A crafting material is an item used for crafting; they can be acquired through gathering, looting, salvaging, or purchased from vendors. The term also includes certain crafted items, such as refined materials (e.g. Bronze Ingots).
Acquiring crafting materials
There are several different ways you can obtain crafting materials:
- Gathering — Resource nodes are found randomly around the world. Ore veins are mined with picks, trees are logged with axes, and other plants are harvested with sickles.
- Looting — You have a chance of finding appropriate crafting materials such as hides or trophies when you loot slain enemies.
- Purchasing — Some specialist merchants sell ingredients.
- Salvaging — Available from merchants, salvage kits allow you to salvage crafting materials out of old or unwanted items.
- Crafting — Some materials are acquired by crafting them from other raw materials.
- Other players — You can find other players to trade for materials or buy them from the trading post.
All crafting materials can be stored in your account's shared Material Storage using one of three methods:
- By using the inventory window's "Deposit All Materials" option; this transfers all materials except those located in an invisible bag.
- By right-clicking the individual item and choosing "Deposit Material."
- While at a bank or using a crafting station's material storage tab, drag the item from inventory to material storage (or double-click it).
To retrieve the items, you must be at a bank or crafting station.
Several item types traditionally considered to be crafting materials cannot be stored in the Material Storage tab, including doubloons and other specialty materials (e.g. Blade Shards). Intermediary crafting items, including components and activators, also cannot be stored here.
List of crafting materials
Common crafting materials
Common crafting materials are the items used to create every other item through crafting by being made into components such as Longbow Staves, Axe Blades, Focus Cores, etc.
- Scraps, ores, leather sections, and logs are the raw materials that are commonly found through looting, salvaging, or harvesting.
- Bolts, ingots, leather squares, and planks are refined materials that are produced at a crafting station from raw materials.
- Spools of thread can currently only be acquired by purchase through vendors found at the crafting stations (usually a Master or Apprentice of that crafting discipline) and are used to make Embroidered Insignia and various armor components.
- Alloying lumps are materials that are also only available through purchase from crafting station vendors. They are used, together with another ore, to make alloys such as Bronze, Steel, and Darksteel that are then used in crafting various weapons, armors, and storage boxes.
- Primary article: Mystic_Forge/Material_Promotion
Fine crafting materials
Fine crafting materials are crafting materials which have been looted from enemy corpses and are used as activators in the crafting of insignia and inscriptions, as well as (Simple) variants of weapons and armor.
|Fine Crafting Materials|
|Bones||Claws||Dust||Fangs||Scales||Totems||Venom Sacs||Vials of Blood|
|Tier 1||Bone Chip||Tiny Claw||Pile of Glittering Dust||Tiny Fang||Tiny Scale||Tiny Totem||Tiny Venom Sac||Vial of Weak Blood|
|Tier 2||Bone Shard||Small Claw||Pile of Shimmering Dust||Small Fang||Small Scale||Small Totem||Small Venom Sac||Vial of Thin Blood|
|Tier 3||Bone||Claw||Pile of Radiant Dust||Fang||Scale||Totem||Venom Sac||Vial of Blood|
|Tier 4||Heavy Bone||Sharp Claw||Pile of Luminous Dust||Sharp Fang||Smooth Scale||Engraved Totem||Full Venom Sac||Vial of Thick Blood|
|Tier 5||Large Bone||Large Claw||Pile of Incandescent Dust||Large Fang||Large Scale||Intricate Totem||Potent Venom Sac||Vial of Potent Blood|
|Tier 6||Ancient Bone||Vicious Claw||Pile of Crystalline Dust||Vicious Fang||Armored Scale||Elaborate Totem||Powerful Venom Sac||Vial of Powerful Blood|
Untiered fine crafting materials include:
- Primary article: Mystic_Forge/Material_Promotion
Rare crafting materials
Rare crafting materials includes Rare or better quality materials, most of which are used in the crafting of runes and sigils. Most of them can be found as direct loot from enemies or in loot bags (both very uncommon).
Most rare crafting materials are organized in a 5 tier structure.
|Rare materials by tier|
|Tier 1||Pile of Soiled Essence||Onyx Sliver||Molten Sliver||Glacial Sliver||Destroyer Sliver||Crystal Sliver||Corrupted Sliver||Charged Sliver|
|Tier 2||Pile of Foul Essence||Onyx Fragment||Molten Fragment||Glacial Fragment||Destroyer Fragment||Crystal Fragment||Corrupted Fragment||Charged Fragment|
|Tier 3||Pile of Filthy Essence||Onyx Shard||Molten Shard||Glacial Shard||Destroyer Shard||Crystal Shard||Corrupted Shard||Charged Shard|
|Tier 4||Pile of Vile Essence||Onyx Core||Molten Core||Glacial Core||Destroyer Core||Crystal Core||Corrupted Core||Charged Core|
|Tier 5||Pile of Putrid Essence||Onyx Lodestone||Molten Lodestone||Glacial Lodestone||Destroyer Lodestone||Crystal Lodestone||Corrupted Lodestone||Charged Lodestone|
Untiered rare crafting materials include:
- Sun Bead (Basic)
- Large Skull
- Giant Eye
- Mystic Coin
- Charged Quartz Crystal
- Pristine Toxic Spore Sample
- Piece of Ambrite
- Sheet of Ambrite
- Sheet of Charged Ambrite
- Watchwork Mechanism
- Glob of Ectoplasm (Exotic)
- Obsidian Shard (Legendary)
Those rare crafting materials which are Ascended are also organized in tiers. They are used in the upgrading of ascended rings and Prototype Fractal Capacitor as well as the crafting of ascended back pieces. These can only be obtained from the Fractals of the Mists dungeon from mobs in certain level ranges.
|Tier 1||Vial of Condensed Mists Essence||From fractal levels 1+|
|Tier 2||Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence||From fractal levels 10+|
|Tier 3||Shard of Crystallized Mists Essence||From fractal levels 20+|
- Primary article: Mystic_Forge/Material_Promotion
Tiered Rare Crafting Materials can be promoted to higher tiers (at a 2:1 ratio) in the mystic forge using Dust, Crystals, and either Bottles of Elonian Wine or Mystic Binding Agents.
