Heat the forges and start Blacksmithing! This Blacksmith Leveling Guide will hopefully make your journey to 80 quick and easy!
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Blacksmith Leveling- Navigation: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50]
[5o-60] | [60-64] | [64-70] | [70-80]
Before you begin…
Where is the Blacksmith Guild? How to become a Blacksmith? You can become a Blacksmith by visiting the Blacksmith’s Guild in Limsa. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – you can begin smithin’ it up!
Updating your Blacksmithing Gear is quite important if you’re going to be crafting your own leve items. We have a Crafting Gear Guide to help you out on that.
Blacksmith Class Quest Item Reference:
BSM 01: Bronze Ingot
BSM 05: 3x Bronze Cross-pein Hammer
BSM 10: 12x Bronze Rivets
BSM 15: Bronze Spatha, Spiked Bronze Labrys
BSM 20: Iron Cross-Pein Hammer (Materia Enhanced)
BSM 25: (HQ) Steel Ingot
BSM 30: (HQ) Plumed Iron Hatchet
BSM 35: (HQ) Steel Bhuj
BSM 40: (HQ) Wrapped Crowsbeak Hammer
BSM 45: (All HQ) Cobalt Knuckles, Buccaneer Bardiche, Cobalt Shamshir
BSM 50: (HQ) Cobalt Winglet (Melded with: Savage Might Materia III)
Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Blacksmith class quests at once.
Levequest Items Discussion?
Every tier has 3 kinds of Leves:
- Single Submit Leves: Levemete & submission are just a short walk from each other.
- [C]ourier Leves: Levemete is from the [H]ometown, to be submitted to the [L]ocal Levemete.
- [R]epeatable Leves.
- Single and Repeatable Leves (1 each) are from the [H]ometown, and [L]ocal levemete.
- [C]ourier leves will always give the Highest EXP per craft, but require alot of time, and travel costs.
- Repeatable leves will always give the Highest EXP per Leve. If you value your leves alot or don’t have many left, these are good. But, they are thrice as expensive. We will recommend the best  and  levequest(s) for every tier. Note that this depends on server prices and might not apply to you. We will comment on every tiers [C] levequest but will likely never recommend it. Use [C] levequests at your own discretion!
- Also, a Precursor item means it requires a fully crafted item AS A MATERIAL, which is bad.
Useful links to have open: Crafting Gear Guide | Blacksmith Leves Guide
Blacksmith Level 1-15: The early levels
These levels are EASY since all materials you need can be bought from the guild NPC. There’s no excuse not to craft ’em!
BSM Early Levequests
We DO NOT advise using “non-courier” Leves for these low levels. Below you will find a list of items for courier leves, which originate from Limsa Upper Decks.
Doing the Courier / Reverse Courier route is the way:
Level 1: Bronze Rivets x5 / Bronze Dagger [ Red Rooster Stead ] Level 5: Bronze Head Knife / Bronze Pickaxe [ Red Rooster Stead ] Level 10: Bronze Knuckles / Spiked Bronze Labrys [ Swiftperch ]
All of the above courier levequests start at Limsa Lominsa!
If you do end up doing non-courier:
BSM 1 Leve Recommendation: [H] – Bronze Saw [ Red Rooster Sea ] BSM 5 Leve Recommendation: [H] – Bronze Bastard Sword [ Limsa ] BSM 10 Leve Recommendation: [H] – Bronze Spatha [ Limsa ]
Grand Company Submissions:
Pressing CTRL+U and clicking on “Next Mission Allowance” shows you a list of items your grand company requires. Submitting them in your GC’s homebase will yield roughly 1 levequests worth of EXP. This is great as it doesn’t eat up your levequest allowances.
A “star” on an item means they need it really badly! Meaning you get DOUBLE the EXP rewards. Generally speaking GC submissions should be done as long as you have materials for it.
You don’t need to craft the items yourself – you can simply submit items you buy from the Marketboard or obtain by any other means.
Blacksmith Leveling- Navigation: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50]
[5o-60] | [60-64] | [64-70] | [70-80]
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22 thoughts on “FFXIV Blacksmith Leveling Guide L1 to 80 | 5.3 ShB Updated”
I’m so disappointed this website isn’t working anymore.. I get 403 errors on every guide and as a returning player that used to use this site religiously…. I sad now.
I’m sorry, please know I’m looking into it now that I’m back from holidays!
The 68 leves aren’t correct. Knock on wood, for the molybdenum ball-pien hammer, is NOT a triple Leve quest. it’s only a single. if there is a triple here I believe it would most likely be the Fire for hire, the molybdenum rimfire. I did find the knock on wood to be faster and better since I leveled the gatherers, but it does spend more leves
If anybody is having trouble with the L62 80DUR 379CP rotation because they lack the required CP, changing the second Steady Hand II to a Steady Hand saves 3 CP (in fact everyone should do that, because you hit 100% either way) and omitting it altogether saves 25 CP and only changes the Basic Touch and Byregot’s Blessing to 90%, which is still totally reliable. Doing this changes the CP requirement for the rotation to 354 from 379, which is a huge jump for low-geared crafters. Also, once you hit L63, Rapid Synthesis III with Steady Hand II should replace Careful Synthesis III in most cases (IMO). Especially if you cross-class Tricks of the Trade for the extra 20 CP ticks every once in a while, considering, once Comfort Zone falls off, there’s no reason to want to use unnecessary steps.
