FFXIV ARR Armorsmith Crafting Guide
Where is the Armorsmithing Guild? The Armorsmiths Guild is Located in Limsa Lominsa, and is Headed by H’Naanza, who is pictured above. [City & Guild Locations]
What do Armorsmiths craft? (End Game)
Gladiator / Paladin Shields.
Tanking Armor (Gladiator / Paladin) (Marauder / Warrior)
Lancer / Dragoons DPS Armor.
Alchemists Alembic (Main Hand)
Culinarians Skillet (Main Hand)
Components used by other crafting classes
Ingots, Rings, Rivets, Plates
What classes should be Armorsmiths?
Gladiators (Paladins) and Marauders (Warriors) would benefit most from Armorsmithing. It’s a pretty narrow crafting class, which doesn’t offer much to others. They do craft the main hand arms for the most general crafting classes, Alchemist and Culinarian.
Again, every crafting class benefits / relies on other crafting classes for components, so it’s never truly useless to train Armorsmithing(or all crafting classes)
Every Crafting (Disciple of Hand) class has 14 skills, 11 of which are common among all of them, while three are unique to each class. Below are the Armorsmithing only skills.
|Rapid Synthesis||15||Free||Increases progress. Progress.
Success Rate: 50%
|Brand Of Ice||37||15 CP||Increases progress. Progress doubles when recipe affinity is Ice.
Success Rate: 90%
|Piece By Piece||50||15 CP||Increases remaining progress by 1/3rd.
Success Rate: 90%
Armorsmith Skill Discussion
Rapid Synthesis: at 250% synthesis efficiency, it’s the strongest progress raising skill. However, it also has the worst success rate (50%). Rapid Synthesis works well with steady hand (Increase success rate by 20%). Even then, this is pretty situational. I’d rather use a Brand skills without relying on Steady Hand, than have to risk using this.
Brand of Ice: Like any ‘brand’ skill, this is almost always better than any generic synthesis skill. As a cross-class skill, this of course depends on the element of the item you’re crafting. Use it if you the item you’re crafting is ice element. (Determined by shard used?)
Piece By Piece: This one is a bit strange. It is a great starting synthesis move, specially when you are completing a craft which requires more than 400 points worth of craftmanship. Remember, it only takes into account the progress left, so if you are half way into your crafting do not use this skill as it will only progress 1/3 of what is left. Very situational, only practical for extremely difficult progress bars. Some iLvl 70 crafts need 4-5 synthesis to complete, this is where Piece by Piece shines.
Brand of Ice is probably the best of the bunch here (Having access to all brands is very useful). The usefulness of Piece By Piece is only seen in end-game crafting.
Armorsmith Levelling Guide
We suggest starting crafting by levelling all crafting classes to 15 at once. Class specific levelling guides coming soon!
Where are the Armorsmith Levequests?
- Level 1-45 Levequests: Limsa Lominsa Adventurers Guild.
- Level 1-5: Red Rooster Stead
- Level 10: Swiftperch
- Level 15: Aleport
- Level 20 – 25: Quarrymill.
- Level 30: Costa Del Sol
- Level 35: Coerthas, Observatorium.
- Level 40: Coerthas, Whitebrim.
- Level 45: Mor Dhona, St. Coinachs Find.
- A specialized crafting class which doesn’t offer much to others.
- Armorsmithing is most beneficial for Gladiators, Marauders, Lancers and their advanced jobs.
- Armorsmiths don’t have the most useful of skills to learn. Piece by Piece is okay.
For now, I guess that’s it! We will be working on class specific levelling guides, and other advanced information like most common materials used and so on. Please subscribe if you don’t want to miss out!