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.)

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Ashley spends all her time playing games, cooking, and studying languages. It's a miracle she's not burned out on the whole thing after being a game addict since '89 (I'm old, deal with it). Classic annoying Sega kid, still hasn't let go of Sonic and prefers arcade-style games. Final Fantasy and SaGa rock whatever it is you like, chump.

Published Jul. 20th 2017
  • ilitsa kurono
    I made an account here specifically to thank you for these guides, without them, I doubt I would have ever found the little piece of love that I did in crafting (I fell in love with end game carpentry). So, thank you. I know these are over a year old now, but I, and I'm sure many others still reference back on them from time to time, and share these with our friends as well. You did some amazing work here, thank you again.
  • Kageneko622
    Now that I have an account I really wanted to say I love this and all your guides you've made Ashley. They have been extremely useful while leveling my crafting classes to 50. I have been using it for months and would just wanted to thank you for them and thank you for all the time it must have taken to compile all these :D. Im sure my self and seeming 68 thousand others are incredibly appreciative :3
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    Thanks so much for letting me know! c: Everyone has their own strategy for leveling their traderafts, but I stand by the leves method and just love the fact that the guides and stuff I've put out have been so helpful for so many (way more than 68k, truth be told!).

    Putting the basic repeatables lists up (the ones linked at the bottom of this one) and all of the subsequent stuff I've made on the subject has taken a lot of time, but I just love helping the community and don't want people who want to craft (but are discouraged by the leveling curve) to give up because of the time and money investment. Leves aren't necessarily easy, but they are definitely the least time-consuming option and having little goals along the way helps break up the tedium.

    But yeah, thanks a ton for letting me know these helped you so much. I know a great deal of the English-speaking FFXIV crafting community has used these to some extent, and getting comments like these just steel me to keep pushing forward. Thank you so much and so I'm happy to have helped you out! c:
  • Doctor Girlfriend_3129
    Don't forget that once you've joined a Grand Company and gotten promoted, there are Engineering pages available as well. I've used these while crafting the necessary items (pieces of leather, lumber, etc...) and have found the boost in experience they provide is a nice compliment to the repeatable levequests. They can be a little pricey though, so you'll have to do fates to earn company seals for purchasing them.
  • yeah right
    Dude, as far as this easy exp you claim to be getting. There's nothing easy about it. The time it takes you to do all the shit it takes to even have an attempt to HQ the items, you could have leveled it through the charts a lot easier.
  • MacDuyver
    This is awesome! I was trying to figure out the best way to grind this out. My only confusion is, when do you do X level repeatable? As in, when would you say, do a level 20 quest? Level 25? It seems reasonably hard to get an HQ if you're either at the level or under it!
  • seira_5476
    what i ve doing is doing one level set below me.. lvl 20 doing lvl 15 leves.. even though there is a gap, u make the HQ super fast / relatevely easy, and the amount of xp u get make u lvl up pretty fast, defenetly faster than regular quality on ur level..

    i do 1st my log and then leve that way :)
  • Dan_2679
    Missing fishing, yes i know, fishing isn't crafting, but fishing does have the fabled triple turn-ins so i think you should include it.

    edit: nvm just saw you made a separate guide for it =D
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    ;D It was requested by a few people and took the liberty to work one up for fishing as well. A full leve list for fishers will be coming this weekend!
  • Dan_3708
    Will you marry me Ashley Shankle?
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    I'm sorry, but my Dreamcast and I have just celebrated our 14th anniversary. Maybe if he breaks down, but until then you're out of luck.
  • Musely_4084
    Do you think you can take a look at Fishing leves too? They work much like the DoH leves and do have repeatable ones. :)
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    I am indeed working on that! My two current projects are Fisher and Botany leves (as well as fishing tackle levels, type, etc.). :) Expect those in a few days to a week.
  • Vyne_4758
    IMO the 3x turn in leves are only useful if you're hurting for leve allotments. These 3x turn ins can often cost 3x to make compared to a 1x turn in since you actually have to make and HQ three vs 1. ESPECIALLY for something expensive like Weaver.

    Example: Levequest asks you to make 1x linen chausses vs asking you to make 3 linen caps of gathering (just an example). Say that they use the same materials to craft, for a total of 6000g per synth (they don't, but for argument's sake let's say they do). Let's say they both award a base of 30k experience. Turning in 3 caps will give you ~90k experience. Turning in 1 linen chausses will also give you ~90k experience. It cost you 18,000g to make the linen caps vs 6000g to make the chausses. Yes, you can turn in additional Linen caps (3 at a time) on the same leve to save your leve allotments, but each turn in is costing you an additional 18,000g each time.

    If you have no issues with leve allotments, stick with the ~90k XP from the single HQ turn in at 6k a pop.
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    I like both methods, myself, depending on the situation. I prefer repeatables when aiming for SEVERAL levels, whereas I prefer to do singles for XP boosts. (Then again, my primary tradecraft is Culinarian and it doesn't get anywhere near as expensive to do mass leves as it does with something like Weaver or Armorer.)

    This is very good advice, though. Thank you for your comment. :) This is something I personally will keep in mind when moving toward a gear-crafting tradecraft and something I feel others should keep in mind as well.
  • zef_7981
    Please skim over all the recipes, some are wrong on the amount on the items needed and some are dups. Example are under GSM lvl45 you have posted the item twice when the one in Ul'dah ask for something different and GSM lvl 40 Coerthas one you have the number switched. The last one have been seen more then once so I don't know if there anymore typos then what I mentioned.
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    Whoops! I'll go through in a little while and fix them all up. Thanks for the heads up. :) A lot of the data I compiled I had to get from friends, so some wasn't 100% on the spot. Plus, typos from manually typing it all up. Thanks again!
  • Hecky_6595
    I dont really understand, i been doing leves but never the x3 once, i thought they gave much less for the effort? if it says x3 leathers for 7000 exp or x1 gloves for 8500 exp isnt the latest the better? or do i actuallt get 7000 exp x3 on turn-in?
  • zef_7981
    These leves will ask if you would want to turn in more after you turn in the required amount. This will get you the reward up to 3x for a single leve allowance. The others will only allow you to turn them in once and that it. To get the same amount these will get you, you have to spend 3 leve allowance. With the allowance being given 3 per 12 hours, you will get far less exp for doing the 1x turn in leves then what you would get for the 3x turn in ones.
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    zef answered pretty well, but I'll throw my own 2 cents in too.

    There are two types of tradecraft leves: Those that you can turn in once, and those you can turn in three times on one leve allowance.

    What we're focusing on here is the 3x (or repeatable) leves.

    Let's say you pick one up for.. acorn cookies. Theoretically, we'll say its base is around 10000 XP per turn in. If you turn in high quality cookies instead of standard, you will receive double that (20000 XP).

    Additionally, with each turn in, you will receive a completion bonus that is often double (or equal to, I need to double check this because I haven't paid the bonus much mind) the reward amount. So on one turn in (out of three in a repeatable) in this scenario, will net you 40000 XP. Then you turn in the cookies two more times on the same leve for a total of 120000 XP. (40000 x 3)

    (Edited because I can't into numbers when talking on the phone.)

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