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Warrior (WAR) Guide

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The part of the guide that deals with skill rotations has not yet been updated for Heavensward.

Warrior is a tank job capable of holding enmity through high damage output. While it can function as a damage dealing job its primary role in battle will be to tank so that you are not forced to bring a Paladin to every party. The job branches off the Marauder class. This guide will talk about how to play the job at level 50 and it should be noted that it may not be the only way to play it. Others may disagree, but see it as a starting point and build on it from there.


Warrior GuideAs a tank who holds hate via damage dealt your primary focus should be on VIT and STR. Vitality (VIT) to increase your HP, Strength (STR) to increase your damage and the percentage of damage mitigated by block and parry. Dexterity (DEX) could also be considered however it is probably not worth the investment due to the benefits of VIT and STR. With Defiance active you will gain 18 HP per point of VIT (15 without) and the STR will increase your damage. Since Warrior does not use shields the benefits from STR and DEX are lessened as you can't block without a shield but the benefits of STR on damage outweighs the negative point.

With equipment you could focus on more stats than just VIT, STR and DEX. But also consider stats such as Defense, Parry, Attack Power, Determination, Critical Hit Rate and Skill Speed. These are the main stats that your WAR will make use of for tanking and dealing damage. Determination will boost the amount of damage dealt by all attacks and the amount of HP recovered when healed, which makes this stat more important than it is for other classes since you benefit from both of the bonuses in a big way.

Skill Rotation

For a full explanation of skills see our Warrior and Marauder pages.

As mentioned earlier, the Warrior uses damage in order to retain enmity and a lot of this is generated via powerful combos. These combos need to be planned and used alongside other buffs in order to maximise their damage and enmity generation. Before we get into the skill rotations it is worth listing what these combos are.

1) Heavy Swing > Skull Sunder
2) Heavy Swing > Maim
3) Maim > Storm's Path
4) Maim > Storm's Eye
5) Skull Sunder > Butcher's Block

6) Heavy Swing > Maim > Storm's Path
7) Heavy Swing > Maim > Storm's Eye
8) Heavy Swing > Skull Sunder > Butcher's Block

The idea behind Warrior is that you gain Infuriated status in order to execute a very powerful attack. But in order to become Infuriated you must gain 5 points of Wrath. Wrath points are gained when under the effect of Defiance, an effect which lowers your damage output by 35% in order to increase enmity.

WAR has two potential rotations, depending on whether Berserk is available or not. This is because Berserk gives you a stack of Wrath too. So if Berserk is available you can use this simple combo:

Combo #7
Combo #8
Berserk > Inner Beast or Steel Cyclone
Combo #1 > Inner Beast or Steel Cyclone > Butcher's Block
Monster < 20% - Mercy Stroke

*If Berserk is not available then you will perform an additional combo before Inner Beast and an additional Butcher's Block.

* Credit goes to Anonymous for this rotation. I begin with combo #7 as this is my main damage dealing combo. Maim will increase my damage by 10% while Storm's Eye will reduce the slashing resistance of the target by 10% as well as increase my HP recovery from heals by 50%. This combo will give me 2 points of Wrath.

I then use combo #8 in order to generate some enmity, since both stages of this combo have the added effect of increasing enmity. This combo will also give me 2 points of Wrath.

I then use Berserk to get my fifth point of Wrath and gain Infuriated status.

With Infuriated status we can launch one of our two most damaging attacks. Inner Beast is better for single targets or situations where you need to recover a lot of HP quickly, while Steel Cyclone should be used when dealing with multiple targets.

But what if Berserk is not available? You will have to insert combo #1 at this point to gain that extra stack of Wrath so that you can use Inner Beast or Steel Cyclone. You can then finish this combo off with Butcher's Block. Inner Beast and Steel Cyclone do not interrupt your combo so this works fine.

When the monster has below 20% of its HP left you will be able to use a powerful ability called Mercy Stroke. As it has a long recast you should fit it in when possible.

There are a number of other abilities which are very useful. Infuriate being the most as it instantly gives you 5 Wrath. You don't want to use this mid rotation otherwise you will lose Wrath, and with the 3 minute recast you need to carefully time when to use it to ensure it is available for those important boss fights.

Brutal Swing can also be useful for when you need to Stun a target's special attack. You can also gain 1 point of Wrath by using it.

Cross Class Abilities

WAR can take cross class skills from the GLA and PGL classes and at level 50 you can equip up to 5.

From GLA the most useful is Provoke. This will instantly put you top of the enmity list if you have lost hate. Convalescence is also important for HP recovery, while Flash is useful for enmity generation.

From PGL you should pick up Second Wind for HP recovery (great when paired with Convalescence) and perhaps Featherfoot to increase your evasion.


The best gear for your Warrior constantly changes depending on what was added in the latest patch so it is important to do your own research on top of this guide. We have broken the gear down into tiers in order to give some indication of what you can use before you get up to that item level tier.

Slot Best Next Tier Third Tier
Main Hand Hive Battleaxe
Kintoki Kai
Expanse Battleaxe
Head Prototype Gordian Armet of Fending
Asuran Hachigane of Fending
Yasha Hachigane of Fending
Body Prototype Gordian Plate Mail of Fending
Asuran Hara-ate of Fending
Yasha Hara-ate of Fending
Hands Prototype Gordian Gauntlets of Fending
Asuran Kote of Fending
Yasha Kote of Fending
Legs Prototype Gordian Breeches of Fending
Asuran Haidate of Fending
Yasha Haidate of Fending
Feet Prototype Gordian Sollerets of Fending
Asuran Sune-ate of Fending
Yasha Sune-ate of Fending
Waist Prototype Gordian Tassets of Fending
Asuran Kawa-obi of Fending
Yasha Kawa-obi of Fending
Neck Prototype Gordian Neckband of Fending
Asuran Necklace of Fending
Yasha Necklace of Fending
Ear Prototype Gordian Earrings of Fending
Asuran Earring of Fending
Yasha Earring of Fending
Rings Prototype Gordian Ring of Fending
Asuran Ring of Fending
Yasha Ring of Fending
Wrist Prototype Gordian Wristband of Fending
Asuran Bracelets of Fending
Yasha Bracelets of Fending


In FFXIV all materia can be added to any slot so this guide only lists the materia that is useful for the Warrior rather than where to put it.

