Desynthesis Guide

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Version: 3.0.3 Abridged and adapted for wiki format

~~ Some Updates for 3.0 ~~ (non-updated sections noted)

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General Notes

The current maximum level of desynth skill (dSkill) per class is 180.00. The current maximum across all classes is 560.00. This means you can have up to 3 classes at max with 15 points left over.

There are four levels for every item. The Item Level (ilvl, or i#) is what determines the strength of an item. The Job Level (jlvl, or j#) is the required level to equip an item. An item's ilvl and jlvl both have no bearing on desynthesis. The Craft Level (clvl, or c#, followed by 0 or more *s) denotes how hard an item is to craft. Generally, recipes are designed to be made by crafters whose job level is the same as the clvl. The Recipe Level (rlvl, or r#) is a hidden value that tells you how hard an item is to desynth and how much experience you'll gain from the desynth. All of these levels are generally the same, but that is not always the case. j50 items can range in ilvl, clvl, and rlvl from 50 to 135. For many items from c1-c49, the clvl/rlvl is 1-5 higher or lower than the ilvl or jlvl of the item.

For fish, I'm going to mark them with a fifth "Fish Level" (flvl or f#, followed by 0 or more *s). This flvl is the level listed next to the fish in the Fish Guide. In general, it's the same as clvl for crafters (the level next to the recipe), but with exceptions at 50**, 50***, 51, and 60*.

To determine an item's rlvl (the level used for desynthing purposes), see the following chart:

  • Craftable c1-c50: rlvl = clvl
  • Craftable c50*: rlvl = 55
  • Craftable c50**: rlvl = 70
  • Craftable c50***: rlvl = 90
  • Craftable c50****: rlvl = 110
  • Craftable c51: rlvl = 115 OR 120 (check the recipe's Difficulty: 339 means r115, 421 means r120)
  • Craftable c52: rlvl = 125
  • Craftable c53: rlvl = 130
  • Craftable c54: rlvl = 133
  • Craftable c55: rlvl = 136
  • Craftable c56: rlvl = 139
  • Craftable c57: rlvl = 142
  • Craftable c58: rlvl = 145
  • Craftable c59: rlvl = 148
  • Craftable c60: rlvl = 150
  • Craftable c60*: rlvl = ??? (160 suspected)
  • Dungeon drops: rlvl = ilvl
  • Rewards from token turn-ins: rlvl = ilvl
  • Fish f1-f50: rlvl = flvl
  • Fish f50*: rlvl = 55
  • Fish f50**: rlvl = 70 or 75 (which it is is hidden, but it's the same as the hidden ilvl)
  • Fish f50***: rlvl = 80
  • Fish f51: rlvl = 120
  • Fish f52: rlvl = 125
  • Fish f53: rlvl = 130
  • Fish f54: rlvl = 133
  • Fish f55: rlvl = 136
  • Fish f56: rlvl = 139
  • Fish f57: rlvl = 142
  • Fish f58: rlvl = 145
  • Fish f59: rlvl = 148
  • Fish f60: rlvl = 150
  • Fish f60*: rlvl = 180 (Confirmation Needed)
  • Non-Crafted Vanity Gear: rlvl is hidden, use this guide as a reference

An item's type and its clvl (for crafted items) or rlvl (for non-crafted items) determines the type and grade of Fieldcraft or Battlecraft Demimateria that the item can yield: (NOTE: I don't know where some of the breakpoints are, so I've listed very good guesses with ? marks. If you find any of my ? marks are wrong, or have support that they're right, please let me know!)


Demimateria Types

  • Equipment with combat stats: Battlecraft
  • Equipment with Control, Craftsmanship, or CP as a stat: Fieldcraft
  • Equipment with Perception, Gathering, or GP as a stat: Fieldcraft
  • j1 Vanity Equipment: Fieldcraft
  • Furniture: Fieldcraft
  • Crafted Weapon Parts: Fieldcraft
  • Crafted Tokens: Fieldcraft
  • Aetherial Wheels: Fieldcraft

Demimateria Grades from Crafted Items

  • c1-c30?: 1x Grade I
  • c31?-c49?: 1-2x Grade I
  • c50, c50*, c51-c???: 1x Grade II (I suspect this will be c50-c60, but we'll see)
  • c50**: 1x Grade III
  • c50***, c50****: 1-2x Grade III

Demimateria Grades from Dungeon Drops and Turn-in Rewards

  • i1-i30?: 1x Grade I
  • i31?-i49?: 1-2x Grade I
  • i50-i65?: 1x Grade II
  • i70-i85?: 1x Grade III
  • i90-i???: 1-2x Grade III

Demimateria Grades from Other Items

  • Fish: None
  • r55 Silver Bazaar items: None
  • c50*** Crafted Tokens: 1-2x random (they are reported to be able to give Grade I, Grade II, and Grade III)


Desynth Success Rate Formula

{dScore} ::= {DesynthSkill} + 30 - {RecipeLevel}
{W} ::= (19-min(ceiling({RecipeLevel}/5),9))

(Essentially, for {RecipeLevel}s 1-5, {W}=18. Every five {RecipeLevel}s, {W} drops by 1, to a minimum of {W}=10 at {RecipeLevel} 41)

min([{dScore} <=0 = 0
     {dScore} <20 = (0.15*{W})*{dScore}
     {dScore} <40 = 3*{W}+(0.20*{W}*({dScore}-20))
     {dScore} <60 = 7*{W}+(0.15*{W}*({dScore}-40))
     {dScore}>=60 = 100],100)

With items rlvl 41 or higher, this simplifies to:

  • dSkill = rlvl-30 or less: 0%
  • dSkill = rlvl-25: 7.5%
  • dSkill = rlvl-20: 15%
  • dSkill = rlvl-15: 22.5%
  • dSkill = rlvl-10: 30%
  • dSkill = rlvl-5: 40%
  • dSkill = rlvl: 50%
  • dSkill = rlvl+5: 60%
  • dSkill = rlvl+10: 70%
  • dSkill = rlvl+15: 77.5%
  • dSkill = rlvl+20: 85%
  • dSkill = rlvl+25: 92.5%
  • dSkill = rlvl+30 or more: 100%

(Or, even simpler: each dSkill point gives +1.5% until 30%, then +2% until 70%, then +1.5% again)

Each materia melded to an item increases the chance of successfully desynthing that item +5%.

Patch 2.4 introduced Careful Desynthesis. Every point of Careful Desynthesis increases your desynth success rates by a flat 2.5%. Currently, as of patch 2.5, there are only two items in the game that provide Careful Desynthesis: Bacon Broth (a meal, 4* CUL) and Tinker's Calm (a medicine, 4* ALC). NQ Bacon Broth provides Careful Desynthesis +1 (HQ Bacon Broth provides +2) and lasts 30 minutes. NQ Tinker's Calm provides Careful Desynthesis +3 (HQ Tinker's Calm provides +4) and lasts 10 minutes. They both stack for a total of +6, which translates into a +15% desynth success rate. In this guide, I will refer to the combination of HQ Tinker's Calm and HQ Bacon Broth as Tinker's Bacon.

High Quality items do not have any better chances of giving demimateria or HQ materials. However, if you're melding materia to an item to increase desynth chances, it's worth noting that HQ items are easier to overmeld materia to (~12-20% boost).

You can only get one type of non-crystal item back from desynthing, but you can get multiple of these items, up to a maximum of the number it takes to craft it. If an item requires 3x Darksteel Nuggets but nothing else to craft it, you can get back 1, 2, or 3 Darksteel Nuggets from desynthing it. If instead it takes 1x Darksteel Nugget, 1x Rose Gold Nugget, and 1x Spruce Lumber, you can only ever get a single one of these back, and only 1x of it. This means that items with fewer types of materials are generally cheaper to use when leveling than items with many types of materials.

Desynthing items can give 0-2 elements of shards, crystals, or clusters, provided the recipe contains at least 2 of that type of shard/crystal/cluster. The maximum number you can get is half of the shards/crystals/clusters (rounded down), and the minimum is 1 (if the recipe contains at least 2). So, an item that requires 6 Earth Crystals and 5 Wind Crystals to craft will give 1-3 Earth Crystals and 1-2 Wind Crystals back when you desynth it. Non-crafted items still have a hidden "recipe," just like they have a hidden "recipe level," and that is used to determine what they yield.

When you get an item back from desynthing that can be High Quality, it appears to have a 20% chance of being HQ and an 80% chance of being NQ.

The Zodiac Weapon quest requires you to obtain eight different crafted items. Each of these items requires one item only obtainable via desynth (along with other things). The items you need to desynth are r55 (1.5% chance at dSkill 26, 30% at 45, 50% at 55, 70% at 65, and 100% at 85) and can be bought from a merchant in the Silver Bazaar in Western Thanalan. There is one for each desynth class. The expected yield for the materials is about 0.2 per desynth. The materials (and the finished crafted items) are buyable/sellable on the Market Board. The crafted items can also be desynthed and are r90.

Times you can desynth: while moving, in dungeons/trials/raids/guildhests, while in queue (before the duty pops), while in PvP, while bound, and while in combat (with GCD cooled down - try it while tanking after establishing aggro. Your party will love you!). The last one is not recommended.

Times you cannot desynth: while zoning (you also can't zone while desynthing), during cutscenes, after a queue pops but before entering the instance, while mounted (the saddest thing!), while sitting (or dozing on a bed), while crafting, while gathering, with any interaction window open (buy/sell interface, retainer interface, etc), while teleporting, while in the inn rooms, while using a combat skill, while your GCD is cooling down, while under stun/sleep/petrification/hysteria/fetters/confusion, and while dead.

You cannot block or parry while desynthing, but you can evade.

