Dragoon Guide — Endwalker 6.2

Last updated on Sep 20, 2022 at 05:53 by Eve 4 comments

Dragoon is a melee dps job in Final Fantasy XIV that utilizes a combination of high-flying jumping attacks and draconic energies to disembowel their enemies. They can only be played by reaching Level 30 in Gridania's Lancer class and completing each of the associated Class quests.

1.

What is Dragoon's Playstyle?

Dragoon is a relatively strict rotational melee DPS with a slow base rotation coupled with packed, frenetic burst windows. The dragoon wields a lance to utilize a variety of thrusting and jumping maneuvers alongside channeling the power of dragons, utilizing their power for firing off flashy bursts of energy.

Dragoon carries powerful raid utility by way of Battle Litany Icon Battle Litany and Dragon Sight Icon Dragon Sight. The former amplifies the party's Critical Hit Rate (not damage) for a short duration every two minutes, increasing potential damage output of the entire raid group. The latter boosts the Dragoon's and a single chosen partner's outgoing damage every two minutes, allowing you to further boost your strongest ally. Like other melee dps, Dragoon also brings Feint Icon Feint for additional minor defensive support.

Beyond that, the core rotation focuses on alternating your two main combos - the Chaotic Spring Icon Chaotic Spring combo for damage-over-time and the Heavens' Thrust Icon Heavens' Thrust combo for raw damage - while weaving in a large amount of powerful jumping and dragon-themed abilities. The basic rotation is simple to play and its "push everything on cooldown" approach to maximization makes it a rather beginner-friendly option among the Melee DPS options.

2.

Dragoon Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Straightforward rotation with no randomness.
  • +Strong raid buff utility.
  • +High personal DPS.
X Weaknesses
  • -Frenetic, frequent burst windows.
  • -Opener lacks full burst.
  • -Only melee that lacks a personal mitigation cooldown.
3.

How do you Unlock Dragoon?

Dragoon upgrades from one of the starter classes, Lancer, at level 30. If you didn't start as Lancer, you can unlock the class at the Lancer's Guild in Old Gridania (x14.0, y6.0), starting at level 10 by speaking with Jillian.

Once you have reached level 30 as a Lancer and finished all seven class quests, you can return to Jillian to get the quest Eye of the Dragon. Upon completion of this quest, you will obtain the Dragoon job stone, unlocking Jump Icon Jump in the process. Equip the stone from the last tab in your Armoury Chest to become a Dragoon.

4.

Dragoon Gauges

The Dragon Gauge changes display based on which actions you use when. In the image below, the giant glowing eye is your Gaze of the First Brood, and the two purple scale-like objects are Firstminds' Focus. It also shows the two phases of the gauge: Blood of the Dragon (left) and Life of the Dragon (right).

Dragon Gauge

The gauge itself is only unlocked at level 54 when you learn Blood of the Dragon Icon Blood of the Dragon. At this level, all it is a pretty image that means your Jump Icon Jump and Spineshatter Dive Icon Spineshatter Dive are stronger. At level 70, you accumulate Gaze of the First Brood, which stacks from zero to one to two whenever you execute Mirage Dive Icon Mirage Dive, learned at level 68. You activate this skill by first using Jump Icon Jump or, after level 74, High Jump Icon High Jump. When the Gaze is at its strongest (two stacks), your next Geirskogul Icon Geirskogul (level 60) will change your gauge from Blood to Life. This turns Geirskogul Icon Geirskogul into Nastrond Icon Nastrond (level 70) and unlocks use of Stardiver Icon Stardiver (level 80). The timer starts at 20 seconds at level 70 and is extended to 30 seconds at level 78. This allows two uses of Nastrond Icon Nastrond originally, and three later on. After the time expires, you return to Blood of the Dragon.

The other part of the gauge, Firstminds' Focus, is unlocked at level 90. You gain one stack (to a maximum of two) each time you successfully execute either Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden Thrust or Draconian Fury Icon Draconian Fury, both of which act as "rewards" for completing a combo. When your focus is strong enough (two stacks), you can execute one Wyrmwind Thrust Icon Wyrmwind Thrust, which clears all stacks. Below is a quick link to hop right into the rotation guide to get a better idea of how all of these pieces work together.

5.

