Assassin’s Creed 3 Artisans Leveling Guide – How To Recruit and Level Up


Progressing through Assassin’s Creed 3 doesn’t only mean assassinating a bunch of redcoats and taking down a few dozen ships while you’re at it.

Okay, it does sort of mean that, but there is so much more to do in Revolutionary America on the way. Crafting in AC3 has evolved greatly since Brotherhood and Revelations, so much that it has become a vital determiner of the ease with which you progress in the game.

Thus, it’s important to have your craftsman at your Homestead up and running, with levels soaring high so that they can create the best of the best things for you.

Sadly, the process of leveling your artisans isn’t as simple as it would be in any other game. Gathering artisans and leveling them requires you to do various Homestead missions, which are somewhat easier than the other type of side missions in the game.

However, what makes the process a little fragile is that it can be easy to ignore the available Homestead missions (some are scattered across the map, depicted with manor icons). This can actually render some of the artisans incapable of leveling up later, which can severely damage your crafting and items progression in the game.

The real deal starts from Sequence 5 when you meet Achilles. You’ll need to sequentially start off and plan your Artisan side missions from here onwards for every sequence. Again, if you miss a couple in between, chances are that your artisan won’t level up even if you go all the way to Sequence 12 itself.

Some side quests have prerequisites later, and cannot be unlocked or completed beforehand. If you wish to max out the levels of your artisans, consider following a sequence.

For more help on Assassin’s Creed 3, read our Peg Leg Trinkets, Crafting Recipes and Treasure Locations Guide.

Sequence 5:
Sequence 5 will allow you to attain Lumberers, Woodworkers, Farmers, and also upgrade your Lumberer. You should return to Achilles after finishing the Lumberer’s event, after which you will be able to obtain these fellows.

You should try to get them during summer time though (when it’s not snowing), since some of these missions aren’t available in winter. The Farmer sidequest will be in the Frontier.

Sequence 6:
In Sequence 6, you can talk to Achilles to initiate the ‘Encyclopedia of the Common Man’ side quest. You should take your time and not worry about finishing it early.

In this sequence try to get the Lumberer to level up to 3, along side Farmer (Level 2), Huntress, Miner, and again level the Huntress up. Make sure you do these things in the summer again, and make sure that you do them within sequence six. The Miner sidequest should be in Boston.

Sequence 7:
For progressing with your artisans in Sequence 7, you will need to have initiated the ‘Encyclopedia of the Common Man’ sidequest from Sequence 6 and not completed it.

You can get the Inkeepers here, level up the Miners after completing Achilles’s sidequest, level up your Lumberers further, along with Miners, and also your Farmers twice (Level 3 and Level 4).

Sequence 8:
Sequence 8 is pretty quiet as far as the artisans are concerned. You can level up your Miner and also obtain the Blacksmith in the Frontier during summer time.

Sequence 9:
Sequence 9 is very busy. You’ll have plenty of artisans to level up here. You can get the Tailor in New York, the Priest, Doctor, Blacksmith Level 2 (New York), Huntress, Woodworker (Boston), and also level up the Tailor twice. You can also level up the Priest and Blacksmith in Boston.

Sequence 10:
You can level up the Doctor, Blacksmith, and Woodworker in Boston.

Sequence 11:
You can level up the Doctor to Level 3 in Sequence 11.

Found something? Tell us by commenting below!

By Haider Khan

One of the long time staff at SegmentNext, Haider is an integral part of the team with a love for writing, playing guitar, and aviation. Apart from writing for us, Haider is also a competitive FPS player and also enjoys exotic RPG games like Diablo and Xenogears (his favorite game of all time) on the side.

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    • agduffy6

      I finished the game and I’m able to go back and do all of the ones I didn’t do, don’t worry about restarting!

    • willyc

      I finished the game can i still recruit

    • simon89

      This is by far the most confusing stupid ac ever made.brotherhood is far the best one imo.

    • Ian

      I am only in sequence 9 and have been going through all the homestead missions one right after another. To my knowledge once you reach sequence 7 you can do the all before moving on. And the whole only getting the blacksmith in the summer isn’t true. I got him in the winter. It’s all based on the order of the homestead missions. More come available as you finish them.

