The Final Fantasy XIV Crafting Guide will show you the basics of crafting and help you get started in creating your own gear for your character. The guide includes a leveling schedule, an overview of different types of materials used to craft items, and other helpful tips.
Crafting is one of the most difficult tasks in Final Fantasy XIV for many players. The physics are complicated and difficult to learn, but the effort is well worth it. Crafting is one of the most lucrative pastimes in Final Fantasy XIV, and there are several ways to benefit from it. In this FFXIV crafting tutorial, we’ll show you how to level up your craftsmen and start earning gil!
Crafting Jobs in Final Fantasy XIV
The Disciples of the Hand are a set of eight crafting occupations available in Final Fantasy XIV. Each job has its own own taste and produces a broad range of products. After you achieve Level 10 in your starter class, you may begin unlocking crafting jobs.
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The locations for each profession’s unlock quest are listed below, along with a quick, non-comprehensive explanation of what each job does:
- Armorer may be unlocked by speaking to G’wahnako to begin the quest “Way of the Armorer” in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (x10, y15). Armorers, as the name implies, specialize in the creation of armor, particularly for tanks and physical DPS roles. Culinarians may also order frying pans from them.
- By speaking with Randwulf to begin the quest “Way of the Blacksmith,” Blacksmith may be unlocked in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (x10, y15). Blacksmiths and Armorers have a lot in common, however they specialize on weapons rather than armor.
- Culinarian may be obtained by speaking with Charlys to begin the quest “Way of the Culinarian” in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (x9, y7). Culinarians prepare food, which provides a variety of stat increases for a limited time.
- Speaking with Deitrich to begin the quest “Way of the Alchemist” unlocks Alchemist in Ul’dah – Steps of Thal (x9, y13). Alchemists create consumables such as potions, elixirs, and various remedies and boosts. They can also create orchestrion rolls and construct several weapons for White Mages and Summoners.
- Speaking with Jemime to begin the quest “Way of the Goldsmith” unlocks Goldsmith in Ul’dah – Steps of Thal (x10, y13). Goldsmiths create jewelry, making them one of the most useful (and profitable) craftspeople, since these items are used in almost every vocation.
- Weaver may be obtained by speaking with Maronne to begin the quest “Way of the Weaver” in Ul’dah – Steps of Thal (x13, y13). Weavers specialize on caster and gatherer gear, but they can also create a variety of popular late-game glamour items that sell for a lot of money on the market boards.
- Carpenter may be obtained by speaking with Corgg to begin the quest “Way of the Carpenter” in New Gridania (x10, y12). Carpenters specialize in furniture, making them an excellent choice for anybody looking to decorate their in-game home. They can also make a limited number of weapons.
- Speaking with Randall to begin the quest “Way of the Leatherworker” will unlock Leatherworker in Old Gridania (x12.5, 78.3). Leatherworkers can create equipment for a broad range of combat professions, but they’ll need a vast range of resources to do it.
Basics of Crafting
Before we get into the leveling process, it’s important to understand how crafting works. It’s not as straightforward as gathering the supplies, choosing a recipe, and putting the project together. Don’t be put off by the fact that the crafting system in Final Fantasy XIV seems nearly mathematical at times. If you’re having trouble with the mechanics, there are plenty of other people who have figured out the best crafting routines and are willing to share them.
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Let’s begin by deconstructing the situation. You’ll have access to the Crafting Log after you’ve unlocked your first craftsman job. The Crafting Log shows you which recipes are available at your level, as well as the resources required to manufacture them and any additional prerequisites. As you go through the game, each level ending in 3 or 8 unlocks a new page of recipes. In general, you may create recipes that are 5 levels higher than your own.
Stats for Crafting
It’s fairly simple: just increase the number. / HGG / Square Enix
In Final Fantasy XIV, character stats are very significant for craftsmen. They have a significant impact on your synthesis success rates. Here’s a basic rundown:
- When you execute synthesis, the amount that your progress meter fills is influenced by craftsmanship.
- When you utilize actions to boost quality during synthesis, control has an impact on the quantity of quality obtained. You have a higher probability of constructing an HQ craft if you have more control.
- For Blacksmith’s main tool and Armorer’s secondary tool, strength affects HQ chances.
- For Goldsmith and Weaver’s major tools, as well as Carpenter’s secondary tool, dexterity affects HQ chance.
- Carpenter, Armorer, and Leatherworker’s major tools’ HQ probability is influenced by vitality.
- The HQ probability for Alchemist’s major tool, as well as Goldsmith and Leatherworker’s auxiliary tools, is influenced by intelligence.
- Culinarian’s main tool, as well as Blacksmith and Weaver’s subsidiary tools, have HQ probability that is influenced by the mind.
- Piety has an effect on the Alchemist’s and Culinarian’s Secondary tools’ HQ probability.
