Patch 5.4 of FFXIV brought us a new tier of Tomestones for players to earn and spend on new high-end combat equipment. Tomestones of Revelation will be your new weekly capped Tomestone, and you’ll want to make sure you hit that cap every week if you want to gear up your main Job as soon as possible.
Since you can only earn so many Tomestones of Revelation each week, it can be a little bit intimidating when you’re looking at actually spending them. I’ll briefly go over which gear to prioritize buying first, depending on a couple different types of goals.
The Tomestone Cycle
If you’ve been doing endgame content in previous patches, you’ll be familiar with the concept of unlimited and limited (weekly capped) Tomestones. When a new Tomestone type is introduced, it kind of just slides everything else down one tier. You are still capped at holding 2000 Tomestones of each type.
Revelation are the new limited Tomestone, replacing Allegory. The limit is normally 450 per week.
**As of patch 5.57 this limit has been doubled to 900 per week, which is standard for the last Tomestone before the next expansion.
Allegory are now an unlimited Tomestone, replacing Phantasmagoria.
Phantasmagoria are now unusable, but you have until the next expansion to trade them in for Allegory at a rate of 4:1. For my 1800 Phantasmagoria above, I’ll get 450 Allegory. Trade these in with Auriana <Servent of Splendors> at Mor Dhona [22.7, 6.7].
How to Earn Tomestones of Revelation
As a limited Tomestone, you’re gated on how many Tomestones of Revelation you can gain each week. If you want to maximize your resources then make sure you hit that weekly cap or you’ll miss out on some potential buying power.
In my opinion, the most time efficient way to collect your Revelation is to complete the Expert Roulette at least five days out of the week, for 90 Tomestones each. If you’re flexible with your Jobs, keep an eye on the Adventurer in Need bonus (it’s most often Tank) for a quick queue and extra gil. Not only is this method a low time investment (~2.5 hours/week), it also means you’ll be running the latest dungeons, building up a bit of materia to put in your new equipment, or to sell/transmutate.
The equipment drops in these dungeons will give you a lot of grand company seals if traded in, or you can desynthesize them for a supply of crafting materials. Some desynthesis materials are quite valuable to endgame crafters as they try to craft the latest tier of recipes, so you could end up making a lot of gil, especially early on in the tier.
If you find yourself late in the week and still far from reaching the weekly cap, many of the other Roulettes also give Revelation as long as you enter on a level 80 Job.
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Pick whichever ones you enjoy the most to supplement your Revelation. I would reach for the Alliance Raid and Levelling Roulettes first, since they’re often easy, quick, and you can grab the Adventurer in Need bonus for some Cracked Clusters. Exchange these tokens in Eulmore for combat materia VIII of your choice.
Level 80 Duties
If you don’t mind running the same dungeon over and over, you can also just queue for the two most recent dungeons (The Heroes’ Gauntlet and Matoya’s Relict) because they give 50 Tomestones of Revelation even without the Expert Roulette’s daily bonus. You can even use Trusts if you’re looking for a faster queue in off-peak hours.
The other level 80 dungeons only give 20-30 Tomestones of Revelation, so they’re just straight up less efficient to grind unless you were also looking for some of their specific dungeon loot for glamours or something.
If you prefer practicing your rotation in a raid setting, each floor of Eden’s Promise gives 10 Tomestones of Revelation. There’s a good chance you’ll want to run those anyway for the (currently weekly-limited) equipment tokens to gear your main or even an alt, and definitely make sure to grab the Blade Token from the last fight every week.
Lots of players farm the Elite Marks of Shadowbringers zones in ‘Hunt Trains’, which give Tomestones of Revelation, Allegory, and Poetics. As you can see, this is a really efficient use of time if you need to farm up all three types of Tomestones at once. ARR and older expansion Elite Marks will only give you Allegory and Poetics.
You’ll get 10 Tomestones of Revelation for an A Rank, and 30 for an S Rank. For the super rare SS Rank, Forgiven Rebellion, you’ll earn 50 Tomestones of Revelations if you’re lucky enough to help defeat it. These Elite Marks have a cooldown of hours or even days, so you’ll have to catch them at the right time.
Many servers keep track of their Elite Mark timers, so if you’ve got access to one of your world’s linkshells or discord groups, keep an eye out for when the train is running and tag along. Depending on how coordinated your particular server is, doing one lap of the Shadowbringers zones could earn you the bulk of your weekly Revelation in just a single sitting.
This is some fun, easy side content that most people do to earn extra gil from rare crafting drops, but you can earn Tomestones as well. The Treasure Maps you’re going to look for are Timeworn Zonureskin Maps. Buy them on the marketboard or gather one daily with a high level Disciple of the Land. Then, recruit other players to join you (you can use the party finder for this) and follow your maps. A classic Light Party (4 players) is totally fine to get going quickly, but if you like you can have up to a party of 8.
Finding and opening Zonureskin Treasure Chests (and defeating the attached enemies) in the overworld will also reward you with Tomestones of Allegory, but you’ll have a chance to find a portal to an instanced duty: either The Dungeons of Lyhe Ghiah or The Shifting Oubliettes of Lyhe Ghiah. Inside, you’ll start earning Tomestones of Revelation. Each level of the duty will drop increasing amounts of Revelation, but it stays fairly low per round (less than 10). You’ll have opportunities to earn bonuses as well though, which give you larger sums of the Tomestones all at once.
