FFXIV Monk Guide/FAQ

How do I become a Monk?

You need to start as a Pugilist and level it to 30 first! If you’ve met these requirements, you can return to the Pugilist’s Guild in Ul’dah to get your quest to obtain the “Soul of the Monk“. Equip this as soon as you complete all the necessary requirements. You can find this in your armory.

What’s the Monk playstyle?

Monks evolve the Pugilist rotation a bit. Dragon Kick becomes a high priority skill, making sure you keep the debuff up (-10% blunt resistance) becomes key to maximizing your DPS. You also gain Fists of Fire, which is a damage increasing stance. You also gain some good AoE in the form of Rockbreaker.

All in all, Monks are a pretty good upgrade to Pugilists. All 5 skills are useful, and worth sacrificing the other 5 cross-class skill slots for.

What are good Monk stats?

Monks scale well with a lot of STR. Much like Dragoons, any point you cant put in STR goes into VIT. And when thinking of secondary stats, take any CRITICAL CHANCE you can find.

What are the Monk Traits?

We will be updating this soon… But for now, I will list down the traits available.

  • Enhanced Strength – L20
  • Enhanced Greased Lightning – L20
  • Enhanced Strength II – L40
  • Enhanced Greased Lightning – L40
  • Enhanced Strength III – L60
  • Deep Meditation – L62
  • Tackle master – L66
What are the Monk Skills?

Aside from the skills below, you may use any skill you’ve learned as a Pugilist. 

Delivers an attack with a potency of 130 to all enemies in a cone before you.
Duration: 18s
Can only be used when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 10s
Additional Effect: Grants Greased Lightning
Duration: 12s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 7% and attack speed by 5%
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Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 100. Must be more than 10 yalms from target to execute.
Additional Effect: Stun
Duration: 2s
Cannot be executed while bound.
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Increases damage dealt by 10%.
Cannot be used with Fists of Earth or Fists of Wind, and shares recast timer with both.
Effect ends upon reuse.
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Delivers an attack with a potency of 120. Can only be used when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Removes one beneficial status from target
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 10s
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Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
150 when delivered from a target's flank.
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Reduces target's blunt resistance by 10% Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 10s


How many role actions can I use?

When choosing advanced job, the amount of role actions you may equip decrease to a total of 5 (as compared to 10). Read on our Melee DPS Role Actions Guide for an in-depth discussion on what actions to use.

Do I have to level up Monk separately?

No, your EXP in Monk rises as you level up your Pugilist class.

Any other Monk Guides and Resources?

As we learn more about each job, we will be linking useful guides in each Job page, as well as our community discussion on the Job.

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7 thoughts on “FFXIV Monk Guide/FAQ”

  1. In the area detailing how you obtain the class you say “Soul of the Bard” when I assume it should be of the monk.

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