Ascended Crafting Materials can be promoted to higher tiers (at a 5:1 ratio) in the mystic forge using a Mystic Coin, Glob of Ectoplasm, and Pile of Crystalline Dust. They can also be demoted to lower tiers (at a 1:3 ratio) by substituting a Master's Salvage Kit (with full uses remaining) for the ectoplasm.
Ascended crafting materials
Ascended crafting materials (also referred to as tier 7 materials) are crafting materials used for crafting ascended equipment. All ascended materials are of ascended quality. The materials are refined from common crafting materials, correlating to metal, wood, leather, or cloth. Recipes related to these materials start at crafting level 450 to the maximum of 500.
- Thermocatalytic Reagent can be bought from master craftsmen and used to craft ascended components, ectoplasm refinement, and Agony Infusions.
- Glob of Dark Matter is used to craft ascended components.
- Raw ascended materials and ectoplasm refinement
Common crafting materials can be refined into ascended crafting materials in two steps to create metal, wood, leather, or cloth required for ascended equipment. The recipes to create the raw ascended material are categorized as ectoplasm refinement, requiring the tier 5 common crafting material. The name comes from the requirement of Glob of Ectoplasm in the recipe. It's important to note the related materials are time gated and resets daily. These materials can also be traded on the Trading Post, unlike other ascended materials. The purpose of the time gate and availability on the Trading Post is to create a demand in the economy. The refinement step requires tier 2, 3, and 4 common crafting materials and the raw material for the related type of material obtained from ectoplasm refinement.
|Common ascended materials|
|Step 1||Lump of Mithrillium||Glob of Elder Spirit Residue||Spool of Thick Elonian Cord||Spool of Silk Weaving Thread|
|Step 2||Deldrimor Steel Ingot||Spiritwood Plank||Elonian Leather Square||Bolt of Damask|
- Obsidian Refinement
Obsidian refinement materials are primarily used in crafting the Vision Crystal. The basic materials are obtained from a variety of activities across PvE and WvW. These materials can be refined with obsidian refinement for materials required in crafting the Vision Crystal. The name comes from the requirement of Obsidian Shards in the recipe. Pile of Bloodstone Dust is also used in crafting infused equipment and other recipes.
|Unrefined||Pile of Bloodstone Dust||Crystalline Ore||Dragonite Ore||Empyreal Fragment|
|Refined||Bloodstone Brick||Crystalline Ingot||Dragonite Ingot||Empyreal Star|
- Primary article: Gemstone
Gemstones are crafting materials used by jewelers as activators when crafting jewels and trinkets, and can also serve as universal upgrades. They are sometimes obtained when harvesting lumber and ore.
|Tier 1||Amber Pebble||Garnet Pebble||Malachite Pebble||Pearl||Tiger's Eye Pebble||Turquoise Pebble|
|Tier 2||Amethyst Nugget||Carnelian Nugget||Lapis Nugget||Peridot Nugget||Spinel Nugget||Sunstone Nugget||Topaz Nugget|
|Tier 3||Amethyst Lump||Carnelian Lump||Lapis Lump||Peridot Lump||Spinel Lump||Sunstone Lump||Topaz Lump|
|Tier 4||Beryl Shard||Ruby Shard||Sapphire Shard||Emerald Shard||Chrysocola Shard||Opal Shard||Coral Chunk|
|Tier 5||Beryl Crystal||Ruby Crystal||Sapphire Crystal||Emerald Crystal||Chrysocola Crystal||Opal Crystal||Coral Tentacle||Azurite Crystal|
|Tier 6||Beryl Orb||Ruby Orb||Sapphire Orb||Emerald Orb||Chrysocola Orb||Opal Orb||Coral Orb||Azurite Orb|
Untiered gemstones include:
- Primary article: Jeweler#Refinement
Gemstones can be promoted to higher tiers (at a 2:1 ratio) by a jeweler of sufficient skill using Dust. Promotions to tier 2, and some promotions to tier 4, require mixing different types of lower-tier gemstones.
- Primary article: Ingredient
|Tier 1||Tiny Snowflake|
|Tier 2||Delicate Snowflake|
|Tier 3||Glittering Snowflake|
|Tier 4||Unique Snowflake|
|Tier 5||Pristine Snowflake|
|Tier 6||Flawless Snowflake|
Untiered festive materials include:
- Piece of Candy Corn
- Candy Corn Cob
- Chattering Skull
- Gibbering Skull
- Nougat Center
- Tyria's Best Nougat Center
- Plastic Fangs
- High-Quality Plastic Fangs
- Piece of Zhaitaffy
Runes of Holding
|Runes of Holding|
|Tier 2||Minor Rune of Holding|
|Tier 3||Rune of Holding|
|Tier 4||Major Rune of Holding|
|Tier 5||Greater Rune of Holding|
|Tier 6||Superior Rune of Holding|