Monk

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Lore

Though now under Garlean rule, the city-state of Ala Mhigo once boasted the greatest military might of all Eorzea. Among its standing armies were the monks—ascetic warriors as dreaded by foes on the field of battle as the city-state's great pikemen.
The monks comprised an order known as the Fist of Rhalgr, and it was to this god—the Destroyer—that they devoted their lives of worship. By mastering seats of power within the body known as chakra, they are capable of performing extraordinary physical feats.
—Game Description

General Information

Monk is a job that specializes in hand-to-hand combat. Monk evolves from the class pugilist. It is a melee damage dealing class specializing in sustained single-target dps. Monks have all the abilities and traits of Pugilists. The most important stat for the monk is strength, which increases attack power. The level of your monk is equivalent to that of your Pugilist.

Requirements

Trainer Locations

NPC Location Description
Gagaruna Ul'dah - Steps of Nald (x9,y10) Job Start for ARR
Erik Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x10,y13) Job Trainer for 30-50
Erik Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x10,y13) Job Start for Heavensward
Widargelt Mor Dhona (x21,y7) Job Trainer for 52-60
Erik Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x10.6,y13.1) Job Start for Stormblood

Actions

Monk uses Pugilist actions in addition to its own:

Action Icon Level Type Cast Time Cooldown Range Radius Description Stormblood Adjustment
Bootshine Bootshine.png 1 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 3y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 140.
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Critical damage if dealt from a target's rear
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 10s
Potency reduced from 150 to 140.
TP cost reduced from 60 to 50.
True Strike True Strike.png 4 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 3y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 140.
180 when executed from a target's rear.
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 10s
Now acquired at level 4 (previously level 2).
Potency reduced from 150 to 140.
Potency when executed from a target's rear reduced from 190 to 180.
Snap Punch Snap Punch.png 6 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 3y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 130.
170 when executed from a target's flank.
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 10s
Additional Effect: Grants Greased Lightning
Duration: 16s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 10% and reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 5%
Potency reduced from 140 to 130.
Potency when executed from a target's rear reduced from 180 to 170.
TP cost reduced from 50 to 40.
Duration of Greased Lightning increased from 14 to 16 seconds.
Internal Release Internal Release.png 10 ability 0s 60s 0y 0y Increases critical hit rate by 30%.
Duration: 15s
Now acquired at level 10 (previously level 12).
Action now exclusive to pugilist and monk.
Critical hit rate increased from 10% to 30%.
Fists of Earth Fists of Earth.png 15 ability 0s 3s 0y 0y Reduces damage taken by 10%.
Cannot be used with Fists of Fire or Fists of Wind, and shares recast timer with both.
Effect ends upon reuse.
Now acquired at level 15 (previously level 22).
Now a class quest reward.
Twin Snakes Twin Snakes.png 18 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 3y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
130 when executed from a target's flank.
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Increases damage by 10%
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 10s
Potency when executed from a target's rear reduced from 140 to 130.
The additional effect "Increases damage by 5%" has been changed to "Increases damage by 10%."
TP cost reduced from 60 to 50.
Arm of the Destroyer Arm of the Destroyer.png 26 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 0y 5y Delivers an attack with a potency of 50 to all nearby targets.
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Silence
Duration: 1s
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 10s
Demolish Demolish.png 30 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 3y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 30.
70 when executed from a target's rear.
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Damage over time
Potency: 50
Duration: 18s
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 10s
Additional Effect: Grants Greased Lightning
Duration: 16s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 10% and reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 5%
Duration of damage over time effect reduced from 21 to 18 seconds.
Duration of Greased Lightning increased from 14 to 16 seconds.
TP cost reduced from 50 to 40.
Rockbreaker Rockbreaker.png 30 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 5y 5y Delivers an attack with a potency of 130 to all enemies in a cone before you.
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 10s
Additional Effect: Grants Greased Lightning
Duration: 16s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 10% and reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 5%
Duration of Greased Lightning increased from 14 to 16 seconds.
Fists of Wind Fists of Wind.png 34 ability 0s 3s 0y 0y Increases movement speed.
