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    Dark Knight FAQ v.1.1
    Author: Ninjakid69
    FFXI: Chaosbringer, lvl 33DRK, server: Ragnarok
    email: N/A as I no longer have the time to answer game-related emails. 
    This faq is for those interested in the paths of darkness. What does the path
    of darkness entail? Heavy Damage, some nice black magic, etc. Dark Knights
    Won't do the damage that rangers can, or Black mages for that matter. But if
    you want a job that can dish out good damage without the upkeep needed for
    ranger or the expensive spells of black mage, dark knight may be for you.I
    wrote this guide because I wanted to inform all about my favorite class (DRK).
    I will try to base all my ideas on facts and knowledge, so please no flames.
    Yes I know Samurais can gain tp faster than drks, and DRG's get pentrathrust
    faster than DRK's get guillotine. DRK's are still an awesome class.
    Legal mumbo jumbo:
    This is my faq. You are welcome to read it, save it on your computer, but you
    must not steal it and pass it off as your own work. I will allow you to host
    the faq if you tell me about it.
    Table of contents:
    1a) Questions
    2a) Dark Knight Quest
    3a) Job Abilities and Job Traits
    4a) Spell List
    5a) Strategy and Party set-ups
    6a) Great subs and Bad subs
    7a) Equipment
    8a) Level Strategies
    9a) revisions list
    10a) Thank You Section
    1a) Questions:
    Is Dark knight a good tank?
    -No, No, and No. According to the FFXI official guide (which isn't that great)
    it has the same growth in VIT as DRG and samurai, but this does not mean it
    can tank like either, mostly because of Last Resort (which lowers defense and
    raises offense) or souleater (which eats HP to raise damage). Any party that
    relies on DRK to be a main tank will have a harder time exping. And even if
    DRKs didnt use the skills, does not mean that the VIT of DRKs, SAMs, and DRGs
    make it a very strong tank. Think about paladins and warriors, and ninjas with
    blink. A lot of people might think Dark Knight can be decent tank, and it can,
    but you would sacrifice the use of Soul Eater, Last resort, etc. If you 
    absolutely LOVE to tank, pick galka race for Dark Knight.
    Is Dark Knight the most damaging?
    -Nope. IT is one of the most damaging classes, and will be very deadly once it
    aquires guillotine, but not as damaging as Ranger or BLM. DRGs may dish out 
    more damage because of  the wyvern (DRG) + pentathrust. I hear sams can do
    more damage than DRKs can, but I really don't see how. A samurai can unleash 
    tp, meditate, unleash tp, but it won't do the damage that a dark knight can
    using souleater.Experienced players tell me that DRGS will be doing more 
    damage than DRKs because DRGS aquire pentrathrust before guillotine. However,
    with soul eater, we will be respectable,and with guillotine,we will be doing 
    more damage than even pentathrust. Although this is not a "which job is 
    better FAQ," my lst version misguided a lot of players into thinking that
    dark knight is overrated and weak. I am going to flat out say it, when all 
    melee jobs are stripped of their skills (timer is not up), darks do the most
    damage hit for hit. Also, its a common misconception that we are worthless
    without guillotine...How so? DRG don't get pentathrust until their late 40s,
    SAM weapon skills don't get any better, etc. I absolutely think Sams and DRG
    are great jobs (one chains renkeis, other has good Weapon Skills, extra
    wyvern damage, breath attacks), but I don't know why people see Dark Knight
    as the only "Sucks till later" class when a lot of advanced jobs don't get
    better until later levels.
    IF dark Knight isnt the most damaging, isnt that the point? why should I care?
    -Low upkeep, scythes are way cheaper than other job weapons, Soul Eater lvl 30
     skill (I do 90+dmg to an Incredibly tough mob each hit while other heavy 
    melee do 20-30)
    How hard is the DRK quest?
    -very easy. I will go in detail on how to acquire dark knight in a moment.
    What is the best race for DRK?
    - the guide says to pick mithra, I asked my linkshell and they said no way.
