FFXIV Goldsmith Leveling Guide L1 to 80 | 5.3 ShB Updated

Shadowbringers UPDATED! Goldsmith Power Leveling to 80! GSM Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

GSM Leveling Guide 70-80

ShB 5.3 UPDATED! Dwarf Beast Tribe and Ehll Tou

Recent Update Log

5.3 Updates

  • Dwarf Beast Tribe quests added in ShB tier as a notable EXP source.
  • Ehll Tou added as Custom Delivery client option.

Previous updates

  • Kai Shirr added as Custom Delivery client option in ShB tier.
  • L70 to L80 section essentially revamped: New Skills & Rotations! 5.2ish was a clusterF. Skills changed TWICE in a short span of time. All is well now!
  • L70+ Gear recommendation:  Yellow Scrip gear is now recommended, for a number of reasons (Mainly, barely need stats for 70 to 80 leveling)

GSM 70 to 80… well, get your nose back to the grindstone buddy – ’cause here we go AGAIN!

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L70 to L80 DoH Beast Tribe quests: Dwarf

5.3 introduced the Dwarf Beast Tribe, which is a very welcome form of “free and easy” EXP, while getting some cool cosmetic items to boot.

Unlocking Dwarf Beast Tribe

Here’s some basics on how to unlock Dwarf Beast Tribe.

  • Location: Lakeland (9, 13)
  • Quest Name: It’s Dwarfin’ Time
  • NPC: Affable Townsdwarf
  • L70+ Disciple of the Hand

Other unlocking requirements pretty much sum up to “the blue dwarf quests in this area”. Formally, it requires “Ronitt to the Rescue”, which requires “Wright for the Job” and “Learning to Lali-Ho”, and so on. If you can’t see the quest, then knock out the blue quests around the area.

I place this Beast Tribe reminder very far up this guide not only because it’s a mid-patch addition, but also because it’s such a help to push past the dreaded “Dead Zone”. It remains a great source of EXP at any point until you that to hit L80!


Goldsmith 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. The deadzone is caused by having subpar gear, and how it affects your possible activities to get past it. Fixing up your gear – getting Scrip gear – should be your highest priority at L70, as it will help ALL YOUR CRAFTERS push past the deadzone, and this gear is GOOD UNTIL LEVEL 80!

Suit up - Get Scrip gear ASAP

As mentioned above. It is SUPER VALUE to get this gear as it’s useful to you up until leveling to 80, and usable by all classes. Do Custom Deliveries to get scrip!

L70 GSM Gear Update
SlotItemNotes
Main HandKing-tier MainhandBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
Off HandKing-tier OffhandBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
HeadHandking’s TurbanBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
BodyHandking’s DoubletBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
HandsHandking’s GlovesBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
BeltHandking’s Tool BeltBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
LegsHandking’s BottomsBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
BootsHandking’s ShoesBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
EarringHandking’s EarringOptional, Only get enough to reach CP values
NeckHandking’s NecklaceOptional, Only get enough to reach CP values
WristHandking’s ArmillaeOptional, Only get enough to reach CP values
RingHandking’s RingOptional, Only get enough to reach CP values
RingHandking’s RingOptional, Only get enough to reach CP values

At least for the deadzone, I calculated a need of 1630 Craftsmanship, 1513 Control and at least 365 CP. 

L70 to 71 Deadzone Rotation 80 Durability

This rotation needs 365 CP – buy Handking accessories (or any cheap ones) and/or food buffs to reach that. It’s meant to accomodate all sorts of people entering the SHB tier (with likely lower CP). Feel free to upgrade this rotation if you have more stats.

Macro P1: “MSan L70/368C/80D A”

/ac Reflect <wait.3>
/ac Manipulation <wait.2>
/ac “Hasty Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Hasty Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac Innovation <wait.2>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Tricks of the Trade” <wait.3>
/ac “Great Strides” <wait.2>
/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <wait.3>
/ac Veneration <wait.2>
/echo Macro A done. Better than nothing, Mahiko San! <se.1>

Macro P2: “MSan L70/368C/80D B”

/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Basic Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Basic Synthesis” <wait.3>
/echo Crafting done! Mahiko San, srsly, a six synth!? <se.3>

While ugly, it gets around 80% HQ given the average times Hasty Touch will miss. With 1 HQ material, it becomes ALMOST 100%

L70 to 71 Deadzone Rotation 40 Durability

This rotation needs 361 CP – buy Handking accessories (or any cheap ones) and/or food buffs to reach that. It’s meant to accomodate all sorts of people entering the SHB tier (with likely lower CP). Feel free to upgrade this rotation if you have more stats.

