Monk

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Introduction

Though now under Garlean rule, the city-state of Ala Mhigo once boasted the greatest military might of all Eorzea. Among its standing armies were the monks—ascetic warriors as dreaded by foes on the field of battle as the city-state's great pikemen. The monks comprised an order known as the Fist of Rhalgr, and it was to this god—the Destroyer—that they devoted their lives of worship. By mastering seats of power within the body known as chakra, they are capable of performing extraordinary physical feats.

FinalFantasyXIV.com Monk

Monk frame icon.png Monk (MNK) is a job unlockable at level 30 as an upgrade from the pugilist class and is one of six melee DPS jobs.

General information

Guild

The Pugilists' Guild is in Ul'dah - Steps of Nald. Pugilists must specialize into monk once they reach level 30, and complete the quests Main Scenario QuestSylph-management and Main Scenario QuestReturn of the Holyfist. The job trainer is Widargelt, although most job quests are started by talking to Erik, who is normally located in Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (10.6, 13.1).

Equipment

The monk is a disciple of war and wears armor "of Striking" (shared with Samurai frame icon.png Samurai) while using accessories "of Slaying" (shared with Dragoon frame icon.png Dragoon, Reaper frame icon.png Reaper, and Samurai frame icon.png Samurai). They use fist weapons.

Weapon Armor Accessories
Pugilist's Arms Head
Body
Hands
Legs
Feet
Bracelets
Earrings
Necklace
Ring

Quests

Monk Job Quests

Quest Type Level Quest Giver Unlocks Rewards
Brother from Another Mother Job quest 30 Gagaruna Monk
Rockbreaker.png  Rockbreaker
Monk (Simple) Adventurer Plate
Monk (Simple) Adventurer Plate
1 Soul of the monk icon1.png  Soul of the Monk
Insulted Intelligence Job quest 35 Erik Thunderclap.png  Thunderclap
A Slave to the Aether Job quest 40 Erik Howling Fist.png  Howling Fist
The Pursuit of Power Job quest 45 Erik Four-point Fury.png  Four-point Fury
Good Vibrations Job quest 45 Erik 1 Temple circlet icon1.png  Temple Circlet
1 Temple gloves icon1.png  Temple Gloves
1 Temple gaskins icon1.png  Temple Gaskins
1 Temple boots icon1.png  Temple Boots
Five Easy Pieces Job quest 50 Erik Bulletproof i icon1.png  Bulletproof I
Perfect Balance.png  Perfect Balance
Monk - Part 1
Monk - Part 1
1 Temple cyclas icon1.png  Temple Cyclas
1 Melee attire coffer (il 90) icon1.png  Melee Attire Coffer (IL 90)
The Legend Continues Job quest 50 Erik
Let's Talk about Sects Job quest 52 Widargelt Form Shift.png  Form Shift
Against the Shadow Job quest 54 Widargelt Steel Peak Mastery.png  Steel Peak Mastery
The Forbidden Chakra.png  The Forbidden Chakra
Fight the Battle to Win Job quest 56 Widargelt
Stop the Senseless Killing Job quest 58 Widargelt
Appetite for Destruction Job quest 60 Widargelt Enhanced Perfect Balance.png  Enhanced Perfect Balance
Masterful Blitz.png  Masterful Blitz
Bulletproof ii icon1.png  Bulletproof II
Monk - Part 2
Monk - Part 2
1 Tantra armor coffer (il 210) icon1.png  Tantra Armor Coffer (IL 210)
A Fistful of Resolve Job quest 60 Erik
Return of the Monk Job quest 63 Widargelt
Cross-fist Training Job quest 65 Widargelt
Choices and Paths Job quest 68 Widargelt
The Power to Protect Job quest 70 Widargelt Brotherhood.png  Brotherhood
Bulletproof iii icon1.png  Bulletproof III
Monk - Part 3
Monk - Part 3
1 Pacifists attire coffer (il 290) icon1.png  Pacifist's Attire Coffer (IL 290)
A Monk's Legacy Sidequest 80 Erik Bulletproof iv icon1.png  Bulletproof IV
Monk - Part 4
Monk - Part 4
1 Heavens eye materia vii icon1.png  Heavens' Eye Materia VII
1 Savage aim materia vii icon1.png  Savage Aim Materia VII
1 Savage might materia vii icon1.png  Savage Might Materia VII

Physical DPS Role Quests (Shadowbringers)

Quest Type Level Quest Giver Unlocks Rewards
No Greater Sport Role quest 70 Lue-Reeq
Vengeance in Defeat Role quest 72 Lue-Reeq
Freedom from Privilege Role quest 74 Lue-Reeq
The Hunter's Legacy Role quest 76 Lue-Reeq
Fellowship Restored Role quest 78 Olvara 1 Risotto al nero icon1.png  Risotto al Nero
Courage Born of Fear Role quest 80 Lue-Reeq Speaker for the brave icon1.png  Speaker for the Brave
Physical DPS Role Quests (Shadowbringers)
Physical DPS Role Quests (Shadowbringers)
1 Heavens eye materia vii icon1.png  Heavens' Eye Materia VII
1 Savage aim materia vii icon1.png  Savage Aim Materia VII
1 Savage might materia vii icon1.png  Savage Might Materia VII

