Recently I’ve picked crafting back up on Nyovivi, one of my “secondary” chars. Nyo, being from Bastok, is my alchemist.
Back when I first created her, I decided she’d take up alchemyand started crafting tsurara. Very simple and cheap synth (especially if you can farm the ice crystals and can get rock salt from a regional merchant), and she hit 6 (the cap) very quickly. It took me a while to get past that, though, since the subsequent synths were more expensive.
Finally a while later I started on making deodorizers. Pure skill synth, since absolutely nobody buys these things. But I could sell the results to a vendor and make back some gil, so it wasn’t a total loss.
After the deodorizers, I began to get mercury out of cobalt jellyfish. It takes four jellies to yield one vial of mercury, so you can imagine just how much synthing I was doing to get much result. And being a lightning-based synth (I don’t think it quite qualifies as a desynth since it’s not a synth in reverse), it was quite the pain to work on. I did eventually, after much time and cost, get to 16. I think that Nyo ran out of gil at that time, so I didn’t continue on.
Just recently I decided (in a fit of boredom) to take the craft back up again. Thinking I had to keep doing jellies, I logged onto Nyo to find that she was on 16, which is around the mercury cap (close enough to change synths, in any case). I look on my sheet to see what synths are close, and go for echo drops (20). Not a bad synth, and as long as I didn’t blow up too many ingredients, I made a small profit while getting some decent skills.
As I grew close to the 20 cap, I looked ahead yet again, and silent oil was about it for saleable synths in range. Which is a bit annoying, as the synths are a loss. Not as big as I was expecting, but I’d pay around 95K for 12 synths’ worth of ingredients and only make back 80K if I didn’t blow up anything. Luckily I wasn’t blowing up too much, and even when I did, I’d usually get 0.1 skill out of it.
Currently Nyo’s sitting at 22 skill, so I’ll need to either wait for low moon and “bad” days to work with silent oil more, or look for another synth to start skilling on. I’ve looked at the upcoming skills, but since success rates will depend on moon phases, it’s hard to plan ahead too terribly much.