Shards and Crystals?

Discussion in 'Crafting & Gathering' started by Shake, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Shake

    Shake New Member

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    Can anyone explain what shards/crystals are and what they are used for? I keep hearing about them but have no idea how to get them or what they do.

    Thanks
  2. Gossamer Isto

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    Shards are catalysts required to start crafting an item. Every Disciple of the Hand uses a different combination of elements. Crystals are high-end versions of shards and are supposedly obtainable closer to level 50.

    You can obtain shards through Disciple of the Land (gathering) classes from mining and logging nodes, sometimes you can also get them from Disciple of the Hand quests and Tradecraft Leves.

    xivdb.com can give you an impression as to which craft uses which shards.
  3. racooperii

    racooperii Well Known Member

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    Elementals also Drop them. Don't forget that :D
  4. Syn

    Syn Guest

    In 1.0 you needed both, usually the crystals were used in higher tier recipes, but most crafting was done with shards, and you could also break down crystals into shards.
  5. racooperii

    racooperii Well Known Member

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    Don't they also have Clusters as well?
  6. Syn

    Syn Guest

    Yeah, clusters were sold by NPCs at the Hamlets.

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