Macro P1: “MSan L70/361C/40D A”

/ac Reflect <wait.3>
/ac Manipulation <wait.2>
/ac “Hasty Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Hasty Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac Innovation <wait.2>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Tricks of the Trade” <wait.3>
/ac “Great Strides” <wait.2>
/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <wait.3>
/ac Veneration <wait.2>
/echo Macro A done. Thank you Mahiko San! <se.1>

Macro P2: “MSan L70/361C/40D B”

/ac Observe <wait.3>
/ac “Focused Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac Observe <wait.3>
/ac “Focused Synthesis” <wait.3>
/echo Crafting done! Mahiko San, I am forever your slave! <se.3>

This one is weirdly OK. Hovers at roughly 80% HQ given the average times Hasty Touch will miss. With 1 HQ material, it becomes 100%

Rotation Notes

As you can see, the amount of synthesis you need here is brutal – the debuff for trying L71 as L70 is huge. It’s called the deadzone for a reason.

Also, these contain the anti-poor RNG Tricks of the Trade – which prevents your Byregot from landing on poor at all times.

The rotations are somewhat long, 2-button, and not even 100% – but that’s the nature of the deadzone for you! Let’s get out of it ASAP!

TLDR: Updating your gear is key to getting out of the deadzone, and when you do – you can use this rotation to help push 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. While many of these do not require the scrip gear mentioned above (Custom Deliveries, and easier tier GC Submissions), they will certainly help with some other activities (IE Grinding, making your own levequest items).

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 also get large amounts of scrip to update your gear with!

5.3 update: Ehll Tou from The Firmament joins Kai Shirr from Eulmore, as both the L70+ ShB Custom Delivery clients, so they’re your best option for maximum rewards at this point. Try to use all your allowances between them if you’re leveling 70 to 80.

You have 12 deliveries a week spread between:

  • Kai Shirr in Eulmore
  • Ehll Tou in The Firmament
  • 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.

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 – If you upgraded your gear, and use the rotation above (IDEALLY WITH 1 HQ MATERIAL TO PUSH FOR 100%) you can pretty reliably make them yourself.

One trick is to grind on 40 Durability “ingots”, and
use the HQ’s for your 80 Durability crafts!

If you’re lazy or don’t have the gear – 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

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 Goldsmith L70, you can try out Stonegold Nugget or Stonegold Ingot.

One trick is to grind on 40 Durability “ingots”, and
use the HQ’s for your 80 Durability crafts!

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 Goldsmith, that’s shares with BSM and ARM 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 GSM 70, I’d suggest simply splitting it up between the shared classes, meaning 2/3 each for BSM, ARM.

Goldsmith 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…

GSM 70 Levequests

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

Level 70 Goldsmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestWhetstones for the WorkersSatisfactory SewingYou’re My Wonderhall
Item1Hard Mudstone Whetstone1Stonegold Needle1Hematite Earrings of Healing
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components3Hard Mudstone2Stonegold Nugget1Stonegold Nugget
1White Oak Lumber1Hematite
1Palladium Nugget1Durium Nugget
1Hard Mudstone Whetstone1Mythrite Nugget
EXP53352817784271185618
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?3556854
Gil160032002400

Hopefully the Deadzone wont stress you out too much. There’s quite a few ways to push past it, but it definitely is one of the more difficult parts of leveling in a new tier, Shadowbringers to L80 is no exception.l78

Goldsmith 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 GSM, 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!

GSM L71 GEAR UPDATE

This gear update is similar to the L70 one. You need to get all the L70 Scrip armor, and as many accessories as you need to reach the CP requirements (370~).

