So, you’ve made it to the Holy See with skillet in hand and knife in pocket? If you’re going to get to 60 fast, you’ve found the right guide! Ain’t muffin’ gonna stop you from getting there with our Culinarian Leveling guide: 50 to 60 edition!! For a quick reference, I’ll be putting the CUL Levequest Items and CUL Class quest Items up top.
“A Recipe has no soul. But WE, with knife in hand… Give them LIFE!” – Mahiko “Ramsay” San.
Culinarian Levequest Table 50 to 60
|Class||Lv.||Type||#||Levequest Name||Item Name||Recipe Preview|
|CUL||50||S||1||Next to Last Supper||Stuffed Cabbage Roll||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2813/Stuffed-Cabbage-Rolls|
|CUL||50||S||1||Little Orphan Candy||Fig Bavarois||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2796/Fig-Bavarois|
|CUL||50||T||2||Baked Onion Soup||Baked Onion Soup||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2809/Baked-Onion-Soup|
|CUL||52||S||1||Loving the Muffin Top||Ishgardian Muffin||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2800/Ishgardian-Muffin|
|CUL||52||S||5||Such a Butter Face||Fermented Butter||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2821/Fermented-Butter|
|CUL||52||T||2||Persona non Gratin||Dhalmel Gratin||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2814/Dhalmel-Gratin|
|CUL||54||S||1||Nutcrackers Sweets||Royal Eggs||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2807/Royal-Eggs|
|CUL||54||S||1||Breakfast of Champions||Emerald Soup||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2811/Emerald-Soup|
|CUL||54||T||2||Old Victories, New Tastes||Dhalmel Fricasee||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2816/Dhalmel-Fricassee|
|CUL||56||S||1||It Goes Down Smoothly||Frozen Spirits||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2795/Frozen-Spirits|
|CUL||56||S||5||Saucy for a Suitor||Hollandaise Sauce||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2818/Hollandaise-Sauce|
|CUL||56||T||2||Persuasion For a Higher Power||Baked Pipira Pira||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2805/Baked-Pipira-Pira|
|CUL||58||S||5||Let's not get Sappy||Birch Syrup x5||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2819/Birch-Syrup|
|CUL||58||S||1||Soup that Eats like a Knight||Clam Chowder||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2812/Clam-Chowder|
|CUL||58||T||2||Dont let it Fall Apart||Liver Cheese Sandwich||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2801/Liver-Cheese-Sandwich|
You can find a COMPLETE (all eight DoH classes) list of the above and below tables here: Full listing of DOH Leve/Class Quest Items.
Culinarian Class Quest Table 50 to 60
|Sohm Al Tart||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2797/Sohm-Al-Tart|
|Deep Fried Okeanis||http://xivdb.com/?recipe/2808/Deep-Fried-Okeanis|
|CUL||Quest NPC||Melkoko||Limsa Upper (The Aftcastle)|
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Before you begin CUL 50+
- Go to the Culinarians’ guild in Limsa and get your quest to point you to your new quest giver.
- Thankfully, it’s in Limsa, too. Melkoko (Limsa Upper – Aftcastle) is your new source of quests!
- You get 3 Commercial Issue Crafting Manuals: Use them wisely! Read the damn tooltip.
- Reminder: DO YOUR GC TURN-IN EVERYDAY. A muffin-load of EXP for your Culinarian, as long as it’s within your budget.
- Go to Ishgard and complete the quest “Inscrutable Tastes“. It unlocks the Scrip turn-in system.
Crafting Scrips, turn-ins and your Culinarian:
So how does this all work? Basically, you craft Collectibles and hand them in for EXP, and later on, Scrips. This acts like a ‘free’ levequest! It’s infinitely repeatable – as long as you can afford to make the items. How do you craft a collectible? Using the skill Collectible Synthesis gives you a status effect wherein anything you craft will end up as a collectible.
UNLIKE NORMAL CRAFTING, HQ% doesn’t matter. An item’s collectability is defined by its quality upon completion. So you don’t need to “HQ” everything you craft – just make sure you reach the minimum collectability! When you’re done, you’re prompted to keep the item as a collectible, or complete the synthesis normally. These items cannot be stacked, sold or traded. You may also “lower” an item from a collectible to a regular item!
Culinarian Level 50 to 52
CUL 50 Levequest comparison:
- Fig Bavarois: Limiting cost factor: 3 Old World Fig, 2 Yak Milk (This is a bad choice)
- Stuffed Cabbage Rolls: Limiting cost factor: 3 Pearl Sprout, 2 Loagthan Chump (This is a bad choice)
- Baked Onion Soup:(R) Limiting cost factor: Knight’s Bread, Cyclops Onion, Inventory Space.
I DIDN’T USE LEVEQUESTS IN THIS TIER. As you can see, they’re quite horrible. Honestly, I cannot recommend one of these while not feeling like I’m going to disappoint 66% of the readers of this guide. If I was forced to choose one of these, I’d painstakingly choose Stuffed Cabbage Roll (But a part of me says Baked Onion Soup…)
Instead, what I did was relied on 1 or 2 days of GC turn-ins, supplemented by grinding out on Highland Flour and Sour Cream. If you can HQ Ishgardian Muffin with your current gear reliably, GO AND CRAFT AS MANY OF THOSE AS YOU CAN WHILE LEVELING UP!!! This is a great place to use your Commercial Issue Engineering Manual, if you’re lazy.
