Movement Speed

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Movement speed is one of the few variables in FFXI that is entirely controlled clientside. It is also one of the few things that will unarguably improve your in game "quality of life." Running from place to place is the vast majority of what you do in FFXI, so moving 12% faster makes you almost 12% more efficient.

Base player maximum speed used to be 4.0, but was increased by 25% (in 2014?) to 5.0. Every +0.1 is +2% movement speed and the resolution of movement speed increases is thus limited to 2%. Although gear was adjusted to compensate for the base speed change, job abilities and other enhancements were not and the cap was not increased. So Flee, which increased movement speed by 100% (4.0) is still capped to 8.0, thus resulting in a 60% (8.0/5.0) increase in movement speed instead of the previous 100% (8.0/4.0) or potential 80% (9.0/5.0) increases. Similarly, buffs that used to increase movement speed by 25% (+1.0) now increase it by 20% (+1.0).



Quantification

There are various clunky ways to quantify movement speed (Ex. example), but the easiest way is to look at the speed number sent in packets. Windower's SpeedChecker addon does this.

Enhancement Bonuses

Movement speed is directly affected by certain spells, abilities, and other enhancements:

The effects of spells, abilities, and equipment stack up to a certain limit, +60% (the only exception is that Mazurka and Chocobo Jig do not stack with one another). Mazurka, Bolter's Roll, or any Quickening effect (including Jig) will wear off when the player performs any offensive ability or is attacked.

Debuff Reduction

Movement speed is directly reduced by the Weight status inflicted by the spell Gravity or monster abilities with a Gravity effect. This penalty can range from mild (-12%) to very significant (nearly immobile) depending on what caused the weight effect.

Monster movement speed can be reduced by successfully landing Gravity or Gravity II.

Equipment Bonuses

Note that while positive movement speed bonuses on equipment DO NOT stack (only the highest bonus equipped takes effect), negative movement speed equipment does stack. The enchantments of Sprinter's Shoes and Talaria do stack with other movement speed equipment, but they cannot be removed while their enchantments are in effect. While each job has at least one always active +12% or higher movement speed equipment piece available, some are considerably more difficult to acquire than others.

Item Level Slot Jobs Speed
Destrier Beret 1 Head All Jobs Latent
Pitchfork +1 1 Weapon All Jobs Costume
S. Bunny Hat +1 1 Head All Jobs Costume
Snow Bunny Hat 1 Head All Jobs Costume
Purple Race Silks 1 Body All Jobs Chocobo
Nin. Kyahan +1 74 Feet NIN Dusk to Dawn: 25%
Ninja Kyahan 54 Feet NIN Night: 25%
Skadi's Jambeaux +1 99 Feet THF BST RNG COR DNC RUN 18%
Fajin Boots 95 Feet THF RNG 18%
Geomancy Sandals 99 Feet GEO 12%
Iaso Boots 99 Feet WHM RDM BRD SCH 12%
Tandava Crackows 83 Feet DNC 12%
Aoidos' Cothrn. +1 81 Feet BRD 12%
Aoidos' Cothrn. +2 81 Feet BRD 12%
Danzo Sune-Ate 80 Feet SAM NIN 12%
Skadi's Jambeaux 75 Feet THF BST RNG COR 12%
Blood Cuisses 73 Legs RDM PLD DRK RNG DRG BLU COR RUN 12%
Crimson Cuisses 73 Legs RDM PLD DRK RNG DRG BLU COR RUN 12%
Carmine Cuisses 99 Legs RDM PLD DRK RNG DRG BLU COR RUN 12%
Carmine Cuisses +1 99 Legs RDM PLD DRK RNG DRG BLU COR RUN 18%
Herald's Gaiters 70 Feet MNK WHM BLM SMN SCH GEO 12%
Hermes' Sandals 70 Feet WAR MNK COR PUP RUN 12%
Hermes' Sandals +1 70 Feet WAR MNK COR PUP RUN 12%
Pillager's Poulaines 99 Feet THF 12%
Pillager's Poulaines +1 99 Feet THF 12%
Pillager's Poulaines +2 99 Feet THF 12%
Pillager's Poulaines +3 99 Feet THF 18%
Orion Socks 99 Feet RNG 12%
Orion Socks +1 99 Feet RNG 12%
Orion Socks +2 99 Feet RNG 12%
Orion Socks +3 99 Feet RNG 18%
Geomancy Sandals 99 Feet GEO 12%
Geomancy Sandals +1 99 Feet GEO 12%
Geomancy Sandals +2 99 Feet GEO 12%
Geomancy Sandals +3 99 Feet GEO 18%
Desert Boots 62 Feet All Jobs Sandstorms: 12%
Desert Boots +1 62 Feet All Jobs Sandstorms: 12%
Storm Crackows 50 Feet All Jobs Assault: 12%
Areion Boots 20 Feet THF RNG 12%
Areion Boots +1 20 Feet THF RNG 12%
Jute Boots 99 Feet THF RNG 12%
Jute Boots +1 99 Feet THF RNG 18%
Strider Boots 20 Feet THF RNG 12%
Trotter Boots 20 Feet THF RNG 12%
Federation Aketon 1 Body All Jobs Conquest: 12%
Kingdom Aketon 1 Body All Jobs Conquest: 12%
Myth.Msk. Livery 1 Body All Jobs Campaign: 12%
Ptr.Prt. Livery 1 Body All Jobs Campaign: 12%
Republic Aketon 1 Body All Jobs Conquest: 12%
Ryl.Grd. Livery 1 Body All Jobs Campaign: 12%
Sprinter's Shoes 1 Feet All Jobs 12% (Ench.)
Talaria 1 Feet All Jobs 12% (Ench.)
Paean Boots 99 Feet WHM RDM BRD SCH 8%
Blitzer Poleyn 75 Legs WAR PLD DRK DRG SAM Augment-Icon.png: 8%
Desultor Tassets 75 Legs MNK THF BST RNG NIN BLU COR PUP DNC RUN Augment-Icon.png: 8%
Tatsumaki Sitagoromo 75 Legs WHM BLM RDM BRD SMN SCH GEO Augment-Icon.png: 8%
Plumb Boots 99 Feet All Jobs -12%
Lavalier +1 96 Neck All Jobs -12%
Mollusca Mantle 92 Back WAR MNK RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Oneiros Axe 88 Weapon WAR -12%
Oneiros Barbut 88 Head WAR PLD -12%
Scuta Cape 88 Back All Jobs -12%
Oily Trousers 74 Legs WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Dusk Gloves 72 Hands WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Dusk Gloves +1 72 Hands WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Dusk Jerkin 72 Body WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Dusk Jerkin +1 72 Body WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Dusk Ledelsens 72 Feet WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Dusk Ledelsens +1 72 Feet WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Dusk Mask 72 Head WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Dusk Mask +1 72 Head WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Dusk Trousers 72 Legs WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Dusk Trousers +1 72 Legs WAR RDM THF PLD DRK BST BRD RNG SAM NIN DRG BLU COR DNC -12%
Mahant Sandals 63 Feet MNK WHM BLM RDM PLD BRD RNG SMN BLU PUP SCH -12%
Raikiri 56 Weapon SAM -12%
Shneddick Ring 99 Rings All Jobs 18%
Shneddick Ring +1 99 Rings All Jobs 18%

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