A DDO Crafting Primer
Crafting, introduced with Module 6, is a new way to create and upgrade items, using ingredients gathered in various quests and raids. As currently implemented in DDO, it is all about ingredients and recipes. For other than Cannith Crafting, there are no skills, feats, or level-ups required, just farming for ingredients and then putting them together through the upgrade process to make and upgrade items and weapons. It is basically a "get tokens and customize your reward" system.
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|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.
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 new kind of customizable loot, introduced with Update 11. Much like Green Steel weapons, the developers intended these to become a new kind of 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 new effects to your items.
Access to the areas, completion of quests within the areas on Epic setting is required.