Limit Break

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General Information

Limit Breaks are group oriented ultimate abilities that can alter the outcome of a battle. They can be performed after charging up a limit break meter.

Limit Breaks are specific to each party role. Tank limit breaks reduce the damage taken for the entire party for a short time. Melee physical DPS limit breaks deal a massive amount damage to a single target. Caster DPS limit breaks deal devastating area of effect damage. Ranged DPS limit breaks deal devastating damage in a straight line. Healer limit breaks restore HP and MP to the entire party.

All classes and jobs of a given role will have the same level one and two limit breaks, while level three limit breaks are exclusive to jobs, with the exception of the limited Blue Mage job being unable to use any limit breaks.

Limit Breaks are only usable in a party environment. The entire party shares the same limit break gauge, with each party in an Alliance raid having its own meter. There are 3 levels of limit breaks, the 1st level can be used in a party with 4 or more members, the 2nd level needs a full party of 8 members, with an additional bar being added under certain conditions:

  • In dungeons, the bar is added when engaging the final boss.
  • In trials and raids: the bar is added at the start of the duty, except for older raids that still have some regular enemies to fight through.
  • In alliance raids and similar special duties, the third bar is added for every boss fight separately, and will be unavailable for regular encounters.

It is worth noting that the addition of a third bar will also reset the progress of the bar. Its removal at the end of a fight (or due to a player disconnect reducing the party size below the requirement does not, so only progress into the third bar is lost. As such, it can be beneficial to use a lower tier limit break before conditions change again.

Tank Limit Breaks

Tank Limit Breaks require Gladiator, Marauder, Paladin, Warrior, Dark Knight or Gunbreaker. Tank Limit Breaks execute instantly with no animation lock.

Shield Wall

Shield Wall is the level 1 limit break for tanks. It reduces damage taken by all party members by 20% for 10 seconds.

Stronghold

Stronghold is the level 2 limit break for tanks. It reduces damage taken by all party members by 40% for 15 seconds.

Last Bastion (PLD)

Last Bastion is the level 3 limit break for Paladin. It reduces damage taken by all party members by 80% for 8 seconds.

Land Waker (WAR)

Land Waker is the level 3 limit break for Warrior. It reduces damage taken by all party members by 80% for 8 seconds.

Dark Force (DRK)

Dark Force is the level 3 limit break for Dark Knight. It reduces damage taken by all party members by 80% for 8 seconds.

Gunmetal Soul (GNB)

Gunmetal Soul is the level 3 limit break for Gunbreaker. It reduces damage taken by all party members by 80% for 8 seconds.

Melee Physical DPS Limit Breaks

Melee Physical DPS Limit Breaks require Lancer, Pugilist, Rogue, Dragoon, Monk, Ninja or Samurai. Melee Limit Breaks have a short cast time and moderate animation lock with melee range requirements.
Relative Damage Data Source

Braver

Braver is the level 1 limit break for Melee DPS. It hits a single target with x1.667 the damage of Skyshard. Braver has a cast time of 2s and an animation lock of 3.86s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 5.86s.

Bladedance

Bladedance is the level 2 limit break for Melee DPS. It hits a single target with x2.2 the damage of Braver. Blade Dance has a cast time of 3s and an animation lock of 3.86s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 6.86s.

Final Heaven (MNK)

Final Heaven is the level 3 limit break for Monk. It hits a single target with x3.5 the damage of Braver. Melee LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 3.7s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 8.2s.

Dragonsong Dive (DRG)

Dragonsong Dive is the level 3 limit break for Dragoon. It hits a single target with x3.5 the damage of Braver. Melee LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 3.7s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 8.2s.

Chimatsuri (NIN)

Chimatsuri is the level 3 limit break for Ninja. It hits a single target with x3.5 the damage of Braver. Melee LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 3.7s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 8.2s.

Doom of the Living (SAM)

Doom of the Living is the level 3 limit break for Samurai. It hits a single target with x3.5 the damage of Braver. Melee LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 3.7s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 8.2s.

