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Tradeskills are trade-oriented skills that players can learn to gather resources and create items. Each character can have 2 active tradeskills starting at level 10. Hobbies and other skills do not count against this limit.
The Miner excavates precious ores, crystals and gems to be used by the Weaponsmith, Armorer and Architect.
The Relic Hunter excavates omni-plasm and Eldan relics used by the Technologist, and the Weaponsmith. Some of the most powerful items on Nexus may require Eldan Relic Parts.
The Survivalist skins leather and cuts meat from creatures. They also harvest wood from trees with a laser chainsaw. Best paired with the Outfitter or Architect.
The Architect shapes FABkits, decor items and war plot deployables. The Architect is best paired with a heavy dose of patience, tons of resources, and the Survivalist...possibly a Miner. Also Farming... and on rare occasions, Relic Hunter.
The Armorer forges heavy armor and combat shields, then powers them with microchips and power cores. This tradeskill is best paired with Mining.
The Outfitter uses Leather, pelts and bone to craft medium armor and support systems, then powers them with microchips and power cores. This tradeskill is best paired with the Survivalist.
The Tailor uses cloth gathered from humanoids to craft light armor. This tradeskill is best paired with Survivalist.
The Technologists creates medical supplies, stat boosting potions, and field technologies from combining omni-plasm with herbs and produce. Refurbishes Eldan relics to craft gadgets. Best paired with Relic Hunter.
Weaponsmithing is the art of forging weapons and weapon attachments, then powering them with microchips and power cores. This tradeskill is best paired with Mining.
Cooks use produce and meats to whip up delicious delicacies. By mixing different ingredients at cooking stations, cooks can discover recipes that provide all kinds of benefits and buffs.
Farmers collect herbs, seeds, and produce by attacking various plants. The resources can be used for crafting and the seeds can be planted in a garden in player housing.
Runecrafting is an item enhancement system. Players can create runes to place into open rune slots in their gear. Runecrafting is available to all players at level 15.
Salvaging is a process by which players break down items into their basic components, providing materials to use for crafting. Salvaging is available to all players at level 8.
Thinking about WildStar Crafting professions as collecting materials and clicking a button, will lead you the wrong way. WildStars announced tradeskills as a mini-game, which offers gear creation and customization by mixing and matching different ingredients. Often the best items you can get will require components from various other sources in order to unlock their maximum potential. Apart from a large variety of tradeskills, WildStar also offers hobbies that everyone can take, no matter what tradeskills you have already chosen.
At level 10 you will receive Datachron call, giving you the Crafting for the Dominion in Ellevar or Crafting for the Dominion in Deradune, and for Exile Crafting for the Exiles in Algoroc or Crafting for the Exiles in Celestion quest where you have to visit the tradeskill hub and learn tradeskills. There are 9 tradeskills in WildStar – 6 crafting and 3 gathering, and 2 hobbies. You can only have 2 tradeskills at the time, while the number of hobbies is not limited. Some tradeskills pair well with others, but you are free to pick whatever your heart desires.
Players who visit the Tradeskill Trainer and select a new Tradeskill will be given the option to swap a current Tradeskill out for a new one. Tradeskills you learned can be swapped for another one, but you will get a cooldown timer (the more you develop it – the longer cooldown you’ll have). It’s free the first time you do it, but you have to pay a fee for any subsequent swap (the fee depends on your tradeskill level). Your tradeskill progress is saved when you abandon it, so it is possible to switch back and continue where you stopped.
The recipes you start with in a particular tier (novice, apprentice …) generally have “Serviceable” in their names. After using the same recipes several times, you’ll gain recipes that starts with Fine. These two recipes use the exact same mats, but the “Fine” items have better stats and sell for more.
There are two types of crafting:
Coordinate uses grid screen for crafting. Items crafted this way often have different locked variants. Those are either somewhere on the grid, or hidden in the colored area. You have to use maximum of 3 additives to target them (you can’t remove additives them once you use them). If they are hidden, every attempt will notify you how close you are to discover the hidden item. Crafting basic items doesn’t require any additives.
