FFXIV Red Mage Unlock Guide - release the most powerful job!

FFXIV Red Mage Unlock Guide - release the most powerful job!
Final Fantasy XIV

“On the eastern edge of Abalatia’s Spine lies the mountainous region of Gyr Abania. It is in these elevated lands that people took shelter when a burning star guided them away from the Sixth Umbral Calamity´s treacherous floodwaters. ”

-FinalFantasyXIV, Red Mage-


As you should know, the first video games in the Final Fantasy series had a job system, which determined the guidelines of the RPG jobs system since then. Regarding this, one of the most powerful jobs is the Red Mage. If you are eager to know everything about this job, then keep reading this FFXIV Red Mage Unlock Guide and find out what you need. 


Table of contents:

* Final Fantasy XIV Red Mage

* How to unlock Red Mage job

* Final Fantasy XIV Red Mage skills

        * Weapon skills

        * Spells

        * Abilities

* FFXIV RDM beginner tips and tricks

        * Balance Gauge

        * Black and White Mana combo settings



Final Fantasy XIV Red Mage

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This mage is, perhaps, the most powerful job in the game due to its mix between warrior and mage. They are a special caster job because they choose a rapier as a weapon. Red Mage is a DPS class (Damage per second), and they spend a lot of time attaching from a safe distance, but from time to time it is necessary they use their melee abilities. 

Red Mage, and Samurai, are the two jobs that were included in the launch of Stormblood. The first one focused on powerful spells and melee attacks, and the second one focused on strength and velocity. 


How to unlock Red Mage job

Final Fantasy 14 Red Mage quests reviews

Side Quest ‘Taking to the Red’ info.


First of all, you need to know that unlocking the Red Mage is not part of the Main Story Quest. In addition, you need to have the Stormblood expansion and have reached level 50 of any Disciple of War or Magic. If you meet these requirements(none of them are difficult to meet), now you have to go to Ul'dah, one of the three starting cities of the game. 

Once you are there, head south of the Aetheryte Crystal. Go to the Steps of Thal, the main alley where you find a lot of vendors and traders. In the southern part of this alley, next to the Gate of Thal (the door that leads you to Central Thanalan), you will find the quest giver that will ask you to take on a quest. 


FFXIV Taking the Red place, nearby to Pugilist Guild

The location of the quest giver in the Ul’Dah map.


The name of the quest is ‘Taking the Red’. The quest giver has the name of Distraught Lass above her name. This NPC will commission you to do a series of events.

This distraught young girl is seeking a savior for her sister. Her sister has been kidnapped by unknown people. According to the child's words, a traveler has fought against the villains, so they have seen what they look like. 

The first step is to find this traveler in Central Thanalan. When you arrive at the site, you find a red-garbed warrior dispatching the last of the kidnappers. After watching the cutscene, speak with the warrior.


FFXIV X’rhun Tia, in the area of Ul'Dah

X’rhun Tia


The traveler introduces himself like X’rhun Tia. Then the traveler will propose to you to come back to Ul'dah and give the good news to the Distraught Lass. 

Once you are in the city, the saved sister will tell you that the man is a Crimson Duelist. 

After confirming the child is safe in her home, the Red Mage NPC will suggest you share a drink. Go to the tavern south, to the Coffer Coffin, next to the Black Brush Station, and talk with the RDM. 

Impressed by your apparent strength, X’rhun Tia offers to teach you the secrets of Red Magic. 


FFXIV RDM Advertisement and rewards

With Soul of the Red Mage and Red Attire Coffer, you become a Red Mage.


Final Fantasy XIV Red Mage skills

Red Mage is a perfect mix between black magic and white magic. Most of the time, Red Mage attacks enemies from a safe distance with powerful spells, but from time to time they must attack melee to defeat some creatures and face the foe's abilities. 

Red Mage has impressive melee weapon skills, we have to say that. The following is a list of the skills that Red Mage learns in FFXIV:


Weapon skills

FFXIV Red Mage Riposte, Zwerchhau, Redoublement, Moulinet, Reprise



FFXIV Red Mage Jolt, Verthunder, Veraero, Scatter, Verthunder II, Veraero II, , Verfire, Verstone, Vercure, Jolt II, Verraise, ImpactVerflare, Verholy



FFXIV Red Mage, Corps-a-corps, Displacement, Fleche, Acceleration, Contre, Sixte, Embolden, Manafication, Engagement

* All of these abilities have an extra effect, which we have ignored here for reasons that do not concern this article.

* One of the most interesting parts of these abilities is that they can be combined and create powerful combos.


FFXIV RDM beginner tips and tricks

This character has a loop that is divided into two phases. The first one, the casting phase, is in which you generate your gauge resources. In this phase is when you should try to acquire Black and White mana. 


Balance Gauge

As a Red Mage is necessary that you keep in balance your two resource bars: the Black one and the White one. Black bar (Black mana) is related to spells such as Thunder or Fire. White bar (White mana) is related to spells such as Aero.

If the scale gets tipped in one way, then the other resource becomes harder to generate. 


Balance Gauge llc to top

When you keep the balance, the crystal of the top is red.


It is very important that you make a constant rotation of spells. This way will be easier for you cast different spells for different situations. In addition, when you reach a certain level of mana, you can enchant your repair and attack causing great damage.


Black and White Mana combo settings

If you perform actions in a certain order, you will increase the potency of them and apply combo bonuses.


FFXIV Red Mage combos game categories

Combos increase both potency and accuracy.



Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and its expansions, Heavensward, Stormblood, and Shadowbringers, give us a lot of surprises from time to time. Luckily for us, the guys of Square Enix decided to bring back this mage, and we are grateful for that. 

As you may have noticed, Red Mage is a special job, just for players who want a real challenge because nothing is easy with this job. The balance you need to keep to get the most out of this warrior requires intelligence and skill


FFXIV Red Mage unlock dungeons

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How do I become a Red Mage?

First, you have to know that Red Mage is not part of the Main Scenario Quest. Second, you need to have the Stormblood expansion and have reached level 50. If you meet these requirements, go to the Steps of Thal, talk with the Distraught Lass and start with the quest. 


Is Red Mage good in Shadowbringers?

Of course, you can use the Red Mage in the new areas of Shadowbringers, but the initial quest of this job is in Stormblood, as well as the quests that give you access to the new abilities.


Does Red Mage start at 50?

Unlike most jobs in FFXIV, Red Mage is not available at the beginning. Once you reach level 50, you will have access to the quest that unlocks the Red Mage. 


Where do I get the Red Mage quest?

The first quest that unlocks the Red Mage is in the Steps of Thal, in the city-state of Ul’Dah. Then, to access new quests, you will have to talk with X’rhun Tia, who is located in Central Thanalan. 


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