FFXIV Marauder (MRD) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Marauder (MRD) fast! Learn all about your skills, role actions, and how to level up HERE!

So you’ve taken up the Axe? Well, more tanks in the world is a good thing! If you’re here, you’re in need of advice leveling up your MRD, no? Well, this is our Marauder Leveling Guide so you’ve found the right place!

This page is strictly for Marauder – focusing more on MRD specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: Which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Marauder: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the MRD Class?
Location: Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks, Marauders’ Guild (x:11.2, y:6.1)
NPCs: E-Sumi-Yan, Madelle
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Marauder
> Way of the Marauder
> My First Axe
Others: You may also begin the game as Marauder

Marauders are Tank classes, falling under the Disciple of War category. Tanks have two “main stats”. STR increases damage dealt, which equates to speed while leveling up. VIT increases HP.

You should be using a Healer or DPS chocobo companion (maybe a hybrid of the two).

You may also want to check out our Marauder General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Marauder.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Marauder Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

If you’re fresh Marauder – go start up with your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES isn’t bad this early on. For MRD’s, all Tier 1 log entries are in Lower and Middle La Noscea. (You can do this while queued up for POTD).

After this early burst, refer to the table above for “what to do”.

L1 Skill UnlockedHeavy Swing: For all intents and purposes – your basic attack.

L4 Skill Unlocked – Skull Sunder: Combos from Heavy Swing, this is the very cute beginnings of your future rotation. It has a secondary effect of generating more enmity.

L5 MRD Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks – Marauders’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Warrior).

L6 Skill Unlocked – Berserk: Is a substantial DPS increase cooldown. Use it on fat enemies and groups. Well, I guess if you’re soloing use it as often as practically possible…

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Marauder. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 for base classes Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Warrior by then.

For a glimpse into the future, see: Tank Role Actions Guide.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedRampart: Is a generic toughness boosting cooldown. It’s basic, but its one of the best role actions for us. Use it often in dungeons, at the beginning of new pulls and during bosses.

L10 Skill Unlocked – Overpower: Your very first AoE skill (and a great one at that). Best used in packs of 3 or more, but in the early levels it’s justified using it on two guys. It consumes quite a bit of TP so be wary of that.

L10 MRD Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Upper Decks – Marauders’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedLow Blow: Is amazing. Its primary use is interrupting annoying AoE from mobs. However, one oft forgotten purpose of stun is damage mitigation. A stunned guy won’t hit you! Simple as that! Stunning a guy in a pack of 3 (common in dungeons) reduces damage taken by 33%!

L15 MRD Class Quest unlocks Tomahawk: check in on your guildmaster in Limsa – Marauders’ Guild.

Tomahawk: A ranged attack great for pulling dungeons and raid bosses. Use it to get an extra hit in while approaching your target.

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

Tanking Gear and YOU

So by now, you may have noticed that some left-side pieces are for “Disciple of War”. These generic pieces are often bad for you. Why? The tanking class specific gear (usually “usable by GLD MRD DRK”) have vastly higher armor and magic defense ratings. Get those!

This info is important from here on, since doing dungeons/roulette is a very good source of EXP.

If you’re one of those “pure POTD” types. Well. Back in the hole for you, I suppose!

L16 Role Actions Slot III UnlockedProvoke: is a godlike tank role action, and one you should familiarize yourself with as early as now. It gives you top enmity on a target mob, but only by a single point. Always follow it up right after – the usual is Provoke into Tomahawk. While it’s crap for soloing, it’s a MUST HAVE in any other type of content.

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Skill Unlocked – Maim: Combos from Heavy Swing. If you need to purely do damage, Maim beats Skull Sunder for that purpose. Only use Skull Sunder in dungeons WHEN YOU NEED ENMITY. Maim also gives the enemy a debuff of -10% slashing damage resistance which means MORE DAMAGE FOR ALL OF OUR SKILLS! Always keep this buff up on enemies, especially bosses.

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedConvalescence:  increases incoming heals. It’s obviously quite bad as we don’t really have access to healing skills right now (it does affect your healer Chocobo!).

L20 MRD Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks – Marauders’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V unlockedAnticipation: Increases parry rate. This is an amazing cooldown when facing 3 or more mobs. Against bosses, however, you shouldn’t rely on it.

L25 MRD Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks – Marauders’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedThrill of Battle: A defensive cooldown which beefs up your max life and heals you for the same amount. It’s pretty good, and will be useful for the rest of your Warrior career. It’s one of the few skills that compound very well with other defensive cooldowns – ramping up your effective HP enormously.

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP! It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Warrior (WAR)! The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are simply finishing ALL MRD class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksButcher’s Block, and the prereq for Warrior:

Butcher’s Block: Your first combo finisher! So your single target rotation now goes back to Heavy Swing > Skull Sunder > Butcher’s Block. Don’t ignore Maim though, it’s great for bosses – and if you have other slashing characters in your party (DRK, SAM, NIN etc…).

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Marauder. You now have the right to become a Warrior!

How to become a Warrior?

The quest to become a Warrior is Pride and Duty (Will Take You from the Mountain), found in Marauders’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Warrior, and Defiance skill. (I know, that quest name seems long, but I promise you that’s not a typo)

Soul of the Warrior is your job soul crystal. To become a Warrior you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Marauder again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Marauder! Congrats! Feel free to proceed to the Warrior Leveling Guide. Hopefully our Marauder Leveling Guide helped you out – Patience friend, you’ll be Fell Cleaving soon enough.

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FFXIV Gladiator (GLD) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Gladiator (GLD) fast! Learn all about your skills, role actions, and how to level up HERE!

Hello aspiring Gladiators! Lemme thank you in advance for adding tanks into the pool for shorter queues! If you’ve come here then you’re likely in need of advice for leveling your Gladiator. Thankfully this is, in fact, a Gladiator Leveling Guide! Read on!

This page is strictly for Gladiator – focusing more on GLD specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: Which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Gladiator: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the GLD Class?

Location: Ul’dah – Steps of Thal, Gladiators’ Guild (x:6, y:10.6)
NPCs: Lulutsu, Mylla
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Gladiator
> Way of the Gladiator
> My First Gladius
Others: You may also begin the game as Gladiator

Gladiators are Tank classes, falling under the Disciple of War category. Tanks have two “main stats”. STR increases damage dealt (Which is important while leveling… speeds things up). VIT is your other main stat which boosts your HP – making dungeons and raids easier for your healers.

You should be using a DPS or Healer chocobo companion (maybe a hybrid of the two).

You may also want to check out our Gladiator General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Gladiator.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Gladiator Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

L1 Skill UnlockedFast Blade: This is your basic attack, and eventually all of your combos start from the humble Fast Blade! “Spamming Fast Blade” is your only means of offense right now.

L1 Skill UnlockedFight or Flight: A generic DPS cooldown (physical damage only). Use as often as you can! Obviously, don’t pop it when majority of its duration will be wasted.

L4 Skill UnlockedSavage Blade: This combos from Fast Blade – giving us a significant boost in kill speed. It also generates a large amount of enmity, which is notable for dungeons.

L5 GLD Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Thal – Gladiators’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Paladin).

L6 Skill UnlockedFlash: An AoE enmity generation skill. Keep in mind that this blinds all enemies it affects! Keep this blind in mind when you eventually speedrun dungeons, every little bit of mitigation helps in gigantic pulls.

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Gladiator. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 for base classes. Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Paladin by then.

For a glimpse into the future, see: Tank Role Actions Guide.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedRampart: is a generic damage reduction cooldown. While it’s decent in solo content, it shines in dungeons and, eventually, raids.

