Crafting Guides How ToObtain and Use Upgrades

Published on October 16th, 2012 | by The Gamer


How to Obtain and Use Upgrades

For the battling players of Tyria, the stronger your gear is, the farther you can travel and conquer, and the further you conquer, the more of a badass you are. (you know it’s true). You can always go and spend a ton of money on some rare piece of equipment that is a bit stronger than the typical piece you can buy from an NPC. However for those who want to have that feeling of satisfaction of obtaining your own equips, don’t fret you can still get that amazing boost that you think you can only dream of. In this guide to guild wars 2, I will explain in how to upgrade your tools and gadgets to feel twice as powerful and dish out that extra punch while in the field of battle.

Methods of Obtainment:

Just like in many other MMO’s, upgrades come in the form of items that need to be obtained either by being bought or looted from the dead carcass of creatures. Theoretically where can those items be on the mob? Obviously the large tree hadn’t been carrying the great sword at its side the whole time. So in my opinion you are technically pulling these upgrades out of the guts of dead mobs.  :D
Another method of getting these upgrades is through gathering resources. Often when mining the most basic of upgrade materials can be found. The same applies to gathering wood. For obvious purposes I don’t think the game designers would really want gems to be popping up with your carrots you might eat later…
The final method that is also used to obtain materials is through crafting them. Recipes for these items can be bought at karma merchants, and the more rarer ones found off of bosses and mobs. The upgrades will only be available to the player, if they have the crafting level necessary to make them. Most of the items that are used for upgrades that are craft-able might cost a pretty sum because of the items put into the making so expect a large scale of differences in cost.

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Types of Upgrades:

The types of upgrades you should be aware of are the crests, medallions and gemstones. All of them have one thing in common, they all focus in on the upgrading of one specific attribute. These items are all used on weapons and armor that have one open slot for upgrade.


Gemstones are generally gathered and occasionally dropped by mobs. Many lower level players that are focusing on just gaining levels will equip these to their weapons and armor or whatever to get that little boost to make their lives easier.


These items work almost the same as gemstones but are only available for use once a player hits level 65. They do have their benefits because they have higher and more attribute increases on them. Medallions are rather easy to recognize because of the name. It usually will be “Medallion of blah blah” I am just including this as a fun fact that the name will often tell you what attributes it focuses on.


Following up on the medallions, crests are only available to use at level 80 since they are the best of the 3 types. Since they are the best of the 3 they are going to be hard to obtain, either way whether it is trying to find it or buying one.



Sigils work almost the same as the last 3 except that they are meant for weapons. Another key distinction to them is that they focus in on one specific attribute. The other ones would provide a larger variety of stuff while Sigils will give you one specific one you need to get your build right.


Runes are the equivalent of Sigils when it comes to upgrades except focusing primarily on armor. Out of all the other upgrades, this one may be by far the most fun to use. Based off of what level of rune you equip, additional upgrades can also be acquired when you add more on. Generally they will all focus on a specific attribute and greatly affect builds.

Runes come in 3 different types:

  • Minor: 2 tiers, no level requirement
  • Major: 4 tiers, requires level 39
  • Superior: 6 tiers, requires level 60


These tend to play a large part in peoples builds because they offer a large boost in one direction if you know how to correctly utilize. It is definitely  an activity most level 80 players take part in to give them that extra bump of power to dominate World versus World.


Somewhat similar to the gemstones in appearance, jewels provide larger most helpful boosts. Very often you can simply distinguish them by checking whether they have a name before it such as “Intricate, Adorned, Gilded, etc.” These again are also somewhat of a level 80 items that might need a whole section to cover. For now I don’t suggest to worry about since they are quite simple to figure out.


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