Melee DPS Role Quests (Endwalker)

Quest Type Level Quest Giver Unlocks Rewards
Storm Clouds Brewing Role quest 85 Lominsan Delegate
The Crushing Tide Role quest 86 Maelstrom Secretariat
Old Heroes Never Die Role quest 87 Maelstrom Secretariat
A Mother's Suffering Role quest 88 Maelstrom Secretariat
Out of the Shadows Role quest 89 Maelstrom Secretariat 1 Coconut cod chowder icon1.png  Coconut Cod Chowder
To Calmer Seas Role quest 90 Maelstrom Secretariat More than loss icon1.png  More than Loss
Melee DPS Role Quests (Endwalker)
Melee DPS Role Quests (Endwalker)
2 Savage aim materia ix icon1.png  Savage Aim Materia IX
2 Savage might materia ix icon1.png  Savage Might Materia IX
2 Heavens eye materia ix icon1.png  Heavens' Eye Materia IX

Melee DPS Role Quests (Dawntrail)

Quest Type Level Quest Giver Unlocks Rewards
The Hunter and the Hunted Role quest 90 Shashepya
A Sea of Blood Role quest 92 I'toca
Who's Who Role quest 94 I'toca
Cornered Prey Role quest 96 Kuiyki
Impostor Syndrome Role quest 98 Kuiyki 1 Fruit and aloe jelly icon1.png  Fruit and Aloe Jelly
A Hunter True Role quest 100 Kuiyki Dreams woven anew icon1.png  Dreams Woven Anew 2 Savage aim materia xi icon1.png  Savage Aim Materia XI
2 Savage might materia xi icon1.png  Savage Might Materia XI
2 Heavens eye materia xi icon1.png  Heavens' Eye Materia XI

Actions

PvE actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Bootshine.png  Bootshine Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 1 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 220.
Opo-opo's Fury Potency: 420
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Guarantees a critical hit.
Damage dealt is increased when under an effect that raises critical hit rate.
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 30s
True Strike.png  True Strike Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 4 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 300.
Raptor's Fury Potency: 500
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 30s
Snap Punch.png  Snap Punch Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 6 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 270.
330 when executed from a target's flank.

Coeurl's Fury Potency: 420
Flank Coeurl's Fury Potency: 480
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 30s
Meditation.png  Steeled Meditation Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 1Quest: The Spirit Is Willing 15 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Opens a chakra. Up to five chakra can be opened at once.
Opens all five chakra when used outside of combat.
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution.
Conversely, execution of weaponskills triggers the cooldown of this action.
Steel Peak.png  Steel Peak Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 15 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 180.
Can only be executed while in combat and under the effect of five Chakra. Five chakra close upon execution.
Twin Snakes.png  Twin Snakes Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 18 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 420.
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Grants a stack of Raptor's Fury
Raptor's Fury Effect: Increases potency of Rising Raptor by 200
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 30s
Arm of the Destroyer.png  Arm of the Destroyer Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 26 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 110 to all nearby targets.
Opo-opo Form: 120
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 30s
Demolish.png  Demolish Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 1Quest: Return of the Holyfist 30 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 360.
420 when executed from a target's rear.

Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Grants 2 stacks of Coeurl's Fury
Coeurl's Fury Effect: Increases potency of Pouncing Coeurl by 150
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 30s
Rockbreaker.png  Rockbreaker Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: Brother from Another Mother 30 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 150 to all nearby enemies.
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 30s
Thunderclap.png  Thunderclap Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: Insulted Intelligence 35 Ability Instant 30s Range icon.png 20y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Rush to a targeted enemy's or party member's location.
Maximum Charges: 3
Cannot be executed while bound.
Inspirited Meditation.png  Inspirited Meditation Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: A Slave to the Aether 40 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Opens a chakra. Up to five chakra can be opened at once.
Opens all five chakra when used outside of combat.
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution.
Conversely, execution of weaponskills triggers the cooldown of this action.
Howling Fist.png  Howling Fist Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: A Slave to the Aether 40 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 10y
Line AoE from the user to the action target 10y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Can only be executed while in combat and under the effect of five Chakra. Five chakra close upon execution.
Mantra.png  Mantra Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 42 Ability Instant 90s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 30y
Increases HP recovery via healing actions by 10% for self and nearby party members.
Duration: 15s
Four-point Fury.png  Four-point Fury Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: The Pursuit of Power 45 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 140 to all nearby enemies.
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 30s
Dragon Kick.png  Dragon Kick Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 50 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 320.
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Grants a stack of Opo-opo's Fury
Opo-opo's Fury Effect: Increases potency of Leaping Opo by 200
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 30s
Perfect Balance.png  Perfect Balance Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: Five Easy Pieces 50 Ability Instant 40s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Grants 3 stacks of Perfect Balance, each stack allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 20s
Additional Effect: Grants Opo-opo Chakra, Coeurl Chakra, or Raptor Chakra depending on the form required by actions executed.
Changing to Opo-opo Form grants Coeurl Chakra
Changing to Raptor Form grants Opo-opo Chakra
Changing to Coeurl Form grants Raptor Chakra
Maximum Charges: 2
Can only be executed while in combat and when not under the effect of any Beast Chakra.
Form Shift.png  Form Shift Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: Let's Talk about Sects 52 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Grants Formless Fist to self, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 30s
Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Meditation.png  Forbidden Meditation Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: Against the Shadow 54 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Opens a chakra. Up to five chakra can be opened at once.
Opens all five chakra when used outside of combat.
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution.
Conversely, execution of weaponskills triggers the cooldown of this action.
The Forbidden Chakra.png  The Forbidden Chakra Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: Against the Shadow 54 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 400.
Can only be executed while in combat and under the effect of five Chakra. Five chakra close upon execution.
Masterful Blitz.png  Masterful Blitz Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: Appetite for Destruction 60 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Strike the enemy with a technique fueled by the power of your Beast Chakra.
The technique used is determined by the number of different types of Beast Chakra opened.
1 Beast Chakra Type: Elixir Burst
2 Beast Chakra Types: Celestial Revolution
3 Beast Chakra Types: Rising Phoenix
3 Beast Chakra and Both Nadi: Phantom Rush.
Tornado Kick.png  Tornado Kick Monk frame icon.png MNK 60 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Delivers an attack to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 1,200 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 30s
Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Lunar Nadi and Solar Nadi, as well as three Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Elixir Field.png  Elixir Field Monk frame icon.png MNK 60 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack to all nearby enemies with a potency of 600 for the first enemy, and 70% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Opens the Lunar Nadi.
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 30s
Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of three of the same Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Celestial Revolution.png  Celestial Revolution Monk frame icon.png MNK 60 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 600.
Additional Effect: Opens the Lunar Nadi. If the Lunar Nadi is already open, opens the Solar Nadi instead.
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 30s
Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of three Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar
Flint Strike.png  Flint Strike Monk frame icon.png MNK 60 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack to all nearby enemies with a potency of 800 for the first enemy, and 70% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Opens the Solar Nadi.
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 30s
Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of three distinct Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar
Riddle of Earth.png  Riddle of Earth Monk frame icon.png MNK 64 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Reduces damage taken by 20%.
Duration: 10s
Additional Effect: Grants Earth's Resolve upon taking damage
Earth's Resolve Effect: Gradually restores HP
Cure Potency: 100
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Grants Earth's Rumination
Duration: 30s
Earth's Reply.png  Earth's Reply Monk frame icon.png MNK 64 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Restores own HP and the HP of all nearby party members.
Cure Potency: 300
Earth's Resolve Potency: 500
Can only be executed while under the effect of Earth's Rumination.
Riddle of Fire.png  Riddle of Fire Monk frame icon.png MNK 68 Ability Instant 60s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Increases damage dealt by 15%.
Duration: 20s
Additional Effect: Grants Fire's Rumination
Duration: 20s
Brotherhood.png  Brotherhood Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: The Power to Protect 70 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 30y
Grants Brotherhood and Meditative Brotherhood to self and all nearby party members.
Brotherhood Effect: Increases damage dealt by 5%.
Additional Effect: Allows the opening of up to ten chakra
Duration: 20s
Additional Effect: Grants Meditative Brotherhood to self and all nearby party members
Meditative Brotherhood Effect: 20% chance you open a chakra when party members under this effect execute a weaponskill or cast a spell.
Chance is 100% when you execute a weaponskill or cast a spell while under the effect of Meditative Brotherhood.
Duration: 20s
Riddle of Wind.png  Riddle of Wind Monk frame icon.png MNK 72 Ability Instant 90s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Reduces auto-attack delay by 50%.
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Grants Wind's Rumination
Duration: 15s
Enlightened Meditation.png  Enlightened Meditation Monk frame icon.png MNK 74 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Opens a chakra. Up to five chakra can be opened at once.
Opens all five chakra when used outside of combat.
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution.
Conversely, execution of weaponskills triggers the cooldown of this action.
Enlightenment.png  Enlightenment Monk frame icon.png MNK 74 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 10y
Line AoE from the user to the action target 10y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Can only be executed while in combat and under the effect of five Chakra. Five chakra close upon execution.
Six-sided Star.png  Six-sided Star Monk frame icon.png MNK 80 Weaponskill Instant 4s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 780.
Potency increases by 80 for each Chakra open
Closes all chakra upon execution.
Additional Effect: Increases movement speed.
Duration: 5s
Critical hits with this weaponskill will not open a chakra.
This weaponskill does not share a recast timer with any other actions. Upon execution, the recast timer for this action will be applied to all other weaponskills and magic actions.
Shadow of the Destroyer.png  Shadow of the Destroyer Monk frame icon.png MNK 82 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120 to all nearby enemies.
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Guarantees a critical hit.
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor.
Duration: 30s
Rising Phoenix.png  Rising Phoenix Monk frame icon.png MNK 86 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers physical fire damage to all nearby enemies with a potency of 900 for the first enemy, and 70% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Opens the Solar Nadi.
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 30s
Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed under the effect of three distinct Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Phantom Rush.png  Phantom Rush Monk frame icon.png MNK 90 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Delivers an attack to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 1,400 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 30s
Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed under the effect of Lunar Nadi and Solar Nadi, as well as three Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Leaping Opo.png  Leaping Opo Monk frame icon.png MNK 92 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 260.
Opo-opo's Fury Potency: 460
Opo-opo Form Bonus: Guarantees a critical hit
Damage dealt is increased when under an effect that raises critical hit rate.
Additional Effect: Changes form to raptor
Duration: 30s
Rising Raptor.png  Rising Raptor Monk frame icon.png MNK 92 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 340.
Raptor's Fury Potency: 540
Can only be executed when in raptor form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to coeurl
Duration: 30s
Pouncing Coeurl.png  Pouncing Coeurl Monk frame icon.png MNK 92 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 310.
370 when executed from a target's flank.

