In FFXIV, Bomb-type mobs can be used to farm Bomb ash.
Bombs are a big part of the Final Fantasy series, and XIV has a lot of different kinds.
The “Balloons” in the North Shroud may be the first Bomb monsters you meet on your journey since they are only level 25.
Here are the levels and locations of the other bomb monsters that you can farm:
- Balloon, Level 25-28 – North Shroud (X:15.5, Y:27.5)
- Bright Balloon, Level 29 – North Shroud (X:17.0, Y:28.1)
- Smoke Bomb, Level 32-35 – Southern Thanalan (X:18.2, Y:36.9)
- Breeding Bomb, Level 41 – Outer La Noscea (X:20.7, Y:17.3)
- Glowing Bomb, Level 48 – Outer La Noscea (X:26.9, Y:5.1)
You can also get bomb ash by mining, buying it from the Kobold Vendor, or a few other ways, which we’ll talk about in more detail below.
What You Dig Up is Yours
Miners can also get bomb ashes from the Rocky Outcrops in Southern Thanalan, which are level 30.
Take the Forgotten Springs aetheryte and head east to find the area where these nodes appear (X:22.6, Y:29.4).
The ashes are items with a level of 26.
Even though it doesn’t look like there are any aggressive monsters in this area, you might run into some level 47 Amal’jaa on your way there from the aetheryte.
So make sure your “Sneak” skill is up and that you are aware of your surroundings.
Collaborating With Kobolds
You can also get bomb ashes by buying them from the Kobold Vendor in Outer La Noscea (X:21.6, Y:17.8).
But you must have started the Beast Tribe quest line for Kobolds before this NPC will sell you his goods.
Before you can start these quests, you must have completed “In Pursuit of the Past,” the level 41 Main Scenario Quest.
After that, you can go to the Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks and look for Trachraet at (X:12.7, Y:12.8).
“Highway Robbery” is a quest that will be given to you by Trachraet.
When you’re done, you’ll get the quest “How Low Can You Go,” which you can turn in to start the Kobold Beast Tribe quests.
Once unlocked, you start with a neutral reputation with the Kobolds, which is how it is with all beast tribe quest lines.
But the Kobold Vendor will have bomb ashes for sale right away.
When you do your daily tasks for the Kobolds, you will get Titan Cobaltpieces as a reward.
You can trade one Titan Cobaltpiece for three bomb ashes, or you can buy one for 82 gil.
Other Ways to Get Bomb Ashes
You can also get these things through desynthesis and retainer ventures.
At level 26, you can send your retainers on quests to get bomb ashes.
This can be done whether they are set to be a miner or battle class.
But if you send them out as a miner, you get a lot more of these ashes from each trip.
As a Disciple of War or Magic, retainers can get between 5 and 15 ashes in about 40 to 60 minutes.
As miners, retainers can get anywhere from 15 to 50 ashes in the same amount of time.
It’s quite a difference!
Or, if you want bomb ashes from desynthesis, you’ll need to break down any of the following:
- Bomb cauldrons
- Bomb frypans
- Bomb stoves
These are made from blacksmith and armorer recipes, but even with desynth, there’s no guarantee that the result will be bomb ashes.
Bomb Ash Uses
In XIV, the following recipes call for bomb ashes:
- Bomb Cauldron – Level 80 Armorer
- Bomb Frypan – Level 27 Armorer
- Bomb Stove – Level 70 Blacksmith (Master Recipe)
- Campfire – Level 28 Alchemist
- Steel Ingot – Level 26 Armorer/Blacksmith
- Wine Glass – Level 60 Alchemist (Master Recipe)
The steel ingot might be the one that stands out the most.
It is used in many other recipes for every class in the Disciple of the Hand (except for culinarians).
You can make all kinds of things with these ingots, from simple nails to fancy doors to deadly axes like the Mythril Bhuj.
Your Grand Company Personnel Officer can also use bomb ashes for your daily provisioning missions.
At level 26, the Personnel Officer can ask you for 10 ashes.
Giving them back will give you a lot of experience points and company seals.