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To properly define the intricate and miraculous work of an alchemist would take days of lengthy explanation--an explanation that you would most likely fail to understand. The simple appellation of "potion brewer" given to us by the masses is, however, largely accurate. Restorative salves, ability-enhancing elixirs, deadly toxins and poisons--these are all substances that can be created through our versatile and practical profession. With the proper knowledge and process, even the most worthless-seeming materials can be combined to produce wondrous compounds. The applications of alchemy are nearly limitless!

The Alchemist is a Disciple of the Hand in Final Fantasy XIV. Their guild is based in Ul'dah, on the Hustings Strip of the Steps of Thal.

Overview[]

Masters of Science and Nature, the devilish and the divine, alchemists ensure their livelihood through the transmogrification of mundane materials into wondrous waters─from curative concoctions to potent potables.
The Ul'dahn school only recently came to be recognized in scientific circles as a valid branch of alchemical orthodoxy. It is based on fundamental principles originating in the Near East tradition, but draws heavily upon esoteric elements of both Lalafellin herbalism and Miqo'te occultism as well.

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Masters of Science and Nature, the devilish and the divine, alchemists ensure their livelihood through the transmogrification of mundane materials into wondrous wares—from curative concoctions to potent potables. Upon conducting their symphonies of commixing and combining, distilling and decocting, the impossible waxes possible, and miracles are born.

The Eorzean school only recently came to be recognized in scientific circles as a valid branch of alchemical orthodoxy. It is based on fundamental principles originating in the Near East tradition, but draws heavily upon esoteric elements of both Lalafellin herbalism and Miqo'te occultism as well.

One of the main purposes of Alchemists is that they can craft various medicines that can be used in battle, such as Potions, Ethers and Antidotes. They are also able to craft one-handed wands for Conjurers, treated daggers for Rogues, and Grimoires for Arcanists. Alchemists are also capable of affixing Materia onto these weapons.

Alchemists are also capable of producing various dyes that can be used to change the color of one's clothing, and they can also produce many different kinds of glues, oils, solutions and growth formula which may then be used by other disciples of the hand. They can also prepare and grow various plants to decorate homes.

Gameplay[]

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Equipment[]

A viera alchemist with the Cauldronfiend's Alembic and armor.

Alchemists use alembics as their primary tool and mortars as their secondary. Their armor is primarily made up of "Crafting" gear that they share with other disciples of the hand. Crafting gear provides bonuses to the craftsmanship, control, and CP attributes. Craftsmanship and control respectively improve their progress and quality gains when crafting. CP is the resource they use in place of MP for their abilities.

Lists of alchemist equipment

Alchemist's Tools Alchemist's Tools (Primary|Secondary)

Head Head
Body Body
Hands Hands
Waist Waist
Legs Legs
Feet Feet

Earrings Earrings
Necklaces Necklaces
Bracelets Bracelets
Rings Rings
Soul Crystal Soul Crystal


Abilities[]

Class Actions[]

Action Level CP Cost
Basic Synthesis
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1
Increases progress.
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 100%
Basic Touch
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5 18
Increases quality.
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 100%
Master's Mend
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7 88
Restores item durability by 30.
Hasty Touch
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9
Increases quality and requires no CP.
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 60%
Rapid Synthesis
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9
Increases progress.
Efficiency: 250%
Success Rate: 50%
Inner Quiet
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11 18
Grants a bonus to control with every increase in quality.
Bonus stacks up to 11 times.
Observe
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13 7
Do nothing for one step.
Tricks of the Trade
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13
Restores 20 CP.
Available only when material condition is Good or Excellent.
Waste Not
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15 56
Reduces loss of durability by 50% for the next four steps.
Veneration
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15 18
Increases the efficiency of Synthesis actions by 50% for the next four steps.
Standard Touch
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18 32
Increases quality.
Efficiency: 125%
Success Rate: 100%
Combo Action: Basic Touch
Combo Bonus: CP cost reduced to 18
Great Strides
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21 32
Increases the efficiency of next Touch action by 100%. Effect active for three steps.
Innovation
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26 18
Increases efficiency of Touch actions by 50% for the next four steps.
Name of the Elements
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37 30
For the next three steps, Brand of the Elements efficiency is increased by up to 200%. Increase determined by current progress.
Can only be used once per synthesis.
Brand of the Elements
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37 6
Increases progress.
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 100%
Final Appraisal
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42 1
The next action that would complete item synthesis will instead leave one progress point remaining.
Effect active for five steps.
Waste Not II
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47 98
Reduces loss of durability by 50% for the next eight steps.
Byregot's Blessing
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50 24
Increases quality. Inner Quiet effect ends upon use.
Efficiency: 100% plus 20% for each bonus to control granted by Inner Quiet
Success Rate: 100%
Precise Touch
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53 18
Increases quality.
Additional Effect: Increases Inner Quiet stack by one (up to 11)
Efficiency: 150%
Success Rate: 100%

