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.
contained within this guide comes with the assumption that you have
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
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.