FFXIV Leatherworking Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

STORMBLOOD UPDATED! “Deez Skins” Leatherworking power leveling to 70 ASAP! LTW Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

The grind continues!

Navigation Leatherworker Leveling:
[pre 50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

Leatherworker Leveling 64 to 66

Gear Check Reminder II

If everyone followed the guide, their gear will now be caught up. Here’s what you should be packing… (Copied from previous page, just to remind you)

Slot Item Level Cheap Meld I Cheap Meld II
Weapon High Steel Head Knife 62 Any Any
Offhand High Steel Awl 63 Any Any
Chest Bloodhempen Doublet of Crafting 61 Competence III+ Command III+
Head Bloodhempen Turban of Crafting 61 Competence IV Command IV
Gloves Gaganaskin Halfgloves 61 Competence IV Command IV
Belt Ruby Cotton Apron 62 Cunning IV Cunning II
Pants Bloodhempen Skirt 61 Cunning IV+ Command IV
Boots Gaganaskin Shoes 61 Cunning IV+ Command IV
Earring Larch Earrings 63 Cunning IV+ Cunning III
Neck Larch Necklace 63 Cunning IV+ Cunning III
Wrist Larch Bracelets 63 Cunning IV+ Cunning III
Ring Larch Ring 63 Cunning IV+ Competence III
Ring Larch Ring 63 Cunning IV+ Competence III

Reach 409 CP. I don’t care how you achieve this, but do it.

CROSS CLASS SKILLS! FIX 'EM UP!

Here are the 10 cross-class skills you should have for all your classes.

ALC ARM BSM CRP CUL GSM LTW WVR
I2 CZ CZ CZ CZ CZ CZ CZ
BB ToT ToT ToT ToT ToT ToT ToT
SH2 I2 BB I2 I2 I2 I2 I2
Muscle BB SH2 SH2 BB BB BB BB
Inno SH2 Muscle Muscle Inno SH2 SH2 SH2
WN Muscle Inno Inno WN Muscle Muscle Muscle
MM Inno WN WN MM WN Inno Inno
FS WN MM MM FS Name MM WN
Rec MM FS FS Name Brand FS MM
OPEN FS Rec Rec Brand Rec Rec FS

I hope you’re familiar with what these are. Muscle is Muscle Memory from CUL, MM and FS are Maker’s Mark and Flawless Synthesis from GSM.

Important Notes:

** CUL and GSM need to cross-class a “Name” and “Brand” of any element.
** All classes except ARM and WVR have access to Reclaim AND Maker’s Mark + Flawless Synthesis.

Since ARM and WVR have to choose between access to “MM+FS” rotations or “Reclaim“, I personally chose “MM+FS” since it’s very unlikely you’ll fail any manual craft with that. Reclaim on the other hand has its uses. Since most rotations require more than 55 CP to complete, you can choose to reclaim if you feel non-HQ is inevitable.

Up to you, buddy…

Reclaim. *snicker*” –
Mahiko Sans Fukkius

L64 Unlocked Patient Touch

Patient Touch is pretty good, huh? Great for RNG gambling rotations. But for now, you can simply replace the first Hasty Touch II of any rotation with Patient Touch.

It’s optional, but a slight improvement IMO. While it increases your odds to fail by a tiny bit, it increases your HQ success chance but quite a huge margin.

Leatherworker Levequests @ 64

Class Level Qty Item Type Levequest Name Best?
LTW 64 1 Tigerskin Tricorne of Aiming S Try Tricorne Again 3
LTW 64 1 Tigerskin Boots of Crafting S Shoe on the Other Foot 1
LTW 64 1 Tiger Leather T Tiger in the Sack 3
LTW 64 Levequest discussion

Tiger Leather is the clear winner here. It is also the “omega levequest” for Leatherworker – there is no other future levequest of value in this tier until 70. You better hope Tiger Skins are cheap in your server, buddy.

Tigerskin Tricorne of Aiming and Tigerskin Boots of Crafting are both pretty terrible in comparison.

LTW 64 to 66: What I did in this tier

Go on and refine -> submit all remaining Gaganaskins / Gagana Leathers. They will be of minimal use to you EXP wise.

Grind on a bunch of Tiger Leather, as this is the item that will carry your sorry hide to L70 LTW. I assume 30ish will be enough to get you to 70, but since you still have some grinding ahead of you try and “balance it out” as you approach 70 – don’t worry if you have extras, they sell well.

