Leveling Rotations and Tips for Red Mage — Endwalker 6.2

Last updated on Aug 30, 2022 at 02:00 by Argen and Lana 1 comment
This page covers the rotation and action usage when leveling Red Mage to Level 90. 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. We start to pay attention to substats when equipment is of an equal or very similar item level. In those scenarios, we prioritize the piece with more Critical Hit, followed by Determination and Direct Hit. Allagan Tomestone of Poetics can be exchanged for strong levelling gear in Mor Dhona at level 50, Idyllshire at level 60, Rhalgr's Reach at level 70, and Eulmore at level 80.

2.

Rotation Overview While Leveling Red Mage

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Level: 18

Red Mage starts at level 50. At level 18, which is the synced level for the lowest level dungeon (Sastasha), we already get a basic AOE rotation, so that is where we will begin. The general flow of the job remains quite similar throughout: dualcast spells, use enchanted weaponskills when available, and use oGCDs for damage.

2.1.

Single Target GCDs

  • In single target scenarios, we cast Jolt Icon Jolt into Verthunder Icon Verthunder or Veraero Icon Veraero. Try to alternate betweenThunder and Aero to keep mana levels relatively balanced (within 30 of each other)..
  • In single target scenarios, we alternate between casting Verfire Icon Verfire (or Jolt Icon Jolt if no proc is available) into Verthunder Icon Verthunder or Veraero Icon Veraero. Try to alternate betweenThunder and Aeroto keep mana levels relatively balanced.
  • In single target scenarios, we alternate between casting Verfire Icon Verfire or Verstone Icon Verstone (or Jolt Icon Jolt if no proc is available) into Verthunder Icon Verthunder or Veraero Icon Veraero. Try to alternate between thunder and Aeroto keep mana levels relatively balanced (within 30 of each other).
  • In single target scenarios, we alternate between casting Verfire Icon Verfire or Verstone Icon Verstone (or Jolt II Icon Jolt II if no proc is available) into Verthunder Icon Verthunder or Veraero Icon Veraero. Try to alternate between thunder and Aeroto keep mana levels relatively balanced (within 30 of each other).
  • In single target scenarios, we alternate between casting Verfire Icon Verfire or Verstone Icon Verstone (or Jolt II Icon Jolt II if no proc is available) into Verthunder III Icon Verthunder III or Veraero III Icon Veraero III. Try to alternate betweenThunder and Aeroto keep mana levels relatively balanced (within 30 of each other).
  • Use Enchanted Riposte Icon Enchanted Riposte when you have above 20 white mana and black mana. Avoid using this action below this threshold as the unenchanted version is a DPS loss.
  • Use Enchanted Riposte Icon Enchanted RiposteEnchanted Zwerchhau Icon Enchanted Zwerchhau when you have above 35 white mana and black mana. Avoid using these actions below this threshold as the unenchanted versions are a DPS loss.
  • Use Enchanted Riposte Icon Enchanted RiposteEnchanted Zwerchhau Icon Enchanted ZwerchhauEnchanted Redoublement Icon Enchanted Redoublement when you have above 50 white mana and black mana. Avoid using these actions below this threshold as the unenchanted versions are a DPS loss.
  • Use Enchanted Riposte Icon Enchanted RiposteEnchanted Zwerchhau Icon Enchanted ZwerchhauEnchanted Redoublement Icon Enchanted RedoublementVerflare Icon Verflare when you have above 50 white mana and black mana. Avoid using these actions below this threshold as the unenchanted versions are a DPS loss.
  • Use Enchanted Riposte Icon Enchanted RiposteEnchanted Zwerchhau Icon Enchanted ZwerchhauEnchanted Redoublement Icon Enchanted RedoublementVerflare Icon Verflare or Verholy Icon Verholy when you have above 50 white mana and black mana. Avoid using these actions below this threshold as the unenchanted versions are a DPS loss. Use the finisher that you have lower mana of to guarantee a proc and keep your mana balanced (within 30 of each other).
  • Use Enchanted Riposte Icon Enchanted RiposteEnchanted Zwerchhau Icon Enchanted ZwerchhauEnchanted Redoublement Icon Enchanted RedoublementVerflare Icon Verflare or Verholy Icon VerholyScorch Icon Scorch when you have above 50 white mana and black mana. Avoid using these actions below this threshold as the unenchanted versions are a DPS loss. Use the finisher that you have lower mana of to guarantee a proc and keep your mana balanced (within 30 of each other).
2.2.

