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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[edit]

A player attempting to gather from a resource node.

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.


Most 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[edit]

Common crafting materials[edit]

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.
Common Crafting Materials
Cloth Scrap Bolt of Cloth Spool of Thread Ore Alloying Lump Ingot Leather Section Leather Square Log Plank
Tier 1 Jute Scrap.png Jute Scrap Bolt of Jute.png Bolt of Jute Spool of Jute Thread.png Spool of Jute Thread Copper Ore.png Copper Ore Lump of Tin.png Lump of Tin Copper Ingot.png Copper Ingot
Bronze Ingot.png Bronze Ingot
Rawhide Leather Section.png Rawhide Leather Section Stretched Rawhide Leather Square.png Stretched Rawhide Leather Square Green Wood Log.png Green Wood Log Green Wood Plank.png Green Wood Plank
Tier 2 Wool Scrap.png Wool Scrap Bolt of Wool.png Bolt of Wool Spool of Wool Thread.png Spool of Wool Thread Iron Ore.png Iron Ore
Silver Ore.png Silver Ore
Iron Ingot.png Iron Ingot
Silver Ingot.png Silver Ingot
Thin Leather Section.png Thin Leather Section Cured Thin Leather Square.png Cured Thin Leather Square Soft Wood Log.png Soft Wood Log Soft Wood Plank.png Soft Wood Plank
Tier 3 Cotton Scrap.png Cotton Scrap Bolt of Cotton.png Bolt of Cotton Spool of Cotton Thread.png Spool of Cotton Thread Gold Ore.png Gold Ore Lump of Coal.png Lump of Coal Gold Ingot.png Gold Ingot
Steel Ingot.png Steel Ingot
Coarse Leather Section.png Coarse Leather Section Cured Coarse Leather Square.png Cured Coarse Leather Square Seasoned Wood Log.png Seasoned Wood Log Seasoned Wood Plank.png Seasoned Wood Plank
Tier 4 Linen Scrap.png Linen Scrap Bolt of Linen.png Bolt of Linen Spool of Linen Thread.png Spool of Linen Thread Platinum Ore.png Platinum Ore Lump of Coal.png Lump of Primordium Platinum Ingot.png Platinum Ingot
Darksteel Ingot.png Darksteel Ingot
Rugged Leather Section.png Rugged Leather Section Cured Rugged Leather Square.png Cured Rugged Leather Square Hard Wood Log.png Hard Wood Log Hard Wood Plank.png Hard Wood Plank
Tier 5 Silk Scrap.png Silk Scrap Bolt of Silk.png Bolt of Silk Spool of Silk Thread.png Spool of Silk Thread Mithril Ore.png Mithril Ore Mithril Ingot.png Mithril Ingot Thick Leather Section.png Thick Leather Section Cured Thick Leather Square.png Cured Thick Leather Square Elder Wood Log.png Elder Wood Log Elder Wood Plank.png Elder Wood Plank
Tier 6 Gossamer Scrap.png Gossamer Scrap Bolt of Gossamer.png Bolt of Gossamer Spool of Gossamer Thread.png Spool of Gossamer Thread Orichalcum Ore.png Orichalcum Ore Orichalcum Ingot.png Orichalcum Ingot Hardened Leather Section.png Hardened Leather Section Cured Hardened Leather Square.png Cured Hardened Leather Square Ancient Wood Log.png Ancient Wood Log Ancient Wood Plank.png Ancient Wood Plank

Untiered common crafting materials include:

Primary article: Mystic_Forge/Material_Promotion

Common crafting materials can be promoted to higher tiers in the mystic forge using Dust and Philosopher's Stones.

Fine crafting materials[edit]

