Gearing in any MMORPG is one of the main goals for every slightly-more-than-casual and beyond kind of player, and FFXIV is no different. In this post, I’m going over all the possible ways to gear your character at level 90 in the current patch!
We’ll start with the basics, which is the ilvl 560 gear for freshly leveled jobs. Despite level 90 being the max level, your journey to increasing a job’s ilvl starts at level 89. Your first set of endgame equipment will be obtainable by completing the main story quest “A Bold Decision”. Doing so will unlock the vendor Varsarudhin Old Sharlayan, who will give out ilvl 560 gear for free, for all your jobs. These sets are known as the Artifact Gear of Endwalker, and will be your baseline when starting out at level 90. However, Artifact sets only consist of left hand side armor pieces, and will not include accessories. For these, you need to do the initial three level 90 dungeons: The Dead Ends, Smileton, and The Stigma Dreamscape. Chests found throughout these dungeons will contain ilvl 560 accessories, which are better than anything else you’ll have equipped while leveling.
Next up is the ilvl 570 one, the Aphorism Tomestone gear. Aphorism can be obtained via level 90 duties, along with certain daily roulettes. After getting enough tomestones, you can trade them in via the vendor Cihanti in Radz-at-Han. This will give you ilvl 570 left side gear pieces, as well as accessories.
Then, we got the ilvl 575 gear, the Darbar sets. The new Alzadaal’s Legacy dungeon, which is unlocked via playing through the Patch 6.1 main story, offers both ilvl 575 Darbar armor and accessories.
Ilvl 580 gearing starts with the Extreme trials. The Minstrel’s Ballad: Zodiark’s Fall drops accessories, and The Minstrel’s Ballad: Hydaelyn’s Call drops weapons. If you don’t get the drops you want from each fight, there’s also a totem system to take advantage of. By completing a specific extreme fight you gain a totem, and enough of these can be traded in for the item you want. The vendor Nesvaaz in Radz-at-Han will take these totems from you, and you need five Astral Totems from Zodiark for an accessory, and ten Umbral Totems from Hydaelyn for a weapon.
Another way to earn ilvl 580 gear is through the normal Pandaemonium raid. By doing so, you’ll receive Unsung Asphodelos tokens, which are then traded in for gear. It’s important to mention that the weekly lockout for these pieces of gear has been lifted, so you can farm the Normal Pandaemonium for the tokens as much as you’d like. The only exception to this is the weapon token you receive at the end of the fourth circle, as you still get one per week, but more on that later.
Ilvl 580 upgradeable gear that can turn into ilvl 590 can also be crafted, and it’s called the Classical Crafted gear. This can be crafted directly, although the easier option is to buy them directly from the market board. Also, this gear can now be upgraded to ilvl 590 Augmented Classical versions in Patch 6.1. Trading in the crafted Classical version to the vendor Rashti in Radz-at-Han gives you Hannish Certificates of Grade 1 Import. Crucible Rain, an item costing 100 Aphorism Tomestones, can also be bought via the tomestone vendor in Radz-at-Han. Trading in enough of both will let you acquire Augmented Classical gear at ilvl 590.
You can also earn ilvl 590 gear from Aglaia, the new Alliance raid introduced in the 6.1 patch. However, once you’ve received your loot, you’re locked out for the week, so you can only receive one piece of gear weekly and will have to wait for next Tuesday to return there with purpose. (Unless you’re determined to get those cards and minions, of course!) Also, keep in mind that no weapons will drop from Aglaia – only the left side counts as a possible loot. If you’re looking for a simple guide to help you through this raid, check out the link in the description, as you’ll love that video!
You can get yourself ilvl 590 gear that gets upgraded to ilvl 600, which is the Astronomy Tomestone gear. The easiest way to cap your weekly astronomy tomes is by doing a daily expert roulette. Each one will give a total of 90 astronomy tomes, so 5 daily roulettes will easily get you capped.
You can also buy a weapon with these tomes, though this also requires another item called a Discal Tomestone. To get this, you either have to complete Asphodelos: The Fourth Circle on Normal difficulty for weekly Unsung Blade of Asphodelos tokens, as 4 of these can be traded in to the Pandaemonium Relic Exchange vendor, or via Asphodelos: The Second Circle (Savage). You’ll need 500 Astronomy Tomestones along with the Discal Tomestone to get yourself a lvl 590 Astronomy weapon.
Each piece of astronomy tomestone gear can also be upgraded to ilvl 600 via Radiant items. These are the Radiant Coating for accessories, Radiant Twine for armor, and Radiant Roborant for upgrading weapons. You can obtain these by doing the savage raid, or by exchanging your Aglaia Coins from the Alliance raid over at Nesvaaz, but that only applies to the Twine and the Coating. Radiant Roborant can still only be obtained by doing the third circle of the savage raid.
Apart from doing the raids, you can also obtain the Twine and Coating for 2000 Sacks of Nuts a piece, if you’re into hunting, and those can be exchanged at the Hunt vendor in Old Sharlayan.
There’s a way to get ilvl 595 gear, by doing The Minstrel’s Ballad: Endsinger’s Aria. Completing this will drop ilvl 595 Bluefeather weapons, both directly and as part of the Bluefeather Weapon Coffer. Each completion will also give you 2 Ultimatum Tokens instead of just one, with 10 being traded for a Bluefeather weapon of your choice. If you’re a Pally like myself, your weapon will cost you 7 tokens, whereas your shield will be 3. You can exchange those tokens, along with the other raid tokens, over at Nesvaaz in Radz-at-Han. Oh, and another cool thing about Endsinger is the overly cute, battle-inspired merch you can acquire and directly support me while being constantly reminded of the mechanics!
You can get your ilvl 600 or ilvl 605 gear from the Savage Pandaemonium. Rewards have a weekly lockout, though each encounter will drop gear coffers directly instead of tokens. To guarantee full rewards, the entire party must not have cleared the fight for that week — more than 4 players with a clear already means that no loot will drop. The armor from Asphodelos Savage will be at ilvl 600, whereas your weapon will be 605 if you luck out on it.
That’s pretty much all there is when it comes to the 6.1 gearing system. I hope this guide was simple and easy enough, but if you have any questions or tips, drop them in the comments. If you’re more of a visual person, and you don’t mind getting easy wins in-game, you can check out all of this in my video – and subscribe for more awesome FFXIV stuff!