FFXIV Culinarian Leveling Guide (Shadowbringers Updated!)

Shadowbringers UPDATED! “But my inventory space!” Culinarian Leveling to 80! CUL Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

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Once more back into the frying pan… into the fire of Shadowbringers Culinarian Leveling! Let’s go!

Culinarian 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!!!

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

Use 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 Culinarian L70, you can try out Frantoio Oil and Garden Beet Sugar – both of which are very usable.

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 like a shared class quest between certain classes. In the case of Culinarian, shares with Alchemist in the Facet of Nourishing.

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: Friends of a Feather (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 CUL 70, I’d suggest simply splitting it up between CUL and ALC – to help get out of the deadzone faster.

Culinarian 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…

CUL 70 Levequests

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

Level 70 Culinarian Levequests Comparison
LevequestSlippery ServiceMeet for MeatCure for What Ails
Item3Frantoio Oil3Grilled Rail3Purple Carrot Juice
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components5Frantoio1Rail Tenderloin3Purple Carrot
2Frantoio Oil6Pixie Apple
1Abalathian Rock Salt
1Solstice Garlic
EXP50812217784271016244
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?3048732
Gil160024002400

Optional CUL 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.


Collectables: Be on the lookout!

You should always be looking to submit “value” collectables if you’re looking to preserve leves and/or farm scrip. CULINARIAN is one of those classes that seemingly always have a viable option for collectables – so be vigilant! Seriously, CUL AND COLLECTABLES GO HAND IN HAND, and if you find a “value” one, feel free to override my advice to chase it!


Culinarian 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 CUL 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!

CUL 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”.

Yellow Scrip Gear!?

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!

Culinarian L71 Gear Update
SlotItemCheap Meld 1Cheap Meld 2
Main HandHQ Deepgold Rail FrypanAny (Spiritbond)
Off HandHQ Deepgold Culinary KnifeAny (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.

CUL 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.

CUL 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 2Success Rates

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.

CUL 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 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 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.

Culinarian L70 Levequests

Level 70 Culinarian Levequests Comparison
LevequestSlippery ServiceMeet for MeatCure for What Ails
Item3Frantoio Oil3Grilled Rail3Purple Carrot Juice
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components5Frantoio1Rail Tenderloin3Purple Carrot
2Frantoio Oil6Pixie Apple
1Abalathian Rock Salt
1Solstice Garlic
EXP50812217784271016244
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?3048732
Gil160024002400
CUL L70 Levequest Discussion

Frantoio Oil – a PDO leve (Great if you’re Poor, Desperate, or Overcapped on leves). They serve a purpose!

Grilled Rail – If you want maximum EXP per item…? Ultimately, I wouldn’t consider this since the triple is pretty good this tier.

Purple Carrot Juice – Is a NINE ITEM craft, so its cost can be deceptive… It shouldn’t be so expensive. Either way, it’s likely to be the best levequest in this tier.

All leves decent. Purple Carrot Juice > Frantoio Oil (if PDO) > Grilled Rail (Best EXP/Item ratio)

What to do in this tier?

All of the levequests have a purpose, but I would think Purple Carrot Juice should be the “default leve choice”. If you’re tight on budget, you can opt for the Frantoio Oil if you’re flat broke, or the Grilled Rail.

Grinding is not bad either, as you can easily make the next tier’s levequest items, Frantoio Oils or Garden Beet Sugars – supported by engineering manuals.

Also, CUL is always a great class to scout collectables on. So always be on the lookout for some efficient ones.

Lots of options for CUL here and there’s no bad choice.

Culinarian L72 to 74

CUL L72 Levequests

Level 72 Culinarian Levequests Comparison
LevequestSoup for the SoldierHis Dark UtensilsSweet Tooth
Item3Broad Bean Soup3Spaghetti al Nero3Caramels
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components1Rail Tenderloin2Squid Ink3Garden Beet Sugar
4Broad Beans1Frantoio Oil1Fermented Butter
2Buffalo Beans3Vermicelli3Sour Cream
1Highland Spring Water3Blood Tomato
1Ala Mhigan Salt Crystal
EXP19444982222284833356
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?2500068
Gil255634082556
CUL 72 Levequest Discussion

This tier is WEIRD.

Broad Bean Soup – Horrific… RNG pricing… EXP isn’t even that great. I would rather do the previous tiers Grilled Rail than this.

Spaghetti al Nero – Great EXP per Item, but… the cost! On average, the cost of this levequest will be crippling compared to the others.