Vitality - HP
Strength - Melee attack damage and block/parry damage reduction
Dexterity - Chance of block/parry
Battledance - Parry
Savage Might - Determination
Quickarm - Skill Speed
Heavens' Eye - Accuracy
Savage Aim - Critical Hit Rating

As you will be limited by how much of a certain stat you can apply to gear through stat caps it is a good idea to use a variety and add stats to gear which aren't already on the piece.

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Jan 20, 2015 - 03:00:46 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

So is overpower useful then or not?

Aug 16, 2014 - 21:15:42 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

I've been told that beginning a fight with berserk + unchained is a very good way to solidify aggro at the start of a boss. I tried it myself and found it was effective. I notoced unchained is not listed in this article. What are your thoughts on unchained?

MasterOfNoni [Anon]
May 23, 2014 - 05:55:50 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Keep in mind guys that all tbis stuff changes with each patch so don't be too tough on the author. Greak article! Thank you!
Sain Cheese [Anon]
May 15, 2014 - 19:35:11 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

I personally like to incorporate beserk a little differently. What I normally do is gain five stacks of wrath, use unchained, heavy swing, beserk, maim, storms eye, heavy swing, skull sunder, butchers block, heavy swing, maim, storms path.
what this does is maximizes my damage output. I easily critical for over a 1000 on butchers block and storms eye, maim and skull sunder can hit for 400-800(critical). Also I pop beserk after the first heavy swing because if I don't beserk wears off before I can use the third move to my final combo. If appropriate I will also throw out a brutal swing and mercy strokebecause these moves are off the global Cooktown and don't mess with rotations.

You may also throw out, instead of a final rotation. Inner beast, infuriate,inner beast because of the buff as well as the damage output/healing you may get. I don't normally do that unless I'm about to take hate from the main tank which is very likely with beserk/unchained. Also if I am trying to take hate instead of the storms path rotation as a final, I'll use another butchers block rotation. The main reason for storms path as a final rotation is to add the debuff on whatever it is you may be fighting during the downtime where you can't attack.

Obviously with this method though you'll be sitting five stack of wrath which some tankers may not like. It's not a bad thing though because of the healing buff you receive with five stacks of wrath.
Jan 29, 2014 - 22:04:39 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

" (Quote from above) Storm's eye doesn't increase your damage or being healed. It lowers your targets slashing resistance and lowers THEIR healing received by 50%. It is not a buff, it is a debuff.

So if your target has a slashing resistance of 30% you are lowering that to 27% and decreasing the heals they receive. Outside of PvP (and certain healing boss mechanics) I don't think this combo is a top priority at all."

Lowering slash resistance is a damage increase for you, damage increase for you means better healing returns, higher threat due to Skull Sunder hitting harder, its a win win if you can work it in.
Sol Steeler [Anon]
Oct 29, 2013 - 03:34:38 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Also to note on your previous comment. You always want to start with a Heavy swing-skull sunder- butchers blocks. Some bosses you just have to chain cast this rotation because it IS THE highest enmity rotation for warriors. When you start tanking end game you will understand. I normally do Internal release/Beserk tomahawk to pull. Then 3 rotations of Heavy Swing- Skull sunder- Butchers block. Then You can start casting damage ability such as maim/storms lash. Threat is the most important thing for a tank. Not damage.
Oct 21, 2013 - 18:25:20 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Using Storms Eye lowers the targets resistance, which increases YOUR damage to them, in turn increasing the healing you get off of them for doing damage. You should always have Maim on yourself and Storms Eye on the target before doing Inner Beast to give your heal an extra kick. Also, Inner Beast stacks quite well with Bloodbath, Convalescence, and Berserk.
Sep 27, 2013 - 22:04:34 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

As a warrior, I disagree with this rotation because berserk adds wrath as well, and using this rotation you are essentially granting 7 stacks of wrath, so you are wasting two. Inner beast or steel cyclone DOES NOT interrupt a combo. Additionally, maim grants a 20% attack damage bonus, it should be the first combo along with storms eye to reduced slashing defense.
So depending on if berserk is available your combo should look like this:

Heavy swing>Maim>Storms eye>Heavy swing>Skull sunder>Butchers block>Berserk>Innerbeast


Heavy swing>maim>storms eye>heavy swing>skull sunder>butchers block>heavy swing>skull sunder>Inner beast> butchers block.

With that last rotation you will already have 1 stack of wrath and just need 2 more combos. It is a waste to hold wrath unless you plan on not using it at all. If you plan on using the stacks, then use them and replenish as efficiently as possible
Sep 10, 2013 - 09:11:16 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Infuriate does not have a 3 min cd. It's only 60secs.
anon [Anon]
Aug 29, 2013 - 20:37:37 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Bookmarked! Thanks for the info, I'm new to FF MMOs and have no idea what I'm doing.
Aug 29, 2013 - 19:25:10 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Storm's eye doesn't increase your damage or being healed. It lowers your targets slashing resistance and lowers THEIR healing received by 50%. It is not a buff, it is a debuff.

So if your target has a slashing resistance of 30% you are lowering that to 27% and decreasing the heals they receive. Outside of PvP (and certain healing boss mechanics) I don't think this combo is a top priority at all.