Dragoon Actions

Action Name
  • Cast
  • Recast
  • Range
  • Radius
Effect
True Thrust Icon True Thrust Lv. 1
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 230. ※Action changes to Raiden Thrust while under the effect of Draconian Fire.
Vorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal Thrust Lv. 4
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 130. Combo Action: True Thrust Combo Potency: 280
Life Surge Icon Life Surge Lv. 6
  • Instant
  • 45.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Ensures critical damage for first weaponskill used while Life Surge is active. Duration: 5s Effect cannot be applied to damage over time. Additional Effect: Absorbs a portion of damage dealt as HP Maximum Charges: 2
Piercing Talon Icon Piercing Talon Lv. 15
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 0y
Delivers a ranged attack with a potency of 150.
Disembowel Icon Disembowel Lv. 18
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 140. Combo Action: True Thrust Combo Potency: 250 Combo Bonus: Grants Power Surge Power Surge Effect: Increases damage dealt by 10% Duration: 30s
Full Thrust Icon Full Thrust Lv. 26
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100. Combo Action: Vorpal Thrust Combo Potency: 400 Combo Bonus: Grants Fang and Claw Bared Duration: 30s Effect of Fang and Claw Bared ends upon execution of any melee weaponskill.
Jump Icon Jump Lv. 30
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 0y
Delivers a jumping attack with a potency of 320. Returns you to your original position after the attack is made. Additional Effect: Grants Dive Ready Duration: 15s Cannot be executed while bound. ※Action changes to Mirage Dive while under the effect of Dive Ready.
Lance Charge Icon Lance Charge Lv. 30
  • Instant
  • 60.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Increases damage dealt by 10%. Duration: 20s
Elusive Jump Icon Elusive Jump Lv. 35
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Executes a jump to a location 15 yalms behind you. Cannot be executed while bound.
Doom Spike Icon Doom Spike Lv. 40
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 10y
  • 10y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 110 to all enemies in a straight line before you. ※Action changes to Draconian Fury when under the effect of Draconian Fire.
Spineshatter Dive Icon Spineshatter Dive Lv. 45
  • Instant
  • 60.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 0y
Delivers a jumping attack with a potency of 250. Maximum Charges: 2 Cannot be executed while bound.
Chaos Thrust Icon Chaos Thrust Lv. 50
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100. 140 when executed from a target's rear. Combo Action: Disembowel Combo Potency: 220 Rear Combo Potency: 260 Combo Bonus: Damage over time Potency: 40 Duration: 24s Combo Bonus: Grants Wheel in Motion Duration: 30s Effect of Wheel in Motion ends upon execution of any melee weaponskill.
Dragonfire Dive Icon Dragonfire Dive Lv. 50
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 5y
Delivers a jumping fire-based attack with a potency of 300 to target and all enemies nearby it. Cannot be executed while bound.
Battle Litany Icon Battle Litany Lv. 52
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 15y
Increases critical hit rate of self and nearby party members by 10%. Duration: 15s
Fang and Claw Icon Fang and Claw Lv. 56
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 260. 300 when executed from a target's flank. Can only be executed while under the effect of Fang and Claw Bared, granted by Heavens' Thrust.
Wheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling Thrust Lv. 58
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 260. 300 when executed from a target's rear. Can only be executed while under the effect of Wheel in Motion, granted by Chaotic Spring.
Geirskogul Icon Geirskogul Lv. 60
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 15y
  • 15y
Delivers an attack to all enemies in a straight line before you with a potency of 260 for the first enemy, and 30% less for all remaining enemies. Additional Effect: Grants Life of the Dragon while under the full gaze of the first brood ※Action changes to Nastrond while under the effect of Life of the Dragon.
Sonic Thrust Icon Sonic Thrust Lv. 62
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 10y
  • 10y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all enemies in a straight line before you. Combo Action: Doom Spike Combo Potency: 120 Combo Bonus: Grants Power Surge Power Surge Effect: Increases damage dealt by 10% Duration: 30s
Dragon Sight Icon Dragon Sight Lv. 66
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 30y
  • 0y
Grants Right Eye to self, increasing damage dealt by 10%. Also grants target party member Left Eye, increasing damage dealt by 5%. Duration: 20s
Mirage Dive Icon Mirage Dive Lv. 68
  • Instant
  • 1.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200. Additional Effect: Strengthens the gaze of your Dragon Gauge by 1 Can only be executed when Dive Ready. ※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Nastrond Icon Nastrond Lv. 70
  • Instant
  • 10.0s
  • ↔ 15y
  • 15y
Delivers an attack to all enemies in a straight line before you with a potency of 360 for the first enemy, and 30% less for all remaining enemies. Can only be executed while under the effect of Life of the Dragon. ※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Coerthan Torment Icon Coerthan Torment Lv. 72
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 10y
  • 10y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all enemies in a straight line before you. Combo Action: Sonic Thrust Combo Potency: 150 Combo Bonus: Grants Draconian Fire Duration: 30s
High Jump Icon High Jump Lv. 74
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 0y
Delivers a jumping attack with a potency of 400. Returns you to your original position after the attack is made. Additional Effect: Grants Dive Ready Duration: 15s Cannot be executed while bound. ※Action changes to Mirage Dive while under the effect of Dive Ready.
Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden Thrust Lv. 76
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 280. Additional Effect: Sharpens the Firstminds' Focus by 1 Can only be executed while under the effect of Draconian Fire. ※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Stardiver Icon Stardiver Lv. 80
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 5y
Delivers a jumping fire-based attack to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 620 for the first enemy, and 30% less for all remaining enemies. Can only be executed while under the effect of Life of the Dragon. Cannot be executed while bound.
Draconian Fury Icon Draconian Fury Lv. 82
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 10y
  • 10y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 130 to all enemies in a straight line before you. Additional Effect: Sharpens the Firstminds' Focus by 1 Can only be executed while under the effect of Draconian Fire. ※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Chaotic Spring Icon Chaotic Spring Lv. 86
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100. 140 when executed from a target's rear. Combo Action: Disembowel Combo Potency: 260 Rear Combo Potency: 300 Combo Bonus: Damage over time Potency: 45 Duration: 24s Combo Bonus: Grants Wheel in Motion Duration: 30s Effect of Wheel in Motion ends upon execution of any melee weaponskill.
Heavens' Thrust Icon Heavens' Thrust Lv. 86
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100. Combo Action: Vorpal Thrust Combo Potency: 480 Combo Bonus: Grants Fang and Claw Bared Duration: 30s Effect of Fang and Claw Bared ends upon execution of any melee weaponskill.
Wyrmwind Thrust Icon Wyrmwind Thrust Lv. 90
  • Instant
  • 10.0s
  • ↔ 15y
  • 15y
Delivers an attack to all enemies in a straight line before you with a potency of 420 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Firstminds' Focus Cost: 2
6.

