Hi, it's penguin.
Welcome to another gold making video.
This is part one of my dragon flight series.
I'm excited to bring you this series and in this first part, we're going to break down the basics.
We'll talk about the quality system, how to obtain certain qualities, and the basic structure of dragon flight crafting.
That way, when you get to dragonflight, you'll know exactly what's going on.
As always, I want to give a disclaimer that the numbers mentioned in this video are subject to change.
This is still beta access, so if something is plus five, it could be plus 10 or plus three when dragonflight actually releases.
However, all of the main concepts are here.
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Quality Systems Breakdown in Dragonflight
To get started, we're first going to give some background of the quality system.
So as you guys may or may not know, there is a new tier system or quality system in Dragonflight, and this can be broken down into two main tier systems.
At first, the main one is a three-tier system. Now this applies to materials and consumables like potions.
All this means is that there is a lowest tier which is quality one, then it goes to the highest tier which is quality three, with of course a quality two in the middle.
So like I said, this applies to materials and consumables like potions.
We're going to start by giving some background on the quality system.
As you may or may not know, there is a new tier system or quality system in Dragonflight, which can be broken down into two main tier systems.
The first one is a three-tier system that applies to materials and consumables like potions.
This means that there is a lowest tier (quality one), then the highest tier (quality three), with quality two in the middle.
Consumables Quality System
Now, if we look at consumables and potions, there is a clear difference in stats.
For example, if we look at this file of the eye and the storm, a tier 1 or quality one increases your agility by 94.
However, if we look at equality two, my agility is increased by 108.
Lastly, quality 3 increases agility to 125. So, the potion base is the same, however your stat is just a little bit different, depending on the quality.
Weapons and Armor Quality Systems
This sort of thing applies to armor and weapons as well.
Keep in mind that this is a higher tier system, as there are five tiers instead of three.
But the same basic principles apply that are being used in beta right now.
Each tier level is a plus two item levels.
So, if we look at a profession tool for example, which counts as a weapon, this one is an iLvl 324 with a plus 65 of multicraft.
However, if we look at the exact same item but it's just four item levels different, so it is item level 328 instead of 324, it also has plus 68 inspiration.
So not only is the item level higher, but also the stats are a little higher as well.
And this is where the quality system comes to play.
So you may have a high level Mythic piece of gear.
However, the item level could be 10 levels different depending on if this is a quality one Mythic piece or quality 5 Mythic piece.
Something that goes hand-in-hand with the quality system, even though we're not going to discuss it much in depth in this video, we will discuss it later.
Crafting Stats for Quality Systems
I just want to mention the four different crafting stats.
Now all of these stats can help you; they cannot hurt you.
This is inspiration, resourcefulness, multicasting crafting speed.
Some of these may be obvious from their title; some of them might not be.
Inspiration will probably be something that you will be dealing with the most and this is the chance to gain extra skill.
So we will be talking about skill in a little bit, but this is a percentage chance.
Inspiration Crafting Stat
Let's say you have five percent inspiration.
That means every time you craft an item you have a five percent chance to be inspired and gain a blank amount of bonus skill.
The stat is important because it is a bonus skill.
This means that it is not a guaranteed quality up, but it is an additional skill that will likely increase the quality of the item.
Secondly, we have resourcefulness, which is the chance to use fewer reagents when crafting.
This only applies to tradable reagents, but if you have a five percent resourcefulness, you have a five percent chance of just using fewer materials.
Then you have multicraft, yet again another percentage.
This is the chance to craft additional items.
Now this only applies to stackable items, so your materials, your consumables, your enchants—not armor and weapons—but like I said before, if you have a five percent Multicraft you have a five percent chance to craft an additional item.
Then lastly, you have crafting speed, which is just what it sounds like.
It is an increase to your crafting speed most of the time.
This stat is actually on a longer crafting process, so Milling for example, prospecting stuff like that, but yet again 10 crafting speed is increasing your crafting speed by 10 percent.
Dragonflight Crafting Breakdown
Now with that covered, we can actually start talking about the system.
So keep in mind that quality system in the back of your head and we'll be talking about it and referring to it in just a second.
Now we are actually in beta right now and I have to say during this latest beta build they have completely broken the UI.
It is fully functional however it just looks terrible.
I will make sure to put a correct picture of what the UI normally looks like onscreen.
You should still be able to follow along but do not be scared.
This is not what the UI is supposed to look like but for today's video we're going to be looking at inscription and I thought one of the easiest ways to relay this information is if we just look at a basic ink.
To really break this down we have two main things to look at when crafting up first we have recipe difficulty.
The higher the difficulty level of an item, the higher the quality of the item you will get if your skill level matches the difficulty.
So for this Serene ink, we want our skill level to be at 75 so that we are guaranteed to get a top quality ink, which in this case would be quality three.
Dragonflight Crafting Skill Sub Categories Breakdown
Now I've already spoiled it, but the second biggest part of the system is skill itself.
Right now, as you can see on this inscriptionist or scribe, I currently have a skill of 55.
However, this overall skill is actually broken down into four main categories.
Dragonflight Crafting Skill Level
Up first, we have our basic professional level, which you can see up top.
