FFXIV Mining Leveling Guide (80 Shadowbringers Updated)

Shadowbringers Updated up to Level 80! Level up Mining Quickly! Stop wasting time! Power Level your Miner!

So you’re back to mauling minerals, leveling your Miner 60 to 70 huh!? By popular demand, I will be adding more info for those whose gear is subpar comin’ in from Heavensward!

Miner Leveling Guide – Navigation:
MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70] | [70-80]

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Miner Leveling: 60 to 61

If your gear is bad, or aren’t sure if your gear is up to par, read the little boxes below. Even if you had bad ass gear from 3.x, feel free to read on anyway for a little refresher course.

Help! My Miner gear sucks! Playing catch up.

If you’re wearing anything LESS than or maybe EQUAL TO “Serpentskin Tier” from 3.x, you’re gonna have a bad time. The Stormblood Miner Collectibles are near impossible without a super RNG rotation, and generally not worth your time.

To know for sure, you can try the “collectible practice node”, which is found in The Fringes, East End. Try to get 450 collectability on Gyr Abanian Alumen! If you can do it consistently, great! That means you can skip these little advice boxes.

The REAL TEST is trying it on the actual unspoiled node – use the “minimum 400 GP rotation” in the next box. If you cannot gather with that… I’m sorry.

Collectibles refresher, rotation, etc...

If you’ve forgotten, you must visit and REVEAL the item on your first visit to any node, including unspoiled ones. So you’re likely gonna try these on your second time around.

Minimum 400 GP Pleb Rotation:

Hit the correct slot to reveal
Collector’s Glove
Utmost Caution > Methodical Appraisal
Utmost Caution > Methodical Appraisal
Methodical Appraisal until you reach anything higher than 450
Collect what’s left… get sad when you miss.

Don’t deplete the node! Use Sharp Vision with whatever GP you have left.

600 GP? Try the “good ol feel your way first” rotation:

Hit the correct slot to reveal:
Collector’s Glove
Discerning Eye > Methodical Appraisal
Discerning Eye > Methodical Appraisal
Discerning Eye > Methodical Appraisal

Smashed the node with 500+? Try getting another hit in…

+1 Collect Rotation

Hit the correct slot to reveal
Collector’s Glove
Discerning Eye > Methodical Appraisal
Discerning Eye > Methodical Appraisal
Single Mind > Methodical Appraisal

Hopefully, the above helps you out. Personally, I don’t care for RNG rotations (so I won’t be listing them here) this early on. If you have to heavily rely on RNG to “maybe” succeed only to see “You obtain nothing.” is not for me.

600 GP!? I don’t have that!

Moreover, if you do not have 600 GP, your chances drop greatly. You can buy food from the Kugane Culinarian NPC (X12 Y12~) to increase your GP! At level 63, you SHOULD update your right-side (accessories) to more easily get the 600GP practical “minimum”, or at least hit 600 without having to pop food… that’s depressing.

More on these upgrades later, when you reach ’em.

When does it get better? :(

It will get progressively better at 61, 62 and 63 with a little investment into gear. At 62 or 63 you should be “near full power” and leveling will be WAY FASTER from that point on.

Ill post the gear update a little bit down there at the 61 section, where the upgrades begin.

What do I do in the meantime?

GC Submissions: are thankfully not too expensive or difficult for 60~ Miner. Gather them yourself as long as you have a decent chance at HQ’ing. If they’re within your budget – buy ‘em. No matter what you do don’t let this just EXPIRE… submit NQ’s if you MUST!!!!!

L60 MIN Levequests: Take the levequests from Kugane, smash ‘em and repeat. Generally speaking, you can avoid the “Gather 40” leves as they’re the most time consuming and give the least EXP. (Avoid the levequests with the Lalafell Merchant leve plate). For most, this is the best solution to get out of this hell ASAP.

Straight up grinding: The best (“ONLY”) Stormblood Miner nodes to grind in this scenario are found in The Fringes – East End. It contains ONLY Gyr Abanian Alumen (which, thankfully,k is used for the 60, 62 and 64 leathers – so it has some value).

Get a little value here and there....

