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Monk is a basic job in Final Fantasy XI available to players. It is also a common job among beastmen and the job type for all mandragora in the game. Monks excel in hand-to-hand combat; sometimes with their bare fists, but usually by equipping various knuckles and similar hand-to-hand weapons. Monks wear light armor and have very high hit point totals.

In terms of the races of Vana'diel, the Galka, and the Elvaan stand out as the preeminent monks. High strength for Elvaan make them favorable, while Galka's naturally high HP can make for some ridiculously high HP totals. Combined with high vitality, Galkas make for quite strong monks. The race least suited to being monks is probably the Tarutaru due to their low HP and weaker physical characteristics.


Becoming a Monk

Monk is a basic job. This means that players can choose to level a monk without having completed any quests. A player choosing to start as a monk will receive a White Belt, the first in a series of 4 belts that can be earned in Final Fantasy XI.

Monk Abilities

For a more in-depth description, see the Monk abilities page


Job Abilities

Level  Name
01  Hundred Fists
05  Boost
15  Dodge
25  Focus
35  Chakra
41  Chi Blast
45  Counterstance
65  Footwork
Merit  Mantra
Merit  Formless Strikes

Job Traits

Level  Name
01  Martial Arts
05  Subtle Blow
10  Counter
15  Max HP Boost
16  Martial Arts II
31  Martial Arts III
35  Max HP Boost II
46  Martial Arts IV
51  Kick Attacks I
55  Max HP Boost III
61  Martial Arts V
70  Max HP Boost IV
71  Kick Attacks II
75  Martial Arts VI
Merit  Invigorate
Merit  Penance

Combat Skill Ratings

 Skill Skill Ranking Cap at Level 1 Cap at Level 37 Cap at Level 75
Hand-to-Hand A+ 6 114 276
Staff B 5 109 250
Club C+ 5 105 230
Throwing E 4 94 200
Guard A- 6 114 269
Evasion B+ 5 109 256
Parrying E 4 94 200

Monks in Final Fantasy XI

Monks are a very high damaging, versatile job. While they basically do only one type of damage, bludgeoning, and have a relatively low skill for a main weapon, they have access to a great deal of Speed, Strength, and Accuracy bonuses that more than make up for any lack of accuracy naturally.


  • Monks do very good damage versus average and low defense creatures and extremely high damage versus Skeletons.
  • High HP total


  • Monks struggle against high Defense enemies such as Crabs.
  • Monks do not have a Weapon Skill that can create distortion until late in the game, which is a player preference-created stigma associated with the job.
  • Monks have relatively low defense.



Until breaching level 70, almost all Monks found in Vana'diel will probably be using Warrior as a subjob. There are many reasons why Warrior is so highly favored, including the fact that Berserk will drastically increase damage over time and it stacks with Monk's Boost ability for extra Weapon Skill damage. Provoke makes them good at being a "SATA" partner or as an off-tank if things go wrong. Double Attack provides an extra increase in damage.


After level 70, the ninja subjob takes off in popularity, if only because of the advent of "Bones Parties" and other "TP-Burn" style parties where rather than having a tank, hate can bounce between party members freely, all of whom have blink through utsusemi.


A few monk players prefer a moderate drop in damage over time to do more so-called "spike damage." Spike damage refers to damage dealt in an an instant, usually because of sneak attack and/or trick attack. To facilitate this, the player must use thief as a subjob.

v · e · dFinal Fantasy XI Jobs
Basic Jobs
Warrior - Monk - Thief - White Mage - Black Mage - Red Mage
Original Advanced Jobs
Beastmaster - Bard - Paladin - Dark Knight - Summoner - Ranger
Rise of the Zilart Jobs
Ninja - Samurai - Dragoon
Treasures of Aht Urhgan Jobs
Blue Mage - Corsair - Puppetmaster
Wings of the Goddess Jobs
Dancer - Scholar

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