FFXIV Botanist Leveling Guide (70 Stormblood Updated)

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

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

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Quick Botany Collectible & Rotation Reference

1AOld World Fig284Dravinian Forelands ~(27, 13)2 ETSlot 2Your best friend.
2APearl Sprouts400Coerthas Western Highlands ~(32, 19)10 ETSlot 6Same node as Chives.
2BPorcini360Churning Mists ~(26, 10)12 ETSlot 7Same node as Dravanian Mistletoe.
3AChives400Coerthas Western Highlands ~(32, 19)10 ETSlot 1Same node as Pearl Sprouts.
3BDravanian Mistletoe400Churning Mists ~(26, 10)12 ETSlot 3Same node as Porcini.
4ACloud Banana450Dravanian Hinterlands (lower left)12 ETSlot 2(Scrip) Same node as Morel.
4BHeavens Lemon450Sea of Clouds (FAR RIGHT)10 ETSlot 2(Scrip) Same node as A. Mistletoe
4CWind Widow450?Sea of Clouds, Voor Sian SiranANYANYForever available but rare.
5AAbalathian Mistletoe450Sea of Clouds (FAR RIGHT)10 ETSlot 3(Scrip) Same node as Heavens Lemon
5BCloud Mushroom450?Sea of Clouds, Voor Sian SiranANYANYForever available but rare.
6AMorel450Dravanian Hinterlands (lower left)12 ETSlot 7(Scrip) Same node as Cloud Banana.

Botanist Collectible Rotations (Scrub tier 600 GP)

!! In preparation for Botanist Level 55+ !!

So you’ve gotten to BTN 55? What now? Two main points come up. A highly recommended GEAR UPDATE, which leads to Effective leveling and Scrip FARMING. You will need thousands of scrips – so might as well start NOW – but don’t be sad! The process of gathering scrips nets a TON OF EXP for your Botanist, so doing it while leveling is VALUE. Also, if you’re planning to level up other gatherers, this gear update is LEGIT (as you can save it for their use). I used the below set to 60 NO PROBLEM, gathering at least 2 COLLECTIBLES FROM EACH NODE.

Level 55~ Botany Gear Check

55+ Botany Weapon Reference:

You want, at least, the first tier (55 main 56 off-hand) (HQ Recommended)

  1. (HQ Recommended) (55) Titanium Hatchet  | (56) Titanium Scythe
  2. (Luxury purchases) (57) Hardsilver Hatchet| (59) Adamantite Scythe. I noted these two here purely for reference.

With the newfound 500+ Perception, gathering these collectibles by the pair, and gaining tons of EXP and scrips will be easy for your Botanist. Now, onto the specifics…


Botany Level 54 – 56

Botany Collectibles Unlocked:
(54): Dravanian Mistletoe (Slot 3)
| The Churning Mists ~ (26, 10) | 12:00 Eorzea time
(54): Chives (Slot 1)  
| Coerthas Western Highlands  ~ (21, 19) | 10:00 Eorzea time

Botany (55) Quest Item: 10x HQ Emerald Beans from Churning Mist.
Botany  Next (58) Quest Item
: 10x HQ Birch Logs, you can farm these beforehand. (The quests skip a level, oddly)

The (54) Botany Levequest you want isChewed Up and Snuffed OutYour Mother is Medicine and Your Father is the Wild.
(54) Temp(L)eHybrid Theories > Exotic Remedies
The (56) Botany Levequest you want isThe Anointing of the Dead (ONLY Eval leve this tier)
(56) Temp(L)e: Nectar of the Goddess (ONLY Eval leve this tier)

What I did during this tier: Before proceeding, I highly recommend that you reveal all possible unspoiled node items at this point (level req less than 56). You won’t regret it! Keep on top of your collectibles as always!

If grinding: Dark Chestnut Log is the way to go. I used a metric ton of these leveling up my crafts and will likely be a commodity for ages to come. It’s even required in making leathers. DARK CHESTNUT is an extremely valuable hidden item, gathered from the same nodes. If you’re a crafter, Culinarians need this for many scrip turn-ins. Just a heads up.

