Leveling Rotations and Tips for Dragoon — Dawntrail 7.0

Last updated on Jul 07, 2024 at 10:28 by Eve 16 comments

This page covers the rotation and action usage when leveling Dragoon to Level 100. This page can also be used to help when doing roulettes with level scaling by using the slider to adjust the information to your desired level.

1.

Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of gear with the highest item level. You can exchange Allagan Tomestone of Poetics for gear in Mor Dhona at level 50, in Idyllshire at level 60, in Rhalgr's Reach at level 70, and in Eulmore at level 80.

2.

Rotation Overview While Leveling Dragoon

Lancer starts at level 1, turning into Dragoon from level 30 onward. Lancer and Dragoon are functionally identical up until level 30, so all content is applicable to both Lancer and Dragoon leveling as long as you equip your job stone after level 30.

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Level: 1
2.1.

Base GCD Weaponskill Rotation

  • True Thrust Icon True Thrust
  • True Thrust Icon True ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal Thrust
  • True Thrust Icon True ThrustDisembowel Icon Disembowel → (True Thrust Icon True ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal Thrust) x6
  • True Thrust Icon True ThrustDisembowel Icon Disembowel → (True Thrust Icon True ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustFull Thrust Icon Full Thrust) x4
  • True Thrust Icon True ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaos Thrust Icon Chaos Thrust → (True Thrust Icon True ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustFull Thrust Icon Full Thrust) x3
  • True Thrust Icon True ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaos Thrust Icon Chaos Thrust → (True Thrust Icon True ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustFull Thrust Icon Full ThrustFang and Claw Icon Fang and Claw) x2
  • True Thrust Icon True ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaos Thrust Icon Chaos ThrustWheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling Thrust → ( True Thrust Icon True ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustFull Thrust Icon Full ThrustFang and Claw Icon Fang and Claw) x2
  • True Thrust Icon True ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaos Thrust Icon Chaos ThrustWheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling ThrustDrakesbane Icon DrakesbaneTrue Thrust Icon True ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustFull Thrust Icon Full ThrustFang and Claw Icon Fang and ClawDrakesbane Icon Drakesbane
  • Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaos Thrust Icon Chaos ThrustWheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling ThrustDrakesbane Icon DrakesbaneRaiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustFull Thrust Icon Full ThrustFang and Claw Icon Fang and ClawDrakesbane Icon Drakesbane
  • Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaotic Spring Icon Chaotic SpringWheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling ThrustDrakesbane Icon DrakesbaneRaiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustHeavens' Thrust Icon Heavens' ThrustFang and Claw Icon Fang and ClawDrakesbane Icon Drakesbane
  • Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustSpiral Blow Icon Spiral BlowChaotic Spring Icon Chaotic SpringWheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling ThrustDrakesbane Icon DrakesbaneRaiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustLance Barrage Icon Lance BarrageHeavens' Thrust Icon Heavens' ThrustFang and Claw Icon Fang and ClawDrakesbane Icon Drakesbane
2.2.

Single Target Openers & Action Priority

  • Openers start at level 70. Prior to that, your opener does not matter; just push buttons.
  • True Thrust Icon True Thrust
  • Disembowel Icon DisembowelLance Charge Icon Lance Charge → Current Tincture of Strength
  • Spiral Blow Icon Spiral BlowLance Charge Icon Lance Charge → Current Tincture of Strength
  • Chaos Thrust Icon Chaos ThrustBattle Litany Icon Battle LitanyGeirskogul Icon Geirskogul
  • Chaos Thrust Icon Chaos ThrustBattle Litany Icon Battle LitanyGeirskogul Icon Geirskogul
  • Chaotic Spring Icon Chaotic SpringBattle Litany Icon Battle LitanyGeirskogul Icon Geirskogul
  • Wheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling ThrustJump Icon JumpLife Surge Icon Life Surge
  • Wheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling ThrustHigh Jump Icon High JumpLife Surge Icon Life Surge
  • Drakesbane Icon DrakesbaneDragonfire Dive Icon Dragonfire DiveNastrond Icon Nastrond
  • True Thrust Icon True ThrustNastrond Icon NastrondMirage Dive Icon Mirage Dive
  • Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustNastrond Icon NastrondMirage Dive Icon Mirage Dive
  • Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustStardiver Icon Stardiver
  • Vorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustNastrond Icon Nastrond
  • Lance Barrage Icon Lance BarrageLife Surge Icon Life SurgeNastrond Icon Nastrond
  • Lance Barrage Icon Lance BarrageLife Surge Icon Life SurgeNastrond Icon Nastrond
  • Full Thrust Icon Full Thrust
  • Full Thrust Icon Full ThrustNastrond Icon Nastrond
  • Heavens' Thrust Icon Heavens' ThrustNastrond Icon Nastrond
  • Heavens' Thrust Icon Heavens' ThrustNastrond Icon NastrondRise of the Dragon Icon Rise of the Dragon
  • Fang and Claw Icon Fang and Claw
  • Drakesbane Icon Drakesbane
2.3.

