FFXIV Rogue (ROG) Basics Guide & FAQ – Shadowbringers Updated!

Resolved to go Rogue? I recommend you regale our reading on FFXIV Rogue Basics Guide & FAQ. As implied, this is for players wanting to know the absolute basics, and answer some of the most common questions regarding ROG.

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

How to become a Rogue? Unlocking ROG:

You can unlock the Rogue class by going to the Rogue Guild in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks (around 8,16), look out for the quests either “Way of the Rogue”, or “So you want to be a Rogue”.

Rogue is the ONLY base class you CANNOT start the game as.

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 Rogue?

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

Ah, so you wanna be a Ninja? To each their own I suppose, heh. Seriously though, Ninja is a very technical melee DPS class which has the very cool Mudra system (the hand signs, if you’re wondering) and somehow after years of refinement finally feels pretty fluid and fun. So if you wanna omae wa no shinderu as Ninja, you better start omae wa no level uppu your Rogue.

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

Rogue Crafters and Gatherers?

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

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 Rogue Guides – Read More!

Here’s 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 Rogue, and some links for Ninja.

Feel free to suggest anything else via comment or socials!

Summary & In Closing

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


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