FFXIV: The Collectibles Guide – Crafting Edition

We’ve spoken in depth about gathering collectibles, and now it’s time to talk about crafting collectibles. It’s a lot more straight forward, and more easier to reach the rarity threshold for crafting than it is for gathering since you’re not relying on the RNG procs of certain abilities. In saying that, it is also a little more tough because of the materials that you are going to need in order to craft the items.

To help you from going broke while getting the materials, I wholly suggest you level up gathering classes in conjunction and gather the items you need yourself. On my server, the items go for incredible prices and it’s worth more to just take time out and gather instead of spending 100k gil or more.

Be sure to have completed the Inscrutable Tastes quest – if not then you cannot craft collectibles! Next, activate the ability Collectible Synthesis. To check what items are available for the day that can be turned in as collectibles, you can either go to Timers to Rowena’s House of Splenders or head to Mor Dhona and talk to the appraiser.

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When you select the item you want to craft to turn in. You’ll notice that the crafting screen looks pretty much the same as a normal craft. The only difference is that there is no HQ chance, there is only a dash. So we can ignore that. What you want to keep an eye on is the quality number. Make sure you remember what the minimum number is to safely turn in. That is the goal, meet the minimum. Especially while leveling up.

Now the rotation that I use. Also, it’s good to remember how many steps it takes to progress a synth, that way you won’t be caught short.

ROTATION
Hit all tricks of the trade that procs
– Comfort Zone
– Inner Quiet
– Steady Hand II
– Hasty Touch(for an 80 durability craft you want to go until there is 20 durability left. For a 70 durability craft, you want to go until there is 10 durability left)
– Master’s Mend II
– Great Strides
– Depending on how much CP you have as well as stats and Tricks of the Trade procs, you can potentially do another round of Comfort Zone, Steady Hand II, Hasty Touch. Just remember you need enough CP for the finishing quality moves as well as enough durability to ensure you don’t fail. If not, this single round can usually net at least the miniumum.
– Ingenuity II
– Innovation
– Byregot’s Blessing
– Careful Synthesis II until complete

With NQ materials and good luck, you can reach over 2600 in collectible rarity. With HQ materials, it’ll end up being more. This rotation does rely on RNG so it can potentially fail. I’ve always been able to meet the minimum rarity number. My CRP at the time, for example, had 388 Craftsmanship, 366 Control and 349 CP. Not the best stats but enough that hitting the minimum number is no issue. If you are having problems, you can either upgrade your gear, activating free company buffs or eat food.

I recommend upgrading gear if it’s going to outstrip the current gear you have. At around level 55 you should be upgrading anyway since the gear is far better than the former best in slot of A Realm Reborn.
My left side gear at level 55 is(note that they’re all high quality):
Ramie Turban of Crafting
Ramie Doublet of Crafting
Dhalmelskin Halfgloves of Crafting
Rainbow Apron
Ramie Skirt
Dhalmelskin Shoes

I have melded materia to this gear, each piece on the left side has 1x Craftman’s Competence Materia III and 1x Craftman’s Cunning Materia III

My right side gear remains the same as ARR. I won’t be upgrading until I hit 60 as it doesn’t seem to be worth it too much.

I also use this rotation for blue scrip items though I will sometimes use a Precise Touch on a Good condition rather than hitting tricks of the trade. Precise Touch will give you 2 stacks on your inner quiet stack which can be helpful, especially when a hasty touch fails. Generally I’ll hit two tricks of the trade procs and then precise touch on the third. That will often leave me with enough CP overall to complete the rotation.

To get blue scrips, I’ve been using Culinarian due to the fact that some of the crafts have less materials needed to create the item. It does mean having to wait for unspoiled nodes, especially as I gather all my own materials but it’s well worth it in the end. I do recommend Culinarian for acquiring the blue scrips but any other class is able to get scrips so long as it’s at least level 56.

As always, have fun and good luck collecting these scrips. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

FF14: The Collectibles Guide – Gathering Edition

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Gatherers and Crafters have another way to level in Heavensward, and that is from turning in collectibles. It’s a new addition to the game and a welcome one indeed. The extra experience helps in the lengthy grind to level 60.

At level 50, you can pick up the quest titled Inscrutable Tastes. Upon completion of this quest, it will unlock the ability to collect. An action called Collector’s Glove for all disciples of lands, and Collectible Synthesis for all disciples of hands. At level 56, you can collect items of that level to turn in for blue gatherer scrips and blue crafter scrips which is what we are eventually aiming for.

The scrips can be used to buy gear, as well as Regional Folklore tomes for gathers and Master Book III’s for crafters.