Role Actions

Action Name
  • Cast
  • Recast
  • Range
  • Radius
Effect
Second Wind Icon Second Wind Lv. 8
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Instantly restores own HP. Cure Potency: 500
Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep Lv. 10
  • Instant
  • 40.0s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Stuns target. Duration: 3s
Bloodbath Icon Bloodbath Lv. 12
  • Instant
  • 90.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Converts a portion of physical damage dealt into HP. Duration: 20s
Feint Icon Feint Lv. 22
  • Instant
  • 90.0s
  • ↔ 10y
  • 0y
Lowers target's physical damage dealt by 10% and magic damage dealt by 5%. Duration: 10s
Arm's Length Icon Arm's Length Lv. 32
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Creates a barrier nullifying most knockback and draw-in effects. Duration: 6s Additional Effect: Slow +20% when barrier is struck Duration: 15s
True North Icon True North Lv. 50
  • Instant
  • 45.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Nullifies all action direction requirements. Duration: 10s Maximum Charges: 2
7.

Dragoon Traits

Action Name Acquired Effect
Blood of the Dragon Icon Blood of the Dragon Lv. 54

Increases the potency of Jump to 320 and Spineshatter Dive to 250.

Lance Mastery Icon Lance Mastery Lv. 64

Allows for immediate execution of Wheeling Thrust after landing Fang and Claw, or Fang and Claw after landing Wheeling Thrust, increasing potency by 100.

Life of the Dragon Icon Life of the Dragon Lv. 70

Allows for the strengthening of the gaze of the first brood upon successfully landing Mirage Dive. When the gaze is its strongest (2 units), Geirskogul will grant you the Life of the Dragon status. While under the effect of Life of the Dragon, Geirskogul will change to Nastrond.

Duration: 20s

Jump Mastery Icon Jump Mastery Lv. 74

Upgrades Jump to High Jump.

Lance Mastery II Icon Lance Mastery II Lv. 76

Increases the potency of True Thrust to 230, Vorpal Thrust to 130, and Disembowel to 140.

Grants Draconian Fire if Fang and Claw is executed following Wheeling Thrust, or vice versa.

Duration: 30s

Effect of Draconian Fire ends upon execution of any melee weaponskill.

Upgrades True Thrust to Raiden Thrust while under the effect of Draconian Fire.

Life of the Dragon Mastery Icon Life of the Dragon Mastery Lv. 78

Extends the duration of Life of the Dragon to 30 seconds.

Enhanced Coerthan Torment Icon Enhanced Coerthan Torment Lv. 82

Grants the effect of Draconian Fire after successfully completing a combo with Coerthan Torment.

Duration: 30s

Effect of Draconian Fire ends upon execution of any melee weaponskill.

Upgrades Doom Spike to Draconian Fury while under the effect of Draconian Fire.

Enhanced Spineshatter Dive Icon Enhanced Spineshatter Dive Lv. 84

Allows the accumulation of charges for consecutive uses of Spineshatter Dive.

Maximum Charges: 2

Lance Mastery III Icon Lance Mastery III Lv. 86

Upgrades Full Thrust to Heavens' Thrust and Chaos Thrust to Chaotic Spring.

Enhanced Life Surge Icon Enhanced Life Surge Lv. 88

Allows the accumulation of charges for consecutive uses of Life Surge.

Maximum Charges: 2

Lance Mastery IV Icon Lance Mastery IV Lv. 90

Increases the potency of Geirskogul to 260 and Nastrond to 360.

Allows for the sharpening of the Firstminds' Focus upon successfully landing Raiden Thrust or Draconian Fury, up to a maximum of 2 units.

8.

Dragoon Lore

Of all the things that are symbolic of the nation of Ishgard, few are more recognized than the dragoon. Born amidst the timeless conflict between men and dragons, these lance-wielding knights have developed an aerial style of combat, that they might better pierce the scaled hides of their mortal foes.

Taking to the firmament as though it were an extension of the land, they descend upon the enemy with every onze of their bodies behind the blow. It is this penetrative power that characterizes the dragoon.

9.

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