Desynth Experience

dSkill Experience Formula for items r41+ (highly estimated)

  • dSkill = rlvl-25: ~0.80
  • dSkill = rlvl-20: ~0.75
  • dSkill = rlvl-15: ~0.70
  • dSkill = rlvl-10: ~0.60
  • dSkill = rlvl-5: ~0.50
  • dSkill = rlvl: ~0.40
  • dSkill = rlvl+5: ~0.30
  • dSkill = rlvl+10: ~0.20
  • dSkill = rlvl+15: ~0.10
  • dSkill = rlvl+20: ~0.05
  • dSkill = rlvl+25: 0.01
  • dSkill = rlvl+26: 0.00-0.01 (~75% chance of 0.01)
  • dSkill = rlvl+27: 0.00-0.01 (~50% chance of 0.01)
  • dSkill = rlvl+28: 0.00-0.01 (~33% chance of 0.01)
  • dSkill = rlvl+29: 0.00-0.01 (~10% chance of 0.01)
  • dSkill = rlvl+30 or more: 0.00


Abbreviations

In the guides below, the following abbreviations are used:

  • BC1, BC2, BC3 = Battlecraft Demimateria I/II/III
  • FC1, FC2, FC3 = Fieldcraft Demimateria I/II/III
  • MCD = Mastercraft Demimateria
  • Inferno/Vortex/Crags = Demimateria of the Inferno/Vortex/Crags
  • Demimog = Demimog Demimateria
  • EY = Estimated Yield (chance to get 1 of the item from 1 desynth)
  • If an item's name is in bold in a leveling guide section, I consider that item to be significantly better than any other option at that level.
  • If an item's name is in bold in an endgame items section, that desynth is either one of the best ways to get that item (in my opinion), or the only way to get it.
  • For ALC, ARM, BSM, CRP, CUL, GSM, LTW, WVR, BTN, FSH and MIN see acronyms


Demimateria Comparisons

(section not updated for 3.0)

See also: Demimateria

Mastercraft Demimateria

  • Best: GSM (artisan's specs, needle), BSM (artisan's saw, round knife, cross-pein hammer, rising hammer, mallet), ARM (artisan's frypan, alembic)
  • Bad: WVR (forager's hat)
  • Worst: CRP (forager's rod)
  • Can't Get: LTW, ALC, CUL

Fieldcraft Demimateria III

  • Best: LTW (bridesmaid's sandals, best man's gaiters)
  • Good: GSM (rimless glasses), WVR (bridesmaid's tights, best man's slacks, moogle walls - value highly dependent on Moggle Mog XII Whisker price), ALC (grade 1 aetherial wheels)
  • Mid: CRP (straight stepping stumps), BSM (summoning bells)
  • Worst: ARM, CUL

Battlecraft Demimateria III

  • Best: GSM (darklight, hero's, allagan, picaroon's/varlet's/bogatyr's, warwolf/direwolf accessories (worse than ARM if using PvP))
  • Mid: ARM (most allagan, myth, varlet's, warwolf/direwolf shield (best if using PvP)), LTW (myth, some allagan, some picaroon's/bogatyr's), WVR (some myth, some allagan, some picaroon's/bogatyr's)
  • Worst: BSM, CRP, ALC
  • Can't Get: CUL

Demimateria of the Inferno

  • Best: BSM (5 classes)
  • Mid: ALC (2 classes), CRP (2 classes)
  • Worst: GSM (1 class + Inferno Bracelets)
  • Can't Get: CUL, ARM, LTW, WVR

Demimateria of the Vortex

  • Best: BSM (3 classes), GSM (3 classes + Vortex Rings)
  • Mid: ALC (2 classes), CRP (2 classes)
  • Can't Get: CUL, ARM, LTW, WVR

Demimateria of Crags

  • Best: ALC (10 classes)
  • Worst: GSM (Tremor Earrings)
  • Can't Get: CUL, BSM, GSM, CRP, ARM, LTW, WVR

Demimog Demimateria

  • Best: BSM (4 classes), ALC (3 classes)
  • Mid: CRP (2 classes)
  • Worst: LTW (1 class), WVR (Ribbons (unconfirmed))
  • Can't Get: CUL, ARM, GSM


Analysis

(section not updated for 3.0)

SE keeps rotating which the "best" desynth classes are for making money and for advancing crafts. Right now, in 2.45, LTW is the best for FC3s, and BSM is the best for MCDs. In 2.38 and earlier, GSM was the best for both. WVR and ARM also became far more useful with 2.45 - ARM can desynth the vast majority of Allagan items, and WVR is good for getting FC3s (though not as profitable as LTW). GSM is still decent for MCDs and FC3s, but no longer the best. If you have a huge stack of Rowena's Tokens from the weekly repeatable, ARM desynth is your friend (try the shields). CRP and ALC are probably the "worst" desynth classes of the moment, but that could very easily change next patch. In 2.5, ALC may be bumped up a bit if desynthing Aetherial Wheels is useful, and CRP may go up as well if a hotfix makes the new Artisan gear desynthable. As always, CUL doesn't get any demimateria at all, just swimsuits, so it's a terrible choice if you want demimateria (but great choice if you want swimsuits).


Leveling and Endgame Guide for each Class

Please keep in mind that because prices are constantly fluctuating, it is hard to pinpoint the absolute cheapest way to level desynth at any given moment. To that end, in most cases, I try to point out multiple items at each level, one of which should be the cheapest. Please compare their costs on your server to determine what's actually cheapest!

Remember that you will continue to gain desynth experience on every success up until your skill is 25 levels higher than the item. Then, you have a chance to gain experience up until 30 levels higher than the item, at which point you stop gaining experience. When it's best to stop using one item and swap to a new item is hard to determine, so I've often left that choice up to you by overlapping the suggestions. Generally speaking, the more sacrifices you leave for RNGesus, the sooner you should swap. The more you fear the wrath of RNGesus, the longer you should continue with a given item before swapping to the next.

Endgame analysis of each class has been removed until more people reach the new endgame in 3.0.

Goldsmith

Leveling Guide

  • dSkill 1-10: Rusty Needle (r1) [90% - 100%] (50 gil each from Ul'Dah vendor)
  • dSkill 10-20: Copper Needle (r8) [91.8% - 100%] (184 gil each from Ul'Dah vendor)
  • dSkill 20-30: Bat Fang Needle (r16) [87% - 100%] (buy all mats from vendors FC house or Limsa/Ul'dah)
  • dSkill 30-36: Initiate's Needle (r24) [86.8% - 100%] (buy mats for mats from FC house vendors, or buy mats from MB, or buy needles for 1k each)
  • dSkill 36-46: Worm Fang Needle (r32) [69.6% - 91.2%] (1x FC1)
  • dSkill 42-55: Electrum Needle (r47) [40% - 66%] (1-2x FC1)
  • dSkill 42-65: Tortoiseshell Armillae (r49) [36% - 79%] (1-2x BC1)
  • dSkill 55-80: Aetheryte Ring (r55) [50% - 92.5%] (1-2x FC2) (only if you can make them for under 3k)
  • dSkill 60-80: Aged Ring (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (buy for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • dSkill 70-85: Darklight accessories (r70) [50% - 77.5%] (2x each from side chests in 2.2 dungeons (Halitali HM, Bray HM, Lost City)) [NOTE: soloing one of these duties may be the best way to level GSM desynth if the side chests still exist (not just boss chests) - we'll see!]
  • dSkill 70-90: Rimless Glasses (r70) [50% - 85%] (1x FC3)
  • dSkill 80-95: Quad-melded Gold Spectacles (r90) [50% - 80%] (assuming low price of Tawny Latex (or Terminus Putty))
  • dSkill 95-100: Triple-melded Gold Spectacles (r90) [75% - 85%] (assuming low price of Tawny Latex (or Terminus Putty))
  • dSkill 85-100: Furnace Ring (r90) [40% - 70%] (probably only better than Quad/Tri-melded Gold Spectacles if Aged Eye of Fire is cheaper than Terminus Putty; has worse drops than the Gold Specs and has a lower success rate than melded Specs, but should be a bit cheaper)
  • dSkill 85-100: Garden Pond (r90) [40% - 70%] (probably only better than Quad/Tri-melded Gold Spectacles if Terminus Putty is cheaper than Gold Ingots, and even then...)
  • dSkill 85-100: Carbuncle Chronometer (r90) [40% - 70%] (probably only better than Quad/Tri-melded Gold Spectacles if 2x Rose Gold Nuggets is cheaper than 1x Terminus Putty)
  • dSkill 85-100: Direwolf Accessories (r90) [40% - 70%] (1-2x BC3) (PvP: 1250 Wolf Marks each - good if you like PvP)
  • dSkill 85-100: Hero's accessories (r90) [40% - 70%] (from boss chests in 2.4 dungeons (Sastasha HM, Qarn HM, Snowcloak); if you're going for these, remember that Antique Helmets and Gloves are also good drops if you trade them in for PLD/MNK/WHM/SMN AF headgear, or BRD AF gloves)
  • dSkill 85-100: Allagan accessories (r90) [40% - 70%] (from Turns 1, 2, 4, and 5; best source: spam T4 as WHM/SCH/MNK/DRG (if also WVR-desynth, WHM/SCH is better; if also ARM-desynth, MNK is better [Unless you can't NEED on both Maiming and Striking accessories as both MNK and DRG? Is that true? If so, that's weird and makes WHM/SCH superior in all cases for GSM, though MNK is still good if you also want to do ARM]))
  • dSkill 95-120: Agate Ring of ... (r115) [15% - 60%] (1-3x BC2) (buy from vendors in Ishgard for 10,949 gil, or craft (requires 1x Agate, 1x Basilisk Whetstone) (Note: These are so cheap compared to most r90+ items, you may even want to start sooner and use Tinker's Bacon. With Tinker's Bacon up, you have a 15% chance at dSkill 85 and a 22.5% chance at dSkill 90. If you actually do this, please post and let us know how much exp you get! It may even be as high as 1.00, if not more)
  • dSkill 115-140: Mythrite Needle (r125) [30% - 77.5%] (1-3x FC2) (buy from vendor in Tailfeather for 8,886 gil)
  • dSkill 138-148: Hardsilver Magnifiers of Casting (r133) [60% - 77.5%] (better than below if 3x Crystal Glass is cheaper than 1x Larimar; buy from vendor in Moghome for 15,113 if that's cheaper than the cost to craft)
  • dSkill 138-148: Hardsilver Monocle of Healing (r133) [60% - 77.5%] (better than above if 1x Larimar is cheaper than 3x Crystal Glass; buy from vendor in Moghome for 15,113 if that's cheaper than the cost to craft)

(I'm a bit shaky on what to do after that point. Like, it seems as if Dragon Fang Earrings (r139) would be good given how little they take and they're practically the only item that requires Dragon Fangs, but those earrings are currently BiS for crafters. That will drive up the value of Dragon Fangs, unless retainers can be sent out for them. I'll have more info for you all when the endgame markets are a little more solidified.)