Available only when material condition is Good or Excellent.

Muscle Memory
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54 6
Increases progress.
Efficiency: 300%
Success Rate: 100%
Additional Effect: Efficiency of your next Synthesis action is increased by 100%

Available only on the first step.
Additional effect is active for five steps.

Careful Synthesis
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62 7
Increases progress.
Efficiency: 150%
Success Rate: 100%
Patient Touch
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64 6
Increases quality.
Additional Effect: Doubles Inner Quiet stack (up to 11) when successful, halves stack upon failure
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 50%
Manipulation
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65 Complete quest "Do Goldsmiths Dream of Gilded Sheep" 97
Restores 5 points of durability after each step for the next eight steps.
Prudent Touch
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66 25
Increases quality at half the durability cost.
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 100%

Unavailable when Waste Not or Waste Not II is active.

Focused Synthesis
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67 5
Increases progress.
Efficiency: 200%
Success Rate: 50%
Combo Action: Observe
Combo Bonus: Increases success rate to 100%
Focused Touch
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68 18
Increases quality.
Efficiency: 150%
Success Rate: 50%
Combo Action: Observe
Combo Bonus: Increases success rate to 100%
Reflect
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69 24
Increases quality.
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 100%
Additional Effect: Increases Inner Quiet stack by three

Available only on the first step.

Preparatory Touch
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71 40
Increases quality at greater cost to durability.
Additional Effect: Increases Inner Quiet stack by one (up to 11)
Efficiency: 200%
Success Rate: 100%
Durability Cost: 20
Groundwork
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72 18
Increases progress at greater cost to durability. Efficiency decreases by half when durability is below durability cost.
Efficiency: 300%
Success Rate: 100%
Durability Cost: 20
Delicate Synthesis
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76 32
Increases both progress and quality.
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 100%
Intensive Synthesis
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78 6
Increases progress.
Efficiency: 400%
Success Rate: 100%

Available only when material condition is Good or Excellent.

Trained Eye
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80 250
Increases quality by 100%.

Available only on the first step. Recipe level must be at least 10 levels below yours.

Specialist Actions[]

Specialist actions are only available when Soul of the Alchemist Soul of the Alchemist is equipped.

Action Level CP Cost
Careful Observation
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55
Specialist Action

Do nothing for one step, preserving the status of any actions presently in effect.

A crafter's delineation is used upon execution.
Can only be used up to three times per synthesis.
This action does not increase step count.

Traits[]

Action Level Description
Practice Makes Perfect
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15 Allows you to execute trial synthesis.
Basic Synthesis Mastery
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31 Efficiency is increased to 120%.
Quality Assurance
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63 Complete quest "The Forbidden Blade" Slightly increases chances of material condition becoming Good.
Rapid Synthesis Mastery
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63 Efficiency is increased to 500%.

Removed actions[]

The following abilities have been removed. Removed abilities will still appear on the hotbar, their icon greyed out icon with a red strikethrough. They will have no effect and must be removed by the player. The given statistics represent their last form before their removal.

Action Level CP Cost
Steady Hand
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9
Improves action success rate by 20% for the next five steps.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Ingenuity
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15 22
For the next five steps, effectiveness of Touch and Synthesis actions is increased.

Removed in patch 5.2.

Tricks of the Trade
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15
Restores 20 CP. Can only be used when material condition is Good or Excellent.

Replaced with new version in patch 5.1.

Master's Mend II
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25 160
Restores item durability by 60.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Standard Synthesis
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31 15
Increases progress.
Efficiency: 150%
Success Rate: 90%

Removed in patch 5.1.