Use up your Commercial Survival Manuals in stretches of grinding (60 to 61 is a prime use). Sometimes, people hold on to these waaaay too long.

Eat food +3% EXP and + Stats: (primarily GP!), You can buy Trappers Quiche cheap in Ishgard, or check the Gathering food from the Kugane Culinarian (X:12 Y:12~).

Buy Cordials. They reduce the wait time for GP by quite a bit! Market Board or from your Grand Company supplier.

Again, for those with bad gear – this grind heavy road to 61 is the absolute best time to use your Commercial Survival Manuals!

It won’t be fast or easy, but it beats spending a metric ton of gil on “previous tier good gear”.

MIN Collectibles @ 60

Lvl Item Slot Time Map Area Unlock
MIN 60 Raw Triphane Slot 6 2AM/PM The Fringes Schism 60
Practice Node 60 Gyr Albanian Alumen Any The Fringes East End 60

From here on out, you can “test” your gear at the respective practice node to see if you can reliably reach the minimum collectability. You can also turn ‘em in for decent EXP (it’s an alternative way to grind more speedily).

What to grind? MIN 60 to 61

Just stay in The Fringes, and farm Gyr Abanian Alumen – you don’t have a choice. This is THE ONLY STORMBLOOD NODE you can gather right now.

Commercial Survival Manual is your friend.

Level 60 Miner Levequests

Class Level Levequest Plate Type Location Notes
Miner 60 Axe to Grind Flower Girl 4 Node Eval Fringes Best
Miner 60 Cemet Breaker Miqo’te Fishing 8 Node Eval Fringes Great
Miner 60 Set In Stone Lala Merchant Collect 40 Fringes OK

If you’re part of the “gear is bad” pile, levequests are an amazing way to speed up the process.

Upon reaching MIN 61: You unlock Impulsive Appraisal II, which gives you a scaling chance based on Perception (relative to the node requirements, I feel) to activate Discerning Eye. It’s main purpose is to break the “softcap” of appraisal on nodes you HEAVILY outgear. A great quality of life skill and gives a huge incentive for Miners to tryhard on their gear.

Miner Leveling: 61 to 62

First of all, hitting L61 unlocks quite a few nodes! But before that – the gear upgrades start! If you do NOT upgrade your gear, then I cannot vouch for the effectiveness of this guide, or how painful the process will be for you going forward. If you have bad ass gear from 3.x – go on.

Miner Gear: Upgrade Summary

Get HQ gear! Buy NQ only if you are broke! Reduce cheap melds to III as well.

Slot Item Level From? Cheap Meld I Cheap Meld II
Main High Steel Dolabra 62 BSM Guerdon IV Any
Off High Steel Sledgehammer 63 BSM Guerdon IV Any
Chest Gaganaskin Vest 61 LTW Guerdon IV Guile IV
Head Gaganaskin Bush Hat 61 LTW Guerdon IV Guile IV
Gloves Gaganaskin Gloves 61 LTW Guerdon IV Guile IV
Leg Bloodhempen Trousers of Gathering 61 WVR Guerdon IV Guerdon IV
Boot Gaganaskin Fringe Boots 61 LTW Guile IV Guile IV
Belt Gaganaskin Belt of Gathering 62 LTW Guerdon IV Any

Cheap melds can be anything, really. Read the box below for some more insights.

MIN Level 61 Gear upgrade notes

As you can see, majority of these come out at 61. This list is roughly based on “power”. As you can see, not all slots are equal! In terms of L61 items, the Chest piece is godlike compared to the Hat and Gloves. Boots and legs are “okay”, while belt gives a trash amount of stats.

I recommend getting all of ‘em still, but if you can only upgrade certain pieces at a time, it’s worth noting WHICH ONES ARE BETTER.

Melding? Just please be “wary” of how much Perception you need to hit the minimum appraisal ratings. Feel free to force meld III’s, or change it up regarding your needs. This is what I melded as they were cheap, but served me very well in the many levels to come.

The BARE MINIMUM: If you’re noticing that you get like, 445 appraisal rating – DON’T BE AFRAID TO CHEAPLY OVERMELD or eat Perception food. Don’t just GIVE UP!!!! However, my upgrade path and cheap melds gave me little problems.