Endgame Items

  • Agate Ring of ... (r115) -> 1x BC2, 1x Agate (gives BC2 NOT 3, and you do not get Basilisk Whetstones back)
  • Augmented Ironworks (Poetics) accessories (r130) -> unknown
  • Ironworks (Poetics) accessories (r120) -> unknown
  • High Allagan accessories (r110) -> unknown
  • Unweathered Soldiery accessories (r110) -> unknown
  • Weathered Soldiery accessories (r100) -> unknown
  • Bogatyr's Necklace (r100) -> 1x Mossy Horn, 1-?x BC3
  • Varlet's Bracelet (r100) -> 3x Terminus Putty, 1-?x BC3
  • Artisan's Spectacles (r70) [Turn-in: 10x HQ Spicy Tomato Relish] -> 1x MCD (EY: 0.15), 1x Rose Gold Ingot, 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Rimless Glasses (r70) [Crafted] -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2) (dependent on price of Garlean Steel Joint)
  • Thick-rimmed Glasses (r70) [Crafted] -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2) (dependent on price of FC2s)
  • Allagan Scepter [BLM], Cane [WHM] (r95) -> Wootz Ingot, unknown
  • Allagan Accessories (r90) -> Platinum Nugget, Platinum Ingot, 1-2x BC3s, ?
  • Hero's Accessories (r90) -> Rose Gold Ingot, 1-2x BC3s, ?
  • Darklight accessories (r70) [Dungeon: Halitali HM, Bray HM, Lost City (all 2x guaranteed)] -> 1x Rose Gold Ingot, 1x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Ifrit's Cudgel [BLM] (r60) -> 1-3x Inferno, 1-2x BC2
  • Inferno Bangles (r90) -> ?x Inferno, ?x BC3s
  • Garuda's Van [BLM], Wile [WHM], Plumes [NIN] (r70) -> 1-3x Vortex, 1x BC3
  • Vortex Rings (r90) -> ?x Vortex, ?x BC3s
  • Tremor Earrings (r90) -> ?x Crags, ?x BC3s
  • Warwolf (PvP) accessories (r70) [PvP: 625 Wolf Marks] -> 1x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Rose Gold Clasps (r70) -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Gold Spectacles (r90) -> 1-2x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Carbuncle Chronometer (r90) -> 1-2x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Crown of Light [PLD/WAR], Royal Crown [WHM/SCH] (r80) -> unknown
  • Ultima Bands/Chokers (r80) -> unknown
  • Divine Accessories from the 2.3 dungeons (r80) -> unknown
  • South Seas Talisman (r55) -> rare unknown (only garbage items retrieved so far)
  • Calibrated Rose Gold Cog (r90) -> 1-2x FC1, 1-2x FC2, 1-2x FC3 (wtf?)
  • Aged Ring (r55) -> 1x Aged Eye of Fire (EY: 0.2) (aged eye of fire needed for r90 Zodiac Weapon quest synth, buy aged ring for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • Furnace Ring (r90) -> 1-2x FC3
  • Break Blade (r90) -> 1-2x BC3s, 1-2x Allagan Catalyst (trade-in: 2x Rowena's Tokens)
  • Imperial Shadow Visor (r70) -> Rose Gold Ingot


Blacksmith

(section not updated for 3.0)

Leveling Guide

  • dSkill 1-10: Weathered Shortsword/Weathered Daggers (r1) [90% - 100%] (buy for 63 gil in Ul'dah/Limsa Lominsa)
  • dSkill 10-20: Amateur's Culinary Knife (r6) [98.6% - 100%] (buy for 136 gil in Limsa Lominsa)
  • dSkill 20-30: Brass Knives (r16) [87% - 100%] (FC1???) (buy mats for 120 gil from vendors and synth for ~320 gil)
  • dSkill 20-32: Iron Pickaxe (r20) [75% - 100%] (FC1) (buy mats for 163 gil from vendors and synth for ~363 gil)
  • dSkill 30-36: Initiate's Mortar (r24) [86.8% - 100%] (FC1) (buy mats for 244 gil from vendors and synth for ~500 gil)
  • dSkill 36-40: Plumed Iron Hatchet (r29) [83.2% - 93%] (FC1)
  • dSkill 40-50: Plumed Steel Hatchet (r35) [72% - 93%] (FC1)
  • dSkill 49-56: Mythril Head Knife (r39) [77% - 88.55%] (FC1) (buy the Mythril Ingot from the Amal'ja vendor and the Oak Lumber from the Ixali vendor) (Credit: Satya Beoulve of Midgardsormr)
  • dSkill 54-64: Horned Hatchet (r49) [60% - 77.5%] (1x FC1, push this as far as you can unless 3k for Aged Pestle seems like a good deal)
  • dSkill 60-80: Aged Pestle (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (buy for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • dSkill 64-80: Militia Scythe (r55) [68% - 92.5%] (FC2)
  • dSkill 75-85: Misericorde Blades (r70) [60% - 77.5%] (FC3) (if Darksteel Ingots are cheap enough for this to be feasible)
  • dSkill 75-85: Warwolf Blade (r70) [60% - 77.5%] (BC3) (PvP: 965 Wolf Marks (note: Direwolf Longsword is ALC, not BSM))
  • dSkill 75-85: Garuda (HM) PLD, WAR, MNK weapons (r70) [60% - 77.5%]
  • dSkill 75-85: Moogle (HM) PLD, WAR, DRG, NIN weapons (r75) [50% - 70%]
  • dSkill 70-100: Artisan tools (r70) [50% - 100%] (FC3/MCD) (will give less than 0.01 after dSkill 95)
  • dSkill 85-110: Perfect Pestle (r90) [40% - 85%] (FC3) (only use if Aged Pestle Pieces are cheap)
  • dSkill 80-110: Summoning Bell (r90) [30% - 85%] (FC3) (better than Shower Stands if Petrified Logs are around the same price (or cheaper than) Scheelite)
  • dSkill 80-110: Shower Stand (r90) [30% - 85%] (FC3) (only better than Summoning Bells if Scheelite is notably cheaper than Petrified Logs)
  • dSkill 90-110: Allagan PLD, WAR, BRD, NIN, MNK, DRG weapons (r95) [40% - 77.5%] (from Turn 5)
  • dSkill 100-130: Mythrite Pugiones (r115) [22.5% - 77.5%] (BC2) (buy from Elbert in Ishgard for 15,301 gil) (Note: look for something cheaper; this is the best I could find, but all other classes (but ALC) so far have a 12k or less option)
  • dSkill 115???-145???: Mythrite Round Knife (r125???) [30% - 85%] (FC???) (buy from vendor in ??? for 12,386 gil) (VERIFICATION NEEDED)
  • dSkill 115???-145???: Mythrite Hatchet (r125???) [30% - 85%] (FC???) (buy from vendor in ??? for 12,386 gil) (VERIFICATION NEEDED)

Note: Leveling BSM in 2.55 is still pretty miserable at the ~75-110 range. Unless you love farming T5, there aren't any dungeon/raid drops that are BSM desynthable at the r80+ range. There really aren't good options besides Summoning Bells and Shower Stands, and you won't recoup much of the price with the FC3s they yield. I still believe that the best way to level BSM, starting at ~80 (or even as early as 75... whenever you're sick of Aged Pestle), is with Summoning Bells (or Shower Stands, whichever is cheaper at the moment). However, I would definitely recommend making 20-30 of them, and then use an HQ Tinker's Calm and an HQ Bacon Broth. Going from 22.5% (your chance at dSkill 75 to desynth an r90 item) to 37.5% (your chance at dSkill 75 to desynth an r90 item with Careful Desynthesis +6) is a huge jump and totally worth the price.

Endgame Items

  • Allagan Blade [PLD], Battleaxe [WAR], Spear [DRG], Baghnakhs [MNK], Daggers [NIN], Bow [BRD] (r95) -> Wootz Ingot, Rose Gold Ingot
  • Artisan/Foragers Tools [Turn-in: various costs] (r70) -> 1-3x MCD (low chance), 1x FC3
  • Summoning Bell (r90) -> 1-2x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Ifrit's Blade [PLD], Axe [WAR], Claws [MNK], Harpoon [DRG], Kris [NIN] (r60) -> 1-3x Inferno, 1-2x BC2
  • Garuda's Gaze [PLD], Scream [WAR], Talons [MNK] (r70) -> 1-3x Vortex, 1x BC3
  • Morbid Mogblade [PLD], Malignant Mogaxe [WAR], Melancholy Mogfork [DRG], Mortal Mogknives [NIN] (r75) -> 1-3x Demimog, 1x BC3
  • Misericorde Blades (i70 crafted daggers part) (r70) -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • i70 Crafted Weapons (r70) -> 1x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Warwolf Blade [PvP: 965 Wolf Marks] (r70) -> 1x BC3
  • Balanced Darksteel Hook (r90) -> 1-2x FC1, 1-2x FC2, 1-2x FC3 (wtf?)
  • Aged Pestle (r55) -> 1x Aged Pestle Pieces (EY: 0.2) (aged pestle pieces needed for r90 Zodiac Weapon quest synth, buy aged pestle for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • Perfect Pestle (r90) -> 1-2x FC3
  • Hellish Claws, Dual Haken (r90) -> 1-2x Allagan Catalyst (trade-in: 3x Rowena's Tokens)


Carpenter

(section not updated for 3.0)

