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A pugilist is an expert in hand-to-hand combat. Through rigorous training, he forges devastating weapons of his limbs. Having said that, fists and feet don't deal near as much damage as a blade. But what does that matter when you can land several blows for each swing of the sword? Aye, what a pugilist lacks in destructive force, he makes up for in speed and cunning. Rather than trying to deal great damage with a single blow, he pummels his foe with lightning-fast combinations. If you become as good as yours truly, your combinations will be so swift and seamless, folk won't be able to tell when one technique ends and another begins! Hah hah hah!

The Monk is a job in Final Fantasy XIV, introduced as the Discipline of War Pugilist in the original release. Players start as a Pugilist, and then may upgrade to Monk using the Soul Crystal obtained from the quest Brother from Another Mother after Pugilist reaches level 30. Over the course of the Monk storyline, the adventurer does not actually seem to be taught anything by the job-instructor, Widargelt Beake, and is largely separated from him between levels 30 and 50. It is implied that their skills as a Monk are a continuation of their training as a Pugilist, combined with the opening of chakra through combat in aether-suffused areas, rather than being completely new abilities conferred by their soul crystal as with most other jobs.

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Pugilist[]

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The path of the pugilist is one of incessant training aimed at mastering the traditional techniques of hand-to-hand combat. Though pugilists command formidable power when unarmed, they are wont to use metal, leather, and bone weaponry to maximize their destructive potential.

Their preference for fighting at close quarters makes negotiating distances an absolute necessity. Many among them accomplish this by avoiding burdensome armor, allowing for maximum mobility while they move in for the kill.

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Pugilists attack with hora and knuckle-dusters, and are close-quarters melee attackers. Their positioning plays a pivotal role in battle, with some of their weaponskills increasing their power or guaranteeing a critical hit when delivered at the side or back of their target.

Pugilists do not follow the same combo system as the other Disciplines of War, and instead can perform attacks based on what battle form they are currently in. Most weaponskills require the Pugilist to be in a particular battle form (each of considered a self-buff granted by an appropriate weaponskill), and executing them will allow them to change into another form. Like all melee physical DPS jobs, the Pugilists have positional weaponskills, which increase the damage dealt while attacking the enemy from rear or flank.

Monk[]

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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Retaining the Pugilist's stance mechanics, Monks differ in their aesthetic and in the quest characters. Monks place more emphasis on the "chakra" and elements of meditation than the typical close-quarters combat arts. In Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, Monks are overhauled to use Beast Chakras in their new Masterful Blitz mechanic. The important character Lyse Hext is a Monk.

Story[]

History[]

In the time of the Sixth Umbral Calamity, some people who escaped the great flooding followed the guiding light of a meteor which led them to the highlands of Gyr Abania. Thus they devoted themselves to Rhalgr the Destroyer, whose streaking star had granted them salvation, and found the Fist of Rhalgr. Within their temple, the devotees of the Fist tempered body and spirit in an effort to grow closer to their deity. Through their meditations did they discover within themselves foci of power - chakras - and devised a martial art that channeled the life energies of the practitioner into destructive force.

The Fist of Rhalgr evolved into a formidable military force, and gradually nurtured an alliance with the royal family of Ala Mhigo. Eventually, the Mad King Theodoric, grown fearful of the order's political power, had the Temple of the Fist burned to the ground in the Sixth Astral Era. Thus the warrior monks and their teaching were lost - scattered like ashes on the wind.

Pugilist[]

The Pugilist Guild's guild receptionist Gagaruna directs the adventurer towards Hamon who is initially delighted to train them, and has them train alongside his other pupil, Chuchuto Brightstar. Later, Hamon and the two encounter Hamon's former apprentice Rurukuta Tornstar, who humiliates Hamon by proving him a shadow of his former glory, and discourages him from continuing to fight. Chuchuto encourages the adventurer to face Hamon in combat to help Hamon regain his strength, and after a few rounds, Hamon regains confidence. The group defeats Hamon's old adversary and crime syndicate kingpin, Weggfarr Wideaxe, and Hamon congratulates the adventurer on their progress.

