Posted on May 5th, 2019 by Terry Kim
Improve your chances of getting the gear you want to best suit your build.
As a new player. Crafting may seem like a small area not worth looking at. The game drops items in abundance, and there are so many configurations for you to already try out, that ‘spending materials’ to craft items may not seem like the best use of your time. However, crafting can be very rewarding – depending on the circumstances.
Before this point, any crafted items are often wasted, as each immediate level usually offers equipment that vastly outperform any from previous levels (except for weapons and components for purely gear-oriented Storm javelins).
In time, you find a weapon or gear you like, and want to center your build around it. Item drops from missions will help this process, but you will also find that you get the right bonuses on the wrong item, or the wrong bonuses on the right item. Crafting will help greatly in quickly achieving a solid loadout.
Crafting has item requirements: Raw materials and blueprint.
There are 4 forms of raw materials:
All of these materials can also be bought from the crafting store, if harvesting isn’t in your interests, or you lack something specific. The store can be accessed by talking to the shopkeeper by the forge, or through the menu: [Esc]-[Featured]-[Hold Escape]-[Crafting].
The other requirement is blueprints. You are required to have the blueprint of the equipment, in order to craft it. These are gained through challenges, which can be viewed in your journal.
Gear blueprints are acquired through completing missions or world events with the corresponding gear slotted.
Component blueprints function a little differently; You must achieve Loyalty levels of each faction- Arcanists, Freelancers, and Sentinels. Loyalty is gained by completing missions (including contracts) for that faction, or picking up collectible objects throughout bastion (e.g., Arcanist runes for Arcanists).
Again, I'd still advise you to save up your materials until you have a good feeling of what build - and what playstyle suits you, acquire a few pieces through natural gameplay, then start building around it by adding crafting to the process. There are numerous types of weapons and components, each with a masterwork+ version offering unique bonuses, so try out a few, before hastily deciding where you want to spend all your materials!