Caramels – Gives LESS EXP than the previous tiers triple (Purple Carrot Juice), but has the POTENTIAL TO BE DIRT CHEAP (if you make all the materials yourself).

Caramels (super cheap triple) >>>>>
Spaghetti Al Nero (Great EXP, but pricey) >>>>>>
Broad Bean Soup (RNG price, last tiers Grilled Rail “better”) 

What to do in this tier?

Its either you go for triple Caramels from this tier’s leves (a possible cheaper option) or a previous tier leve (Purple Carrot Juice triple or Grilled Rail single). If you’re PDO – there’s the good ‘ol Frantoio Oil.

As always, when leveling CUL – check out how good the collectables are.

Culinarian L74 to 76

Culinarian L74 Levequests

Level 74 Culinarian Levequests Comparison
LevequestCan’t Eat Just OneOne Last MealMixology
Item3Night Vinegar3Mushroom Saute3Blood Tomato Juice
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components5Royal Grapes1Creamtop Mushroom1Golden Honey
1Frantoio Oil3Blood Tomato
1Abalathian Rock Salt1Heavens Lemon
1Fermented Butter
EXP94047628214281880952
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?5642856
Gil271218082712
CUL 74 Levequest Discussion

Night Vinegar – PDO leve, which gives quite good EXP. Not bad for the “Poor, Desperate, or Overcapped”.

Mushroom Saute – The best single leve so far in any tier! Not bad if you want maximum EXP per gold spent.

Blood Tomato Juice – Hmmm… price can be semi-random, but overall it’s yet another viable triple for CUL. Great EXP.

What to do in this tier?

Every triple mentioned so far is VIABLE. You can choose whichever you like. Caramels is probably cheapest, Blood Tomato Juice gives the most exp. If you want singles, this tier’s Mushroom Saute is great. Personally, I used Blood Tomato Juice triple here.

I feel like you have to TRY HARD TO MESS UP leveling CUL in SHB. The only terrible leves are some of the singles.

As usual – be on the lookout for collectables with CUL! If you need to save leves for other classes.

Culinarian L76 to 78

Culinarian L76 Levequests

Level 76 Culinarian Levequests Comparison
LevequestOn a Full StomachA Good OmenTeetotally
Item3Sausage Links3Peppered Popotoes3Masala Chai
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components1Ovim Meat1Sausage Links1Amber Cloves
1Sheep Casings2Russet Popoto1Underground Spring Water
1Garden Beet Sugar1Curly Parsley1Coerthan Tea Leaves
1Table Salt1Abalathian Rock Salt1Steppe Milk
1Night Pepper1Night Pepper1Cinnamon
EXP362000043440003620000
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?10860000
Gil286828682868
CUL 76 Levequest Discussion

Sausage Links – If you’re into single leves (max EXP per gold spent), this is the best (most stable) one so far. (But this gives equal EXP to this tier’s triple).

Peppered Popotoes – Ehhh… if NQ Sausage Links are cheap, this is pretty efficient… otherwise… meh..

Masala Chai – Godly EXP for a triple levequest!!! If you can at all afford crafting these – go for it. It’s simply a huge step up from any other triple leve.

What to do in this tier?

If you can afford Masala Chai triple leves – do it. The EXP is massive and the cost isn’t so bad. I wouldn’t consider the low level triples at this point.

If you wanna do single leves… I guess Sausage Links ain’t so bad if you want maximum GOLD/EXP ratio.

Collectables if you need to save leves for other classes. CUL has some great ones. I hate to say it again, haha.

Culinarian L78 to 80

CUL 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>

40DUR MACRO 2 REMAINS THE SAME!

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

Culinarian L78 Levequests

Level 78 Culinarian Levequests Comparison
LevequestSuper Dark TimesA Happy EndA Cookie for Your Troubles
Item3Risotto al Nero3Paella3Coffee Biscuit
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components1Squid Ink2Bomba Rice1Upland Wheat Flour
1Bomba Rice1Rose Shrimp1Coffee Beans
1Curly Parsley1Frantoio Oil1Garden Beet Sugar
1Blood Tomato2Maneater Clam
1Frantoio Oil1Paprika
1Ala Mhigan Salt Crystal1Heavens Lemon
EXP467856852633892339284
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?7017852
Gil403240323024
CUL 78 Levequest Discussion

Risotto al Nero  & Paella – I have the same feelings about both of these levequests. They can be a little expensive, but give TITANIC EXP. If you’re in the market to maximize your EXP per gold, you might wanna look at one of these.

