FFXIV Botanist Leveling Guide (L90 Endwalker UPDATED)

Shadowbringers Updated! Level up Botany Quickly 01 to 80! Recommended Leves? Botany Quests Items? Stop wasting time! Power Level your Botanist!

BTN Leveling Guide 60-64

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…

Endwalker tier COMPLETELY UPDATED. At older parts of guide? OPEN THIS

Finally, the L80 to L90 portion of the BTN/MIN Leveling Guides are 100% complete and current. The older parts, however… (GEAR UPDATES per tier are most important)

While I will update these ASAP (promise, hehe).
Here’s the important banger notes:

GEAR UPDATES? Any time I mention gear updates in the lower tiers, (except 0 to 60), IGNORE IT AND BUY SCRIP TIER GEAR INSTEAD.

A Realm Reborn Gear Scrip gear? NO SCRIP, my notes are still pretty valid.
Heavensward L50 Scrip gear?
 NO SCRIP, my notes are still pretty valid.
Stormblood L60 Scrip gear: Augmented Keep tier IL200
Shadowbringers L70 Scrip gear: Landking tier IL350 (Offhand from L330)
Endwalker L50 Scrip gear: Landsaint –  Guide already reflects this.

All of these upgrades are “good” until the end of their tier.
Get scrip by: Custom Deliveries and Collectables.

COLLECTABLES? Not only did the rotation / skill names change TWICE since SHB into EW, the entire System was overhauled pre-EW. Instead of rotating nodes with normal names, it’s SET NON-ROTATING RAREFIED materials. The rotation is also different, but somehow simpler. I’ll update a universal DoL Collectable / Rotation guide for this, instead of repeating myself 100 times.

TLDR: The old “everyday it changes” is OUT. Rarefied “set-in-stone” is in! Ignore mentions of OLD ROTATIONS AND SKILLS. I’ll remedy this ASAP

Endwalker tier is, of course, updated in this regard.

BEAST TRIBES? Each tier has a beast tribe you can use to level up, which I didn’t seem to note as I always blast through DoL super early… These are decent sources of EXP while also giving you some neat items.

A Realm Reborn: Ixal (DoL and DoH)
Heavensward: Moogle (DoL and DoH)
Stormblood: Namazu (DoL and DoH)
Shadowbringers: Qitari (DoL only) 
Endwalker: Omicron (DoL only) –  Guide already reflects this.

Please click on and read the above clicky box if you're leveling 01 to 79. 

Botany Leveling Guide - Navigation:
Botanist Level: Level  0-50 | 50-60 | 60-70 | 70-80 | 80-90

So you’re back to bending it over for the plants, leveling your Botanist 60 to 70! By popular demand, I will be adding more info for those whose gear is subpar comin’ in from Heavensward!

Botanist Leveling in Stormblood

Botanist Leveling: 60 to 61

If your gear is bad, or aren’t sure if your gear is up to par, read the little boxes below. Even if you had bad ass gear from 3.x, feel free to read on anyway for a little refresher course.

Help! My Botanist gear sucks! Playing catch up.

If you’re wearing anything LESS than or maybe EQUAL TO “Serpentskin Tier” from 3.x, you’re gonna have a bad time. The Stormblood Botanist Collectibles are near impossible without a super RNG rotation, and generally not worth your time.

To know for sure, you can try the “collectible practice node”, which is found in The Fringes, East End. Try to get 450 collectability on Gyr Abanian Wheat! If you can do it consistently, great! That means you can skip these little advice boxes.

The REAL TEST is trying it on the actual unspoiled node – use the “minimum 400 GP rotation” in the next box. If you cannot gather with that… I’m sorry. 

Collectibles refresher, rotation, etc...

If you’ve forgotten, you must visit and REVEAL the item on your first visit to any node, including unspoiled ones. So you’re likely gonna try these on your second time around.

Minimum 400 GP Pleb Rotation:
Hit the correct slot to reveal:
Collector’s Glove
Utmost Caution > Methodical Appraisal
Utmost Caution > Methodical Appraisal
Methodical Appraisal until you reach anything higher than 450
Collect what’s left… get sad when you miss.