L10 Skill UnlockedRiot Blade: This combos from Fast Blade. THIS IS STRONGER THAN SAVAGE BLADE! Keep this in mind! If you have enough aggro on a mob (or are soloing) – Go Fast Blade into Riot Blade. Every bit of value counts!

L10 GLD Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Gladiators’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedLow Blow: is amazing in low levels where you almost never pull more than 3 mobs. Stunning a mob in a pack of 2 is a 50% damage reduction! In a pack of 3 it’s 33%! Stunning one guy is 100%!

L15 GLD Class Quest unlocks Shield Lob: check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Gladiators’ Guild.

Shield Lob is a generic ranged skill which gives bonus enmity.

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

Tanking Gear and YOU

So by now you may have noticed that some left-side pieces are for “Disciple of War”. These generic pieces are often bad for you. Why? The tanking class specific gear (usually “usable by GLD MRD DRK”) have vastly higher armor and magic defense ratings. Get those!

This info is important from here on, since doing dungeons/roulette is a very good source of EXP.

If you’re one of those “pure POTD” types. Well. Back in the hole for you, I suppose!

L16 Role Actions Slot III UnlockedProvoke: is a godlike tank role action, and one you should familiarize yourself with as early as now. It gives you top enmity on a target mob, but only by a single point. Always follow it up right after – the usual is Provoke into Shield Lob. While it’s crap for soloing, it’s a MUST HAVE in any other type of content.

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Skill UnlockedShield Bash: Ah, this skill is actually amazing in the lower levels. An on-demand stun is very powerful in dungeons. I used it as “pseudo mitigation” – stunning multiple mobs in a pack severely reduces your damage taken.

L20 Trait UnlockedEnhanced Vitality

L20 Role Action Slot IV UnlockedConvalescence: increases incoming heals. It’s obviously quite bad as we don’t really have access to healing skills right now (it does affect your healer Chocobo!).

L20 GLD Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Thal – Gladiators’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V UnlockedAnticipation: Increases parry rate. This is an amazing cooldown when facing 3 or more mobs.

L25 GLD Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Gladiators’ Guild.

L26 Skill Unlocked Rage of Halone: a combo finisher! Rage of Halone combos from Fast Blade > Savage Blade into Rage of Halone.

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP! It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Paladin (PLD)! The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are simply finishing ALL GLD class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksShield Swipe, and the prereq for Paladin:

Shield Swipe: is an “off-gcd” skill which does some DPS and pacifies. It triggers whenever you block. Use it whenever it procs!

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Gladiator. You now have the right to become a Paladin!

How to become a Paladin?

The quest to become a Paladin is Paladin’s Pledge, found in Gladiators’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Paladin, and the skill Shield of Oath.

Soul of the Paladin is your job soul crystal. To become a Paladin you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Gladiator again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Gladiator! Congrats! Feel free to proceed to the Paladin Leveling Guide. Hopefully our Gladiator Leveling Guide helped you out. Never break the oath, friend.

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FFXIV Goldsmith Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

STORMBLOOD UPDATED! “How much ore do I need!?!?” Goldsmith Leveling to 70 in no time! GSM Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

READY YOUR GOLDSMITH FOR STORMBLOOD!
GOLDSMITH LEVELING TO 70!

If you’ve been here before and need quick navigation:
GSM Level [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

So you want to live a life of luxury it up and be a Goldsmith ey? Let this fateful and serendipitous encounter be a smooth one! Welcome to our GSM Leveling guide!

Before you begin…

Where is the Goldsmith Guild? How to become a Goldsmith? You can become a Goldsmith by visiting the Goldsmiths’ Guild in Ul’dah. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – you’re good as gold (heh)!

Updating your Cooking Gear is quite important if you’re going to be crafting your own leve items. We have a Crafting Gear Guide to help you out on that.

Goldsmith Class Quest Item Reference:

GSM 01: Copper Ingot
GSM 05: 3x Copper Gorget
GSM 10: 12x Copper Rings
GSM 15: Fang Earring & Brass Gorget
GSM 20: Staghorn Staff (Materia Enhanced)
GSM 25: (HQ) Silver Ingot
GSM 30: (HQ) Malachite Earrings
GSM 35: (HQ) Fire Brand
GSM 40: (HQ) Horn Staff
GSM 45: (All HQ) Electrum Circlet (Zircon, Amber, Spinel)
GSM 50: (HQ) Black Pearl Ring (Melded with: Piety III Materia)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Goldsmith class quests at once.

Levequest Items Discussion?

Every tier has 3 kinds of Leves:

  • [1]Single Submit Leves: Levemete & submission are just a short walk from each other.
  • [C]ourier Leves: Levemete is from the [H]ometown, to be submitted to the [L]ocal Levemete.
  • [R]epeatable Leves.

Notes: [1]Single and [3]Repeatable Leves (1 each) are from the [H]ometown, and [L]ocal levemete. [C]ourier leves will always give the Highest EXP per craft, but require alot of time, and travel costs. [3]epeatable leves will always give the Highest EXP per Leve. If you value your leves alot or don’t have many left, these are good. But, they are thrice as expensive. We will recommend the best [1] and [3] levequest(s) for every tier. Note that this depends on server prices and might not apply to you (Unlikely). We will comment on every tiers [C] levequest but will likely never recommend it. Use [C] levequests at your own discretion! Also, a Precursor item means it requires a fully crafted item AS A MATERIAL.

 

Useful links to have open: Crafting Gear Guide | Goldsmith Leves Guide

Ixal Beast Tribe Daily Quests: Bonus Crafting/DoH EXP !

Putting it here to remind or notify you that such a thing exists, but:

I SUGGEST USING THESE ON CRAFTERS L15+ (use on low level if forced)
Since the early levels are quite easy. (But you can unlock it asap)

Starting Quest: A Bad Bladder
NPC & Location: Scarlet at New Gridania (9, 11)
Prerequisite MSQ: Pursuit of the Past

These dailies are best used to push past “bad tiers”, or simply on your highest level non 50 crafter. I suppose you can also use them on crafting classes which are lagging behind for one reason or the other.

If you’re super fresh and have all low level crafters, and happen to unlock it early – you CAN do them now. While I don’t recommend it, I suppose it’s better than them just disappearing!

Goldsmith Level 1-15: The early levels

We DO NOT advise using “Regular” Leves for these low levels. You should be using Courier / Reverse Courier Leves:

Level 1: Brass Circlet (Sunstone) / Brass circlet (Danburite) [ Scorpions Crossing ] Level 5Bone Necklace / Copper Needle [ Scorpions Crossing ]
Level 10Decorated Bone Staff / Brass Spectacles [ Horizon ]

If you really want to use spammy single submit GSM leves:

GSM 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Copper Wristlets
GSM 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Ramhorn Claws
GSM 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Fang Earrings

GSM Level [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

FFXIV Alchemist Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

STORMBLOOD UPDATED! “I need to kill what?!” Alchemy Leveling to 70 in no time! ALC Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

transmuting stones in stormblood!
Level your ALC to 70!

If you’ve been here before and need quick navigation:
ALC Level: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

So, you’ve gone full metal and decided to Alchemy it up, ey? This Alchemist Leveling Guide will hopefully make your journey to 60 quick and easy!

First page is very long – use our quick scroll to: Basics | Leveling begins!

Before you begin…

Where is the Alchemist Guild? How to become an Alchemist?
You can become an Alchemist by visiting the Alchemists’ Guild in Ul’dah. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – you’re good to start mixin’!

