Guild Wars 2 Tailor Guide - Get Dressed To Kill!
GW2 Tailor Guide
GW2 Tailoring is one of the armor crafting disciplines. It's responsible for creating gear that's used by the scholar professions. Necromancer, Mesmer, and Elementalist all wear light armor – robes made out of cloth and leather. Tailoring can also be used to create bags and runes. Getting a bag for additional inventory space might not be game-changing but it's a huge convenience. If you need some more general information about crafting and the role it plays in Guild Wars 2, make sure to take a look at our Crafting Guide.
Armor Crafting in GW2
In general, Guild Wars 2 crafting is mostly an endgame thing. Theoretically, you could make yourself an armor set for the early game and use it as you level, but you can buy them really cheap, while the materials required to craft them are quite expensive.
Unlike many other games, where crafting can be a good way of saving and making some money, even in the early game, crafting in GW2 is an investment that requires some initial capital. There's basically no way of profiting on armor or weapon crafting before leveling the discipline to at least 400. That's when you get access to master tier recipes.
There are two most important milestones in leveling a crafting discipline. Getting it to level 400 provides access to the first batch of endgame item choices. For armor crafters, it means Exotic armors. The second breakpoint is getting maxed out at crafting level 500. It's only available for weapon and armor crafters. At this point, you'll be able to craft basically the "best in the slot," Ascended gear.
The only way of getting to these high levels is crafting a ton of different items, starting with low-level ones and getting higher as you go. That leads to an unusual situation, where the market is flooded by the cheap crafted items because everybody makes them level up their disciplines. To do that, they need materials, which creates a high demand for them in-game. All those factors combined, make materials relatively expensive and the low-level items basically worthless since they are just a byproduct of leveling.
That being said, it's still definitely worth it to level some crafting classes. Armor crafters have a significant advantage over their weapon counterparts. A character profession can only use a single type of armor, regardless of the build they're running. You only need to develop a single armor crafter to be able to provide gear for your main character. At the same time, different builds often use different weapons, and the weapon-swapping mechanic is really important for many GW2 builds. That means that you most likely won't be able to cover every possibility with a single weapon crafting discipline.
As we already mentioned, the crafting disciplines only become useful after you advance them up to level 400. As for Tailoring, the most important Exotic set to craft is the Exalted armor. If you're playing an Elementalist, Mesmer or Necromancer (and you most likely are, if you're interested in Tailoring) you're going to use this armor for a really long time. At this time, you'll also get access to crafting runes – most notably, Superior Rune of the Scholar. It's a staple rune for numerous power DPS builds based on critical damage.
While getting your Tailor to the max level 500, when they unlock the ability to craft Ascended items is not that hard - getting enough components and creating the set is quite a challenge. First of all, these products actually require recipes, which is not a standard practice in GW2. You're going to have to buy or find a special recipe item to learn how to craft them. Second of all, the whole process consists of multiple stages, and many of those are time-gated. You can only craft some of the most advanced materials once a day. Creating a full Ascended Illustrious Light Armor set from scratch takes 36 days! Even if you have all the basic ingredients.
All that, combined with the relatively small difference in power level between Exotic and Ascended armor sets, makes many players stay with the Exotic tier for a long time. You can easily use it in the hardest dungeons, fractals and even some raids. While the Ascended armor sets can provide a little bit more extra stats, you can definitely keep up in most, if not all of the content, by simply using a good build and playing it properly.
GW2 Tailoring Leveling Guide
Leveling any of the crafting disciplines in Guild Wars 2 is a little bit of a gold sink. As we already discussed, you have to use perfectly fine materials to craft nearly worthless items just for the crafting exp. Most players completely gave up on looking for any value from that process and simply try to power level by using the cheapest routes possible.
If you want to find the optimal one, you should use a proper calculator that you can find online. It's really simple, you just choose your discipline and follow the directions. It will cost a bit, but it's fast and simple. An example of a good leveling route looks like this.
This part is definitely necessary if you want to gain anything valuable from Tailoring. Armor and weapon crafting disciplines are usually a bit more expensive to level, due to the prices of materials. The process is quite cost-heavy. The expenses of getting all the mats necessary to get you to level 400 might even extend over 40 gold. At the same time, as we said, you're mostly crafting junk. Unfortunately, it means that the returns of it will be really low. The good news is - if you follow a predestined route, the process will be quick and easy. This is an exemplary list of materials necessary to hit Tailoring 400.
