!

What Jobs get the Healer Role Actions?

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Healer Role Actions list

(still debating the best way to present this table)

Skill Level Recast Effect Duration
Cleric Stance 8 90 Increase attack magic potency by 5%. 15
Break 12 0 40% Heavy, 50 potency. 20
Protect 16 0 Increases PDEF and MDEF of all party members in range. 30 m
Esuna 20 0 Removes a single negative status effect form a target. NA
Lucid Dreaming 24 120 80 potency mana refresh and halves current enmity. 21
Swiftcast 32 60 Next spell in cast immediately. 10
Eye for an Eye 36 120 Enemies hitting your target have a 20% chance to get
debuffed to do 10% less damage for 20 seconds.
30
Largesse 40 90 Increase healing magic potency by 20% 20
Surecast 44 30 Prevents Sleep, Stun, and position-altering effects
to stop casting.
10
Rescue 48 150 Instantly draw a target party member to your side. NA

Healer Role Actions: Quick Strategy & Discussion

Here’s a general rundown and a quick analysis on how useful each of the Healer Role Actions are.

Cleric Stance: A far cry from the old days, ey? This is a luxury now, IMO, and has more impact to those on the razor’s edge of progression.

Break: While it has no cooldown, its cast time prevents this from being too useful. Almost every other class has a better heavy. Only take if it’s an absolute must for the raid encounter strategy.

Protect: Your group must ALWAYS have Protect for obvious reasons. Free defense is good! You can sneak in another cross-class as BOTH healers in a raid may not need it.

Esuna: While heavily encounter dependent, I’d say this is one of the “musts”.

Lucid Dreaming: MP regen is always useful. By default ALWAYS TAKE IT! Removing this is reserved for GGEZ farm content – but what else would you take in its place?

Swiftcast: Very useful for progression! Swiftcast + Resurrection will get you the most “learning per run” so to speak. Before you berate me and tell me this is optional, seriously… “You dress for the wipe, not the ride”, as bikers would say.

Eye for an Eye: A tricky to maximize but great defensive cooldown. Learn how to use it! It’s great for dungeons and most raid encounters. A very high priority pick.

Largesse: A very powerful effect, which you should never leave home without.

Surecast: Hmm… this is definitely very niche. It’s either “amazing” or “useless” depending on the encounter.

Rescue: Another encounter dependent skill. Can be used to make mechanics “easier” or “cheese mobility”, and can also help save people sometimes, too. While it potentially has a use in ANY encounter, I’d be wary to recommend this as a default.

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Healer Role Actions for Dungeons

These role actions should be taken when “queuing blind” in a random dungeon, and should serve you well for general content.

  • Protect: For obvious reasons. Free stats is free stats.
  • Esuna: You don’t want to be caught without it when it’s needed.
  • Lucid Dreaming: Can’t go wrong with MP regen.
  • Swiftcast: For raising people.
  • Largesse: Makes large pulls more manageable.

Eye for an Eye is an honorable mention. It’s great for massive speedrun pulls.

The other skills are iffy for “casual random dungeon runs”.

The order is largely irrelevant, but the above is a decent ordering given the dungeons you will encounter when you scale down to <50.

Healer Role Actions for Raids

RAID ROLE ACTIONS ARE HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY ENCOUNTER! THERE IS NO TRUE ONE SIZE FITS ALL!

  • Protect: at least ONE healer should have it, freeing up a slot for the other.
  • Esuna: on encounters that need it! Even then, sometimes only ONE healer may need it.
  • Swiftcast: To recover from mistakes and get more learning per run.
  • Lucid Dreaming: Just take this always, man.
  • Largesse: Too powerful – 99% of the time it is better than Eye for an Eye.

We will discuss a few more since we can arguably ditch a few of those up there…

  • Eye for an Eye is the next logical choice.
  • Rescue ranks up GREATLY depending on how it can be applied.

Cleric Stance is in a weird place. It highly depends on the kind of group you play with. Only take it if you need to meet strict DPS requirements. Inversely, take it if you’re disgustingly over-geared and wanna shave a few seconds off the fight.

Surecast is strictly dependent on the encounter design – just be aware when you might actually be able to use it.

Break seems useless for most raids. Lots of classes have a better heavy.