Craftsmanship and Control will be vital no matter what career you choose, so prioritize collecting gear, food, and crafter materia that will help you improve these skills. The remainder of the numbers are useful to know, but they aren’t necessary for gearing.
It takes some precise calculations to bring 2x4s into the universe. / Square Enix via HGG
Synthesis is the process of creating something new. You may start synthesis when you’ve chosen a recipe. Things might get a little tricky here, but don’t worry! It’s not as difficult as it seems.
A new window will pop up with the following information:
- Progress indicates how near you are to finishing a project. As you complete activities, the bar steadily fills. The craft is finished when the bar is full.
- Durability refers to the number of activities you may do before failing to synthesize the craft. The craft will fail if your durability bar runs out before your progress bar fills up.
- The CP symbol appears next to your HP bar and stands for “Crafting Points.” For all craftspeople, here is your job resource. Certain acts during synthesis will lower your CP, while others will increase it.
- Your odds of manufacturing an HQ (high quality) item are determined by quality. By doing specific activities or producing using HQ resources, you may raise the quality bar.
- The condition of an object during synthesis shows the many stages in which it is in. Each condition only lasts one round, and you may take advantage of it by doing particular actions to boost quality or recover CP. Poor, Normal, Good, and Excellent are the four states.
You must discover out how to improve the progress bar and quality bar without lowering the durability bar while crafting an HQ item. This necessitates that you pick your actions wisely in order to control your CP. You don’t have to worry about this as much when you’re not chasing after that HQ vessel. Making HQ goods and reaching quality standards, on the other hand, is crucial to quickly leveling up.
When you reach Level 10 in a crafting profession, you may use rapid synthesis to manufacture as many of a specific item as you want without having to execute synthesis manually. If you try anything outside of your skill range, you have a tiny risk of failing fast synthesis, but you also have a minor chance of obtaining HQ crafts via rapid synthesis. Some games are won, while others are lost.
Everything that has been created may be undone. Even things you didn’t create have the ability to be unmade. To unlock desynthesis, you must gain Level 30 in any craftsman profession and finish the quest “Gone to Pieces” (found in Ul’Dah – Steps of Thal at x14, y10).
Each desynthesis talent level is unique to each crafting profession. It may be desynthesized if the job’s skill level is greater than the required level for a certain item. Desynthesizing objects raises the skill level required for the task.
Something of comparable worth must be relinquished in order to receive. / HGG / Square Enix
This method breaks down an object into the materials that were utilized to make it. It may also provide players with unique things that can only be obtained through desynthesis. You have a larger probability of acquiring a treat if your skill level is higher than the item’s level. Desynthesizing a Gigantshark with Culinarian, for example, may result in either the South Seas Talisman or the Sea Breeze Summer Halter, both of which are uncommon glamour items. Both creation and destruction are two sides of the same coin in Final Fantasy XIV, and both produce fantastic consequences.
With your combat professions, you’ve undoubtedly come across materia. Materia is taken from 100% spiritbonded gear, and top level players meld materia to their gear to boost its stats.
To access materia melding, you must attain Level 19 in any craftsman profession and finish the quest “Waking the Spirit” (located at x23, y13 in Central Thanalan). You no longer need to seek out Melder NPCs or rely on other players to assist you!
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By completing the quest “Melding Materia Muchly” at Level 25, you will be able to unlock overmelding (located in the same place). Overmelding enables you to meld more materia to a piece of gear than is ordinarily permitted, however it can only be done on specific types of gear. This process takes a lot of time and resources, so it should only be done with max-level, Best-in-Slot (BiS) gear.
Where Can I Get Crafting Supplies?
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Crafting materials (also known as “mats”) can be obtained from a variety of sources. You may acquire material drops from the following sources:
- Assassinating adversaries
- Trials and raids drop items.
- Keeping track of treasure maps
- Quest completion
- NPC shopkeepers
- Using the gatherer jobs to gather them yourself (Fisher, Miner, and Botanist)
- The market’s main board
Buying resources, whether from NPCs or other players on the market board, is the easiest method to get them. It is advised that you have 3-5 million gil to acquire the required supplies for the leveling procedure outlined below. If you’re not purchasing the supplies, prepare for a lengthy voyage of collecting and [consult our Disciples of the Land guide!]
The Leveling Up Process in Crafting
Crafters may be leveled using a variety of techniques. Some are quicker, but they cost more gil. Some are less expensive, but they take significantly longer. Your in-game finances and patience will determine how you level your artisans.
It’s important to note that free trial players don’t have access to the market board. This means you’ll have to manually level everything and obtain supplies (unless you have a very generous friend with a subscription).
The final thing you should do before starting is double-check that you can unlock The Firmament. You must have a Level 60 combat job and have finished the main narrative quest “Litany of Peace” to perform this. This will activate the quest “Towards the Firmament,” which can be obtained from the Recruitment Notice in Foundation (x9.7, y 1.5).