Buffing Actions

  • Life Surge Icon Life Surge should be used as often as possible to buff Vorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal Thrust.
  • Life Surge Icon Life Surge should be held when ready and used on the next Full Thrust Icon Full Thrust.
  • Life Surge Icon Life Surge should be held when ready and used on the next Full Thrust Icon Full Thrust or Drakesbane Icon Drakesbane.
  • Life Surge Icon Life Surge should be held when ready and used on the next Heavens' Thrust Icon Heavens' Thrust or Drakesbane Icon Drakesbane, prioritizing using it during buff windows.
  • Lance Charge Icon Lance Charge should be used on cooldown after the opener, whenever it is ready.
  • Battle Litany Icon Battle Litany should be used on cooldown after the opener, but make sure to position yourself to catch the entire party with the buff.
2.4.

Attacking Actions

  • Jump Icon Jump should always be used on cooldown.
  • High Jump Icon High Jump should always be used on cooldown.
  • Mirage Dive Icon Mirage Dive has a 15-second timer to use it. Always be sure to use it before this timer expires.
  • Dragonfire Dive Icon Dragonfire Dive should be used on cooldown for damage. It can be held in some instances when more enemies will spawn soon in order to collect additional damage from its area-of-effect ability.
  • Geirskogul Icon Geirskogul should be used on cooldown.
  • Nastrond Icon Nastrond can be used thrice in each of your Life of the Dragon windows. Make sure you land all uses before time expires.
  • Stardiver Icon Stardiver can only be executed once in your Life of the Dragon window. These generally align with your buff windows, so it should always be used under buffs.
  • Rise of the Dragon Icon Rise of the Dragon has a 30-second timer to use it. Always be sure to use it before this timer expires, ideally under your buffs.
2.5.

Mobility Options

  • Piercing Talon Icon Piercing Talon should only be used when forced away from the target for longer than one GCD spin. Also very useful to engage new enemies in the overworld or dungeons.
  • Piercing Talon Icon Piercing Talon should only be used when forced away from the target for longer than one GCD spin. It is also very useful to engage new enemies in the overworld or dungeons. It can be coupled with Winged Glide Icon Winged Glide to spin your GCD prior to engaging against trash mobs, and not feel any delay on the subsequent GCD.
  • Elusive Jump Icon Elusive Jump can be used to engage a boss without sacrificing damage. You can use it as your go-to gap closer for most mechanics in the game, after you successfully run out of harm's way to return to the boss. Just be careful, as it sends you backwards, not forwards.
  • Winged Glide Icon Winged Glide is a free movement dash ability. It can lock on to a boss and get you back to them instantly. It should be your primary movement tool in situations where a boss is targetable.
  • Dragonfire Dive Icon Dragonfire Dive can be used to travel long distances, but it is optimal to use it for damage and rely on Elusive Jump Icon Elusive Jump and Winged Glide Icon Winged Glide for movement.
  • Stardiver Icon Stardiver has 20 seconds in which to use it. If you need to chase the boss in that window, you can safely hold the skill to chase for minimal loss of damage, though it is still preferred to rely on your zero-damage options.
  • All of the off-global attacks that Dragoon learns (besides Starcross Icon Starcross are also ranged attacks, and can therefore be weaved between Piercing Talon Icon Piercing Talon if you are kept away from the boss for extended periods of time. Just be careful to not prematurely kill yourself with the gap closers.
3.

