FFXIV Mining Levequests (Evaluation) & ‘Best per tier’

Find out the best mining leves per tier, and how to maximize the use of levequests for your miner.

Hey guys! This is a short guide detailing the best mining levequests per leve tier. If you’re here you’re probably going to want to see: Mining Leveling Guide. There’s not much else to say about that, I guess – but I’ll have a brief explanation for the newer players:

When in doubt: “Flower Elf” and “Catgirl Fishing” best.
“Lala” and “King” are garbage.

Sadly, not all mining levequests are equal. Of the 4 types of leves you can get, 2 are far superior than the other 2. As stated earlier: Flower Elf > Catgirl Fishing > Lala/King (equally bad). The problem is the massive disparity between the good ones and the bad ones… in any case – avoid the latter if you can.

Evaluation Mining Leves: are the aforementioned “Flower Elf (FE)” and “Catgirl Fishing (CF)“. If you get the highest possible evaluation rating – you get a massive EXP bonus. This is what you’re after! Careful, it can be a pain if your miner has bad gear.

Levequest Engineering: is the process of ‘forcing’ certain levequests to pop for you. How is this achieved?

  1. Accept all available mining levequests when you reach a new levemete.
  2. Complete them all BUT DO NOT SUBMIT THEM.
  3. Only submit and gain the rewards for “FE” or “CF”.
  4. FE and/or CF should be available again from levemete.
  5. Only submit the “King” and “Lala” variants when you’re ready to go next tier.

 

List of Mining Levequests (Evaluation)

Updated our Mining Levequests list to include all quests and rated each per tier.

Removed all Temp(L)e levequests since they’re sucky. They cost 10 levequest allowance but only gives x3 XP.

LvlLevequestLeve RatingPlateLink
1Rubble BubbleBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/714/Rubble-Bubble
1Who Needs the PaperworkBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/715/Who-Needs-the-Paperwork
1Miners' HolidaymehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/717/miners'+holiday
1The Primrose PathmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/716/the+primrose+path
5Do They Ore Don't TheyBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/719/Do-They-Ore-Don%27t-They
5Vanishing PointBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/718/Vanishing-Point
5Pipikkuli's Ship Comes InmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/720/pipikkuli's+ship+comes+in
5I don't Zinc It's a CoincidencemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/721/i+don't+zinc+it's+a+coincidence
10That's Why They Call It Fool's GoldBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/723/That%27s-Why-They-Call-It-Fool%27s-Gold
10We Do This the Hard WayGoodFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/725/We-Do-This-the-Hard-Way
10Break It UpBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/722/Break-It-Up
10It Peiste to ListenmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/724/it+peiste+to+listen
15Earth Sprites are EasymehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/727/earth+sprites+are+easy
15Eiderdown for EidolonsmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/728/eiderdown+for+eidolons
15A Man's Gotta DreamGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/726/A-Man%27s-Gotta-Dream
15The Doom that Came to Belah'diaBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/729/The-Doom-that-Came-to-Belah%27dia
20Rock My WallmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/733/rock+my+wall
20Elemental HousekeepingmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/731/elemental+housekeeping
20Location, Location, LocationmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/732/location,+location,+location
20Look How They Shine for YouBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/730/Look-How-They-Shine-for-You
25Baby, Light My WaymehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/737/baby,+light+my+way
25Tag, You're ItmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/736/tag,+you're+it
25Can't Start a FiremehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/735/can't+start+a+fire
25Fool Me TwiceBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/734/Fool-Me-Twice
30I Kidd You NotBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/738/I-Kidd-You-Not
30Shell GamemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/741/shell+game
30That's What the Money is FormehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/739/that's+what+the+money+is+for
30The Midden FairmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/740/the+midden+fair
35Rocks for BrainsGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/742/Rocks-for-Brains
35Ther Are no Good AnswersmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/743/there+are+no+good+answers
35Mythril MadnessBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/745/Mythril-Madness
35Eye for an EyemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/744/eye+for+an+eye
40Nature is a MonsterGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/746/Nature-Is-a-Monster
40Breach and BuildmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/748/breach+and+build
40Not Losing Our Heads This TimeBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/749/Not-Losing-Our-Heads-This-Time
40Brother in ArmsmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/747/brother+in+arms
45Hybrid HypothesesBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/753/Hybrid-Hypotheses
45Metal Has No MasterGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/750/Metal-Has-No-Master
45Sucker SeermehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/752/sucker+seer
45Crystal MessmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/751/crystal+mess
50The Merits of UpcyclingBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1180/The-Merits-of-Upcycling
50Taken For GraniteGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1178/Taken-for-Granite
50The Road to PilgrimagemehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1179/the+road+to+pilgrimage
52Permit for Destruction of Religious PropertyBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1184/Permit-for-Destruction-of-Religious-Property
52Halone's Jewelry BoxmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1186/halone's+jewelry+box
52I'll Show You My Battle ShardsmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1185/i'll+show+you+my+battle+shards
54Dreams of War, Dreams of Liars, Dreams of Dragon FiremehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1191/dreams+of+war,+dreams+of+liars,+dreams+of+dragon+fire
54Talk about BoundariesBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1192/Talk-about-Boundaries
54From Creepers to SquattersGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1190/From-Creepers-to-Squatters
56Mortarin'BestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1198/Mortarin%27
56Fake-icitemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1196/fake-icite
56What Goes UpmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1197/what+goes+up
58DragonproofingBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1204/Dragonproofing
58Sticking It OutGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1202/Sticking-It-Out
58Crystal ChroniclesmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1203/crystal+chronicles
60Axe to GrindBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1375/axe+to+grind
60Set in StonemehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1374/set+in+stone
60Cermet BreakerGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1373/cermet+breaker
62Ready Ore NotBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1376/ready+ore+not
62Hit Rock BottommehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1377/hit+rock+bottom
62Coral-larymehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1378/coral-lary
64No Stone UnturnedBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1381/no+stone+unturned
64Simply Marble UsGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1379/simply+marble+us
64ScraptacularmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1380/scraptacular
66Dunes of Our LivesBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1384/dunes+of+our+lives
66Bead Em UpmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1382/bead+em+up
66O Say Can You Rock?mehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1383/o+say+can+you+rock?
68The Ores Have ItBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1387/the+ores+have+it
68Mine All MineGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1385/mine+all+mine
68Adios, Ala MhigomehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1386/adios,+ala+mhigo

