“Armorsmithing… it’s close to divinity, I presume. One must have faith in the steel and in the artisan.
…Your very life is entrusted to them.”
– Mahiko “Mamoru” San
Armorsmith Level 35 to 40
L35 ARM Class Quest Item: (HQ) Steel Frypan
L35 ARM Leves [L]ocation: Coerthas (Observatorium) | Limsa
L35 ARM Leves Items Discussion:
Heavy Steel Flanchard: Nope…
[H] 1x Mythril Ingot: Might be tough to make yourself, but cheap to buy.
[C] 1x Mythril Plate: Value, but needs travel time…[L][R] 3x(9) Steel-plated Caligae: “Best” cause ARM triples suck.
[L] 1x Steel Frypan: IF you can’t HQ ingots.
Mythril Plate Belt: No.
NOTE: Doing courier past level 30 is a little more time consuming since there is NO DIRECT AETHERYTE TELEPORT.
Hate sounding like a broken record but: take advantage of mass crafting the Ingot, Plate, Rings and Rivets while the EXP is still relevant.
Singles: Mythril Ingot stand far above the other singles in this tier. It’s just… yeah. I got no words for it. If for some reason you cant HQ – Steel Frypan is a lot better than the Plate Belt.
Courier: Mythril Plate. Damn, talk about sheer value. What you can do is attempt HQ Plates with failed NQ ingots (hell, even HQ to HQ… you can’t possible UNVALUE this leve).
Triples: Both suck, Steel-Plated Caligae is your best bet for this pile, but not by much…
In this tier, it’s pretty much Ingot or Plate. The only deciding factor is if you have the patience for courier, do that. Just skip the triples man…. I’d rather do C than R this tier by a large margin.
Armorsmith Level 40 to 45
L40 ARM Class Quest Item: (All HQ) Mythril Cuirass
L40 ARM Leves [L]ocation: Coerthas (Whitebrim) | Limsa
L40 ARM Leves Items Discussion:
[H][R] 3x(9) Mythril Alembic: Sadly, the best triple.
Mythril-plated Jackboots: Suckish.
[C] 1x Mythril Chain Coif: Recommended since everything else SUCKS.
[L][R] 3x(9) Mythril Elmo: A toss-up price-wise…
Mythril Barbut: “Worst” among its peers of “Bad”.
[L] 1x Mythril Vambraces: “Best”, but still sucks.
Triples: Both are on the sucky end of the spectrum. If I were to choose a superior triple – I would begrudgingly choose Mythril Alembic. But be responsible and check pricing on Elmo anyway.
Courier: Mythril Chain Coif. Well, it takes time if you don’t have the stockpile of plates and rings. Plus being in Whitebrim makes this a mega timesink. Still, courier is courier. Horrific leves in this tier makes this superior.
Singles: If the notes above didn’t turn you off already, yeah, all the singles in this tier, there is no “standout” best pick. I would say Mythril Vambraces, but don’t come cryin’ here that it’s too expensive or other choices are better.
Overall, this tier sucks. If I were to re-do this tier, I’d just go ahead and do Mythril Elmo courier. If you’re not happy with this conclusion – this is a guide, not a place to wipe your tears.
Just forget about the other leves existing. In fact, I should just delete this entire chunk of the guide and replace it with “Do courier Mythril Elmo”.
Armorsmith Level 45-50
L45 ARM Class Quest Item: (All HQ) Mythril-plated Caligae, Reinforced Mythril Elmo, Mythril Sollerets
L45 ARM Leves [L]ocation: Mor Dhona | Limsa
L45 ARM Leves Items Discussion:
High Mythril Armor: Not worth it.
[H] 1x Cobalt Plate: May be hard to HQ, but cheap.
[C] 1x Hell’s Kitchen: Usual courier.
[L][R] 3x(9) Cobalt Ingot: The value of high heaven.
[L] 1x Cobalt-plated Jackboots: If you can’t HQ Plates… maybe.
Cobalt-plated Caligae: Jackboots are probably cheaper.
Triples: Is easily Cobalt Ingot. I mean, c’mon man. The 4 plates required for High Mythril Armor is just too time consuming. This really requires no explanation… I’m a bit embarrased I typed any word past “Cobalt Ingot”.
Courier: MD is a faaaar courier, but if you have the patience, Hell’s Kitchen isn’t a bad call. Rosewood is pretty cheap.
Singles: The best single leve is Cobalt Plate. If you’re having a hard time HQing – then you’re better off with Jackboots over Caligae, but seriously – just do yourself a favor and do Plates if you’re rockin’ singles.
What a painless tier. Honestly, the three choices are so good it’s purely up to you. Ingot, Plate or Frypan – you’re well on your way to 50, EZ.
Same old same old – grind it up on Plates, Rivets and Rings whenever you can!
Armorsmith – 50 and beyond
So – finally got you to 50? What to do now? First of all, complete your Level 50 ARM class quest, to get your blue weapon.
Level 50 Armorsmith Class Quest Item:
(HQ) Cobalt Haubergeon (Melded with: Heaven’s Eye III Materia)
Then you might need to see what your Armorsmith 50 gear should be: DoH End-Game Gear Guide / Max Melds.
While 50 was the end-game back then, congrats for reaching a major milestone in your ARM leveling! Onwards!