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’.

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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

 Lv.NameDescription
>Icon<8Enhanced VitalityIncrease VIT by 2.
>Icon<14Enhanced Shadowskin>effect<
>Icon<16Enhanced Vitality IIIncrease VIT by 4.
>Icon<20Clean Weapon>effect<
>Icon<24Enhanced Vitality IIIIncrease VIT by 6.
>Icon<28Hasty Reprisal>effect<
>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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3 thoughts on “FFXIV Dark Knight (DRK) Guide & FAQ”

  1. I just wanna know what side effects does dark arts have on what moves :/ so far I know that the dps combo (syphon, soul eater) is largely boosted in dmg out put, dark passenger gets an extra blinding effect and dark dance increases your evasiveness as secret side effects. Links atleast to where I can find that pls

    1. Urgh.. so much guides to update! That however is a VERY GOOD section to add! I’ll tryto manage it today!

  2. Taking bets on how long it takes before this is updated. Lose everything if it updates before your selected date, win big if it lands on it, minor prize if it goes past. Saying “Never” counts as 1 year, even if it’s the most likely answer.

    But no really only a few people on this site actually update their guides, they still show Thunder as a cross class skill on the SCH guide and STILL don’t have a SMN guide. Not to mention the idiot that “updated” the PLD and WAR best in slot guides for 2.5 by completely replacing the 2.4 page instead of making a new one, and not bothering to put in links for anything.

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