Leveling Guide

  • dSkill 1-8: Weathered Fishing Rod (r1) [90% - 100%] (buy for 74 gil in Limsa Lominsa)
  • dSkill 8-20: Square Maple Shield (r5) [100% - 100%] (buy for 72 gil from city vendors) [ilvl 1, but recipe level 5]
  • dSkill 20-30: Square Ash Shield (r15) [96% - 100%] (buy mats for 69 gil from city vendors and synth for ~269 gil)
  • dSkill 25-32: Initiate's Fishing Rod (r20) [90% - 100%] (FC1) (buy mats for 206 gil from vendors and synth for ~406 gil)
  • dSkill 30-40: Yew Crook (r24) [86.8% - 100%] (buy mats for 115 gil from housing district vendors and synth for ~415 gil)
  • dSkill 40-46: Walnut Pattens (r33) [76.8% - 89.4%] {Might not the best here, but should be. Aldgoat Leather shouldn't be expensive, Walnut can be bought from the ixali, and Undyed Velveteen can be bought from the sylphs}
  • dSkill 46-52: Plumed Oak Macuahuitl (r41) [60% - 71.5%] {Go with this or the one below it based on your server's prices (probably this one)}
  • dSkill 46-52: Garnet Grinding Wheel (r43) [54% - 68%] {Go with this or the one above it based on your server's prices}
  • dSkill 52-62: Basilisk Grinding Wheel (r47) [60% - 77.5%] {Might not be the best, but should be. Depends a lot on the relative prices of spruce}
  • dSkill 60-80: Aged Spear (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (buy for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • dSkill 60-75: Militia Grinding Wheel (r55) [60% - 85%] (FC2) (Credit: Lyrinn Loriae of Ultros)
  • dSkill 60-75: Militia Spinning Wheel (r55) [60% - 85%] (FC2) (Credit: Lyrinn Loriae of Ultros)
  • dSkill 60-75: Wolf Guisarme (r55) [60% - 85%] (BC2)
  • dSkill 65-75: Ifrit (HM) BRD, WHM weapons (r60) [60% - 77.5%] (BC2, Inferno) (These do NOT give BC3s! They're only r60, which is BC2 range!)
  • dSkill 70-85: Straight Stepping Stumps (r70) [50% - 77.5%] (FC3) (good if varnish is cheap)
  • dSkill 75-80: Garuda (HM) BRD, DRG weapons (r70) [60% - 70%] (BC3, Vortex)
  • dSkill 75-85: Moogle (HM) BRD, BLM weapons (r75) [50% - 70%] (BC3, Demimog)
  • dSkill 85-110: Perfect Firewood (r90) [40% - 70%] (FC3) (only use if Cypress Logs are cheap)
  • dSkill 85-110: Carbuncle Chair (r90) [40% - 70%] (FC3)
  • dSkill 90-110: Elfin Bow (r90) [50% - 85%] (recommended only if you have tons of Rowena's Tokens saved up)
  • (Note: Look for r115 vendor option for CRP)
  • dSkill 115???-145???: Cedar Fishing Rod (r125???) [30% - 85%] (FC???) (buy from vendor in ??? for 13,194 gil) (VERIFICATION NEEDED)

Endgame Items

  • Straight Stepping Stumps (r70) -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Carbuncle Chair (r90) -> 1-2x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Ifrit's Bow [BRD], Cane [WHM] (r60) -> 1-3x Inferno, 1-2x BC2?
  • Garuda's Spine [BRD], Beak [DRG] (r70) -> 1-3x Vortex, 1x BC3
  • Maleficent Mogbow [BRD], Mogstaff [BLM] (r75) -> 1-3x Demimog, 1x BC3
  • Reinforced Spruce Plywood (r90) -> 1-2x FC1, 1-2x FC2, 1-2x FC3 (wtf?)
  • Aged Spear (r55) -> 1x Aged Spear Shaft (EY: 0.2) (aged spear shaft needed for r90 Zodiac Weapon quest synth, buy aged spear for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • Perfect Firewood (r90) -> 1-2x FC3
  • Elfin Bow (r90) -> 1-2x Allagan Catalyst (trade-in: 3x Rowena's Tokens)


Weaver

Leveling Guide

  • dSkill 1-20: Hempen Bandana (r5) [75.6% - 100%] (buy for 85 from city vendors)
  • dSkill 20-30: Cotton Halfgloves (r16) [87% - 100%] (make them for ~275, or buy them for 336 from city vendors)
  • dSkill 20-32: Cotton Work Gloves (r20) [75% - 100%] (FC1) (buy mats for 94 gil from vendors and craft for ~294 gil)
  • dSkill 30-36: Velveteen Turban (r26) [75.4% - 91%] (buy all mats from Sylphic Vendor and craft for ~907 gil)
  • dSkill 36-46: Linen Halfgloves (r33) [67.2% - 89.4%] (buy all mats from Sylphic Vendor and craft for ~1,300 gil)
  • dSkill 46-55: Linen Deerstalker (r40) [68.2% - 85.3%] (buy all mats from Sylphic Vendor and craft for ~1,852 gil)
  • dSkill 55-75: Coronal Straw Hat (r55) [50% - 85%] (Credit: Horobi Jainame of Malboro)
  • dSkill 60-80: Aged Robe (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (buy for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • dSkill 70-95: Bridesmaid's Tights (r70) [50% - 92.5%] (FC3) (buy from merchant in Ul'dah across from aetheryte for 12k, Tights should be better than Slacks, and take this to dSkill 100 if this yields you more money than it costs you (if you need a rough formula for this, ask))
  • dSkill 70-90: Moogle Interior Wall (r70) [50% - 85%] (FC3) (assuming cheap Moggle Mog XII Whiskers; Credit: Rioko Nunh of Alexander)
  • dSkill 85-100: Direwolf Sash of Healing/Casting (r90) [40% - 70%] (1-2x BC3) (PvP: 1250 Wolf Marks - good if you like PvP)
  • dSkill 85-100: Perfect Cloth (r90) [40% - 70%] (FC3) (only use if Stained Cloth is cheap)
  • dSkill 85-100: Myth Gear (r90) [40% - 70%] (BC3) (get antique items from 2.4 dungeons (Sastasha HM, Qarn HM, Snowcloak) and trade them in - no WVR belt or boots though)
  • dSkill 85-100: Spring Dress Shoes (r90) [40% - 70%] (assuming cheap Dress Material)
  • dSkill 85-100: Allagan Trousers/Tunic/Rope Belt (r90) [40% - 70%] (BC3, Allagan Silk/Arachne Velveteen) (T1, T2, T4, T5; best source: T4 as WHM/SCH/BLM/SMN)
  • dSkill 80-95: Quad-melded Cashmere Hat of Casting (r90) [60% - 80%]
  • dSkill 95-100: Triple-melded Cashmere Hat of Casting (r90) [75% - 85%]
  • dSkill 100-110: Amon's Sash, Amon's Sleeves, Phlegethon's Loincloth (r100) [50% - 70%] (from ST, run as BRD)
  • dSkill 100-110: Bogatyr's Cap/Sash/Longcoat/Slots/Rope Belt; Picaroon's Trousers (r100) [50% - 70%] (Keeper of the Lake, Wanderer's Palace HM, Amdapor Keep HM)
  • dSkill 100-130: Rainbow Ribbon of ... (r115) [22.5% - 77.5%] (BC2) (buy from vendor Seghuie in Ishgard for 8,925 gil) (Note: These are so cheap compared to most r90+ items, you may even want to start sooner and use Tinker's Bacon. With Tinker's Bacon up, you have a 22.5% chance at dSkill 90. If you actually do this, please post and let us know how much exp you get! It may even be as high as 0.9, if not more)
  • dSkill 115???-145???: Holy Rainbow Scarf of Scouting (r125???) [30% - 85%] (BC???) (buy from vendor in ??? for 9,355 gil) (VERIFICATION NEEDED)

Endgame Items

  • Rainbow Ribbon of ... (r115) -> 1x BC2, (unknown) (gives BC2 NOT 3)
  • Bogatyr's Cap/Sash/Longcoat/Slots/Rope Belt; Picaroon's Trousers (r100) -> 1-2x BC3s, ?
  • Amon's Sash, Amon's Sleeves, Phlegethon's Loincloth (r100) -> 1-2x BC3s, 3x Allagan Catalyst
  • Moogle Ribbons (r100) -> ?x Demimog?
  • Bridesmaid's Tights / Best Man's Slacks (r70) -> 1x FC3, 1x Vanya Silk
  • Allagan gear (r90) -> 1-5x Allagan Silk, Arachne Velveteen, Cashmere Cloth
  • Myth gear (r90) -> 1-2x BC3s, unknown
  • Moogle Interior Wall (r70) -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Moogle Flooring (r70) -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Riviera/Glade/Oasis Cushion (r70) -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Carbuncle Round Table (r90) -> 1-2x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Cashmere Hat of Casting (r90) -> 1-2x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Forager's Hat (r70) -> 1x MCD (EY: 0.15), 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • 16 items from LotA (r80) -> unknown
  • 9 items of Divine gear from the 2.3 dungeons (r80) -> unknown
  • Sea Breeze Summer Halter, Sea Breeze Pareo, Blue Summer Maro (r55) -> Waterproof Cotton (very rare)
  • Coronal Summer Halter, Red Pareo, Tei Leaf Lei, Red Summer Maro (r?) -> unknown
  • Intricate Silver Brocade (r90) -> 1-2x FC1, 1-2x FC2, 1-2x FC3 (wtf?)
  • Aged Robe (r55) -> 1x Stained Cloth (EY: 0.2) (stained cloth needed for r90 Zodiac Weapon quest synth, buy aged robe for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • Perfect Cloth (r90) -> 1-2x FC3


