You’ve decided to contribute towards the Ishgardian Restoration, but you may be a bit confused as to what that entails. Well, if you have ever used the Collectibles system, then you won’t be too unfamiliar with what’s going on in The Firmament.
After completing “Towards the Firmament”, level at least one crafter to level 20.
While you may not need to have a crafter or gatherer at level 20 to unlock access to the Ishgardian Restoration, you will need one to contribute towards the cause. Crafters are the key here: while gatherers will be needed to gather the new Skybuilder materials needed to craft the requested items, contribution is rewarded for delivered craftables.
In your crafting log, you will unlock a new Skybuilder recipe for each crafting class at levels 20, 40, 60, 70, and finally 80. Each recipe will call for Skybuilder materials earned from similarly leveled gathering nodes (plus-or-minus five levels), and these can either be farmed yourself (if you have the level-appropriate gatherer), or they can be bought on the Market Board (for a pretty penny, currently).
The best way to go about this is to focus on one crafting class first, and to keep your gatherers close to that crafter’s level if they are not already at max level. Gatherers are insanely simple to level these days, and you can grab upwards of ten levels every thirty minutes by doing levequests. Be sure to use your Grand Company tokens to purchase Survival Manuals to boost gathering experience as well, and you’ll find you won’t struggle to keep your gatherers near your crafter’s level.
Craft the new Skybuilder recipes and turn them in to Potkin.
While you may not be able to turn in the new Skybuilder gathering materials for credit, you will use them to make the new Skybuilder recipes, accessed within your Crafting Log after you talk to Potkin. He will give you both the crafting recipes and the locations of the gathering nodes, and these can be found under the “Special Recipes” tab in your Crafting Log, within Ishgardian Restoration. Right-clicking the materials will allow you to see where they can be gathered, but if you don’t see them that means your gatherer is too low level.
Common sense does apply here: if it looks like minerals or water then it’s a miner material, and plants and sap fall under the botanist’s purview. If you don’t want to gather these yourself, you can buy them off the Market Board, but they are expensive currently.
Once you have all the requisite materials, find the recipe in your Crafting Log, and Synthesize it. Don’t use Quick Synth, because you need to reach a minimum “Collectability” ranking if you wish to turn the items in for credit. Here is the thing: you don’t need the collectables ability unlocked to make these: these will always be crafted as collectables. Check with Potkin if you don’t know what the minimum is; it’s best to know before wasting materials.
Depending on the recipe, your gear, and your level reaching the minimum collectability ranking can prove difficult, so be sure to keep your gear up to date by visiting vendors in the main cities, or browsing the Market Board. While it may be tempting to push for the highest rating, this can prove difficult for new crafters. FFXIV Teamcraft is a great website for figuring out a rotation based on your current stats and equipment, and for now focus on hitting that minimum collectability on every craft.
As the screenshots above demonstrate, you’ll be rewarded with a boatload of experience with each turn-in, and you’ll be given Restoration Scrips, a currency used in this area to buy high level crafter and gatherer materia, new mounts, minions, music, and much more. You’ll also gain points towards the Ishgardian Restoration itself, which will eventually trigger a “Concerted Works” public event in the area when your server has filled the bar visible at the Skybuilders’ Board.
Complete Concerted Works to progress the Ishgardian Restoration.
Once the bar is full a Concerted Works will be scheduled. It will always be a few hours after the bar was filled, so players can schedule around it. The Skybuilders’ Board will give you the exact time left till the event, as well as when it will trigger in your local time.
Once the event does kick off you will need to be on either a gatherer or crafter above level 20. These work like any other FATE in the game: you will be given a task, and once you fill the progress bar the FATE will conclude and you will be rewarded based on contribution. The first Concerted Works we triggered on Gilgamesh required us to grab wood from a supply pile, refine it, then install it on four different nodes.
Once the event is over, you’ll be awarded a chunk of experience, some gil, and most importantly 500 Restoration Scrips. You can even hop into other worlds and help with their Concerted Works if you wanna grind scrips, but your contribution will count towards that world’s progress.
And that’s essentially it: buy or gather the requisite Skybuilder materials, craft them into Skybuilder recipes above a certain collectability ranking, then turn them in for rewards. Every few hours or so a Concerted Works should kick off, and the zone will be slowly repaired as these events are completed.
Now then, get back to work: that new housing zone won’t build itself overnight. For more guides check out our Shadowbringer’s guide hub.