Monk[]

After speaking to Gagaruna again, the adventurer is directed to Erik, found in the Goldsmith's Guild. A researcher of the "chakra", Erik tasks the adventurer with helping Widargelt, who sees their potential as a Monk, research in aether-heavy battle-ravaged areas. Widargelt is not interested in helping Erik, and is only interested in opening his own chakra in those areas, encouraging the adventurer to do the same. After the adventurer obtains their relic gear, Widargelt asks them to help him restore Ala Mhigo. When he learns the adventurer's seventh chakra had been opened and he was denied of his, he attempts to defeat them; after failing, he grants the adventurer their final relic gear piece, and declares he has learned to fight not for vengeance, but for life.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

Speaking with Erik, the adventurer learns that Widargelt intends to rebuild the Fist of Rhalgr with a new generation of monks. He introduces the adventurer to two of his new pupils, D'zentsa and O'tchakha, a pair of Miqo'te orphans who turned up to learn from him out of the blue. A group of unidentified monks attacks Widargelt who unlocks a new chakra not previously known about during the fight.

After several encounters with this rival sect, Widargelt and the adventurer learn the monks belong to the 'Sect of Shadow'—an opposing sect of the old Fist of Rhalgr to Widargelt's 'Sect of Light', and that there are 14 chakra, with 7 of shadow as well as the 7 of light the adventurer has already unlocked. Erik expands on the history of the Fist of Rhalgr, explaining that the Sect of Shadow betrayed the Sect of Light after the latter allied with the Ala Mhigan royal family. The Sect of Shadow survived the destruction of the Fist of Rhalgr's temple, and had believed the Sect of Light to be destroyed.

D'zentsa and O'tchakha are a part of the Sect of Shadow, and are using Widargelt and the adventurer to unlock their light chakra. Widargelt and the adventurer try to get D'zentsa and O'tchakha to cooperate rather than have their sects fight, but they refuse. The two find O'tchakha on death's door who explains their master and father figure, a man named H'raha Tia, forced her and D'zentsa to fight to the death. Though she avoided being killed, she now fears for D'zentsa, who is still under H'raha's mercy. O'tchakha works with the adventurer and Widargelt to unlock their chakra so that they might rescue D'zentsa.

Ultimately, the adventurer unlocks thirteen of the fourteen chakra, though the final one eludes them, and the only known way to unlock it is in a fight to the death. Though O'tchakha offers her life to unlock it, the adventurer refuses, saying that they can fight against H'raha together instead. During the confrontation the adventurer blocks H'raha's ultimate attack and in so doing unlocks their final chakra. With that power unlocked, the adventurer defeats H'raha and rescues D'zentsa. Widargelt, the adventurer, O'tchakha, and D'zentsa all agree to work together to rebuild the Fist of Rhalgr with both sects working cooperatively.

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Equipment[]

A viera monk with the Godhands and Bhikku artifact armor.

Pugilists and monks wield various fist weapons. Their armor is primarily made up of "Striking" gear, light armor with average defenses that they share with samurai.

The primary attribute for pugilists and monks is strength, which boosts their attack power, and should be prioritized over other attributes. As DPS disciplines, they draw the most benefit from the critical hit, direct hit, skill speed, and determination secondary attributes, which all improve their damage dealing capabilities in some way.

Lists of pugilist and monk equipment

Pugilist's Arms Pugilist's Arms

Head Head
Body Body
Hands Hands
Waist Waist
Legs Legs
Feet Feet

Earrings Earrings
Necklaces Necklaces
Bracelets Bracelets
Rings Rings
Soul Crystal Soul Crystal

Job gauge[]

Job Gauges were introduced in 4.0. The Monk has two gauges, the Lightning Gauge and the Chakra Gauge. As of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, Grease Lightning is reworked into trait instead, so the Lightning Gauge is gone.

