While some multiplayer games contain metas that heavily favor certain jobs over others, Final Fantasy XIVis balanced. Each job is viable in all sorts of content, but they still have different strengths and weaknesses.
In the MMO game, there are two tanks in raids and trials: a main tank and a secondary tank. While the main tank takes most of the bosses’ damage by activating its stance and increasing hostility, the off tank only provokes the bosses for a short time, due to tankbusters or when the main tank dies. Because of what they offer, all jobs are more suited to one specialty than the other. As for dungeons, every job is equally doable, especially since trash mobs have received a severe nerf alongside it endwalker‘s release last December.
If you don’t know which tank job to choose from the four available, here are the best tank jobs FFXIV by listing their unique play styles, strengths and weaknesses.
The best tank jobs in FFXIV
The warrior is a basic job in FFXIV, starting as a level one Marauder in Ul’dah. It consists of learning to take control of their anger and unleash it on their enemies using their full power ax and Inner Release ability. This is a buff that grants multiple Beast Gauge actions, a gauge that fills up by using abilities on enemies and granting powerful damaging abilities.
The warrior is generally a straightforward job. It’s the purest form of tank in the game, and it’s beginner-friendly. Its rotation isn’t as fast as the Paladin and Gunbreaker, while its abilities are more straightforward than the Dark Knight, making it ideal for all types of players looking to get into tanking, whether they’re new to the game or not further this professional group. It also boasts impressive survivability due to its life stealing and healing abilities.
The Warrior emerges as the clear winner endwalker‘s balance changes and new abilities introduced last December. It received more healing, drastically improving its combat survivability and multiple AoE damage abilities. The tank job is now ubiquitous in the game’s level 90 activities and stands as one of the most streamlined jobs in this meta for the main tank role.
The Dark Knight embraces the dark side to harness its power, manifested through an avatar with Living Shadow (unlocked at level 80). It was released along with the expansion skyward and unlocks at level 30, which is now included in the free trial. The job features one of the best quest lines written by, and contributing to, narrative designer Natsuko Ishikawa endwalker‘s main scenario.
In addition, it is not difficult to learn but challenging to master, making it suitable for any type of player. It also has all the tools a tank could dream of in its kit, too.
One of her most important skills is The Blackest Night, which unlocks at level 70. She grants them or an ally a shield that provides a damage buff when fully absorbed before ending after seven seconds. This skill must be mastered in order to maximize the job’s true potential, which also requires good mana management due to the 3,000 points it costs.
The job in the 6.05 meta
The Dark Knight was not particularly favored endwalker‘s balance changes, but it remains functional across all types of content FFXIV and receives more damage after level 90. If mastered, they can even surpass some DPS in damage.
On the other hand, one of Dark Knight’s weaknesses is his invulnerability ability called Living Dead. Although it allows them to survive a fatal blow, they will die when the effect wears off if not replenished. It can be difficult in some situations as they have no healing abilities and instead rely entirely on the healers to survive their invulnerability.
The Gunbreaker is the most aggressive tank out there FFXIV. It wields a gunblade and fills a powder meter to unlock powerful damage combos that mix off-cooldown and on-cooldown abilities. His damage rotation is fairly fast and he can be harder to pick up than the other tank jobs. Also, it unlocks right at level 60, so you can learn many skills at once.
Matching its fast damage combo starting with Continue, the Gunbreaker offers a 20 percent damage boost with No Mercy and several traditional mitigation abilities. It also offers some utility with the Aurora ability, which applies a regeneration effect to a target.
His invulnerability ability, Superbolide, can be scary to activate, as it instantly reduces her HP to one while also rendering her “invulnerable to most attacks”. They have to rely on a DPS to top them off to survive, much like the Dark Knight.
The job in the 6.05 meta
The Gunbreaker remains usable at any level and is among the most played tank jobs in high-end assignments like the Asphodelos Savage raids, although the power of several skills alongside it has received a nerf endwalker‘s release, after FF logs. It has it all, provided players successfully learn to master its rotation and the balance between high damage and protecting its allies.
The paladin is a traditional job in fantasy games and FFXIV is no exception. It is a basic job and starts at level one in Limsa Lominsa as a gladiator. Wielding a shield and sword, the paladin has numerous strengths and a unique playstyle in the tank department. It offers the most utility compared to the other tank jobs, although it’s not as extensive as its iteration World of Warcraft.
The Paladin has off-cooldown damaging abilities and numerous damage mitigation abilities. Also, he can heal himself or his allies with Clemency, making him a unique tank in the game. When one healer is down and the other is busy reviving in a raid or trial, the paladin can use this ability to save the day. It can also take all damage from an ally with cover and protect an area behind them with Weapon Gear, which is strong and has an impressive wing effect.
The job in the 6.05 meta
The Paladin players are largely underrepresented endwalker High-end duties like Asphodelos Savage raids are loud due to their lack of strength compared to other tank jobs at the moment FF logs. It has fallen behind in terms of efficiency due to the buff of other tank jobs. It is also generally relegated to the offtank role due to its powerful utility to its allies. Square Enix also plans to give them a buff in the future, so one can hope for the job to be in the spotlight again soon.