Scholar DPS Rotation for Healers — Endwalker 6.2

Last updated on Sep 04, 2022 at 05:53 by Tonto 1 comment

On this page, you will learn how to optimise your DPS 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 Scholar in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Patch 6.2).

1.

Dealing Damage

Scholar has a fairly simple damage kit, with two single-target damage spells (Broil IV Icon Broil IV and Ruin II Icon Ruin II), one area-of-effect (AoE) damage spell (Art of War II Icon Art of War II), one damage-over-time (DoT) spell (Biolysis Icon Biolysis), and one oGCD damage ability (Energy Drain Icon Energy Drain). The basic rotation aims to maintain Biolysis Icon Biolysis on the boss while maximizing usages of Broil IV Icon Broil IV followed by Energy Drain Icon Energy Drain without sacrificing necessary healing.

2.

Openers

Scholar has several basic openers to choose between based on the healing needs at the beginning of the fight. The most important part of the opener is aligning Chain Stratagem Icon Chain Stratagem with the party's other raid buffs and burst. Remember that Aetherflow stacks and Dissipation Icon Dissipation can both be held as necessary for healing in the fight. It is recommended that you hold these at the start of progression and then work them into the opener once you and your cohealer are comfortable with healing at the start of the fight and/or better geared.

Aetherflow Icon Aetherflow and Dissipation Icon Dissipation can swap places in the opener based on the fight and your expected kill time. Aetherflow Icon Aetherflow first is considered the "standard" opener because it is the most flexible for dropping Energy Drain Icon Energy Drains and Dissipation Icon Dissipation and thus will generally be the opener you use when starting progression on a fight. However, if you are able to use Dissipation Icon Dissipation in the opener, Dissipation Icon Dissipation first holds several advantages and will usually be the preferred opener outside of specific phase or kill times. These advantages include better mana from using Aetherflow Icon Aetherflow later in the opener, the fairie returning to the field sooner, and setting up your Aetherflow Icon Aetherflow alignment for future burst windows in advance.

The numbered lines in each of these openers are Potions and GCDs, and the lines between them are oGCDs.

2.1.

No Swift Opener

This is the basic opener. It is easy to execute and does not require the usage of Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast. You can drop Energy Drain Icon Energy Drains and Dissipation Icon Dissipation from this opener as necessary for healing. There are five Energy Drain Icon Energy Drains in Chain Stratagem Icon Chain Stratagem and six Energy Drain Icon Energy Drains in Potion. Note that Aetherflow Icon Aetherflow and Dissipation Icon Dissipation can be flipped based on healing requirements in a specific encounter.

2.2.

Swift Opener

This is a more advanced opener that requires very precise timing of the first Energy Drain Icon Energy Drain after Chain Stratagem Icon Chain Stratagem, the usage of Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast, and around 2.43 GCD depending on your ping. This Energy Drain Icon Energy Drain needs to be held until you see the Chain Stratagem Icon Chain Stratagem debuff appear on the boss, or it will not gain the boosted crit rate. Do not use this opener if you are not able to use all six Aetherflow stacks for damage, or can not use Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast. There are six Energy Drain Icon Energy Drains in Chain Stratagem Icon Chain Stratagem and Potion.

3.

Single-Target Rotation Priorities

  1. Maintain Biolysis Icon Biolysis as long as it will be on the boss for at least 15s.
  2. Use Chain Stratagem Icon Chain Stratagem on cooldown after the opener, unless your group is holding buffs due to a specific mechanic or kill time.
  3. Use Broil IV Icon Broil IV whenever you have time to cast it and do not need to GCD heal (This should be >90% of the time).
  4. Use Ruin II Icon Ruin II when you do not have time to cast Broil IV Icon Broil IV due to movement and either can not use it or are holding Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast for safety. Try to avoid this in future runs by prepositioning.
  5. Use Energy Drain Icon Energy Drain when the Aetherflow stacks are not necessary for healing. Try to use these within two-minute raid buffs whenever possible.
4.

Multi-Target Damage

  1. Art of War II Icon Art of War II is a gain at two targets over Broil IV Icon Broil IV.
  2. At two to three targets, maintain Biolysis Icon Biolysis on all targets unless they will die soon.
  3. At four targets, only use Biolysis Icon Biolysis when you can not hit four+ targets due to movement. Otherwise, use Art of War II Icon Art of War II.
    • At the start of dungeon pulls, use Biolysis Icon Biolysis while following the tank.
  4. You can still use Energy Drain Icon Energy Drain in multitarget scenarios, but try to use them on the higher health targets to avoid wasting the damage.
5.

Maintaining Uptime

A large majority of the damage you do is simply based on GCD uptime, maximizing the amount of time you spend using Broil IV Icon Broil IV on the boss. Extended movement is the enemy of uptime, but you have several tools to deal with these.

  1. Slidecasting
    • "Slidecasting" involves moving before a cast has completed without interrupting the cast. The slidecast window in FFXIV is quite large compared to other MMOs. The exact timing depends on your ping, but it generally starts about 0.5s before the cast bar is finished. Between the slidecast window and the ~1s between Broil IV Icon Broil IV casts, you can be quite mobile all the time and easily preposition for most mechanics.
  2. Biolysis Icon Biolysis
    • Biolysis Icon Biolysis is instant cast, so you can use your natural DoT refreshes to freely move during mechanics or to preposition yourself. Do not force extra DoT refreshes to move though.
  3. Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast
    • Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast makes your next spell instant cast and can be used on Broil IV Icon Broil IV to give a GCD of free movement. This is not advisable in progression and can be dangerous when playing in other unoptimized situations when you may need Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast for use with Resurrection Icon Resurrection.
  4. Ruin II Icon Ruin II
    • Ruin II Icon Ruin II is instant cast and allows infinite free movement at a cost of ~25% of a Broil IV Icon Broil IV. This is your last resort, but it is still an invaluable tool for maintaining uptime during very high movement mechanics or when you have not yet optimized a fight. It is always better to use this than to do nothing.
6.

Changelog

  • 20 Apr. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.1
  • 23 Feb. 2022: Guide added.
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