How to unlock Treasure Hunts in Final Fantasy XIV – Timeworn Maps, the Dig action, and more!

Mine, fish, and pick flowers for treasure.

Final Fantasy XIV hasn't stayed at the top of the MMORPG charts for a decade by standing still. Whether battling, crafting, or gathering, it has continued introducing systems to keep players returning. It's always hard to make gathering skills interesting, but I enjoy it in FF14 thanks to ideas such as Levequests and the Treasure system, which gives those concentrating more on crafting and gathering a chance at finding some really nice items. Here we'll talk about how to unlock Treasure Hunts in Final Fantasy XIV and how Timeworn Maps, the Dig action, and more work.

How do you unlock Treasure Hunts in Final Fantasy XIV?

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To unlock Treasure Hunts in Final Fantasy XIV, you must complete a Treasures and Tribulations quest. It is a level 36 quest acquired from NPC H'loonh in Eastern La Noscea (X21.0, Y21.0). The quest itself walks you through the basics of treasure hunts and unlocks two new actions, Decipher and Dig. There are no class or job restrictions on either of the new actions.

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After starting Treasures and Tribulations, you'll need to speak to the Diligent Digger. He can be found a little way south of where you pick up the quest in Raincatcher Gully (X20.0, Y25.0). He then sends you north to speak to a would-be treasure hunter, Ealdwine, east of Camp Bronze Lake (33.9, 24.7). He'll ask you to open a Shabby Casket a few feet away, triggering an attack from two pairs of mobs (levels 32 and 36). Once dealt with, you can take the Treasure and return it to Ealdwine. As your reward, you'll get 4275XP, plus the Decipher and Dig actions.

How to get Timeworn Maps for Treasure Hunts

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Timeworn Maps are a rare random drop that can be found when gathering. You can find them as a Botanist, Fisher, or Miner, as long as the gathering node is level 40 or above. If playing as a Fisher, you'll either need to have the Snagging action or Salvage action (if Spearfishing) active to have a chance of finding any Timeworn Maps.

I found that when Mining, for example, the Timeworn Map will show in the list of possible resources to mine on the node, so as with other rare finds, you'll need to be sharp to spot, select, and mine it. Once collected, it will appear in your Inventory as a bottle, with the map tucked inside (see above).

Note that a player can only get one map from gathering (of any kind) every 18 hours. However, as long as a map hasn't been deciphered, it can be bought and sold, and there is no time limit on the number of maps you can decipher.

How to Decipher a Timeworn Map and then dig for Treasure

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Once you have a map, you can use the Decipher action on it. You'll find Decipher in the General section of the Actions and Traits menu, and it can either be used directly from there or from your quick bars, as with other actions.

Doing so will reveal the location of a Treasure by turning the map into a Treasure Map. While you can have multiple Timeworn Maps, you can only have one Treasure Map at a time. A Treasure Map can either be discarded or disappear once you find the Hidden Cache.

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Examining the Treasure Map in your Inventory will bring up a Map Window, giving you a rough location for the Treasure. While you can only have one Treasure Map at a time, it won't time out, so you can take your time with it. Once it is a Treasure Map, it will move to the Key Items section of your Inventory.

Cross-reference this with your area map to find the exact location, and use the Dig action once there. This can be a little tricky, but once I spot it, I can't believe I didn't see it sooner. If you're in the right spot, a Chest will spawn.

As in the quest, using the Chest will attract one or more mobs to defend it. You'll have a limited time to defeat the mobs and then claim the Chest. These battles can be challenging, so be well prepared (don't turn up in your crafting gear!). You'll want an adventure level roughly equivalent to the map quality (see below).

Types of Treasure Chest Rewards

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Treasure Chest rewards can vary widely and will, of course, also be dependent on level. EXP and Gil are common rewards, alongside aetherial gear, Allagan Tomestones, crafting ingredients, elemental items, housing items, medicine, minions, and more. Perhaps the best finds, though, are Unhidden Maps, as these lead to even better Treasure in another Chest location.

All Treasure Map grades and levels

If you intend to buy maps outside your current level, remember that you'll be facing mobs around the map level once you open the Chest, so don't be too ambitious.

StandardNameResource level
Grade 1Timeworn Leather MapsLevel 40 crafting node
Grade 2Timeworn Goatskin MapsLevel 45 crafting node
Grade 3Timeworn Toadskin MapsLevel 50 crafting node
Grade 4Timeworn Boarskin MapsLevel 50 crafting node
Grade 5Timeworn Peisteskin MapsLevel 50 crafting node *
Grade 6Timeworn Archaeoskin MapsLevel 55 crafting node
Grade 7Timeworn Wyvernskin MapsLevel 60 crafting nodes
Grade 8Timeworn Dragonskin MapsLevel 60 crafting nodes *
Grade 9Timeworn Gaganaskin MapsLevel 70 crafting nodes
Grade 10Timeworn Gazelleskin MapsLevel 70 crafting nodes *
Grade 11Timeworn Gliderskin MapsLevel 80 crafting nodes
Grade 12Timeworn Zonureskin MapsLevel 80 crafting nodes *
Grade 13Timeworn Saigaskin MapsLevel 90 crafting nodes
Grade 14Timeworn Kumbhiraskin MapsLevel 90 crafting nodes *
Grade 15Timeworn Ophiotauroskin MapsLevel 90 crafting nodes *

Maps in Bold above that are marked with an asterisk (*) are recommended for large groups, not individuals.

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Chris Marling is a writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience across newspapers, magazines, and websites. Based in the UK, he has written professionally on everything from tech to tearooms. But his real passion is gaming, going right back to the Atari 2600 - and especially RPGs and MMOs. He cut his teeth on games such as The Realm and Anarchy Online. But 20 years on still gets excited about exploring each new world. When not online, you'll find him gaming analog-style around the table. Chris has had five of his own board games published, including Pioneer Days and Armageddon.

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