The information was compiled by my very beautiful girlfriend. :D Who helps me out from time to time.

Well, it’s a basic resource! Hopefully, it was useful to you! GLHF Leveling up your miner! It gets better after 50, trust me!

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FFXIV Mining Leveling Guide (70 Stormblood Updated)

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

First of all, you might want to check out our Gathering General FAQ, and Mining General FAQ before you begin. Already familiar? Let’s get to it.

Key Info per section:

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

Leveling your Miner 60 to 70? Smash deez stones in Stormblood!

Miner Leveling Guide – Navigation:
MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70]

FFXIVGuild MIN Guides
Mining Leveling Guide | MIN Levequests | Mining Node & Material Locations

Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the mining class: The Miner’s Guild is in Ul’dah.

Make sure you know all about 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 something you should keep open while leveling up.

Regarding Mining Class Quest Items, it’s ideal to farm for them BEFORE you hit the next quest. (For example, farm Wyvern Obsidian while you’re level 26-29). As a quick reference, we will put all items needed here (they are mentioned again in more detail on every section).

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

Mining Class Quest Items

Level Item to gather Qty Level Item to gather Qty
MIN 1 Copper Ore 10 MIN 53 Mythrite Ore (HQ) 10
MIN 5 Bone Chip 50 MIN 55 Titanium Ore (HQ) 10
MIN 10 Obsidian 99 MIN 58 Hardsilver Ore (HQ) 10
MIN 15 Cinnabar (HQ) 10 MIN 60 Adamantite Ore (HQ) 3
MIN 20 Grade 1 Carbonized Matter 99 MIN 63 Beggar’s Mythril Ore
MIN 25 Effervescent Water (HQ) 15 MIN 65 Feather Iron Ore
MIN 30 Wyvern Obsidian (HQ) 15 MIN 68 Serpentine
MIN 35 Raw Amethyst (HQ) 20 MIN 70 Pummelite
MIN 40 Jade (HQ) 20
MIN 45 Electrum Ore (HQ) 20
MIN 50 Darksteel Ore 3

Useful links to have open: Mining Node Locations | Gathering Gear Guide

 

Mining Level 1-5

Mining Quest Level 1: 10 Copper Ore
Mining Quest Level 5: 50 Bone Chips
Level 1 Mining Levequests:
Ul’dah Adventurers’ Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 5 Mining Levequests: Ul’dah Adventurers’ Guild & Scorpions Crossing.