CIRCUIT BOARD CRAFTING
Circuit Board Crafting is conducted through, well, the circuit board screen. In the middle of the screen you choose and put ability microchips into sockets (there may be one or more); bellow them you can click and increase/decrease stats count. Often, one of the sockets is randomly assigned and locked when you start crafting. You can’t replace it or change its stat count. Abandon the craft or continue and salvage this item for materials. On the bottom of the screen is the power output bar. Increasing stats count increases power output. Going over the number displayed on the bar increases chances for crafting to fail (you can see fail chance percentage next to the bar). Matching the chip color and the socket color reduces the power output per one stat increase. Power Cores, put in the socket at the top of the screen, increase power output capacity, depending on their quality. The color of the core will be the color of the item (green core –green item, blue core – blue item).
Everyone can gather crafting materials by attacking the resource nodes. Salvaging also provides crafting materials. But, that yields very low amount of materials, compared to harvesting with gathering tools – Relic Blaster for Relic Hunter, Laser Chainsaw for Survivalist and Laser Pickaxe for Mining. Harvesting with those tools collect materials faster as well. Resource nodes will show up on your map once you get a gathering skill. Harvesting tools can be bought from Tradeskill vendors, and come in 5 tiers (Novice, Apprentice, Journeyman, Artisan, and Expert)
Tradeskills UI consists of three tabs Schematics, Tech Tree and Talents. Default key for opening Crafting UI is (K).
Schematics – You can find all your crafting skill recipes (cooking ones too) here. Select a crafting skill on the left side of the screen and it will list recipes divided into categories. You have two filters above the list – “Show locked” where you can see recipes you don’t know yet, and “have materials” to list only recipes for which you have materials to craft. Selecting a recipe will display materials required and possible variants of that recipe.
Tech Tree – Crafting skill related achievements are located here. Most of them unlock recipes when you complete them, and some even give talent points. Click on the blue bordered Tech Tree tab to list tiers for every crafting skill you have, including Cooking. You can see your current Tradeskill experience and experience needed to unlock the next tier on that list. Every crafting skill has five tiers – Novice » Apprentice » Journeyman » Artisan » Expert, and every tier has its own sub-tab with its own achievements. You can click on every achievement to check its requirements and awards. Achievements awarding talent points have a star on them. You can even go directly to the crafting screen if the achievement requires some item crafted, just click on the item name. Some achievements are available only after you complete those above – there are lines connecting them.
Talents – Talents grant bonuses to the tradeskill you learned. Talent points are gained by completing Tech Tree achievements marked with a star. There are different talent levels and you can pick only one per level (only one of level 1 talents, only one of level 2 talents…). Level 1 talents require 4 talent points, level 2 talents require 8 talent points, level 3 requires 10 talent points… You pay in crafting vouchers to reset talent points (vouchers are awarded for completing daily crafting quests). Talents only improve the items you craft.
When you bring up your tradeskill window (press L) from the Codex, there are three tabs from left to right: Schematics, Tech Tree and Talents.
This section of the tradeskill window contains a list of known and learned schematics for the specific Tradeskills you have activated. As you will notice from the screenshot above the user interface informs you of what tradeskill you have and below that, the schematics linked it to. If you’ve taken a hobby, those will be listed here also. It’s possible to search for specific schematics and refine further to recipes you ‘have materials’ for. If you’ve the necessary materials to craft an item you simply choose it from the list and press ‘craft’.
Here’s where crafting in WildStar gets interesting. This option is where you can review your crafting progress based on the specific tradeskill you have, including your achievements and the rewards for reaching them. The basic premise of leveling up your specific tradeskill is to follow the Tech Tree all the way to the bottom, undertaking what it asks you in order to acquire experience and to unlock further advancement. In the image shown Omni-Plasmic Bioreactions is selected and you will note it is 1 of 3 (completed) with the experience bar at around 25%. The highlighted tooltip states:
“Craft 3 batches of Basic Medishots: Instant healing to learn how to make Spirovine Extract samples.”
Simply put, if you construct a handful of Basic Medishots you’ll complete this schematics progress which will allow you to construct Spirovine Reactions (the schematic below Omni-Bioreactions). If you level up a schematic that has a star on it (see image again) it will also provide you with a talent point when levelled. If a schematic is by itself with no links to other nodes these can be completed at any time.
Once you’ve acquired some Talent Points you can switch over to the Talents tab. Here you can spend those talent points. As you’ll see from the picture, it looks relatively complicated at first but it’s quite simple. You spend points in each tier with each tier then providing a bonus to that craft. For the first tier it takes 4 Talent Points to unlock it, while the second tier takes 8. The known tier benefits are below for crafting only tradeskills (gathering variants are excluded):
There are a couple of things!
Thanks must go to Dealspwn for allowing me to use their image of Coordinate Crafting