When I made this guide around 2010, it had a minidatabase on moneymaking items. But in 2021, it has to be out of date. So.. removed it.
I previously linked to the FFXIAH goldsmith list, but I am not sure it is completely up to date any more.
I generally using ffxiclopedia today. It seems up to date.
Of particular interest is
a href="https://ffxiclopedia.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Goldsmithing/All_Recipes"> https://ffxiclopedia.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Goldsmithing/All_Recipes
List of items in the database so far (other page)
List of costs to synth some items(other page)
Note that the "costs" in the above links are somewhat flexible. They are
based on averages, usually. So something that is listed as a borderline
loss, can actually turn a profit for you, if you get the materials for
cheap. (or vice versa if you are too hasty in buying materials).
Make sure compare the prices given with what you are actually paying.
Similarly, you can often get silver ore from the goldsmith guild for just under 400g. If you are in the right city, this can save you a bunch of money over the auction house. The guilde shop price change, though, so dont just blindly buy.
2020 update: with less people on the servers, this has probably changed to be less of a factor.
If you make ingots for skillup, and then sell the results, you will either be faced later with long cycles of, "go back and refarm, and make MORE ingots, with no skillups on ingots". or, buying ingots, and thus losing all the "profit" you made selling your initial ingots in the first place. However, do note that to get from GS20, to GS30, you will probaly need more like 20 stacks of silver ingots, if not MORE. You might want to make a "silver mule" char to hold your ingots!
Generally speaking, the higher level the dungeon you decide to mine, the better the drops for ores will be. See somepage.com for a good location summary.
2020 update: it is really, REALLY hard to find a field set of clothes
to buy :(
And besides which, mining drop rates are terrible. These days, its probably most efficient to just level up your theif fast with "Trusts", and then go farm beastmen for coins.
For example, crafting gold ingots used to bring you no farther than goldsmith 51, or 54 if you made it from ore. Now, however, there seems to be a cushion window, where you wont be likely to break after 51.. but you can still skillup, all the way to 60!! The FFXIclpedia entry on Gold Ingot conveys this reasonably well, in that it shows it is a "level 51 recipe", but it has "skillcap 61" for it.
An additional change in strategy, is that, with advanced synthesis support from the guild, you can fairly reliably DESYNTH things like gold hairpins. So the gold hairpin route is no longer a massive money hole. (Its only a minor one :)
Prior to level 22 is easy. Mostly just go for whatever ingot is "next",
within 7-9 skill levels:
copper, brass, or silver. This will give you the fastest and
easiest skill ups.
Copper ingot to skill 2 (or 3, if you dont like using zinc needlessly).
If you dont sell the ingots, then you can use wind and lightning crystals on em, to synth and desynth copper hairpins to get you another level or two cheaply.
brass ingot to skill 9.
Silver ingot to level 18.
If you are more than 5 skill levels away, just get synthesis support, and go for it. You'll get the most gains this way, and hopefully, you can get the ingredients yourself relatively cheaply.
When you start on silver ingots, first synth with beastcoins for an "easier" synth, then after a few levels, synth from ore to gain slightly higher levels.]
You can get all the way to level 20, by switching to using silver ores instead of silver coins. Dont use synth help when you are within 3 skill levels, for best gains.
old way is to craft hairpins from your silver ingots, then desynth. Keep in mind, however, that allegedly, you can now get skillups just making ingots, all the way to level 29
29-40: mythril ingots (skill 38 synth with coins, or 40 with ores)
It's the big time! Time to start turning mythril beastcoins into ingots! Note that a Mythril ingot is a 38-skill level, so you will probably break a lot at level 28!!Be warned... at this point, I have now also spent the 100k on a bookshelf, which in conjunction with the cupboard quested in sandoria , gives Moghancement: Fire . This helps tremendously in reducing lost items in fire synths, which is most of goldsmithing.
Allegedly, even though it is a level 38 cap, you can still skill up on making mythril ingots all the way to 49 now
41-48 alternative: Aluminum ingots, from ore.
These used to turn a slight profit on the AH if you buy the ore, at the moment. So synth to cap, if you have patience and high initial investment capital?49-51: gold ingots (skill 51 synth, from coins)
I used gold coins to get to 51.
of course if you happen to have THF 60+, farm the coins yourself. Note that "drops" can come from level50 mobs. But "steals" only happen from level 60+ mobs. In theory, you can have a THF subjob to steal, if you have a high-level char. However, your chances of a successful steal, are much, much higher if you have THF at the same level or higher, thant he mob. Additionally, if your main job is THF, you can use the THF-specific gear that enhances steal success.
Note: I lost around 500k (in 2005 economy gil), getting from 43-ish to 51. You REAAALLY want to have a free source of gold coins, if you want to get goldsmith to level 51.
Beyond that, there is of course gold hairpins as skill57 synth. Get synth support and desynth them to get your ingot back most of the time.
2021 update: went from goldsmith 52, to 58, just making ingots, and then hairpins!
My journey continues..
warcry.com's goldsmith minimum skill requirement list
koolaid linkshell has a good beginner's goldsmith guide as well, but only to 36.
Detailed info on theories of HQ Synths. Moon phase, day, and skill level covered.
Useful site for finding out Upcoming guild point item from the guild (has values for all crafts, not just goldsmithing). Also another site
Way Cool Synth Databaseffxi.somepage.com is currently better than anywhere else I've found for high-level goldsmith synth lists, because of one thing: it lists the gardening recipies for some of the pricier goldsmith items . Like... Elemental Ores
Somepage.com FFXI Goldsmith recipie list .
Tip: even with particular weather triggering their spawn.. certain geographic locations call to them.
Water elementals (which you never use) spawn by ponds. However, certain earth elementals prefer certain little canyons in Tahrongi.
Fire and Air elementals may have their own preferences: i have not discovered what they are yet
Alternatively, try atacking Yagudo Summoners (there are no goblin summoners?)
Tahrongi (Mea), Meritaph: Yagudo Mendicant.
Sauromugue, Ostroja: Yagudo Oracle
BUT: unlike free elementals, they are not guaranteed to give you any drops. Im not sure if they do give clusters at all.