Ninja DPS Rotation, Openers, and Abilities — Endwalker 6.2

Last updated on Aug 29, 2022 at 17:30 by Sheenda 13 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 Ninja DPS in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Patch 6.2).

1.

Rotation Overview

Ninjas rotation only has two parts to it, the burst phase and the builder phase. This job is heavily focused on getting as much damage as possible inside our burst phase, and then just setting up to get the most into our next burst phase.

The burst phase consists of everything inside of our Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack window. In a full-uptime scenario, we want to aim to have 2 uses of Raiton Icon Raiton, 2 or 3 uses of Bhavacakra Icon Bhavacakra, one use of Dream Within a Dream Icon Dream Within a Dream, and one use of Hyosho Ranryu Icon Hyosho Ranryu. When we have Ten Chi Jin Icon Ten Chi Jin available to use, we want to put it into the soonest possible Trick Attack. This will happen every two minutes, and will replace weaponskills in the relevant Trick Attacks. On these 2-minute windows, we will also aim to have all of this happening inside the raid buff of Mug Icon Mug.

2.

Opener

Ninja's opener is all based around getting Mug Icon Mug up at the best time for the entire party, thereby maximizing the gain of the buff, and pushing all our damage into that window, which is naturally aligned with the rest of the party's buffs as well. This gives us the highest damage opener in the entire game, and sets us up to ride that damage window throughout the rest of the fight.

  1. At 11 seconds before pull, cast Huton Icon Huton
  2. Use Hide Icon Hide
  3. At 6 seconds before pull, start the mudras for Suiton Icon Suiton but do not cast this until 1 second before the pull
  4. At 1 second on the countdown, use Suiton Icon Suiton then immediately use Kassatsu Icon Kassatsu
  5. Spinning Edge Icon Spinning Edge ->Grade 6 Tincture of Dexterity Icon Grade 6 Tincture of Dexterity
  6. Gust Slash Icon Gust Slash ->Mug Icon Mug ->Bunshin Icon Bunshin
  7. Phantom Kamaitachi Icon Phantom Kamaitachi -> late weave Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack
  8. Aeolian Edge Icon Aeolian Edge ->Dream Within a Dream Icon Dream Within a Dream
  9. Hyosho Ranryu Icon Hyosho Ranryu
  10. Raiton Icon Raiton ->Ten Chi Jin Icon Ten Chi Jin
  11. Fuma Shuriken Icon Fuma Shuriken ->Raiton Icon Raiton ->Suiton Icon Suiton ->Meisui Icon Meisui
  12. Fleeting Raiju Icon Fleeting Raiju ->Bhavacakra Icon Bhavacakra
  13. Fleeting Raiju Icon Fleeting Raiju ->Bhavacakra Icon Bhavacakra
  14. Raiton Icon Raiton
  15. Fleeting Raiju Icon Fleeting Raiju
3.

Single-Target Priority

For single target fights, we will have all our Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack windows be roughly the same as the one above, with slight variation based on which part of your combo you are in at the time, and whether its the 1 minute or 2 minute Trick Attack. Outside of this Trick Attack window however, there is a very basic priority to follow to make sure you are set up for success going into the next Trick Attack window.

3.1.

Weaponskill Combo Finisher Usage

  • If your Huton Icon Huton buff is under 30 seconds, refresh it by using Armor Crush Icon Armor Crush.
  • Use your Fleeting Raiju Icon Fleeting Raiju or Forked Raiju Icon Forked Raiju so you do not lose them.
  • If you have more than 30 seconds left on your Huton Icon Huton buff, use Aeolian Edge Icon Aeolian Edge as your combo ender instead.
3.2.

Ninki Management

For Ninki, the big thing is that you will never want to overcap it, and you want to always make sure you have the possibility to use Bunshin Icon Bunshin on cooldown, even if this ends up meaning less uses of Bhavacakra Icon Bhavacakra in your Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack window. This means your priority for Ninki management will the following:

  • Use Bunshin Icon Bunshin as soon as it is off cooldown.
  • If you are about to overcap Ninki and Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack is not up, use Bhavacakra Icon Bhavacakra once.
  • If Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack is up, use all your Ninki on Bhavacakra Icon Bhavacakra.
3.3.