Cannot be used with Fists of Earth or Fists of Fire, and shares recast timer with both.
Effect ends upon reuse.
Shoulder Tackle Shoulder Tackle.png 35 ability 0s 30s 20y 0y Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Stun
Duration: 2s
Cannot be executed while bound.
Steel Peak Steel Peak.png 38 ability 0s 40s 3y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 150. The additional effect "Stun" has been removed.
Fists of Fire Fists of Fire.png 40 ability 0s 3s 0y 0y Increases damage dealt by 5%.
Cannot be used with Fists of Earth or Fists of Wind, and shares recast timer with both.
Effect ends upon reuse.
Mantra Mantra.png 42 ability 0s 120s 0y 7y Increases HP recovery via healing magic by 20% for self and nearby party members.
Duration: 15s
Action now exclusive to pugilist and monk.
Effect increasing HP recovery via healing magic for self and nearby party members has been changed from 5% to 20%.
One Ilm Punch One Ilm Punch.png 45 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 3y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 120.
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Stun
Duration: 1s
Stun is impervious to stun nullifying effects.
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 10s
The additional effect "Removes one beneficial status from target" has been removed.
Now stuns a target for 1 second. This stun is impervious to stun nullifying effects.
Howling Fist Howling Fist.png 46 ability 0s 60s 10y 10y Delivers an attack with a potency of 210 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Perfect Balance Perfect Balance.png 50 ability 0s 180s 0y 0y Allows execution of weaponskills which require a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 10s
Dragon Kick Dragon Kick.png 50 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 3y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
140 when executed from a target's flank.
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Reduces target's blunt resistance by 10%
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 10s
Potency when executed from a target's rear reduced from 150 to 140.
No longer reduces target's INT by 10%.
TP cost reduced from 60 to 50.
Form Shift Form Shift.png 52 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 0y 0y Shifts your current form to the next in the sequence. If no form is being used when executed, you will move into the opo-opo form.
Meditation Meditation.png 54 ability 0s 1.2s 0y 0y Opens a chakra. Up to five chakra can be opened at once.
Shares a recast timer with all other weaponskills.
The Forbidden Chakra The Forbidden Chakra.png 54 ability 0s 5s 3y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 250.
Can only be executed while under the effect of the Fifth Chakra. The five chakras close upon execution.
Potency reduced from 320 to 250.
The character lock immediately after execution has been adjusted.
Elixir Field Elixir Field.png 56 ability 0s 30s 0y 5y Delivers an attack with a potency of 220 to all nearby enemies.
Purification Purification.png 58 ability 0s 120s 0y 0y Restores 300 TP.
Can only be executed while under the effect of the Fifth Chakra. The five chakras close upon execution.
Tornado Kick Tornado Kick.png 60 ability 0s 10s 0y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 330.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Greased Lightning III. Effect fades upon execution.
Riddle of Earth Riddle of Earth.png 64 ability 0s 60s 0y 0y Grants Fists of Earth. Also grants Earth's Reply if damage is taken while active.
Duration: 30s
Earth's Reply Bonus: Reduces damage taken by 10%
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: Extends Greased Lightning duration to maximum
Both Riddle of Earth and Earth's Reply are canceled if Fists of Earth ends.
New Action
Earth Tackle Earth Tackle.png 66 ability 0s 30s 10y 0y Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: 10-yalm knockback
Additional Effect: Stun
Duration: 2s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Fists of Earth.
Cannot be executed while bound.
New Action
Wind Tackle Wind Tackle.png 66 ability 0s 30s 20y 0y Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 65.
Additional Effect: Stun
Duration: 2s
Additional Effect: Grants Riddle of Wind
Duration: 5s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Fists of Wind.
Cannot be executed while bound.
New Action
Fire Tackle Fire Tackle.png 66 ability 0s 30s 20y 0y Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 130.
Additional Effect: Stun
Duration: 2s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Fists of Fire.
Cannot be executed while bound.
New Action
Riddle of Wind Riddle of Wind.png 66 ability 0s 0s 20y 0y Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 65.
Additional Effect: Stun
Duration: 2s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Fists of Wind and Riddle of Wind
Cannot be executed while bound.
New Action
Riddle of Fire Riddle of Fire.png 68 ability 0s 90s 0y 0y Increases damage dealt by 30% while increasing weaponskill recast time by 15%. Also grants Fists of Fire.
Duration: 20s
Riddle of Fire is canceled if Fists of Fire ends.
New Action
Brotherhood Brotherhood.png 70 ability 0s 90s 0y 15y Increases physical damage dealt by nearby party members by 5%. Also grants a 30% chance of opening a chakra when party members under the effect of Brotherhood execute a weaponskill.
Duration: 15s
New Action