600 GP? Try the “good ol feel your way first” rotation:
Hit the correct slot to reveal:
Collector’s Glove
Discerning Eye > Methodical Appraisal
Discerning Eye > Methodical Appraisal
Discerning Eye > Methodical Appraisal

Smashed the node with 500+? Try getting another hit in…

+1 Collect Rotation
Hit the correct slot to reveal
Collector’s Glove
Discerning Eye > Methodical Appraisal
Discerning Eye > Methodical Appraisal
Single Mind > Methodical Appraisal

Hopefully, the above helps you out. Personally, I don’t care for RNG rotations (so I won’t be listing them here) this early on. If you have to heavily rely on RNG to “maybe” succeed only to see “You obtain nothing.” is not for me.

600 GP!? I don’t have that!

Moreover, if you do not have 600 GP, your chances drop greatly. You can buy food from the Kugane Culinarian NPC (X12 Y12~) to increase your GP! At level 63, you SHOULD update your right-side (accessories) to more easily get the 600GP practical “minimum”, or at least hit 600 without having to pop food… that’s depressing.

When does it get better? :(

It will get progressively better at 61, 62, and 63 with a little investment into gear. At 62 or 63 you should be “near full power” and leveling will be WAY FASTER from that point on.

I’ll post the gear update a little bit down there at the 61 section, where the upgrades begin.

What do I do in the meantime?

GC Submissions: are thankfully not too expensive or difficult for 60~ Botanist. Gather them yourself as long as you have a decent chance at HQ’ing. If they’re within your budget – buy ‘em. No matter what you do, don’t let this just EXPIRE… submit NQ’s if you MUST!!!!!

L60 BTN Levequests: Take the levequests from Kugane, smash ‘em and repeat. Generally speaking, you can avoid the “Gather 40” leves as they’re the most time consuming, and give the least EXP. (Avoid the levequests with the Lalafell Merchant leve plate). For most, this is the best solution to get out of this hell ASAP.

Straight up grinding: The best (“ONLY”) Stormblood Botanist nodes to grind in this scenario are found in The Fringes – East End. It contains Gyr Abanian Wheat (many Culinarians use this to spam a certain levequest), and Bloodhemp, which is mainly used in 60-62 Weaver recipes.

Get a little value here and there....

Use up your Commercial Survival Manuals in stretches of grinding (60 to 61 is a prime use). Sometimes people hold on to these waaaay too long.

Eat food +3% EXP and + Stats: (primarily GP!), You can buy Trappers Quiche cheap in Ishgard, or check the Gathering food from the Kugane Culinarian (X:12 Y:12~).

Buy Cordials. They reduce the wait time for GP by quite a bit! Market Board or from your Grand Company supplier.

Again, for those with bad gear – this grind heavy road to 61 is the absolute best time to use your Commercial Survival Manuals!

It won’t be fast or easy, but it beats spending a metric ton of gil on “previous tier good gear”.

BTN Collectibles @ 60

BTN60Beech BranchSlot 36AM/PMThe FringesEast End60
Practice Node60Gyr Abanian WheatAnyThe FringesEast End60

From here on out, you can “test” your gear at the respective practice node to see if you can reliably reach the minimum collectability. You can also turn ‘em in for decent EXP (it’s an alternative way to grind more speedily).

What to grind? BTN 60 to 61

Just stay in The Fringes, and farm Gyr Abanian Wheat and/or Bloodhemp, both of which are in the same node.

Gyr Abanian Wheat is popular. A certain CUL levequest uses it as a SOLE COMPONENT, and lots of people abuse the bejesus out of that leve.

Bloodhemp is mainly used in low level weaver leveling.

Or simply grind what’s most expensive in the market board.

This is THE ONLY STORMBLOOD NODE you can gather right now.

Level 60 Botany Levequests

Botanist60Barking Up the Right TreeFlower Girl4 Node EvalThe FringesBest
Botanist60Rhalgr WoodMiqote Fishing8 Node EvalThe FringesGreat
Botanist60Thank HeavenspillarLala MerchantCollect 40The FringesOK

If you’re part of the “gear is bad” pile, levequests are an amazing way to speed up the process.

Upon reaching BTN 61: You unlock Impulsive Appraisal II, which gives you a scaling chance based on Perception (relative to the node requirements, I feel) to activate Discerning Eye. It’s main purpose is to break the “softcap” of appraisal on nodes you HEAVILY outgear. A great quality of life skill, and gives a huge incentive for Botanists to tryhard on their gear.

Botanist Leveling: 61 to 62

First of all, hitting L61 unlocks quite a few nodes! But before that – the gear upgrades start! If you do NOT upgrade your gear, then I cannot vouch for the effectiveness of this guide, or how painful the process will be for you going forward.

Botanist Gear: Upgrade Summary

Get HQ gear! Buy NQ only if you are broke! Reduce cheap melds to III as well.

