Harvesting in FFXI is a way to obtain grass, cotton, mushrooms and other
that are primarily used by the Clothcraft and Cooking guilds. Harvesting is
accomplished by going to one of the zones listed below, and finding one of
the Harvesting Points that occur throughout the zone. When a harvesting
point is targetted, a Sickle can be used to try to
harvest an item. Once a harvesting point is used up, it disappears, and
one appears somewhere else in the zone. In this way the harvesting points
change randomly in availability throughout the zone. Sometimes the
harvesting point will give nothing, and occasionally a sickle will break
trying to harvest. A harvester can dig at a harvesting point multiple times
without obtaining any items; the more times a specific point is dug at
before it disappears, the greater the chance that the sickle used will
break. The items that are obtained with harvesting are not known to be based in any way on the weather, moon phase, or anything else; the results seem rather random.
There are two sets of equipment that Improve
which are worn on three body slots.
Wearing these items does not change the type of items that are harvested,
but it does lower the chances of a sickle breaking when a harvester uses
it, which makes harvesting much more profitable. The higher level armor
that improves harvesting has not been shown to improve harvesting any more
the lower level equipment, although it does provide greater defense.
The items are listed below that can potentially be obtained with harvesting
in FFXI. All items are listed by the zone that they are available from,
and by estimated rarity.