Where to find Bone Chips? You can complete both of these quests in one go, to save time.  So make sure you have both sets of items ready before you return to Adalberta (10 Copper Ores and 50 Bone Chips). If you’re lazy you can also buy this from tradecraft merchant NPC’s (not recommended).

Level 5 Node Locations Unlocked: Central Thanalan (Four Sisters, Stonesthrow) Western Thanalan (Gate of the Sultana)

Level 1 to 5 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Bone Chip0505Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Wind Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Lightning Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Muddy Water0305StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Copper Ore0105StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Wind Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Lightning Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Muddy Water0305Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Copper Ore0105Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Fire Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Water Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Muddy Water
  • 70 Bone Chip (50 for the quest)
  • 99 Copper Ore (optional)

This part should be easy. After gathering all of those Bone Chips, you should be well past level 5. Return to Adalberta and claim your rewards and gear upgrades. IF Grinding: farm copper ore.

Mining Level 6-10

Mining Quest Level 10: 99 Obsidian
Level 5 Mining Levequests:
 Ul’dah Adventurers Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
Western Thanalan Horizon.

Where to find Obsidian? Yup, 99 Obsidian. Get used to this. You can find Obsidian in Western Thanalan (The East Hammer). Again, you can buy this from NPC’s but I wouldn’t advise it.

Level 10 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (The East Hammer), Central Thanalan (Royal Allagan Starway)
Lower La Noscea (Cedarwood).

Level 6 to 10 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Tin Ore062310The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Zinc Ore092610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Soiled Femur082610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Water Shard01010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Obsidian1010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Tin Ore062310Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Zinc Ore092610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Soiled Femur082610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Lightning Shard01010Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Earth Shard01010CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c
Raw Sunstone072410CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Tin Ore, Zinc Ore, Soiled Femur
  • 20 Raw Sunstone.
  • 119 Obsidian (99 for quest)

While 99 Obsidian may seem pretty grindy, getting stacks of materials is something you should get used to. IF Grinding: farm everything equally, except Sunstone.

Mining Level 11-15

Mining Quest Level 15: 10 High Quality Cinnabar
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
 Western Thanalan, Horizon.
Level 15 Mining Levequests:
Eastern ThanalanCamp Drybone.

Where to find Cinnabar? The HQ Cinnabar shouldn’t be hard to get. They’re found in Western Thanalan (Horizon).

Level 15 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (Copperbell Mines, Horizon), Central Thanalan (“Western Thanalan” Exit).

Level 11 to 15 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Iron Sand1415HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Cinnabar1515HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Copper Sand1115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Water Shard0115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Rock Salt1215Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Ragstone1315Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Lightning Shard01015Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Iron & Copper Sand, Rock Salt, Ragstone.
  • 30 Cinnabar (10 HQ for the quest)
  • 99 Iron Ore (Even more preferably!)

I have to remind you: Unearth is good.
IF Grinding: farm iron ore. LOTS of it.

MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70]

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FFXIV Gathering Rotation (Scrip farming & Collectibles)

How to get deez damn collectibles! If you’re short on collectability 0 find out some basic appraisal rotations here!

Hello guys, a preliminary guide here. Basically I’ll be listing down the rotations I used WHILE LEVELING UP. It’s no use discussing the “real” end-game collectability gathering rotations since we have no idea what numbers we’re reaching for, and how much GP we will actually have. (Yes I know there’s a current BiS… but how long will that last? Will keep an eye out for the recipe unlocks come Alexander). I personally had more than 600 GP, but it’s very unrealistic to make a rotation for LEVELING UP with 650+ GP, since not everyone had a pimped out Foragers Set.

TLDR: Gathering rotations for scrip farming & Collectibles!!!

Navigation:
End-game Gathering Rotations | Leveling up Rotations


Red scrip (470 collectability) Rotation (variable collects)

Thanks to my FCmate Tiffany Faye for this! This rotation can get at least 2, and up to 4!!!! 470 collectible items! Here’s the basic rotation

  • Reveal with a hit!
  • Discerning Eye
  • Impulsive Appraisal
  • IF PROC, Single Mind. NO PROC? Discerning Eye
  • Impulsive Appraisal
  • IF PROC, Single Mind, NO PROC? Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal

The above rotation seems damn good for me! While it requires brainpower, the eventual time saved is definitely something. I did not note the min perception needed but please mention your results.