Coeurl's Fury Potency: 460
Flank Coeurl's Fury Potency: 520
Can only be executed when in coeurl form.
Additional Effect: Changes form to opo-opo
Duration: 30s
Elixir Burst.png  Elixir Burst Monk frame icon.png MNK 92 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack to all nearby enemies with a potency of 900 for the first enemy, and 70% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Opens the Lunar Nadi.
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form.
Duration: 30s
Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of three of the same Beast Chakra.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Masterful Blitz changes to Elixir Burst when requirements for execution are met.
Wind's Reply.png  Wind's Reply Monk frame icon.png MNK 96 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 10y
Line AoE from the user to the action target 10y
Delivers an attack to all enemies in a straight line before you with a potency of 800 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Wind's Rumination.
Fire's Reply.png  Fire's Reply Monk frame icon.png MNK 100 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 20y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Deals damage to all nearby enemies with a potency of 1,100 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Grants Formless Fist, allowing the execution of a weaponskill that requires a certain form, without being in that form
Duration: 30s
Any additional effects associated with the executed action will also be applied.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Fire's Rumination.

Limit Breaks (PvE)

See also: Limit Break
Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Limit break icon1.png  Braver Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 1 Limit Break Level 1 2s Instant Range icon.png 8y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack that deals 100% the damage of Braver.
Limit break icon1.png  Bladedance Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 1 Limit Break Level 2 3s Instant Range icon.png 8y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack that deals 220% the damage of Braver.
Limit break icon1.png  Final Heaven Monk frame icon.png MNK 1 Limit Break Level 3 4.5s Instant Range icon.png 8y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack that deals 350% the damage of Braver.

Melee DPS role actions (PvE)

See also: Role actions
Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Second Wind.png  Second Wind Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
8 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Instantly restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 800
Leg Sweep.png  Leg Sweep Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 10 Ability Instant 40s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Stuns target.
Duration: 3s
Bloodbath.png  Bloodbath Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 12 Ability Instant 90s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Converts a portion of physical damage dealt into HP.
Duration: 20s
Feint.png  Feint Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 22 Ability Instant 90s Range icon.png 10y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Lowers target's physical damage dealt by 10% and magic damage dealt by 5%.
Duration: 15s
Arm's Length.png  Arm's Length Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
Tank role.png Tank
32 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Creates a barrier nullifying most knockback and draw-in effects.
Duration: 6s
Additional Effect: Slow +20% when barrier is struck
Duration: 15s
True North.png  True North Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 50 Ability Instant 45s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Nullifies all action direction requirements.
Duration: 10s
Maximum Charges: 2

