FFXIV Mining Leveling Guide (80 Shadowbringers Updated)

Shadowbringers Updated up to Level 80! Level up Mining Quickly! Stop wasting time! Power Level your Miner!

403 Issues SHOULD BE SOLVED: After a very convoluted hunt to discover why and how this was happening - I took a rather extreme approach to squash the problem. There should be no more of this issue going forward.

First of all, you might want to check out our Gathering General FAQ, and Mining General FAQ before you begin. Already familiar? Let’s get to it.

Key Info per section:

  • Mining quest requirement & location.
  • Mining Levequests location / Best leves.
  • Nodes unlocked, and material list.
  • If grinding, what’s the best item to farm? (Most useful)

Leveling your Miner 70 to 80?
Shatter deez stones in Shadowbringers!

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)

Miner Leveling Guide – Navigation:
MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70] | [70-80]

FFXIVGuild MIN Guides
Mining Leveling Guide | MIN Levequests | Mining Node & Material Locations

Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the mining class: The Miner’s Guild is in Ul’dah.

Make sure you know all about gaining EXP most efficiently. We have a Gathering General Leveling Guide for this. Key points are: Choosing the right levequests (ones with evaluation can potentially give insane EXP), keeping key pieces of gear up to date (for getting maximum EXP per node), and making the most out of every node (using skills properly).

Our Gathering Gear Guide is something you should keep open while leveling up.

Regarding Mining Class Quest Items, it’s ideal to farm for them BEFORE you hit the next quest. (For example, farm Wyvern Obsidian while you’re level 26-29). As a quick reference, we will put all items needed here (they are mentioned again in more detail on every section).

Our Mining Node / Material Locations Guide will help you with this, and when looking for specific items.

Mining Class Quest Items

LevelItem to gatherQtyLevelItem to gatherQty
MIN 1Copper Ore10MIN 53Mythrite Ore (HQ)10
MIN 5Bone Chip50MIN 55Titanium Ore (HQ)10
MIN 10Obsidian99MIN 58Hardsilver Ore (HQ)10
MIN 15Cinnabar (HQ)10MIN 60Adamantite Ore (HQ)3
MIN 20Grade 1 Carbonized Matter99MIN 63Beggar’s Mythril Ore
MIN 25Effervescent Water (HQ)15MIN 65Feather Iron Ore
MIN 30Wyvern Obsidian (HQ)15MIN 68Serpentine
MIN 35Raw Amethyst (HQ)20MIN 70Pummelite
MIN 40Jade (HQ)20
MIN 45Electrum Ore (HQ)20
MIN 50Darksteel Ore3

Useful links to have open: Mining Node Locations | Gathering Gear Guide


Mining Level 1-5

Mining Quest Level 1: 10 Copper Ore
Mining Quest Level 5: 50 Bone Chips
Level 1 Mining Levequests:
Ul’dah Adventurers’ Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 5 Mining Levequests: Ul’dah Adventurers’ Guild & Scorpions Crossing.

Where to find Bone Chips? You can complete both of these quests in one go, to save time.  So make sure you have both sets of items ready before you return to Adalberta (10 Copper Ores and 50 Bone Chips). If you’re lazy you can also buy this from tradecraft merchant NPC’s (not recommended).

Level 5 Node Locations Unlocked: Central Thanalan (Four Sisters, Stonesthrow) Western Thanalan (Gate of the Sultana)

Level 1 to 5 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Bone Chip0505Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Wind Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Lightning Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Muddy Water0305StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Copper Ore0105StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Wind Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Lightning Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Muddy Water0305Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Copper Ore0105Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Fire Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Water Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Muddy Water
  • 70 Bone Chip (50 for the quest)
  • 99 Copper Ore (optional)

This part should be easy. After gathering all of those Bone Chips, you should be well past level 5. Return to Adalberta and claim your rewards and gear upgrades. IF Grinding: farm copper ore.

Mining Level 6-10

Mining Quest Level 10: 99 Obsidian
Level 5 Mining Levequests:
 Ul’dah Adventurers Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
Western Thanalan Horizon.

Where to find Obsidian? Yup, 99 Obsidian. Get used to this. You can find Obsidian in Western Thanalan (The East Hammer). Again, you can buy this from NPC’s but I wouldn’t advise it.

