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black ink where?
# Nov 21 2006 at 8:11 PM Rating: Decent
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I also went to the two NPCs listed above and neither of them sell black ink. Is there any other npcs that sell ink?
# Jun 25 2006 at 9:16 PM Rating: Decent
you skill up on it best thing to skill up on profit at times and if no profit you can break even
# Jun 10 2006 at 10:26 PM Rating: Decent
I'm trying to lvl woodworking and the two NPC's mentioned above don't sell this. Where can I buy this cheap so that I can make a profit off Shihei? I'm on Odin and Black Ink goes for 14000gil at AH, while Shihei go for only 10000gil. At that rate Shihei are not profitable to make!

You don't level up on it. You wait until your 80+ when you can HQ2 it.
the merchants do not sell this
# Mar 30 2006 at 8:17 AM Rating: Decent
I'm trying to lvl woodworking and the two NPC's mentioned above don't sell this. Where can I buy this cheap so that I can make a profit off Shihei? I'm on Odin and Black Ink goes for 14000gil at AH, while Shihei go for only 10000gil. At that rate Shihei are not profitable to make!
the merchants do not sell this
# Jul 05 2006 at 2:44 PM Rating: Decent
Are you saying a stack of black ink is going for 14k and a stack of shihei is going for 10k?
If that is the case, depending on how much crystals and bast parchment is on your server, you would probably make a nice little profit because 1 stack of ink will yield 4 stacks of shihei with no breaks.

Thats 40k from the shihei minus 1 stack of ink, 2 stacks of bast parchment, and a stack of wind crystals.
the merchants do not sell this
# Aug 04 2006 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
Well consider that the average cost of parchment from the NPC in Norg is 1000-1200 gil thats 24000 to 28800 (and thats with me being at hero level fame) then add the 14000 gil for ink and the 2-3k for crystals lets add this up Hrm at his level he's shelling out 57k according to your formula so no, he's not making a nice little profit. The only way to make any profit with shihei is to farm everything. I suggest not worrying about the shihei until you have 45+ woodworking then you can farm elm logs and get x12 parchment from one log. Then as long as you have 20+ fishing you can fish up the nebi's and make the black ink as well. The other minor ingrdnts are purchased in Windurst at a very very small fee. Even if you can manage to purchase an Elm Log before they are sold out you are paying 10k-11k @ hero level fame as well.
the merchants do not sell this
# Aug 13 2006 at 9:21 AM Rating: Decent
you could always level your alchemy skill to 29 so you can cheapley make your own bast and ink
Level cap
# Aug 14 2005 at 12:10 AM Rating: Good
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The Cone Calamary recipe is definately NOT lvl 55 cap. I posted this recipe, and I think the folks at Alla misread my post when I said that I had 55 Alchemy when attempting it. At that level, I was HQing most of the synths, so it is probably <10 cap.

Also, the recipe posted does NOT produce 2 Black Ink. The willow log recipe gives 1 Ink. I tried substituting Tea Leaves for the log and didn't get a result, but ffxi.cannotlinkto says that there is a recipe using the leaves. Maybe they added it in an update? I'll try it out for myself.

Edited, Sun Aug 14 01:16:40 2005
RE: Level cap
# Oct 05 2005 at 11:25 PM Rating: Decent
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contrary to other peoples post, the cone calimary DOES give you two ink a synth. I did it tonight with my hual of the day and made 2 every synth and 4 on a HQ1.

Either they have changed it since, or the person who said it only did one never actually did the synth.
RE: Level cap
# Aug 18 2005 at 8:48 AM Rating: Decent
nekio wrote:
I tried substituting Tea Leaves for the log and didn't get a result, but ffxi.cannotlinkto says that there is a recipe using the leaves.

-Alchemy (4)
-Yield: 2
-Crystal: Dark
-Distilled Water x1
-Nebimonite x1
-Windurst Tea Leaves x2

that is actually the original recipe for the black ink. i remember almost synthing this for skill-ups so long ago, but i went with the Tsura(sp?) till 10. all others have been added in slowly. i think mainly for all the ninjas out there that synth their own shihei.

