FFXIV - Leveling Crafting/Tradecrafts with Repeatable Leves Guide

You can level slowly if you want, but you don't have to.

I love being a Culinarian in Final Fantasy XIV, but once I passed level 30 on solely making dishes I realized that simply grinding a craft is slow. Unfortunately there is not a lot to do about that but to take advantage of the wealth of tradecraft leves available to every Disciple of the Hand.

(There is a new 2.1 tradecraft leves guide explaining the changes to DoH leves and why they are better than ever, and why triple turn-ins are no longer the best.

Head on over to my FFXIV Guide List for updates on guide changes and a full list of guides, including standard tradecraft leve guides.)

Hold onto those leve allowances because you're going to need them!

Repeatable/triple turn-in leves are not the biggest fish in the sea when it comes to tradecraft leves anymore. The 2.1 patch brought higher rewards to all tradecraft leves but repeatables.

With the above said, they are still a very viable option for players who are low on allowances and are willing to put forth the extra effort to complete these types of leves.

Part of the reason triple turn-in leves were so powerful in 2.0 was because of the triple XP rewards on high quality turn-ins. This has been reduced to double rewards wth 2.1.

Using repeatable tradecraft leves

There are four things you need to keep in mind before running to your nearest levemete:

  1. Only a select few levequests are repeatable.
  2. Turning in high quality items gives 100% XP and gil rewards.
  3. You must make three times the amount requested.
  4. Repeatable leves are available at level 20.

What this means, is that ideally you want to pick up repeatables instead of standard leves, and you want to produce and turn in high quality items every time. A repeatable leve allows you to turn in the quest three times, with no diminishing gil or experience returns.

Let's do a quick comparison between a standard tradecraft leve and a repeatable, and whether the extra effort is worth it XP-wise:

Level 35 Armorer leve: A Tree Grew in Gridania

Normal quality: 42114 XP
High quality: 84228 XP

Level 35 triple turn-in Armorer leve: Flintstone Flight

Normal quality single: 19600 XP
Normal quality triple: 58800 XP

High quality single: 39200 XP
High quality triple: 117600 XP

Essentially what this means is the total XP from HQ turn-ins is 6 times the standard amount. The downside to that is triple turn-in leves did not have their reward increased along with their Constancy and Ingenuity (courier) counterparts.

Oh, and about shard usage..

Crafting uses shards, and no one wants to go gather or spend the gil on them. That's okay, because there is a random chance that at least one tradecraft leve at the levemete will give 40 or so shards per turn in. This also happens on some repeatable levequests!

While this is not entirely common on repeatables, it does happen frequently on regular crafting leves. Be sure to pay attention to shard rewards before taking a leve and don't be afraid to take them just because you could get 30 to 171 shards. The more shards, the merrier!

So how can you tell a leve is repeatable?

Those fancy cards shown at the top right of a levequest are just fluff, right? Nope!

The card shown on a leve indicates the type of task it will  have you do. Repeatable tradecraft leves don the Charity card seen here. I also made convenient go-to guides!

(Check out all of FFXIV guides in Ashley's Guide List for more guide things that may or may not be great.)

Published Sep. 20th 2013
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