Ninjutsu Usage

Because Ninjutsu has two charges, we are able to go into every burst window with one full charge ready, and another one that will become ready to use during the burst window. This is achieved by only ever using 1 Suiton Icon Suiton outside of Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack and holding the other charges for Trick Attack. This means that you will use one ninjutsu charge on Suiton outside of Trick Attack, and two charges inside of Trick Attack.

  • Use Suiton Icon Suiton to set up Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack when there is less than 20 seconds left on Trick Attack's cooldown.
  • If Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack is up, use both your charges on Raiton Icon Raiton and your extra Kassatsu Icon Kassatsu on Hyosho Ranryu Icon Hyosho Ranryu.
4.

2-Target Priority

Two-target priority will only be slightly different from your single-target priority. You will still want to use Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack on cooldown as well as every other ability on cooldown, even if they are only able to hit one enemy. The Ninki usage will change and so will your Ninjutsu usage though.

4.1.

Weaponskill Combo Finisher Usage

  • Make sure your Huton Icon Huton buff does not fall off, by refreshing it using Armor Crush Icon Armor Crush.
  • Use your Fleeting Raiju Icon Fleeting Raiju or Forked Raiju Icon Forked Raiju so you do not lose them.
  • If you have more than 30 seconds left on your Huton Icon Huton buff, use Aeolian Edge Icon Aeolian Edge as your combo ender instead.
4.2.

Ninki Management

For Ninki, you will still end up using Bhavacakra Icon Bhavacakra, but the biggest priority will still be on Bunshin Icon Bunshin no matter what.

  • Use Bunshin Icon Bunshin as soon as it is off cooldown.
  • If you are about to overcap Ninki and Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack is not up, use Bhavacakra Icon Bhavacakra once
  • If Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack is up, use all your Ninki on Bhavacakra Icon Bhavacakra.
4.3.

Ninjutsu Usage

With two targets, your usage of Ninjutsu changes a little bit. You will still use Suiton Icon Suiton to set up Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack, but now as well as Raiton Icon Raiton, you will also be using Doton Icon Doton.

  • Use Suiton Icon Suiton to set up Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack when there is less than 20 seconds left on Trick Attack's cooldown.
  • Keep Doton Icon Doton up as much as possible, assuming the enemies will stay in it for at least 12 seconds of the duration.
  • Use Goka Mekkyaku Icon Goka Mekkyaku with Kassatsu Icon Kassatsu inside Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack assuming Doton Icon Doton is down.
  • Use Raiton Icon Raiton if enemies die before full usage of another Doton Icon Doton.
5.

3+ Target Priority

At 3 or more targets we are into going full AoE rotation. At this point we start to forego Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack and instead use more Katon Icon Katon and Doton Icon Doton. This is also the point where we start to use our AoE weaponskills instead of our single target ones.

5.1.

Weaponskill Usage

At 3 targets or more, our AoE weaponskills start outdamaging our single target ones. Unless there is a single target that needs to die before the rest, we will use our AoE weaponskills instead of our single target ones from here on out.

5.2.

Ninki Management

Our ninki will now be used for AoE as well. This means using Hellfrog Medium Icon Hellfrog Medium instead of Bhavacakra Icon Bhavacakra, but still using Bunshin Icon Bunshin as our top priority.

  • Use Bunshin Icon Bunshin as soon as it is off cooldown.
  • Use ninki on Hellfrog Medium Icon Hellfrog Medium.
5.3.

Ninjutsu Usage

At this point, we start to forego Trick Attack Icon Trick Attack in favor of more Doton Icon Doton and Katon Icon Katon. We may still sometimes use Trick Attack because a certain mob needs to be prioritized, but this is rare and we would revert to our 2-target priority in this case.

  • Keep Doton Icon Doton up as much as possible, assuming the enemies will stay in it for at least 12 seconds of the duration.
  • Use Goka Mekkyaku Icon Goka Mekkyaku with Kassatsu Icon Kassatsu.
  • Use Katon Icon Katon if enemies die before full usage of another Doton Icon Doton.
6.

Changelog

  • 29 Aug. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.2
  • 20 Apr. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.1
  • 17 Nov. 2021: Guide added.
  • 08 Apr. 2022: Updated Rotation for Endwalker
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