Monk DPS DPS Melding, Stat Priority, and Consumables — Endwalker 6.55

Last updated on Jan 30, 2024 at 12:00 by Perfect Balance 14 comments

On this page, you will find the best melding choices and consumables, as well as the stat priority they are based on, for Monk in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Patch 6.55).


Materia Melding, Stat Priority, and Consumables for Monk

This section covers materia melding, stat priorities, and the best consumable choices for Monk. For a specific list of best-in-slot gear, check out our dedicated gear page.


Monk Stat Priority

Monk's stat priority is very simple.

  1. Weapon Damage
  2. Strength
  3. Skill Speed until 766
  4. Critical Hit
  5. Determination
  6. Direct Hit
  7. Skill Speed beyond 766

Weapon Damage and your Main Stat (Strength in the case of Monk) are going to be the highest priority stat for every job and will have a much greater effect on your DPS than minor substat changes, hence why these should always be your priority when looking to upgrade gear.

Getting your Skill Speed to a minimum of 766 is important for Monk as this sets our GCD to 1.94, allowing our rotation to function cleanly without causing Riddle of Fire Icon Riddle of Fire to drift. The 854 Skill Speed tier/1.93 GCD works as well if gear choices allow it, but assuming you are melding Skill Speed due to being below the 766 tier, you can safely stop and swap to melding other materia upon reaching 766.

Critical Hit is always going to be the substat with the biggest impact on Monk's DPS due to Deep Meditation II Icon Deep Meditation II and Bootshine Icon Bootshine. Critical Hit increases both crit damage - valuable for Bootshine Icon Bootshine - and crit chance. Deep Meditation II Icon Deep Meditation II also makes every critical hit effectively worth an additional 68 potency, meaning that the stat is very strong on Monk.

Beyond this, Determination and Direct Hit are both very close together in terms of value, and a general rule for melding is to try and keep them at somewhat similar levels, leaning slightly heavier into Determination. It is worth mentioning that this will not always be perfectly represented in best-in-slot gear lists as optimized melds still come down to stat tiering, so in some cases, best-in-slots may include a heavy focus on either Determination or Direct Hit due to the gear that is available to us.


Monk Consumables

Potions, or tinctures, are very simple in Final Fantasy XIV. The one you want to use will always be a High-Quality version of the highest grade Main Stat tincture available; for Monk, this is Strength.

The best food choices can be found on the aforementioned gear page, and these generally stick to the previously outlined stat priority.



  • 18 Jan. 2024: Updated for patch 6.55.
  • 24 May 2023: Updated for 6.4.
  • 13 Jan. 2023: Up-to-date for Patch 6.3
  • 20 Apr. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.1
  • 31 Dec. 2021: Guide added.
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