I wanted to summarize my experience with efficient leveling for Cannith Crafting and share it with the community. Alas, the result is rather meh. But anyway, now that I have spent the time to write this, I might as well post it. Perhaps someone will find this useful.
How to level up crafting effectively
- Disable autogather on your bags.
- Clear an inventory tab. Preferably the first. (Or fill the previous tabs so that you don't waste time looking for crafted shards)
- Level one crafting school at a time.
- Put all your essences for a given school to this tab. Consider sorting the essences (e.g. first row-greater, second row-lesser) so that you can see your resources in one glance. (Even though the game now searches for components in bag, I still find it useful to see how many essences I have left.)
- In another tab, have dragonshard fragments and deconstruction materials ready.
- To find deconstruction reagents in the bags quickly, type an apostrophe (') into the bag search box (both have it in the name: Parfett's, Lorinda's).
- As of 10.2, when mass-deconstructing multiple shards, the machine is not working properly if the deconstruction reagents are in the bag. Put the reagents in the inventory.
- Have collectables bags ready.
Plan ahead, a bit
Look at the available shards, e.g. here: http://ddowiki.com/page/Cannith_Crafting#Arcane_Shards. Identify what you want. E.g., I am divine level 24. I do want these divine shards next:
- Cursespewing (35 evil)
- Holy (37 good)
- Construct bane (43 chaos)
- Evil outsider bane (45 good)
- Undead bane (45 good)
- Good luck +2 (51 divine)
From the plan, I see that I should consider saving good essences, because I will need many of them for holy/bane. I do need divine essences for good luck, but I don't really need to save them now because leveling from 24 to 41 will take a while unless you got hundreds of essences hoarded.
- Go to the bound shard device.
- Uncheck the two other schools. Sort by XP.
- Scroll to recipes where your chances are 50%-60%.
- Notice that not all recipes cost the same amount of essences. Find cheap recipes. If there are no cheap recipes, repeat steps 1-4 for the unbound shard device.
- Grind cheap recipe until you gain a level.
- Deconstruct your unneeded shards.
- Restart at 1.
- In step 3, look also at recipes with 39%-45% success chance. Find cheap recipes and try to save the needed essences for these recipes.
- In step 4, chances are that there are no cheap recipes. At this point, consider crafting shards of potential. You are going to need them, cheap or not.
- In step 4, if the bound and unbound recipes cost approximately the same amount of essences, create bound shards. They are higher level and should produce more essences when deconstructing.
- In step 5, some recipes are so cheap compared to other at-level options that you will want to grind them longer.
- When you level up and skip step 6, click Clear to delete the essences from the machine. Otherwise you are going to see only the recipes that use the same type of essences that you have used before.
- If you lack lesser essences, have greater essences sundered by vendor.
- If you lack greater essences, craft a bunch of low level shards that cost 4 lessers. When deconstructing, you have a chance to get some greater essences. This takes a lot of time but it is rather essence-efficient (you get around 90% essences back).
- Don't forget to craft the shards that you actually want to use!
March 2013 Update:
I have recently received reputation for this post so I thought I'd revisit it. Most of the stuff still applies, especially if you're starting with crafting and don't have a ton of essences.
- The wiki link no longer works. Try this: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...UQTdIOUE#gid=0. It is the source (perhaps not the latest but recent enough) of a great tool, http://cannith.cubicleninja.com/
- This is also great thing: http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=318331.
- I've downloaded the spreadsheet and copied the info from the thread to a text file for offline use. Good stuff.
- Deconstruction is a great source of experience. And you get some plat as well. Always deconstruct on your crafter. Heavy use of shared bank, if you have multiple characters.
- Use crafting exp pots. Personally, I buy almost nothing from the DDO Store, except packs/races. But I have spent TP for crafting exp potions. (OK, they were discounted at that point.) Anyway. Unlike XP pots, these are cheap and very strong. The success boosters are great as well. You can get some with House C favor. You can now also get some crafting exp pots from Daily Dice. So, use pots and save LOTS of money.
- If you're using pots, you need to be quick, and you need to craft in bulk. Stockpile your essences. Pots last 15 minutes iirc, and you cannot stop the timer. When on pots, consider skipping step 6 as long as you have enough essences to save time.
- Never, NEVER purchase essences from the store. These are ridiculously overpriced. If you want to spend cash, buy Turbine Point codes and sell them for plat; and use plat to buy essences. You can get millions of plat for cheapest TP code, and you can get thousands of essences for one million platinum. If you're swimming in TP but don't want to spend more cash, buy astral shards and purchase essences on the Shard Exchange.