Botany Level 56 – 58

Botany Collectibles Unlocked:
(56): Cloud Banana (Slot 2) |
Dravanian Hinterlands (Lower left) | 12:00 Eorzea time
(56): Heavens Lemon
(Slot 2) |
Sea of Clouds (FAR!) | 6 am, 6 pm Eorzea Time

Botany  Next (58) Quest Item: 10x HQ Birch Logs.
Botany  Next (60) Quest Item: 3x HQ Chysahl Greens (Unspoiled, Slot 6, Coerthas West 9ET) (May be difficult)

The (56) Botany Levequest you want isThe Anointing of the Dead (ONLY Eval leve this tier)
(56) Temp(L)e: Nectar of the Goddess (ONLY Eval leve this tier)
The (58) Botany Levequest you want isA Taste of Their Own Medicine > Watching the Western Wall
(58) Temp(L)e: Thank You for Smoke ScreeningBlending In

What I did during this tier:  Once you hit 55, or as you hit 56, seriously consider the gear update mentioned above! Once the Cloud Banana / Heavens Lemon tier appears – it’s SCRIP FARMING TIME. Gather them as fervently as an Ishgardian high priest – otherwise you’ll wish to the gods you HAVE. These are the first items that yield Scrips, and They also give a lot of EXP. No reason not to get on top of these asap! I stopped gathering Old World Fig at this point. Try other appraisal methods

Like the previous tier, please consider unlocking any other unspoiled node items as early as now, as you’ve unlocked some new ones as you hit level 56. I also unlocked all my Ephemeral Node points at this time. I also tried out Aetheric Reduction – I don’t have a guide on this just yet, but feel free to try it out. (Heavensward nodes no longer that relevant)

If grinding: The previous tier’s advice is still legit (Dark Chestnut friends). Birch Log is another valid grinding item. It’s a hidden item, and used for many high-end crafts. Or simply grind whichever item you feel is most profitable. For me it’s always been either of the two mentioned.

Botany Level 58 – 60

Botany Collectibles Unlocked:
(58): Abalathian Mistletoe (Slot 3) |
Sea of Clouds (FAR!) | 10:00 Eorzea Time
(59): Morel
(Slot 7) | Dravanian Hinterlands (Lower left) | 12:00 Eorzea Time

Botany Next (60) Quest Item: 3x HQ Chysahl Greens. If you’re a newer gatherer, this may be hard for you. The easiest way to gather these is to Reveal with Toil > Chain 4 > Ageless Words > Brunt Force > Gather > Brunt Force > Gather. You do need quite a bit of Perception to be able to do this, I do not remember the minimum right now (will update, or please comment).

The (58) Botany Levequest you want isA Taste of Their Own Medicine > Watching the Western Wall
(58) Temp(L)e: Thank You for Smoke ScreeningBlending In

What I did during this tier: If you’ve held off on it, just do it now: Gather one of every possible item/unspoiled item. The gathering log EXP isn’t insignificant, and it’ll prevent some annoying moments in the future.

Botany End Game: What to do now?

Once you reach Level 60 Botanist (or any DoH or DoL): Take the quest “Go West, Craftsman” from Mor Dhona. Long story short, you have to buy “Regional Folklore tomes” which unlock more new Botany nodes. Oh, they cost a ton of scrip. One tomestone costs 99 Rowena’s Token, at 50 Scrips each, 4950 Scrips for one. 14,850(?) for three. Remember your friends Cloud Banana and Morel? You will plant the seeds of your long lasting relationship from here :)

Botanist Best-in-slot gear & Materia melding: Gathering End-Game Gear Guide (+Max Materia Melds)

Good luck hacking and slashing….? I hope your journey to Botanist 60 won’t be too bad! Any suggestions to improve the guides? Anything you guys want to add? Feel free to comment below.

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115 thoughts on “FFXIV Botanist Leveling Guide (70 Stormblood Updated)”

  1. The stormblood guide for botany would be better if they just stated what the quest turn-ins were so that we could grind them like they did in the past guides.

  2. It’s worth noting that the Blessed Fieldkeep’s Hatchet from the Achievement “I Found That: Botanist V” for gathering and recording discovery of 230 unique items as a Botanist actually beats out all of the hatchets during levelling – even the HQ Highsteel! It has stats like this;

    Ilvl 200
    Vit: 30
    Gathering: 292
    Perception: 167

    You can’t meld it, but I found that even with melds on the HQ Highsteel (Gathering: 274, Perception: 156) it didn’t beat those stats. I got it just by filling in all my gathering logs, so if people make an effort to do that as soon as they’re available, then you can get it quite early during levelling to 70! :)

    1. First of all, thanks A LOT for this great guide, I’m a new-ish player and this saved me a lot of time!

      Just a little heads up for anyone attempting Botanist Class Quest LVL70, not only the quest requires 5 normal items now (which has been covered correctly in this guide) but with Patch 4.2 “Ageless Words” doesn’t work anymore for this node in this particular scenario (this isn’t written anywhere in the patch note, but I just attempted it and it doesn’t work anymore sadly) so don’t bother wasting those 300GP on it, and use it to have 100% gathering chance instead (unless you have it already of course) else you’re forced to wait for the next time slot in order to complete the quest and it’s gonna be a pain. :(

      1. I just did this quest last night (Mar 31, 2019) on patch 4.5x. I completed both MIN and BTN 70 quests and used Ageless words on both to get another try to finish 5. It did work.

