In many ways, legendary weapons in Guild Wars 2 represent the penultimate achievement that players can strive to attain. The journey won’t be an easy one, however, and I absolutely expect that only a small percentage of players will ever equip one. Much like similar systems in other games, such as EverQuest’s original epic weapons, legendary weapons represent a major time commitment that may prove to be a bit too daunting for many.
The crafting disciplines in Guild Wars 2 can be an excellent source of armor, weapons, accessories, consumables, and upgrades. Most disciplines tend to make heavy use of items dropped from various creature types, especially once you begin making higher quality items. These items fall under the Fine Crafting Materials collection stored in your bank, and will be the focus of this guide. Dropped gems, rare materials, and food types will be handled in separate guides.
Sigils, runes, and jewels are upgrade components for weapons, armor, and accessories respectively. While raw upgrades dropped by many creatures or gathered from ore veins or trees can be directly slotted into any equipment with an upgrade slot, you’ll often find better overall bonuses by slotting upgrades intended for a specific type of gear. In the case of runes, using two or more matching runes will also grant a progressively better bonus the more of the same type you use across multiple armor slots.
In this guide we’ll go over the different types of upgrades, how they are obtained, and provide some basic pointers for each type.
A longtime staple in MMOGs, crafting systems grant players the ability to create a variety of items, such as armor, weapons, consumables and more. In this guide to crafting in Guild Wars 2, we introduce you to the eight crafting disciplines and the types of items each one can produce, along with an overview of the crafting interface, and obtaining components through gathering and salvage kits.