Scrip Gear

This is merely a copy of the L70 gear update. If you didn’t update or incompletely updated your gear at L70, then you MUST do it now. Of course, if you have any gear that beats this – go for that instead.

Mainhand and Body are MANDATORY – the rest can be substituted for L71 crafted if you like (more notes in the next tab)

L70 / L71 Gear Update
SlotItemNotes
Main HandKing-tier MainhandBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
Off HandKing-tier OffhandBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
HeadHandking’s TurbanBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
BodyHandking’s DoubletBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
HandsHandking’s GlovesBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
BeltHandking’s Tool BeltBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
LegsHandking’s BottomsBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
BootsHandking’s ShoesBest L70 Scrip gear – mandatory
EarringHandking’s EarringOptional, Only get enough to reach CP values
NeckHandking’s NecklaceOptional, Only get enough to reach CP values
WristHandking’s ArmillaeOptional, Only get enough to reach CP values
RingHandking’s RingOptional, Only get enough to reach CP values
RingHandking’s RingOptional, Only get enough to reach CP values

The mandatory CP values are around 370, the other stats aren’t so strict.

No Scrip for Scrip Gear?

Then simply substitute any crafted L71 gear in their place. Generally speaking not all pieces are equal – you definitely prefer scrip in some places. Some pieces have better crafted (accessories) but are largely unnecessary. Consider these only if you’re short on scrip. 

TLDR: Only get and meld crafted L71 gear IF YOU HAVE NO SCRIP,
Or rather spend GIL instead of scrip.

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t consider:

L71 Crafted Gear VS Scrip?
SlotBetter TypeNotes
Main HandSCRIPScrip gears stats are too far ahead
Off HandEITHER C>SEqual stats, crafted has a slot but meh.
HeadEITHER S>CMelded crafted only edges above, but not really worth
BodySCRIPScrip gears stats are too far ahead
HandsEITHER S>CMelded crafted only edges above, but not really worth
BeltEITHER S>COnly get crafted if you really have no scrip.
LegsEITHER S>COnly get crafted if you really have no scrip.
BootsEITHER S>COnly get crafted if you really have no scrip.
EarringEITHER C>SCrafted blasts scrip – but the extra stats don’t really matter.
NeckEITHER C>SCrafted blasts scrip – but the extra stats don’t really matter.
WristEITHER C>SCrafted blasts scrip – but the extra stats don’t really matter.
RingEITHER C>SCrafted blasts scrip – but the extra stats don’t really matter.
RingEITHER C>SCrafted blasts scrip – but the extra stats don’t really matter.

Scrip Mainhand and body are mandatory – everything else just depends on what resource you’d rather spend. For most people I’d imagine that’s scrip (instead of shelling out gil)…

GSM L71 ROTATION UPDATE: 80 DURABILITY

The L71 Mahiko San Synthesis: God’s Touch ™ – 80 Durability is a ONE BUTTON macro (so it’s thankfully short), while being ABSOLUTE TRUE 100% (baits poor procs with Tricks of the Trade) while also being BUFFLESS.

Rotation MacroSuccess Rates & Notes

Macro P1: “MSan 365C/L71/80D”

/ac Reflect <wait.3>
/ac Manipulation <wait.2>
/ac “Basic Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Preparatory Touch” <wait.3>
/ac Innovation <wait.2>
/ac “Preparatory Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Tricks of the Trade” <wait.3>
/ac “Great Strides” <wait.2>
/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <wait.3>
/ac Veneration <wait.2>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>

Mahiko Sans “God’s Touch” ™ 80 Durability Success Rate
Recipe L71Recipe L72Recipe L73Recipe L74Recipe L75
DoH L71100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
DoH L72100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
DoH L73100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
DoH L74100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
DoH L75100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ

Even if you somehow could make L76+ recipes – this still 100%’s it.

This rotation works from L71, crafting the most difficult possible recipe you can craft at this point (L75). You unlock more recipes at 75 but that’s a different story.

Again, being a ONE BUTTON, TRUE 100%, and BUFFLESS macro is something I’m proud of, and great news for you. 

