So I have some questions for you all.
Do you have a recommended synth strategy for the 40 durability items? I know this is a guide for the finished product and is 100% HQ even with NQ mats but I have little faith in my own ability. >_>
Also, I didn't require BB on the finished product because I used some of the HQ mats...but I'm glad I didn't. CS II x 3 didn't get me quite the progression I needed (was off by 5 I believe) and I am a little over the recommended cap (349 craft). You can view my rotation in the pictures.
Edit: This is where we can tie together loose ends and hopefully not lose any gil in the process. On one of the reddit posts, it says recommended craftsmanship is:
However, it also lists higher control (344) and average CP (355).
Here's something else that's interesting in the comment section:
Just as an addendum, the below is ONE method of melding your items based on the above. Avoided use of Tier 4 Materia due to cost reasons.
Head: Control 3, Control 2, CP3, Craft 1
Chest: Control 3, Control 2, Craft 3, Craft 3, Craft 1
Hand: Control 3, Control 2, CP 3, Craft 1
Legs: Control 3, Control 2, CP 3
Feet: Control 3, Control 2, CP3, Craft 1
Belt: Control 3, Control 2, CP3, Craft 1
Neck: Control 3, CP3, CP 2, Craft 1
Earring: Control 3, CP 3, CP 3, Craft 1
Wrist: Control 3, CP 3, CP 3, Craft 2, Control 1
Rings: Control 3, CP 3, Craft 2, Control 1
Offhand: Craft 3, (Potentially Control 3/1 = +4 Control)
Wrist you can mix/match tier 2/3 materia based on your server's materia price. As a reminder, stat caps for wrist are +4 craft, +4 control, +6 CP.
Others have said the actual minimum control is 335. All other items are at Control cap, so only area to get another 4 control is on the Offhand
The above melds will hit stat cap for every item except offhand and CP, as the OP has mentioned. The final total using these melds are: Craftsmanship: 347, Control: 331, CP: 342
CP is 3 lower than OP's stats because Chest was not fully maxed for CP (as he notes in Note 1). Eating NQ Bouillabaisse will give you +34 CP, putting you at 376 CP, which is 11 above. As OP says, you can take out CP melds based on what food you plan on eating, but I didn't spell melds out for that because everyone likes to eat something different (stone soup will NOT work for those who want to be cheap!)
Also note that if you read the post and links carefully, this gear setup will give you 100% HQ IF you use the "alternative" method of synthing, which requires 50 BSM instead of 15 BSM, leveraging the use of Ingenuity 2 instead of Ingenuity 1. This forces a higher CP requirement, but lower craftsmanship/control requirement.
So, it looks like I'll be leveling BSM next. :X Probably will solve my CSII x4 issue. Edited, Dec 7th 2013 4:53am by HitomeOfBismarck