What are Treasure Maps?
Treasure maps are a somewhat lucrative piece of side content that work like this: you decipher a timeworn treasure map in your inventory which gives you a little zoomed in chunk of map with an X on it, real pirate-like.
First of all, if you’re using the treasure maps yourself, you’ll need to complete the quest Treasures and Tribulations to gain the actions to interact with them. This will let you decipher (right click > decipher) the map, and let you dig for treasure when you find the location.
The deciphered map is found under your key items section of the inventory. You figure out where in the overworld that location is, go there, and dig for treasure (“/ac dig” or put it on your hotbar). A treasure chest appears, you try to open it, a bunch of monsters attack you, you defeat them, and then for reals open the chest and claim some unlikely rewards.
For some types of maps, there is also a chance that a portal will spawn, which takes you and your party into a fabulous treasure dungeon where you can earn MORE goodies. The highest level maps currently available are the level 80 Timeworn Zonureskin Maps, which have a chance to spawn a portal to The Dungeons of Lyhe Ghiah.
What are the Rewards for Treasure Hunting?
Treasure hunting is profitable for good reason. It’s an exclusive source of some minions, decorations, and crafting materials used for making glamour gear. It’s also a good source of materia, cracked clusters, and elemental crystals and clusters. You’ll also pick up some gil, tomestones, and intermediate crafting materials. Some of these items are only found once you get to the higher floors, so you’ll have to get lucky.
In the highest level treasure dungeon, the Dungeons of Lyhe Ghiah, you can find the Wind-up Fuath minion, the Stuffed Fuath tabletop decoration, the Insatiable Orchestrion Roll, and the glamour crafting materials Indigo Cloth and Fireglass Leather. The Indigo Cloth is also a potential reward from defeating the chest-guarding enemies prior to entering the dungeon’s portal.
The older dungeons still have a few exclusive drops, mostly housing items, orchestrion rolls, glamour crafting materials, and an emote. There are also a few titles you can get from various treasure hunting activities. These can be found under Achievements > Battle > Treasure Hunt.
Where do I Get Maps?
Treasure Maps are tradable, so you can always buy them from the marketboard. If you’d like to grab them yourself, you’ll need a high level Botanist or Miner. These maps have a chance to appear as a hidden item when you gather from a level 80 node (visible starting at level 75).
You can collect one map every 18 hours, which you can track from your timers menu. My favourite places to quickly grab Zonureskin Maps are just north of Fort Jobb in Lakeland as a Miner or just south of Tomra in Kholusia as a Botanist.
Keep in mind these items are unique, so you can only hold one of them in each inventory location. I keep one deciphered in my key items, and one each in my inventory, chocobo saddlebag, and each of my two retainers’ inventories.
Also of note are Unhidden Leather Maps which drop from < Level 60 treasure maps.
Where is the Treasure Chest Location?
Clicking on the deciphered map will open up your larger map of the zone showing aetherytes, allowing you to teleport to the area easily. If you’re not so good at locating the treasure chests yourself from the scrap of map you’ve deciphered, there is a site here with maps of the possible chest locations for the different kinds of treasure maps.
How Many People Do I Need to Bring?
A competent group of four level 80 players can run through The Dungeons of Lyhe Ghiah, but the more people in the party, the more comfortably and smoothly it will go. Obviously you may have to compete with more people for the rolled loot, but maybe those people also bring their own maps for more chances to find dungeons in the first place.
There’s a section in the party finder called ‘treasure hunt’ where you can create or join parties looking for people on the same world to do this content with. The typical etiquette I’ve seen (at least on Light DC in EU) is that everyone brings a map or two, and you go through them hoping to spawn portals to the dungeon.
I prefer FFA (free-for-all) parties where everyone can roll need on everything, but you do also sometimes see ‘owner needs’ parties where only the owner of the current map you’re on rolls need, and everyone else rolls greed. Be sure to note what kind of party it is before you start.
It is also worth mentioning that for older treasure hunt dungeons like The Aquapolis, your level will not be synced down, but your ilvl will. The result is that you’ll keep all your sweet level 80 skills and rotations, but you’ll still need a group of people or else you will die. The actual monsters from the lower level treasure map itself you can defeat easily at a higher level.
Have you been enjoying the newest treasure dungeon, and what do you think of its exclusive items? Had any really good or bad streaks of luck with the drops? Let me know in the comments.