FFXIV Crafting & Gathering Quality of Life

I’d like to start a thread that hopefully will be a place for anyone putting time and effort into what has become a large (and sometimes monstrous) part of the game, Crafting & Gathering.

Feel free to add any Quality of Life suggestions to this thread. I would however like to keep this a place for suggestions rather than a place to gripe and moan about how hard your life (in game or irl) is because of crafting (not that I really expect this sentence to actually prevent that but hey a guy can dream).

I’ll post my suggestions below.

Gathering Suggestions
A couple of my suggestions on Gathering:
1. A materials bag (or materials collection) – Inventory space is a big enough issue for most players with random mat drops from mobs in dungeons and open world. Add to that well over 200 crafting mats available from fishing, botany and mining things get a little absurd trying to manage personal and retainer inventory.

My suggestion is to create a system similar to that in Guild Wars II, in which all crafting materials were stored in an entirely separate “inventory”. This “inventory” had individual slots for each material and was reasonably easy to navigate. It was designed to free a players inventory from the burden of carrying hundreds of materials. Yes it gets to be a bit of a big screen but it’s already half implemented with the various gathering logs all that needs to be done is for them to now track the individual stacks held by the player.I think this could be a huge QoL adjustment and would ease some of the intimidation of crafting and gathering that might hold people back.
2. I found this on another thread and I apologize but I couldn’t find the author of the original suggestion however I give all credit to that individual who first thought of this. Give gatherer’s the ability to break down Clusters and Crystals to Crystals and Shards respectively. This might be more of a crafter’s area of expertise but either way sometimes you just need 5 more crystals or 20 more shards and all you have are clusters. Sure I could spend 20 min porting to Bentbranch to gather wind crystals or Black Brush for lightning shards but it’s not providing anything more than a time sink. And while a time sink may be the goal, the unintended consequences are that it takes time away from other aspects of the game I enjoy and therefore creates an unnecessary conflict between 2 otherwise enjoyable parts of the game. Continue reading FFXIV Crafting & Gathering Quality of Life