 

End-Game Gathering Rotations (For now)

I’ll just copy the “1 collect” rotation from below. Since this is as good as it gets for 1 Collect @ 600 GP! Yes I do realize you can go much higher. But that’s for the minute few that have the 700++ GP for it. I’ll post those once I know more of what we need to reach, and how much GP people have on average.

Maximum Appraisal Potency for 600 GP 1 Collect

  • Reveal with a hit!
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Utmost Caution
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Utmost Caution
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Collect

!!VERY IMPORTANT!! >400 Appraisal Potency 3 Collect

at 570~ Perception you can easily 3 gather the high grade scrip unspoileds. I use this rotation to do so:

  • Reveal with a hit!
  • Single Mind
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Collect
  • Collect
  • Collect

Gathering Rotations used WHILE Leveling (Based on 600 GP)

If you have extra GP, use a Field Mastery. Or try something else. I personally didn’t see the need more than 600 GP in the road to 60~. If you’re a newer player, strive to get 600 GP somehow. Use food, cheaply meld gear… just find a way! These rotations DO NOT USE SINGLE MIND (For low level friendliness), but you’ll be more experienced by then anyway. So these rotations are really there to help those who are a little more confused.

These four basic rotations will help you gather almost any collectible. If you fail with the 1 collect – you’re undergeared.

The goal is you want AS MANY ITEMS as you can with the MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE COLLECTABILITY. So when you’re trying something new – go for the 1 collect. Go for more collects if you feel you can do it!

4 Collect, 250 Appraisal potency:

  • Toil of the Pioneer
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Collect
  • Collect
  • Collect
  • Collect

(Macro possible?) If you know of a 4 collect rotation with higher than 250 appraisal potency AT 600 GP, please let me know!

3 Collect, 350 Appraisal potency:

  • Toil of the Pioneer
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Collect
  • Collect
  • Collect

(Macro possible?) If you know of a 3 collect rotation with higher than 350 appraisal potency AT 600 GP, please let me know!

2 Collect, 450 Appraisal potency:

  • Reveal with a hit!
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Collect
  • Collect

Alternatively: Toil, Deep, Method x4, Collect x2 (400 potency, but executes a lot faster!)

(Macro possible?) If you know of a 2 collect rotation with higher than 450 appraisal potency AT 600 GP, please let me know!

1 Collect  Appraisal potency:

  • Reveal with a hit!
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Discerning Eye
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Utmost Caution
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Utmost Caution
  • Methodical Appraisal
  • Collect

(Macro possible?) If you know of a 2 collect rotation with higher than 500 appraisal potency AT 600 GP, please let me know!

In any case I’m excited for this whole new dimension in gathering! Good luck farming scrips!

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FFXIV Gathering (DoL) Gear Guide

Don’t waste time worrying about your Gathering Gear – and get that DoL class to 50!

Confused about when or what DoL / Gathering gear you should get? When and what are the best gathering gear upgrades, and why? Find out all about that here – and save money on your road to a level 50 gatherer!

Why upgrade your Gathering gear?

Moreso than crafting, better gathering gear = faster levelling. We all know how “exciting” it is levelling a gathering class, ey?

The importance of high Gathering Stat:

Striking at a node and not getting anything means ZERO exp, BROKEN CHAINS and ultimately, wasted time (and money! since you could have gotten the item!) So first and foremost you’re going to want as much gathering as possible.

Gathering is insanely useful in maximizing Levequest EXP. more on this later…

The importance of high Perception Stat:

If you’re doing a lot of grinding, Perception becomes very useful in boosting you EXP gains. Why? At max, you have a 15% chance to gather HQ items without a buff. Let’s compare a gatherer with 0% HQ chance versus 15% HQ chance: 100+[(2*100)*0.15] (HQ percent chance) = 30% Average EXP Bonus.

If you aren’t a level 50 calculator, then it’s fine. All you need to know is that being capped in perception gives you quite a sizeable exp bonus. 30% is not a joke, and it stacks with chains, food and rested EXP.

Perception however, isn’t useful if you’re planning to use levequests… why?