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Well, that’s about it for Healer Role Actions! The new system ain’t bad, but I hope they give us profiles or something! Ciao!

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FFXIV Job Requirements Guide (+4.0 Stormblood)

STORMBLOOD UPDATED: Samurai and Red Mage Requirements. Learn the job reqs for ALL jobs in FFXIV!

Update: Stormblood Jobs: Samurai (SAM) and Red Mage (RDM) included. In this guide we list down all known pre-requisites to unlock every known job in FFXIV. Unlocking every job is not quite equal, so read on if you’re lost.

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For those wanting to ‘begin the game’ as Dark Knight, Astrologian, Machinist, Samurai or Red Mage – you can’t. Read on.

If you aim to become a Rogue or Ninja, you can start the game as any other class. You may consider Marauder or Arcanist since you would be in Limsa already (but in the end it, doesn’t really matter…)

Stormblood Jobs

Here we detail how to unlock the 4.0 Stormblood Jobs, Samurai and Red Mage.

1- You must have an existing Level 50 combat class (DoW or DoM).

Where & what are the unlocks quests for Samurai and Red Mage?

Job Quest Location NPC
Samurai (SAM) The Way of the Samurai Ul’dah: Steps of Nald (X:9 Y:9) Ul’dahn Citizen
Red Mage (RDM) Taking the Red Ul’dah: Steps of Thal (14 11) Distraught Lass

Strangely, the SB jobs have no MSQ requirement.

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Heavensward Jobs (DRK, MCH, AST)

Here we detail how to unlock the Heavensward jobs Dark Knight, Astrologian and Machinist.

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 (DRK) Our End Ishgard: The Pillars (13,8) Ishgardian citizen
Astrologian (AST) Stairway to the Heavens Ishgard: The Pillars (15,10) Jannequinard
Machinist (MCH) Savior of Skysteel Ishgard: Foundation (8,10) Stephanivien

Reference links: (To be linked)

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

You gotta get to 50 first, ey? Since cross-class skills no longer exist, you can pretty much select any class to rush to 50. The suggestions below are for the sake of “familiarity” with the job you’re getting in to.

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 Astrologian.
Machinist: Start the game as Archer (to Bard). Once you’ve done the requirements above – switch to Machinist.

2.0 Jobs Requirements

All of the “el classic” Jobs must be unlocked via having Level 30 in a base class! You MUST COMPLETE THE JOB QUESTS! They removed the L15 requirement some time ago, thankfully!

You may start the game as any base class except Rogue. If you wanna rush to Ninja, pick any base class and switch once you’ve gained the right to switch classes (Level 10 AFAIK, or locked behind L10 MSQ? It’s quite near).

The quest to receive the job crystal is from the respective base class guildmaster.

Advanced Job: Base Class (Level)

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

For a quick rundown of where each base classes’ guildmaster is:

Limsa Lominsa – Class Guildmasters
Arcanist (ACN) | Marauder (MRD) | Rogue (ROG)

New Gridania – Class Guildmasters
Archer (ARC) | Conjurer (CNJ) | Lancer (LNC)

Ul’dah – Class Guildmasters
Gladiator (GLD) | Pugilist (PGL) | Thaumaturge (THM)

Base Class 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 3.3 Astrologian (AST) Best in Slot (BiS) Gear

3.3 UPDATED! AST Best in slot guide! “Always play the hand ‘yer DEALT!”. AST Lore buy order, Melding, Pages & Normals, more!

So the cosmos have guided you home – back home to the grind for gear! If you’re looking AST BiS for 3.3 you’ve found well! Here, you can find three options for the AST BiS…

Note: It goes without saying that -Diurnal will be almost identical to WHM BiS, Nocturnal will be almost identical to SCH BiS. So if you follow that “Classic mindset” you can check those out. However, in this page I will be talking about the DET focused set.

3.3 Notes: Aside from filler gear, the only thing that affects BiS is Relic – Sphere of the Last Heir. While melding may depend on your main stance, PIE is always a good idea, followed by DET if you adhere to this pages’ ideology.