  3. I didn;t see it mentioned anywhere, but Its not necessary to grind lv 60 to 61 anymore, the stuff that Zhloe asks for for her orphanage gives excellent experience and was the same difficulty as the lv 58-59 stuff for me. Not to mention the storyline for that mini quest is actually interesting.

        1. it’s not a link sadly. just go to page 6 and look for a heading titled: “Botanist Gear: Upgrade Summary”. It should be under the “Botanist Leveling: 61 to 62”

          1. Ohhh! I found what you were talking about, jumped to the last page because I was level 69. Just wondering, do you also have a Stormblood endgame gear/meld guide for BTN?

  4. For the level 70 quest, HQ is needed. The first Rhalgr’s Streak you harvest will say it counts, but it doesn’t.

  5. I may have missed something here, but whats the suggested stockpile used for? Why are we stocking up these items?

    I get some of them are for the next class quest, but the rest?

    1. If you’re leveling crafters you need a small stock of some lower level items. Throw them away if your DoH is past the tier of your DoL – however this was made such a long time ago maybe I should just do away with suggested stockpile?

      1. Nah leave it in, it helps people who dont want to spend money on mats and want to profit fully from crafting.

        Thanks for the info :) keep up the good work!

  6. Not sure if this is changed after SB, but tbh I just grind on Cedar log collectible 51-60. I can get 54 collectible logs in ~10 minutes, thats just shy of 1 mil XP (54 ,is just how many free slots I have in my inventory). throw in Coerthan tea leaves every 10:00ET and thats coming close to 1.2Mil – 1.5Mil every 10 minute run. Obviously this isn’t good if you want to sell things or gather things for crafting, but if you just want to grind up to the SB area these days and have no leves, it’s not a bad way to do it. If you’re rich, perhaps Wind Widows are better @58 and cloud mushrooms @59, but I can hit the above XP numbers on the logs with NQ gear and some cheap melds. No fancy skill rotations involved, just grab the log, appraisal twice and usually collect two or three logs per tree. It’s mind numbing, but easy and fast.

  7. idk if its a typo in the quest or a bug but I just completed my lvl 70 class quest with 5 NQ Rhalgr’s Streak. The actual turn-in didn’t ask for HQ either (I only had 2 anyway) so I’m not sure what’s going on because the quest tracker was listing that I had 5 HQ ∠( ᐛ 」∠)_

  8. For the Level 68 levequests, there’s an error in your chat. The 8 node eval leve is actually “Nunh the Wiser” and the “Last of the Mhigans” is the 32 or fail leve.

  9. The time for Heavens Lemons appears to have changed, I just found them at 6 p.m. ET. I stuck around till about 10:10 ET to verify they don’t spawn at that time anymore

      1. Just finished the quest for Rhalgr’s Steak. I collected 5 NQ and HQ and for science decided to hand in the NQ ones first to see what merit the above comment had. The quest completed with only NQ items being handed in. I didn’t take a screenshot before but here is one just after my hand in. With what I had left after handing in the quest.

        1. You know, I feel something funny is going on with that quest. I had to submit NQ and HQ, maybe it was a strange bug of sorts, or they nerfed it. Either way if it’s just NQ I guess I’ll make a note on the guide. How very odd, even reviewing the quest in databases, HQ is the requested item…

  10. Heyo, still planning on updating this? I am now getting into the Stormblood parts of gathering. Full NQ lvl 61 left side gear, random hodgepodge of right side gear to hit 600+ GP with food. HQ main hand at 62 feels godlike. I’ve managed to collect Gyr Abanian Wheat collectable off of a gathering +1 node (can’t do it with 4 whacks in my gear, need to 5th hit to get to 470 collectability). Looking forward to seeing the completed guide.

    Botany is expensive… how do you keep your gil supply healthy? The gear upgrades ate away a pretty big chunk of my gil reserves.

    1. The unspoiled nodes have 5+ whacks. more with “utmost caution” rotations. Expensive is a relative term, heh. If you feel as if your gil got chunked…. you’re a gatherer!!!! Sell the stuff you harvest!

  11. Are there tips/guides about getting to 600GP? I barely hit 500GP at level 50 (I’m at 470 now). Is it just buying stuff at Market Boards?