You can also craft optional upgrades for your left-side DoH and DoL…

Advanced tips & motivation

Watch this video. This is essentially a LTW 64-70 guide in and of itself. These guys, clearly wearing finely crafted Leathers, are actually walking towards the Market Board with utmost determination. As you can see from the end of the video…

“The road to LTW 70 is paved by Tiger Leather”
Mahiko ‘Hearts on Fire’ San.

Don’t be the guy in the cloth long-sleeve. He’s the dude in your FC who asks you to craft levequests items for him.

Oh, you needed a real advanced tip? Get back to crafting Tiger Leather, slacker.

 

Grinding Leatherworker 64 to 66

Tiger Leather and Gagana Leather as both items are valuable for any LTW leveling up – there will always be some kind of market for these.

Important notes and events in this tier

Optional Rotation: L64 40DUR 1058DIFF

These were extremely hard at level 63~64! I TESTED THESE WITH A MINIMUM OF 934 CRAFTSMANSHIP (slightly above the gear check above). I suggest waiting until 65 to do any L64 “ingot” grinding.

Or I could be wrong in my notes – simply test it out first. If Name > Brand > Brand works for you, great. Waiting for the L65 shirt and Mainhand ensures this. Here’s the rotation:

/ac “Comfort Zone” <me> <wait.2>
/ac “Inner Quiet” <me> <wait.2>
/ac “Waste Not” <me> <wait.2>
/ac “Steady Hand II” <me> <wait.2>
/ac “Patient Touch” <me> <wait.3>
/ac “Hasty Touch II” <me> <wait.3>
/ac “Hasty Touch II” <me> <wait.3>
/ac “Hasty Touch II” <me> <wait.3>
/ac “Hasty Touch II” <me> <wait.3>
/ac “Master’s Mend” <me> <wait.3>
/ac “Great Strides” <me> <wait.2>
/ac “Steady Hand II” <me> <wait.2>
/ac “Innovation” <me> <wait.2>
/ac “Basic Touch” <me> <wait.3>

/ac “Great Strides” <me> <wait.2>
/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <me> <wait.3>
/ac “Steady Hand” <me> <wait.2>
/ac “Name of Fire” <me> <wait.2>
/ac “Brand of Fire” <me> <wait.3>
/ac “Brand of Fire” <me> <wait.3>

THIS CERTAIN “MACRO” HAS NAME AND BRAND OF FIRE. PLEASE ADJUST IT TO YOUR CLASS. CUL AND WVR HAVE NO BRAND OR NAME SKILL SO CROSS CLASS ANY ONE OF ‘EM.

L64 80 Durability?

If you’re hellbent on crafting a 64 or 65 with the “base set” described above do so at your own risk. It’s VERY VERY doable using Maker’s Mark type rotations and manual crafting.

But like I saidI WOULD ADVISE HOLDING OUT UNTIL L65! If you plan on crafting for any sort of grind-like activities, the shirt and weapon help loads.

At L65 we will be having the 80 Durability “end-all” rotation.

L65 LTW Class Quest

Rewards are Manipulation II, which is a great skill. Our rotations will be based around it at L66.

You also get an NQ Main hand weapon (sucky), and Kudzu tier left-side NQ (also meh). They’re NOT worth it.

But HQ versions? Hmm…

L65 Gear Update: Kudzu Shirt & Main Hand

HQ Kudzu Robe of Crafting (Cheap Meld: Control III+ x2)

This is a VALUE upgrade since it straight up annihilates our old shirt. It’s worth it. It also feels good buying this knowing all our classes can use it. The other left-side slots are technically optional.

HQ L65 MH: Doman Iron Head Knife (Cheap Meld: OPEN / Any)

Can’t complain here. The HQ 65 main hand completely obliterates previous tiers BiS weapon.

After buying these upgrades, you are functionally equal, or superior, to Heavensward “BiS” crafters that spent millions pentamelding their gear. It’s both a happy and sad moment, as the circle of a crafters’ life continues…

THE REST OF THE KUDZU TIER IS OPTIONAL: It will make HQing easier with zero HQ materials. It’s completely up to you. I did NOT upgrade gear but it’s easy to see how you will benefit from them.

L65 Rotation Update: 80 Durability

This is a TEMPORARY ROTATION mainly to show you how to complete recipes of this difficulty onward. It will be updated to its final form in ONE LEVEL (66), so it’s up to you if you wanna learn this one. It’s very similar to it’s final evolution.