PvP Actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Bootshine (PvP).png  Bootshine (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 3,000.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
True Strike (PvP).png  True Strike (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 4,000.
Combo Action: Bootshine
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Snap Punch (PvP).png  Snap Punch (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 6,000.
Combo Action: True Strike
Additional Effect: Extends Wind Resonance duration by 5s to a maximum of 15s
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Dragon Kick (PvP).png  Dragon Kick (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 3,000.
Combo Action: Snap Punch
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Twin Snakes (PvP).png  Twin Snakes (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 4,000.
Combo Action: Dragon Kick
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Demolish (PvP).png  Demolish (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack to target with a potency of 6,000.
Combo Action: Twin Snakes
Additional Effect: Extends Wind Resonance duration by 5s to a maximum of 15s.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Phantom Rush (PvP).png  Phantom Rush (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Weaponskill Instant 2s Range icon.png 6y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 12,000 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Combo Action: Demolish
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Six-sided Star (PvP).png  Six-sided Star (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Ability Instant 15s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 4,000.
Additional Effect: Stun
Duration: 2s
Additional Effect: Increases movement speed by 25%.
Duration: 5s
Enlightenment (PvP).png  Enlightenment (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Weaponskill Instant 20s Range icon.png 10y
Line AoE from the user to the action target 10y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 8,000 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Additional Effect: 15-yalm knockback to first target.
Also afflicts first target with Pressure Point if successfully knocked back.
Pressure Point Effect: Next weaponskill or Meteordrive used on target will deal additional damage with a potency of 8,000 .
Duration: 3s
Effect of Pressure Point expires upon dealing additional damage.
This weaponskill does not share a recast timer with any other actions.
Rising Phoenix (PvP).png  Rising Phoenix (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Ability Instant 15s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 3,000 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Grants Fire Resonance
Fire Resonance Effect: Increases damage dealt by next weaponskill by 50%.
Duration: 10s
Maximum Charges: 2
Riddle of Earth (PvP).png  Riddle of Earth (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Ability Instant 25s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Grants Earth Resonance, changing Riddle of Earth to Earth's Reply, and allowing you to compile damage each time you are struck by an enemy.
Duration: 8s
Executing Earth's Reply deals physical damage to all nearby enemies and restores your HP.
Damage Potency: 2,000 plus 25% of compiled damage
Cure Potency: 4,000 plus 50% of compiled damage.
Thunderclap (PvP).png  Thunderclap (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Ability Instant 10s Range icon.png 20y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Rush to a targeted enemy's or party member's location.
Additional Effect: Grants Wind Resonance
Wind Resonance Effect: Reduces weaponskill recast time by 10%.
Duration: 10s
If already under the effect of Wind Resonance, extends duration by 10s to a maximum of 15s.
Additional Effect: Creates a barrier around target party member that nullifies damage equivalent to a heal of 6,000 potency.
If the target selected was an enemy, creates a barrier around self instead.
Duration: 5s
Maximum Charges: 3
Cannot be executed while bound.
Earth's Reply (PvP).png  Earth's Reply (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Deals physical damage to all nearby enemies and restores your HP.
Damage Potency: 2,000 plus 25% of compiled damage.
Cure Potency: 4,000 plus 50% of compiled damage.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Earth Resonance.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Limit Break (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Meteodrive (PvP).png  Meteodrive (PvP) Monk frame icon.png MNK 30 Limit Break Instant 10s Range icon.png 20y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 12,000.
Additional Effect: Removes target's Guard
Additional Effect: Afflicts target with Meteodrive, rendering them unable to move
Duration: 3s
If target does not have an active Guard effect, deals additional damage with a potency of 12,000.
Effect cannot be applied to players riding machina or non-player combatants.
Can only be executed when the limit gauge is full.
Gauge Charge Time: 75s
Cannot be executed while bound.

Common actions (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Standard-issue Elixir (PvP).png  Standard-issue Elixir (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability 4.5s 5s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Restores your HP and MP to maximum. Casting will be interrupted when damage is taken.
Recuperate (PvP).png  Recuperate (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability 2,500 Instant 1s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 15,000
Purify (PvP).png  Purify (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 30s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Removes Stun, Heavy, Bind, Silence, Half-asleep, Sleep, and Deep Freeze.
Additional Effect: Grants Resilience
Resilience Effect: Nullifies status afflictions that can be removed by Purify
Duration: 5s
Can be used even when under the effect of certain status afflictions.
Guard (PvP).png  Guard (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 30s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Reduces damage taken by 90% and grants immunity to Stun, Heavy, Bind, Silence, Half-asleep, Sleep, Deep Freeze, and knockback and draw-in effects.
Duration: 5s
Movement speed is reduced by 50% for the duration of this effect.
Effect ends upon reuse, using another action, or when the effect duration expires.
Sprint (PvP).png  Sprint (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 1.5s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Increases movement speed. Effect ends upon reuse or execution of another action.

