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Combat Skills and Magic Skills are stats that are natural to a character's job—they both go hand-in-hand as they are all used to battle mobs in one way or another.

There is a cap to each skill depending on the class and their proficiency with said skill. As your job level goes up, the cap rises as well.

Certain jobs excel at some skills, while other jobs excel at others. Make sure you know what skills your job excels at and raise them to reach the maximum potential of your character.

The amount of attack and accuracy you gain by equipping a weapon using a particular skill is directly proportional to the Combat Skill level.

Job Skill Ranks

Weapon Skills BRD BST BLM BLU COR DNC DRK DRG MNK NIN PLD PUP RNG RDM SAM SCH SMN THF WAR WHM GEO RUN
Axe   A-         B-           B-           A-     B-
Great Axe             B-                       A+     B
Club D D C+ B-     C- E C+ E A- D E D E C+ C+ E B- B+ B+ C-
Dagger B- C+ D   B+ B+ C E   C+ C- C- B- B E D E A- B-   C-  
Hand-to-Hand           D     A+ E   B+           E D      
Katana                   A-                        
Great Katana                   C-         A+              
Polearm               A+     E       B-       B-      
Scythe   B- E       A+                       B+      
Staff C+   B-         B- B   A-         C+ B   B C+ C+  
Sword C- E   A- B- D B- C-   C A+   D B C+     D B     A-
Great Sword             A-       B               B+     A+
Ranged Weapon Skills BRD BST BLM BLU COR DNC DRK DRG MNK NIN PLD PUP RNG RDM SAM SCH SMN THF WAR WHM GEO RUN
Archery                   E     A- D C+     C- D      
Marksmanship         B   E     C     A-         C+ D      
Throwing E   D   C+ C+     E A-   C+ C- F C+ D   D D E    
Defensive Skills BRD BST BLM BLU COR DNC DRK DRG MNK NIN PLD PUP RNG RDM SAM SCH SMN THF WAR WHM GEO RUN
Evasion D C E C- D B+ C B B+ A- C B E D B+ E E A+ C E D B+
Guarding                 A-     B-                    
Parrying E C   D A- B E B- E A- C D   E A- E   A- C-   E A+
Shield   E                 A+     F       F C+ D    
Magic/Music Skills BRD BST BLM BLU COR DNC DRK DRG MNK NIN PLD PUP RNG RDM SAM SCH SMN THF WAR WHM GEO RUN
Blue       A+                                    
Dark     A-       A-             E   D         C  
Divine                     B+     E   D       A-   B
Elemental     A+       B+             C+   D         B+  
Enfeebling     C+       C             A+   D       C C+  
Enhancing     E               D     B+   D       C+   B-
Healing                     C     C-   D       A+    
Summoning                                 A-          
Ninjutsu                   A-                        
Singing C                                          
String C                                          
Wind C                                          
Geomancy                                         C  
Handbell                                         C  

Skill Caps

Skill Rank /
  Job Level
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
A+, A- 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 39 42 45 48 51 54 57 60 63
B+, B, B- 5 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34 36 39 42 45 48 51 54 57 60
C+, C, C- 5 7 10 13 16 19 21 24 27 30 33 35 38 41 44 47 49 52 55 58
D 4 6 9 12 14 17 20 22 25 28 31 33 36 39 41 44 47 49 52 55
E 4 6 9 11 14 16 19 21 24 26 29 31 34 36 39 41 44 46 49 51
F 4 6 8 10 13 15 17 20 22 24 27 29 31 33 36 38 40 43 45 47
G 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 29 31 33 35 37 39 41


Skill Rank /
  Job Level
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
A+, A- 66 69 72 75 78 81 84 87 90 93 96 99 102 105 108 111 114 117 120 123
B+, B, B- 63 65 68 71 74 77 80 83 86 89 92 94 97 100 103 106 109 112 115 118
C+, C, C- 61 63 66 69 72 75 77 80 83 86 89 91 94 97 100 103 105 108 111 114
D 58 60 63 66 68 71 74 76 79 82 85 87 90 93 95 98 101 103 106 109
E 54 56 59 61 64 66 69 71 74 76 79 81 84 86 89 91 94 96 99 101
F 50 52 54 56 59 61 63 66 68 70 73 75 77 79 82 84 86 89 91 93
G 43 45 47 49 51 53 55 57 59 61 63 65 67 69 71 73 75 77 79 81


