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Precursor weapons are level 80 FExotic weapons or GAscended weapons used to craft HLegendary weapons at the Mystic Forge. Exotic precursor weapons are not bound, and can be obtained by the same methods that any named equipment can be found, although at a much lower drop rate. They can also be crafted.



Exotic precursor weapons can be obtained from almost any item source. This includes loot, chests, containers, reward chests, etc. that can be characterized by the possibility of receiving a weapon. The possibility of receiving a precursor weapon is not dependent on level or area, as players have reported receiving precursors on low-level characters in low-level areas as well as high-level characters in high-level areas. To note, only high level players (62 - 80) can receive unnamed exotic quality weapons and may be more likely to receive precursor weapons from loot as loot often scales with level.

A precursor can also drop from any chest or container that drops weapons. Chests include jumping puzzle chests, dungeon chests, boss chests, and so on. Bonus Chests from world boss events have a greater chance to drop exotic or precursor weapons than other sources, being introduced in the 26 February 2013 update.

Mystic Forge[edit]

The Mystic Forge is a primary source for exotic precursor weapons, due to the recipe that allows players to mix 4 pieces of same-rarity equipment for a chance at rarer and better equipment. Players have a chance to receive a precursor weapon when combining four rare or exotic weapons with an average level of 75 or higher. Using four weapons of the same weapon type guarantees receiving a weapon with that weapon type. For example, players can combine one level 60 rare weapon and three level 80 weapons. Player research into the chance of receiving a precursor when combining four exotic weapons of the same type estimates the probability at 0.79% with 2901 trials.[citation needed]


Precursor weapons can also be crafted. The Heart of Thorns expansion added a collection-based precursor scavenger hunt for existing and four future legendaries that had yet to be added to the game[1]. Players can acquire one precursor per collection per account; these collections are unlocked by spending mastery points. Heart of Thorns legendary precursor weapons are account bound (and thus cannot be traded nor received as a drop), but precursors for the original legendary weapons can be sold to other players. Due to the difficulty in creating scavenger hunts, all precursors following Chuka and Champawat were thematically linked to Living World Season 3 maps and constructed with map-related currencies.


The crafting of each precursor requires completion of three separate Collections, and crafting three tiers of weapons. The first tier of each precursor's collection can be found in the Legendary Weapons section of the Collections menu found in the Achievements tab of the Hero panel, though they remain locked until unlocked by purchasing the corresponding collection unlock from Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs. You must have first achieved Revered Antiquarian, the first rank in the Legendary Crafting Mastery track for base game precursors or Scholar Of Secrets for Heart of Thorns precursors.

Crafting Process[edit]

  • Heart of thorns precursors require Scholar Of Secrets in the Legendary Crafting mastery track.
  • Complete the scavenger hunt collection.
  • Craft the first tier item.
  • Unlock the second tier collection by purchasing the unlock from Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs.
  • Complete the second tier scavenger hunt collection.
  • Craft the second tier item.
  • Unlock the third tier collection by purchasing the unlock from Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs.
  • Complete the third tier scavenger hunt collection.
  • Craft the finished precursor.

List of precursor weapons[edit]