However, you ain’t out of the woods yet. Without the Main Hand or Offhand, collectibles might be rough. Remember the practice node!

The very second you hit 62 – Sell your soul to get an HQ 62 Main Hand: High Steel Dolabra!!! This greatly helps the catching up!

MIN Collectibles @ 61

Lvl Item Slot Time Map Area Unlock
MIN 62 Raw Star Spinel Slot 8 12AM/PM Ruby Sea Onokoro 61
Practice Node 62 Koppranickel Ore Ruby Sea Sakazuki 61
Stormblood Unspoiled Botanist Collectibles: Reference
MIN 60 Raw Triphane Slot 6 2AM/PM The Fringes Schism 60

61 Unlocks another unspoiled collectible, so now you have two. The question is, CAN YOU GATHER THEM? Heh.

What to grind? MIN 61 to 62

61 Unlocks quite a few nodes… There are few good ones here and there.

Koppranickel Sand (The Peaks, Rustrock) is used by the THOUSANDS by people grinding to level up crafters, and is likely the most stable thing to grind on.

Every resource is of course useful, and grind whatever it is you need, or whatever sells for the most.

If you’re super  weak, go for the previous tiers “Gyr Abanian Alumen”, but that’s just depressing man.

Level 60 Mining Levequests

Since I split this tier into two, the levequests remain the same…

Same leves from last tier...
Class Level Levequest Plate Type Location Notes
Miner 60 Axe to Grind Flower Girl 4 Node Eval Fringes Best
Miner 60 Cemet Breaker Miqote Fishing 8 Node Eval Fringes Great
Miner 60 Set In Stone Lala Merchant Collect 40 Fringes OK

Miner Leveling 62 to 64

I sure hope you took my earlier advice and bought the HQ High Steel Dolabra, scrub.

Spending Red Gatherer's Scrip

Soon enough, you will have a pile of these, If you don’t already have a pile. Don’t just let them overflow, man.

Go to Rhalgr’s Reach to see what you can buy with ’em. Since the end-game is not yet released I don’t know what to buy yet. I’m guessing Regional Folklore Tomes is your best bet.

Feel free to spend on Commercial Survival Manual.

MIN Collectibles @ 62- 64

This tier does NOT unlock any new collectibles, so I’ll just put the same references:

Lvl Item Slot Time Map Area Unlock
MIN 62 Raw Star Spinel Slot 8 12AM/PM Ruby Sea Onokoro 61
MIN 60 Raw Triphane Slot 6 2AM/PM The Fringes Schism 60

STOP ONCE YOU REACH 63! Class Quest & Accessory Update

Upon reaching MIN 63: Unlocks trait Enhanced Stealth VIII. Thank god.

Do your class quest!

You gain huge EXP and get a NQ High Steel Sledgehammer for your troubles. You can buy / craft an HQ Sledgehammer if you like, but I didn’t need it (I used exactly the gear in the earlier table).

Where’s the Miner Class Quests in Stormblood? They should be in Idyllshire. If you haven’t done them in a while, check in with Adalberta in Ul’dah Miners’ Guild!

Upon completing MIN 63 class quest: You unlock Unearth III, which gives you a scaling HQ bonus depending on Perception (relative to the node requirements, I feel). It’s amazing for gathering the old school nodes (or any node you severely overgear).

GP Problems? Be gone! ACCESSORY UPDATE

Once your Miner levels to 63, you open up the Gyuki Leather tier accessories. With these, you will be at a base value of 650~ GP! Hopefully, most of your problems vanish at this point.

Notably with 650 GP You can add Sharp Vision I to your Collectible gathering!

Slot Item Level From? Cheap Meld I Cheap Meld II
Ear Gyuki Leather Earrings 63 LTW Guile IV OPEN
Neck Gyuki Leather Choker 63 LTW Guile IV OPEN
Wrist Gyuki Leather Wristband 63 LTW Guile IV OPEN
Ring Gyuki Leather Ring 63 LTW Guile IV OPEN
Ring Gyuki Leather Ring 63 LTW Guile IV OPEN

I CHEAP MELDED PERCEPTION PRIORITY because you’re going to enter a new tier of collectibles soon. Feel free to overmeld ANY III’s. You might be better off leaving them open, and melding whatever it is to cover your weak points.

