Crafting Guide
Crafting, introduced with Module 6, is a way to create and upgrade items, using ingredients gathered in quests, raids (and their end rewards) or wilderness rare chests. Cannith Crafting is the only crafting type which you can contribute skills, feats, or level-ups towards in your characters build. Simplified you begin by collecting/looting/creating a base item and then begin upgrading it with ingredients which are (dependant on the crafting type) crafted themselves. Eg: Alchemical ingredients are crafted by you, shroud ingredients are not so you simply loot them from chests.
|Stone of Change
|Green Steel Items
|Stone of Change altars. The first is located in the Marketplace to the right of the entrance to the bank, the second is located in front of the tower in the Twelve, the third possible location for a Stone of Change altar is on the airships of guilds that have reached guild level 32 or more typically at guild level 40 through the acquisition of renown. The Stone of Change is used to upgrade existing items (non-"named", randomly-generated items). The Stone of Change is also used for binding the Guild Augment Crystals used in Guild Crafting (see below).
Introduced in Update 9, this crafting system allows players to construct completely customized weapons, shields, armor, jewelry, and clothing, using various Essences obtained from treasure chests throughout the game or by deconstructing other randomly generated treasures. This is a fairly complex system, and recipes require you to have certain crafting levels in Arcane/Divine/Elemental crafting schools, which you can see on your character sheet.
|Guild Crafting allowing slot-at-will type of item modification. Items with Guild Augment Slot ceased to drop, however Guild Augmentation vendors and its mechanic remain unchanged.
|Feat granted to Rogues and Artificers at Level 4. It enables them to create their own traps and salvage parts from existing traps.
Detailed information can be found at the Trapmaking Feat page.
Special Event Items
Many named items from various Adventure Packs can be upgraded or their initial enchantments restored by using ingredients gathered in the same quest module or later in the storyline. Players often call this type of mechanic "Unlocking" or "Upgrading". Some of them can further be upgraded to their epic versions. As well as this type of upgrading there are also singular crafting items which can be attained using the same barter interface to aquire, althought they may not be upgrading an item you have they do in some cases upgrade a stat or skill you have on a temporary basis.
For more detailed information, please refer to the following pages:
The major portion of Crafting in DDO is the Module 6 "Raid Loot" system, which is also referred to as the Green Steel Items. Green Steel Items are "blanks" that are manufactured, then upgraded through a series of crafting steps in The Shroud, which is a level 17 Raid area.
Green Steel Weapons are considered as high-end DPS gear, and you can create as many of them as you want. Green Steel Accessories are amazingly powerful as well, although you cannot equip more than one at a time without a certain cleansing process.
Another portion of Crafting is the Dragontouched Armor, introduced with Module 8. In Reaver's Refuge high level area, you can collect various "Eldritch Runes". By adding these Runes, you can create Armors, Robes and Docents of your own. Update 7 removed the random-factor on these runes, allowing players to add specific effects to their armor.
|Tower of Despair raid have an attribute called "Incredible Potential". Completing the raid also grants you tokens called "Shavarath Trophy of War". By collecting 9 of these tokens and adding Imbued Shard of Great Power, you can add various attributes to your rings. Also, these rings make up set bonuses with other named items found in the area.
Alchemical weapons and shields are customizable items, introduced with Update 11. Much like Green Steel weapons, the developers intended these to become the high-end DPS gear of the time. However, they turned out to be fairly unpopular although they still have their own niche.
For more detailed information, see Alchemical Crafting.
In Update 1, old favorite items that originated in epic-capable quests can be upgraded into powerful Epic versions by collecting rare scrolls, seals, and shards. These Epic rewards can then be further customized with Augment Crystals, permanently adding additional effects to your items.
Access to the areas, completion of quests within the areas on Epic setting is required.
Introduced in Update 21, Thunder-Forged crafting is a current way of creating customizable items. There are two kind of items sharing the same set of ingredients.
For more detailed information, see Thunder-Forged.