Melding Materia Muchly
Advanced Application and Removal
Read the Basic Materia Guide for starter information.
Once you have obtained level 25 in a crafting profession, Mutanix the Goblin has more information to offer regarding advanced materia. In order for him to teach you these secrets, you have to complete the Melding Materia Muchly quest. This quest requires you to affix 8 pieces of gear while in Mutanix presence.
As a level 25 Armorer, I simply chose to make Initiates Skillets (a reasonably low resource recipe) and affix junk materia (resistance gear) to them. You get the quest updates simply by affixing near Mutanix.
Note: Resistance gear isn’t junk, but at tier-1 with low level resistances, its pretty much junk. Higher level resistance gear is likely to be quite valuable. I am certain that end-game raiding will place a high premium on resistances.
Mutanix does not take the materia infused items from you, he simply wants to see you do the processing. You can, therefore, just do combines for gear you want to use in his presence and get the update. I burned through trash, but could have used it on pieces I planned on keeping. Either way, you complete the quest and unlock the advanced techniques.
Upon completing the quest, Mutanix informs you that if you “uses secret joiny-skill, one fighty-tool bears many materia… maybe.” Essentially, while melding is 100% successful, the secret joiny-skill has a gambling element and failure is possible. Most importantly, “using secret joiny skill not for unstrong of bladder!” Well, if Mutanix says so!
The help tool for Advanced Materia lets you know that a botched advanced meld will result in the loss of not only the catalyst, but also the materia.
Applying Advanced Materia
Advanced Materia is applied in the same manner as Basic Materia. Find an item that is eligible for melding, right click on it and select meld to open the menu. Choose an item that has its materia slots full and you begin the advanced melding process.
In the above image, I am attempting to apply a Dexterity Materia I to the Decorated Bronze Gauntlets I materia imbued in the Basic Materia guide. Notice the reduced percentage chance? Where I had 100% successes with the first two melds, each applied to a materia slot, the Advanced Materia application has only a 40% success rate.
As one would expect, I failed. Failure didn’t hurt the previously slotted materia, but I did lose the materia and catalyst that I was attempting to apply.
On my third attempt, I managed to infuse a bonus Determination to the Gauntlets. Notice, though, I didn’t receive any bonus? That’s because I already have one Determination attached and the second attachment exceeded the maximum Determination that an Item Level 17 item can hold. No worries, though, this is all experimentation at this point.
I can try a second affix. Should it succeed, I will have four materia combined with the item. The chance of success, though, drops precipitously. I have only a 20% chance of applying this second advanced meld.
It turns out that Mutanix can help you with Materia removal. If you have applied something you don’t need, or if you have acquired a better materia you would like to use in an item already infused to maximum, you need Mutainix help.
Visiting Mutanix gives you the option for “small talk” and “materia removal.” Let’s leave goblin small talk aside and focus on removal. The removal menu looks a bit like the materia menu, you have a drop-down list of inventory locations (armory chest and equipped) along with a list of eligible items.
Let’s take that Decorated Bronze Gauntlet with the double determination and fix it up a bit. Selecting the item gives you the materia removal dialog and a fee (50gil for this removal).
There’s good news and bad news. The good news is the item was fully cleared of materia. The bad news, 100% of the materia removed was lost in the process. I don’t know, as of yet, whether it is 100% guaranteed that you lose materia or if there is a chance of recovery. The important takeaway, though, is that you lose all slotted materia, making removal an undesirable process unless it is completely necessary.
Advanced Materia Thoughts
At this time, none of my dungeon gear is materia eligible. Whether that continues to be the case as we progress to the end-game is unknown. Materia is, for the moment at least, a crafted only system. Quest gear is materia possible since it is simply crafted gear received from an NPC.
Advanced Materia really opens up the crafting system. The ability to take HQ items and “overclock” them up several times over potentially places crafting gear in competition with green quality dungeon gear. Additionally, over-slotted gathering and crafting gear is likely to be in high demand.
As for materia removal, that really seems to be a less useful option. The loss of multiple materia seems a bit too costly, even if the gil cost itself is fairly cheap.