Crafting in Anthem can be confusing at times, as, if you don't know where to look, the game doesn't tell you right away how to do it. The good news is that once you find out how it works, and where to look, it isn't too difficult.
This guide is going to fully explain how the crafting system works in Anthem, including how to unlock blueprints. It will also cover the many different things you can craft, along with the different available rarities.
Before crafting, you should first know how to determine the rarity, or quality, of items in the game. These are the rarities from most to least common:
The color indicated is what the item looks like when you loot it during a mission. You are able to craft up to Masterwork quality, and you will need a number of materials to do so. The required materials depend on what you are crafting, and you will also need the blueprint for the specific item, which will be explained later.
These are the materials you will need for each type of craftable item:
The materials needed for crafting are found in a number of ways:
To note, all of these items can be bought from the store with Coin, the in-game currency. That said, I would not recommend buying materials unless there is absolutely nothing else you want to purchase.
Currently, crafting materials come very easily, with Masterwork Embers being a possible exception. These Embers are the only things I would consider buying with Coin, and I would only do so after finding something really good to craft.
The other extremely important aspect of crafting is unlocking the necessary blueprints. How this is done differs depending on what you want to craft, so I'll explain the method for each category.
Common weapon blueprints are unlocked the first time you receive that weapon. From there, you must unlock the higher rarity versions of the weapon by completing challenges with the weapon equipped.
To note, you can't just kill 10 legendary enemies and unlock the Epic version of a weapon. Instead, you need to complete the Uncommon challenge, then the Rare challenge, and then you can work on the Epic challenge.
These challenges require you to kill enemies. The number and rank of the enemies that you need to dispatch depends on the rarity of the blueprint you want to unlock:
You don't need to get the killing blow in order to complete these challenges — you only need to damage the enemy. You can also check you weapon and gear blueprint progress by opening the Challenges menu and then selecting either gear or weapons.
Like weapons, gear blueprints are unlocked by completing challenges with the Ability equipped. The challenges are:
Blueprints for components and sigils are unlocked through Anthem's Faction and Rep system. If you want more details on this, check out the Anthem Faction, Rep, and Rewards guide.
This is what is required to unlock these blueprints:
That's everything you need to know about crafting in Anthem. Now you can work on unlocking all those blueprints and make some really nice weapons and gear.
You can craft weapons, gear, and components in Anthem to make them more powerful. Here’s how it works.
Loot in Anthem ranges from common, uncommon, rare, epic, masterwork and legendary. Once you move up to a higher level of rarity, loot will feature inscriptions. These are bonuses or stat boosts for components, gear, and weapons.
They will also come in numbers depending on the rarity of your gear, but these are randomly rolled when you obtain the weapons.
Should you like the weapon but aren’t too keen on the stats, you have two choices. One is to farm for it out in the game world. The other is to craft it again and again using Blueprints until you get the inscriptions you want.
This is because you can’t re-roll weapons in Anthem, but you can re-craft them multiple times. Basically, instead of re-rolling, you’re re-crafting.
Materials used to craft gear and weapons can be found while out in the game world. The materials come from nodes which can be destroyed, and other means such as chests. Dismantling weapons, components and gear will also yield crafting materials – or specific parts for your weapon or javelin.
Once you’ve acquired the blueprint and materials needed to craft a specific item, head to the forge. Select the item you wish to craft, use the blueprint and materials to create your item. Providing it’s a high enough rarity, it will give you a new inscription.
In the video Arekkz notes blueprints are available in all rarities up to masterwork. At present, he’s unsure whether Legendary blueprints are out there. Once the game is released, we’ll let you know whether legendary blueprints exist or not.
What’s interesting about blueprints, is the more you use a particular weapon, the better blueprints you’ll find. How this works, is once you have obtained a weapon, it will come with a set of challenges. Using the weapon and completing the set challenges will unlock higher blueprints all the way up to masterwork.
Challenges range from killing a set number of enemies, sometimes types, or performing a certain type of kill with the weapon.
If you’re considering giving Anthem a try, give this video a quick watch as it explains things in a concise manner.
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Unfortunately, crafting in Anthem isn't available right off the bat and to back to Prospero where he will grant you access to crafting and also.
Although there are a few different levels of gear rarity in Anthem, the one level of items that everyone's going to be gunning for is the Masterwork tier. In this Anthem Masterwork guide, we'll be going over everything there is to know about all 27 elite Masterwork weapons in the entire game, including how to get Masterwork weapons in Anthem.
