PLD 2.44 GCD Genji Legs BiS
Can meld 1x Quickarm V materia to achieve 2.43 GCD

PLD 2.41 GCD Lost Allagan Legs Alternative
-0.72% Total value (SS not accounted for, Crit slightly more value in SCH/DRG comp) +1.01% DoT/AA Multiplier (Autos + Goring ~25% of PLD damage)

PLD 2.45 GCD i340 Accessories (No-Crafted) Alternative
-1.03% Total value +1612/1827 HP depending on food


To maximize your damage, you will want to meld Direct Hit materia on your left side pieces, and Strength materia on your right side pieces. There is an argument for melding Tenacity on your left side over Direct Hit, as extra mitigation is nice, however melding all tier 6 materia provides only 520 stats total. If these were all Tenacity, you would net a total of 2.4% increase in your damage mitigation for a 0.9% decrease in your damage output. The 2.4% mitigation is going to be saving you about 500-600 HP on tankbusters, so I’m personally in favor of the Direct Hit melds, as.the damage reduction is not likely to make or break you.


Stat intervals and BiS sets were calculated using the following tools:

FFXIV 70 Statistic Intervals by Nemekh:

Gear Stats Calculator by MikeMatrix:


BiS breakdown courtesy of Voxfall Valerie of Ragnarok (EU) and The Balance Discord.

The Balance Discord –

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Ari Aquitane

Ari Aquitane has been playing MMOs since 2005, including Runescape, Guild Wars, and Guild Wars 2, before settling into FFXIV. In FFXIV, Ari has been raiding since the release of the Final Coil of Bahamut, and has been tanking since the end of Gordias Savage. Ari has always striven for mastery and optimization for his assigned roles in XIV, and utilizes various tools such as FFLogs, OBS footage, theorycrafting with spreadsheets, and conversing with other players to maximize his overall performance. In his free time, Ari likes to learn how to optimize other jobs, beat his fellow static members in Super Smash Brothers: Melee, and draw ASCII Artwork of cats and moogles.

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