So you've taken an interest in finding out about the treasure maps of Final Fantasy XIV, and are curious to see what all they can entail? In this article we will fish up a treasure map, site the location, and see what can come of the activity. While not so commonly played a challenge as the instances and quests the game has to offer, it certainly has some measure of value to the lucrative player that has maybe grown bored with the run-of-the-mill activities and repetition they may enforce.
Like many of the abilities not designated to specific jobs/classes within the game, in order to obtain the abilities to 'decipher' maps and 'dig' them up you must first complete the quest unlocking them. This is a quest available for any level 36+ combat class/job, and can be found in the town of Wineport in Eastern La Noscea. The quest itself serves as a small example of what treasure hunting will involve, but on a much more minimal scale than can be encountered depending on the type of map being used.
There are five levels of map that can be found; leather, goatskin, toadskin, boarskin, and peisteskin makeup the lot of them, and while the first four can feasibly be done alone the peisteskin maps recommend a full party for success. Aside from their difficulty some other important things to be aware of are the fact that only one map can be found within an 18 hour timer. The timer is made visible from your timers listings once you've found your first and will indicate when another is available for you to be found. Another important fact to know, you can only hold one un-deciphered map at a time, and only one deciphered map as well. Ultimately this means you can never have more than two on your character at once. You can store them on your retainer prior to deciphering or even sell them, but once deciphered they are bound and unless discarded or fulfilled will not allow for another to be deciphered.