Type: City
Region: Bastok
Min Level: 1
Max Level: 75
Connected Areas:Bastok Markets
Quests for Metalworks
Mobs found in Metalworks
Items found in Metalworks

Zone TypeCity
Level Range1 to 75
Entry RequirementNone
Escapeno escape
Fellowship NPCNo
Final Fantasy XI


The Metalworks of Bastok houses the Republic's key metal manufacturing industries as well as the top governmental offices, including the offices of the President. Dual elevators carry visitors between the upper and lower levels of the Metalworks. Between the elevators on the top floor is the laboratory of Cid, the most renowned inventor in Vana'diel.

In addition to the presidential offices, the top floor of the Metalworks also houses the embassies for Bastok, Windurst and Jeuno.

Points of Interest


The Map of the Bastok area, which includes Metalworks, can be purchased for 200 gil from Karine and several other NPCs.

Screenshots from Metalworks:

This page last modified 2009-10-27 01:22:57.

Updated: Tue Oct 27 04:42:35 2009

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# Apr 06 2006 at 5:34 PM Rating: Excellent
48 posts
I anyone is looking for the NPC to start steelcyclone, he is in the pres office... just saying incase someone comes here to look at map
this sucks
# Mar 26 2006 at 11:39 AM Rating: Good
97 posts
I have done all 6 options. Today I went for the 7th hoping for the ??? options. Still say I am not ready for it >.<
Bait and Switch Info
# Mar 16 2006 at 2:33 PM Rating: Decent
1,738 posts
I used the Lucky Charm every time I found myself dealing with the Head Guard. When I used the charm, he would suddenly decide to guard somewhere else. At the end of the quest, I received the Key Ring Belt. I've heard that the different items you use decide what your reward is at the end. From what I can tell, the order of switches changes every time you do the quest. I plan on researching this more when I have time.
Mazra wrote:
I looked out the window and saw a big fireball in the sky. I'm not going outside until it's gone.
# Mar 12 2006 at 8:59 PM Rating: Decent
125 posts
I forgot to mention; I haven't even beaten a promyvion yet, let alone been to Tavnazia. and i've done this quest 3 times now. so that can't be a pre-requisite
Item usage
# Mar 12 2006 at 8:40 PM Rating: Decent
125 posts
does anyone know how the outcome of this quest is affected if you use the item you are given, and if so, what is it?
Solution to Bait And Switch Quest Link
# Mar 01 2006 at 6:50 AM Rating: Decent
1,978 posts
# Feb 28 2006 at 5:51 PM Rating: Decent
Anyone know if you can get a different reward?
this sucks
# Feb 26 2006 at 1:37 AM Rating: Decent
I completed this by doing small, medium, large, small, large, medium and got a high potion. I had the in charge guys badge and got the mithra sent to jail once. I messed up the order on the switches a lot. You have to start all over each time you mess up the order.
The Switches
# Feb 21 2006 at 6:31 PM Rating: Decent
127 posts
I got the quest from Salim, called "Bait and Switch". I did complete that quest in Tavnazia, but I've only called my NPC at a Rendevous Point in Windurst.

I have the first part down, but I really didn't have time to figure out the rest.

You start off by talking to Salim. Go examine the ??? at the altar to get a cutscene with Luto and her pal, Mirado. Choose a "weapon"(I chose the Lead Guardsman's ID). Don't set foot out of Metalworks area, or you end the wuest. Anytime you can quit the quest by examining the ??? again and select that you wish to cancel it.

You have to press all three switches twice without being caught. Each time you examine a switch, there'll be one of Salim's guards there. You have 4 options as an excuse to get by and then you can press the switch.

If one of your team members gets captured, you talk to some guy in the Craftmen's Eatery(Hume dude at the table), then get the cell key from Folzen, who's next to the large switch, and your remaining members gets him/her out.

So, aside from that, there's a certain order and you have to do it twice, with only being caught once or pretty much you've failed the quest, as far as I know.

Anyone wish to elaborate on this and send it in, be my guest, but I'd like some credit('cause finding out all that took a while ><). =)
RE: The Switches
# Feb 22 2006 at 4:25 AM Rating: Excellent
136 posts
another update: Darha the galka and the old man in the bottom floor main room, hungrywolf in the eatery, and the galka in the gunpowder room all give you the order of lever pushes. you just need to piece it together from their tips.
RE: The Switches
# Feb 22 2006 at 4:13 AM Rating: Excellent
136 posts
Ok here's what I know so far for this quest too:
When you select the guard id-
When the guard says "I could use a drink..or two..or three" use Miledo (the taru). He will transform into a guy to replace him.
When the guard is sure the thieves are supposed to come there, use Luto (the mithra) and he'll chase after her.
RE: The Switches
# Feb 23 2006 at 5:45 AM Rating: Decent
Those clues were real helpful Queen, after I finished the quest all I got was a Hi Potion so bleh, Switch order was Big being 1,6 Medium 2, 5 and Small being 3,4 in that order.
# Feb 16 2006 at 11:56 PM Rating: Decent
1,534 posts
It is part of a quest given by Salim at (G-7) on the second floor of the Metalworks. Its called Bait and Switch.

