Hello there fellow crafters! This is a very quick little guide on DoH / Crafting Collectables. Why did I make this? Well, I don’t want to repeat myself eight times every new tier in the crafter leveling guides. Instead, this page will serve as the singular source of info on this topic, and I’ll link to it from where I need it. In any case, here we go!
If you’re a returning player whose a bit confused… There was a significant rework to this system on the tail end of Shadowbringers.
Unlocking the Collectables system
Basically you need to be a few MSQ’s into Heavensward (you have Ishgard city unlocked), and a Level 50 Crafter or Gatherer.
- Quest: Inscrutable Tastes
- NPC & Location: Morgayne, Ishgard – Foundation (x10 y10).
- Requirements: Level 50. Main Scenario Quest Pre-req: The Better Half.
This unlocks the Collectables system for both crafters and gatherers.
Crafting Collectables: How does it work?
No matter which collectable system you’re going for (rarefied turn-ins, custom deliveries, or whatever) all use the same collectable crafting subsystem. This essentially changes the “HQ” mechanic, or rather, eliminates is. It gets replaced by a “Collectability” bar instead.
In the regular crafting system, HQ is expressed as a percentage chance, and by the end of it either you “hit HQ or you don’t”, depending on your chances. With the collectability system, instead of increasing HQ chance, you increase collectability and the item will have its own unique collectability rating once you complete synthesis.
Functionally, there is no difference from regular crafting. You use the same skills and all that jazz. You open this collectability crafting mode AUTOMATICALLY when trying to actually craft a collectable item. Nifty! Back in the day you used to have a toggle-able skill… wew. Good Riddance.
Finally, you submit them to any Collectable Appraiser found in many “main cities”, and gain a corresponding amount of EXP, Scrips, and Gil depending on the item collectability and tier.
Crafting Collectables: Uses? Worth it?
The short answer is YES. EXP and Scrips are the main resources you’ll get. Think of it as another tool in your toolbelt for doing crafter stuff! Use it when and if you need it.
Custom Deliveries: a weekly activity that gives absolutely ridiculous amounts of EXP. Decent amounts of scrip too. Guide linked!
Rarefied Turn-ins: an infinitely repeatable way to gain decent EXP, and scrips. While not super efficient, there’s no limit but your materials! These are like pseudo levequests and are a super legitimate option while leveling your crafters. At max level, yeah, its your “basic” source of scrips.
How do I know which items are collectables? They have their own categories in your crafting menu. As seen above. Crafting Log → Collectables or Custom Delivery submenu on the lower left.
These are the main repeatable systems that use Collectables, but there are other things like Restoration activities.
Summary and Outro
There’s really not much to say here. It’s a very specific guide, and I made it primarily for a central place I can link to from other guides so I only need to update in one place. But, it is what it is, and I hope I answered most of your questions. If you have other ideas or things I should add here feel free to mention it!
You might wanna see these other related resources: (linking once I fix em up)
- Custom Deliveries Guide
- DoL Gathering Collectables Guide
- Crafting Leveling Guides
- Gatherer Leveling Guides