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?

Melee DPS Role Actions – Navigation:
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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 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.

FFXIV Job Unlocks – Navigation:
Stormblood Jobs | Heavensward Jobs | 2.0 Jobs

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 3.2 Dragoon (DRG) Best in Slot (BiS) Gear

3.2 UPDATED! DRG Best in slot guide! “I dropped blood”. DRG Lore buy order, Melding, Pages & Normals, more!

So you’re thrusting forward yet again as Dragoon in 3.2! Well you’ve been pointed to the right place for 3.2 DRG BiS! You’ll need it to get the jump on these robots!

Quicknotes: There’s alot of sets that can come up with VERY similar stats.

Navigation: Dragoon BiS
DRG BiS | Discussion | Lore Buy Order (&Pages)  | Crafted TBA

3.2 Dragoon Best-in-Slot

DRGBiSMeld 1Meld 2ACCCRITDETSS
WeaponMidan Metal SpearACC VACC V2486118-
Offhand-------
HelmAugmented Splitstream Helm of MaimingACC VSS V606912
BodyMidan Jacket of MaimingACC VACC V2478107-
HandAugmented Splitstream Gauntlets of MaimingACC VACC V2448-69
BeltMidan Belt of MaimingACC V-1236-51
LegsAugmented Splitstream Breeches of MaimingACC VACC V2411275-
BootsMidan Boots of MaimingACC VACC V2469-48
NeckMidan Neckband of SlayingACC V-4851--
EarringAugmented Primal Earrings of SlayingACC V-4851--
WristAugmented Primal Bracelet of SlayingCRIT V--48-51
RingMidan Ring of SlayingCRIT V-5148--
RingAugmented Primal ing of Slaying
CRIT V--124936
FoodBaked Pipira Pira1837
StatsTotal stats from gear357745349267
End value7111099567621

DRG BiS Discussion

Let me first preface this discussion by saying theres more than one way to arrive at a set that has nearly the same stats. And a whole lot of other
ways to make sets that are about 95%+ efficiency as this BiS.

Accuracy? It’s got 99.8++ frontal accuracy for A86 which should be more than enough. This should be enough! If you’re foreseeing problems, go ahead and change one of the ring melds to acc.

621 Skillspeed? It’s 5 points above the practical softcap of 616 (and the absolute minimum for DRG which is 590). As far as I know DRG’s should not go much higher than 616 – it may even be detrimental to the rotation. If you wan’t to go for 590+ (depending on your latency and experience) you can drop the single SS meld above and meld a DPS stat.

The LORE WEAPON and LORE BODY both have SS, and both are good fillers anyway. Lore Body large amounts of accuracy, So DO NOT HESITATE to pick that up even if it’s not BiS!

Melding? Can be a pain since it’s one of those sets that need accuracy melded on. Stick to cheapmelding IV’s (DPS stats or ACC) if you’re far from your BiS, and switch to accuracy V slowly. (The lore body helps out with this)

Lore Body BiS? Is very possible. Just change the melds and switch body piece THATS IT. The only downside is a little overcapped with SS, and lower DET (Not too painful). The upside? Much more flexibility with melds. It’s not BiS but can serve as a temporary solid set. This is the route you wanna take if you have no money for ACC V, lol.

Aside from this, the set works out quite well with over 1k crit and a safe level of SS (616+), and the rest being the “worst”, non-scalable stat, DET
which we can’t really avoid. Overall, quite a good BiS yet again for DRG!

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DRG Lore Tomestone Buy Order

  • Weapon: Still worth even if its not BiS. Go further down the list if you haven’t gotten your hypercharged tome yet.
  • Legs: By order of Midan appearance. (A7)
  • Helm: Likewise (A6)
  • Glove: Since helm is a more stable choice, this is last.
  • BODY (You’ll get this either now, or after accessories).
  • Ring > Earring > Bracelet. By order of stability.

Everything ELSE IS OPTIONAL! left-side fillers priority Body (if you didn’t get it earlier),  Boots, Belt – then accessories Earring > Neck.

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!!

DRG Crafted Gear Viability

Well, I’ll get back to this once I wrap all BiS up – it’s pretty much better for ALTS at this point anyways. 90% of the info you’ve come to look for is above, anyway.

Navigation: Dragoon BiS
DRG BiS | Discussion | Lore Buy Order (&Pages)  | Crafted TBA

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FFXIV Dragoon (DRG) Cross Class skills guide

What are the Lancer -> Dragoon Cross Class Skills? Here, we will be strictly discussing the cross-class skills Dragoon can get.

How many cross-class skills can I get as a Dragoon? Any job class may only equip five (5) cross-class skills.

From what other classes does Dragoon get skills from? Pugilist and Marauder.

What are the best Dragoon cross-class skills? This is discussed below.