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3.3 Astrologian Best-in-Slot

ASTItemMeld 1Meld 2PieDetCritSSN
WeaponPrototype Midal Metal AstrometerPIE VPIE V112118
Offhand-----
HelmMidan Horn of HealingPIE VPIE V7266-
BodyAugmented Hailstorm Coat of HealingDET VDET V11799--
HandAugmented Hailstorm Gloves of HealingDET VDET V512469-ANY
BeltMidan Belt of HealingDET V-5446--
LegsMidan Trousers of HealingPIE VPIE V104-112-
BootsMidan Boots of HealingDET VCRIT V725812-
NeckAugmented Primal Choker of HealingPIE V-4949--
EarringAugmented Primal Earrings of HealingDET V-5446--
WristAugmented Primal Bracelet of HealingDET V-5412-36ANY
RingMidan Ring of HealingDET V-5446--
RingAugmented Primal Ring of HealingDET V--123651
FoodFrozen Spirits--2611--
StatsTotals from items ->81958722987
Totals w base, melds, gear ->1080805583441

AST BiS Discussion

Again if you follow the classic Diurnal=WHM Nocturnal=SCH you can check their respective BiS pages with the only chain being the weapon.

  • Diurnal: Augmented Hailstorm Astrometer
  • Nocturnal: Prototype Midan Metal Astrometer

Click on the tabs below – “Determination?” and “Gear Discussion”

Why DeterminationGear Options & Discussion

This page isn’t just about being cute and different. The set offers power and consistency beyond the usual AST setups.

I don’t like crit stacked Nocturnal AST. Let’s get that out of the way. Hoping for a crit shield is never ever a habit you should form, or better yet, never a situation you find yourself in often (It’s likely a tank or healer error if that’s the case). I’m not too sold on SS stacked Diurnal, either. The base stance bonus is much larger than you’d think.

Piety is still the most important stat for either sect, though, and this set reflects that. Without Assize or Energy Drain, AST’s only have ONE MAIN REPLENISHER OF MANA – Lumineferous Aether (+Celestial Opposition Extension, which should always be used). More Piety means less reliance on Ewer, and in effect more cards meant for raid efficiency – given how Royal Road on Ewer is the amazing AoE effect.

Why Determination? DET DIRECTLY COUNTERS AST’s downside which is “slightly weaker heals”. Yes, I understand crit does this too – but not as consistently as DET does. The problem with AST is the RNG reliant gameplay, and I DO NOT want to compound that with crit! So this set takes care of both the “weak” and “random” weakpoints of AST.

But still, after all that following either WHM BiS or SCH BiS is A-OK and I’m sure its A8S clearable. The power level of both setups definitely have their ups and downs.

There’s some discussion here, but the core remains… after all, the set is full of linear power – boasting 800+ DET and 1000+ Piety. Damn.

Melding Strategy can be changed if you’re the “DPS-er” in your healing duo. A lot of healers may tell you that CRIT is the most important stat for DPSing – this is false. Accuracy and Piety are the most stable DPS stats Since our set is packed in Piety – you can Meld accuracy to your hearts content!

Flex slots? There’s only a small bit of wiggle room in gear choices:

Augmented Hailstorm Bottoms of Healing: Is a legit swap for more DET, but sadly comes with SS which has indeterminate usefulness… depends on which stance you main and your co-healer class/dynamic. You do lose a hefty chunk of Piety, though.

Bracelet -another mindless swap. SS or Crit. Retains Piety. No loss in DET.
Gloves – Same story, the list above use one of each variant.

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AST Lore Tomestone Buy Order

The tome spending strat below is to obtain BiS fastest:

  • Weapon: good “filler” until you down A8S. Meld PIE I guess.
    • Be mindful you need to time it with Hypercharged Tomestone
  • Body: Obvious second buy as any comparable Ilvl is from A8S
  • Hand: is “Equal to Midan”, but I guess just pick this up to save pages.
  • Ring > Earrings > Neck > Bracelet (is Equal to Midan)

ANYTHING ELSE IS OPTIONAL: Legs > Helm > Boots completing left (if you’re investing in fillers, left comes first).

USING UP PAGES AND MIDAS NORMAL PARTS

Click on the expandables below to see how you should spend pages, and which Midas Normal parts to get first –

Midan Savage Pages
Midan Normal Parts

Click the above!!!

