Your New Culinarian
A FFXIV First 15
What is a FFXIV First 15
Eorzea Reborn’s FFXIV First 15 builds are based on an idea we used in the Secret World, where our My First 60 builds are still quite popular. These are guides for new players trying out new classes. A FFXIV First 15 guide emphasize your early levels with the class, specifically focusing on getting you ready for your first dungeon runs.
Culinarian are a Disciple’s of the Hand (DoH), and members of Eorzea’s crafting community. A Culinarian focuses on making food crafting components, as well as clickable items with various short term stat bonuses. The stat bonus food comes in multiple varieties, and can be used by adventuring classes, as well as crafting (DoH) and Harvesting (DoL).
You can not start the game as an Culinarian. You must complete the level 10 class quest with your initial character before you are permitted to join other guilds. Once you have done so, simply visit the Culinarian guild in Limsa Lominsa and talk to the guild registrar to begin cooking. The Culinarian guild is located near the Atherite crystal in Limsa Lominsa for The Bismark (North side of the Upper Docks).
In order to reach Limsa Lominsa you must run to the boat in Vesper Bay in the nw corner of Western Thanalan outside Ul’dah. If you are in Gridania you can run to Uldah. Just take the route from Central Shroud to South Shroud to Eastern Thanalan. Once you reach Eastern Thanalan, you can hit up the Chocobokeep at Camp Drybone for a quick trip to Ul’Dah. (Do remember to tag Atherite Crystals along the way for future teleportation) Once in Ul’Dah, head to Eastern Thanalan and make your way to Vesper Bay to catch the boat.
The only other way to reach Limsa Lominsa the first time is through the ferry. The ferry departs Vesper Bay in Western Thanalan (near Ul’Dah). However, at least for beta-3, the ferry runs are prohibitively expensive for new characters (in excess of 50,000 gil per trip). While this cost should come down, players starting in cities other than Limsa Lominsa will need to wait until the level 15 city quest is complete before starting as a Culinarian .
Gathering Your Materials
Crafting in FFXIV is actually a pair of resource games. The first resource game involves material gathering. For a culinarian , you are going to need an extensive amount of crystals. Your primary shards appear to be Fire Shards, with some needs for Water Shards. Both of these shards can be gained by Mining. (Since the culinarian guild is located in Limsa Lominsa which–if you didn’t start there–is barred to you until level 15, I highly recommend you grab mining fairly early and start building up a good stack of crystals while you work your way to Limsa Lominsa.
Other than your crystal needs, the majority of your materials will be gained by (1) Purchasing from an NPC, (2) Looted as drops from adventure kills, (3) harvested from botany. (Note: For information on how many of each material you need to skill from 1-10, please look at the final section of this guide) This means you will be dependent on Botany as a cook. However, most of your materials gained from Botany are also available from an NPC (or the player Market). Because of this, if you don’t have time for two harvesting classes, I would recommend you do Mining for the shards, and then purchase your materials directly. This is specifically true for the first few levels where the majority of your components are currently available fairly inexpensively from an NPC merchant in the culinarian guild. Additionally, you will sometimes need intermediate crafting items from other classes. In your 6-10 crafting log, for example, you will need Beeswax–created by an Alchemist(10). (NOTE: I recommend you get the Beeswax before starting to LL)
As mentioned previously, at least early on, you can collect your own crystals and easily skill up to level 15 crafting by just purchasing your materials directly from the NPCs of Market. As you progress though your levels, however, you might find it more cost and time effective to purchase your crystals on the market. This will primarily be a function of the market values of both crystals, as well as any needed materials, on your server.
Starting a Crafting Attempt
All recipes begin through the crafting log. By default this is mapped to the “N” key. It is also available via the menu buttons under the personal logs button. When you are playing a crafter, the crafting log opens to your currently equipped crafting class. You will then see a list of recipe levels and the recipes available in that level range. Picking a single recipe shows you the materials needed for the chosen recipe as well as your stock of those materials.
The example above is for the carpenter recipe “ash lumber.” While this is an culinarian’s guide, the recipe lists work the same for all crafting classes. In the red rectangle, you can see that ash lumber is listed in the 6-10 level range. The “Ash Lumber” recipe itself, in the green rectangle, has been chosen and has a light highlight applied to it. The blue rectangle shows you the details for the ash lumber recipe.
The recipe has 40 durability, which governs the number of abilities you can use before failing the recipe. The difficulty of the recipe is 20, which interacts with your craftsmanship (I believe) to influence the possible success rate of crafting progress. Finally, the current quality is 0, this could be increased by using HQ Ash Logs.
The recipe itself requires 3 ash logs and 1 wind shard. I currently have 77 normal quality (NQ) ash logs and 0 high quality (HQ) ash logs. The recipe auto loads normal quality items, but you can choose to replace these with HQ items if you have them. Once you have your materials loaded (remember it should auto-load what you need) simply hit Synthesize to begin the Crafting Process.
