Gw2 Crafting Guide | Gw2 Crafting Leveling Guides


Welcome to our Gw2 Crafting Guides! We support you through your 1-400 or 500 journey with tips tricks and anything you need for Gw2 Crafting. It includes the basic Gw2 Crafting Leveling Guide proven to be the most efficient.

These guides are based on the actual Crafting Formulas and we show you how to use them. We also help you out by providing each recipe in your chosen discipline. We also support you with Gw2 Farming Guides to help you get mats for crafting when prices are high on the Trading Post.



If you’re low on gold, we recommend trying one of these Gold Guides.

These Guild Wars 2 Crafting Guides are Weird

We suggest No farming, No tools required, and Occasionally crafting a recipe in bulk.

We know this is an odd concept, but give it a chance and we believe you will soon agree.

If you read the Gw2 Crafting Formulas article you will understand that discovering recipes yields the most crafting experience (cExp), where crafting in bulk is only 1/2 as good. This leaves everything else to be not very optimal.

The entire Crafting journey from 1 to 400 should take about 60 minutes total.

Because of this, we focus the entire Crafting Leveling Guides on buying the components rather than gathering or buying raw mats.


But is this going to cost tons of gold and karma? Nope, not at all.

Example: From 1 – 25 it takes 37 pieces that you have to buy and it took us about 3.5 silver to do it on average for all crafting professions. If we were to farm these items it would take a ton of time. If we were to buy all the copper or jute required, it would have set us back 7 silver alone. One Bone Chip or a Tiny Claw can go for as much as 50 copper. OUCH!

But does the cost still stay low for higher level components? Yes, they actually do remain cheaper than the raw materials it takes to build them. On occasion you may have to build something; it is possible but it is rare. When a component is not on the Trading Post (TP)  just go request some to be built at your suggested price and shazam they will do it.

Gw2 Crafting Tips

Farming is a good thing in moderation so go get some tools. This is intended only for making cash it is not really required for any crafting profession. (read above)

Notes on tools:

  1. Tools have a usage limit indicated by the # located on its icon.
  2. Tools work for specific areas and if you go into a higher leveling area you may need better tools.
    1. If you attempt to gather a high level item with a crappy, cheap tool it yields junk.
  3. There are no gathering professions so anyone can get raw materials.

1. Go to any major city or talk to any vendor to get some tools

(the guy or lady that has the coins icon)

gw2 crafting kits

Here you can talk to the vendor to get some tools to gather ore and other goodies for materials.

2. Get a Sickle, Axe, Mining Pick and a cheap Salvage Kit

  • Sickle is good for gathering plants.
  • Axe is for Trees.
  • Mining Pick is for ore.
  • Salvage Kits are for extracting raw mats from things you craft and find when questing.
    • Salvage all blues and below.
    • Sell the greens and above on the TP.
    • Sell every mat gathered (well, not cooking mats).

Equip your gathering tools by placing them in the correct spot located here. Notice you can use all three and they are good for the number of usages located on the subscript underneath. This sickle has 45 more slices left.

3. Unlearning a profession

Go to a new trainer and he will ask you which profession you want to replace.

  • Note that the game saves your level when switching back to any profession previously done.
  • Changing professions cost some cash.

4. Splitting a stack of materials

To split a stack use ALT and drag the item to an empty slot in your bag.

5. Lets get you started

Farside – Gary Larson

Now, go to your trainer if you have not done so and start up your Crafting!

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  1. These pages have been an invaluable reference, helping me craft up all disciplines – thank you very much.

    Some things I’ve noticed:

    When you hit a new level of materials, you can get 25 points just from refining the raw materials into planks/ingots/bolts of cloth. It may not be worth it to refine the last 5 points or so unless the raw materials are very cheap, though.

    Buying raw materials (logs instead of planks, ore instead of ingots, etc.) is often significantly cheaper, at least it has been for the past month or so, and crafting your own insignias and components is often worth several points of progression when you hit a new tier.

    Since you will vendor or salvage the majority of the things you make (no market for resale), shopping around for the cheapest component is well worth it in savings.

    Most of the time, it is well worth it to discover the rune recipes as they come available. Until the later tiers, the material cost is typically significantly cheaper, and many of the rune recipes are ‘rare’ which gives more progression points for discovering the item.

    Many of the recipies under cooking are not discoverable at the level listed in the guide. Perhaps the game has changed the level since the guide was written.

    Thanks again!

  2. Tze is absolutely right.

    In fact, if you’re really looking to craft straight through (1-400), it makes sense to craft the first 25 levels of any new crafting rank on refining alone, since the chances are you’ll need at least that much in materials overall on your journey to 400.

    You should be able to refine 317 units of raw materials (or so) within the first 25 levels (after that, you get no experience for it); if you’re creating the components yourself from raw materials (as noted above, this is often cheaper than buying the intermediate items), you’ll need at least 216 wood logs to craft the items in the artificer guide for each 25 level span, for example.

    So, as you reach each new crafting rank, buy the components you’ll need overall, refine them, and you can skip the extras for the first 25 levels of the rank.

    • My math was off a little bit in the above: experience is granted on components crafted/refined, not the ingredients.

      Still, by my calculations, if you initially refine all raw materials AND craft the components (not including components which you can only make once you reach the appropriate crafting level) for the last 50 levels of a crafting rank, it should take you all the way through the first 25 levels of a crafting rank for at least some disciplines.

      Being organized and thinking beyond 25-level increments is key.

      • Not to belabor the point, but re-reading my posts, maybe an illustration would help.

        Take weaponsmithing, for example. Once you reach 300, you begin crafting with mithril and elder wood. You’ll be crafting with mithril and elder wood until you reach level 400.

        BUT, you can only get experience from refining mithril and elder wood, or crafting basic components for items (e.g. mithril greatsword hilts and blades) until you reach 325, since those things are considered level 300 weaponsmithing skills.

        Even if it’s a little bit cheaper to buy the intermediate components like the hilts and blades, instead of the raw ores, if you refine ores/logs and make your own for what you’ll need from levels 325-400 at the outset you’ll get enough experience to level most, if not all, the way to 325. In the process, you’ll avoid having to make most, if not all, finished items from levels 300-325, which means you’ll 1) reduce both the number of components you’ll need AND 2) reduce the the special components (e.g. inscriptions) which are easily the most expensive part of crafting. That may more than offset the price difference.

        And, of course, if it’s cheaper at the moment to buy the raw ores/logs, you’ll get a clear win.

        This does complicate crafting more. But with some planning (this is the first computer game I’ve played in which I’ve used a spreadsheet), you can speed things up even more and save some gold.

  3. Do these guides assume any crafting xp boosts?

    • No, crafting xp boosts are not taken into account so if you have one don’t discover all the recipes in each section, only discover half to see where you’re at first.

  4. thanks for the guide

    A couple of questions
    - have you done any research into whether it is better to salvage your mats during crafting, so you don’t need to buy so many? With enough data, the salvage drops should be predictable.
    - any research on salvage and sell v just straight sell?
    - you don’t mention trays or boxes at all. am I right in assuming they are not worth the cost of the recipe?

    • Yes we have saved some cash and time by salvaging during crafting. However, we rarely build components as it is usually cheaper to just buy the pre-built component. For your salvage and sell question it varies by the current market price and yes, you are correct on the trays and boxes.

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