FFXIV Armorsmith Leveling Guide L1 to 80 | 5.3 ShB Updated

Shadowbringers Updated! “How bad can it be?” Armorer power leveling to 80! ARM Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

MIN & BTN Leveling Guides updated. Other notes...

Botanist Leveling to 90, as well as Miner Leveling to 90 are updated for the Endwalker tier. Older tiers needs some fixing, although I modernized what I could quickly – I placed the important notes on the top of the aforementioned guides reflecting the major things that you need to take note of.

I will post a personal update soon, for those that are curious…

SuitIng up for Shadowbringers?
ARMorsmith leveling 70 to 80!

ShB 5.3 UPDATED! Dwarf Beast Tribe and Ehll Tou

Recent Update Log

5.3 Updates

  • Dwarf Beast Tribe quests added in ShB tier as a notable EXP source.
  • Ehll Tou added as Custom Delivery client option.

Previous updates

  • Kai Shirr added as Custom Delivery client option in ShB tier.
  • L70 to L80 section essentially revamped: New Skills & Rotations! 5.2ish was a clusterF. Skills changed TWICE in a short span of time. All is well now!
  • L70+ Gear recommendation:  Yellow Scrip gear is now recommended, for a number of reasons (Mainly, barely need stats for 70 to 80 leveling)

If you’ve been here before and need quick navigation:
ARM Leveling Guide – Navigation: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50]
[50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70] | [70-80]

Tired of getting beat up and decided to make your own armor, huh? Let this Armorsmith Leveling Guide help you find your way! Hopefully, your journey to 70 won’t leave you with dents!

First page is very long – but you can use our quick scroll to: Basics | Leveling begins!

Before you begin…

Where is the Armorsmiths’ Guild? How to become an Armorsmith?
You can become an Armorsmith by visiting the Armorsmiths’ Guild in Limsa. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – you’re good to start hammerin’!

Ok, so we’re in the middle of updating ALL crafting guides –
We recommend the use of a few guides during your leveling process,
in varied current state of usefulness:

Armorsmith Levequests List: A table featuring all levequests for ARM 01 to 50.

Crafting General Leveling Tips: This guide was made back right after beta. It’s not updated, but it’s missing two key features: Ixal and Challenge Log. (Old but still useful)

Crafting Gear Guide: is still useful, but written a long time ago. It’s messy but contains a great table as to when you can and should update core pieces. (Old guide, kinda messy)

Armorsmith Class Quest Item Reference:

ARM 01: Bronze Ingot
ARM 05: 3x Bronze Hoplons
ARM 10: 12x Bronze Plate
ARM 15: Decorated Bronze Barbut, Bronze Buckler
ARM 20: Iron Hoplon (Materia-Enhanced)
ARM 25: (HQ) Steel Ingot
ARM 30: (HQ) Steel Chainmail
ARM 35: (HQ) Steel Frypan
ARM 40: (HQ) Mythril Cuirass
ARM 45: (All HQ) Mythril-plated Caligae, Reinforced Mythril Elmo, Mythril Sollerets
ARM 50: (HQ) Cobalt Haubergeon (Melded with: Heaven’s Eye III Materia)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Armorsmith class quests at once. 50 to 60 is found in that segment of the guide.

How to use this guide?

Each listed tier has some self-explanatory sections such as:

  • Next class quest Item required.
  • Relevant Armorsmith levequest locations.
  • ARM Levequests items discussion (tier specific).

We will be using a few amount of ‘codes’ here to make your life easier, as long as you understand them.

  • [H] : HOMETOWN, which in ARMs case is Limsa.
  • [L] : LOCAL levemete. This changes every tier.
  • [C] : COURIER LEVE. From [H] to [L].
  • [RC] : REVERSE COURIER. From [L] to [H].
  • [R] : REPEATABLE , or a “Triple”.

Basic [H] and [L] leves are the BASELINE for value. [C] and [RC] give more than the basics, but require travel time. [R] gives the most of all, but is a massive time and material sink.

In this guide, I will try to recommend the best levequest for each type.

Useful links to have open: ARM Leves List | DoH Gear Guide


Ixal Beast Tribe Daily Quests: Bonus Crafting/DoH EXP !

