GW2 Armorsmith Guide - Craft the Best Guild Wars 2 Heavy Armors!

GW2 Armorsmith Guide
raphael 03.09.2019 0

Guild Wars 2 Armorsmith Guide

If you need a heavy armor set to equip your GW2 character, you’re in the right place. All three soldier professions: Warrior, Guardian, and Revenant, can use the equipment crafted by Armorsmiths. The materials that they can refine and use to create items are different tiers of metal and cloth. They can also produce boxes and some runes. If you’d like to learn a thing or two about other crafting disciplines and the roles that they play in Guild Wars 2 economy, we recommend checking out our crafting guide.

 

Crafting equipment in Guild Wars 2

Unfortunately, crafting in GW2 is a little bit different than in other MMORPGs. Starting slow and gradually developing your crafting skills as you sell your low-tier items is not an option. It’s basically impossible to make any money on low-level crafts.

 

With Tomes of Knowledge (and some other sources of quick experience) being widely available, very few players actually take their time to level up in the old fashioned way. That makes the low-level equipment almost worthless.

 

At the same time, crafting endgame gear is definitely still valuable. But to create the strongest armors in the game, you have to level up your crafting discipline to the required level (at least 400). This created a peculiar economy, where the market is flooded with basically worthless items. Players are basically wasting materials to craft them only because it’s the only way of leveling to 400, at which you can start making some useful stuff.

 

The obvious downside (besides the complete lack of non-endgame economy) is having to invest some gold into leveling, without getting any immediate returns. On the other hand, the process is not time-gated in any way. If you have enough money, you can level extremely quickly and conveniently.    

 

If you expected to gather materials while questing, just to craft a new armor set every ten or so levels, you’re going to be disappointed. Armorsmith, just like every other equipment crafting discipline, has two important milestones during the leveling process. The first at level 400. At this point, you can start crafting some really strong runes and the Exotic-grade armor sets. While they’re not exactly the best in slot, they are much more than decent. You can easily go for dungeons as well as most fractals and raids with a good Exotic set.

 

The second milestone is at level 500, which is also the crafting level cap. Hitting it lets you craft the Ascended armor, which is the most powerful tier in the game (equal stats to the much harder to get Legendary tier). Creating it is not only expensive, but also time-gated. You’re probably going to want it at some point though.

 

Of course, crafting is not the only way of getting Exotic and Ascended armor sets. They can be earned by completing dungeons, fractals, and raids. The obvious advantage of crafting is the control over the items that you’ll be getting, what makes it much more reliable. At the same time, there's a single great thing about the armor crafting disciplines. While a single character will often use multiple kinds of weapons, depending on the build that they're running, they will always wear the same type of armor. Armor class is one of the profession-defining mechanics in GW2, so if you level an Armorsmith, you have the guarantee that you will always be able to craft equipment for all the soldier professions.  

 

All the recipes are divided in tiers, based on the crafting level required to actually make them. The list of all tiers looks like this:

 

Novice - level 0-75

 

Initiate - level 75-150

 

Apprentice - level 150-225

 

Jounreyman - level 225-300

 

Adept - level 300-399

 

Master - level 400-499

 

Grandmaster - level 500

 

Endgame Armorsmithing

After hitting the most important threshold – level 400, you will be able to craft the Draconic Armor Set. Using the right Insignia, you can make this Exotic armor strong enough for a lot of the post-80 content.

 

At the same time, you get access to crafting some really powerful runes. Every armor crafting discipline can produce the quite popular Superior Rune of Strength. There also are some interesting Armorsmith exclusives. Most of them are mainly focused around increasing survivability, but Superior Rune of the Krait is a great example of a condition DPS boost. Most of the superior runes require recipes to be crafted. The recipes can be acquired in a few ways. Some of them can be bought from certain vendors. You cna find the others when open a dungeon chest.

 

The level 400 Master recipes also include four gifts that can be crafted by Armorsmiths. They are: Gift of Light, Gift of Darkness, Gift of Entertainment and Gift of Weather. All fo those are used in some Legendary weapon recipes in the Mystic Forge. Just remember, the Legendary components are account bound, so you can only make them for personal use.

 

After hitting level 500, you unlock the possibility of crafting the Heavy Illustrious Armor Set. As we already mentioned, stat-wise it can match even the Legendary gear. That being said, crafting Ascended gear is a multi-stage process that requires plenty of recipes and a lot of time. The time-gating makes crafting a whole Heavy Illustrious Set from scratch takes at least 25 days. However, it’s still faster than light and medium variants that take 36 days each.