  12. Achieved 50 thanks to this guide. Looking for 60.

    I would explain more the position of the quest items. Example for the 3 last logs for quest 50, you don’t say where, you don’t say that it’s a node that appears à 9 am in the coerthas providence zone.
    I got a hard time locating many of these items. Maybe I’m unskilled :P

    Found this link that is quite efficient

  13. lv 46-50 quote
    “Where to find Spruce Log? This quest is a little different, as you’re going to have to be level 50 to complete it (You cannot gather it as a 49 and below botanist)”


    Yes you can…… easily

  14. Just a note. You say that you cannot gather Spruce logs if you are not 50. This is incorrect. I am currently lvl 46 and have gathered them. You simply need to know which slot they are in (6). Simply make sure your Truth of Forests is turned on and run for the node when it becomes available. I am happy to provide photo video/ evidence. You can gather level 50 unspoiled nodes so long as you know which space holds the item and so long as your stats allow for it.

  15. Hello! I’m very thankful for all the great advices you gave, but I’ve been wondering about the suggested stockpiles…
    When you say 20 or 99 of each…is that NQ or HQ? I’ve been grinding for 20 HQ of each (and 99 for logs/ores) and it works just fine to level up, it’s slow, but it works :)
    Just wanted to know ^^

    1. I do believe it is mix&match as in crafting most items will call for either 1 or more items and you can mix in HQ for higher HQ progress at the start of the craft so its x20 in total in terms of the quest it would be atleast 10HQ for the turn in and just get a total of 30.

  16. This guild helped me get to 60 Botany, so thank you. Some thoughts and corrections.

    The collectibles you get at level 52 in Coerthas Western Highlands spawn at 10ET, not 12ET. Also, for the equipment upgrade, I would actually recommend NQ gear except for the tools, those should be HQ. Getting HQ gear is a bit overkill and saves a lot of money if you choose to but them. I believe there are some other times that are wrong but I don’t remember them

  17. Just a heads up, but you can see the nodes in Falcon Nest at level 50 allowing you to gather cedar logs. The guide says you cannot see them until level 51. I was able to see the nodes and gather with a skill of 325 putting the node at 81%. It is far easier and much more lucrative to farm these for a level. The cedar logs are selling for 700+ Gil for normal quality and HQ is going for a minimum of 1400 a log on average on my server so certainly worth it to grind on. Just an fyi.

    1. Aye, it’s impossible for me to give an blanket answer to all people of all servers. What to grind best can change from day to day depending on many things! The things I suggest are those likely to hold the most consistent value.

  18. First of all, thank you forever for all of these guides, which I used to get to 50 and I’m using to get to 60. You’e a hero.

    Second, there are two evaluation leves for each level but you only list one. I can help give names to the ones missing, but for the most part there is an 8-node 320 evaluation leve and a 4-node 160 evaluation leve for each tier.

    Not that it matters because if your percentage is near 85% using the 100GP ability to raise by 15%, then trying to get 5 of the 7/8 point item and using the chain 4 ability to get the 9 item is easy to do and will result in always getting 25%.

    Keep things going!

  19. How are we supposed to get to 600 GP? Even with food I wont get there. I’m level 52 with all of the 2.0 Botany gear. I only have 500k Gil. GP materia is silly expensive. You call 600 scrub tier but don’t tell us how to hit 600.

  20. Was able to get 5 Figs using Toil of Pioneer> Single Mind> Instinctual Appraisal x2, so there does not seem to be a cap of 4 at a node

    1. I see! Although my problem with this is when using single mind, a 3-gather becomes vastly superior to 5 figs…

      1. Its better get more of one item, rather then trying to get higher Collectability.
        One fig is iirc , 60k (250), then 66k, then 72k.

  21. Your guide seems to imply that the level 55 gear is from LTW and WVR, when you can just buy it from the moogle vendor in Moghome.

    Also, the whole guide could really be cleaned up. There’s a lot of useless fluff and misinformation that others have pointed out that makes it more difficult to understand than needs be. Honestly, I feel like I’d have more success just figuring things on my own than trying to follow this guide.

    1. You can buy it from moghome, yes, you can! BUT – I’m not implying anything. MY ADVICE (wether you choose to follow it or not) is to obtain an HQ set, as it will give you great value in return. Even if you’re just leveling up one class or all 3.

      I’m sorry you feel this way, but I can only do things either so quickly, or up to a certain quality. I’m time-bound like the rest of the players. Refinements will be made constantly.

