There is quite a bit going on regarding crafting in the Tears of Veeshan expansion (due to be released November 12), and since one of the SOE Dev team, Caith, went to the trouble of putting together a master list for us for beta, I am taking that list and running with it. As I finish various portions of my own previews, I will link the articles into the proper spots below, and make a note at the bottom of the page regarding what I added. I am recovering from a considerable amount of real-life medical mayhem right now (none as serious as feared, thankfully, but it was a boatload of tests and stress), so I am running behind on updates. I'll get as much of this done before the 12th as possible!
You'll receive an in-game mail from Captain Ethan of the Far Seas Trading Company. The company has been hearing reports of travelers going to Ethernere and is interested, as always as learning more. You'll help him with that, and on the way help some other folks you meet and members of his crew, and perhaps some others who may be familiar to you too. We hope this questline will give crafters a little introduction to Ethernere, both the already existing zones and the new Vesspyr Isles, as well as some great rewards!
Note that these quests will require that you be at least a level 93 crafter.
- The Captain's Lament
- Fond Memories
- A Harrowing Tale
- The Essentials of Battle
- The Smell of Home
- Captain Overboard?
- Construct Deconstruction (missed Caith's original list, but is the final quest in the ToV crafting series)
- Daily missions: Tonic for the Soul, Herbs and Spirits, Focused Fire and Where Are All The Clean Bedrolls? (which finally addresses the great bedroll problem of Norrath, that in 9 years nobody seems to have been able to wash a dirty bedroll!)
- Weekly missions
- And yes ... be very afraid ... A Gathering Obsession Beyond The Grave.
Several of these quests also give you recipes or access to harvestable house items that you get to keep after the quest is completed.
How many, you ask? Take a look at the ToV Crafting Quest Rewards page and see for yourself!
Yes, there are lots! Look for one in Eidolon Jungle, one in Obol Plains, and no less than three in Vesspyr Isles.
Details on the rewards for all 5 new red shiny collections can be found here
As promised at SOELive, level 90 recipe books will be available to fill in that annoying number gap in your recipe book list. Scholar classes will also find their existing level 90 recipes have been moved from their level 89 book to the level 90 book. All classes should also get at least one new recipe at level 90, although a couple of these (tailors, weaponsmiths) will not yet exist at beta launch. (If you scribe the level 90 book, the recipe should magically appear when it is added.) Level 90 essentials books will be available from the usual merchants. Level 90 advanced books will be available from the first quest above.
The details of what level 90 recipes are currently available can be found in this article on level 90 crafting recipes (other than carpenter, which is a separate page due to the number of images it contains).
Also! The level 93-95 advanced books, previously only available via merchant or broker, can also now be obtained from three of the quests above. If you already obtained your advanced books (or are a class that doesn't normally get them) there is an alternate reward you can choose instead.
These guys will allow you to research 5 new books. These books use components dropped by rare Heroic mobs. Although every class can research and scribe every book, some recipes DO use specific class skills so will be more challenging for those who are not that class to make. But, the choice is yours! Be sure to keep the byproducts from these recipes for your friendly local alchemist, woodworker, or weaponsmith too.
Details on these five new apprentice research books can be found on the ToV: Apprentice Recipes guide
- Knowledge of the Ancestral Blade Fragment
- Knowledge of the Spectral Residue
- Knowledge of the Ancestral Globe of Manifestation
- Knowledge of the Shard of Spectral Light
- Spectral Mastery
These items, and also recipes to make these purple adornments, will be available from a token merchant at a cost of Draconic Etyma. Since these are adornments, the recipes do use adorning skill. Crafting them will be slightly cheaper than buying them directly from the merchant. The tradeskill missions will allow you to earn Draconic Etyma, as well as occasionally earning one of the runes themselves which you can either use or give away.
To obtain these recipes, visit the token merchant in Vesspyr Isles in the merchant area near Yelinak.
You will find more information on Runes, War Runes and Item Upgraders here
These are obtained from the merchant similarly to the Runes and War Runes, but can be made by all crafting classes.