    Pick Elvann or Galka for most damage and health, pick hume and mithra for ok
    damage and decent black magic, and tarus for Great black magic, accuracy and
    pure shock factor.I am personally a hume because it is more accurate than
    Elvann and Galka. I really suggest you don't pick Taru LOL
    So I have a class that can Hit for UBER damage and can Nuke for Uber damage!
    this job makes all melee jobs and BLM jobs obsolete! oh yeah!
    -No. As I already said, this is a job that deals good damage for the cost
    efficient in mind. And you will never, ever nuke like a black mage, even if
    your magic skills are capped. The Dark Knights magic is not used to nuke, but
    to be an addition to the physical damage. You can still magic burst with your
    dark, so the magic is still useful. Leave real nuking to the nukers, BLM.
    It is the Drain-stat spells that set our magic apart from caster jobs.
    Imagine draining Agility, or strength and adding it to your own.
    2a) Dark Knight Quest:
    You must be at least lvl 30 in any job. I suggest leveling Warrior or Thief
    to 30 so that you could sub it until dark knight gets to lvl 60. Unless you
    want to level BLM to 30, change to Dark knight, lvl warrior or thf sub to lvl
    30...see my reasoning?
    quest- Talk to gumbah in the bastok mines region, hes on the second floor.You
    will know you are in the right area if you are near the Weapon shop icon
    on the map. 
    Talk to him until you get the cutscene. With your level 30, head to palborough
     mines and take the elevator (I highly suggest buying the map in bastok
    market). Take the boat near H-8,and you will go into a cutscene with dark
    knight Zeid. He will give you the Chaosbringer,a very bad but looking sword
    which you must then vanquish 100 enemies with. Change to warrior, kill 100
    weak mobs (you must keep count, the game doesnt keep count for you.)
    Then ride a chocobo (change back to your lvl 30 job) to the southeast corner
     of Pashow marshes and into Beadeaux to get into a cutscene with Zeid.
    Now you can change into Dark Knight! Enjoy!
    3a) Job Abilities and Job Traits
    Job Abilities:
    Blood Weapon lvl 1, interval 2hours, duration 30 seconds
    -Drains your targets HP during melee attacks
    notes on blood weapon*
    - In my opinion Dark Knights get shafted on the 2-hour. It sounds really good
     at first,but do not rely on it to save your party. The best time to use this
    2-hour is if you have 50% health and you know the mob is decimating your
    party.Do not wait till you have 10 health because you will die before even
    hitting and draining the mob's health.
    *update- Blood Weapon is useful when you get last resort, soul eater, berserk
    (if subbing Warrior). You will drain a lot more HP using these skills
     (Thank you Kessen 99 for pointing that out)
    Arcane Circle lvl 5, interval 5 min, duration 3 min
    -Raises party defense vs. arcana
    -Good to use against the monster family bombs, evil weapons, cardians, and 
    Elementals. If I left out any arcana, let me know
    Last Resort lvl 15, interval 5 min, duration 30 seconds
    -enhances attacks but lowers defense
    -What no one will tell you is that last resort has a built-in provoke. And it
     doesnt lastas long as berserk. If you have a warrior sub, use berserk
    instead. I'm not sure if last resort and berserk stack, but I heard that they
    Kessen 99 confirms that last resort does stack with berserk. Also best used
    before a weapon skill to maximize damage. (Thanks again Kessen99). 
    Do not use last resort until the tank has
    drawn enough aggro, unless you want to draw aggro.
    Weapon Bash lvl 20, interval 5 min, duration none
    -Delivers an attack that stuns the monster (you need a two-handed weapon)
    -Best used when you can predict the monster will do a special attack, like
    goblin bomb.It almost will never stun incredibly toughs. Also, at lvl 33
    I am doing 11 damage (yes I know, disapointing). This is not a damage
    dealing move, but one that interrupts the enemy.
    Souleater lvl 30 interval 6 min, duration 1 min
    -Consumes HP to enhance attacks
    -Finally a great job ability! This attack blows away last resort and berserk,
     and can be stacked with either. Last resort and berserk will do an extra 5
    dmg or so, Soul eater will do an extra 50 (at my level). This attack is HP
    dependant, so the more HP you have, the more damage it will do. It does not
    draw aggro until you hit the mob for 100 damage each hit =).Use only if you
    have a white mage you can trust (also, for bad pt's using this move is not
    good, you will mostly be red health or die.
