FFXIV Carpentry Leveling Guide (Updated 50 to 60!)

UPDATED TO 60! “I happen to have hardwood” CRP Leveling to 60 in no time! CRP Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

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!

Have the woods in Ishgard petrified by your arrival?? [Carpentry Level 50 to 60]! Begin the deforestation!

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

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.

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

Carpenter Level 1-15: The early levels

We DO NOT advise using Leves for these low levels. If you really feel like using 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

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] [Our usual shopping list route for the early levels will be added shortly]

You can get to CRP 15 in less than an hour if 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 to 60]

FFXIV Leatherworking Leveling Guide (Updated 50 to 60)

UPDATED to 60! “Deez Dragonskins” Leatherworking power leveling to 60 ASAP! LTW Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

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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!

Spreading waifu Geva’s teachings in Ishgard? [Leatherworker 50 to 60]! Don’t scrape by, scrub!

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

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 (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 | Leatherworker Leves Guide

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 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 to 60]

FFXIV 3.1 (Current Patch) and YOU: What’s new?

How the most current patch affects core gameplay! Changes in item / character progression, leveling and other important things are tracked here.

The purpose of this new guide is to show how the most current patch impacts you as a player – and changed you should be making to your daily gameplay to maximize it! Think of it like PATCH NOTES but boiled down to the most important in-game alterations.

Quick Navigation: General | PvE | DoL | DoH

If I missed anything – feel free to let me know!

Pre-discussion notes: Hmm… I think I have a lot of work to do this patch, as well as improvements to overall guide structures so you guys can more easily find what you need. In any case 3.1 has been the most impactful patch in a while. This is the first iteration and I’ll be updating as I play this weekend.

New Duties & Other Activities

Diadem (Airship Exploratory Missions): Arguably the most important update. 210 gear with 4 substats can drop here…

Void Ark: 24 man raid which drops iLevel 200 gear. Some decent fillers can be gained here I guess.

Thordan EX: 8 man duty which drops 205 Weapons – pretty decent.

Vanu Beast Tribe: New beast tribe that eventually awards minions/mount.

Minion Battles: Starcraft like mini-game called “Lord of Verminion”. This is kinda legit!

2 New Dungeons: Required to unlock EXDR: St. Moraines Arboreum & Pharos Sirius Hard

My updates needed: Small guides for each, Void Ark, Minion Battles, Thordan EX, Vanu Vanu. I may not be making intense dungeon guides, maybe 1 page for both.


Combat Classes in General

Combat Class End-game:

Duties mentioned above: Diadem, Thordan, Void Ark, 2x Dungeons.

210 Mistbreak BiS: Every non-weapon BiS is now a 210 Mistbreak item (from Diadem) with 4 Sub-stats and decent amount of the stats you want. This is very “Diablo 3”, and while I don’t personally like it – it’s here anyway.

200 Fillers: From Void Ark. Isn’t is weird how this gear is invalidated the very same patch it’s implemented?

180 Fillers: Less reason to bother with crafted. Pink 180 is easier to obtain and cheaper. There’s so much filler in 3.1 that the expensive crafted gear is really a subpar option.

Gobcoat and Gobtwine: Now available weekly in Void Ark. Great to speed up 210 upgrades on ESO. You don’t need a quest to get the item (Mhachi Farthing), it automatically gets in to your inventory after doing your first weekly void ark.

Law for Materials: You can now use your Tomestones of Law to get crafting materials. 1800? A little steep, but law is pretty much worthless anyway.

My updates needed: A small update for BiS in each class, stating Mistbreak as BiS. Lol.


Combat Class Leveling up:

I haven’t noted down any significant changes in the pre-60 process. Please comment if you noticed any (I’ll be rechecking as well)

My updates needed: I actually haven’t finished all basic leveling guides for JOBS. Notably the three new ones.


DoL: Gatherers

DoL End-game:

NEW Red Scrip Items that are NOT UNSPOILED (Always up!): BUT DON’T APPEAR IN THE LIST ALWAYS. They don’t give a lot but, still! This is a legit “downtime maximization” update!

  • Miner: Eventide Jade (A random spawn in MANY nodes, so you can choose which you’d rather grind).
  • Botanist: Periwinkle (Same as above).

Unlike the “usual” method, you can save drinking Cordial until AFTER you’ve discovered them.

More yields for Red Scrip / Favor: Trading favor items for materials now gives three times the usual amount.

My updates needed: Make a scrip FARMING guide?


