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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Hands-On with Monk

29 May 2019

A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to sit down with an early build of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers at the media tour. During our time with the upcoming expansion, we had a chance to check out all of the Job changes.

You can find our master post about the media tour, and a list of links to each job here.

This article is based on play of an in-development build of FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers, and content in the final version is subject to change.

Melee DPS Role Actions

Role Actions in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will no longer be selectable. Once players obtain the level of the Role Action, it will be automatically unlocked. Depending on the Role, players will have a different number of actions available to them.

Monk will have the following Role Actions.


Monk was one of the featured Jobs in the last expansion, Stormblood. It is also a Job that I actively avoid, because I am afraid that I might want to play it more than my main and destroy my Static’s composition. After the hands on at the media tour, I should never lay eyes on it again.

Monks who feel the need for speed will rejoice at the fact that now you can be 30% more greasy with Greased Lightning being able to stack to 4. Though this comes with a caveat, you can only have 4 stacks while in the new version of Fists of Wind. Which will be great when combined with the new Riddle of Fire which can be used in any Fist stance and increases damage by 30% and still slows you down by 15%. “Then why use Fists of Fire?” you ask. Well, being in Fists of Fire will now allow you to deal 10% more damage thanks to the new trait Enhanced Fists of Fire, gained at level 72. “Which one is better though?” you may wonder. I have no idea. That is outside of my purview but I sure am interested so let me know when you find out.

There are so many new quality of life and Greased Lightning manipulation abilities in Shadowbringers. One example is Anatman, and ability that is akin to Samurai’s Meditation. Once pressed, the Monk will stop auto attacking and stand still while freezing the Greased Lightning timer at the current time. You will also start to gain stacks of Greased Lighting up to the maximum you can achieve in your current Fist stance. This ability can be used for up to 30 seconds and it only has a minute cooldown. Now you can be zen while watching the boss zoom off into the unknown, safe in the knowledge that your stacks are a little more secure.

There is much more to see in the tooltips above, but I am not qualified to do a deep dive into this Job. I will leave that you Monks out there. While you’re at it, could you tell me if Tornado Kick is useful now? I really don’t know.