Unlike other RPGs, crafting in Dragon’s Dogma is fairly straight forward, once you understand how it works. You can craft items either to enhance them or combine different materials to create a new item.
You can enhance items to improve their base stats, especially your weapons and armor. You can have a go at crafting for enhancement once you reach the capital of Gran Soren. Visit the weapon shot in the main square and try it to enhance every item up to a maximum of three levels.
First level requires gold, different for each item. Two higher enhancement levels require gold and a particular crafting material. Each item requires a different material to upgrade. Don’t worry if you don’t know which since weapons’ merchant will tell what item is required for a given upgrade.
This is where materials held by your Pawns or in storage can be used since enhancement doesn’t require you to have crafting materials in your main character’s inventory.
Enhance your main character’s gear as much as possible and after that, move on to the gear of your pawn. If you have equipped a piece gear, make sure you enhance it to at least level 1. It would be worth it!
Think of the materials that have healing effects and those which can restore your stamina or impart other beneficial effects. You can use these materials, combine them to make them more powerful.
You can combine these items in field or in dungeons, or the inn. You can only combine the items you are carrying, and the items you have stored.
Go to the items in your inventory or select ‘manage stored items at the inn. When you select an item, you will see a ‘combine’ option. Selecting the combine option will unlock all the items that can be crafted when you combine that particular material with another material.
Where To Gather Materials
Never miss a flashing object during your adventures. When you pick up an item, it flashes on the right side of your screen for a brief period before it vanishing. Pawns can also pick up items. Remember, you can’t pick up items by walking over them.
Piles of Books, Bushes, Vines and Haystacks are the usual gathering locations where you can pick up items’ multiple times. Furthermore, you can mine rock faces with crystals sticking out of them with a pick-axe.
If that wasn’t enough, you can loot treasure chests that will re-spawn over time. You can store these items in the inns/camps. You can withdraw them at Gran Soren Inn.