DoL leveling up:

NEW Blue Scrip items which are NOT UNSPOILED (Always up!): BUT DON’T APPEAR IN THE LIST ALWAYS. Like the red scrip counterpart, this is balanced by giving a smaller turn-in value.

  • Miner
    • Tektite (58+)
    • Fossilized Dragon Bone (56+)
    • Both in same node: Churning Mists – Landlord Colony.
  • Botany:
    • Cloud Mushroom (58+)
    • Wind Widow (56+)
    • Both in same node: Sea Of Clouds – Voor Sian Siran.

The main implication of this would be that these nodes would be the new go-to grinding nodes in 56+.

My updates needed: Update MIN BTN (FSH?) Leveling guides?


DoH: Crafters

DoH End-game:

NEW Red Scrip ‘tier’: They added a TINY red scrip turn-in for a “basic material”. This isn’t so bad, but you’d have to make a TON to cap. It’s cheap, but laborous.

New Crafting Recipes: Mainly consistent of glamour gear & Furniture. There’s also 185 Combat gear that… honestly… I don’t know who would use this. There’s so much filler gear in this patch…

Specialist Specific Recipes: Let me get back to you guys on this… But supposedly a few were implemented.

More yields for Red Scrip turn-ins, you now get more materials than we previously did for red scrips. Three times the amount, I think!

My updates needed: I don’t think these affect any existing guides. Again maybe I should make a scrip farming guide.


DoH leveling up:

New blue scrip tier that starts at 55 (maybe? I’m 60 on all DoH and wouldn’t know when these would initially show up). It’s an ok addition but the rewards are frickin SMALL.

My updates needed: Mention the above on the DoH Leveling guides. But I actually haven’t updated 3 of the DoH Leveling guides to 60. I may as well add that tiny blue scrip tier.


This guide will forever be updated, and it’s a great way for YOU to keep track of how to change your gameplay in each new patch, and a great way for ME to track what I have to update. Enjoy!

If I missed anything – feel free to let me know!

Quick Navigation: General | PvE | DoL | DoH

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FFXIV Mining Leveling Guide (Updated 50 to 60)

MORE UPDATES! to level 50+! Level up Mining Quickly! Mining Quests Items? Finding Mining Nodes? Stop wasting time! Power Level your Miner!

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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)

Are you leveling your Miner 50 to 60? Go there straight. Now.

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

Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the mining class: The Miners 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

Miner 1: Copper Ore 10
Miner 5: Bone Chip 50
Miner 10: Obisidan 99
Miner 15: Cinnabar (HQ) 10
Miner 20: Grade 1 Carbonized Matter 99
Miner 25: Effervescent Water (HQ) 15
Miner 30: Wyvern Obsidian (HQ) 15
Miner 35: Raw Amethyst (HQ) 20
Miner 40: Jade (HQ) 20
Miner 45: Electrum Ore (HQ) 20
Miner 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 Adelberta (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 Adelberta 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 fron 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). Remember to use the skill you just unlocked Unearth, which increases HQ gathering chances.

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, Rocksalt, 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.

Miner Level: [01-15] : [16-35] : [36-50] : [50 – 60]

FFXIV Machinist (MCH) Guide & FAQ

All you need to know about the Machinist job in FFXIV! How to unlock MCH, what skills, stats, and other supporting info. Also links to advanced guides!

“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” – Mahiko ‘-bi Wan’ San.

Hello! Welcome to our FFXIV Machinist guide. Here, we discuss all basic Machinist information, and post links to find more advanced Machinist resources. The Machinist is a ranged physical DPS class which was introduced in Heavensward 3.0, and have a special requirements (Like Astrologian and Dark Knight) compared to the original jobs. If you’re a newer MCH, the Machinist leveling guide may be useful.

How do I become a Machinist in FFXIV? What are the MCH Requirements?

1) You must have an existing Level 50 combat class (DoW or DoM).
2) You must have completed “Before the Dawn” (all story quests prior to 3.0).
3) Only then will the Machinist unlock quest open up –

Where do I unlock Machinist?
The quest name is “Savior of Skysteel”, which is found in Foundation (8,10). The questgiver is an NPC named ‘Stephanivien’.

Help! I’m a new player rushing to Machinist! Your best bet’s starting the game as Archer and hitting the requirements as a Bard. Switch to MCH once you’re good to go!

Machinist stats: What stats to allocate and gear up for?

The most important stat for MCH is undoubtedly DEX. DEX improves ranged physical damage, and of course facilitates your main objective of DEALING DAMAGE. All characters will want some extra VIT (usually by materia, and stat points) when tackling extremely difficult content. Note that excessive VIT is a huge minus to efficiency.

