FFXIV Gunbreaker (GNB) General Guide & FAQ (Shadowbringers Update)

Aim to join the Gunbreakers? In this quick little guide, you’ll learn all the basics of the Gunbreaker (GNB) job such as Skills & Traits, Job identity, a FAQ, and links to further resources. Let’s barrel onward!

If you’re here on how to unlock Gunbreaker, it’s in the FAQ section. You can also check our FFXIV Job Unlocking & Requirements Guide.

FFXIV Gunbreaker (GNB) General Guide – Navigation:
GNB Actions & Traits List | GNB Job Identity | GNB FAQ | GNB Resources

Gunbreaker Actions & Traits List

Here we will have a “simplified” and “actual” actions list. To help you get a better grasp if needed, and more detailed if desired! I’m pretty sure many people reading this would be interested in: L60 Gunbreaker Rotations.

GNB Actions (Actual)GNB Traits
LvlActionsDescriptionTypeCastRecastDuration
1Keen EdgeDelivers an attack with a potency of 200.WeaponskillInstant2.5
2No MercyIncreases damage dealt by 20%.AbilityInstant6020
4Brutal ShellDelivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Combo Action: Keen Edge.
Combo Potency: 300.
Combo Bonus: Restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 150.
Combo Bonus: Creates a barrier which nullifies damage equaling HP restored.
WeaponskillInstant2.510
6CamouflageIncreases parry rate by 50% while reducing damage taken by 10%.AbilityInstant9020
10Demon SliceDelivers an attack with a potency of 150 to all nearby enemies.WeaponskillInstant2.5
10Royal GuardSignificantly increases enmity generation. Effect ends upon reuse.AbilityInstant10
15Lightning ShotDelivers a ranged attack with a potency of 150.
Additional Effect: Increased enmity.
WeaponskillInstant2.5
18Danger ZoneDelivers an atack with a potency of 350.AbilityInstant30
26Solid BarrelDelivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Combo Action: Brutal Shell.
Combo Potency: 400.
Combo Bonus: Adds a Cartridge to your Powder Gauge.
WeaponskillInstant2.5
30Burst StrikeDelivers an attack with a potency of 500.
Cartridge Cost: 1.
WeaponskillInstant2.5
38NebulaReduces damage taken by 30%.AbilityInstant12010
40Demon SlaughterDelivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby enemies.
Combo Action: Demon Slice:
Combo Potency: 250.
Combo Bonus: Adds a Cartridge to your Powder Gauge.
WeaponskillInstant2.5
45AuroraGrants healing over time effect to target.
Cure Potency: 200.
AbilityInstant6018
50SuperbolideReduces HP to 1 and renders you impervious to most attacks.AbilityInstant3608
54Sonic BreakDelivers an attack with a potency of 300.
Additional Effect: Damage over time.
Potency: 90.
This weaponskill does not share a recast timer with any other actions.
WeaponskillInstant6030
56Rough DivideDelivers a jumping attack with a potency of 200.
Maximum Charge: 2.
Cannot be executed while bound.
AbilityInstant30
60Gnashing FangDelivers an attack with a potency of 450.
Additional Effect: Grants Read to Rip.
Cartridge Cost: 1.
This weaponskill does not share a recast timer with any other actions.
WeaponskillInstant3010
60Savage ClawDelivers an attack with a potency of 550.
Combo Action: Gnashing Fang.
Combo Bonus: Grants Ready to Tear.
WeaponskillInstant2.510
60Wicked TalonDelivers an attack with a potencyy of 650.
Combo Action: Savage Claw.
Combo Bonus: Grants Ready to Gouge.
WeaponskillInstant2.510
62Bow ShockDelivers an attack with a potency of 200 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Damage over time.
Potency: 90.
AbilityInstant6015
64Heart of LightReduces magic damage taken by self and nearby part members by 10%.AbilityInstant9015
68Heart of StoneReduces damage taken by a party member or self by 15%.
Additional Effect: When targeting a party member while under the effect of Brutal Shell, that effect is also granted to the target.
AbilityInstant257
70ContinuationAllows the firing of successive rounds with your gunblade.
Gnashing Fang may be followed by Jugular Rip.
Savage Claw may be followed by Abdomen Tear.
Wicked Talon may be followed by Eye Gouge.
AbilityInstant1
70Jugular RipDelivers an attack with a potency of 260.
Can only be executed when Ready to Rip.
*This actin cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
AbilityInstant1
70Abdomen TearDelivers an attack with a potency of 280.
Can only be executed when Ready to Tear.
*This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
AbilityInstant1
70Eye GougeDelivers an attack with a potency of 300.
Can only be executed when Ready to Gouge.
*This Action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
AbilityInstant1
72Fate CircleDelivers an attack with a potency of 320 to all nearby enemies.
Cartridge Cost: 1.
WeaponskillInstant2.5
76BloodfestDraws aetheric energy from target, adding 2 Cartridges to your Powder Gauge.AbilityInstant90
80Blasting ZoneDelivers an attack with a potency of 800.AbilityInstant30
LvlTraitDescription
1Tank MasteryReduces damage taken by 20%.
Grants a bonus to maximum HP based on your vitality attribute, and a bonus to damage dealt based on your strength attribute.
30Cartridge ChargeStores a Cartridge in your Powder Gauge after successfully completing a combo with Solid Barrel.
Maximum Cartridges: 2.
52Enhanced Brutal ShellGrants the effect of Brutal Shell ater successfully completing a combo with Brutal Shell.
80Danger Zone MasteryUpgrades Danger Zone to Blasting Zone.