Traits

PvE traits

Trait Acquired Quest requirement Level Effect
Greased Lightning.png  Greased Lightning Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 1 Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 5%.
Enhanced Greased Lightning.png  Enhanced Greased Lightning Pugilist frame icon.png PGL 20 Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 10%.
Deep Meditation.png  Deep Meditation Monk frame icon.png MNK 38 Grants an 80% chance that a chakra will open upon dealing critical damage with a weaponskill.
Enhanced Greased Lightning II.png  Enhanced Greased Lightning II Monk frame icon.png MNK 40 Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 15%.
Steel Peak Mastery.png  Steel Peak Mastery Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: Against the Shadow 54 Upgrades Steeled Meditation to Forbidden Meditation and Steel Peak to The Forbidden Chakra.
Enhanced Perfect Balance.png  Enhanced Perfect Balance Monk frame icon.png MNK 1Quest: Appetite for Destruction 60 When under the effect of Perfect Balance, grants Beast Chakra in accordance with the form normally required to execute weaponskills.
Weaponskills granting opo-opo form will also Opo-opo Chakra.
Weaponskills granting coeurl form will also grant Coeurl Chakra.
Weaponskills granting raptor form will also grant Raptor Chakra.
Deep Meditation II.png  Deep Meditation II Monk frame icon.png MNK 74 Guarantees that a chakra will open upon dealing critical damage with a weaponskill.
Howling Fist Mastery.png  Howling Fist Mastery Monk frame icon.png MNK 74 Upgrades Inspirited Meditation to Enlightened Meditation and Howling Fist to Enlightenment.
Enhanced Greased Lightning III.png  Enhanced Greased Lightning III Monk frame icon.png MNK 76 Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 20%.
Arm of the Destroyer Mastery.png  Arm of the Destroyer Mastery Monk frame icon.png MNK 82 Upgrades Arm of the Destroyer to Shadow of the Destroyer.
Enhanced Thunderclap.png  Enhanced Thunderclap Monk frame icon.png MNK 84 Allows a third charge of Thunderclap.
Melee Mastery.png  Melee Mastery Monk frame icon.png MNK 84 Increases the potency of Bootshine to 220, True Strike to 300, Snap Punch to 270, Twin Snakes to 380, Demolish to 320, Dragon Kick to 280, and The Forbidden Chakra to 400.
Flint Strike Mastery.png  Flint Strike Mastery Monk frame icon.png MNK 86 Upgrades Flint Strike to Rising Phoenix.
Enhanced Brotherhood.png  Enhanced Brotherhood Monk frame icon.png MNK 88 Guarantees that a chakra will open when you are under the effect of Meditative Brotherhood and execute a weaponskill or cast a spell.
Tornado Kick Mastery.png  Tornado Kick Mastery Monk frame icon.png MNK 90 Upgrades Tornado Kick to Phantom Rush.
Beast Chakra Mastery.png  Beast Chakra Mastery Monk frame icon.png MNK 92 Upgrades Bootshine to Leaping Opo, True Strike to Rising Raptor, Snap Punch to Pouncing Coeurl, and Elixir Field to Elixir Burst.
Enhanced Second Wind.png  Enhanced Second Wind Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
94 Increases the healing potency of Second Wind to 800.
Melee Mastery II (Monk).png  Melee Mastery II Monk frame icon.png MNK 94 Increases the potency of Twin Snakes to 420, Demolish to 360, Dragon Kick to 320, and Six-sided Star to 780.
Enhanced Riddle of Wind.png  Enhanced Riddle of Wind Monk frame icon.png MNK 96 Grants Wind's Rumination upon executing Riddle of Wind.
Duration: 15s
Enhanced feint2.png  Enhanced Feint Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 98 Extends the duration of Feint to 15 seconds.
Enhanced Riddle of Fire.png  Enhanced Riddle of Fire Monk frame icon.png MNK 100 Grants Fire's Rumination upon executing Riddle of Fire.
Duration: 20s

Forms

Monk does not have traditional combos. Unlike other jobs, the actions available are determined by the monk's current form—opo-opo, raptor, or coeurl. Performing certain actions grants Opo-opo's, Raptor's, or Coeurl's Fury, which increases potency of actions under that respective form.

Parentheses show the action before acquiring the relevant trait.

Opo-opo Form Raptor Form Coeurl Form
Leaping Opo.png  Leaping Opo (Bootshine.png  Bootshine)
Dragon Kick.png  Dragon Kick
Shadow of the Destroyer.png  Shadow of the Destroyer (Arm of the Destroyer.png  Arm of the Destroyer) <AoE>
> Rising Raptor.png  Rising Raptor (True Strike.png  True Strike)
Twin Snakes.png  Twin Snakes
Four-point Fury.png  Four-point Fury <AoE>
> Pouncing Coeurl.png  Pouncing Coeurl (Snap Punch.png  Snap Punch) <Flank>
Demolish.png  Demolish <Rear>
Rockbreaker.png  Rockbreaker <AoE>
Additional Effects Additional Effects Additional Effects
The above actions change your form to raptor form.

They also gain the following bonuses when used in opo-opo form:

  • Bootshine / Leaping Opo guarantees a critical hit.
  • Dragon Kick grants a stack of Opo-opo's Fury, which increases the potency of Bootshine / Leaping Opo.
  • Arm of the Destroyer deals increased damage.
  • Shadow of the Destroyer guarantees a critical hit.
The above actions change your form to coeurl form.

Twin Snakes also grants stacks of Raptor's Fury, which increases the potency of True Strike / Rising Raptor.

The above actions change your form to opo-opo form.

Demolish also grants stacks of Coeurl's Fury, which increases the potency of Snap Punch / Pouncing Coeurl.

Job mechanics

Official Lodestone Job Guide (Always up-to-date)

Chakra Gauge

Chakra gauge pve1.png When you learn the action Meditation.png  Steeled Meditation (level 15), the Chakra Gauge will be displayed.

Accumulating the maximum amount of Chakra will allow you to execute several actions such as Steel Peak.png  Steel Peak, Howling Fist.png  Howling Fist (acquired at level 40), The Forbidden Chakra.png  The Forbidden Chakra (acquired at level 54), and Enlightenment.png  Enlightenment (acquired at level 74).


Chakra gauge DT2.png

The action Brotherhood.png  Brotherhood (level 70) grants the effect Meditative Brotherhood to you and nearby party members, increasing the frequency with which you open chakra. Moreover, you can open up to ten chakra so long as you are under this effect.

Beast Chakra Gauge

Chakra gauge DT4.png The actions Twin Snakes.png  Twin Snakes, Demolish.png  Demolish (acquired at level 30), and Dragon Kick.png  Dragon Kick (acquired at level 50) will grant stacks of Opo-opo Fury, Raptor Fury, or Coeurl Fury. The fury granted is commensurate with the form required for their execution. Other weaponskills that require these forms will consume stacks of fury to deal increased damage.
Chakra gauge DT3.png Upon learning Masterful Blitz.png  Masterful Blitz at level 60, executing certain weaponskills under the effect of Perfect Balance.png  Perfect Balance will open Beast Chakra─Opo-opo Chakra, Coeurl Chakra, or Raptor Chakra─in accordance with the form normally required to execute them. After opening three, you will be able to execute one of several powerful actions. Three distinct Beast Chakra allow the execution of Flint Strike.png  Flint Strike, three of the same allow the execution of Elixir Field.png  Elixir Field, and two distinct chakra with a third repeating one allow the execution of Celestial Revolution.png  Celestial Revolution.

