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Crafting in Guild Wars 2 tends to be a fun experience, as well as providing you with useful items for your own characters or that you can sell to others. Each of your characters can be working with two crafting disciplines at any time. The good news is you’re not locked into the choices you make! You can change your professions at any time. Your previous profession is put on hold, and you can take it up again later if you choose to. There are 8 total crafting professions, and resource gathering trades are available to everyone, and don’t count against the limit. In fact, you can equip the tools for each all the time, so you are prepared to harvest when you find some resources.

Each profession has it’s own recipes of items that you can create. These are learned either by finding the recipe out in the world, either as loot, or from a NPC vendor, or you will learn them yourself through the discovery mode.

Get a full, step by step, leveling and general basics course to crafting by checking out the GW2 crafting guide found on the main page of our website.

In Discovery, you take some of your known crafting materials or parts, and attempt to find combinations that will create new items. The game will give you a hint as to how many possible items can come from a material you put in, but it’s up to you to figure out what the other components are. Once you have learned a recipe, it’s added to your recipe book and you will be able to make them.

Prepare to Craft

Crafting is not difficult, but it will require you to do a few things. You will need a lot of space for your parts. Your bank has a special tab just for basic ingredients, and you will see that there are quite a few. What you will need space for is all the components that you will make. You will probably want to get yourself some big bags to improve your inventory as soon as possible if you are serious about crafting. Your ability to level your crafting is not tied to your characters level.

You will gain experience as long as you keep making things. It is possible to level up from crafting alone! Unfortunately, you will need a large supply of raw materials. These can be found in the world, either as loot drops or from harvesting nodes, or you can salvage unwanted items that you find, and turn them back into raw materials. You can also try buying resources on the Trading Post, but that will be the most costly method. If you are part of a guild, many times resources are shared among guild members, this can be really helpful in getting yourself leveled up in crafting.

Sell and Trade

Once you’ve made your crafted items, you can try to sell them or trade to friends or guild mates, or sell them on the Trading Post. Item prices vary, but as you watch the Trading Post, you can learn what items that you make will be profitable. Typically, the more rare the item, the more it will sell for.

For more details on crafting and other aspects of Guild Wars 2 such as choosing a profession, earning XP fast and more, check out our GW2 leveling guide to learn how to rack up the experience and level your character quick.

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Leveling is an important aspect of pretty much every MMORPG that has ever been released, with the exception of The Secret World. Guild Wars 2, however, isn’t an exception. Unfortunately, leveling can be a long, arduous task. And, for some, it can even be boring. But there are ways to quickly and easily level up your character. It’ll still take a little time and patience but it’s well worth looking over the leveling tips below to help you make quick works of progressing your toon in-game.

The way and place that you level will depend on which of the GW2 races you selected during the character creation section of the game. Each race has it’s own starting point and mini-quests to take on to help kickstart the leveling process. Also keep in mind that completing story quests along the way when you’re appropriately leveled is a quick, easy way to earn extra experience while doing other leveling tasks. Below we’ve outlined a few hot tips to level faster. Also check out our GW2 leveling guide for even more info.

General GW2 Leveling Tips

1. Play World versus World A TON – Believe it or not, it doesn’t matter what level you are in GW2, you can still benefit greatly from the WvW gameplay. Hell, you can immediately jump into the GW2 WvW action as soon as you’re done with character creation and start earning a ton of XP, karma and even gold. All you have to do is help your team to capture keeps and participate in any dynamic events that become available to you. It’s fast, fun and it works well, especially for new players.

2. Gather Crafting Items – As soon as you have enough gold to do so, go to a vendor and buy all 3 tools for gathering (pickaxe, scythe, axe) and equip them to your character. Once you’ve done this, start roaming around and collecting any useful materials you can find for crafting. In GW2 you earn experience for both gathering materials and crafting items. And this can be done at any level.

3. Complete Heart Quests in GW2 – Even from your race’s starting area you’ll notice there are empty gold hearts plastered all over your map. Travel to these locations and complete the quests associated with these areas. They’re usually pretty simple, quick quests that can earn you a fair amount of experience points and gold. This is mainly useful for beginning players but can prove helpful for higher leveled characters as well.

4. Buy Boost Gems – Boost gems can be pricey, so you better have a hefty amount of gold for this one, but they can be extremely useful for leveling. The gems provide your character with a 50% increase in experience gains per hour. Might not seem like a lot, but 1.5x experience can add up pretty quickly if you’re going out and killing enemies and completing quests often.