Ok, so we’re in the middle of updating ALL crafting guides – We recommend the use of a few guides during your leveling process, in varied current state of usefulness:

Alchemist Levequests List: A table featuring all levequests for ALC 01 to 50. (100% updated)

Crafting General Leveling Tips: This guide was made back right after beta. It’s not updated, but it’s missing two key features: Ixal and Challenge Log. (Old but still useful). 

Crafting Gear Guide: is still useful, but written a long time ago. It’s messy but contains a great table as to when you can and should update core pieces. (Old guide, kinda messy)

Alchemist Class Quest Item Reference:

ALC 01: Distilled Water
ALC 05: 3x Antidote
ALC 10: 12x Beeswax
ALC 15: Potion of Intelligence, Potion of Dexterity
ALC 20: Engraved Hard Leather Grimoire (Materia Enhanced)
ALC 25: (HQ) Natron
ALC 30: (HQ) 3x Weak Blinding Potion
ALC 35: (HQ) Hi-Ether
ALC 40 :(HQ) 3x Hi-Potion of Strength
ALC 45: (All HQ) Mega-Potion of Intelligence / Mind / Vitality
ALC 50: (HQ) Budding Rosewood Wand (Melded with: Quicktongue III Materia)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Alchemist class quests at once. 50 to 60 is found in that segment of the guide.

How to use this guide?

Each listed tier has some self-explanatory sections such as:

  • Next class quest Item required.
  • Relevant Alchemist levequest locations.
  • ALC Levequests items discussion (tier specific).

We will be using a few amount of ‘codes’ here to make your life easier, as long as you understand them.

  • [H] : HOMETOWN which, in ALCs case, is Ul’dah.
  • [L] : LOCAL levemete. This changes every tier.
  • [C] : COURIER LEVE. From [H] to [L].
  • [RC] : REVERSE COURIER. From [L] to [H].
  • [R] : REPEATABLE or a “Triple”.

Basic [H] and [L] leves are the BASELINE for value. [C] and [RC] give more than the basics, but require travel time. [R] gives the most of all, but is a massive time and material sink.

In this guide I will try to recommend the best levequest for each type.

Useful links to have open: ALC Leves List | DoH Gear Guide

 

Ixal Beast Tribe Daily Quests: Bonus Crafting/DoH EXP !

Putting it here to remind or notify you that such a thing exists, but:

I SUGGEST USING THESE ON CRAFTERS L15+ (use on low level if forced)
Since the early levels are quite easy. (But you can unlock it asap)

Starting Quest: A Bad Bladder
NPC & Location: Scarlet at New Gridania (9, 11)
Prerequisite MSQ: Pursuit of the Past

These dailies are best used to push past “bad tiers”, or simply on your highest level non 50 crafter. I suppose you can also use them on crafting classes which are lagging behind for one reason or the other.

If you’re super fresh and have all low level crafters, and happen to unlock it early – you CAN do them now. While I don’t recommend it, I suppose it’s better than them just disappearing!

Alchemist: the beginning!

[H] 1x Leather Grimoire: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS (See notes)
[H] 3x Quicksilver: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[C] 3x Growth Formula Alpha: Recommended due to large EXP.
[RC] 1x Maple Wand: Recommended due to large EXP.
[L] 3x Animal Glue: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[L] 3x Antidote: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS

“What is the Courier, Reverse Courier Cycle?” A courier levequest starts from your Hometown (in ALCs case: Ul’dah) and ends in the local levemete (in this tiers case: Scorpion Crossing). The idea is to get, complete, get, complete in a circle to maximize the EXP of your travel time.

So ALC 01 tier – it’s getting the quest from Ul’dah to submit 3x Growth Formula Alpha in Scorpion Crossing, then taking the reverse courier quest from Scorpion Crossing and then submitting 1x Maple Wand in Ul’dah. This is by the way the fastest+least hassle way to get out of the early tiers.

The other way to spend leves in these low tiers is to “spam the best single leve”. In this tiers case, is to buy materials from the ALC supplier and craft>submit Leather Grimoires in Ul’dah. Why? Speed… If you prefer any of the triple crafts (Quicksilver, Animal Glue, Antidote), for more manual crafting EXP, choose any – they’re all quite similar.

You can of course just randomly grind to level up a bit, too.

“How do I get to Scorpion Crossing!?” It’s a non-aetheryte town located right out of Ul’dah. From Ul’dah aetheryte, go towards the Gate of Sultana and exit to Western Thanalan.

Alchemist 05 to 10

All levequest items below have 100% NPC Buyable Materials.

[H] 3x Eye Drops: Unnotable.
[H] 3x Distilled Water: Recommended, easiest to craft and cheapest.
[C] 1x Whispering Maple Wand: Recommended due to large EXP.
[RC] 1x Maple Picatrix: Recommended due to large EXP.
[L] 3x Beeswax: Unnotable.
[L] 3x Rubber: Unnotable.

Like in any 5 tier, there’s only 2 choices:

The Courier  <-> Reverse Courier cycle: Maple Picatrix isn’t a huge problem (materials from ALC guild vendor), but it does require 2 synthesis (Ink). Whispering Maple Wand, while seemingly a hassle – you can buy the basic Maple Wand and Growth Formula alpha if you don’t wanna make those (from Gridania and Ul’dah Merchant Strip, respectively).  A tiny hassle, but the EXP rewards are huge.

Or the best single: Cheapest and easiest to HQ is Distilled Water. I mean seriously, the mats are so cheap they may as well give it for free.

Alchemist 10 to 15

All levequest items below have 100% NPC Buyable Materials.

[H] 3x Ether: Unnotable
[H] 1x Budding Maple Wand: Avoid
[C] 1x Ash Picatrix: Recommended due to large EXP.
[RC] 1x Roof Tile: Recommended due to large EXP.
[L] 3x Growth Formula Beta: Unnotable
[L] 3x Potion: Recommended.

Like in any 10 tier, there’s only 2 chocies:

The Courier  <-> Reverse Courier cycle: The materials for the Ash Picatrix and Roof Tile are all buyable from the ALC supplier. Picatrix is just a tiny hassle due to crafting the ink. Otherwise, good ‘ol C-RC leves.

Or the best single: Avoid the wand is the only fast rule I have for you here. The others are all similarly chumpy, but if I were to recommend one – Potion. Yep, basic as bones potion. You can buy ready-made Distilled Water from Merchant Strip. Or you can quicksynth ‘em.

Summary of this chunk

Courier / Reverse Courier is best in the early tiers:

Level 1:  Growth Formula Alpha / Maple Wand [Scorpion Crossing] Level 5: Whispering Maple Wand / Maple Picatrix [Scorpion Crossing] Level 10:  Ash Picatrix / 3x Roof Tile [Horizon]

Of course, we also can recommend the best singles:

ALC 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Leather Grimoire
ALC 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Distilled Water
ALC 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Potion

ALC Level: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

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FFXIV Carpentry Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

STORMBLOOD UPDATED! “I happen to have hardwood” CRP Leveling to 70 in no time! CRP Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

hammer on the link below to get to
stormblood carpentry leveling to 70!

If you’ve been here before and need quick navigation:
CRP Level: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

Decided on getting CRP to 50, ey? Let the Blessing of Byregot the builder manifest within you (with good material condition or better)! Let our Carpenter Leveling Guide help you out!

Before you begin…

Where is the Carpenter Guild? How to become a Carpenter? You can become a Carpenter by visiting the Carpenters’ Guild in Gridania. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – it’s sawing and nailing time!

Updating your Carpentry Gear is quite important if you’re going to be crafting your own leve items. We have a Crafting Gear Guide to help you out on that.

