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Neverwinter Dev Journals: Crafting Professions Shine in New Developer Blog

By Guest Writer on April 17, 2013

In Neverwinter, your gear and items play an important role in your character’s development and effectiveness in combat.  While there are several ways to attain new and more powerful equipment as you adventure through the world, including drops off of monsters, dungeon rewards, and hot deals on the auction house, one fun and exciting avenue for creating your own items is through professions.

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Professions in Neverwinter are an excellent way to craft some of the best equipment and items in the game.  When Open Beta begins on April 30, you’ll be able to advance in the five professions of Leadership, Mailsmithing, Platesmithing, Leatherworking, and Tailoring, and start giving your character an extra edge in combat – or making a pretty gold penny on the auction house with your über sale items.  Leadership will help you to earn extra currency, items, experience, and more as you adventure, while the other professions will provide you with excellent gear choices as you level up.

Learning to craft in Neverwinter is an easy task, but attaining the true benefit that professions can provide will require some dedication.  Beginning at level 10, you’ll be able to choose a task from one of your crafting professions, hiring your first assets - Leadership Mercenaries, Platesmithing Miners, Mailsmithing Prospectors, Leatherworking Skinners, and Tailoring Weavers.  After that task is complete, you’ll continue to issue tasks to advance in your desired professions, sending your Mercenaries out on Guard Duty, requesting your Prospectors to Gather Iron Ore, or asking your Weavers to Gather Wool Scraps.

These tasks will take time, and when you’re just starting out, you’ll only have a couple of profession slots available for your assets to do your bidding, but over time, you’ll be able to master everything that professions have to offer.  As you complete tasks, you’ll gain experience points for your professions (and for your character, if you’re using Leadership!), along with profession resources and exciting rewards, such as Healing Potions, Leather Boots, Plate Armor, Enchantments, Skill Kits, Astral Diamonds, Gold, and more!

If you’re tight on backpack space, not to worry: your inventory has dedicated spaces for your professions’ assets and resources, which can all be sorted with the click of a button.  Additionally, your assets will continue to work on your profession tasks while you’re adventuring, and you can tinker with your professions on the Neverwinter Gateway website when you’re outside of the game client.  With professions in Neverwinter, you can always have something in the works!

Want your tasks to move more quickly?  No problem!  You can spend astral diamonds to speed up tasks, and you can also obtain high quality assets and resources from randomly assorted packs on the Zen Market.  Additionally, vendors will be available to sell you assets and resources, and you’ll be able to obtain resources from skill nodes, gathering tasks, and monster drops as well.  And take note: while professions have the potential to make some of the best high-level items in the game, your Tier 5- and Tier 6-equivalent gear will require dungeon rewards to craft.  So keep your adventuring boots on!

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