Leveling gatherers is amusing because you gather something and see your exp bar barely move and you feel disheartened but then you mindlessly gather like 200 items in 10 minutes and notice you've gained half a level. And then you have 200 of these things that you don't need but other people might so you sell it all on the market board and get a bunch of money too.
Disclaimer: I'm talking about my experience gathering at higher levels. I mean, it works pretty much the same way at lower levels but it's not worth trying to sell anything you gather until at least level 30 (crafters can buy lower level materials from NPCs and won't be looking for them on the player markets) and you shouldn't expect to make a lot of money from it until at least level 50. But the stuff that sells the best is always items from the newest expansion, so currently level 70+ items.
I was working on this for an hour on Monday, about 2 hours yesterday, and 3 hours today (split up, not in one sitting). So getting my Botanist from level 70 to level 80 was about 6 hours of play. I was also leveling my Bard simultaneously, doing gathering stuff while in queue for dungeon roulette. That is at level 54 now. I'm hoping to be at 60 in like a week-ish? That's assuming I don't get swamped with schoolwork and work work, and can play for an about an hour each night.
I will remind anyone wondering how I've been able to level all my jobs so quickly that at any given time I have 3-6 exp bonuses applied and I gain roughly 4x the exp of a player without any of those bonuses. Not every bonus is easily accessible (like my earring that gives me a 30% exp gain bonus on classes below level 70, which was a Shadowbringers pre-order bonus), but Food bonus, Armory bonus, Grand Company bonus, and Sanctuary bonus are all easy to get if you play right.
Alrighty, so this morning I got my Miner to level 74, and my Bard to level 57. My Black Mage is pretty close to level 66 but I'm not sure if I'll be playing anymore tonight since I already spent a couple hours online and did pretty much all the activities I wanted to do today. Since it's really easy to level my Miner at the same time as Bard, I think my goal is going to be to have them at 80 and 60 respectively by patch day on Tuesday, assuming I can play for 1-2 hours a day this weekend.
Today I wasn't feeling great in a few different ways, so I actually spent most of the day gathering in FFXIV. Probably not the healthiest way to cope with things, but it does feel therapeutic in a way to whack rocks with a pickaxe for hours on end in a video game, especially while listening to the Laid Back Camp soundtrack as I do it. Anyways, I got my Miner to level 80 about 3 days ahead of schedule. I did a few roulettes as Bard too, and I was very close to level 59 when I called it a night.
Alright, here's where I'm at with my leveling journey. I got my Bard to level 60 soon after getting my gatherers to 80. Pixie quests came out on Tuesday, and I've been doing them on my Dragoon because it was my only job at level 70 (now 72). My Black Mage is level 68 and once I get it to 70 I'll probably switch to doing Pixie quests with it. I've gotten my Monk to level 52. I'd be farther along if I hadn't spent as much time getting my Carpenter to level 74 the past couple days.
I could be leveling my crafters even faster if I bought materials from other players but since I put all that work into leveling up my gatherers I'm being stubborn about getting all the materials myself from scratch. It's not difficult at all, and now that they've added quick gathering* it feels much less tedious, but it's still a bit time consuming to gather ALL the materials to make an item.
*Quick gathering doesn't actually make you gather faster, it just automates the process a bit.
Tonight I got my Monk to 60! All of my combat jobs are level 60+ now! My Gunbreaker is level 64, and that's what I'll be focusing on getting to 70 next. I accidentally turned in some quests as my Dragoon today (I was distracted ok) so that's level 73 now. I meant to give that experience to my Black Mage, but I still managed to get that to 71, so now I can do Shadowbringers dungeons with it.
I forgot how much exp weekly Custom Deliveries give crafters. I did one set and leveled up Carpenter twice, to level 76. Took all of 5 minutes to do. Now I'm not even sure if it's worth doing the levequest I was gathering materials for haha. I guess I'll still do it just to not waste a leve allowance.
Mostly unrelated to my leveling adventures but I've cleared all of the sidequests from 4 out of the 6 Heavensward zones. I plan to keep chipping away at them as I level DPS jobs, moving up through each area of the expansions one at a time until I eventually double back into A Realm Reborn zones. Most of these quests aren't anything special but some of them are really good.