    Job Traits:
    Attack Bonus, lvl 10
    Resist Paralyze, lvl 20
    Arcana Killer, lvl 25
    Attack Bonus, lvl 30
    Resist Paralyze, lvl 40
    Attack Bonus, lvl 50
    -well at least Darks get good job traits. Each attack bonus raises a lot of
    4a) Spell List
    -Here are all the Black Magic spells a Dark Knight can get
    | Spell name | level | MP | Element |   Type   |
    |    Stone   |   5   | 9  | Earth   | Elemental|
    |    Poison  |   6   | 5  | Water   | Enfeeb   |
    |    Drain   |   10  | 21 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Water   |   11  | 13 | Water   | Elemntal |
    |    Bio     |   15  | 22 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Aero    |   17  | 18 | Wind    | Elemental|
    |    Aspir   |   20  | 10 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Bind    |   20  | 8  | Ice     | Enfeeb   |
    |    Fire    |   23  | 24 | Fire    | Elemental|
    |    Poisonga|   26  | 44 | Water   | Enfeeb   |
    |    Blizzard|   29  | 30 | Ice     | Elemental|
    |    Sleep   |   30  | 19 | Darkness| Enfeeb   |
    |    Abs-MND |   31  | 33 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Tractor |   32  | 26 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Abs-CHR |   33  | 33 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Abs-VIT |   35  | 33 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Thunder |   35  | 37 | Lightnng| Elemental|
    |    Abs-AGI |   37  | 33 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Abs-INT |   39  | 33 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Bio II  |   40  | 66 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Abs-DEX |   41  | 33 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    Stone II|   42  | 43 | Earth   | Elemental|
    |    Abs-STR |   43  | 33 | Darkness| Darkness |
    |    PoisonII|   46  | 38 | Water   | Enfeeb   |
    |    WaterII |   48  | 51 | Water   | Elemental|
    |    Aero II |   54  | 64 | Wind    | Elemental|
    |    Fire II |   60  | 73 | Fire    | Elemental|
    |  BlizzardII|   66  | 83 | Ice     | Elemental|
    |  PoisongaII|   66  | 112| Water   | Enfeeb   |
    5a) Strategy and Party set-ups
    -The one piece of advice I can give you is that playing Dark Knight is
    dangerous. If you make a mistake, you will die. Paper thin armor rating, low
     VIT, and doing tons of damage to draw lots of aggro. If you are subbing
    warrior, don't use provoke unless you need to (you and white mage are the only
     ones left.) At lower lvls, it is ok to tank, but when mobs get harder, don't.
    Always upgrade weapon and inexpensive spells first, then armor.You are not a
    tank, so you shouldn't be buying new armor before a new weapon. Think about
    it,would you invite a paladin lvl 30 with lizard gear (I've seen tons of
    them)? No, and the same goes for Darks with old scythes or great swords.
    Ideal party:
    -At low levels, people will invite you solely to see you in action. At
    mid-levels, it will be harder to get invites (but they still come frequently
     enough). Higher levels, people will love you and your souleater+guillotine.
    A great party is DRK, main tank (paladin or warrior even), A respectable
    damage dealer like samurai or dragoon, or thief (monk too for his awesome
    Combo Weapon skill) or ninja for backup tank.and 3 mages. WHM,
    BLM, and either a RDM or another WHM would be ideal. Rangers would be a
    welcome addition, but they would have to kick out the DRK *sob. Thankfully
    rangers are a lot fewer in number than Darks.
    6a) Great subs and Bad subs
    *note, these are all from my playing experiences. Pick the one you like
    the most, I've seen many different combinations. Yes, you will have more of a
    challenge being different and might not get as many PT invites, but be the one
    you want to be. I've seen warrior/WHM handle their own in PTs for example. But
    know this, there is a good reason why people adhere to certain job structures.