Materials to buy from an NPC Vendor
30x Spool of Wool Thread
32x Spool of Silk Thread
28x Spool of Jute Thread
84x Spool of Linen Thread
32x Spool of Cotton Thread
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Materials to collect or buy from Trading Post
92x Jute Scrap
58x Thin Leather Section
128x Thick Leather Section
66x Coarse Leather Section
160x Wool Scrap
168x Cotton Scrap
318x Linen Scrap
249x Silk Scrap
107x Tiny Venom Sac
57x Full Venom Sac
57x Vial of Blood
57x Potent Venom Sac
83x Bone Shard
57x Small Fang
8x Glacial Core
18x Jute Sandal Sole
19x Jute Headpiece Strap
10x Jute Epaulet Padding
10x Jute Epaulet Panel
1x Wool Epaulet Panel
1x Cotton Helm Padding
1x Silk Helm Strap
1x Silk Helm Padding
19x Healing Jute Insignia
1x Hunter's Cotton Insignia
13x Vigorous Embroidered Cotton Insignia
13x Rampager's Embroidered Silk Insignia
1x Carrion Silk Insignia
1x Valkyrie Linen Insignia
8x Giver's Embroidered Linen Insignia
10x Wool Patch
10x Jute Patch
320x Lucent Mote
8x Charm of Skill
If you have all of that, you should proceed with crafting all these items on the right level thresholds.
46x Bolt of Jute
32x Pile of Lucent Crystal
9x Jute Sandal Upper
9x Malign Jute Insignia
Then combine Jute Sandal Upper, Malign Jute Insignia and 2x Jute Sandal Sole to discover Malign Embroidered Sandals and make 8 of them.
19x Jute Headpiece Padding
Combine Jute Headpiece Strap, Jute Headpiece Padding, and Healing Jute Insignia to discover Healing Embroidered Mask and craft 18 of them.
10x Malign Embroidered Jute Insignia
Combine Jute Epaulet Padding, Jute Epaulet Panel, and Malign Embroidered Jute Insignia to create Malign Embroidered Mantle and craft 9 of them.
80x Bolt of Wool
29x Cured Thin Leather Square
29x Wool Gloves Panel
29x Wool Gloves Padding
1x Wool Epaulet Padding
1x Vigorous Wool Insignia
Then use the last three items to discover Vigorous Student Mantle.
19x Honed Wool Insignia
Then discover Honed Student Gloves, by combining Wool Gloves Panel, Wool Gloves Padding and Honed Wool Insignia and make 18 of them.
10x Vigorous Embroidered Wool Insignia
Discover Vigorous Student Gloves with Wool Gloves Panel, Wool Gloves, Padding, and Vigorous Embroidered Wool Insignia. Make 9 of them.
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84x Bolt of Cotton
33x Cured Coarse Leather Square
32x Cotton Glove Panel
32x Cotton Glove Padding
1x Cotton Helm Strap
Use Cotton Helm Strap, Cotton Helm Padding, and Hunter's Cotton Insignia to discover Hunter's Acolyte Mask.
19x Strong Cotton Insignia
Discover Strong Acolyte Gloves, using Cotton Gloves Panel, Cotton Gloves Padding, and Strong Cotton Insignia
Combine Cotton Gloves Panel, Cotton Gloves Padding, and Vigorous Embroidered Cotton Insignia to discover Vigorous Acolyte Gloves. Then make 12 of them.
159x Bolt of Linen
28x Linen Pants Panel
28x Linen Pants Lining
Use the two last items and Valkyrie Linen Insignia to craft Valkyrie Winged Pants.
19x Rampager's Linen Insignia
Use Linen Pants Panel, Linen Pants Lining and Rampager's Linen Insignia to craft Rampager's Winged Pants and make 18 of them.
Discover Giver's Masquerade Leggings by combining Linen Pants Panel, Linen Pants Lining, and Giver's Embroidered Linen Insignia.
83x Bolt of Silk
32x Cured Thick Leather Square
32x Silk Helm Strap
32x Silk Helm Padding
Use the last two items and Carrion Silk Insignia to discover Carrion Feathered Headpiece
19x Rampager's Silk Insignia
Discover Rampager's Feathered Headpiece by using Silk Helm Strap, Silk Helm Padding, and Rampager's Silk Insignia. Make 18 of them.
12x Rampager's Feathered Headpiece
Use Glacial Core, Charm of Skill, and Pile of Lucent Crystal to discover Major Rune of Water, then make seven more of them.
