One of the most noticeable advantages of having a house in FFXIV is that unlike apartments or FC rooms, you get your very own yard! And one of the staples you’ll see in most players’ front garden is a Striking Dummy. These can be helpful to practice your damage rotation or just to take a look at your combat animations.
You can place up to three dummies in your yard, regardless of whether you have a small, medium, or large plot. With outdoor furnishing space being so limited I think most people probably just have one, but I could see multiple being used if their aesthetic contributes heavily to an overall outdoor theme.
Does The Striking Dummy’s Level Matter?
Yes! Your attacks have a chance to miss against targets that are higher level than you – even dummies. Missing breaks your combo so if you’re practicing a dps rotation you’ll want to use a dummy that’s your level or lower.
There are 10 Striking Dummy designs you can use as furnishings. All of them can be purchased on the marketboard, but it might be cheaper to buy them from their respective NPC vendors or craft them yourself. Check the dummy’s linked wiki page for the vendor location.
Level 1 Striking Dummies
Oriental Striking Dummy (Level 50 Carpenter Recipe)
Level 50 Striking Dummies
Alps Striking Dummy (Level 50 Carpenter Recipe)
Riviera Striking Dummy (180 Allied Seals, Maelstrom Grand Company)
Oasis Striking Dummy (180 Allied Seals, Immortal Flames Grand Company)
Glade Striking Dummy (180 Allied Seals, Twin Adder Grand Company)
Level 60 Striking Dummies
Old World Striking Dummy (300 Centurio Seals)
Faust Striking Dummy (Level 60 Master Armorer IV Recipe)
Level 70 Striking Dummies
Gyr Abanian Striking Dummy (5 Veteran’s Clan Mark Logs = 2500 Centurio Seals)
Level 80 Striking Dummies
Crystarium Striking Dummy (300 Sacks of Nuts)
Level 90 Striking Dummies
Thavnairian Striking Dummy (300 Sacks of Nuts)
“I Don’t Want Those in my Yard. What do I do?”
If you don’t love the look of any of these striking dummies, but you want to be able to practice on one, you have a few options.
Check your neighbourhood and see if any of your nearby neighbours have a dummy in their yard. You can attack it even without guest access, so just hop the fence and practice your rotation there.
You can also find overworld striking dummies of various levels to practice on. These are usually close to the aetheryte and there are typically multiple so you can get a feel for how large your AoEs are.
Starting at level 60, the most convenient dummies to practice your rotation on are actually the ones in the Stone, Sky, Sea trials. There are dummy trials for the later expansions as well, but most players refer to the entire dummy trial system as Stone, Sky, Sea regardless of which level trials you’re talking about.
What’s nice about Stone, Sky, Sea is that you can quickly speak to the attendant behind you to go back and restart your trial, and it resets all of your action cooldowns. This way if you mess up your opener you don’t have to wait two minutes just to give it another try.
Enjoy your training!