FFXIV Gil is very tight in Final Fantasy XIV. After completing the initial round of quests, there are not many ways for gil to be brought into the game’s economy on a daily basis. Given that crafting is expensive to powerlevel and repair bills really start to add up at level 50, a lot of players have been looking for good ways to make gil.
FFXIV Gil Method #1: Potash and Coke
Location: Castrum Meriadianum or The Praetorium
Required Level: 50
Gil Per Hour: 135k
Running either Castrum Meriadianum or The Praetorium for Tomestones of Philosophy is a time-honored tradition for level 50 players who are working on unlocking their Darklight set or Relic weapon. However, did you know that you can trade 125 Tomestones of Philosophy for Potash or Coke, two highly prized crafting ingredients that are used in top level recipes? You can get them from Auriana in Revenant’s Toll (the same vendor that sells Darklight gear).
Since few players want to part with their Tomestones (they want their Darklight gear), the price of these ingredients is quite expensive. At the time of this writing, market value for these two ingredients fluctuates from 60-85k gil a piece. Given that you can run Castrum Meriadianum or The Praetorium twice in an hour with a good group, it is possible to complete 5 runs (500 Tomestones of Philosophy) in 2.5 hours. This will give you enough Tomestones to buy 4 Potashes or 4 Cokes. At 85k gil each, that is 340,000 gil earned in just 2.5 hours of farming (or about 135k gil per hour)!
FFXIV Gil Method #2: Raptor Skins and Sinew
Location: Path between Camp Overlook and the Floating City of Nym (right outside the east exit of Camp Overlook in Outer La Noscea)
Required Level: 35
Gil Per Hour: 55k (at 50)
Just east of Camp Overlook, there is a relatively short strip of land that contains 10 Velociraptors. While there are only about 10 of them in the entire camp, they respawn very quickly, so even at 50 and with great gear, you never run out of enemies to farm.
The Raptors are particularly good to farm because not only do they drop valuable items with big demand, but they drop these items at an extremely high drop rate. In particular, in this location we will be farming Raptor Skins and Raptor Sinew. Raptors can drop up to 3 Raptor Skins at a time as well as a single piece of sinew.
Both of these drops are valuable. On my server, a single Raptor skin is worth about 200 gil and a Raptor Sinew is worth 350 gil. I managed to find 31 skins and 19 sinew in just 15 minutes – or about 13k gil worth of items. When you factor in the price bonuses for HQ items and the couple of lightning crystals I snagged by killing nearby elementals as I farmed, I ended up netting close to 14k gil worth of items in just 15 minutes.
FFXIV Gil Method #3: Snurble Tufts
Location: Burning Wall (East of Camp Drybone and Highbridge)
Required Level: 50
Gil Per Hour: 12k
Golden Fleece (the golden karakul that spawn in the Burning Wall) drop Snurble Tufts at a decent drop rate. While the drop rate is not great, it is not bad either, and there are more than enough Golden Fleece to go around. I was able to find 9 snurble tufts in 15 minutes, and at 350 gil a piece at the time, this worked out to 12,600 gil per hour. It ended up being no where near the amount of gil offered by running dungeons and farming raptors, so I scratched this one off the list.
FFXIV Gil Method #4: Water Crystals
Location: Urth’s Fount (Southeast of Quarrymill in Gridania)
Required Level: 50
Gil Per Hour: 8.8k
Water Elementals spawn thickly with no other enemies around deep in Urth’s Fount. My theory was that perhaps crystal drop rate would be high enough on these condensed enemies to make farming them worthwhile.
In the end, this was actually the least profitable of my tested methods. While I was able to find 26 crystals, it turns out water crystals just are not worth much. At 85 gil a piece, I was able to sell those 26 crystals for 2200 gil, which works out to 8.8k gil per hour.
While farming elementals worked in FFXI, crystals are just too easy to get via gathering in FFXIV. Unless the amount of crystals offered by mining or botany significantly drops, forget about farming elementals for now.