Gathering gear, Levequests and You:

Since getting HQ items is impossible during leves, Perception is useless during a leve attempts. Gathering becomes the single most useful stat, with GP as a supporting stat.

If you’re planning on grinding, both Perception and Gathering are important. However, Gathering is still your most important stat. Why? Again, ENSURING exp gains and ENSURING chains is your first goal. Then once that’s fulfilled, modify it with Perception for massive exp gains.

So we can conclude, during leveling up, Gathering is the most important stat, whether you choose to grind or use leves. And if you’re planning to do a bit of both, getting Perception is a great bonus to grinding. So what does this mean in terms of gearing up?

GP – How useful is it?

Going to level 50, GP isn’t exactly a sustainable resource to rely on. It’s a welcome boost, but not exactly necessary. At 50 though, that’s a completely different discussion…

Gathering gear upgrade strategy

Okay so you want Gathering, no matter how you level up. In terms of gear slots that would be the: Main Hand, Off-hand, Chest (coincidentally they also give huge perception, and are considered critical upgrades). So you want these no matter what you’re going to do. Upgrade as often as possible.

Two more pieces give Gathering: Gloves and Pants. These are less critical, and you should upgrade if you can afford it. Gloves are more powerful than pants! Around 50% more gathering is found on gloves compared to pants! Keep this in mind when buying upgrades.

Now for Perception… The most important pieces were already mentioned above (MH, OH, Chest). The rest are: Helmets, Boots and Belts. Again when thinking of bang for buck – Helmets are the best investment, which are usually 100% more powerful than boots. And belts are the worst investment, as they’re only half as powerful as boots typically!!!

Overall, a cost-efficient upgrade path will be discussed in the end of this post, before that – tables of what level you get upgrades…

Gathering Critical Upgrades – What Level?

The table below represents the levels you get a new DoL chest, Miner main and off-hands, Botanist main and off-hands, and fishing main hand. (All possible critical upgrades)

LevelChestMIN MainMIN OffBTN MainBTN OffFSH Main
1xxxxxx
2
3
4
5
6x
7
8xxx
9x
10
11xxx
12xxx
13
14x
15xxxxx
16
17
18x
19xxx
20xx
21x
22xx
23x
24xx
25xxx
26x
27x
28xx
29xxx
30x
31xx
32xx
33x
34xx
35xx
36
37x
38xxx
39xx
40x
41x
42
43xxxxx
44x
45
46x
47xx
48xxxx
49
50xxxxxx

 

Disciple of Land (DoL) Body pieces

The table is sorted by (at least in my opinion) importance. The left side being more important and more worth the investment, and gets less important as you go right. Gear marked (G) gives gathering, and (P) gives perception. So ignore the Perception pieces if you’re primarily thinking of getting to 50 using Fieldcraft Leves.

LevelHands (G)Head (P)Legs (G)Feet (P)Waist (P)
1xxxxx
2
3
4
5xxx
6x
7
8
9x
10xx
11xx
12x
13x
14
15xxx
16x
17x
18
19xx
20xx
21
22x
23x
24
25xxx
26
27xxx
28
29
30xxx
31x
32
33
34
35xxxxx
36
37x
38x
39x
40xxxx
41
42x
43xxxx
44x
45xx
46x
47x
48xxxx
49
50xxxx

Disciple of Land (DoL) GP pieces (Accessories)

While not super important while leveling up… you cant really be “sad” to have more MAX GP.

LevelNecklaceEaringsBraceletRing
1
2
3
4
5x
6
7xx
8
9
10
11
12
13
14x
15
16
17xx
18
19
20x
21
22
23
24x
25
26
27xx
28
29
30
31
32
33
34x
35
36
37xx
38
39
40x
41
42
43
44x
45x
46
47xx
48
49
50x

Summary: DoL Cost-efficient upgrade path

First of all – Everything below level 15~ is negligible. and you don’t need to really think about your gear before then.

Main HandOff-Hand and Chest should be upgraded when you can afford it.

As a side upgrade to Gathering: updating your Gloves are a good idea every now and then. Legs are less imporant. Here’s our suggestion for a cost-efficient upgrade path:

  • Gloves: (16) (25) (35) (45)
  • Legs: (15) (27) (40). The level 27 ones are from ANY Grand Company, and are pretty worth it.