Traits

Trait Icon Level Description Stormblood Adjustment
Enhanced Strength Enhanced Strength.png 20 Increases strength by 8. Now acquired at level 20 (previously level 8).
Strength bonus increased from 2 to 8.
Enhanced Greased Lightning Enhanced Greased Lightning.png 20 Allows the stacking of a second Greased Lightning.
Enhanced Strength II Enhanced Strength II.png 40 Increases strength by 16. Now acquired at level 40 (previously level 16).
Strength bonus increased from 4 to 16.
Enhanced Greased Lightning II Enhanced Greased Lightning II.png 40 Allows the stacking of a third Greased Lightning.
Enhanced Strength III Enhanced Strength III.png 60 Increases strength by 24. Now acquired at level 60 (previously level 24).
Strength bonus increased from 6 to 24.
Deep Meditation Deep Meditation.png 62 Grants a 50% chance that a chakra will open upon dealing critical damage with a weaponskill. New Trait
Tackle Mastery Tackle Mastery.png 66 Changes the effect of Shoulder Tackle depending on which Fists status is active.
Fists of Earth: Knockback added, range reduced
Fists of Wind: Immediate second Tackle, damage halved
Fists of Fire: Increased damage dealt
New Trait

Role Actions

Melee DPS Role Actions

PvP Actions

Action Icon Type Cost Cast Time Cooldown Range Radius Description
Bootshine (PvP) Bootshine (PvP).png weaponskill - 0 2.3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 1,000.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
True Strike (PvP) True Strike (PvP).png weaponskill - 0 2.3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack to target.
Combo Action: Bootshine
Combo Potency: 1,000
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Snap Punch (PvP) Snap Punch (PvP).png weaponskill - 0 2.3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack to target.
Combo Action: True Strike
Combo Potency: 500
Combo Bonus: Grants Greased Lightning
Duration: 15s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 5% and reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time by 5%
Greased Lightning III Bonus: Opens a chakra
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Dragon Kick (PvP) Dragon Kick (PvP).png weaponskill - 0 2.3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 500.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Twin Snakes (PvP) Twin Snakes (PvP).png weaponskill - 0 2.3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack to target.
Combo Action: Dragon Kick
Combo Potency: 750
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Demolish (PvP) Demolish (PvP).png weaponskill - 0 2.3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack to target.
Combo Action: Twin Snakes
Combo Potency: 500
Combo Bonus: Damage over time
Potency: 300
Duration: 18s
Combo Bonus: Increases damage you deal target by 10%
Duration: 18s
Combo Bonus: Grants Greased Lightning
Duration: 15s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 5% and reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time by 5%
Greased Lightning III Bonus: Opens a chakra
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Form Shift (PvP) Form Shift (PvP).png weaponskill 150 TP 0 2.3s  ??  ?? Grants Greased Lightning.
Duration: 15s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 5% and reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time by 5%
Somersault (PvP) Somersault (PvP).png ability 250 TP 0 3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 750.
Additional Effect: Opens a chakra
Wind Tackle (PvP) Wind Tackle (PvP).png ability - 0 30s  ??  ?? Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 500.
Additional Effect: Grants Riddle of Wind
Duration: 10s
Cannot be executed while bound.
※Action changes to Riddle of Wind while under the effect of Riddle of Wind.
Riddle of Fire (PvP) Riddle of Fire (PvP).png ability - 0 60s  ??  ?? Increases damage dealt by 30% while increasing weaponskill recast time by 30%.
Duration: 10s
Riddle of Earth (PvP) Riddle of Earth (PvP).png ability - 0 60s  ??  ?? Grants Riddle of Earth.
Duration: 10s
Additional Effect: Grants Earth's Reply upon losing 50% or more of maximum HP
Duration: 10s
Earth's Reply Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 10% and reduces damage taken by 10%
Tornado Kick (PvP) Tornado Kick (PvP).png ability Greased Lightning III 0 10s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 2,500.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Greased Lightning III. Effect fades upon execution.
The Forbidden Chakra (PvP) The Forbidden Chakra (PvP).png ability Fifth Chakra 0 10s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 2,000.
Can only be executed while under the effect of the Fifth Chakra. The five chakras close upon execution.
Riddle of Wind (PvP) Riddle of Wind (PvP).png ability - 0 -s  ??  ?? Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 500.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Riddle of Wind.
Cannot be executed while bound.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Quests

