Well, it's been a while so I started this process and also a while since I wrote a guide. This guide is being done with an emphasis on no gil sinking and also on NPC profit. Some of these will be off by a smidge but not by much. This has also been done with an emphasis on being efficient. Some people will also notice that I am 47 GSM but that's just a function of motivation - I have the mats to finish on out but just not the desire (a few seasons of South Park might remedy this.)
Couple of big notes here:
*You will need both Preserve (ALC 10) and Fulfillment (LTH 10)
*Blinding Speed (ARM 10) is outstanding, as well
*I strongly recommend having both Perfection (CRP 36) and Hand of the Gods (ALC 36)
*Do not equip more than 5 abilities - this will keep the cue constant and prevent randomizing of available options.
Notes on Gil Sinking and Profit:
*This isn't a guide that requires DoL leveling - it is based on not having it. However, I will include some options to help those who do.
*The amount that you make via profit will vary by server economies but, in the worst scenario, you should still break even.
*I base everything off of NPC'ing items because juggling and restocking retainers along with pricing can really tax inventory space and also time.
Notes on The Synthing Process:
*No, you really shouldn't spamcraft with this guide as the majority of your EXP is coming from gap-synthing and also from the bonus yielding from quality.
*I generally prefer to start the very first action with Blinding Speed and then Rapid Synth. If successful this gives you a wide margin to work with.
*If you have Perfection, save it for the final ~14 durability and use it in conjunction with Rapid Synth (due to no durability loss and ~30 progress.)
*Hand of the Gods should be used around 55 progress in order to to get to 70. If you are able to get away with it use Careful the whole way through but if you are running a bit low use a Standard synth. Remember, base mats allow for three turns while finished items allow for four turns.
*The majority of actions should be Careful Synth as quality is the key component to higher EXP yields.
The following posts will be the recipes. Again, this guide won't be perfect but it certainly won't be too far off from great. There are other ways that some people prefer but I am just trying to contribute from my experiences to hopefully help folks get further along and also get more out of the game!