What to grind? MIN 62 to 64

Well, the same nodes are available from the pre 62 chunk. And I’ve described their usefulness above. Just to remind ‘ya…

  • Koppranickel Sand (The Peaks, Rustrock) is “best” – it’s used by the metric ton.
  • Koppranickel Ore (Ruby Sea, Sakazuki) is also decent.

Grind whatever you need for crafting? Grind whatever’s more expensive? Get creative man.

I personally gathered every node in the Gathering Log at this point to prevent hassle in the future. I got at least 10 of each and sold them on the MB.

Level 62 Mining Levequests

I imagine for most people, once you hit 63 you will no longer be need levequests.

Class Level Levequest Plate Type Location Note?
Miner 62 Ready Ore Not Miqote Fishing 8 Node Eval Ruby Sea Best
Miner 62 Coral-lary Lala Merchant Collect 40 Ruby Sea OK
Miner 62 Hit Rock Bottom King 32 or Fail Ruby Sea OK

The “King” Leve Plate is “32 or Fail”, meaning you must get 32 gathers of you fail, and either way you must completely gather 8 nodes. It’s one of the not so good types.

If you followed the upgrades and value moves up to this point, there is virtually no more “I’m using scrub tier gear” excuse.

From here it’s man mode.

Miner Level:
MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70] | [70-80]

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135 thoughts on “FFXIV Mining Leveling Guide (80 Shadowbringers Updated)”

  1. Just as a heads up to you, and anyone trying to copy/paste the macro: There is a difference between the “Angled” quotation marks in the macro above, and the type of quotation marks that the macros require. The following should work when pasted, or you can simply backspace and type in your own quotes in the macro screen:

    /macroicon “Discerning Eye”
    /ac “Discerning Eye”
    /ac “Methodical Appraisal”
    /ac “Discerning Eye”
    /ac “Methodical Appraisal”
    /ac “Single Mind”
    /ac “Methodical Appraisal”

    1. Ah, nevermind, the website automatically changed my quotes. You’ll need to backspace and replace each of them.

  2. How do I go about getting the HQ gear if I fell behind in gathering from SB to ShB? All the HQ gathering gear is pretty pricey on the marketboard.

  3. You do NOT need crafted HQ gear for mining collectibles at 70-80. The yellow scrip II gear (Landking set) can easily take you all the way to 80, you just need to add sharp vision II to the collectible skill rotation.

    1. Just saw this myself after I spent over 1.5 million Gil upgrading to the recommended gear. Pretty frustrating actually.

  4. Not sure if it’s been mentioned somewhere in the comments (or maybe even in the guide and I missed it), but FYI…

    Minekeep/Landmaster gear bought from the Idyllshire Splendors Vendor, augmented through Grinmox (Idyllshire npc) gives you iLVL 200 gear that will let you ride all the way to 70.

  5. well i have been following this guide all the way up to now, so im just gonna write down what i have done so far for ym other miner friends that are leveling :D

    the mining levequest from 64-66 is No Stone Unturned. very fast, and easy to grab bonus exp on
    Same goes for level 66-68, you wanna grab the Dunes of Our Lives Levequest as that is exuially fast and gives a sweet 144k more if you get a 25% bonus.

    haven’t gotten further than this yet, but i hope this will help :3

  6. Don’t forget Custom Deliveries in Idyllshire @ 4.6 x 6.7. I haven’t seen those mentioned in this guide yet. These grant a ton of red gathering scripts and EXP. You can turn in 6 per week. Always turn in the highest collectible rating possible. Same goes for Disciplines of the Hand as well.

  7. Hey, I believe you have the rotation for mining HQ adamantite wrong.
    Reveal with Toil (300GP)> Chain 4 > Ageless Words (Deep Vigor?)> Deep Vigor (Solid Reason? 300GP)> Gather > Deep Vigor (Solid Reason? 300GP)> Gather.
    With this rotation you would end up using 900GP!!!