This route should take you straight to level 400. At this point, you should probably craft an Exotic light armor set, if you want to use one. You can also take a look at the runes that you can craft now. Some of them can be really useful and valuable.
If you're not going into the most demanding endgame content, you don't really have to rush level 500 Tailor. That being said, if you really want to get to the Ascended armor tier and some slightly more powerful Insignia, we have an example of the route that you could take. The good news is – the items you can craft after hitting 400 actually have a real value and return margins are much higher now. In these levels we will use the additional experience from the discovery bonus a bit more than earlier.
Materials to buy from NPC vendor
145x Spool of Gossamer Thread
Materials to collect or buy from Trading Post
242x Bolt of Gossamer
1x Gossamer Epaulet Padding
2x Gossamer Epaulet Panel
1x Shaman's Intricate Gossamer Insignia
1x Cavalier's Intricate Gossamer Insignia
2x Rabid Intricate Gossamer Insignia
1x Magi's Intricate Gossamer Insignia
1x Soldier's Intricate Gossamer Insignia
44x Dire Intricate Gossamer Insignia
48x Gossamer Pants Panel
48x Gossamer Pants Lining
1x Gossamer Epaulet Panel
Then Discover Rabid Exalted Mantle by combining Gossamer Epaulet Padding, Gossamer Epaulet Panel, and Rabid Intricate Gossamer Insignia. Also use Gossamer Pants Panel, Gossamer Pants Lining and Dire Intricate Gossamer Insignia to discover Dire Exalted Pants.
There are five discoveries in this tier.
Rabid Exalted Pants, out of Gossamer Pants Panel, Gossamer Pants Lining and Rabid Intricate Gossamer Insignia
Magi's Exalted Pants, out of Gossamer Pants Panel, Gossamer Pants Lining and Magi's Intricate Gossamer Insignia
Soldier's Exalted Pants, out of Gossamer Pants Panel, Gossamer Pants Lining and Soldier's Intricate Gossamer Insignia
Shaman's Exalted Pants, out of Gossamer Pants Panel, Gossamer Pants Lining and Shaman's Intricate Gossamer Insignia
Cavalier's Exalted Pants, out of Gossamer Pants Panel, Gossamer Pants Lining and Cavalier's Intricate Gossamer Insignia
Then craft 5x Dire Exalted Pants.
18x Dire Exalted Pants
19x Dire Exalted Pants
Discover Dire Exalted Mantle by combining Gossamer Epaulet Padding, Gossamer Epaulet Panel, and Dire Intricate Gossamer Insignia.
GW2 tailor guide
At this point, you should be a level 500 Tailor. Getting to that point enables you to craft the Ascended Light Illustrious Armor Set. Better start instantly, since as we mentioned, it's going to take a while. Without buying the advanced materials from other players, the whole process takes 36 days due to time-gating. That's also the reason why crafting Ascended armor components might be a decent method of making money in Guild Wars 2. The restrictions keep supply relatively low which in turn increases the demand. The components can be sold for decent prices quite quickly and easily.
Guild Wars 2
While crafting might not be the most advanced and crucial aspect of Guild Wars 2, the game offers a variety of content and activities to its players. This ArenaNet MMORPG won over numerous fans with beautiful graphics and great world-building. The Living World feature places great emphasis on the storytelling aspect of the game that has multiple memorable side characters.
Gameplay-wise there's also a lot to choose from. The first journey through the main campaign and leveling from 1 to 80 can be a blast. Players can experiment with their builds, at least in the open world and dungeons. The PvE endgame consists of various challenges, like fractals and raid bosses.
Players can choose out of nine professions: Warrior, Guardian, Revenant, Ranger, Thief, Engineer, Elementalist, Necromancer and Mesmer. Furthermore, each character can develop two crafting disciplines. Besides Tailoring, they are Armorsmith, Leatherworker, Weaponsmith, Huntsman, Artificer, Jeweler, Chef (Cooking) and Scribe.
PvP has also been heavily improved since the game's beginning. While there's no player-versus-player in the open world, there are multiple interesting game modes designed for this exact reason. Especially the epic mass combat World versus World mode is extremely popular among the GW2 gamers community.
It's a unique game that's definitely worth giving a shot. If you're looking for some kind of an additional advantage, check out the Guild Wars 2 offers at MMOAuctions! You can also just follow our blog to read more guides and articles about GW2 and other popular online games.