A Guide to Shadowbringers Ninja

by Sheenda Naweh

This guide will aim to help you learn the job at a beginner level as well as give you the tools and information needed to push the job to its limits in terms of damage and utility, and in turn bring the most to a raid group or dungeon group that you can.

A Beginner Friendly Ninja Guide

by Shalfu Nyan

The objective of this guide is to teach you the very first steps you will be taking as a ninja, assuming you know NOTHING about FFXIV melee system and you are completely new to the game.


Level 80 Gear Guide

Meld Priority

Crit > DH > Det > SkS

5.55 Best in Slot (BiS)

(Tentative pending further testing)

Savage BiS

2.12 GCD


Credit to Alfie for the image

-11s: Huton
-7s: Doton at max aggro range Hide
-1s: Suiton (Kassatsu)

Spinning Edge (Potion)
Gust Slash (Mug + Bunshin)
Aeolian Edge
Spinning Edge (Trick Attack)
Shadow Fang (Dream Within a Dream)
Hyosho Ranryu (Assassinate)
Raiton (Ten Chi Jin)
Fuma Shuriken [Ten]
Raiton [Chi]
Suiton [Jin] (Meisui)
Gust Slash (Bhavacakra)
Aeolian Edge (Bhavacakra) | Trick Attack ends |

Bitesize Video Guide

Provided by Valith

FAQs & Resources

Some of the tricks to learning ninja's attacks.

Yes, the main ones use either <t> to go to your target at the time, or use <1>,<2>,<3>, etc to go to specific party members.

Because of stat tiering, and how it works together with our rotation, our rotation sim brought this exact combination of materia out to be a higher average dps value than fully going with our stat priority. If you want to know more about the math behind stats and stat tiering, go to the sub stats tier list up above by the spreadsheets.

Yes, but ever since the mini rework of ninja in 5.1 it has become much less impactful, though it still is a bad thing at high end of ping because are still one of if not the job with the highest cpm at optimal play.

As much as you can tolerate, there’s no set amount.

Not with everything in it, but you can move Mug to the oGCD slot where potion is if you aren’t going to use a potion.

No, macroing skills together is bad, especially since they will not always be used at the same time. Because of how macros work, this would delay your next GCD every time.

After level 76, replace a normal ninjutsu with Doton and use Kassatsu for Goka if you need to AOE. Before lvl 76 use Kassatsu on Doton over Katon,

If there are two targets, use your single-target combos to either lower them both or focus one down.

If there are three or more targets, use your AoE combo.

If there are two or more targets, use Doton if the targets will stay inside the Doton and live for its full duration. If the targets will die quickly, use Katon/Goka instead.

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!

Controller Hotbar Example

This is an organized one that is built around easily remembering where something is. Keep in mind that any layout is very personal and determined layouts won't work for you

Trick Attack Window FFLogs Filter

Paste this at the end of an FFLogs URL for the total damage done inside Trick attack windows.


Missing Positionals Trigger

Trigger made by Aya Liz

<Trigger R="Aya Liz:(8CF|DEB|8D2):[^:]*.{10}[^:]*:(7|4[BC])" SD="missed" ST="3" CR="F" C="Ninja" T="F" TN="" Ta="F" />

Log Analysis

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