      1. Personally, this guide has been loads of help for me and I’m new to the gathering classes. Without this guide I’d of been rather clueless, so I’m not seeing what other people are. Might have a bit of extra fluff here and there, but it’s been really helpful for a new gatherer.

    1. Oh know! I thought you had the mining table there on purpose. It was so helpful because we had both the botany and mining tables on the same page. Please put the mining table back. :) You could technically even re-name this page for both botany and mining since the same advice applies to both!

      1. Oh! Yes which reminds me. The ‘double tables’ belongs in a new guide (for delineation purposes, i guess). Which im going to make very soon. So sorry!

  22. “Botany Collectibles Unlocked
    (59?): Morel (Slot 7) | Dravanian Forelands (Lower left)”

    Should read Dravanian Hinterlands.

    1. I did not note the perception i had at the time for a 2x. On this note You need 570~ for a 3 gather!

  23. Trying to do my first collectible (Old World Figs)…I put the glove on and approach the node at the correct time, but when I open it, it tells me there’s no colectibles available. I’m level 50…

  24. Just letting you know have the Miner’s guild listed under “Before you begin your journey to 60 Botanist” :)

    1. If you plan to craft, it’s always nice to have at least 20 of these “secondary items”, which will be enough to hit 50 in all classes for the most part.

      1. Are these meant to be HQ items, or NQ? The level 21-25 says to stash 30 Chamomile (15 for quest) but the quest calls for HQ, so now I’m wondering if I’ve been stopping my stash early at 20 NQ instead of 20 HQ for the other levels.

  25. I am on the level 35 quest and the bnt main quest turn in is now 15 Alligator Pears (HQ). Not sure if the patch changed this.

    1. that is the 30 lvl class quest u must have skipped it when u deliver it u will get the 35 one which is 20 high quality Ramhorn Zucchini

  26. I’m at the raincatcher gully docks and I’m looking for the botany locations. I hone in and it tells me that they’re 233 yalms southeast, the thing is, there’s nothing but rock and no where to go in that direction.

    1. Thats because your not high enough level? it happened to me when i was lvl 6 and had to go to east vein in central shroud. There was NO trees but the guide told me there was and when when i hone it says 200 yalms away. But after doing some leve quests and lvled up they appeared! :D

      1. when you hone in make sure you look at the small map it will flash yellow leaves in the direction you need to go

    1. Have you gotten onto your adventuring class and done the introductory leve in that town? You cannot do DoH/DoL leves in a town until you complete the first battle leve.

    2. Did you unlock them for battlecrafting, if you don’t do that first the levequests for crafting and gathering will not be there.

  27. -Where to find Spruce Log? This quest is a little different, as you’re going to have to be level 50 to complete it (You cannot gather it as a 49 and below botanist)-

    This is not true. Just gathered spruce logs as a level 46.

  28. Lv20 Lush Vegetation Patches at Gridania East Shroud, The Hawthorne Hut area not listed.

    – Shroud Seedling

    [So I will hunt along with this as normal, 20?]

  29. Tarantula Oak Log and Oak Branch no longer seem to exist, or any botany nodes seem to exist in Lower Paths South Shroud. So probably flax and white truffle are somewhere else too?

  30. I see no mention of the Island Seedling you get from the Lv 20 lush vegetation Patches in Western La Noscrea, Quarterstone. Just figured I’d point that out

  31. In the Level 35 Botany quest, the 20 Laurel need to be HQ. I love the guide and very much appreciate it! Just trying to be helpful.

  32. What are the stockpiles meant for? Why 119 Crow Feathers and not just 99 for the quest? And why 20 of each? Is it meant to be used for something else later on? Just wondering :) Trying to level up the most effecient way.

      1. The things listed as ‘gather extra’ are the things most critical to crafting at that level. Whether you are crafting or if you are having something crafted using your materials. It makes sense to gather a few extra while you are out there than to have to go back because you need a few for your crafting skill.

  33. This site is a little out of whack when it comes to Botany. It lists Obsidian as a Botany quest. It also doesn’t tell you accurately for Marjoram (the level 15 Botany quest). It also says Miner #: next to all of the supposed Botany quest items required for each level. I’ll be finding another guide to follow, one that is more accurate.

    1. The typos are fixed. Thankfully (few) humans continue to update the site – we come with errors. We haven’t been able to develop our own AI to auto-compile, level, proofread and post this stuff yet ;)

    2. Your feedback caused those mistakes to be fixed…for that I’d like to thank you. As for finding another guide to follow, no one cares if you use this or not –buh bye.
      As for the guys who are creating the guides on this site. Great job!

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