Seeing as it's 2009 and because I'm pretty bored at work, I've decided to compile a new and up to date Guide to leveling Cloth craft. This will be based on my own experiences and ffxiah prices. I strongly urge only crafting when you are within 5 levels of the items max skill level so you gain skill ups on fails as well as successes. I am building this guide in the hopes of giving you the path with least loss and most opportunity to profit. This is NOT a guide on power leveling your craft over night. This is a gradual process and it took me 5 years to hit 100.
Please take the time to do research for your servers prices as they may be very different from Diabolos'.
Before begining tossing money into your new job you should know the following:
The Cloth guild is loced in Windurst Woods @G-12
A NPC by the name of Ponono will be giving you your guild tests every 10 levels (though you can take the test at levels 8, 18, 28 etc)
Another important NPC is Terude-Harude, he will give you advanced synthesis support which raises your skill level a theoretical 3 levels and costs a small fee of gil.
Other NPC's inside the building give a free version of synth support (buffs you 1 crafting level), one takes items for guild points (used in getting crafting gear) and some tell you synth recipies.
There is also a guild shop next door that will sell Synthesis materials you may need from time to time. Check them early and often as many people with local mules will be buying up their supplies as quickly as they open their doors.
Grass Thread= Wind Crystal Synth
Yagudo Bead Necklace
~Go to Gideus and round up ever last damn yag you can find and then blizzaga them or do an AoE WS. You will hit level one quickly but dont leave until you've done many many stacks of thread as you will need it next.
Grass Cloth = Earth Crystal Synth
Grass Thread x3
~Take all those grass threads you made and turn them into cloths, simple enough right? Save them! No selling!
Cape = Earth Crystal Synth
Grass Cloth x2
~Glad you save all your materials right? Make these En mass and NPC to vendors to recap on gil loss by earth crystals. If you farmed your crystals then wellcome to tiny profit land!
~Grats on getting level 8, now take one of those capes to the Guildmaster Ponono (G-12) Windurst woods and uncap yourself to the next rank.
Hachimaki = Wind Crystal Synth
Grass Cloth x2
~A much cheaper synth than cotton thread (todays market has cotton balls going for 7K a stack @_@ no thanks). NPC off to recoop on loss.
Red Grass Thread = Lightning crystal synth
Red Moko Grass x2
~Go back to Giddeus! This time bring harvesting sickles which can be purchased from an NPC in each town. They will break so bring a few stacks. Also if you farm your own crystals from the elementals in Delkfuts tower you will be banking quite a lot of profit.
Red Grass Cloth = Earth crystal synth
Red Grass Thread x3
~Keep on a mule for later if you wanna try to make yourself some Baron's gear in later levels or sell for 60K a stack! Congrats you can officialy support yourself forever if you have the calm attitude to farm giddeus for a living.
Linen Thread = Lightning crystal synth
Flax Flower x2
~Find out which nation is in 1st place, their airship dock shop will sell these on the cheap! If its not your home nation then find a friend who belongs to them and give him some cash to buy you A LOT of them.
~Go to the AH and buy or make yourself a cotton cape and trade to guild master for your next rank
Linen Cloth = Earth crystal synth
Linen Thread x3
Sell for nearly 20K a stack on AH
Heko Obi = Earth crystal synth
Cotton Cloth x2
~Cotton cloth stacks literally sell for as much as a stack of raw cotton balls. Buy the cloth off the AH and let some other suckers take the loss in gil for making the cloth for you. NPC Obi's for recooping some of you gil.
Sub Craft Skil of 8 Bonecraft
Fly Lure = Earth crystal synth
~The materials are cheap but you need to have atleast 3 bonecraft so you can still skill up on failed synths. This can tak you all the way to 30 but you can stop at 28 and take the next guild test if you want. You can bazaar these overnight while you sleep in the fishermans guild for 2K a pop after youve filled your AH with them.
Skill 27-28 (Alternative for those without bone)
Cotton Dogi = Earth crystal synth
Cotton Cloth x3
~A slightly more expensive synth similar to the Heko Obi's, NPC for a slight loss.