SlotItemLevelFrom?Cheapmeld ICheapmeld II
MainHigh Steel Hatchet62BSMGuerdon IVAny
OffHigh Steel Scythe63BSMGuerdon IVAny
ChestGaganaskin Vest61LTWGuerdon IVGuile IV
HeadGaganaskin Bush Hat61LTWGuerdon IVGuile IV
GlovesGaganaskin Gloves61LTWGuerdon IVGuile IV
LegBloodhempen Trousers of Gathering61WVRGuerdon IVGuerdon IV
BootGaganaskin Fringe Boots61LTWGuile IVGuile IV
BeltGaganaskin Belt of Gathering62LTWGuerdon IVAny

Cheap melds can be anything, really. Read the box below for some more insights.

BTN Level 61 Gear upgrade notes

As you can see, majority of these come out at 61. This list is roughly based on “power”. As you can see, not all slots are equal! In terms of L61 items the Chest piece is godlike compared to the Hat and Gloves. Boots and legs are “okay”, while belt gives a trash amount of stats.

I recommend getting all of ‘em still, but if you can only upgrade certain pieces at a time, it’s worth noting WHICH ONES ARE BETTER.

Melding? Just please be “wary” of how much Perception you need to hit the minimum appraisal ratings. Feel free to force meld III’s, or change it up regarding your needs. This is what I melded as they were cheap, but served me very well in the many levels to come.

The BARE MINIMUM: If you’re noticing that you get like, 445 appraisal rating – DON’T BE AFRAID TO CHEAPLY OVER MELD or eat Perception food. Don’t just GIVE UP!!!! However, my upgrade path and cheap melds gave me little problems.

However, you ain’t out of the woods yet. Without the Main Hand or Offhand, collectibles might be rough. Remember the practice node!

The very second you hit 62: Sell your soul to get an HQ 62 Main Hand:
High Steel Hatchet!!! This greatly helps the catching up!

BTN Collectibles @ 61

BTN62Bamboo ShootSlot 810AM/PMYanxiaNamai61
Practice NodeLarch LogAnyRuby SeaOnokoro61
Stormblood Unspoiled Botanist Collectibles: Reference
BTN60Beech BranchSlot 36AM/PMThe FringesEast End60

61 Unlocks another unspoiled collectible, so now you have two. The question is, CAN YOU GATHER THEM? Heh.

What to grind? BTN 61 to 62

Lots of nodes to choose from. I feel bad suggesting only one so…

Ruby Cotton Boll  (LOCATION) is likely the “best”, as its used by Weavers AND Culinarians as a SOLE COMPONENT to popular spammable levequests in their class.

Aside from this, any log is good. Beech Log (The Fringes, X10,Y17 | X12,Y18 | X10,Y13) is popular due to it directly being a SOLE COMPONENT levequest submission for CRP.

If you’re too weak for these nodes, grind anything appropriate – look at the previous tiers’ grindlist. 

Level 60 Botany Levequests

Since I split this tier into two, the levequests remain the same…

Same leves from last tier...
Botanist60Barking Up the Right TreeFlower Girl4 Node EvalThe FringesBest
Botanist60Rhalgr WoodMiqote Fishing8 Node EvalThe FringesGreat
Botanist60Thank HeavenspillarLala MerchantCollect 40The FringesOK

Botanist Leveling 62 to 64

I sure hope you took my earlier advice and bought the HQ High Steel Hatchet.

Spending Red Gatherer's Scrip

Soon enough, you will have a pile of these. If you don’t already have a pile. Don’t just let them overflow, man.

Go to Rhalgr’s Reach to see what you can buy with ’em. Since the end-game is not yet released I don’t know what to buy yet. I’m guessing Regional Folklore Tomes is your best bet.

Feel free to spend on Commercial Survival Manual.

BTN Collectibles @ 62- 64

This tier does NOT unlock any new collectibles, so I’ll just put the same references:

BTN62Bamboo ShootSlot 810AM/PMYanxiaNamai61
Practice NodeLarch LogAnyRuby SeaOnokoro61
Stormblood Unspoiled Botanist Collectibles: Reference
BTN60Beech BranchSlot 36AM/PMThe FringesEast End60

STOP ONCE YOU REACH 63! Class Quest & Accessory Update

Upon reaching BTN 63: Unlocks trait Enhanced Stealth VIII. Thank god.

Do your class quest!

