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August 19, 2012 - 5:08pm -- Sardu
GW2 Crafting Guide

Newly created characters in Guild Wars 2 are able to begin crafting immediately following the brief intro instance for each race, though you may want to wait until you’ve got at least a few levels under your belt before diving in. As you’ll learn in this guide, this is due to needing some materials to craft with, and enough coin to purchase various components from NPC crafting vendors.

Getting Started with Crafting

You can actively train a total of two (2) crafting disciplines at any given time. To select a new discipline to train, you will need to speak to the associated NPC trainer. All major cities have an area where crafting trainers, vendors, and workstations can be found, but they can also be found in a number of towns and villages in the explorable zones.

For example, the starting zones for each race (level 1-15 zones) contain a town or outpost where you will be able to train and craft. These are located in areas with content for around level 10 which can be a good time to start crafting, and allows you to do so without having to travel back to a major city to do so.

GW2 Crafting Icons

To find any such areas, open your map [M] and any crafting areas will be clearly marked with the icons shown here to the right. To make it easier to see the crafting icons on the map, you can also click on the small eye shaped icon found on the bottom left corner of the map. This will bring up a list of display options that can be toggled, with a category dedicated to crafting.

In major cities, don’t forget that you can toggle between the different “layers” of the city on the map. To do so, click on any of the various layers for that particular map on the bottom right corner.

Once you’ve located the NPC trainers, interact with them using the default [F] key, and begin a conversation. As shown below, each one will provide you with some basic information about what that discipline is able to produce, types of materials you will need, and other important info specific to that discipline.

GW2 Chef Trainer

The Eight Crafting Disciplines

There are a total of eight (8) crafting disciplines in Guild Wars 2. These are outlined below, including notes on the types of items each one produces, and a list of any suggested professions.

Discipline Produces Suggested Professions
Armorsmith Heavy Armor
Inventory Upgrades (boxes)
Runes (armor upgrade)
      Artificer Focus items
      Sigils (weapon upgrade)
      Potions (consumables)
          Chef Consumable Foods
          Armor Dyes
          All Professions
            Huntsman Harpoon guns
            Sigils (weapon upgrade)
              Jeweler Earrings
              Jewels (accessory upgrade)
              All Professions
                Leatherworker Medium Armor
                Runes (armor upgrade)
                Leather Bags
                  Tailor Light Armor
                  Runes (armor upgrade)
                  Cloth Bags
                    Weaponsmith Axes
                    Sigils (weapon upgrade)

                      The Crafting Interface

                      Once you’ve chosen a crafting discipline, you can immediately begin crafting provided you have the necessary components. To do so, walk up to the appropriate crafting station and interact with it using the default [F] key. This will bring up the main crafting window which has a number of different tabs and interactions. We’ll take a look at each of these views below, along with some basic notes and tips for each.

                      Note: click on any of the images below for a larger view of the interface

                      Crafting Discovery Tab

                      The Discovery Tab

                      In this tab you can drag components from your inventory on the left of the screen into the four boxes found in the center of the interface to "discover" new items. This will be your primary method of learning new recipes for all disciplines, though you will learn some automatically as you unlock new tiers. In general, you will also earn more crafting XP through discovery than general production.


                      Crafting Production Tab

                      The Production Tab

                      This is the default view when you begin crafting. Any recipes you currently know will be listed on the left. Clicking on them will display the necessary components in the main view on the right of the window, and if you have them in your inventory you can craft the item. You will start out with a number of basic recipes already unlocked, but can learn more through advancement and discovery.


                      Crafting Bank Tab

                      The Bank Tab

                      This tab will allow you to access your account vault which can be very handy while crafting. While most crafting components can be stored in the collections tab, certain items such as Insignias used in the discovery process can only be stored in the main bank. Since you can access this tab from any crafting station, it can allow you to access the bank from any explorable zones where crafting stations are located.


                      Crafting Collections Tab

                      The Collections Tab

                      Here you will be able to access any of your stored crafting materials. Like the default bank space, collection storage is account wide, so this can be an incredibly handy way to share gathered and dropped crafting materials between your characters on the same account. Note that you can also store basic vendor-bought crafting items here, such as linen thread used in many disciplines.


                      Once you've selected to train in any of the crafting disciplines, you will also be able to view a version of the Production tab shown above via the main Hero window [H] by clicking on the Crafting tab. Keep in mind, however, that you will only be able to view a list of any known recipes and their required components via the Hero window. To actually produce any of the items you will need to be near the appropriate crafting station.

                      Salvage Kits and Gathering Tools

                      The bulk of your crafting materials will come from gathering while out in the explorable zones, or breaking dropped items down using salvage kits depending on which crafting disciplines you choose to train. Both methods will require you to purchase and use associated consumable items that can be found on all crafting NPCs, and many NPC vendors throughout the world.

                      Salvage Kits

                      Salvage kits will allow you to break certain items down into crafting materials, and have a chance of returning any upgrade items slotted in any armors, weapons, or accessories you salvage. The kits are a stackable item that's stored in your normal inventory, with one kit consumed each time you salvage an item.

                      Beyond any equippable items dropped by creatures, many also have a chance to drop items labled as Salvage Item. These will return a number of components, but unlike armor, weapons, and accessories, they will not provide you with any item upgrades when salvaged.

                      There are currently five (5) types of common salvage kits that can be purchased from vendors, or may be earned as rewards from certain activities such as personal story missions. As a general rule, the more expensive the kit, the better chance you have of yielding rarer components or salvaging upgrades from items.

