FFXIV Culinarian (CUL) Class Guide & FAQ

Where is the Chefs Guild? The Culinarians Guild is located in Limsa Lominsa, and is Headed by Lynsgath, who is pictured above.
[City & Guild Locations]

If you’re new to crafting, you might want to check out Crafting General Guide / FAQ first, and our Crafting General Leveling Guide.

What do Culinarians craft?

Battle Food
Crafting Food
Gathering Food


What classes should be Chefs?

Culinarians are special. They need ingredients from all gathering classes (more on botany and fishing), but don’t really offer anything to other classes. Any class can become a chef, and is considered the most general crafting class.

We can assume that high level crafted food beats vendor bought food. In that sense, culinarians are extremely important for any group wanting to tackle end-game content, as food easily represents a 5-10% increase in power.

Chef skills

Every Crafting (Disciple of Hand) class shares a large pool of skills, four of which are unique to each class. Below are the Culinarian only skills.

Hasty Touch15FreeIncreases Quality.
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 50%
Steady Hand II2535 CPImproves action success rate by 20% for the next 5 steps. (Bugged Tooltip)
Reclaim4355 CPIncreases the chance materials will not be lost after botched synthesis to 90%
Muscle Memorymuscle memory culinarian CRAFTING SKILLS FFXIV ARR546 CPIncreases progress by one third.
Success Rate: 100%

Culinarian Skill Discussion

Hasty Touch: Low efficiency and success rate don’t really justify the zero CP cost. The only situation where this is useful is if you have extra Durability and little or no CP. Could work well with Steady Hands or Waste Not (Leatherworking Skill)

Steady Hand II: A great skill when trying things below a 70% Success chance. Otherwise, you’re going to use Steady Hand I most of the time.

Reclaim: Most of the time, this skill will be useless. But when dealing with ultra expensive materials – this is the best “get out of jail 90% of the time free” card. You’re gonna wish you have this crafting high-end gear.

Hasty touch is pretty much useless. Reclaim, I can foresee people saying “I wish I had Reclaim %$#%$#”. It’s worth nothing to help you succeed higher level crafts, but worth a million gil easily when things do not go your way. Steady Hand II

Culinarian Leveling Guide

We suggest starting crafting by leveling all crafting classes to 15 at once.

Where are the Culinarian Levequests?

  • Level 1-45 Levequests: Limsa Lominsa Adventurers Guild.
  • Level 1-5: Red Rooster Stead
  • Level 10: Swiftperch
  • Level 15: Aleport
  • Level 20 – 25: Quarrymill.
  • Level 30: Costa Del Sol
  • Level 35: Coerthas, Observatorium.
  • Level 40:  Coerthas, Whitebrim.
  • Level 45: Mor Dhona, St. Coinachs Find.
  • Level 50 – 60: Ishgard


  • The culinarian is the most general crafting class.
  • Any class can become and benefit from being a chef. Every guild needs at least 1 high level chef!
  • Culinarian skills are okay. Reclaim is the “best” gil saving skill of all time. Of all time. 32 CP is often worth 400k, haha.

Check out our other crafting class guides:
Alchemist | Armorsmith | Blacksmith | Carpenter | Culinarian | Goldsmith | Leatherworker | Weaver

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7 thoughts on “FFXIV Culinarian (CUL) Class Guide & FAQ”

  1. @Greg Rowe: I agree, Hasty Touch is REALLY useful, at least in the leveling stage which is where I am. I’m leveling all the DoH classes at the same time (except culinarian which I PLeveled to 37) and Haste Touch + Steady Hand II have been being the key to craf HQ equipment.

    Of course, all my classes are only level 37 so far, so maybe later when I get more CP I can stop using Hasty Touch. But for now, it’s a must.

    1. Hasty Touch is the best skill IMHO.. The reason being this: Inner Quiet > Careful Synthesis 2 till its one synth form completion while grabbing any GOOD qualities with Tricks of the Trade > Steady Hands 2 > Hasty Touch till 10 durability (grabbing any goods with Tricks of the Trade) > Masters Mend 2 > and repeat.. this goes on untill you are almost out of CP while taking care to not dip below 24 CP when ur almost done. When you hit 20 durability you will probably have somewhere around 9-10 quality increases on Inner Quiet.. which is when you use Byregot’s blessing (if you have over 56 CP remaining, then you should use great strides because that’s going to be huge) to give yourself a 100% hq item.

      1. This guide is ancient. All basic and old guides will be updated ASAP, or we will be waiting for 3.0 so any new “content” or “changes” to the class fundamentals will be updated for the “new generation” of players.

  2. You practically need steady hands 2 at this point in time because of 2 star recipes requiring basic touches to boost inner quiet to several charges for byregot’s blessing. Square probably made basic touch 70% success on purpose just to add this skill in I think….

    I agree with the comment that hasty touch is useful, but that’s mostly for leveling – it is EXTREMELY good for leveling as when you’re low level you don’t really have enough CP and control to always get a high quality bar. You don’t REALLY want to use an 80% success (with steady 2) on your 2 star crafts when you can easily just use basic touch to buff inner quiet and do the monsterously OP byregot’s blessing.

  3. LOL @ Hasty touch being useless.

    With Inner Quiet and Steady Hand 2 up, you can spam it, use masters mend, rinse repeat until almost out of CP. Then use Byregots Blessing (CRP lvl 50 skill) for a guaranteed 100% HQ on just about anything.

    1. you know, i was wanting to ask the community about ‘levelling’ versus ‘leveling’ hahaha. thanks for the input! /fixed tooltip

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