Stormblood: Crafting

Stormblood: Crafting

With nearly my third craft at level 70, I’d like to discuss my thoughts on crafting in Stormblood!

From A Realm Reborn to Heavensward

I picked up crafting in A Realm Reborn probably around 2.2. My fears of it being anything like the mess that crafting was in the 1.x era were unfounded. Sure there was plenty of complexity–but almost all of it was blown away by stats and knowing what your abilities did. Seemed a whole lot like the battle system in FFXIV! Sure it can be overwhelming at first, but everything has its place and flow. It was very nice.

Then the Heavensward nation attacked. With this we started our new crafts with the same or higher requirements as the top-tier crafts were at the end of ARR. It was insane! No longer could you expect to macro something and get away with decent quality. This paved the way for actual crafting rotations by the end of Heavensward. Oh, you wanted to do something else today? Too bad you just got a request for like fifty pieces of 4-star food!

I bit my tongue and hoped for the best. At the very least, I wanted to continue to be useful to my wife, my friends, my raid, and my Free Company.

Enter Stormblood

The first thing I did was check for new crafts and their difficulty level… and oh, happy day! The level 51 crafts are virtually all easier than 1-star synths back in Heavensward! This means they’re going to be alright for even modestly geared crafters to dig into. One thing I especially appreciate about crafting here thus far is: there’s nothing I can’t do yet with my nearly full Ironworks set. I wasn’t BiS crafter or anything in Heavensward, but I had enough stats to make 4-star crafts at least. That hard work paid off quite thoroughly!

Leveling in Stormblood

This is going to sound like a lot of old, repeated advice from the sages but I made a few dumb mistakes along the way thus far. So listen up! For ease of leveling: always do your GC turn-ins. Especially if they’re the gold star for bonus EXP. This is usually a tremendous return for minimal cost.

Second: to start out, go gather a ton of raw materials. If you have the time, literally gather them. If you have the money, buy them. Pick up the EXP books from red scrips and craft these and either keep for leves later or sell them now. This will be a great source of EXP throughout your leveling process. It’ll conserve leves, and it’ll also net a pretty good penny in your purse. The ROI is huge this early in the expansion–go get ’em!

Unfortunately there are no “simple” scrip turn-ins like Heavensward had at 56. However, one thing that really excites me is: you can’t buy the quest objective items. You HAVE to craft them–but they GIVE you the materials! This saves a huge penny of gil and honestly the crafting process is super easy.

Overall though I’m excited for this now! Getting into crafting is easy, the new abilities are amazing–and it seems the ceiling is going to still be quite high! Maybe even without a ton of unnecessary button bloat? I’d like to be able to craft for friends and still get my daily tasks done, after all hahaha. We’ll see what happens!!

Macros!

Now… remember, I have around 995 Craftsmanship, 955 Control, and with food 426+ CP. You’ll need at least the 426 CP, but I can’t be sure if the requirements for the craftsmanship and control are any lower or not.

These macros have made my life so much easier within Stormblood. Even with NQ materials my HQ rate is nearly always 100%–or at least high enough to not fret over it. The bonus EXP from that much rate is stellar, too! Without further ado…

Cross-Class Skills:
Comfort Zone (ALC)
Steady Hand II (CUL)
Waste Not II (LTW)
Manipulation (GSM)
Ingenuity (BSM)
Byregot’s Blessing (CRP)
Careful Synthesis II (WVR)

Macro 1 (START):

/ac "Comfort Zone" <wait.2>
/ac "Inner Quiet" <wait.2>
/ac "Steady Hand II" <wait.2>
/ac "Waste Not II" <wait.2>
/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Manipulation" <wait.2>
/ac "Steady Hand II" <wait.2>
/echo Finish: (40 - 2) / (80 - 3) / (Hard - 4) <se.10>

As Precise Touch only procs when the condition is Good or Excellent, this will allow the macro to use it instead of Basic Touch when available. They share success rate and CP cost–only Precise Touch increases Inner Quiet stack by 2 as opposed to 1. Literally no loss here!

Macro 2 (35/40 Finish):

/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Great Strides" <wait.2>
/ac "Ingenuity" <wait.2>
/ac "Byregot's Blessing" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis II" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis II" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis II" <wait.3>
/echo Craft Complete! <se.1>

It’s pretty super to have a macro that completes things at a fairly high rate without Hasty Touch! Generally with full NQ materials I was seeing anywhere from 70% to full 100% HQ rate here. This is perfect for spamming material crafts for decent gil income and EXP.

Macro 3 (75/80 Finish):

/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Great Strides" <wait.2>
/ac "Byregot's Blessing" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis II" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis II" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis II" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis II" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis II"
/echo Craft Complete! <se.1>

Very similar to the end of 35/40 synthesis, but we need a bit more oomph for the completion. This’ll net around the same HQ rating with NQ materials which is nice–but I’ve no doubt there are better choices out there for making your endgame gear!

Macro 4 (Lv68/Lv70 Quest Finishers):

/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Precise Touch"
/ac "Basic Touch" <wait.3>
/ac "Great Strides" <wait.2>
/ac "Byregot's Blessing" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis III" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis III" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis III" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis III" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis III" <wait.3>
/ac "Careful Synthesis III"
/echo Craft Complete! <se.1>

I was unable to complete the crafts for my lv68 and lv70 quests with the normal 75/80 finisher, so I adapted it to this. Works splendidly–and by that time you’ll have Careful Synthesis III anyway. Mind you, shifting to six uses of CS3 and losing one BT/PT does cost us 24 more CP. This means for handling it this way you would need at least 450 CP which is hella costly. Just putting down what works for me until the simulators are back up and I can tinker for free!

I hope these help out someone out there… happy adventure-crafting!

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