Precursor weapon

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Precursor weapons

Crafted weapons
Req. level

Precursor weapons are level 80 Exotic weapons or Ascended weapons used to craft Legendary 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 for future legendaries that had yet to be added to the game[1]. 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. Precursors that require a collection can only be crafted once per account. Later Heart of Thorns legendary precursors that do not require a collection can be crafted more than once and are all account bound. 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.
  • Craft the first tier item.
    • Obtain Magister of Legends, the second rank in the Legendary Crafting mastery track.
      • 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.
    • Obtain Historian of the Armaments, the third rank in the Legendary Crafting mastery track.
      • 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 (achievements).pngTooth of Frostfang Experiment.png Tooth of Frostfang Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngCorrupted Skeggox.png Perfected Axe Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngTooth of Frostfang.png Tooth of Frostfang Frostfang.png Frostfang Axe 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngSpark Experiment.png Spark Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngUsoku's Needle.png Perfected Dagger Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngSpark (weapon).png Spark Incinerator.png Incinerator Dagger 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Energizer Experiment.png The Energizer Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngPeacemaker's Mace.png Perfected Mace Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Energizer.png The Energizer The Moot.png The Moot Mace 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngChaos Gun Experiment.png Chaos Gun Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngLyssa's Gaze.png Perfected Pistol Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngChaos Gun.png Chaos Gun Quip.png Quip Pistol 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngStorm Experiment.png Storm Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngTsunami.png Perfected Scepter Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngStorm.png Storm Meteorlogicus.png Meteorlogicus Scepter 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngZap Experiment.png Zap Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngCrystalline Blade.png Perfected Sword Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngZap.png Zap Bolt.png Bolt Sword 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Bard Experiment.png The Bard Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngSong of the Numberless Pack.png Perfected Focus Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Bard.png The Bard The Minstrel.png The Minstrel Focus 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Chosen Experiment.png The Chosen Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngShield of the Wing.png Perfected Shield Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Chosen.png The Chosen The Flameseeker Prophecies.png The Flameseeker Prophecies Shield 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngRodgort's Flame Experiment.png Rodgort's Flame Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngPerfected Torch.png Perfected Torch Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngRodgort's Flame.png Rodgort's Flame Rodgort.png Rodgort Torch 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngHowl Experiment.png Howl Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngWindstorm.png Perfected Warhorn Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngHowl.png Howl Howler.png Howler Warhorn 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngDawn Experiment.png Dawn Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngKhrysaor, the Golden Sword.png Perfected Daysword Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngDawn.png Dawn Sunrise.png Sunrise Greatsword 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngDusk Experiment.png Dusk Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngNaegling.png Perfected Nightsword Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngDusk.png Dusk Twilight.png Twilight Greatsword 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Colossus Experiment.png The Colossus Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngMagmaton.png Perfected Hammer Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Colossus.png The Colossus The Juggernaut.png The Juggernaut Hammer 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngKudzu Experiment.png Kudzu Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngVerdant Bow.png Perfected Longbow Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngLeaf of Kudzu.png Leaf of Kudzu Kudzu.png Kudzu Longbow 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Hunter Experiment.png The Hunter Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngPerfected Rifle.png Perfected Rifle Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Hunter.png The Hunter The Predator.png The Predator Rifle 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Lover Experiment.png The Lover Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngPerfected Short Bow.png Perfected Short Bow Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Lover.png The Lover The Dreamer.png The Dreamer Short bow 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Legend Experiment.png The Legend Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngImryldyeen.png Perfected Staff Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Legend.png The Legend The Bifrost.png The Bifrost Staff 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngCarcharias Experiment.png Carcharias Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngDragonfury.png Perfected Spear Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngCarcharias.png Carcharias Kamohoali'i Kotaki.png Kamohoali'i Kotaki Spear 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngRage Experiment.png Rage Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Stingray.png Perfected Harpoon Gun Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngRage (weapon).png Rage Frenzy.png Frenzy Harpoon gun 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngVenom Experiment.png Venom Experiment Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngWarden Trident.png Perfected Trident Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngVenom (weapon).png Venom Kraitkin.png Kraitkin Trident 1st
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Device.png The Device Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Apparatus.png The Apparatus Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Mechanism.png The Mechanism Astralaria.png Astralaria Axe 2nd
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngResearch.png Research Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngDevelopment.png Development Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngPrototype.png Prototype HOPE.png HOPE Pistol 2nd
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngRavenswood Branch.png Ravenswood Branch Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngRavenswood Staff.png Ravenswood Staff Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Raven Staff.png The Raven Staff Nevermore.png Nevermore Staff 2nd
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Hunt (short bow).png The Hunt Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngThe Ambush.png The Ambush Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngTigris.png Tigris Chuka and Champawat.png Chuka and Champawat Short bow 2nd
Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngHypothesis.png Hypothesis Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngFor Science.png For Science Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngEndeavor.png Endeavor Eureka.png Eureka Mace 2nd
Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngTrust.png Trust Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngLoyalty.png Loyalty Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngFriendship.png Friendship Shooshadoo.png Shooshadoo Shield 2nd
Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngSchooner.png Schooner Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngFrigate.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.pngForgotten Brilliance.png Forgotten Brilliance Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngNeophyte'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.pngExemplar's Edge.png Exemplar's Edge Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngVengeance (weapon).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.pngVizier's Folly.png Vizier's Folly Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngReclamation.png Reclamation Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngMight of Arah.png Might of Arah Sharur.png Sharur Hammer 2nd
Artificer tango icon 20px.pngMark of the Unnamed.png Mark of the Unnamed Artificer tango icon 20px.pngThe True Name.png The True Name Artificer tango icon 20px.pngArs Goetia.png Ars Goetia The Binding of Ipos.png The Binding of Ipos Focus 2nd
Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngClaw of Execution.png Claw of Execution Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngClaw of Retribution.png Claw of Retribution Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngClaw of Resolution.png Claw of Resolution Claw of the Khan-Ur.png Claw of the Khan-Ur Dagger 2nd
Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngHifthorn.png Hifthorn Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngLament.png Lament Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngCall of the Void.png Call of the Void Verdarach.png Verdarach Warhorn 2nd
Artificer tango icon 20px.pngObelisk.png Obelisk Artificer tango icon 20px.pngAnima.png Anima Artificer tango icon 20px.pngTlehco.png Tlehco Xiuquatl.png Xiuquatl Scepter 2nd
Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngExitus.png Exitus Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngDoctrina.png Doctrina Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngSpero.png Spero Pharus.png Pharus Longbow 2nd
Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngMalumres.png Malumres Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngVisiospei.png Visiospei Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.pngExitare.png Exitare Exordium.png Exordium Greatsword 2nd