Leatherworker

Leveling Guide

  • dSkill 1-18: Leather Choker (r5) [75.6% - 100%] (buy for 88 gil from city vendors)
  • dSkill 18-30: Hard Leather Choker (r15) [89.6% - 100%] (FC1???) (buy for 294 gil from city vendors)
  • dSkill 24-33: Padded Leather Duckbills of Gathering (r21) [78.4% - 100%] (FC1) (buy all mats from vendors (leather duckbills are 48 gil in North Shroud))
  • dSkill 30-36: Goatskin Choker (r26) [75.4% - 91%] (mats should be really cheap, if not, 879 gil from city vendors)
  • dSkill 36-40: Toadskin Brais (r29) [83.2% - 93%]
  • dSkill 40-46: Toadskin Duckbills (r35) [72% - 85.8%] (depends on relative prices of Toad Leather vs Boar Leather - another good choice are Boarskin Ringbands. Note: you can buy the Undyed Linen or Steel Ingot from Beast Tribe vendors)
  • dSkill 46-53: Boarskin Tool Belt (r40) [68.2% - 82%]
  • dSkill 50-75: Legionary Visors (r50) [50% - 92.5%] (Credit: Gelesto T'ki of Moogle) [This is not a reliable resource! Only do this if the MB prices are <1000 each, which means it will randomly spike when a LTW desynther clears out all the cheap stuff - try to be that girl, but don't if someone beats you to it]
  • dSkill 53-60: Raptorskin Ring (r48) [60% - 73%] (FC1) (Credit: Dystia Wexnia of Lamia)
  • dSkill 60-80: Aged Grimoire (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (buy for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • dSkill 60-80: Militia Choker (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (BC2)
  • dSkill 60-80: Leatherworker's Hat (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (FC2)
  • dSkill 60-80: Weaver's Gloves (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (FC2)
  • dSkill 70-95: Bridesmaid's Sandals / Best Man's Gaiters (r70) [50% - 92.5%] (FC3) (buy for 6,000 gil from vendor in Ul'dah across from the Aetheryte) (value of FC3s has tanked in 3.0 since no new items use it and it is no longer necessary for crafter progression, but the value of Spruce Lumber and Undyed Woolen Cloth has shot up due to Airships)
  • dSkill 85-100: Perfect Vellum (r90) [40% - 70%] (FC3) (unlikely a good choice; only use if Aged Vellum is cheap, and beware shark oil costs)
  • dSkill 85-100: Myth Gear (r90) [40% - 70%] (get antique items from 2.4 dungeons (Sastasha HM, Qarn HM, Snowcloak) and trade them in; all antique items work)
  • dSkill 75-80: Triple-melded Saurian Belt of Aiming (r90) [37.5% - 45%]
  • dSkill 80-95: Double-melded Saurian Belt of Aiming (r90) [40% - 70%]
  • dSkill 95-100: Single-melded Saurian Belt of Aiming (r90) [65% - 75%]
  • (note to self: do maths to check double-melded Saurian Gloves of Casting for 100-110 feasibility)
  • dSkill 100-110: Most Caster/Healer/Bard Syrcus Tower gear (r100) [50% - 70%]
  • dSkill 100-110: Bogagyr's Gloves/Blinder/Thighboots; Picarooon's Leggings/Belt/Jacket/Armguards; Varlet's Breeches (r100) [50% - 70%] (Keeper of the Lake, Wanderer's Palace HM, Amdapor Keep HM)
  • dSkill 95-130: Archaeoskin Belt of Striking (r115) [15% - 77.5%] (buy from vendor Norlaise in Ishgard for 9,108 gil) (These items can give Archaeornis Leather, the most valuable of the level 51 base materials. It's much harder and more expensive to make than the other level 51 base materials. Sell all leather and you should make a nice profit while leveling!) (meld materia to this when low level to save costs)
  • dSkill 115-140: Wyvernskin Belt of ... (r125) [30% - 77.5%] (buy from vendor in Tailfeather for 9,900 gil)
  • dSkill 135-140: Wyvernskin Ring (r130) [60% - 70%] (while cheap to make, unlikely to be cheaper than sticking with the above...)

Endgame Items

  • Picaroon's Belt (r100) -> Saurian Leather, Hard Hippogryph Leather, 1-?x BC3
  • Bogatyr's Thighboots of Ranging (r100) -> 1-?x BC3s
  • Most Caster/Healer/Bard Syrcus Tower gear (r100) -> 3x Allagan Catalyst (low chance, can also give Hard Hippogryph Leather)
  • Bridesmaid's Sandals / Best Man's Gaiters (r70) -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2), 1x Hard Hippogryph Leather (EY: 0.1), 1x Spruce Lumber (EY: 0.7) (buy for 6,000 gil from vendor in Ul'dah across from the Aetheryte)
  • Allagan gear (r90) -> Allagan Leather, 4x Allagan Silk (from Gloves of Casting; may only be from some items, not all), Kirimu Leather?
  • Myth gear (r90) -> 1-2x BC3s, unknown
  • Carbuncle Armchair (r90) -> 1-2x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Gryphonskin Shoulder Guards/Shin Guards/Elbow Pads/Knee Pads (r70) -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Saurian Belt of Aiming (r90) -> 1-2x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Murderous Mogfists [MNK] (r75) -> 1-3x Demimog
  • 8 items from LotA (r80) -> unknown
  • 16 items of Divine gear from the 2.3 dungeons (r80) -> unknown
  • Water-hardened Hippogryph Strap (r90) -> 1-2x FC1, 1-2x FC2, 1-2x FC3 (wtf?)
  • Aged Grimoire (r55) -> 1x Aged Vellum (EY: 0.2) (aged vellum needed for Zodiac Weapon quest synth, buy aged grimoire for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • Perfect Vellum (r90) -> 1-2x FC3


Armorer

Leveling Guide

  • dSkill 1-10: Weathered Skillet (r1) [90% - 100%] (66 gil each from Limsa vendor)
  • dSkill 10-20: Bronze Sallet (r8) [91.8% - 100%] (buy mats from vendors and craft for ~250 gil, or buy for 283 gil from vendor)
  • dSkill 20-30: Iron Skillet (r15) [89.6% - 100%] (FC1???) (craft for ~400 gil or buy for 528 gil from vendor)
  • dSkill 30-36: Iron Alembic (r23) [89.6% - 100%] (FC1) (buy mats from vendors and craft for ~530 gil)
  • dSkill 36-45: White Skillet (r33) [67.2% - 87.6%] (buy Steel Plate from Amal'ja vendor)
  • dSkill 45-50: Steel Frypan (r36) [74.8% - 83.6%] (buy Steel Plate from Amal'ja vendor)
  • dSkill 50-55: Cobalt Skillet (r43) [64% - 73%] (FC1)
  • dSkill 52-57: Hell's Kitchen (r47) [60% - 70%] (FC1)
  • dSkill 55-65: Thermal Alembic (r50) [60% - 77.5%] (FC2)
  • dSkill 60-80: Aged Mortar (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (buy for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • dSkill 60-80: Wolf Scale Fingers (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (BC2) (Credit: Alistaire Lexander of Sargatanas)
  • dSkill 60-80: Blacksmith's Boots (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (FC2) (Credit: Alistaire Lexander of Sargatanas)
  • dSkill 70-80: Warwolf Kite Shield (r70) [50% - 70%] (410 Wolf Marks) (Credit: Gelesto T'ki of Moogle)
  • dSkill 70-90: Artisan's Frypan (r70) [50% - 85%] (FC3/MCD)
  • dSkill 85-100: Direwolf Kite Scutum (r90) [40% - 70%] (1-2x BC3) (PvP: 825 Wolf Marks - best source of BC3s from PvP! Great leveling method if you like PvP, and profitable too!)
  • dSkill 85-100: Myth Gear (r90) [40% - 70%] (get antique items from 2.4 dungeons (Sastasha HM, Qarn HM, Snowcloak) and trade them in)
  • dSkill 75-80: Triple-melded Wolfram Tassets (r90) [37.5% - 45%] (only good if Scheelite and Tawny Latex are cheap)
  • dSkill 80-95: Double-melded Wolfram Tassets (r90) [40% - 70%]
  • dSkill 95-100: Single-melded Wolfram Tassets (r90) [65% - 75%]
  • dSkill 90-100: Onion Shield / Ancient Buckler (r90) [50% - 70%] (recommended only if you have tons of Rowena's Tokens saved up)
  • dSkill 90-100: Most Allagan gear (r90) [50% - 70%] (from Coil Turns 1, 2, 4, and 5; best source: Turn 4 as MNK/NIN)
  • dSkill 100-110: All Tank and Melee ST gear except the pants (r100) [50% - 70%]
  • dSkill 100-110: Picaroon's Mask/Headger; Varlet's Gauntlets/Sabatons/Sallet/Tassets/Hauberk (r100) [50% - 70%] (Keeper of the Lake, Wanderer's Palace HM, Amdapor Keep HM)
  • dSkill 100-130: Mythrite Tassets of ... (r115) [22.5% - 77.5%] (BC2) (buy from Norlaise in Ishgard for 9,108 gil) (Note: These are so cheap compared to most r90+ items, you may even want to start sooner and use Tinker's Bacon. With Tinker's Bacon up, you have a 15% chance at dSkill 85 and a 22.5% chance at dSkill 90. If you actually do this, please post and let us know how much exp you get! It may even be as high as 1.00, if not more)
  • dSkill 115???-145???: Mythrite Alembic (r125???) [30% - 85%] (FC???) (buy from vendor in ??? for 11,579 gil) (VERIFICATION NEEDED)

Endgame Items

  • Varlet's Hauberk / Picaroon's Headgear of Maiming (r100) -> 1-2x BC3, Darksteel Ingot [other varlet's/picaroon's that's ARM desynthable is similar]
  • All Tank and Melee ST gear except the pants (r100) -> 3x Allagan Catalyst, Hard Hippogryph Leather, Wolfram Ingot
  • Heavy Allagan Armor (r90) -> 1-4x Allagan Leather, unknown
  • Allagan Visor of Striking (r90) -> Rose Gold Ingot, unknown
  • Allagan Gloves of Maiming (r90) -> 1-4x Allagan Leather, unknown
  • Other Allagan gear (r90) -> Allagan Wootz Nugget, 4x Allagan Leather (from Gloves of Maiming; may only be from some items, not all)
  • Onion Shield, Ancient Buckler (r90) -> 1-2x Allagan Catalyst (unconfirmed) (trade-in: 1x Rowena's Tokens)
  • Myth gear (r90) -> 1-2x BC3s, unknown
  • Artisan's Frypan (r70) -> 1-3x MCD, 1x FC3
  • Direwolf Kite Scutum (r90) [PvP: 825 Wolf Marks] -> 1-2x BC3 (EY: 0.5) (Direwolf is reported to have more than 2x the yield of Warwolf at 2x the cost and is considered the better source of BC3s)
  • Warwolf Kite shield (r70) [PvP: 410 Wolf Marks] -> 1x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Wolfram Tassets (r90) -> 1-2x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • 10 items from LotA (r80) -> unknown
  • 9 items of Divine gear from the 2.3 dungeons (r80) -> unknown
  • Reinforced Darksteel Wire (r90) -> 1-2x FC1, 1-2x FC2, 1-2x FC3 (wtf?)
  • Aged Mortar (r55) -> 1x Aged Mortar Pieces (EY: 0.2) (aged mortar pieces needed for Zodiac Weapon quest synth, buy aged mortar for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • Perfect Mortar (r90) -> 1-2x FC3
  • Imitation Mistbeard Mask (r70) -> FC3, Darksteel Ingot, Wolfram Square
  • Splintered Chest (r90) -> 1-2x FC 3, Darksteel Ingot, Wolfram Square, Darksteel Rivets (dungeon drop: Sastasha HM; Credit: Alistaire Lexander of Sargatanas)


