Machinist DPS Rotation, Openers, and Abilities — Endwalker 6.2

Last updated on Aug 24, 2022 at 05:53 by Lynn and Dook 8 comments

On this page, you will learn how to optimise your opener and rotation in both single-target and multi-target situations. We also cover the use of your cooldowns, to ensure you can achieve the best use of them every time as a Machinist DPS in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Patch 6.2).

1.

Machinist Rotation Guide

This page covers the endgame rotation for Machinist. The base of the rotation consists of powerful tool weaponskills with long recast timers and combo actions that build resources. The resources can then be spent on burst phases utilizing Wildfire Icon Wildfire, Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge, and Automaton Queen Icon Automaton Queen.

2.

Weaponskill Rotation

The most important weaponskills Machinist has are Drill Icon Drill, Air Anchor Icon Air Anchor, and Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw. They should be used as first priority and as often as possible. Reassemble Icon Reassemble should be used on one of these weaponskills for the greatest gains. The two charges on Reassemble Icon Reassemble also make the ability quite flexible, and one of the charges can often be used during raid buffs windows.

The space between the long tool recasts should be filled with combo actions Heated Split Shot Icon Heated Split Shot, Heated Slug Shot Icon Heated Slug Shot, and Heated Clean Shot Icon Heated Clean Shot. The combo timer is 30 seconds and breaks only if the timer is exceeded or if Scattergun Icon Scattergun is used.

The alignment of the three tools depends largely on the situation and encounter. Good general purpose alignments are as follows:

Solo:

  1. Air Anchor Icon Air Anchor
  2. Drill Icon Drill
  3. Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw

This gets all of the tools on cooldown as fast as possible and allows very flexible windows for Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge, as all the tools will be cast back-to-back each time. Use this setup for any solo or dungeon situation where it is unlikely that you will be able to capitalize on raid buff optimization.

Raid:

  1. Air Anchor Icon Air Anchor
  2. Drill Icon Drill
  3. Heated Split Shot Icon Heated Split Shot
  4. Heated Slug Shot Icon Heated Slug Shot
  5. Heated Clean Shot Icon Heated Clean Shot
  6. Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw

The reason for delaying Chainsaw by a full combo in raid situations is that it sets up the rotation for a powerful double Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge burst sequence every two minutes.

3.

Burst Phases

Machinist burst consists of Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge windows, which can be further enhanced by using Wildfire Icon Wildfire every two minutes, in addition to Automaton Queen Icon Automaton Queen. Barrel Stabilizer Icon Barrel Stabilizer generates 50 heat every two minutes, allowing Machinist to use Wildfire Icon Wildfire in the opener and double Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge every two minutes.

4.

When do I use Hypercharge?

Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge costs 50 heat and takes 7.5 seconds to execute. It enables the use of Heat Blast Icon Heat Blast, which can be used five times during the window. Each cast of Heat Blast Icon Heat Blast also restores Gauss Round Icon Gauss Round and Ricochet Icon Ricochet recast timers by 15 seconds. The following prerequisites should be met before you decide to Hypercharge:

  1. Drill Icon Drill, Air Anchor Icon Air Anchor, and Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw all have longer than eight seconds left on their cooldown.
  2. Your combo will not be broken. As of 6.0, the combo lasts 30 seconds, so this only becomes an issue if you attempt three Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge windows in succession without combo actions between them.
  3. You have less than two Gauss Round Icon Gauss Round or Ricochet Icon Ricochet charges stored. If either stack is at two when you start Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge, you will have a forced overcap.
  4. Using Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge still allows you to use Wildfire Icon Wildfire on cooldown. You want a minimum of 50 Heat going into a Wildfire window.

Every two minutes, one Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge can be paired with Wildfire Icon Wildfire, which increases in potency for every weaponskill the Machinist executes on the afflicted target up to a maximum of six hits. Wildfire Icon Wildfire can be used either one GCD before or after the Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge to get six weaponskills under the duration, but double weaving it with the Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge offers the most lenient timing margin. Example setups below:

  • Wildfire Icon Wildfire > GCD > Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge > Heat Blast Icon Heat Blast x5
  • Wildfire Icon Wildfire > Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge > Heat Blast Icon Heat Blast x5 > GCD
  • Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge > Heat Blast Icon Heat Blast > Wildfire Icon Wildfire > Heat Blast Icon Heat Blast x4 > GCD > GCD
5.