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.png Bone Chip Tiny Claw.png Tiny Claw Pile of Glittering Dust.png Pile of Glittering Dust Tiny Fang.png Tiny Fang Tiny Scale.png Tiny Scale Tiny Totem.png Tiny Totem Tiny Venom Sac.png Tiny Venom Sac Vial of Weak Blood.png Vial of Weak Blood
Tier 2 Bone Shard.png Bone Shard Small Claw.png Small Claw Pile of Shimmering Dust.png Pile of Shimmering Dust Small Fang.png Small Fang Small Scale.png Small Scale Small Totem.png Small Totem Small Venom Sac.png Small Venom Sac Vial of Thin Blood.png Vial of Thin Blood
Tier 3 Bone.png Bone Claw.png Claw Pile of Radiant Dust.png Pile of Radiant Dust Fang.png Fang Scale.png Scale Totem.png Totem Venom Sac.png Venom Sac Vial of Blood.png Vial of Blood
Tier 4 Heavy Bone.png Heavy Bone Sharp Claw.png Sharp Claw Pile of Luminous Dust.png Pile of Luminous Dust Sharp Fang.png Sharp Fang Smooth Scale.png Smooth Scale Engraved Totem.png Engraved Totem Full Venom Sac.png Full Venom Sac Vial of Thick Blood.png Vial of Thick Blood
Tier 5 Large Bone.png Large Bone Large Claw.png Large Claw Pile of Incandescent Dust.png Pile of Incandescent Dust Large Fang.png Large Fang Large Scale.png Large Scale Intricate Totem.png Intricate Totem Potent Venom Sac.png Potent Venom Sac Vial of Potent Blood.png Vial of Potent Blood
Tier 6 Ancient Bone.png Ancient Bone Vicious Claw.png Vicious Claw Pile of Crystalline Dust.png Pile of Crystalline Dust Vicious Fang.png Vicious Fang Armored Scale.png Armored Scale Elaborate Totem.png Elaborate Totem Powerful Venom Sac.png Powerful Venom Sac Vial of Powerful Blood.png Vial of Powerful Blood

Untiered fine crafting materials include:

Primary article: Mystic_Forge/Material_Promotion

Fine crafting materials can be promoted to higher tiers in the Mystic Forge using Dust and Philosopher's Stones. Dust itself can be promoted using Crystals and philosopher's stones.

Rare crafting materials[edit]

Rare crafting materials includes ERare 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
Essence Onyx Molten Glacial Destroyer Crystal Corrupted Charged Mordrem Evergreen
Tier 1 Pile of Soiled Essence.png Pile of Soiled Essence Onyx Sliver.png Onyx Sliver Molten Sliver.png Molten Sliver Glacial Sliver.png Glacial Sliver Destroyer Sliver.png Destroyer Sliver Crystal Sliver.png Crystal Sliver Corrupted Sliver.png Corrupted Sliver Charged Sliver.png Charged Sliver Mordrem Sliver.png Mordrem Sliver Evergreen Sliver.png Evergreen Sliver
Tier 2 Pile of Foul Essence.png Pile of Foul Essence Onyx Fragment.png Onyx Fragment Molten Fragment.png Molten Fragment Glacial Fragment.png Glacial Fragment Destroyer Fragment.png Destroyer Fragment Crystal Fragment.png Crystal Fragment Corrupted Fragment.png Corrupted Fragment Charged Fragment.png Charged Fragment Mordrem Fragment.png Mordrem Fragment Evergreen Fragment.png Evergreen Fragment
Tier 3 Pile of Filthy Essence.png Pile of Filthy Essence Onyx Shard.png Onyx Shard Molten Shard.png Molten Shard Glacial Shard.png Glacial Shard Destroyer Shard.png Destroyer Shard Crystal Shard.png Crystal Shard Corrupted Shard.png Corrupted Shard Charged Shard.png Charged Shard Mordrem Shard.png Mordrem Shard Evergreen Shard.png Evergreen Shard
Tier 4 Pile of Vile Essence.png Pile of Vile Essence Onyx Core.png Onyx Core Molten Core.png Molten Core Glacial Core.png Glacial Core Destroyer Core.png Destroyer Core Crystal Core.png Crystal Core Corrupted Core.png Corrupted Core Charged Core.png Charged Core Mordrem Core.png Mordrem Core Evergreen Core.png Evergreen Core
Tier 5 Pile of Putrid Essence.png Pile of Putrid Essence Onyx Lodestone.png Onyx Lodestone Molten Lodestone.png Molten Lodestone Glacial Lodestone.png Glacial Lodestone Destroyer Lodestone.png Destroyer Lodestone Crystal Lodestone.png Crystal Lodestone Corrupted Lodestone.png Corrupted Lodestone Charged Lodestone.png Charged Lodestone Mordrem Lodestone.png Mordrem Lodestone Evergreen Lodestone.png Evergreen Lodestone

Untiered rare crafting materials include:

Those rare crafting materials which are GAscended 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.

Ascended materials
Tier 1 Vial of Condensed Mists Essence.png Vial of Condensed Mists Essence From fractal levels 1+
Tier 2 Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence.png Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence From fractal levels 30+
Tier 3 Shard of Crystallized Mists Essence.png Shard of Crystallized Mists Essence From fractal levels 50+
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[edit]

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.