Chakra Gauge.

The Chakra Gauge shows how many Chakra the Monk currently has open. These are acquired by using weaponskills once the Monk has acquired Deep Meditation trait on level 38. Accumulating the maximum amount of Chakra will allow the Monk to execute several powerful actions such as Howling Fist (acquired at level 40), The Forbidden Chakra (acquired at level 54), and Enlightenment (acquired at level 74).

In Endwalker, upon learning the trait Enhanced Perfect Balance at level 60, the Monk will unlock the Master's Gauge as well as Solar and Lunar Nadi. Master's Gauge lets the Monk uses Masterful Blitz, which requires Beast Chakras: Coeurl Chakra, Raptor Chakra, and Opo-opo Chakra, opened using weaponskills on their respective forms. When some combination of three types of Chakra have been opened, they can use Masterful Blitz: Elixir Field (3 same types of Chakras), Flint Strike, which upgrades to Rising Phoenix at level 86 (one of each Chakra), or Celestial Revolution (two of the same Chakras). All Blitzes, sans Celestial Revolution, will have high single-target potencies with some form of AoE fall-off damage.

Using Elixir Field will open the Lunar Nadi, while using Flint Strike/Rising Phoenix will open the Solar Nadi. Celestial Revolution will open whichever Nadi is missing (but will default to Lunar if none have been opened). When both Nadis are opened and there are at least 3 opened Chakra of any type, the Monk can use Tornado Kick, which upgrades to Phantom Rush at level 90.

Abilities[]

Note that the Greased Lightning traits will alter the base weaponskill recast times.

Listed base Greased Lightning GL (Lv 1) Enhanced Greased Lightning EGL (Lv 20) Enhanced Greased Lightning II EGL2 (Lv 40) Enhanced Greased Lightning III EGL3 (Lv 76)
2.5s 2.37s 2.25s 2.12s 2s
5s 4.75s 4.5s 4.25s 4s

Class and job actions[]

Ability Level Type Cast Recast MP Cost Range Area
Bootshine
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Pugilist 1 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 180 (Melee Mastery 210).
Leaden Fist Potency: 280 (Melee Mastery 310)
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Guarantees a critical hit
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 15s
True Strike
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Pugilist 4 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 270 (Melee Mastery 300).
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 30s
Snap Punch
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Pugilist 6 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 220 (Melee Mastery 250).
280 (Melee Mastery 310) when executed from a target's flank.
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 30s
Meditation
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Pugilist 15 Complete quest "The Spirit Is Willing" Ability Instant 1s
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.
※Action changes to Steal Peak (Steel Peak Mastery The Forbidden Chakra) when all five chakra are open.
Steel Peak
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Pugilist 15 Ability Instant 1s
Delivers an attack with a potency of 180.
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 Howling Fist.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Steel Peak Mastery Upgrades to The Forbidden Chakra.

Twin Snakes
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Pugilist 18 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 250 (Melee Mastery 280).
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Grants Disciplined Fist
Disciplined Fist Effect: Increases damage dealt by 10% (Enhanced Greased Lightning III 15%)
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 30s
Arm of the Destroyer
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Pugilist 26 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 5y radius
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby targets.
Opo-opo Form Potency: 110
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 30s

Arm of the Destroyer Mastery Upgrades to Shadow of the Destroyer.

Demolish
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Pugilist 30 Complete quest "Return of the Holyfist" Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 40 (Melee Mastery 70).
100 (Melee Mastery 130) when executed from a target's rear.
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Damage over time
Potency: 70
Duration: 18s
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 30s
Rockbreaker
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Monk 30 Complete quest "Brother from Another Mother" Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 5y radius
Delivers an attack with a potency of 130 to all nearby enemies.
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 30s
Thunderclap
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Monk 35 Complete quest "Insulted Intelligence" Ability Instant 30s 20y
Rush to a targeted enemy's or party member's location.
Maximum Charges: 2 (Enhanced Thunderclap 3)

Cannot be executed while bound.

