Dragoon Job Guide for FFXIV — Dawntrail 7.0

Last updated on Jul 17, 2024 at 21:38 by Eve 16 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 Job Stone FFXIV 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, which 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. 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.
  • -One of two melee that lacks a personal mitigation cooldown.
  • -Very weak ranged disengage options.
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 tracks a couple of your different mechanics. In the image below, the two large purple elements to the right indicate your Firstminds' Focus. It also shows two phases of the gauge. To the left is the base gauge, and on the right is the Life of the Dragon gauge. From level 60 to 69, prior to learning Nastrond Icon Nastrond, you will instead enter Blood of the Dragon, which has a blue bar.

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 60 when you learn Geirskogul Icon Geirskogul. At this level, pressing Geirskogul Icon Geirskogul will enter Blood of the Dragon, a phase lasting for 20 seconds, during which you deal an additional 10% damage with all actions. At level 70, you learn Nastrond Icon Nastrond and your Blood of the Dragon upgrades into Life of the Dragon Icon Life of the Dragon, which increases damage by 15% and grants 3 stacks which allow you to execute one Nastrond Icon Nastrond per stack.

This phase allows the use of the level 80 skill, Stardiver Icon Stardiver, once you learn it, as well. This skill can be used once per Life phase. Once you hit level 100, you also learn Starcross Icon Starcross, which is an action that can only be used after Stardiver Icon Stardiver and only while within your Life of the Dragon Icon Life of the Dragon phase.

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 Video Resources

We will provide good Dawntrail video resources here as soon as they become available!

6.

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.
Vorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal Thrust Lv. 4
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 130. Combo Action: True Thrust or Raiden Thrust Combo Potency: 280
Life Surge Icon Life Surge Lv. 6
  • Instant
  • 40.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Ensures critical damage for first weaponskill used while Life Surge is active. Duration: 5s Increases damage dealt when under an effect that raises critical hit rate. 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 or Raiden 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: 380
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
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.
Winged Glide Icon Winged Glide Lv. 45
  • Instant
  • 60.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 0y
Rush to a targeted enemy's location. 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
Dragonfire Dive Icon Dragonfire Dive Lv. 50
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 5y
Delivers a jumping fire-based attack to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 500 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Additional Effect: Grants Dragon's Flight Duration: 30s Cannot be executed while bound.
Battle Litany Icon Battle Litany Lv. 52
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 30y
Increases critical hit rate of self and nearby party members by 10%. Duration: 20s
Fang and Claw Icon Fang and Claw Lv. 56
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 140. 180 when executed from a target's flank. Combo Action: Heavens' Thrust Combo Potency: 300 Flank Combo Potency: 340
Wheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling Thrust Lv. 58
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 140. 180 when executed from a target's rear. Combo Action: Chaotic Spring Combo Potency: 300 Rear Combo Potency: 340
Geirskogul Icon Geirskogul Lv. 60
  • Instant
  • 60.0s
  • ↔ 15y
  • 15y
Delivers an attack to all enemies in a straight line before you with a potency of 280 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Additional Effect: Grants Life of the Dragon Life of the Dragon Effect: Increases damage dealt by 15% Duration: 20s Additional Effect: Grants 3 stacks of Nastrond Ready Duration: 20s
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 or Draconian Fury Combo Potency: 120 Combo Bonus: Grants Power Surge Power Surge Effect: Increases damage dealt by 10% Duration: 30s
Drakesbane Icon Drakesbane Lv. 64
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 440. Combo Action: Wheeling Thrust or Fang and Claw Combo Bonus: Grants Draconian Fire Duration: 30s Can only be executed after successfully landing Wheeling Thrust or Fang and Claw as a combo action. ※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar. Wheeling Thrust and Fang and Claw change to Drakesbane when requirements for execution are met.
Mirage Dive Icon Mirage Dive Lv. 68
  • Instant
  • 1.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200. Can only be executed when Dive Ready.
Nastrond Icon Nastrond Lv. 70
  • Instant
  • 2.0s
  • ↔ 15y
  • 15y
Delivers an attack to all enemies in a straight line before you with a potency of 360 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Can only be executed while Nastrond Ready.
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
Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden Thrust Lv. 76
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 320. 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. True Thrust changes to Raiden Thrust when requirements for execution are met.
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 50% less for all remaining enemies. Additional Effect: Grants Starcross Ready Duration: 20s Effect ends when Life of the Dragon expires. 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. Doom Spike changes to Draconian Fury when requirements for execution are met.
Chaotic Spring Icon Chaotic Spring Lv. 86
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 140. 180 when executed from a target's rear. Combo Action: Spiral Blow Combo Potency: 300 Rear Combo Potency: 340 Combo Bonus: Damage over time Potency: 45 Duration: 24s
Heavens' Thrust Icon Heavens' Thrust Lv. 86
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 140. Combo Action: Lance Barrage Combo Potency: 440
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 440 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Firstminds' Focus Cost: 2
Rise of the Dragon Icon Rise of the Dragon Lv. 92
  • Instant
  • 1.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 5y
Deals physical damage to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 550 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Can only be executed while under the effect of Dragon's Flight.
Lance Barrage Icon Lance Barrage Lv. 96
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 130. Combo Action: True Thrust or Raiden Thrust Combo Potency: 340
Spiral Blow Icon Spiral Blow Lv. 96
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 140. Combo Action: True Thrust or Raiden Thrust Combo Potency: 300 Combo Bonus: Grants Power Surge Power Surge Effect: Increases damage dealt by 10% Duration: 30s
Starcross Icon Starcross Lv. 100
  • Instant
  • 1.0s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 5y
Deals physical damage to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 700 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Can only be executed while under the effect of Starcross Ready.
7.