GSM L71 ROTATION UPDATE: 40 DURABILITY

The “Mahiko San Synthesis: God’s Touch ™ – 40 Durability” Shares many similarities to its 80 Durability counterpart. True 100% success, while being another One Button Macro, and also BUFFLESS. It’s a 364CP rotation – so it’s quite light still.

Rotation MacroSuccess Rates & Notes

Macro Name: MSan L71/364C/40D

/ac Reflect <wait.3>
/ac Manipulation <wait.2>
/ac “Preparatory Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac Innovation <wait.2>
/ac “Basic Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Tricks of the Trade” <wait.3>
/ac “Great Strides” <wait.2>
/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <wait.3>
/ac Veneration <wait.2>
/ac Observe <wait.3>
/ac “Focused Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac Observe <wait.3>
/ac “Focused Synthesis” <wait.3>

Mahiko Sans “God’s Touch” ™ 40 Durability Success Rate
Recipe L71Recipe L72Recipe L73Recipe L74Recipe L75
DoH L71100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
DoH L72100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
DoH L73100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
DoH L74100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
DoH L75100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ

Even if you somehow could make L78 recipes – this still 100%’s it.

Again, being a ONE BUTTON, TRUE 100%, and BUFFLESS and works up to the maximum level of recipe you can craft for now. What’s not to like!?

Goldsmith L70 Levequests

Level 70 Goldsmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestWhetstones for the WorkersSatisfactory SewingYou’re My Wonderhall
Item1Hard Mudstone Whetstone1Stonegold Needle1Hematite Earrings of Healing
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components3Hard Mudstone2Stonegold Nugget1Stonegold Nugget
1White Oak Lumber1Hematite
1Palladium Nugget1Durium Nugget
1Hard Mudstone Whetstone1Mythrite Nugget
EXP53352817784271185618
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?3556854
Gil160032002400
GSM L70 Levequest Discussion

Hard Mudstone Whetstone – Good ‘ol PDO leve. Great if “POOR, DESPERATE, or OVERCAPPED ON LEVES. They serve a purpose.

Stonegold Needle – Can feel expensive, but not too bad… Not like you have much of a choice. Palladium Nugget can be RNG, but overall not bad.

Hematite Earrings of Healing – Hematite price affects the value of this. If it’s within reason for you, then this becomes a “good” leve.

What to do in this tier?

Start your journey with making a pile of Stonegold Nuggets, and a few Hard Mudstone Whetstones.

For your GSM leveling journey in SHB,
your fate is entwined with the price of raw gemstones.

That being said, in this tier, at least you have options. If you’re PDO, then submit Nuggets. If you wanna maximize EXP per cost, then it’s do the single leve.  If you’re tight on levequests, do Hematite Earrings.

The Earrings triple levequest really feels good if hematite is cheap… Man, writing this and remembering the early prices for gems sucked.

Feel free to “take your time” with GSM. There are days, and certain material pricings, that really feelsbadman. Make the most out of your “extraneous EXP” with GSM. But, if gem prices are good, good!

More so than most classes, I personally felt the squeeze here when wanting “speed vs cost”.


Goldsmith L72 to 74

There’s a rotation upgrade at 73, which I talk about below the levequest discussion.

GSM L72 Levequests

Level 72 Goldsmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestNeck on the LineSlimming DownGentleman Donor
Item1Diaspore Choker of Fending1Stonegold Rapier1Diaspore Bracelet of Slaying
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components2Stonegold Ingot3Stonegold Ingot2Stonegold Ingot
1Diaspore1Deepgold Ingot1Diaspore
1Electrum Ingot1Electrum Ingot1Electrum Ingot
1Cobalt Ingot
EXP160498322222841604983
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?4814949
Gil255634082556
GSM 72 Levequest Discussion

Diaspore Choker of Fending – Essentially useless. The triple is equal to this, so why not use the triple?

Stonegold Rapier – Not bad actually. 2 Old World mats can be RNG, but these aren’t typically volatile materials. Viable!

Diaspore Bracelet of Slaying – Not bad, but the EXP over the previous tier isn’t that huge of a difference. This is simply a case of Diaspore vs Hematite price.

