Expert Crafting in FFXIV
Expert crafting in FFXIV is a more difficult type of crafting that players may experience at endgame. This guide will explain what expert crafting is, their various conditions and how best to tackle these difficult crafts.
What is FFXIV's Expert Crafting?
Expert crafting in FFXIV is a more difficult type of crafting with a focus on manually crafting your items instead of macro crafting. These crafts have much higher progress and quality values than normal as well as a range of new conditions which you are expected to react to while manually crafting.
Making the most out of these conditions will be what gives you success. Expert crafts do take time to learn and it can take hours to fully understand.
Expert crafts also remove the Excellent and Poor conditions leaving you with the following:
- Centered allows you to increase the success of RNG skills by 25% such as .
- Sturdy reduces the loss of durability by 50% for your next action.
- Pliant reduces CP cost of your next action by 50%.
- Malleable increases progress by 1.5x.
- Primed makes your next buff last two more steps such as .
- Good works just like normal, increases quality by 1.5x
- Good Omen guarantees that your next step will be a Good allowing you to better utilise it.
Each condition has a roughly 10-15% chance of appearing on any step but different crafts will have different conditions available. Right click(or press square) on an expert craft and select "Potential Conditions List" for a list of what conditions that craft has available.
Endwalker Expert Crafts
Endwalker currently has three sets of three expert crafts available. That being the "Water Otter" sets". The first and third sets are used to build a landmark on your Island Sanctuary. The second set is used to craft awhich is an outdoor furnishing with the same design as a landmark you can set on your island.
Each craft has 3 crafters available to craft that item making it easy to divide your specialists up.
Increasing your Reliability With Expert Crafting
When you first begin to expert craft you may find that your reliability on these items has room for further improvement. Here is some general advice on how to improve your expert crafting reliability:
- Practice makes perfect. It took many experienced crafters days to fully get a hang of the system when it released so it may just take you time to build up experience, especially if you have spent your crafting career macro crafting everything.
- Make sure you are crafting on a specialist. This gives you extra stats and new skills to help improve your chances of a successful expert craft.
- Have 's available to use for your specialist skills.
- Have HQ food and potions at the ready. These generally want to be food that buffs your control and CP as well as a CP potion. You may find that craftmanship food works better for you. It can depend on your stats.
- Use the in game trial synthesis. Expert crafting can be painful when you fail crafts seemingly out of your control. Trial synthesis will help you get practice in before materials are lost saving you gil.
- On your first chances to. Make a note of the quality gained from with buffs and also with a good condition so that you know if you need to fish for a good at the end of your craft or not.
Crafting your Expert Crafts
Below you will find each of the three main stages of expert crafting. Opener, Quality and Finisher. Click on the relevant section to learn more.
Opening Phase for Expert Crafting
This guide will focus on opening withwhich allows you to quit early if a craft goes badly. The goal with this phase is to be 1-2 reliable skills away from finishing the craft with . Bad luck can ruin this so if at least one occurs under 's buff you can still recover later.
Start your craft withand apply unless a condition you can benefit from appears. You want to limit how many skills you use so that the buff does not expire.
|Centered, Sturdy or Normal
|Just use. Nice and simple.
|Check the calculations tab or useto ensure you do not finish the craft early. After that use .
|Pliant and Primed
|Use Pliant than it isPrimed.if possible unless is close to wearing off. If so use . It is better to use on
|or if you need to. Otherwise or .
|Good Omen simply allows you to prepare for a Otherwise or .generally speaking,
Keep repeating until Malleable conditions later in the craft.runs out. You can make up for any missing progress with
Here is an example of the opener:
Quality Phase for Expert Crafting
In this phase the aim is to get to 10 stacks of Inner Quiet as quickly and as efficiently as possible so that the majority of your CP can be used in the final phase.
To start with, if you did not useand your durability is lower than you feel comfortable with then apply now. Some people may not feel comfortable with less than 20 durability while others may be okay with 10, it is entirely up to preference and experience.
You may also want to usenow so that you can benefit on normal conditions during this phase.
is going to be your main action but you may consider
if you are
low on durability or if you have a lot of IQ stacks.
You can also use your free or from .
|If you still need progress, go for. If not just treat it as a Normal condition.
|You can use
and combo into and if you get very lucky.
It is essentially a
cheaper . The other option is so that you can slowly gain back durability over time.
|You want to use this for your big CP skills.is the go to or if you have the durability to spare. Otherwise just treat it as a Normal condition.
|if you do not have any stacks remaining, is also a really good skill to use here.
|is generally the best option but if you have low CP or feel like you need more then you can use .
|Good next step. Late craft you may also want a to then roll into or even for a large amount of quality.and just treat things as a normal skill if early in the craft especially if you plan on following up with a , otherwise you could prepare buffs such as to gain more out of the
Once you reach 10 stacks of Inner Quiet, you want to progress to the final phase.
Finisher Phase for Expert Crafting
Once you have 10 stacks of Inner Quiet you can move to the Finisher phase. This will involve you using all of your remaining CP to gain the majority of your quality and then apply buffs to finish the craft.
As a general rule keep 106CP and 25 durability to the side to end the craft. the full amounts you need may vary such as needing only 99CP if you can end the craft with aor needing 35 durability if it will take you two synthesis skills to end a craft.
In this stage, Good Omen is incredibly useful to allow you to plan ahead by buffing skills pre-emptively or even giving you extra touches under because you do not need to into combo you can use any touch and then
To use up the remainder of your CP you want to apply Good, Pliant and Sturdy procs such as in the below example.if it is not already on and then either spam if you have a lot of CP but not a lot of durability. Or you can combo two lots of → which is a really powerful combination and also allows you to fish for
Some examples of adjustments you may want to make are:
Once you are down to the CP you left to the side. You can end with something such as the example below which also usesand to fish for a good proc.
- 28 May 2023: Updated to 6.4.
- 23 Mar. 2023: Guide added.
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