Game's Haunted (WIP Monk Guide)

by Kekona Pippip

Welcome back gamers, or welcome for the first time, or alternatively, unwelcome gamers, this is a Monk guide and I am Kekona Pippip, who will be your guide Guide. The first sections will be going over fundamentals and general knowledge, so for veteran gamers it might not be particularly useful, but I’d rather leave the monk gang with reliable information to fall back on in one place.

Monk Optimization Notes

by Creme

Creme’s write-up on tools and optimization for players familiar with Monk already, with opener videos and more in-depth analysis. Slightly outdated (Helpful Tools section particularly).


Level 80 Gear Guide

Meld Priority

SkS* > Crit > DH > Det
*Meld only enough SkS to get 6 GCDs under Perfect Balance. Then follow the priority.

5.55 Best in Slot (BiS)

(Tentative pending further testing)

802 SkS

1.96s Greased Lightning

929 SkS

1.95s Greased Lightning IV


In-depth Monk Opener Overview

Read this exciting google doc from Aya Liz:

Basic Openers

Two variations currently

Normal Opener

Early Buffing

Bitesize Video Guide

Provided by Valith

FAQs and Resources

Punching through some basics

Yup, go back to 1:1 Twin Snakes and True Strike.

With Standard you Dragon Kick after Perfect Balance for DK’s higher potency and again later to gain Leaden finally.
With Early Buff a stanceless {!Leaden Boot} after PB is worse on average than using the DK to guarantee a crit one.

Similar to opener, you may not have leaden fist while going into it though.

Log Analysis

xivanalysis is a fantastic site for an overview of your endgame encounter performance.

The Balance

An FFXIV community hub focused on teaching, learning, theorycrafting, and optimizing XIV jobs and encounters. 

Content on this page is provided in large part by the mentors and theorycrafters of the balance!

Tiers for Greased Lightning IV

GCD1 is GL4 Recast time