Skill Rank /
  Job Level
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
A+, A- 126 129 132 135 138 141 144 147 150 153 158 163 168 173 178 183 188 193 198 203
B+, B, B- 121 123 126 129 132 135 138 141 144 147 151 156 161 166 171 176 181 186 191 196
C+, C, C- 117 119 122 125 128 131 133 136 139 142 146 151 156 161 166 170 175 180 185 190
D 112 114 117 120 122 125 128 130 133 136 140 145 150 154 159 164 168 173 178 183
E 104 106 109 111 114 116 119 121 124 126 130 135 139 144 148 153 157 162 166 171
F 96 98 100 102 105 107 109 112 114 116 120 124 128 133 137 141 146 150 154 159
G 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 101 104 107 110 113 116 119 122 125 128 131


Skill Rank /
  Job Level
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80
A+ 207 212 217 222 227 232 236 241 246 251 256 261 266 271 276 281 286 291 296 301
A- 207 211 215 219 223 227 231 235 239 244 249 254 259 264 269 274 279 284 289 294
B+ 199 203 207 210 214 218 221 225 229 233 237 241 246 251 256 261 266 271 276 281
B 199 202 205 208 212 215 218 221 225 228 232 236 240 245 250 255 260 265 270 275
B- 198 201 204 206 209 212 214 217 220 223 226 229 232 236 240 245 250 255 260 265
C+ 192 195 197 200 202 205 207 210 212 215 218 221 224 227 230 235 240 245 250 255
C 192 194 196 199 201 203 205 208 210 212 214 217 219 222 225 230 235 240 245 250
C- 192 194 196 198 200 202 204 206 208 210 212 214 216 218 220 225 230 235 240 245
D 184 186 188 190 192 194 195 197 199 201 203 205 207 208 210 214 218 222 226 230
E 172 174 176 178 180 182 184 186 188 190 192 194 196 198 200 203 206 209 212 215
F 161 163 165 167 169 171 173 175 177 179 181 183 185 187 189 191 193 195 197 199
G 134 137 140 143 146 149 152 155 158 161 163 165 167 169 171 173 175 177 179 181


Skill Rank /
  Job Level
81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99  
A+ 307 313 319 325 331 337 343 349 355 361 368 375 382 389 396 403 410 417 424
A- 300 306 312 318 324 330 336 342 348 354 361 368 375 382 389 396 403 410 417
B+ 287 293 299 305 311 317 323 329 335 341 348 355 362 369 376 383 390 397 404
B 281 287 293 299 305 311 317 323 329 335 342 349 356 363 370 377 384 391 398
B- 271 277 283 289 295 301 307 313 319 325 332 339 346 353 360 367 374 381 388
C+ 261 267 273 279 285 291 297 303 309 315 322 329 336 343 350 357 364 371 378
C 256 262 268 274 280 286 292 298 304 310 317 324 331 338 345 352 359 366 373
C- 251 257 263 269 275 281 287 293 299 305 312 319 326 333 340 347 354 361 368
D 235 240 245 250 255 260 265 270 275 280 286 292 298 304 310 316 322 328 334
E 219 223 227 231 235 239 243 247 251 255 260 265 270 275 280 285 290 295 300
F 202 205 208 211 214 217 220 223 226 229 233 237 241 245 249 253 257 261 265
G 183 185 187 189 191 193 195 197 199 201 204 207 210 213 216 219 222 225 228

The skill rank H is synonymous with having no rank (cap 0 at all levels).
The skill rank G can only be found on automaton frames with no native skill which is enhanced from an automaton head.
For instance, Valoredge Frame has no rank of Automaton Magic Skill. Soulsoother Head adds 2 ranks to Automaton Magic Skill, thus H > G > F. Stormwaker Head only adds one rank, thus H > G. (Note that Stormwaker Head also adds 1 Automaton Melee Skill rank.) For players the H and G ranks have little meaning, since there is no equipment or trait that increases ranks. Not having a skill is equal to rank H, and no player skill has rank G. Merits can be used to increase the actual skill level, but not the skill rank.

