FFXIV Blacksmith Leveling Guide (Shadowbringers Updated)

Shadowbringers UPDATED! Blacksmith power leveling to 80! BSM Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

Ah, so you’re finally here. No use dilly dallying – it’s time to get your BSM up to 80!

Blacksmith Leveling- Navigation: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50]
[5o-60] | [60-64] | [64-70] | [70-80]

Blacksmith L70 to L71 – The Deadzone

The first level of any new tier is a little brutal – and hard for me to account for since everyone has different stats coming in. If you are strong enough to not feel the deadzone, great! But I’m writing this initial segment under the assumption of the “mild worst cases”.

I'm desperate: yellow scrip gear?

Should I get Level 70 Yellow Scrip Gear?

If you have the yellow scrip, why not? I can’t universally recommend this as not everyone will have scrip by the time they reach this point. The only downside with scrip gear is the low CP. I preferably would buy Armor pieces > Weapon > and skip accessories.

What’s important is you reach the stats outlined in the
L71 gear update later on.

I call this the deadzone for many reasons, but let’s focus on getting out of it!

Beating the Deadzone: Sources of EXP

Here we outline the practical (or hopefully practical) sources of EXP to help muscle through this tough stretch.

Daily GC Submission

From here, and into the untold ages to come, the daily GC submission is VALUE. It’s, on average, worth more than the usual levequest. The starred entries are too massive to even describe.

Even if you can’t make these yourselves, check the MB for deals, or buy them straight up NQ from NPC’s if you’re desperate.

To check these, click CTRL+U (default) > Next Mission Allowance.

Levequests!?

Levequests are, of course, the main method of EXP gain as always – HOWEVER, you may not be able to craft them yourself! If you cannot (I’ll give you a rotation down there to try), then, well…

You’re either forced to buy from the MB or NPC’s. This feels really bad, and if you’re on a budget this is not the way to go. Hopefully, you find some good deals!

If you CAN make stuff then the deadzone ain’t so dead after all

CUSTOM DELIVERIES!!!

Ok, this is valuetown right here, and one of the prime methods to get out of the deadzone – BUT IT RESETS WEEKLY, so choose wisely. Personally, I didn’t use this on any class above 71 until all were 71 or more.

You have 12 deliveries a week spread between:

  • Zhloe Alpaioh and Adkiragh in Idyllshire
  • Mnaago in Rhalgr’s Reach
  • Kurenai in Ruby Sea

Note that these 12 allowances are shared between ALL DOH/DOL classes.

Grinding

Using Revised Engineering Manuals!

Can be pretty okay, honestly! You don’t need to hit HQ! Just get the best quality you can on any “ingot type” craft, for future use on levequest items or your stockpile.

In the case of Blacksmith L70, you can try out Deepgold Nugget

And finally one more source of EXP worth mentioning in its own segment…

Unlock Crystarium Deliveries “Class Quests”

This is a new thing (not to be confused with custom deliveries), that acts as a shared class quest between certain classes. In the case of Blacksmith,  shares with Armorer and Goldsmith in the Facet of Forging.

UnlockingHow does it Work?

It’s a 2 quest process to unlock this.

  • 1st Quest: The Crystalline Mean (L70)Area: The Crystarium
  • Requires: MSQ “The Crystarium’s Resolve (L72)”.
  • 2nd Quest: Iola, Forgemaster (L70) Area: The Crystarium
  • Requires: The Crystalline Mean (the 1st quest listed above)

You can submit SIX ITEMS PER TIER PER FACET – shared between your facetmates. So try to save them up to burst through shitty tiers.

After six submissions your esteem goes up, and they’re gonna ask for a new set of six items at L73, 75, and 78.

In the case of BSM 70, I’d suggest simply splitting it up between the shared classes, meaning 2/3 each for Armorer and Goldsmith – to help get out of the Dead Zone.

Blacksmith L70 Levequests

I’ll put the levequest table here, but I’ll repeat it in the next segment with complete discussion (I’ll put a basic recommendation here) – since not all L70 crafters will be able to reliably make it themselves…

BSM 70 Levequests

Again, discussion for these is in the next major segment, L71.

