Craft as a Dragon


This is the section of the Dragon Guides that covers crafting as a Dragon within Istaria

How do I use crafting abilities?

Craft Abilities

For a dragon, crafting abilities work similar to adventure abilities. Once you have joined the dragon crafter school (from the shalkaar training quests) you will receive the tier 1 crafting abilities.

Every 20 levels of craft you receive the next set of tiered craft abilities (20, 40, 60, 80, 100).

  • To use a craft ability you 1st need to drag it to a hotkey bar.
  • From the blue orb in the bottom left corner of the screen
  • Left click and choose character
  • Click on the abilities tab
  • Click on the craft radio button
  • Left click and hold on the ability you need and drag it to your hotkey bar.
  • Click the corresponding hotkey
  • Your craft ability will activate and you will see the craft buff in your status window.

As you create items you will need to switch between different craft abilities depending on what you are making

Mining For mining metal resources
Quarrying For quarrying gems, stone resources and crystals
Stoneworking For shaping stone resources
Smelting For shaping metal resources
Spellcraft For making spells
Scalecraft For making claws and scales
Essence Harvesting For collecting essence
Essence Shaping For shaping essence
Transmutation For converting resources into higher tier resources
Ingenuity For making snowballs, collecting confectioner garnishes,
creating Withered Bane, gathering fish, animal hides and mushrooms.
Gemworking For cutting gems and making tricuts
Crystal Shaping For shaping crystals (lairshaper ability)
Lairshaping For creating and placing lairshaper resources

There is also a 2nd dragon craft school called a lairshaper

Dragons are unable to gather some biped resources, however the only biped resource that may be needed would be cedar boards for use in weapon socketing

How do I increase my craft skills?

Craft skills are broken down into base skill and current skill

Base Skill = A base skill is the skill that a player has before any techniques items, buffs, potions etc are applied. A base skill will not normally change unless a player has a death penalty or they have moved training points or they have gained a level.

Current Skill = A current skill is the base skill plus any current techniqued item bonuses, enhances, buffs, potions, consumable items, shop bonuses applied. Current skill can never be lower that a players base skill.

Quests

Every 10 craft levels there are crafting quests available for the majority of the crafting types, which give XP as a reward and a +10 bonus to the base skill. The crafting quests are available from the crafting trainers in both Dralk and Chiconis.

There are no crafting quests for Transmutation, Salvaging or Ingenuity

For crystalshaping and lairshaping there are craft quests that alternate between the two that give a +10 bonus to each skill and XP.


Abilities and Spells

Another way to increase you current craft skill is to use buffs and enhances. A dragon can use dragons gift, determination and primal roar abilities as well as promote vitality and true grit spells to get a craft skill boost.

Ability 12345
Dragons Gift +10 Primal +10 Magic Evasion +10 Evasion +10 Tooth and Claw +30 Primal +30 Magic Evasion +30 Evasion +30 Tooth and Claw +50 Primal +50 Magic Evasion +50 Evasion +50 Tooth and Claw +70 Primal +70 Magic Evasion +70 Evasion +70 Tooth and Claw+90 Primal +90 Magic Evasion +90 Evasion +90 Tooth and Claw
Determination>?? +60 Strength +54 attack skill melee +100 Strength +90 attack skill melee +140 Strength +126 attack skill melee +180 Strength +162 attack skill
Primal Roar ?? +65 to +85 power +53 attack skill for spells +95 to +125 power +89 attack skill for spells ?? +155 to +205 power +161 attack skill

Please note that Dragons Gift does not help any crafting skills

SpellTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4Tier 5
Promote Vitality +18 Strength +18 Dexterity +42 Strength +42 Dexterity +66 Strength +66 Dexterity +90 Strength +90 Dexterity +114 Strength +114 Dexterity
Promote Intellect+18 Power +18 Focus +42 Power +42 Focus +66 Power +66 Focus +90 Power +90 Focus +114 Power +114 Focus
True Grit +18 Armor +8 Health +34 Armor +68 Health +66 Armor +128 Health +98 Armor +188 Health +130 Armor +248 Health

Biped Gifts

Dragons also gain a new gift slot every 20 levels. A dragon only has two gifts, however biped gifts can be cast on a dragon and these will help increase skills.

SpellTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4Tier 5
Gift of Alacrity Modifies delay by –5% Modifies delay by –10% Modifies delay by –15% Modifies delay by –20% Modifies delay by –25%
Gift of Primal Alacrity Modifies delay by –5% Modifies delay by –10% Modifies delay by –15% Modifies delay by –20% Modifies delay by –25%
Gift of Strength +8 +26 +44 +62 +80
Gift of Dexterity +8 +26 +44 +62 +80
Gift of Health +8 +26 +110 +161 +212
Gift of Power +8 +26 +44 +62 +80
Gift of Focus +8 +26 +44 +62 +80
Gift of Toughness +1 Armor +4 Health +8 Armor +30 Health +16 Armor +55 Health +23 Armor +81 Health +31 Armor +106 health
Gift of Speed +2 +4 +6 +8 +10
Gift of Armor +2 +11 +21 +31 +41

Please note that Gift of Alacrity and Gift of Primal Alacrity do not stack and only one may be used at a time.

Biped Enhances / Raises / Surges

Bipeds can also cast surges, raises and enhances on a dragon which can also boost craft skills

SpellTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4Tier 5
Enhance Strength +13 +37 +61 +85 +109
Enhance Dexterity +13 +37 +61 +85 +109
Enhance Focus +13 +37 +61 +85 +109
Enhance Power +13 +37 +61 +85 +109
Enhance Health +20 +80 +140 +200 +260
Enhance Armor +24 +40 +72 +104 +136

Please note that strength, dexterity and health enhances cannot be used at the same time.

Also power and focus enhances also cannot be used at the same time.

SpellTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4Tier 5
Raise Strength +6 +22 +38 +54 +70
Raise Dexterity +6 +22 +38 +54 +70
Raise Focus +6 +22 +38 +54 +70
Raise Power +6 +22 +38 +54 +70
Raise Health +13 +53 +93 +133 +173
Raise Armor +22 +30 +54 +78 +102

Raise spells cannot be used at the same time as enhance spells, as they will overwrite each other.

SpellTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4Tier 5
Surge of Strength +19 +43 +67 +91 +115
Surge of Dexterity +19 +43 +67 +91 +115
Surge of Focus +19 +43 +67 +91 +115
Surge of Power +19 +43 +67 +91 +115
Surge of Health +35 +95 +155 +215 +275
Surge of Armor +16 +48 +80 +112 +144

Please note only one surge can be used at one time as they overwrite each other.

Biped Potions

Potions are available by tier and can temporarily increase current skill levels

PotionTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4Tier 5
Stone Reaping +25 to +50 Quarrying +50 to +100 Quarrying +75 to +150 Quarrying +100 to +200 Quarrying +125 to +250 Quarrying
Metal Reaping +25 to +50 Mining +50 to +100 Mining +75 to +150 Mining +100 to +200 Mining +125 to +250 Mining
Essence Reaping +25 to +50 Essence Harvesting +50 to +100 Essence Harvesting +75 to +150 Essence Harvesting +100 to +200 Essence Harvesting +125 to +250 Essence Harvesting

PotionTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4Tier 5
Bolster Health +15 +30 +45 +60 +75
Bolster Strength +15 +30 +45 +60 +75
Bolster Armor +15 +30 +45 +60 +75
Bolster Dexterity +15 +30 +45 +60 +75
Bolster Focus +15 +30 +45 +60 +75
Bolster Power +15 +30 +45 +60 +75

Teched Scales and Claws

Most craftable items can be techniqued.

With scales and claws, crafting or statistic techniques can be added to them, which when they are equipped add to the current craft skill.

TechniquesTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4Tier 5
Crystalshaping +4 +8 +12 +16 +20
Essence Harvesting +4 +8 +12 +16 +20
Essence Shaping +4 +8 +12 +16 +20
Gemworking +4 +8 +12 +16 +20
Lairshaper +4 +8 +12 +16 +20
Mining +4 +8 +12 +16 +20
Quarrying +4 +8 +12 +16 +20
Scalecraft +4 +8 +12 +16 +20
Smelting +4 +8 +12 +16 +20
Spellcraft +4 +8 +12 +16 +20
Transmutation +4 +8 +12 +16 +20

There are no craft techniques for ingenuity

TechniqueTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4Tier 5
Armor +4 +10 +15 +20 +25
Strength +4 +10 +15 +20 +25
Dexterity +4 +10 +15 +20 +25
Power +4 +10 +15 +20 +25
Focus +4 +10 +15 +20 +25
Speed +4 +6 +8 +10 +12
Velocity N/A +6 +8 +10 +12
Health +5 +10 +15 +20 +25

Shop Bonus

Player built shops also add a bonus to a current crafting skill depending on the shop that a player may be in. There are 2 types of shops that add bonuses, biped and dragon.