The End (RPR)

The End is the level 3 limit break for Reaper. It hits a single target with x3.5 the damage of Braver. Melee LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 3.7s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 8.2s.

Ranged Physical DPS Limit Breaks

Ranged Physical DPS Limit Breaks require Archer, Bard, Machinist or Dancer. Ranged Physical Limit Breaks have a moderate cast time and animation lock.

Big Shot

Big Shot is the level 1 limit break for Ranged DPS. It hits all targets in a straight line with x0.9 the damage of Skyshard. Big Shot has a cast time of 2s and an animation lock of 3.1s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 5.1s. Big Shot does more damage than Braver when it hits 2 targets, more damage than Blade Dance when it hits 5 targets and more damage than Melee LB3 when it hits 7 targets.

Desperado

Desperado is the level 2 limit break for Ranged DPS. It hits all targets in a straight line with x2.167 the damage of Big Shot. Desperado has a cast time of 3s and an animation lock of 3.1s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 6.1s. Desperado does more damage than Braver, more damage than Blade Dance when it hits 2 targets and more damage than Melee LB3 when it hits 3 targets.

Saggitarius Arrow (BRD)

Saggitarius Arrow is the level 3 limit break for Bard. It hits all targets in a straight line with x3.5 the damage of Big Shot. Ranged LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 3.7s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 8.2s. Ranged LB3 does more damage than Braver, more damage than Blade Dance when it hits 2 targets and more damage than Melee LB3 when it hits 2 targets.

Satellite Beam (MCH)

Satellite Beam is the level 3 limit break for Machinist. It hits all targets in a straight line with x3.5 the damage of Big Shot. Ranged LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 3.7s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 8.2s. Ranged LB3 does more damage than Braver, more damage than Blade Dance when it hits 2 targets and more damage than Melee LB3 when it hits 2 targets.

Crimson Lotus (DNC)

Crimson Lotus is the level 3 limit break for Dancer. It hits all targets in a straight line with x3.5 the damage of Big Shot. Ranged LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 3.7s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 8.2s. Ranged LB3 does more damage than Braver, more damage than Blade Dance when it hits 2 targets and more damage than Melee LB3 when it hits 2 targets.

Ranged Magical DPS Limit Breaks

Ranged Magical DPS Limit Breaks require Thaumaturge, Arcanist, Black Mage, Red Mage, or Summoner. Ranged Magical Limit Breaks have the longest cast time and a short animation lock. Unlike the other DPS limit breaks it relies on manual targeting and can potentially miss the target if it suddenly moves.

Skyshard

Skyshard is the level 1 limit break for Caster DPS. It hits all targets in a radius of 5 yalms. Skyshard has a cast time of 2s and an animation lock of 3.1s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 5.1s. Skyshard does more damage than Braver when it hits 2 targets, more damage than Blade Dance when it hits 4 targets and more damage than Melee LB3 when it hits 6 targets.

Starstorm

Starstorm is the level 2 limit break for Caster DPS. It hits all targets in a radius of 10 yalms with x2.167 the damage of Skyshard. Starstorm has a cast time of 3s and an animation lock of 5.1s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 8.1s. Starstorm does more damage than Braver, more damage than Blade Dance when it hits 2 targets and more damage than Melee LB3 when it hits 3 targets.

Meteor (BLM)

Meteor is the level 3 limit break for Black Mage. It hits all targets in a radius of 15 yalms with x3.5 the damage of Skyshard. Caster LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 8.1s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 12.6s. Caster LB3 does more damage than Braver, more damage than Blade Dance when it hits 2 targets and more damage than Melee LB3 when it hits 2 targets.

Teraflare (SMN)

Teraflare is the level 3 limit break for Summoner. It hits all targets in a radius of 15 yalms with x3.5 the damage of Skyshard. Caster LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 8.1s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 12.6s. Caster LB3 does more damage than Braver, more damage than Blade Dance when it hits 2 targets and more damage than Melee LB3 when it hits 2 targets.