L65 80 Durability “showcase”

/ac “Muscle Memory” <wait.3>
/ac “Comfort Zone” <wait.2>
/ac “Inner Quiet” <wait.2>
/ac “Waste Not” <wait.2>
/ac “Steady Hand II” <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 “Hasty Touch II” <wait.3>
/ac “Manipulation II” <wait.2>
/ac “Steady Hand II” <wait.2>
/ac “Basic Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Basic Touch” <wait.3>
/ac “Basic Touch” <wait.3>

/ac “Great Strides” <wait.2>
/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <wait.3>
/ac “Ingenuity II” <wait.2>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <wait.3>

But here’s the thing – I experimented with this rotation at L66, but I can only imagine extreme niche scenarios wherein “I2 CSIIIx4 + CSIIIx1” (my prior rotation) is better than “MM + I2 CSIIx4”. Lemme know. But, I’m pretty damn sure this works from 65.

L66 Gear Update: Offhand

HQ Doman Iron Awl is a massive stat upgrade, and you should be buying or making one of these. If you want to meld it, Control III+.

L66 Unlocks Prudent Touch

Prudent Touch. Read it.

With Prudent Touch and Manipulation II,
we will now rise into godhood.

Leatherworker Leveling 66 to 68

I’ll put it up here since it’s very important: The following rotations are “the final form” of both 40 and 80 durability crafts. You can use these “macros” to learn how to manual craft them.

L66+ “Obliterator Rotations”

L66+ 40DUR 'Annihilator'

As implied, this rotation will crush any 40 durability from here on out.

/ac “Comfort Zone” <me><wait.2>
/ac “Inner Quiet” <me><wait.2>
/ac “Steady Hand II” <me><wait.2>
/ac “Patient Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Basic Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Manipulation II” <me><wait.2>
/ac “Steady Hand II” <me><wait.2>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Innovation” <me><wait.2>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Great Strides” <me><wait.2>
/echo I am nothing without Mahiko Senpai <se.1>

/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <wait.3>
/ac “Ingenuity II” <me><wait.2>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <me><wait.3>
/echo Macro #2 complete T-thank you M-Mahiko Senpai <se.14>

L66+ 80DUR 'It that Destroys'

And this one will eradicate 80 durability recipes from now onwards.

While I can’t say I tested every niche “undergeared” scenario, this work of art CRUSHED every recipe at or near its level.

/ac “Muscle Memory” <wait.3>
/ac “Comfort Zone” <wait.2>
/ac “Inner Quiet” <wait.2>
/ac “Steady Hand II” <wait.2>
/ac “Hasty Touch II” <wait.3>
/ac “Hasty Touch II” <wait.3>
/ac “Basic Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Basic Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Basic Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Manipulation II” <wait.2>
/ac “Steady Hand II” <wait.2>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <me><wait.3>
/ac “Prudent Touch” <me><wait.3>
/echo Macro #1 complete I am nothing without Mahiko Senpai <se.1>

/ac “Great Strides” <wait.2>
/ac “Byregot’s Blessing” <wait.3>
/ac “Ingenuity II” <wait.2>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <wait.3>
/ac “Careful Synthesis III” <wait.3>
/echo Macro #2 complete T-thank you M-Mahiko Senpai <se.14>

However...

I did not test these under all stress tests to prevent stupidity like “I have L62 main hand and L63 offhand and tried to craft L70 Ingot“. These recipes will carry you past certain gear upgrades at certain times. But don’t be greedy man, upgrade your damn gear to be safe.

I did not test these on recipes absurdly higher than my current level. Be responsible. They’re good rotations absolutely brimming with value but please… test it out first if you know you’re doing something dumb.

As long as your gear is up to date (the final mandatory gear upgrade is 67 main hand)

“Here… Now… Your ascendance is complete.”
– Mahiko “Deus Factorem” San

Leveling from here is mostly a formality, and it’s only a matter of time before you hit 70. Just a little more to go!

Leatherworker Levequests @ 66

Class Level Qty Item Type Levequest Name Best?
LTW 66 1 Marid Leather Corset of Healing S A Stitch in Time 3
LTW 66 1 Marid Leather Bolero of Crafting S Shrug It On 2
LTW 66 1 Marid Leather Breeches of Maiming T Security Breeches 3
LTW 66 Levequest discussion

All are junk compared to Tiger Leather from the 64 tier.

Just move on… man… move on.

LTW 66 to 68: What I did in this tier

Marid Leathers are a niche item, so they are only so-so in terms of value (this may change in the future, but generally speaking they aren’t widely used). They also require Persimmon Tannin from ALC – so they’re a bit of a hassle.

If you have mats, sure grind on them – you need a few anyway for the odd upgrade here and there namely Marid Leather Bolero of Crafting L68.