Biped Shops

  • Beginner +25
  • Journeyman +50
  • Expert +75

Please note that anvils in a biped shop will no longer give a smelting bonus to dragons.

Additionally biped community buildings do not provide any bonus to craft skills. Whereas Dragon community shops do provide a bonus.

Dragon Shops

  • Tier 1 +15
  • Tier 2 +30
  • Tier 3 +45
  • Tier 4 +60
  • Tier 5 +75
  • Tier 6 +90

Crystals

Crystals can have 2 uses. Firstly they can be equipped into socketed scales / claws to provide a constant bonus, or they can be consumed to provide a (higher) temporary bonus.

It is always better to use statistic crystals in a socketed scales, than to use a statistic tech on a scale. For example a level 100 strength crystal will give a +65 strength bonus, however the strength V statistic tech will only give a +25 bonus.

Link to craft crystals list
TBC

Link to Adventure Crystals List
TBC

What are formulas?

Formulas are the templates used to be able to craft items throughout Istaria. In order to create a particular item you need to first scribe a formula by right clicking it and choosing scribe. Once a formula has been scribed it is viewable in the formula book.

Formulas are obtained from specific trainers for coin, loot from mobs, or by purchasing from other players/consigners or from certain quests.

Every formula has a requirement for a certain number of resources or sub components in order to create the item. For example a sandstone focus chest scale may require 6 sandstone bricks in order to make.

There are 4 types of formula

  Min Level Max Level
Beginner 1 40
Journeyman 40 80
Expert 80 100
Master 100 N/A

A single formula may allow creation of multiple different items. For example the beginner focus chest scale formula allows creation of sandstone focus chest scales as well as slate focus chest scales.

Each formula requires a certain amount of a particular skill to scribe. If a player’s current skill is too low then they will be unable to scribe the formula. Ways to boost a current skill is to use buffs and expert shops for the temporary skill bonuses.

Each item to be created has a minimum and maximum skill to create. When creating a particular item the more you are closer to the maximum skill the more efficient you are therefore less resources will be required. For example if you are creating sandstone bricks, at minimum efficiency you require 5 sandstone slabs to create 1 sandstone brick. If you are at maximum efficiency (or higher) then you only require 2 sandstone slabs to create 1 sandstone brick.

What are techniques?

Techniques are special bonuses that can be added to items when they are crafted. Techniques require specific resources to be used at the time of the item creation.

The majority of technique components are from looting mobs. There are techniques from tier 1 to tier 5. Only certain techniques can be added onto certain items.

For example the Speed or Velocity techniques will only go onto Wing Scales. The number of techniques that can be added onto a item are limited by tier. For example you cannot technique a tier 1 item with a tier 5 technique.

  • Tier 1 – 1 Technique per item
  • Tier 2 – 1 Technique per item
  • Tier 3 – 2 Techniques per item
  • Tier 4 – 2 Techniques per item
  • Tier 5 – 3 Techniques per item

One of the biggest bonuses to Istaria is that almost any item that is craftable can have a technique added to it. The only exception is craftable resources (bars / bricks etc) or sub components.

Where can I find techniques?

Craft and Statistic techniques can be purchased from quartermasters located throughout Istaria

Locations of Quartermasters

LocationNPCCoordsTechniques
KionMarcus Tier 1 – Statistic and Dye Techniques
SslanisMelli19837 , 21575Tier 1 – Craft and Socketing Techniques
ChiconisNalithess24295 , 21926Tier 2 – Craft Techniques
DalimondCorporal Elmond Weiss22646 , 22793Tier 2 – Statistic Techniques
New RachivalEdison Maberly23148 , 25602Tier 3 – Craft Techniques
MahagraHolm Nestlaven23669 , 30426 Tier 3 – Statistic Techniques
FeladenJanner Cinderfall25324 , 23228Tier 4 – Statistic Techniques
KirasanctAzmedai Tier 4 – Craft Techniques
AughendellGrendan Stonemeld25208 , 25954Tier 5 – Craft and Statistic Techniques

What is a cargo disk?

A cargo disk is a floating container that players can attach and drag around with them so that they can hold additional items while crafting. Certain cargo disks can travel through teleport gates and there are 2 types that can fly.

Only one type of cargo disk can be used at one time.

There are many types of cargo disk, and they progress by tier.