Vermillion Scourge (RDM)

Vermillion Scourge is the level 3 limit break for Red Mage. It hits all targets in a radius of 15 yalms with x3.5 the damage of Skyshard. Caster LB3 has a cast time of 4.5s and an animation lock of 8.1s. This renders the user unable to perform any actions for a total of 12.6s. Caster LB3 does more damage than Braver, more damage than Blade Dance when it hits 2 targets and more damage than Melee LB3 when it hits 2 targets.

Healer Limit Breaks

Healer Limit Breaks require Conjurer, White Mage, Scholar or Astrologian. Healer Limit Breaks execute almost instantly but cause a significant amount of animation lock, especially on an LB3.

Healing Wind

Healing Wind is the level 1 limit break for Healers. It restores 25% of HP of all nearby party members.

Breath of the Earth

Breath of the Earth is the level 2 limit break for Healers. It restores 60% of HP of all nearby party members.

Pulse of Life (WHM)

Pulse of Life is the level 3 limit break for White Mage. It restores 100% of HP of all nearby party members and revive any party members that are KO'd. Members that are resurrected via the limit break will also have 100% of their MP restored and will not suffer Weakness. If they already had Weakness, it will not be increased to Brink of Death. If they already had Weakness or Brink of Death, the debuff timer will be reset.

Angel Feathers (SCH)

Angel Feathers is the level 3 limit break for Scholar. It restores 100% of HP of all nearby party members and revive any party members that are KO'd. Members that are resurrected via the limit break will also have 100% of their MP restored and will not suffer Weakness. If they already had Weakness, it will not be increased to Brink of Death. If they already had Weakness or Brink of Death, the debuff timer will be reset.

Astral Stasis (AST)

Astral Stasis is the level 3 limit break for Astrologian. It restores 100% of HP of all nearby party members and revive any party members that are KO'd. Members that are resurrected via the limit break will also have 100% of their MP restored and will not suffer Weakness. If they already had Weakness, it will not be increased to Brink of Death. If they already had Weakness or Brink of Death, the debuff timer will be reset.

Techne Makre (SGE)

Techne Makre is the level 3 limit break for Sage. It restores 100% of HP of all nearby party members and revive any party members that are KO'd. Members that are resurrected via the limit break will also have 100% of their MP restored and will not suffer Weakness. If they already had Weakness, it will not be increased to Brink of Death. If they already had Weakness or Brink of Death, the debuff timer will be reset.

Note

Healer Limit Break 3 will revive affected party members at their current location and does so immediately, with no prompt to accept the revival, unlike regular revive spells. Because of this, a party member who died in lethal terrain, such as a death zone at the edge of the arena, will die again instantly after being revived, since the lethal damage bypass Transcendent (the 5 second invulnerability that players receive when they are revived by any means).

Squadron Limit Break

The Squadron Limit Break is only available during Command Missions, with the Execute Limit Break command. Your own class or job's Limit Break is also available as normal, but squadron members cannot cast their class's Limit Break.

Ungarmax

Ungarmax is the Squadron Limit Break. It deals single-target damage and grants Damage Up to the entire party for 15 seconds. It is a level 1 Limit Break. There is no level 2 Squadron Limit Break.

Adrenaline Rush

Adrenaline Rush replaces Limit Breaks in PvP, though it is an individual bar for every player they can use when they see fit. It only has one bar and the effects are also roughly on par with a one bar limit break of the same role, but with some additional effects. The bar also resets on death.

The LB Bar

Limit Breaks can be generated and executed as long as there are at least 4 players in a party. In a 4 player party, the minimum amount of LB gauge that can be generated is one bar, and the maximum two. In an 8 player party, the minimum is two bars and the maximum three. Internally 1 LB bar is filled when 10000 units of LB gauge have accumulated. At that point, a distinct audio notification is played and the bar flashes orange.

Generation

LB gauge units can be generated actively and passively. All pre-Shadowbringers content works under the same rules for LB generation, while Shadowbringers content received tweaks to the active LB generation. All forms of LB generation scale in some way with how many LB bars are available in the duty.

Passive Generation

As soon as an encounter starts, LB is passively generated by a certain amount per 3s.

