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Monk Melee DPS

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.

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All descriptions are based on action attributes and bonuses attained by level 80.
For further details on changes to actions, please refer to the patch notes.

Actions & Traits

Job Actions

Action Name

Acquired

Type

Cast

Recast

MP Cost

Range


Radius

Effect

Bootshine

Lv. 1

Weaponskill Instant 2.5s - 3y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
Leaden Fist Potency: 300
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Critical damage if dealt from a target's rear
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 15s

True Strike

Lv. 4

Weaponskill Instant 2.5s - 3y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 220.
240 when executed from a target's rear.
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 15s

Snap Punch

Lv. 6

Weaponskill Instant 2.5s - 3y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 210.
230 when executed from a target's flank.
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 15s
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%

Fists of Earth
Class Quest

Lv. 15

Ability Instant 3s - 0y
0y
Reduces damage taken by 10%.
Cannot be used with Fists of Fire or Fists of Wind, and shares a recast timer with both.
Effect ends upon reuse.

Twin Snakes

Lv. 18

Weaponskill Instant 2.5s - 3y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
170 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: 15s

Arm of the Destroyer

Lv. 26

Weaponskill Instant 2.5s - 0y
5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 80 to all nearby targets.
Opo-opo Form Potency: 110
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 15s

Demolish
Class Quest

Lv. 30

Weaponskill Instant 2.5s - 3y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 70.
90 when executed from a target's rear.
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Damage over time
Potency: 65
Duration: 18s
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 15s
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%

Rockbreaker
Job Quest

Lv. 30

Weaponskill Instant 2.5s - 0y
5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120 to all nearby enemies.
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 15s
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%

Fists of Wind

Lv. 34

Ability Instant 3s - 0y
0y
Increases movement speed.
Cannot be used with Fists of Earth or Fists of Fire, and shares a recast timer with both.
Effect ends upon reuse.

Shoulder Tackle
Job Quest

Lv. 35

Ability Instant 30s - 20y
0y
Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Maximum Charges: 2
Cannot be executed while bound.

Fists of Fire
Job Quest

Lv. 40

Ability Instant 3s - 0y
0y
Increases damage dealt by 10%.
Cannot be used with Fists of Earth or Fists of Wind, and shares a recast timer with both.
Effect ends upon reuse.

Mantra

Lv. 42

Ability Instant 90s - 0y
15y
Increases HP recovery via healing actions by 10% for self and nearby party members.
Duration: 15s

Four-point Fury
Job Quest

Lv. 45

Weaponskill Instant 2.5s - 0y
5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120 to all nearby enemies.
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Extends Twin Snakes duration by 10s to a maximum of 15s
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 15s

Perfect Balance

Lv. 50

Ability Instant 90s - 0y
0y
Allows execution of weaponskills which require a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 10s

Dragon Kick
Job Quest

Lv. 50

Weaponskill Instant 2.5s - 3y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 180.
200 when executed from a target's flank.
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Grants Leaden Fist
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 15s

Form Shift
Job Quest

Lv. 52

Weaponskill Instant 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.
Additional Effect: Extends Greased Lightning duration to maximum

Meditation
Job Quest

Lv. 54

Ability Instant 1.2s - 0y
0y
Opens a chakra. Up to five chakra can be opened at once.
Opens all five chakra when used outside of combat.
Shares a recast timer with all other weaponskills.

The Forbidden Chakra

Lv. 54

Ability Instant 1s - 3y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 370.
Can only be executed while in combat and under the effect of the Fifth Chakra. The five chakra close upon execution.
Shares a recast timer with Enlightenment.

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Elixir Field
Job Quest

Lv. 56

Ability Instant 30s - 0y
5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200 to all nearby enemies.

Tornado Kick
Job Quest

Lv. 60

Ability Instant 10s - 3y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 430.
Can only be executed with maximum stacks of Greased Lightning. Effect fades upon execution.