For now, if you are level 50, you want to focus on leveling. This means doing your Grand Company turn ins each day as well as gathering the collectible items. For Miner, it’s Yellow Copper Ore, and for Botanist, it’s Old World Fig. Fisher is a little bit different as the fish they want changes each day compared to botanist and miner which all but a few remain static(the static items for Botanist and Miner are Yellow Copper Ore and Old World Fig). The items for botany and miner are also from unspoiled nodes which spawn twice per Eorzean hour.

At the moment, just while we are leveling, we want quantity over quality. The quality means a little more experience if you met that threshold but that also means less items to collect per run. Getting two items at a 66k experience apiece is way less than gathering four items worth 60k experience apiece.

BOTANIST AND MINER

Activate Truth of Mountains/Truth of Forests depending on class. If you have already gathered from the unspoiled node before, activate collector’s glove. If not, go gather and then wait for the next hour.

When you have collector’s glove active, the gathering interface is similar to normal gathering. Click on the item you wish to collect, in this case Yellow Copper Ore, and you will be introduced to another interface. Kind of like a mini game! The numbers on the left, 0/30 are important. If you go over that, the chance of successful gather drops rapidly. Each time you try to increase the item’s collectible rating, the number will rise depending on what move you have done. You can get it to it’s max, 30/30 and be okay. You just cannot go over that.

Yellow Copper Ore and Old World Fig both need a rating of 240 for the collectible appraiser at Mor Dhona to accept. The rotation I used to gather four items at 240 rarity plus is the following;
– Activate Collector’s Glove.
– Use Toil of the Mountaineer(for Miner) or Toil of the Poineer (for Botanist), depending on which class you are.
– Click on the item you wish to collect to bring up what I like to call Collecting Mini Game.
– Use Discerning Eye.
– Use Methodical Appraisal.
– Use Methodical Appraisal.
– Use Sharp Vision if you’re below 100% to gather and don’t want to potentially miss.
– Gather your four items
– Hand them in at the appraiser in Mor Dhona and be rewarded with that sweet sweet experience.

Each time you gather the item, you will be greeted with another menu asking if you want to preserve the item along with it’s collectability rating.

Now, this won’t work very well with the higher level items needed. For those items, you need a rating of 450 otherwise the appraiser won’t accept it. There are several different ways of getting an item to 450+, however I will be listing the two that I use. One relies more on RNG but that can be helped by increasing your Perception rating. The more perception, the bigger the number. For example, Methodical Appraisal works by increasing the items rarity by Perception x1.

The first rotation which can be a hit or miss. There have been times when it’s worked and other times when I fall short a couple of points. You need a base of 500GP if not using Sharp Vision or Field Mastery. I recommend this if you don’t have fully melded Forager’s Gear.

– Collector’s Glove
– Toil of the Mountaineer or Toil of the Pioneer
– Field Mastery or Sharp Vision(if needed)
– Utmost Caution
– Impulsive Appraisal
– Utmost Caution
– Impulsive Appraisal
– Impulsive Appraisal
– Impulsive Appraisal
– Collect

The second rotation which can still be RNG based depending on perception. You need at least 600GP to accomplish this.
– Collector’s Glove
– Hit the node which contains the item that you are after
– Single Mind
– Utmost Caution
– Impulsive Appraisal
– Single Mind
– Utmost Caution
– Impulsive Appraisal
– Impulsive Appraisal
– Impulsive Appraisal
– Collect

A third rotation, which also costs 600GP. Doesn’t use Single Mind so lower levels can use, provided they meet the GP(which can be reached via food).
– Collector’s Glove
– Hit the node to reveal the item
– Discerning Eye
– Methodical Appraisal
– Discerning Eye
– Methodical Appraisal
– Discerning Eye
– Methodical Appraisal
– Collect

The higher your stats, the more you can play around and work up a rotation that best fits where your stats are.

FISHING

Collecting as a Fisher is different. The size of the fish directly affects their collectability, so the bigger they are, the better the rating.

When you fish a collectible fish, a menu will pop up asking if you would like to preserve the item as well as it’s collectability rating. Unlike in Botany and Mining, Fishing collectibles are more RNG based.

Fishing is also unique in the fact that, depending on the fish and level, you will be getting a decent chunk of experience. More than botany and fisher! So for gathering the blue scrips, it’s highly suggested that you go with botany and/or mining as you’re not as reliant on the RNG aspect, not as much as fishing.

Good luck on leveling, gathering and collecting those scrips! Hope you’re enjoying one of the new aspects of gathering, I definitely am, and if you have any questions or anything to add, just post in the comments!