Otherwise, just continue with the good ol “TL” plan.

What’s “TL”? Tricorne of Lealing of course. NO IDIOT – IT’S TIGER LEATHER!!!!!!!! SURPRISE!

Grinding Leatherworker 66 to 68

Mainly Tiger and or Gagana Leathers still as they retain good value. Marid Leathers only if you have materials.

Important notes and events in this tier

L66 Off Hand Weapon

For LTW, that would be Doman Iron Awl. HQ version of this is mandatory.

L67 Main Hand Weapon, Focused Synthesis

For LTW, that would be Doman Iron Head Knife. HQ version of this is mandatory.

L67 also unlocks Focused Synthesis, which is a damn good skill. I used it in many a fresh 70 rotation to “proc” Manipulation II in the latter end of progress. It’s stronger than any “non-special” touch so far.

L68 LTW Class Quest

The rewards are meh. You get a choice of any Tier V crafting materia, which is welcome I guess. Choose whichever you need (honestly, CP is a good bet). Or what’s most expensive.

You also get the L68 NQ off-hand, which is pretty bad.

Finally, hitting 68 gives you Focused Touch, whose primary use is to squeeze one more touch unsupported by Steady Hand.

L68 Marid Leather Bolero? 68HQ Offhand?

L68 Marid Leather Bolero of Crafting HQ (Cheap melded with Competence III+ Command III+) I would say now it’s mandatory. It should spiritbond fast enough so you won’t feel too bad about it. I initially thought against it, but I’m gonna go ahead and recommend this.

L68 HQ Doman Steel Awl? Honestly, I didn’t bother and it didn’t affect me. At least we save one gear piece worth of upgrades.

Leatherworker Leveling 68 to 70

“There are two type of people who reach this hallowed place. Those who have Leves… And those who do not.”
– Mahiko “Did not” San.

How painful the final step is will largely depend on how FAST you clawed upwards. Having said that, if you took it easy and HAVE LEVES – abuse the living daylights out of them since they will serve you almost no purpose once your DoH levels are done.

Leatherworker Levequests @ 68

Class Level Qty Item Type Levequest Name Best?
LTW 68 1 Gazelleskin Corselet of Scouting S Thick and Thin 3
LTW 68 1 Gazelleskin Bracers of Fending S Brace Yourselves 2
LTW 68 1 Gazelleskin Boots of Casting T If the Shoe Fits 3
LTW 68 Levequest discussion

This levequest tier is especially atrocious. If Gazelleskin Bracers of Fending is the best choice, you know something’s not right.

T R A S H  T I E R  :  I G N O R E

LTW 68 to 70: What I did in this tier

It sucks but surprise surprise Tiger F’in Leather is here again. It ain’t so bad a fate, all told. Mind numbing as it is.

You can grind on Gazelle Leathers to save some leves if you have the materials. By this time you are going to have making a lot of Persimmon Tannin from ALCs anyway.

Gazelle Leather is heavily used, so you may as well make as many as you can now. But yep, your main source of EXP here besides grinding on Gazelle Leather

Advanced Tips & Motivation Part III:

Grinding Leatherworker 68 to 70

Shift your grinding efforts to Gazelle Leathers.

Important notes and events in this tier

This tiers materials are heavily used

So always check the market board for cheap mats. Whether it’s for red or yellow scrip, lots of crafters use the 68-70 tier materials so they should be abundant and fairly priced off the market board.

L68 Optional Upgrades: HQing is hard

As I mentioned previously, the 68 Main Hand is OPTIONAL.

With the “Obliterator Rotations” you should be doing very well still. However, do not think for one second that “100% HQ is possible from 0 HQ Mats”. That’s just silly, while leveling.

HQ raw materials in this tier are cheap since high level crafters don’t care about the quality of mats in this tier.

The first option is “Try to get 1/4th of your materials HQ”. So when you craft you have a slight advantage.

You want more consistency? It’s time for optional upgrades, then, which are the rest of the Marid Leather / Serge Tier.

L70 LTW Class Quest

The rewards are quite good. You get ALL Tier V crafting materia, as well as the Stroke of Genius trait.

The class quests are pretty decent, so there’s that. Aside from lore, the hype on reaching 70 is more of a relaxed “Finally…”

Leatherworker Level 70 and Beyond

Welp! That’s about it for Stormblood content! The grind is over – for now. There’s still quite a bit you have to do….

Farming Tier IV, V and VI Crafting Materia: You should, at least, be aware on how to obtain these. You’re gonna be melding your 70 set according to you needs soon enough.

