Monk Skills Overview
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Last Updated: 15 Feb, 2022
Patch Applicable: 6.0

Single Target GCDs

Monk has six core single-target GCDs:

Bootshine has a potency of 210, or 310 when you have Leaden Fist. When in Opo-Opo form, Bootshine will always crit.
Dragon Kick has a potency of 320. When in Opo-Opo form, it will grant the Leaden Fist buff.
True Strike has a potency of 300. It can only be executed from Raptor form.
Twin Snakes has a potency of 280. It also grants a 15% damage increase buff, Disciplined Fist, that lasts for 15 seconds. Twin Snakes can only be executed from Raptor form.
Demolish has a potency of 70, or 130 when executed from the rear. It also applies an 18-second duration dot with 70 potency, for a combined total of 130+420 potency. It can only be executed from Coeurl form.
Snap Punch has a potency of 250, or 310 when executed from the flank. It can only be executed from Coeurl form.
Form Shift is a unique GCD, as it’s not directly a part of our rotation, but it does enable our rotation. Form Shift grants the Formless Fist buff, which allows you to use any GCD and gain its additional form effects. Since this GCD does no damage, we only ever use it before pulling an enemy or during downtime.

AoE GCDs

Monk has three core AOE GCDs, one for each of its forms:

Opo-Opo form has Shadow of the Destroyer, a circle AoE around you with 110 potency which becomes a guaranteed critical hit when executed with its form bonus.
Raptor form has Four-Point Fury, another circle AoE around you with 120 potency. It also grants a 15% damage increase buff, Discipled Fist, that lasts for 15 seconds.
Coeurl form has Rockbreaker, another circle AoE around you with 130 potency.

The Form System

Forms are a concept unique to Monk, and is what separates it from standard combo-based melee jobs. Unlike other jobs that simply have combos that trigger each other in a static manner, there is considerable flexibility in how Monk advances through its forms. Each GCD also gains a bonus effect when used in the correct form, meaning forms should be advancing forwards and not broken, otherwise the form will drop, reducing damage output.

Monks have three forms: Opo-Opo, Raptor, and Coeurl:

  • In Opo-Opo form, Bootshine, Dragon Kick, and Shadow of the Destroyer gain additional effects. Using an Opo-opo GCD grants Raptor form.
  • In Raptor form, True Strike, Twin Snakes, and Four-point Fury gain additional effects. Using a Raptor GCD grants Coeurl form.
  • In Coeurl form, Demolish, Snap Punch, and Rockbreaker gain additional effects. Using a Coeurl GCD grants Opo-opo form.

Opening Inner Chakra

Chakra is the simpler of Monk’s two job gauges. Chakra can be stacked up to five times. At five stacks, it can be spent to execute either of the following two oGCDs:

Icon Name Cooldown Effect
The Forbidden Chakra 1s Deals 340 potency to a single target.
Enlightenment 1s Deals 170 potency to all enemies in a straight line in front of you.

There are multiple ways to generate Chakra.

Meditation is a GCD with a one-second cooldown that opens a single Chakra upon being pressed. When outside of combat, it generates five stacks of Chakra instantly.
Deep Meditation I & II are two job traits. Deep Meditation I grants an 80% chance of generating a Chakra upon landing a critical weaponskill. Deep Meditation II increases that 80% chance into a 100% chance.
Brotherhood has multiple effects, but specifically as to Chakra generation, upon execution, all party members within 15 yalms will gain the effect of Meditative Brotherhood for 15 seconds. While this buff is active on an ally, every time they execute a weaponskill or a spell, there is a 20% chance of gaining a stack of Chakra. While the buff is active on yourself, you have a 100% chance to gain a Chakra each time you execute a weaponskill.

Beast Chakra

Beast Chakra is a new Monk job gauge in Endwalker, and hinges around the changes to Perfect Balance.

Perfect Balance has a similar effect as it did previously – nullifying form requirements – however now it has two charges and a 40s cooldown. Upon executing a weaponskill, it grants a Chakra of the corresponding Form. These Beast Chakra can now be spent on one of 4 new Blitz weaponskills. depending on the Chakra accumulated.

With three of the same type of Beast Chakra, Masterful Blitz is upgraded to Elixir Field, an AoE with a potency of 600 that deals 70% less damage to all subsequent targets hit. Using Elixir Field will grant a Lunar Nadi.
With three different Beast Chakra, Masterful Blitz is upgraded to Rising Phoenix, an AoE with a potency of 700 that deals 70% less damage to all subsequent targets hit. Using Rising Phoenix will grant a Solar Nadi.
With two different Beast Chakra, Masterful Blitz is upgraded to Celestial Revolution, a single-target attack with a potency of 450. Using Celestial Revolution will grant a Lunar Nadi by default, or a Solar Nadi if a Lunar Nadi is already active.
If both a Solar and Lunar Nadi are active, any combination of three Beast Chakra will upgrade Masterful Blitz to Phantom Rush, an AoE with a potency of 1150 potency that deals 50% less damage to all subsequent targets hit. It consumes both Nadi upon use.

Other oGCDs

In terms of other oGCDs, Monk has three core buffs:

Icon Name Cooldown Duration Effect
Riddle of Fire 60s 20s Increases damage dealt by 15%.
Brotherhood 120s 15s Applies two effects to you and all party members within 15 yalms. The first is a 5% damage increase. The second is Meditative Brotherhood, which helps generate Chakra.
Perfect Balance 40s (2 charges) 20s / 3 stacks Enables the use of any GCD as if you have its form bonus. Also grants Beast Chakra corresponding to GCDs used.
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  • 28 Oct, 2021
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    15 Feb, 2022
    Updated for Endwalker