As for secondary stats, we can’t really say yet. MCH may have favorable secondary stats that synergize with their skillset, but we can only guess at this point. Determination is the ‘go-to’ stat for any DPS, and Machinists are no different.

(More info: MCH Stats & Materia)

What are the Machinist Skills & Traits?
MCH being their ‘lifespan’ at level 30. So you may get shocked at the amount of new skills you have. The skills and traits are listed near the bottom of the post.

What classes are Machinist Cross-class skills from?
Archer and Lancer. (More info: MCH Cross-class skills)

Crafting & Gathering classes suitable for Machinist?
Going by trends we can assume…
MCH Armor: Leatherworker (mainly)
MCH Gun: ??? (I assume metal-based crafters)
MCH Accessories: Goldsmith (mainly)

It’s hard to say clearly which gathering class is best. But I’m willing to bet guns need metal too, so I’ll go with primarily Miner. We all know how leatherworker rolls though…

Advanced Machinist resources

  • Machinist Best-in-slot & End-game gear: To find the droid components you’re looking for.
  • Machinist rotation: L2PewPew PROPERLY with your Machinist.
  • Anything else to add?

Machinist Skills

NameLevelCastRecastMPTPRangeRadius
Split Shot1
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Lead Shot6
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Heartbreak8
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Leg Graze10
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Blank15
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Spread Shot18
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Foot Graze22
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Quick Reload26
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Hot Shot30
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Rapid Fire30
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Head Graze34
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Clean Shot35
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Wildfire38
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Rook Autoturret40
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Turret Retrieval40
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Promotion42
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Suppressive Fire45
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Grenado Shot46
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Bishop Autoturret50
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Dismantle50
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Gauss Barrel52
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Gauss Round54
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Rend Mind56
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Hypercharge58
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Ricochet60
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Machinist Traits

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>icon<14Lodged LeadEffect
>icon<16Enhanced Dexterity IIEffect
>icon<20Increased Action Damage IIEffect
>icon<24Enhanced Dexterity IIEffect
>icon<28Enhanced ReassembleEffect
>icon<32Quicker ReloadEffect
>icon<36Enhanced Spread ShotEffect
>icon<40Increased Action DamageEffect
>icon<44Enhanced Rapid FireEffect
>icon<48Enhanced WildfireEffect

Bring the damn GUN to the knife fight! Enjoy your Machinist! For more about MCH’s and anything about FFXIV, make sure to keep in touch! Like us on Facebook, communicate with us easily by Following us on Twitter. You can also check us out on YouTube and Twitch!

FFXIV Astrologian (AST) Guide & FAQ

All you need to know about the Astrologian job in FFXIV! How to unlock AST, what skills, stats, and other supporting info. Also links to advanced guides!

“You must believe in the heart of the cards.” – Mahiko ‘Yugi’ San.

Hi! Thanks for coming to our FFXIV Astrologian guide. Here, we discuss all basic Astrologian information, and post links to find more advanced Astrologian resources. The Astrologian is a Healing class which was introduced in Heavensward 3.0, and have a special requirements (Like Dark Knight and Machinist) compared  to the original jobs. New AST? The Astrologian leveling guide might be helpful.

How do I become a Astrologian in FFXIV? What are the AST Requirements?

1) You must have an existing Level 50 combat class (DoW or DoM).
2) You must have completed “Before the Dawn” (all story quests prior to 3.0).
3) Only then will the Astrologian unlock quest open up –

Where do I unlock Astrologian?
The quest name is “Stairway to the Heavens”, which is found in The Pillars (15,10). The questgiver is an NPC named ‘Jannequinard’.

Help! I’m a new player rushing to Astrologian! Then you’re best off starting the game as Conjurer and hitting the requirements as a White Mage. Then switch to AST once you’re good to go.

Astrologian stats: What stats to allocate and gear up for?

Being a healing class, AST’s will benefit most from MND. Any increase to healing output is welcome, obviously. PIE is the supporting stat for all MP based healers so it’s worth considering as well. VIT is useful for any person who wants to have increased survivability. Please note than over-stacking on VIT (Materia and Statpoints) is a huge minus to efficiency.

As for secondary stats, Piety is extremely important for AST since their secondary MP regen tool is random. Aside from that, literally every stat can benefit Astrologians in some way. This all depends on the stance you main, though.
(More info: AST Stats & Materia)

What are the Astrologian Skills & Traits?
The main difference with AST is you ‘start’ at level 30. So you might get a bit confused. The skills and traits are listed near the bottom of the post. But I’m sure what you’re curious about is: THE CARDS!