You gain EXP and get a NQ High Steel Scythe for your troubles. You can buy / craft an HQ Scythe if you like, but I didn’t need it (I used exactly the gear in the earlier table).

Where’s the Botanist Class Quests in Stormblood? They should be in Idyllshire. If you haven’t done them in a while, check in with Fufucha in Old Gridania Botanists’ Guild!

Upon completing BTN 63 class quest: You unlock Leaf Turn III, which gives you a scaling HQ bonus depending on Perception (relative to the node requirements, I feel). It’s amazing for gathering the old school nodes (or any node you severely overgear).

GP Problems? Be gone! ACCESSORY UPDATE

Once your Botanist levels to 63, you open up the Gyuki Leather tier accessories. With these, you will be at a base value of 650~ GP! Hopefully most of your problems vanish at this point.

Notably with 650 GP You can add Field Mastery I to your Collectible gathering!

SlotItemLevelFrom?Cheap Meld ICheap Meld II
EarGyuki Leather Earrings63LTWGuile IVOPEN
NeckGyuki Leather Choker63LTWGuile IVOPEN
WristGyuki Leather Wristband63LTWGuile IVOPEN
RingGyuki Leather Ring63LTWGuile IVOPEN
RingGyuki Leather Ring63LTWGuile IVOPEN

I CHEAP MELDED PERCEPTION PRIORITY because you’re going to enter a new tier of collectibles soon. Feel free to overmeld ANY III’s. You might be better off leaving them open, and melding whatever it is to cover your weak points.

What to grind? BTN 62 to 64

Well, the same nodes are available from the pre 62 chunk. And I’ve described their usefulness above. Just to remind ‘ya…

  • Ruby Cotton Boll is overall best, I feel.
  • Beech Logs are great. Larch Logs.

Ultimately, grind whatever’s most expensive!

I personally gathered every node in the Gathering Log at this point.
To prevent hassle in the future. I got at least 10 each and sold them on the MB.

Level 62 Botany Levequests

Botanist62PiningMiqote Fishing8 Node EvalRuby SeaBest
Botanist62Penned Up FrustrationLala MerchantCollect 40Ruby SeaOK
Botanist62Coral-lationKing32 or FailRuby SeaOK

The “King” Leve Plate is “32 or Fail”, meaning you must get 32 gathers of you fail, and either way you must completely gather 8 nodes. It’s one of the not so good types. However, if you do try out the levequest “Pining“, its pretty cool since it’s an underwater leve! Tip: Look up.

If you followed the upgrades and value moves up to this point, there is virtually no more “I’m using scrub tier gear” excuse.
From here it’s man mode.

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131 thoughts on “FFXIV Botanist Leveling Guide (L90 Endwalker UPDATED)”

  1. NGL this guide is both convenient and inconvenient at the same time, it shows u what gear to get but not where to get it

  2. Hey guys,
    I just tried levelling my miner job from 60 to 70, and found a shortcut (more on that below). Since MIN and BTN in FFXIV share very similar mechanics, I suppose that the below is applicable to BTN as well. If anyone can confirm, that’d be great. I’ll also try and do the same with my own BTN job, will report back on how it went.

    So, I just got back to the game after a while, decided to level my lv.60 miner (lv.60 gear, 622GP).
    What I did was mine collectibles from lv.58-60 spots (e.g., Red Quartz & Adamantite, they have close in-game appearance times and are relatively close geographically). With a simple 600GP rotation I managed to score consistent 500+ collectibility, about 5-6 items per spot, about 15-17 items total. Turning in to Rowena’s appraisers in Idyllishyre blasted me from lv.60 to 65 in an instant. I didn’t have much time to test this method further, but I guess that I’ll at least easily reach lv.70 that way, with zero investment into lv.60-69 gear.
    As for the yellow scripts that you’ll inevitably get, use them to buy folklore books, you’ll need them to progress miner’s story missions (also, you’ll be able to mine better minerals and probably sell them at the market).

    Hope this helps!

  3. Hey, I just got back into leveling BOT from 60, and noticed class quest xp gives an insane amount of xp (12.3mil xp at level 70, when the xp to 71 is 12,449,000, so its essentially a whole level.) It gives so much xp that the class quest at 70 essentially eliminates the dead zone since you’re just a few thousand xp away from 71. Just thought you should put this in the guide. Thanks!

    1. Aye, if you’re rushing through and are a newer player class quests are CHONKY. Sadly for the case for people like me, I got zero xp out of ’em back when they were the final one! I will add this in my next update thanks!