Putting it here to remind or notify you that such a thing exists, but:

I SUGGEST USING THESE ON CRAFTERS L15+ (use on low level if forced)
Since the early levels are quite easy. (But you can unlock it asap)

Starting Quest: A Bad Bladder
NPC & Location: Scarlet at New Gridania (9, 11)
Prerequisite MSQ: Pursuit of the Past

These dailies are best used to push past “bad tiers”, or simply on your highest level non 50 crafter. I suppose you can also use them on crafting classes which are lagging behind for one reason or the other.

If you’re super fresh and have all low level crafters, and happen to unlock it early – you CAN do them now. While I don’t recommend it, I suppose it’s better than them just disappearing!

Armorsmithing 0 to 5: The beginning!

[H] 1x Bronze Skillet: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[C] 3x Bronze Plate: Recommended due to large EXP.
[RC] 1x Bronze Alembic: Recommended due to large EXP.

“What is the Courier, Reverse Courier Cycle?”
A courier levequest starts from your Hometown (in ARMs case: Limsa) and ends in the local levemete (in this tiers case Red Rooster Stead). The idea is to get, complete, get, complete in a circle to maximize the EXP of your travel time.

So ARM 01 tier – it’s getting the quest from Limsa to submit 3x Bronze Plate in Red Rooster Stead, then taking the reverse courier quest from Red Rooster Stead and then submitting 1x Bronze Alembic in Limsa. This is one of the best ways to get out of the early tiers.

“How do I get to Red Rooster Stead!?”
It’s a non-aetheryte town outside Limsa. Just click on the Limsa Aetheryte, choose Tempest Gate (Lower La Noscea) then walk towards Red Rooster .

The other way to spend leves in these low tiers is to “spam the best single leve”. In this tiers case, is to buy materials from the ARM supplier and craft>submit Bronze Rivets in Limsa.

ARM is a bit special… You can begin your early levels (and subsequently the beginning of every tier) by crafting as many Bronze Ingot/Rings/Rivets and Plates as soon as they’re available to craft. Even quick synthing 20-99 of each shouldn’t be too expensive. This method is great to preserve your much needed levequests and should be taken advantage of in this early phase (for a tiny trade off in gil). In case you’ll ignore this little section, don’t worry – I’ll be sure to repeat myself in future tiers, hehe.

Like I said, you can do this much easier/lazier if you buy completed Bronze Ingots from Limsa Lower Decks (8,11).

Armorsmith 05 to 10

All levequest items below have 100% NPC Buyable Materials.

[H] 1x Bronze Barbut: Unnotable.
[H] 1x Bronze Haubergeon: Unnotable.
[C] 1x Bronze Sallet: Recommended.
[RC] 1x Bronze Chain Coif: Recommended.
[L] Bronze Scutum: Unnotable.
[L] Bronze Sollerets: Recommended.

Again, reminding you about my comment about Ingots/Rings/Rivets/Plates from previous tier.

Courier  <-> Reverse Courier cycle: Nothing noteworthy here, again, the mats are all obtainable from ARM supplier.

Or the best single: While the cost between the choices on singles is irrelevant, Bronze Sollerets win in the least hassle department.

Armorsmith 10 to 15

All levequest items below have 100% NPC Buyable Materials.

[H] 1x Iron Skillet: Unnotable
[H] 1x Bronze Plate Belt: Unnotable
[C] 1x Bronze Sabatons: Recommended.
[RC] 1x Bronze Gauntlets: Recommended.
[L] 1x Brass Alembic: Unnotable
[L] 1x Amateur’s Skillet: Recommended.

Again, reminding you about my comment about Ingots/Rings/Rivets/Plates from previous tier.

Courier  <-> Reverse Courier cycle: Nothing notable about the items here… Both of them have materials that are available from the ARM Supplier.

Or the best single: Amateur’s Skillet is the easiest to craft and least hassle amongst the bunch here. While it doesn’t really matter which single you choose here, Skillet definitely wins by a few inches.

