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Crafting is the process of making or enhancing of equippable items. In Pillars of Eternity you can make consumable goods (such as food, potions and scrolls) or enchantments for weapons, armor, and shields which makes them more effective in combat.
Crafting can be performed outside of combat at any time. To begin crafting, you must have the right level and required ingredients. The crafting interface displays all recipes, broken down into categories, highlighting those that meet all prerequisite requirements. In instances where the player has enough resources to craft multiples of the same item, this will be noted with an “x” followed by the maximum number of possible repeated craftings (e.g. x4).
Recipes allow you to easily view the combination of ingredients needed to create or enhance an item. Most of them are available from the start (although most are initially not craftable due to higher level requirement), with some being obtainable from NPCs. Higher level recipes usually need rarer ingredients. Almost all of the crafting recipes are used to either create consumables or to add/upgrade properties on existing items.
Note: you can enchant any armor, weapon or shield, even uniques and magicals, but you can't change an existing enchanting type (Attributes, Proofed, Slaying...). However, Quality enchanting type is an exception, and you can just upgrade the quality enchanting of an object, not downgrade.
Unique Enchantments cannot be added. They appear only on found objects.
|Fine||+2 DR||1x Pilgrim's Crown, 1x Adra, 1x Ooze Plasma, 600 cp||Level 4|
|Exceptional||+4 DR||1x St. Gyran's Horn, 1x Sapphire, 1x Vithrack Brain, 2100 cp||Level 8|
|Superb||+6 DR||1x Admeth's Wyrt, 1x Emerald, 1x Adra Dragon Scale, 4500 cp||Level 12|
|Legendary||+8 DR||1x St.Gyran's Horn, 1x Emerald, 1x Bog Dragon Scale, 10000 cp||Level 16|
|Burn-Proofed||+3 Burn DR||1x Burned Lady, 1x Jasper, 1x Awakened Root, 100 cp||Level 6|
|Corrode-Proofed||+3 Corrode DR||1x Blood Moss, 1x Agate, 1x Wurm Wing, 100 cp||Level 6|
|Crush-Proofed||+3 Crush DR||1x Springberry, 1x Amethyst, 1x Wurm Wing, 100 cp||Level 6|
|Freeze-Proofed||+3 Freeze DR||1x Cave Coral, 1x Jasper, 1x Awakened Root, 100 cp||Level 6|
|Pierce-Proofed||+3 Pierce DR||1x Settler's Arrow, 1x Turquoise, 1x Binding Copper, 100 cp||Level 6|
|Shock-Proofed||+3 Shock DR||1x Golden Celery, 1x Jasper, 1x Spear Spider Leg, 100 cp||Level 6|
|Slash-Proofed||+3 Slash DR||1x Dyrcap, 1x Amethyst, 1x Beetle Shell, 100 cp||Level 6|
|Of Constitution 1||+1 Constitution||1x Cave Coral, 1x Bloodstone, 1x Troll Skin, 300 cp||Level 2|
|Of Constitution 2||+2 Constitution||1x Cave Coral, 1x Diamond, 1x Spirit Residue, 1000 cp||Level 5|
|Of Dexterity 1||+1 Dexterity||1x Dyrcap, 1x Bloodstone, 1x Vessel Bone, 300 cp||Level 2|
|Of Dexterity 2||+2 Dexterity||1x Dyrcap, 1x Diamond, 1x Dank Spores, 1000 cp||Level 5|
|Of Intellect 1||+1 Intellect||1x Springberry, 1x Bloodstone, 1x Skuldr Ear, 300 cp||Level 2|
|Of Intellect 2||+2 Intellect||1x Springberry, 1x Diamond, 1x Xaurip Tongue, 1000 cp||Level 5|
|Of Might 1||+1 Might||1x Pilgrim's Crown, 1x Bloodstone, 1x Binding Copper, 300 cp||Level 2|
|Of Might 2||+2 Might||1x Pilgrim's Crown, 1x Diamond, 1x Primal Wind, 1000 cp||Level 5|
|Of Perception 1||+1 Perception||1x Orlan's Cradle, 1x Bloodstone, 1x Awakened Root, 300 cp||Level 2|
|Of Perception 2||+2 Perception||1x Orlan's Cradle, 1x Diamond, 1x Spirit Residue, 1000 cp||Level 5|
|Of Resolve 1||+1 Resolve||1x Cave Coral, 1x Bloodstone, 1x Wurm Wing, 300 cp||Level 2|
|Of Resolve 2||+2 Resolve||1x Cave Coral, 1x Diamond, 1x Primal Rock, 1000 cp||Level 5|
|Durgan-Reinforced Armor|| +15% incoming Crits converted to Hits
- 15% Armor Speed Penalty
|1x Refined Durgan Iron Ingot, 600 cp||After restoring White Forge|
|Fine||+4 Deflection||1x Pilgrim's Crown, 1x Adra, 1x Ooze Plasma, 600 cp||Level 4|
|Exceptional||+8 Deflection||1x St. Gyran's Horn, 1x Emerald, 1x Vithrack Brain, 2100 cp||Level 8|
|Superb||+12 Deflection||1x Admeth's Wyrt, 1x Ruby, 1x Adra Dragon Scale, 4500 cp||Level 12|
|Legendary||+15 Deflection||1x St.Gyran's Horn, 1x Emerald, 1x Bog Dragon Scale, 10000 cp||Level 16|
|Durgan-Reinforced Shield||10% of Ranged attack reflected back at attacker
+15% of incoming Hits converted to Grazes
-15% single-weapon Speed penalty
|1x Refined Durgan Iron Ingot, 600 cp||After restoring White Forge|
|Accurate 1||+4 Accuracy||1x Settler's Arrow, 1x Turquoise, 1x Xaurip Tongue, 100 cp||Level 1|
|Accurate 2||+8 Accuracy||1x Settler's Arrow, 1x Topaz, 1x Drake Talon, 300 cp||Level 3|