Skill 27-30 (Alternative for Windurstian Citizens)
Windurstian Slops = Earth crystal synth
~You can make the linen products yourself and use conquest points for the slops and these sell nicely for about 6K a pop.
~Go take your next test which will require one of your Heko Obi's
Soil Hachimaki = Wind crystal synth
Linen Cloth x2
~It's a cheap synth to get you into the 30's if you stopped yourself last rank at 28. NPC off. You dont have to do this step if you're allready 30.
Wool Thread = Lightning crystal synth
~Head out to the crag of Dem where you can farm sheep and Elementals all day, you might even get lucky and catch stray mary.
Wool Cloth = Earth crystal synth
Wool Thread x3
~Save these for later or start making en mass and selling for 30K a stack.
Feather Collar = Earth crystal synth
Bird Feather x7
~Use some of your wool cloths to finish this rank quickly. Bird Feathers are sold from NPCs and the AH for dirt cheap.
~Trade in one of your feather collars to the guild for your next rank.
Bag of Bird Fletchings = Wind crystal synth
Bird feather x2
~Sell on AH in jueno or sandy and then bazaar them while you sleep in the wood working guild room.
Velvet Cloth = Earth crystal synth
wool thread x2
~Farm the silk from crawlers or buy from AH. you can sell this for 22K a stack but I would recomend keeping it.
Silver Thread = Earth crystal synth
~This is a great profit synth if you have gold smithing leveled to atleast 6 (capps at 11) And it gets you closer to 48.
Wool Hose = Earth crystal synth
Wool Cloth x2
~You can farm the ram's hides and make the leather, now would be a good time to start leveling sub crafts such as leather anyway, or buy them from the AH. Just use this synth to get to 48 as its the cheapest option. NPC the loss or try your luck on the AH.
~Go trade in a pair of Wool Bracers for your next rank.
Silk Thread = Lightning crystal synth
Crawler Cocoon x2
~Farm crawlers as they will drop threads and cocoons or buy the cocoons from the AH for dirt cheap. Keep these, resist the urge to sell yet.
Skill 4?-52 Super Cheap Alternative
Insect Fletchings= Wind crystal synth
Insect wing x2
~If instead of making silk for profit/preparation you wish to just level up on the cheap I would recomend doing these. The wings sell on the AH for next to nothing and you can do them from mid 40's on to 52 since fails wont cost you much.
Silk Cloth = Earth crystal synth
Silk Thread x3
~This can get expensive quick so sell a few stacks if you absolutely NEED to but try to hold onto these bad boys. This is a very proftiable synth but you will need silk cloth later.
Karakul Cloth = Earth crystal synth
Karakul thread x3
~This one is a bit expensive but you can make 66% of the cost back. Doing the wool to thread is a much bigger waste so skip that step and once again let some other sucker do it for you. Sell on AH for 100K a stack.
Skill 57-60(can stop at 58 if you want)
Field Hose = Earth crystal synth
Wool Cloth x2
~This was the cheapest/simplest synth at this point and they each sell for 10K on the ah so if you have time to AH them you will make a tiny profit or break even.
~Buy a Red Cape on the AH (much cheaper than synthing) and trade it in for you next test
*NOTICE* Past this point you will only get .1 skill ups and things get expensive quick. This would be a good time to go back to some of your profit synths i have pointed out to build up some capitol funds.
Hunters Cotton = Earth crystal synth
Cotton Thread x3
Ponze of carapace powder
~Buy the water from vendors and the other two from ah (remember, making your own cotton thread is a loss and waste of gil) This item sells on the ah for 5K which is a profit but it does sell slowly. I also chose this one because it's still cheaper than starting the silk road just yet.
Hyo = Earth crystal synth
~You can use this synth to get you to 64 atleast or take it to 65 for a low loss. NPC these or try to sell on AH (not profitable but low loss)
Skill (64/65)- 68
Silk Headband = Earth crystal synth
Loop of Carbon Fiber
~Welcome to the silk road! You can try AH'ing these for a tiny tiny profit or just NPC them and keep moving. Stop at 68 because its a waste to take this to 69 when a cheap synth is just around the corner.
~Go trade a Wool Doublet for your next rank up!
