Crafting is a large part of the game-play in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Crafting classes will allow your character to make their own gear, others will allow your character to create flasks and food for buffs that will aid you and your party through tedious tasks, to victory. All in all, it can prove very useful to invest time in Crafting, not to mention very profitable.
Though it may be considered that the Crafting system in FFXIV: ARR is a bit more complex than need be, it is also nice to have to think about what your next move is without simply burning through the levels and focusing on jobs without much thought required. There are several aspects to the Crafting process that will require some focus. Primarily we’ll be covering: durability of a craft, Normal Quality (NQ) and High Quality (HQ) resources, Crafting Points, Difficulty, the Crafting Log, HQ percentage and Quality. Each in a brief description within this introduction and then more in depth within each Crafting Class.
There are 11 Crafting classes total, 3 are gathering classes and the remaining 8 are utilized to create new items in the game. Each will be explained thoroughly and a “crafting map” will be provided to assist you with navigating through each Crafting class. We’ll also discuss Crafting Guilds, their part in your ability to obtain a successfully high crafting level and a bit about each of their origin. This will help you to decide which Crafting profession you wish to pursue. Some Crafting professions are suggested based on which class you wish to play and others are utilized purely for monetary gain. Also included will be each Crafters Actions list, which pertains to the action skills learned by each profession and are used on an action bar exactly like battle class actions. The Professions will automatically attune to the next unused action bar ( If you only have action bar 1 in use the crafting actions will appear on action bar 2, once you’ve equipped the appropriate class tool.
As before mentioned, in order to get ready to craft or gather in your desired class, you must go into the Armory Chest and select the appropriate crafting or gathering tool. If you become confused or are simply unaware of which tool belongs to which class, refer to your desired Crafting Class in the list provided further on in this Guide and their tools will be listed in a progressive order.
A most unfamiliar aspect of the class selection process in this game is that your one main character can in fact learn all 11 Crafting Classes, simply visit each city and gain approval from each guild. In doing so you will have the ability to craft absolutely every recipe in the game, once you’ve leveled up each class.
Step By Step Crafting Guide
Now to discuss the Crafting system. We’ve devised a step by step system of explaining the Crafting system to make it easier to follow as well as easier to understand. There are several aspects to the Crafting system that will really affect the outcome of your attempt to complete a recipe.
- Step One: First you’ll want to open the Crafting Log which is key-bound, by default to the “N” key or you can click the icon representing the Crafting Log under the Personal Logs button list in the lower right corner of your UI. Once you’ve opened the Crafting Log there are several important focuses: from left to right there is the Class list, from which a player will need to first select the crafting class they wish to advance. Below that is the Recipe Level list, categorizing each recipe learned by it’s level requirement. Down the center is a list of the recipes you’ve learned thus far and know how to create, beside them a level and if the recipe has since been completed, a gold check mark will be between the recipes level and name.
- Step Two: Select the Crafting Recipe you wish to make. With the Crafting recipe selected, the far right side of the Crafting Log will be filled in, displaying more information about that specific recipe. Below is an example of the small screen that will appear on the far right hand side of the Crafting Log.So to craft Ash Lumber, 3 NQ Ash Logs and 1 Wind Crystal are required. The numbers displayed beside the resources picture represent the number of Ash Logs used from the inventory of 77. Which will also provide a guideline as to how many times this recipe can be crafted. The Wind Crystals inventory count is 115, displayed at the bottom of the actual resource display picture. If the player were to use High Quality (HQ) resources, it would display the inventory count under HQ as it does under NQ, however there would be a much greater quality value.
This recipe has 40 durability which represents the number of attempts before the possibility of failure will occur. Secondly we will see a Difficulty rating. The difficulty of crafting Ash Lumber is 20, which is understood as a percentage value out of a possible 100% difficulty rating. The lower the difficulty, the better chance of a successful craft once the recipes durability has depleted. Finally we have the quality. This is a very basic recipe so the quality level of this specific item is 0 out of a possible 629 rating. A good way to increase the quality of a recipe is by using HQ resources.
- Step Three: Once you’ve selected an item to craft you are going to now need to turn to the synthesis option in the bottom right hand corner of the Crafting Log. This is where all the work is actually completed. The synthesis option will only highlight in gold if all of the required resources are in your characters inventory. Synthesizing resources is kind of it’s own mini-game and the goal is to complete the craft before the Durability reaches “0”. There are three primary focuses of the synthesis screen and each with their own functionality. The Durability is essentially the timer and cannot be controlled, however the next two focuses can be. The Progress bar is your next focus, if it reaches (as displayed in the photograph below) 19/19 before Durability reaches 0, then you’ve successfully crafted the item.
Synthesis will also be completed in steps. Each step, consumes ten durability. This is where a crafters abilities come into effect. Crafters will be granted abilities as they level up, and using these abilities will depict the action chosen for each step.
For beginners there won’t be too much focus on the Quality bar as there isn’t much gain from High Quality results early on anyways. However, the Quality bar is for those of whom wish to craft High Quality items. In the previous picture the item has highest quality rating of 312 being the best possible result with regards to stats on this item, and 0 being the very most basic result for this item.
If all goes well, then you will have successfully completed that recipe and can continue on with a gold check mark beside the crafted recipe. However, if the synthesis fails then the resources used will be lost, the recipe will not be complete and another attempt will need to be made to craft the failed recipe. However there is no limit to attempts, as Crafting is only limited by resources.
Progression and Quality
Progress and Quality can also be determined by which gear your character is wearing. We will further discuss crafting gear towards the end of this guide. Crafting Class Action Skills also play a big part in the success of Crafting Recipes and will be discussed further on in the guide, under the Disciples of the Hand section. However it is always important to emphasize the several different variables to crafting a successful result from your Recipes.