Gathering Melding and Best in Slot Meldsets For FFXIV Dawntrail Patch 7.0

Last updated on Jul 01, 2024 at 23:55 by Shikhu 16 comments

This guide will cover the various endgame best in slot gathering meld sets you can consider for endgame DoL classes, depending on your goals, as well as advice on how to meld your gathering classes for specific purposes. There are also a number of relevant breakpoints that are listed and discussed.


Gathering Melding and BIS (Best-in-Slot) Meldsets For Dawntrail 7.0

Once you hit level 100, you will need to start looking into gearing your classes so you can gather from endgame legendary nodes.

Gathering works on fairly strict breakpoints, meaning you hit X stat and then get Y bonus with no benefit for any number in-between. That means you have to plan your melds carefully to get the benefits you want, but you can also save money and time by not having wasted melds that grant no benefit.

This means if you do not gather very often, you may simply only need scrip gear or cheap melds. However, if you want better yields, you will want to aim for better melds. Crafted gear is almost always better than scrip gear, even with cheap melds, but especially with heavy overmelding.


How to Farm Gathering Materia

The best way to farm grade XI and XII DoL materia is from spiritbonding. For lower grades, you will need to scrip farm, purchase from the market, or simply replace lower grades with the high-grade materia you have farmed from spiritbonding.


Patch 7.0 Dawntrail Gathering Meldsets

Below you will find our 2 main meldsets. High Tier and Mid Tier.

Much like other expansions, Dawntrail does not provide an even remotely decent option for a scrip/budget option. This is because the gear is class specific and only on the left side.

High Tier Meld Set Mid Tier Meld Set Budget Meld Set

High-Tier Gathering Melds for 7.0

This is our main "Best in Slot" set at the moment which with a left side that will last until 7.1 and a right side that can last until 7.3 (barring any minor adjustments to be optimal in future patches).

The best food options for this meldset are Nasi Goreng Icon Nasi Goreng for collectables, allowing you to perform the 1000GP collectable rotation while both Stuffed Peppers Icon Stuffed Peppers (5031/4991/970 with food) and Turali Pineapple Ponzecake Icon Turali Pineapple Ponzecake (5182/4912/938 with food) are both competitive for legendary nodes. Peppers provides more sustained yield while Ponzecake instead brings higher peaks especially with Revisit Icon Revisit both average out to be very similar.

Benefits Include:

  • Able to hit the all Node Bonuses on current Legendary nodes depending on food.
  • Futureproofed around minimum perceptions in future updates.
  • Hits the 25% Cap for Meticulous on all Orange Scrip collectables.
  • Enough GP to allow you to perform the 1000GP collectable rotation with Nasi.
  • Fishers can use this meld set for big fish in 7.1.


  • More expensive than the Mid Tier set.
  • Does not cap the 40% Intuition proc chance, instead favouring other collectable breakpoints.

Mid Tier Gathering Melds for 7.0

This is the mid tier gathering set for the Endgame gear offering lower stats and therefore less yield but having much easier melding. This is planned around having X overmelds (aside from a GP meld), cheaper overmelds in general and less overmelds to save even more gil while still hitting breakpoints.

Primarily focused on using Turali Pineapple Ponzecake Icon Turali Pineapple Ponzecake (4983/4919/855 with food) on legendary nodes. This set guts a lot of GP off, if you want the GP to be able to perform the 1000GP collectable rotation, you can meld a GP into all pieces aside from body, hands and head to then have enough GP with Nasi Goreng Icon Nasi Goreng + GP gained while hitting the node.

Benefits Include:

  • Caps Collectable Skills foodless.
  • Significantly cheaper than the high tier set, using a lot more lower grade materia.
  • Hits the 30% Boon node bonus with Ponzecake.
  • Able to hit the +2 Yield boon Bonus on current Legendary nodes with Ponzecake.
  • Room to add GP materia if you want the 1000GP collectable rotation.
  • Fishers can use this meld set for big fish in 7.1.


  • Unable to hit the +3 Yield node bonus.
  • Does not cap any Collectable procs.
  • Low GP to make the set cheaper which impacts yield.

Budget Gathering Gear Set for 7.0

At this current time there is no budget gathering set. This is because until 7.1 releases there is no way for us to know the minimum perception values of those nodes. Additionally, the scrip gear which is more commonly used as a budget set is currently class specific and has no off-hand or accessories which would need to be heavily melded.

To make the most out of your scrip set, you would need to meld every piece with perception and hope that it is enough although food may be needed.


Dawntrail Gathering Breakpoints

Breakpoints are the stat requirements to reach new benefits, this could be the ability to gather an item, specific node bonuses or even skill and collectable bonuses. They are vital to planning your melds out properly so that your stats are not wasted.

To know the breakpoints for a specific item, Check out my gathering calculator.

Some bonuses are actually hidden, hidden bonuses refer to the fact that the game will not tell you the requirements to hit the bonus and even when you do it will still state the old value. For example it may state 850GP gives +2 integrity on the 2 star nodes when in reality you would have the hidden 900GP requirement making it say it is giving you +2. It would otherwise say +1.


Legendary Node Breakpoints for patch 7.0 are:

  • BY2/BH2 Skill +2 - 4576 Gathering
  • BY2/BH2 Skill +3 - 5593 Gathering(Unobtainable)
  • Node bonus +1 Yield - 4754 Gathering
  • Node bonus +2 Yield - 4968 Gathering (Hidden)
  • Node bonus +3 Yield - 5181 Gathering (Hidden)
  • Minimum Perception - 4480 Perception
  • +30% Boon Node Bonus - 4907 Perception
  • Node bonus +1 Integrity - 930GP
  • Node bonus +2 Integrity - 960GP(Hidden)

Collectable Node Breakpoints for patch 7.0 are:

  • i690 Collectable Skills - 4717 Gathering & Perception
  • i700 Collectable Skills - 4831 Gathering & Perception
  • i690 Meticulous Proc Cap - 4965 Gathering
  • i700 Meticulous Proc Cap - 5085 Gathering
  • i690 Intuition Proc Cap - 4965 Perception
  • i700 Intuition Proc Cap - 5085 Perception
  • 1000GP Collectable Rotation - 982 GP + GP Gained from hitting the node.


  • 02 Jul. 2024: BIS for 7.0 added.
  • 26 Jun. 2024: Updated for Dawntrail.
  • 21 Jun. 2024: Added link to spiritbonding guide.
  • 17 May 2024: Added notes about using the scrip gear with Dawntrail so close.
  • 18 Feb. 2024: Added Final Big fish gathring requirement.
  • 18 Jun. 2023: Updated to 6.45's Splendorous tools.
  • 24 May 2023: Updated to 6.4.
  • 10 Mar. 2023: Added Splendorous Tools Advice.
  • 13 Jan. 2023: Updated for 6.3.
  • 09 Feb. 2022: Guide added.
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