Riddle of Earth

Lv. 64

Ability Instant 60s - 0y
0y
Grants Earth's Reply if damage is taken while active.
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: Extends Greased Lightning duration to maximum
Earth's Reply Bonus: Reduces damage taken by 10% and nullifies all action direction requirements
Duration: 30s

Riddle of Fire

Lv. 68

Ability Instant 90s - 0y
0y
Increases damage dealt by 25%.
Duration: 20s

Brotherhood
Job Quest

Lv. 70

Ability Instant 90s - 0y
15y
Grants Brotherhood and Meditative Brotherhood to all nearby party members.
Brotherhood Effect: Increases physical damage dealt by 5%
Meditative Brotherhood Effect: 30% chance you open a chakra when party members under this effect execute a weaponskill
Duration: 15s

Enlightenment

Lv. 74

Ability Instant 1s - 10y
10y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 220 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Can only be executed while in combat and under the effect of the Fifth Chakra. The five chakra close upon execution.
Shares a recast timer with the Forbidden Chakra.

Anatman

Lv. 78

Ability Instant 60s - 0y
0y
Halt the expiration of Greased Lightning and your present form.
Additional Effect: Increases stacks of Greased Lightning and extends duration to maximum while in combat
Duration: 30s
Cancels auto-attack upon execution. Effect ends upon using another action or moving (including facing a different direction).
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution. Cannot be executed during the cooldown of weaponskills.

Six-sided Star

Lv. 80

Weaponskill Instant 5s - 3y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 400.
Additional Effect: Extends Greased Lightning duration to maximum
This weaponskill does not share a recast timer with any other actions. Upon execution, the recast timer for this action will be applied to all other weaponskills and magic actions.

Role Actions

Role actions are abilities common to classes and jobs with the same role.

Action Name

Acquired

Type

Cast

Recast

MP Cost

Range


Radius

Effect

Second Wind

Lv. 8

Ability Instant 120s - 0y
0y
Instantly restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 500

Leg Sweep

Lv. 10

Ability Instant 40s - 3y
0y
Stuns target.
Duration: 3s

Bloodbath

Lv. 12

Ability Instant 90s - 0y
0y
Converts a portion of physical damage dealt into HP.
Duration: 20s

Feint

Lv. 22

Ability Instant 90s - 10y
0y
Lowers target's strength and dexterity by 10%.
Duration: 10s

Arm's Length

Lv. 32

Ability Instant 120s - 0y
0y
Creates a barrier nullifying most knockback and draw-in effects.
Duration: 6s
Additional Effect: Slow +20% when barrier is struck
Duration: 15s

True North

Lv. 50

Ability Instant 45s - 0y
0y
Nullifies all action direction requirements.
Duration: 10s
Maximum Charges: 2

Trait

Traits

Acquired

Effect

Enhanced Greased Lightning

Lv. 20

Allows the stacking of a second Greased Lightning.

Enhanced Greased Lightning II

Lv. 40

Allows the stacking of a third Greased Lightning.

Deep Meditation

Lv. 62

Grants a 50% chance that a chakra will open upon dealing critical damage with a weaponskill.

Enhanced Tackle

Lv. 66

Allows the accumulation of charges for consecutive uses of Shoulder Tackle.
Maximum Charges: 2

Enhanced Fists of Fire

Lv. 72

Improves Fists of Fire's damage increase to 10%.

Deep Meditation II

Lv. 74

Grants a 70% chance that a chakra will open upon dealing critical damage with a weaponskill.

Riddle of Wind

Lv. 76

Allows the stacking of a fourth Greased Lightning while under the effect of Fists of Wind.

Forms and Greased Lightning

Unlike other jobs, the actions available are determined by the monk's current form. Performing certain actions in coeurl form applies Greased Lightning, which increases potency and attack speed.

Changing Form

Actions

Bootshine (Rear)

Dragon Kick (Flank)

Arm of the Destroyer (AoE)

Additional Effects

The above actions change your form to raptor form.