AST Crafted Gear Viability

So we can quickly update all BiS pages, I wont discuss every detail just yet. But of course, the above will fulfill 90% of your needs. I usually update this later on…

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Let the stars guide your looting and robot dismantling – and GL gearing up your AST for BiS in 3.3! For more FFXIV update, Like our Facebook. Message us on Twitter! Check out our YouTube and Twitch!

FFXIV 3.3 White Mage (WHM) Best in Slot (BiS) Gear

3.3 UPDATED! WHM Best in slot guide! “Screw Ballad”. WHM Lore buy order, Melding, Pages & Normals, more!

So you haven’t been disheartened by Manipulator & Co! You’re back for more Robots in 3.3! If you’re trying to find the WHM BiS for 3.3 you’ve come to the right place! (Or a valid data point at the very least!)

3.3 Notes: The only relevant changes to BiS are the possibility to use the relic – Cane of the White Tsar. Stats? Well, you can’t go wrong with PIE. SS and ACC are also good, too.

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3.3 White Mage Best-in-Slot

WHMItemMeld 1Meld 2PieSSDetCrit
WeaponPrototype Midan Metal CanePIE VPIE V11200123
Offhand-------
HelmMidan Horn of HealingPIE VPIE V720660
BodyAugmented Hailstorm Coat of HealingSS VSS V11724750
HandMidan Gloves of HealingSS VDET V7260120
BeltMidan Belt of HealingSS V-5412340
LegsMidan Trousers of HealingPIE VPIE V10400112
BootsAugmented Hailstorm Boots of HealingPIE VPIE V726900
NeckMidan Neckband of HealingSS V-544800
EarringAugmented Primal Earrings of HealingSS V-5412340
WristAugmented Primal Bracelet of HealingSS V-544800
RingMidan Ring of HealingSS V-5412340
RingAugmented Primal Ring of HealingPIE V-1151036
FoodHot Chocolate--301600
StatsTotals from items ->--860352255271
Totals with base ->--1121706473625

WHM BiS Discussion

Weapon? Honestly I don’t know if the 5 ilvls of Midan beats out Augmented or Relic. Personally, I’d be more than happy with the latter. I really don’t like crit, as you may know.

Why so much Piety? Piety is the most STABLE WHM STAT. Legit, it is the ONLY STAT that directly helps you in progression. Again, as most healers already know if you’re maxed out on iLvl, secondary stats don’t really matter. However, for pure power and the steps of reaching this point – Piety is the sole stat that will universally help you to reach “godhood”. The only reason you’d drop PIE is for niche reasons like absolute speed-running.

But I wanna deeps! Of all the healers, WHM has the poorest DPS efficiency with stifling mana costs and no sure-hit skills. As such PIE is still needed to an extent. What’s the best DPS stat? Crit fanboys will tell you crit, but that’s untrue. It’s ACCURACY! 

There’s not much to discuss about this tiers WHM BiS. All slots have Piety except the ring, and there’s no suitable substitute.

Boots? Don’t really matter. You can use either boots and still be happy. It’s a direct tradeoff of SS or DET.

Lessen Piety? The easiest substitutes would be switching the pants and chest (Using: Midan Chest of Healing and Augmented Hailstorm Legs). You can also replace any and all PIE melds to SS, DET or ACC. It’s better to have too much mana and adjust your build, rather than too little and regret.

To anyone that doubts PIE, I cleared A4S with zero ballad using sac strat far below ilvl 210. That includes many solo-healing phases.

If you’re a fan of Crit, or put massive importance to any other substat than PIE (SS and DET are good for me, but it’s a far second from Piety) then this isn’t the BiS list for you.

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WHM Lore Tomestone Buy Order

The below spending strategy is purely to obtain BiS fastest:

  • Weapon: is a legit “filler” until you down A8S. The stats are great!
  • Chest: Bought first since midan is A8S.
  • Boots: And this is next since A6S is midan.
  • Ring > Wrist > Earring (Ordering a bit irrelevant, but Ring first is value)

ANYTHING ELSE IS OPTIONAL: Legs, Helm, Gloves, Belt purely for the stats, then the “other accessories” NeckRing (Unupgraded).

Using up Pages and Midas Normal Parts

Click on the expandables below to see how you should spend pages, and which Midas Normal parts to get first –

Midan Savage Pages
Midan Normal Parts

Click the above!!!