If you need more Perception, Helmets are the best investment. Helmets generally come from weavers or armorsmiths. The weaver ones are typically more expensive. So here’s a pretty cost-efficient path:

  • Head: (13) (19) (31) (35) (42) (47). Want something in the 20’s? (27).
  • Boots are okay, and you probably wont need more than: (15) (30) and (40).
  • Waist is even less important. (17) and (37) should be fine.

Of course feel free to pick anything up you can afford, and check the Market Board when you reach the levels in the tables above.

Be sure to check out our Mining Leveling Guide, and Botany Leveling Guide, which make great additional resources to this guide.
Also, Mining Node/Material Locations, and Botany Node/Material Locations [Mining is 1-50, BTN is in the proces of being updated…]

Whacking at nodes got you to 50, huh? Then it’s time to gear up. Check this out: Gathering End-Game Gear (+Max Melds) Guide.

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FFXIV ARR Mining Node Locations

Where is that Mineral Deposit? I can’t find that Rocky Outcrop!! NO MORE!

Remember on the upper right of the table you can use the Search/Filter box. For example you can search for Specific Materials, Areas, Node Levels or a combination of all (Ex. 05 thanalan).

 

Mineral Deposits & Rocky Outcrop Materials & Locations

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Bone Chip0505Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Wind Shard010005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Lightning Shard010005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Muddy Water0305StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Copper Ore0105StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Wind Shard010005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Lightning Shard010005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Muddy Water0305Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Copper Ore0105Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Fire Shard010005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Water Shard010005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Tin Ore062310The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Zinc Ore092610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Soiled Femur082610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Water Shard010010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Obsidian1010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Tin Ore062310Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Zinc Ore092610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Soiled Femur082610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Lightning Shard010010Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Earth Shard010010CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c
Raw Sunstone072410CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Iron Sand1415HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Cinnabar1515HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Copper Sand1115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Water Shard0115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Rock Salt1215Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Ragstone1315Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Lightning Shard010015Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Sunrise Tellin1920SastashaWestern La Noscea20a
Ice Shard0120SastashaWestern La Noscea20a
Raw Danburite1820SastashaWestern La Noscea20a
Mudstone2020AleportWestern La Noscea20b
Ice Shard0120AleportWestern La Noscea20b
Grade 1 Carbonized Matter200020Three-malm BendMiddle La Noscea20c
Fire Shard010020Three-malm BendMiddle La Noscea20c
Earth Shard010020The HedgetreeNorth Shroud20d
Raw Sphene1720The HedgetreeNorth Shroud20d
Alumen196320Royal Allagan SunwayEastern Thanalan20e
Fire Shard010020Royal Allagan SunwayEastern Thanalan20e
Raw Malachite165820Royal Allagan SunwayEastern Thanalan20e
Raw Flourite176020Royal Allagan SunwayEastern Thanalan20e
Effervescent Water247825Upper PathsSouth Shroud25a
Ice Shard010025Upper PathsSouth Shroud25a
Silver Ore2525Upper PathsSouth Shroud25a
Silver Sand2225QuarrymillSouth Shroud25b
Earth Rock2125QuarrymillSouth Shroud25b
Ice Shard010025QuarrymillSouth Shroud25b
Ice Rock2325QuarrymillSouth Shroud25b
Wind Rock2425QuarrymillSouth Shroud25b
Fire Rock2325ThalaosUpper La Noscea25b
Earth Shard010025ThalaosUpper La Noscea25b
Water Rock2525ThalaosUpper La Noscea25b
Lightning Rock2425ThalaosUpper La Noscea25b
Grade 2 Carbonized Matter30030Wellwick WoodEastern Thanalan30a
Fire Crystal30030Wellwick WoodEastern Thanalan30a
Red Pigment20030Wellwick WoodEastern Thanalan30a
Fire Shard01030Thal's RespiteEastern Thanalan30b
Wyvern Obisidan289930Thal's RespiteEastern Thanalan30b
Grade 2 Carbonized Matter30030Broken WaterSouthern Thanlaan30c
Lightning Crystal26030Broken WaterSouthern Thanlaan30c
Purple Pigment28030Broken WaterSouthern Thanlaan30c
Bomb Ash269530EAST of Forgotten SpringsSouthern Thanlaan30d
Silex279730EAST of Forgotten SpringsSouthern Thanlaan30d
Grade 2 Carbonized Matter30030Blind Iron MinesLower La Noscea30e
Earth Crystal26030Blind Iron MinesLower La Noscea30e
Yellow Pigment28030Blind Iron MinesLower La Noscea30e
Brown Pigment28030Blind Iron MinesLower La Noscea30e
Grade 2 Carbonized Matter30030The FlockWestern La Noscea30f
Ice Shard01030The FlockWestern La Noscea30f
Ice Crystal26030The FlockWestern La Noscea30f
Grey Pigment28030The FlockWestern La Noscea30f
Siltstone3010430OakwoodUpper La Noscea30g
Brimstone2910130OakwoodUpper La Noscea30g
Grade 2 Carbonized Matter30030Little SolaceEast Shroud30h
Wind Crystal26030Little SolaceEast Shroud30h
Green Pigment28030Little SolaceEast Shroud30h
Grade 2 Carbonized Matter30030Nophicas WellsWestern Thanalan30i
Water Crystal26030Nophicas WellsWestern Thanalan30i
Blue Pigment28030Nophicas WellsWestern Thanalan30i
Myhtril Sand3311035Burnt Lizard CreekSouthern Thanalan35a
Raw Heliodor3210835Sagoili Desert (S)Southern Thanalan35b
Mythril Ore3411335Sagoili Desert (S)Southern Thanalan35b
Raw Peridot3311035Sorrel HavenCentral Shroud35c
Raw Amethyst3411335Sorrel HavenCentral Shroud35c
Raw Garnet3110635Costa Del Sol (N)Eastern La Noscea35d
Raw Aquamarine3511535Costa Del Sol (N)Eastern La Noscea35d
Raw Goshenite3311035Costa Del Sol (N)Eastern La Noscea35d
Jade3912440Dragonhead (S)Coerthas40a
Raw Zircon3812240Dragonhead (S)Coerthas40a
Grenade Ash4012640Camp Bluefrog (N)Northern Thanalan40b
Black Alumen4012640Silent ArborSouth Shroud40c
Raw Tourmaline3611740Silent ArborSouth Shroud40c
Raw Spinel3711940Silent ArborSouth Shroud40c
Electrum Ore4313345Camp Bronze Lake(S)Upper La Noscea45a
Raw Turquoise4112845Camp Bronze Lake(S)Upper La Noscea45a
Electrum Sand4213145Came Bronzelake (W)Upper La Noscea45c
Raw Amber4413545Camp Drybone (N)Eastern Thanalan45d
Raw Rubellite4513745Camp Drybone (N)Eastern Thanalan45d
Cobalt Ore4716150BluefrogNorthern Thanalan50a
Adamantoise Shell4916650BluefrogNorthern Thanalan50a
Basilisk Egg4615850BluefrogNorthern Thanalan50a
Ogre Horn5016850BluefrogNorthern Thanalan50a

