FFXIV Crafting 100% HQ 2 Stars with one set of crafting gear


OCT 2014 – Convert macros to newer format with , reducing the macros required to run (slightly).

This is a compilation of research from FFXIV forums (original links at the end of this article)
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I’ve simplifed the system to just 2 sets of macros (40/80), 1 set of crafting gear (no AFs) and 1 food. The aim is to achieve the bare minimum to hit 100% HQ for 2 Star 80 DUR crafts and nearly 100% (95-100%)  HQ rate for 40 DUR crafts. In theory there’s no need to hit HQ for any 40DUR crafts since you can hit 100% on 80DUR however economically you rather have some HQ mats to save some cost in your offhand (more on that later).

You can substitute some of the below gears for crafting AFs to save costs, however the set below allows you to only own 1 set of gear for all crafts, saving you much needed space and massive saving in melding less gears.

All the numbers you will ever need to remember

Craftsmanship 347 (no more, no less)
Control 318-340 (318 to do HQ 2Stars – 340 for 100% HQ 2Stars with NQ mats, 340++ for higher chance of 100% for 40DUR)
CP: 340-342 (Capped) – You would want to hit 342 Cap to eat cheap food NQ Bouillabaisse, it’s very cheap to cap CP so there’s no point not hitting 342.

The perfect gear would look like this
Craftsmanship 347 | Control 340+ |  CP:342 (+food 376/385)

Macro CP requirements
40 Dur HQ 2 Stars = CP381 = 342 base + HQ Bouillabaisse = 385
80 Dur HQ 2 Stars = CP373 = 342 base + NQ Bouillabaisse = 376

Macro requirements
Most crafts at 50 except
Armorer 0
Blacksmith 15 for Ingenuity
Culinarian 37 for Hasty touch and Steady Hand II


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