WHM Crafted Gear Viability

In order to facilitate the speedy update of all BiS pages, I will not discuss every detail just yet. But of course, the info here will encompass 90% of your needs. I usually update this later on…

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Well, good luck on gearing your White Mage for 3.3, and I hope the robots drop the loot you need! For more FFXIV update, Like our Facebook. Message us on Twitter! Check out our YouTube and Twitch!

FFXIV 3.2 Scholar (SCH) Best in Slot (BiS) Gear

3.2 UPDATED! SCH Best in slot guide! “Sorry I was Cleric”. SCH Lore buy order, Melding, Pages & Normals, more!

So you’re back with Eos and Selene for Transformers II?! I suppose you’re here for the SCH BiS for 3.2 – if so you’ve found something useful! Shoutout of thanks to my co-healer: Giggly Giggles!

Quicknotes: Healers don’t care about ACC cap, so I’ll be writing the BiS for those first. I will try to put up a preliminary BiS for all other classes.

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3.2 Scholar Best-in-Slot

SCHItemMeld 1Meld 2CritPieDetSSNotes
WeaponPrototype Midan Metal CodexPIE VPIE V12311200
Offhand-------
HelmAugmented Hailstorm Crown of HealingCRIT VCRIT IV697200
BodyMidan Coat of Healing (ANY)CRIT VCRIT V10200112ANY
HandAugmented Hailstorm Gloves of HealingPIE VPIE V697200
BeltAugmented Hailstorm Belt of HealingPIE V-514900
LegsMidan Trousers of HealingPIE VPIE V11210400
BootsMidan Boots of HealingCRIT VCRIT V2472460
NeckAugmented Primal Choker of HealingCRIT V-1238490
EarringMidan Earrings of Healing (ANY)CRIT V-480051ANY
WristMidan Bracelet of HealingPIE V-514900
RingMidan Ring of HealingCRIT V-1254340
RingAugmented Primal Ring of HealingCRIT V-480051
FoodBakes Pipira Pira--37000
StatsTotals from items ->758622129214
Totals w base, melds, gear ->1112883347568

>>> MELDS CAN BE CHANGED TO ACC V IN ALL SLOTS <<<

SCH BiS Discussion

Crit > Pie > Det > SS is pretty clear cut for most Scholars out there. Sadly, the gear we’re given in this patch forces quite a bit of SS on us.

A more stable evolution and one I prefer more (as noted in the table above) is to change up the Body and Earring to –

  • Augmented Hailstorm Coat of Healing
  • Augmented Primal Earrings of Healing
  • Lose Crit (BAD), Lose SS (GOOD)
  • Gain DET (GOOD), Gain Piety (GOOD)

So as we see from the above, the swaps result in 2 GOODS vs 1 BAD 1 GOOD, which is a gain IF YOU DON’T WANNA STACK CRIT LIKE A MADMAN. (In this case the tradeoff is justifiable, man!)

Accuracy Melds? Are totally legit. It’s the premiere DPS stat for healers (Piety probably second…), then of course CRIT for SCH. Given this factoid Melding Accuracy in all gear is OK, and probably gonna be a popular choice.

I know it’s massively unpopular – but I myself highly value DET on SCH. If this belief is more widespread than I think, please comment so I can add a tab for that.

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SCH Lore Tomestone Buy Order

  • Weapon: Is a decent “filler”, and gives the most bang for buck…
    • But you have to time it with the Hypercharged Tomestone, so you’ll likely go further down the list before actually buying weapon.
  • Helm: Getting leftside first, with the hardest to obtain being top priority.
  • Hand: –
  • Belt: This marks the end of left-side.
  • Ring: Since we’re likely stuck with a 210~
  • Neck: Marks the end of all Lore buyable BiS.

Everything ELSE IS OPTIONAL! The next best things are Body, Earring for the swap mentioned above. After than Complete Leftside > Rightside.

USING UP PAGES AND MIDAS NORMAL PARTS

The boxes below are expandable on click!!!

Midan Savage Pages
Midan Normal Parts

Click the boxes above to expand!!

SCH  Crafted Gear Viability

So I can quickly work on all BiS pages, I’ll come back to discuss every detail on the second pass. But of course, 90% of your informational needs are here already.

