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#1 Zestiva

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:25 AM

i mean buying the ingredients from the trading post (not collecting on your own)
to level from 1-400, what is the cheapest?

#2 Cevilo

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:43 AM

I believe leather is pretty cheap atm. other than that most of the items to craft are pretty much the same, just different primary components.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:16 PM

Cooking. It takes around 1 gold to level it to 400 without gathering anything or farming. Even less if you use some ingredients bought with karma.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

Cooking by a mile. It's the fastest too.
I think this is a great new guide.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:09 PM

ok, ty guys. I am going to try leather, since i already completed cooking.  :3

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:23 PM

if making portions and Crystals then artificer is definitely the cheapest.
crystals sell to vendor for approx the same value as the dust needed to make them.
the portion that takes carrot is the most efficient to make since carrot is worthless otherwise.... lol

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:34 PM

Yeah, I found artificing to be pretty cheap. You can do the whole thing pretty much buying just leather, ore, carrots and dust off the TP - all relatively cheap items. And as someone mentioned, you can sell a lot of the products to merchants for near cost.

I used this guide - http://www.guildwars...cient-and-fast/

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:25 AM

artificer and cooking are the cheapest imo

there are a lot of efficiency guides for cooking since it's widely popularized as the easiest to level, you can probably level cooking from 1-400 with just 1 to 2 gold

artificer is also extremely easy to level since you only need to craft 2 or 3 types of goods to completely max it out, and you can either TP or NPC the goods to gain some money back. Artificer is potentially the cheapest to craft out of all crafts, though it might become more expensive as the demand for artificing goods becomes higher

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:45 AM

Just made an alt and ported him to LA right after the starting instance.
Got him from 3 - 30 in just over 1 hour.
I used the cooking guide I linked above and an artificer notebook a guildie scanned and emailed me. (almost exactly like the one linked above by Bottoms Up)
Total cost was just over 3 gold for both.
Artificer turned out to be cheaper than cooking due to Bowl of Dilled Cream Sauce. (if bought from tp)
Cooking can make coin selling that ingredient on the tp.
However, if you have leveled cooking on an alt or have a friend that can make the Bowl of Dilled Cream Sauce, cooking will be the least costly.

Both are cheap as dirt and I love it!

I am not a bean counter or a spreadsheet math guy, but I can tell you this.
I took exactly 5g from my bank and bought all mats for both crafting disciplines.
I was left with 1.73 gold after selling only the crystals on the tp and all else to the merchant.
I have not sold my left over mats from critical crafts, I banked them for the next alt.
So total cost came to 3.27g for both.

I used a crafting booster, it lasted to almost the very end of both disciplines completion.
I did cooking first and the boost ran out at 380 (ish) of artificer. I did not use a second boost for the last bit.
Well, I did not bother finishing to 400 as I was already 30 and had leveled that to max on several alts.
AC runs will level him from 30 +, provide a full exotic armor set and wep, plus give 3+ gold every run with omnomberry bars. (the bars are level 80, I cheat and toon switch before the final boss so my alts get the completion bonus)

Leveling any craft will grant 10 levels without a crafting bonus. (any level it seems, as exp gained is based off current level)
Leveling any craft with a crafting booster will grant 15 levels. (has been my experience but again I am not a math guy)

I got a phone call right after I used my booster that wasted a good amount of the time.
If you buy all mats first, then organize them in your bags so you don't need to hunt in the discovery panel to find like ingredients, you will have time to spare or use that time to gain a few levels of another craft.

Edit:
I guess I should say this for clarity.
All my alts have the max unlocked bag slots.
I take my 7 twenty-slot bags off my main and move them to my alt for stuff like this.
Gives 160 free inventory slots with the starter bag.
and I still need to sell a few times during crafting to make room.
So the less available slots you have for bags...add more time as you will need to sell more often to make room.

Edited by M1k3l, 04 December 2012 - 10:55 AM.


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:35 AM

thank you all. I used cooking, artificer, leatherworking, and some jewelry crafting and got all my 11 characters to level 40 :)  tyvm :P

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:11 AM

View PostZestiva, on 07 December 2012 - 04:35 AM, said:

thank you all. I used cooking, artificer, leatherworking, and some jewelry crafting and got all my 11 characters to level 40 :)  tyvm :P

Ha!
Here I was thinking that I was crazy, doing it on 10 characters, when 8 covers the bases.
Grats fellow alt lover! :P

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 02:01 AM

lol I consider them ALL my main. each one has her own story :)

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

I've recently started leveling an alt. I'll list the crafts I've used in order from least expensive to most.

Chef -1gold
Artificer -1gold (made back)
Jewler - 3gold (made back)
Armorsmithing - 4gold
Leatherworking - 5gold
Weaponsmith - 2gold (stopped half way)

Used this to get 1-65 ~ 3hours spent crafting. Guides used were primarily gw2wiz and assorted from various trading sites. Good luck.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:41 PM

Having done all of the crafting professions to 400, I would agree that taking the 'chef' profession (wrongly called 'cooking' by some people...anyway...) is the cheapest.  

Anyway, chef is uber cheap...so much so that I have 5 toons at 400 with it.  In my stable of 3 80's, all of them are at 400 chef.  Those 10 or so levels are too much to pass up.  Plus you get a bunch of food to level with.  My strategy for this is to wait until about level 65.  Get to 75 and do your personal story...doing that will polish off the remaining 5 levels easily.  Bang level 80!

Edited by Quivvie, 10 December 2012 - 08:41 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:46 AM

View PostQuivvie, on 10 December 2012 - 08:41 PM, said:

Having done all of the crafting professions to 400, I would agree that taking the 'chef' profession (wrongly called 'cooking' by some people...anyway...) is the cheapest.  

Anyway, chef is uber cheap...so much so that I have 5 toons at 400 with it.  In my stable of 3 80's, all of them are at 400 chef.  Those 10 or so levels are too much to pass up.  Plus you get a bunch of food to level with.  My strategy for this is to wait until about level 65.  Get to 75 and do your personal story...doing that will polish off the remaining 5 levels easily.  Bang level 80!

I don't suggest people finish last 20 or less level with crafting, such a waste.
Character level 55-80 is the fastest compare to level tier, major because of story quest, massive event, quest & exploration.
During that phase, everything is so easy that u can see how fast you are level just running around.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:30 AM

I'm leveling all 8 crafting professions on 8 characters each.

Net result has cost me around 1-3 gold for each profession. I don't really consider any of them that expensive if you do it right.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:38 PM

View PostxExitium, on 11 December 2012 - 12:46 AM, said:

I don't suggest people finish last 20 or less level with crafting, such a waste.
Character level 55-80 is the fastest compare to level tier, major because of story quest, massive event, quest & exploration.
During that phase, everything is so easy that u can see how fast you are level just running around.

I am working on a Mesmer at the moment; that toon doesn't have any crafting professions at all.  I think she's around 15 or so.  I'll start crafting at level 30 to test this theory out.  Not that I doubt you, but because it will "give me something to do."  :)





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