Card NameCard EffectRoyal Road"Family"Comments
BoleDefense upNext card POTENCY UPStat++percentile Damage Reduction. A free tank cooldown.
BalanceDamage upNext card POTENCY UPStat++percentile Damage. What else to say? Amazing.
EwerMana RegenNext card AOE EFFECTResource+Gives mana over time.
SpireTP RegenNext card AOE EFFECTResource+Gives TP over time.
ArrowGCD Speed upNext card DURATION UPSpeed+Reduces cast times and GCD. Can be a TP killer.
SpearLower CooldownNext card DURATION UPSpeed+Only works when using long CD skills AFTER Spear is applied.

More advanced uses of these cards can be seen in the: Astrologian Healing Guide (End-game).

Astrologian Stances: Nocturnal Sect & Diurnal Sect effects?

Here is a chart showing what each stance has to offer.

SkillNocturnal SectDiurnal Sect
Stance Bonus+5% Potency to healing+5% casting speed
Aspected BeneficHigher potency, 130% of healing is converted to shield.Weaker potency, leaves an 18s Regen effect.
Aspected HeliosLeaves a shield equal to 100% of the amount healed.Leaves a Regen effect on all affected members.
Celestial OppositionCannot be used while stanceless.Cannot be used while stanceless.

While the above table is a quick list, more in-depth knowledge can be gained from the Astrologian Healin guide.

What classes are Astrologian Cross-class skills from?
Thaumaturge and Conjurer. The most viable 5 to pick are:

  1. Cleric Stance
  2. Protect
  3. Aero I
  4. Swiftcast
  5. (free slot)

Crafting & Gathering classes suitable for Astrologian?
AST Armor: Weaver > Leatherworker
AST Star Globe (Weapon) & AST Accessories: Goldsmith

Like all casters, there is no way to get everything with one class. Mining is slightly more important than Botany for Astrologians. But as any end-game crafter knows, getting 60 in all DoH is the plan.

Advanced Astrologian resources

Astrologian Skills

NameLevelCastRecastMPTPRangeRadius
Malefic12.52.530y
>icon<Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Heavy 40%, Duration: 20s
Benefic222.530y
>icon<Restores target's HP. Cure Potency: 380
Additional Effect: 15% chance next Benefic II will have no cast time. Duration 15s
Combust4Instant2.525y
>icon<Deals unaspected damage over time.
Potency: 40 Duration 18s
Lightspeed6Instant1500y
>icon<Reduces cast times for spells by 2.5 seconds while reducing magic potency by 25%.
Duration 15s
Luminiferous Aether8Instant1200y
>icon<Reduces enmity generation.
Additional Effect: Refresh
Refresh Potency: 80 Duration: 15s
Helios102.52.52y
>icon<Restores own HP and the HP of all nearby party members.
Cure Potency: 290
Ascend1282.5
>icon<Resurrects target to a weakened state.
Essential Dignity15Instant6030y
>icon<Restores target's HP. Cure Potency: 400
Potency increases the lower the target's HP.
Exalted Detriment181s2.5s30y
>icon<Removes a single detrimental effect from target.
Stella222.52.525y
>icon<Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Heavy 40%
Duration: 20s
Benefic II262.52.530y
>icon<Restores targets HP. Cure Potency 620
Draw30Instant300y
>icon<Draw a card from your divining deck. Execute command again to use the card drawn.
Only one card can be drawn at a time.
Duration 15s, Recast timer cooldown will begin once the drawn card is read
or the Draw timer expires.
Diurnal Sect30Instant50y
>icon<Increases speed by 5% while adding a Regen effect to certain actions.
Cannot be used with Nocturnal Sect. Shares a recast timer with Nocturnal Sect.
Effect cannot be removed during battle. Effect ends upon reuse.
Aspected Benefic34Instant2.5s30y
>icon<Restores target's HP. Cure Potency: 190
Nocturnal Sect Cute Potency: 250
Nocturnal Sect Effect: Shields the recipient for an equal amount of HP healed. Does not stack with Adloquium.
Duration 30s

