GW2 Weaponsmith Guide - Make Your Own Guild Wars 2 Swords and Axes!

GW2 Weaponsmith Guide
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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!

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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 Adept status. 400-499 are Master recipes and level 500 is for the Grandmaster Weaponsmiths.


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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.

Endgame Weaponsmithing

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, which 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 is 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.


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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. 


Weaponsmith 1-400

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


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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


Level 1

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


Level 25

19x Healing Green Inscription

Use it alongside Bronze Mace Head and Small Green Haft to discover Healing Bronze Mace. Then make 18 more.


Level 50

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.


Level 75

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.


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Level 100

Discover Minor Sigil of Strength by combining Onyx Fragment, Symbol of Enhancement, and Pile of Lucent Crystal. Then produce 12 more of those sigils.


Level 125

Use Crystal Fragment, Symbol of Enhancement, and Pile of Lucent Crystal to discover Minor Sigil of Benevolence. Make 12 more.


Level 150

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.


Level 175

Use Steel Shield Backing, Steel Shield Boss, and Strong Seasoned Inscription to discover Strong Steel Shield. Then make 26 more.


Level 200

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.


Level 225

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.


Level 250

Discover Major Sigil of Destroyer Slaying with Symbol of Pain, 2x Molten Shard, and 5x Pile of Lucent Crystal. Then produce seven more.


Level 275

Discover Major Sigil of Doom by combining Symbol of Pain, 2x Molten Shard, and 5x Pile of Lucent Crystal. Craft seven more.


Level 300

179x Mithril Ingot

34x Elder Wood Plank

32x Mithril Shield Backing

32x Mithril Shield Boss


Level 325

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.


Level 350

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 the different inscription, so it’s still a discovery). Then make eight more of those.


Level 375

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.


Weaponsmith 400-500

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?


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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


Level 400

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.


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Level 425

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


Level 450


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


Level 475


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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There's a lot of content about Guild Wars 2, other MMORPGs and all kinds of online games, including mobile ones. Other GW2 crafting disciplines are Huntsman, Artificer, Tailor, Leatherworker, Armorsmith, Chef (Cooking), Jeweler and Scribe. Of course, there also are the nine main character professions to choose from.

Comments (3)
For Level 250, do you mean Destroyer Shard in place of Molten Shard? You can't use a Molten Shard until your level is 275 in Weaponsmithing. At this level, the Destroyer Shard is the only other available option to use alongside the Symbol of Pain and Lucent Crystal.
2 years ago
The Level 325 tasks also only bring you up to level 345 rather than 350 so the 350 tasks can't be completed and there's no mention of how to obtain a recipe for Mithril Plated Dowels - it isn't previously explained.
2 years ago
I see what happened now - you're missing a whole Level 325 section where you make 26 Berserker Mithril Shields.
2 years ago
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