The Monk. The Monk is going to focus on hand-to-hand combat, a lot like the Pugilist. There is no mention of any defensive capabilities in the Monk’s official description. What we do know is that the Monks worship the destroyer deity and able to use chakra to perform extraordinary feats. This leads to believe that the Monk’s play style in FFXIV will be very similar to the Monk in older titles. They’re going to be able to hit very hard, hit extremely fast and also call upon their inner power for some extra damaging effects.
Update: The article below is just a brief introduction to the Monk. I’ve since then come across this guide. If you haven’t got it already – I recommend the first thing to do is head over and get yourself a copy. Not only does it have a much more detailed and up-to-date chapter on the Monk, but an amazing leveling guide as well (see my review). I could have saved myself a lot of trial and error with this (then again, I wouldn’t have written this blog post and you wouldn’t be here…).