  • Tier IV crafting materia is quite cheap these days since you only need 25 red scrip to buy one. As such, they’re also reasonable off the MB.
  • Tier V crafting materia can be picked up for 400 red scrips, and is a byproduct of many people trying to spiritbond for Tier VI.
  • Tier VI is well… Expensive.

It’s time to farm Scrips! You need A LOT of red scrips for the Master V crafting books. Get on it now. The yellow scrip weapon is actually not bad, you can opt to get that too.

I’ll make a more detailed “Crafting Endgame” checklist or mini-guide soon, if it’s even needed…?

Navigation Leatherworker Leveling:
[pre 50] | [50-60] | [60-64] | [64 to 70]

With this you’ve gotten past “the hard part”, which is catching up to the required gear power levels! Congrats!

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20 thoughts on “FFXIV Leatherworking Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)”

  1. You deserve a kudos for this guide, most are boring as hell to read, and tedious to remember, this is written in a way that gamers will find both amusing and informative, good job *insert a thumbs up emoji here, cus why the hell not*

  2. Just a small correction, for the level 64 leve quests Tiger Leather and Tigerskin boots are swapped. Tigerskin boots are actually for the single turn in Shoe on the other foot, and Tiger Leather is used for the Triple Turn in Tiger in the Sack.

  3. For the ltw from lvl 56 you can turn in Dhalmel leather as collectable… imo, it’s the cheapest way to lvl up from 56 to 60. (Also happens with other jobs, like the WVR with Ramie cloth)
    You get a bunch of dhalmel hides from reatiner and the dark chestnut logs gathered from forelands… then it’s just 2 or 3 hours of crafting with macros. (I used the 2.0 bis and the blue scrips chest)

  4. this is a basic shopping list for the recipes 1-15, feel free to use it to update your page

    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) animal skin 1
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) leather 32
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) animal sinew 12
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) undyed hempen cloth 14
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) maple lumber 1
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) beast sinew 10
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) copper ingot 2
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) ash lumber 2
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) iron ingot 2
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) iron rivets 1
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) bronze ingot 12
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) hempen yarn 5
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) bronze rivets 6
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) rubber 8
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) animal glue 1
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) bone chip 2
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) animal hide 1
    [1:46](Mizuki Hakufu) hard leather 33

    1. Thank you mizuki, this is one of the things I’ve been struggling to update given the amount of updates I have to do. I’ll integrate this once I test and format the guides to the “new standard”! Thank you!

  5. The courier and local leves at 35 are mixed up; the courier leve requests boarskin ringband while the local leve “Soft Shoe Shuffle” requires the peisteskin crakows

  6. You absolutely need to update this and fix this, it’s been over a year since Katherine pointed out the Hard Leather Cesti bit and you haven’t done anything about it.

  7. I don’t really understand the automatic hostility towards precursor leves. I can understand how they -can- be expensive, but out of hand? The level 25 leve for Padded Leather Duckbills is made completely out of vendor items. In a set of leves full of Aldgoat leather, expensive items from other tradeskills, and generally simply not things that can be obtained from a vendor, the Padded Leather Duckbills are far and away the cheapest option there, even if consuming more shards than the other ones.

    1. Now that would completely depend on server prices and may fluctuate greatly. Like mentioned in all guides please use discretion. This block of text isn’t the LAW, but truly a GUIDE. As such, your input is appreciated and may provide insight for others in the future.

      The recommendations are the “likely” cheapest given many factors :)

  8. This one and a lot of guides here are just bad and need to reworked. So many instances where it rejects a leve because an item may be expensive/difficult to craft while at the same time suggesting to do the actual expensive (and tedious with minimal reward) repeatable leves. About the only thing they’re good for is a reference for which are the courier leves because that’s gonna be the best and fastest exp, but even then the information is inaccurate in places, like the 35-40 courier which actually asks for Boarskin Ringbands. A comment mentioned it but I didn’t look down to read it and I had already wasted time and leves making crakows before realizing the error.

    1. COURIER will ALWAYS yield the highest exp.. what’s the sacrifice? Time. At level 35+, courier can take a looooooooong while due to travelling.

  9. Just a heads up about the level 20 leves: the Hard Leather Cesti is made using ALDGOAT Leather, NOT Hard Leather as the name might imply. Aldgoat Leather has to be crafted and cannot be obtained from NPCs AFAIK. So this might affect which leve is best for this leveling stretch.

    Otherwise, this guide is very useful. Thanks so much for posting it!

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