They also gain the following bonuses when used in opo-opo form:

Bootshine deals critical damage if dealt from a target's rear.
Dragon Kick grants the Leaden Fist effect.
Arm of the Destroyer deals increased damage.

Actions

True Strike (Rear)

Twin Snakes (Flank)

Four-point Fury (AoE)

Additional Effects

The above actions change your form to coeurl form.

Twin Snakes also increases damage dealt.
Four-point Fury also extends the effect duration of Twin Snakes.

Actions

Demolish (Rear)

Snap Punch (Flank)

Rockbreaker (AoE)

Additional Effects

The above actions change your form to opo-opo form and grant a stack of Greased Lightning, increasing damage dealt while also reducing weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay.

Demolish also applies a damage over time effect to target.

Job Gauge

Lightning Gauge

Executing certain weaponskills will grant stacks of Greased Lightning. The remaining time of this effect is displayed in the Lightning Gauge.

The effect can be stacked up to three times after learning the trait Enhanced Greased Lightning (acquired at level 40), four times after learning the trait Riddle of Wind at level 76. However, a fourth stack can only be gained while under the effect of Fists of Wind.

Upon learning the action Anatman, you can temporarily halt the Greased Lightning timer and maintain your present form. While the timer is halted, you will accumulate stacks of Greased Lightning and its remaining duration will be increased to maximum.

Chakra Gauge

Upon learning the action Meditation, the Chakra Gauge will be displayed.

Using actions such as Meditation and Brotherhood (acquired at level 70) open your chakra. After opening your fifth chakra, you can execute the Forbidden Chakra (acquired at level 54) and Enlightenment (acquired at level 74).

Simple Mode

Lightning Gauge

Fists of Fire

Fists of Earth

Fists of Wind

Anatman

Chakra Gauge

All descriptions are based on action attributes and bonuses attained by level 80.
For further details on changes to actions, please refer to the patch notes.

Last Update: -

For further details on changes to actions, please refer to the patch notes.

Actions

Job Actions

Action Name

Type

Cast

Recast

MP Cost

Range


Radius

Effect

Bootshine

Weaponskill Instant 2.4s - 5y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 1,000.
Additional Effect: Opens a chakra

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

True Strike

Weaponskill Instant 2.4s - 5y
0y
Delivers an attack to target.
Combo Action: Bootshine
Combo Potency: 1,200
Additional Effect: Opens a chakra

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Snap Punch

Weaponskill Instant 2.4s - 5y
0y
Delivers an attack to target.
Combo Action: True Strike
Combo Potency: 1,400
Combo Bonus: Opens a chakra
Combo Bonus: Grants Greased Lightning
Duration: 15s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 5% and reduces weaponskill recast time by 5%

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Four-point Fury

Weaponskill Instant 2.4s - 0y
5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 600 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Opens a chakra

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Rockbreaker

Weaponskill Instant 2.4s - 0y
5y
Delivers an attack to all nearby enemies.
Combo Action: Four-point Fury
Combo Potency: 800
Combo Bonus: Opens a chakra
Combo Bonus: Grants Greased Lightning
Duration: 15s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 5% and reduces weaponskill recast time by 5%

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Six-sided Star

Weaponskill Instant 4.8s - 5y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 1,600.
Additional Effect: Grants Greased Lightning
Duration: 15s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 5% and reduces weaponskill recast time by 5%
Additional Effect: Opens a chakra

The Forbidden Chakra

Ability Instant 1s - 5y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 2,000.
Can only be executed while under the effect of the Fifth Chakra. The five chakra close upon execution.

Enlightenment

Ability Instant 1s - 10y
10y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 1,200 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Can only be executed while under the effect of the Fifth Chakra. The five chakra close upon execution.

Tornado Kick

Ability Instant 1s - 5y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 2,000.
Can only be executed while under the effect of maximum stacks of Greased Lightning. Effect fades upon execution.

