Spiritbond

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Not to be confused with "soulbound", which in other MMORPGs refers to gear that cannot be traded to other players. In Final Fantasy XIV that is called Binding.

Spiritbond, or Spiritbonding, is the process of creating Materia. Weapons, Armor and Accessories will acquire spiritbond as you gain experience points from defeating monsters, completing Duties or FATEs, crafting items, or gathering resources. Once equipment reaches 100% spiritbond, a piece of materia can be extracted from it, returning it to 1%.[1] Players can view spiritbond progression by hovering over the equipment and reading the spirit bond percentage from the items information details. Once the Spiritbond is complete, the player will be notified by an audible "pop" sound, a visual flash of light, and text notification in their chat log. Additionally, the gear indicating pips (in the bottom right by default) will change from green to white.

  • Note that when a piece of your gear reaches 1% Spiritbond, it becomes permanently bound to your character. As a result, it cannot be traded to other players or sold on the Market Board. Gear will immediately bind to you if you gain any experience while wearing it, or if it is used to glamor a different piece of equipment.

Spiritbond Mechanics

High Quality HQ icon.png gear and DAetherial gear will spiritbond 20% faster than regular equipment. Additionally, each materia melded into the gear will increase the Spiritbonding speed by another +20%, and each +1 from consumables is approximately an additional +20%. Spiritbonding rate is cumulative. For example, a piece of HQ icon.png HQ gear (+20%) with two materia melded (+40%) will spiritbond 60% faster than a piece of NQ gear with no materia.

Despite HQ gear bonding faster than NQ gear, extracting NQ gear nets the same results as HQ gear. In short, the quality of the extracted item will not affect the materia gained.

Equipment will acquire spiritbond regardless of the class of the player – all that is required to gain spiritbond is for you to receive Experience EXP points while wearing the item. Due to this, players can wear crafting or gathering gear as a Disciple of War and spiritbond it through combat experience, and vice versa. This will be catastrophically bad for your performance in those tasks, however, since you will have none of the relevant stats.

Spiritbond speed correlates to the level difference between the equipped item and the enemies slain, the level of items gathered, or level of the item created by a crafter. Based on research, items that are 8 to 15 levels below the experience giving object will spiritbond the fastest. 10 Levels below is about the perfect spot. If you are striving to spiritbond level 40 gear, you want to craft level 50 gear, gather from level 50 nodes, run level 50 dungeons, or kill level 50 enemies.

  • Note that a piece of gear with 0% Condition will not gain Spiritbond points.

Consumables

Item Effect
Better crowned pie icon1.png  Better Crowned Pie Increased Spiritbond Gain +2
Spiritbond potion icon1.png  Spiritbond Potion Increased Spiritbond Gain +3
Potent spiritbond potion icon1.png  Potent Spiritbond Potion Increased Spiritbond Gain +4 / HQ icon.png +5
Superior spiritbond potion icon1.png  Superior Spiritbond Potion Increased Spiritbond Gain +5 / HQ icon.png +6
Squadron spiritbonding manual icon1.png  Squadron Spiritbonding Manual Increases spiritbonding speed.
Spiritbond Bonus: +3

The pie (Well Fed icon1.png Well Fed), a potion (Medicated icon1.png Medicated), and the manual (That which binds us1.png That Which Binds Us III) can all be stacked. The different potions will overwrite each other as they all apply Medicated icon1.png Medicated.

Gear

Item Level Item Level Effect
Patriots choker icon1.png  Patriot's Choker 26 27 Increased Spiritbond Gain +1
Patriots bracelet icon1.png  Patriot's Bracelet 30 31 Increased Spiritbond Gain +1
Meteor survivor ring icon1.png  Meteor Survivor Ring 34 36 Increased Spiritbond Gain +3
Gamblers crown icon1.png  Gambler's Crown 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +1
Lily and serpent earrings icon1.png  Lily and Serpent Earrings 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +1
Crimson standard earrings icon1.png  Crimson Standard Earrings 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +1
Tipping scales earrings icon1.png  Tipping Scales Earrings 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +1
Lily and serpent bracelet icon1.png  Lily and Serpent Bracelet 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +2
Crimson standard bracelet icon1.png  Crimson Standard Bracelet 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +2
Tipping scales bracelet icon1.png  Tipping Scales Bracelet 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +2
Aetheryte ring icon1.png  Aetheryte Ring 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +1 / HQ icon.png +1
Lily and serpent ring icon1.png  Lily and Serpent Ring 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +1
Crimson standard ring icon1.png  Crimson Standard Ring 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +1
Tipping scales ring icon1.png  Tipping Scales Ring 50 55 Increased Spiritbond Gain +1

Achievements

Main article: Materia Achievements

Tips and Tricks

  • Use Spiritbond potion icon1.png  Spiritbond Potions! The benefit is especially noticeable during lower level spiritbonding sessions. If you are in danger of being killed, beware – the potion gives the Medicated icon1.png Medicated status, not Well Fed icon1.png Well Fed, meaning it wears off upon death.
    • For consumables, each +1 is roughly equivalent to an additional materia melded, or about 20% faster bonding.
  • Due to spiritbond rate being higher, only use High Quality HQ icon.png gear in your spiritbonding sessions.
  • Each meld increases the rate by 20%, so adding materia is very beneficial.
  • Grade 4 materia has the same drop rate when spiritbonding level 45 gear as a level 55 class. Because level 45 gear usually bonds faster in the popular locations, it is best to spiritbond equipment that is closer to level 45. Chances of getting a grade 4 materia goes up in steps after this level, (i45-i55) <i70 <i90 <i110.
  • (Potentially obsolete) Castrum Meridianum spiritbonding farms are the best way spiritbond item level 45 to 55 gear. A piece of gear item level 50 will get 10 to 15% spiritbond in the first pull, depending on the potions and the buff status. This dungeon will also give around 90% under the same conditions if you run all the way through. If you can get a full party its best to run the first groups of trash monsters, then exit the dungeon and do this again.
  • (Potentially obsolete) Urth's Fount located in the South Shroud is another excellent location for spiritbonding level 45 to 55 gear. This location is a bit difficult to solo, but in a party of 2 or more, it is fast and easy. People spiritbond gear here by attacking the water sprites and moving to the top of the large crystal, allowing the sprites to stack up, making them easy prey for AoE attacks.
  • (Potentially obsolete) 4 runs of Amdapor Keep is usually enough to spiritbond item level 49 accessories.
  • (Potentially obsolete) 4 runs of Syrcus Tower is generally sufficient to spiritbond item level 90 gear.

Historical Notes

  1. Prior to Patch 5.2, getting materia from fully spiritbound gear resulted in the gear being totally lost, and the process was referred to as conversion. The language was changed to extraction to reflect that it is now non-destructive.