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If you want to go my way and hit 100 Bonecraft like me, here is a simple guide to follow. Make sure to get Bone Purification key item as soon as you can, followed by the +1 guild items. Get the other key items as you gain the guild points but they're not as important. You will spend a lot of time in Windurst, and quite a bit of time farming for materials, so patience is a key.
If a seashell + fish scale is cheaper than bone chip, use this synth up to 7. Save a Shell Ring for the test item.
Save these to level your Woodworking sub (which you will need at a later time).
This requires a Goldsmithing subskill of 14. If you need Windurst fame trade these in to the NPC in Windurst Walls. If you don't need the fame and Bastok is 3rd in Conquest, these will sell for a small profit in the Windurst AH.
Sheep Teeth can be quite expensive, however, they are a relatively common drop from sheep in the Konschtat Highlands. Make sure to level your Leathercraft sub by converting Sheepskins to Sheep Leather or Sheep Wool. All other options up to level 17 are expensive.
Beetle Shells can be purchased from the AH for dirt cheap. You can also farm them in Jugner Forest as Stag Beetles have a common drop rate. Blazer Beetles in Crawler's Nest have the best drop rate but you will need a level 70 job to solo them effectively. Save the Beetle Jaws that you get from beetle farming.
Save the arrowheads for when you level Woodworking sub.
For best results, you will have to farm rams in Konschtat Highlands or La Theine Plateau. Make sure to have your Leathercraft sub high enough to convert non-stacking Ram Skins into Ram Leather. The drop rate of Ram Horns is high with Treasure Hunter trait. Save the arrowheads for Woodworking sub leveling. Again, save the Ram Leather.
Scorpions in Ranguemont Pass and Crawler's Nest have a 100% drop rate on the claws. I suggest going to Ranguemont, as the scorpions also drop items that sell to vendor for 6k and 10k and have uncommon drop rates. Store Scorpion Shells on mules for a later craft, as those will not stack. Mushussus in Crawler's Nest have a 100% drop rate on 2 Claws + 1 shell .
Use those shells you should be saving from scorpion farming. The other crafts at this level are major money losers.
You will need to make heavy use of mules to stock items, as only Carbon Fiber stacks. If you leveled Alchemy and Bastok is not in third place in conquest, go to the shop in the Metalworks to buy Bomb Ash and craft the Carbon Fiber. Bone Patas sell decently on the AH, as it is used as a Goldsmithing skillup item.
You will need to make heavy use of mules to stock items, as nothing stacks. You can make use of Wide Scan by going to Konschtat Highlands or La Theine Plateau and hunting down the Tremor Ram & Battering Ram respectively. You may even get lucky and spot the two Notorious Monsters, the Rampaging Ram or Lumbering Lambert. With Treasure Hunter the drop rate of the horns are quite good as well as numerous. The Beast Horn sell for about 1062 gil to Jeuno NPC's.
The animas each stack to 99, and can be expensive. Coral Fragments can be expensive as well, although Fishing in Onzozo or Chocobo Digging in Western Altepa Desert can help cut costs. Bone Purification is required. Save the results for later.
Demon Horns tend to be cheaper than Coral Fragments.
Black Pearls can be expensive. However, the Shall Shell desynth is now a tier 3 Bonecraft synth and you should get several Pearls and Black Pearls from buying Shall Shells either at the Bibiki Bay guild shop or the AH. Save the results for later.
Sell these on the AH carefully and you should make most of your money back from 68 to 80.
Buy Leather Trousers from Zemedars in Bastok Mines or Carautia or Cletae Southern San d'Oria. Silver Thread and Wyvern Scales should be inexpensive. Alchemists will buy these pants up in bulk, as they are used to make HQ Cursed gear. If you got the Bonecrafter's Ring, this is a good synth to equip that item, as the HQ is useless.
If you have a raised Chocobo with Bore and a somewhat digging skill, dig to fatigue in Tahrongi Canyon everyday and you will eventually have several skulls and horns saved up. Desynth the results. The other options from 85-91 are very expensive and not worth crafting.
Trumpet Shell is obtained via fishing with an Halcyon Rod and Rogue Rig in Vunkerl Inlet (S), a new zone with the Wings of the Goddesses Expansion. If fishing is not your thing, the stacks of fish tend to be relatively inexpensive at the Auction House.
A chocobo digger with a raised Chocobo with Bore ability should also get several HQ Pugil Scales and Titanticus Shells from digging in Tahrongi Canyon as well. You can also desynth certain fish to get the shells and scales needed. This is a very popular route to get to 100 Bonecraft. The other alternatives are expensive.