Steady Hand II
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37 25
Improves action success rate by 30% for the next five steps.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Brand of Water
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37 25
Increases progress. Progress doubles when recipe affinity is water.
Efficiency: 100% (200%)
Success Rate: 90%

Removed in patch 5.0.

Advanced Touch
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43 48
Increases quality.
Efficiency: 150%
Success Rate: 90%

Removed in patch 5.1.

Collectable Synthesis
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50
Use existing recipes to create collectables without increasing step count.

Removed in patch 5.3.

Comfort Zone
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50 66
Restores 8 CP after each step for the next ten steps.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Byregot's Brow
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51 18
Increases quality. Inner Quiet effect ends upon use.
Efficiency: 150% plus 10% for each bonus to control granted by Inner Quiet
Success Rate: 70% (Specialist 100%)

Removed in patch 5.0.

Name of Water
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54 15
For the next five steps, Brand of Water efficiency is increased. Increase determined by current progress.

Only one Name of the Element action can be used per synthesis.

Removed in patch 5.0.

Satisfaction
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55
Specialist Action

Uses one Whistle to restore 15 CP.

Success Rate: 100%

Available only when the Whistle stack size is a multiple of three.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Whistle While You Work
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55 36
Specialist Action

Grants a Whistle stack of 11. One Whistle used for each step that material condition is Good or Excellent. Increases the effectiveness of certain crafting actions when the stack size is a multiple of three. Finishing Touches is used when stack size reaches 0 and effect wears off.

Finishing Touches Efficiency: 200%
Finishing Touches Success Rate: 50%

Removed in patch 5.1.

Innovative Touch
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56 8
Specialist Action

Increases quality.

Additional Effect: Innovation
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 40%

Removed in patch 5.1.

Nymeia's Wheel
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57 18
Specialist Action

Restores item durability. Amount determined by current Whistle stack. Whistle effect ends upon use.

Success Rate: 100%

Removed in patch 5.1.

Byregot's Miracle
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58 16
Specialist Action

Increases quality. Inner Quiet stack is halved upon use.

Efficiency: 100% plus 15% for each bonus to control granted by Inner Quiet
Success Rate: 70%

Removed in patch 5.1.

Trained Hand
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59 32
Specialist Action

Significantly increases both progress and quality.

Efficiency: 150%
Success Rate: 100%

Available only when Inner Quiet and Whistle stack sizes are identical.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Heart of the Alchemist
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60 45
Specialist Action

For the next seven steps, increases chances of material condition becoming Good.
An alchemy delineation is used upon execution. Can only be used up to five times per synthesis.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Hasty Touch II
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61 5
Increases quality.
Efficiency: 100%
Success Rate: 60%

Removed in patch 5.1.

Rapid Synthesis II
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63 12
Increases progress.
Efficiency: 300%
Success Rate: 60%

Removed in patch 5.1.

Initial Preparations
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69 50
May reduce CP consumption while status is active. When a specialist, canceling the status grants the use of a single Specialty action.

Available only on the first step.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Specialty: Reinforce
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69
Specialist Action

Restores item durability by 25. Can only be used when Initial Preparations is active.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Specialty: Refurbish
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69
Specialist Action

Restores 65 CP. Can only be used when Initial Preparations is active.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Specialty: Reflect
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69
Specialist Action

Increases Inner Quiet stack by three (up to 11). Can only be used when Initial Preparations is active.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Rapid Synthesis III
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72 24
Increases progress at greater cost to durability. Efficiency decreases significantly when durability is below 20.
Efficiency: 600%
Success Rate: 60%
Durability Cost: 20

Removed in patch 5.1.

Reuse
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74 60
Grants Reusing. Chance to become available upon reaching maximum item quality.
Reusing Effect: A portion of ingredients used to synthesize item are returned to your inventory when synthesis is complete

Removed in patch 5.2.

Trained Instinct
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80 250
Increases quality by between 30 and 100%.

Available only on the first step. Recipe level must be at least 10 levels below yours.

Removed in patch 5.1.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Alchemist XIV TCG.png

Alchemist appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as an Aqua-elemental card.

Gallery[]

Etymology[]

An alchemist is a person who practices alchemy, the tradition of creating the legendary philosopher's stone, with which one can supposedly create gold or silver from lead, or produce an elixir of life that bestows immortality.

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