Alchemist

(section not updated for 3.0)

Leveling Guide

  • dSkill 1-10: Weathered Grimoire (r1) [90% - 100%] (buy for 92 gil in Limsa Lominsa)
  • dSkill 10-20: Whispering Maple Wand (r8) [91.8% - 100%] (buy for 240 gil from Gridania vendor)
  • dSkill 20-30: Ash Wand (r16) [86% - 100%] (buy mats for 97 gil from vendors, synth for ~240 gil)
  • dSkill 30-38: Yew Wand (r28) [70.2% - 91%] (buy the Growth Formula Betas from vendors)
  • dSkill 38-44: Book of Silver (r34) [69.6% - 84%] {Probably not a great choice, but there don't seem to be any great choices here}
  • dSkill 44-50: Wand of Tides/Tremors/Frost (r39) [66% - 78.7%] {Ditto}
  • dSkill 47-55: Wand of Gales/Flames/Storms (r45) [54% - 70%] {Ditto}
  • dSkill 50-75: Tane Mahuta (r50) [50% - 92.5%] (BC2) (Super cheap for its level!)
  • dSkill 55-80: Madman's Whispering Rod (r55) [50% - 92.5%] (BC2) (Credit: Lyrinn Loriae of Ultros)
  • dSkill 55-80: Aged Phial (r55) [55% - 92.5%] (buy for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • dSkill 60-70: Ifrit (HM) SMN, SCH weapons (r60) [50% - 70%] (BC2, Inferno) (Credit: Lyrinn Loriae of Ultros)
  • dSkill 60-90: Aetherial Wheels (r70) [40% - 100%] (FC3) (very likely the best of all options at this level; Credit: Pyros Eien of Moogle)
  • dSkill 70-80: Garuda (HM) SMN, SCH weapons (r70) [50% - 70%] (Credit: Lyrinn Loriae of Ultros)
  • dSkill 70-80: Giantsgall weapons (r70) [50% - 70%] (Credit: Lyrinn Loriae of Ultros)
  • dSkill 75-85: Mog (HM) SMN, SCH, WHM weapons (r75) [50% - 70%] (Credit: Lyrinn Loriae of Ultros) (see this post for information on Mog Farming for ALC)
  • dSkill 80-100: All Titan HM drops* (r80) [50% - 85%] (Credit: Lyrinn Loriae of Ultros)
  • dSkill 90-110: Perfect Pounce (r90) [50% - 85%] (Credit: Pyros Eien of Moogle)
  • dSkill 90-110: Omnitome, Cognitome, Omnirod (r90) [50% - 85%] (recommended only if you have tons of Rowena's Tokens saved up)
  • dSkill 90-110: Allagan SCH, SMN weapons (r95) [40% - 77.5%]

[* I recommend you get a team of all friends/FC mates together to farm Titan HM for a while. Have everyone else who isn't leveling ALC desynth pass on the loot, and divvy up the Demimateria of Crags you get from them. Alternatively, see ["http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/185813-Looking-for-ways-to-skill-bsm-desynth-after-70?p=2353781&viewfull=1#post2353781" this post] for information on Mog Farming that could also apply to Titan Farming.]

Endgame Items

  • Allagan Grimoires [SCH/SMN] (r95) -> unknown (from Turn 5)
  • All of Titan's HM drops (r80) -> 1-3x Crags
  • Ifrit's Codex [SCH], Grimoire [SMN] (r60) -> 1-3x Inferno, 1-2x BC2
  • Garuda's Embrace [SCH], Will [SMN] (r70) -> 1-3x Vortex, 1x BC3
  • Malevolent Mogwand [WHM], the Mogtomes [SCH/SMN] (r75) -> 1-3x Demimog
  • Tane Mahuta (r50) -> 1-2x BC2
  • Armor Augmentation items (r70) -> 1x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Suspended Trillium Flower (r70) -> 1x FC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Giantsgall Weapons (r80) -> 1x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • i70 SCH/SMN books (r70) -> 1x BC3 (EY: 0.2)
  • Concentrated Spirits of Salt (r90) -> 1-2x FC1, 1-2x FC2, 1-2x FC3 (wtf?)
  • Aged Phial (r55) -> 1x Dried Ether (EY: 0.2) (dried ether needed for Zodiac Weapon quest synth, buy aged phial for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • Perfect Pounce (r90) -> 1-2x FC3
  • Omnitome, Cognitome, Omnirod (r90) -> 1-2x Allagan Catalyst (trade-in: 3x Rowena's Tokens)
  • Direwolf Longsword (r90) -> 1-2x BC3, Enchanted Rose Gold Ink (Other: 1,925 Wolf Marks)


Culinarian

(section not updated for 3.0)

The only items that CUL can desynth are fish. At endgame, CUL can desynth Big Fishing to get the twelve swimwear-related items (Sea Breeze Pareo, Sea Breeze Summer Halter, South Seas Talisman, Blue Summer Maro, Waterproof Cotton, Coronal Summer Halter, Ti Leaf Lei, Red Summer Pareo, Red Summer Maro, Summer Sandals, Gold Roselle Capeline, and Oschon Roselle Capeline). Unfortunately, CUL seems to be a one-trick pony, and that trick is swimsuits.

Note that fish can never desynth into any Demimateria except Clear Demimateria, which exists only to be sold to vendors for gil. Fish can desynth into shards and crystals (but never clusters). All fish can give water shards/crystals. Sand fish can also give earth shards/crystals, sky fish can also give wind crystals, lightning-related fish (such as the Judgeray) can also give lightning crystals, and fiery fish (Bronze Lake Trout and Joan of Trout) can also give fire shards/crystals. No fish yet desynths into ice shards/crystals.

A trick to getting a specific fish faster from a fishing hole is to look at how your rod moves when you hook a fish. There are three types of tugs, as far as I can see. A very light tug where your rod barely moves, a moderately strong tug where the end of your rod bends noticeably (about 45 degrees) and makes a stretching noise, and a massive tug that bends your rod over 90 degrees and makes a hollow, wooden noise (and your controller will go crazy, even if you're in another window.

The same fish always triggers the same kind of tug, but there's only a weak correlation between tug strength and rlvl for the first two tug types. That last, massive tug type means you definitely have a Big Fish on your line (though a few Big Fish are only moderate tugs). If you hook a fish you don't want, wait for the fish to go away and cast again (or cancel and cast again). This burns through bait quickly, but if you're using lures, you only go through ~5 an hour or so.

This trick more than doubled my Silver Sovereign fishing rate. It also vastly increased my Octomammoth catch rate since only two fish pulled up by Pill Bugs are moderate tugs, and if my mooch off Harbor Herring doesn't trigger a massive tug, it's not an Octomammoth. I highly recommend trying this.

Leveling Guide

  • dSkill 1-30: Buy increasingly expensive fish from Holasfhis (r2-r15) [86.4% - 100%] (Limsa Lominsa, SW of Aftcastle Aethernet Shard)
  • dSkill 25-35: Copperfish (r20) [90% - 100%] (100% catch: Southern Thanalan (Forgotten Springs), Midge Basket (mooch for Lamprey (r29))
  • dSkill 35-45: Lamp Marimo (r31) [69.6% - 91.2%] (100% catch: Coerthas (Exploratory Fishing Hole), Chocobo Fly)
  • dSkill 35-50: Fullmoon Sardine (r34) [62.4% - 94.8%] (100% catch: Western La Noscea (South Umbra Isles), Iron Jig, 6am-6pm (mooch for Coelacanth (r55) or Nautilus (r45))
  • dSkill 40-50: Giant Bass (r37) [61.6% - 82%] (100% catch: East Shroud (Sylphlands), Silver Spoon Lure)
  • dSkill 45-55: Agelyss Carp (r46) [48% - 68%] (75% catch: Eastern La Noscea (East Agelyss River), Topwater Frog)
  • dSkill 48-65: Crowned Pie (r48) [50% - 80.5%] (craft for 1.5-2k)
  • dSkill 60-80: Aged Decanter (r55) [60% - 92.5%] (buy for 3k from Silver Bazaar vendor)
  • dSkill 55-80: Shall Shell (r55) [50% - 92.5%] (15% catch: Lower La Noscea (Candlekeep Quay), Northern Krill)
  • dSkill 55-80: Mahi-Mahi (r55) [50% - 92.5%] (?%** catch: Lower La Noscea (Oschon's Torch), Yumizumo, 10am-6pm)
  • dSkill 55-80: Coelacanth (r55) [50% - 92.5%] (100% catch + 50% Mooch: Western La Noscea (South Umbra Isles), Iron Jig->Fullmoon Sardines, 6am-6pm)
  • dSkill 55-80: Giant Squid (r55) [50% - 92.5%] (100% catch + 100% Mooch + 100% Double Mooch: Western La Noscea (Ship Graveyeard), Floating Minnow)
  • dSkill 55-80: Any i55 fish (there are many options here) [50% - 92.5%]
  • dSkill 70-90: Pirarucu (r70) [50% - 85%] (18.7% catch: North Shroud (Proud Creek), Streamer(moderate tug))
  • dSkill 70-90: Coeurlfish (r70) [50% - 85%] (40% catch + 100% Mooch: Upper La Noscea (Oakwood), Spinner->Common Sculpin (light tug))
  • dSkill 70-90: Gigantshark (r70) [50% - 85%] (63% catch + ?%** Mooch: Middle La Noscea (Summerford), Floating Minnow->Harbor Herring (moderate tug) [-> Ogre Barracuda], Clear/Fair weather)
  • dSkill 70-90: Octomammoth (r70) [50% - 85%] (36.6% catch + ?%** Mooch: Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks, Pillbug->Harbor Herring (moderate tug), 9am-5pm)
  • dSkill 70-90: Any r70 fish (there are many options here) [60% - 85%]
  • dSkill 80-95: [[Silver Sovereign* (r75) [60% - 85%] (6% catch: Lower La Noscea (Oschon's Torch), Yumizumo (massive tug))
  • dSkill 85-100: Gigant Clam (r80) [60% - 77.5%] (Eastern La Noscea (South Bloodshore), Heavy Steel Jig (massive tug), 11pm-2am, any weather) (best catch rate for an r80 fish, and you need 30 HQ for your Lucis anyway!)
  • dSkill 85-100: Twitchbeard (r80) [60% - 77.5%] (?%** catch + ?%** Mooch: Mist (Mist), Spoonworm->Fullmoon Sardine (light tug), 4am-6am, Clear/Fair weather)
  • dSkill 85-100: Shark Tuna (r80) [60% - 77.5%] (?%** catch + ?%** Mooch: Eastern La Noscea (Costa del Sol), Spoonworm->Fullmoon Sardine (light tug), 7pm-9pm, Clear/Fair weather)
  • dSkill 85-100: Any r80 fish (there are many options here) [60% - 77.5%]
  • dSkill 90-110: Better Crowned Pie (r110) [15% - 50%] (6x turn-in items obtained from level 45 tradecraft/fieldcraft leves (3x per leve))

