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A brave one, aren’t you? If you’re here, you’re in the business of leveling up a Lancer (LNC). Well here’s a tip, and a spear to go with it – “Stick ’em with the pointy end”. Our Lancer leveling guide will help you punch right through the early levels!
This page is strictly for Lancer – focusing more on LNC specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: Which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.
Leveling Methods, References and Reminders
In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Lancer.
Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!
Lancer Leveling – 01 to 30
If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.
L1 Skill Unlocked – True Thrust: For all intents and purposes – your basic attack.
L4 Skill Unlocked – Vorpal Thrust: Combos from True Thrust. This is the very beginnings of your rotation.
L5 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Dragoon).
L6 Skill Unlocked – Impulse Drive: Has almost no use this early on. There was a purpose for gaining this on low levels back in the day, but that’s long gone. Ignore this skill for now but keep in mind it is part of a future combo.
L8 Role Action slot I unlocked – Second Wind: Regains some HP – great for soloing. You have no choice right now so slot it in.
L10 Skill Unlocked – Heavy Thrust: Gives you a passive damage buff (whether you strike from front or side). It’s your first positional attack! Obviously while soloing, it’s quite difficult to get the potency bonus from the side. The buff you get though, ALWAYS KEEP IT UP!
L10 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.
L12 Role Action slot II unlocked – Arm’s Length: Prevents knockback. Only has niche uses in raids – not very useful right now, however.
L15 LNC Class Quest unlocks Piercing Talon: check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.
Piercing Talon: A ranged skill that has little to no practical use (except squeezing out tiny value in raids).
L16 Role Actions Slot III Unlocked – Leg Sweep: Not bad! A stun is great for soloing and dungeons – allowing you to effectively nullify the damage your target does for a short time. It also allows you to perform positional attacks while soloing! Great for the early levels and all dungeons.
L18 Skill Unlocked – Life Surge: Turns your next action into a critical strike. Best used with your heaviest skills (IE Combo finishers). For now, that’s True Thrust.
L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlocked – Diversion: Reduces threat generated. It’s quite useless for solo content. Its main purpose is for raids.
L20 Trait Unlocked – Enhanced Strength.
L20 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.
L24 Role Actions Slot III unlocked – Invigorate: Ahhh good ‘ol Invigorate. Gives you a chunky amount of TP. Great for any party content. Never leave home without it in your Role Actions!
L25 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.
L26 Skill Unlocked – Full Thrust: Your basic DPS combo finisher! It goes from True Thrust > Vorpal Thrust > Full Thrust. Use your Life Surge on this from now on.
Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP! It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Dragoon (DRG)! The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are simply finishing ALL LNC class quests up to level 30.
L30 Class quest unlocks – Blood for Blood, and the prereq for Dragoon:
Blood for Blood: is a DPS increasing cooldown. The drawback is something you should be wary of in some raids. Increased damage TAKEN can be quite crippling for progression.
Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Lancer. You now have the right to become a Dragoon!
How to become a Dragoon?
The quest to become a Dragoon is Eye of the Dragon, found in Lancers’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Dragoon, and Jump skill.
Soul of the Dragoon is your job soul crystal. To become a Dragoon you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Lancer again.
And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Lancer! Congrats! Hopefully our Lancer Leveling Guide helped you out.
Feel free to, err, Jump into our Dragoon Leveling Guide.
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2 thoughts on “FFXIV Lancer (LNC) Leveling Guide & Rotation (Shb Updated)”
This is just a copy paste of the Pugilist guide :(
how strange… it’s pulling from another data point.. it’s fixed now thanks!