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: 800
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: 15s
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
8.

Dragoon Traits

Action Name Acquired Effect
Enhanced Jump Icon Enhanced Jump Lv. 54

Increases the potency of Jump to 320.

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

Upgrades Blood of the Dragon to Life of the Dragon.

Life of the Dragon Effect: Increases damage dealt by 15%

Upon successfully landing Geirskogul, grants 3 stacks of Nastrond Ready.

Duration: 20s

Jump Mastery Icon Jump Mastery Lv. 74

Upgrades Jump to High Jump.

Lance Mastery Icon Lance Mastery Lv. 76

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

Grants Draconian Fire if Drakesbane is executed following Fang and Claw or Wheeling Thrust.

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.

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 Winged Glide Icon Enhanced Winged Glide Lv. 84

Allows the accumulation of charges for consecutive uses of Winged Glide.

Maximum Charges: 2

Lance Mastery II Icon Lance Mastery II Lv. 86

Upgrades Full Thrust to Heavens' Thrust and Chaos Thrust to Chaotic Spring. Also increases the potency of Drakesbane to 400.

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 III Icon Lance Mastery III Lv. 90

Increases the potency of Geirskogul to 280 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.

Enhanced Dragonfire Dive Icon Enhanced Dragonfire Dive Lv. 92

Grants Dragon's Flight upon executing Dragonfire Dive.

Duration: 30s

Melee Mastery Icon Melee Mastery Lv. 94

Increases the potency of Fang and Claw to 140, Wheeling Thrust to 140, Drakesbane to 440, Raiden Thrust to 320, Heavens' Thrust to 140, and Chaotic Spring to 140.

Enhanced Second Wind Icon Enhanced Second Wind Lv. 94

Increases the healing potency of Second Wind to 800.

Lance Mastery IV Icon Lance Mastery IV Lv. 96

Upgrades Vorpal Thrust to Lance Barrage and Disembowel to Spiral Blow.

Enhanced Feint Icon Enhanced Feint Lv. 98

Extends the duration of Feint to 15 seconds.

Enhanced Stardiver Icon Enhanced Stardiver Lv. 100

Grants Starcross Ready upon executing Stardiver.

Duration: 20s

Effect ends when Life of the Dragon expires.

9.

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.

10.

Changelog

  • 17 Jul. 2024 (melding page): Updated for Dawntrail.
  • 07 Jul. 2024 (rotation page): Updated for Dawntrail, patch 7.0.
  • 07 Jul. 2024 (Leveling page): Updated all actions to match 7.0 levels and usage.
  • 07 Jul. 2024 (job changes): Updated action hooks to show tooltips, removed Rotation info.
  • 07 Jul. 2024 (this page): Updated for Dawntrail, patch 7.0.
  • 06 Jul. 2024 (gear page): Updated for Dawntrail patch 7.0.
  • 07 Jun. 2024 (job changes): Added rotation info and opener for Dawntrail with Media Tour info.
  • 17 May 2024 (job changes): Updated with full Endwalker details and PLL 81 info.
  • 01 May 2024 (keybindings page): Guide added.
  • 20 Mar. 2024 (Leveling page): Added Mirage Dive to the openers.
  • 18 Jan. 2024 (rotation page): Updated for patch 6.55.
  • 18 Jan. 2024 (Leveling page): Updated for patch 6.55.
  • 18 Jan. 2024 (gear page): Updated for patch 6.55.
  • 18 Jan. 2024 (melding page): Updated for patch 6.55.
  • 18 Jan. 2024 (this page): Updated for patch 6.55.
  • 09 Nov. 2023 (rotation page): Added opener image.
  • 15 Oct. 2023 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 6.5.
  • 15 Oct. 2023 (Leveling page): Updated for Patch 6.5.
  • 15 Oct. 2023 (gear page): Updated for Patch 6.5.
  • 15 Oct. 2023 (melding page): Updated for Patch 6.5.
  • 15 Oct. 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 6.5.
  • 21 Jul. 2023 (gear page): Updated for Patch 6.45.
  • 27 May 2023 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 6.4.
  • 27 May 2023 (Leveling page): Updated for Patch 6.4.
  • 27 May 2023 (gear page): Updated for Patch 6.4.
  • 27 May 2023 (melding page): Updated for Patch 6.4.
  • 27 May 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 6.4.
  • 11 Jan. 2023 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 6.3.
  • 11 Jan. 2023 (Leveling page): Updated for Patch 6.3.
  • 11 Jan. 2023 (gear page): Updated for Patch 6.3.
  • 11 Jan. 2023 (melding page): Updated for Patch 6.3.
  • 11 Jan. 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 6.3.
  • 20 Sep. 2022 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 6.2.
  • 20 Sep. 2022 (Leveling page): Updated for Patch 6.2.
  • 20 Sep. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Patch 6.2.
  • 20 Sep. 2022 (melding page): Updated for Patch 6.2.
  • 20 Sep. 2022 (this page): Updated for Patch 6.2.
  • 20 Apr. 2022 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 6.1.
  • 20 Apr. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Patch 6.1.
  • 20 Apr. 2022 (melding page): Updated for Patch 6.1.
  • 20 Apr. 2022 (this page): Updated for Patch 6.1.
  • 17 Mar. 2022 (Leveling page): Guide added.
  • 10 Feb. 2022 (rotation page): Guide added.
  • 10 Feb. 2022 (gear page): Guide added.
  • 10 Feb. 2022 (melding page): Guide added.
  • 10 Feb. 2022 (this page): Guide added.
  • 19 Dec. 2021 (job changes): Page added.
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