But if you instead need help with any other areas of BioWare’s new open world shooter, you can head over to our main Anthem guide. Here you can find a complete beginner’s guide to the adventure around Bastion, as well as a complete story primer on the events leading up to the game.
BioWare recently made some changes to the Masterwork system in Anthem. Previously, weapons had a huge Weapon pool that inscriptions were pulled from. Now, there are smaller item specific pools, like an Assault Rifle pool. Every Masterwork has four inscriptions in different categories: Major Primary, Minor Primary, Major Secondary, Minor Secondary. Primary inscriptions are focused on damage and survivability, while Secondary inscriptions are based on utility. At max level (level 30), uncommon (white) and common (green) items will no longer drop. The problem is with these items in the drop table, players on Grandmaster, Grandmaster 2, and Grandmaster 3 difficulties could end up with loot they couldn't use. This only lowers the problem in front of the community, as rare (blue) and epic (purple) items will still drop and they're not useful for players aiming for Masterwork and Legendary items. Masterwork crafting requirements have been lower though, allowing players to roll their own new Masterworks. It previously required 25 masterwork embers to craft a new Masterwork; this has been lowered to 15 masterwork embers.
If you’ve been adventuring around Bastion, you’ll know that there are various color coded rarity types for gear items in BioWare’s game. Just below, we’ll provide you with a complete overview of all the levels of gear rarity in Anthem.
But there’s one final rarity tier that goes above and beyond all of these. The Masterwork tier is represented by the color gold, and it’s by far the rarest and most powerful item tier in Anthem. The deal big about Masterwork weapons in Anthem is that they have special bonuses, on top of amazing damage, accuracy, fire rate, and range values. If you look at the Masterwork marksman rifle just below for example, you can see that it has a 33% chance to deal electric damage on every hit, as well as a massive +125% damage bonus.
As the overall level of your Javelin exosuit is determined by the power of your weapons, Masterwork weapons give you a huge level boost. They’re always head and shoulders above other weapons in terms of power rating, so not only can you deal more damage in the field while using them, but they’ll also boost the base power of your Javelin.
But how can you get your hands on some Masterwork weapons in Anthem? For starters, there are a zero weapon-specific quests in BioWare’s game. Unlike in Destiny 2, where there was recently a quest line that would guarantee you the Exotic Thunderlord weapon, no quests in Anthem revolve around you obtaining any Masterwork weapons.
However, players have reported a 100% drop rate of Masterwork weapons in one activity: Strongholds played on Grandmaster difficulty. This insane difficulty level is only unlocked once you’ve hit pilot level 30 in Anthem, and effectively reached the endgame activities of the game.
When you go to launch yourself into any activity in Anthem, you can select a Stronghold mission, such as the Tyrant Mine, from the overview screen of the world. After you’ve selected a Stronghold, you’ll see an option just beneath to select the difficulty level of the mission. You need to put this up to Grandmaster, which makes the entire mission incredibly difficulty for even the most powerful Anthem Javelins.
But if you can take down the final boss of a Stronghold, while playing on Grandmaster difficulty, you’re guaranteed to obtain a Masterwork weapon as a reward. So far, this is the only certain method we’ve found of obtaining Masterwork-tier weapons in Anthem, as aside from this, you’ll merely have to hope to obtain them through random drops after you complete other missions in the game.
At launch, there are three Strongholds in Anthem: Tyrant Mine, The Temple of Scar, and a third, unknown Stronghold. You unlock Strongholds by simply playing through the chronological story missions of Anthem, involving Owen, Haluk, Faye, and other key characters for the game.
We’d estimate that you should unlock the first Stronghold, Tyrant Mine, after around 4 hours of playing Anthem. However, the additional two Strongholds for BioWare's game won't unlock until you've completed the main campaign for the game, which we'd estimate can take around 15 hours in total to beat.
Previously, we highlighted the Thunderbolt of Yvenia Masterwork marksman rifle, the bonus ability that it had of dealing electrical damage to enemies. Just below, we’ll round up all the individual Masterwork weapons that we’ve seen so far while playing Anthem, highlighting the one main ability that each one boasts.
Check out our Anthem guide for more details on the all the Javelins, with tip for those just starting out.. Also check out our Everything We Know guide for info on the Early Access and full launches. For a look at all of the Anthem Chest Locations we've found so far, head over to our Anthem Chest Locations Guide.
MTashed takes you through unlocking blueprints, gathering materials, and generally optimizing your crafting in Anthem™.
