Post Sections ⇅
- How’s Your Botanist Skill?
- Activate Truth of Forests
- When Can Spruce Logs Be Found?
- Where are Spruce Logs in FFXIV?
- Gathering Spruce Logs
- Botanist Quest
- Recipes for Spruce Lumber
Within Final Fantasy XIV‘s crafting system are special materials that are not always available for harvesting or gathering. There are many of them, in fact. But one of the first special Botanist resources you’ll come across is Spruce Logs. While they’re not difficult to find, you will need to be intentional to locate them. So let’s have a look at how and when you can locate them, then how you could try and farm Spruce Logs.
How’s Your Botanist Skill?The first thing to check is whether your Botanist gear is good enough. To be able to perceive a resource is determined by your…Perception Rating! How annoyingly logical!The pre-requisite Perception Rating for these Unspoiled Mature Trees is 173.
Activate Truth of ForestsSpruce Logs come from Level 50 Unspoiled Mature Trees. Unspoiled nodes are only around at specific times and once you’ve finished gathering there, it disappears until next time.
On Any Gatherer Job
To see the Unspoiled Mature Tree you’ll need to activate Truth of Forests.
This is a skill all gatherers can activate now (at Level 46). So, if you’re quarrying or fishing, activating Truth of Forests allows you to be aware of nodes not relating to the gatherer job you’re currently on.
Verifying Truth of Forests
Seeing the Nodes
When Can Spruce Logs Be Found?
As I said earlier, you can only find Spruce Logs at certain times. Now, by “times” I mean Eorzea Time. That is important to remember as we hunt down those trees.
To find out when a resource is available, load it up in your Gathering Log.
What Time Does Spruce Log Spawn?From that tooltip we can see the answer is:
- From 9am to 12pm Eorzea Time
Set an Alarm (or Two)Hanging around waiting for a tree to let you chop it is no fun, is it? To avoid that, we simply set ourselves an alarm to tell us when it spawns.
How to Set an Alarm
/alarmcommand and the UI above is loaded.
- Press Add Alarm
- Make sure you change the Clock Type to Eorzea Time
- Plug in the start time, which for Spruce Logs is 9am.
- If you want advanced warning, you can set a reminder in (real time) minutes. I go for 5 minutes to let me finish the current task.
If you need to gather quite a few logs for your carpentry skills, one visit may not be enough.
If you want it to occur when 9am next arrives, then look under Repeat. It defaults to “Off”, but you can choose “Daily (Eorzea Time)”.
Note: alarms are cleared once you log out. So you’ll need to re-set them next time around.
Listen for Your Alarm
Farming Spruce Logs
This is the only way to gather them. However, if you keep the alarm running, you can keep going back to farm Spruce Logs every Eorzea day.
If you need a lot of it, maybe create a Macro to set the alarm so you don’t have to go through the process every time.
Where are Spruce Logs in FFXIV?Great, but where do you go?
Check Your Gathering Log
Seeing Through the Snow
The weather in Coerthas can change dramatically. I had snow that appeared to be coupled with fog.
At times like this, it can be useful to show nameplates on objects under Character Settings. Also, thankfully, the Unspoiled Mature Tree sparkles more than normal gathering nodes:
Gathering Spruce Logs
Unspoiled nodes behave differently to normal ones. If you begin gathering – even just clicking it without taking any resources, you cannot unselect it. If you do, the Unspoiled Node (and your precious Spruce Logs) will disappear until the next 9am Eorzea Time rocks up.
Pre-Gathering ChecklistBefore you start gathering, take a few seconds to check a few things.
- Are you equipped with the best gear you have in your Armoury? If you have materia hanging around, add it in.
- Do you have any gathering food that could help with yield (Perception, especially)?
- If you are in a Free Company, do they have any gathering buffs to help you?
- Has your GP bar completely refilled?
The rest now follows nearly in the same way as other nodes.
Use your Botanist skills to increase your yield and perception. However, if you don’t have 100% chance to even gather a log, fix that with your abilities first. It’s better to come away with a few logs than none, after all!