More Details On Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s Rogue And Ninja

By Sato . June 17, 2014 . 3:06pm


Square Enix showed a first look at Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s upcoming new class and job with the Rogue and Ninja during their special edition of Letter from the Producer during last week’s E3. Famitsu shares a few extra details, including another look at the reveal trailer.



The Japanese name for the Rogue is 双剣士 and roughly translates to “Dual Fencer”. They’re based off a group of people who were once known as “Thieves” but after getting accustomed to the battlefield, they’ve established themselves as the Dual Fencers, or Rogue.


Unlike the dual-wielders of Final Fantasy XI, Rogues will equip their weapons similarly to the Monks, so one weapon will act as a set of two blades. Once they turn into Ninjas as the advanced job, they’ll still use poison as part of their main skills, to go with Ninja Seals. There are different types of Seals, which can be mixed for various effects, as previously reported.


In order to keep up with other DPS (Damage Per Second) characters, Ninjas will need to use their Seals and poison attacks to the fullest to be most effective.


Additionally, here’s a brief history lesson from Square Enix behind the new class and job:


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These agile fighters pride themselves on their skills with knives and daggers to make quick work of enemies.


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Lurking in the shadows, adhering to no laws but their own, they punish the wicked, pilfering their ill-gotten gains and delivering them to the downtrodden masses. Thought by many to be mere common criminals, some would say they play an unseen hand in maintaining order in the buccaneer’s haven of Limsa Lominsa.


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Hailing from the war-torn lands of the Far East, the secret arts of the ninja were born of necessity, and have since given rise to a unique breed of highly-trained combatants.


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Able to manipulate the vital energies of the land, the air, and living beings, they manifest their power through the weaving of signs, unleashing a wide array of attacks against their foes. Master the arts of the ninja and learn to bend the tide of battle to your will.


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And for those of you who missed out on the trailer, here’s a look:



Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s patch 2.3 launches on July 8, 2014. Meanwhile, the Rogue and Ninja will become available on patch 2.4, prior to the game’s first expansion.


Food for Thought:


1. Naoki Yoshida previously mentioned that they’re looking to release the first expansion to the game within two years of launch, and it’ll be as big as the base game itself. With its first year anniversary coming this August, that gives them about a little over a year to work on it.


2. Final Fantasy XI featured two to three new jobs per expansion. If that ends up being the case for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which jobs/classes would you like to see for its first expansion?

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  • Kevin Komic O’Shea

    if they have a ninja I wonder if we will ever get a Samurai type.

    • The Watcher

      maybe they might have on a rotation ? Melee -> Magic -> Ranged -> Melee ect…

      • Time Sage

        You mean Magic -> Melee -> Ranged. This is actully the second set of Job/Classes added. Arcainst > Summoner/Scholar was the first.

  • Vesperion

    Still waiting on Red Mage

  • Very excited to see the new jobs being added. As to what I would like to see in the expansion. I would love to see the Red Mage class added. However, I would also be fine with just seeing a massive amount of new content and an increased level cap.

  • Syde Tokai

    it’s been said by yoshi that the plans to have one new tank (Samurai maybe) and a new healer (don’t have a guess for this one) in the expansion. I would love to see the dancer class

  • Takane Shijou

    Dark Knight is the one I’d love to see, but I’m wondering how they’d implement such a class into XIV.

    • Syde Tokai

      maybe they can be one of the new hybrid classes i keep hearing about

      • Takane Shijou

        Mainly referring to the fact that some of the classes already have some similar abilities to what one would use. So this would be a decently different take on Dark Knight in general.

    • AndyLC

      Marauder already has the blood-letting powers associated with Dark Knight, I could see it as another branch of Marauder

  • Vaporeon23

    I would love to see Red Mage, and perhaps something like the Engineer.

  • Jonah Paley

    {Utsusemi:San}{Can I have it?}{Thank you.}

    • Time Sage

      Not happening. Ninja was never ment to be a tank in XI either. The saff was just too afraid to take the nerf-bat to it.

  • Currently a Dragoon, but would love to see the Samurai class in the game come expansion time =^_^=

  • leadintea

    Evade and counter tank like the Swordsmaster from Bravely Default.