L73 Rotation Upgrade (40 & 80 DUR)

These rotations are TECHNICALLY optional. But they are SHORTER – saves time.  More importantly completes virtually any item 100% HQ until leveling to 80 (read notes for specifics). There’s no point to hold off upgrading rotation now… It’s also rated for higher L76 / L78 items.

L73 80 Durability Rotation UPDATE

Rotation MacroSuccess Rates and Notes

Macro Name: MSan L73/367C/80D

/ac Reflect <wait.3>
/ac Manipulation <wait.2>
/ac “Preparatory Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Standard Touch” <wait.3>
/ac Innovation <wait.2>
/ac “Preparatory Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Tricks of the Trade” <wait.3>
/ac “Great Strides” <wait.2>
/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <wait.3>
/ac Veneration <wait.2>
/ac Groundwork <wait.3>
/ac Groundwork <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/echo DONE! 13 Steps? Why thanks, Mahiko San <se.2>

For 80 Durability, this rotation is what you’ll be using until L80.

Mahiko Sans “L73 Divine Creation” ™ 40 Durability Success Rate
DoH L73DoH L74DoH L75DoH L76
Recipe L73100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L74100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L75100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L76100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L77100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L78100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L79100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ

Well, this is the end of the road. True 100% success rate, only 13 Steps, and will cover your butt for EVERYTHING EXCEPT LEVEL 80 CRAFTS – of which are largely irrelevant for leveling.

L73 40 Durability Rotation UPDATE

Rotation MacroSuccess Rates and Notes

Macro Name: MSan L73/352C/40D

/ac Reflect <wait.3>
/ac Manipulation <wait.2>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <wait.3>
/ac Innovation <wait.2>
/ac “Preparatory Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Tricks of the Trade” <wait.3>
/ac “Great Strides” <wait.2>
/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <wait.3>
/ac Veneration <wait.2>
/ac Groundwork <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/echo DONE! Thanks Mahiko San, 13 Steps only! <se.2>

Mahiko Sans “L73 Divine Creation” ™ 40 Durability Success Rate
DoH L73DoH L74DoH L75DoH L76
Recipe L73100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L74100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L75100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L76100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L77100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L78100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ

This rotation obliterates any 40 durability item you will encounter during your leveling process while being only 13 steps, having true 100% success rate. Not bad.

If you need more CP, remember to just buy as many scrip accessories as you need, or craft as many L71 right-sides and meld as you need. It’s very easy to reach these CP values, and you can easily choose your path to obtain it.

What to do in this tier?

Make Stonegold Ingots, Whetstones and, gemstones. When you’re done, make a decision…

If Diaspore and Stonegold Ingots are well priced, then you choose this tiers leves. The single Rapier leve is legit, as well as the triple Bracelets. If you are tight on leves, then you’re probably forced to do the triple.

If the prices suck, then you can continue to do previous tier leves as the difference in EXP isn’t gamebreaking.

Goldsmith L74 to 76

Goldsmith L74 Levequests

Level 74 Goldsmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestCopious Crystal CannonsHot RodUnsung Generosity
Item1Manasilver Nugget1Bluespirit Rod1Manasilver Choker
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components4Manasilver Sand3Manasilver Nugget2Manasilver Nugget
1Silver Ore1Bluespirit Tile1Pixie Cotton
1Star Ruby1Twinthread
1Rose Gold Nugget
EXP56428528214251974997
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?5924991
Gil180836162712
GSM 74 Levequest Discussion

Manasilver Nugget – PDO Leve. Great if “POOR, DESPERATE, OR OVERCAPPED ON LEVES”. This will save your life if you’re not in a rush.

Bluespirit Rod – Not bad, but Rose Gold Nugget and Star Ruby can be a biatch. If they’re cheap, this is godly. If not, then you better pray to the gods.

Manasilver Choker – having a throwaway material like Twinthread is a huge boon for this leve.

What to do in this tier?

Craft up a pile of Manasilver Nuggets and continue the market surveillance…

While you don’t need gemstones here, we’re in a bit of a bind. Manasilver Choker is a great triple leve, but the EXP is quite low. It also suffers by having a whole completed cloth in the recipe.

