FFXIV Pugilist (PGL) Basics Guide & FAQ – Shadowbringers Updated!

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Pondering on Pugilist? Pray you peruse our prose in our FFXIV Pugilist Basics Guide & FAQ. As implied, this is for players wanting to know the absolute basics, and answer some of the most common questions regarding PGL.

Likely, one of the main reasons you’re here is either unlocking Pugilist, or wondering about the eventual advanced jobs you can evolve into, Monk.

How to become a Pugilist? Unlocking PGL:

Primarily, you can begin your journey into Eorzea and start the game as a Pugilist – simply choose it as your starting option upon character creation.

If you didn’t start as a PGL, you can unlock the Pugilist class by going to the Pugilist Guild in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald (around 9,10), look out for the quests either “Way of the Pugilist”, or “So you want to be a Pugilist”.

Other unlocking prerequisites? I’m 99% sure you need to complete the Level 10 class quest of your STARTING CLASS if you want to unlock any other new ones.

Why should I play or choose Pugilist?

This question is semi irrelevant as, along with any of the other base classes, the only reason you’re a Pugilist is simply a stepping stone into Monk. But, I’ll give you a little description of what to expect anyway.

Monks are your mobile, hectic, “martial artist” melee DPS job. They’re a fair bit demanding on positional requirements, and have an extremely fast GCD – which may or may not be to your liking. Beating people up with fist weapons is an MMO aesthetic many get knocked out for, so if you’re hyped about Monk, you gotta first get your Pugilist stronk.

You’ll do well to learn a little more about what you’ll eventually BECOME:
FFXIV Monk Basics Guide.

Pugilist Crafters and Gatherers?

I often get asked “What Disciple of Hand or Disciple of Land classes go well with PGL?” Another related question to this is “Should I level them with my Pugilist simultaneously”? 

Leveling up your DoH and DoL classes should be thought of as a separate goal all on its own. I suggest leveling up DoH classes all together, and all DoL classes together (except the optional Fishing). Do not try to align your combat class levels to your non-combat levels. Trust me.

My only advice related to this is to never cap your levequests. If you’re at max leve allowances, feel free to spend them on Fieldcraft, Tradecraft, or Battlecraft leves just to uncap ‘em.

What’s the best race for Pugilist?

TLDR: I don’t know a single person who changes race for their main class for stats. The gain is not even .1% from worst to best. My advice? Choose for aesthetics.

If you REALLY wanna do it, check out our FFXIV Racial Stats Guide, which, FAIR WARNING – I am about to recheck and update next week. But honestly, it’s best you don’t even click on that – THE MICROSCOPIC INCREASE IN STATS IS NEAR IRRELEVANT.

Related Pugilist Guides – Read More!

Here are a few useful links for you:

Upcoming Odds and Ends

Here’s a few things we’ll be adding on here in the near future:

  • A small skill list for “human readability”, as the in-game one seems like the best source for EXACT information.
  • List of relevant links for this for Pugilist, and some links for Monk.

Feel free to suggest anything else via comment or socials!

Summary & In Closing

Well that’s it for our Pugilist Basics Guide & FAQ. There’s not much to say but these are really basic little guides to help out the budding or confused PGL, and hopefully future MNK! Hopefully we answered a few of your questions.


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7 thoughts on “FFXIV Pugilist (PGL) Basics Guide & FAQ – Shadowbringers Updated!”

  1. Hey, just a head’s up, you have the incorrect icon for Second Wind, and also it is available to BRD. Internal Release is also available to BRD.

  2. I think it would be best to remove monk from the goldsmith list due to the fact that GSM only makes low level weapons and is not what is needed for the pre-relic crafted weapon. Or at least qualify that GSM only makes the low level weapons.

    While I did enjoy GSM realizing I was still going to have to rely on someone else to make my pre-relic was disappointing.

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