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The Secret World Crafting Guide

Updated Tue, Jul 10, 2012 by Ethec

The Secret World Crafting Guide

You'll gather loads of crafting materials just by playing The Secret World. While the game teaches you how to assemble new items, the secret is knowing what to craft, what to save, what to sell, what makes what, and what crafting possibilities are available to you. Our latest The Secret World guide addresses questions regarding the system known as transcribing, assembly, or simply just plain crafting.

The Least You Need to Know...

Time is short; you've got hoardes of zombies, insurgents, and vampires to slay. If you just want a list of do's and don'ts should you decide you might want to give crafting (or "transcribing") a shot someday, we've got you covered:

1. Press "Y" to bring up the crafting window. Pick up your stack of materials with a left mouse click. Drag the stack over to the assembly window, but do not release the stack. While continuing to hold down the left mouse button, right click once on each tile where you want a material deposited. [Thanks to a community member for sharing this handy tip for distributing materials. - Ed.]

2. Avoid selling weapons, talismans, and runes to a vendor. Yes, you could use the pax. Yes, your inventory will get sloppy. But with a downtiered refinement system that TSW uses, you'll need to disassemble 5 weapons to assemble one weapon of your choice of the same tier as the ones you disassembled. Since green drops don't exactly grow on trees.

3. Disassemble potions and animas for easy runes. Don't get me wrong: non-healers should always have an instant heal or heal-over-time handy, since these are decidedly cheaper than repairs. But when you're not running dungeons or content that's technically too difficult for you, odds are you'll have some potions and anima to turn into easy runes. Runes are the toughest material to refine, not because they're particularly valuable, but because there's so many of them that it's hard to build up enough to refine.

4. Gadgets work much like potions, but aren't consumed, making them (in a word) awesome, and one of the primary early benefits of crafting in The Secret World.

5. The game lets you preview the outcome of your assembly before you commit, so always, always double check the result before you click assemble.

5. To get a good grounding in TSW crafting, be sure to do the...

Crafting Missions

Two Kingsmouth missions will serve as an orientation to crafting in The Secret World: 'Zen and the Art of Weapon Maintenance' found just outside of the Sheriff's station introduces you to weapon crafting, while Sonya in the Raven's Nook will teach you about glyphs through the mission titled 'The Occultist's Cookbook'. The missions walk you through the steps below, are easy to do, and offer you fast experience besides, so they're very much worth doing.

TSW Glyph AssemblyTSW Weapon Assembly

Crafting Basics and Diagrams

The Secret World uses a Minecraft-style crafting system that requires you to arrange materials in certain shapes to create different items. These shapes are somewhat intuitive, and you'll likely memorize the ones needed for your class, but for your reference here are most of the diagrams needed for crafting in The Secret World.

Weapon Assembly Diagrams (each requires 7 metal)

Assault Rifle

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Dual Pistols

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Shotgun

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Fist Weapons

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Blade

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Hammer

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Elemental Focus

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Chaos Focus

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Blood Magic

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Talisman Assembly Diagrams (requires fire, dust, or water)

 

 

Head (12 needed)

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Finger (8 needed)

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Neck (10 needed)

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Wrist (8 needed)

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Occult (8)

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Waist (10)

 
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Luck (8)

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Potions and Glyphs (requires runes)

Potions

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Glyphs

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Assault rifles is wrong, it should be

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Pick up your stack of materials with a left mouse click.

Drag stack over to the assembly window, but do NOT release the stack.

While keeping leftmouse pressed, now right click once in each tile you want a material deposited.

Above tip is the single best thing learned from general chat over 2 betaweekends and couple early access days, before trolls made me close it :)

You do not need to click and drag, you can simply left-click once to pick up the stack, and then right click to drop a single item from the stack onto each crafting window square. Left-click to drop the rest of the stack (back into your inventory, if any is left).

cool never thought of trying just left clickin, doh :)

Like said by the first comment, the assault rifles diagram is wrong.
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Thanks for your tips and corrections! I've made the changes on Ethec's behalf.

Karen "Shayalyn" Hertzberg
Features Editor

Great write-up, Jeff! That'll be handy.

Occult and luck talismans are backwards. The design for luck is actually for occult, and vice versa.

Thanks for the heads up! Fixed. :)

Occult and Luck are now correct but it may be easier on readers to swap them entirely in position to reflect how it looks in game like the other listed.

Thank you very much for this precise guide, now I finally understand all the in's and out's of the system!

Great guide! I just started playing... utter confusion. But this all makes a lot more sense. Thanks!

Ok but how do you craft stronger and stronger weapon is the pattern is the same for every weapon you'll create in a same weapon class?

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