Monk DPS Guide — Endwalker 6.1

Last updated on Apr 20, 2022 at 05:53 by Perfect Balance 5 comments

Welcome to our Monk DPS guide for Final Fantasy FFXIV: Endwalker (Patch 6.1). This guide will cover everything you need to know to play as a Monk in PvE, from the absolute basics of the job, to high-end optimisation.


Monk Overview

Monk is a fast-paced melee DPS, possessing a potent 60-second burst window and an even greater 120-second burst window. Greased Lightning Icon Greased Lightning grants us a quick GCD, and alongside The Forbidden Chakra Icon The Forbidden Chakra procs and juggling Beast chakra with Perfect Balance Icon Perfect Balance, this job is certain to keep you on your toes. Our core gameplay loop revolves around GCD manipulation as we build up towards a large burst every two minutes, with smaller burst opportunities interspersed between those windows.


Monk Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +High DPS output.
  • +Effortlessly able to transition between single-target and AoE.
  • +Excellent mobility thanks to Thunderclap Icon Thunderclap.
  • +Useful party mitigation in the form of Mantra Icon Mantra.
X Weaknesses
  • -Forced double weaves can cause rotational problems if you are unable to do so without clipping your GCD.
  • -Optimal rotations have a somewhat steep learning curve.
  • -Executing the correct rotation requires on knowing your killtime ahead of time.

Leveling Monk

If you are looking to level Monk for the first time or have jump potted and just want to understand the job from the beginning, make sure to check out our Monk leveling guide.

Monk Leveling Guide COMING SOON!

The Basics of Monk


Single Target

This is the most important thing to understand about Monk, as it is effectively the core of the job and informs every other aspect of how we play. The base of our rotation is formed by a flowchart. If X then Y, else Z is the question we ask ourselves at every step, and in answering these questions correctly, we end up naturally building our rotation. In each form, we have a different question:

  • When in Opo-opo form, do you have Leaden Fist active
    • If yes, use Bootshine Icon Bootshine.
    • If no, use Dragon Kick Icon Dragon Kick.
  • When in Raptor form, does your Disciplined Fist buff have more than 6 seconds remaining?
    • If yes, use True Strike Icon True Strike.
    • If no, refresh Twin Snakes Icon Twin Snakes.
  • When in Coeurl form, does your Demolish Icon Demolish have more than 6 seconds remaining?
    • If yes, use Snap Punch Icon Snap Punch.
    • If no, refresh Demolish Icon Demolish.

At first, this can appear overwhelming, as it seems that you have to keep track of quite a few timers. However, when we look at how this actually plays out, the process becomes a lot more simple. Following this priority system, we end up alternating between Bootshine Icon Bootshine and Dragon Kick Icon Dragon Kick on each Opo-opo form, alternating between Twin Snakes Icon Twin Snakes and True Strike Icon True Strike on each Raptor form, and using Snap Punch Icon Snap Punch twice between each Demolish Icon Demolish. With enough practice, this will become muscle memory, allowing you to focus more on the more challenging aspects of the rotation.

Alongside this, we want to be using Riddle of Fire Icon Riddle of Fire and Brotherhood Icon Brotherhood on cooldown. Given the cooldown of Brotherhood Icon Brotherhood, it will align with every other use of Riddle of Fire Icon Riddle of Fire. As such, we want to spend one charge of Perfect Balance Icon Perfect Balance in every lone Riddle of Fire Icon Riddle of Fire window, and in the windows that overlap Riddle of Fire Icon Riddle of Fire and Brotherhood Icon Brotherhood, we spend two charges.



Our AoE rotation and considerations are very simple. Shadow of the Destroyer Icon Shadow of the Destroyer and Four-point Fury Icon Four-point Fury become potency positive at three or more enemies. Demolish Icon Demolish is our strongest GCD by a good margin for Coeurl form, and it can be worth it to rotate through enemies applying your dot to each of them. However, this is only worthwhile if the dot will tick for long enough. Generally, this is not going to happen in dungeons, so spamming Rockbreaker Icon Rockbreaker is still better.

For Perfect Balance Icon Perfect Balance uses, you would use Shadow of the Destroyer Icon Shadow of the Destroyer three times to generate a Lunar Nadi. To generate a Solar Nadi, you would do one of each forms' AoE GCDs.


Gearing Up as a Monk

Gearing in FFXIV is quite simple; even more so as Monk double-dips on Crit value due to Bootshine Icon Bootshine and The Forbidden Chakra Icon The Forbidden Chakra. Check out the pages below to find BiS sets and stat priorities for Monk:


End Game as a Monk

By the time you have hit max level and become comfortable with the basics of the job, it is time to step it up and begin to explore just how flexible the Monk rotation can be. Our guide below will teach you how to map out your rotation and maximize your DPS with specific phase and boss kill times in mind.


Improving Your Monk Gameplay

If you are not quite performing up to the standard you would like to be and you are not sure why, the links below might shine a light upon some of your problems and help you resolve them.



  • 20 Apr. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.1
  • 31 Dec. 2021: Guide added.
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