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Orpiment

Statistics

Orpiment
This toxic yellow ore
shines with a tinny gleam.

Other Uses

Resale Price: ~214 gil

Synthesis Recipes

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Used in Recipes

Desynthesis Recipes

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Obtained from Desynthesis

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How to Obtain

Auction House Category: Materials > Alchemy ( )

Mining

Zone Rarity
Ifrit's Cauldron
Very Rare
Sih Gates
Common

Historical Background

Orpiment is a common monoclinic arsenic sulfide mineral. Orpiment is an orange to yellow mineral that is found worldwide, and occurs as a sublimation product in volcanic fumaroles, low temperature hydrothermal veins, hot springs and as a byproduct of the decay of another arsenic mineral, realgar. It is often found in association with realgar. It takes its name from the Latin auripigmentum (aurum − gold + pigmentum − pigment) because of its deep yellow color. Orpiment is also known as "King's Yellow", "Chinese Yellow" and "Yellow Orpiment". It was an important item of trade in the Roman Empire and was used as a medicine in China although it is highly toxic. It was also used as a fly poison and to poison arrows. Because of its striking color, it was also a favourite with alchemists searching for a way to make gold, both in China and the West. Orpiment was ground, processed and used for centuries as a pigment in painting, being one of the few clear, bright yellow pigments available to artists up until the 19th century. It is presently used in the production of infrared-transmitting glass, oil cloth, linoleum; in semiconductors and photoconductors, as a pigment and in fireworks, and used in the tanning industry to remove hair from hides.

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