The three crafting disciplines dedicated to creating armor are:
The best strategy when choosing a crafting discipline is to pick the one which matches your character.
Crafting is the most effective way to get ascended armor, which has the maximum possible stats. Ascended armor also has infusion slots, which is how you get the Agony Resistance (AR) stat which is required for higher-level fractals.
To craft Ascended armor, you will need to get an Ascended Insignia recipe, and a matching Ascended Armor recipe for each piece you want to make. Most of these recipes can be purchased from the crafting merchant.
For example, to craft a set of Ascended Berserker's armor, you will need to buy the recipe for:
Some Ascended recipes are harder to get. For example, Yassith's armor (Rabid stats) is a popular choice for condition damage builds. The recipes for this armor only drop from Exalted chests after the Auric Basin meta. Due to their relative rarity, these recipes sell for over 2 gold each on the Trading Post.
As with all Guild Wars 2 crafting disciplines, the most efficient way to level up is to use the Discovery panel. The process for each tier is the same:
For example, as an Initiate armorsmith, you would:
Whereas a Journeyman Leatherworker might:
To maximize your progress, use a Crafting Booster
If you belong to a guild with a developed Guild Hall, be sure to get the Guild Crafting boost from the Tavern Proprietor. (Note: Only available to players who have the Heart of Thorns expansion.)
In addition to armor, these three crafting disciplines can also craft bags. These bags can be used on your character, or sold on the Trading Post6 for a profit.
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