  8. Just a quick question. You don’t mention anything regarding the Gyuki upgrades for the left side. The 63 quest offers Gyuki Hat, chest, hands and legs. Given that you talk about upgrading the accessories at 63, is it worthwhile doing the same for the left side or just hold out till 65.

    1. 63 upgrade is completely optional (left-side). It WILL help you, but not by much. I personally held till 65 but either way works

  9. i do this when i need the HQ materials for botany/mining quests, but i don’t bother with the other materials on that node. go for the shards. they have 100% chance. spend the 300gp for the extra hit. then deep vigor. then i use the +1 yield and i get guaranteed 2 HQ from those nodes.

  10. In the 25-30 part you said “You can grind Silver Ore as well for maximum profit. Don’t forget to use Deep Vigor to guarantee an HQ hit” How a lvl 25-30 miner can use deep vigor if the max chain they can do is 4 on a +1 node? Am I missing something? Spending 300 GP for an extra attempt sounds like a terrible strategy.

    1. If you have at least 500 gp, and a +1 gathering node, and at _least_ an 85% gather rate, you can:

      Move 1) Unearth if you have 100% gather chance, Sharp Vision II if you have at least 85% chance. Less than that, this strategy is a bit too unreliable to use. If you only have at least 400gp, skip this step.
      Move 2) dig once.
      Move 3) Solid Reason (restores +1 gathering chances, but you have to have spent at least one dig first. (costs 300gp)
      Move 4-7) dig four times, you should have one gather chance left at this point.
      Move 8) Deep Vigor will light up at this point. Use it for 100% HQ chance on the next dig.
      Move 9) Bountiful Yield (costs 100gp) will +1 the yield from the next dig.
      Move 10) Dig and receive a guaranteed 2 HQ minerals. This technique works well in botany, too.

  11. I’ve been using Single Mind + Meth x2, Meth, Utmost Caution + Meth; usually brings around 450-460, uses 600 GP, and only knocks 2 off the gathering bar instead of 3.

  12. Just a quick update for the Yellow Copper Ore i’m currently leveling mining and was keeping an eye out for this but it wasn’t appearing at the listed time of 12ET so i did a bit of looking and since Stormblood the time has been changed to 4am/pm ET.

  13. A little suggestion,

    At the 60+ part of the guide, I think you should mention the gathering/perception you should have after obtaining and melding the gaganaskin etc gear. I’m having a hard time figuring out at what point I should replace the itemlvl 200 mining gear you could get at the end of HW.

  14. Nearest aetheryte for the lv 70 miner class quest is Ala Gannha, fyi.

    Thanks for the detailed guides! I got botanist and miner both to 70 over the past three weeks thanks to this. About to start working on fisher tomorrow.

  15. Just to let you know, you also get Marble in the same nodes as Electrium Sand in Upper La Noscea

  16. “Field Mastery” is Botanist only, and not available as an option to miners. Do you mean to refer to a different skill in your guide for 60+ leveling?

    1. Wow, I never noticed that it had a different name between BTN and MIN. It is indeed “Sharp VIsion” for miner – changing and thank you

      1. No problem! I threw me off for a bit when looking so I thought I’d leave a comment. (This guide has been super helpful for getting past that initial 60-62 hump by the way, thank you for that! :)

  17. Hey, just a head’s up, you don’t have to use Deep Vigor/Brunt Force twice in order to keep the effect of it. Use it once at Chain #4 and it applies to all gathers afterward, so those +2 Gathering Attempt nodes can really really help you out.

    1. old comment, but I was puzzled by this as well. This guide assumes you were capped at lvl 50 in reborn, and got yourself the best set. For anyone coming after, there’s no way you’ll have 600, just completely ignore that part of the guide until you get to around 55.

  18. On that last part for the lvl 60 Mining Quest help fro getting the Adamantite Ore, you need to change “Ageless Words” (BTN) to “Solid Reason” (MIN). I got kinda confused what you were talking about and was looking everywhere through all my actions and the node ran out on me :(

  19. Kinda nit-picky comment, but I actually checked in my Actions list to see if I needed to drag Toil of the Pioneer onto my hotbar for MIN… then I realized it was a non-crossclass skill and what I needed was Toil of the Mountaineer, which was already on my hotbar.

