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How to Make Gil in FF XIV
There are a variety of ways to make Gil in Final Fantasy XIV. Some ways take a lot of time, but are a sure thing. While other ways involve much more risk and spending Gil to make Gil.
Below, I outline five of the best ways to make Gil in Final Fantasy XIV. I have employed all of these methods and found myself gaining Gil as I progressed through the game, instead of losing Gil like other players.
1. The Market
The market is the best way to make Gil in Final Fantasy XIV—if you don't mind taking some risks. I have lost thousands of Gil, only to make it back tenfold just a few hours later. Here are some tips on how to play the market:
- Check the history of items before investing. Just because the item is listed for 10,000 Gil doesn't mean it sells for that. Check the history, you could be surprised.
- Check the current tax rate. Tax can affect a lot, so check the tax rate and sell items in the appropriate city to keep your profits to a maximum.
- Materia is the best way to start. I started out my market dealing career with Materia. It's easy to search and offers low-risk investments. You won't be pulling a lot of Gil in at first, but it's a great way to start.
- Buy large stacks of items and break them up into more expensive smaller stacks. Some crafters just need a small amount of something for an item they are making. But gathers will sell large stacks of an item. You can buy that large stack at a low price, then break them up into smaller stacks to sell at a higher price.
- Don't try to buy the whole stock of an item in an attempt to re-sell it at a high price. Prices go up and down rapidly sometimes, so it's not possible to corner the market on an item. Keep in mind you are competing with everyone since all of the markets are linked. So unless you know it's a very rare item, I would avoid this tactic.
Overview of the Markets
Here is an overview of the markets:
- Market boards can be found in all of the major cities, typically where vendors and retainers are located.
- Retainers sell items for you, which are unlocked once the level 17 main storyline quest is completed.
- You can have two retainers, and each one can sell up to 20 items at a time.
- Retainers hold items and Gil. When items are sold, the Gil goes to your retainer, which you can then pull out.
- While you have your retainer summoned, items will not be sold on the market. So don't go AFK with the retainer out.
What's Your Favorite Trade Skill?
Tradeskills take the most time out of any of these choices, but the payoff can be well worth it. While you can choose any profession you want, here is what I recommend when approaching the topic of trade skills:
- Focus on professions that complement one another at first. That will allow you to maximize your profits and minimize losses. Ensure the gathering profession provides materials for each crafting profession. This will keep you focused.
- Don't try to level them all the way up immediately. Every time I gained five levels in a job, I would switch. This allowed me to not get bored, and to sell off the items I made.
- Don't be afraid to spend a lot of Gil on materials. Some materials can only be found by item drops from monsters, or from other professions. Once I hit level 25, I spent 10,000 Gil buying materials to craft the items for my trade profession.
- Do some Levequests. Levequests aren't necessary for gathering, but for crafting it can be. This will allow you to earn some Gil and experience, while not using as many materials just making items. I recommend not turning in high-quality items though, just normal items. Grand Company quests can be run as well to earn experience and seals, however, they won't earn any Gil.
- Try to make high-quality items. High-quality items always sell, no matter what level you are. So strive to make high-quality items. You will make your money back.
Here is an overview of Levequests:
- You will earn 3 Levequests every 12 hours, up to a maximum of 100.
- Levequests unlock every 5 levels, provided you speak to the appropriate Levemete.
- Once you unlock a Levemete, you can typically talk to one in a main city, and they will provide Leves for the appropriate level.
I consider Levequests to be a lot of fun. Not only do they offer a variety of missions, but it's a great opportunity to earn Gil and items to sell on the market. Here's how:
- Only run Battlecraft Leves. This is where you will find the most opportunity for items to use or sell on the market. The other Leves provide some rewards, but aren't as profitable. Battlecraft Leves are where the items are at.
- Pick a Battlecraft Leve that has an item as a reward. Even if it's an item you can't use, it could be something you can sell on the market. Typically pick the Leve's that offer a piece of gear, not potions or food.
- Hunt for treasure chests. During Leves, you can come across a treasure chest. Open it for an item to wear, potions, etc. In a way, this helps increase your profit. Search all areas, even if you are about to finish the Leve.
- Set the difficulty to max. If you finish the Leve with all of the objectives completed, you will typically receive a bonus. Try to kill any bounty targets as well. That means more Gil and experience.
- Avoid grand company Leves. These will offer lesser rewards, in favor of giving you grand company seals. Grand company seals are easy to get other ways, so bypass these Leves.
- Combat Leves are phased out at higher levels. Once you reach a certain point, combat Levequests no longer exist, but you can go back to earlier Leves to do those since they should be a breeze to get through.
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4. Dungeons and Guildhests
Dungeons and Guildhests offer different ways to earn some Gil. While they may not offer as much profit initially, they can offer some high-level items to sell on the market.
- Run all the Guildhests at least once. The girl rewards are high for completing one the first time. After that, they can be run for a smaller girl reward, but they don't take that much time to run at all which makes it worth it.
- Dungeons are great for chests and items. If you are lucky with loot rolls, you could find yourself with items to a vendor for Gil, or items to sell on the market. Plus if you help someone complete a dungeon for the first time without any problems, you'll receive a bonus.
- Be a healer or tank. These two roles tend to queue up quickly for both Guildhests and dungeons. If you plan to focus on this route, then playing these two roles will increase your profit.
- Avoid the trials. The trials ran through the duty finder, after the first time, don't offer anything but playing an epic battle again. So don't run these if you are trying to earn Gil.
- Charge for your services. Some people play solo but need others to complete areas. Charge to run a player through a dungeon or other instanced area. This can be a good way to get money for something you may have planned to do anyway.
Fates are one of the more popular ways to level in Final Fantasy XIV. However, they are also a great way of earning Gil. Here are some tips when tackling fates.
- Group with others. Not only does that help increase experience, but it will help you get a gold medal, which gives you the max reward.
- Try to tag enemies right away. This will increase your chances of getting items that you can turn around and sell on the market.
- Don't expect to earn a lot. This is a very slow way to earn Gil, but it's very reliable, especially if you get item drops.
- Do other things in between fates. Work on gathering, questing, or whatever else in between fates. If you are in a fate group, that could be all you are doing. But if you are soloing, mixing things up can be good.
- Stick with the pack. If you want to blaze through multiple fates, then stick with the main group. Soloing fates just takes a lot longer and lowers how much you earn in the long run. A large number of players can complete fates quickly.
Other Tips for Earning Gil
Here are some general tips that should apply no matter what you are doing in Final Fantasy XIV if you wish to earn or save on some Gil:
- Don't buy Gil! More than likely it's a scam. You will more than likely get hacked or lose out on some cash. Plus it encourages spammers to spam more.
- Repair using your trade skills. In the end, it's much cheaper to repair your own items, so if you have the skills, repair your own items rather than having an NPC repair them for you.
- Wear items to turn them into Materia. Even if you don't consider the item an upgrade, if you can wear it to turn it into Materia that sells on the market, then do it.
- Run all the quests. A lot of the quests offer item rewards or Allagan pieces that can be sold for Gil. Do all of the main storyline quests as well.
- Join a free company. Having others to work with will help you get Gil, items, and progress further. So join a free company.
- Do retainer ventures. Ventures, which are done through retainers, are a great way to get a steady flow of materials. Some ventures reward you with random items. You could get an item worth over a million Gil that way!
Do you have any tips on how to make Gil in Final Fantasy XIV? Share them below!
© 2013 David Livermore