Level 70 Blacksmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestThe Gold ExperienceFire SaleHere Comes the Hammer
Item1Deepgold Nugget1Deepgold Gunblade1Deepgold Sledgehammer
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components4Truegold Sand2Deepgold Nugget2Deepgold Nugget
1Copper Ore1Stonegold Nugget1White Oak Lumber
2Oroshigane Ingot
EXP55575817784281333821
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?4001463
Gil160032003200

Optional BSM 70 Deadzone Rotation

If you wanna “Try out your stats”, this is where I would start. “Hope for the best, expect for the worst”.

Cross-class skillsL70 Making L71 40DUR 426 CPNotes
Muscle Memory - CUL
Comfort Zone - ALC
Waste Not - LTW
Ingenuity - BSM

For safety, Reclaim - CUL

Don’t forget to read the last tab, “Notes”…

This is tested to work with 1070 craftsmanship!

Button 1

/ac "Muscle Memory" <wait.3>
/ac "Comfort Zone" <wait.2>
/ac "Inner Quiet" <wait.2>
/ac "Steady Hand II" <wait.2>
/ac "Waste Not" <wait.2>
/ac "Patient Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Hasty Touch II" <wait.3>
/ac "Hasty Touch II" <wait.3>
/ac "Hasty Touch II" <wait.3>
/ac "Manipulation II" <wait.2>
/ac "Great Strides" <wait.2>
/ac "Steady Hand II" <wait.2>
/ac Ingenuity <wait.2>
/ac "Prudent Touch" <wait.3>
/echo It's better than nothing, master Mahiko San! <se.1>

If your CP is really low, remove the Great Strides in the macro above!

Button 2

/ac "Hasty Touch II" <wait.3>
/ac "Great Strides" <wait.2>
/ac "Byregot's Blessing" <wait.3>
/ac Ingenuity <wait.2>
/ac Observe <wait.3>
/ac "Focused Synthesis" <wait.3>
/ac Observe <wait.3>
/ac "Focused Synthesis" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis III" <wait.3>
/echo Thank you, Master Mahiko San! <se.3>

I don’t expect great things from this rotation. Use food buffs for CP/craftsmanship or whatever… I can’t possibly know your stats, so try it out, edit it…

Your best bet to help you out is CP food from the vendor in Crystarium.
Blood Bouillabaisse or Blood Tomato Salad.

Crafting 80 durability (L71 ITEMS!) is gonna be tough, so I DO NOT HAVE AN 80 DUR ROTATION that tries to HQ. Only a 40! Since NQ “ingots” are very much USABLE whereas NQ “complete items” are pretty useless!

“This rotation can be optimized!”
Sure! If I knew your stats right now, and your goals…

Given all the unknowns – it’s the best I can do. Things will definitely look up once you find your way to L71.

Blacksmith L71 to 72

A lot goes on in this level so bear with me even if it’s a bit lengthy. A majority of your setup ALL THE WAY UNTIL L80 BSM happens here so it’s worth it. Most noteworthy are a stat-check or gear update and a new rotation that works very well until L80!

BSM L71 CRITICAL GEAR UPDATE

MATERIA VI & LOWER HAS A 100% RETRIEVAL RATE:
Don’t be afraid to invest in them while leveling to socket “temporarily”.

Spoiler title

You can mix/match gear with L70 yellow scrip gear – what’s important is
you reach the base stats at the end of the table! Since the yellow scrip gear is low on CP, you might only want the armor > weapon, and taking the L71 crafted accessories!