Full list of Dragoon (DRG) Cross-class skills

Dragoon    
NameIconLevelDescriptionFrom Class
Foresight2Increases defenseMarauder (MRD)
Skull Sunder4Attack that generates enmityMarauder (MRD)
Featherfoot4Increases evasionPugilist (PGL)
Fracture6Damage over time (DOT)Marauder (MRD)
Bloodbath8Converts damage dealt to HPMarauder (MRD)
Second Wind8Instantly restores own HPPugilist (PGL)
Haymaker10Delivers an blow after evading an attackPugilist (PGL)
Internal Release12Increases critical hit ratePugilist (PGL)
Mercy Stroke26Attack that can only be executed when enemy is below 20% HP. Up to 20% life steal.Marauder (MRD)
Mantra42Increases HP recovery via curing magic by 5% for self and nearby party membersPugilist (PGL)

Dragoon (DRG) Cross-class skills discussion

Foresight – Well, I guess this depends on the encounter. If staying alive is absolutely critical, you can take this.

Second Wind – Any class that can take second wind, do so. If you have to ask why, then somethings wrong with you.

Fracture – Not a bad skill for longer fights.

Bloodbath – The heal on this is quite noticeable if you’re a dragoon…

Haymaker, Featherfoot – Again, best in a pair… ultimately not worth the trouble.

Internal Release – a no brainer. Increase critical chance is just too good to pass.

Mercy Stroke – Surprisingly good for bursting down tougher adds.

Mantra – Always decent in a large raid.

Ideal Dragoon (DRG) Cross-class progression

  1. Lancer to 15 for: Unlocking other classes.
  2. Marauder to 6 for: Fracture
  3. Lancer to 30 for: DRG Requirement.
  4. Marauder to 15 for: DRG Requirement.
  5. Pugilist to 12 for: Internal Release, Second Wind.
  6. Dragoon to 50 for: Maximum level.
  7. Marauder to 26 for: Mercy Stroke
  8. Pugilist to 42 for: Mantra (All Cross-class skills obtained)

MRD 6 for Fracture is a pretty useful DoT, and well worth the side-track to Lancer 30. Pugilist to 12 is also great anytime before 50, gaining important skills like Internal Release, and Second Wind.

Summary

  • Dragoon use skills from: Pugilist and Marauder.
  • Second Wind is really, really, really good. Get used to using it!
  • Internal Release is your key DPS cross-class skill.
  • Best Dragoon Cross-class skills:
    Internal Release, Second Wind, Mantra, Mercy Stroke, Fracture.

More Info: Lancer | Dragoon | LNC DRG Stats

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FFXIV Lancer / Dragoon Stats & Materia Guide

What’s a good lancer stats build? What are useful dragoon stats? Lancer / Dragoon materia? If any of these questions brought you here, you came to the right place. Whether its by stat allocation, gear or materia, knowing what stats your Lancer or Dragoon need should never be far from mind!

Lancer (LNC) & Dragoon (DRG) Stats

What are the lancer or dragoon stat weights?

STR > Critical Chance > Determination  > VIT  > Skill Speed > DEX

*These may vary slightly from patch to patch, or by personal preference. Following the recommendation above will always give you a good LNC & DRG build.

Lancer (LNC) & Dragoon (DRG) Primary Stats Allocation

What stats should I add as a lancer or dragoon?

STR > VIT > DEX

Since this is where people may mess up the most, I’ll explain it in word for word. When you allocate stats, put as much points into STR (Strength) as you can. If you cannot put any more points into STR, place points into VIT (Vitality). If you cannot put any more points into VIT and/or STR, invest in DEX (Dexterity).

Strength – Well, you have one job as a Dragoon. Dealing tons of melee damage. No-brainer here.

Vitality – Increases total HP. Since other stats are pretty useless, you get to take VIT pretty early. Always a good thing.

Dexterity – DEX is the only other stat that has any function. Increases Parry Rate, and you should have some pretty big parries due to strength.

Lancer (LNC) & Dragoon (DRG) Secondary Stats

What are good secondary stats for lancer and dragoon, and why?

Critical Chance > Determination  > Skill Speed

While you can’t allocate this directly, these will be heavily considered when picking gear upgrades and slotting materia.

Critical Chance – More Damage.

Determination – More Damage.

Skill Speed – More Damage. See a pattern here?

Dragoon stat choices are really linear for now. Critical Chance will give the best returns 99% of the time.

Lancer (LNC) & Dragoon (DRG) Materia

This is directly related to the first section. As you may know, all gear has a limit for each stat it can have, the higher its Item Level, the higher amount of stats it can hold. So the idea is to max out (or get close to maxing out) the left most, and work your way right. Again:

STR > Critical Chance > Determination  > VIT  > Skill Speed > DEX

Materia Name
STR: Strength
Critical Chance: Savage Aim
Determination: Savage Might
VIT: Vitality
DEX: Dexterity
Skill Speed: Quickarm

See Also: Materia Guide | Melding Guide

Summary:

  • Overall LNC DRG stat importance: STR > Critical Chance > Determination  > VIT  > Skill Speed > DEX
  • LNC DRG Stat allocation: VIT> STR > DEX
  • Secondary stats for LNC DRG: Critical Chance > Determination  > Skill Speed
  • Reference links: Lancer FAQ , Dragoon FAQ

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