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GL decking our your Scholar for BiS! I hope deez gob bots drop the loot you need! For more FFXIV update, Like our Facebook. Message us on Twitter! Check out our YouTube and Twitch!

FFXIV 3.2 Black Mage (BLM) Best in Slot (BiS) Gear

3.2 UPDATED! BLM Best in slot guide! “Lose Eno delete acct”. BLM Lore buy order, Melding, Pages & Normals, more!

Come back to prove that magic beats machinery in 3.2? Thanks for checking out out 3.2 BLM BiS! If it was a little unclear to anyone last time – it’s damn certain NOW: Spell Speed is king. Shoutout to our BLM Bazu Zhilei.

Quicknotes: SS is the undoubted emperor of stats for Black Mages – if you disagree, this is not the BiS for you.

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3.2 Black Mage Best-in-Slot

BLMBLM BiSMeld 1Meld 2AccSSCritDet
WeaponMidan Metal RodCRIT VCRIT V-1232483
Offhand-------
HelmMidan Horn of CastingACC VACC V246948-
BodyMidan Coat of CastingSS VSS V-102112-
HandAugmented Hailstorm Gloves of CastingSS VSS V692448-
BeltMidan Belt of CastingSS V--48-49
LegsAugmented Hailstorm Bottoms of CastingACC VACC V24112-75
BootsAugmented Hailstorm Boots of CastingSS VSS IV-6969-
NeckAugmented Primal Choker of CastingSS V-5112-34
EarringAugmented Primal Earrings of CastingSS V--48-49
WristMidan Bracelets of CastingACC V-1251-34
RingMidan Ring of CastingSS V-5112-34
RingAugmented Primal Ring of CastingACC V-125136-
FoodMarron Glace--1137--
StatsTotals from gear254758337358
Grand total6081112691576

BLM BiS Discussion

1100+ Spell Speed – I can end the discussion with that.

So why not crit? So here’s how it works SS works better the more of it you have – hands down. In an extreme example, you only need a few points of SS to decrease cast time from 0.2 to 0.1 – that’s a 100% DPS increase (in this unrealistic but easy to understand scenario).

But crit works better when stacked, too? Yes it does, but not as good as SS with for BLM – since they have an infinite resource it’s all about getting as many fire cycles as you can in a fight or phase, NOT about getting the most damage per skill you do.

SS also increases your safety by a large margin – a stat that CRIT simply cannot emulate in any way shape or form. KEEPING your ENO, squeezing MORE from LEYLINES, moving out of danger AoE faster – there’s countless immeasurable bonuses SS grants to any BLM.

As for the gear there’s very little to discuss in this patch. Does it have SS? Wear it. None? Accuracy. It was a brainless process to reach this point.

Accuracy Cap? You need 6x ACC V’s to cap – 7 without food.

Creme Brulee vs Marron Glace? Is honestly a non-issue. You have to meld an extra ACCV to cover for the loss of Marron Glace. It’s maybe… MAYBE better by around 0.0004%. maybe. But the cost? Secretly, many of us care about how expensive Creme Brulee can be :)

At this point I’m just reaching into the void for more discussion points. Unupgraded Ring, while tempting – is likely a DPS loss. but again, if you’re an SS freak go for it… it’s another “Decimal” change, man.

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BLM Lore Tomestone Buy Order

The lore tomestone spending order is to get BiS fastest:

  • Weapon: is priority but you may not have the hypercharged tome. Just go down the list for a bit while you wait.
  • Legs: By order of Midan depth
  • Gloves (Need accuracy?) Boots (Has better DPS).
  • Ring > Choker (Accuracy) > Earring (DPS).

ANYTHING ELSE IS OPTIONAL: left-side fillers should be prioritized (Chest, Head, Belt) then Bracelet, Ring (230).

USING UP PAGES AND MIDAS NORMAL PARTS

Click on the expandables below to see how you should spend pages, and which Midas Normal parts to get first –

Midan Savage Pages
Midan Normal Parts

Click the above!!!

BLM Crafted Gear Viability

To be updated later on to make all other BiS pages. 90% of info you’re here for is here already anyways.

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With 1000+ SS I hope it also increases the speed in which you acquire your Black Mage BiS in 3.2! GL with it! For more FFXIV updates, Like our Facebook. Message us on Twitter! Check out our YouTube and Twitch!