See Also: Tank Role Actions.

Gunbreaker Job Identity – Why play Gunbreaker?

Gunbreaker seems to me as the most fast-paced Tank class. You have a vast array of OGCD’s, including an OGCD combo! While your mitigation isn’t that heavy, GNB leverages many little support skills frequently.

I would hesitate to recommend Gunbreaker to those with high ping.

I’ll expand on this as I get more hands on experience with GNB.

DISCLAIMER

DISCLAIMER: This is not meant to be a blurb that aligns with the current meta. That changes from patch to patch. Our goal here is to provide you with an idea of what a Gunbreaker is trying to be, getting cues from both the Developers concrete decisions on job design, as well as our own feedback.

Gunbreaker Frequently Asked Questions

How do I unlock Gunbreaker? I want to be a Gunbreaker ASAP!

  • Quest: The Makings of a Gunbreaker
  • Location: New Gridania (11,11)
  • NPC: Gods’ Quiver bow
  • Requirements: Level 60 DoW or DoM
  • Aetheryte -> Aethernet: New Gridania straight up. Near Aetheryte.

After that, it’s as simple as equipping the Gunbreaker soulstone. If you want to be a Gunbreaker as soon as possible, check out our tips in our FFXIV Job Unlocking & Requirements guide.

What crafting or gathering classes go well with Gunbreaker?

It may be sad for newer players, but crafting doesn’t really work this way. As it is now you must level all crafting classes to be a relevant crafter.

However, there is a more practical answer to this. There are ways to level crafting classes “without going all out” for the sole purpose of repairing your gear. In which case you will need the following DoH classes:

Gunbreaker DoH Classes for full repair:
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What class to choose!? Gunbreaker?

This should be addressed by the “Gunbreaker Job Identity” segment above…

Gunbreaker Resources & Links

We will be adding to this ASAP.

FFXIV Gunbreaker (GNB) General Guide – Navigation:
GNB Actions & Traits List | GNB Job Identity | GNB FAQ | GNB Resources

Well that’s about it FOR NOW! I’ll be updating this in the next few days. I hope we answered some questions you had about the FFXIV’s  Gunbreaker. Make Squall and Seifer proud!

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