And it's a lot nicer on the true UI. Currently, I have 25 out of 100, but of course you can max this out to set a hundred.
And what this is, the basic skill level. You can equate this to your simple skill that you have right now in Shadowlands.
All of us probably has a hundred out of 100 inscription that is maxing out the profession.
And that is the same case here.
So a main part of your skill comes from this simple base level.
Dragonflight Crafting Tools and Accessories
The second main category is profession bonuses that come from tools and accessories.
You have the option to attach two main accessories and also a tool.
We looked at tools before but these can increase your skill.
For today’s video we can just apply this one right here and as you can see this will increase our inscription skill by six.
We just equipped it right here and we were good to go.
If we just refresh the UI by reloading it, our skill has increased by six.
It's gone up from 55 to 61. We can see this breakdown if we hover over the skill tooltip.
As you can see, our total skill is 61, but we have a 31 plus 30.
That 31 I like to call it the base skill level. I don't think it has an official name but that's what I'm going to refer to it as.
So that base skill level is your basic profession skill, as you can see, which is 25 plus the six of your profession item bonuses, which is six.
And that's how it acquires that 31.
So that's the first half of how you acquire skill.
Dragonflight Crafting Spec Tree Bonuses
The third one is very similar and it's your spec tree bonuses.
As you can see right now, we have a plus 30. And if we look over to our specializations, I have a few points into this tree right here.
This one is plus five skill when crafting inscription goods.
Yet again, another plus five. This one is a sub specialization.
Yet again, another plus five.
And it just keeps going.
You have many different options but, as you can see right there, that's what that plus 30 is coming from.
So we have our specialization trees which can unlock us more skill than we have our final part, which is actually the quality of materials.
At the start of this video, we broke down quality and said we would be talking about what quality means with materials.
Right now, our recipe uses rank one of every single material.
This is a vendor item, so there's only one version. We are using quality one of the pigment and quality one file.
Keep in mind, we have a skill of 61.
If we were to change this vial from quality one to quality three, our skill would increase by five.
So, if we increase our vial from quality one to quality three, we have upped our skill by five.
We could do the same exact thing if we go to quality three of shimmering and then quality three of serene.
Our skills would now be at 80.
So to recap the final part of our skill system, the quality of materials you use is important.
Your base skill level is your profession level plus any accessory bonus.
Your spec tree and any additional skills are factored in as well.
And lastly, the quality of items is important.
You can see here that we've officially upped our skill past the difficulty of 80.
That is above 75.
So as you can see here in this bar, we are now guaranteeing a plus three quality ink.
It's a little bit hard to see yet again with this UI, but if we were to remove this vial back here, you'd see that our skill is now at 74.
And this little pink bar right here is our quality bar.
As you can see, it's super close to a quality three, but it's still a quality two.
And if we remove this again, our bar shrinks back.
So that is what the quality does.
If you highlight this, it says that you need to reach 75 to guarantee the quality of three.
So that is where this bar comes in.
I didn't highlight it too much since it's a little bit harder to see, but that is what this bar means.
So if we were to craft an item assuming we don't proc, we would craft it at quality level two.
However, if we use better materials, we can guarantee a quality level three.
This is how the basic system works.
So, in order to get the best quality, we have to meet the skill level required for the difficulty of the recipe.
Now before this video ends, I have a few interesting points to bring up.
So we're going to get into those real quick. And the first interesting thing I want to mention is that you cannot force down quality.
So right here, you know if I were to remove this and go back to our worst items at my current skill level, I am guaranteed quality two.
Let's say I remove my tool even then and we regenerate to refresh it.
There we go.
Even then, with the worst quality materials, no extra bonuses, I am still guaranteed quality two.
So I can never basically craft a quality one again unless I do this on a different character and relearn the professional.
Although I can't force down quality, if you wanted to rank one Serene Ink for some reason, or a quality one, you would have to buy it off the auction house. m
Dragonflight Crafting Cost Factors
Another thing to mention is that this quality system makes crafting cost very interesting, so bear with me real quick and we will walk through this.
So, like I said before, right here with my current skill level using the cheapest materials, a vendor item, and quality one pigments and quality one vial, I am guaranteed quality tube, so my crafting cost for a quality 2 Serene ink would be this right here.
However, let's just up our skill real quick in beta.
We have this trusty little skill bonus right here and we go back in.
We have just upped our bonus automatically to a hundred. And this is where the interesting thing happens.
As you can see, we have technically the same exact crafting cost, right?
We have our vendor item and we have our tier one quality items, but this crafting cost equals quality three, right?
So, depending on your skill level, you can technically have the same crafting cost as somebody who can craft a rank 1 or a Rank 2 Ink, but your crafting cost creates a quality three or a rank three.
Once again, this is just to prove the point that dragonflight is very confusing.
I wish it was more than that, but this is where the interesting thing happens right at the start of the expansion.
A quality three ink is going to have a drastic different crafting cost than somebody who is higher skilled, further into the expansion.
So, the idea about crafting cost and the cost of materials and items will be very dependent on the skill factor.
But yeah, I just wanted to leave off with that to get you guys thinking.
Of course we'll talk about this more in the future, but I did want to just point this out.