Easy Guide to Level Crafting and Gathering in FFXIV
As Endwalker approaches for Final Fantasy XIV, it is beneficial to max out our crafting and gathering skills. These are referred to ingame as Disciple of Hand and Disciple of Land respectively. By having maximum level in all Disciplines players can take advantage of all the new content that will be introduced, as well as have a head start inthe grind to level 90.
Level 1 to Level 20: Class quests
To start our jobs, we must first go to the respective guild and start the job quests. After you have completed this and equipped your primary tool, you can begin crafting and gathering. For the crafting skills, you can use the guild reception to buy materials to craft each of the items available to you, as you will get a big bonus the first time you do so. Doing this alongside our job quests will get you to level 20 very quickly. With gathering skills, you can do the same but this involves going out and finding nodes to mine. Mine everything you can at least once for that first time bonus. Each class quest will lead you to a new node where you will discover more materials you can gather.
Level 20 to 60: Ishgardian Restoration
The next chunk of levels can be obtained in the Ishgardian Restoration location Firmament. This is unlocked at the end of the Heavensward expansion in Ishgard. After completing Heavensward there will be a poster near the Ishgard Aether Crystal that will grant the quest “Towards the Firmament”. This is a short quest that allows access to the Firmament.
For crafting you will want to buy the ingredients for the class 4 recipe you can craft from the market board. There is a new recipe unlocked every 20 levels and will require better gear to craft each time. The ingredient prices vary server to server but generally the level 20 and level 40 class 4 materials are cheap, otherwise check other server market boards in your data center. After crafting the class 4 items, you’ll hand them in and get a huge chunk of experience..
Level 60 to 70: Kugane Levequests
At level 60 players can continue creating and gathering resources for the Ishgardian Restoration. The crafting tends to get much more expensive and the gathering ends up being grindy. If you don’t mind that or if you do not have any spare leves, then continue as you were to level 70.
However if you have spare leves, the Kugane quest giver Keltraeng provides excellent levequests that will accelerate your leveling. Look out for the charity levequest type as it allows 3 turn-ins per single leve allowance. Each turn in yields huge amounts of experience on top of some respectable Gil for your service. Depending on the server you play on, many of the requested items can be bought from the market board at little to no loss once turned in. This greatly speeds up the time it will take to get to level 70.
The Fieldcraft leves for Disciple of Land skills requires players to venture out and collect particular ingredients from Eorzea. The quests are very straightforward and yield a ton of experience. These quests can be collected from Keltraeng by selecting the Disciple of Land option in the chat dialogue. At level 70, the experience reward is heavily punished and players must move onto the next segment as they get each skill into the last stretch of training.
Level 70 to 80: Crystarium Levequests
The final step to finishing leveling requires players to head into the Crystarium on The First. Very similar to the last 10 levels, players will be receiving their levequests from Eirikur who will provide both the Disciple of Hand and Land levequests. It is recommended that all players start doing levequests as it is far superior than continuing Ishgardian Restoration. Players that are low on leve allowance will have to save them up overtime and train their other combatant jobs. It does not take long to build up an allowance to finish off skills as it will only take a handful of quests to finish of the remaining 10 levels.
In between levequests, players can start doing Facet quests at various levels. Facet quest gets players into doing Crystarium Deliveries for local npcs that reward them with large amounts of experience, Gil and Scripts. These quests are however not repeatable and come in 5 facets that dictate what skills can use each branch of quests. Crystarium Deliveries involve gathering or crafting collectables to turn into the npc. High quality turn-ins provide double the rewards including experience.
Level 80 Gearing
As Endwalker is so close to being released, I don’t recommend trying to obtain over-melded Aesthete crafting and gathering gear as it will soon be obsolete with the new expansion. It is easy enough to obtain white scripts to trade in for Handsaint’s and Landsaint’s Gear. Players can do this at scrip exchange such as the one in Eulmore or at the Crystarium. Only one set of each is needed as you can bind the same gear across multiple job gear sets however the tools will need to be individually obtained.
Have Fun Leveling Crafing and Gathering in FF:XIV
Now you should be well on your way to getting every hand and land job up to the maximum level cap. Some players may wish to focus on a single skill or set of skills and that’s fine as long as you get some level 80 jobs under your belt before the next expansion. This will allow you to take full advantage of all the new expansion and put your best foot forward.