|Damaging 1||x1.15 damage||1x Pilgrim's Crown, 1x Agate, 1x Spear Spider Leg, 100 cp||Level 1|
|Damaging 2||x1.3 damage||1x Pilgrim's Crown, 1x Adra, 1x Drake Talon, 300 cp||Level 3|
|Fine||+4 Accuracy and x1.15 damage||1x Pilgrim's Crown, 1x Adra, 1x Ooze Plasma, 600 cp||Level 4|
|Exceptional||+8 Accuracy and x1.3 damage||1x St. Gyran's Horn, 1x Ruby, 1x Vithrack Brain, 2100 cp||Level 8|
|Superb||+12 Accuracy and x1.45 damage||1x Admeth's Wyrt, 1x Sapphire, 1x Sky Dragon Eye, 4500 cp||Level 12|
|Legendary||+15 Accuracy and x1.55 damage||1x Cave Coral, 1x Topaz, 1x Kraken Eye, 20000 cp||Level 16|
|Burning Lash||+25 % Burn Damage||1x Dyrcap, 1x Agate, 1x Primal Flame, 100 cp||Level 1|
|Corrosive Lash||+25 % Corrode Damage||1x Blood Moss, 1x Jasper, 1x Primal Rock, 100 cp||Level 1|
|Freezing Lash||+25 % Freeze Damage||1x Skaenbone, 1x Turquoise, 1x Primal Wind, 100 cp||Level 1|
|Shocking Lash||+25 % Shock Damage||1x Golden Celery, 1x Agate, 1x Primal Water, 100 cp||Level 1|
|Slaying(Beast)||+5 Accuracy and x1.25 damage against Beasts||1x Berath's Bell, 1x Moonstone, 1x Wurm Wing, 300 cp||Level 5|
|Slaying(Primordial)||+5 Accuracy and x1.25 damage against Primordial creatures||1x Berath's Bell, 1x Moonstone, 1x Ooze Plasma, 300 cp||Level 5|
|Slaying(Spirit)||+5 Accuracy and x1.25 damage against Spirits||1x Berath's Bell, 1x Moonstone, 1x Spirit Residue, 300 cp||Level 5|
|Slaying(Vessel)||+5 Accuracy and x1.25 damage against Vessels||1x Berath's Bell, 1x Moonstone, 1x Binding Copper, 300 cp||Level 5|
|Slaying(Wilder)||+5 Accuracy and x1.25 damage against Wilder||1x Berath's Bell, 1x Moonstone, 1x Ogre Blood, 300 cp||Level 5|
|Slaying(Kith)||+5 Accuracy and x1.25 damage against Kith||1x Berath's Bell, 1x Moonstone, 1x Vessel Flesh, 900 cp||Level 5|
|Durgan-Refined Weapon|| +15% Attack Speed
+0.3 to Crit Damage Multiplier
+20% of Hits converted to Crits
|2x Refined Durgan Ingot, 1200 cp||After restoring White Forge|
|Predatory||Convert +10% of Hits to Crits|
|Reliable||Convert +30% of Grazes to Hits|
|Draining||20% of Damage restored as Endurance|
|Speed||+20% Attack Speed|
|Coordinating||+4 Accuracy and x1.25 Damage when attacking same target as an ally|
|Vicious||x1.2 Damage against Prone, Stunned, Flanked enemies|
|Wounding||Wounding: x0.25 Damage over time (5 sec)|
|Stunning||Attacks can Stun on Crits|
|Spell Striking||Attacks cast Spell on crit (once per encounter)|
|Minor Spellbind||grants Spell as active ability (x uses per rest)|
|Major Spellbind||grants Spell as active ability (x uses per rest)|
|Guarding||+1 Enemies Engaged|
|Rending||+3 DR bypass|
|Overbearing||Crits can inflict Prone|
|Annihilation||+0.5 Crit Damage multiplier|
|Valiant||x1.2 Damage and +10 Accuracy when below 50% Endurance|
|Crushing Lash||x1.25 Crush Damage|
|Disorienting||Inflicts -5 All Defenses for 6 sec on Hit|
|Marking||+10 Accuracy granted to an ally attacking the same target|
|Of [Attribute] +/-[Amount]||+/-[Amount] to [Attribute]|
|[Damage Type]-Proofed||+3 DR to [Damage Type]|
|[Class] only||can only be equipped by [Class]|
To craft or enhance an item, you must have the appropriate ingredients in your inventory. These materials may be bought, gathered, looted or salvaged. During the process the ingredients are usually used up, but sometimes they are reusable. And for recipes like enchantments, the main ingredient is not used up but is instead improved by the addition of a new bonus.
All enchanting is done using three ingredients: a critter part, a plant/herb, and a gem. The counts of each ingredient may vary, but there are always three ingredients. Additionally, there may be a copper cost that's subtracted directly from your total wealth.
In previous versions of the game during development, you could only craft at appropriate crafting location:
- Forges – these blacksmithing locations could be used to make all of the equippable gear.
- Labs – these alchemical tables were used to make any enchantments, as well as all alchemical consumables like potions, scrolls or figurines (which let you summon a creature that will fight for you).
- Hearths – these cooking spots were used to make food and drink that can give you long-term benefits when you ingest them.
During development, some recipes were said to have additional prerequisites, including requiring you or a companion to have a certain talent or ability or even skill at an appropriate level.  You were initially to access new recipes through vendors, as loot during your adventures or as rewards for finishing quests. However, most of that was removed from the final version of the game, with level and ingredients remaining as the only requirements.