Samurai DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Endwalker 6.55

Last updated on Jan 16, 2024 at 15:53 by boxer 13 comments

On this page, you will find the best gear and best-in-slot items for your Samurai DPS in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Patch 6.55).

1.

Samurai Gearsets (BiS)

This section covers endgame best-in-slot builds for Samurai in Patch 6.5 and also includes two options of iLvL 640 progression sets for those who want a strong starting point. This page also includes multiple potential Ultimate-specific builds for all Ultimate fights. These gear sets are made by calculating the highest possible damage modifiers at viable looping Skill Speed ranges and checking them against each other using a simulated full-uptime rotation.

If you are interested in making your own gear sets, or just want to check upgrade paths and melds, you can check out the Gear Planner.

If you instead are gearing up and don't want to do a deep dive into a spreadsheet for granular gains, you can read more about Samurai's interaction with various substats and find a general meld priority in the melding section linked below.

2.

Best in Slot by Encounter

Patch 6.4 (Anabaseios) The Omega Protocol Dragonsong's Reprise The Epic of Alexander The Weapon's Refrain The Unending Coil of Bahamut
Week 1 Prog (Crafted) Best-in-Slot 2.15 (Savage/Tome) Best-in-Slot 2.08 (Savage/Tome) Best-in-Slot 2.00 (Savage/Tome)
2.1.

Patch 6.4 Week 1 Prog Sets

The sets below cover both ends depending on how much gil you want to spend on your early progression gear - for minimal investment, look to the Economy set; for a significant investment, the pentameld set is what you're looking for. Outside of week 1 the investment may not be as worth it, consider your situation.


2.2.

Savage BiS — 2.15 GCD

The 2.15 GCD Savage BiS set is the highest simulated DPS output of all current Savage BiS gear sets. As it only spends the absolute minimum amount of melds into Skill Speed, it is able to maximize the amount put into other more beneficial substats. This gear set is also recommended for those newer to the job or with higher ping, as more time between GCDs is more lenient for double weaves or being unsure of your next button in the rotation.

Portions of these gear sets can only be acquired by completing the current raid tier. A guide for the content can be found in the link below.

2.3.

Savage BiS — 2.08 GCD

The 2.08 GCD Savage BiS set is roughly 0.5% below 2.15 in simulated DPS and may cause some issues with weaving depending on player ping. In exchange for this, it extends the rotation by one to 29 GCDs per minute, allowing for more flexibility with mechanic downtime to keep your burst phases aligned with your party.

Portions of these gear sets can only be acquired by completing the current raid tier. A guide for the content can be found in the link below.

2.4.

Savage BiS — 2.00 GCD

The 2.00 GCD Savage BiS set is also roughly 1% below 2.15 in simulated DPS, and it nearly guarantees issues with Iai and double weaves without the use of third party software. The benefits of this set are that the rotation is extended one further to 30 GCDs per minute, and has a faster playstyle similar to Monk.

Portions of these gear sets can only be acquired by completing the current raid tier. A guide for the content can be found in the link below.

Patch 6.5 has brought with it a new dungeon, The Lunar Subterrane, which drops iLevel 635 gear - the maximum allowed iLevel in The Omega Protocol. This allows for arguably easier to obtain, stronger gear pieces to use in place of gear otherwise needed from Abyssos Savage. With the release of Patch 6.45 and the ability to choose our stats on the Majestic Manderville Samurai Blade, it has overtaken even the reward weapon as the Best in Slot weapon for The Omega Protocol, being easily obtainable without ever setting foot inside the content. Patch 6.55 added the ability to upgrade this weapon further, however due to the Item Level Sync feature there is no difference between these two steps in this content.

Portions of these gear sets can only be acquired by completing the Abyssos raid tier. A guide for the content can be found in the link below.

Here you can find an image with additional Best-in-Slot options for different Skill Speeds as well as different weapons, for those who still have the Abyssos Savage weapon or who have already completed The Omega Protocol and are looking to reclear on Samurai.

Samurai TOP BiS 6.45

Patch 6.3 has brought with it a new dungeon, Lapis Manalis, which drops iLevel 605 gear - the maximum allowed iLevel in Dragonsong's Reprise. This allows for arguably easier to obtain, stronger gear pieces to use in place of gear otherwise needed from Asphodelos Savage.

With the release of Patch 6.45 and the ability to choose our stats on the Majestic Manderville Samurai Blade, it has overtaken even the reward weapon as the Best in Slot weapon for Dragonsong's Reprise, being easily obtainable without ever setting foot inside the content. Patch 6.55 added the ability to upgrade this weapon further, however due to the Item Level Sync feature there is no difference between these two steps in this content.

Portions of these gear sets can only be acquired by completing the Asphodelos raid tier. A guide for the content can be found in the link below.

Here you can find an image with additional Best-in-Slot options for different Skill Speeds as well as different weapons, for those who still have the Asphodelos Savage weapon or who have already completed Dragonsong's Reprise and are looking to reclear on Samurai.

Samurai DSR BiS 6.45
2.5.

The Epic of Alexander (TEA) Best in Slot

Due to the way gear syncs and our ability to cap substats on gear for the fight, your gear choices in The Epic of Alexander make very little difference anymore. Ultimate fights have odd phasing and downtime making looping near-impossible, so working towards a usual Skill Speed tier may have less of an impact than in other fights. You should still aim for the usual suspects if possible, and the item level listed below is required to max out both substats on gear for the fight. All gear above the specified item level will work:
  • Item level 595

We also have sourced several sets from the community in The Balance Discord Server for Best in Slot options, using the Gear Planner as a benchmark. They can be found below in image form. Note some pieces do not have melds listed, this is due to the way gear syncing strips melded substats.

Samurai TEA BiS 6.45
2.6.

The Weapon's Refrain (UWU) Best in Slot

Due to the way gear syncs and our ability to cap substats on gear for the fight, your gear choices in The Weapon's Refrain make very little difference anymore. Ultimate fights have odd phasing and downtime making looping near-impossible, so working towards a usual Skill Speed tier may have less of an impact than in other fights. You should still aim for the usual suspects if possible, and the item level listed below is required to max out both substats on gear for the fight. All gear above the specified item level will work:
  • Item level 500

We also have sourced several sets from the community in The Balance Discord Server for Best in Slot options, using the Gear Planner as a benchmark. They can be found below in image form. Note some pieces do not have melds listed, this is due to the way gear syncing strips melded substats.

Samurai UWU BiS 6.45
2.7.

The Unending Coil of Bahamut (UCoB) Best in Slot

Due to the way gear syncs and our ability to cap substats on gear for the fight, your gear choices in The Unending Coil of Bahamut make very little difference anymore. Ultimate fights have odd phasing and downtime making looping near-impossible, so working towards a usual Skill Speed tier may have less of an impact than in other fights. You should still aim for the usual suspects if possible, and the item level listed below is required to max out both substats on gear for the fight. All gear above the specified item level will work:
  • Item level 470

We also have sourced several sets from the community in The Balance Discord Server for Best in Slot options, using the Gear Planner as a benchmark. They can be found below in image form. Note some pieces do not have melds listed, this is due to the way gear syncing strips melded substats.

Samurai UCoB BiS 6.45
3.

Changelog

  • 16 Jan. 2024: Updated for Patch 6.55
  • 15 Oct. 2023: Updated for Patch 6.5
  • 24 May 2023: Updated for Patch 6.4
  • 10 Jan. 2023: Updated for Patch 6.3
  • 23 Aug. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.2
  • 20 Apr. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.1
  • 10 Feb. 2022: Guide added.
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