FFXIV Alchemist Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

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

transmuting stones in stormblood!
Level your ALC to 70!

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

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

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

Before you begin…

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

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

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

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

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

Alchemist Class Quest Item Reference:

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

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

How to use this guide?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Alchemist: the beginning!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alchemist 05 to 10

All levequest items below have 100% NPC Buyable Materials.

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

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

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

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

Alchemist 10 to 15

All levequest items below have 100% NPC Buyable Materials.

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

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

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

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

Summary of this chunk

Courier / Reverse Courier is best in the early tiers:

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

Of course, we also can recommend the best singles:

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

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

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FFXIV Alchemist Levequests (UPDATED)

All Alchemist Levequests Information. ALC Levequest locations, leve items needed – and more!

Hey guys! Here is a listing of ALL ALCHEMY LEVEQUESTS Below level 60. If you’re reading this – you’re going to want to open our Alchemist Leveling Guide!

We have a listing of all 3.0 (50+) Levequests here.


Alchemist Leves level 20 and above which have marked (R) are REPEATABLE (Thrice). Submitting High-quality Alchemist crafted items give DOUBLE EXP REWARDS. 

ALC LevequestLv#ItemFromToLink
One for the Books11Leather GrimoireUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1107/Leather-Grimoire
Mercury Rising13QuicksilverUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1102/Quicksilver
Root Rush13Growth Formula AlphaUl'dahScorpion Crossinghttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1104/Growth-Formula-Alpha
The Bleat is On11Maple WandScorpion CrossingUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1106/Maple-Wand
Met a Sticky End13Animal GlueScorpion CrossingScorpion Crossinghttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1103/Animal-Glue
Days of Chunder13AntidoteScorpion CrossingScorpion Crossinghttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1108/Antidote
On the Drip53Eye DropsUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1109/Eye-Drops
Distill, My Heart53Distilled WaterUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1101/Distilled-Water
A Jawbreaking Weapon of Staggering Weight51Whispering Maple WandUl'dahScorpion Crossinghttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1112/Whispering-Maple-Wand
The Hexster Runoff51Maple PicatrixScorpion CrossingUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1111/Maple-Picatrix
Don't Be So Tallow53BeeswaxScorpion CrossingScorpion Crossinghttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1115/Beeswax
Gotta Bounce53RubberScorpion CrossingScorpion Crossinghttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1110/Rubber
Morning Glass of Ether103EtherUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1123/Ether
Wand-full Tonight101Budding Maple WandUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1117/Budding-Maple-Wand
Using Your Arcane Powers for Fun and Profit101Ash PicatrixUl'dahHorizonhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1119/Ash-Picatrix
Unbreak My Heart103Roof TileHorizonUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1584/Roof-Tile
You Grow, Girl103Growth Formula BetaHorizonHorizonhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1122/Growth-Formula-Beta
One for the Road103PotionHorizonHorizonhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1118/Potion
Shut Up and Take My Gil151Ash WandUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1125/Ash-Wand
Book and a Hard Place151Engraved Hard Leather GrimoireUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1131/Engraved-Hard-Leather-Grimoire
Kiss of Life153Potion of VitalityUl'dahCamp Drybonehttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1128/Potion-of-Vitality
Devil Take the Foremost153Potion of StrengthCamp DryboneUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1130/Potion-of-Strength
Sanity Points153Potion of MindCamp DryboneCamp Drybonehttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1132/Potion-of-Mind
