Updated: Nov 17, 2021
Gil in Final Fantasy XIV has many uses, from buying gear for your character to buying a house. There are many ways to make Gil in this game but when you search online, most of what you find talks about doing treasure hunts or levelling your crafting and gathering classes. But I have decided to go over the various ways you can make money primarily off just the market board. From these methods, you can make millions of Gil as soon as you gain access to the market boards if you’re smart about how you buy and sell.
5. Don’t be afraid to undercut
When you’re trying to make Gil in this game, you gotta remember there are many other players that are also trying to make Gil as easily as possible. And they will sell their items sometimes 1 Gil cheaper than yours to make their offer the cheapest available. From this other players will then undercut them and this basically goes on until the sale itself happens.
Because of this you can’t be stubborn on keeping the price you wanna sell your item at unless you stand to lose money. So for example, if you’re selling a Morpho minion for 200,000 Gil and several people undercut your sale by a few Gil, to make sure you have the highest probability of selling your minion you will need to undercut the lowest bid as well, staying at 200,000 Gil will pretty much guarantee that you won’t sell for a while. So you gotta be flexible.
If you really wanna sell your item urgently, feel free to undercut the lowest sale by 10,000 Gil+, this could risk other people doing the same and lowering the value of the item as a whole but you will get a higher chance of selling your goods and the markets usually will bounce back to the previous value.
4. Buy from the NPC’s
When you search the market board, many people forget about the cheapest and easiest way to get some of these items, buying them from the NPCs in the same area that they’re buying the items from. So since most people don’t bother checking, it gives you the advantage of having an easy way to acquire these items.
For example, a weathered pickaxe on the market board sells on average between 10,000 Gil to 20,000 Gil. However, from the Fieldcraft Merchant in the same area, you can buy the same weathered pickaxe for only 71 Gil. Tallow candles sell for 300 Gil each at the moment on the Market board, yet you can buy from nearby merchants for only 225 Gil. Not as big of a profit, however, there are many items like these that you can buy significantly cheaper from the local NPCs.
3. Visit other World Servers for your purchases
One of the best ways to make Gil whilst also saving yourself from levelling your crafting and gathering classes is to visit other world servers to find your goods cheaper, if you choose you can go to the main aetheryte in any major city and travelling to another server as a visitor where in the other servers you could find your goods for significantly cheaper.
For example, if you are in the Moogle server and Steel Goggles are selling for 60,000 Gil and you want to find it cheaper, you could decide to look in the Spriggan server and buy Steel Goggles for 20,000 Gil. Then coming back to your server and selling your goggles for a 40,000 Gil profit.
2. Utilize Your Retainers
Retainers are helpful tools to make you a profit in Final Fantasy XIV, you can use them to collect items for you that you have gathered in the past, or you can send them on expeditions to collect random items for you. So you could send your retainers out to collect some previously gotten silver ore which you can sell for 200 Gil each, or you could send them on quick expeditions which has the chance of them bringing back highly valuable items worth over 100,000 Gil. You can also choose to use real currency to purchase up to 7 additional retainers and if you’ve chosen to do this then the chances of the high-quality items does increase but even without them, sending your retainers to gather your goods to sell is a good way to make Gil.
1. Craft high-quality items at low levels
There are certain items that are super easy to craft in this game, that a lot of people either don’t think of, or can’t be bothered to make themselves. These items can be acquired with minimal effort if you put in a little time. For example a level 10 alchemist recipe (Fish Glue), if made at a high quality can be sold for 1000 Gil each, and the materials cost about 36 Gil to acquire both of the coral butterflies needed.
So if you make 99 High quality Fish Glue, you can make 99,000 Gil from the marketplace, which is quite a lot considering you only need to reach level 10 in the alchemist profession. Other examples of easy to craft goods are things like silver ingots (level 23 goldsmith recipe) or Natron (level 25 Alchemist recipe).
And there you have it, my personal Top 5 tips to making Gil on the marketplace on FFXIV. Personally when i got access to the market place i was able to make over 5 mil within the first couple weeks of using these methods, if you have friends or other members in your guild who are also interested in these methods then make sure you communicate what you’re both selling to avoid a crossover. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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