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Frequently Asked Questions 5.3

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What is XIVAnalysis?

XIVAnalysis is a tool aimed at helping you improve your performance, through both automatic suggestions and metrics. None of the metrics are fight specific, but it is very useful to see your general performance at a glance. When we look at your logs in #rdm_questions, we use XivA.

Why use Engagement?

Engagement is 50 less potency than Displacement, however, it has a normal animation lock and can be double weaved.

It’s very useful for times where you don’t have a free oGCD window for Displacement, or you cannot use Displacement due to mechanics.

Using the 110s rotation, it’s possible to get 1 Engagement + 3 Displacements every Manafication cycle, but not 4 Displacements, meaning it could be used as an optimisation tool.

Here is an explanation on these cases:

Case 1: 4 Displacements

  • 0s Manafication
  • 4.5s Displacement (after Enchanted Zwerchhau)
  • 39.5s Displacement
  • 74.5s Displacement
  • 109.5s Displacement
  • 110s 110.7s Manafication
  • 111.4s Corps-a-Corps
  • 112.1s Enchanted Riposte (melee combo begins)

In this first case the last Displacement is not possible resolve and have Manafication at 110s due to Displacement having an animation lock of ~1.1s and needing to be in melee range for the Manafication melee combo.

With only 0.5s for when Manafication is next off cooldown you would have to Displacement + Manafication then Corps-a-Corps to get in melee range. These oGCDs used one after the other is not a good practice adding a further delay to the overall cycle and losing GCD uptime resulting in a DPS loss further negating the damage gain from the 4th Displacement.

In this case you would thus opt for only 3 Displacements and omit the 4th to keep to time and maintain GCD uptime:

Case 2: 3 Displacements

  • 0s Manafication
  • 4.5s Displacement (after Enchanted Zwerchhau)
  • 39.5s Displacement
  • 74.5s Displacement
  • 110s Manafication
  • 110.7s Enchanted Riposte (melee combo begins)

However, using Engagement allows for the next case:

Case 3: 1 Engagement, 3 Displacements

  • 0s Manafication
  • 1.5s Engagement (after Riposte)
  • 36.5s Displacement
  • 71.5s Displacement
  • 106.5s Displacement
  • 110s Manafication
  • 110.7s Enchanted Riposte (melee combo begins)

Not only are you keeping to time and not drifting your 110s Manafication, your Manafication Melee Combo is better aligned and you have the additional 150 potency from Engagement vs Case 2.

Melee combo is ready but I have procs?

When above 80|80 Mana and Acceleration is on cooldown, fix your mana/procs:

  • If you have a proc of your lower Mana, use it before going into your melee combo (i.e. 84|82 with Verfire proc, use Verfire -> Veraero to become 95|91 before going into melee combo and get another 100% Verfire from Verflare).

  • If you have both procs, dump the proc of your lower mana before going into your melee combo (i.e. 80|85 with both procs, use Verstone -> Verthunder to become 89|96 before going into melee combo and get another 100% Verstone from Verholy).

  • If you have a proc of the lower mana, but your mana level is too high to avoid excessive overcap (i.e. 99|97 with Verfire proc), you can use Acceleration to force a proc of the higher mana, as long as it won’t cause you to imbalance.

Should I use Selfish Embolden?

No. It is an overall loss to your party. You should use Embolden on 3rd or 5th GCD & on cooldown from there onwards.

If you have a +15% multiplier of external raid buffs you can delay every Manafication from the 3rd onwards by 10s to align with Embolden/Manafication buff for a gain.

Should we avoid SpS?

SpS still boosts our damage, so go for the higher iLvl gear. If you’re straying into the mid-high 1k range consider dropping SpS from your right side.

What gear should I use for UCOB/UWU?

To maximize your substats in UCOB, you need gear i418 or higher. To maximize your substats in UWU, you need gear i470 or higher. The i470 sets & beyond will fulfill both of these iLvl requirements.

What’s BiS if I don’t do Savage?

If you don’t do Savage, focus on getting gear of a higher item level be it from 24 mans & trials.

For materia, meld using the general priority of Crit > DH ≥ DET.