Black Chocobo Fletchings = Wind crystal synth
Black Chocobo Feather x2
~NPCs at the chocobo stables will sell these at a rate making this synth MUCH cheaper than other options at this point. Try to AH a few stacks of them and then Bazaar over night while you sleep in the wood workers guil in sandoria to sell more.
Rainbow Thread = Lightning crystal synth
Spiders web x2
~Fill up on materials and go get the free synth support and do this synth until you are level 73. After that you can feel free to synth out in the field as you kill these things. Spiders outside Whitegate have a great drop rate, are easy to kill at 75 anything and you can skill up a weapon while getting materials (ohh and beastmen/kindred seals can drop too) you cant loose at this synth weather you farm your own materials or buy them for 2K a pop at the AH.
Rainbow Cloth = Earth crystal synth
Rainbow Thread x3
~I would HIGHLY recomend you hold onto these if you wanna keep leveling now. But, if you wanna make some cash you can start farming spiders and selling stacks of cloth @ 200K a pop. This is excellent money but the more you sell the more you will have to re-farm for later synths.
~Go trade a Silk coat in for your next test
Puk Fletchings = Wind crystal synth
Puk Wing x2
~A VERY cheap synth. You could stop doing rainbow synths at 68 if it's getting to expenssive and do this synth all the way to 82. AH stacks or once again bazaar in wood working guild for arrow makers to buy.
~From here we hit a slight bump
~The cheapest skill up now would be Wamoura silk thread
Wamoura Thread = Lightning crystal synth
Wamoura Cocoon x2
~The cocoons sell checp on ah but rediculously fast. You will be lucky to beat out other crafters more than a couple times a day.
~A faster synth would be
Wamoura Cloth = Earth crystal synth
Wamoura Silk thread x3
~However, with the level differencce you will get many breaks;
I would suggest doing a rather expenssive synth to get to 84 first
Rainbow Headband = Earth crystal synth
Loop of Carbon Fiber
~Try to AH these and NPC what you can afford to and just get to 84 and stop.
~From 84 on you camp your butt at the AH and grab every Wamoura cocoon that comes up. And make Thread to 88 and then cloth to 89. Both of which sell for profit (thread is more profitable than cloth so once you hit 89 stop sything and sell it all).
~When you reach 88 you can trade in a Arhat's Hakama for your last test! Keep pushing to 89 on the Wamoura cloth though as it's one of the last few cheap synths.
~First off, pat yourself on the back and maybe enjoy a celebratory piece of pie, youve earned it.
Giant Bird Fletchings = Wind crystal synth
Giant bird plume x2
~These sell on the AH and you get some of your cash back but expect loss from here on out.
Sub Craft Leather 24
Errant Slops = Earth crystal synth
Velvet cloth x2
~You can sell these on ah to make back about 33% of the cost and NPC what you can afford to loose.
Smithing subcraft ???
Yasha Hakama = Earth crystal synth
Velvet cloth x2
Black tiger leather
~An alternative to Errant slops. Check your sever for which one is cheaper. Supply of Kejusu satin may limit you on this synth
Al Zahbi Sash = Earth crystal synth
Wamoura silk thread
Marid Hair x2
~This is the cheapest synth to 99 and can get very cheap if you produce your own rainbow and gold thread. Camp the AH for marid hairs and store them on a mule ( dont stack ;_;) for the big push to 99.
~When you hit 99 it is very important that you market yourself. Post on Alla, Killing ifrit, ffxiah and in your bazaar message that you are looking to perform level 100 synths. I garuntee they're are a few ls's out there that will want Cursed Dalmatica's synthed and do no have a clothcrafter in house. I got I got .4 skill total by helping others make their dalmy's.
Alchemy Sub skill of 24
Argent Coat = Light crystal synth
Sack of baking soda
Platinum silk thread
~This is by far the cheapest synth to 100 and it sells for about 50% cost which is GREAT at this level. The alchemy sub was very easy for me to level up, i did it in an after noon for under 100K
Well that's my guide to 100. I hope you find it informative and helpfull on your path to 100 cloth.
Edited, Feb 7th 2009 2:41pm by Busaman