Edited, Thu Aug 18 09:47:11 2005
RE: Level cap
# Aug 19 2005 at 4:16 PM Rating: Good
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Sorry... I was referring to the recipe using Cone Calamary. ffxi.cannotlinkto lists a recipe using two cone calamary, distilled water and two tea leave bunches. When I originally tried out this recipe, I could only get a result if I used a willow log instead of tea leaves, and recieved an NQ result of 1 ink. This may have changed in an update, though unfortunately I have yet to test it out myself. Can someone please verify?
RE: Level cap
# Nov 28 2005 at 7:38 AM Rating: Decent
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ffxi.cannotlinkto lists a recipe using two cone calamary, distilled water and two tea leave bunches.

Should use only 1 windurst tea leaf. I've never actually tried this synth since I usually fish up Nebimonites myself. If I catch any cone calamary I'll share the info.
Cap confirmation?
# Jul 18 2005 at 4:18 PM Rating: Good
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I've been trying to do the lvl 55 cap synthesis for black ink~ cone calamaryx2, distilled waterx1, willow logx1~ and after a few stacks of synthesizing...maybe 3 stacks of materials. I've gotten many HQs...and 0 skill ups. So either i'm having some terrible luck or the cap is wrong! HMMMMMM!!!! Time to look for a new recipe...(>.<)
RE: Cap confirmation?
# Aug 04 2005 at 5:18 PM Rating: Decent
I've ran into the same thing as you, the 55 cap on that synthesis recipe is wrong. Also, the yield is wrong, a normal yield is 2, and HQ1 is 4. maybe the synth level is actually 5, but poster accidentaly hit 5 twice

Edited, Thu Aug 4 18:30:30 2005
New Recipe
# Jun 07 2005 at 7:07 PM Rating: Good
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Alchemy, lvl ??? cap
Dark Crystal
2x Cone Calamary
1x Willow Log
1x Distilled Water

NQ 1 Black Ink
HQ1 2 Black Ink
HQ3 3 Black Ink
HQ4 4 Black Ink

All HQ returns were personally confirmed. As I am 65 Alchemy, I cannot comment on the level cap, though my HQ rate was comparable to other Black Ink recipes. I would guess the recipe caps at 10 or below.

Cone Calamary stacks have only been sold 5 times on Valefor's Jeuno AH. If you want to try this recipe, you'll probly hafta fish for them yourself at this point. Batallia Downs with a Hume Fishing Rod and Minnow for bait pulled in a ton.

*EDIT* I have tried replacing the willow log with 2x Windurstian Tea Leaves, which did not produce a result. After tinkering with different proportions of Calamary and Tea Leaves, it looks like the only recipe involves thw Willow Log. Unfortunately, it looks like the 1,2,3,4 Ink result scheme is all we're going to get from Cone Calamary.

Edited, Fri Jun 10 10:39:34 2005
# May 06 2005 at 3:42 AM Rating: Decent
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The yield given for Gigant Squid is wrong, it's 6, 8 or 10 and possibly 12 on an HQ3 (though I never got any more than 10)
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I thought of it first:

Do NPCs still sell this
# Apr 29 2005 at 12:30 PM Rating: Decent
Hi. Just wanted to start making Shihei. so i made the trip to bastok to find that neither NPC listed as selling black ink actually had if for sale. Is this item only sold when bastok has control of certain areas, or did the NPC change, or what happened.
New Synth
# Apr 21 2005 at 5:14 PM Rating: Decent
Anyone know what the new recipie is for Black Ink? (after the Apr 20 update). I hear its got fisherman all over the place pissed...

New Recipe
# Dec 11 2004 at 5:25 AM Rating: Decent
Titus in the alchemy guild gave me two different recipes for Black Ink when I asked him twice for synthesis materials. The first was the normal one:
Crystal: Dark
2 x Windurstian Tea Leaves
1 x Nebimonite
1 x Flask of distilled Water

The second, though, was this:
Crystal: Dark
2 x Windurstian Tea Leaves
1 x Grimmonite
1 x Flask of distilled water

Edited, Sat Dec 11 05:26:24 2004
hrmm.. that's a new recipe there..
# Sep 28 2004 at 9:53 AM Rating: Decent
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Crystal: Dark Crystal
Distilled Water x1
Gigant Squid x1
Windurst Tea Leaves x2

Woo new recipe? I need to update my alchemy synth list again...

Wonder how much a Gigant (Giant?) Squid roughly costs. And if there are HQ synths, (probably 10/12/*?) Anyone tried yet?

