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An Advanced Guide to Crafting in Aion

Updated Mon, Dec 28, 2009 by Dalmarus

Last month, I created a beginner's crafting guide for our readers in an attempt to aid those that were interested in creating equipment for themselves or to sell to their fellow players. After spending some more time in the crafting system (and receiving some requests), I've decided to create a second guide, in order to cover some aspects of the crafting system that I was unable to explore in the first.

NOTE: Everything contained within this guide comes with the assumption that you have read A Beginners Guide to Crafting in Aion.

Show Me the Money

The crafting system in Aion is very straightforward. Work orders are the best (and only viable) method of increasing your skills. In theory, you could indeed gather everything you needed to create enough items from recipes you have found or bought to max out your skills. What may appear to be doable on paper is a far cry from the reality of the situation though. The amount of time it would take to gather everything you needed just to get enough items to max out the first crafting tier (a skill of 99), is literally incomprehensible.

In the first guide, I mentioned that it would cost you approximately 18,000 kinah to raise your skill above 99. I should have been more specific. Your trainer will charge you that much when you get your skill to 99. That's the cost to go into the "100 to 199" tier. Depending on the frequency of skill-ups you get during your own quest for crafting immortality your actual cost will vary. I spent over 80,000 kinah total on my crafting journey. This includes the exorbitant cost to progress past a skill of 99. In other words, be prepared to do a lot of hunting to make up the cost.

On the plus side, the lowest level item you can make in the second crafting tier is level 18. By the time I had enough cash to do enough work orders and pay the cost of the climbing the training ladder, I had just hit level 18 and was able to make myself a very nice set of equipment. It's for this reason that I say the crafting in Aion is divided into two different areas: training and practical application. Work orders will get you the skills, while you should never make any piece of usable equipment unless you plan to either sell or wear them yourself.

Scour the Skies

If you have any interest in crafting at all in Aion, there are a few things you'll need to do to have any chance at success. The first is to learn how to gather aether from the crystals in the sky. Gathering aether is a different skill from gathering other materials in the world. As such, there's no way to avoid starting off with a skill level of zero after your ascension.


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