Summary of this chunk

Courier / Reverse Courier is best in early tiers

Level 1: Bronze Plate [Limsa] / Bronze Alembic [Red Rooster Stead] Level 5: Bronze Sallet [Limsa] / Bronze Chain Coif [Red Rooster Stead] Level 10:  Bronze Sabatons [Limsa] / Bronze Gauntlets [Swiftperch]

Of course, we also can recommend the best singles:

ARM 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Skillet
ARM 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Barbut
ARM 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Iron Skillet

ARM Leveling Guide – Navigation: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50]
[50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70] | [70-80]

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FFXIV Armorsmith Levequests (Complete List)

All Armorsmith Levequests Information. ARM Levequest locations, leve items needed – and more!

Hey guys! Here is a listing of ALL ARMORSMITH LEVEQUESTS. If you’re reading this – you’re going to want to open our Armorer Leveling Guide!


Alchemist Leves level 20 and above marked with means they are triple turn ins, while S is a single turn in. Submitting High-quality Armorsmith crafted items give DOUBLE EXP REWARDS

1Ain't Got No IngotsBronze Ingot3SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
1Skillet LaborBronze Skillet1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
1Eyes Bigger than the PlateBronze Plate3SLimsa LominsaRed Rooster Stead
1Don't Hit Me One More TimeBronze Hoplon1SRed Rooster SteadRed Rooster Stead
1The Alloyed TruthBronze Rivets1SRed Rooster SteadRed Rooster Stead
1Distill It YourselfBronze Alembic1SRed Rooster SteadLimsa Lominsa
5Headbangers' ThrallBronze Barbut1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
5You've Got MailBronze Haubergeon1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
5Bronzed and BurntBronze Sallet3SLimsa LominsaRed Rooster Stead
5Rodents of Unusual SizeBronze Sollerets1SRed Rooster SteadRed Rooster Stead
5Strait Ain't the GateBronze Scutum1SRed Rooster SteadRed Rooster Stead
5Get into Their HeadsBronze Chain Coif1SRed Rooster SteadLimsa Lominsa
10All Ovo ThatIron Skillet1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
10Waist Not, Want NotBronze Plate Belt1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
10Greavous LossesBronze Sabatons3SLimsa LominsaSwiftperch
10Cook IntentionsAmateur's Skillet1SSwiftperchSwiftperch
10Still the BestBrass Alembic1SSwiftperchSwiftperch
10Stadium EnvyBronze Gauntlets1SSwiftperchLimsa Lominsa
15Cover GirlDecorated Bronze Barbut1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
15Fashion WeakIron Cuirass1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
15Kiss the Pan (Good-bye)Initiate's Skillet3SLimsa LominsaAleport
15A Firm HandIron Gauntlets1SAleportAleport
15A Well-rounded CrewIron Hoplon1SAleportAleport
15Still Crazy After All These YearsInitiate's Alembic1SAleportLimsa Lominsa
20Get Me the Hard StuffIronclad Bronze Buckler3/9TLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
20Night SquawkerIron Lantern Shield1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
20246 Kinds of CheeseIron Frypan1SLimsa LominsaQuarrymill
20I was a Teenage WailerIron Alembic1SQuarrymillQuarrymill
20No Hand-me-downsIron Vambraces1SQuarrymillQuarrymill
20Not Enough HeadroomIron Celata3/9TQuarrymillQuarrymill
25Ingot We TrustSteel Ingot1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
25Tisket TassetSteel Tassets3/9TLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
25A Leg to Stand OnHeavy Iron Flanchard1SLimsa LominsaQuarrymill
25Get ShirtySteel Chainmail3/9TQuarrymillQuarrymill
25Hot for TeacherHeavy Iron Armor1SQuarrymillQuarrymill
25Need for MeadConical Alembic1SQuarrymillQuarrymill
30Aurochs StarBull Hoplon1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