Howling Fist
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Monk 40 Complete quest "A Slave to the Aether" Ability Instant 1s 10y 10y line
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 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 Steal Peak (Steel Peak Mastery The Forbidden Chakra).

Howling Fist Mastery Upgrades to Enlightenment.

Mantra
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Pugilist 42 Ability Instant 90s 15y radius
Increases HP recovery via healing actions by 10% for self and nearby party members.
Duration: 15s
Four-point Fury
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Monk 45 Complete quest "The Pursuit of Power" Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 5y radius
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120 to all nearby enemies.
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Grants Disciplined Fist
Disciplined Fist Effect: Increases damage dealt by 10% (Enhanced Greased Lightning III 15%)
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 30s
Dragon Kick
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Pugilist 50 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 290 (Melee Mastery 320).
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Grants Leaden Fist
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 30s
Perfect Balance
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Monk 50 Complete quest "Five Easy Pieces" Ability Instant 40s
Grants 3 stacks of Perfect Balance, each stack allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 20s
Enhanced Perfect Balance Additional Effect: Grants Opo-opo Chakra, Coeurl Chakra, or Raptor Chakra depending on the form required by actions executed
Maximum Charges: 2

Can only be executed while in combat and when not under the effect of any Beast Chakra.

Form Shift
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Monk 52 Complete quest "Let's Talk About Sects" Weaponskill Instant 2.5s
Grants Formless Fist to self, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 30s

Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.

The Forbidden Chakra
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Monk 54 Complete quest "Against the Shadow" Ability Instant 1s 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 310 (Melee Mastery 340).
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 Howling Fist (Howling Fist Mastery Enlightenment).
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Masterful Blitz
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Monk 60 Complete quest "Appetite for Destruction" Weaponskill Instant 2.5s
Strike the enemy with a technique fueled by the power of your Beast Chakra.
The technique used is determined by the number of different types of Beast Chakra opened.
1 Beast Chakra Type: Elixir Field
2 Beast Chakra Types: Celestial Revolution
3 Beast Chakra Types: Flint Strike (Flint Strike Mastery Rising Phoenix)
3 Beast Chakra and Both Nadi: Tornado Kick (Tornado Kick Mastery Phantom Rush)

Action changes to the above listed actions when conditions are met.

Elixir Field
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Monk 60 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 5y radius
Delivers an attack to all nearby enemies with a potency of 600 for the first enemy, and 70% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Opens the Lunar Nadi
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form
Duration: 30s

Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of three of the same Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Flint Strike
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Monk 60 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 5y radius
Delivers an attack to all nearby enemies with a potency of 600 for the first enemy, and 70% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Opens the Solar Nadi
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form
Duration: 30s

Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of three distinct Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Flint Strike Mastery Upgrades to Rising Phoenix.

Celestial Revolution
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Monk 60 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 450.
Additional Effect: Opens the Lunar Nadi

If the Lunar Nadi is already open, opens the Solar Nadi instead.

Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form
Duration: 30s

Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of three Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Tornado Kick
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Monk 60 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 3y 5y radius
Delivers an attack to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 850 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form
Duration: 30s

Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Lunar Nadi and Solar Nadi, as well as three Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Tornado Kick Mastery Upgrades to Phantom Rush.

Riddle of Earth
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Monk 64 Ability Instant 30s
Grants 3 stacks of Riddle of Earth, each stack reducing damage taken by 20%.
Duration: 10s
Maximum Charges: 3

Effect ends when time expires or upon execution of three weaponskills.

Riddle of Fire
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Monk 68 Ability Instant 60s
Increases damage dealt by 15%.
Duration: 20s
Brotherhood
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Monk 70 Complete quest "The Power to Protect" Ability Instant 120s 15y radius
Grants Brotherhood and Meditative Brotherhood to self and all nearby party members.
Brotherhood Effect: Increases damage dealt by 5%
Meditative Brotherhood Effect: 20% chance you open a chakra when party members under this effect execute a weaponskill or cast a spell

Chance is 100% when you execute a weaponskill or cast a spell while under the effect of Meditative Brotherhood.

