Top 7 FF14 Best DPS Classes 2019 (Shadowbringers)

FF14 Best DPS Class
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What Are The Best FF14 DPS Jobs?

With the recent launch of Shadowbringers and with the new and improved ultimate fights and raids, Final Fantasy players are trying to figure out what DPS class they want to main this expansion.

Each DPS provides its own unique style and gameplay, so it can be intimidating trying to decide which one to pick.

Have no fear! We are here to analyze which DPS roles are the best. Who has utility? Which jobs provide massive damage? And what is the current meta? Let's dive in.

7. Dancer

Dancer waltz its way out as the newest DPS class in FFXIV's Shadowbringers expansion. Not only does Dancer fill the ranged DPS role, but it also provides a variety of buffs and support to its party members.  Let's get on the dancefloor and find out everything you need to know about Dancer. 

Why Dancer is one of the best DPS:

  • Everyone in your party wants to be your dance partner. Dancer provides a powerful single target buff to any party member of your choice, which can boost your dance partner’s DPS by 3k. 
  • It’s Dance moves provide massive AOE damage buffs for your party. 
  • Being light on your feet, it's one of the fastest moving DPS in the game.
  • Dancer has some sick dance moves that render massive AOE damage. Running dungeons has never been so easy. 
  • It's the only ranged DPS with a healing skill. You can show off your moves while also keeping you and your dance partner alive. 

How to build a powerful Dancer

6. Bard

Much like Dancer, Bard fills the ranged DPS roll. Dancer uses dances moves to motivate your party members, but Bard provides the music. This class is beneficial in multiple ways and is highly sought after for raid groups. Its utility is top tier. 

Why Bard is one of the best DPS:

  •  It has DOTs (damage over time) abilities that continue to injure enemies even if it becomes out of range.
  • Bard has multiple songs that provide raid-wide damage buffs to ensure your party meets the DPS checks in even the most challenging content.
  • Along with its damage buffs, Bard gives the entire party defensive buffs to help the party stay alive during insane mechanics. 
  • It also has debuff abilities to weaken large enemies and bosses.
  • If you follow your rotations, Bard can out DPS Machinist and Dancer in the support role. Get ready to snipe your enemies!

How to build a powerful Bard

5. Dragoon

Dragoon is basically the Bard of the melee DPS. Everyone wants a Dragoon for their raid group. It harnesses the powers of dragons and pierces the hearts of its enemies. Dragoon is truly badass.

Why Dragoon is one of the best DPS:

  • Dragoon has multiple jumping gap closers that allow you to get maximum uptime on boss fights to dish out some of the best DPS in your party. Just make sure you don’t accidentally jump off the platform. 
  • Has an ability that increases you and your party members' critical hit rate by 10%.
  • It also has a single target damage buff that buffs yourself and the party member of your choice. 
  • It has massive AOE damage, which makes leveling and casual content a breeze.  
  • While also having excellent utility, it can easily out DPS all range support roles.

How to build a powerful Dragoon

4. Summoner

Tame the monsters of Final Fantasy and summon your familiars to do your bidding. That's what Summoner is all about. This job has some of the most uniquely put together abilities, which makes it an absolute beast in any given fight. 

Why Summoner is one the best DPS:

  • This job can summon Bahamut. One of the most menacing monsters in the game and it does some eruptive damage. 
  • It has a variety of DOTs that execute damage while you cast away at the bosses HP. This gives you a chance to do consistent damage even when the boss jumps away. 
  • Even though it's a DPS, it has a regen-like healing skill; save your party members while also dishing out damage.
  • Summoner is one of two DPS that has a raising ability.  Heal, raise the dead, and DPS all at once. Summoner is unstoppable. 
  • It has an ability that can reduce its spell cast time by 2.5 seconds. The quicker you get out those spells, the more damage you do.

How to build a powerful Summoner

3. Monk

Monk is definitely on the higher end of the scale when it comes to dishing out DPS. As long as you follow its positionals, you can falco punch your way to victory. Swift punches, high kicks, and precision is the key to mastering this job.

Why Monk is one of the best DPS:

  • If you master monk, you can manage your Grease Lighting ability to always be up. This gives you a constant 10% increase in your damage. 
  • Monk has a raid-wide buff that gives you and your party members an increased 5% damage for 15 seconds. 
  •  It’s DPS can almost be matched to Samurai but it still provides raid damage. 
  • Monk has multiple forms that cater to different types of content, casual and hardcore. It doesn't matter if you're doing dungeons for leveling, or savage level raids, you can always kick some ass. 
  • Monk buffs have some of the quickest cooldown times in the game, making it easy to have damage buffs through fights consistently. 

How to build a powerful Monk

2. Samurai

With beautiful sakura petals blowing in the wind, Samurai has some of the most beautifully designed skills of the DPS classes. But don't let its pretty looks fool you. It can strike down foes with a single swing of their sword. Samurais can completely dominate the battlefield.  

Why Samurai is one of the best DPS:

  • Samurai can out DPS all other melee jobs. It's a job purely made for doing extreme damage. Get good and get greedy.
  • Its simple design makes it easy to navigate. Even if you're new to the game, you can still be a DPS monster. 
  • Samurai has one of the longest DOTs skills in the game, it lasts 60 seconds. 
  • If you master your opener and rotations, you can easily be one of the top DPS players on your server (or possibly the world).
  • Samurai specializes in skill speed. You can strike down your enemies swiftly and smoothly, like slicing through butter.

How to build a powerful Samurai

1. Black Mage

Did you ever want to experience what it was like to be an evil overlord? Well, now you have your chance. Black Mage's DPS is explosive, literally. It dominates the caster roll, effortlessly being the top DPS caster in the game. It has a wide variety of kick-ass spells that all pull together into one giant damage-dealing machine. 

Why Black Mage is one of the best DPS:

  • Black Mage has the best AOE damage in the entire game. Blowing up enemies is a Black Mage’s life purpose. 
  • Black Mage has an ability that allows you to cast three spells with no cast time. It's triple the damage of its already extremely powerful skills. 
  •  It can manipulate the aether in the air, allowing them to teleport to anyone in the party. It's perfect for dodging complicated mechanics. 
  • Black Mage doesn't run out of mana. It's ice spells regenerate mana almost instantly. 
  • It’s like the samurai of the caster group, but better. If mastered, Black Mage can easily be the top DPS in the entire game.

How to build a powerful Black Mage

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