Quest Level NPC Zone Coordinates EXP Reward
Brother from Another Mother 30 Gagaruna Ul'dah - Steps of Nald (x9,y10) 7410 Soul of the monk icon1.png, Rockbreaker icon1.png
Insulted Intelligence 35 Erik Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x10,y13) 9020 Shoulder tackle icon1.png
A Slave to the Aether 40 Erik Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x10,y13) 11270 Fists of fire icon1.png
The Pursuit of Power 45 Erik Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x10,y13) 12420 One ilm punch icon1.png
Good Vibrations 45 Erik Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x10,y13) 12420 Temple gaskins icon1.png, Temple gloves icon1.png, Temple boots icon1.png, Temple circlet icon1.png
Five Easy Pieces 50 Erik Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x10,y13) 0 Temple cyclas icon1.png, Dragon kick icon1.png
A Relic Reborn (Sphairai) 50 Gerolt North Shroud (x30,y20) 0 Sphairai icon1.png
The Legend Continues 50 Erik Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x10,y13) 24000
Let's Talk about Sects 52 Widargelt Mor Dhona (x21,y7) 26400 Form shift icon1.png
Against the Shadow 54 Widargelt Mor Dhona (x21,y7) 31200 Meditation icon1.png
Fight the Battle to Win 56 Widargelt Mor Dhona (x21,y7) 36000 Elixir field icon1.png
Stop the Senseless Killing 58 Widargelt Mor Dhona (x21,y7) 40800 Purification icon1.png
Appetite for Destruction 60 Widargelt Mor Dhona (x21,y7) 0 Tornado kick icon1.png
A Fistful of Resolve 60 Erik Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x10.6,y13.1) 167400
Return of the Monk 63 Widargelt Mor Dhona (x21.7,y7.8) 191700
Cross-fist Training 65 Widargelt The Peaks (x22.5,y5.6) 207900
Choices and Paths 68 Widargelt The Peaks (x22.5,y5.6) 232200
The Power to Protect 70 Widargelt The Peaks (x22.5,y5.6) 0 Pacifists attire coffer icon1.png Brotherhood.png

Job Gauge

Lightning & Chakra Gauge is Monk's Job Gauge.

Lightning & Chakra Gauge in PvE

Lightning gauge1.png

The Lightning Gauge indicates a monk's current amount of Greased Lightning as well as the time remaining before the effect fades. Greased Lightning is accumulated by executing certain weaponskills and improves attack speed and damage dealt.

As a monk or pugilist increases in level, the amount of Greased Lightning that can be stored at one time will increase to a maximum of 3 units.

Chakra gauge1.png

The Chakra Gauge indicates the number of chakra a monk currently has opened. Chakra are opened using the action Meditate, and opening 5 allows for the execution of the Forbidden Chakra and Purification (acquired at level 58).

Lightning & Chakra Gauge in PvP

The Lightning Gauge indicates a monk's current amount of Greased Lightning as well as the time remaining before the effect fades. Up to three units can be accumulated by executing certain weaponskills, improving attack speed and damage dealt.

The Chakra Gauge indicates the number of chakra a monk currently has opened. Chakra are opened using actions such as Somersault or combo actions, and opening 5 allows for the execution of the Forbidden Chakra.

Lightning gauge1.png Chakra gauge1.png

Monk Guide

Monk Endgame Rotations

Monk Macros

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