Blacksmith L71 Gear Update
SlotItemCheap Meld 1Cheap Meld 2
Main HandHQ Deepgold Cross-pein HammerAny (Spiritbond)
Off HandHQ Deepgold FileAny (Spiritbond)
HeadHQ Brightlinen Turban of CraftingCommand V+Command V+
BodyHQ Brightlinen Doublet Vest of CraftingCommand V+Command V+
HandsHQ Smilodonskin Gloves of CraftingCunning IICommand V+
BeltHQ Smilodonskin Tool BeltCunning VI
LegsHQ Brightlinen Bottoms of CraftingCunning VICommand V+
BootsHQ Smilodonskin Shoes of CraftingCunning VICommand V+
EarringHQ White Oak EarringsCunning VI
ChokerHQ White Oak NecklaceCunning VI
WristHQ White Oak BraceletsCunning VI
RingHQ White Oak RingCunning V
RingHQ White Oak RingCunning V
Stats:
Craftsm…1613
Control1539+
CP474Can’t practically increase this.

Craftsman’s Command V (or better!)
Is purely optional, but helps.

BSM L71 Gear update notes:

Should I Upgrade?

Should you upgrade gear now? Well, If you have greater than 1613 Craftsmanship, 1539 Control, and 430 CP, ignore this gear update!

If you’re in this pile, the deadzone doesn’t exist for you!

Materia?

As I mentioned earlier, Materia VI and lower has a 100% retrieval rate AS LONG AS IT’S ON A SURE SOCKET. So feel free to cram in as much Control as you can. If you wanna edit the rotation you can even add in CP in a few slots here and there.

Control V+?

More Control only means getting closer to 100% on crafts that are ABOVE your level (although it’s pretty DAMN close to 100% even on the worst cases, crafting +3/4 levels above). The rotation you will use is tested to work (even without gear upgrades) without issue AT YOUR LEVEL and, in many cases, above. Since I cannot guarantee you will stay within your level range, a little bit of Control helps.

BSM L71 ROTATION UPDATE: 80 DURABILITY

The “Mahiko San Synthesis: God’s Touch ™ – 80 Durability” is a two-button macro that has some serious upsides, and some very minor downsides. The segment below the rotations tell you all about it!

Cross-class skills

Make sure you have:

Comfort Zone - ALC
Tricks of the Trade - ALC
Waste Not - LTW
Ingenuity - BSM
Muscle Memory - CUL

and for safety, Reclaim - CUL
Macro 1Macro 2Reliability & Success Rate

Macro Name: L71+ 472CP 80DUR A

THIS ROTATION IS FOODLESS / TEALESS

/ac "Muscle Memory" <wait.3>
/ac "Comfort Zone" <wait.2>
/ac "Inner Quiet" <wait.2>
/ac "Steady Hand II" <wait.2>
/ac "Waste Not" <wait.2>
/ac "Preparatory Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Preparatory Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Preparatory Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Preparatory Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Steady Hand II" <wait.2>
/ac Ingenuity <wait.2>
/ac "Prudent Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Tricks of the Trade" <wait.3>
/ac "Great Strides" <wait.2>
/echo M-mahiko San, i-it's not like I wanna use this Macro! <se.1>

Macro Name: L71+ 472CP 80DUR B

THIS ROTATION IS FOODLESS / TEALESS

/ac "Byregot's Blessing" <wait.3>
/ac "Waste Not" <wait.2>
/ac Ingenuity <wait.2>
/ac Observe <wait.3>
/ac "Focused Synthesis" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis III" <wait.3>
/ac Observe <wait.3>
/ac "Focused Synthesis" <wait.3>
/echo T-thank you Mahiko San senpai! <se.3>

The 80 DUR rotation is disgustingly reliable, even at the “lowest level possible, to craft the highest possible recipe”. Only suffering at L76 crafting L79 item (90%, lol). But why shoot so high anyway?

80 DURRecipe Level
Your level717273747576777879
71100%100%100%100%98%NANANANA
72100%100%100%100%99%NANANANA
73100%100%100%100%100%NANANANA
74100%100%100%100%100%NANANANA
75100%100%100%100%100%NANANANA
76100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%90%
77100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%97%
78100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
79100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%

More discussion about these rotations in the “Rotations Discussion” 2 segments below.

BSM L71 ROTATION UPDATE: 40 DURABILITY

The “Mahiko San Synthesis: God’s Touch ™ – 40 Durability” is a two-button macro that has some serious upsides and some very minor downsides. The segment below the rotations tells you all about it!