Combat Skill Level Chart

Combat Skills Chart

Skilling Up

Combat and magic skills are raised by using them on mobs of the appropriate level to your skill.

  • With weapons, attacking or performing physical weapon skills
  • With defensive combat skills, performing the defensive action, eg. blocking or parrying UPDATE: As of the July 2012 Update a player no longer needs to use defensive skills to gain skill ups. A player can still gain skill points in Evasion, Parrying, and Shield without actually evading, parrying, or blocking an attack.
  • With offensive magic skills, casting it on the enemy
  • With supportive/healing magic skills, casting it on yourself or other players (target level doesn't matter)
    • Healing magic can also be cast upon undead for skill ups, similar to offensive magic
  • With summoning skill, summoning an avatar, or using Blood Pact: Rage and Blood Pact: Ward
  • Some magic skills include both offensive and supportive/healing magics and thus can be skilled up in multiple ways


To work out the minimum level mobs required for skill ups, follow these steps:

  • 1. Using the job skill ranks table, identify the rank of the skill for your job
  • 2. Note your current skill level, and follow the appropriate rows in the skill caps tables for your rank, moving up in levels until you reach the level where the skill cap exceeds your current skill level
  • 3. That level is the minimum level required of mobs for you to gain any skill ups with that particular job and particular skill


Example 1:
Lv 70 RDM skilling up dagger, dagger skill is currently at 150

  • Using the job skill ranks table, RDM's dagger rank is "B"
  • Since the rank is B, we'll look at the B+/B/B- rows for Lv 1-60, and the B row for Lv 61-80 in the skill caps tables
  • Moving along the B+/B/B- rows, skill level 150 is first exceeded at Lv 51 (which has a skill cap of 151)
  • So a Lv 51 mob would give the RDM skill ups on dagger, but only until 151 skill, mobs higher than Lv 51 are needed to continue skill ups
  • In order to cap off dagger skill at Lv 70 (which would be 228 for the Lv 70 RDM), he'll need to fight Lv 70 mobs or higher


Example 2:
Lv 70 BLM skilling up dagger, dagger skill is currently at 150

  • Using the job skill ranks table, BLM's dagger rank is "D"
  • Moving along the D rows, skill level 150 is first exceeded at Lv 54 (which has a skill cap of 154)
  • So at minimum, a Lv 54 mob is needed for the BLM to skill up dagger
    • Note the same Lv 54 mob would allow the Lv 70 RDM to skill up dagger until 166, since RDM's dagger rank is B
  • In order to cap off dagger skill at Lv 70 (which would be 201 for the Lv 70 BLM), he'll also need to fight Lv 70 mobs or higher


Note that:

  • By fighting Decent Challenge or higher mobs, you can always cap any combat/magic skill
  • Similarly, in order to cap any skill, you must fight Decent Challenge or higher mobs eventually (after lower level mobs stop giving skill ups)
  • The maximum skill obtainable on a certain level mob differs between jobs and between skills, as it is determined by the rank of the particular skill for the particular job, as per the job skill ranks table.
  • Similarly, the level of mobs needed to attain a certain skill level also differs between jobs and between skills

Special Consideration:

  • Several jobs are capable of equipping weapons (or shields) while also not having access to that combat skill.
  • Jobs that do not innately possess a skill are considered to have a 0 in that skill, even if they have that skill leveled on another job.


Skill Caps by Job

See Also

Subcategories

This category has the following 16 subcategories, out of 16 total.

A

C

D

G

G cont.

H

K

M

P

R

S

T

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