FFXIV Mining Leveling Guide (Updated 50 to 60)

MORE UPDATES! to level 50+! Level up Mining Quickly! Mining Quests Items? Finding Mining Nodes? Stop wasting time! Power Level your Miner!

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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)

Are you leveling your Miner 50 to 60? Go there straight. Now.

Navigation: [01-15] [16-35] [36-50] [50-60]

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.

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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) 10
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 NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode 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 NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode 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 NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode 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.
  • 30 Cinnabar (10 HQ 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] : [50 – 60]

94 thoughts on “FFXIV Mining Leveling Guide (Updated 50 to 60)”

  1. Hey, just a head’s up, you don’t have to use Deep Vigor/Brunt Force twice in order to keep the effect of it. Use it once at Chain #4 and it applies to all gathers afterward, so those +2 Gathering Attempt nodes can really really help you out.

  2. Kinda nit-picky comment, but I actually checked in my Actions list to see if I needed to drag Toil of the Pioneer onto my hotbar for MIN… then I realized it was a non-crossclass skill and what I needed was Toil of the Mountaineer, which was already on my hotbar.

  3. Um… Nothing big, I’m just OCD and I noticed it says the 46-50 node locations are in “Bluefrog” but it’s actually called “Bluefog” lolol Just thought I should say something ^.^

      1. Just anted to say thanks sooo much for making this guide! It is so so so helpful. And I also thought it was camp Bluefrog for the longest time lol. We should just unofficially rename it. *nods*

  4. Hey, you have not one, not two, but three different values here for the lvl 15 miner’s quest. In the list at the beginning, you say 15 HQ Cinnabars. In the actual 11-15 section, you say 10 HQ Cinnabars at the beginning in bold type, but then when going through what to stockpile for grinding in that level range, you imply that it’s 20: “40 Cinnabar (20 for the quest)”

    I just did the quest and I know it’s 10, but maybe make it not so ambiguous.

  5. Hi I started to follow this guide and went of on a tangent when I discovered otherwise to make profit while grinding out my levels.
    What I did simply was from 50-52 I leve quested taking the Quality quests (The merits of Upcycling and Taken for Granite) then from 52 onwards I proceeded to hard grind Mythrite Sand in CWH while collecting Yellow Copper Ore at each 12 interval. Originally I used the safety Toil of the Mountain > 3 Methodical with gaining 3 Then moved to Toil of the Mountain > 1 Methodical with 1 Utmost Caution Instinctual at 55 until until 57.
    At 57 I kept collecting Mythrite during the off time from Yellow Copper but moved to doing toil of the Mountain > 1 Instinctual and depending on my I RNG (As Methodical rolls 115 with HQ 52 Pickaxe, 53 Quest sledge and full NQ 55 from moghome!) would depend what I do. If I rolled well on Instinctual I would Single Mind Methodical and have over my 240 and get 5 whole rocks! (That’s 300k every 35 minutes boys and girls!) otherwise I would have to utmost Caution followed by two Methdoicals and take 4 home. At 58 Mythrite sand really dips its exp gain so I set CWH as Home as Return was up every time I needed it and farmed Titanium from The Forelands.
    This is baring in mind not having materia melded, not really buying HQ gear (I was using mining to make some money!!!) and having definitely less than 600gp. (I have 572 gosh HQ accs are expensive post 50)

    1. I love you!
      “…toil of the Mountain > 1 Instinctual and depending on my I RNG (As Methodical rolls 115 with HQ 52 Pickaxe, 53 Quest sledge and full NQ 55 from moghome!) would depend what I do. If I rolled well on Instinctual I would Single Mind Methodical and have over my 240 and get 5 whole rocks!…”

      works perfect ^^

  6. For a bit more info; The mining-dravania bluescrip book unlocks Aurum Regis Ore (mainhand) and Blue Quartz (offhand)

  7. Cuprite is Slot 2, not 3. Adamantite is Slot 6 in Azys Lla at 11 ET AM/PM with a min collectability of 470.

  8. Hi, I am new here and recently started mining following this awesome guide. Currently level 16 and I am wondering if it is faster to grind or just to do the levequest for each 5 level?

    1. A mix of both, but keep in mind you have to preserve leves if you’re going for DOH, or other DOL classes

  9. I think Dragonproofing is a better leve, don’t you? Its still a good chunk of exp with less than half the work Sticking it out has.
    Or is there something I’m missing ; ;

    Thanks for the helpful guide tho ; v ; Sad I’ve only just found it.

    1. They take the 4 node evaluation over the 8 node because its the same exp for completion but takes less time and gp to complete.