Level 10 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (The East Hammer), Central Thanalan (Royal Allagan Starway)
Lower La Noscea (Cedarwood).

Level 6 to 10 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Tin Ore062310The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Zinc Ore092610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Soiled Femur082610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Water Shard01010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Obsidian1010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Tin Ore062310Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Zinc Ore092610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Soiled Femur082610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Lightning Shard01010Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Earth Shard01010CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c
Raw Sunstone072410CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Tin Ore, Zinc Ore, Soiled Femur
  • 20 Raw Sunstone.
  • 119 Obsidian (99 for quest)

While 99 Obsidian may seem pretty grindy, getting stacks of materials is something you should get used to. IF Grinding: farm everything equally, except Sunstone.

Minin g Level 11-15

Mining Quest Level 15: 10 High Quality Cinnabar
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
 Western Thanalan, Horizon.
Level 15 Mining Levequests:
Eastern ThanalanCamp Drybone.

Where to find Cinnabar? The HQ Cinnabar shouldn’t be hard to get. They’re found in Western Thanalan (Horizon).

Level 15 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (Copperbell Mines, Horizon), Central Thanalan (“Western Thanalan” Exit).

Level 11 to 15 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Iron Sand1415HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Cinnabar1515HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Copper Sand1115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Water Shard0115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Rock Salt1215Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Ragstone1315Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Lightning Shard01015Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Iron & Copper Sand, Rock Salt, Ragstone.
  • 30 Cinnabar (10 HQ for the quest)
  • 99 Iron Ore (Even more preferably!)

I have to remind you: Unearth is good.
IF Grinding: farm iron ore. LOTS of it.

Miner Leveling :
MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70] | [70-80]

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FFXIV Mining Levequests (Evaluation) & ‘Best per tier’

Find out the best mining leves per tier, and how to maximize the use of levequests for your miner.

Hey guys! This is a short guide detailing the best mining levequests per leve tier. If you’re here you’re probably going to want to see: Mining Leveling Guide. There’s not much else to say about that, I guess – but I’ll have a brief explanation for the newer players:

When in doubt: “Flower Elf” and “Catgirl Fishing” best.
“Lala” and “King” are garbage.

Sadly, not all mining levequests are equal. Of the 4 types of leves you can get, 2 are far superior than the other 2. As stated earlier: Flower Elf > Catgirl Fishing > Lala/King (equally bad). The problem is the massive disparity between the good ones and the bad ones… in any case – avoid the latter if you can.

Evaluation Mining Leves: are the aforementioned “Flower Elf (FE)” and “Catgirl Fishing (CF)“. If you get the highest possible evaluation rating – you get a massive EXP bonus. This is what you’re after! Careful, it can be a pain if your miner has bad gear.

Levequest Engineering: is the process of ‘forcing’ certain levequests to pop for you. How is this achieved?

  1. Accept all available mining levequests when you reach a new levemete.
  2. Complete them all BUT DO NOT SUBMIT THEM.
  3. Only submit and gain the rewards for “FE” or “CF”.
  4. FE and/or CF should be available again from levemete.
  5. Only submit the “King” and “Lala” variants when you’re ready to go next tier.


List of Mining Levequests (Evaluation)

Updated our Mining Levequests list to include all quests and rated each per tier.

Removed all Temp(L)e levequests since they’re sucky. They cost 10 levequest allowance but only gives x3 XP.