First tier (Experimental) Second tier (Perfected) Final tier (Precursor) Legendary Type Generation Precursor TP buy price
Legendary Weapons.png Tooth of Frostfang Experiment.png Tooth of Frostfang Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Corrupted Skeggox.png Perfected Axe Legendary Weapons.png Tooth of Frostfang.png Tooth of Frostfang Frostfang.png Frostfang Axe 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Spark Experiment.png Spark Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Usoku's Needle.png Perfected Dagger Legendary Weapons.png Spark (weapon).png Spark Incinerator.png Incinerator Dagger 1st
Legendary Weapons.png The Energizer Experiment.png The Energizer Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Peacemaker's Mace.png Perfected Mace Legendary Weapons.png The Energizer.png The Energizer The Moot.png The Moot Mace 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Chaos Gun Experiment.png Chaos Gun Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Lyssa's Gaze.png Perfected Pistol Legendary Weapons.png Chaos Gun.png Chaos Gun Quip.png Quip Pistol 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Storm Experiment.png Storm Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Tsunami.png Perfected Scepter Legendary Weapons.png Storm.png Storm Meteorlogicus.png Meteorlogicus Scepter 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Zap Experiment.png Zap Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Crystalline Blade.png Perfected Sword Legendary Weapons.png Zap.png Zap Bolt.png Bolt Sword 1st
Legendary Weapons.png The Bard Experiment.png The Bard Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Song of the Numberless Pack.png Perfected Focus Legendary Weapons.png The Bard.png The Bard The Minstrel.png The Minstrel Focus 1st
Legendary Weapons.png The Chosen Experiment.png The Chosen Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Shield of the Wing.png Perfected Shield Legendary Weapons.png The Chosen.png The Chosen The Flameseeker Prophecies.png The Flameseeker Prophecies Shield 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Rodgort's Flame Experiment.png Rodgort's Flame Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Perfected Torch.png Perfected Torch Legendary Weapons.png Rodgort's Flame.png Rodgort's Flame Rodgort.png Rodgort Torch 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Howl Experiment.png Howl Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Windstorm.png Perfected Warhorn Legendary Weapons.png Howl.png Howl Howler.png Howler Warhorn 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Dawn Experiment.png Dawn Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Khrysaor, the Golden Sword.png Perfected Daysword Legendary Weapons.png Dawn.png Dawn Sunrise.png Sunrise Greatsword 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Dusk Experiment.png Dusk Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Naegling.png Perfected Nightsword Legendary Weapons.png Dusk.png Dusk Twilight.png Twilight Greatsword 1st
Legendary Weapons.png The Colossus Experiment.png The Colossus Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Magmaton.png Perfected Hammer Legendary Weapons.png The Colossus.png The Colossus The Juggernaut.png The Juggernaut Hammer 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Kudzu Experiment.png Kudzu Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Verdant Bow.png Perfected Longbow Legendary Weapons.png Leaf of Kudzu.png Leaf of Kudzu Kudzu.png Kudzu Longbow 1st
Legendary Weapons.png The Hunter Experiment.png The Hunter Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Perfected Rifle.png Perfected Rifle Legendary Weapons.png The Hunter.png The Hunter The Predator.png The Predator Rifle 1st
Legendary Weapons.png The Lover Experiment.png The Lover Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Perfected Short Bow.png Perfected Short Bow Legendary Weapons.png The Lover.png The Lover The Dreamer.png The Dreamer Short Bow 1st
Legendary Weapons.png The Legend Experiment.png The Legend Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Imryldyeen.png Perfected Staff Legendary Weapons.png The Legend.png The Legend The Bifrost.png The Bifrost Staff 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Carcharias Experiment.png Carcharias Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Dragonfury.png Perfected Spear Legendary Weapons.png Carcharias.png Carcharias Kamohoali'i Kotaki.png Kamohoali'i Kotaki Spear 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Rage Experiment.png Rage Experiment Legendary Weapons.png The Stingray.png Perfected Harpoon Gun Legendary Weapons.png Rage (weapon).png Rage Frenzy (weapon).png Frenzy Harpoon gun 1st
Legendary Weapons.png Venom Experiment.png Venom Experiment Legendary Weapons.png Warden Trident.png Perfected Trident Legendary Weapons.png Venom (weapon).png Venom Kraitkin.png Kraitkin Trident 1st
Legendary Weapons.png The Device.png The Device Legendary Weapons.png The Apparatus.png The Apparatus Legendary Weapons.png The Mechanism.png The Mechanism Astralaria.png Astralaria Axe 2nd
Legendary Weapons.png Research.png Research Legendary Weapons.png Development.png Development Legendary Weapons.png Prototype.png Prototype HOPE.png HOPE Pistol 2nd
Legendary Weapons.png Ravenswood Branch.png Ravenswood Branch Legendary Weapons.png Ravenswood Staff.png Ravenswood Staff Legendary Weapons.png The Raven Staff.png The Raven Staff Nevermore.png Nevermore Staff 2nd
Legendary Weapons.png The Hunt (short bow).png The Hunt Legendary Weapons.png The Ambush.png The Ambush Legendary Weapons.png Tigris.png Tigris Chuka and Champawat.png Chuka and Champawat Short Bow 2nd
Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.png Hypothesis.png Hypothesis Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.png For Science.png For Science Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngEndeavor.png Endeavor Eureka.png Eureka Mace 2nd
Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.png Trust.png Trust Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.png Loyalty.png Loyalty Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngFriendship.png Friendship Shooshadoo.png Shooshadoo Shield 2nd
Huntsman tango icon 20px.png Schooner.png Schooner Huntsman tango icon 20px.png Frigate.png Frigate Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngMan o' War.png Man o' War The HMS Divinity.png The HMS Divinity Rifle 2nd
Huntsman tango icon 20px.png Forgotten Brilliance.png Forgotten Brilliance Huntsman tango icon 20px.png Neophyte's Beacon.png Neophyte's Beacon Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngLiturgy.png Liturgy Flames of War.png Flames of War Torch 2nd
Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.png Exemplar's Edge.png Exemplar's Edge Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.png Vengeance.png Vengeance Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngSave the Queen.png Save the Queen The Shining Blade.png The Shining Blade Sword 2nd
Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.png Vizier's Folly.png Vizier's Folly Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.png Reclamation.png Reclamation Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngMight of Arah.png Might of Arah Sharur.png Sharur Hammer 2nd


See also: Experimental weapons#GalleryPerfected weapons#Gallery


  • Unlocking a first-generation legendary precursor skin (by binding it, or using it to craft the legendary weapon) will also unlock the perfected and experimental skins from the respective collections.[2]


  1. ^ Colin Johansion interview in
  2. ^ A Legendary Journey