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Best Samurai Rotation In FFXIV: Openers, Abilities, & More

Want to level up your damage as a Samurai in FFXIV? We have the answers you need!
Best Samurai Rotation In FFXIV: Openers, Abilities, & More

Each job in FFXIV has tons of abilities. These include buffs, GCDs, oGCDs, and more. Players wanting to optimize their damage will need to ensure they are performing the right rotation of abilities. This ensures that your buffs remain active for as long as possible, and there is no downtime in dishing out DPS. 

Samurai has a lot of powerful abilities that can increase your damage, so it's important to ensure that you're dealing the maximum damage possible at all times. So, if you're curious to learn more, you've come to the right place. This article will cover the best Samurai rotation in FFXIV. 

Best Samurai Rotation In FFXIV

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Samurai is a melee DPS. (Picture: Square Enix)

In order to know the best Samurai Rotation in FFXIV, we need to look at several different factors. These include openers, GCDs, buffs, and more. We will break down each step of the rotation below:

Players will want to open with Meikyo Shisui along with all of their other buffs before pulling the boss. After this, the Samurai rotation involves dishing out as much DPS as possible while never having any downtime. Samurai is quite a selfish job with no skills that help allies or increase ally damage. Because of this, it is important to deal as much DPS as possible to the boss.

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Samurai were added to the game in the Stormblood expansion. (Picture: Square Enix)

Samurai also has a DoT known as Higanbana, which players will want to make sure is constantly up on the enemy, refreshing it whenever the damage duration ends. 

Here is an example of a Samurai opener and rotation.

Best Samurai Rotation - Endwalker 6.5

  1. Meikyo Shisui (9 seconds before the pull)
  2. True North (5 seconds before the pull)
  3. Gekko
  4. Tincture of Strength
  5. Kasha
  6. Ikishoten
  7. Yukikaze
  8. Midare Setsugekka
  9. Hissatsu: Senei
  10. Kaeshi Setsugekka
  11. Meikyo Shisui
  12. Gekko
  13. Hissatsu: Shinten
  14. Higanbana
  15. Hissatsu: Shinten
  16. Ogi Namikiri
  17. Shoha
  18. Kaeshi: Namikiri
  19. Kasha
  20. Hissatsu: Shinten
  21. Gekko
  22. Hissatsu: Gyoten
  23. Hakaze
  24. Yukikaze
  25. Hissatsu: Shinten
  26. Midare Setsugekka
  27. Kaeshi Setsugekka

For a more visual representation of the Samurai rotation and a detailed breakdown of what this looks like in-game, be sure to check out JuliaCare's video down below:

Depending on the type of encounter you are up against, this rotation may differ slightly. However, this is a very good rotation at maximizing your damage, and when in doubt, this can be used relatively everywhere. 

And that is everything you need to know about the best Samurai rotation, including openers, abilities, and more in FFXIV.