The Crafting Process
The second resource game for culinarians is the crafting process itself. Each crafting procedure is a balancing act between three condition states. These conditions are the durability of the item, the progress towards completion and the quality of this crafting process. The crafter juggles these conditions through the application of crafting abilities and a crafting point (CP) resource pool.
Durability represents the number of times one can attempt crafting steps before depleting the resources and breaking the in-production item. The durability of an item is a fixed starting amount based on the recipe itself. Early on your recipes all have 30 durability, but by the time you are in your mid-teens you will be working on recipes with 70 durability. In the example above, the Ash Log recipe has 40 durability and I have used up 10 of those durability points. Virtually every step in the crafting process uses 10 durability, so this starting durability tells you roughly how many attempts you get before you will fail the crafting process.
Progress indicates how close you are to completing the current crafted recipe. The amount of progress required to complete is unique to each recipe. Early recipes might only take 10 progress to complete, in your mid-teens it will generally take 70 progress to complete recipes. Progress is gained on successful application of certain crafting abilities, which in turn cost 10 durability (progress increases, durability decreases). In the image above, I have successfully completed an ability action, resulting in a 16 of 20 on the progress meter (at a cost of 10 durability). Progress attempts can also fail, costing you the 10 durability without resulting in any progress gains.
The amount of progress you gain is influenced by the crafting ability chosen and the amount of craftsmanship you currently have. For instance, successful application of “basic syntehsis” above is a 100% efficient use of your craftsmanship. Your craftsmanship is, in turn, influenced by your crafting gear and clothing.
Your chance to succeed is determined by the ability you choose (basic synthesis has a 90% success chance) to use and possibly by the difference between your craftsmanship and the recipe difficulty level. It does seem that “easy recipes” (e.g. those well below your crafting level) have a lower failure rate than that listed on the ability tool-tip itself.
Quality provides an indicator of your likelihood of making a High Quality (HQ) item. Increasing the quality condition raises your chance of performing a High Quality completion of the current recipe. Quality is influenced, in part, by the materials chosen in the crafting recipe, HQ inputs give you a much higher base chance to make HQ goods. In the example above, I have used HQ iron ore which starts the crafting process at 363/726 on the quality meter. I have a 15% chance of making a HQ item before I even begin applying abilities!
Quality is also influenced by certain crafting abilities. The successful application of these abilities raises quality while lowering durability (by 10) and also costing some of your Crafting Points (CP). Quality attempts can also fail, costing you both durability and crafting points while resulting in no quality gain. In the image above, the initial carpenter quality ability, “Basic Touch,” has a 100% efficiency using your Control with only a 70% success rate. (NOTE: Basic Touch is also the first ability gained by the culinarian!)
The amount of quality you gain on a successful attempt is influenced by the crafting ability chosen and your control attribute. Control is, in turn, influenced by your crafting gear and clothing. Your chance to succeed is partially determined by the crafting ability you use. Basic touch, for example has a 70% base success chance and provides 100% efficiency in using your control points. The other part of the quality success is tied to the crystal state itself. On your crafting table you see a crystal which vacillates between white, yellow and red states. You have the best chance of succeeding on a quality improvement in the white state and the lowest chance of succeeding on a red state.
- Basic Synthesis (Progress)
- Basic Touch (Quality)
- Master Mend (restores Durability)
- Steady Hand (increases success chance for 5-turns)
- Inner Quiet (Buffs control as quality improves)
- Observe (wait one round)
- Level 15 Ability – Hasty Touch (Increases Quality, No CP Cost)
- Standard Touch (better quality)
The list above is your full ability list through level 19 culinarian. The majority of the skills for all crafting classes are the same. The only ability at this point that will be different is the level 15 class ability. Thus while the illustrations provided in the prior section were carpenter images, the ability names (Basic Synthesis and Basic Touch) are directly the same for culinarian. Each class that I have worked through picks up these abilities at the same levels and they perform the same way for each class. The level 15 ability is unique to each class, and is the ability that can be shared with other crafting classes under you additional actions tab.
Progress abilities enver cost CP, but they do use up 10 durability per application. By your late teens, you have two abilities that influence your progress. Basic Synthesis is your first ability and is your go-to ability for working recipes. Later on you get Rapid Synthesis which gives you a much higher efficiency rating, but only a 50% success chance. Rapid Synthesis is there to power through easy difficulty recipes.
Quality abilities always cost CP and they also cost 10 durability per application. You pickup your first quality ability at level 5, Basic Touch which converts control into quality at a 100% efficiency with a 70% success chance. Later on you receive Standard Touch which has a better efficiency with a lower success chance.
Durability declines by 10 with nearly every ability used. There are two important exceptions to this for a mid-teens culinarian. Early on you pickup Master Mend, rather than burning 10 durability, it restores 30 durability for a rather high CP cost. Much later, you pickup Observe which allows you to “skip” a turn. For a very small cost of CP, you can wait, letting your crystal state cycle without burning durability.