Carpenter Class Quest Item Reference:

CRP 01: Maple Lumber
CRP 05: 3x Square Maple Shield
CRP 10: 12x Ash Lumber
CRP 15: Feather Harpoon, Ash Shortbow
CRP 20: Iron Lance (Materia Enhanced)
CRP 25: (HQ) Walnut Lumber
CRP 30: (HQ) Walnut Cane
CRP 35: (HQ) Oak Longbow
CRP 40: (HQ) Oak Composite Bow
CRP 45: (All HQ) Cobalt Halberd, Jade Crook, Yew Longbow
CRP 50: (HQ) Rosewood Lumber (HQ) Crab Bow (Melded with: Savage Aim Materia III)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Carpenter class quests at once.

Levequest Items Discussion?

Every tier has 3 kinds of Leves:

  • [1]Single Submit Leves: Levemete & submission are just a short walk from each other.
  • [C]ourier Leves: Levemete is from the [H]ometown, to be submitted to the [L]ocal Levemete.
  • [R]epeatable Leves.

Notes: [1]Single and [3]Repeatable Leves (1 each) are from the [H]ometown, and [L]ocal levemete. [C]ourier leves will always give the Highest EXP per craft, but require alot of time, and travel costs. [3]epeatable leves will always give the Highest EXP per Leve. If you value your leves alot or don’t have many left, these are good. But, they are thrice as expensive. We will recommend the best [1] and [3] levequest(s) for every tier. Note that this depends on server prices and might not apply to you (Unlikely). We will comment on every tiers [C] levequest but will likely never recommend it. Use [C] levequests at your own discretion! Also, a Precursor item means it requires a fully crafted item AS A MATERIAL.

 

Useful links to have open: Crafting Gear Guide | Carpenter Leves Guide

Ixal Beast Tribe Daily Quests: Bonus Crafting/DoH EXP !

Putting it here to remind or notify you that such a thing exists, but:

I SUGGEST USING THESE ON CRAFTERS L15+ (use on low level if forced)
Since the early levels are quite easy. (But you can unlock it asap)

Starting Quest: A Bad Bladder
NPC & Location: Scarlet at New Gridania (9, 11)
Prerequisite MSQ: Pursuit of the Past

These dailies are best used to push past “bad tiers”, or simply on your highest level non 50 crafter. I suppose you can also use them on crafting classes which are lagging behind for one reason or the other.

If you’re super fresh and have all low level crafters, and happen to unlock it early – you CAN do them now. While I don’t recommend it, I suppose it’s better than them just disappearing!

Carpenter Level 1-15: The early levels

Using Courier / Reverse Courier is the most efficient use of leves in these tiers:

Level 1:  Maple Clogs / 3x Maple Lumber [The Bannock] Level 5: Maple Crook / Maple Cane [The Bannock] Level 10:  3x Ash Lumber / Square Ash Shield [Bentbranch Meadows]

We DO NOT advise using “REGULAR” leves for these low levels. If you really feel like using these leves for these tiers:

CRP 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Maple Patterns
CRP 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Ash Mauahuitl
CRP 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Ash Radical

You can get to CRP 15 in less than an hour if you buy a Company-issue Engineering Scroll. The GC Scrolls These can be bought from your GC’s supplier NPC.

After completing the shopping list above, activate your scroll and be 15++ quick!

CRP Level [0-15][15-35] | [35-50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

FFXIV Leatherworking Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

STORMBLOOD UPDATED! “Deez Skins” Leatherworking power leveling to 70 ASAP! LTW Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

Sharpen those Knives and let’s get those
Leatherworkers to 70!

If you’ve been here before and need quick navigation:
LTW Level: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

So you decided to level up a Leatherworker ey!? Guildmaster Geva’s a tough one! Use our Leatherworking 01-50 leveling guide to help speed up the process!

Before you begin…

Where is the Leatherworker Guild? How to become a Leatherworker? You can become a Leatherworker by visiting the Leatherworkers’ Guild in Gridania. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – you’re on your way to fashion fandom!

Updating your Cooking Gear is quite important if you’re going to be crafting your own leve items. We have a Crafting Gear Guide to help you out on that.

Leatherworker Class Quest Item Reference:

LTW 01: Leather
LTW 05: 3x Leather Choker
LTW 10: 12x Hard Leather
LTW 15: Hard Leather Caligae & Hard Leather Choker
LTW 20: Goatskin Leggings (Materia-Enhanced)
LTW 25: (HQ) Toad Leather
LTW 30: (HQ) Toadskin Jacket
LTW 35: (HQ) Boarskin Ringbands
LTW 40: (HQ) Boarskin Smithy Gloves
LTW 45: (All HQ) Fingerless Raptorskin Gloves, Raptorskin Targe, Raptorskin Choker
LTW 50: (HQ) Raptorskin Jerkin (Melded with: Gatherers Grasp III Materia)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Leatherworker class quests at once.

 

Levequest Items Discussion?

Every tier has 3 kinds of Leves:

  • [1]Single Submit Leves: Levemete & submission are just a short walk from each other.
  • [C]ourier Leves: Levemete is from the [H]ometown, to be submitted to the [L]ocal Levemete.
  • [R]epeatable Leves.

Notes: [1]Single and [3]Repeatable Leves (1 each) are from the [H]ometown, and [L]ocal levemete. [C]ourier leves will always give the Highest EXP per craft, but require alot of time, and travel costs. [3]epeatable leves will always give the Highest EXP per Leve. If you value your leves alot or don’t have many left, these are good. But, they are thrice as expensive. We will recommend the best [1] and [3] levequest(s) for every tier. Note that this depends on server prices and might not apply to you – so always check!  Also, a Precursor item means it requires a fully crafted item AS A MATERIAL – which is almost always BAD!

Useful links to have open: Crafting Gear Guide | Leatherworker Leves Guide

Ixal Beast Tribe Daily Quests: Bonus Crafting/DoH EXP !

Putting it here to remind or notify you that such a thing exists, but:

I SUGGEST USING THESE ON CRAFTERS L15+ (use on low level if forced)
Since the early levels are quite easy. (But you can unlock it asap)

Starting Quest: A Bad Bladder
NPC & Location: Scarlet at New Gridania (9, 11)
Prerequisite MSQ: Pursuit of the Past

These dailies are best used to push past “bad tiers”, or simply on your highest level non 50 crafter. I suppose you can also use them on crafting classes which are lagging behind for one reason or the other.

If you’re super fresh and have all low level crafters, and happen to unlock it early – you CAN do them now. While I don’t recommend it, I suppose it’s better than them just disappearing!

Leatherworker Level 1-15: The early levels

We DO NOT advise using “Regular” Leves for these low levels. Using Courier / Reverse Courier is the most efficient use of leves in these tiers:

Level 1: Leather Duckbills / 3x Leather [The Bannock] Level 5: Leather Mitts / Fingerless Leather Gloves [The Bannock] Level 10: Hard Leather Caligae / Hard Leather Hunting Belt [Bentbranch Meadows]

All of the above courier quests start from Gridania!

If you want to use spammy single submits…

LTW 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Leather Choker [The Bannock]
LTW 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Leather Himantes [Gridania]
LTW 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Hard Leather Caligae [The Bannock]

LTW Level [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

FFXIV Weaver Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

STORMBLOOD UPDATED! “That’s Bolls/Ramie/Cocoon/Mane, I tell ye!” Weaver Leveling to 70 in no time! WVR Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

ffxiv WVR weaving weaver leveling guide arr

WEAVE YOUR WAY INTO STORMBLOOD!
WEAVER LEVEL 60 TO 70!

If you’ve been here before and need quick navigation:
WVR Level [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

So you decided you wanna be a Weaver ey? Well, don’t believe the rumors. It’s NOT EXPENSIVE AT ALL! With some changes that happened along the way, WVR got a lot easier. I’m sorry for the long first page you can just scroll to the Basics or Leveling begins!

