FFXIV: Ninja General Guide & FAQ

All you need to know about Ninjas in FFXIV: A Realm Reborn! How to become a Ninja, Ninja requirements, Ninja skills, FAQ’s and Guides!

How do I become a Ninja in ARR?

You need to level a Rogue to 30) first! You also need to complete any MSQs prior to L30. If you’ve met these requirements, you can return to the Rogue’s Guild in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks (8,16) to get your quest to obtain the “Soul of the Ninja“. Once you’re done with all of these, equip your soul crystal which can be found in your armory.

What’s the Ninja playstyle?

Unlike other melee classes, Ninja has the least positional strikes. The uniqueness of the Ninja rotation is based all around the Mudras. Choosing the best Ninjutsu for the situation and not getting confused on Mudras would separate the chumps from the Hokages!

What are good Ninja stats?

DEX is the main Ninja stat, increasing their damage dealt. For secondary stats, we shall see. But Determination and Critical Strike are always a safe choice.

What are the Ninja Traits?

Gonna put up the updated NIN traits table soon… but for now, I will list the traits currently available to NIN.

  • Dripping Blades – L6
  • All Fours – L14
  • Enhanced Dexterity – L20
  • Fleet of Foot 0 L20
  • Dripping Blades II – L36
  • Enhanced Dexterity II – L40
  • Enhanced Dexterity III – L60
  • Shukiho – L62
  • Enhances Shukuchi – L64
  • Enhanced Mug – L66
What are the Ninja Skills?

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

ShukuchiMove quickly to the specified location.
Cannot use when bound.
Ten (MUDRA)Mudra hand sign for "heaven." Duration: 5s
Shares a recast timer with the mudras Chi and Jin.
Chi (MUDRA)Mudra hand sign for "earth." Duration: 5s
Shares a recast timer with the mudras Ten and Jin.
Jin (MUDRA)Mudra hand sign for "man." Duration: 5s
Shares a recast timer with the mudras Ten and Chi.
NinjutsuExecutes a ninjutsu depending on Mudra used. FAILS if any other action is taken before Mudras are combined or expires.
Shares a recast timer with the mudras Ten, Chi, and Jin.
KassatsuResets the ninjutsu cooldown. Next ninjutsu is auto-critical. Duration: 15s
Fuma ShurikenDelivers a ranged ninjutsu attack with a potency of 240.
Mudra Combination: Any one of the Ten, Chi, or Jin mudra
KatonDelivers fire damage with a potency of 180 to target and all enemies near it.
Mudra Combination: Chi→Ten or Jin→Ten
RaitonDelivers lightning damage with a potency of 360.
Mudra Combination: Ten→Chi or Jin→Chi
HyotonDelivers ice damage with a potency of 140.
Additional Effect: Bind Duration: 15s (PvP 12s)
Mudra Combination: Ten→Jin or Chi→Jin
HutonIncreases attack speed by 15%. Duration: 70s
Mudra Combination: Jin→Chi→Ten or Chi→Jin→Ten
DotonCreates a patch of corrupted earth, dealing damage with a potency of 30 to any enemies who enter.
Duration: 24s
Additional Effect: Heavy (while upon corrupted earth)
Mudra Combination: Ten→Jin→Chi or Jin→Ten→Chi
SuitonDelivers water damage with a potency of 180.
Additional Effect: Grants the caster Suiton Duration: 10s
Mudra Combination: Ten→Chi→Jin or Chi→Ten→Jin
Rabbit MediumFailed Mudra combinations result in this useless skill.

We chose not to order the skills by level to further increase clarity of the Ninja System.


How many role actions skills can Ninja use?

Ninja can have up to 5 role actions (5 for Advanced Jobs, as compared to 10 that Rogue can equip). Our Melee DPS Role Actions Guide might help you in choosing what role actions are best.

Do I have to level up Ninja separately?

No, your EXP in Ninja rises as you level up your Rogue class. Leveling up as s Ninja will increase your Rogue EXP.

Any other Ninja Guides and Resources?

If you’re aspiring to be a kick-ass Ninja, you’re gonna want to read a few of these resources:

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6 thoughts on “FFXIV: Ninja General Guide & FAQ”

  1. Confirmed Lancer for cross class? If so, then it would be Lancer and Pugilist (one cross class is always the alt class needed for the job).

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