In GW2, the crafting system resembles that of Minecraft. This means that when crafting, you might not even have a bit of an idea of crafting an item unless you randomly start throwing in various crafting materials.
In this guide we’ll go over the various aspects of Crafting, including the basic mechanics, the Crafting Disciplines and what they can craft, the Recipes, and Crafting Materials.
The crafting interface has two main tabs, Production and Discovery.
The Production tab is where you will be producing things via crafting from the recipes you already know. At the start of the game, where it is difficult to learn new recipes, you will be given a set of basic recipes by default, from which you can immediately start low-tier production.
The Production tab itself is subdivided, with the key divisions being Refinement, Crafting Components, and Insignias or Inscriptions.
The refinement area is where you would further refine raw materials you obtain. Read the Crafting Materials section of this guide for more details on Raw Materials.
This is the section in which you make the building blocks for the gear you are about to make. This section takes all the refined materials and the vendor bought materials in it.
Insignias and Inscriptions:
Insignias and Inscriptions are used to give various bonus stats to the gear you make. The bonus stat directly depends on the name of the Insignia or Inscription.
Insignias are meant for crafting Armors, while Inscriptions are meant for Weapons.
Some of the prefixes, along with their bonuses, are given below:
Resilient – +Toughness
Precise – +Precision
Healing – +Healing Power
Festering – +Condition Damage
Vital – +Vitality
Mighty – +Power
Pillaging – +Power, + Precision
Ravaging – +Condition Damage, + Precision
Vigorous – +Power, + Vitality
Read more about Attributes (Power, Vitality, Condition Damage, etc.) in our Attributes Guide for Guild Wars 2.
The Discovery tab is where you learn new recipes. As stated earlier, this works very similar to the crafting mechanic in Minecraft. You will have to learn new recipes by combining and experimenting with different crafting materials.
There are various crafting types, or known as Crafting Disciplines, that a player can attain. Players can take on a maximum of two Disciplines at one time. However, a player can also choose to switch to a new Discipline at any time.
If the player wishes to change back to a former Discipline, he/she can do so by paying a small fee. Note that all the progression you do in any type of Crafting Discipline is saved, irrespective of whether it is being used or not.
Each Discipline has 400 skill levels. There are many Recipes that require a specific skill level to use. This means that there are possibilities that you may discover a Recipe, but not have the necessary skill level to use it to craft the item.
The Disciplines are:
Can craft Heavy Armor, Runes Upgrades, and Inventory Boxes
This Discipline is best suited for Guardian and Warrior professions.
Can craft Foci, Staffs, Scepters, Tridents, Sigils Upgrades, and Potions
This Discipline is ideal Mesmer, Elementalist, and Necromancers professions.
Can cook (craft) food
Can craft Spears, Longbows, Pistols, Rifles, Shortbows, Torches, Warhorns, and Sigil Upgrades
This is best suited for Engineer, Rangers, and Thief professions.
Can craft Earrings, Necklaces, Rings, and Jewels Upgrades
Suited for all professions for added bonus
Can craft Medium Armor, Runes Upgrades, and Inventory Bags
This is best suited for Engineer, Range, and Thief professions.
Can craft Light Armor, Runes Upgrades, and Inventory Bags
This is best suited for Mesmer, Elementalist, and Necromancer professions.
Can craft Axes, Daggers, Greatswords, Hammers, Maces, Shields, Spears, Swords, and Sigil Upgrades
This is best suited for Guardian and Warrior professions.
Recipes for crafting equipment are mostly found through Discovery, meaning you would have to experiment with various materials to actually learn new recipes.
This does not mean that you will have to sacrifice materials – all you have to do is mix up different materials in the Discovery section of the crafting interface, and if your mix is a recipe it will automatically tell you that you have discovered a new recipe, which will be stored as a learnt recipe.
However, you are not entirely kept in the dark and forced to self-learn. Some basic recipes are available by default when you start crafting.
All in all, the following are the ways you can obtain recipes:
- Basic recipes are automatically learnt every 25 levels as a character progresses in a crafting discipline
- Advanced recipes must be learnt through Discovery
- Special recipes can be learnt by using Recipe Sheets, which can only be purchased from Renown Hearts NPCs and Miyana at the Mystic Forge
There is an excellent data-base website that has tons of recipes available in it. However, I highly recommend tasting the thrill of discovering recipes by yourself, as it is a very and integral part of the art of crafting in Guild Wars 2.
If, however, you wish to find the recipe for a specific kind of item, which you are having difficulty in discovering yourself, you can check the site out here.
Crafting Materials are of various types, and are the main elements from which things are crafted. Depending on the material type, Crafting Materials can have various quality grades or tiers.
The most basic material grade is Raw Material, which are the bread and butter of crafting.
Some methods through which Crafting Materials can be obtained are:
- Gathering — Resource nodes are found randomly around the world. Ore veins are mined with picks, trees are logged with axes, and other plants are harvested with sickles.
- Looting — Loot slain enemies to find various Crafting Materials.
- Purchasing — Some merchants sell ingredients.
- Salvaging — Salvaging kits can be bought from merchants to salvage old equipment for crafting material.
- Crafting — Many refined materials are acquired by crafting them from related raw materials.
- Other players – Trade materials with other players.
- Trading Post – The Trading Post is basically the same thing as Diablo III’s Auction House, in which you can use in-game currency to buy items. Like Diablo III, most players tend to sell items more than 10 times their game value. If you have sufficient money, you could get some rare Crafting Materials from here.
For a full list of materials and additional details, refer to the well-explained Guild Wars 2 Wiki here.