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With a bow in hand and a quiver on his back, the archer strikes at the enemy from afar. In Eorzea, two schools of archery have risen to prominence: that of the longbow sentries of the Elezen military, and that of the shortbow hunters among the Miqo'te.
Archers constantly assess the battlefield in order to determine the most advantageous ground from which to loose their arrows, as well as the nature of the shaft, point, and fletching best suited to their foe. It is said that master archers are capable of showering their targets with a veritable deluge of death well before a counterattack can ever be mounted.
—Game Description

General Information

Archer is a Disciple of War class that specializes in bows. It is a ranged, physical class that prefers to strike their targets at a distance. The Archer's Guild is in the forested city of Gridania. If you choose archer as your first class, you will start off in the city of Gridania. At level 30 Archer can acquire the job Bard.

Play Style

The Archer is a ranged damage dealing class specializing in single target DPS from afar. The most important stat for the archer is dexterity, which increases attack power.

Hunting Log

Archer Quests


Action Icon Level TP Cost Cast Time Cooldown Range Radius Description
Heavy Shot Heavy shot.png 1 50 Instant 2.5s 25y 0 Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
Straight Shot Straight shot.png 2 50 Instant 2.5s 25y 0 Delivers an attack with a potency of 140.
Additional Effect: Increases critical hit rate by 10% for 20s.
Raging Strikes Raging strikes.png 4 0 Instant 180s 0 0 Increases damage dealt by 20% for 20s.
Venomous Bite Venomous bite.png 6 80 Instant 2.5s 25y 0 Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Venom with potency of 40 for 9s (combined total potency of 220, 340 traited).
Misery's End Miserys end.png 8 0 Instant 12s 25y 0 Delivers an attack with a potency of 190.
Can only be executed when target's HP is below 20%.
Shadowbind Shadowbind.png 10 0 Instant 40s 25y 0 Binds target for 10s
Cancels auto-attack upon execution.
Target becomes unbound if damage is taken.
Bloodletter Bloodletter.png 12 0 Instant 15s 25y 0 Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
Repelling Shot Repelling shot.png 15* 0 Instant 30s 5y 0 Delivers an attack with a potency of 80.
Additional Effect: 10y backstep.
Cannot be executed while bound.
Quick Nock Quick nock.png 18 140 Instant 2.5s 8y 8y Delivers an attack with potency of 110 to all enemies in a cone in front of you.
Hawk's Eye Hawks eye.png 26 0 Instant 90s 0 0 Increases Dexterity by 15% and guarantees that all attacks land for 20s.
Windbite Windbite.png 30* 80 Instant 2.5s 25y 0 Deals wind damage with a potency of 60.
Additional Effect: Wind damage over time with potency of 50 for 18s (combined total potency of 360).
Quelling Strikes Quelling strikes.png 34 0 Instant 120s 0 0 Reduces enmity generation for 15s.
Barrage Barrage.png 38 0 Instant 90s 0 0 Multiplies the number of non-critical strikes for a single-target weaponskill by 2. Additional effects added only once. 10s duration.
Blunt Arrow Blunt arrow.png 42 0 Instant 30s 25y 0 Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Silence for 1s.
Flaming Arrow Flaming arrow.png 46 0 Instant 60s 25y 5y Sets the ground ablaze, delivering damage with a potency of 40 to enemies that enter the flames for 30s (combined total potency of 400 per target).
  • Ability is acquired through a class quest.


Trait Icon Level Description
Heavier Shot Heavier shot.png 8 Adds to Heavy Shot 20% chance that your next Straight Shot will deal critical damage.
Enhanced Dexterity Enhanced dexterity i.png 14 Increases Dexterity by 2.
Enhanced Dexterity II Enhanced dexterity ii.png 16 Increases Dexterity by 4.
Increased Action Damage Increased action damage.png 20 Increases base action damage by 10%.
Enhanced Venomous Bite Enhanced venomous bite.png 24 Extends Venomous Bite duration to 18 seconds.
Enhanced Raging Strike Enhanced raging strike.png 28 Shortens Raging Strike cooldown to 120 seconds.
Enhanced Dexterity III Enhanced dexterity iii.png 32 Increases Dexterity by 6.
Enhanced Quick Knock Enhanced quick knock.png 36 Extends Quick Knock range to 12 yalms.
Increased Action Damage II Increased action damage ii.png 40 Increases base action damage by 20%.
Enhanced Barrage Enhanced barrage.png 44 Increases number of non-critical strikes per single-target weaponskill to three.
River of Blood River of blood.png 48 Grants a 50% chance that critical damage over time inflicted by Venomous Bite or Windbite will reset the Bloodletter recast timer.

Role Actions

As of patch 4.0, cross-class actions have been removed in favor of role actions shared by all classes performing a given role. Below are the role actions for this class:

Action Icon Level Dewscription
Second Wind Second wind.png 8 Instantly restores own HP.
Foot Graze Foot graze icon1.png 12 Binds target.
Leg Graze Leg graze icon1.png 16 Infects target with Heavy +40%.
Peloton Peloton.png 20 Increases movement speed of self and nearby party members.
Invigorate Invigorate.png 24 Instantly restores 400 TP.
Tactician Tactician.png 32 Gradually restores own TP and TP of nearby party members.
Refresh (Action) Refresh.png 36 Gradually restores own MP and MP of nearby party members.
Head Graze Head graze icon1.png 40 Silences target.
Arm Graze Arm Graze.png 44 Stuns target.
Palisade Palisade.png 48 Reduces physical damage taken by party member by 20%.

PvP Actions

Action Icon Description Upgrade 1 Upgrade 2 Upgrade 3
Manasong Manasong icon1.png Restores 25% of maximum MP for all nearby party members. Enhanced Manasong: Shortens recast time to 180 seconds. Enhanced Manasong II: Increases MP recovery to 40%.
Farshot Farshot icon1.png Delivers a ranged attack with a potency of 170.
Potency is not affected by distance.
Additional Effect: Attack delivered with critical hit rate increased by 15%.
Enhanced Farshot: Shortens recast time to 90 seconds. Enhanced Farshot II: Increases potency to 200. Enhanced Farshot III: Increases criticial hit rate by an additional 10%.
Blast Shot Blast shot icon1.png Delivers an attack with a potency of 150 to target and enemies near it.
Additional Effect: 10-yalm knockback to target.
Enhanced Blast Shot: Shortens recast time to 150 seconds. Enhanced Blast Shot II: Increases potency to 180. Enhanced Blast Shot III: Increases knockback distance to 15 yalms.
Mana Draw Mana draw icon1.png Restores 30% of maximum MP. Enhanced Mana Draw: Shortens recast time to 180 seconds. Enhanced Mana Draw II: Increases MP recovery to 50%.
Purify Purify icon1.png Removes all detrimental effects. Can be used regardless of status affliction. Enhanced Purify: Shortens recast time to 150 seconds.


Archer Concept Art

Classes and Jobs
Classes GladiatorMarauderPugilistLancerArcherConjurerThaumaturgeArcanistRogue
Jobs WarriorPaladinMonkDragoonBardWhite MageBlack MageSummonerScholarNinja
Dark KnightAstrologianMachinist
Red MageSamurai