FF14 Class Guides: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Sage Guide
The Sage is a healing class released in the Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker expansion. As the fourth healing class in the game, Sage fulfills the role of a barrier healer but plays similarly to the regen-based White Mage class. Unlike the White Mage, and closer to its direct competitor the Scholar, however, it boasts plenty of potent, off-global cooldown healing abilities and utilizes a unique system of passive healing in the form of Kardia, a buff which passively heals a single ally when you cast damaging abilities. To help players ease into this new class, we prepared our very own Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Sage Guide. Here’s how you could play the new Sage class more efficiently.
How to unlock the FFXIV Endwalker Sage Class
The Sage class can be unlocked by finishing the quest “Sage’s Path”, which can be started by talking to the Sharlayan Maiden found at the Limsa Lominsa Lower decks at the coordinates (X:9.4 Y:12.9).
To start off our FFIX Endwalker Sage Class Guide, we talk about the general strengths and weaknesses of the class.
The Sage has a large toolkit of damaging and healing abilities that revolve around its passive buff, Kardia, the ability Eukrasia, which augments your spells to have different effects, as well as its gauge, which utilizes resources known as Addersgall and Addersting.
Kardia is an ability similar to the Dancer class’ Dance Partner ability, which pairs you up with a selected party member. Kardia grants the selected party member the Kardion buff, which heals your target whenever you cast any of your damaging abilities, providing a good source of passive healing for your tanks. Kardia can also be recast after 5 seconds, even when in combat, allowing you to switch targets should the need arise.
Eukrasia is an ability which augments your next cast of Prognosis, or Diagnosis, changing them into Eukrasian Prognosis, and Eukrasian Diagnosis, which turns their effects from healing into shielding, as well as changing Dosis into a damage-over-time ability. Eukrasia has a recast timer of one second, and is your bread and butter for GCD healing and damage.
The first of the Sage’s resource gauges is Addersgall, which is used to cast various healing and mitigation abilities. You gain one stack of Addersgall every 20 seconds, as well as through the ability Rhizomata, which grants one stack, up to a maximum of three. You also start combat instances with maximum stacks.
Addersgall can be consumed to use abilities such as Druchole, a high-potency single target heal, Kerachole, Sage’s Sacred Soil-equivalent, Ixochole, an AoE healing ability, and Taurochole, a single target heal with a 10% damage mitigation. Abilities that consume Addersgall have the added benefit of restoring 7% of the Sage’s maximum MP.
The second resource the Sage utilizes is Addersting, which is generated when the shield erected by Eukrasian Diagnosis is broken. It is used to cast Toxikon, which is a potent AoE damaging ability.
Similarly to other healers, Sage’s damage rotation revolves around DoT uptime and largely spamming a single damage ability. Your DoT is Eukrasian Dosis, and Dosis is your single target damage ability, and Dyskrasia is its AoE equivalent. You’ll also be weaving in casts of Phlegma, which is an OGCD AoE damage skill with a 45 second cooldown, and a maximum of two charges.
In later levels, you’ll be casting Toxikon whenever you have stacks of Addersting.
Your capstone, Pneuma, is a high potency AoE line ability that has the added benefit of healing all allies in a large radius.
The Sage has a very robust and potent healing kit which utilizes a mix of shields and damage mitigation, similar to its direct competitor, the Scholar, but with more straightforward gameplay.
Your bread and butter healing is a mix of the passive healing provided by Kardia, your Addersgall abilities, as well as usage of Physis, a OGCD AoE heal which applies a small regen effect and increases the potency of your healing on affected party members by 10%.
You can further augment and increase the potency of your healing through the OGCD abilities Soteria, which increases the healing provided by Kardia by 50% for 15 seconds, and Zoe, which increases the potency of your next healing ability used by 50%.
The Sage’s kit also includes the OGCD Haima, which grants a single target 5 layers of shields that are consumed individually, and grants a healing effect equal to the number of remaining stacks at the end of its duration. It has a weaker AoE equivalent in the form of Panhaima.
The last of the Sage’s healing kit are the OGCDs, Pepsis, Holos, and Krasis. Pepsis is an AoE ability which heals anyone affected by the shields of Eukrasian Prognosis and Eukrasian Diagnosis, consuming the shields in the process. Holos provides an instant AoE heal and a 10% damage mitigation for 20 seconds that stacks with Kerachole, providing amazing mitigation for hard-hitting partywide attacks. Krasis is a sidegrade of Zoe, providing a 20% increase in healing potency for 10 seconds.
Overall, the Sage looks to be a strong healer, and offers a unique playstyle that makes for a nice middle ground between the White Mage and the Scholar. We do hope that our Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Sage Guide can help you master its rotations and become a better Sage.
For the other new Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker class, Reaper, we also have a separate Reaper guide here.