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Welcome to our Crafting (DOH) BiS and melding guide! Before we begin, let me preface this guide by saying the current tier of crafting gear has a “3 tier BiS’, or more precisely 3 sets that you’ll likely have a mix and match of. As time passes, it’s possible to directly purchase the highest level gear at reasonable prices. But, if you’re crafting your own stuff, you’re likely going to have a mix of all 3 tiers.

Crafting Absolute BiS: Melded 170 (Red scrip) “Master” Set

DISCLAIMER: THERE IS NO NEED TO MELD THESE RIGHT NOW. Since the next tier of crafting recipes may have a requirement which specifies a certain stat threshold, I cannot recommend any specific melded stats right now. I may post how I will meld these, but FOLLOW IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. Again, since we know nothing of the next tiers requirements, any melds to this tier of gear is risky.  (Since left-side gear is specific per class, I’ll use Culinarian as an example).

Two schools of thought when buying these upgrades:
– Offhand -> Shirt -> Weapon (maximum stats, but class specific)
– Belt, Accessories first (maximum “shared” pieces) (I personally dont like this)

The meld caps are currently UNTESTED, at least by myself.

ItemCraftsControlCP12345
Galleymasters Frypan+43+23+4Crafts V????????????
Wrapped Adamantite Culinary Knife+43+23+4Crafts V????????????
Galleymasters Toque+9+12+0Control V????????????
Galleymasters White+36+12+0Crafts VCrafts V?????????
Galleymasters Gloves+9+12+0Control V????????????
Griffin Leather Toolbelt+9+12+4Control V????????????
Galleymasters Trousers+1+12+4Control IVControl IVControl IVCP IVCrafts I
Galleymasters Topboots+1+12+4Control V????????????
Astral Birch Necklace+9+8+8???????????????
Aurum Regis Earrings of Crafting+9+8+8???????????????
Astral Birch Armillae+9+8+8???????????????
Astral Birch Ring+9+8+4Control IVControl IVCP IVCrafts IIICrafts II
Astral Birch Ring+9+8+4(ALT) Control VCP IVCrafts IIICrafts IIControl I

Those which are cappable without V’s, I placed the info above. Pretty much, the melding strat above is USELESS, since we don’t know what stats to aim for in the next tier. Again, leaving it unmelded for now is fine. I just put up there what I would meld if I had those materia, and studying from previous trends.

Reference for set names:
ALCCauldronmaster
ARM: Hammermaster
BSM: Forgemaster
CRP: Millmaster
CUL: Galleymaster
GSM: Gemmaster
LTW: Hidemaster
WVR: Boltmaster

Stepping stone: Red Scrip bought 180, “Keep” Set

Notes: this set, as stated above, is a stepping stone. For those who don’t want to take risks, this set is great to help you GETTING to the end-game. The stats are definitely comparable to BiS, though. You get this set by trading it in for red scrips straight up, as compare to the BiS which you trade in the base materials for. Again, this is mainly for those who don’t want to risk their red scrip investment (It costs more and safer, but is slightly weaker).

These are UNMELDABLE.

SlotItem NameCost
WeaponBoltkeeps Needle26x50 Red Scrip (1300) +T1 Counterfoil
OffhandNO OFFHANDNO OFFHAND
HeadBoltkeeps Gibus8x50 Red Scrip (400) +T1 Counterfoil
BodyBoltkeeps Dreadnought18x50 Red Scrip (900) +T1 Counterfoil
HandBoltkeeps Gloves8x50 Red Scrip (400) +T1 Counterfoil
WaistNO WAISTNO WAIST
LegsBoltkeeps Slacks7x50 Red Scrip (350) +T1 Counterfoil
FeetBoltkeeps Top Boots7x50 Red Scrip (350) +T1 Counterfoil
---NO ACCESSORYNO ACCESSORY

Which of these pieces should I buy!? To be honest, I see value in buying the WEAPON OR SHIRT, as they give massive bang for buck in relation to the rest. As such they’re also the most legit when used as a stepping stone. Other pieces should be avoided. Of course more casual crafters can just go for this set, and there is no downside AS OF THIS PATCH.

TL;DR: If you’re too poor to risk red scrips, buy the weapon and chest from this tier first.

Minimum Baseline: i150 for 718 Crafts, 695 Control

Notes: A lot of people will have this as the starting point. I will be posting a melding strategy to MEET THE BARE MINIMUM STATS for 2*, then you can upgrade as you wish, but technically any meld past that is wasted. Again this melding strategy tries to avoid the pieces you’ll be upgrading first… namely the Chest, Mainhand and Off-hand. More expensive melds are better served on pieces you’ll be keeping for a long time…

So – the below table represents shows you the STAT CAPS, but the MELDING STRATEGY is for reaching 718 Crafts, 695 Control while under the effects of  HQ Seafood Stew.

ItemCra CAPCon CAPCP CAP12345
Adamantite Alembic+++Control IIICrafts IIIanyanyany
Adamantite Mortar+++Control IIICrafts IIIanyanyany
Chimerical Felt Turban of Crafting+++CP IVControl IVControl IIICrafts IIICrafts I
Chimerical Felt Doublet of Crafting+++CP IVControl IVCrafts IIIanyany
Serpentskin Gloves of Crafting+++CP IVControl IVControl IIICrafts IIICrafts I
Dragonskin Belt of Crafting+++CP IVCrafts IIIControl IIIanyany
Chimerical Felt Skirt+++CP IVControl IVControl IIICrafts IIICrafts I
Serpentskin Shoes+++CP IVControl IVControl IIICrafts IIICrafts I
Hallowed Chestnut Necklace+++CP IVCrafts IIIControl IIIany any
Dragon Fang Earrings+++CP IVCrafts IIIControl IIIany any
Hallowed Chestnut Armillae+++CP IVCrafts IIIControl IIIany any
Hallowed Chestnut Ring+++Crafts IVControl IIICP IIIany controlany control
Hallowed Chestnut Ring+++Crafts IVControl IIICP IIIany controlany control
Seafood Stew(0)(31)(50)-----

You can alter the melds a bit by: Adding a few more stats in weapon/offhand/chest, or upgrading from III to IV. Note that control isn’t capped in the body pieces, this is easily doable by exchanging Crafts II with Control III. Again, there’s a lot of space to tweak depending on your budget here.

I will be updating this with more precise melds as I discover an optimal rotation for crafting 2 star with the bare minimum stats, as well as a “more stable” rotation with higher stats. Stay tuned! For more awesome FFXIV updates, crafting or otherwise, like us on Facebook! Message us on Twitter! Check us out on YouTube and Twitch! See you in Eorzea!

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Welcome to our Crafting (DOH) BiS and melding guide! Before we begin, let me preface this guide by saying the current tier of crafting gear has a '3 tier BiS', or more precisely 3 sets that you'll likely have a mix and match of. As time passes, it's possible...