In this guide we present to you how to go about crafting an Ascended weapon; a complicated and lengthy process.
In this guide we take your Weaponsmithing level from 400 to the maximum of 500. If you haven't seen our original Weaponsmith guide, you can find it here. The joy of leveling Weaponsmith to 500, similarly to Artificer, is the fact it's so simple based on the very limited combinations. Unfortunately, it is very expensive.
In many ways, legendary weapons in Guild Wars 2 represent the penultimate achievement that players can strive to attain. The journey won’t be an easy one, however, and I absolutely expect that only a small percentage of players will ever equip one. Much like similar systems in other games, such as EverQuest’s original epic weapons, legendary weapons represent a major time commitment that may prove to be a bit too daunting for many.
The crafting disciplines in Guild Wars 2 can be an excellent source of armor, weapons, accessories, consumables, and upgrades. Most disciplines tend to make heavy use of items dropped from various creature types, especially once you begin making higher quality items. These items fall under the Fine Crafting Materials collection stored in your bank, and will be the focus of this guide. Dropped gems, rare materials, and food types will be handled in separate guides.
Sigils, runes, and jewels are upgrade components for weapons, armor, and accessories respectively. While raw upgrades dropped by many creatures or gathered from ore veins or trees can be directly slotted into any equipment with an upgrade slot, you’ll often find better overall bonuses by slotting upgrades intended for a specific type of gear. In the case of runes, using two or more matching runes will also grant a progressively better bonus the more of the same type you use across multiple armor slots.
In this guide we’ll go over the different types of upgrades, how they are obtained, and provide some basic pointers for each type.