Posted Fri, Oct 14, 2011 by gunky
Our 4-part Road to Level 75 guide to the new content of Rise of Isengard covered a lot of ground fairly fast, but one of the things that was mentioned that definitely bears more in-depth discussion is the new crafting tier - Westfold.
Westfold items are useable by characters level 66 to 75 and cover all the usual bases: weapons, armor, jewellery, food and other consumables, and new level 75 Third and Second Age Legendary Items. Any character working on mastery of (or who has already mastered) the old Supreme tier automatically gains access to the new Westfold tier. All the materials needed for this tier of crafting can be found in Dunland, the Gap of Rohan and Nan Curunir, and some things like hides and Scholar items will drop from mobs in Enedwaith and Mirkwood also.
There are a few things that make this tier different from previous tiers:
This profession is more or less "business as usual." Crit items for food come from crop fields or from mob drops. The recipes for this tier have some... interesting names. Toad-in-the-hole and Cock-a-leekie sound more like medical problems than nutritious food, and if you try to type "cock-a-leekie" in chat it gets censored by the profanity filter. There are a number of rep-gated recipes available from the Thodred's Riders and Men of Dunland reputation vendors. As per usual, all items needed for Cook recipes can be farmed or purchased from vendors. Unlike the other manufacturing professions, Cooks do not require high-quality resource materials to make top-tier items, and have no legendary items they can make.
There are some outstanding rep-gated recipes for Jewellers available from both factions in Dunland. Jewellers use Calenard ingots and Garnets, which are found in Skarn nodes. The crit item for multi-use recipes is Bit of Pure Calenard, extracted from chunks of High-grade Skarn Ore.
Tailors use Large Hides, harvested from slain beasts in Mirkwood, Enedwaith and Dunland. The crit item for multi-use tailor recipes is Drop of Birch Tar, which is extracted from Birch Sapwood Branches.
Metalsmiths & Weaponsmiths
Metalsmiths and weaponsmiths use Calenard ingots for all recipes, and Bits of Pure Calenard as the crit item for multi-use recipes. Weaponsmiths are not saddled with useless 2-hander recipes for the Westfold tier - it's mostly off-hand weapons meant to be paired with LIs for dual-wielding classes, plus consumables like traps.
Woodworkers use birch boards and Drops of Birch Tar, all of which is harvested from birch nodes in Dunland. As with Weaponsmiths, there are no outmoded 2-hander/main-hand-only recipes (e.g. non-legendary 2-handed clubs, spears, javelins) - it's all bows, offhanders and consumables/class items.