Vigilamus Pro Te - by Aletin
Paladin is a supportive powerhouse with a very strict rotation. Its tools for AoE mitigation and single target mitigation on other people are the biggest strengths of Paladin, allowing healers more freedom when compared to the other tanks.
Opener & Rotation
Optimized openers can vary depending on encounters and push timing
Shifted Atonement Rotation
Following a Fight or Flight opener in a full-uptime situation, every third Atonement may be delayed until after the next Goring Blade to fit 4 Atonements into each Fight or Flight window. This is a minor potency gain (~0.5% average, depending on rotation length and server DoT tick timing) as long as Goring Blades remain 8 or 9 GCDs apart.
Note that Fight or Flight is used after Riot Blade and must contain 11 GCDs.
Paladin’s natural rotation is approximately 63 seconds long, which means Fight or Flight and Requiescat (both with 60-second cooldowns) are delayed by 1 GCD per minute. In some situations this can cost FoF GCDs or even a Confiteor usage before the end of a phase, and in very long encounters with minimal downtime, physical oGCDs must eventually be delayed as well to stay lined up with FoF.
By using 1 less Holy Spirit per minute (or Atonement, if necessary) the rotation may be shortened to 60 seconds. However, this comes at the additional cost of a Goring Blade tick, and may not be a potency gain if the phase ends on a weaker GCD than Atonement as a result, or if a 63-second rotation lines up better with certain mechanics.
There is no simple answer for which rotation is best without considering how it affects the entire encounter.
For the current Savage tier and TEA
Frequently Asked Questions
Shield yourself from these common missteps
Fitting 2 full Goring Blades into each standard FoF window is top priority, but sacrificing a buffed GCD on a regular basis to make this easier is not a good practice outside of progression, and is only necessary if encounter mechanics force a disengagement during Fight or Flight. 10 GCD FoF windows are weaker and also limit the optimizations you can do with your rotation, such as fitting 4
Instead, ensure your FoF timing is precise (always in the second half of the GCD cycle, not immediately after the previous GCD) and you aren’t double-weaving during FoF with high latency (>100 ms). As long as you keep the GCD rolling, fitting 11 GCDs into FoF with proper timing is always possible at recommended skill speeds, regardless of latency.
Following a standard opener, every physical oGCD will naturally line up with Fight or Flight if kept on cooldown (but
For optimization, line up
Goring Blade should be applied every 8 or 9 GCDs in a full-uptime situation to maximize the potency of each usage. However, if downtime will occur immediately after
Whenever downtime is involved, case-by-case adjustments to the rotation are recommended to avoid using inefficient Goring Blade combos which would prevent the use of Atonement (if Royal Authority must also be used) or
Paladin’s rotation is deceptively easy to recover. As a general rule, the rotation can be fully reset by each
For unexpected single-GCD losses, the solution is simple: drop an
For multiple-GCD losses (broken combos or long disengagements), the solution is to drop a Goring Blade combo at some point before the next Requiescat, because 3 Atonement/
If either FoF or Requiescat is delayed by more than 1 GCD in an unoptimized setting, it is a good idea to simply use the buff and continue with the normal rotation from that point without any further adjustments (which will delay both buffs by an equal amount). This will prevent desync between buffs, but can still break alignment with encounter mechanics and/or cost a usage before the end of the phase.
In summary, keep FoF and Requiescat in sync and on time to mitigate rotational losses, even if combos don’t line up properly. Requiescat will put you back on track.
An FFXIV community hub focused on hands-on teaching, learning, and theorycrafting, and optimizing XIV job gameplay and encounters.
Content on this page is provided in large part by the mentors and theorycrafters of the balance!