AOE (3+ Targets) GCDs

  • Our AOE casting rotation for 3+ targets is Verthunder II Icon Verthunder II or Veraero Icon Veraero into Scatter Icon Scatter, while trying to keep our mana levels balanced (within 30 of each other).
  • Our AOE casting rotation for 3+ targets is Verthunder II Icon Verthunder II or Veraero II Icon Veraero II into Scatter Icon Scatter, while trying to keep our mana levels balanced (within 30 of each other).
  • Our AOE casting rotation for 3+ targets is Verthunder II Icon Verthunder II or Veraero II Icon Veraero II into Impact Icon Impact, while trying to keep our mana levels balanced (within 30 of each other).
  • Our AOE rotation changes with the addition of Enchanted Moulinet Icon Enchanted Moulinet, an AOE mana spender that is a DPS gain on 3+ targets. Mix in Enchanted Moulinet Icon Enchanted Moulinet uses between casting AOE spells.
  • At 60 black and white mana or more, use Enchanted Moulinet Icon Enchanted Moulinet three times → Verflare Icon Verflare.
  • At 60 black and white mana or more, use Enchanted Moulinet Icon Enchanted Moulinet three times → Verflare Icon Verflare or Verholy Icon Verholy. Use the finisher that you have lower mana of to guarantee a proc and keep your mana balanced (within 30 of each other).
  • At 60 black and white mana or more, use Enchanted Moulinet Icon Enchanted Moulinet three times → Verflare Icon Verflare or Verholy Icon VerholyScorch Icon Scorch. Use the finisher that you have lower mana of to guarantee a proc and keep your mana balanced (within 30 of each other).
2.3.

