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What are the cheapest mystic forge recipes? This information would be helpful for completing the Daily Mystic Forgesmith achievement regularly.

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The simplest forge recipe would be 4 karma-purchased items => one random karma-purchased item.

Since the items in question are bought with karma, they can neither be sold nor disassembled, but you should be able to do this with some of the 70-karma accessories (or 280 karma total -- essentially one event at max level) from the starting zones.

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Thanks Raven. I picked up 16 Raven Totems for 63 karma each (1008 total) and I'll try them out next time the Mystic Forgesmith daily is up before I compare to the options that cost money rather than karma. – Brian May 1 '13 at 18:35
For what it's worth, I just put the Raven Totems into the forge and got a Separatist Wanted Poster, Grenade Pin, Pyre Fierceshot Arrowhead, and Sealed Iron Legion Ghost Trap. Combining those gave me a Deputy Peacemaker Badge. – Brian May 3 '13 at 5:34
The other two answers are good, but I chose this one because the amount of karma required can be acquired very quickly by regular play. I also noticed that Mystic Forgesmith occurs three times per cycle and Karma Spender occurs four times per cycle, while Karma spender requires you to spend 750 karma, which is almost exactly 3/4 of the amount required for this method of completing Mystic Forgesmith. So essentially you can complete two dailies for the price of one if you have the inventory space. Thanks Raven! – Brian May 3 '13 at 14:55

Since you're just asking about any cheap recipes for the sake of doing your dailies (i.e. you don't really care what you get out of it), you can throw pretty much any old trash that you'd normally sell or salvage into it. Just do your daily kills etc. and, at the end of your four other daily achievements, you should easily have enough items (you'll need 20, five groups of four) to throw into the Mystic Toilet.

Just use four pieces of armour (blue or even white will do) or four weapons of any level - experiment with it, you'll notice items that won't work being disabled as you put items in. No need to throw in items that could be useful or worth something (unless of course you do care what you get out of it, but that's not what you were asking). Four random blue pieces of armour, for instance, will likely get you another blue item, with a small chance of getting a green.

Simple and cheap - all it will cost is that you won't be able to sell or salvage those 20 items at the end of your dailies run.

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The problem there, assuming I have the inventory space to run around with 20 items that I don't want, is that I can usually sell even the worst junk I get for at least 30c to a merchant. So throwing each of those items into the forge instead of selling them is effectively costing me that amount of money. The reason I asked the question is to find a cheaper alternative. – Brian Apr 30 '13 at 19:02
@Brian: That's why I said "all it will cost is that you won't be able to sell ... those 20 items". As always, it's a tradeoff - if 5 to 10 silver is seriously too expensive for you (it'll take a couple of minutes to make that much by running around Orr) then this daily achievement is not for you - choose another instead (I know I do, I find others more convenient). But the fact that it's the cheapest option for this particular daily achievement remains - I'm not willing to spend karma on this since I'd rather save that for my next legendary. – Amos M. Carpenter Apr 30 '13 at 23:40
I suppose the alternative is to sell everything you get as per normal and then just buy the cheapest armour/weapons availableon the TP? – Gwen May 1 '13 at 5:07
Personally I just make superior seige if I feel like doing this daily, because it's so awful :P At least that way I'm being useful! – Gwen May 1 '13 at 6:34
@Brian: If your only concern is coins, then fair enough. In that case, I would recommend doing other dailies. Most people with at least one level 80 character, however, will agree that the term "cheap" is always relative, and what it comes down to, essentially, is time. I have a limited number of hours each week to play, I know how to make money quickly, so to me, 10 silver (say) is cheap. Spending 10 minutes without really accomplishing anything in the game is, to me, expensive. I hope that makes sense without making me sound elitist. ;-) – Amos M. Carpenter May 1 '13 at 23:52

Credit to one of my friends for thinking of this:

You need to already have 1 Experience Booster, 1 Magic Find Booster, and 1 Karma Booster for this. You buy 5 Leather Bags for 32c each, then forge and open a Booster Multipack five times. This results in a total cost of only 1s 60c for the Mystic Forgesmith daily.

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That's kinda crazy of Anet - a multipack that costs the same in gems as buying the separate boosts :P – Gwen Jun 5 '13 at 13:58

This is a pretty concise and nice guide to all the daily achievements and how to complete them easily. Guild Wars 2 Hub: Complete Guide to Daily Achievements

Pretty much anything that's low level and wouldn't have any good resell value should do!

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I've read through those, and while there are some useful tips in there, quite a few are frankly pretty bad advice (e.g. doing an AC dungeon run just to get Ascalonian killer, or buying items from the trading post just to salvage them for dailies), and some are simply telling you to do what amounts to cheating (passing a keg back and forth with a friend in the opposite keg brawling team... seriously?). – Amos M. Carpenter Apr 30 '13 at 6:31
I'm going to say that while it's great to link to concise guides, it's also great to give the relevant excerpt in case the website goes down or the page is deleted? – Gwen Apr 30 '13 at 13:48
That guide suggests buying the 20 cheapest weapons on the TP. Since you can combine the results of the first 4 combinations, we really only need 16. The cheapest weapon on the TP right now is 34c. Buying 16 of those would result in a total cost of 5s 44c. The advantage over karma option is that you can also sell the end result. – Brian May 3 '13 at 5:38

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