This short guide should provide you with enough basic information to try armour crafting in Guild Wars 2 yourself and find new recipes for other kinds of armor.
1. How to work with basic material ("jute" as an example)
Jute Scrap Bolt of Jute Spool of Jute Thread Gets refined to Gets used with You can get those by salvaging armor parts with basic salvage kits. You can either craft these (2 scraps make 1 bolt) or salvage them with more advanced salvage kits You will probably have to buy that material from a Master Crafter of the profession at a crafting station
All other basic materials (e.g. leather and ore) work in a similar way, plus a refinement material you have to buy like Tin Ore, which is the equivalent of the Spool of Jute Thread. All basic materials can be refined at "Level 1" of the crafting profession. As it is very easy to craft those, you will not get any experience points for doing so, once you reach Level 20. The higher the level, the less XP you will get from creating low level crafting items.
2. How to manufacture basic armor parts ("light armor" as an example)
Bolt of Jute Jute Tunic Lining Gets crafted to Bolt of Jute + Spool of Jute Thread + Stretched Rawhide Leather Jute Tunic Panel + + Gets crafted to One part usually is less expensive, needing only few amounts of the profession's basic material (e.g. jute), the other one will need additional refinements, like thread & leather (e.g. for the light armor) The simple armors (might change later at more advanced recipes) require two parts to complete in the next step, described below
All armor is composed of two basic parts, which are the foundation of the actual armor, we will create in the next step. There is no "bank storage" for those parts, so you should create them only when you have a lot of storage space or you will use them immediately to create a complete armor piece.
3. Now, crafting the actual armor ("light armor chest piece" as an example)
Jute Tunic Lining + Jute Tunic Panel + "Prefix component" Mighty Embroidered Coat + + Gets crafted to Once you place the two parts together on the crafting table you need to add a component that will provide the prefix of the armor, in this case a "Vial of Weak Blood" for the "Mighty" prefix Mighty adds a bonus to Power
The "Prefix component can be a monstrous drop (like Vial of Weak Blood) or an Insignia (like Mighty Jute Insignia). The later one needs to be crafted separately, but provides a better bonus to the attribute you want to boost (see #5 below).
During the second press beta, we made this little video to show you the process described in step #2 and #3.
4. What are the costs in coin for you?
Jute Scrap Spool of Jute Thread Rawhide Leather Scrap Vial of Weak Blood Mighty Embroidered Coat 2 copper
each; 20 copper total
8 for each
(bought with 10 uses for 80 copper)
2 copper each; 4 copper total 12 copper Sells for
The crafting itself is free, but you have to take into account that you have the chance to sell all the materials separately. As you can see, selling all the components (44 copper), especially the "prefix component" would earn you more money, than selling the crafted item to a merchant for coin. If you sell to a player, you would have to charge there times the listed price to make small monetary profit (45 copper). More time crafting item and comparison to an armor bought at a merchant, will show us a reasonable price for the item in player to player trading.
5. Adding monstrous parts or insignias, what is better?
As a rule of thumb, it is always better to create an Insignia than to add just the monstrous part, as the bonus you will get will be higher. Any armor beyond the most simple recipes might not even accept the raw material ingredient.
Simple "Mighty" Prefix Mighty Jute Insignia + = Vial of Weak Blood Vial of Weak Blood + Bolt of Jute
Be aware that unlike in Guild Wars 1, the Insignia can not be applied to an existing armor, but has to be used during creation of the item. Only "suffix" items, like runes, can be added to the upgrade slot of the armor later on.
6. What items provide which bonus?
"Mighty" Prefix "Vital" Prefix "Resilient" Prefix "Festering" Prefix "Precise" Prefix "Healing" Prefix Vial of Weak Blood Bone Chip Tiny Scale Tiny Venom Sac Tiny Claw Tiny Totem Bonus to "Power" Bonus to "Vitality" Bonus to "% "reduces" Condition length" Bonus to "Condition damage" Bonus to "% critical chance" Bonus to "Healing"
All the items listed above are components with no or small (25) Level requirements. Later in the game you will find stronger variations of those items, which will grant bigger bonuses. Keep in mind that there are "soul bound" drops which might look like they could be salvaged for crafting items (e.g. Fins), but that will not work (at least at the moment).
There are different levels of power for each line of the crafting components, like "bigger chunks of bone", which will be needed for armor made of a higher quality material (e.g. silk instead of jute). According to Linsey Murdock, you can not add a lower or higher quality item to the crafting table than the one designated for the difficulty level of the piece of armor. In other words: To create a piece of armor made of jute, you have to add a "Bone Chip" and not a "Bone Fragment", although it is of higher level of quality.
7. Upgrade component, using crafted or raw items?
Raw component Rune component Turquoise Pebble Rune of Life Bonus to Vitality
Bonus to Life
Once your armor is done, you can add a "suffix" component. Like with the prefix component you can either add a salvaged item (like the Turquoise Pebble, which can also be found while mining ore as a rare drop) or craft a rune, like the Rune of Life (recipe for the tailor profession: 2 Bolts of Jute + 1 Stretched Rawhide Leather Square). Time will tell what kind of runes each armor crafting profession will be able to create and what will only be available through karma vendors or via a coin purchase.
8. The evolution of creating better armors (light armor, made by a tailor)
Since we have been limited to the lower level areas so far, I could not explore possibilities with high level materials. The options of additional material you can buy at the Master Crafters shows us what lines of materials will be available later on in the game. As it is possible that not all materials can be purchased with coin, this leaves us with six lines of armor sets for the tailor. According to Linsey Murdock, each material will create a unique look, or skin. The armor created with jute however, will be limited to a low requirement level. In other words, a high level tailor can not create high level jute armor. You can use the available Transmutations Stones to keep the look of the jute armor for you high level armor.
Spool of Jute Thread Spool of Wool Thread Spool of Cotton Thread Spool of Linen Thread Spool of Silk Thread Spool of Gossamer Thread
9. Is there a regional component involved in crafting armor?
At the current state on the game, once you progress to higher level areas, higher value materials will drop and can be salvaged. Unlike with cooking, armor (and weapon) crafting has no regional components. This means a Norn would not have to go to Sylvari lands to find a particular material to craft a piece of armor.
9. Can different races create different items?
No. A Sylvari creates the same pieces of armor as a Charr or Norn. Racial specific types of armor have to be bought and can not be crafted.