If you don’t want to travel through The Firmament, there are alternative EXP options that we’ll discuss later. Having said that, the technique provided here will be the quickest. It may also be used for all crafters, whether you level them all at once or one by one.
Bonuses for EXP
There are a few things you can do to help the leveling process go more smoothly. Many of these will be recognizable to you since they apply to combat vocations as well:
- Preferred Worlds (Road to 70): If you’re fortunate enough to be on a “Preferred World,” you’ll get a 100% EXP boost on all tasks until you reach Level 70.
- Eating Food: Eating any food increases your EXP by 3%.
- Engineering Manuals: These products provide a +150 percent EXP increase and may be earned from a variety of scrip exchange NPCs as well as your Grand Company.
- Note that the Squadron Engineering Manual only grants a 20% increase in EXP.
- Buffs from Free Companies: The Helping Hand buffs give different crafting EXP bonuses, but they are only accessible if you are a member of a Free Company that chooses to utilize them.
- If you recruit or are recruited by a buddy, you will earn the Friendship Circlet, which grants you a +20 percent EXP bonus up to Level 26. You will have gotten Menphina’s Earring if you preordered Endwalker, which provides you a +30% EXP increase up to Level 80.
1 through 21 levels
The first stage of leveling is straightforward and simple. You should unlock all of the occupations and begin working on your Crafting Log for each one, fulfilling job objectives as they appear. Job quests will provide you with basic equipment as well as a good amount of EXP.
The carpenter’s supply is Ferreol. © Square Enix via HGG
The Guild Supplier in the guild hall of whatever profession you’re leveling may provide you with resources. They sell everything you’ll need to craft the low-level recipes in your Crafting Log at a reasonable price.
Quick synthesis is available across all crafter occupations after you reach Level 10 on your first crafter. For the remainder of this stage, use fast synthesis to churn out crafts.
From 21 through 73, there are a total of 73 levels.
In The Firmament, the party never ends! Also, the crafting doesn’t work! / Square Enix via HGG
You may begin working in The Firmament after you have reached Level 20. [Check out our The Firmament guide!] To unlock Ishgard Restoration Recipes in your Crafting Log, speak with Potkin. The Diadem, the gatherer-focused half of The Firmament, is employed in the majority of these recipes. You can either gather them yourself or buy them from the market (this is where that 3-5 million gil comes into play).
You’ll want to look for crafting gear sellers to purchase gear as you level up, in addition to buying ingredients. Vendors and places for each level are listed below:
- Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks: Syneyhil, the Fieldcraft Supplier — Levels 21 and 41 (X 6.3 Y:11.9)
- Evrardoux, the Fieldcraft Supplier – The Pillars of Evrardoux, the Fieldcraft Supplier – The Pillars of Evrardoux, the Fieldcraft Supplier (X: 6.5 Y: 9.5)
- Shichiho, the Tool Supplier – Kugane (Level 63) (12.2) (X: 12.7, Y: 12.2)
- Level 71: Vernarth, the Crystarium’s Tool Supplier (X: 9.3 Y: 14.4)
Extra EXP may be earned by crafting and turning in things for the Ishgard Restoration, but you must make sure you satisfy the appropriate criteria for the turn-ins. To accomplish so, you must first ensure that you have the necessary stats and then devise a crafting rotation that works.
The optimum crafting cycle will raise the item’s quality to the highest level feasible while preserving its durability. The stats of your gear and equipment, as well as any bonuses from meals you consume, will determine your rotations. It might be a time and resource demanding task to figure it out on your own. Fortunately, the community is on your side. You may use software like FFXIV Teamcraft to help you calculate rotations, and many players have already come up with a variety of optimum gear setups, food, and rotations. Find out what works best for you when it comes to crafting!
You will continue to manufacture Ishgard Restoration recipes for turn-ins until you reach Level 73. During this time, we suggest ignoring your job missions in favor of swiftly leveling.
Levels 73 to 75 are the most common.
You’re undoubtedly sick of The Firmament by now, and I’m delighted to say you’re free to go. At Level 73, we suggest that you go back and finish all of the job quests you’ve been putting off. This will bring you to Level 75, where you can unlock Collectables and Master Recipes, allowing you to go to the next level.
If you don’t complete Beatin’s missions, he may give you a beating. / HGG / Square Enix
Morgayne in Foundation will give you the task “Inscrutable Tastes” (x10.1, y10.4). After completing this task, you’ll be able to make collectibles.