-Do quest "In Search of Truth" in Tavnazia
-Call your fellow NPC at all 3 main towns (+ jeuno possibly)

NOTE: It is not be implimented yet.

Edited, Fri Feb 17 01:20:36 2006
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RE: Switches
# Feb 25 2006 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
799 posts
you do not need to have any tavnazian quests done, I've never even BEEN to Tavnazian safehold.
and I have never called my NPC fellow in either Windurst nor Sandoria.
therefore this is erroneous information.
Motherf*****g switches!!
# Jan 01 2006 at 8:28 PM Rating: Good
90 posts
There are 3 switches that were RECENTLY put into the metalworks. So far, the internet has no data on it except another alla post which doesn't help.
"Large Switch" - outside blacksmith's guild, by the large forges
"Medium Switch" - Right as you enter, in front of that machine on display.
"Small Switch" - Under a shelf in the Cermet Refinery.
"???" - NEW, mysterious ??? on the Altar of the Goddess.

3 switches and an altar. None reply with text if you hit them. I tried flipping them in various orders, no response. Tried flipping all 3 at the same time, no response. I'm going to try all 3 + the altar once I get the chance. Someone figure this out before I go insane!!!1!one!

Edit: Even though the quest was just activated, I think I'll leave this up.

Edited, Fri Feb 24 10:06:34 2006
RE: Motherf*****g switches!!
# Jan 15 2006 at 5:03 PM Rating: Decent
274 posts
Good... someone else noticed them. I wasn't sure if I hadn't seen them before or if they were new. The fact that I can't figure out what they do is driving me crazy. ><
# Mar 31 2005 at 11:16 PM Rating: Decent
17 posts
Getting money is easy... I have 1.4mil. BTW Who do I talk to to change alliance to bastok? ^^;
RE: Money
# Jun 28 2005 at 5:30 PM Rating: Decent
you talked to Bastokan Counsil men in your home country

Edit: Atleast I believe it's your home nation you may be able to do it Bastok. It also costs money to change depending on where bastok is ranked and where your home nation is ranked.

Edited, Tue Jun 28 18:37:06 2005
how to start
# Feb 13 2005 at 1:08 PM Rating: Decent
like how do i start playin ^_^;
help to start
# Oct 23 2004 at 10:00 PM Rating: Decent
hi all
# Sep 29 2004 at 10:06 AM Rating: Default

help me! plz!
# Sep 02 2004 at 9:45 AM Rating: Default
# Sep 01 2004 at 6:17 PM Rating: Default
actually 53k isn't too hard to get if u know how to work the game
# Aug 18 2004 at 10:50 AM Rating: Default
lol do you farm? i can farm 40k in 30 mins....
high bear quest
# Mar 14 2004 at 3:40 PM Rating: Default
why wont high bear give me quest?
# Feb 13 2004 at 12:03 AM Rating: Decent
235 posts
Is there anything special about the shrines? Tam-Tam stops by and kneels and meditates/heals there whenever I can remember to do it ("It's the purrrinciple of the thing! =^.^=") but are they there for a purpose other than just being there?
Cost of moving to Bastok!
# Feb 12 2004 at 8:46 AM Rating: Default
WTF is this all about.
I went to join Bastok today, getting tired of listening to whiening elvaan in Sand'oria.
A friend of mine just did the same, switching to Windurst. He told me the application cost him 4k...
I ride into Bastok, and it's 40,000gil to join. WTF is this crazy nonsense! 40k is out of the question!

40,000 gil to switch allegience from Sand'oria to Bastok.
4k to switch from Sand'oria to Windurst
9k to switch from Bastok to Sand'oria

RE: Cost of moving to Bastok!
# Feb 18 2004 at 6:20 PM Rating: Default
The reason why it cost 40,000gil is because Bastok was in first place for the region info. Sand'oria was in second and Windurst was in last.

So you need to wait till the town you want to change allegiance to is not in first place, unless you have the cash.
RE: Cost of moving to Bastok!
# Feb 13 2004 at 10:44 PM Rating: Default
53k gil?! holy moly ! where d'you get that kinda cash?
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