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So you’ve finally decided to attempt crafting three-star master crafts, huh? You’re gonna need some pretty insane materia melding! Welcome to the crafting end-game, and hopefully our Master Crafting Gear Guide can help you out.

Gear & Max Meldable Stats | Specific Materia Order

2.2 Master Crafting Materia Stat Caps / Best Gear

The below table represents the current Best in Slot crafting gear. The numbers (+X) represent the maximum amount of stats it can hold through materia melding.

Main HandClass Specific Blue/Luminary107610
Off-handMilitia Off-hand HQ107(+19)61(+8)0(+3)
HeadClass Specific Green HQ0(+4)31(+5)3(+0)
BodyClass Specific Green HQ92(+16)31(+5)3(+0)
HandsClass Specific Green HQ0(+4)31(+5)3(+0)
WaistRaptorskin Merchant's Purse HQ0(+3)26(+5)0(+3)
LegsClass Specific Green HQ3(+1)31(+5)0(+3)
FeetClass Specific Green HQ3(+1)31(+5)0(+3)
NeckElectrum Choker HQ0(+3)0(+3)32(+5)
EarsRed Coral Earrings HQ0(+3)0(+3)32(+6)
WristMilitia Wristlets HQ0(+4)0(+4)32(+6)
RingAetheryte Ring HQ0(+4)0(+4)17(+3)
RingAetheryte Ring HQ0(+4)0(+4)17(+3)

* The blue weapon for the level 50 quest will be replaced once you buy the class-specific Artisans tool. Neither of them are meldable with materia.

** The HEADGEAR is replaced by Artisans Spectacles once you can craft your “tokens”. It’s not necessary to meld the class-specific headgear, but it’ll make life slightly easier if you do it. Once you have a pair of spectacles, you don’t need to meld any more crafting headgear since it can be used for all classes.

The below table is a quick reference to the maximum amount of stats meldable onto the best in slot crafting gear. (Ordered by similarity)

Main Hand---

Currently, maximizing the off-hand tool is IMPOSSIBLE. You don’t need the craftsmanship full anyway. If you’re looking to see what are the best melds (in my opinion), continue reading below

2.2 Master Crafting Materia Melding Order

Here we discuss what specific materia goes where in order to meet (and possibly overshoot) the minimum required stats for Three Star Master crafts. which is 391 Craftsmanship, and 374 control, WITHOUT FOOD. I did this keeping in mind the general costs of each matera relative to one another, and the melding success chance.

Weapon & Head are unmeldable

Accessories & Belt give the best bang for buck since you can use them across all classes. It’s a good place to begin if you plan to be a crafter.

Choker – Command III, CP III, CP II, Crafts I.

Earring – Command III, CP III, CP III, Crafts I.

Wrist – Command IV, CP IV, Crafts II, CP II.

Rings – Command III, CP III, Crafts II, Command I.
Alternatively – Command IV, CP III, Crafts II.

Belt – Command III, CP III, Command II, Crafts I.

Legs & Boots – Command III, Command II, CP III, Crafts I
Alternatively – Command IV, CP III, Command I, Crafts I
Note: The +1 Craftsmanship on these pieces are NOT “NEEDED”…

Gloves - Command III, Command II, Crafts II.

Chest and Off-hand are the key pieces to maximize when going for master crafts.

Chest - Command IV, Crafts IV, Crafts IV, Crafts II, Command I.
Alternatively: Command IV, Crafts IV, Crafts III, Crafts III, Command I.

Off-hand – Command IV, Crafts IV, Command III, Command III, Command I.
Seriously there’s so many things to meld here but you SHOULD HAVE the Crafts IV in there, and at least 5~ control…

If maximized, you will have around 397 Craftsmanship, 382 control without food or buffs. Which is 6 and 8 above the minimum needed, respectively. A short annotation will be added soon as to what melds are best left out if you want to have the bare minimum (the limiting factor being gil),

Things to note about crafting stats

Craftsmanship is only useful up until the point you can Careful Synthesis a Master Craft under Ingenuity 2 and gain 70 Progress. 395 is the documented number for ME, but I’m pretty damn sure 391 is enough (confirmation would be nice here).

Control is NEVER wasted, and every point makes it more and more reliable to HQ that master craft from less and less HQ base materials.
CP really depends on your rotation. 345 is a commonly referred to “Base” CP.

Gear & Max Meldable Stats | Specific Materia Order

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