GW2 Weaponsmith Guide - Make Your Own Guild Wars 2 Swords and Axes!
Guild Wars 2 weaponsmith guide
This Guild Wars 2 crafting discipline is responsible for producing melee weapons. It’s extremely valuable due to two reasons. First of all, it’s a really wide category of items. GW2 Weaponsmith can produce seven different weapons and shields. It’s the highest number among every weapon crafting discipline.
Secondly, melee weapons are consistently providing the highest damage numbers in the endgame content for most of the builds. There are very few non-support meta builds that don’t use any of the items that can be crafted by Weaponsmiths. If you want to play damage dealers in some of the most challenging GW2 content, this crafting class can definitely prove to be useful!
Weapon Crafting in Guild Wars 2
Crafting any kinds of equipment in GW2 is mostly useful in the endgame. You can, of course, produce an early or mid-game weapon for your own use and run around the open world cleaving enemies with it. That being said, there’s absolutely no money to be made from Weaponsmithing before you get it to level 400.
Just like every other crafting disciple, Weaponsmithing has a few recipe tiers. Levels 0-75 are Novice, 75-150 are Initiate and 150-225 are Apprentice. Level 225-300 crafts belong to the Journeyman tier. 300-400 are associated with the Adept status. 400-499 are Master recipes and level 500 is for the Grandmaster Weaponsmiths.
Not that many players are going through the leveling process in the old fashioned way. Tomes of Knowledge are extremely common now, and they catapult a character straight to the level cap. There also are some other sources of experience - some players actually level their crafters to get to a higher level.
At the same time, people have to produce low-level gear in order to level up their crafting disciplines. This leads to tons of these junk items being everywhere. Supply massively outgrows the minimal demand, which makes these weapons and armor pieces worth even less.
While early game crafting is just a useless part of the combined deal, getting to 400 level is a huge milestone. At this point, you get access to crafting really strong Exotic weapons as well as various superior sigils that are necessary parts of every endgame build.
This is the most important point, and a lot of players stop there, at least temporarily. The Exotic tier is pretty strong, even in the challenging endgame content, while it’s much cheaper and easier to get than the next – Ascended tier that’s unlocked at crafting level 500. You’re probably going to want to get there eventually, but rushing it might not be the best idea. However, Ascended weapon crafting has a single important advantage over producing armor of this tier. The time-gating is much less painful here (making a Greatsword takes five days while crafting a full Light Illustrious Armor Set from scratch requires at least 36 days).
Weaponsmithing is not necessary to get the most powerful items in the game. Most of them can be bought from other players, as well as looted from Fractals and Raids. That being said, crafting your own weapons is the most reliable way that provides you a lot of control over the process and the final product.
As we have already mentioned, upon hitting the crafting level 400, you will get access to two important item categories: Exotic weapons and superior sigils. You will probably make use of both unless you’re just leveling your Weaponsmith to get to the Ascended tier (not recommended).
As far as the weapons go, the types that you can craft are: axe, sword, dagger, greatsword, mace, hammer, spear, and shield. The two available Exotic weapon sets are Pearl and Primordus. There’s also the unique Corrupted line that requires recipes.
About the sigils, most of them can be produced by every weapon crafting discipline, but there are quite a few interesting ones exclusive to Weaponsmithing. Superior Sigil of Strength can be great for power DPS build. Superior Sigil of Doom allows the user to inflict poison after weapon-swapping, what can work wonders in a condition DPS setup. At 400 you can also craft gifts. Specifically Gift of Metal is very important, because it's used in multiple Legendary weapon recipes in the Mystic Forge.
The next big breakpoint is level 500. At this point, you unlock the Ascended weapons and some more Inscriptions. This weapon tier is stat-equivalent to the best in slot Legendary weapons. The latter are just more prestigious and can have their stats altered out of combat, which makes them extremely convenient.
After hitting these breakpoints, you can definitely start using crafting as a source of additional income. This is when the whole investment starts paying off. Crafting the components for Ascended weapons might be the most lucrative thing to do, because of the time-gating. It keeps the supply relatively low, while the demand stays alive due to more and more new characters getting to the endgame content.