If anyone's on Fairy and has some giant squid they wanna burn, send me a /tell Kylene - you can keep the ink if you want to supply all the stuffs. I've got a L62 Alch so I should be able to manage some HQ synths fairly well.
# Sep 27 2004 at 10:36 PM Rating: Good
No, thats the alchemy cap on Shihei.

Shihei requires woodworking to make. Lvl 39ish is the cap for shihei. I think yiou were thinking of Bast Parchment, which you need lvl 45 ish woodworking and lvl 29 alchemy as a cap.
RE: shihei
# Sep 27 2004 at 11:37 PM Rating: Decent
457 posts
no. the lvl 29 cap on shihei is for woodworking. it doesnt require any other skills to make. if it did, I would be seeing something else increase cause my alchemy is only at lvl 4.
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# Sep 03 2004 at 8:09 AM Rating: Decent
Hey.. iv noticed ppl askin about cheap Black ink.. im not sure how much it goes for but NPC in Bastok mines sells it Maymunah (Bastok Mines)
Odoba(Bastok Mines)

If u Scroll up to the top of this page and click on Black ink it will tell where its sold my Wood working is 21 i am too tryin to get it to lvl 28-30 quickly.. it seems kinda expensive.. but then again.. its only get get more Expenive *Sigh*

Edited, Fri Sep 3 09:11:37 2004
# May 26 2004 at 3:42 PM Rating: Decent
210 posts
The way to profit off these is to HQ synth them. Without HQ it costs me 18k to make them (13.5k for fish, 1k for 2 stacks of windurst tea leaves, 3k for dark crystal, and 500 for distilled water) This would give me 2 stacks of black ink at 7k each for 14k income and 3k loss.

HQ1= 4 black ink
HQ2= 6 black ink

at lvl 20 alchemy i make 6 extra black ink so after 2 stacks of ingreidents i am up 1k. At higher lvls profits go up.
RE: Profit
# Nov 08 2004 at 2:49 PM Rating: Decent
go to zvahl castle to farm drak crystals and go to vendor to buy distill water for 10~12 each, and windurst waters for the windurst leaf for around 20 something or less each, it will save u a lot more. minus the dark crystal it should save u about around 1k, with dark crystal it should save u around 4k

Edit spelling

Edited, Mon Nov 8 14:50:27 2004
RE: Profit
# Aug 08 2004 at 9:14 PM Rating: Decent
Even with level 70 Alchemy it's not worth synthing. With 12 synths it cost me 17.2k, I made three stacks of ink and sold them for a total of 19.5. That's 2.3k profit. Ouch >.< I have better things to synth for the three slots of AH space.
I like to drink it
# Jan 01 2004 at 12:32 PM Rating: Default
It tastes like coke
RE: I like to drink it
# Oct 27 2004 at 8:09 AM Rating: Default
But it smells like fish...
RE: I like to drink it
# Apr 11 2004 at 1:16 PM Rating: Default
RE: I like to drink it
# Aug 19 2005 at 12:07 AM Rating: Excellent
437 posts
You have no sense of humor.
RE: I like to drink it
# May 19 2004 at 3:03 PM Rating: Good
he was kidding man, its not like he actually was in the game...settle down.
# Dec 30 2003 at 5:48 AM Rating: Default
possible just used for upping alchemy skill
What the.....
# Dec 27 2003 at 5:30 PM Rating: Default
Does anyone know what you can use black ink for? Is it for a quest? Higher lvl recipe? Is it of any use?
RE: What the.....
# Jan 03 2004 at 8:39 AM Rating: Decent
30 posts
From what I've read, It is used to make the 'shihei' powders for the ninjitsu magic Utsusemi.
RE: What the.....
# Feb 11 2004 at 7:21 PM Rating: Good
The recipe of whice you speak is:
2xbast parchment
1xblack ink
1xwind crystal

and it makes a ninjitsu which translates from Japanese to English as "Hitting Bamboo."

you need carpenter skill 25 to start making it, and at 29 you stop leveling off of it.
RE: What the.....
# Oct 06 2004 at 6:20 AM Rating: Decent
ninjutsu is a style of martial arts not hitting bamboo O.o unless you meant shehei
RE: What the.....
# Nov 22 2004 at 11:23 AM Rating: Good
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He did. And "Ninjitsu" is a common misspelling of "Ninjutsu." The "-jutsu" ending is something like "the special art of," and as often as it's used, should be properly spelled. =P
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