There's Something About Bury151Hard Leather GrimoireCamp DryboneCamp Drybonehttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1124/Hard-Leather-Grimoire
Don't Forget to Take Your Meds [R]205 (15)Potion of IntelligenceUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1126/Potion-of-Intelligence
Everything Is Impossible201Budding Ash WandUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1133/Budding-Ash-Wand
The Writing Is Not on the Wall203Enchanted Silver InkUl'dahQuarrymillhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1139/Enchanted-Silver-Ink
Blind Man's Bluff [R]205 (15)Potion of DexterityQuarrymillQuarrymillhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1127/Potion-of-Dexterity
Hush Little Wailer203Weak Silencing PotionQuarrymillQuarrymillhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1138/Weak-Silencing-Potion
Dripping with Venom203Weak Blinding PotionQuarrymillQuarrymillhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1134/Weak-Blinding-Potion
Sophomore Slump [R]253 (9)Goatskin GrimoireUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1140/Goatskin-Grimoire
Automata for the People253Crab OilUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1143/Crab-Oil
Glazed and Confused251Clear Glass LensUl'dahQuarrymillhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1145/Clear-Glass-Lens
The Wailers' First Law of Potion [R]255 (15)Hi-PotionQuarrymillQuarrymillhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1142/Hi-Potion
You Put Your Left Hand In251Engraved Goatskin GrimoireQuarrymillQuarrymillhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1148/Engraved-Goatskin-Grimoire
Conspicuous Conjuration251Whispering Ash WandQuarrymillQuarrymillhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1144/Whispering-Ash-Wand
Stuck in the Moment [R]305 (15)Horn GlueUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1150/Horn-Glue
Riches' Brew303Hi-Potion of MindUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1152/Hi-Potion-of-Mind
Just Give Him a Serum303Hi-Potion of StrengthUl'dahCosta Del Solhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1157/Hi-Potion-of-Strength
Growing Is Knowing [R]303 (9)Growth Formula GammaCosta Del SolCosta Del Solhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1149/Growth-Formula-Gamma
Eye of the Beholder303Hi-Potion of DexterityCosta Del SolCosta Del Solhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1153/Hi-Potion-of-Dexterity
The Write Stuff303Enchanted Mythril InkCosta del SolCosta del Solhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1156/Enchanted-Mythril-Ink
Always Have an Exit Plan [R]355 (15)Poisoning PotionUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1161/Poisoning-Potion
The House Always Wins353Blinding PotionUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1163/Blinding-Potion
Alive and Unwell351Budding Oak WandUl'dahCCH (Observatorium)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1538/Budding-Oak-Wand
Going Nowhere Fast [R]355 (15)Paralyzing PotionCCH (Observatorium)CCH (Observatorium)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1162/Paralyzing-Potion
The Sting of Conscience353Sleeping PotionCCH (Observatorium)CCH (Observatorium)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1164/Sleeping-Potion
Open Your Grimoire to Page 42351Embossed Book Of SilverCCH (Observatorium)CCH (Observatorium)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1537/Embossed-Book-of-Silver
Your Courtesy Wake-up Call [R]405 (15)Smelling SaltsUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1170/Smelling-Salts
A Bile Business403Shark OilUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1171/Shark-Oil
A Patch-up Place403Mega-PotionUl'dahCCH (Whitebrim)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1172/Mega-Potion
A Real Smooth Move [R]405 (15)LanolinCCH (Whitebrim)CCH (Whitebrim)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1169/Lanolin
Arcane Arts for Dummies401Book of MythrilCCH (Whitebrim)CCH (Whitebrim)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1539/Book-of-Mythril
No Accounting for Waste403Enchanted Electrum InkCCH (Whitebrim)CCH (Whitebrim)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1540/Enchanted-Electrum-Ink
A Matter of Vital Importance [R]455 (15)Mega-Potion of VitalityUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1179/Mega-Potion-of-Vitality
Quit Your Jib-Jab453Gold NeedleUl'dahUl'dahhttp://xivdb.com/?recipe/1181/Gold-Needle
Sleepless in Silvertear453Potent Sleeping PotionUl'dahMD (St. Coinach's Find)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1544/Potent-Sleeping-Potion
Not Taking No for an Answer [R]455 (15)Mega-Potion of StrengthMD (St. Coinach's Find)MD (St. Coinach's Find)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1177/Mega-Potion-of-Strength
Make Up Your Mind or Else453Potent Poisoning PotionMD (St. Coinach's Find)MD (St. Coinach's Find)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1542/Potent-Poisoning-Potion
Shut Up Already453Potent Silencing PotionMD (St. Coinach's Find)MD (St. Coinach's Find)http://xivdb.com/?recipe/1545/Potent-Silencing-Potion
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