Duration: 15s
Riddle of Wind
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Monk 72 Ability Instant 90s
Reduces auto-attack delay by 50%.
Duration: 15s
Enlightenment
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Monk 74 Ability Instant 1s 10y 10y line
Delivers an attack with a potency of 170 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
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Monk 78 Ability Instant 60s
Extends the duration of Disciplined Fist and your present form to maximum and halts their expiration.
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
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Monk 80 Weaponskill Instant 5s 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 500 (Melee Mastery 550).
Additional Effect: Increases movement speed
Duration: 5s

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.

Shadow of the Destroyer
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Monk 82 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 5y radius
Delivers an attack with a potency of 110 to all nearby enemies.
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Guarantees a critical hit
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 30s
Rising Phoenix
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Monk 86 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 5y radius
Deals physical fire damage to all nearby enemies with a potency of 700 for the first enemy, and 70% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Opens the Solar Nadi
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form
Duration: 30s

Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of three distinct Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Phantom Rush
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Monk 90 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s 3y 5y radius
Delivers an attack to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 1,150 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form
Duration: 30s

Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Lunar Nadi and Solar Nadi, as well as three Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Role Actions[]

Ability Level Type Cast Recast MP Cost Range Area
Second Wind
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Melee DPSPhysical Ranged DPS 8 Ability Instant 120s
Instantly restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 500
Leg Sweep
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Melee DPS 10 Ability Instant 40s 3y
Stuns target.
Duration: 3s
Bloodbath
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Melee DPS 12 Ability Instant 90s
Converts a portion of physical damage dealt into HP.
Duration: 20s
Feint
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Melee DPS 22 Ability Instant 90s 10y
Lowers target's physical damage dealt by 10% and magic damage dealt by 5%.
Duration: 10s
Arm's Length
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TankMelee DPSPhysical Ranged DPS 32 Ability Instant 120s
Creates a barrier nullifying most knockback and draw-in effects.
Duration: 6s
Additional Effect: Slow +20% when barrier is struck
Duration: 15s
True North
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Melee DPS 50 Ability Instant 45s
Nullifies all action direction requirements.
Duration: 10s
Maximum Charges: 2

Traits[]

Name Level Description
Greased Lightning
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Pugilist 1 Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 5%.
Enhanced Greased Lightning
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Pugilist 20 Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 10%.
Deep Meditation
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Monk 38 Grants an 80% chance that a chakra will open upon dealing critical damage with a weaponskill.
Enhanced Greased Lightning II
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Monk 40 Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 15%.
Steel Peak Mastery
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Monk 54 Complete quest "Against the Shadow" Upgrades Steel Peak to The Forbidden Chakra.
Enhanced Perfect Balance
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Monk 60 Complete quest "Appetite for Destruction" When under the effect of Perfect Balance, grants Beast Chakra in accordance with the form normally required to execute weaponskills.
Weaponskills requiring opo-opo form grant Opo-opo Chakra.
Weaponskills requiring coeurl form grant Coeurl Chakra.
Weaponskills requiring raptor form grant Raptor Chakra.
Deep Meditation II
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Monk 74 Guarantees that a chakra will open upon dealing critical damage with a weaponskill.
Howling Fist Mastery
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Monk 74 Upgrades Howling Fist to Enlightenment.
Enhanced Greased Lightning III
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Monk 76 Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 20%. Also improves Disciplined Fist's damage increase to 15%.
Arm of the Destroyer Mastery
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Monk 82 Upgrades Arm of the Destroyer to Shadow of the Destroyer.
Enhanced Thunderclap
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Monk 84 Allows a third charge of Thunderclap.
Melee Mastery
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Monk 84 Increases the potency of Bootshine to 210, True Strike to 300, Snap Punch to 250, Twin Snakes to 280, Demolish to 70, Dragon Kick to 320, The Forbidden Chakra to 340, and Six-sided Star to 550.
Flint Strike Mastery
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Monk 86 Upgrades Flint Strike to Rising Phoenix.
Enhanced Brotherhood
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Monk 88 Guarantees that a chakra will open when you are under the effect of Meditative Brotherhood and execute a weaponskill or cast a spell.
Tornado Kick Mastery
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Monk 90 Upgrades Tornado Kick to Phantom Rush.