 

That’s why many people elect to stay with the Exotic armors for a longer time. At least until they get enough gold for some of the intermediate materials which make the process significantly quicker. Crafting those intermediates is also a great way to make money with a level 500 Armorsmith. Time-gating ensures that the supply is never too high and keeps the demand relatively high.

 

Armorsmith Leveling Guide

The leveling process, especially pre-400, can be a bit annoying. You’re going to have to spend some gold on a lot of ingredients just to craft tons of worthless items. The expected returns for those products are insignificant. You’re basically paying gold to get experience.

  

That’s why many players use online calculators to find the cheapest and fastest way of getting through this part. We’re going to show you an example of an efficient route that you can use to get maxed out. Keep in mind that the prices of materials can change over time, so you always want to use an up-to-date one.

 

Armorsmithing 1-400

This part is basically a necessary evil. Consider it an entry fee. You have to pay some gold to get your crafting license and start making the good stuff. Unfortunately, Armorsmith is one of the more expensive ones. The initial investment cost can exceed over 40 gold and you won’t get almost any of that back. Just remember, the price is going to be worth it when we get to 400. Luckily, the process is at least fast and simple. 

 

Materials to buy from NPC Vendor

33x Lump of Coal

30x Spool of Wool Thread

26x Spool of Silk Thread

26x Spool of Jute Thread

29x Spool of Linen Thread

33x Spool of Cotton Thread

54x Lump of Primordium

 

Materials to collect or buy from Trading Post

186x Iron Ore

58x Mithril Ore

108x Platinum Ore

90x Jute Scrap

158x Wool Scrap

170x Cotton Scrap

66x Linen Scrap

210x Silk Scrap

80x Tiny Venom Sac

80x Small Venom Sac

57x Vial of Blood

57x Small Totem

6x Heavy Bone

6x Large Fang

1x Onyx Core

16x Molten Shard

1x Molten Core

8x Corrupted Core

19x Bronze Helmet Casing

10x Bronze Pauldron Lining

10x Bronze Pauldron Casing

7x Bronze Chain Boot

1x Iron Casque Casing

2x Darksteel Helmet Casing

19x Healing Jute Insignia

1x Hunter’s Wool Insignia

13x Hunter’s Embroidered Cotton Insignia

1x Ravaging Cotton Insignia

7x Malign Jute Insignia

27x Assassin’s Linen Insignia

10x Wool Patch

10x Jute Patch

720x Lucent Mole

18x Charm of Potence

 

Level 1

72x Pile of Lucent Crystal

45x Bolt of Jute

7x Bronze Chain Boots Lining

Discover Malign Chain Boots by combining Bronze Chain Boots Lining, Bronze Chain Boots Panel and Malign Jute Insignia, then make 6 more of them

 

Level 25

19x Bronze Helmet Lining

Use the last item, Bronze Helmet Casing and Jute Healing Insignia to discover Healing Chain Helm and make 18 more of them.

 

Level 50

10x Malign Embroidered Jute Insignia

Discover Malign Chain Pauldrons by combining Bronze Pauldron Lining, Bronze Pauldron Casing and Malign Embroidered Jute Insignia

 

Level 75

79x Bolt of Wool

29x Iron Ingot

30x Iron Casque Lining

29x Iron Casque Casing

Use the two last items and Hunter’s Wool Insignia to discover Hunter’s Scale Helm

 

Level 100

19x Rejuvenating Wool Insignia

Combine it with Iron Casque Lining and Iron Casque Casing to discover Rejuvenating Scale Helm. Then make 18 more.

 

Level 125

10x Ravaging Embroidered Wool Insignia

Use it alongside Iron Casque Lining and Iron Casque Casing in order to discover Ravaging Scale Helm and make 9 more.

 

Level 150

85x Bolt of Cotton

33x Steel Ingot

33x Steel Splint Helmet Lining

33x Steel Splint Helmet Casing

Combine the two last items with Ravaging Cotton Insignia and discover Ravaging Split Helm.

 

Level 175

19x Strong Cotton Insignia

Use it alongside the Steel Splint Helmet Lining and the Steel Splint Helmet Casing to discover Strong Split Helm and make 18 more of them.

 

Level 200

Discover Hunter’s Splint Helm by combining Steel Splint Helmet Lining, Steel Splint Helmet Casing and Hunter’s Cotton Insignia. Make 12 more of them.

