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- Basic gear is purchasable from NPC vendors or craftable by the player. Most of the time Basic gear is also available as a High Quality variant. Only the HQ variant will have appropriate stats for the Item Level. Normal quality or NQ gear will have a -10% penalty in stats. The only source of HQ crafted gear for Gil is from other players via the Market Board. Players will also receive HQ gear directly as well as via coffers from the Main Scenario Quests and certain Side Quests.
- Aetherial gear used to drop more commonly from Dungeons. However, with various quality-of-life adjustments culminating in Patch 5.3, dungeons now very rarely have Aetherial items. The only real source for them now is Treasure Hunting maps and Guildleve bonus chests. All Aetherial gear has random substats, but the main stats are in line with High Quality Basic gear. There is no Aetherial gear after level 50. (Diadem-associated Heavensward sets have been removed.)
- Green gear most often drops from chests in Dungeons. However, Endgame gear crafted with recipes in the Master Recipe Tomes will also usually be of this rarity. This is likely to reflect the fact that Endgame gear requires materials from timed nodes, aethersand, and tomestone materials and is thus indirectly time-limited. Green-rarity seafood may denote a Big Fish, or a Spectral Fish obtained during Ocean Fishing.
- Blue gear includes anything currently or formerly bought with Allagan Tomestones or Scrips. This also includes weapons that drop from (Extreme) Trials and Raid gear, which were weekly capped when current.