Summoner PvP Guide for FFXIV
This page contains an overview to Summoner in the PvP mode 'Crystalline Conflict' for FFXIV. Below you will find information on the strengths and weaknesses of Summoner as well as how their rotation interacts in this 5v5 game mode.
Crystalline Conflict Summoner Overview
Patch 6.1 came with a complete overhaul to PvP job tuning and a brand new game mode for players to enjoy. As part of this overhaul, Summoner has received a vastly different playstyle compared to its previous PvP kit. Equipped with decent damage, crowd control, a personal shield, and even healing utility, Summoner brings quite a bit to the table in both Crystalline Conflict and Frontlines.
This document will mainly focus on the new Crystalline Conflict mode, so while portions of it may apply to other PvP game modes, it is intended to apply to Crystalline Conflict.
Crystalline Conflict Summoner Strengths and Weaknesses
- High AoE burst
- Very good crowd control
- Flexible Limit Break allows you to choose between heavy damage, or heavy healing
- Requires good team mates to get the most out of their abilities
- Low mobility
- Relatively squishy due to being a ranged DPS
The Basics of Combat
The very basics of playing Summoner in Crystalline Conflict are similar to the basics of playing Summoner in PvE content, with some key differences. You are equipped with the classic Summoner abilities ofand , as well as a variety of Primal themed abilities and spells. functions as you might expect, as a casted spell that deals damage to a single target. However, gains damage as a targets HP gets lower, doubling its damage output when your enemy is 50% HP or less. In addition, Summoner also has access to , which will apply a shield to you or a targeted ally.
Primal Egi Cooldowns
In PvP, a Summoner does not cycle through Primal summons as they do in PvE content. Instead, you will have a cooldown based on each of Summoner's pets, each with a different usage. Using these cooldowns as much as you possibly can is important to succeeding as a Summoner.
is a Titan-flavored oGCD ability with a 15-second cooldown that binds your target, deals damage to all nearby enemies, and gives a Heavy debuff with a draw in to anyone besides the main target hit by it. This is your main source of crowd control as a Summoner, and it is extremely useful for helping your team lock down a kill or prevent enemies from reaching the crystal.
is your Ifrit-flavored spell, a two-part combo with a 15-second cooldown that functions as a damaging gapcloser and is your main source of GCD burst damage. moves you to your target and deals damage to them and any enemies around them, and is then replaced with . does not move you again, but deals damage to your target and any enemies around them, in addition to knocking back any enemies hit by the splash damage by 5y. If you do not use within 10 seconds, you will lose it and the hotkey will turn back into and display the time remaining on its cooldown.
is your Garuda-flavored spell. It deals damage to your target and places a donut AoE on the ground centered on them. Anyone standing within the green circle of the donut will take damage over time. However, anyone within the center of the donut will be safe. This unique shape gives it good use as a zoning tool, as your enemies will either have to stay within the center of the donut to avoid damage or retreat beyond the circle, potentially pushing them out of range.
Summon Bahamut and Summon Phoenix
Thanks to the 6.1 rework, all jobs received their own unique Limit Breaks, rather than the old cookie-cutter Limit Breaks from before. Each Limit Break meshes well with a job's identity, and Summoner is one of the lucky few that actually gains access to two different Limit Breaks, both with different uses. Each Limit Break costs the full bar to use, so you will have to choose between them based on what your team may need at a given moment.
Summoner's first Limit Break is the burst damage focused. The targeting circle has a 15y radius and when used. Bahamut will appear at the center of this circle and cast , hitting every single enemy within this circle for heavy damage. Bahamut will stay summoned in this spot for 20 seconds, and will automatically cast on the lowest HP target within his 30y attack range. The hotkey will be replaced with , which will instruct Bahamut to cast at the target, dealing damage to them and all enemies within 5y. Additionally, will be replaced with , a spell upgrade that deals a bit more damage.
Summoner's second Limit Break is the healing focused. The targeting circle for Phoenix is the same 15y as . When casted, Phoenix will appear at the center of the circle and cast , which will place a heal-over-time on all allies within the targeting circle. In addition to this, if anyone under the effect of drops below 25% of their health, they will gain a quick burst of healing to save them from their demise. Afterwards, Phoenix will being casting on the closest target, lowering the targets damage output by 50%. Your will be replaced with , which deals the same amount of damage, but is an instant cast. Additionally, your hotkey will be replaced with , which deals damage and places a damage over time on your target and all enemies within 5y of them.
Example Burst Rotation
Now that we have covered all of Summoner's abilities, we can create a burst rotation to put as much damage as possible to an enemy. Due to the nature of Summoners abilities, most of this damage hits in an AoE, allowing your team to potentially pick off other enemies as their health is lowered as well.
This sequence of spells and abilities will deal somewhere in the ballpark of 60,000 damage (not accounting for Bahamut's), depending on how much your Festers do thanks to its quirk of increased damage against lower HP targets. Additionally, 52,000 of this damage is AoE and has the ability to hit multiple enemies, allowing your team to follow up and finish off enemies who are left at low health. While this alone is not enough HP to delete someone at full HP from a team fight reliably, it will leave any survivors low and at a disadvantage, as they will likely spend all of their to survive this if they did not use their .
- 10 Jul. 2022: Guide added.
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