    You will be doing yourself and your party a favor if you pick a better sub
    more suited for your job.
    the most common subs:
    A great sub. Added str, VIT, health. You have provoke to use in certain
    situations, and can berserk when Last resort is charging. The defense bonus,
    double attack, and attack bonus all gained by lvl 30 make this a perfecty fine
    The sub I have. I subbed Warrior until I got dark to lvl 30, then switched to
    thf sub. Why? Well it might be because I was lazy to level warrior to 30, but
    the dex and agility helpme hit more often  (important when using 2 handed
    weapons like scythe and great sword) and dodge hits more often. You get
    evasion bonuses, gil finder,treasure hunter. Sneak attack is good with scythe,
     even though its not the same sneak attack as you would get with thief as a
    main job. Normally, sneak attack would be worthless subbed with a main that
    uses one handed weapons, but for scythe it works well (100+ dmg, 130+ with
    souleater on incredibly tough mobs at lvl 33). Trick attack is good when dark
     knight gets lvl 60, but at that point you will probably pick samurai as a sub
    to do guillotine more.
    I cannot wait until I get my dark to lvl 60 and sub samurai. Why? Meditate.
    period. It has a pretty quick reload, meaning you can use it a lot and build
    tp fast for guillotine. A sub that allows no room for error, subbing Sam means
    drawing aggro would be hazardous.You miss out on the defense and attack
    bonuses of subbing warrior, and the evasion bonuses of subbing thief. But this
    is the ideal damage dealing combo for Dark, You will most likely draw aggro
    from doing guillotine even once, so make sure your pt knows what they are
    Subs that are a little challenging:
    well, I guess you can use blink when Dark hits lvl 24 (blink is a lvl 12
    ninjitsu, and subs are half of you main). Dual Wield would be useless because
     you would be using 2hand weapons anyways. Ok gains in dex and agility, but
    not as good as thief. I dont see many darks sub ninja, mainly because dual-
    wield would be useless (unless you like 2 one-hand swords). If you do dual
    wield, make sure to get swords with stat adding properties. This combo
    might be obsolete when you drop it for guillotine. One thing, this job is more
    expensive than picking any other sub. The ninjitsu that lowers resistance to
    elements (mob) may be useful because you can cast certain elemental spells
    Dodge, Focus, boost. Good abilities. Good gains in dex. Why don't people sub
    monk? mainly because there are better sub choices. I've seen Drk/mnks do
    pretty well, but not as well as other darks. Martial art job traits would be
    useless. In the end you have a Dark Knight hitting more, evading more, but
    less gains in dex and agil than subbing thf, and less gains in STR
    subbing warrior. The HP gain is nice. If you want something that can tank more
    pick this sub, they get a lot of VIT. But you will never be a main tank
    without provoke (but can use last resort to draw aggro).
    Red mage:
    If you want to play a spellcasting Darkknight, this would be a good sub.
    Magic attack bonus,magic defense bonus, and fast cast. But the stat gain
    is horrible and as a Dark you don't want to be using spells most of the
    battle. However, this job could be a good sub if played right at higher
    levels. When you almost hit 70, you will acquire the red mage magics
    phalanx and stone skin. I am keeping my eye out on this combo, because if
    they raise the cap to lvl 80, dark/RDM get raise, and Convert.
    Subs that are very hard to play:
    Wow, Picking a dark knight as main and subbing PLD would give you uber attack
    and defense right? Maybe. Sure, you will get 2 defense bonuses and good VIT
    bonuses. So if this class seems right to you, pick Paladin as a main and
    warrior as a sub. You will miss out on many better subs, especially because
    darks shouldnt be tanking usually. It's weird, this sub sounds very good on
    paper, but I've never seen it effective in playing experience.Plus, paladins
    get horrible dex and agility, which 2handed users desperately need. picking
    this sub would give you a less effective tank that can't hit incredibly tough
    mobs very much. I will actually experiment this class later to tell you if it
    plays as good as it sounds, partly because my favorite FF character Cecil, was
    both paladin and dark knight. =)
    forget what people say, WHM makes one of the best subs when you are soloing.
    that is, in the beginning when you should only fight easy and decent challenge
    mobs. Once you start having to party, ditch this sub. you will get a minimum
    of WHM spells that a full WHM could get,very useless gained stats subbing
    this, etc. There are far more effective subs than this.