Cross-class skills

Make sure you have:

Comfort Zone - ALC
Tricks of the Trade - ALC
Waste Not - LTW
Ingenuity - BSM
Muscle Memory - CUL

and for safety, Reclaim - CUL
Macro 1Macro 2Success Rates

Macro Name: L71+ 473CP 40DUR A

THIS ROTATION IS FOODLESS / TEALESS

/ac "Comfort Zone" <wait.2>
/ac "Inner Quiet" <wait.2>
/ac "Steady Hand II" <wait.2>
/ac "Waste Not" <wait.2>
/ac "Preparatory Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Preparatory Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Preparatory Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac Manipulation <wait.2>
/ac "Steady Hand II" <wait.2>
/ac Ingenuity <wait.2>
/ac "Prudent Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Tricks of the Trade" <wait.3>
/ac "Great Strides" <wait.2>
/echo God Mahiko San, we report the completion of the first step! <se.1>

Macro Name: L71+ 473CP 40DUR B

THIS ROTATION IS FOODLESS / TEALESS

/ac "Byregot's Blessing" <wait.3>
/ac Ingenuity <wait.2>
/ac Observe <wait.3>
/ac "Focused Synthesis" <wait.3>
/ac Observe <wait.3>
/ac "Focused Synthesis" <wait.3>
/echo Hail Mahiko San, I am forever your slave! <se.3>

Again, an incredibly reliable rotation that retains true 100% on all recipes at their level (barring 78 on 40 dur, which we fix later), and is still pretty high on crafts a few levels above your own.

40 DURRecipe Level
Your level717273747576777879
71100%100%89%86%83%NANANANA
72100%100%100%90%84%NANANANA
73100%100%100%100%92%NANANANA
74100%100%100%100%98%NANANANA
75100%100%100%100%100%NANANANA
76100%100%100%100%100%100%NA85%NA
77100%100%100%100%100%100%NA89%NA
78100%100%100%100%100%100%NA95%NA
79100%100%100%100%100%100%NA96%NA

Rotation Discussion

If you have some questions about the rotation or want to find out a little bit more about it, read up!

True 100%RELIABILITYThe BadSuccess Rates

This rotation is one of the “True 100%” ones. Including Tricks of the Trade before Byregot’s Blessing ELIMINATES the chance BB lands on a poor proc.

It works by using up any Excellent procs prior to Great Strides. If it doesn’t happen then the rotation is unaffected in any way – it simply proceeds.

Adding it to the rotation necessitates some pretty annoying sacrifices (making sure everything is OK with and without the proc), but worth it, IMO.

Both rotations enjoy a very high success rate when attempting recipes “much higher” than your own. This is achieved through the use of Ingenuity during Byregot’s Blessing.

While this also adds extra CP and rotational limitations – it’s worth it purely so you don’t have to change rotation very often, while allowing you to freely craft without taking massive hits to your HQ chances.

2-buttons: Both rotations are somewhat long – but it’s not something that bothers me. The high success rate and reliability more than make up for it.

Doesn’t improve and is, at times, overkill: This is a necessary evil since we’re trying to get a very high HQ chance at a wide range of levels. However, the rotation won’t ever shorten.

While you can potentially make shorter sub-rotations for lower level stuff – I find that a bit of a hassle to recommend for everyone. For the sake of ease and simplicity, this rotation is STRONG AND RELIABLE, but isn’t actually the “strongest for each combination of your vs. recipe level”, what do.

Let’s start it off by showcasing the success rates even if you never edit the rotation and your gear until L80. I talked a little about these earlier, but no harm in bringing it up again.

80 DURRecipe Level
Your level717273747576777879
71100%100%100%100%98%NANANANA
72100%100%100%100%99%NANANANA
73100%100%100%100%100%NANANANA
74100%100%100%100%100%NANANANA
75100%100%100%100%100%NANANANA
76100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%90%
77100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%97%
78100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
79100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%

 

40 DURRecipe Level
Your level717273747576777879
71100%100%89%86%83%NANANANA
72100%100%100%90%84%NANANANA
73100%100%100%100%92%NANANANA
74100%100%100%100%98%NANANANA
75100%100%100%100%100%NANANANA
76100%100%100%100%100%100%NA85%NA
77100%100%100%100%100%100%NA89%NA
78100%100%100%100%100%100%NA95%NA
79100%100%100%100%100%100%NA96%NA

As you can see these rotation are (with the exception of L78 40 DUR – which we address later…) are true 100% at their level and remain 100% in very many cases when crafting recipes above (sometimes even +2/3) levels higher.