 

Level 225

54x Darksteel Ingot

33x Bolt of Linen

27x Darksteel Pauldron Casing

27x Darksteel Pauldron Lining

2x Darksteel Helmet Lining

2x Carrion Linen Insignia

Discover Carrion Tempered Scaled Helm by combining Darksteel Helm Casing, Darksteel Helm Lining and Carrion Linen Insignia

 

Level 250

Use Darksteel Pauldron Casing, Darksteel Pauldron Lining and Assassin’s Linen Insignia to discover Assassin’s Tempered Scale Pauldrons. Carft 26 more of them.

 

Level 275

Discover Major Rune of Fire by combining 4x Pile of Lucent Crystal, 2x Molten Shard and 1x Charm of Potence. Then create 7 more.

 

Level 300

70x Bolt of Silk

29x Mithril Ingot

23x Mithril Helmet Casing

23x Mithril Helmet Lining

2x Valkyrie Silk Insignia

1x Mithril Pauldron Casing

1x Mithril Pauldron Lining

1x Mithril Boot Casing

1x Mithril Boot Lining

1x Mithril Gauntlet Lining

1x Mithril Gauntlet Plates

Discover Valkyrie Barbaric Helm with Mithril Helmet Casing, Mithril Helmet Lining and Valkyrie Silk Insignia

 

Level 325

19x Rampager’s Silk Insignia

Use it alongside Mithril Helmet Casing and Mithril Helmet Lining to discover Rampager’s Barbaric Helm. Then make 18 more.

 

Level 350

Discover Major Rune of Svanir with 4x Pile of Lucent Crystal, 1x Corrupted Core and 1x Charm of Potence. Make 7 more of them.

 

Level 375

There are seven discoveries at this point.

Major Rune of the Fire – 4x Pile of Lucent Crystal, 1x Molten Core, 1x Charm of Potence (it’s other recipe this time, so it’s still technically a discovery)

Major Rune of the Earth - 4x Pile of Lucent Crystal, Onyx Core, Charm of Potence

Carrion Gladiator Helm – Mithril Helmet Casing, Mithril Helmet Lining, Carrion Intricate Silk Insignia

Assassin’s Gladiator Pauldrons – Mithril Pauldron Casing, Mithril Pauldron Lining, Assassin’s Intricate Silk Insignia

Assassin’s Gladiator Boots – Mithril Boot Casing, Mithril Boot Lining, Assassin’s Intricate Silk Insignia

Assassin’s Gladiator Gauntlets – Mithril Gauntlet Lining, Mithril Gauntlet Plates, Assassin’s Intricate Silk Insignia

Assassin’s Gladiator Helm – Mithril Helmet Casing, Mithril Helmet Lining, Assassin’s Intricate Silk Insignia

 

Following this exact route should allow you to hit 400. At this point, you probably should prioritize crafting an Exotic armor set (if you don’t have one already). At this point, you get the privilege of crafting items that actually have some value (Exotic armor pieces and superior runes). If you’re not in a rush for Ascended armor, it might be a good idea to wait with power leveling and just craft the good items as you need them or when you can make money off of them. That being said, if you’re a completionist, you can go straight for the 500, it’s not even that much of a gold sink since you can get some returns now.

 

Armorsmith 400-500

Unlike the last part, this is definitely not a must-have for every player. That being said, if you’re a completionist, you can go straight for the level 500, it’s not even that much of a gold sink, since you can get some returns now. Here’s an example of a route that you could take.

 

Materials to buy from NPC Vendor

42x Spool of Gossamer Thread

 

Materials to collect or buy from Trading Post

65x Orichalcum Ignot

36x Bolt of Gossamer

1x Orichalcum Boot Casing

1x Orichalcum Gauntlet Plates

6x Shaman’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

4x Cavalier Intricate Gossamer Insignia

6x Rabid Intricate Gossamer Insignia

4x Magi’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

4x Soldier Intricate Gossamer Insignia

6x Dire Intricate Gossamer Insignia

 

Level 400

At this point we mostly prepare the components for discoveries in later levels. If you want to get to level 500 as efficiently as possible, you're going to have to discover a lot of items.