  10. the mining rotations need to be fixed. It says “Toil of the pioneer” but that’s for botany and since this is a mining class, it should read “Toil of the mountaineer” just in case someone thinks “Oh… i need to lvl up my botanist to 50 in order to use these rotations.”

  11. Couple things I think you should add:

    The LVL55 gear update section should say that all 6 left side pieces can be purchased at moghome.
    The LVL59 offhands can be purchased inside Matoya’s Cave in the Hinterlands.

  12. thank you for the updated guide for 50-60! great start, and I appreciate the work!

    Might i make a suggestion? a few changes in your steps for slow learners like me :) – on the last step (where you say, “Once you reached a collectability you desire, press on collect to mine them”) if you added “the minimum collectability level is 240 for turnins, the NPC will not accept lower levels of quality”, I think it would save people a few unspoiled nodes…still not sure what to do with those odd 10 collectables i have with quality under 240…can i craft with them?

    1. You can downgrade them to their non-collectable item (thus allowing them to stack and be sold/used for crafting). At later levels, you get a skill called “Aetherial Reduction” that reduces some collectable items to their base aetherial form, also giving you a chance to get rare item in the process.

      1. MORE CLARIFICATION! You can not aetherically reduce some collectibles. Just press “lower quality” and they become the regular gathered versions.

    1. It’s merely a suggestion… if you wish to level up DOH, these are probably all you’re gonna need to hit all 50’s

  13. Great help for leveling, but my 40 quest was raw amethyst hq not raw jade. Dunno if it was changed or what but figured I’d share.

  14. The level 20 nodes aren’t showing up for me. I just completed the level 15 job quest. I checked to make sure prospect was on and even updated my gear, just in case, but nothing shows up on my minimap or in game. Any ideas on what’s happening?

    1. The gathering guides aren’t updated to include farming some of the “housing only” mats, since not everyone might be able to use them. Thoughts on this?

  15. So, For the Level 35 Levequests, who are we supposed to speak to ?
    I see a guy that does guildheists and another guy that does Grand company quests, but nobody that does Levequests @ the Observatorium.

    Lil help, anyone? :)

    1. Same Question. I went to Coerthas and looked everywhere but there’s no one in or around the Observatorium that hands out Leve quests.

        1. Actually, unless you already have a DoL class at or past level 35, you can’t accept or even see level 35 fieldcraft levequests

          1. A correction to my previous reply, even if your BTN or FSH are level 35, your MIN must be level 35 in order to do the level 35 levequests

  16. thx for this guide!!!!! i love you e.e

    one question: “Level 20/25 Mining Levequests: East Shroud, Quarrymill.” e.e??

    quarrymill is on south e.e

  17. I’m a level 20 miner and I cannot find any mining above level 10 near blackbrush. I have scoured the area in and around the clutch, royal allegan sunway, and beyond. do i need to do the level 20 quest in la nocsea to unlock it? or is this a glitch on the games end?

    1. If you are referring to the level 20 locations listed as being at “Royal Allagan Sunway”, be aware that this is a location in Eastern Thanalan, and it is different from the “Royal Allagan Starway” near Black Brush Station (Central Thanalan).

      If you are referring to the level 15 locations listed under Node ID 15c, the location for these should really say “Exit to Western Thanalan”. (They should also include “Fine Sand” as one of the items, too.)

      1. Haha yes we were also thinking of putting “EXIT TO..” like you suggested, haha. To be honest, there is an in-game node list, but we hoped by guiding the player with map text, it may be easier for them.

        The housing “rocks”, and gardening soil have yet to be added to the nodes…

  18. In the 41-45 table you stated that Electrum Ore is found at Camp Drybone when its actually located at camp bronze lake. Amazing guide it really helped me level my mining i really appreciate it :D

  19. You CAN actually mine darksteel ore WITHOUT being level 50. You’ll have a low rate of success unless you use your + gathering chance skills at below 50, however. Darksteel ore is ALWAYS the 3rd node from the top, you DO NOT need toil of the mountaineer to reveal the node. Simply hit the 3rd node to clear it, then proceed to mine as normal.

    1. Was just about to write the same thing. It is possible, I mined the Ore myself at lvl 46 with decent main, chest and gloves. The given exp for this node is also pretty decent.

  20. Hey, thanks for the great work so far! I started following your suggestions tonight. Question: are the suggested stockpiles meant to help with leveling DoH classes, or are those used for levequests, or something else?
    Looking forward to more updates!

    1. Grand company supply missions, and the eventual link to our gathering guides into crafting guides :D. so much information to compile…

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