  4. First off, thank you thank you thank you! This guide is amazing and has enabled me to tackle botanist and basically speed through Leveling! I think it was mentioned before and I only scrolled through some of the comments but I’m currently grinding nodes at lvl 56 and found:
    1)Heavens Lemons node spawns at 6
    2) Cloud Bananas spawn at 4
    Thanks again for this awesome guide!

  5. Here’s a piece of advice, if you’re handing over lines to go in a macro, don’t use wonky fonts. Straight copy/paste into FFXIV and it won’t recognize them. ” is not the same as “

      1. The macro in the 71+ collectible rotation info box

        /ac “Discerning Eye”
        /ac “Methodical Appraisal”
        /ac “Discerning Eye”
        /ac “Methodical Appraisal”
        /ac “Single Mind”
        /ac “Methodical Appraisal”

        doesn’t work when copy/pasted directly from this page. I had to go in and change the two ” on each line, then they ended up working. Something about the quotation marks used doesn’t register in-game. Hope this info helps to fix it!

      2. I get the same problem, but it takes about 5 seconds to fix. Could be an OS/Browser issue. I’m on Chrome on Windows 10 and “lack of font” is different from “lack of font” (unsure how this might look while posted)

        Here’s a version I changed to work for me. I also reduced the wait from 3 to 2 with Discerning Eye and Single Mind, as it was unnecessary to wait so long.

        /ac “Discerning Eye”
        /ac “Methodical Appraisal”
        /ac “Discerning Eye”
        /ac “Methodical Appraisal”
        /ac “Single Mind”
        /ac “Methodical Appraisal”

        1. Yeah, the website seems to do some sort of conversion on the quotes once the comment is posted. Not sure what that’s about. And it ate my waits. Presumably thinking it was HTML due to the left and right carets.

  6. Thanks for the guide! I just wanted to leave a note here that I was able to follow the entire level 70-80 guide while wearing blue gear purchased with yellow gatherers’ scrip, no problem getting HQs for turn-ins or getting the right collectability level.

    1. This is a great suggestion, though I initially hesitated to add it due to not many people having it coming in – however it is a legit strategy so I’ll add it in soon!

    2. Very true, don’t waste your money on the gear mentioned in the guide. Short version, just do collectibles and in down time between them farm nearest and highest level nodes with gathering food active and the company times or the script tones that give you extra exp.

  7. The lvl 70 Yellow scrip II gear will carry you effortlessly all the way from 70 to 80. The only upgrade i made pre-80 was buying a HQ offhand at 74. Especially with the cost reduction to yellow scrip gear, there is no need whatsoever to buy any white gear aside from the HQ offhand. At 80, I was able to grind out the 4 white scrip collectables and kit out with the White scrip gear available. The currently craftable DoL gear for 80 is frankly not worth the money, at most you would buy HQ accessories and belt but there is painfully little gain.

    Tl;Dr Yellow scrip gear will carry you to 80, buy a HQ offhand at 74, don’t buy crafted gear at 80, just get the white scrip gear until they patch in better crafted recipes.

  8. The stormblood guide for botany would be better if they just stated what the quest turn-ins were so that we could grind them like they did in the past guides.

  9. It’s worth noting that the Blessed Fieldkeep’s Hatchet from the Achievement “I Found That: Botanist V” for gathering and recording discovery of 230 unique items as a Botanist actually beats out all of the hatchets during levelling – even the HQ Highsteel! It has stats like this;

    Ilvl 200
    Vit: 30
    Gathering: 292
    Perception: 167

    You can’t meld it, but I found that even with melds on the HQ Highsteel (Gathering: 274, Perception: 156) it didn’t beat those stats. I got it just by filling in all my gathering logs, so if people make an effort to do that as soon as they’re available, then you can get it quite early during levelling to 70! :)

    1. First of all, thanks A LOT for this great guide, I’m a new-ish player and this saved me a lot of time!

      Just a little heads up for anyone attempting Botanist Class Quest LVL70, not only the quest requires 5 normal items now (which has been covered correctly in this guide) but with Patch 4.2 “Ageless Words” doesn’t work anymore for this node in this particular scenario (this isn’t written anywhere in the patch note, but I just attempted it and it doesn’t work anymore sadly) so don’t bother wasting those 300GP on it, and use it to have 100% gathering chance instead (unless you have it already of course) else you’re forced to wait for the next time slot in order to complete the quest and it’s gonna be a pain. :(

      1. I just did this quest last night (Mar 31, 2019) on patch 4.5x. I completed both MIN and BTN 70 quests and used Ageless words on both to get another try to finish 5. It did work.