Using gear and weapons to complete Challenges will give you direct access to blueprints. These blueprints fall into the following rarity categories:
The Challenges you’ll need to complete to unlock each blueprint will depend upon its rarity. So, for example, an Uncommon weapon blueprint may require you to kill 50 enemies, but a Rare one may require you to take out 25 elite enemies. As the rarity increases, so does the difficulty of the Challenge you’ll need to complete.
If you want to unlock the best blueprints for the weapon you love, you definitely can, but until you increase your level you probably won’t have access to enough embers (a by-product of the Anthem of Creation that can be found throughout the world and dictate the rarity of the item you’ll craft) to use your rarer blueprints.
There are four primary ways to gather materials, detailed below.
Open-world resource gathering – locating plant and mineral resources that you can harvest or shoot to gain chimeric resources (alloys and compounds that have been altered by the Anthem of Creation used in all crafting recipes) and embers.
Taking on Challenges – daily, weekly, and monthly Challenges reward different amounts of resources and are a great source for materials. The Challenge system is also a good place to gain consumable crafting blueprints (items capable of boosting your stats for a limited time).
Salvaging – dismantling unnecessary or undesirable gear for a particular javelin will give you access to multiple parts for that javelin and an equivalent rarity-level ember. For example, if you dismantle Epic gear, you get an Epic ember.
In the Crafting Shop – this is a place to find the materials that can be purchased with earned in-game Coin. They are not available for real-world currency.
General Crafting Tips
A good place to start is by crafting gear to fill all slots with the best options possible. Another option is to craft your favorite gear multiple times until you get the best inscriptions (randomly rolled stat boosts and bonuses that can further enhance your build) possible. Remember, a well-rolled item can be drastically more powerful than a poorly rolled one. If you want to tackle higher difficulty Challenges, you’ll need a weapon strong enough for the task.
Consumables fall into the same rarity levels mentioned above and require several embers to craft. They also provide powerful bonuses, and can be equipped at the following levels:
So, at level 30, just as you’re facing some seriously tough endgame content, you can craft up to three consumables and apply them before entering a Stronghold. Their strength will, of course, depend upon their rarity, but even a lower level consumable can increase your offensive or defensive capabilities significantly. However, they only last for one mission so make sure that you save them for your most difficult expeditions.
Learn more about javelin personalization and customization. Looking for more Anthem Tips and Tricks? Find them here!
Epic weapons and gear are some of the best items in Anthem. Most of the time, you'll get them by using the crafting system. However, to do that.
Blueprints are going to be one of the best ways to craft more powerful weapons and gear in Anthem. Getting blueprints isn’t necessarily hard, but getting to the good stuff like Epic and Masterwork Blueprints is going to take some time. Regardless, you’re going to want to pay attention to the blueprints that you unlock in Anthem because they very well allow you to upgrade an item or component in your suit to something more powerful than you currently have. This guide will explain what you need to do get blueprints in Anthem.
Blueprints are the necessary item that you’re going to need to do crafting in Anthem. Any time that you get a new Blueprint you can then craft the item in the Forge, assuming that you have the necessary crafting materials. Getting Blueprints is going to come down to completing in-game activities and the higher level activities that you complete the better blueprints that you are going to unlock.
At the start of Anthem you’re going to find that you’re getting some blueprints as loot. At the beginning of the game these are going to be common items that are only marginally more powerful or equal to the other loot you are getting from completing in-game activities. These can be dropped at any time. You’ll find these common blueprints as loot from all sorts of activities. As your character becomes more powerful you will see more Uncommon Blueprints start to pop up in your loot pool.
These Blueprints can be used to craft all sorts of things in Anthem. You can find/earn weapon blueprints, component blueprints, gear blueprints, and more.
The best blueprints are going to be tucked away for the tougher challenges and more time consuming events in Anthem. To get rare, epic, and masterwork blueprints you’re going to need to put some time into the game by completing things like Faction Loyalty Challenges and unlock the Champion of Tarsis challenges, completing Stronghold Events, or just getting lucky in other activities. If higher level Blueprints are your goal, leveling up your Faction Loyalty with the Sentinel, Freelancer, and Arcanist factions will start unlocking more powerful items pretty quickly.
Once you’ve got Blueprints you’re going to need to actually craft the items to be able to use them. This will always require that you have the necessary crafting ingredients. Head to the Forge and open the character part that you would like to craft. It will show you what items you need to craft it and then you can craft the item as many times as you want. Most items will require multiple ingredients in some combination of Chemeric Components, Parts, and Embers to complete the blueprint.
Unfortunately, crafting in Anthem isn't available right off the bat and to back to Prospero where he will grant you access to crafting and also.