After all, Guild Wars 2 is an MMORPG. Pulling off the highest damage numbers possible is an extremely important aspect of the game (at least for the DPS roles). A lot of it comes from perfecting your skill rotation as well as the general game knowledge and experience. However, stronger gear can always help in increasing those numbers. That’s why the Ascended weapons can often be really important, especially for players who raid a lot.
Weaponsmith leveling guide
As we said, leveling your crafting disciplines is an investment. It feels bad to buy materials only to throw them away by crafting worthless items that nobody needs. Unfortunately, there’s no other way around it. If you don’t have enough gold to buy all the mats at once, farm for it instead. The idea is simple. Doing it all at once, following a marked out route is the best way to do it.
Here’s an example of a crafting route that you could take in order to hit the so important level 400 mark. It can be a little cost-heavy, but saving up to get all the necessary materials shouldn't be that hard. Remember to check your bank storage before buying the ingredients. If you have been collecting all the loot from monsters, there's a decent chance that you'll be able to save some expenses.
Items to buy from NPC Vendor
12x Lump of Tin
108x Lump of Coal
Recipe: Assassin’s Mithril Imbued Inscription
Recipe: Carrion Mithril Imbued Inscription
Recipe: Knight’s Mithril Imbued Inscription
Recipe: Rampager’s Mithril Imbued Inscription
Items to collect or buy from Trading Post
30x Bronze Ingot
120x Copper Ore
405x Iron Ore
358x Mithril Ore
102x Elder Wood Log
174x Green Wood Log
54x Soft Wood Log
80x Tiny Venom Sac
27x Small Venom Sac
15x Potent Venom Sac
15x Large Scale
57x Tiny Totem
15x Large Bone
144x Large Claw
13x Onyx Fragment
16x Onyx Shard
16x Molten Shard
1x Molten Core
1x Destroyer Fragment
16x Destroyer Shard
13x Crystal Fragment
16x Crystal Shard
10x Bronze Plated Dowel
19x Elder Wood Dowel
19x Green Wood Dowel
27x Strong Seasoned Inscription
1920x Lucent Mole
42x Symbol of Enhancement
18x Symbol of Pain
192x Pile of Lucent Crystal
58x Green Wood Plank
60x Bronze Ingot (one crafting attempt makes 5 of them, so 12 attempts)
29x Bronze Mace Head
29x Small Green Haft
19x Healing Green Inscription
Use it alongside Bronze Mace Head and Small Green Haft to discover Healing Bronze Mace. Then make 18 more.
10x Malign Bronze Plated Inscription
Combine it with Bronze Mace Head and Small Green Haft to discover Malign Bronze Mace. Make 9 more of them.
27x Iron Ingot
27x Soft Wood Plank
9x Soft Woof Dowel
9x Iron Mace Head
9x Small Soft Haft
9x Ravaging Soft Inscription
Use the last three components to discover Ravaging Iron Mace and make 8 more.
Discover Minor Sigil of Strength by combining Onyx Fragment, Symbol of Enhancement and Pile of Lucent Crystal. Then produce 12 more of those sigils.
Use Crystal Fragment, Symbol of Enhancement and Pile of Lucent Crystal to discover Minor Sigil of Benevolence. Make 12 more.
108x Steel Ingot
27x Steel Shield Backing
27x Steel Shield Boss
Discover Minor Sigil of Destroyer Slaying with Destroyer Fragment, Symbol of Pain and Pile of Lucent Crystal.
Use Steel Shield Backing, Steel Shield Boss and Strong Seasoned Inscription to discover Strong Steel Shield. Then make 26 more.
Discover Major Sigil of Strength by combining Symbol of Enhancement, 2x Onyx Shard and 5x Pile of Lucent Crystal. Craft seven more of those sigils.
Use Symbol of Enhancement, 2x Crystal Shard and 5x Pile of Lucent Crystal to discover Major Sigil of Benevolence and make seven more of them.
Discover Major Sigil of Destroyer Slaying with Symbol of Pain, 2x Molten Shard and 5x Pile of Lucent Crystal. Then produce seven more.
Discover Major Sigil of Doom by combining Symbol of Pain, 2x Molten Shard and 5x Pile of Lucent Crystal. Craft seven more.
179x Mithril Ingot
34x Elder Wood Plank
32x Mithril Shield Backing
32x Mithril Shield Boss
19x Assassin’s Elder Inscription
Combine it with Mithril Shield Boss and Mithril Shield Backing to discover Assassin’s Mithril Shield. Craft 18 more of those shields.