Personally, I submitted both this and the single rod leve, as I had a small stockpile of old materials. But for most people, the Manasilver Choker triple will be the default choice, and while it wasn’t amazing – it didn’t feel soul crushing, either.

Of course if you’re PDO, you now have another option – Manasilver Nugget!

Goldsmith L76 to 78

Start it off with a truly optional rotation update…

L76 Rotation Update *40 DUR Only*

I have a very minor rotation update for L76 40 DUR that simply reduces it to 12 steps. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t switch, but i’ll throw it out there anyway

Rotation Macro

Macro Name: MSan L76/347C/40D

/ac Reflect <wait.3>
/ac Manipulation <wait.2>
/ac “Delicate Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Delicate Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Delicate Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac “Delicate Synthesis” <wait.3>
/ac Innovation <wait.2>
/ac “Basic Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Tricks of the Trade” <wait.3>
/ac “Great Strides” <wait.2>
/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis” <wait.3>
/echo Craft finished <se.2>

Notes and Success Rates

I don’t think I need to put it, but here it is anyway…

Mahiko Sans “L73 Deific Speed” ™ 40 Durability Success Rate
DoH L76DoH L777DoH L78DoH L79
Recipe L76100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L77100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L78100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ
Recipe L79100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ100% HQ

12 Steps. True 100%. You’ve seen the quality I aspire to in previous rotations and this is no different.

Goldsmith L76 Levequests

Level 76 Goldsmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestBirth RingProphet of ProfitA Magnanimous Refrain
Item1Triplite Ring of Aiming1Titanbronze Star Globe1Triplite Earrings of Casting
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components1Titanbronze Nugget2Titanbronze Nugget1Titanbronze Nugget
1Triplite1Enchanted Dimythrite Ink2Triplite
1Grade 1 Dexterity Alkahest1Triplite1Grade 1 Intelligence Alkahest
1Hardsilver Nugget
EXP241333236199983217776
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?9653328
Gil286838243824
GSM 76 Levequest Discussion

Triplite Ring of Aiming – Budget option, but exp seems atrocious.

Titanbronze Star Globe – Chunky EXP, but not that far ahead of the triple. I suppose this isn’t too hot. I suppose it’s in the fringe of viability.

Triplite Earrings of Casting – If Triplite is reasonable, this is great. Otherwise, wew. The viability of this is closely tied to the other single leve. So if this is viable, then you might as well do this one.

What to do in this tier?

Make your stockpile of Titanbronze Nugget. From there, pray that Triplite has a reasonable price. Then spam the Triplite Earrings of Casting triple if it is (or dare I say, even if it isn’t).

Of the previous tier leves, the Manasilver Choker is still OK, but it really pales in comparison to this tiers triple. Triplite price will really make or break your day here.

You can take the “long route” and wait for Customs, GC, or other sources of EXP. GSM felt quite miserable this time around…

Goldsmith L78 to 80

You’re at the last stretch! Keep going!

Goldsmith L78 Levequests

Level 78 Goldsmith Levequests Comparison
LevequestA Beneficent ElegyBuiling UpWeap Those Wrists
Item1Petalite Choker of Healing1Dwarven Mythril Rapier1Petalite Bracelet of Fending
RECIPERECIPERECIPE
Components2Dwarven Mythril Nugget1Dwarven Mythril Nugget1Dwarven Mythril Nugget
1Petalite2Dwarven Mythril Ingot2Petalite
1Manasilver Nugget1Lignum Vitae Lumber1Manasilver Nugget
1Grade 1 Mind Alkahest1Stonegold Nugget1Grade 1 Vitality Alkahest
EXP467857046785704678570
Leve TypeSingleSingleTriple
Triple EXP?14035710
Gil403240324032
GSM 78 Levequest Discussion

Petalite Choker of Healing – A budget option if you’re short on leves. Lives or dies by the price of Petalite.

Dwarven Mythril Rapier – A more stable budget option. Not bad.

BOTH OF THE ABOVE LEVES GIVE EQUAL EXP TO THE TRIPLE.
So if you can manage it, go for the trip.