It is also possible to open the Lunar Nadi and Solar Nadi by executing Elixir Field and Flint Strike respectively. Opening three Beast Chakra and both nadi allows the execution of Tornado Kick.png  Tornado Kick.

Simple Mode

Chakra gauge DT simple mode1.png Meditation

Chakra gauge DT simple mode2.png Meditative Brotherhood

Chakra gauge DT simple mode3.png Fury Stacks

Chakra gauge DT simple mode4.png Beast Chakras and Nadi

Achievements

This job is associated with the following achievements:

Name Points Task Reward Patch
The sweet science iv icon1.png  The Sweet Science IV 5 Achieve pugilist level 40. - 2.0
The sweet science v icon1.png  The Sweet Science V 5 Achieve pugilist level 50. - 2.0
The sweet science vi icon1.png  The Sweet Science VI 5 Achieve pugilist level 60. - 3.0
The sweet science vii icon1.png  The Sweet Science VII 5 Achieve pugilist level 70. - 4.0
The sweet science viii icon1.png  The Sweet Science VIII 5 Achieve pugilist level 80. - 5.0
The sweet science ix icon1.png  The Sweet Science IX 5 Achieve pugilist level 90. - 6.0
The sweet science x icon1.png  The Sweet Science X 5 Achieve pugilist level 100. - 7.0

Notable Monks

Gallery

Lore

Though now under Garlean rule, the city-state of Ala Mhigo once boasted the greatest military might of all Eorzea. Among its standing armies were the monks—ascetic warriors as dreaded by foes on the field of battle as the city-state’s great pikemen. The monks comprised an order known as the Fist of Rhalgr, and it was to this god—the Destroyer—that they devoted their lives of worship.

History

In the time of the Sixth Umbral Calamity, there was a people who escaped the great flooding by following the guiding light of a meteor—a brilliant beacon which led them to the highlands of Gyr Abania. These refugees devoted themselves to Rhalgr, the Destroyer, whose streaking star had granted them salvation, and their fervent faith took solid root within the region. The order known as the Fist of Rhalgr was formed, and within their temple the devotees of the Fist tempered body and spirit in an effort to grow closer to their deity. Through their meditations, these monks discovered within themselves foci of power—chakras—and with this knowledge devised a martial art that channeled the life energies of the practitioner into destructive force.

Gyr Abania had long endured political instability, and the constant outbreaks of violence encouraged the monks to pursue their newfound martial mastery with ever greater zeal. The Fist of Rhalgr evolved into a formidable military force, and gradually nurtured an alliance with the royal family of Ala Mhigo. Eventually, the Fist was integrated into the nation’s standing army, thus consolidating its position and influence within the region. This arrangement, however, was not to King Theodoric’s liking. In the year 1552 of the Sixth Astral Era, the King of Ruin, grown fearful of the order’s political power, had the Temple of the Fist burned to the ground. The warrior monks and their teachings were lost—scattered like ashes on the wind.

Equipment

Temple Attire

The religious habit of the Fist of Rhalgr, made entirely on temple grounds. The cloth is loomed by monks, the thread spun from the cocoons of remarkable worms unknown to naturalists but which arise in great numbers in the temple school-house. Every stitch is half as wide as its wearer’s little fingernail, and it is said that the result forms a holy geometry to further open one’s chakras.

Sphairai

A pair of Sphairai cunningly wrought in the form of coeurls. The sweat of Ivon Coeurlfist and blood of his enemies anoint these ever-snarling beasts of hide and metal. Perhaps one of the most famed of the warrior monks of the Fist of Rhalgr, Ivon is said to have eschewed the training grounds of the main temple in favor of martial congress with wild coeurls.

Tantra Attire

Only elders in the Fist of Rhalgr are permitted to don this attire. Though the thread used in its creation is the same as that woven into the standard temple habit, the veteran monks looming the tantra cloth imbue each stitch with concentrated energy, resulting in a significantly higher rate of aetherial conductivity. A monk’s chakras are thus greatly expanded when swathed in such material, but without the training required to moderate the excessive outpouring of aether, an unseasoned wearer would bleed out his entire life essence in a matter of moments.

Rising Suns

These ornate weapons cover the entire fist, the radial pattern of their spikes lending the impression of a dawning sun’s lancing rays. The origin of the Rising Suns’ name, however, is not found in their design alone. Forged from a delicate balance of mythril and silver, the spikes act as conduits, conveying and radiating the energies focused in the monk’s fists. A master practitioner equipped with these weapons is capable of emitting blinding levels of aether, each blow falling with terrible, incandescent force.