5. Complete Dynamic Events – Dynamic events have been a popular system among MMO games lately (namely games like RIFT) and these events can help your character a ton when leveling. Simply look for orange circles on your map and head to them. These are where you’ll find the events. They provide significant rewards in XP, gold and even karma. Sometimes they may interfere with heart quests you’re currently involved in. If this happens, forget about the heart quest and pursue the event (events reward you better).

6. Grab a GW2 Leveling Guide – Looking to save time and level your character to level 80 as quickly as possible? Picking up a guide may suit your needs. Most guides provide players with secret leveling locations, tips for maximizing XP gains and more to help them quickly and easily level up. The best one available right now is one called GW2 Domination. It’s packed full of great tips and tricks for leveling your toon fast to reach the level cap.

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General Information About WvW

Guild Wars 2 features two different styles of player versus player combat. One of the newest additions, and also a very unique one to MMO games, is the mode called GW2 World vs World (or WvW). In this particular gametype of GW2 players from 3 different servers can go all out in combat that spans across 4 maps. Each map can support hundreds of players, making this a truly massive PvP battle.

How to Enter WvW Matches

Some players seem to be confused on how to join World vs World matches. There are 3 different methods of doing it. You can either hit the B key on your keyboard which brings up the WvW stat window and choose a world to join, find and enter a portal to Lion’s Arch or open the window for the Hero Panel. Within the Hero Panel you need to simply click the Hero tab and then click on the button that says “Be in the Mists” to join WvW battles.

Holding Objectives in WvW

In order to score points for your entire team in WvW matches you and your team players must hold certain objectives. These include resource camps, keeps, towers and a castle. Each is worth a certain amount of points. Resource camps are worth 5 points, towers are worth 10 points, keeps are worth 25 points and, finally, the castle is worth a massive 50 points. In order to receive points from each your team needs to hold the objective for 5 minutes. Every 5 minutes the point value for an objective will be added to your team’s total score.

Capturing an objective is no simple task. On top of having to ward off opposing team players you’ll also have to take out defenses setup around objectives which can include an assortment of NPC guards, walls, doors, a Tower/Keep/Castle lord and inner walls. Once your team has captured the objective, however, these defenses will work for you rather than against you. It is wise to try and protect these to ensure opposing teams don’t overrun and take over the objective.

Using Siege Weapons in WvW

Siege weapons can be very useful for teams trying to capture objectives. They can quickly and easily dispose of medium to large groups of other PvP players attempting to gain the objectives. These come in a large variety including cannons, mortars and hot oil. There are others such as a flame ram and ballista. Most are used to either fire rocks or explosives toward enemy players. Some are short range, others are long range and nearly all are a bit slow to fire.

Gaining Experience and Items

For every kill you get, whether it be NPC or player, you’ll earn a bit of experience and have the chance of grabbing loot drops as well. These are NOT items that the actual player is carrying, just rewards for killing the opponent. It can be anything. All drops are randomly generated so you never really know what you’re going to get for killing an enemy player.

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Flame Away is a side mission you’ll find in Kingsmouth Town while exploring the area. The starting location is actually a table where you’ll find a flame thrower sitting disassembled. This is a very simple, fast mission to play through and worth doing for the XP and some Pax Romana. Below you’ll find our full walkthrough of Flame Away broken down into each tier.

Tier 1

As mentioned, you’ll discover a disassembled flamethrower lying on a table in a somewhat random camp area of Kingsmouth Town. You’ll find the character, Danny standing near the table. The flamethrower will be highlighted in yellow for you. If you have trouble finding it simply take a walk around the area near the coordinates of 420, 660 and you’ll eventually happen upon it. To get the quest going you’ll need to pick up the flamethrower.

Take the Flamethrower to Edgar’s Scrapyard

First step is pretty self explanatory. Grab the half-finished flamethrower and head on over to the scrapyard where you’ll find Edgar.

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Tier 2

Search Garbage Bins for a Hose

Once you get over to the scrapyard start inspecting every trash can you can find in the area. There is not one specific can that has the hose so you just have to keep looking until you happen upon it. After you’ve collected the hose you need to find and pick up a gas can. Once you do this you’ll get Burn It Down which is basically just gas for the flamethrower. If you walk around just a bit you’ll find a couple gas cans lying on the ground near where Edgar is.