DIurnal Sect Effect: Regen
Cure Potency: 100 Duration 18s
Royal Road35Instant15s0y
>icon<Return the currently drawn card back to your deck to enhance the effect of the next card drawn,
Bole and Balance: 150% effect potency.
Arrow and Spear: 50% potency, extends the effect to nearby targets.
Ewer and Spire: Doubled duration
Disable38Instance60s25y
>icon<Reduces the potency of the target's next action by 10%
Duration: 10s
Spread40
>icon<
Aspected Helios4232.5
>icon<Restores HP of yourself and nearby party members. Cure Potency: 140
Diurnal Sect: Regen
Cure Potency: 50 Duration: 30s
Effect cannot be stacked.
Nocturnal Sect Effect: Erects a shield equal to the amount of HP healed.
Duration: 30s Effect does not stack with Adloquium.
Shuffle45Instant90
>icon<Return the currently drawn card to your deck and draw another.
Combust II46
>icon<?????
Nocturnal Sect50Instant5s
>icon<Increases healing potency by 5% while adding a damage nullifying shield to certain actions.
Cannot be used with Diurnal Sect.
Shares a recast timer with Diurnal Sect.
Effect cannot be removed during battle.
Effect ends upon reuse.
Synastry50Instant120
>icon<Generate and aetheric bond with target party member. Each time you cast a healing spell on a party member not under the effect of Synastry, 50% of the original spell also heals the bonded party member.
Gravity5232.5
>icon<Deals unaspected damage to a target and enemies near it with a potency of 200 for the first enemy, reducing by 10, 20, 30, 40% for each enemy hit with a minimum of 50%.
Malefic II542.52.5
>icon<Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 200.
Time Dilation56Instant90
>icon<Extends th duration of the target's beneficial effects by 15 seconds.
Collective Unconscious58Instant90
>icon<Created a wheel of fortune around the caster. Effect granted to party members upon entry differs depending on active Sect. Can only be executed whn a Sect is active. Effect ends upon using another action or moving.
Diurnal Sect: Regen
Cure Potency: 150 Duration 18s
Nocturnal Sect: Damage taken si reduced by 10%
Duration 18s
Celestial Opposition60Instant150
>icon<Stuns all nearby enemies. Duration: 4s

Also extends duration of beneficial effects cast on self and party members by 5 seconds.

Astrologian Traits

 LevelTraitsDescription
>icon<8Enhanced Mind
>icon<14Enhanced Mind II
>icon<16Enhanced Lightspeed
>icon<20Enhanced Ascension
>icon<24Enhanced Mind III
>icon<28Enhanced Essential Dignity
>icon<32Magick and Mend
>icon<36Enhanced Benefic
>icon<40Magick and Mend II
>icon<44Enhanced Disable
>icon<48Enhanced Luminiferous Aether

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FFXIV Dark Knight (DRK) Guide & FAQ

All you need to know about the Dark Knight job in FFXIV! How to unlock DRK, what skills, stats, and other supporting info. Also links to advanced guides!

“Ah, you think darkness your ally. You merely adopted it… I… uh… I’m a Zombie” – Mahiko ‘Bane’ San.

Hey guys! Welcome to our FFXIV Dark Knight guide. Here, we discuss all basic Dark Knight information, and post links to find more advanced Dark Knight resources. The Dark Knight is a tank class which was introduced in Heavensward 3.0, and have a special requirements (Like Astrologian and Machinist) compared to the original jobs. If you’re a newer DRK, the Dark Knight leveling guide may be useful.

How do I become a Dark Knight in FFXIV? What are the DRK Requirements?

1) You must have an existing Level 50 combat class (DoW or DoM).
2) You must have completed “Before the Dawn” (all story quests prior to 3.0).
3) Only then will the Dark Knight unlock quest open up –

Where do I unlock Dark Knight?
The quest name is “Our End”, which is found in The Pillars (13,8). The questgiver is an NPC names ‘Ishgardian Citizen’.

Help! I’m a new player rushing to Dark Knight! Then you’re best off starting the game as Gladiator and hitting the requirements as a Paladin. Then switch to DRK once you’re good to go.

Dark Knight stats: What stats to allocate and gear up for?

DRK’s, being a tank class, have only two stats to choose from. VIT will be the go-to choice for 80% of Dark Knights, and would be correct most of the time. Many tank players like to allocate STR to increase their DPS. This may not be the optimal choice depending on your level of play, and your static group. But either way VIT, STR or a mix of both would be the way to go.

THERE MAY BE A PIETY ‘CAP’ LIKE BLACK MAGES – WE WILL SEE.

As for secondary stats, we don’t quite know yet. But if we boil it down to the basics (ignoring DRK specifics), you can have a read on: Parry vs DPS stats as tanks.
(More info: DRK Stats & Materia)

What are the Dark Knight Skills & Traits?
Unlike other jobs, you jump straight into DRK at level 30. So you might get a bit overwhelmed. The skills and traits are listed near the bottom of the post.