Blacksmith L70 Levequests

Level 70 Blacksmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestThe Gold ExperienceFire SaleHere Comes the Hammer
Item1Deepgold Nugget1Deepgold Gunblade1Deepgold Sledgehammer
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components4Truegold Sand2Deepgold Nugget2Deepgold Nugget
1Copper Ore1Stonegold Nugget1White Oak Lumber
2Oroshigane Ingot
EXP55575817784281333821
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?4001463
Gil160032003200
BSM L70 Levequest Discussion

Deepgold Nugget – PDO leve meaning it’s great when you’re POOR, DESPERATE, or OVERCAPPED ON LEVES. They serve a purpose.

Deepgold Gunblade – Highest EXP per item, but I highly doubt it’s worth losing levequests over. The pricing can be affected by RNG as Oroshigane Ingot isn’t exactly commonplace.

Deepgold Sledgehammer – Easily the best, or most stable, levequest in this tier. Light on the mats – and it’s a triple!

Deepgold Sledgehammer > Deepgold Nugget >>Deepgold Gunblade

What to do in this tier?

I grinded Deepgold Nuggets WITH MY ARMORER, since BSM has a decent triple, and a PDO levequest for the Nugget anyway. You have lots of options with BSM to progress so try to help out your other classes.

Blacksmith L72 to 74

BSM L72 Levequests

Level 72 Blacksmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestHeavy HitterSelective LoggingEnlistment Highs
Item1Deepgold Knuckles1Deepgold Axe1Deepgold Sword
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components3Deepgold Ingot3Deepgold Ingot2Deepgold Ingot
1Stonegold Ingot1Stonegold Ingot1Stonegold Ingot
1Electrum Ingot1Dark Chestnut Lumber1Cobalt Ingot
1Beetle Glue1Cobalt Ingot1Beetle Glue
1Beetle Glue
EXP222228225731691754433
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?5263299
Gil340834083408
BSM 72 Levequest Discussion

Beetle Glue (and other old world materials) heavily influence the RNG pricing of this tier.

Deepgold Knuckles / Deepgold Axe – Nearly identical mats, with the latter using +1 Dark Chestnut Lumber for +600k~ EXP. If that’s worth it to you, go for the Axe. Overall, while they give good EXP/ITEM, they aren’t particularly exciting unless the random mats are cheap.

Deepgold Sword – Easiest to make from the bunch, but the lessened EXP makes me not like this one so much…

What to do in this tier?

Keeping our Armorer counterpart in mind, you can grind more than your fair share of Deepgold Ingots with BSM – as ARM has a PDO levequest for it!

The levequests in this tier didn’t feel too great for me. I can’t really tell you why. It all depends on how much Deepgold Ingots you plan to make (with or without Armorer).

Overall, I wouldn’t blame you if you went back to submitting the last tiers items, namely Deepgold Sledgehammer.

A new facet quest appears at 73 – and I PILED ALL THE EXP TO BSM.

Blacksmith L74 to 76

Blacksmith L74 Levequests

Level 74 Blacksmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestInstruments of DistractionHalfhearted EffortNip It in the Bud
Item1Bluespirit Tile1Bluespirit Halfheart Saw1Bluespirit Scythe
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components4Bluespirit Ore3Bluespirit Tile2Bluespirit Tile
1Stiperstone1White Ash Lumber1White Ash Lumber
1Hard Mudstone Whetstone
EXP70535728214282821428
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?8464284
Gil180836163616
BSM 74 Levequest Discussion

Bluespirit Tile – Good ‘ol PDO leve. The exp is rather decent too.