Finally, you have to self-buffs that are interesting to use. Both of these abilities cost a moderate amount of CP and do not use up any Durability. The first of these, Steady Hand, gives you a 20% better success rate for five straight rounds. A bit later, you pickup Inner Quiet. For a small CP payment, you can buff your Control stat on each successive improvement in quality. Under this buff, quality improves control, which in turn improves your yield on future quality attempts.
As you level up in your cooking, you may find that you have to process a large amount of materials (to create butter, or other material you no longer benefit xp from). These times I am simply trying to maximize completion speed. In this case, my crafting rotation is very simple. Basic Synthesis x3, Master Meld, Repeat as needed.
For XP-grinding, you get slightly higher xp for the amount of quality in your synthesis, so work in a few Basic Touch moves. On these attempts I use Basic Synthesis until I only need one more BS success to finish the recipe. I then Master Meld and use Basic Touch until I run out of CP. I then use BS to complete the recipe. I do not recommend ever waiting until 10 durability to complete even the simplest BS attempts, it is very irritating to miss that final attempt and destroy the item.
To complete hard recipes, I make use of the Steady Hand buff and focus on Basic Synthesis. Using this technique, you can complete recipes 5+ levels over your crafting level. This is quite useful when completing high end guildleves.
I do not currently have a preferred rotation for HQ combines. The xp-grinding rotation isn’t a bad one, particularly if you work in Inner Quiet at the start of your quality enhancement.
Leveling Your Culinarian
There are two basic paths you should follow in leveling your culinarian.
The first path involves finishing off your crafting log. There is a bonus xp award on your first completion of a crafting recipe. You will, therefore, want to complete each recipe on a tab to maximize this benefit.
The second path for leveling involves guildleves. Crafters do not have the quest progression that adventuring classes have, so you will need to stockpile leves to rapidly advance your crafter. You also want to complete leves with HQ combines whenever possible. An HQ leve turn-in provides a 200% bonus payment, that’s 3x the xp for a single leve.
For the culinarian, I prefer the leves provided in the Limsa Lominsa adventuring guild. Take out any and all leves that can be turned in to Bango Zhango. Bango Zhango is located in Limsa Lominsa at the main Atherite Crystal. This means you can use the aethernet, to quickly turn in leves to Bango and then aethernet right back up to the aftcastle and take out some more leves.
You are also going to find culinarian quests from the culinarian guild leader at levels 5, 10 and 15. Completing these quests provides gear upgrades and early tips for culinarians.
The majority of the material needed by a Culinarian in Levels 1-10 can be purchased directly from the NPC merchant in the Culinarian guild. The most efficient way to level 1-10 is to purchase all the needed materials up front, and craft the number of each sub-component needed as you go. This list is a work in progress, and will be double checked during the next beta phase, however you should purchase (Listed in order sold by the supplier):
- Maple Sap 5 (3 for Maple Sugar, 2 for Syrup. One syrup goes to the quest from your Guildmaster while the other is for the Jack’o'Lantern)
- Rock Salt 4
- Distilled Water 4
- Beehive Chip 3
- Rye 4
- Minerial Water 5
- Lowland Grapes 1
- Chicken Egg 1
- Buffalo Milk 3
- Cinnamon 1
- Aldgoat Milk 2
- Sunset Wheat 9
- Honey 0
- Garlean Garlic 2
- Marmot Meat 1
- Wild Onion 2
- La Noscean Orange 3
- Chanterelle 2
- Buffalo Beans 0
- Kukuru Bean 2
- Coerthas Carrot 1
- Mutton Loin 1
- Orge Pumpkin 1
- Galago Mint 1
- Cinderfoot Olive 0
- Dodo Tenderloin 0
- Ruby Tomato 0
- Black Pepper 0
- Mole Meat 0
- Cieldalaes Spinach
- Alpine Parsnip
- Allagan Snail 1
- Tree Toad 1
- Pipira 1
- Crimson Crayfish 1
- Maiden Carp 0
- Tiger Cod 0
- Rainbow Trout 1
- You will also need 1 Beeswax to finish your log. Get one from an Alchemist or the market (if available). Beeswax is a level 6 Alchemist ability, and should be fairly simple to acquire.
After you purchase this shopping list, you should craft one of each item in your crafting log, a few more than once. Craft one of each, except for the following:
- Table Salt x4
- Maple Syrup x5 (2 remain Maple Syrup. 1 for the Guildmaster’s quest, and three for:
- Maple Sap x3
- Sweet Cream x3
- Salted Butter x3
- Sunset Wheat x2
Doing these combines, you will get very close to level 10. If you are still in need of XP, I would suggest you do a guild leve or two before moving on to the 11-15 recipes.
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