“But Severin… While all things are in the realm of science…
… some things should be willfully left out of it.”
– Mahiko ‘Holy Grail’ San
Alchemist Level 35 to 40
L35 ALC Class Quest Item: (HQ) Hi-Ether
L35 ALC Leves [L]ocation: Coerthas (Observatorium) | Ul’dah
L35 ALC Leves Items Discussion:
[H][R] 5x(15) Poisoning Potion: ALL INGREDIENTS FROM NPCs!
[H] 3x Blinding Potion: Is Blue Landtrap Leaf cheaper than Belladonna?
[C] 1x Budding Oak Wand: Meh, but if you’re hellbent on Courier…
[L][R] 5x(15) Paralyzing Potion: NPCable except: Mandrake.
[L] 3x Sleeping Potion: Is Belladonna cheaper than Blue Landtrap Leaf?
Embossed Book of Silver: Precursor.
NOTE: Doing courier past L30 is a little more time consuming since there is NO DIRECT AETHERYTE TELEPORT.
(You can buy Morbol Vine & Formic Acid from upper decks 11,8!)
Triples: Poisoning Potion is amazing since you can buy all the required materials from NPCs. It’s the levequest I used to level up. Paralyzing Potion has a very similar recipe with the exception of ‘Mandrake’. These are cheap, so triples may not be a bad idea for this tier.
Singles: First off, the Wand and Book are out of the question since the other 2 single leves require potions with a similar recipe, too! The only cost difference between the two is Blue Landtrap Leaf (Blinding) vs. Belladonna (Sleeping).
Courier: Personally, this tier can be done with triples (or singles)… I mean you don’t always get a tier wherein the mats are so cheap, so why not abuse it. If you do go courier, the wand isn’t the end of the world.
If in case you turned a blind eye to the paragraph above – abuse the triples in this tier because they’re damn cheap.
Alchemist Level 40 to 45
L40 ALC Class Quest Item: 3x (HQ) Hi-Potion of Strength
L40 ALC Leves [L]ocation: Coerthas (Whitebrim) | Ul’dah
L40 ALC Leves Items Discussion:
[H][R] 5x(15) Smelling Salts: Not bad – both triples are decent!
Shark Oil: No… Not like this…
[C] 3x Mega-Potion: Couriers not worth it this tier.
[L][R] 5x(15) Lanolin: Hard to HQ yourself, but CHEAP.
[L] 1x Book of Mythril: Probably the ‘best’ single leve.
[L] 3x Enchanted Electrum Ink: Time & HQ problems, but cheap.
Courier is worth it if you have the patience – Mega Potion is cheap to make or even buy.
Single leves? Shark Oil sucks – let’s get that out of the way. Book of Mythril (easy to HQ, takes less time to craft) vs Enchanted Electrum Ink (takes long and may be hard, but get better EXP via manual crafts) are your only choices.
Triple leves? Again both are good – I personally used Lanolin because I had good DoH gear, and didn’t mind the FIFTEEN CRAFTS per turn in (they’re DIRT CHEAP). Smelling Salts is the other triple, which is cheap too – and much easier to HQ.
While there’s hardly a clear cut answer in this tier – there’s no SUCKY choice except Shark Oil. Which route did I go in this tier personally? Lanolin of heavenly v a l u e.
If Grinding: Any stat mega-potion you’ll be using (or selling) for raiding. They’re great to practice potion timings on in progression fights.
Alchemist Level 45 to 50
L45 ALC Class Quest Items:
(All HQ) Mega-Potion of Intelligence / Mind / Vitality
L45 ALC Leves [L]ocation: Mor Dhona | Ul’dah
L45 Alchemist Leves Items Discussion:
[H][R] 5x(15) Mega Potion of Vitality: Best triple in this tier.
[H] 3x Gold Needle: I’d skip this, Local leves seem better.
[C] 3x Potent Sleeping Potion: Cheap and good – but travel time sucks.
Mega-Potion of Strength: SHARK OIL! NO!
[L] 3x Potent Poisoning Potion: Same recipe below but: Pudding Flesh.
[L] 3x Potent Silencing Potion: Same recipe above but: Dart Frog.
Notes: Between the triples, Mega-Potion of Vitality > STR Potion due to the cost of Shark Oil. If you’re patient.
The Courier leve (Potent Sleeping Potion) is a nice option. Couriers to MD take forever, though.
For the single leves, Gold Needle is considerably worse than either of the Potent Status Potions. When choosing which one is best for you – simply compare the price of Pudding Flesh vs. Dart Frog.
Alchemist – 50 and beyond
So, finally got you to 50? What to do now? First of all, complete your Level 50 ALC class quest, to get your blue weapon.
Level 50 Alchemist Class Quest Item:
(HQ) Budding Rosewood Wand (Melded with: Quicktongue III Materia)
Then you might need to see what your Alchemist 50 gear should be: DoH End-Game Gear Guide / Max Melds.
Well, you’ve reached a milestone! 50 was the endgame back then, but congrats anyway. Now get to 60!!!