Bluespirit Halfheart Saw – It “could have been great”, as it’s amazing compared to anything we’ve had before, but…

Bluespirit Scythe – Is simply the best levequest for BSM UP TO THIS POINT. It felt really good submitting these! This levequest invalidated the Halfheart Saw one – they give the same EXP with similar mats, so always take the triple in this case!

Bluespirit Scythe > Bluespirit Tile Bluespirit >>> Halfheart Saw 

What to do in this tier?

Make Bluespirit Tiles, preferably as ARM. Why? We have the PDO levequest fallback with BSM for them. Also, since this tier for BSM felt good – Turning in Bluespirit Scythe felt like cheating.

A new facet quest appears at 75, and I avoided giving any of the EXP to BSM. This one should goes to ARM > GSM.

Blacksmith L76 to 78

Blacksmith L76 Levequests

Level 76 Blacksmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestDodge Once, Cut TwiceIdol HandsCooking for the Future
Item1Titanbronze Daggers1Titanbronze Chakrams1Titanbronze Culinary Knife
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components2Titanbronze Ingot2Titanbronze Ingot2Titanbronze Ingot
1Triplite2Titanbronze Nugget1Sandteak Lumber
1Amphiptere Leather1Titanium Nugget1Tuff Whetstone
1Starch Glue1Starch Glue
1Tuff Whetstone
EXP361999542781762632724
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?7898172
Gil382438243824
BSM 76 Levequest Discussion

Titanbronze Daggers – Somehow terrible… Triplite, Amphiptere and the Glue price are way too volatile. Check your server… might be lucky.

Titanbronze Chakrams – If you really wanted to do a single levequest, this is it. Ultimate EXP/Item up to this point! Not a bad choice if you want the most bang for your buck. Titanium Nugget can be a little tricky though…

Titanbronze Culinary Knife – Weirdly enough, BLUESPIRIT SCYTHE TRIPLE LEVE GIVES MORE EXP. So unless these mats are cheaper… this leve is oddly useless… I don’t know if this is intended or not, given the material discrepancy…

!!! Bluespirit Scythe (Previous tier triple, default recommendation)
> Titanbronze Chakrams (If you want singles)
> Titanbronze Chakrams (If bluespirit scythe mats expensive)
>>>>> Titanbronze Daggers (RNG, feelsbadman)

What to do in this tier?

Making Titanbronze Ingot with BSM is legit, as ARM has it as a fallback PDO option (you’re familiar with the cycle by now). Now, for the levequests…

Titanbronze Chakrams can be a hassle, but may prove to be the highest EXP/Cost levequest available to you – if you don’t need to save leves.

However, if conserving leves, you simply continue with your Bluespirit Scythe submissions unless the mats are considerably more expensive than making the Titanbronze Culinary Knives.

Blacksmith L78 to 80

BSM L78 Rotation Update: 40 Durability

Just a very, very minor rotation update to ‘The Mahiko San Synthesis: God’s Touch ™ – 40 Durability’, for any class that’s level 78+. CREATE A SEPARATE MACRO BUTTON FOR THIS – because this minor edit vastly weakens the rotation for classes lower than 78. Thankfully, you do not need to make a second button as it’s unchanged.

L78+ Macro 1Macro 2Notes

Macro Name: L78+ 473CP 40DUR A

THIS ROTATION IS FOODLESS / TEALESS

/ac "Comfort Zone" <wait.2>
/ac "Inner Quiet" <wait.2>
/ac "Steady Hand II" <wait.2>
/ac "Waste Not" <wait.2>
/ac "Preparatory Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Preparatory Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Preparatory Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac Manipulation <wait.2>
/ac "Steady Hand II" <wait.2>
/ac "Prudent Touch" <wait.3>
/ac Innovation <wait.2>
/ac "Tricks of the Trade" <wait.3>
/ac "Great Strides" <wait.2>
/echo M-mahiko San, i-it's not like I wanna use this Macro! <se.1>

40 DUR MACRO 2 REMAINS THE SAME!

Simply changing Ingenuity into Innovation for Byregot’s eliminates any non-HQ chance making this a true 100% macro.

