Since the more common questions found on other forums are starting to come up, I figured it was about time for an FAQ thread to be posted up. Hopefully this will answer some of the more common questions people have.
Is crafting worth it?
Depends on what you want in the game. Do you want to be a high level with awesome equipment and so forth? If so, then no. Most of the best gears are obtained from HNMs and Gods at level 70+. Do you want to do something different in the game to be proud of? Then yes, it's definetely worth it. Personally, I regret that I level slow and can't kill any of the HNMs and such yet but when i'm able to wear equipment made by me and signed by me, it feels good.
What craft is the best craft?
To tell you the truth, there is no such thing as the "best" craft. There are crafts you'll like and crafts you'll hate. Every craft that has a lot of profit, has a heavy price tag to skill up so in the end, they're all about the same.
What can I make for gil with my craft?
You'll have to find out on your own for this. It's actually quite rude to most crafters if you ask this question as you'll be bringing unwanted competition to an item they use to make their money. Find out what you can HQ easily as these will more often then not is the way to make gil.
How much gil will I need to take craft X to skill Y?
No one can really answer this question easily without taking a LOT of time to study the current market and taking down price of materials and price the product sells for and so forth. But people should know that these things change on a regular basis. As such, an answer that might apply for the day or week or so, might not be the most suitable thing on another day/week/month/etc. The quickest way to find this answer is to do what another person would have done (aka check current market and the rest).
Can X amount of gil take me to skill level Y?
Refer to previous question and the answer is the same. No one can really know since the market is always changing. The best people can give are estimates based on what they remember. So it might not be accurate at the current time.
Guild Points (GP) are a way to get High Quality (HQ) crystals or certain pieces of skill boosting equipment/furniture or certain Key items. The HQ crystals are what are used to sign your name on what you make. Just use the same HQ crystal as it's normal version to get the product. Lets take a Power Bow for an example. It's normal synth uses an Earth Crystal to make it. In order to sign it, you would use it's HQ version (Terra) to sign it.
Crystal = HQ Crystal
Earth = Terra
Wind = Cyclone
Ice = Glacier
Fire = Inferno
Water = Torrent
Lightning = Plasma
Light = Aurora
Dark = Twilight
Now the other GP Items. There's one you get at Apprentice rank, one when you become an Artisan and the final as you turn Veteran. The item gained at Apprentice rank is either Gloves, Hat/Glasses, boots or weapon (depends on guild) and costs 70,000 GP to get. The second is always an Apron and needs 100,000 GP while the third is always some type of furniture which needs 150,000 GP. They roughly give you +1 to your skill (total of +3 when combined together). The key items range from 10k to 40k GP.
Now...to accumate GP, you can start as early as Novice Rank and is recommended that you do so (especially if it's an item that'll give you 3k+ GP total) at this point. You need to sign a contract with a guild in order to start earning GP. After signing a contract, talk to them again to learn about what the GP item for the day is. The item needed will vary from day to day as well as rank. Also you can only gain a certain number of points total per day which varies with what item they request for your GP. All you need to do is trade the requested item to the person you signed the contract with and you'll gain GP for each item.
Although you can earn GP for more then one guild, you can only do so one at a time. For example, if you currently have a contract with the Bonecrafting guild and want to switch to Smithing, you would lose all GP you've gathered in Bonecraft when you switch. So make sure you get the item you want before switching.
Note: Guild Point contracts and skill level caps are both different things. Try not to confuse the two.
Can you take more then one craft up to 100?
Fortunately (or unfortunately to some), you cannot. You can take all crafts up to 60. After that however, you only have 40 points to spend on crafts. There are also pros and cons to this which i'll explain in a bit. How the 40 point distribution works is like this. Say you're Bonecrafting is at 60 and Leathercraft is at 60. Your goal is to be able to make Scorpion Harness or something and you want to raise both Bone and Leather past 60. The 40 point distribution makes it so you can either take bone to 100 or bone to 90 and leather to 70 or take both to 80, etc. Meaning you have to choice which you want at a higher level (in this situation, you'd want bone higher). Now for the pros and cons of spreading out your 40 points.
- Products that require subcrafts (like Scorpion Harness or Haubergeon) will have a higher success rate (some higher HQ rate as well)
- A bit more freedom on what you make for your gil since you have more recipes to choose from
- You can't really make the really high level stuff (example, the level 72 or 74 rings in Goldsmithing)
- Your skillgains for any craft higher then 60 will be slower then someone trying to take one craft to 100 (the guilds themselves say this)
- Some products will be limited on success/HQ rate depending on their sub as well as main.
I picked the wrong craft, do I have to start a new character to get the craft I want?
No you don't. If you picked the wrong craft, just raise the craft you want normally. When the craft you want hits 60 (or 58) and you're ready to take the test, the guildmaster will ask if you want to cap the other craft off at 60 and continue raising your current one. Be warned that if you DO cap a craft, you'll lose any skill you got in it permenantly. Meaning you CANNOT switch back and forth between 2 crafts on one character.
More will be added as more of the same questions are asked.
Before you clear out the posts... Y'might wanna capitalize FAQ. This font isn't too distinguishing.
It's not going through Motoh...it's pretty much like that. It automatically chances the second two letters into lowercase.
Is that better as F. A. Q. now?