  10. I didn;t see it mentioned anywhere, but Its not necessary to grind lv 60 to 61 anymore, the stuff that Zhloe asks for for her orphanage gives excellent experience and was the same difficulty as the lv 58-59 stuff for me. Not to mention the storyline for that mini quest is actually interesting.

        1. it’s not a link sadly. just go to page 6 and look for a heading titled: “Botanist Gear: Upgrade Summary”. It should be under the “Botanist Leveling: 61 to 62”

          1. Ohhh! I found what you were talking about, jumped to the last page because I was level 69. Just wondering, do you also have a Stormblood endgame gear/meld guide for BTN?

  11. For the level 70 quest, HQ is needed. The first Rhalgr’s Streak you harvest will say it counts, but it doesn’t.

  12. I may have missed something here, but whats the suggested stockpile used for? Why are we stocking up these items?

    I get some of them are for the next class quest, but the rest?

    1. If you’re leveling crafters you need a small stock of some lower level items. Throw them away if your DoH is past the tier of your DoL – however this was made such a long time ago maybe I should just do away with suggested stockpile?

      1. Nah leave it in, it helps people who dont want to spend money on mats and want to profit fully from crafting.

        Thanks for the info :) keep up the good work!

      2. Nah, it was completely useful to me. Don’t like needlessly spending gil and the grind isn’t terrible

  13. Not sure if this is changed after SB, but tbh I just grind on Cedar log collectible 51-60. I can get 54 collectible logs in ~10 minutes, thats just shy of 1 mil XP (54 ,is just how many free slots I have in my inventory). throw in Coerthan tea leaves every 10:00ET and thats coming close to 1.2Mil – 1.5Mil every 10 minute run. Obviously this isn’t good if you want to sell things or gather things for crafting, but if you just want to grind up to the SB area these days and have no leves, it’s not a bad way to do it. If you’re rich, perhaps Wind Widows are better @58 and cloud mushrooms @59, but I can hit the above XP numbers on the logs with NQ gear and some cheap melds. No fancy skill rotations involved, just grab the log, appraisal twice and usually collect two or three logs per tree. It’s mind numbing, but easy and fast.

  14. idk if its a typo in the quest or a bug but I just completed my lvl 70 class quest with 5 NQ Rhalgr’s Streak. The actual turn-in didn’t ask for HQ either (I only had 2 anyway) so I’m not sure what’s going on because the quest tracker was listing that I had 5 HQ ∠( ᐛ 」∠)_

  15. For the Level 68 levequests, there’s an error in your chat. The 8 node eval leve is actually “Nunh the Wiser” and the “Last of the Mhigans” is the 32 or fail leve.

  16. The time for Heavens Lemons appears to have changed, I just found them at 6 p.m. ET. I stuck around till about 10:10 ET to verify they don’t spawn at that time anymore

      1. Just finished the quest for Rhalgr’s Steak. I collected 5 NQ and HQ and for science decided to hand in the NQ ones first to see what merit the above comment had. The quest completed with only NQ items being handed in. I didn’t take a screenshot before but here is one just after my hand in. With what I had left after handing in the quest.

        1. You know, I feel something funny is going on with that quest. I had to submit NQ and HQ, maybe it was a strange bug of sorts, or they nerfed it. Either way if it’s just NQ I guess I’ll make a note on the guide. How very odd, even reviewing the quest in databases, HQ is the requested item…

  17. Heyo, still planning on updating this? I am now getting into the Stormblood parts of gathering. Full NQ lvl 61 left side gear, random hodgepodge of right side gear to hit 600+ GP with food. HQ main hand at 62 feels godlike. I’ve managed to collect Gyr Abanian Wheat collectable off of a gathering +1 node (can’t do it with 4 whacks in my gear, need to 5th hit to get to 470 collectability). Looking forward to seeing the completed guide.

    Botany is expensive… how do you keep your gil supply healthy? The gear upgrades ate away a pretty big chunk of my gil reserves.

    1. The unspoiled nodes have 5+ whacks. more with “utmost caution” rotations. Expensive is a relative term, heh. If you feel as if your gil got chunked…. you’re a gatherer!!!! Sell the stuff you harvest!

  18. Are there tips/guides about getting to 600GP? I barely hit 500GP at level 50 (I’m at 470 now). Is it just buying stuff at Market Boards?