  20. Um… Nothing big, I’m just OCD and I noticed it says the 46-50 node locations are in “Bluefrog” but it’s actually called “Bluefog” lolol Just thought I should say something ^.^

        1. Odd thing to note. At level 45 for whatever reason if you head to Bluefog right at that point you only can find the level 40 outcrops. At level 46 you can find the level 50 nodes. Not sure why but I noticed that one myself.

      1. Just anted to say thanks sooo much for making this guide! It is so so so helpful. And I also thought it was camp Bluefrog for the longest time lol. We should just unofficially rename it. *nods*

  21. Hey, you have not one, not two, but three different values here for the lvl 15 miner’s quest. In the list at the beginning, you say 15 HQ Cinnabars. In the actual 11-15 section, you say 10 HQ Cinnabars at the beginning in bold type, but then when going through what to stockpile for grinding in that level range, you imply that it’s 20: “40 Cinnabar (20 for the quest)”

    I just did the quest and I know it’s 10, but maybe make it not so ambiguous.

  22. Hi I started to follow this guide and went of on a tangent when I discovered otherwise to make profit while grinding out my levels.
    What I did simply was from 50-52 I leve quested taking the Quality quests (The merits of Upcycling and Taken for Granite) then from 52 onwards I proceeded to hard grind Mythrite Sand in CWH while collecting Yellow Copper Ore at each 12 interval. Originally I used the safety Toil of the Mountain > 3 Methodical with gaining 3 Then moved to Toil of the Mountain > 1 Methodical with 1 Utmost Caution Instinctual at 55 until until 57.
    At 57 I kept collecting Mythrite during the off time from Yellow Copper but moved to doing toil of the Mountain > 1 Instinctual and depending on my I RNG (As Methodical rolls 115 with HQ 52 Pickaxe, 53 Quest sledge and full NQ 55 from moghome!) would depend what I do. If I rolled well on Instinctual I would Single Mind Methodical and have over my 240 and get 5 whole rocks! (That’s 300k every 35 minutes boys and girls!) otherwise I would have to utmost Caution followed by two Methdoicals and take 4 home. At 58 Mythrite sand really dips its exp gain so I set CWH as Home as Return was up every time I needed it and farmed Titanium from The Forelands.
    This is baring in mind not having materia melded, not really buying HQ gear (I was using mining to make some money!!!) and having definitely less than 600gp. (I have 572 gosh HQ accs are expensive post 50)

    1. I love you!
      “…toil of the Mountain > 1 Instinctual and depending on my I RNG (As Methodical rolls 115 with HQ 52 Pickaxe, 53 Quest sledge and full NQ 55 from moghome!) would depend what I do. If I rolled well on Instinctual I would Single Mind Methodical and have over my 240 and get 5 whole rocks!…”

      works perfect ^^

  23. For a bit more info; The mining-dravania bluescrip book unlocks Aurum Regis Ore (mainhand) and Blue Quartz (offhand)

  24. Cuprite is Slot 2, not 3. Adamantite is Slot 6 in Azys Lla at 11 ET AM/PM with a min collectability of 470.

  25. Hi, I am new here and recently started mining following this awesome guide. Currently level 16 and I am wondering if it is faster to grind or just to do the levequest for each 5 level?

    1. A mix of both, but keep in mind you have to preserve leves if you’re going for DOH, or other DOL classes

  26. I think Dragonproofing is a better leve, don’t you? Its still a good chunk of exp with less than half the work Sticking it out has.
    Or is there something I’m missing ; ;

    Thanks for the helpful guide tho ; v ; Sad I’ve only just found it.

    1. They take the 4 node evaluation over the 8 node because its the same exp for completion but takes less time and gp to complete.

  27. the mining rotations need to be fixed. It says “Toil of the pioneer” but that’s for botany and since this is a mining class, it should read “Toil of the mountaineer” just in case someone thinks “Oh… i need to lvl up my botanist to 50 in order to use these rotations.”

  28. Couple things I think you should add:

    The LVL55 gear update section should say that all 6 left side pieces can be purchased at moghome.
    The LVL59 offhands can be purchased inside Matoya’s Cave in the Hinterlands.