    • Time Sage

      Ninja is not a tank. I believe the staff in charge of XIV agrees with the opinion that XI Ninjas shouldn’t have been allowed to evovle in the way players took them

      • leadintea

        I never said Ninja should be a tank, so I dunno what you’re on about.

        • Time Sage

          Sorry, I jumped to conclousions.

          Players played Ninja as a dodge tank in XI when it wasn’t ment for it. Instead of nerfing it SE went “Sure why not” despite every other FF game making Ninjas basically “Thieves with magic” and many XI turned XIV players want the dodge tank instead of the DPS class we’re getting.

          • leadintea

            I know, I played FFXI and disliked that too. I was responding to the second question in the article.

  • Crevox

    I don’t believe any of this is new; it was all mentioned during E3. A good recap, though.

  • I might actually give FFXIV another shot when they implement this. Always liked rogues/ninjas the most and was disappointed when I moved from FFXI to find they didn’t have an equivalent class.

    • AndyLC

      The pugilist/monk is basically the “swift light armor fast attacker” class

      • Yeah, when I first tried out FFXIV (after its many many changes) I played as a pugilist. It was fun, but something about it didn’t feel right. I kept wanting my thief or ninja from FFXI.

        Of course, I expect there’s going to be a lot of differences in how rogue and ninja play versus FFXI, but as long as it remains a quick class, it’ll probably be my jam.

  • urbanscholar

    reads ninja/rogue descriptions *foams at the mouth* oh man…

  • Nu Blitz

    i would love to be a Bard. or tonberry class

    • Postnjam

      you can be a bard. quite the useful class. As many people ask you for buffs.

      • Nu Blitz

        cool didnt know that. maybe ill start playing again when the update comes out

  • Duo Maxwell

    More tank class, please?

    I’m sad that there goes the day where orthodox build were viable, like RO.

    • Marc Evans

      I’m hoping that with the announcement of the Rogue, that we will get a tank and healer class to go with it. Make it a new row of job classes, one per role.

  • DeAndre Atchison

    Give us time mage, samurai, and blue mage

  • Invisbin

    Samurai for Tank, Time Mage for Support, and Red Mage for Low DPS and Support :D

  • Spirit Macardi

    I want it now! D:

  • Suzaku

    Red Mage, first and foremost. It’s the only absentee remaining from the original game. Could maybe wield Spellblades with weapon enchants and use Dualcast in a hybrid attack/support role.

    Beyond that, Dark Knight seems like a no-brainer. Greatswords or scythes, perhaps. Tank, of course. Or, maybe branch it off from Marauder and use axes… but, eh.

    With Ninja and Dragoon I’ve already got my favorite FF jobs, so it’s all gravy after that.

  • Ash

    Blue Mage

  • Monterossa

    “damage per second characters” sound weird. It should be DD (damage dealer) instead of DPS.

    • Sato

      Actually, I’ve seen people refer to ’em as DPS in XIV more, even Naoki Yoshida himself. DD was more frequently used back in XI.

    • leadintea

      Yeah, I agree. It’s thanks to WoW that we’re stuck with that ugly term.

  • Kornelious

    The Ninja is worth playing as if just for that sweet jump animation :P

    As for classes i’d like to see….Dual-Weilder and Musketeer.

    • Marc Evans

      Isn’t the Rogue essentially that? They class them as Dual-fencers so I guess according to SQ that’s the dual-wielding right there.

  • Syn

    Dark Knight with greatswords please

    • Ted Griffin

      Scythe would be cooler like they did in XI

  • Looks cool but I don’t think I’ll change class

  • BitBoy

    I’d love to see Red Mage and Elementalist…but tbh these are a bit weird to include in a game like this…Especially elementalist which would probs act the same as a Black Mage… I just don’t really like the back mages’ style :p

  • Skeledon

    Meh, I don’t see this job playing any different from MNK. Keep up dots like poison and seals to maximize damage, etc etc. Like every other dps class.

    This only causes problems for DF since everyone will be running Rogue/Ninja.

    I’ll wait for the expansion.

  • Dasheble

    Am I the only one who wants to play as a Gunner?

  • Lee Chueng

    Hoping for Muramasa for Ninja/Rouge Relic Weapon!! *crosses fingers*

  • I’m happy they’re adding more DPS style class but I want to see more tank style like geomancer, dark knight, samurai or templar

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