[* The indicated fish are untradable]

[** Catch rate indeterminate due to weather and/or time restrictions skewing available data]

(Starting at 35 skill (or earlier), I highly recommend grinding on Fullmoon Sardines at South Umbra Isles at night with an Iron Jig as bait. You will have a 100% chance to catch them, and if you get an HQ fish, you can Mooch it to either an i45 fish or an i55 fish. Once you have a fair number of the i55 fish and/or you have stopped getting CUL experience from the NQ Fullmoon Sardines, finish with the sardines and go ahead and break all the Nautiluses you Mooched up. Once they're all broken, if your skill is ~55+, go ahead and break the Coelacanths you also obtained through Mooching. This should be able to get you from 35 to 60 pretty fast.)

(note not updated for 3.0)

(I did the math for getting from dSkill 90 to dSkill 110 for CUL. The tl;dr version: If you use both HQ Tinker's Calm and HQ Bacon Broth, spending ~350,000 gil (including the cost of the calm/broth) and ~160 leves can get you from CUL dSkill 90 to 110 with just Better Crowned Pies (with the calm/broth, it's about 15k and 8 leves per level, pretty consistently, from 90 on). The full version. So, after getting your 30 HQ Gigant Clams for your FSH Lucis and desynthing the ~120 NQ ones you acquire along the way, use Better Crowned Pies to get the rest of the way to 110!)

Endgame Items

There are currently five non-fish items that are CUL desynthable. Non-fish items will be listed first.

  • Gigantshark (r70, gathering: <308) -> Sea Breeze Summer Halter (~33%), South Seas Talisman (~33%) {Middle La Noscea, Summerford, Clear/Fair, any time, Floating Minnow ->(moderate tug)-> Harbor Herring ->(massive tug)-> Gigantshark [or: Harbor Herring ->(moderate tug)-> Ogre Barracuda ->(massive tug)-> Gigantshark]}
  • Octomammoth (r70, gathering: <308) -> Sea Breeze Pareo (~33%), Blue Summer Maro (~33%) {Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks, any weather, 9am-5pm, Pill Bug ->(moderate tug)-> Harbor Herring ->(massive tug)-> Octomammoth}
  • Frilled Shark (r80, gathering: <383, >379) -> Coronal Summer Halter (~33%), Ti Leaf Lei (~33%) {Western La Noscea, Ship Graveyard, Wind/Cloudy/Overcast/Storm, 5pm-3am, Floating Minnow ->(100%)-> Merlthor Goby ->(100%)-> Wahoo ->(100%)-> Giant Squid ->(massive tug)->Frilled Shark}
  • Twitchbeard (r80, gathering <348) -> Red Summer Pareo (~33%), Red Summer Maro (~33%) {The Mist, Clear/Fair, 4am-6am, Spoon Worm ->(light tug)-> Fullmoon Sardine ->(massive tug)-> Twitchbeard}
  • Shark Tuna (r80, gathering: <348) -> Summer Sandals (~66%) {Eastern La Noscea, Costa del Sol, Clear/Fair, 7pm-9pm, Spoon Worm ->(light tug)-> Fullmoon Sardine ->(massive tug)-> Shark Tuna}
  • Magic Carpet (r80) -> Summer Sandals (~66%) {Southern Thanalan, Sagolii Desert, Heatwave, 9am-4pm, Sand Leech ->(moderate tug)-> Storm Rider ->(massive tug)-> Magic Carpet}
  • Spearnose (r80) -> Summer Sandals {The Goblet, Overcast/Fog, 9pm-12am, Caddisfly Larva ->(massive tug)-> Spearnose}
  • Toramafish (r80) -> Gold Roselle Capeline (~66%) {Upper La Noscea, Oakwood, Fog/Fair/Overcast, 5pm-7pm, Spinner ->(light tug)-> Common Sculpin ->(massive tug)-> Toramafish}
  • The Greatest Bream in the World (r80) -> Oschon Roselle Capeline (~66%) {Eastern La Noscea, South Bloodshore, Clear/Fair, 8pm-11pm, Shrimp Cage Feeder ->(massive tug)-> The Greatest Bream in the World}
  • Olgoi-Khorkoi* (r80, gathering: <348) -> Waterproof Cotton (~?%) {Southern Thanalan, Sagolii Dunes, Heatwave, any time, Sand Leech ->(moderate tug)-> Storm Rider ->(massive tug)-> Olgoi-Khorkoi}
  • The Lone Ripper (r80) -> Waterproof Cotton (~?%) {Western La Noscea, Halfstone, Gales, any time, Heavy Steel Jig ->(massive tug)-> The Lone Ripper}
  • Sweetnewt (r80) -> Waterproof Cotton (~?%) {Lavender Beds, Fog, 11pm-3am, Midge Basket ->(?? tug)-> Ala Mhigan Fighting Fish ->(massive tug)-> Sweetnewt}
  • Cupfish (r80) -> Minium
  • Armorer (r75) -> Ferberite
  • The Warden's Wand (r80) -> Native Gold
  • Fingers (r80) -> Aetheryte Ring
  • Jacques the Snipper (r75) -> Aqueous Whetstone
  • Chirurgeon (r70) -> Aqueous Whetstone
  • Titanic Sawfish (r70) -> Spruce Lumber [a report said they can drop Mastercraft Demimateria, but that was a hoax and the pic was photoshopped]
  • Silver Sovereign* (r75) -> Venture
  • Goldenfin (r70) -> Venture
  • Green Jester -> Morbol Saliva
  • Ninja Betta -> Assassin Fry (minion) {Mor Dhona, The Tangle, Gloom, 6?pm-9am, Midge Basket ->(light tug)-> Ala Mhigan Fighting Fish ->(moderate tug)-> Assassin Betta [->(moderate tug)-> Assassin Betta] ->(massive tug)-> Ninja Betta} (Note: Assassin Betta can mooch to Assassin Betta any number of times before hooking a Ninja Betta, provided you keep catching HQ ones)
  • Nepto Dragon* (r80) -> Savage Might Materia IV
  • Helicoprion* (r80) -> Savage Aim Materia IV
  • Kuno the Killer* (r80) -> Heaven's Eye Materia IV
  • Shonisaurus* (r80) -> Battledance Materia IV
  • Namitaro* (r80) -> Quickarm Materia IV
  • Endoceras* (r80) -> Quicktongue Materia IV
  • Seahag (r80) -> Sahagin Living Lamp
  • Blood-red Bonytongue (r80) -> Allagan Silk
  • Wootz Knifefish Zenith (r80) -> Allagan Wootz Nugget
  • Blue Corpse (r80) -> Borax

[* The indicated fish and food are untradable]


Cheap sources of Demimateria

(section not updated for 3.0)

In this section, I'll try to list the theoretically cheapest desynths for each desynth class to get each type of Demimateria. Please note that some of these vary wildly depending on server prices and I'm using data from Faerie to make these calculations. I'm also assuming 100 gil per shard or crystal, and 1000 gil per cluster, which are generally the average prices on Faerie.

Following each item name will be [i#|#s]. The first number tells the recipe level of the item. The second number tells how many materia slots the item has. Together, these let you know the item's chance of successful desynth. I will only list #s for i70+ items.

I have removed the gil prices from the below items (except ones where the mats are all bought from vendors). They were very outdated, the markets changed completely since I posted them, and I don't really feel like redoing all of those calculations.

[ Warning: Section always in progress; still working out the yields for Demimateria IIIs (getting very high variance in results); also, need to do research on Demimateria Is before definitively saying what works (both minimum ilvl and whether ilvl affects chances are unknown, but data strongly suggests that ilvl does matter). It's sorta a moot point though because it's clear, to me, what the absolute cheapest item is for FCIs and BCIs: Brass Rings [of Crafting], which are less than 300 each to synth and have a yield of 0.1, for a cost of under 3k per demimateria. ]


Fieldcraft Demimateria I

Used to get the new crafting books (5x each), for crafting DoL/DoH accessories (10x), glamour items (5x), and furniture (2x)

[To obtain: Desynth rlvl 20?-49 DoL/DoH gear, furniture, and equipment parts (1x from r26?-r35?, 2x from r36?-r49?)]