Item Type Item link Trading post
Main hand
The Mechanism.png The Mechanism Axe
Tooth of Frostfang.png Tooth of Frostfang Axe loading…
Claw of Resolution.png Claw of Resolution Dagger
Spark (weapon).png Spark Dagger loading…
Endeavor.png Endeavor Mace
The Energizer.png The Energizer Mace loading…
Chaos Gun.png Chaos Gun Pistol loading…
Prototype.png Prototype Pistol
Storm.png Storm Scepter loading…
Tlehco.png Tlehco Scepter
Save the Queen.png Save the Queen Sword
Zap.png Zap Sword loading…
Off hand
Ars Goetia.png Ars Goetia Focus
The Bard.png The Bard Focus loading…
Friendship.png Friendship Shield
The Chosen.png The Chosen Shield loading…
Liturgy.png Liturgy Torch
Rodgort's Flame.png Rodgort's Flame Torch loading…
Call of the Void.png Call of the Void Warhorn
Howl.png Howl Warhorn loading…
Dawn.png Dawn Greatsword loading…
Dusk.png Dusk Greatsword loading…
Exitare.png Exitare Greatsword
Might of Arah.png Might of Arah Hammer
The Colossus.png The Colossus Hammer loading…
Leaf of Kudzu.png Leaf of Kudzu Longbow loading…
Spero.png Spero Longbow
Man o' War.png Man o' War Rifle
The Hunter.png The Hunter Rifle loading…
The Lover.png The Lover Short bow loading…
Tigris.png Tigris Short bow
The Legend.png The Legend Staff loading…
The Raven Staff.png The Raven Staff Staff
Rage (weapon).png Rage Harpoon gun loading…
Carcharias.png Carcharias Spear loading…
Venom (weapon).png Venom Trident loading…


See also: Experimental weapons#GalleryPerfected weapons#Gallery