17x Mithril Plated Dowel
9x Assassin’s Mithril Plated Inscription
Use it alongside Mithril Shield Boss and Mithril Shield Backing to discover Assassin’s Mithril Shield (the same name, but different inscription, so it’s still a discovery). Then make eight more of those.
1x Assassin’s Mithril Imbued Inscription
1x Carion Mithril Imbued Inscription
1x Knight’s Mithril Imbued Inscription
1x Rampager’s Mithril Imbued Inscription
Discover Carrion Krait Shell with Mithril Shield Backing, Mithril Shield Boss and Carrion Mithril Imbued Inscription.
The same goes for Assassin’s Krait Shell Knight’s Krait Shell and Rampager’s Krait Shell, just use the respective inscriptions and otherwise identical recipe.
Use Molten Core, Symbol of Pain and 5x Pile of Lucent Crystal to discover Major Sigil of Doom (another recipe this time)
After all that, you should be a level 400 Weaponsmith. At this point, you should make yourself some Exotic weapons if they’d be a power upgrade over your current gear. You should also take a look at the list of superior sigils that you can produce now. You can definitely use some of them in your builds.
While the previous step was definitely necessary to get anything valuable from Weaponsmithing, this one is a little bit different. If you’re not looking at raiding or the most difficult fractals, leveling further than 400 is more of an extracurricular activity. That being said, you’ll probably want to get the Ascended weapon eventually, so why not start early?
All the necessary items have to be collected of bought from the Trading Post
132x Orichalcum Ingot
16x Ancient Wood Plank
33x Pile of Crystaline Dust
135x Glob of Ectoplasm (that's a pretty expensive material)
4x Shaman’s Orichalcum Imbued Inscription
1x Cavalier’s Orichalcum Imbued Inscription
8x Rabid Orichalcum Imbued Inscription
4x Magi’s Orichalcum Imbued Inscription
2x Soldier’s Orichalcum Imbued Inscription
8x Dire Orichalcum Imbued Inscription
6x Orichalcum Shield Backing
6x Orichalcum Shield Boss
5x Orichalcum Dagger Blade
5x Orichalcum Dagger Hilt
4x Orichalcum Sword Blade
4x Orichalcum Sword Hilt
4x Orichalcum Greatsword Blade
4x Orichalcum Greatsword Hilt
4x Small Ancient Haft
4x Large Ancient Haft
2x Orichalcum Mace Head
2x Orichalcum Axe Blade
2x Orichalcum Hammer Head
2x Orichalcum Spear Head
Discover Superior Sharpening Stone with 1x Orichalcum Ingot and 3x Pile of Crystaline Dust, then make nine more of them.
This is the step, where we create all the components necessary for all the weapon discoveries in the next level tiers. We’re not going to break down each discovery, just use the proper materials from this step, 5 Globs of Ectoplasm and the right inscription.
1x Superior Sharpening Stone
Dire Pearl Carver
Dire Pearl Sabre
Dire Pearl Bludgeoner
Dire Pearl Shell
Dire Pearl Reaver
Dire Pearl Broadsword
Dire Pearl Crusher
Dire Pearl Impaler
Rabid Pearl Carver
Rabid Pearl Sabre
Rabid Pearl Bludgeoner
Rabid Pearl Shell
Shaman’s Pearl Shell
Rabid Pearl Reaver
Rabid Pearl Broadsword
Rabid Pearl Impaler
Magi’s Pearl Carver
Shaman’s Pearl Carver
Soldier’s Pearl Carver
Magi’s Pearl Sabre
Shaman’s Pearl Sabre
Magi’s Pearl Shell
Soldier’s Pearl Shell
Cavalier’s Pearl Shell
Magi’s Pearl Broadsword
Shaman’s Pearl Broadsword
GW2 Weaponsmith guide
That’s the end of the Weaponsmith leveling journey. All that’s left to do is getting the time-gated recipes for Ascended weapon components and making them. Unfortunately, there’s not much else that you unlock at 500. That being said, tons of builds use melee weapons to optimize their DPS, if you’re playing multiple characters, crafting all the Ascended weapons that you want will definitely take a while.
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