How does Wildfire snapshot raid buffs?

Wildfire functions the same as other DoTs in the game, meaning it will snapshot raid buffs upon being placed on an enemy, not when the explosion happens.

6.

Automaton Queen

Automaton Queen Icon Automaton Queen can be used with the battery gauge whenever it is above 50. As of patch 6.2, for each 10 battery, Queen gains extra potency on all of her attacks, including Arm Punch Icon Arm Punch, Roller Dash Icon Roller Dash, Pile Bunker Icon Pile Bunker and Crowned Collider Icon Crowned Collider. This means that the most effective way to turn battery into potency is to avoid overcapping the battery gauge and summon Automaton Queen Icon Automaton Queen right before raid buff windows. As the weaponskill rotation generates roughly 190-200 battery for every two-minute cycle, the most effective practice is to summon queen every 60 seconds with the gauge at 90-100. Listed below is a table of all Battery levels and how they effect Battery usage.

Battery Amount Potency Per Battery Pile Bunker Potency Crowned Collider Potency Total Normalized Pet Potency
50 26.6 340 390 1184
60 26.6 408 468 1422
70 26.6 476 546 1658
80 26.6 544 624 1894
90 26.6 612 702 2131
100 26.6 680 780 2368
7.

Do I have to manually trigger Pile Bunker using Queen Overdrive?

No, Automaton Queen Icon Automaton Queen automatically casts Pile Bunker Icon Pile Bunker followed by Crowned Collider Icon Crowned Collider at the end of her sequence. The only time you will press Queen Overdrive Icon Queen Overdrive is when the enemy is about to die or downtime is about to happen.

8.

Do Queen attacks affect the damage compiled by Wildfire?

No, only GCDs used by your character do.

9.

Raid Opener and Alignment

Given everything that we've gone over previosuly, this is what your opener would look like in a raid scenario.

Since we've created the pocket of three Heated Combo actions, we can later on replace them in the rotation with a full Hypercharge window. To facilitate this, we're forced to delay Barrel Stabilizer slightly at two minutes, placing it between the first and second Heat Blast Icon Heat Blast. Our weave windows become a bit hectic here as well. There's only one weave slot prior to Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw, and since that is our target for Reassemble, it results in another slight delay to Wildfire Icon Wildfire as well. Automaton Queen Icon Automaton Queen should be summoned upon reaching 100 Battery, which should happen after the Air Anchor Icon Air Anchor cast at the start of the burst window. The only available weave slot will be after the Drill Icon Drill, but before using Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge.

A full burst inside of raid buffs post-opener would look like this:

10.

Solo Opener

This opener is suitable for most content outside of raids and aims to output as much potency as quickly as possible. Notice this opener does not include Automaton Queen Icon Automaton Queen. Since Queen's potency is linear across all Battery levels, feel free to summon her as you deem fit. As this is a solo opener, she will be unaffected by raid buffs.

10.1.

Drifting Multi-Tool Actions

While learning a fight and drifting your short cooldown actions or, in the worst-case scenario, you have just died, you will be dealing with something called drift. Specifically with Drill Icon Drill, Air Anchor Icon Air Anchor, and Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw, small amounts of drift on this skill can result in major discrepencies in your rotation. A single GCD of drift on any of these changes where we can Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge and also hinders our ability to burst in two-minute windows. Drifting Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw will result in forced delay on Wildfire Icon Wildfire. If drift does happen due to tunneling on a fight your best course of action will be to delay the entire rotation by a singular GCD, which means inserting a filler combo action into your two-minute rotation. This will push your Wildfire back as well, but will still land it within raid buffs and ensure you are able to burst properly and maintain your Heat mapping.

10.2.

Heat Overcap

In the case where you have accidentally overcapped on Heat, it is important to note how much you have overcapped by. Whatever you overcap on is the amount you will not have going into your next burst window. If this happens, it may be wise to store a Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge window you would normally use earlier to ensure you are able to burst inside of raid buffs. This will be determined by how much the overcap was and what amount of Heat you would normally have going into the next burst window.