Tier 3

Test the Flamethrower

This is pretty easy, too. And fun. All you have to do is equip the flamethrower to one of your weapon slots and then go into your inventory and right click on the gas can labeled Burn It Down. Upon doing so your character will start shooting flames all over the place with the flamethrower to test it out. Once you’ve gotten your cheap thrills out of playing with the weapon simply walk to Edgar and let him see the flamethrower. And that’s all there is to the TSW Flame Away side mission.

Rewards include around 25,840 XP, 2500 Pax Romana and 1 token. May not seem like a lot but it’s a fair reward for just tinkering with a pretty interesting weapon / toy. This mission pays out well considering it only takes a few short minutes to complete. So don’t complain. Just go with it.

If you want to view other walkthroughs for other missions including faction based, story line or zone missions be sure to check out our full TSW guide database where we regularly add new guides for all quests in The Secret World.

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TSW Men in Black Vans is a investigation type mission that you’ll get in The Secret World while playing in Kingsmouth Town. It’s given by Danny Dufresne in the skate park. This is a fairly simple mission with only 4 tiers but there are quite a few little, important steps that some people have been confused about. Below is our full walkthrough for Men in Black Vans of all tiers.

Tier 1

Investigate the Black Van

The first step of this mission is actually finding the black van. It’s located just off the road where your map marker is pointing to. The only thing you have to do during this tier is actually find and walk up to the van. Head to the back of the van and you’ll get the next mission update.

For full walkthroughs for EVERY quest, several powerful builds for EVERY character in EVERY faction and a full guide to everything in The Secret World be sure to check out the Secret World Domination Guide!

Tier 2

Log In to the Laptop

The laptop is located in the back of the black van. It’s sitting out in the open in the middle of the trunk area and is highlighted in yellow for you. When targeting it you’ll see that it’s labeled “black laptop” on your screen. When you access the laptop you’ll be presented with nothing more than a short line saying “My Wife”.

“My Wife” happens to be the password hint for logging into the laptop. To figure out what it is you’ll need to examine the 2 dead Orochi agents in the area. One of the names is Kitsune Hayabusa. If you search this name on Google it’ll pop up with a result on the Orochi Group website ( In a short blurb by Hayabusa he mentions that his wife’s name is Sally. Head back to the laptop and enter this as the passcode to gain access.

Tier 3

Use the Tracking Device

After you’ve gotten the assembly and disassemble sequences from the data on the laptop you’ll want to grab the item located right next to the laptop. It’s labeled as the Beckon Tracker. Once you pick it up immediately go into your inventory and click on it. This will turn it on and start walking around. This works like a hot or cold finding system. The closer you get to where you need to be the smaller and more bunched the radar rings get.

Where you need to be is the the location of an object called the Occult Attractor. If you have trouble finding it, it’s located in the proximity of the coordinates 559, 849 on your map. Go there now and you’ll advance to the final tier of the Men in Black Vans mission.

Tier 4

Deactivate the Attractor

This is where the assembly and disassemble sequences that you got from the laptop in the back of the van come into play. You’ll need to follow them. Doing it the first time around with the sequence given by the laptop (Engage PK Pulse Unit, Affix Manifest Agitator to PK, Affix Etheric Transponder Anntenna to Agitator, Powerup) will fail. It’s NOT the right order.

The correct order (sequence) to deactivate the attractor is to follow the instructions backwards. Doing the instructions in reverse deactivates the device and completes the entire mission for you. And that’s all there is to the TSW Men in Black Vans quest.

Rewards for this mission include 17,500 Pax Romana and 4 tokens along with 241,250 experience points.

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The Big Terrible Picture is an investigation style mission of The Secret World found in the Scorched Desert. It’s a quest given by Montgomery, a member of the Oxford team that has been excavating the area for clues about the past. This is a rather interesting mission and is rather lengthy, too, with a hearty 6 tiers to play through. Below you’ll find out full walkthrough of The Big Terrible Picture for all tiers.

Tier 1

Once you begin this mission you’ll be presented with this information:

Montgomery had been taking notes throughout the excavation, but his research was interrupted by the dangers of the desert. Follow up on his work and dig deeper into the mystery of this ancient site.

