Keybindings and Hotbar Setup for Dancer — Endwalker 6.55

Last updated on Apr 17, 2024 at 21:00 by Chloe 6 comments

Welcome to our keybinding and controller setup guide for Dancer. Here you'll find example setups to play FFXIV for mouse and keyboard configurations, as well as controller users.


Keybindings and UI Introduction

In most games you will play, the way you sort your keybinds is usually up to personal preference. While the examples we show here are considered to be good, they are meant to be used as a template to give you ideas on how you might want to sort your own keybinds. If the examples here work well for you, don't let that stop you from using them instead.


Dancer Hotbar Setup

Controller Keyboard and Mouse

For controller, we have an example that uses two full hotbars on each of the triggers, and a third half hotbar accessed by holding down both triggers. The first contains our single target attacks, and the second hotbar contains our AoE attacks. The third hotbar, accessed by pulling both triggers down (it's duplicated so that the order does not matter) contains our role actions, potions, and other things you may not use often such as the Limit Break Icon Limit Break. You can enable the double trigger hold hotbars by going into your settings, found in Character → Hotbar → Custom → Expanded Hold Controls.

Keyboards and Mouse keybinds will vary wildly depending on which layout of keyboard you use. This example is on a QWERTY keyboard using WASD for movement. This is purely player preference. If you prefer to move with different keys, don't let that stop you.

In this example, we utilize the standard number keys as well as the Function keys, with a CTRL modifier for the third hotbar and a Shift modifier for the fourth.


General Keybind Advice

FFXIV as a game incentivizes you to swap between many jobs and roles to fully experience the combat systems the game has to offer. To that end, we have some suggestions to help you keep your muscle memory while swapping between jobs.

  1. It is very strongly suggested that you keep similar buttons on the same hotkeys between jobs. With some jobs, this won't be possible, but most of them can be set up very similarly. Some examples of this include:
    • Buttons for basic 123 combos should be on the same, easy to reach buttons.
    • Similar mitigation abilities and role actions should be on the same buttons between jobs. For example, Shield Samba Icon Shield Samba, Tactician Icon Tactician and Troubadour Icon Troubadour all do the exact same thing, and should be on the same button.
    • If playing on a controller, you can use a hotbar to track cooldowns such as raid buffs or party mitigation.
  2. Put your hotbars on your screen in a place where you will be able to pay attention to the fight, party members, and your own cooldowns and rotation.
  3. It is highly recommended that you ensure it is easy for you to move while using your keybinds.


  • 17 Apr. 2024: Page added.
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