To be added: Needed Perception for 1% HQ chance gather. 30-50+ nodes to follow.

More Info:
Gathering General Guide |
Mining FAQ | Mining Leveling Guide

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FFXIV Gathering Guide / FAQ

Gathering: Where, How to?

To add a gathering class to your your list of classes, you must first pass level 10 in your story quest. After that, speaking to the Guild Receptionist will direct you to the respective Guild leader. Then that’s it! Equipping the main hand arms of the class will switch you to the corresponding class (Botanist: Hatchet, Miner: Pickaxe, Fishing: Fishing Rod)

The Botanists Guild is in Gridania
The Miners Guild is in Ul’dah
The Fishing Guild is in Limsa Lominsa
[City & Guild Locations]

What gathering class suits what crafting class?

Botany: Weaving, Carpentry, Culinarian, Leatherworking

Mining: Blacksmithing, Armorsmithing, Alchemy, Goldsmithing

Fishing: Alchemy, Culinarian

Note that this is a very general breakdown. Each gathering class contributes to every crafting class in a small way – the above just represents the more commonly used items. In the end, we would recommend being a high level gatherer for all classes so you have the freedom to get whatever you need.

Gathering Skills & Traits

Mining and Botany have almost the exact same skills & traits, with a different name and icon. They only very slightly differ in three skills.

From what we’ve heard about Fishing, the system will be different. We can assume the skills and traits will be a bit different too.

How do I gather?