Examine Montgomery’s Map / Examine Montgomery’s Notes

If you walk around the tent of the excavation camp you’ll find a small table. On it there are a map and some notes. Examine these objects for more information. Montgomery’s map has 3 locations listed on it: Ritual 1, Ritual 2 and Ritual 3. Then the notes read:

Ruins to the northwest of particular interest – research curtailed by this beastly latter-day Atenist cult. Forced to abandon notes and translations. Trust these have remained for Oxford eyes only thanks to simple cipher. In the event of my and Dr Singh’s absence – a rudimentary knowledge of Roman history should put key to lock.

After reading both objects you’ll progress to the next tier of the mission.

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Tier 2

Find and Decipher Montgomery’s Research Notes

Once you’re at the ruins you’ll find Montgomery’s ritual notes lying on the ground near one of the large pillars next to the short pillar with fire on top. Examine them and you’ll read what looks like absolute gibberish:

cngu bs gurfha-eryngrf abg whfg gb gurfbyne obql, ohg gur geniry bs gur uhzna obql-ovegu gb orlbaq rvtug synzrf-rvtug fgngvbaf ba gur cngu bs yvsr? nygubhtu gur beqre vf abg jung frrzrq vavgvnyyl boivbhf

Your task is to translate these notes into readable English. Fun stuff, right? This is pretty tricky and time consuming unless you’re an absolute nerd and have been cracking ciphers on the side for years. The cipher is a Roman cipher which is a system of shifting letters x amount of spaces over from their original location in the alphabet. As mentioned, time consuming. Here’s what the ritual notes cipher reads when translated:

path of the sun relates not just to the solar body, but the travel of the human body birth to beyond
eight flames eight stations on the path of life although the order is not what seemed initially obvious

Gotta love the riddles that Funcom throws into the missions. But basically you have to click on the braziers in a specific order (sequence) based on their meanings. To save time here is the correct sequence:

Old Age
Facing toward the stairs the 2 closest braziers to the stairs are Infancy (left of the stairs) and Birth (right of the stairs). Behind Birth are Childhood and Adulthood. Behind Infancy are Immortality and Old Age. Final is Death. Once you click on each brazier in the right order the mission will update saying this:

Inspect Where the Beams are Pointing

Once you reach the location that the blue light beams off the braziers are pointing to you’ll get another update asking you to “Collect the Metallic Scarab”. Jump up onto the platform and make your way down the path until you find the scarab. Grab it and you’ll move on to the next tier of The Big Terrible Picture.

Tier 3

Perform the Ritual of Days

Now you’ll have to examine another set of notes, the ones sitting at the top of the stairs. Reading these presents you with yet another cipher reading:



You don’t have to decode this one but when it’s translated back into normal English it reads as follows:
Ritual of Days. The coming forth by day a focusing light upon darkness. The priesthood of Amun driven underground by Atenists enacts these rituals in secret. Why here?

Once you’ve read this you’ll be given a puzzle. It’s a light refraction one. To make quick work of The Big Terrible Picture puzzle here is the answer for it… move the gems around to make the light bounce around and hit the eye on the wall. Once you get it done you’ll see the passageway open up for you so that you can go inside and grab the metallic ankh.

Tier 4

Ritual of Lineage

Here you’ll have to examine Montgomery’s ritual notes which are posted on a wall full of hieroglyphics. Upon reading them you’ll get yet another cipher set. This one reads like this when decoded:
ritual of lineage -a prayer before royalty? crude depictians of akhenaten-these were not made to honour him consider the names-akhenaten’s name erased after death – but that was not his truename a prayer to truth

For this tier you need to do the /pray command in front of the statues in the correct order to progress. If you want to try and figure this out yourself you’ll have to go by the hieroglyphics and translate them using a guide. A hieroglyphic chart on Wikipedia can help with this particular part. If, however, you want the solution you have to pray in front of each statue according to its true name (refer to wikipedia chart). The right order is found on the right side of the tomb. Go inside and grab the metallic eye.

Tier 5

Place the Metallic Objects on the Aperture

This is pretty self explanatory. Put the metallic scarab, metallic ankh and metallic eye on the aperture. Upon doing so a hologram like image will appear. That’s it for this tier of The Big Terrible Picture.

Tier 6

Return to Montgomery

Head back to Montgomery. When you do you’ll get a cut scene. After that run inside to Montgomery’s tent and check out his notes to complete the mission and claim your rewards. Rewards include a huge amount of XP (over 900k), 22500 Pax Romana and 4 tokens.

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