30Romper StomperSteel-plated Jackboots3/9TLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
30Eyes on a Hard BodyDecorated Buckler1SLimsa LominsaCosta del Sol
30Kitty Get your HelmSteel Elmo1SCosta del SolCosta del Sol
30Skillet ScandalWhite Skillet1SCosta del SolCosta del Sol
30They've Got LegsSteel Sabatons3/9TCosta del SolCosta del Sol
35Get Me the UsualHeavy Steel Flanchard3/9TLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
35Hollow HallmarksMythril Ingot1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
35Very Slow ArrayMythril Plate1SLimsa LominsaObservatorium
35I've Got You Under My SkinSteel-plated Caligae3/9TObservatoriumObservatorium
35Skillet to the StarsSteel Frypan1SObservatoriumObservatorium
35War is a Pain in the BackMythril Plate Belt1SObservatoriumObservatorium
40Distill and Know that I'm RightMythril Alembic3/9TLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
40Everybody Cut FootlooseMythril-plated Jackboots1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
40Liquid PersuasionMythril Chain Coif1SLimsa LominsaWhitebrim Front
40Employee RetentionMythril Elmo3/9TWhitebrim FrontWhitebrim Front
40Family SecretsMythril Barbut1SWhitebrim FrontWhitebrim Front
40Metal FatigueMythril Vambraces1SWhitebrim FrontWhitebrim Front
45Cobalt AforethoughtCobalt Plate1SLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
45Some Dragoons have all the LuckHigh Mythril Armor3/9TLimsa LominsaLimsa Lominsa
45Feasting the Night AwayHells' Kitchen1SLimsa LominsaSt. Coinach's Find
45Booty CallCobalt-plated Jackboots1SSt. Coinach's FindSt. Coinach's Find
45Dealing with the Tough StuffCobalt Ingot3/9TSt. Coinach's FindSt. Coinach's Find
45Parasitic WinCobalt-plated Caligae1SSt. Coinach's FindSt. Coinach's Find
50Don't Scuttle with ScutaMythrite Scutum2/6TFoundationFoundation
50Rivets Run Through ItMythrite Rivets3SFoundationFoundation
50Your Tasset's Hanging OutMythrite Tassets of Maiming1SFoundationFoundation
52Let Faith Light the WayMythrite Bladed Lantern Shield1SFoundationFoundation
52Pan that Laid the Golden EggFrypan Caliente2/6TFoundationFoundation
52Cut the Alembical CordMythrite Alembic1SFoundationFoundation
54As the Bolt FliesTitanium Nugget3SFoundationFoundation
54Someone Put Dung in my HelmetTitanium Sallet of Maiming1SFoundationFoundation
54Sometimes the South WinsTitanium Mail of Fending2/6TFoundationFoundation
56A Halonic MasqueradeTitanium Headgear of Scouting1SFoundationFoundation
56A Squire to InspireTitanium Tassets of Fending1SFoundationFoundation
56Belle of the BrawlTitanium Vambraces of Fending2/6TFoundationFoundation
58Look Before You LeapAdamantite Leg Guards of Maiming1SFoundationFoundation
58Sir, Dost thou even HeftAdamantite Chain Hose of Fending1SFoundationFoundation
58The Mast ChanceAdamantite Rivets5/15TFoundationFoundation
60Alembic MedalsHigh Steel Thermal Alembic1SKuganeKugane
60Mail it inHigh Steel Scale Mail of Fending1SKuganeKugane
60Setting the StageHigh Steel Helm of Maiming1/3TKuganeKugane
62Ore for MeHigh Steel Ingot1/3SKuganeKugane
62Shielded LifeHigh Steel Scutum1SKuganeKugane
62The Gauntlet is CastHigh Steel Gauntlets of Fending1SKuganeKugane
64En Garde and on GuardDoman Iron Tassets of Fending1/3TKuganeKugane
64GreavingDoman Iron Greaves of Maiming1SKuganeKugane
64Home CookingDoman Iron Frypan1SKuganeKugane
66Art Imitates LifeDoman Steel Tabard of Fending1SKuganeKugane
66Smells of Rich TamahaganeTama-hagane Ingot1SKuganeKugane
66Sweeping the LegsDoman Steel Greaves of Striking1/3TKuganeKugane
68Heads will RollMolybdenum Headgear of Maiming1/3TKuganeKugane
68See Shields by the Sea ShoreMolybdenum Kite Shield1SKuganeKugane
68Spoony is the BardMolybdenum Armguards of Scouting1SKuganeKugane
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