10.3.

Dealing With Downtime

Machinist handles downtime incredibly well. We have no buff to upkeep and all of our cooldown actions are higher piority over our main combo actions, so any downtime allows the timers on our big abilities to continue ticking. The main thing to worry about when coming back from downtime phases is ensuring you have no or minimal overcap on resources and getting your big damage actions on cooldown with their proper alignment. If you come back with enough Heat you can repurpose the three Heated actions in the opener with a Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge window to avoid Heat overcap.

10.4.

Recovering From Death

This is going to be the most common issue players have to deal with, Machinist or not, and is sometimes unavoidable. Machinist will lose all gauge resource when they die. Depending on where you are at in your rotation, this can either be thousands of potency lost or just a few hundred. The most important thing to do when you are raised is to get Drill Icon Drill, Air Anchor Icon Air Anchor, and Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw back on cooldown. If you want to add the filler correctly between them you can do so, but it does not matter as much as your entire Heat mapping will be off from normal. You may have to delay Wildfire Icon Wildfire a bit to build back Heat, and you should be prioritizing your multi-tool skills over Wildfire in the case their cooldown timers collide. Barrel Stabilizer Icon Barrel Stabilizer may need to be placed after your Wildfire usage. If this happens, you will need to store enough Heat for successive Wildfire usage later in the fight as you will not be able to press it before your next Wildfire.

11.

Multi-Target Rotation

The multi-target rotation works very much the same way as the single target one, but some abilities can be switched to a multi-target variant.

11.1.

Two Targets

  • Reassemble Icon Reassemble: Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw > Air Anchor Icon Air Anchor
  • Use Bioblaster Icon Bioblaster instead of Drill Icon Drill
  • Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge: Heat Blast Icon Heat Blast
  • Filler: Combo
11.2.

Three Targets

  • Reassemble Icon Reassemble: Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw > Air Anchor Icon Air Anchor
  • Use Bioblaster Icon Bioblaster instead of Drill Icon Drill
  • Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge: Auto Crossbow Icon Auto Crossbow
  • Filler: Flamethrower Icon Flamethrower > Scattergun Icon Scattergun
11.3.

Four-Six Targets

  • Reassemble Icon Reassemble: Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw > Scattergun Icon Scattergun > Auto Crossbow Icon Auto Crossbow
  • Use Bioblaster Icon Bioblaster instead of Drill Icon Drill
  • Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge: Auto Crossbow Icon Auto Crossbow
  • Filler: Flamethrower Icon Flamethrower > Scattergun Icon Scattergun
11.4.

Seven or More Targets

  • Reassemble Icon Reassemble: Chain Saw Icon Chain Saw > Scattergun Icon Scattergun > Auto Crossbow Icon Auto Crossbow
  • Use Bioblaster Icon Bioblaster instead of Drill Icon Drill
  • Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge: Auto Crossbow Icon Auto Crossbow
  • Filler: Flamethrower Icon Flamethrower > Scattergun Icon Scattergun
  • Delay Air Anchor Icon Air Anchor as it is no longer worth using
12.

Is Flamethrower useful?

Flamethrower Icon Flamethrower is a gain when used against three or more enemies and when you are unable to get another Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge window. Generally, using this action with low Heat resource or towards the end of a mob's health is optimal. There are situations where using Flamethrower on two targets is a gain, but it is fight- and kill-time-dependent.

13.

Why does Machinist feel bad on high ping and what can I do about it?

Machinist is quite often forced into a 1.5s GCD speed while under Hypercharge Icon Hypercharge. This leaves a lot less room to weave than a standard GCD speed of 2.5s. Hypercharge itself as a buff is limited to 8s. If you clip while weaving Ricochet Icon Ricochet and Gauss Round Icon Gauss Round between each Heat Blast Icon Heat Blast, there is a chance you may not get five Heat Blasts inside of Hypercharge. The job will still be playable, but high-end content may be a problem. If you are having issues with this, you can opt to remove a couple weaves from between Heat Blasts or use a gaming VPN to reduce your ping.

14.

Changelog

  • 24 Aug. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.2.
  • 20 Apr. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.1.
  • 05 Jan. 2022: Page updated.
  • 06 Dec. 2021: Guide added.
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