Before you begin…

Where is the Weaver’s Guild? How to become a Weaver? You can become a weaver by visiting the Weaver’s Guild in Ul’dah. You just need to reach level 10 in your primary combat class, and you’re good to go!

Ok so we’re in the middle of updating ALL crafting guides – We recommend the use of a few guides during your leveling process, in varied current state of usefulness:

Weaver Levequests List: A table featuring all levequests for WVR 01 to 50. (100% updated)

Crafting General Leveling Tips: This guide was made back right after beta. It’s not updated, but it’s missing two key features: Ixal and Challenge Log. (Old but still useful) (Needs some Mahiko Updates!)

Crafting Gear Guide: is still useful, but written a long time ago. It’s messy but contains a great table as to when you can and should update core pieces. (Old guide, kinda messy(Needs some Mahiko Updates!)

Weaver Class Quest Item Reference:

WVR 01: Hempen Yarn
WVR 05: 3x Hempen Breeches
WVR 10: 12x Hempen Cloth
WVR 15: Cotton Scarf, Cotton Shepherds Slops
WVR 20: Cotton Acton (Materia-enhanced)
WVR 25: (HQ) Undyed Velveteen
WVR 30: (HQ) Velveteen Gaiters
WVR 35: (HQ) Linen Shirt
WVR 40: (HQ) Woolen Tights
WVR 45: (All HQ) Woolen Beret, Woolen Gown, Woolen Gaskins
WVR 50: (All HQ) Patrician’s Bottoms, Patrician’s Coatee, Patrician’s Wedge Cap

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Weaver class quests at once. The 50 to 60 ones are in that specific section of the guide.

 

How to use this guide!?

Each listed tier has some self-explanatory sections such as:

  • Next class quest Item required.
  • Relevant Weaver levequest locations.
  • WVR Levequests items discussion (tier specific).

We will be using a few amount of ‘codes’ here to make your life easier, as long as you understand them.

  • [H] : HOMETOWN, which in WVR’s case is Ul’dah.
  • [L] : LOCAL levemete. This changes every tier.
  • [C] : COURIER LEVE. From [H] to [L].
  • [RC] : REVERSE COURIER. From [L] to [H].
  • [R] : REPEATABLE , or a “Triple”.

Basic [H] and [L] leves are the BASELINE for value. [C] and [RC] give more than the basics, but require travel time. [R] gives the most of all, but is a massive time and material sink.

In this guide I will try to recommend the best levequest for each type.

Useful links to have open:  WVR Leves List | DoH Gear Guide |

More experienced players can escape the early levels with our…

Shopping List Method

You can get to WVR 15 in less than an hour if buy some Company-issue Engineering Scroll and complete your Crafting Log. The GC Scrolls, these can be bought from your GC’s supplier NPC. Below is a list of items needed to complete your crafting log from L1: Hempen Yarn – L15: Cotton Shepherds Slops.

Buy the following items:

  • 62 Wind Shard
  • 77 Lightning Shard
  • 94 Undyed Hempen Cloth
  • 74 Hempen Yarn
  • 24 Undyed Cotton Cloth**
  • 21 Leather
  • 11 Cotton Yarn*
  • 9 Animal Sinew
  • 9 Straw
  • 7 Hard Leather
  • 6 Copper Ingot
  • 4 Moko Grass
  • 3 Cock Feather
  • 2 Cotton Boll
  • 2 Bronze Rivet
  • 1 Bronze Ingot
  • 1 Beast Sinew
  • 1 Carnation

The above Items can MOSTLY be found in the WVR Guild Supplier + Ul’dah Tradecraft Merchant.

The only other NPCs you need to buy from are these:

  • ALC Guild Supplier (Ul’dah) – Cotton Yarn*
  • BSM / ARM Guild Supplier (Limsa) – Undyed Cotton Cloth**

After completing the shopping list above, activate your scroll and be 15++ quick!

RESULTS MAY VARY! (Rested EXP, HQing, etc…)

Ixal Beast Tribe Daily Quests: Bonus Crafting/DoH EXP !

Putting it here to remind or notify you that such a thing exists, but:

I SUGGEST USING THESE ON CRAFTERS L15+ (use on low level if forced)
Since the early levels are quite easy. (But you can unlock it asap)

Starting Quest: A Bad Bladder
NPC & Location: Scarlet at New Gridania (9, 11)
Prerequisite MSQ: Pursuit of the Past

These dailies are best used to push past “bad tiers”, or simply on your highest level non 50 crafter. I suppose you can also use them on crafting classes which are lagging behind for one reason or the other.

If you’re super fresh and have all low level crafters, and happen to unlock it early – you CAN do them now. While I don’t recommend it, I suppose it’s better than them just disappearing!

Weaver 0 to 5: the Beginnings!

[H] 1x Hempen Chausses: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[H] 1x Hempen Underpants: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[C] 1x Hempen Undershirt: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[RC] 1x Hempen Coif: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[L] 1x Hempen Halfgloves: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[L] 1x Hempen Cowl: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS

**If you choose to, you can buy COMPLETED cloth and yarn from other vendors. It greatly speeds up the process, but you get a little less EXP.

“What is the Courier, Reverse Courier Cycle?” A courier levequest starts from your Hometown (In WVRs case Ul’dah) and ends in the local levemete (In this tiers case Scorpions Crossing). The idea is to get, complete, get, complete in a circle to maximize the EXP of your travel time.

So WVR 01 tier – it’s getting the quest from Ul’dah to submit 1x Hempen Undershirt in Red Rooster Stead, then taking the reverse courier quest from Red Rooster Stead and then submitting 1x Hempen Coif in Ul’dah. This is by the way the fastest+least hassle way to get out of the early tiers.

“How do I get to Scorpion Crossing!?” It’s a non-aetheryte town outside U’dah. Just take the Aethernet to XXX gate and walk a bit outwards.

The other way to spend leves in these low tiers is to “spam the best single leve”. In this tiers case, is to buy materials from the WVR supplier and craft>submit Hempen Halfgloves in Ul’dah.

Weaver Level 05 to 10

All levequest items below have 100% NPC Buyable Materials.

[H] 1x Hempen Tabard: Unnotable.
[H] 1x Amateur’s Dalmatica: Unnotable
[C] 1x Hempen Kecks: Recommended due to high EXP.
[RC] 1x Hempen Acton: Recommended due to high EXP.
[L] 1x Hempen Shepherd’s Tunic: Best single.
[L] 1x Amateur’s Breeches: Unnotable

**Like I mentioned before, you can buy completed cloths and yarns at the expense of EXP. You can even quick synth ‘em.

Courier  <-> Reverse Courier cycle: Nothing much to say here. Materials buyable from WVR supplier (or completed yarns/cloths from other merchants). Doing this cycle yields the chunkiest EXP with the only downside of a little travel time.

Or the best single: While all the items are relatively easy to make and cheap, Hempen Sheperds Tunic might be the ‘easiest’ to make at this point. But don’t sweat the choice between singles in this tier.

Weaver Level 10 to 15

All levequest items below have 100% NPC Buyable Materials.

[H] 1x Cotton Scarf: Unnotable.
[H] 1x Straw Hat: Brainlessly cheap, easy and hassle-free!
[C] 1x Cotton Turban: Recommended due to high EXP.
[RC] 1x Stablehand’s Hat: Recommended due to high EXP.
[L] 1x Hempen Bracers: Unnotable.
[L] 1x Cotton Halfgloves: Unnotable.