75 to 80 levels
You’ll now concentrate on collecting collectibles and delivering them to Collectable Appraiser NPCs. Limsa Lominsa, Gridania, Ul’dah, Mor Dhona, Idyllshire, Rhalgr’s Reach, and Eulmore all have Collectable Appraisers. Collectable Appraisers will give you White Scrips, which you can exchange for rare and precious things at Scrip Exchange NPCs. This contains the Handsaint’s Crafting Armour and Tools, as well as Master Recipe Books, which are appropriate for this tier.
In The Firmament, Enie is in charge of the scrip exchange. / Square Enix via HGG
The resources you’ll need at this point will almost certainly be more expensive than anything you’ve purchased before, so keep an eye on the market board to see if prices decrease before purchasing a large number of products.
80 to 90 levels
Endwalker has upped the level maximum to 90, but collectible crafting will still be used to get your craftspeople there. Once you’ve reached level cap, you should focus on getting some of the new max level crafting gear so you can build anything you want and start making money on the market board!
Quests to Create
For leveling craftsmen, there are two additional sources of EXP. It will take longer to use these approaches than it would to grind it out in the Firmament, but it will provide a more varied experience. Here are two additional EXP sources for you if you don’t care about maxing up your crafts as quickly as possible (or if you don’t have a ton of gil to purchase the gear and materials to do so).
Dailies of the Beast Tribe
Birds have the ability to use tools as well. / HGG / Square Enix
Beast Tribe Dailies, as the name indicates, are refreshed daily and offer a continuous stream of EXP as well as a range of additional prizes.
The Ixal give crafting tasks in A Realm Reborn. Pick up the task “A Bad Bladder” from Scarlet in New Gridania (x9.9, y11.4) to unlock them.
The Moogles give crafting tasks in Heavensward. Pick up the task “Tricks and Stones” from the Seething Stonemason in The Churning Mists (x27, y34) to unlock them.
The Namazu give crafting tasks in Stormblood. To get them, you’ll need to finish two distinct quest chains in Yanxia: Fukudo’s “Courage the Cowardly Lupin” (x30.9, y17.8) and Ochimi’s “Perchance to Hanami” (x30.3, y18.3). These chains will bring you to the Azim Steppe’s Floundering Namazu, who will gift you “Something Fishy This Way Comes” (x17.4, y37.5).
The Dwarves in Shadowbringers provide crafting missions. To unlock the quest “Ronitt to the Rescue,” finish the two aether current missions “Village of Woe” (Kholusia: x15.3, y28.6) and “A Disagreeable Dwarf” (Kholusia: x12.4, y9.2). After completing it, “It’s Dwarfin’ Time” will appear, allowing you to access the dwarf tribe missions.
There are tradecraft levequests for crafter occupations, much as there are battlecraft levequests for combat professions. By visiting the Levemete NPC in your beginning city’s Adventurer’s Guild at Level 10, you may access levequests.
Gontrant is the levemete of the Carline Canopy in Gridania. | Square Enix via HGG
Tradecraft levels will be divided throughout the three beginning cities of Gridania, Ul’dah, and Limsa Lominsa until they reach Level 50. Ishgard will have level 50-58 leves, Kugane will have level 60-68 leves, and the Crystarium will have level 70-78 leves.
Your leve allowances are restricted, as shown at the bottom of your quest diary. Every 12 (real time) hours, you get three allowances.
Levequests are simple: you pick one up and it tells you what to manufacture and how many of it to produce. You will get more EXP if you use HQ stuff. Some levequests require you to turn in things three times; this is the most efficient method to obtain EXP.
So you’ve gotten one (or all) of your craftsmen to max level. So, what’s next?
There are several options available to you. For one thing, you can make whatever you can get your hands on. For yourself and your companions, you may build high-level gear, weapons, and consumables. You may even provide materia merging services (for a price, if you’re that way inclined).
Sir, Mr. Parsemontret. I was sent to study the markets. / HGG / Square Enix
You may switch your attention to the market board and begin manufacturing goods that will sell if you want to recoup all of the money you’ve spent up to this point. Big ticket products differ from server to server, so keep an eye on what’s selling well and create accordingly. The following are some good topics to focus on:
- Food should be seized.
- Popular glitzy accessories
- Popular furniture
- Crafter scrip turn-ins yield items.
- adornments (necklaces, bracelets, rings)
- Prisms and dispellers of glitz
Take a look at the most popular things on your server and proceed from there! Remember that the market board is a competitive environment. It’s in your best interest to periodically check on your things and modify pricing depending on current sales history.
Be a part of the High Ground
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Frequently Asked Questions
What craft should I level first Ffxiv?
A: If you are looking to level a crafting profession, I would recommend starting out by leveling Leatherworking.
How long does it take to level a crafter Ffxiv?
A: It really depends on the crafter, but it usually takes a few weeks to reach level 50.
How do you level up crafting jobs?
A: To level up a crafting job, you have to craft items for that specific job and the number of crafted items is based on your current tier. You can also gain experience points by completing quests or exploring new terrain with that item.