What classes are Dark Knight Cross-class skills from?
Gladiator and Marauder. (More info: DRK Cross-class skills)

Crafting & Gathering classes suitable for Dark Knight?
Going by trends we can assume…
DRK Armor: Armorsmith
DRK Greatsword: Blacksmith
DRK Accessories: Goldsmith

For gathering, Mining supports all the above crafters quite well, which is quite fortunate for DRK and other heavy armor users.

Advanced Dark Knight resources

  • Dark Knight Best-in-slot & End-game gear: Well, you need to suit up right?
  • Dark Knight rotation: Play your DRK to the highest efficiency!
  • Anything else to add?

Dark Knight Skills

NameLevelCastRecastMPTPRangeRadius
Hard Slash1
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Shadowskin2
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Spinning Slash4
>icon<
Scourge6
>icon<
Unleash8
>icon<
Low Blow10
>icon<
Syphon Strike12
>icon<
Unmend15
>icon<
Blood Weapon18
>icon<
Power Slash26
>icon<
Darkside30
>icon<
Grit30
>icon<
Dark Dance34
>icon<
Blood Price35
>icon<
Soul Eater38
>icon<
Dark Passenger40
>icon<
Dark Mind42
>icon<
Dark Arts45
>icon<
Shadow Wall46
>icon<
Delirium50
>icon<
Living Dead50
>icon<
Salted Earth52
>icon<
Plunge54
>icon<
Abyssal Drain56
>icon<
Sole Survivor58
>icon<
Carve and Spit60
>icon<

Dark Knight Traits

 Lv.NameDescription
>Icon<8Enhanced VitalityIncrease VIT by 2.
>Icon<14Enhanced Shadowskin>effect<
>Icon<16Enhanced Vitality IIIncrease VIT by 4.
>Icon<20Clean Weapon>effect<
>Icon<24Enhanced Vitality IIIIncrease VIT by 6.
>Icon<28Hasty Reprisal>effect<
>Icon<32Enhanced Scourge>effect<
>Icon<36Low Blows>effect<
>Icon<40Enhanced Unmend>effect<
>Icon<44Enhanced Dark Dance>effect<
>Icon<48Soul Devourer>effect<

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FFXIV Job Requirements Guide

HEAVENSWARD UPDATED: Dark Knight, Astrologian, Machinist Requirements. Learn the job reqs for ALL jobs in FFXIV!

ffxiv job requirements all jobs plus dark knight astrologer machinist

Update: HEAVENSWARD Jobs: Dark Knight, Astrologian, Machinist included. In this guide we list down all known pre-requisites to unlock every known job in FFXIV. Not every job is quite equal, so read if you’re wondering about something.

For those wanting to ‘begin the game’ as Dark Knight, Astrologian or Machnist read on.

For Ninja: It’s important to note that you cannot start the game as a Rogue. If you wish to rush to Ninja, begin the game as Pugilist (as It’s the secondary class requisite).

Note on all jobs: Obtaining the “Soul Crystal” of the Job is what technically transforms you to it. Your CLASS guildmaster will direct you to your Jobs “Guildmaster” once the requirements are met – and you will get your new questline for your Job skills there (as well as the soul crystal for your job upon completing the first one). Many new Job skills are unlocked via job quests.

Heavensward Jobs

All the three new jobs need the following:

1) You must have an existing Level 50 combat class (DoW or DoM).
2) You must have completed “Before the Dawn” (all story quests prior to 3.0).
– Only then will the job unlock quest open up…

Where & what are the unlocks quests for Dark Knight, Machinist and Astrologian?

Job Quest Location NPC
Dark Knight Our End The Pillars 13,8 Ishgardian citizen
Astrologian Stairway to the Heavens The Pillars 15,10 Jannequinard
Machinist Savior of Skysteel Foundation 8,10 Stephanivien

Reference links: Dark Knight (DKN?), Astrologian (AST?), Machinist (MCN?)

If you’re a new player wanting to rush into either Dark Knight, Astrologian or Machinist:

Dark Knight: Start the game as Gladiator (to Paladin). Once you’ve done the requirements above – switch to Dark Knight.
Astrologian: Start the game as Conjurer (to White Mage). Once you’ve then once you’ve done the requirements above – switch to Astrolgian.
Machinist: Start the game as Archer (to Bard). Once you’ve done the requirements above – switch to Machinist.