Cotton Yarn & Cloth can be bought in: Housing Vendors, Sylph Vendor mainly. (Other vendors sell one or the other only)

Courier  <-> Reverse Courier cycle: With a total cost of 4 Undyed Cotton Cloth and 3 Straw for each cycle, this is dirt cheap. Suck up the travel time and do it.

Or the best single: Damn, Straw Hat needs 3 pieces of straw and a shard. Cheap, easy recipe level, no hassles… this is the go-to single this tier.

Summary of this chunk

Courier / Reverse Courier is best in early tiers

L1: Hempen Undershirt [Ul’dah] / Hempen Coif [Scorpions Crossing] L5: Hempen Kecks [Ul’dah] / Hempen Acton [Scorpions Crossing] L10:  Cotton Turban [Ul’dah] / Stablehand’s Hat [Horizon]

Of course, we also can recommend the best singles:

WVR 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Hempen Chausses
WVR 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Amateur’s Dalmatica
WVR 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Cotton Scarf

Weaver Level: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] |
[50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

FFXIV Blacksmith Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated)

STORMBLOOD UPDATED! “Are these leves real?” Blacksmith power leveling to 70 ASAP! BSM Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

Heat the forges and start Blacksmithing! This Blacksmith Leveling Guide will hopefully make your journey to 70 quick and easy!

Steeling yourself in Stormblood?
[Blacksmith level 60 to 70]! Nao!

Blacksmith Leveling- Navigation:
BSM Level [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [5o-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

Before you begin…

Where is the Blacksmith Guild? How to become a Blacksmith? You can become a Blacksmith by visiting the Blacksmiths Guild in Limsa. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – you can begin smithin’ it up!

Updating your Blacksmithing Gear is quite important if you’re going to be crafting your own leve items. We have a Crafting Gear Guide to help you out on that.

Blacksmith Class Quest Item Reference:

BSM 01: Bronze Ingot
BSM 05: 3x Bronze Cross-pein Hammer
BSM 10: 12x Bronze Rivets
BSM 15: Bronze Spatha, Spiked Bronze Labrys
BSM 20: Iron Cross-Pein Hammer (Materia Enhanced)
BSM 25: (HQ) Steel Ingot
BSM 30: (HQ) Plumed Iron Hatchet
BSM 35: (HQ) Steel Bhuj
BSM 40: (HQ) Wrapped Crowsbeak Hammer
BSM 45: (All HQ) Cobalt Knuckles, Buccaneer Bardiche, Cobalt Shamshir
BSM 50: (HQ) Cobalt Winglet (Melded with: Savage Might Materia III)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Blacksmith class quests at once.

Levequest Items Discussion?

Every tier has 3 kinds of Leves:

  • [1]Single Submit Leves: Levemete & submission are just a short walk from each other.
  • [C]ourier Leves: Levemete is from the [H]ometown, to be submitted to the [L]ocal Levemete.
  • [R]epeatable Leves.

Notes: [1]Single and [3]Repeatable Leves (1 each) are from the [H]ometown, and [L]ocal levemete. [C]ourier leves will always give the Highest EXP per craft, but require alot of time, and travel costs. [3]Repeatable leves will always give the Highest EXP per Leve. If you value your leves alot or don’t have many left, these are good. But, they are thrice as expensive. We will recommend the best [1] and [3] levequest(s) for every tier. Note that this depends on server prices and might not apply to you. We will comment on every tiers [C] levequest but will likely never recommend it. Use [C] levequests at your own discretion! Also, a Precursor item means it requires a fully crafted item AS A MATERIAL, which is bad.

Useful links to have open: Crafting Gear Guide | Blacksmith Leves Guide

 

Ixal Beast Tribe Daily Quests: Bonus Crafting/DoH EXP !

Putting it here to remind or notify you that such a thing exists, but:

I SUGGEST USING THESE ON CRAFTERS L15+ (use on low level if forced)
Since the early levels are quite easy. (But you can unlock it asap)

Starting Quest: A Bad Bladder
NPC & Location: Scarlet at New Gridania (9, 11)
Prerequisite MSQ: Pursuit of the Past

These dailies are best used to push past “bad tiers”, or simply on your highest level non 50 crafter. I suppose you can also use them on crafting classes which are lagging behind for one reason or the other.

If you’re super fresh and have all low level crafters, and happen to unlock it early – you CAN do them now. While I don’t recommend it, I suppose it’s better than them just disappearing!

Blacksmith Level 1-15: The early levels

These levels are EASY since all materials you need can be bought from the guild NPC. There’s no excuse not to craft ’em!

BSM Early Levequests

We DO NOT advise using “non-courier” Leves for these low levels. Below you will find a list of items for courier leves, which originate from Limsa Upper Decks.

Doing the Courier / Reverse Courier route is the way:

Level 1:  Bronze Rivets x5 / Bronze Dagger [ Red Rooster Stead ] Level 5: Bronze Head Knife / Bronze Pickaxe [ Red Rooster Stead ] Level 10:  Bronze Knuckles / Spiked Bronze Labrys [ Swiftperch ]

All of the above courier levequests start at Limsa Lominsa!

If you do end up doing non-courier:

BSM 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Saw [ Red Rooster Sea ] BSM 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Bastard Sword [ Limsa ] BSM 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Spatha [ Limsa ]

Grand Company Submissions:

Pressing CTRL+U and clicking on “Next Mission Allowance” shows you a list of items your grand company requires. Submitting them in your GC’s homebase will yield roughly 1 levequests worth of EXP. This is great as it doesn’t eat up your levequest allowances.

A “star” on an item means they need it really badly! Meaning you get DOUBLE the EXP rewards. Generally speaking GC submissions should be done as long as you have materials for it.

You don’t need to craft the items yourself – you can simply submit items you buy from the Marketboard or obtain by any other means.

BSM Level [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50 to 60] | [60-70]

FFXIV Botanist Leveling Guide (70 Stormblood Updated)

Stormblood Updated! Level 60~+! Level up Botany Quickly! Botany Quests Items? Finding Botany Nodes? Stop wasting time! Power Level your Botanist!

First of all, you might want to check out our Gathering General FAQ, and Botany General FAQ before you begin. All good? Let’s go.

Key Info per section:

  • Botany quest requirement & location.
  • Botany Levequests location.
  • Nodes unlocked, and material list.
  • If grinding, what’s the best item to farm? (Most useful)

Leveling your Botanist 60 to 70?
Scythin’ Stormblood with style!

BTN Navigation: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] | [60-70]

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Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the botany class: The Botanist Guild is in Gridania (6,8).

Familiarize yourself with 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 useful to have around when leveling your botanist!

Regarding Botany Class Quest Items, it’s ideal to farm for them BEFORE you hit the next quest. (For example, farm 99 Crow Feather before you reach Level 10). As a quick reference, we will put all items needed here (they are mentioned again in more detail on every section).

Our Botany Node / Material Locations Guide will help you with this, and when looking for specific items.

Botany Class Quest Items

Level Item to gather Qty Level Item to gather Qty
BTN 1 Latex 10 BTN 53 Cyclops Onion (HQ) 10
BTN 5 Maple Sap 50 BTN 55

 

Emerald Beans (HQ) 10
BTN 10 Crow Feather 99 BTN 58 Birch Log (HQ) 10
BTN 15 Marjoram (HQ) 10 BTN 60 Chysahl Greens (HQ) 3
BTN 20 Grade 1 Carbonized Matter 99 BTN 63 Wild Popoto
BTN 25 Chamomile (HQ) 15 BTN 65 Walker’s Popoto
BTN 30 Alligator Pear (HQ) 15 BTN 68 Nanoriso
BTN 35 Laurel (HQ) 20 BTN 70 Rhalgr’s Streak
BTN 40 Ramhorn Zucchini (HQ) 20
BTN 45 Mistletoe (HQ) 20
BTN 50 Spruce Log 3

Useful links to have openBotany Node Locations | Gathering Gear Guide.