Am I crazy or does the level 60, 40 dur rotation just not work? Let me know if I’m wrong but:
Comfort Zone = 40
Inner Quiet = 40
Waste Not = 40
Steady Hand II = 40
Hasty Touch II = 35
Hasty Touch II = 30
Hasty Touch II = 25
Hasty Touch II = 15
Hasty Touch II = 5 (i assume this was left out by accident, because there’s absolutely no reason to go all the way to 40 in this rotation as opposed to 35)
Master’s Mend = 35
Steady Hand II = 35
Great Strides = 35
Innovation = 35
Basic Touch = 25
Great Strides = 25
(there’s a space here, I don’t know what for)
Byregot’s Brow = 15
Ingenuity II = 15
Careful Synthesis II = 5
Careful Synthesis II = 0
Careful Synthesis II = ???
Again, leave a reply if I messed it up somewhere, but I’m pretty sure this just doesn’t work. Unless of course the space before Byregot’s Brow is supposed to be Master’s Mend or Waste Not or something, in which case, that makes much more sense, but requires a ton of CP to pull off. I’m sitting at 342 CP and if I use waste not there (which is the only way I’ve gotten it to work) i can’t even use Byregot’s Brow afterwards cause I’m left with 6-9 CP.
Hmm i put many notes there that this rotation should be edited depending on your stats- lemme fix it up in such a way that it will “almost surely not fail”
Well how good is 342 at this point for someone who’s a tiny bit behind on gear? Seems like I just end up a tiny bit off. Also, is it Waste Not that’s being used there to squeeze out the 3 CS2s?
Nice guide but there is an error with your Lv60 40 DUR macros. As is it leaves you at -15/40 DUR which means you can only do two careful synthesis at the end and have to complete any further is impossible
HT – 30/40
HT- 25/40 W?N wears here
HT – 15/40
HT – 5/40
MM – 35/40
BT – 25/40
Byregots – 15/40
CSII – 5/40
CSII – -5/40
CSII – -15/40
Ah, I forgot to put a note on this one… This one is meant to be “changed” depending if you are able to snag the progress in 2xCSII, I forgot to put that caveat. I guess the safer call is to edit the rotation to accommodate 3xCSIII instead (better for weaker crafters). The final BT (or the 5th HT) is what’s causing the error, and should be omitted for crafters that need the CSIII – I forgot to mention it!
Oh Cobalt File leve… I wish I knew where you were. Alas I shall have to content my self with another leve.
should be in limsa
FIXED ALL of the leve confusion when they changed the PLD and NIN weapon names and cause a huge confusion. Lemme know if one slipped past.
First off, great series of guides. They have really helped out a lot.
Wanted to point out for BSM 56+: Titanium Nugget is a potential collectible item with a starting collectability of 2500 to start. it gives 103680 exp and 10 blue scrip (starting) making it hands down the best way to level from that point on as nothing can compare to its value, or at least, nothing that I can see (since you always need nuggets for something).
This is great! I never got Titanium Nugget while I was leveling. I’ll update.
I’m confused. You say that using levequests at 0-15 isn’t recommended, but then you go on to tell how to use them without really addressing what to do instead. Nothing here that describes what recipes are the best “bang for the buck” so to speak, in order to power level out over 15. Am I missing something here?
I doomed myself with that line didn’t I? haha. The shopping list method is the most LEVE EFFICIENT (since you don’t use any). Courier Reverse Courier might be FASTEST and most BRAINLESS (but uses a bit of leves). This honestly depends on how rich you are with leves. I will be fixing all of the DOH leveling guides up to the new standard – it just so happens BSM is one of the “not yet fixed” ones. (CHeck out weaver).
Yes, we’re currently in the process of updating all 2.0 (pre-50) DoH leveling guides! Please look forward to it.
um… there is no levequest involving a bronze saw at level1 by the way
Have you checked in Red Rooster Stead? The Levequest “The Unkindest Cut” (NOT FROM LIMSA) involves submitting Bronze Saw for roughly 860 EXP and 94 gil as the reward. Kindly double check if it exists or not, because I see it.
“The Unkindest Cut” from Red Rooster Stead
I will, however, I am putting this edit and other “general” fixes to older guides when heavensward comes out to see if there are any new things to consider while leveling up.
Ever thought of making a master list?
What I am saying is if someone wanted to level -everything- in one go. Much of crafting uses parts made from other jobs… so if you wanted to lv it all in one shot you could say go out, gather x amount of this this and this, craft x of this from this job, use it to craft this from this job. This job and this job make the same things, craft x from this job and y from this job (I.E. smithing and armoror can both make bars/rivits of the same kind) next lvs go gather x of this this and this etc etc etc.
It just be something I’d love to see. I maxed my gathering out first and stockpiled a buncha stuff but having a proper means to lv everything else together be nice instead of having to pause and check the market, or scan though my craft log to see what makes this item I need, or if I even know it yet, or going out and gathering even more. Just sit back and have everything and go.