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ffxiv mining leveling guide

First of all, you might want to check out our Gathering General FAQ, and Mining General FAQ before you begin. Already familiar? Let’s get to it.

Key Info per section:

  • Mining quest requirement & location.
  • Mining Levequests location / Best leves.
  • Nodes unlocked, and material list.
  • If grinding, what’s the best item to farm? (Most useful)

Navigation: [01-15] [16-35] [36-50+]

Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the mining class: The Miners Guild is in Ul’dah.

Make sure you know all about gaining EXP most efficiently. We have a gathering General Leveling Guide for this. Key points are: Choosing the right levequests (Ones with evaluation can potentially give insane EXP), Keeping key pieces of gear up to date (For getting maximum EXP per node), and making the most out of every node (Using skills properly)

Our Gathering Gear Guide is something you should keep open while leveling up.

Regarding Mining Class Quest Items, It’s ideal to farm for them BEFORE you hit the next quest. (For example, farm Wyvern Obsidian while you’re level 26-29). As a quick reference, we will put all items needed here (They are mentioned again in more detail on every section).

Our Mining Node / Material Locations Guide will help you with this, and when looking for specific items.

Mining Class Quest Items

Miner 1: Copper Ore 10
Miner 5: Bone Chip 50
Miner 10: Obisidan 99
Miner 15: Cinnabar (HQ) 15
Miner 20: Grade 1 Carbonized Matter 99
Miner 25: Effervescent Water (HQ) 15
Miner 30: Wyvern Obsidian (HQ) 15
Miner 35: Raw Amethyst (HQ) 20
Miner 40: Jade (HQ) 20
Miner 45: Electrum Ore (HQ) 20
Miner 50: Darksteel Ore 3

Useful links to have open: Mining Node Locations | Gathering Gear Guide.

Mining Level 1-5

Mining Quest Level 1: 10 Copper Ore
Mining Quest Level 5: 50 Bone Chips
Level 1 Mining Levequests:
Ul’dah Adventurers Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 5 Mining Levequests: Ul’dah Adventurers Guild & Scorpions Crossing.

Where to find Bone Chips? You can complete both of these quests in one go, to save time.  So make sure you have both sets of items ready before you return to Adelberta (10 Copper Ores, and 50 Bone Chips). If you’re lazy you can also buy this from tradecraft merchant NPC’s (not recommended)

Level 5 Node Locations Unlocked: Central Thanalan (Four Sisters, Stonesthrow) Western Thanalan (Gate of the Sultana)

Level 1 to 5 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material Name
Item Level
Perception
Node Level
Location
Zone
Node ID
Bone Chip0505Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Wind Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Lightning Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Muddy Water0305StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Copper Ore0105StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Wind Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Lightning Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Muddy Water0305Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Copper Ore0105Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Fire Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Water Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Muddy Water
  • 70 Bone Chip (50 for the quest)
  • 99 Copper Ore (Optional)

This part should be easy. After gathering all of those Bone Chips, you should be well past level 5. Return to Adelberta and claim your rewards and gear upgrades. IF Grinding: farm copper ore.

Mining Level 6-10

Mining Quest Level 10: 99 Obsidian
Level 5 Mining Levequests:
 Ul’dah Adventurers Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
Western Thanalan Horizon.

Where to find Obsidian? Yup, 99 Obsidian. Get used to this. You can find Obsidian in Western Thanalan (The East Hammer). Again, you can buy this fron NPC’s but I wouldn’t advise it.

Level 10 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (The East Hammer), Central Thanalan (Royal Allagan Starway)
Lower La Noscea (Cedarwood)

Level 6 to 10 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material Name
Item Level
Perception
Node Level
Location
Zone
Node ID
Tin Ore062310The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Zinc Ore092610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Soiled Femur082610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Water Shard01010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Obsidian1010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Tin Ore062310Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Zinc Ore092610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Soiled Femur082610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Lightning Shard01010Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Earth Shard01010CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c
Raw Sunstone072410CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Tin Ore, Zinc Ore, Soiled Femur,
  • 20 Raw Sunstone.
  • 119 Obsidian (99 for quest)

While 99 Obsidian may seem pretty grindy, getting stacks of materials is something you should get used to. IF Grinding: farm everything equally, except Sunstone.

Mining Level 11-15

Mining Quest Level 15: 10 High Quality Cinnabar
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
 Western Thanalan, Horizon.
Level 15 Mining Levequests:
Eastern ThanalanCamp Drybone.

Where to find Cinnabar? The HQ Cinnabar shouldn’t be hard to get. They’re found in Western Thanalan (Horizon). Remember to use the skill you just unlocked Unearth, which increases HQ gathering chances.

Level 15 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (Copperbell Mines, Horizon), Central Thanalan (“Western Thanalan” Exit)

Level 11 to 15 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material Name
Item Level
Perception
Node Level
Location
Zone
Node ID
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Iron Sand1415HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Cinnabar1515HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Copper Sand1115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Water Shard0115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Rock Salt1215Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Ragstone1315Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Lightning Shard01015Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Iron & Copper Sand, Rocksalt, Ragstone.
  • 40 Cinnabar (20 for the quest)
  • 99 Iron Ore (Even more preferably!)

I have to remind you: Unearth is good.
IF Grinding: farm iron ore. LOTS of it.

Miner Level: [01-15] : [16-35] : [36-50+]

Don't get lost in FFXIV Patch 2.3! Our changelog & patchnotes has all the starting quest locations! Less getting lost, more playing!