  • GSM: Brass Ring of Crafting [r20] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 275; Vendor: 416 (gil/demimateria: 2,750/4,160) (Credit: Mathild Greyashe of Faerie)
  • WVR: Cotton Work Gloves [r20] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 294 (buy all mats from vendors)
  • BSM: Iron Pickaxe [r20] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 363 (buy all mats from vendors)
  • LTW: Padded Leather Duckbills of Gathering [r21] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 408 (buy all mats from vendors, including the Leather Duckbills)
  • CRP: Initiate's Fishing Rod [r20] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 406 (buy all mats from vendors)
  • ARM: Iron Alembic [r23] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 530 (buy all mats from vendors)
  • ALC: Riviera/Oasis Flower Vase [r23] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: ? (~632 + 3x Island/Desert Seedlings) <-- Terrible source, but cheapest I could find for ALC


Fieldcraft Demimateria II

Used for crafting Crescent Moon equipment (5x each) and new furniture (2-3x)

[To obtain: Desynth clvl 50?-60 (0 star) DoL/DoH gear, furniture, and equipment parts (1-2x from c50?, 1-3x from c51-60)]

[r55 items appear to have a 10% chance of dropping 1 of these, and a 10% chance of dropping 2, giving an expected yield of 0.3 per successful desynth]

  • GSM: Aetheryte Ring [r55] - Crafted
  • WVR: Weaver's Gibus [r55] - Crafted
  • ARM: Blacksmith's Workboots [r55] - Crafted
  • LTW: Weaver's Gloves [r55] - Crafted
  • CRP: Militia Grinding Wheel [r55] - Crafted
  • CRP: Militia Spinning Wheel [r55] - Crafted
  • BSM: Militia Sledgehammer [r55] - Crafted
  • BSM: Militia Culinary Knife [r55] - Crafted
  • ALC: Potted Dragon Tree [r55] - Crafted


Fieldcraft Demimateria III

Used to get the new crafting tools (10x each) and for crafting new furniture (1-3x)

[To obtain: Desynth rlvl 70+ DoL/DoH gear, furniture, and equipment parts (1x from r70+ (Yield: ~0.2), 1-2x from r90+ (Yield: ~0.2)]

Battlecraft Demimateria I

Used to get the new crafting books (5x each) and for crafting the i90 accessories (5x)

[To obtain: Desynth rlvl 20?-49 DoW/DoM gear (1x from ?-?, 2x from ?-r49]

(I'm assuming that Aldgoat Leather is expensive (>300 gil)

  • GSM: Brass Ring [r20] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 275; Vendor: 416 (gil/demimateria: 2,750/4,160) (Credit: Mathild Greyashe of Faerie)
  • WVR: Padded Cotton Trousers [r20] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 382 (buy all mats from vendors)
  • LTW: Padded Leather Duckbills [r21] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 408 (buy all mats from vendors, including the Leather Duckbills)
  • BSM: Iron Daggers [r20] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 414 (buy all mats from vendors)
  • CRP: Iron Lance [r20] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 445 (Iron Guisarme [r22] are cheaper if shards are 90 gil or less)
  • ARM: Ironclad Bronze Buckler [r20] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 596 (seemingly best ARM option; no ARM options are good)
  • ALC: Yew Picatrix [r22] (Yield: 0.1) - Crafted: 577 + 1x Yew Log (best ALC option, but not a good source)


Battlecraft Demimateria II

Used for crafting augmented i90 crafted armor (10x) and i90 accessories (2x)

[To obtain: Desynth rlvl 50?-55 DoW/DoM gear] (1-2x from r50-i55)


Battlecraft Demimateria III

Used for crafting upgraded Primal weapons (10x) and augmented i90 crafted armor (1x)

[To obtain: Desynth rlvl 70+ DoW/DoM gear (1x from r70+ (Yield: ~0.2), 1-2x from r90+ (Yield: ~0.2)]

  • GSM: i100 accessories from the 2.5 dungeons [r100|0s] - {1-2x} Other: 2.5 dungeon boss drops
  • ARM: i100 ARM desynthable equipment from the 2.5 dungeons [r100|0s] - {1-2x} Other: 2.5 dungeon boss drops
  • LTW: i100 LTW desynthable equipment from the 2.5 dungeons [r100|0s] - {1-2x} Other: 2.5 dungeon boss drops
  • WVR: i100 WVR desynthable equipment from the 2.5 dungeons [r100|0s] - {1-2x} Other: 2.5 dungeon boss drops
  • GSM: Darklight accessories [r70|0s] - {1x} Other: 2.2 dungeon side chests (2x per dungeon)
  • GSM: Allagan/Hero's accessories [r90|0s] - {1-2x} Other: First Coil / 2.4 dungeons
  • ARM: Myth Gear [r90|0s] - {1-2x} Other: Turn-in ("antique" token drops from 2.4 dungeons)
  • LTW: Myth Gear [r90|0s] - {1-2x} Other: Turn-in ("antique" token drops from 2.4 dungeons)
  • WVR: Myth Gear [r90|0s] - {1-2x} Other: Turn-in ("antique" token drops from 2.4 dungeons)
  • ARM: Direwolf Kite Scutum [r90|0s] - Other: 825 Wolf Marks (Direwolf has more than 2x the yield of Warwolf at 2x the cost)
  • GSM: Direwolf accessories [r90|0s] - Other: 1250 Wolf Marks (Direwolf has more than 2x the yield of Warwolf at 2x the cost)
  • WVR: Direwolf Sash of Healing/Casting [r90|0s] - Other: 1250 Wolf Marks
  • LTW: Direwolf Belt of Aiming [r90|0s] - Other: 1250 Wolf Marks
  • ARM: Warwolf Kite Shield [r70|0s] - Other: 410 Wolf Marks (Direwolf has more than 2x the yield of Warwolf at 2x the cost)
  • GSM: Warwolf accessories [r70|0s] - Other: 625 Wolf Marks (Direwolf has more than 2x the yield of Warwolf at 2x the cost)
  • BSM: Warwolf Blade [r70|2s] - Other: 965 Wolf Marks
  • LTW: Saurian Belt of Aiming [r90|1s] - Crafted
  • ARM: Wolfram Tassets [r90|1s] - Crafted
  • GSM: Gold Spectacles [r90|2s] - Crafted
  • WVR: Cashmere Hat of Casting [r90|2s] - Crafted
  • LTW: Saurian Gloves of Casting [r90|2s] - Crafted
  • ALC: Direwolf Longsword [r90|2s] - {1-2x} Other: 1,925 Wolf Marks
  • ALC: Giantsgall Weapons [r70|1-2s] - Crafted
  • ALC: i70 SCH/SMN books [r70|2s] - Crafted
  • BSM: i70 Crafted Weapons] [r70|2s] - Crafted
  • CRP: Spruce Pattens [r70|2s] - Crafted


Mastercraft Demimateria

Used for getting the new r75 DoL/DoH tools (3x for each except FSH, which only takes 1x) and for crafting the i60/r110 DoL/DoH gear (1x each)

[To obtain: Desynth Artisan and Forager items (1x from hats, 1-3x from tools)]

According to data compiled by Kendra Darkstar of Behemoth, desynthing tools yields an average of 0.6 MCDs per tool (much higher than the 0.15-0.2 that I've compiled from data about Artisan's Spectacles). Since the tools cost twice the materials of the spectacles and yield 3-4x as many MCDs, the tools are superior to the headgear.

The prices are constantly in flux on my server (for example, Spruce Lumber sells for either 1k or 4k depending on the time of day), so which item is best to make is hard to pin down. Using the latest numbers I had for my server at a given point last week, ARM desynth was actually the best for getting MCDs, via Artisan's Alembics (assuming you can HQ with all NQ materials). BSM desynth was very close behind with Artisan's Chocobotail Saws, especially if you need some materials to be HQ (HQ Spruce Lumber has been selling for the same price as NQ Spruce Lumber). Current prices put the Chocobotail Saws in the lead again, making BSM the best.

Price estimates below assume all shards (a significant portion of the costs) are 100 gil each, which they were on my server last I checked (more or less).

You're going to have to do some math here:

  • BSM: Artisan's Head Knife [r70] - {1-3x} Other: Turn-in (best if [10*[(2*{hippogryph leather}+2100)] is cheapest)
  • BSM: Artisan's Chocobotail Saw [r70] - {1-3x} Other: Turn-in (best if [8*({spruce lumber}+3600)] is cheapest)
  • BSM: Artisan's Raising Hammer / Artisan's Cross-pein Hammer [r70] - {1-3x} Other: Turn-in (best if [10*(2*{darksteel nugget}+2100)] is cheapest)
  • BSM: Artisan's Mallet [r70] - {1-3x} Other: Turn-in (best if [10*(2*{rose gold nugget}+2100)] is cheapest (plot spoiler: it isn't))
  • ARM: Artisan's Frypan [r70] - {1-3x} Other: Turn-in (better than alembic if [20*({dzamael tomato}+{dark vinegar}+2100)] is cheaper)
  • ARM: Artisan's Alembic [r70] - {1-3x} Other: Turn-in (better than frypan if [20*(2*{volcanic rock salt}+2316)] is cheaper)
  • GSM: Artisan's Needle [r70] - {1-3x} Other: Turn-in (to compare it to BSM options below, use the formula: [8*({silver ingot}+2*{Silk Thread}+2100)]
  • BSM: Forager's Hatchet/Dolabra [r70] - {1-3x} Other: Time (if you have a 50 MIN and BTN and play ~2 hours a day (the gathering itself only takes a minute or two), you can get 2 tools (one of each) every 10 days)
  • GSM: Artisan's Spectacles [r70] - {1x} Other: Turn-in (which turn-in is best varies wildly now, but it's likely CRP or LTW)
  • WVR: Forager's Hat [r70] - {1x} Other: Time (if you have a 50 MIN and BTN and play ~2 hours a day, you can get 2 hats every 5 days) (1x)
  • CRP: Forager's Rod [r70] - {1-3x} Other: Time (it takes about 40 hours of constantly fishing to get one of these, so ~67 hours of constant fishing per MCD... horrible source of Mastercraft Demimateria)
  • ALC: No known options currently available
  • LTW: No known options currently available