Factors that affect Passive LB Generation:

  • Total number of available LB bars (Positive)
  • Number of duplicate jobs (Negative)1
  • Number of non-standard compositions (Negative)1, 2

Factors that negatively scale with LB generation incur a penalty for each violation. E.g. solo healing and solo tanking counts as 1 penalty each and so both penalties would apply to the same party in a 1T 1H 6DPS composition.

For 3 bars, the amount of LB gauge gained per tick is 220 > 170 > 160 > 154 > 144 > 140, going one step down for each penalty. You can see the details in the following table:

Number of penalties Units per tick Time until 1 bar fills Time until 2 bars fill Time until 3 bars fill
0 220 2m 18s 4m 33s 6m 51s
1 170 2m 57s 5m 54s 8m 51s
2 160 3m 9s 6m 15s 9m 24s
3 154 3m 15s 6m 30s 9m 45s
4 144 3m 30s 6m 57s 10m 27s
5 or more 140 3m 36s 7m 9s 10m 45s

1Only applicable in duties listed under “High-end duty”

2A standard composition is 2 DPS - 1 Healer - 1 Tank in a four-man party. It is 4 DPS - 2 Healers - 2 Tanks in an eight-man party

For Dungeons or general light party duties, the passive amount is adjusted to 75 gauge units per tick for one bar and 180 for two bars. It would take one bar 6m 42s to fill passively and two bars 5m 32s.

Active Generation

Active LB generation falls into five distinct categories: Critical Health Recovery, Surviving Lethal Damage, Interrupts/Silences, Killing Adds, and Resolving Mechanics. Since these have been tweaked since Shadowbringers, the following will be divided based on content. Keep in mind that any pre-Shadowbringers content still uses the pre-Shadowbringers values.

pre-Shadowbringers Content

Critical Health Recovery

Critical health recovery generation describes an event where a player has less or equal to 10% of their maximum HP and receives a direct heal, which results in LB gauge generation. When successfully healed in this HP range with a direct healing spell or ability, the group is awarded 200 LB gauge units per bar, for up to 600 gauge units. This has no cooldown and is awarded on a per-player basis.

Surviving Lethal Damage

Surviving lethal damage generation describes an event where a player survives damage that is equal to or exceeds their current HP due to on-player mitigation or shields. Effects that lower an enemy’s damage through an enemy debuff, like Addle, Feint or Reprisal etc., do not count for it and can lower the damage enough to miss the “Surviving Lethal” threshold. This gains the group 500 LB gauge units per bar, for up to 1500 gauge units. This has no cooldown and is awarded on a per-player basis.

Interrupts/Silences

Interrupting casts with stuns or an interrupt ability such as Head Graze can award a certain amount of LB gauge. The amount granted is depending on the duty. It is possible that it awards no gauge units.

Killing Adds

Killing adds can award a certain amount of LB gauge. The amount granted is depending on the duty. This has been seen in A12, or in Shadowbringers in SoS EX, where killing the adds granted enough gauge for a Tank LB3.

Resolving Mechanics

Resolving mechanics generation describes an event where players are awarded a certain amount of LB gauge units since they did a mechanic successfully. The amount of LB granted varies on a duty basis.


Post-Shadowbringers Content

Critical Health Recovery

The number of gauge units generated per LB bar was adjusted to 100 for critical health recovery from direct AoE healing actions and abilities and 200 units for single target. The LB gauge will no longer fill when non-healer jobs use healing actions. That means the maximum amount per person is still the same 600 units, for single target heals.

Surviving Lethal Damage

The number of units per LB bar was adjusted to 100 for surviving lethal damage due to on-player mitigation or shields. Invulns don’t seem to count for it. Effects that lower an enemy’s damage through an enemy debuff, like Addle, Feint or Reprisal etc., do not count for it and can lower the damage enough to miss the “Surviving Lethal” threshold. This means the maximum generation per person equals 300 gauge units.

Killing Adds, Interrupts/Silences, Resolving Mechanics

These all appear to be unchanged or didn’t make an appearance in any encounter.