For now few weeks I decided to get a Legendary Weapon, all the recipes are pretty simple but yet quite expensive.

  • T6 components are easy to find or at a reasonable price.

  • Since the last Update (16/03/2015) WvW maps don't count for the map completion, So I have the Gift Of Exploration.

  • Bloodstone shards costs 200 skill points, Obsidian shards are pretty hard to get but playing a bit PVP WvW every day and i got them.

  • Other components are easily affordable.

The most important thing to get a Legendary weapon is to get a Precursor, and the only way to get one is using four weapons of the same weapon type guarantees receiving a weapon with that weapon type. For example, players can combine one level 60 rare weapon and three level 80 weapons. Player research into the chance of receiving a precursor when combining four exotic weapons of the same type estimates the probability at 0.79% with 2901 trials.

I have tried a lot, spending a lot of money but nothing.. So I was wondering if there was other ways to get a Precursor because I can't get one with the MF, and I can't save enough money to buy it in the BLTC.

So, are there other ways to get a Precursor?

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    Short answer: farm gold and buy one. No matter how expensive they seem (Dusk peaked at around 1650g but has come down to a bit over 1000g at the time of writing), chances that you'll get the precursor you want from a random drop or from using the Mystic Toilet are so low that buying one from someone who got the drop but wanted the money more than the precursor is just easier. At least statistically speaking. Also, not sure why you say Obsidian Shards are hard to get - it's just karma. And don't underestimate the cost of other stuff: gw2legendary.com :-) Mar 18, 2015 at 13:03

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To put it simply, a precursor is just like any other exotic, except way more rare. Thus any way to get an exotic weapon can get you a precursor if you're lucky.

This include (non exhaustive list) :

  • 100% exploration reward of high level maps (Like Orr's maps)
  • Killing World Boss
  • Opening chests (The higher the map level, the higher the chance of exotic)
  • Etc.

Of course you can still concider buying it at the trading post. The prices vary from 400 to 900 gold depending on the precursor. Getting a legendary is a very end game goal so it's supposed to be neither fast nor easy.

To finish, the coming expansion of Guild Wars 2 will rework the end-game progression. As stated by Nin Hydrine you will be able to earn "Mastery Point" that can be spent in severay "Mastery Lines". Among those line is the "Mastery of Legends" line. Upon getting it you will unlock a collection that will allow you to get a specific precursor once completed.

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    Actually, the Heart of Thorns extension will introduce Masteries as a new progression system, it will not only be about crafting. Playing past level 80 and completing HoT content will give you Mastery Points that you will be able to spend in Mastery lines, one of which allows you to unlock collections to get a precursor. So you will need to collect points, unlock the "Mastery of Legends" line, and complete the collection. It may be long and tedious, but you will be able to get the precursor you want. Mar 18, 2015 at 9:48
  • "Thus any way to get an exotic weapon can get you an exotic if you're lucky." Is the second "exotic" in this sentence supposed to be "precursor"? I don't know about the game so I'm not sure, but it seems like it is a typo.
    – Izzo
    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:35
  • @Izzo it is indeed
    – WizLiz
    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:39
  • To sum up, getting a precursor is only a question of luck?
    – Maxime
    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:42
  • @Maxime for now, pretty much yes. That or farming gold :)
    – WizLiz
    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:44

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