Being a Carpenter in FFXIV revolves around crafting, using many wooden items and more to make the likes of polearms, wooden shields, furniture, crafting tools, and much more. This FFXIV Carpenter guide will offer a wealth of information on how leveling the crafting class works.
One of the most attractive things about the class is that it can work with other classes with what is created. So you can craft bows for Archers and Bards, or staffs and canes for Conjurers and White Mages. You can also make logs for Disciples of Hand or even fishing rods to be used. Meanwhile, the rest of this guide will cover the following:
- Early FFXIV Carpenter Leveling
- Leveling From 20 to 30
- Leveling From 30 to 50
- Leveling Past 50
- Post 60 Leveling
Without further ado, let’s get into how exactly to level up as a Carpenter.
Early FFXIV Carpenter Leveling
To start your leveling journey, you should first look into the Company-issue Engineering Scroll so that you can then craft items that you haven’t made before. This should help get you to level 15 at a faster rate. You will have a couple of quests to contend with from here, with the level 1 task known as My First Saw, where you’ll need to make Maple Lumber. At level 5, you will reach the To Be the Wood in which you craft Square Maple Shields. At level 10, you get the class quest Supplies for the Sick, where you need to make Ash Lumber with Ash Logs and a wind Shard.
As you have probably guessed by now, your leveling will revolve predominantly by questing with this method. You have probably hit level 20 during this time, so The Lance’s Lesson is the next class quest. You will need to have either unlocked Materia melding from the level 19 quest Waking the Spirit, or you will need to make use of the Materia Melder NPC. There will also be levequests at this point, so go through Driving Up the Wall and Bowing to Necessity, in which you will need to craft Elm Lumber with a Wind Shard and Elm Logs for the former.
Leveling From 20 to 30
For the next ten levels, we will start with A Crisis of Confidence, where you will be required to make HQ Walnut Lumber with Wind Shards and Walnut Logs. Keep an eye on your gear and try and progress a few more levels before trying this out. HQ components can help but can be hard to get your hands on. It is easier to craft these items from level 21 when you get the Great Strides skill.
At level 30, you will have the Between Captain and Conjurer quests, where you will need the HQ Walnut Cane. For this, grab three Wind Shards, plus two Ice Shards, a Walnut Lumber, and a Growth Formula Beta. Once you are at this point, you will receive a levequest called Armoires of the Rich and Famous you will need Walnut Lumber for. At this stage, you will want to look into the Storm of Swords to craft them for Gladiators and Paladins so that you can synthesize Elm Macuahuitl.
Leveling From 30 to 50
Once you’ve hit level 30, the next quest you will take on is Growing Apart, where you need to bring an HQ Oak Longbow with you, so get Wind Shards, Ice Shards, Oak Branches, one each of Oak Lumber, Steel Ingot, and Linen Yarn. You will also want to get yourself an HQ Oak Composite Bow to keep progressing in your class before hitting level 37, where you can use the Brand of Wind to make items using wind affinity. As for levequests here, Flintstone Fight, Grippy When Wet, and Stay on Target are the best to do, with the last one offering great rewards – though you will need a Yarzonshell Harpoon to complete it.
By level 45, you will have Gone till the Sixth Astral Moon as your Carpenter quest, where you need to synthesize three HQ items. From a levequest perspective, focus on Spin it Like You Mean It, where you need Mahogany Spinning Wheels, or go for the Arsenal of Theocracy option to craft a Cobalt Halberd.
Once we are at level 50, you will embark on the Saving Captain Gairhard class quest, where you will need to turn in Rosewood Lumber and the Crab Bow, with the latter needing to be imbued with Savage Aim Materia III. The best levequest here is You Do the Heavy Lifting as Mahogany Lumber is required, though Bowing to Great Power and Clogs of War are also effective.
Leveling Past 50
Having reached the 50 mark, you would typically be at the endgame point, though updates to the game made it so that the level cap was raised for you to progress further. Some would argue that this point has faster leveling than before 50, and though the focus has been class quests and levequests so far, let’s take a look at some other options you can use at this point.
For example, the Moogles Beast Tribe Quests can be a cost-effective and straightforward way to gain experience for your Carpenter. You can get from 50 to 60 without spending all of your Gil, though accessing them in the first place requires you to complete a large chain of quests. There are 20 in total, and though they aren’t complicated, they are just so many of them to be completed.
You can also look into collectible synthesis to gain XP, though you will need to have finished the Inscrutable Tastes quest. Once you have finished it and gained access to Rowena’s House of Splendors, you will get a list of 20 items each day to be found in return for Gil and that valuable experience you are looking for. You also receive Scrips, which you can trade for handy items too.
Post 60 Leveling
Past the 60 mark leaves us less to do where Beast Tribe dailies are concerned. You will now have Namazu Daily Quests at this time. Next, you can get started with the Courage the Cowardly Lupin chain, eventually leading to Something Fishy This Way Comes.
You could also opt for turning in collectibles at this point too. For example, you have M’Naago Custom Deliveries that you can unlock. This works similarly to Rowena’s that we mentioned earlier, but you will need to finish the None Forgotten, None Forsaken quest this time.
Hopefully, this FFXIV Carpenter guide has given you a bit more of an idea of how the leveling progression works and the best way to go about it. The crafting plays a huge instrumental part in how effective it is, so read up on your ingredients and get crafting, and you will find yourself maxing out levels in no time.