  29. thank you for the updated guide for 50-60! great start, and I appreciate the work!

    Might i make a suggestion? a few changes in your steps for slow learners like me :) – on the last step (where you say, “Once you reached a collectability you desire, press on collect to mine them”) if you added “the minimum collectability level is 240 for turnins, the NPC will not accept lower levels of quality”, I think it would save people a few unspoiled nodes…still not sure what to do with those odd 10 collectables i have with quality under 240…can i craft with them?

    1. You can downgrade them to their non-collectable item (thus allowing them to stack and be sold/used for crafting). At later levels, you get a skill called “Aetherial Reduction” that reduces some collectable items to their base aetherial form, also giving you a chance to get rare item in the process.

      1. MORE CLARIFICATION! You can not aetherically reduce some collectibles. Just press “lower quality” and they become the regular gathered versions.

    1. It’s merely a suggestion… if you wish to level up DOH, these are probably all you’re gonna need to hit all 50’s

  30. Great help for leveling, but my 40 quest was raw amethyst hq not raw jade. Dunno if it was changed or what but figured I’d share.

  31. The level 20 nodes aren’t showing up for me. I just completed the level 15 job quest. I checked to make sure prospect was on and even updated my gear, just in case, but nothing shows up on my minimap or in game. Any ideas on what’s happening?

    1. The gathering guides aren’t updated to include farming some of the “housing only” mats, since not everyone might be able to use them. Thoughts on this?

  32. So, For the Level 35 Levequests, who are we supposed to speak to ?
    I see a guy that does guildheists and another guy that does Grand company quests, but nobody that does Levequests @ the Observatorium.

    Lil help, anyone? :)

    1. Same Question. I went to Coerthas and looked everywhere but there’s no one in or around the Observatorium that hands out Leve quests.

        1. Actually, unless you already have a DoL class at or past level 35, you can’t accept or even see level 35 fieldcraft levequests

          1. A correction to my previous reply, even if your BTN or FSH are level 35, your MIN must be level 35 in order to do the level 35 levequests

  33. thx for this guide!!!!! i love you e.e

    one question: “Level 20/25 Mining Levequests: East Shroud, Quarrymill.” e.e??

    quarrymill is on south e.e

  34. I’m a level 20 miner and I cannot find any mining above level 10 near blackbrush. I have scoured the area in and around the clutch, royal allegan sunway, and beyond. do i need to do the level 20 quest in la nocsea to unlock it? or is this a glitch on the games end?

    1. If you are referring to the level 20 locations listed as being at “Royal Allagan Sunway”, be aware that this is a location in Eastern Thanalan, and it is different from the “Royal Allagan Starway” near Black Brush Station (Central Thanalan).

      If you are referring to the level 15 locations listed under Node ID 15c, the location for these should really say “Exit to Western Thanalan”. (They should also include “Fine Sand” as one of the items, too.)

      1. Haha yes we were also thinking of putting “EXIT TO..” like you suggested, haha. To be honest, there is an in-game node list, but we hoped by guiding the player with map text, it may be easier for them.

        The housing “rocks”, and gardening soil have yet to be added to the nodes…

  35. In the 41-45 table you stated that Electrum Ore is found at Camp Drybone when its actually located at camp bronze lake. Amazing guide it really helped me level my mining i really appreciate it :D

  36. You CAN actually mine darksteel ore WITHOUT being level 50. You’ll have a low rate of success unless you use your + gathering chance skills at below 50, however. Darksteel ore is ALWAYS the 3rd node from the top, you DO NOT need toil of the mountaineer to reveal the node. Simply hit the 3rd node to clear it, then proceed to mine as normal.

    1. Was just about to write the same thing. It is possible, I mined the Ore myself at lvl 46 with decent main, chest and gloves. The given exp for this node is also pretty decent.

  37. Hey, thanks for the great work so far! I started following your suggestions tonight. Question: are the suggested stockpiles meant to help with leveling DoH classes, or are those used for levequests, or something else?
    Looking forward to more updates!

    1. Grand company supply missions, and the eventual link to our gathering guides into crafting guides :D. so much information to compile…

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