The first step to gather is to make sure your ‘triangulate’ (Botany) or ‘Prospect’ (Mining) skill is toggled on. These skills are learned at level 1, and allow you to see gathering nodes on the minimap. Note that at level 2, you get the trait “Auto-triangulate” or “Auto-prospect” which automatically toggles this on when you change to a gathering class. Below is a sample of what nodes look like on the minimap.

Approaching a node will give you information on what kind of node it is. example “Level 5 Mature Tree”. Note that not all of the same nodes are equal, different areas with different “level 5 Mature Trees” will have different gatherable materials within. Interacting with the node will bring up the gathering window, pictured below. You do not have to rush to gather nodes in fear of other people getting there first, each person has their own nodes.

gathering interface guide ffxiv arr a realm reborn

1. Item preview: Here is the item preview of what you’re trying to gather, along with its name on the far right. You can highlight the picture to see the tooltip.

2. Gathering Chance: The chance you will successfully gather a no quality version of the material. This is increased by level and the Gathering stat.

3. High-Quality Chance: The chance that you will succesfully gather a high quality version of the material. This is increased by level and the Perception stat. Note that there is never a minimum 1% chance, if your perception is lower than the item levels minimum perception needed, as pictured above, you will have zero chance to gather a high quality material.

4. Item Level: An materials level is an indicator of its difficulty to gather (both no or high quality). Naturally, the higher it is – the more difficult.

Each node naturally has a lifespan of 6 strikes. Meaning you can attempt to gather 6 times from any given node, whether you choose to gather 6 different items, or 6 of the same item – it doesn’t matter.

 

Finding New Nodes

New nodes are made available for you to see for each five levels. Note that there is no way around this. Even if you have godly gear or whatever, you simply cannot see nodes above your gathering level.

When first gathering a new node, you will see that the various materials are still “Unknown”. This is annoying because unknown materials have a base gather chance of 10%. So on average, you’re going to need 2 nodes to successfully discover 1 Unknown Material.  Luckily you can increase this chance. The botanist skill [Field Mastery] and mining skill [Sharp Vision] increases the chance to successfully gather items. They also affect unknown materials!

 unknown material gathering guide ffxiv arr reborn

Once you’ve successfully gathered an unknown item, you do not have to go through this process again. So expect to go through each time you find a new cluster of nodes. Since new nodes are available every 5 levels, you might as well go to your guildmaster (They offer a new quest every 5 levels)  to get a clue as to where they are, and free gear upgrades!

Another way to increase your chances at gathering unknown (and known) materials are discussed below –

Tree Whisperer / Stone Whisperer

Starting level 11 you will obtain the Tree Whisperer and Stone Whisperer trait (Botanist and Miner respectively). Some nodes have special requirements that, if met, give you a bonus to gathering or perception. Note that not all nodes have this. It’s pretty random, but it’s a nice boost when it comes around. Make sure to make the most out of it!

n the example below, we see this certain Lv.15 Lush Vegetation has this special requirement triggered. It’s pretty self explanatory – If you have a Gathering Stat of 77 or higher -> You get a 10% bonus to gathering success rate! Note that this differs between types of nodes.

tree whisperer stone whisperer example gathering guide ffxiv arr reborn

Preparation: Gathering HQ Items

Starting level 12, you can passively see how much minimum perception you need to gather a high quality item. This is made possible by the passive skill [Preparation]. In the example below, you can now see how much minimum perception you need to gather an HQ item. In the case of Gridanian Chestnut, you need 30 perception for a 1% chance.

preparation example gathering guide ffxiv arr reborn

Gathering Stats & Gear

GP: Increases GP, which is used to cast gathering skills.
Gathering: Increases chance to gather an item successfully.
Perception: Increases chance to gather a high quality item.

These are mostly gained through better fieldcraft gear. More info on gathering gear coming soon!

Summary

  • Mining & Botany are the main gathering classes, and you should try to max one of them (Whichever suits your crafting needs more)
  • New nodes are made accessible every 5 levels, and new quests are handed out by your guildmaster every 5 levels.

For now, I guess that’s all we can write about in a general sense. Please subscribe so you’ll be the first to know about anything new we pick up! We are cooking up a HQ item gathering guide, class specific guides, gear guides and more!

Check out our other Gathering class guides:
Botany | Mining | Fishing
[ Gathering Starters Guide ] [ General Gathering Leveling & EXP Guide ]

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