Botany Level 1-5

Botany Quest Level 1: 10 Latex 
Botany Quest Level 5: 50 Maple Sap
Level 1 Botany Levequests:
Gridania Adventurers’ Guild & The Bannock
Level 5 Botany Levequests: Gridania Adventurers’ Guild & The Bannock

Where to find Latex and Maple Sap? You can complete both of these quests in one go, to save time.  Get 10 Latex, and 50 Maple Sap before returning to Fufucha. You can also pick them up from Tradecraft NPC’s but I do not recommend it.

Level 5 Node Locations Unlocked:
Central Shroud (Jadeite Thick), North Shroud (Blessed Bud)

Level one to five Botany Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Allagan Snail2195Jadeite ThickCentral Shroud05a
Maple Branch5225Jadeite ThickCentral Shroud05a
Latex1185Jadeite ThickCentral Shroud05a
Ice Shard15Jadeite ThickCentral Shroud05a
Wind Shard15Jadeite ThickCentral Shroud05a
Maple Log3205Jadeite ThickCentral Shroud05a
Beehive Chip5225Blessed BudNorth Shroud05b
Cinnamon4215Blessed BudNorth Shroud05b
Maple Sap2195Blessed BudNorth Shroud05b
Earth Shard15Blessed BudNorth Shroud05b

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Allagan Snail, Beehive Chip, Cinnamon
  • 70 Maple Sap (50 for the quest)
  • 99 Maple Log (Optional)

Easy part, gather all of the Latex and Maple Saps, and you should be well into level 5. Return to Fufucha and get your gear upgrades.
IF Grinding: farm Maple Log.

 

Botany Level 6-10

Botany Quest Level 10: 99 Crow Feather
Level 5 Botany Levequests:
 Gridania Adventurers’ Guild & The Bannock
Level 10 Botany Levequests:
Central Shroud, Bentbranch Meadows

Where to find Crow Feather? Yes.. 99 . You can farm these from Central Shroud (East Vein) or buy these from the Carpentry Guild Supplier.

Level 10 Node Locations Unlocked:
Central Shroud (East Vein)North Shroud (E-Tatt’s Spire)
Central Thanalan (Spineless Basin)
Lower La Noscea (Cedarwood)

Level six to ten Botany Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Crow Feather102710East VeinCentral Shroud10a
Ash Branch92610East VeinCentral Shroud10a
Wind Shard110East VeinCentral Shroud10a
Ash Log82610East VeinCentral Shroud10a
Tinolqa Mistletoe62310East VeinCentral Shroud10a
Cock Feather62310Spineless BasinCentral Thanalan10b
Cloves102710Spineless BasinCentral Thanalan10b
Lightning Shard110Spineless BasinCentral Thanalan10b
Ash Branch92610E-tatts SpireNorth Shroud10c
Earth Shard110E-tatts SpireNorth Shroud10c
Ash Log82610E-tatts SpireNorth Shroud10c
Tinolqa Mistletoe62310E-tatts SpireNorth Shroud10c
Kukuru Bean92610CedarwoodLower La Noscea10d
La Noscean Orange72410CedarwoodLower La Noscea10d
Earth Shard110CedarwoodLower La Noscea10d

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Ash Branch, Tinoqla Mistletoe, Cock Feather, Cloves
  • 20 Kukuru Bean, La Noscean Orange
  • 119 Crow Feather (99 for quest)
  • 99 Ash Log

Farming 99 of something is something you should get used to!
IF Grinding: Farm Ash Log.

Botany Level 11-15

Botany Quest Level 15: 10 High Quality Marjoram
Level 10 Botany Levequests:
 Central Shroud, Bentbranch Meadows.
Level 15 Botany Levequests: 
East ShroudHawthorne Hut.

Where to find Marjoram? The HQ Marjoram shouldn’t be hard to get. You can harvest them from Central Shroud (The Matron’s Lethe). Use your new skill, Leaf Turn, which increases HQ gathering chances.

Level 15 Node Locations Unlocked:
A strangely huge amount of nodes are unlocked in this level. Refer to the chart below.

Level 11 to 15 Botany Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Gridanian Chestnut143815The Matron's LetheCentral Shroud15a
Wind Shard115The Matron's LetheCentral Shroud15a
Elm Log123515The Matron's LetheCentral Shroud15a
Buffalo Beans123515The Matron's LetheCentral Shroud15b
Wind Shard115The Matron's LetheCentral Shroud15b
Marjoram153915The Matron's LetheCentral Shroud15b
Tree Toad113515The Matron's LetheCentral Shroud15b
Carnation133615Bentbranch Meadows (S)Central Shroud15c
Cotton Boll143815Bentbranch Meadows (S)Central Shroud15c
Wind Shard115Bentbranch Meadows (S)Central Shroud15c
Lavender123515Bentbranch Meadows (S)Central Shroud15c
Chanterelle113515Bentbranch Meadows (S)Central Shroud15c
Black Pepper143815The ClutchCentral Thanalan15d
Lightning Shard115The ClutchCentral Thanalan15d
Yellow Ginseng113515The ClutchCentral Thanalan15d
Alpine Parsnip153915The ClutchCentral Thanalan15d
Rye113515Sunrise GateWestern Thanalan15e
Moko Grass113515Sunrise GateWestern Thanalan15e
Water Shard115Sunrise GateWestern Thanalan15e
Coerthas Carrot133615Sunrise GateWestern Thanalan15e
Grass Viper123515Sunrise GateWestern Thanalan15e
Ruby Tomato153915Seasong Grotto (E)Middle La Noscea15f
Sunset Wheat113515Seasong Grotto (E)Middle La Noscea15f
Straw123515Seasong Grotto (E)Middle La Noscea15f
Fire Shard115Seasong Grotto (E)Middle La Noscea15f
La Noscean Lettuce133615SummerfordMiddle La Noscea15f
Cinderfoot Olive133615La Thagran EastroadLower La Noscea15g
Lowland Grapes113515La Thagran EastroadLower La Noscea15g
Earth Shard115La Thagran EastroadLower La Noscea15g
Cieldales Spinach143815La Thagran EastroadLower La Noscea15g
Highland Parsley153915La Thagran EastroadLower La Noscea15g
Ogre Pumpkin133615Nophica's WellsWestern Thanalan15i
Garlean Garlic111115Nophica's WellsWestern Thanalan15i
Water Shard115Nophica's WellsWestern Thanalan15i
Wild Onion123515Nophica's WellsWestern Thanalan15i

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 of EVERYTHING (lots of stuff  unlocked at this level!!)
  • 30 Marjoram (20 for the quest)
  • 99 Elm Log(++!)

Leaf Turn is good: in case you need reminding.
IF Grinding: Farm Elm Logs. Many.

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FFXIV Leveling Guide! Powerlevel quickly! (any class)

How to get EXP fast and powerlevel any DoW or DoM! Get to max level as fast as possible with the least BOREDOM :)

Leveling up quickly in FFXIV is harder than you thought? We’ve all been there – looking for ways on how to level up faster. Well in this general leveling guide I’ll be listing all ways I know of to make life to max level a little less painful. Just to clarify, this guide is for any combat class. And mostly does not apply to gathering or crafting classes. If you’re a new player, or an old-timer leveling an alt – it’s good to read this to remind yourself on what to do (and maybe learn something new).

