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#1 Apr 23 2012 at 9:53 AM Rating: Decent
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Patch 1.22 will see the addition of new weapons and armor available for crafting by Disciples of the Hand. This Topics post will provide some insight into the nature of these items, and introduce the social milieu that gave rise to their creation.
New Grand Company Gear
After the establishment of the Grand Companies, each city turned an eye to crafting quality arms and armor with which to outfit their respective forces. A growing number of adventurers can be seen clad in this official equipment as the Grand Companies continue to reward faithful service.
There are those, however, whose livelihoods have suffered from the availability of such equipment—the armorers and weaponsmiths who rely upon the custom of adventurers. These craftspeople began searching for a means to rival the companies’ superior wares, and eventually discovered their salvation in working with darksteel ore and hippogryph skin.
Though well known for their incredible strength and durability, these materials are notoriously difficult to shape and deemed ill-suited for mass-production. After much experimentation and deliberation, however, the masters of each guild developed improved crafting techniques. Thus were they able to forge a new series of unique items.
The invention of new crafting methods has made such arms and armor possible, but the process is still said to test the skill and patience of even the most seasoned smiths.



http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=6475f9a3bf04b0f48c02dfa31ed32d2c56fc6f7a
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#2 Apr 23 2012 at 12:17 PM Rating: Good
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Not sure I understand. Are these items you buy from the grand companies, or are they crafted? The titles make it seem like GC stuff, but the actual text makes it seem like the latter.
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#3 Apr 23 2012 at 1:10 PM Rating: Good
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DeadlyLust wrote:
Not sure I understand. Are these items you buy from the grand companies, or are they crafted? The titles make it seem like GC stuff, but the actual text makes it seem like the latter.


That's the first thing that came to my mind as well. By the fine print though, it looks like crafted gear.
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#4 Apr 23 2012 at 1:32 PM Rating: Good
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I hope a private 3rd class with DOHs maxed can get the materials to craft things or this will be useless to low people.
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#5 Apr 23 2012 at 6:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Here's my take on these. You require some dark steel which can be purchased from GC, plus you need other mats you get in whatever way, plus I'm guessing you need to go to strongholds to craft these weapons using Beastmen machinery. Yoshida mentioned this was in his plans for more difficult crafting.
#6 Apr 23 2012 at 8:14 PM Rating: Good
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No, I think these are not Grand Company related. If you read the article, these Darksteel Armoury are created to compete against Grand Company Armoury, by each of the Guilds. Maybe they will give a new quest for each of the available DoH/DoL Guild to open access to these stuff, and probably this is what they meant by crafting specialisation before where they attempt to limit crafting class per player, like you can only specialise in one of the craft for the Darksteel.
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