I got my Black Mage to level 73. It's about halfway to 74 now, so I can probably get there with one more dungeon. Gunbreaker is 65. I'm leveling it a bit faster than I expected given I'm not playing it a whole bunch. It's a super fun job though. I got my Carpenter to 80 last night and am now struggling to decide which crafter I want to focus on next. I might just go down the list and do Blacksmith. Crafting is a lot more fun after the most recent update because I understand how it works now lol.
Oh and I'm also officially a Trade Mentor now. But I'm a little worried I won't have much advice for lower level crafters since I had all my crafting classes to level 70 when the update came out, and things are so different now I honestly have no idea what crafting below level 70 even feels like now. I can only guess how it might work based on skill descriptions.
Today I got my Blacksmith to level 80! I wound up leveling up a lot faster than I expected to while I was making high quality crafting materials. I hit level 80 before I even used all the materials I made, so thankfully I can use them on other jobs like Goldsmith and Armorer. I had to make some of the materials with Goldsmith too, so that's up to level 73 now. My Black Mage is level 76. I'm hoping to hit 80 within a week. Then I'll be focusing on Dragoon and Gunbreaker again.
Ishgard Restoration releases on Tuesday with Patch 5.11, and they said you'll be able to level crafters with it, so I'm probably going to already be level 80 on all of my crafters before the crafting beast tribe quests come out in a couple months lol. I'll still do those quests though, not for leveling, but because they always have neat stories and give good materials that I can either use or sell.
Using the materials I made yesterday, I made and turned in a bunch of items for quests on my Goldsmith, getting it to level 76. I called it a night with that because it's gonna take a while to gather the raw materials I need to make my next few sets of stuff for that job, and I don't have the time or energy to do that tonight. I turned in some quests as a Weaver so I got that job to level 71. I also ran a dungeon as Black Mage and leveled up once to 77. Maybe I can get it to 78 tomorrow.
Last night I got my Goldsmith to level 80. Now I'm back to deciding what crafter I want to focus on leveling next. Today I got my Gunbreaker to level 66, and my Black Mage to level 79. If I have any time to play more tonight I'm going to try to get it to level 80 so I can finish the Magic DPS role quest and be done with it. If I can get a friend to queue into stuff with me as a healer or tank to cut down queue times it shouldn't take more than an hour or two at most.
Been a few days with no updates, but I've still been playing. I got Black Mage to 80 and did the Magic DPS role quest as well as the fantastic final quest that unlocks after you complete all the different role quests. I've gotten my Gunbreaker to level 69 (nice). Dragoon is level 74. I got Armorer to level 80, and Weaver to 74. I've also finally picked up Fishing again, currently at level 18.
tbh I'm pretty impressed with how fast I've been able to level machinist given how little time I've been able to dedicate to FF14 in the past week on top of it being a DPS class leading to longer queue times for dungeons. I guess I've just gotten very efficient with how I do these things. I should be level 70 before the weekend.
At this point I've got half of my combat-related jobs to level 70 or above. I have 1/4 of them at level 80. If I can keep up a pace of getting 10 levels on one job per week, I'll have everything at level 80 by... around Summer next year lmao. I can probably go faster than that but I don't want to assume that I will, since I have a job and classes after all.
Last night I got White Mage to level 68 so I can probably get to 70 tonight or close. I'm going to get Dragoon to 78 tonight as well when I do my pixie quests. I could've done it last night if I had more time, but I'm not in a rush. When I'm done with White Mage for this phase, I might do Ninja next.
Got Paladin to level 70 today and Scholar to level 71. I think I might level up Monk next. Was initially worried about leveling 2 melee jobs back to back but since I got Paladin done in just 3 days, I'm not tired of it yet. Is this thread getting too long? I've been updating it 4-5 times a week for the last 2 months. I want to keep my progress organized but I don't want people to think they need to read the whole thing. Only the most recent toot is relevant most of the time.
I think I can get Monk to level 70 today after work AND do my homework if I don't watch anime tonight, which is fine because the only shows I'd be falling behind on are Granblue Fantasy and My Hero Academia, both of which I'm farther ahead in the source material anyways so I don't feel pressure to stay caught up.
I wasn't expecting it to be so fast but I got Samurai to level 70 already! All of my combat jobs are at level 70! I don't need to do Stormblood beast tribe quests now, and I've also completed all of the Heavensward and Stormblood side quests, so I won't have much reason to spend time in the previous expansion areas anymore. I can finally spend most of my time in Shadowbringers zones. Scholar is still level 77 but it'll be my main focus for now so I should have it at 80 in no time.
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