Coffee Biscuit – is a “budget option”. While this triple doesn’t give much EXP, it’s dirt cheap.

What to do in this tier?

Any of the previous three triples (Blood Tomato Juice, Masala Chai, Coffee Biscuits) are all viable. Masala Chai is chunkiest and Coffee Biscuits are cheap – so it’s up to you.

If you want mega EXP per ITEM, any of this tiers singles are fine, too, if you aren’t too strapped on leves.

If you ARE strapped on leves – it’s time for me to remind you, yet AGAIN, of CUL and it’s amazing collectables.

You got many options, and it’s hard to choose wrongly.
See you at L80 soon!

L80+ Culinarian, 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 Culinarian and go level your other classes!!!

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70 thoughts on “FFXIV Culinarian Leveling Guide (Shadowbringers Updated!)”

  1. Love the guide, but I have to say you should include doing the collectible Pixie Apple Pie at 74 if you have no leve allowances left. Mats are easy to obtain except for the yak milk for the butter, which I broke down and bought, but you could always use retainers to get enough. From 74-80 you only need roughly 100 collectibles using your 100% rotation.

  2. For the leg of 40 to 50, I have found the Rolanberry cheese to be the best option, simply because other players sells stacks of 99 for very reasonable price.
    If not on your own server, shop around.

    This tip is valid for those with limited leve allowances.

  3. Night Milk can be purchased from the Sahagin vendor for 84 gil each and if you gather your own rolanberries, that may make it the best for grinding from 40-45 and makes the leve even more attractable.

  4. Here to point out that with Shadowbringers, Yak Milk is now buyable in Crystarium for 617 gil. This makes Ishgardian Muffin *buyable*

  5. Unfortunately it’s true as of June 23, 2019. The Levequest is now called Gegeruju Gets Down with the objective of 3 pieces of cornbread to Ririphon.

  6. For the Lv 40 Leves, I would definitely reconsider doing the rolanberry cheese leves. You only need two resources, requires only 5 for a turn-in and one of the highest XP at 55,774 (NQ). Pastry fish need six resources, requires 9 pastry fish for a turn-in, and its XP is the lowest at 32,049 (NQ).

  7. For people lazy like me, for levels 45-50. You can buy mulled tea from a vendor in the Kugane markets. I got a stack or 99 for about 25k gil, which was about enough to get from 45-50. Only downside is that this costs more leves.

  8. I don’t understand why you would use hasty touch 2 over hasty touch 1, it’s only 10% more success for a whole 7cp i haven’t personally really found it worth the cp

  9. Should change lvl 20 Culinarian Guild Quest item name be Dried Prunes/Plums for some people who doesn’t know English or doesn’t read the dialogues.

  10. Did the triple walnut bread leve get nerfed? It only gives 5000 exp for me. Seems very wasteful when it’s asking for so much.

      1. When the muffin is the collectable it requires 1900 points to qualify. Using HQ Yak Milk starts you at 2040, so it is prime for using a macro to mass produce them while saving leves for other craft skills.

  11. So a quick Question: The 0-15 set only gets me to lv 12. That is with making half of everything by hand then quick synthing the rest. Also lacking the Company-issue Engineering Scroll.

    Recommend adding that if you fall short, buying some Tiger Cod off the market (can also be bought in Limsa for 36gil but market for me has always been far cheaper) and making salt cod helps close the gap, can also go for lavender oil and cider if you’re also BTN or if the lavender and apples are cheep on the markets.

    1. The math doesn’t add up for 0-15. You need 130,580 EXP for 0-15. The list calls for the creation of 260 items. That’s just over 500 EXP each as a reward. Half of these will not give 200, even boosted with the CG Scroll (Salt, Syrup, Sugar). You will be to level 5 before finishing the salt.

      I did this, exactly as described above, with the CG Scroll. I also completed each of the guild missions when they became available (crafting the additional Grilled Trout and Grilled Dodo…as well as a stack of Olive Oil. Still level 12.

      1. It’s not meant to get you there 100% of the time. RESTED + MANUALS + some good exp on manual crafts should get you up there (I cannot account for RNG). Also, it provides mats that weren’t buyable (I think you can buy table salt now) which you should have a stock of. It’s more of a value move.

  12. For scrips at Lv 58-60, if you’ve got botanist levelled up, and ESPECIALLY if you’ve been muffin spamming and so have way more yakmilk than you started with: Frozen Spirits actually is lower level than Marron Glace, and yields more scrips.