Offensive oGCDs

  • Corps-a-corps Icon Corps-a-corps is primarily used for damage. It should be used on cooldown when it's safe to do so, though one charge can situationally be saved for raid buffs or movement. The gap-closer aspect of it should be considered a bonus or incidental effect.
  • Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast lets us instantly cast our next GCD, which is useful to keep casting spells while moving around. This should primarily be used on our harder-hitting casts: Veraero Icon Veraero or Verthunder Icon Verthunder for single target, or Scatter Icon Scatter for AOE.
  • Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast lets us instantly cast our next GCD, which is useful to keep casting spells while moving around. This should primarily be used on our harder-hitting casts: Veraero Icon Veraero or Verthunder Icon Verthunder for single target, or Impact Icon Impact for AOE.
  • Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast lets us instantly cast our next GCD, which is useful to keep casting spells while moving around. This should primarily be used on our harder-hitting casts: Veraero III Icon Veraero III or Verthunder III Icon Verthunder III for single target, or Impact Icon Impact for AOE.
  • Engagement Icon Engagement and Displacement Icon Displacement share the same cooldown and do the same potency, so we generally prefer Engagement Icon Engagement for the shorter animation lock unless the movement from Displacement is useful. They should be used on cooldown, though one charge can situationally be saved for raid buffs or movement.
  • Fleche Icon Fleche is our most powerful single target oGCD and should be used strictly on cooldown.
  • Acceleration Icon Acceleration removes the cast time on our next Veraero Icon Veraero or Verthunder Icon Verthunder and guarantees that they give us a proc. For AOE scenarios, we can use it to instantly cast a damage-buffed Scatter Icon Scatter. In boss fights, the best use for this ability is to keep uptime while moving and dodging attacks.
  • Acceleration Icon Acceleration removes the cast time on our next Veraero Icon Veraero or Verthunder Icon Verthunder and guarantees that they give us a proc. For AOE scenarios, we can use it to instantly cast a damage-buffed Impact Icon Impact. In boss fights, the best use for this ability is to keep uptime while moving and dodging attacks.
  • Acceleration Icon Acceleration removes the cast time on our next Veraero III Icon Veraero III or Verthunder III Icon Verthunder III and guarantees that they give us a proc. For AOE scenarios, we can use it to instantly cast a damage-buffed Impact Icon Impact. In boss fights, the best use for this ability is to keep uptime while moving and dodging attacks.
  • Acceleration Icon Acceleration removes the cast time on our next Veraero III Icon Veraero III or Verthunder III Icon Verthunder III and guarantees that they give us a proc. For AOE scenarios, we can use it to instantly cast a damage-buffed Impact Icon Impact. In boss fights, the best use for this ability is to keep uptime while moving and dodging attacks. With two charges, one can be saved for movement without drifting its cooldown.
  • Contre Sixte Icon Contre Sixte should generally be used on cooldown, though it can be held for AOE scenarios on a case-by-case basis due to the damage gain on multiple targets.
  • Embolden Icon Embolden is a 20-second party buff that increases damage dealt by party members by 5%, and our own magical damage dealt by 5%. This means that for our own damage, only spells or weaponskills are buffed, while our oGCDs are not. In dungeons, Embolden Icon Embolden should be used both in trash packs and bosses. However, try to benefit from its full duration: if the trash pack or boss is just about to die, consider saving it for the next engagement.
  • Manafication Icon Manafication instantly gives us 50 black and white mana. It should be used close to on cooldown so we can benefit from more enchanted melee combo uses, which are a damage gain over casting normal spells. However, you should be careful not to overcap on black or white mana (i.e. don't "exceed" 100 mana of each).
  • Manafication Icon Manafication instantly gives us 50 black and white mana and grants five stacks of a 5% magical damage buff. It should be used close to on cooldown so we can benefit from more enchanted melee combo uses, which are a damage gain over casting normal spells. For single target, you should go into a melee combo immediately afterwards to benefit from the buff. The same applies to AOE scenarios, but you will need 10 black and white mana before using this ability to use three Enchanted Moulinet Icon Enchanted Moulinet in a row due to the 60 black and white mana cost to our AOE enchanted melee combo. Be careful not to overcap on black or white mana (i.e. don't "exceed" 100 mana of each).
2.4.

Defensive GCDs and oGCDs

  • Addle Icon Addle can be used to help healers keep the party alive at no DPS cost to ourselves. In lower level dungeons, its best to use on bosses doing unavoidable damage to the entire party, commomly known as "raidwides".
  • Sleep Icon Sleep can occasionally be used do disable enemies temporarily, but there's rarely a use for it in dungeons because mobs will wake up immediately upon taking damage. It is more useful for solo instances or the overworld.
  • Lucid Dreaming Icon Lucid Dreaming restores our own MP for 21 seconds. While it is rare to run out of MP while leveling, this ability should still be used consistently.
  • Surecast Icon Surecast is useful for surviving mechanics and preventing casts from being interrupted, though there are rare occasions where mechanics explicitly ignore this ability.
  • Using Vercure Icon Vercure mid-combat is usually a singificant DPS loss, and content is not designed around DPS roles providing sustained heals. But it can occasionally be used to save someone in an emergency. Moreover, this spell can be used during downtime to proc Dualcast Icon Dualcast, allowing us to instantly open on the next mob pack/boss with a stronger, instantly-casted spell. Using Vercure Icon Vercure when the boss is untargetable is a technique often used in endgame raids, making it a useful habit to develop early.
  • Verraise Icon Verraise can be dualcasted, making it a very powerful and convenient recovery tool. Red Mage is the only job that is capable of reviving multiple people in such quick succession. However, in endgame raid situations where DPS checks get introduced, it can be better to share reviving responsibilites with healers depending on the situation.
  • Magick Barrier Icon Magick Barrier is useful for keeping tanks alive in large dungeon pulls. A noteworthy difference from the Addle Icon Addle caster role action is that instead of debuffing the boss, it buffs all party members. The benefit is that it can be used when enemies are untargetable, but the drawback is that you need to be in range of party members to use it.
3.

Changelog

  • 03 Apr. 2022: Guide added.
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