Blacksmith L78 Levequests

Level 78 Blacksmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestBae BladeUnder the Fool MoonKeeping Loyalty
Item1Dwarven Mythril Uchigatana1Dwarven Mythril Pistol1Dwarven Mythril File
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components2Dwarven Mythril Ingot1Dwarven Mythril Ingot2
Dwarven Myhtril Ingot
1Dwarven Mythril Nugget1Dwarven Mythril Nugget1Dwarven Cotton
1Stonegold Nugget1Lignum Vitae Lumber
1Tuff Whetstone1Starch Glue
1Crimson Firesand
EXP467857046785701871428
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?5614284
Gil403240324032
BSM 78 Levequest Discussion

Dwarven Mythril Pistol – Seemed painful compared to Uchigatana. Starch Glue and Crimson Firesand can be random. But if this works out better for you, good.

Dwarven Mythril Uchigatana  – I liked this GREATLY over pistol (and overall… Single leves can be pretty good COST/EXP/LEVE wise).

Dwarven Myhtril File – Pathetic EXP and Dwarven Cotton can be a PAIN if you make it yourself. The slight bump to EXP compared to either single simply isn’t worth it. This leve oddly SUCKS.

Dwarven Mythril Uchigatana  >= Dwarven Mythril Pistol >>>>> Dwarven Myhtril File

What to do in this tier?

Weirdly, I didn’t use previous tier triples. I spammed the Dwarven Mythril Uchigatana levequest. As long as you’re not bone dry on leves, singles can be pretty good (Blasphemy, right!?). If the Pistol mats are cheaper go for that. This tiers triple leve is “easy to make” but don’t be fooled… that EXP is atrocious.

But you’re free to use any of the previous tier “viable” levequests if you choose – though beating the value I felt submitting the samurai swords is gonna be hard to beat.

For the L78 Facet Quest, I dumped all the EXP on GSM. BSM and ARM didn’t feel bad at this point.

L80+ Blacksmith, What next?

Congratulations! Well, that’s it for the Shadowbringers’ tier. I have yet to decide if I will revive the end-game guides, lets see. But for now enjoy your L80 Blacksmith and go level your other classes!!!

Blacksmith Leveling- Navigation[0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50]
[5o-60] | [60-64] | [64-70] | [70-80]

20 thoughts on “FFXIV Blacksmith Leveling Guide (Shadowbringers Updated)”

  1. The 68 leves aren’t correct. Knock on wood, for the molybdenum ball-pien hammer, is NOT a triple Leve quest. it’s only a single. if there is a triple here I believe it would most likely be the Fire for hire, the molybdenum rimfire. I did find the knock on wood to be faster and better since I leveled the gatherers, but it does spend more leves

  2. If anybody is having trouble with the L62 80DUR 379CP rotation because they lack the required CP, changing the second Steady Hand II to a Steady Hand saves 3 CP (in fact everyone should do that, because you hit 100% either way) and omitting it altogether saves 25 CP and only changes the Basic Touch and Byregot’s Blessing to 90%, which is still totally reliable. Doing this changes the CP requirement for the rotation to 354 from 379, which is a huge jump for low-geared crafters. Also, once you hit L63, Rapid Synthesis III with Steady Hand II should replace Careful Synthesis III in most cases (IMO). Especially if you cross-class Tricks of the Trade for the extra 20 CP ticks every once in a while, considering, once Comfort Zone falls off, there’s no reason to want to use unnecessary steps.

