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#1 Sep 03 2013 at 1:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Whats the best way to farm crystals??
It seems mobs don't drop items or crystals like they used to in ffxi...
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#3 Sep 03 2013 at 2:02 PM Rating: Decent
Exactly what he said. Whenever you gather anything at all you have the option of gathering an ingredient with a certain % change of success or a crystal with what I perceived to always be a 100% success rate.
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#4 Sep 03 2013 at 2:27 PM Rating: Decent
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darexius2010, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Exactly what he said. Whenever you gather anything at all you have the option of gathering an ingredient with a certain % change of success or a crystal with what I perceived to always be a 100% success rate.


I had a failure once on a crystal when gathering as a lvl 1 Miner. So it apparently can happen. Or maybe it's just me. They probably have code specifically for me.

if usr.Name == "Piminto" {
throw new 1017Exception();
}
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#5 Sep 03 2013 at 2:36 PM Rating: Good
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Piminto wrote:
darexius2010, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Exactly what he said. Whenever you gather anything at all you have the option of gathering an ingredient with a certain % change of success or a crystal with what I perceived to always be a 100% success rate.


I had a failure once on a crystal when gathering as a lvl 1 Miner. So it apparently can happen. Or maybe it's just me. They probably have code specifically for me.

if usr.Name == "Piminto" {
throw new 1017Exception();
}

At a very low level you can have a lower success rate. It should be tied to gathering stat. Make sure you are upgrading your tools with the ones they give you (doing the class quests).
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#6 Sep 03 2013 at 2:38 PM Rating: Default
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Only Botanist and Miner get this option. Fishing doesn't fish for crystals.

Because mining for shards doesn't gain you much XP, you don't want to do it before level 20. At level 20 you unlock a skill that allows you to snag 3 shards a chop instead of one. I can't log in right now but I think mining unlocks Fire, Lightning, and Earth. Botanist unlocks, Wind, Water, and ???.

Once you unlock them in Mining, you can use this bonus in Botany regardless of whether you are a lvl 20 botanist or not. And vice versa. So if you are looking for a specific shard, make sure you level the class that gives you the bonus shards.

People have a ton of shards, and if you /shout I'm looking for shards for 15gil you will likely find someone. The boards on my world tend to sell them for around 20 gil. Wind shards have been the most expensive.

If you ran out of shards before level 20, I'd buy them rather than farm them. Also questing the main storyline is a good way to go up in shards.
#7 Sep 03 2013 at 2:45 PM Rating: Decent
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As a weaver I use my mining purely for crystals. I can get 100 lightning in about 15 minutes outside Uldah. I've leveled Mining from 1 to 8 with just pure lightning crystals (not fast, but I'm farming not grinding).

To answer above I think Botany and Mining can get all crystals, but it is not always easy to find the gathering site.

Mining: Lightning, Fire and (can't remember thrid) right outside Uldah
Botany: Earth right outside of Gridania

Sorry I can't remember the other crystals because I don't use em.
#8 Sep 03 2013 at 2:48 PM Rating: Decent
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I haven't fallen below 1k+ of each crystal yet. When you level up every craft you get many crystals.
#9 Sep 03 2013 at 2:55 PM Rating: Good
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Mopdaddy wrote:
I haven't fallen below 1k+ of each crystal yet. When you level up every craft you get many crystals.

I noticed this as well. During phase 3, I had to constantly go out and gather crystals through mining or botany. However, they really increased the amount of shards given as part of the reward for completing the lvl 5/10/15/etc DoH quests.

Granted, I've only gotten up to around lvl 15, so I don't know if the higher amount of exp needed at later levels will require more shards than you get from quest rewards. Also, some crafts eat up shards more quickly than others (e.g. Weaving requires more intermediary steps to create ingredients than Leathercraft).
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#10 Sep 03 2013 at 2:58 PM Rating: Decent
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svlyons wrote:
Mopdaddy wrote:
I haven't fallen below 1k+ of each crystal yet. When you level up every craft you get many crystals.

I noticed this as well. During phase 3, I had to constantly go out and gather crystals through mining or botany. However, they really increased the amount of shards given as part of the reward for completing the lvl 5/10/15/etc DoH quests.

Granted, I've only gotten up to around lvl 15, so I don't know if the higher amount of exp needed at later levels will require more shards than you get from quest rewards. Also, some crafts eat up shards more quickly than others (e.g. Weaving requires more intermediary steps to create ingredients than Leathercraft).

They probably will. I only made it to 20 in each craft and haven't been able to log in for the past 2 days. But leveling them like that sure keeps me from any needless crystal farming time.
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