Petalite Bracelet of Fending –  If petalite is cheap, or you gather your own, this is godlike. It’s that simple.

What to do in this tier?

Start off the party with a pile of Dwarven Mythril Nugget. After that, you have some choices.

Petalite price will drive your decision here. The triple requires 2x Petalite so it really affects your choice. If it’s reasonable, go for it! Both the singles are viable, if you’re on a tighter budget.

The previous tier’s leves are still viable in the face of these new levequests, feel free if the previous tier Triplite is cheap.

Having a material price make or break your day sucks, but this was a common theme for GSM in SHB. The gems being unspoiled kinda sucked.

At 78, a new facet quest appears, and I DUMPED ALL EXP ON GSM! Good luck on your way to L80 Goldsmith – it’s close!

GSM Leveling – Navigation [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50]
[50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70] | [70-80]

L80+ Goldsmith, What next?

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


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34 thoughts on “FFXIV Goldsmith Leveling Guide L1 to 80 | 5.3 ShB Updated”

  1. I have never said thanks to anyone else in my life (totals combined) as much as I have said thanks to Mahiko-san!

    Thank you Mahiko-san!

  2. You mention in the Optional Rotation level 64: 40Durability 1058difficulty that weaver has no name/brand. This is incorrect. Weaver has Name of Lightning and Brand of Lightning. It is Goldsmith (GSM) that does not have a brand/name ability and must cross class into it.

  3. I ended up leveling through leves that required Koppranickel Ingots, as suggested by the guide from 62-66. I went all the way to 70 with it. Reason being was the following:
    1. Easy rotation to acquire the mats to make with a level 70 miner
    2. Roughly 700K XP per triple turn-in
    3. Durium Ingot was roughly 500K XP per turn-in

    Yes, I realize making one ingot saves more on material costs than making three of them. However, getting 700K XP per leve was worth it. I’d have more leves to use to push to 70.

    One other hint for people. Don’t forget to leverage your challenge log crafts (even the melding challenge!) for some cheap, easy XP once per week. Also, do the Custom Deliveries every week. That’s a ton of XP.

  4. Suggest updating this for Mogek The Marvelous (Churning Mists) Lvl 50-60 Moogle Beast Tribe Quests and Idyllshire – Weekly Custom Deliveries Lvl 60+

  5. At level 56 you get a Collectable for Star Ruby, yields 6 scrip, and 103k xp for 2600+ quality. For just 3 raw star ruby and a basilisk whetstone (pre-HW component!) it is fairly quick to mine, dirt cheap to make, and gets you started on scrip farming. Would take around 100 to go from 56 to 60

  6. No1 seems to want to give me a courier quest i have all leve guys unlocked but i got eustace and he only offers me regualr leve quests?

    1. Courier quests aren’t marked as such. They appear as normal levequests, and they start from the HOMETOWN. You can tell it’s a courier if the little image shows the the place you’re going (In GSM’s case, “NOT ULDAH”)

  7. I think for Level 1 Courier leve are now Band Bone (Home to Local) and handfulls of Copper Rings (5) (Local to Home)

  8. The worm fang needles give 31098 exp (62196 for HQ) and the silver chokers give 30282 exp (60564) for the level 30-35 GSM leves. both are the same turn in location and both are easy mats to get a hold of. So you end up getting more exp with the needles.

  9. “GSM 10: 12x Copper Rings”

    This needs to be more specific as I just crafted 12 Copper Rings rather than 12 handfuls of copper rings, which are actually needed.

    1. I’m sorry but the in-game description of “Copper Ring” versus “Copper Rings” is quite vague, no? I guess SE should change it to like copper ringlet

      1. Would be helpful to show what to grind on from 0 to15. You advised not to use levequests, but do not provide the alternative method.

        1. Hmm I guess I should edit to be more specific. Courier <-> Reverse courier leves are SUPER VALUE in this tier, but regulars are JUNK

          1. Ah ok, I have been trying to find items to grind on for 1 to 15 as I noticed that some of your guides have them and some do not. I would rather save the leves for the higher level when trying to level up crafting on multiple classes at the same time. Maybe you can add what items to grind on for 1 to 15.

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