Tricks of the Trade

  • Final Heaven: By focusing an intensely concentrated knot of aether within a single fist, a monk can then strike an opponent with a blow that erupts into a detonation of catastrophic proportions. This technique cannot be performed until the practitioner is prepared to reach beyond mortal limits into the divine.
  • Shoulder Tackle: A technique used to close distance to an opponent, the practitioner rushes forward and slams an aether-shielded shoulder into the target with concussive force. This move is favored by devotees of Rhalgr for its swift and brutal nature.
  • Mantra: After first intoning a phrase to center the spirit, the practitioner then releases a burst of harmonious energies in every direction. Those caught in this gentle explosion of aether find their physical forms more readily receptive to restoration magicks.
  • Tornado Kick: “Again! Spin faster! Harness every chakra and become the tornado! You kick with all the violence of a gentle summer breeze...” - Master monk instructing a disciple in the Tornado Kick technique.

H'raha Tia

Race (Clan): Miqo'te (Seekers of the Sun) Gender: Male Age: 56 Epithet: H’raha Tia Fistborn Master of the sect of shadow, a splinter faction of the Fist of Rhalgr. Eschewing the entanglements of politics and seeking only to grow closer to the Destroyer, H’raha is a fanatical proponent of his sect’s devotion to martial perfection. So uncompromising is his zealotry that he willingly compels his disciples to fight to the death when the prize is the opening of one’s chakras. Satisfied with nothing less than the mastery of all fourteen chakras, H’raha sends those who would be his successors to hunt down and defeat Widargelt — and the other disciples of the sect of light.

Widargelt Beake

  • Race (Clan): Hyur (Highlander)
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 26
  • Epithet: Widargelt the Watcher

Though commonly known as one of the young leaders of the Ala Mhigan Resistance, Widargelt’s true birth name is Theodred, and he is nephew to Theodoric, the last king of Ala Mhigo. When he was scarce more than a babe, Widargelt’s mother sent him away to a remote temple of the Fist of Rhalgr, where he was sheltered from his demented uncle’s purge of the royal line.

His parents, however, failed to escape the mad king’s frenzy of executions. The orphaned Widargelt was left to be raised by elderly monks, who indoctrinated him in the way of the Fist. Upon reaching manhood, the idea of joining the Resistance and fighting to restore his fallen nation was a calling his Ala Mhigan blood could not ignore.

A Monk’s Panoply

Pacifist’s Vest

What this vest lacks in cloth, it makes up for in adornment. Its strings of beads and distinctive pattern, traced across the garment in earth tones, are believed to channel aether from the open chakra into one’s fists.

Pacifist’s Armguards

Differences in design between left and right armguards serve as a secondary means of manipulating an enemy’s visual focus. The extent of Far Eastern influence on Ala Mhigan culture can be identified through the distinctly Doman rosary wrapped around the right half of this particular pair.

Chakras

Chakras are the valves that regulate the flow of the body’s aether. By mastering chakras and gaining control over this flow, a trained monk can accomplish extraordinary physical feats. Ordinarily locked into a closed state, chakras can be opened by entering into deadly combat on ancient battlefields, where the release of rarefied aether resonates with and expands one’s innate seats of power.

The Seventh Chakra

If a monk’s training were seen as a mountain, then the opening of the seventh chakra would be its peak—the very pinnacle of martial achievement. Each of the body’s seats of power, however, is said to have aspects of both light and shadow. Thus to truly master the techniques of the monk, one must unlock not seven, but fourteen distinct chakras. [1]

A Monk’s Panoply

Pacifist’s Vest

What this vest lacks in cloth, it makes up for in adornment. Its strings of beads and distinctive pattern, traced across the garment in earth tones, are believed to channel aether from the open chakra into one’s fists.

Pacifist’s Armguards

Differences in design between left and right armguards serve as a secondary means of manipulating an enemy’s visual focus. The extent of Far Eastern influence on Ala Mhigan culture can be identified through the distinctly Doman rosary wrapped around the right half of this particular pair.

Pacifist’s Gaskins

When their order was at its peak, monks of the Fist of Rhalgr would retreat to the mountains to train, matching their strength against the coeurls who dwelled upon the ancient spires. Pelts such as the one adorning the waist of this garment would attest to the might of the wearer.

Form & Function

As masters of hand-to-hand combat, the Fist of Rhalgr’s monks prized freedom of movement above all else. Accordingly, the modern monk's battle garb incorporates little armor, and what few pieces she wears are meant to boost the efficacy of her blows rather than protect her person. This is not to say that any loose-fitting garb will do, however: the monk’s costume is woven from a unique type of silk that allows her to open her chakra with greater ease. Following relatively recent tradition, monks now spin the thread themselves during their training, making use of a technique that imbues it with aetherial energies. Fabric woven with this thread is better suited for chakra manipulation, as it frees aether from ambient constraint, allowing it to flow without impediment. Also typical of the monk’s garb are long sashes and panels of loose cloth, which dance through the air as the monk moves, distracting her foe. [2]

External links

References

  1. Encyclopaedia Eorzea: Volume I, page 220-221
  2. Encyclopaedia Eorzea: Volume II, page 228