    Since being Dark Knight gives you the spells that subbing BLM would give you,
    you would only gain a few new spells by subbing this job. Your int gain would
    be great. here is a list of the new spells you will get when you hit lvl70 DRK
    subbing BLM.
    Order of Lowest lvl to highest lvl:
    Blaze Spikes
    Ice spikes
    Shock Spikes
    Aero II
    So you do gain a good number of spells when you hit lvl 70. Choke, shock, frost,
    burn, and drown could be used right after the corresponding drain-stat spell
    to be extra effective. I can see warp and escape being very useful. Perfect if
    you want to spell cast with your dark knight the majority of the time. But if
    thats your aim, you are better off going full BLM.
    -two are good damage dealers, one is great for solo. I'm afraid I don't know
    enough about subbing either of the three, but thats because no one does.
    subbing DRG, you don't have the wyvern or breath attacks, subbing ranger is
    useless when your main weapon scythe or great sword. there are much better job
    combos. subbing BST, you will only get to charm mobs half your level, and a
    lvl 15 monster doesnt fare well against a lvl 30 monster. Imagine yourself lvl
    30 fighting a lvl 15 snipper. Yep,the lvl15 they will die quick, miss most
    of the time, etc. Also, to add to ranger, Dark Knights accuracy with a bow is
    not great, so expect to miss a lot.
    -With subbing BRD, you will not be any good. Without the ability to use
    instruments, your songs would suck and you could only have one at a time.
    Summoner sounds like a cool sub, but being summoner main is hard enough
    as it is,although you get a lot of mp. To have an effective sum sub you'd need
    all the avatars and thats a lot of work for a sub.
    7a) Equipment
    -I will have very detailed equipment setups for every ten lvls of dark, but
    for now, I can give advice.
    Scythes are the way to go for Dark. Less expensive, more damage, and better
    later weapon skills than great swords. They have about 30-50 or so more delay
    than great swords, but do more damage.The advantage to great swords would be
    for hard slash in the beginning (better than slice), but scythes get much
    better weapon skills later on. The best weapons are ones with added effects and
    stats. The best scythes are the ones that do the most damage for your level.
    Low delay scythes usually do less damage.
    As a Dark Knight, armor isn't a focus. Still, its nice to take a few hits. You
    don't always need the most current upgrade, but something thats fairly recent.
    The best way for me to buy armor for my character is to wait longer intervals
    than normal (instead of buying every 4 levels, buy at every 8, in some cases
    higher lvl armor can be cheaper than lower level ones). Or use conquest points
    to buy armor. Heavy armor, ones that allow you to use headgear, is ideal.At
    lvl 30 do buy centurion however, it adds very good stats and can be bought
    with conquest points.Most darks will always upgrade weapons first, so ones
    that have good armor will be more attractive to invite to parties.
    Things that add in DEX, STR, AGIL, or INT (in that order), and Attack are
    always helpful. Items to look for could be spike necklaces, bone necklaces,
    ONYX rings, I dont know what snipper earings are,but I've heard they are
    useful for dark knights. Warrior belts are good (added STR and VIT), but I am
    waiting for money to buy better belts. If you pick a race/sub, try to get
    items that can round up your combination. If elvann, try to get more dex
    items. If hume, try to get more STR. In no way will 2 Onyx rings make up for a
    humes 5 or less STR than elvanns STR, but it will help you do almost as much
    damage, or hit almost as much. A well equipped hume can outdamage a
    poorly equipped elvann, so remember that. Also, DEX is very important when 
    using 2-handed weapons.
    Best stuff to wear:
    Lets say you have a ton of money/done all the quests, etc. Look for/buy RSE
    equipment, or hunt rare equipment off notorius monsters, or get AF gear (Drop
    the AF scythe as soon as possible, its horrible).These equipment can make a
    poorly equipped dark knight a run for his money. Emperor' hairpin, Valkrye
    mask, Leaping boots, vagassos scythe, are all welcome additions. JSE is very
    good as well,but the requirements are in the late 60's. I will list the stats
    of the AF armor in my next update. Did I mention AF armor looks cool? Its why
    I wanted to be DRK =)
    10a) Level Strategies
    -In this section, I will explain the best way to survive and level...could be 
    up for discussion so constructive emails only
    Before lvl 10-
    No attack up, no ATK adding abilities yet. You will be a slightly stronger
    warrior, with less defense. Soloing is suggested in this level 
    period. If you leveled warrior up to lvl 10, you know exactly what to expect.
