In Guild Wars 2, players are able to learn two different crafts which they can use to create both items and upgrades for their equipment.
This Guild Wars 2 crafting guide will not only cover all 8 crafts in game, but also discuss how crafting works, how to learn a craft, how you can level it up, and what crafts you should level up for your profession.
Guild Wars 2 Crafts List
There are 8 crafts you can choose form in GW2. All disciplines (aside from Chef) create some type of equipment and some type of upgrade (upgrades confer stat bonuses to your equipment). Below, you will find a list of each craft, what they make, and an in-depth guide for each craft.
- Armorsmith – The Armorsmith makes heavy armor which can be used by the Warrior and Guardian (soldiers). The Armorsmith also creates runes you can use to buff heavy armor. Finally, Armorsmiths make equipment boxes which can be used to store armor and weapons in your inventory. When you have an equipment box equipped, when you loot weapons and armor they will automatically appear in this bag. Read more in our Guild Wars 2 Armorsmithing Guide.
- Artificer – Artificers create magical weapons (Foci, staves, scepters, and tridents) that are used primarily by scholar professions (Elementalist, Mesmer, Necromancer). Artificers also create sigils that can be used to upgrade these magical weapons. Finally, Artificers can also make potions which are consumables that give players a small buff on use. While Artificers get the bonus of making both weapons and potions, they do not make as large of a variety of weapons as other crafting disciplines. Read more in our Guild Wars 2 Artificer Guide.
- Chef – The Chef discipline is used to make food. Like in other MMOs, food provides players with a temporary stat bonus after eating it. The Chef can also make dyes used to customize your character’s appearance. Read more in our Guild Wars 2 Cooking Guide.
- Huntsman – The Huntsman creates the following wooden weapons: longbows, pistols, rifles, torches, shortbows, warhorns, and harpoon guns. These are used primarily by the Adventurer and Soldier profession archetypes. The Huntsman makes sigils as well which can be used to upgrade these weapons. Read more in our Guild Wars 2 Huntsman Guide.
- Jeweler – The Jeweler creates jewelry, which you can use to make yourself earrings, rings, and necklaces. The jeweler can also craft various tiers of jewels that you can use to upgrade the stat bonuses of your jewelry. Learn more in our Guild Wars 2 Jeweler Guide.
- Leatherworker – The Leatherworker creates medium armor which is used by the Thief, Ranger, and Engineer (Adventurers) as well as Runes which can be used to upgrade these armors. The Leatherworker also makes leather bags; equipping one will cause newly looted junk to fill this bag first. Read more in our Guild Wars 2 Leatherworker Guide.
- Tailor – The Tailor makes light armor which is used by Scholar professions (Mesmer, Necromancer, Elementalist) as well as Runes which can be used to upgrade these armors. The Tailor also makes cloth bags; newly looted crafting materials will automatically go into cloth bags first. Read more in our Guild Wars 2 Tailoring Guide.
- Weaponsmith – The Weaponsmith makes all metal weapons – daggers, swords, axes, greatswords, maces, shields, spears, and hammers. It also crafts Sigils which can be used to upgrade these weapons. These weapons are used by all the professions in Guild Wars 2, making the Weaponsmith perhaps the most versatile crafter of them all. You can be assured this will be the most popular craft though because players love making weapons more than anything in MMORPGs. Read more in our Guild Wars 2 Weaponsmith Guide.
How to Learn a Craft in Guild Wars 2
You can learn a new craft by speaking with a “Master Craftsman” of the type of craft you want to learn in any major city (Lion’s Arch, Divinity’s Reach, etc.) and they will train you. You can learn up to 2 crafts at a time and if you want to change, you can do so simply by talking to a new trainer and paying a very small fee.
How to Level Up Crafts in Guild Wars 2
The leveling system for crafting in Guild Wars 2 is a bit different than other popular MMORPGs. It is a lot more like Final Fantasy 14′s if you have played that game before in that you have “levels” of crafting and you level up by earning experience points.
The way it works is that each craft has a base amount of experience points, depending on your level. This base experience point amount is then multiplied by a multiplier depending on what you are crafting. This is .3 for a refinement, .6 for a part, and 1.4 for an actual item or food. This amount is then reduced if whatever you are crafting is below your level.
What this means is that assuming an equal level of craft, making a part gives double the experience of refining materials and crafting an actual item gives 4.67 times the experience of refining material and 2.33 times the experience of making a part. If you craft items too low below your current level, you will earn less and less experience points as well.
The practical application of this is that leveling crafts is a bit different than in other MMOs. Typically in other MMOs, usually the level of the craft is the only thing important to leveling up the craft so people reproduce the cheapest craft (typically a component or refinement) over and over again in order to level up quickly. In Guild Wars 2, making usable items provides a lot of extra experience over just merely crafting, so it might be worthwhile to turn the components and refinements you make into actual gear to speed the leveling process.
How to Actually Craft Items in Guild Wars 2
Crafting can be only be done once you have learned a craft from a master crafter and approach a crafting station (found in all cities and even the larger outposts). Once you approach the crafting station you can bring up the crafting interface.
There are two tabs: the crafting tab and the discovery tab. The crafting tab is used to craft items from the recipes that you already know. You also can use the Bank tab to select crafting materials that you have stored away, which is convenient. You learn new recipes every 25 levels you get from crafting, but you can also learn new recipes from the discovery tab as well (covered below).
Learning New Crafting Recipes
Not only do you learn new recipes every 25 levels in Guild Wars 2, you can also learn more advanced recipes through the “Discovery” section. This involves selecting crafting materials in random quantities from your bags, and if the combination is appropriate, you learn the recipe.
For example, if you open up the discovery tab and have all the tier 1 materials in your inventory, you might see 3 of these materials come up, such as green lumber, a lump of tin, and copper ore. This means that 3 of these materials can be combined in some quantity to learn a new recipe, such as 1 lumber, 3 lumps of tin, and 3 copper ore to make a bronze weapon. However, 1 lumber, 2 lumps of tin, and 2 copper ore might make something entirely different – or nothing at all.
This of course is completely a theoretical example, but the truth is you have to guess the proper amount of materials used in each craft. If you happen to guess the right combination, you will craft the item and learn the recipe.
Getting Crafting Materials in Guild Wars 2
The last thing left to cover in our Guild Wars 2 crafting guide is how to get the materials to craft with. There are three easy ways to get crafting materials:
- Looting them from enemies. Fallen humanoids tend to drop loot bags which often contain crafting materials whereas various parts of beasts can be used in crafting as well.
- Buy the crafting materials, either from vendors or the trading post. More expensive crafting materials tend to be cheaper on the trading post.
- Salvage them from unwanted pieces of equipment. You can buy “Salvage Kits” from vendors which are consumables used to break down equipment into salvage components. Be sure to check the prices on the trading post before breaking down your equipment this way because this is not always the most economical approach since Salvage Kits are not free.
A more difficult and time-consuming way (but perhaps more profitable) is to gather materials from resource nodes. Resource nodes spawn throughout the world and can be gathered by any player with an appropriate tool equipped. You can buy the tools from NPCs in the Inns of each starting town (and buy more advanced tools in larger cities). Tools are not free and wear down with time, so you have to spend some currency to be able to gather.
Gathering is particularly useful in gathering ore (mining), lumber (logging), and cooking ingredients (foraging). These items to not typically drop off of NPCs. Note that gathering does not require you to learn a craft or have a certain skill level, just that you have the appropriate tool equipped and that you are a high enough class level to equip the tool in question.
You can read more about gathering in our Guild Wars 2 Gathering Guide.