  19. Achieved 50 thanks to this guide. Looking for 60.

    I would explain more the position of the quest items. Example for the 3 last logs for quest 50, you don’t say where, you don’t say that it’s a node that appears à 9 am in the coerthas providence zone.
    I got a hard time locating many of these items. Maybe I’m unskilled :P

    Found this link that is quite efficient

  20. lv 46-50 quote
    “Where to find Spruce Log? This quest is a little different, as you’re going to have to be level 50 to complete it (You cannot gather it as a 49 and below botanist)”


    Yes you can…… easily

  21. Just a note. You say that you cannot gather Spruce logs if you are not 50. This is incorrect. I am currently lvl 46 and have gathered them. You simply need to know which slot they are in (6). Simply make sure your Truth of Forests is turned on and run for the node when it becomes available. I am happy to provide photo video/ evidence. You can gather level 50 unspoiled nodes so long as you know which space holds the item and so long as your stats allow for it.

  22. Hello! I’m very thankful for all the great advices you gave, but I’ve been wondering about the suggested stockpiles…
    When you say 20 or 99 of each…is that NQ or HQ? I’ve been grinding for 20 HQ of each (and 99 for logs/ores) and it works just fine to level up, it’s slow, but it works :)
    Just wanted to know ^^

    1. I do believe it is mix&match as in crafting most items will call for either 1 or more items and you can mix in HQ for higher HQ progress at the start of the craft so its x20 in total in terms of the quest it would be atleast 10HQ for the turn in and just get a total of 30.

  23. This guild helped me get to 60 Botany, so thank you. Some thoughts and corrections.

    The collectibles you get at level 52 in Coerthas Western Highlands spawn at 10ET, not 12ET. Also, for the equipment upgrade, I would actually recommend NQ gear except for the tools, those should be HQ. Getting HQ gear is a bit overkill and saves a lot of money if you choose to but them. I believe there are some other times that are wrong but I don’t remember them

  24. Just a heads up, but you can see the nodes in Falcon Nest at level 50 allowing you to gather cedar logs. The guide says you cannot see them until level 51. I was able to see the nodes and gather with a skill of 325 putting the node at 81%. It is far easier and much more lucrative to farm these for a level. The cedar logs are selling for 700+ Gil for normal quality and HQ is going for a minimum of 1400 a log on average on my server so certainly worth it to grind on. Just an fyi.

    1. Aye, it’s impossible for me to give an blanket answer to all people of all servers. What to grind best can change from day to day depending on many things! The things I suggest are those likely to hold the most consistent value.

  25. First of all, thank you forever for all of these guides, which I used to get to 50 and I’m using to get to 60. You’e a hero.

    Second, there are two evaluation leves for each level but you only list one. I can help give names to the ones missing, but for the most part there is an 8-node 320 evaluation leve and a 4-node 160 evaluation leve for each tier.

    Not that it matters because if your percentage is near 85% using the 100GP ability to raise by 15%, then trying to get 5 of the 7/8 point item and using the chain 4 ability to get the 9 item is easy to do and will result in always getting 25%.

    Keep things going!

  26. How are we supposed to get to 600 GP? Even with food I wont get there. I’m level 52 with all of the 2.0 Botany gear. I only have 500k Gil. GP materia is silly expensive. You call 600 scrub tier but don’t tell us how to hit 600.

  27. Was able to get 5 Figs using Toil of Pioneer> Single Mind> Instinctual Appraisal x2, so there does not seem to be a cap of 4 at a node

    1. I see! Although my problem with this is when using single mind, a 3-gather becomes vastly superior to 5 figs…

      1. Its better get more of one item, rather then trying to get higher Collectability.
        One fig is iirc , 60k (250), then 66k, then 72k.

  28. Your guide seems to imply that the level 55 gear is from LTW and WVR, when you can just buy it from the moogle vendor in Moghome.

    Also, the whole guide could really be cleaned up. There’s a lot of useless fluff and misinformation that others have pointed out that makes it more difficult to understand than needs be. Honestly, I feel like I’d have more success just figuring things on my own than trying to follow this guide.

    1. You can buy it from moghome, yes, you can! BUT – I’m not implying anything. MY ADVICE (wether you choose to follow it or not) is to obtain an HQ set, as it will give you great value in return. Even if you’re just leveling up one class or all 3.

      I’m sorry you feel this way, but I can only do things either so quickly, or up to a certain quality. I’m time-bound like the rest of the players. Refinements will be made constantly.

