Armorers treat and work the malleable metals of Eorzea into all forms of armor. By binding together sheet, stud, and link, they are able to produce garb of plate and chain that has saved the lives of countless adventurers.
Though the armor trade once fell within the realm of blacksmithing, advancements in both metallurgical techniques and material refinement led to its necessary specialization, and it is now recognized as an official profession by all nations.
Armorers is a Disciple of Hand class that specializes in crafting. If you don't know the basics of crafting, I recommend that you check our FFXIV Crafting Guide to learn some of the basics.
Armorer's (ARM), as you may guess by the name, enjoy the art of crafting armor! If you are starting the game with a class that can wear plate (Lancer, Gladiator, Maraduar), then leveling an Armorer early in the game can prove beneficial. You could craft armor as you gain levels and save a lot of money and level crafting at the same time. Armorers also can craft primary tools for Alchemists (ALC) and Culinarian (CUL).
Armorer's require A LOT of Ice Shards, so be sure to stock up on those. I would recommend leveling a Botanist (BTN) to level 20 to learn "Menphina's Ward" and use it on nodes that allow an additional attempt, which should yield 15 shards. Farming shards is pretty annoying, but will save you a lot of gil in the long run. I usually farm and do other gathering while I'm watching TV, which helps.
Leving an Armorer, or any crafting class, can be exhausting, so it is recommended to save your leve allowances to spend on tradecraft leves. You can learn more about leveling your Armorer and locations of levequests at our FFXIV Armorer Levequest Guide.
Guild Location: Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15)
Tools: Pliers, Raising Hammers
You will begin to notice some common and repeatable ingredients needed to craft for your Armorer. Here is a list of the most commonly seen ones, so be mindful of this as it may be beneficial to level a gatherer to help obtain this material.
- Ice Shards, Crystals and Clusters
- Earth Shards, Crystals and Clusters
- Ingots, Plates, Rivets, and Rings
Here is a list of items that an Armorer can craft and specialize in. This is good to know in case you are leveling another class and want a crafter to make items for, or to make end-game gil.
- Plate Armor
- DPS Armor
- Alchemist Tools (Alembics)
- Culinarian Tools (Skillets)
- Crafting Mats (Rings, Plates, Ingots, and Rivets)
Noteable End-Game Recipes
Here is a list of some of the end game, one and two star craftable items that armorers can make.
End-Game Gear Set
This is the level 55 ARM gear set
Action Level Description Cost Duration Cooldown 1 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100030/Basic-Synthesis 1 Used to increase progress at 100% effeciency and 90% success rate --- --- Instant 2 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100031/Basic-Touch 5 Used to increase quality at 100% effeciency and 70% success rate 18 CP --- Instant 3 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100032/Master's-Mend 7 Restore the durability of an item by 30 92 CP --- Instant 4 http://xivdb.com/?skill/246/Steady-Hand 9 Improves action success rate by 20% for the next five steps --- --- Instant 5 http://xivdb.com/?skill/254/Inner-Quiet 11 Grants a bonus to control with every increase in quality --- --- Instant 6 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100040/Observe 13 Do nothing for one step 14 CP 1 Step Instant 7 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100033/Rapid-Synthesis 15 Used to increase progress at 250% effeciency and 50% success rate --- --- Instant 8 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100034/Standard-Touch[/url 18 Used to increase quality at 125% and 80% success rate 32 CP --- Instant 9 http://xivdb.com/?skill/262/Great-Strides 21 Doubles efficiency of next Touch action. Effect active for three steps --- 3 Steps Instant 10 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100035/Master's-Mend-II 25 Restore the durability of an item by 60 160 CP --- Instant 11 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100037/Standard-Synthesis 31 Used to increase progress at 150% effeciency and 90% success rate 15 CP --- Instant 12 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100036/Brand-of-Ice 37 Increases progress. Progress doubles when recipe affinity is ice 15 CP --- Instant 13 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100038/Advanced-Touch 43 Used to increase quality at 150% and 90% success rate 48 CP --- Instant 14 http://xivdb.com/?skill/100039/Piece-by-Piece 50 Increases remaining progress by 1/3 15 CP --- Instant
Quest Name Level Location NPC Reward 1 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65810/My-First-Doming-Hammer 1 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 100 EXP, 30 x Copper Ore, 1 x Hempen Kurta 2 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65811/From-Thigh-to-Neck 5 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 560 EXP, 194 Gil, 1 x Amateur's Pliers 3 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65812/The-Base-Fundamentals 10 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 1710 EXP, 289 Gil, 1 x Bronze Doming Hammer 4 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65813/One's-Own-Worst-Critic 15 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 3360 EXP, 382 Gil, 1 x Recruit's Pliers 5 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65814/An-Armorer's-Pride 20 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 4090 EXP, 470 Gil, 1 x Iron Domin Hammer 6 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65815/Showing-Your-Steel 25 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 4760 EXP, 557 Gil, 1 x Initiate's Pliers 7 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65816/May-the-Best-Armorer-Win[/url 30 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 7410 EXP, 639 Gil, 1 x Wrapped Iron Doming Hammer 8 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65817/Pans-of-Steel 35 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 9020 EXP, 1 x Steel Doming Hammer 9 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65818/Best-of-Three 40 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 11270 EXP, 1 x Appretice's Pliers 10 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65819/For-the-Good-of-the-Guild 45 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 12420 EXP, 1 x Cobalt Doming Hammer 11 http://xivdb.com/?quest/65820/Rivalry-and-Respect 50 Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks (10,15) H'naanza 1 x Kurdalegon
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