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
Metal Wood Leather Cloth
Step 1 Lump of Mithrillium.png Lump of Mithrillium Glob of Elder Spirit Residue.png Glob of Elder Spirit Residue Spool of Thick Elonian Cord.png Spool of Thick Elonian Cord Spool of Silk Weaving Thread.png Spool of Silk Weaving Thread
Step 2 Deldrimor Steel Ingot.png Deldrimor Steel Ingot Spiritwood Plank.png Spiritwood Plank Elonian Leather Square.png Elonian Leather Square Bolt of Damask.png 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.

Obsidian Refinement
Bloodstone Crystalline Dragonite Empyreal
Unrefined Pile of Bloodstone Dust.png Pile of Bloodstone Dust Crystalline Ore.png Crystalline Ore Dragonite Ore.png Dragonite Ore Empyreal Fragment.png Empyreal Fragment
Refined Bloodstone Brick.png Bloodstone Brick Crystalline Ingot.png Crystalline Ingot Dragonite Ingot.png Dragonite Ingot Empyreal Star.png 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. Most can be obtained by harvesting ore, although there are some that are obtainable from lumber and plants.

Amber Garnet Malachite Pearl Tiger's Eye Turqoise
Tier 1 Amber Pebble.png Amber Pebble Garnet Pebble.png Garnet Pebble Malachite Pebble.png Malachite Pebble Pearl.png Pearl Tiger's Eye Pebble.png Tiger's Eye Pebble Turquoise Pebble.png Turquoise Pebble
Amethyst Carnelian Lapis Peridot Spinel Sunstone Topaz
Tier 2 Amethyst Nugget.png Amethyst Nugget Carnelian Nugget.png Carnelian Nugget Lapis Nugget.png Lapis Nugget Peridot Nugget.png Peridot Nugget Spinel Nugget.png Spinel Nugget Sunstone Nugget.png Sunstone Nugget Topaz Nugget.png Topaz Nugget
Tier 3 Amethyst Lump.png Amethyst Lump Carnelian Lump.png Carnelian Lump Lapis Lump.png Lapis Lump Peridot Lump.png Peridot Lump Spinel Lump.png Spinel Lump Sunstone Lump.png Sunstone Lump Topaz Lump.png Topaz Lump
Azurite Beryl Chrysocola Coral Emerald Opal Ruby Sapphire
Tier 4 Beryl Shard.png Beryl Shard Chrysocola Shard.png Chrysocola Shard Coral Chunk.png Coral Chunk Emerald Shard.png Emerald Shard Opal Shard.png Opal Shard Ruby Shard.png Ruby Shard Sapphire Shard.png Sapphire Shard
Tier 5 Azurite Crystal.png Azurite Crystal Beryl Crystal.png Beryl Crystal Chrysocola Crystal.png Chrysocola Crystal Coral Tentacle.png Coral Tentacle Emerald Crystal.png Emerald Crystal Opal Crystal.png Opal Crystal Ruby Crystal.png Ruby Crystal Sapphire Crystal.png Sapphire Crystal
Tier 6 Azurite Orb.png Azurite Orb Beryl Orb.png Beryl Orb Chrysocola Orb.png Chrysocola Orb Coral Orb.png Coral Orb Emerald Orb.png Emerald Orb Opal Orb.png Opal Orb Ruby Orb.png Ruby Orb Sapphire Orb.png Sapphire Orb
Other Gemstones
Tier 6 Agate Orb.png Agate Orb Black Diamond.png Black Diamond Ebony Orb.png Ebony Orb Flax Blossom.png Flax Blossom Freshwater Pearl.png Freshwater Pearl Maguuma Burl.png Maguuma Burl Maguuma Lily.png Maguuma Lily Moonstone Orb.png Moonstone Orb
Untiered Passion Flower.png Passion Flower Quartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystal
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.

Cooking materials[edit]

Primary article: Ingredient

Festive materials[edit]

Festive materials are obtained during holiday events.

Tier 1 Tiny Snowflake.png Tiny Snowflake
Tier 2 Delicate Snowflake.png Delicate Snowflake
Tier 3 Glittering Snowflake.png Glittering Snowflake
Tier 4 Unique Snowflake.png Unique Snowflake
Tier 5 Pristine Snowflake.png Pristine Snowflake
Tier 6 Flawless Snowflake.png Flawless Snowflake

Untiered festive materials include:

Runes of Holding[edit]

Runes of Holding are purchased from master craftsmen and are required components for making inventory bags.

Runes of Holding
Tier 1 none
Tier 2 Minor Rune of Holding.png Minor Rune of Holding
Tier 3 Rune of Holding.png Rune of Holding
Tier 4 Major Rune of Holding.png Major Rune of Holding
Tier 5 Greater Rune of Holding.png Greater Rune of Holding
Tier 6 Superior Rune of Holding.png Superior Rune of Holding