    • jrb twiztid

      DO NOT RESTART GAME!!! way past the games mainstory line and am doing the homestead missions….they will unlock after a while…so DO NOT RESTART YOUR GAME….BIG WASTE OF TIME!!!!! All i did was just ran thru all the stuff i didnt do then as i was doing the boston brawlers mission where you beat up a bunch of guys, my homestead missions started unlocking. right now im getting the doctor…and i just finished getting the inn/manor mystories/leveling the artisans…and every mission i do theres 2 more that follow it so….im guessing since i just leveled up a few of the artisans and im done with the main storyline, you can finish everything afterwards…so again DONT RESTART just keep playing thru and when you see the homestead mission icon, start doing them one after another.also not sure if it matters with it but i think time of day might matter….idk thats my 2 cents tho. hope it helps

      • Rapilaytin

        That didn’t work for me

    • DROPKICKASSASSIN

      OK I think I’m confused it says in sequence 7 complete Achilles side quest but you don’t get the tailor and blacksmith till sequence 8 and 9?????? please help me before i go any further

      • DROPKICKASSASSIN

        never mind i figured it out its Manor Mysteries not common man

    • Thom222

      I am at sec.10 and i only have Lance the woodcutter. What do i do?

    • atlascod

      DONT START THE STORY ALL OVER AGAIN.JUST BUY ALL THE MAPS FROM GENERAL STORE AND YOU CAN CONTINUE HOMESTEAD MISSIONS IN WHATEVER SEQUENCE YOU ARE!!!!!

      • Thom222

        The maps are for hidden chest and i dont see the point of buying them all exept of knowing where the chest are.

    • victor afonso

      I beat the game, then i did those side missions, I did level up all my characters

    • DAMN

      Oh, DAMN! I screwed up… time to restart the game :s

      Or is it possible by replaying sequences to get these artisans?

      • Dakotakoki

        You know…. I actually don’t think so. :s

    • Raziel_Lead

      Idk for what lvlup you mean but i make all of my side quest till Sec7 (im on the end of it) but my artisans are still lvl 1. I got just new production from the artisans homestead quests. If you talk about other side quests plz tell me how to find them. I go my doctor in 7th sec too. But i dont have the tailor, the Huntres (i got it like worker in the homestead but not like artisan?!?! And i make 2- or 3 quests for her), the smith and the Lumbers are the same (no crafting artisan). I have only the woodworker, the inkeepers and the doc. In add i cant take and 1 of the assassins. No liberation quest for him?!?! Is that all are some sort of gliches or just not proper finishing the game (coding and bla bla bla). Just to add i didnt make only few qurier misions. the bostn brew.. something, and 1 or 2 hunting quest (no memo acc in this are at the moment).

    • kostis

      I have completed all missions except for manor mysteries(3rd one)waiting time legacy and achilles painting but none will appear on the map and i am in sequence 11.Anybody know what’s wrong

    • jason

      I got the doctor in sequence 7 after starting the happy expectations question the farmers.doctors in Boston afterwards

    • Zack

      I agree with don’t rush. I did rush as I was just trying to get to point I was wearing assassin outfit but problem is by that time I tried doing homestead stuff I was able to get all them my problem was the crafters themselves were stuck at lvl1 so I was screwed on making anything useful. I found no way to fix lvl issue I restarted and now doing it right. They should of provided more info on this imho.

      • Krixes

        I agree… Got to sequence 9 before realizing the level of most of them at 1. Start it all over again and taking my time and being patient:) not cool

        • Annelies169

          I’m in sequence 6.
          Do you have to restart with new game or can you replay the missions in sequence 5 to start and do all the homestead missions to level artisans?

    • Dan

      It doesn’t say how you level them up though…. Do you just keep doing the side missions??? I’m on sequence 10 and did about 15 of them and my one guy is still level 1. Also how do you tell your assassins to do another job I would press start when that thing popped up in the corner but forgot one time and now I don’t know how to assign them more missions.

      • Sgt gta gangster34

        Hold L2 and press square and that should open up the guild menu

    • Ice83

      Yes, restart the game and don’t rush through it this time .

    • Rifel222

      i have finished the game and havent even thought of artisans until now but i cant find the missions for them or anything help please?

      • cctomcat32

        you shouldn’t have to restart the game just go through and look. im pretty sure the first homestead missions outside the homestead is in the frontier to get the farmers