  13. So for the 20-25 tier, you suggest the walnut bread triple turnin. This will give about 15.5k exp nq. However, this also requires 9 walnut breads per turnin, making this option not at all material efficient. I found it best to continue to use the walnut bread courier from the 15-20 tier, as this option onky uses 1 walnut bread for turnin, and still gives 13k exp.

    Loce your guides! This is probably the 4th or 5th I’ve used for crafting/gathering. Keep up the good work!

    1. During the 20-25 tier, the walnut bread turn-in [H] works really well in conjunction with Grape Juice [H] since they’re picked up from the same NPC and turned in to the same NPC. It nearly doubled my speed. Not to mention grape juice is very cheap to craft, making the material to EXP cost fairly low. The bread, as you mentioned, is not though. I turned in left-overs for dat easy exp.

    1. I’m going to assume you were able to HQ Ishgardian Muffins at 52? I’m finding it a bit hard ;( (I have the old 2.0 gear) 359 Craftsmanship/344Control 340CP

  14. For levels 15-20 the Leve called Rustic Repast in Aleport is by far the best way to go. You can buy the Chicken and Mushrooms from an NPC for 37 gil. The leve gives 12218 exp and 185 gil and is a quick run from the leve giver to the receiver.

  15. ok so from what im noticing, courier leves are the best EXP of any tier, meaning if you were to have someone helping you level rather than doing it alone, would you consider purely sticking to couirer leves as they give the most bang:buck ratio in terms of leves:exp?

    1. For the most part, yes. If cost is not an issue, courier leves are great. One thing courier sucks at? TIME. At level 35 onward, courier leves are slow as hell since they are NOT NEAR ANY AETHERYTE, and can increase “time spent” to level by up to 10 times.

      1. I tried cornmeal but I find dark vinegar to be better. It uses the same grapes I was making juice out of and pays over 90k for hq

  16. In the level 1-15 guide you need 99 rye to make 33 rye flour not 33

    awesome guide man really helped me out keep up the good work

  17. With Night Milk purchasable from the Reputation Vendor (Sahuagin) now, it makes Rolanberry Cheese for level 40-45 and the Rolanberry Lassi for 45-50 great choices. Highly recommend doing those now.

    1. ABSOLUTELY!!!! I was going to comment this, I have been using this guide and I was looking at Pastry fish and I cannot see how that is going to be easy whatsoever. Good guide but I really didn’t have to follow it exactly as I had lvled botany and had kept many things handy with retainer space especially HQ items.

  18. Haven’t made any comparision with the others, but the Gridanian Walnut’s has severely jumped up in price (at least on my server), especially since they long back ago (10/15/2013) removed them from the Shopkeep in Drybone. Is it still the best, and most valid choice to skill up on (lvl 15-20)?

    1. First off sorry for the super late comment! I also noticed the oddly high price of the walnut, making walnut bread a less ideal choice for those without (or too lazy to fetch with) botanist.

  19. Salt Cod Puffs aren’t as bad as the guide makes it seem, since NQ salt cod can be bought from either the potwatch or independent culinarian npc near each town’s market board for 15g.
    Other than that, great guide!

  20. I’m not sure what/when it changed, but the levemete in St. Coinach’s Find for level 45 leves asks for “cups of Rolanberry Lassi” instead of Tomato Pie. The description still sounds like Tomato Pie, but the objective itself states otherwise.

    1. Also! Thank you for the awesome guide =) With it’s help, and 99 leve allowances, I got from 1-50 in about 3 days and a total of ~12 hours.

      On my server, I was actually able to MAKE money buying leve items off the market boards and just running leves from 25-50. I literally did not have to craft a single thing during that time and I made ~15,000g profit. Crazy.

    2. It could possibly have changed in a recent patch due to the difficulty of tomato pies craft. I will investigate!

  21. Even while using a scroll and manually crafting every single thing I still only made it to the very start of level 12. (Second to last pie made me level) I think they may have changed some stuff around in the latest patches.

    1. Crafting the same item won’t yield the same EXP each time! The more quality you manage to get, the higher exp you will receive! In the case of not reaching 15, you may want to use the Courier leve of your tier, and the “reverse courier”

    2. I was lvl 11 and just got on my pie dough grind. I bought enough material’s to make 99 of them (less then 2000 gil). I’m now lvl 14 about to run it back.also I’m not using scroll’s

  22. This is superb, thank you for spending the time to compile and write this up. Very much looking forward to the guides for other trades. Just hope that it’s not too affected by the Leve XP changes in 2.1 (some singles bumped up, triples bumped down?).

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