2.0 Jobs Requirements

Advanced Job
Base Class (Level) -> Secondary Required Class (Level)

  • Bard: Archer (30) -> Pugilist (15)
  • Paladin: Gladiator (30) -> Conjurer (15)
  • Dragoon: Lancer (30) -> Marauder (15)
  • Warrior: Marauder (30) -> Gladiator (15)
  • Ninja: Rogue (30) -> Pugilist (15)
  • Monk: Pugilist (30) -> Lancer (15)
  • Scholar: Arcanist (30) -> Conjurer(15)
  • Summoner: Arcanist (30) -> Thaumaturge (15)
  • Black Mage: Thaumaturge (30) -> Archer (15)
  • White Mage: Conjurer (30) -> Arcanist (15)

Reference Links
Physical: Archer (Bard) | Gladiator (Paladin) | Lancer (Dragoon) | Marauder  (Warrior) | Pugilist (Monk) | Ninja (Rogue)
Magical: Arcanist (Scholars) (Summoners) | Conjurer (White Mage) | Thaumaturge (Black Mage)

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FFXIV Fishing Leveling Guide (UPDATED 50 to 60)

UPDATED to L60! How to level up Fishing Quickly!? Confused with Fishing Levequests? Looking for FIsh & Fishing Spots? Power Level your Fisher!

ffxiv-fishing-leveling-guide

Either you’re really bored, are a completionist, or ran out of things to do. If you’ve found yourself in this page it will at least make your journey to 50 Fisherman less painful. First of all, you might want to check out our Gathering General FAQ, and [Fishing General FAQ] before you begin. Already familiar? Let’s get to it.

THE PRE-50 GUIDE NEEDS SOME REFINEMENT, but has the high impact notes for each tier.

Key Info per section:

  • Fishing quest item & location.
  • Levequest fish and notes about them
  • If grinding, what’s the best fish/spot to farm? (Most useful)
  • Grinding summary per tier

Are you leveling your Fishing 50 to 60? Click on it. Seriously.

Navigation: [01-15] [16-35] [36-50] [50 to 60] [Summary]

Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the fishing class: The Fishers Guild is in Limsa Lominsa.

To gain maximum EXP as a Fisher and level up fast, keep note of the following. Key points are: Choosing the right fish/spot/lure for you level. Also, Keeping key pieces of gear up to date (To up HQ chance, and reduce “got away”). Our Gathering Gear Guide is something you should keep open while leveling up: If you’re curious, here’s the equipment I prepared for my journey to 50.

Have a pile of Rabbit Pie (you can buy it from the Limsa food vendor in the market). If you can, pack some Jack-o-Lanterns, too.

Fishing Class Quest Items

For fishing, you might want to check the Market Board and buy up all the brainlessly cheap fish to make this a little bit less of a hassle. You can submit fish as quest requirements that are bought from NPC/Auction house!

Fisher 01: Lominsan Anchovy x 5
— (Right outside the guild, Bait: Lugworm)
Fisher 05: Harbor Herring x3
— (Right outside the guild, Bait: Pillbug)
Fisher 10: HQ Princess Trout
— (Middle La Noscea: any river, Bait: Crayfish Ball)
Fisher 15: Navigators Dagger  x5
— (Western La Noscea: Brewers Beacon, Bait: Rait Tail)
Fisher 20: Warmwater Trout  x5
— (Upper La Noscea – Oakwood, Bait: Crow Fly)
Fisher 25: Shadow Catfish
— (Fallgourd Float, Bait: Moth Pupa > Striped Goby > Shadow Catfish)
Fisher 30: Fullmoon Sardine x 10
— (South Umbral Isles (Night), Tackle: Spoonworm)
Fisher 35: Desert Catfish
— (Sagoili Dunes, Bait: Rolling Stone)
Fisher 40: Raincaller x5
— (Old Gridania. Whispering Gorge, Rain. Bait: Stem Borer)
Fisher 45: Cloud Cutter x5
— (Whitebrim, Bait: Hoverworm)
Fisher 50: Mazlaya Marlin (North Bloodshore, Double Mooch)
— (Double Mooch, Bait: Floating Minnow)
— (Harbor Herring > Ogre Barracuda > Mazlaya Marlin)

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

This tiers grinding summary (~1-15)

FromToMAXLocationMapBaitNotes
155Limsa Lower DecksLLLugwormCatches many relevant Levequest fish.
51010Murmur RillsNSHCrayfish BallThe absolute best spot in this tier. (Gridania->Yellow Serpent Gate)
101515SwiftperchWLNPillbugCatches many relevant Levequest fish.
152020AleportWLNRat TailNot many choices in this tier.
202326Yug'ram RiverETHButterworm( night ) 100% Black Eel. Just alt-tab during daytime :)

Fishing Level 1-5

Fishing Quest Level 1: Lominsan Anchovy x 5
Fishing Quest Level 5: Harbor Herring x3
Level 1 Fishing Levequests:
Limsa Adventurers Guild & Red Rooster Stead.
Level 5 Fishing Levequests: Limsa Adventurers Guild & Red Rooster Stead.

