Wildstar Tradeskills Guide
Wildstar tradeskills are used for gathering and crafting items... all kinds of items. You can begin using Tradeskills at level 10, which is when you will receive a quest that takes you to the trade hub, and you will be able to select two skills that you want to pursue.
Don't worry too much about choosing a trade skill that you don't like, as you can swap to a different trade skill for free the first time that you swap, and for a nominal fee the remainer of times that you swap.
When you swap trade skills, you keep all progress that you've made, so you can swap back and forth between skills without worry of having to start all over again.
In addition to tradeskills are hobbies. Hobbies are basically secondary crafting professions that anyone can use at any time. They don't count towards your limit of two tradeskills.
The hobbies currently available are Cooking and Farming.
You can choose from the following tradeskills:
- Weaponsmithing is the art of forging weapons from metal and infusing them with Eldan circuitry. This Tradeskill is best paired with Mining.
- The Armorer forges heavy armor (used by the Warrior and Engineer) from metal plates, then powers them with microchips and power amplifiers. This tradeskill is best paired with Mining.
- The Outfitter uses leather and bone to craft medium armor (used by the Stalker and Medic). Power amplifiers and microchips allow the crafter to enhance the attributes on crafted items. This tradeskill is best paired with the Survivalist.
- The Tailor uses cloth collected from humanoids to craft light armor (used by the Esper and Spellslinger). Microchips direct the flow of Eldan energies to enhance the armor. This tradeskill has no preferred pairing.
- Combining mysterious omniplasm with local flora, the technologist is a master experimenter, creating powerful medical and attribute enhancing potions. This tradeskill is best paired with the Relic Hunter
- The Miner excavates precious ores and crystals to be used by the Weaponsmith and Armorer from various mining nodes around the world. Attack the nodes (or use a Laser Pickaxe) to get ore. Each type of mining node will yield a specific type of ore. If you are lucky, you can even find some rare crystals.
- The Survivalist skins leather and cuts meat from creatures. It also chops wood more efficiently than most harvesters. Survivalists collect Lumber, Leather, and Meat from tree nodes and wild beasts around the world. While anyone can obtain Lumber from Trees (by attacking the tree) and Meat form beasts in the world, Survivalists can use a Chainsaw and have a higher chance of getting more materials to harvest.
- Relic Hunter
- The Relic Hunter scraps Eldan technology for parts and omniplasm. This tradeskill is best paired with the Technologist and is also good with the Tailor.
- Home - a place to put up your feet, a place to hang your hat. The Architect shapes these housing items so you can do just that. This tradeskill is best paired with the Survivalist.
As you'd expect, the Weaponsmith, Armorer, Outfitter, Tailor, and Technologist make weapons, armor, and items that you use in combat.
The Miner, Survivalist, and Relic Hunter are all gathering tradeskills that support the above tradeskills.
The Architect is unique, in that this tradeskill directly supports housing, and it uses materials from each of the gathering tradeskills. Like it says in the Housing Guide, housing is a core feature of the game, and there's even a tradeskill to prove it.
Tradeskill Leveling and Progression
Leveling tradeskills is similar to other MMOs, in that when you first pick up a tradeskill you will be given schematics to get you started. Craft items using those schematics to unlock more schematics.
You also progress your tradeskills by visiting bulletin boards and tradeskill NPCs that give you tradeskill quests. Completing these quests will go a long ways to leveling up your tradeskills.
You can level up your tradeskill faster if you get the materials together faster, so when you are harvesting nodes, be sure to use the appropriate tradeskill tool. Doing so will allow you to gather resources more quickly, and keep in mind that as you level up your tradeskill, you'll need to upgrade your tools.
Crafting materials can also be salvaged. You salvage an item by opening your inventory bag and clicking and dragging the item to salvage onto the salvage icon at the bottom of your bag. Doing this will tell you if something can be salvaged for materials, but keep in mind that if you do salvage an item, you will lose that item permanently.
Tradeskills and Bag Space
You'll be happy to know that items used by tradeskills do not take up bag space in your primary inventory. There is a dedicated inventory location for these items, called the Supply Satchel.
Interactive Wildstar Tradeskills Guide
Below is the Wildstar Interactive Tradeskills guide, provided courtesy of Hep. You can click on and off each of the various tradeskills to see how they interact with one another.