FFXIV Rogue (ROG) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Rogue (ROG) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

Attracted to the whole double-wielding, stealth, and “jutsus”, ey? Well, I ain’t here to judge. But I am here to give you tips in this Rogue Leveling Guide – which, if you found yourself here, is likely your goal! Believe it!

This page is strictly for Rogue – focusing more on ROG specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Rogue: Unlocking, and other basics

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Rogue.

EXP Grinding Methods
Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Rogue Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:

L1 Skill UnlockedSpinning Edge: Your “basic attack”. It eventually links up to your basic DPS combo.

L2 Skill UnlockedShade Shift: A strong defensive cooldown. It gives you a shield based on max HP. While its primary use is in high end content, be aware of it during the leveling process – it may save a death or two.

L4 Skill UnlockedGust Slash: Your first combo! Its from Spinning Edge > Gust Slash. The very beginnings of your future rotation.

L5 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Ninja).

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedSecond Wind: A free heal is a free heal. This is obviously great while leveling up and you should be using it often.

L10 Skill UnlockedHide: Allows you to sneak around undetected! It’s actually pretty great in PvE / questing. Use it when you need to interact with objects guarded by NPC’s!

L10 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

L12 Skill UnlockedAssassinate: An “off-gcd” (OGCD) skill that can only be used against low HP targets.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedArm’s Length: Only useful in a select few high-end raids…. very niche. Almost useless in the leveling process.

L14 Trait UnlockedAll Fours: A weird trait that is almost useless in this game. Rogues take less falling damage but you never actually die from falling unless you’re in combat…

L15 ROG Class Quest unlocks Throwing Dagger: check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogue’S Guild.

Throwing DaggerA ranged attack. Not too hot. There really isn’t much else to say about this skill.

L15 ROG (continuing) Class QuestMug. Jacke will direct you to Western La Noscea for this quest.

Mug: Another OGCD that you should spam every time it’s available. Ignore the “bonus item” clause…

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

L16 Role Actions Slot III Unlocked Leg Sweep: Put this in your first Role Action slot! A stun is SUPER VERSATILE in low levels! Interrupting enemy mobs so you don’t have to move out is great for melee. Stunning also provides damage mitigation (the mob won’t attack), which is a great little bonus in dungeons. It also allows you to land Trick Attack in solo encounters!

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

L18 Skill UnlockedTrick Attack: Ahhh, the infamous Trick Attack! “Trick” causes a good chunk of damage AND makes the target suffer from “increases damage taken” – if they’re struck from behind. While the latter part of the skill may be difficult to trigger in solo PvE, stuns and Hide help! Great versus bosses!

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedDiversion: Useful only in dungeons and raids. Pulling from the tank is never good.

L20 Trait UnlockedFleet of Foot: A very unique passive you should be aware about. Rogues and Ninjas actually move faster than other classes!

L20 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V unlockedBloodbath: TP is TP – without it, you can’t DPS! You should never leave home without it! Put this in your second Role Action slot!

L25 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedAeolian Edge: Your first complete combo! It goes from Spinning Edge > Gust Slash > Aeolian Edge. The addition of a combo finisher improves your damage output quite a bit!

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP! It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Ninja (NIN)! The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are simply finishing ALL ROG class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksJugulate, and the prereq for Ninja:

Jugulate: is Yet another OGCD that silences. While its potency is small, it’s better than zero! The Silence effect… hmm, honestly the more experienced you are with the game, the more you know when silence is actually usable. It’s almost strictly worse than stun in a vast majority of cases. Situations do exist where certain skills can only be silenced. A vast majority of the time, you’ll just be using this as bonus DPS.

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Rogue. You now have the right to become a Ninja!

How to become a Ninja?

The quest to become a Ninja is Peasants by Day, Ninjas by Night, found in Rogues’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Ninja, and the skills Ten and Ninjutsu.

Soul of the Ninja is your job soul crystal. To become a Ninja you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Rogue again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Rogue! Congrats! Feel free to teleport behind the Ninja Leveling Guide. Hopefully our Rogue Leveling Guide helped you out… and if it didn’t – nothing personnel, kid.

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2 thoughts on “FFXIV Rogue (ROG) Leveling Guide”

  1. How long has it been since this has been updated? I noticed that some of the info is outdated, most likely due to the Stormblood release. It would do well to update it just to help out players that are just now picking up the rogue class

    1. The base class leveling guides will be updated once I’m done with DoH and omega guides. Stormblood changed a lot especially cross class skills and the levels with which they come out.

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