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 youíre 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 donít 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 itís 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 itís up to you to figure out what the other components are. Once you have learned a recipe, itís 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 youíve 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.