Standard Cargo disk (Any Craft School)

  
Craft Lvl
Bulk
Stack
Speed
Teleport
Sandstone Tier 1
5
2000
5
-11
No
Slate Tier 2
25
2800
5
-12
No
Granite Tier 3
45
3600
5
-13
No
Obsidian Tier 4
65
4400
5
-14
No
Marble Tier 5
85
5200
5
-15
No

Standish Cargo disk (Any Craft School)

  
Craft Lvl
Bulk
Stack
Speed
Teleport
Sandstone Tier 1
10
3000
7
-12
No
Slate Tier 2
30
3900
7
-14
No
Granite Tier 3
50
4800
7
-16
No
Obsidian Tier 4
70
5700
7
-18
No
Marble Tier 5
90
6600
7
-20
No

Deluxe Cargo disk (Any Craft School)

  
Craft Lvl
Bulk
Stack
Speed
Teleport
Sandstone Tier 1
15
4000
10
-15
No
Slate Tier 2
35
5000
10
-17
No
Granite Tier 3
55
6000
10
-19
No
Obsidian Tier 4
75
7000
10
-21
No
Marble Tier 5
95
8000
10
-23
No

Tarbash Cargo disk (Any Craft School)

  
Craft Lvl
Bulk
Stack
Speed
Teleport
Sandstone Tier 1
20
6000
1
-20
Yes
Slate Tier 2
40
7500
1
-23
Yes
Granite Tier 3
60
9000
1
-26
Yes
Obsidian Tier 4
80
10500
1
-29
Yes
Marble Tier 5
100
12000
1
-32
Yes

Deluxe Standish Cargo disk (Current Craft School only)

  
Craft Lvl
Bulk
Stack
Speed
Teleport
Sandstone Tier 1
20
4000
10
-15
Yes
Slate Tier 2
40
5000
10
-17
Yes
Granite Tier 3
60
6000
10
-19
Yes
Obsidian Tier 4
80
7000
10
-21
Yes
Marble Tier 5
100
8000
10
-23
Yes

Tarbash Compact Cargo disk (Any Craft School)

  
Craft Lvl
Bulk
Stack
Speed
Teleport
Sandstone Tier 1
20
2000
1
-11
Yes
Slate Tier 2
40
2800
1
-12
Yes
Granite Tier 3
60
3600
1
-13
Yes
Obsidian Tier 4
80
4400
1
-14
Yes
Marble Tier 5
100
5200
1
-15
Yes

Lunus or Helian Cargo disk (Dragon Only)

  
Craft Lvl
Bulk
Stack
Speed
Teleport
Sandstone Tier 1
20
6000
1
-20 / -35 fly
Yes
Slate Tier 2
40
7500
1
-23 / -38 fly
Yes
Granite Tier 3
60
9000
1
-26 / -41 fly
Yes
Obsidian Tier 4
80
10500
1
-29 / -44 fly
Yes
Marble Tier 5
100
12000
1
-32 / -47 fly
Yes

Knuts Cargo disk (Any Craft School)

  
Craft Lvl
Bulk
Stack
Speed
Teleport
Cedar Tier 1
20
4000
1
-15
Yes
Elm Tier 2
40
5150
1
-17
Yes
Oak Tier 3
60
6300
1
-19
Yes
Maple Tier 4
80
7450
1
-21
Yes
Yew Tier 5
100
8600
1
-23
Yes

Nielenoss’s Cargo Flyer (Dragon Only)

  
Craft Lvl
Bulk
Stack
Speed
Teleport
Sturdy Tier 1
20
4000
10
-15 / -30 fly
Yes
Improved Tier 2
40
5000
10
-17 / -32 fly
Yes
Superior Tier 3
60
6000
10
-19 / -34 fly
Yes
Exceptional Tier 4
80
7000
10
-21 / -36 fly
Yes
Marble Tier 5
100
8000
10
-23 / -38 fly
Yes

Master Cargo disks
The master cargo disks are different from the other lower disks in that they attune to player when equipped and also require a current craft rating to be usable.

  
Current Craft Rating
Bulk
Stack
Speed
Teleport
Deluxe Travertine Cargo diskTier 6
115
9000
10
-25
No
Knuts Thornwood Cargo diskTier 6
120
9750
1
-25
Yes
Standard Travertine Cargo diskTier 6
105
6000
5
-16
No
Standish Travertine Cargo diskTier 6
110
7500
7
-22
No
Standish Deluxe Travertine Cargo diskTier 6
120
9000
10
-25
Yes
Tarbash Travertine Cargo diskTier 6
120
13500
1
-35
Yes
Tarbash Compact Travertine Cargo diskTier 6
120
6000
1
-16
Yes
Nielenoss Sovereign Helian Cargo FlyerTier 6
110
9000
10
-25 / -40 fly
Yes
Nielenoss Sovereign Lunus Cargo FlyerTier 6
110
9000
10
-25 / -40 fly
Yes
Adamantium-Travertine Helian Cargo diskTier 6
110
13500
1
-35 / -50 fly
Yes
Adamantium-Travertine Lunus Cargo diskTier 6
110
13500
1
-35 / -50 fly
Yes

How do I get a cargo disk?