  3. Am I crazy or does the level 60, 40 dur rotation just not work? Let me know if I’m wrong but:
    Comfort Zone = 40
    Inner Quiet = 40
    Waste Not = 40
    Steady Hand II = 40
    Hasty Touch II = 35
    Hasty Touch II = 30
    Hasty Touch II = 25
    Hasty Touch II = 15
    Hasty Touch II = 5 (i assume this was left out by accident, because there’s absolutely no reason to go all the way to 40 in this rotation as opposed to 35)
    Master’s Mend = 35
    Steady Hand II = 35
    Great Strides = 35
    Innovation = 35
    Basic Touch = 25
    Great Strides = 25
    (there’s a space here, I don’t know what for)
    Byregot’s Brow = 15
    Ingenuity II = 15
    Careful Synthesis II = 5
    Careful Synthesis II = 0
    Careful Synthesis II = ???
    Again, leave a reply if I messed it up somewhere, but I’m pretty sure this just doesn’t work. Unless of course the space before Byregot’s Brow is supposed to be Master’s Mend or Waste Not or something, in which case, that makes much more sense, but requires a ton of CP to pull off. I’m sitting at 342 CP and if I use waste not there (which is the only way I’ve gotten it to work) i can’t even use Byregot’s Brow afterwards cause I’m left with 6-9 CP.

    1. Hmm i put many notes there that this rotation should be edited depending on your stats- lemme fix it up in such a way that it will “almost surely not fail”

      1. Well how good is 342 at this point for someone who’s a tiny bit behind on gear? Seems like I just end up a tiny bit off. Also, is it Waste Not that’s being used there to squeeze out the 3 CS2s?

  4. Nice guide but there is an error with your Lv60 40 DUR macros. As is it leaves you at -15/40 DUR which means you can only do two careful synthesis at the end and have to complete any further is impossible
    HT -35/40
    HT – 30/40
    HT- 25/40 W?N wears here
    HT – 15/40
    HT – 5/40
    MM – 35/40
    BT – 25/40
    Byregots – 15/40
    CSII – 5/40
    CSII – -5/40
    CSII – -15/40

    1. Ah, I forgot to put a note on this one… This one is meant to be “changed” depending if you are able to snag the progress in 2xCSII, I forgot to put that caveat. I guess the safer call is to edit the rotation to accommodate 3xCSIII instead (better for weaker crafters). The final BT (or the 5th HT) is what’s causing the error, and should be omitted for crafters that need the CSIII – I forgot to mention it!

  5. First off, great series of guides. They have really helped out a lot.

    Wanted to point out for BSM 56+: Titanium Nugget is a potential collectible item with a starting collectability of 2500 to start. it gives 103680 exp and 10 blue scrip (starting) making it hands down the best way to level from that point on as nothing can compare to its value, or at least, nothing that I can see (since you always need nuggets for something).

  6. I’m confused. You say that using levequests at 0-15 isn’t recommended, but then you go on to tell how to use them without really addressing what to do instead. Nothing here that describes what recipes are the best “bang for the buck” so to speak, in order to power level out over 15. Am I missing something here?

    1. I doomed myself with that line didn’t I? haha. The shopping list method is the most LEVE EFFICIENT (since you don’t use any). Courier Reverse Courier might be FASTEST and most BRAINLESS (but uses a bit of leves). This honestly depends on how rich you are with leves. I will be fixing all of the DOH leveling guides up to the new standard – it just so happens BSM is one of the “not yet fixed” ones. (CHeck out weaver).

    1. Have you checked in Red Rooster Stead? The Levequest “The Unkindest Cut” (NOT FROM LIMSA) involves submitting Bronze Saw for roughly 860 EXP and 94 gil as the reward. Kindly double check if it exists or not, because I see it.

  7. I will, however, I am putting this edit and other “general” fixes to older guides when heavensward comes out to see if there are any new things to consider while leveling up.

    1. Ever thought of making a master list?
      What I am saying is if someone wanted to level -everything- in one go. Much of crafting uses parts made from other jobs… so if you wanted to lv it all in one shot you could say go out, gather x amount of this this and this, craft x of this from this job, use it to craft this from this job. This job and this job make the same things, craft x from this job and y from this job (I.E. smithing and armoror can both make bars/rivits of the same kind) next lvs go gather x of this this and this etc etc etc.

      It just be something I’d love to see. I maxed my gathering out first and stockpiled a buncha stuff but having a proper means to lv everything else together be nice instead of having to pause and check the market, or scan though my craft log to see what makes this item I need, or if I even know it yet, or going out and gathering even more. Just sit back and have everything and go.

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