I'm relatively new to Guild wars 2 as I turned to it after I felt reluctant to renew my WoW subscription. I started into leather working for my ranger class but I've only had access to the novice recipes of which I no longer gain XP from. I've tried to buy recipes from the leather working trainer that I can craft at my current level but they're all "ascended recipes" that require a much higher level. How do I get more recipes for gear I can craft at my tier?

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    In case you end up looking for a guide: DO NOT use gw2crafts.net unless you are willing to spend a lot of hard cash. These guides are optimized for speed, buying a lot of stuff on the TP rather than collecting them yourself. I'd recommend guildwars2-crafting instead, even though only cover 1-400.
    – MrLemon
    Jul 13, 2015 at 20:02
  • I'll bookmark it and keep for reference. Thank you :) Jul 13, 2015 at 20:03
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    @MrLemon That's badly incorrect. gw2crafts (by default, and barring bugs) is trying to optimize for cost. Additionally, even if you don't buy anything from the TP and only use self-collected materials, you still incur the opportunity cost of using your materials for crafting instead of selling them.
    – Affine
    Jul 16, 2015 at 20:22
  • Thus in many circumstances, it would be "cheaper" to sell the more expensive materials you may have collected and buy the cheaper ones recommended by gw2crafts instead.
    – Affine
    Jul 16, 2015 at 20:23
  • The real reason not to use gw2crafts is because it's not fun that way =p Especially for cooking, which is all about the not-so random combinations of stuff that makes more complicated stuff.
    – Affine
    Jul 16, 2015 at 20:24

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There are three ways to learn a recipe:

Most basic component and refinement recipes are learned automatically by increasing your rank in a crafting discipline.
Most other recipes are learned by combining ingredients from the discovery tab at a crafting station.
Recipe sheet
Some special recipes can only be unlocked by consuming a recipe sheet.

Early on, you will learn most recipes through the Discovery tab:
The discovery tab allows you to attempt to mix and match components to find a new recipe. Drag and drop or double-click items to add (or remove) them from the mix.


  • Might be worth mentioning that this is where you get to actually use all those Insignias OP presumably has crafted.
    – MrLemon
    Jul 13, 2015 at 19:58
  • I had no idea there was a wiki for Guild Wars 2. Thank you for the help! :) Jul 13, 2015 at 19:58
  • Yea I actually have a collection of jute insignias that I can finally use :D Jul 13, 2015 at 20:00
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    There is a wiki and it's an official wiki, so the info on it is usually reliable and pretty up-to-date as well.
    – Elise
    Jul 13, 2015 at 20:03
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    @ThomasLittler it's even accessible from inside the game using the /wiki XYZ command in chat. This method works for chat-links as well (those you get be shift-clicking stuff like in WoW)
    – MrLemon
    Jul 13, 2015 at 20:06

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