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Fastest way to spiritbond?

What's the fastest location for spiritbonding? Some buddies from the FC and I just started trying it out yesterday. We hit the sahagin beastmen stronghold, the imperial base in Mor Dhona, and FATEs in Northern Thanalan. Of the three, the beastmen stronghold seemed to be the best. I can see the cores FATE in N. Thanalan being perfect for this but someone /always/ turns it in and crashes the party. I prefer a more consistent experience.

Someone also suggested CM, but it's tough getting a full party together for this, it would be more reliable if we had a good option for just 4 of us so we can level our chocobos too.

What has worked best for you?

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level 1
[First] [Last] on [Server]5 points · 5 years ago

What I've been doing is going to the castrum in Wineport and grinding the mobs there, as a scholar dps things die fast!

I've been testing melding materia into the gear to see how much faster it is . 1 hq piece with no materia had 60% at some stage and another hq piece with two slots melded had 76-77% sb after the same time, so meld your sb gear!

I pentamelded a ring with low rank materia just to see, and did a 20 minute run in wineport and 100%'d in around 20 minutes.

level 2
[First] [Last] on [Server]6 points · 5 years ago

HQ and each materia increases the SB rate by 20%.

level 1
Ryan Litt on Cactuar3 points · 5 years ago

There has been some testing and some people say that more materia melded on a piece of gear in fact spiritbonds faster. So don't throw out your level 1 materia. It doesn't matter about the level of the materia but rather the quantity. Some people also don't mind Urths Gift. The Water sprites drop crystals and possibly clusters which can net you some serious gil as well. On top of that it is a level 50 area where you can level your Chocobo, spiritbond your gear and gather some water crystals and clusters. Its a win-win-win situation =)

level 2

This is in fact true. Gear with more materia melded bonds faster, as well. Two-slot gear therefore will always bind faster unless you overmeld your one-slot gear (all other things being equal).

level 2
Ghonsac Secunda of Leviathan; Career WHM1 point · 5 years ago

They don't drop clusters. Countless kills and 1128 water crystals later, I can confirm.

level 3
Ryan Litt on Cactuar1 point · 5 years ago

haha ok my bad XD

level 4
Ghonsac Secunda of Leviathan; Career WHM1 point · 5 years ago

No worries. I wish they dropped clusters too. That would be the icing on the cake for me.

level 1
Stay Inspired on Cactuar5 points · 5 years ago

I like the beastmen stronghold personally. Northern Thanalan is also a solid bet (and imo the most frequented, thus easy to find a party if you don't have one)

Basically anywhere with 48-50 mobs that respawn quickly and you can leash into a central zone for AOE.

CM Takes about 2-3 runs for normal gear, even more for 1 stars and at 20+ Minutes a run it hardly seems feasible.

level 2
Gideon Revel on Ultros1 point · 5 years ago

I pretty much agree with this.

I have no friends to spiritbond with, and rarely join groups, but I can share my solo experiences spiritbonding. If Northern Thanalan mines is not overcrowded with more than 2 fate or spiritbonding groups, it definitely is the best place, having an average spiritbond time of less than 50 minutes, even ignoring the cores fate and having the large downtime between spawns. Otherwise, any beastmen stronghold probably is best, with the Sahagin appearing to be the most dense that I know of, and having an average solo spiritbond time of a little over 70 minutes.

level 3
Original Poster2 points · 5 years ago

Stupid question, where are the mines?

level 4
on Hyperion1 point · 5 years ago

That's where the Dark Devices FATE happens. "Abandoned Amajina Mythril Mine" or something like that (I'd look to be sure but I'm not in game currently).

level 2
on Hyperion1 point · 5 years ago

The Garlean areas (Cape Westwind, the one near Wineport, and the one in Mor Dhona) are decent for spiritbonding but your bag fills up with worthless drops.

level 1
[First] [Last] on [Server]2 points · 5 years ago

Can't you SB rather painlessly by 1) gathering a bunch of mats for single-ingredient synths (logs or whatever). Then 2) quick-synthing them. You can SB ilvl 55 crafting gear that way, I don't see why you couldn't throw on some pieces of non-crafter gear and get other materia. It only takes about 3 sets of 99 quick-synths to SB HQ gear with 1 materia (maybe 2, haven't tested thoroughly with failures)

level 2

Yes you can but think of all the shards you'd be wasting! I assume this only works when doing level 41+ recipes.

level 3
[First] [Last] on [Server]2 points · 5 years ago

I don't see shards as an obstacle, they are very easy to obtain. But I realized doing this method, you could only get tier IV materia from crafting gear because the highest ilvl gear that is "all classes" is level 50 (can get tier IV from ilvl 55). Still, I think it's a pretty efficient way to get tier III materia.

level 4

I think there are some ilvl 55 accessories that might be all classes but I'm not sure. Would have to check when I get home (specifically thinking of the militia earrings and militia choker).

level 5
[First] [Last] on [Server]2 points · 5 years ago

You are correct. There are even ilvl 70 all classes crafted accessories. But then you'd have to spam * or ** recipes to SB them... (can you SB level 70 gear with just * recipes? I've never thought to check).

level 6
Ghonsac Secunda of Leviathan; Career WHM2 points · 5 years ago

You can wear the militia wristlets/choker/etc gear into dungeons, they spiritbind really quickly, especially if they're melded. More than a few people on a thread a while back said it's the easiest way for a chance at IV materia without sacrificing too much time or shards

level 1
Power- now all to droplets turned2 points · 5 years ago

I've been solo aoeing (sch) at the area leading up to Urth's Girth, it's pretty fast, about 15-16m per set. I uploaded a vid yesterday to show some of my friends, but it was super laggy and turned out quite a bit slower. It's usually about 45-50s to clear a 10-12 pull, ~20s on the pull itself, which yields me ~6-7% with the guild buff on 0star nq 1-mat accs. I can't craft 1-stars yet, so idk how that would affect it.

If this spot's taken, I can just move further back to the boars/bats, there's 3-4 spawns of them you can run in circles around. I found I was wasting too much time trying to group mobs inside the fountain itself, as they're all ranged. The stun on the boars is a bit annoying to avoid with 2s cast times, but the rate wasn't bad, 4m for 22%.

I like grinding in between dungeon queues, and vastly prefer it to running CM now, but can't lvl chocobo if doing so. For chocobo xp, it took me ~1h15m for L3-4, and 1h35m for L4-5. If it keeps going up like this, I think maybe 10-14 hours to cap it at 10? It really doesn't seem as slow as people were saying in previous threads though, unless it jacks up exponentially in the last few levels.

level 1
2 points · 5 years ago

One that hasn't been mentioned yet: North Shroud, northern area past Proud Creek.

level 1
2 points · 5 years ago

The water spirits at urths gift @ quarrymill are worth trying. Level 50 mobs, drops water crystals, quick respawn rate, easy to kill, and with a healer and blm you can line of sight them with the crystal in the middle. Then after they group you can AOE them down, then run to the bees AOE... Rinse repeat.

level 2

The boars/bats in urths gift are nice as well. I usually craft full militia/imperial for bard and go soloqueue WP. By the time it pops I'm usually halfways done or so, then finish it off before another WP. If DF is slow and takes about 45ish min, I sb fully before getting a WP-pop. The reason I prefer this camp is because the drops sell very nicely, and drop a plenty.

level 3
WHM2 points · 5 years ago

Good suggestion, boar hides are worth a decent amount of gil too. Anything you can dual purpose, farm to keep/sell mats and SB is a win.

level 2

I'm a big fan of this spot as well. However it's starting to get more and more crowded on my server.

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