PvP actions[]

Ability Type Cast Recast MP Cost Range Area
Bootshine
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Weaponskill Instant 2.0s 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 3,000.
>※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
True Strike
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Weaponskill Instant 2.0s 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 4,000.
Combo Action: Bootshine

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Snap Punch
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Weaponskill Instant 2.0s 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 5,000.
Combo Action: True Strike
Additional Effect: Extends Wind Resonance duration by 5s to a maximum of 15s

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Dragon Kick
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Weaponskill Instant 2.0s 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 3,000.
Combo Action: Snap Punch

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Twin Snakes
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Weaponskill Instant 2.0s 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 4,000.
Combo Action: Dragon Kick

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Demolish
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Weaponskill Instant 2.0s 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 5,000.
Combo Action: Twin Snakes
Additional Effect: Extends Wind Resonance duration by 5s to a maximum of 15s

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Phantom Rush
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Weaponskill Instant 2.0s 6y 5y radius
Delivers an attack with a potency of 10,000 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Combo Action: Demolish

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Six-sided Star
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Weaponskill Instant 15s 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 4,000.
Additional Effect: Stun
Duration: 2s
Additional Effect: Increases movement speed
Duration: 5s
Enlightenment
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Weaponskill Instant 20s 10y 10y line
Delivers an attack with a potency of 12,000 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Additional Effect: 15-yalm knockback to first target

Also afflicts first target with Pressure Point if successfully knocked back.

Pressure Point Effect: Next weaponskill or Meteodrive used on target will deal additional damage with a potency of 8,000
Duration: 3s

Effect of Pressure Point expires upon dealing additional damage.
This weaponskill does not share a recast timer with any other actions.

Rising Phoenix
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Ability Instant 15s 5y radius
Delivers an attack with a potency of 3,000 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Grants Fire Resonance
Fire Resonance Effect: Increases damage dealt by next weaponskill by 50%
Duration: 10s
Riddle of Earth
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Ability Instant 30s
Grants Earth Resonance, changing Riddle of Earth to Earth's Reply, and allowing you to compile damage each time you are struck by an enemy.
Duration: 10s

Executing Earth's Reply deals unaspected damage to all nearby enemies and restores your HP.

Damage Potency: 2,000 plus 25% of compiled damage
Cure Potency: 4,000 plus 50% of compiled damage
Thunderclap
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Ability Instant 10s 20y
Rush to a targeted enemy's or party member's location.
Additional Effect: Grants Wind Resonance
Wind Resonance Effect: Reduces weaponskill recast time by 10%
Duration: 5s

If already under the effect of Wind Resonance, extends duration by 5s to a maximum of 15s.

Additional Effect: Creates a barrier around target party member that nullifies damage equivalent to a heal of 6,000 potency

If the target selected was an enemy, creates a barrier around self instead.

Duration: 5s
Maximum Charges: 3

Cannot be executed while bound.

Earth's Reply
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Ability Instant 1s 5y radius
Deals unaspected damage to all nearby enemies and restores your HP.
Damage Potency: 2,000 plus 25% of compiled damage
Cure Potency: 4,000 plus 50% of compiled damage

Can only be executed while under the effect of Earth Resonance.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Meteodrive
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Limit Break Instant 10s 20y
Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 12,000.
Additional Effect: Removes target's Guard
Additional Effect: Afflicts target with Meteodrive, rendering them unable to move
Duration: 3s

If target does not have an active Guard effect, deals additional damage with a potency of 12,000.
Effect cannot be applied to players riding machina or non-player combatants.
Can only be executed when the limit gauge is full.
Cannot be executed while bound.

