“But Mahiko San – is that value?”
“If you had to ask – you wouldn’t have known either way”
– Mahiko ‘Alchelue’ San.
Alchemist Level 15 to 20
L15 ALC Class Quest Item: Potion of Intelligence, Potion of Dexterity
L15 ALC Leves [L]ocation: Camp Drybone| Ul’dah
L15 Alchemist Leves Items Discussion:
I won’t recommend using leves this tier, but if you choose to…
[H] 1x Ash Wand: NPC BUYABLE MATS! (GFB from Housing area)
[H] 1x Engraved Hard Leather Grimoire: No.
[C] 3x Potion of Vitality: You might as well.
[RC] 3x Potion of Strength: You might as well.
[L] 3x Potion of Mind: NPC BUYABLE MATS!
[L] 1x Hard Leather Grimoire: NPC BUYABLE MATS!
Like in any 15 tier, there’s only 2 choices:
The Courier <-> Reverse Courier cycle: This can be a bit annoying due to weird mats. (IE, Lavender, Goobue Fang, Yellow Yarzon Leg, White Scorpion). If you can find these 4 mats on the cheap – go for it.
Or the best single: Is probably going to be Ash Wand (But seriously, the savings are minimal and do whichever you want). Ash Wand is a single-craft which is good (unlike HL Grimoire wherein you craft the ink). Pick up the Growth Formulas and buy the Branches, then simply craft>submit until you’re 20.
Alchemist Level 20 to 25
L20 ALC Class Quest Item: Engraved Hard Leather Grimoire (Materia Enhanced)
L20 ALC Leves [L]ocation: Quarrymill | Ul’dah
L20 ALC Leves Items Discussion:
[H][R] 5x(15) Potion of Intelligence: NPC BUYABLE MATS!
Budding Ash Wand: Precursor. No.
[C] 3x Enchanted Silver Ink: Check material prices…
[L][R] 5(15)x Potion of Dexterity: NPC BUYABLE MATS!
[L] 3x Weak Silencing Potion: No, because the next has…
[L] 3x Weak Blinding Potion: NPC BUYABLE MATS!
L20 signals the death of [RC] and the welcoming of [R]. Sad, I know.
Triples: Both triples are cheap of the damn cheap. Potion of Dexterity is slightly cheaper and needs 1 less item. They’re all purchasable from the ALC supplier.
Courier: Hmm, both the materials are not buyable… this is chunky EXP and FAST (if you’re a lazy butt). Check prices before committing.
Singles: Scrap any ideas of the wand. To prevent hassling yourself, Weak Blinding Potion has all NPC buyable mats (but spread out).
In the end, I just manned up and did the triples. MANUALLY CRAFTING yields massive exp at this early point in your career – coupled with cheap mats… why not?
Exiting the L20 tier is the equivalent to the beginning of the wilds in terms of DoH leveling. Welcome to the “real part”.
Alchemist Level 25 to 30
L25 ALC Class Quest Item: (HQ) Natron
L25 ALC Leves [L]ocation: Quarrymill | Ul’dah
L25 ALC Leves Items Discussion:
Goatskin Grimoire: Hi-Potion better.
[H] 3x Crab Oil: Buy ‘em or craft ‘em, it’ll be better than the other singles.
[C] 1x Clear Glass Lens: Volatile pricing but WORTH A LOOK.
[L][R] 5(15)x Hi-Potion: CHEAP.
Engraved Goatskin Grimoire: Precursor.
Whispering Ash Wand: Precursor.
Courier: If Natron and Silex are cheap or the actual HQ Clear Glass Lens off the MB (which isn’t uncommon), just do the courier this tier!
Singles: Don’t even think of the Grimoire or Wand – Crab Oil is where it’s at this tier. It will almost always win in all aspects (price, simplicity, location…).
Triples: Hi-Potion vs. Goatskin Grimoire… haha. No contest, the potion is cheaper hands down.
Well, this tier is quite simple, isn’t it? Every type of leve has a no-brainer choice. It’s basically “Value of Heavens” vs “Nolue of Hell”. Ultimately, I would recommend COURIER if at all possible.
Alchemist Level 30 to 35
L30 ALC Class Quest Item: (HQ) 3x Weak Blinding Potion
L30 ALC Leves [L]ocation: Costa Del Sol | Ul’dah
L30 ALC Leves Items Discussion:
Horn Glue: Likely not as cheap as Growth Gamma.
[H] 3x Hi-Potion of Mind: Depends if you can find cheap mats…
[C] 3x Hi-Potion of Strength: 2/3rds from NPC! You only need: Gil Bun.
[L][R] 3(9)x Growth Formula Gamma: Likely best triple. (NPC buyable~)
[L] 3x Hi-Potion of Dexterity: Depends if you can find cheap mats.
[L] 3x Enchanted Mythril Ink: This is very likely DIRT CHEAP.
Okay, so this is the last level tier that courier is “fast”. Hi-Potion of Strength is pretty value – I mean, you can pick up Blue Yarzon Leg and Rock Salt from NPC’s. You only need to check on Gil Bun. Abuse this before you miss it.
Triples: Growth Formula Gamma has 100% NPC buyable mats if you’ve unlocked Kobold Vendor (but they should be cheap off the MB anyway). Horn Glue… man… ultimately, pricing is too unstable. I marked Gamma as the triple of choice due to consistency. Also, GFG is easier to HQ and less time consuming (9v15).
Singles: Hi Potion of Mind has WEIRD MATS. Hi-Potion of Dexterity also has generally cheap mats – but then again, Enchanted Mythril Ink exists which will more consistently be cheapest. Only if you’re having a hard time HQing this should the potions become an option.