Shoulder Tackle

Ability Instant 15s - 15y
0y
Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 600.
Additional Effect: Grants Greased Lightning
Duration: 15s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 5% and reduces weaponskill recast time by 5%
Maximum Charges: 3
Cannot be executed while bound.

Axe Kick

Ability Instant 30s - 0y
5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 1,000 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Grants a stack of Greased Lightning for each enemy hit
Duration: 15s
Greased Lightning Bonus: Increases damage dealt by 5% and reduces weaponskill recast time by 5%
Additional Effect: Opens a chakra for each enemy hit

Riddle of Fire

Ability Instant 30s - 0y
0y
Increases damage dealt by 10%.
Duration: 6s
Additional Effect: Increases damage dealt by next weaponskill by 10%
Duration: 6s

Riddle of Earth

Ability Instant 30s - 0y
0y
Reduces damage taken by 10%.
Duration: 6s
Additional Effect: Creates a barrier around self that absorbs damage equivalent to a heal of 2,500 potency
Duration: 6s

Brotherhood

Ability Instant 60s - 0y
15y
Grants Brotherhood and Meditative Brotherhood to all nearby party members.
Brotherhood Effect: Increases damage dealt by 5%
Meditative Brotherhood Effect: 50% chance you open a chakra when party members under this effect execute a weaponskill or cast a spell
Duration: 10s

Common Actions

Although they differ depending on your role, additional actions are shared by multiple jobs.

Action Name

Type

Cast

Recast

MP Cost

Range


Radius

Effect

Smite

Ability Instant 30s - 5y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 600.
Potency increases up to 3,000 as the target's HP decreases.

Bolt

Ability Instant 30s - 0y
0y
Movement speed is increased.
Duration: 10s

Medical Kit

Ability Instant 15s - 0y
0y
Restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 3,000
Potency increases up to 6,000 as HP decreases.
Maximum Charges: 3

Additional PvP Actions

These actions are only available during PvP and are unique to each role. Only two can be set at any given time, so be sure to choose abilities which complement your combat strategy!

Action Name

Type

Cast

Recast

MP Cost

Range


Radius

Effect

Feint

Ability Instant 45s - 15y
0y
Increases damage you deal target by 20%.
Duration: 6s

Bloodbath

Ability Instant 30s - 0y
0y
Converts 100% of physical damage dealt into HP.
Duration: 6s

Arm's Length

Ability Instant 45s - 0y
0y
Reduces damage taken by 10%.
Duration: 6s
Additional Effect: When you are struck, the striker's damage dealt will be reduced by 10%
Duration: 6s

Fetter Ward

Ability Instant 60s - 0y
0y
Grants immunity to Stun, Sleep, Bind, Heavy, Silence, and knockback and draw-in effects.
Duration: 10s

Backstep

Ability Instant 15s - 0y
0y
Jump 10 yalms back from current position.
Cannot be executed while bound.

Adrenaline Rush

In PvP duties, adrenaline rush will replace the limit break action and, unlike limit break, can be used by single players. The adrenaline rush gauge can be filled through combating enemies and completing other objectives, dependent on the PvP duty.

Action Name

Cast

Recast

MP Cost

Range


Radius

Effect

Raw Destruction

2s - - 8y
0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 10,000.
Damage dealt is not affected by increased or decreased damage effects applied by players.
Can only be executed while the Adrenaline Gauge is full.

Job Gauge

Lightning Gauge

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, improving attack speed and damage dealt. Up to four stacks can be stored at one time.

Chakra Gauge

The Chakra Gauge indicates the number of chakra a monk currently has opened. Chakra are opened by executing certain actions. Opening five allows for the execution of Enlightenment or the Forbidden Chakra.

Simple Mode

Lightning Gauge

Chakra Gauge

For further details on changes to actions, please refer to the patch notes.