Friday, September 7, 2018

Final Fantasy XIV - Crafted Gear Comparative Spreadsheet

The crafted gear progression for Final Fantasy XIV can be pretty tedious to make out, especially if you are progressing multiple crafting classes. I've compiled a simple spreadsheet with some of the early game crafted gear (at the moment, it is up to what recipes free-to-play players can acquire).

You can make a copy and sort it however you want, but at the moment it is sorted by:
  • Slot
    • Shields are a separate category from other Secondary slot items
  • Type
    • Including Class, but also special categories when many classes can use the same item. See the notes at the top of the spreadsheet.
  • User Level
    • Not necessarily at what level the item can be crafted or at what level the recipe is acquired.
If you run a lot of dungeons you may acquire Aetherial or Unique Untradable gear that has no Materia Slots but better stats compared to what crafted gear you can wear at a comparable level.

For Armor usable by Warriors, it is worthwhile to compare what you can get from a different class. For example, Level 30 Steel Cuirass usable by tanks, compared to Level 32 Steel Scale Mail usable by tanks as well as Lancers and Dragoons. At just two levels difference you'll get superior stats with Steel Scale Mail, meaning instead of slotting materia in two suits you can focus on one suit.

Also around level 35 start looking for leves with items that can be repaired into Vintage gear that has the curious advantage of having one additional materia slot more than normal.

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