This guide will show you the optimal materia melds for the Aesthete’s Gathering Gear, which is the BiS (Best in Slot) for Gatherers in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.5. The gear and melds chosen will allow you to easily gather any item in the game and receive all gathering node bonuses.
Aesthete's Gathering Gear Melds & Stats
How to Acquire Aesthete's Gathering Gear
The fastest way to obtain the full Aesthete’s Gathering Set is to buy it directly from the Market Board. Otherwise you will need your crafters leveled, and you will have to grind out the materials and craft the items yourself. It is highly recommended to just buy the gear from the Market Board, time spent grinding out gear to equip would be better spend crafting gear to sell for profit. It can cost roughly 5 Million (3 Mil for Gear / Tools + 2 Mil for Materia) to fully gear up your gatherer classes.
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