                      • Crude Salvage Kit - 32c per stack of 15
                      • Basic Salvage Kit - 88c per stack of 25
                      • Fine Salvage Kit - 2s 88c per stack of 25
                      • Journeyman's Salvage Kit - 8s per stack of 25
                      • Master's Salvage Kit - 15s 36c per stack of 25

                      There are also two additional types of salvage kits to be aware of:

                      • Black Lion Salvage Kit - these are purchased primarily through the gem store, though you may occasionally obtain them from reward chests or very rarely as drops. They differ from common kits in that you are guaranteed to retain any upgrades when salvaging gear.
                      • PvP Salvage Kits - These are purchased with glory from vendors in the MIsts, and are used to break down any unwanted PvP rewards you accumulate. Instead of returning normal crafting materials, salvaged PvP items will return a number of components used in the Mystic Forge instead.

                      Gathering Tools

                      GW2 Gathering Tools

                      Before you can begin gathering from any metals, wood, or plants, you will need to have the proper gathering tools equipped. Gathering tools are consumable items commonly found on NPC vendors and all crafting trainers.

                      Unlike salvage kits, gathering tools will not take up inventory space, but instead can be equipped in your Hero [H] window, or by right-clicking and selecting to "equip item". As you can see in the image to the right, there are also different tiers of gathering tools, with each allowing you to gather metal, wood, or plants from progressively higher level zones:

                      • Rough - used for gathering in the level 1-15 maps, no level requirement
                      • Iron - used for gathering on maps up to level 30, requires level 10
                      • Steel - used on maps up to level 45, requires level 25
                      • Darksteel - used on maps up to level 45, requires level 40
                      • Mithril - used on maps up to level 60, requires level 55
                      • Orichalcum - used on maps up to level 80, requires level 70


                      aerdred's picture
                      Submitted by aerdred on

                      Crafting was an area I didn't touch upon, but that I want to use for some of my xp before breaking into WvW. I was unclear from what you wrote whether you'll be able to craft more than 2 crafts on a toon ever (without losing your progress in one or both of the crafts). I expect you can't?

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                      Submitted by Wedge7 on

                      You can. If you want to swap crafting discipline, it's as easy as talking to the new crafting discipline trainer, and swapping over. You do NOT lose any progress from your current disciplines, and can always swap back later, though there is a small cost involved. From the wiki

                      "Although a character can only have two disciplines active at a time, they can pay a master craftsman to switch, at cost of 10 copper  per level in the target discipline. Taking on a new discipline is always free, while switching back to a maxed discipline (at Level 400) costs 40 silver."

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                      Submitted by Wedge7 on

                      Nice article Sardu, thank you. The suggested professions for each crafting discipline is especially useful, as is the gathering tools levels. Do you have any tips on advancing the crafting disciplines? Such as using known recipes first, or trying to discover stuff straight away? 

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                      Submitted by tzahr on

                      To start with you will want to process your raw materials into a craftable state (ore -> bars) this gives you pretty good experience at first and tapers off as your crafting level increases.

                      Next step will be to craft components, so for artificing you would say craft a staff shaft, a staff head and an enchanted dowel.  Each of these actions also provide some experience.

                      Soon crafting these basic parts will no longer provide much or any experience and you will have to try discovering new recepies.  This is as simple as going to the discovery pane putting the staff head, shaft and the dowel in three of the panes.  The window tells you if you have a workable combination and you can choose to craft the item.  Having done that you will now have a new known recipe in your main crafting tab.

                      Rinse and repeat as necessary and once you reach a high enough level new component parts will become available.

                      I am sure it becomes more complex as things move on, but these are the basics as far as I know them.

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                      Submitted by aerdred on

                      Thanks for both those shares. Hearing about the things in advance will help prevent waste I'm sure. Or at least help make it quicker even if we'd avoid it regardless wink

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                      Submitted by GolemCopp on

                      I suggest adding Guardian to the recommended artificer professions. 

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                      Submitted by Cronck on

                      Question - the bank is account wide but is crafting? So if i get to lvl 250 in huntsmen on my ranger is it still lvl 250 on a diff toon or do i have to lvl it again?



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                      Submitted by Wedge7 on

                      Crafting is individual per character. New characters you create start with zero in each crafting discipline. However, because the bank and materials are shared account wide, it will be a lot easier to level up the crafting disciplines on new characters, purely because you'll undoubtedly have more materials lying about in storage. 

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                      Submitted by Sardu on

                      Crafting is leveled per character. So you could level huntsman to 250 on one character, but if you choose it on another you'll be starting fresh with it and level it up independently.

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                      Submitted by Krystyn Daemonbaen on

                      Excellent article indeed - thank you very much!  I was just going to mention the beginning and intermediate crafting videos by Enigmius1 but Sylvinstar beat me to it.

                      If you want to be a crafter, do yourself a favor and be sure to watch those in the 4 days between now and Headstart.  They are full of great info   smiley

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                      Submitted by sylvinstar on

                      I personally have decided to take on Artificer and Weaponsmith.  I have done a little artificer and tailor in one of the earlier BWE's and enjoyed it.  Key thing will be doing a lot of gathering/killing mobs for materials, because it takes a lot of raw mats to make stuff.

                      I've already figured out a Ranger build for harvesting that focuses on Tier one utilities and weapon sets. that will help with harvesting.

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                      Submitted by cesar.malari on

                      During BWE 3, there were level requirements on the harvesting gear, but during one of the stress tests soon after that (one of the few that was in the evening for the US so I could make it), I noticed that the harvesting gear had lost it's level requirements.  I didn't have the coins to buy a top-tier one and confirm it, but I bought a second-to-top tier item and was able to harvest nodes with my level 22 character without issue.

                      Did anyone notice if those requirements were still there in the latest stress tests, or heard if those missing level reqs were just an oversight?