I have lumped this in with the above rune recipes, so you will you will find more information on Runes, War Runes and Item Upgraders here
- Brilliant Blue Gemstone
- Deep Green Gemstone
- Glimmering Yellow Gemstone
Three gem components may drop in solo, group or raid content. Nine recipes (6-charge each) also drop in solo, group, or raid content. These recipes use the components to make some very nice leveling adornments.
- Stoneshard Recipe: Aerakyn Guardian Stone
- Stoneshard Recipe: Crystal of Compressed Rage
- Stoneshard Recipe: Daar Sentinals Idol
- Stoneshard Recipe: Eye of Draazak
- Stoneshard Recipe: Essence of Duality
- Stoneshard Recipe: Jun'Rah Seers Crystal
- Stoneshard Recipe: Pickclaw Tricksters Gemstone
- Stoneshard Recipe: Spiritstone of Scale
- Stoneshard Recipe: Trakanon's Heart of Stone
Details on the Stoneshard recipes, and their stats, can be found here
There are five raid-dropped recipe scrolls which are used to turn a raid dropped gem into leveling adornments. The recipes are tradeable, so if you don't raid yourself but are interested in getting the recipes, you may be able to purchase from those who do. Some of these are limited-use recipes.
- Emerald Tear of Veeshan
- Golden Tear of Veeshan
- Ruby Tear of Veeshan
- Violet Tear of Veeshan
Details on the Raid Dropped Adornment Recipes can be found here
This section covers items not mentioned in the developer's introductory post in beta.
Mum's beloved pack unicorn was getting up there in years. The poor thing also wasn't well suited for Ethernere, where flight was more or less a necessity. After sadly moving him out to a sunny field to rest his aching bones, she returned to the Isle of Mara. Hopefully, the renowned animal breeder there had already anticipated this problem and were working on a solution.
Thankfully, they already had an alternative, ready for flight.
This lovely Far Seas Pack Pegasus has some solid harvesting and transmuting skill boosters, and an extremely solid price tag. (He'll set you back 100 Far Seas Supply Division tokens right now. We're hoping they'll consider lowering that, and I'll update this when/if that happens.) Purchase also requires 40K faction with the Far Seas Supply Division.
I have not put together a complete list (especially since things are still being added with various beta patches), but here's an eye-feast with over two dozen house items from the adventuring side of the fence: ToV: Adventuring Furniture
I know many folks have complained about trying to send out their pony or goblin for resources, and having to get creative in order to see the entire list of harvesting options. While it will mean clicking through an extra dialog box, your harvesting critters will break the tiers into two chunks, and then once you select a chunk, will let you specify which exact tier that you want.
(When/if you get the upgraded pack pony, the above will also have an option for holiday harvests, when a holiday event is in progress.)
The following snuck into the launch day patch notes:
Harvesting nodes can now be harvested at any harvesting skill level. In order to be eligible for rare harvests, your skill must still meet the previous requirements.Wheee!
A few other things, and not just in the tradeskill section caught my eye.
The tradeskill group dungeon missions from Madria Varas in the Isle of Mara can now be done hourly rather than daily.
The stats of level 91/92 handcrafted and mastercrafted equipment has been increased to match 95 handcrafted and mastercrafted equipment.
All merchant purchased holiday tradeskill books are now heirloom.
Alchemist-created standard buff elixirs can no longer be dispelled.
Mass production now scales up in increments of 5 of the stat.
Stats granted by adornments will no longer be boosted by experimentation.
White Adornments of Recovery are now adornments of Reuse. They now give Ability Reuse instead of Spell Reuse.
Corrected the names of many building block dividers to fit the proper naming convention.
Astral Adornments of Endurance now grant stamina instead of maximum health.
... tradeskill stations are now available as no-count amenities for all levels of guildhall, although personal tradeskill stations may still be used also.
Items that have been updated will no longer be automatically unattuned, unadorned, and placed into your overflow. Instead, upon logging in you should be greeted by a window displaying a list of items that have been updated where you may reset items as you see fit. Please note that a change in available adornment slots will still result in a slotted adornment being popped off. Additionally, any reforging done to an updated item will be reset and the item will be flagged for a free reforge.There is more information on the equipment reset, as well as full patch notes in this SOE forum post