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High Quality

High Quality is a better form of a Normal Quality item such as a weapon or piece of armor. High Quality items are occasionally produced through crafting.

For example:

In this example, the high quality Spatha has more attack power and a reduced delay compared to the normal quality one.

[edit] Identifying High Quality Items

HQ versions of equipment often have a +1 in their names, for example:

Some, however, have an entirely different name than their normal quality counterparts:

Some items have multiple levels of HQ, and can be identified by the border around the item's picture:

  • NQ has no border.
  • HQ1 has a White border.
  • HQ2 has a Blue border.
  • HQ3 has a Yellow border.

Items with 4 variants (a possible HQ3) are rare and are usually only seen with items like medicines (for example, Hi-Potion +3). Items upgraded via Trial of the Magians currently have up to 3 variants of HQ (up to HQ2).

It is not always the case that the border around the item indicates a HQ item, recrafted items can gain the white border for a NQ synth, and the blue border for an HQ synth, for example:

[edit] Crafting High Quality Items

Testing has shown that the rate of high quality synthesis is correlated with your skill in the relevant craft, according to the following table:

Level Range -10 - -1 0 - 10 11 - 30 31 - 50 51 - 70 71 - 90 91 - 110
Success Rate 50%
HQ Rate 1-2% 8-10% 25% 50%

It is important to know that certain Guild items raise your effective craft by a maximum of +3, and advanced synthesis support by another +3. This results in a maximum crafting skill of 106, making 55 the highest recipe in tier 3, 75 the highest in tier 2, and 95 the highest in tier 1.

The other factor influencing your high quality rate is the current Vana'diel day and Moon Phase.

  • Crafting with a crystal thats element is strong to the current day will decrease your chances of receiving a HQ result but increase your chances of succeeding
  • Using a crystal that is weak to the current day will decrease your chances of succeeding whilst increasing your chances of a HQ result
  • New Moon: Increases HQ rate, decreases success rate
  • Full Moon: Increases success, decreases HQ rate
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