Where to find Lominsan Anchovy & Harbor Herring? These can be found right outside the guild. The bait you use should be Lugworm and Pillbug respectively. I suggest just grinding it out here until you reach level 5. You would have caught 5x Lominsan Anchovy and 3x Harbor Herring by then.

Level 1 Levequest Fish
(?) 3 Merlthor Goby : Limsa Lominsa lower decks | Lugworm
(?) 3 Malm Kelp: ^
(?) 3 Lominsan Anchovy: ^
(?) 3 Finger Shrimp: ^

These are really… REALLY not worth doing EXP wise. But given how lazy I was (and other people surely) to muck around in lower levels, you can use these to speed the process up immensely. If you have 100 leves lying around… go for it!

FSH Level ~1-5 Grinding spots
Just fish around the front of the guild :) (See advice above). If you’re lazy just buy up 5x Lominsan Anchovy, 3x Harbor Herring, all the cheap Merlthor Gobies and Malm Kelps you can and just submit stuff to the Levequest guy.

Fishing Level 5-10

Fishing Quest Level 10: HQ Princess Trout
Level 5 Fishing Levequests:
 Limsa Adventurers Guild & Red Rooster Stead.
Level 10 Fishing Levequests:
Western La Noscea, Swiftperch.

Where to find Princess Trout? In virtually any river you find in Middle La Noscea (Use Crayfish Ball). Exact rivers it can be found in: Nym, Rogue, West Agelyss and The Mourning Widow)

Level 5 Levequest Fish
(?) 3[9] Sea Cucumber [R] :
(?) 3 [9] Harbor Herring [R] :
(?) 3 Ocean Cloud :
(?) 3 Coral Butterfly :

I didn’t really bother looking for a good spot to fish these up since the grinding spot mentioned below far exceeds hunting for levequest fish in this tier. I feel that in this tier either you go out and grind it, or buy a pile of these fish off the MB and spam the levequests. Fishing these up just for submission straight up loses to the grinding option.

FSH Level ~5-10 Grinding spots

This may seem out of the way, but fishing in Murmur Rills (NSH) using Crayfish Ball is the absolute best and fastest spot to reach level 10!

Fishing Level 10-15

Fishing Quest Level 15: Navigators Dagger  x5
Level 10 Fishing Levequests:
 Western La Noscea, Swiftperch.
Level 15 Fishing Levequests:
Lower La Noscea, Moraby Drydocks.

Where to find Navigators Dagger? Use Rat Tails in Brewers Beacon, Western La Noscea. Fairly easy catch, no problems here.

FSH Level 10 Levequest fish
(?) 3 [9] Harbor Herring [R] : Swiftperch, WLN | Goby Ball
(?) 3 [9] Pebble Crab [R] : ^
(?) 3 Moraby Flounder : ^
(?) 3 Tiger Cod : ^

Swiftperch using Goby Ball has a small chance to get you ALL of the fish you need! Save the Rothlyt Oysters and White Corals – they’re used for the next tiers leves.

FSH Level ~10-15 Grinding spots

Thankfully Swiftperch is the best choice for both leve-fishing AND grinding. Continuously fishing and submitting make this tier extremely fast to get through. No reason not to just sit your butt in Swiftperch and grind.

Fisher Level: [01-15] [16-35] [36-50] [50 to 60] : [Summary]

FFXIV Botanist Leveling Guide (Updated 50 to 60)

UPDATED level 50 to 60! Level up Botany Quickly! Botany Quests Items? Finding Botany Nodes? Stop wasting time! Power Level your Botanist!

ffxiv-botany-leveling-guide

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.

Are you leveling your Botanist 50 to 60? Go there now. Seriously.

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

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)

Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the botany class: The Botany Guild is in Gridania.

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

Botanist 1: Latex 10
Botanist 5: Maple Sap 50
Botanist 10: Crow Feather 99
Botanist 15: Marjoram (HQ) 15
Botanist 20: Grade 1 Carbonized Matter 99
Botanist 25: Chamomile (HQ) 15
Botanist 30: Alligator Pears (HQ) 15
Botanist 35: Laurel (HQ) 20
Botanist 40: Ramhorn Zucchini (HQ) 20
Botanist 45: Mistletoe (HQ) 20
Botanist 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-tatts 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.

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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.

Botanist Level: [01-15] : [16-35] : [36-50] : [50 – 60]