Cargo disks are made by biped tinkerers (exception being the dragon disks which are made by dragon crafters).

The best way to find a cargo disk is to first of all check all the town consigners (New Trismus and Bristugo being the main ones on Chaos).

Failing this perform a player search to locate an tinkerer that is currently online and send them a tell (/tell personname message).

If no tinkerers are visible then it may be best to ask in Marketplace or New Player channel

How can I level craft quicker?

For a low level dragon the best way to level craft is to make and auto decon tier 1 spells.

Tier 1 spells only require sandstone spell shards to make the spells. These are made by gathering sandstone slabs, making into bricks, and then making into spell shards. To get the best XP gain for spells crafting it is best to try and make spells that you are between 75-100% efficiency on.

To work out whether a spell formula would be close to your efficiency you can take its scribing skill and add 100 to it. If your current spellcrafting skill is close to that figure then it would be a suitable sell to craft.

Once you go above 100% efficiency on a craft item, the amount of XP you gain will reduce so you will need to upgrade to a harder to make spell.

To auto decon an item, there is a tick box on the item creation screen called “auto deconstruct”, that also you to make and immediately decon the items. This is useful if you are mass making spells so that you don’t have to select them one by one in your inventory and deconstruct them. When you auto decon an item, you gain an XP salvaging bonus.

Once you have reached Tier 2 or higher, then the best way to level craft is to make and decon stone scales. Stone scales only require one resource to make them and therefore easier to make. Metal scales from Tier 3 onwards require 2 resources to make 1 metal bar and so are harder to make. However again this is debatable, as you will gain more XP making metal scales than stone. Also stone-metal combination scales give even higher XP, but again need more of different resources to make.

Another method is to make bars, bricks or essence orbs. Other players such as biped builders or dragon lairshapers always need these resources for construction. Although it will take longer to level your craft (as you are not gaining salvaging XP) you have the possibility of selling the finished resources to other players via consigners or direct.

Additionally, gems are can be crafted and sold to pawnbrokers to make money. Again as you are not deconstructing anything it will take longer to craft, however you gain money by selling to the pawnbroker. To get the best money from a pawnbroker, always try and sell to a t5 or t6 pawnbroker and never more that 500 stack. If you have sold that amount then move onto the next pawnbroker and sell to them. After 500 stack a pawnbroker will severely reduce the amount of coin it pays out. Pawnbrokers will reduce the amount of their items for sale every hour.

Also always do the crafting quests as soon as possible. They add +10 base skill to a particular skill every 10 dragon craft levels. Craft quests are available from level 10 craft onwards every 10 levels until level 100.

Use a cargo disk

Equipping a cargo disk gives you instant access to more storage room. Depending on the type of disk attached then you can stack multiple items and/or teleport with the disk. The downside of using a cargo disk is that it greatly caps your current speed/velocity when equipped

Complete the dimensional pocket quests

Every 10 craft levels you can complete the Dimensional Pocket quests from Jynasix
in Tazoon. Once complete these add a bonus to your inventory capacity.

Upgrade your scale pack

Every 20 levels you can upgrade you scale pack to a better model. Once equipped these allow additional bulk space. Please note at lvl 1 you can upgrade to a sandstone scale pack.

How do I join the lairshaper school?

To join the lairshaper school you require 170 base gemworking skill and at least level 22 as a Dragon Crafter. To start the lairshaper chain of quests you need to talk to one of the dragon craft trainers in Dralk or Chiconis.

Can dragons own Plots?

Yes dragons can own plots, however we are unable to build upon them as only bipeds have the relevant craft schools to be able to construct buildings on them.

The dragon equivalent of a plot is a lair.

How much are dragon lairs?

Dragon lairs are between 800 silver rising to 10+ gold in price to purchase.

Lairs are scattered through out Istaria, mainly close to the biped towns/cities.

Lairs that are closer to portals tend to be more expensive to purchase.

There is also a dragon only island called Drakul where there are many lairs to be found.

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