Just like any other class, you will have to begin from level 1 when starting a gathering (Disciple of the Land) class, and just like your main class - you have to visit your guildmaster every 5 levels to learn new abilities and advance your gathering storyline. At the end of the story quest chain you will receive nice level item level 55 tool. The gathering classes in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn are:
- Botanist (BTN) - Guild is located in Old Gridania (6,8)
- Fisher (FSN) - Guild is located in the Lower Decks of Limsa Lominsa (7,14)
- Miner (MIN) - Guild is located in the Steps of Thal in Ul'Dah (11,14)
Leveling a gathering class will really save you a lot of gil in the long run (believe me!). Depending on the crafting class you choose, selecting either a Botanist, Fisher or Miner will help you acquire all of the mats needed to craft, especially the elemental shards and crystals. The Market Board is nice when you need rare or specific mats, but being able to go out on the field and collect your own will help level your gathering class and give you mats needed for crafting.
Not sure what class to spend your time leveling first? Here are some recommended pairings:
Please note that these are just recommendations based on what gathering class can obtain the type of material needed to craft items. I would save leveling a Fisher until later in the game.
- Botany: Carpentry, Culinarian, Leatherworking, Weaving
- Mining: Alchemy, Armorer, Blacksmith, Goldsmithing
- Fishing: Alchemy, Culinarian
There are a general set of actions that gatherers use to help obtain their resources. All gatherers have a basic 'Gather' ability that helps obtain the item from a node. Your chance of success on obtaining an item heavily depends on the level of your 'Gathering' attribute. In addition, they also have ability to increase the chances of obtaining a high quality (HQ) item from a node. Depending on the level of the node and the resource you are trying to obtain, there is another percentage based success rate for HQ items. The amount of 'Perception' greatly impacts the success rate of obtaining these HQ items.
There are several different types of 'Nodes' that gatherer's will come across while out in the fields. Gatherer's can quickly see where available nodes are by using a prospecting ability they learn at a low level (example: 'Lay of the Land' for Miners). Most nodes allow you to have 4 chances to obtain resources until it is depleted, however, here are some of the more unique ones out in Eorzea, including nodes that allow for an extra attempt or grant a bonus for gathering HQ items.
New nodes are made accessible every 5 levels, and new quests are handed out by your guildmaster every 5 levels. Upon reaching level 50 you will acquire an ability that will allow you to obtain 'out-of-reach' items.
A quick way to level any gathering class is to use...
FFXIV Gathering Guide
General information and leveling tips for Gathering in FFXIV: A Realm Reborn
- General Update Dec 5, 2013