Check out: Tips specific for Level 50 to 60

This guide is BEST used along with the class-specific leveling guides:
Are you Leveling up a: Gladiator, Marauder, Conjurer, Thaumaturge, Arcanist, Archer, Pugilist, Rogue, Lancer.
Are you already a: Paladin, Warrior, White Mage, Black Mage, Scholar, Summoner, Bard, Monk, Ninja, Dragoon,
Soon… Dark Knight, Astrologer, Machinist

Is this your first Character?

If yes – then the ultimate advice would be to FOLLOW YOUR STORY QUEST. Don’t stress out too much about random side quests. Keep following your story quest until you do not reach the level requirement, then read more below on how to gain EXP.

Side Quests: give the most bang for you buck in terms of time/exp, next to story quests. They’re also present anywhere you’re doing story quest. So pick them up. Do not linger in a zone to complete side quests. Once your story takes you elsewhere, go.

However, these above two points only apply to your “first” characters… for the rest of us, the below tips serves as a good reminder what to do when you need to gain levels. Ran out of level appropriate sidequests & story quests? Read below.

 

Level 1+: Challenge Log

This thing is chunky. Maximizing your challenge log is mega value EXP at any level. This is first unlocked at level 16 (15?), and can be abused by any level character thereafter. Completing any entry in the challenge log reaps you some sweet EXP and or Gil. New player? How do I unlock Challenge Log? Players can unlock the Challenge Log by completing the level 15 Rising To The Challenge. (Location/NPC: I’tolwann, Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (x11,y10)).

Here are the ones we’re aiming for in terms of leveling up a combat class:

challenge log for leveling up preview ffxivDungeons

  • 5x Dungeons
  • 3x Dungeons via Roulette
  • Guildhest
    • 3x Guildhest
    • 10x Guildhest
  • Levequests
    • 4x Unique Levequest types
    • 20x Levequests
  • Player Commendations Given: x5
  • Fates
    • complete FATE in 5 different zones.
    • complete 10x unique FATES.

All of the above give BONUS exp upon completion. It resets every week so you don’t have to rush! You gain bonus EXP depending on your current level, so the higher the better.

Level 1 (And every 10 levels after): Hunting Log

Hunting Logs. Basically a list of enemies to kill for large bonus EXP. I would suggest completing these each time you reach levels ending in 5 (5,15,25 etc…). Monsters can be difficult if you rush these, (IE trying to complete your level 20 log once you hit 20 or 21). Aside from dungeons, doing this triggers rested EXP so it gives quite a boost.

Don’t skip Hunting Logs! ALWAYS complete it before entering the next tier (20,30,40 etc). For example, before you hit 40, make sure your tier 3 hunting log is done with. You’ll regret it – trust me.

Level 10+: Guildhests

Starting at level 10, and every 5 levels thereafter, you get to do 2 new Guildhests. These give chunky as hell EXP, and is worth every second you spend queueing. Again for the sake of Challenge Logs, Guildhests contribute to quite a few: 3x Guildhests, 10x Guildhest, and indirectly 5x Player Commendations Given.

If you need to spam Guildhests, “Under the Armor” seems to be the de-facto spamming hest for the population at large.

Daily Roulette: Guildhest gives you 5-10% of your EXP bar.. so theres no reason not to do these.

Surprisingly a lot of people don’t know that the ‘first time completion bonus’ applies to each new class you do it with!

Level 10 to 15: The deadzone

There is a massive lull here for some reason. Remember to leverage all sources of EXP. Leveling up gets significantly easier once you hit 15 so, suck it up for for now. What’s the best way to get to 15? (without outside help)

Fategrinding + Levequests spamming in Aleport: Hands down this is the way.

Level 15+: Dungeons & Duty Roulette

The below image is the very essence of “GET EXP FAST”

ffxiv leveling tips daily roulette low level and guildhest

Dungeons are a massive source of EXP. The only bad thing about these are the queues. So if you’re DPS, you might want to look at other activities while waiting.

Duty Roulette: Low level almost GUARANTEES a level up. You also tick up one on the Challenge Log for dungeons completed via Roulette. This is THE goldmine for EXP and if you just did this once a day you’ll max out every class in no time. (This is first unlocked at level 16).

This is where your rested EXP gets chunked (good thing), and always remember to eat food prior to each dungeon. The 3% bonus EXP is always welcome.

There are 2 entries which relate to dungeons in the Challenge Log: 3x Dungeons via Duty Roulette, 5x Dungeons completed. While the bonus EXP isn’t huge – if you do Low level roulette for 5 days you’ll nail both. And you’ll probably have 5 more levels to show for it!

If you have rested exp, dungeons are the best source of EXP. If not then FATES are probably the next best thing…

Fate Grinding

Good ol’ Fates. Or bad ol’ Fates? Anyone whose been around certain has done their fair share of these. Whether you like emor not Fates are a great source of EXP. While you can fategrind in any map, there are generally some maps which are more popular than others. Here’s a quick list to find where you should be at:

10+ WLN Aleport
15+ ETH both sides of the map are serviceable…
20-26 STH Quarrymill
26-32 ELN Costa
32-39 CCH Coerthas
39-44 MD Mor Dhona
45-50 NTH Bluefog / CPP

These are by no means set in stone. Going earlier means better gains in EXP due to chains. However, being underleveled means you cannot solo these fates – so you’re going to need a party. Start one! Or put up a Party Finder! Getting maximum contribution in fates while in a party is much easier and faster compared to solo. The only downside is you cannot queue while in party.

Again, for the value moves, FATEs have 2 Challenge Log entries tied to them: 10x Unique FATES, FATE completed in 5 maps. These are quite easy to fulfill and you don’t even have to go out of your way much for them.

Levequests

While not the fastest method, it fills out the gaps and gives the feeling of changing things up. Thankfully there are two Challenge Log entries related to Leves: 4x unique Levequest types, 20x Levequests completed. Not all levequests are equal: keep in mind that you do not need to kill all enemies – you must simply complete the levequest objective. This leads to some leves taking too long for good value. Keep this in mind when spamming – leave out the sucky leves.

The amount of levequests you can do are limited by your daily levequest allowances. You gain 3 Levequests allowances per 12 hours. This is only relevant when you’re newer or when level caps are raised, otherwise they will stockpile to 100 easily…

protip: 4x Unique Levequest types (Challenge log) can easily be completed by doing regular battlecraft leves and GC leves in any given town which offer them.

protip: 20x Levequests (Challendge log) : if you’re lazy, you can spam 19 low level crafting leves that you can buy from NPC’s, then complete the 20th one with your combat class. The Challenge Log EXP bonus is granted FULLY to the active class, regardless how you spread out the leves.

Small boosts, reminders and tips

ALLOCATE YOUR STAT POINTS: Don’t be like me who discovered I had 15 unused ones when I was leveling BLM. When you’re leveling up, always pick offensive stats. (STR, INT, DEX respectively). Healers pick MND of course… It’s a pretty huge boost! And it’s a lot better than having them un-allocated…

3% EXP from food buff: It may not sound like much but it’s a welcome bonus. You can buy any cheap food from NPC’s (Boiled Egg comes to mind).

Chocobo: While not super effective, having the trusty bird around will make life a bit easier.

Heat of Battle: Free Company boost “Heat of Battle” gives bonus exp % to enemy kills. Awesome for dungeons.

Accuracy problems: This hampers your leveling process more than you think! If you happen to come across gear with accuracy, keep it. Or craft/meld them yourself! Also, cheap accuracy food goes a LONG WAY.

Is there anything I missed? Or anything you want to add? Let us know in the comments!! Good luck leveling up, and hopefully you “have fun”. If you save even an hour by reading this, that’s one hour less lost to the void of leveling!

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