      1. Personally, this guide has been loads of help for me and I’m new to the gathering classes. Without this guide I’d of been rather clueless, so I’m not seeing what other people are. Might have a bit of extra fluff here and there, but it’s been really helpful for a new gatherer.

    1. Oh know! I thought you had the mining table there on purpose. It was so helpful because we had both the botany and mining tables on the same page. Please put the mining table back. :) You could technically even re-name this page for both botany and mining since the same advice applies to both!

      1. Oh! Yes which reminds me. The ‘double tables’ belongs in a new guide (for delineation purposes, i guess). Which im going to make very soon. So sorry!

  29. “Botany Collectibles Unlocked
    (59?): Morel (Slot 7) | Dravanian Forelands (Lower left)”

    Should read Dravanian Hinterlands.

    1. I did not note the perception i had at the time for a 2x. On this note You need 570~ for a 3 gather!

  30. Trying to do my first collectible (Old World Figs)…I put the glove on and approach the node at the correct time, but when I open it, it tells me there’s no colectibles available. I’m level 50…

  31. Just letting you know have the Miner’s guild listed under “Before you begin your journey to 60 Botanist” :)

    1. If you plan to craft, it’s always nice to have at least 20 of these “secondary items”, which will be enough to hit 50 in all classes for the most part.

      1. Are these meant to be HQ items, or NQ? The level 21-25 says to stash 30 Chamomile (15 for quest) but the quest calls for HQ, so now I’m wondering if I’ve been stopping my stash early at 20 NQ instead of 20 HQ for the other levels.

  32. I am on the level 35 quest and the bnt main quest turn in is now 15 Alligator Pears (HQ). Not sure if the patch changed this.

    1. that is the 30 lvl class quest u must have skipped it when u deliver it u will get the 35 one which is 20 high quality Ramhorn Zucchini

  33. I’m at the raincatcher gully docks and I’m looking for the botany locations. I hone in and it tells me that they’re 233 yalms southeast, the thing is, there’s nothing but rock and no where to go in that direction.

    1. Thats because your not high enough level? it happened to me when i was lvl 6 and had to go to east vein in central shroud. There was NO trees but the guide told me there was and when when i hone it says 200 yalms away. But after doing some leve quests and lvled up they appeared! :D

      1. when you hone in make sure you look at the small map it will flash yellow leaves in the direction you need to go

    1. Have you gotten onto your adventuring class and done the introductory leve in that town? You cannot do DoH/DoL leves in a town until you complete the first battle leve.

    2. Did you unlock them for battlecrafting, if you don’t do that first the levequests for crafting and gathering will not be there.

  34. -Where to find Spruce Log? This quest is a little different, as you’re going to have to be level 50 to complete it (You cannot gather it as a 49 and below botanist)-

    This is not true. Just gathered spruce logs as a level 46.

  35. Lv20 Lush Vegetation Patches at Gridania East Shroud, The Hawthorne Hut area not listed.

    – Shroud Seedling

    [So I will hunt along with this as normal, 20?]

  36. Tarantula Oak Log and Oak Branch no longer seem to exist, or any botany nodes seem to exist in Lower Paths South Shroud. So probably flax and white truffle are somewhere else too?

  37. I see no mention of the Island Seedling you get from the Lv 20 lush vegetation Patches in Western La Noscrea, Quarterstone. Just figured I’d point that out

  38. In the Level 35 Botany quest, the 20 Laurel need to be HQ. I love the guide and very much appreciate it! Just trying to be helpful.

  39. What are the stockpiles meant for? Why 119 Crow Feathers and not just 99 for the quest? And why 20 of each? Is it meant to be used for something else later on? Just wondering :) Trying to level up the most effecient way.

      1. The things listed as ‘gather extra’ are the things most critical to crafting at that level. Whether you are crafting or if you are having something crafted using your materials. It makes sense to gather a few extra while you are out there than to have to go back because you need a few for your crafting skill.

  40. This site is a little out of whack when it comes to Botany. It lists Obsidian as a Botany quest. It also doesn’t tell you accurately for Marjoram (the level 15 Botany quest). It also says Miner #: next to all of the supposed Botany quest items required for each level. I’ll be finding another guide to follow, one that is more accurate.

    1. The typos are fixed. Thankfully (few) humans continue to update the site – we come with errors. We haven’t been able to develop our own AI to auto-compile, level, proofread and post this stuff yet ;)

    2. Your feedback caused those mistakes to be fixed…for that I’d like to thank you. As for finding another guide to follow, no one cares if you use this or not –buh bye.
      As for the guys who are creating the guides on this site. Great job!

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