Multi-Target Rotation

  • Identical to the above single-target rotations.
  • Two-Target Rotation
    • Identical to the above single-target rotations.
    • (True Thrust Icon True ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaos Thrust Icon Chaos Thrust) x2 → True Thrust Icon True ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustFull Thrust Icon Full Thrust
    • (True Thrust Icon True ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaos Thrust Icon Chaos Thrust) x2 → True Thrust Icon True ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustFull Thrust Icon Full ThrustFang and Claw Icon Fang and Claw
    • (True Thrust Icon True ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaos Thrust Icon Chaos ThrustWheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling Thrust) x2 → True Thrust Icon True ThrustVorpal Thrust Icon Vorpal ThrustFull Thrust Icon Full ThrustFang and Claw Icon Fang and Claw
    • True Thrust Icon True ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaos Thrust Icon Chaos ThrustWheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling ThrustDrakesbane Icon Drakesbane
    • Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaos Thrust Icon Chaos ThrustWheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling ThrustDrakesbane Icon Drakesbane
    • Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustDisembowel Icon DisembowelChaotic Spring Icon Chaotic SpringWheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling ThrustDrakesbane Icon Drakesbane
    • Raiden Thrust Icon Raiden ThrustSpiral Blow Icon Spiral BlowChaotic Spring Icon Chaotic SpringWheeling Thrust Icon Wheeling ThrustDrakesbane Icon Drakesbane
    • Alternate using your Chaos Thrust Icon Chaos Thrust on each of the two targets, making sure neither falls off.
    • Alternate using your Chaotic Spring Icon Chaotic Spring on each of the two targets, making sure neither falls off.
  • Three-Target Rotation
    • Doom Spike Icon Doom Spike
    • Doom Spike Icon Doom SpikeSonic Thrust Icon Sonic Thrust
    • Doom Spike Icon Doom SpikeSonic Thrust Icon Sonic ThrustCoerthan Torment Icon Coerthan Torment
    • Draconian Fury Icon Draconian FurySonic Thrust Icon Sonic ThrustCoerthan Torment Icon Coerthan Torment
    • Use Life Surge Icon Life Surge on cooldown on Doom Spike Icon Doom Spike.
    • Use Life Surge Icon Life Surge on cooldown on Sonic Thrust Icon Sonic Thrust.
    • Use Life Surge Icon Life Surge on cooldown on Coerthan Torment Icon Coerthan Torment.
    • Your main area-of-effect actions target a line in front of you, not a cone. As such, the best way to line up is to pick a distant target and line up so the pack of enemies is between you and that enemy. This costs you auto-attack damage, but is much easier for proper alignment until you get a proper feel for the width and trajectory of your line-base skills.
    • Your main area-of-effect actions target a line in front of you, not a cone. As such, the best way to line up is to pick a distant target and line up so the pack of enemies is between you and that enemy. This costs you auto-attack damage, but is much easier for proper alignment until you get a proper feel for the width and trajectory of your line-base skills. Of note, all of your skills with damage fall-off will deal the initial hit to whatever enemy you currently have targeted, and all others hit will take the reduced amount. As such, you may want to cycle through enemies to keep the one with the most remaining health targeted. Your line does not stop at the selected target.
  • Use all single-target actions aside from Life Surge Icon Life Surge the same for multi-target encounters as you would in single-target content.
  • Geirskogul Icon Geirskogul will empower all of your area-of-effect actions, so be sure to use it for trash packs.
  • Geirskogul Icon Geirskogul will empower all of your area-of-effect actions, so be sure to use it for trash packs. It also grants access to Nastrond Icon Nastrond, which is a very high-power area of effect action.
  • Geirskogul Icon Geirskogul will empower all of your area-of-effect actions, so be sure to use it for trash packs. It also grants access to Nastrond Icon Nastrond and Stardiver Icon Stardiver, which are very high-power area of effect actions.
  • Dragonfire Dive Icon Dragonfire Dive can be held in dungeon boss battles to save for the next group of trash, as it is one of your strongest area-of-effect actions.
  • Dragonfire Dive Icon Dragonfire Dive can be held in dungeon boss battles to save for the next group of trash, as it is one of your strongest area-of-effect actions, and has Rise of the Dragon Icon Rise of the Dragon following it up, which is further area-of-effect damage.
4.

Changelog

  • 07 Jul. 2024: Updated all actions to match 7.0 levels and usage.
  • 20 Mar. 2024: Added Mirage Dive to the openers.
  • 18 Jan. 2024: Updated for patch 6.55.
  • 15 Oct. 2023: Updated for Patch 6.5.
  • 27 May 2023: Updated for Patch 6.4.
  • 11 Jan. 2023: Updated for Patch 6.3.
  • 20 Sep. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.2.
  • 17 Mar. 2022: Guide added.
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