LvlLevequestLeve RatingPlateLink
1Rubble BubbleBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/714/Rubble-Bubble
1Who Needs the PaperworkBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/715/Who-Needs-the-Paperwork
1Miners' HolidaymehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/717/miners'+holiday
1The Primrose PathmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/716/the+primrose+path
5Do They Ore Don't TheyBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/719/Do-They-Ore-Don%27t-They
5Vanishing PointBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/718/Vanishing-Point
5Pipikkuli's Ship Comes InmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/720/pipikkuli's+ship+comes+in
5I don't Zinc It's a CoincidencemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/721/i+don't+zinc+it's+a+coincidence
10That's Why They Call It Fool's GoldBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/723/That%27s-Why-They-Call-It-Fool%27s-Gold
10We Do This the Hard WayGoodFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/725/We-Do-This-the-Hard-Way
10Break It UpBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/722/Break-It-Up
10It Peiste to ListenmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/724/it+peiste+to+listen
15Earth Sprites are EasymehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/727/earth+sprites+are+easy
15Eiderdown for EidolonsmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/728/eiderdown+for+eidolons
15A Man's Gotta DreamGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/726/A-Man%27s-Gotta-Dream
15The Doom that Came to Belah'diaBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/729/The-Doom-that-Came-to-Belah%27dia
20Rock My WallmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/733/rock+my+wall
20Elemental HousekeepingmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/731/elemental+housekeeping
20Location, Location, LocationmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/732/location,+location,+location
20Look How They Shine for YouBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/730/Look-How-They-Shine-for-You
25Baby, Light My WaymehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/737/baby,+light+my+way
25Tag, You're ItmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/736/tag,+you're+it
25Can't Start a FiremehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/735/can't+start+a+fire
25Fool Me TwiceBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/734/Fool-Me-Twice
30I Kidd You NotBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/738/I-Kidd-You-Not
30Shell GamemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/741/shell+game
30That's What the Money is FormehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/739/that's+what+the+money+is+for
30The Midden FairmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/740/the+midden+fair
35Rocks for BrainsGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/742/Rocks-for-Brains
35Ther Are no Good AnswersmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/743/there+are+no+good+answers
35Mythril MadnessBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/745/Mythril-Madness
35Eye for an EyemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/744/eye+for+an+eye
40Nature is a MonsterGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/746/Nature-Is-a-Monster
40Breach and BuildmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/748/breach+and+build
40Not Losing Our Heads This TimeBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/749/Not-Losing-Our-Heads-This-Time
40Brother in ArmsmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/747/brother+in+arms
45Hybrid HypothesesBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/753/Hybrid-Hypotheses
45Metal Has No MasterGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/750/Metal-Has-No-Master
45Sucker SeermehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/752/sucker+seer
45Crystal MessmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/751/crystal+mess
50The Merits of UpcyclingBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1180/The-Merits-of-Upcycling
50Taken For GraniteGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1178/Taken-for-Granite
50The Road to PilgrimagemehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1179/the+road+to+pilgrimage
52Permit for Destruction of Religious PropertyBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1184/Permit-for-Destruction-of-Religious-Property
52Halone's Jewelry BoxmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1186/halone's+jewelry+box
52I'll Show You My Battle ShardsmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1185/i'll+show+you+my+battle+shards
54Dreams of War, Dreams of Liars, Dreams of Dragon FiremehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1191/dreams+of+war,+dreams+of+liars,+dreams+of+dragon+fire
54Talk about BoundariesBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1192/Talk-about-Boundaries
54From Creepers to SquattersGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1190/From-Creepers-to-Squatters
56Mortarin'BestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1198/Mortarin%27
56What Goes UpmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1197/what+goes+up
58DragonproofingBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1204/Dragonproofing
58Sticking It OutGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1202/Sticking-It-Out
58Crystal ChroniclesmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1203/crystal+chronicles
60Axe to GrindBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1375/axe+to+grind
60Set in StonemehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1374/set+in+stone
60Cermet BreakerGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1373/cermet+breaker
62Ready Ore NotBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1376/ready+ore+not
62Hit Rock BottommehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1377/hit+rock+bottom
64No Stone UnturnedBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1381/no+stone+unturned
64Simply Marble UsGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1379/simply+marble+us
66Dunes of Our LivesBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1384/dunes+of+our+lives
66Bead Em UpmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1382/bead+em+up
66O Say Can You Rock?mehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1383/o+say+can+you+rock?
68The Ores Have ItBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1387/the+ores+have+it
68Mine All MineGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1385/mine+all+mine
68Adios, Ala MhigomehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1386/adios,+ala+mhigo

The information was compiled by my very beautiful girlfriend. :D Who helps me out from time to time.

Well, it’s a basic resource! Hopefully, it was useful to you! GLHF Leveling up your miner! It gets better after 50, trust me!

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