Standard-issue Elixir
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Ability 4.5s 5s
Restores your HP and MP to maximum.
Casting will be interrupted when damage is taken.
Recuperate
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Ability Instant 1s 2500 MP
Restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 15,000
Purify
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Ability Instant 30s
Removes Stun, Heavy, Bind, Silence, Half-asleep, Sleep, and Deep Freeze.Grants Resilience upon successfully removing one of the aforementioned effects.
Resilience Effect: Nullifies status afflictions that can be removed by Purify
Duration: 5s

Can be used even when under the effect of certain status afflictions.

Guard
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Ability Instant 30s
Reduces damage taken by 90% and grants immunity to Stun, Heavy, Bind, Silence, Half-asleep, Sleep, Deep Freeze, and knockback and draw-in effects.
Duration: 5s

Movement speed is reduced by 50% for the duration of this effect.
Effect ends upon reuse, using another action, or when the effect duration expires.

Sprint
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Ability Instant 1.5s
Increases movement speed.
Effect ends upon reuse or execution of another action.

Removed abilities[]

The following abilities have been removed. Removed abilities will still appear on the hotbar, their icon greyed out icon with a red strikethrough. They will have no effect and must be removed by the player. The given statistics represent their last form before their removal.

Ability Level Type Cast Recast MP Cost Range Area
Featherfoot
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Pugilist4 Ability Instant 90s
Increases evasion by 12%.
Duration: 15s

Pugilist14 Enhanced Featherfoot: Improves evasion increase granted to 20%.

Removed in patch 4.0.

Second Wind
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Pugilist8 Ability Instant 120s
Instantly restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 450
Cure potency varies with current attack power.

Pugilist32 Third Wind: Increases cure potency to 650.

Replaced by Second Wind Role Action in patch 4.0.

Haymaker
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Pugilist10 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s(Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 170.
Can only be executed immediately after evading an attack.
Additional Effect: Slow +20%
Duration: 12s

Removed in patch 4.0.

Internal Release
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Pugilist15 Ability Instant 60s
Increases critical hit rate by 30%.
Duration: 15s

Removed in patch 5.0.

Touch of Death
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Pugilist15 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s(Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 3y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 20.
Additional Effect: Damage over time
Potency: 25
Duration: 30s

Removed in patch 4.0.

One Ilm Punch
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Monk45 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s(Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 3y
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

Removed in patch 5.0.

Howling Fist
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Pugilist46 Ability Instant 60s 10y 10y line
Delivers an attack with a potency of 210 to all enemies in a straight line before you.

Removed in patch 5.0.

Riddle of Wind
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Monk76 Trait Persistent
Allows the stacking of a fourth Greased Lightning while under the effect of Fists of Wind.

Removed in patch 5.4.

Limit Break[]

Monks' Limit Breaks focus on dealing powerful damage to a single target. Monks have the same Level 1 and Level 2 limit breaks as other Melee DPS classes.

Ability Level Description Image
Braver 1 Executes a single target attack with a potency of 2300. FFXIV Braver.png
Bladedance 2 Executes a single target attack with a potency of 5000. Bladedance XIV Limit Break.jpg
Final Heaven 3 Executes a single target attack with a potency of 9000. FinalHeavenXIVLimit.png

Other appearances[]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Monk and Pugilist appear in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Earth-elemental Backup and Forward cards.

Gallery[]

Arms and Gear sets
PvE abilities
Role actions
Removed PvE abilities

Etymology[]

A monk is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or with any number of other monks. A monk may be a person who decided to dedicate his life to serving all other living beings, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live his life in prayer and contemplation. The concept is ancient and can be seen in many religions and in philosophy.

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