 

6x Orichalcum Helmet Lining

6x Orichalcum Helmet Casing

6x Orichalcum Pauldron Casing

6x Orichalcum Pauldron Lining

6x Orichalcum Boot Lining

6x Orichalcum Gauntlet Lining

5x Orichalcum Gauntlet Plates

5x Orichalcum Boot Casing

3x Orichalcum Leggings Lining

3x Orichalcum Leggings Panel

3x Orichalcum Chestplate Padding

3x Orichalcum Chestplate Panel

 

Discover Cavalier’s Draconic Boots with Orichalcum Boot Casing, Orichalcum Boot Lining and Cavalier’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Discover Cavalier’s Draconic Gauntlet by combining Orichalcum Gauntlet Plates, Orichalcum Gauntlet Lining and Cavalier’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

 

Level 425

There are eight discoveries in this tier:

Rabid Draconic Pauldrons - Orichalcum Pauldron Lining, Orichalcum Pauldron Casing, Rabid Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Dire Draconic Pauldrons - Orichalcum Pauldron Lining, Orichalcum Pauldron Casing, Dire Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Rabid Draconic Boots - Orichalcum Boot Lining, Orichalcum Boot Casing, Rabid Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Dire Draconic Boots - Orichalcum Boot Lining, Orichalcum Boot Casing, Dire Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Rabid Draconic Gauntlets – Orichalcum Gauntlet Lining, Orichalcum Gauntlet Plates, Rabid Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Rabid Draconic Helm - Orichalcum Helmet Lining, Orichalcum Helmet Casing, Rabid Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Dire Draconic Helm - Orichalcum Helmet Lining, Orichalcum Helmet Casing, Dire Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Shaman’s Draconic Helm - Orichalcum Helmet Lining, Orichalcum Helmet Casing, Shaman’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

 

Level 450

Nine discoveries here:

Magi’s Draconic Pauldrons - Orichalcum Pauldron Lining, Orichalcum Pauldron Casing, Magi’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Shaman’s Draconic Pauldrons - Orichalcum Pauldron Lining, Orichalcum Pauldron Casing, Shaman’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Rabid Draconic Legs – Orichalcum Legging Lining, Orichalcum Legging Panel, Rabid Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Magi’s Draconic Boots - Orichalcum Boot Lining, Orichalcum Boot Casing, Magi’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Shaman’s Draconic Boots - Orichalcum Boot Lining, Orichalcum Boot Casing, Shaman’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Dire Draconic Gauntlets - Orichalcum Gauntlet Lining, Orichalcum Gauntlet Plates, Dire Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Magi’s Draconic Gauntlets - Orichalcum Gauntlet Lining, Orichalcum Gauntlet Plates, Magi’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Shaman’s Draconic Gauntlets - Orichalcum Gauntlet Lining, Orichalcum Gauntlet Plates, Shaman’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

Magi’s Draconic Helm – Orichalcum Helm Lining, Orichalcum Helm Casing, Magi’s Intricate Gossamer Insignia

 

Level 475

This final step requires 11 discoveries. You should see the pattern already, so we’re not going to break down the recipes.

Soldier’s Draconic Pauldrons

Cavalier’s Draconic Pauldrons

Dire Draconic Legs

Shaman’s Draconic Legs

Soldier’s Draconic Boots

Soldier’s Draconic Gauntlets

Rabid Draconic Coat

Dire Draconic Coat

Shaman’s Draconic Coat

Soldier’s Draconic Helm

Cavalier’s Draconic Helm

 

GW2 Armorsmith guide

At this point, you should be fully maxed out in the Armorsmith discipline. That allows you for crafting every item that this crafting class has access to. Some of the most valuable endgame products will require having a recipe (you can’t just discover them like that - you need to buy or get an actual recipe-item). You can also start crafting your Ascended armor, as we already mentioned it’s going to require not only the recipes, but also plenty of time.

 

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Guild wars 2

This hit ArenaNet MMORPG still has a lot to offer to its players' community. Over 5 million copies have been sold before GW2 switched to the limited free-to-play system in 2015. Gamers can pick out of nine available professions and enjoy the huge amoutn of freedom in terms of creating their personal favorite builds through traits, specializtions and equipment choice. Moreover, you can max out at least two crafting disciplines on each of your characters. The remaining ones are: Artificier, Huntsman, Weaponsmith, Tailor, Leatherworker, Scribe, Chef (Cooking) and Jeweler. 

 

There are plenty of things to do in the endgame. PvE activities include dungeons, fractals and raids. In terms of PvP, gamers can grind their rank in structured PvP (most notably the Conquest mode) or partake in the huge World versus World (WvW) fights that put together players from multiple servers.  

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