Culinarian Level 52 to 54
CUL 52 Levequest comparison:
- Ishgardian Muffin: VALUE OF HEAVENS. Cheap, relatively low level. You can choose to take this all the way to SIXTY.
- Fermented Butter: Not so bad, now that I think about it.
Dhalmel Gratin:(R) This shouldn’t exist in your mind. The third levequest is a lie.
Yep, the infamous Ishgardian Muffin. It’s pretty damn cheap… It’s easy to make and doesn’t require a ton of inventory space. Basically, the reverse of the usual CUL leves we’re used to up to this point. You’d have to be CRAZY to use any other leve in this tier (and if you’re not in a rush you can just keep using this for the future levels!). I won’t even lie to you – the rest of this text in this entire guide is rendered 80% useless, thanks to Ishgardian Muffin, but keep reading anyway.
Oh, also, Ishgardian Muffin sometimes pops up as a collectible. If they weren’t good enough already.
CUL 52, 53 Gear Check: Depending on your gear entering Ishgard, upgrading your Mainhand at L52 to Frypan Caliente, and Offhand at 53 to Mythrite Culinary Knife could prove to be a HUGE gain in stats. Same goes with an HQ Rainbow shirt. Most people would want to upgrade these three items for now, don’t bother with the other slots just yet…
Culinarian Level 54 to 56
CUL 54 Levequest comparison:
- Royal Eggs: The best choice in this specific tier. Never said they wouldn’t be painful.
Emerald Soup: Bouillon Cube? There are better things to do with it. Dhalmel Fricasee:(R) DON’T BOTHER WITH THIS, it shows up as a L56 collectible!!
AAAAAAAANNNND THE WINNER IS: Ishgardian Muffin!!!! Wait, what? Yeahp. Unless you’re sitting on top of a tower made of gil, that’s still the best choice for the population at large. Dhalmel Fricassee is useful for many things. It’s a great food for gathering, and it shows up as a higher tier collectible a little later. But I’ll talk about it in the next tier. It’s a sad thing to repeat a previous tier leve, but seriously, Ishgardian Muffin is that damn good.
CUL Level 56 – Scrip tier collectibles: Once you hit 56 you’ve now entered the scrip tier! Trust me on this, you’re going to need A LOT of these guys. Luckily, CULINARIAN is one of the best classes to amass blue crafter scrip with!! I’ll talk about this more in detail in the next tier.
Culinarian Level 56 to 58
CUL 56 Levequest comparison:
- Frozen Spirits: Not the worst out there. Great if you have a Botanist.
- Hollandaise Sauce: Can be equal to Frozen Spirits for some.
Baked Pipira Pira:(R) Don’t bother with this garbage.
I personally didn’t use leves in this tier. Frozen Spirits and H. Sauce are equally painful, for me, and would make a good choice if you’re sick of muffins. But before you go spending leves here, there is a better way. As long as you’re here, you may as well abuse the Culinarian COLLECTABLES. I don’t think I can drill it into your mind just how important these scrips are, and how you should get maximum value while acquiring them… Don’t say I didn’t warn you, Muffin Boy.
CUL Level 56 Collectible Discussion:
- Dhalmel Fricassee: IS BETTER THAN YOU THINK. It costs a cube, yes, but you get MORE scrips back than you spend turning them in! Not a bad choice at all!!!
- (forgot the other ones that popped up, but finding value in D. Fricassee is notable)
If you default back to Ishgardian Muffin – I don’t really blame you.
I don’t quite remember the CUL turn-ins this tier, but remember, ANY TURN-IN which requires cubes are still WORTH IT! Again, because you get ’em back in terms of scrip – and then some!
Culinarian Level 58 to 60
CUL 58 Levequest comparison:
- Birch Syrup: Surprisingly Godlike! It’s pretty good, plus this item has another great use….
Clam Chowder: I’d rather make these for myself…
- Liver-Cheese Sandwhich: It’s actually not too bad. But still, Birch or Scrip turn-ins are better…
Do yourself a favor and man up from Ishgardian Muffin. Birch Syrup is your last attempt at redeeming yourself of a memory that you abused muffins to 60. Keep an eye out for the turn-ins this tier, namely, the godlike Marron Glace!!!
CUL Level 58-59 Collectible Discussion:
- Marron Glace: Is THE godlike turn-in item. Not just for leveling up but for grinding out the few thousand scrip you need! And yes, it needs Birch Syrup!
- Let me get back to you after I get reminded of the other items in this tier… but Marron Glace should be enough!
Seriously for this tier, man up and CRAFT THE HELL out of any good turn-ins you find. You will regret it if you don’t! I personally waited for Marron Glace to pop up again before I finished off cooking and gained the chunky amount of Scrip I needed for at least all eight Master Books!
Well, that’s about it for the Heavensward tier! Enjoy your journey to Culinarian Level 60! And I hope you learned, as I did, from Melkoko… Cooking isn’t about binding ingredients – but binding hearts.
ON TO THE STORMBLOOD TIER!