    Easy and decent challenges (when you have enough TP) repeatedly can get you
    to the next lvls fast and safely. Rest often.
    lvl 10-30:
    Attack Bonus, resist paralyze, and arcana killer. I highly suggest subbing
    something useful to give you a better range of skills and atributes, like
    warrior. Even a lvl 10 sub for warrior can help a lot, with the added 
    defense and stats. You will begin to party in the early tens; by lvl 13 
    make your way into valkrum or a zone with similar difficulty and fight the
    easiest enemies there. Until you hit the later levels of this range, tanking
    should be safe if you need to be the tank.Your weapon skills won't really
    help the party out except to set up renkeis and magic bursts, but it won't
    hurt a party to have you in it if you do consistent hits wearing a lot of 
    dex gear.At level 21, I suggest going to sauromague, heading along the right
    wall and find the spot with a lot of beetles. The spot is usually less crowded
    than qufim, so gaining experience should be faster. lvl 23-24, make your way 
    to quifim. Clippers should be hard, but doable unless the puller gets 
    something too incredibly tough. By lvl 25, head to kazham and fight 
    mandragoras in Yhutunga jungle. Lvl 27, head to Yhoator jungle. I suggest 
    putting work into building up your magic skills. Try to join balanced parties
    for less deaths (obvious, but just in case)
    lvl 30+:
    You will still need to level in yhoator jungle until lvl 33. At level 30, your
    role in the party changes. You will need to tank less and use soul eater as
    often as you can, unless you are the only tankable job on your team. If you
    wish to change your sub into something other than warrior, like theif, you
    can and still inflict a lot of heavy damage (but not with your weapon skills).
    Try to manage your level of hate that the enemy counts on you so that in 
    case you peel aggro the tank can provoke it off you.Start getting into a habit
    of timing your casting between weapon attacks. Getting to lvl 30 will not be
    easy, but if you can form decent parties you will do fine, and the drain stat
    spells should make you more attractive to parties.
    *note- I cannot give a specific leveling guide past the mid 30s because I have
    not played that far (too much school). 
    lvl 60+:
    I have not played anywhere close to this point of a Dark Knights career, so
    everything is pure speculation (read: informed guessing).
    Once you hit lvl 60, your weapon skills will be the backbone of your damage 
    dealing capabilities (guillotine). You and anyone with a paladin job will 
    become fast friends (you deal the damage, he draws the hate). To maximize
    your potential, sub at least a lvl 30 samurai job for meditate (with your
    leveling experience, getting to lvl 30 should be a piece of cake). Congratz,
    enjoy being the strongest melee (close range fighting for you ranger 
    enthusiasts ^^). I would like the opinion of someone whos reached this point,
    so please email me =).
    9a) revisions list
    -December 08, 2003- v.1.0 Submitted FAQ to gamefaqs
    -December 09, 2003- v.1.1 Changed information concerning Sams vs. DRKs
    -December 10, 2003- v.1.2 Added Spell list, Thank you Section, also added in
    some strategies to use for certain job abilities.
    -December 11, 2003- v.1.3 Added Level Strategies section
    10a) Thank You Section
    -For my girlfriend having great patience while I am playing this game. 
    I don't play as much for you, but its worth it (wink wink).
    -Big thanks for Allakhazam.com for the full spell list guide
    -Thanks to Kessen99 for added info on Souleater and Last resort
    -My friends on Ragnarok (Crimsonblood, Darklightsyndicate, and none Linkshell 
    Friends) especially Savage, Shinrai, Kiwi, Antonius, Lordkappa, and all those
    that have helped me along the way. This FAQ is for you guys.
    - AND SQUARESOFT ENIX, You have captivated my mind again and again. My love 
    for videogames would be stale if it wasn't for your great games!!! From 
    fighting alongside lunarians, taking down Shinra, to triple kicking lavos into
    oblivion, I've been there every step of the way.

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