I’d say a typical Treasure Map session (4 players, 2 maps each) would get you 50-150 Tomestones of Revelation, depending on how lucky you are with portals and with bonuses inside the dungeons. If you get really lucky, or if you like to do longer/more frequent Treasure Map parties, these could make up the majority of your weekly Tomestones.
The Bozjan Southern Front
If you’re spending time on the Bozjan Southern Front as a level 80 Job, you can earn a few Tomestones of Revelation there too. You’ll earn 1 or 2 from each Skirmish with a silver or gold rating respectively, and a maximum of 10 from each Critical Engagement.
It’s not much, but it could add up quickly if you’re still farming Mettle to raise your Resistance Rank. Even if you’re just farming lockboxes or trying to get into a Duel, you’ll end up doing plenty of Critical Engagements and earn some Revelation at the same time.
Pixie Beast Tribe Quests
Assuming you don’t need to level any Jobs from 70 to 80, you may want to do the Pixie Quests on a level 80 Job for a few Tomestones of Revelation instead. These quests are actually worth 5 each for a daily total of 15. It’s not much, but it’s something to do while waiting for a queue or running around slaying your daily Hunt marks.
You’ll also be earning the Pixie currency Fae Fancies that you can spend on VII and VIII combat materia of your choice, or some cute cosmetics for your player housing. It’s always good to have a stock of combat materia for when you need to meld or remeld you gear each tier.
Khloe’s Wondrous Tails
Sometimes you’ll see Tomestones of Revelation in your Wondrous Tails journal for the week. 50 Tomestones of Revelation is a possible 1 Line reward, but that means it’s not guaranteed.
Personally I would never recommend choosing this unless you were really pressed for time right before weekly reset. The other Wondrous Tails rewards are almost always better value, and it’s not a sure thing that you’ll be offered Tomestones of Revelation anyway.
Spending Tomestones of Revelation
You’ll be using Tomestones of Revelation to buy the newest endgame equipment, which is the ilvl 520 Cryptlurker’s Set. Head to Eulmore and speak to Aymark <Tomestone Exchange> at Eulmore [10.3, 11.8] to buy or try on these pieces.
‘DoW’ (Disciple of War) is for Tanks, Melee, and Ranged gear. ‘DoM’ (Disciple of Magic) is for Caster and Healer gear. ‘Other’ is where you exchange Revelation for Mowen’s Tokens (Revelation). This is only used for buying the Cryptlurker weapons.
If you’re looking at pure combat effectiveness, the weapon is the most important piece of gear to upgrade. You’ll need to have 1000 Revelation set aside to buy enough Mowen’s Tokens for that.
You also need to be doing Eden’s Promise: Eternity every week for a Blade Token (‘Blade of Lost Antiquity’). It takes seven Blade Tokens so if you’re planning on getting the weapon as soon as possible it will take seven weeks.
**As of patch 5.5 you only need four Blade Tokens, and as of patch 5.58 the weekly restriction on earning them has been removed.
So, what can you safely buy with Revelation before then, while you wait for enough Blade Tokens? Assuming you earn 450 Revelation and a Blade Token every week, here are a couple of combinations that will fit in before then:
You could buy Body, Legs, and one of Head/Hands/Feet. This will leave you with 1005 Revelation on week 7 to buy the weapon, and will give you the best boost in stats because you’re prioritizing the Body and Legs equipment which are the next most efficient after the weapon.
Or, you could buy one of Body/Legs, one of Head/Hands/Feet, and two of Belt/Accessories. This leaves you with 1080 Revelation on week 7 to buy the weapon, and will allow you a slightly quicker boost in item level because you can replace more item slots with high ilvl gear. Depending on your particular average item level this could allow you to quickly meet the requirements for high level duties, but otherwise is not very important.
The second combination is also a more flexible option if you’re going to be doing savage fights and expect to fill in your Best in Slot (BiS) gear soonish using those drops. That way you can skip whichever Tomestone pieces are not BiS (if you don’t need both Body and Legs for example), and just buy the few pieces that you know you’ll eventually need for BiS.
At this point in the tier, most BiS pieces should have critical hit as one of their substats, but it gets tricky depending on your Job as you may want to also avoid other substats. It can also matter what your total substat values are across all your equipment. Some Jobs even have multiple BiS sets for similar performance across different GCD speeds. If you’re looking for a Job’s BiS, check The Balance Discord, where the theorycrafters of the playerbase have crunched the numbers.
Revelation’s current use is limited to the ilvl 520 Cryptlurker gear, so spend it carefully on whichever Job(s) you’re bringing to endgame content. If you’re checking your Job’s BiS, then don’t forget to meld it with appropriate materia before you head off to practice savage or extreme fights.
Well that’s about it, I hope you’re able to get your weekly Tomestones of Revelation as quickly and painlessly as possible. These are all the different sources I would suggest you consider if you’re looking to get your farming done quickly or in conjunction with other useful activities.
I usually hit my cap just through Expert Roulettes and Eden’s Promise and finish by the weekend, but I sometimes throw in Treasure Map parties for a change of pace. What’s your preferred Tomestone activity?