In the most recent live letter by the producer of Final Fantasy XIV, Naoki Yoshida has revealed improvements to the UI for the game.
Players have long sought for a way to know what kind of damage types enemies do in order to use the proper mitigation. Finally, the UI will show if the damage is physical, magic or unique.
This is important especially for many jobs that will allow mitigation of damage based on certain abilities. For example the Dark Knight’s Dark Mind ability which reduces magic damage by 20% and Addle by casters which reduces Intelligence and Mind which in turn reduces magic damage.
Previously players had to experiment to figure out which damage a certain boss does. While there have been many rule of thumbs such as raid wide damage being magic, there was no way to know for sure. This update will help greatly in planning an preparing for raids, especially for Week 1 groups as well as groups wanting to go into a raid blind.