Hello everyone, my name is Nagura and today I'm going to be talking about the Sparks of innovation, high item level crafted items, and embellishments. Everything related to these crafted items and what you should be doing with your spark. Why you should be saving it, and what's going on with these Sparks.
What is a Spark of Ingenuity?
First of all, let's talk about the Sparks. The Spark of Ingenuity is a material that you need to provide to get these high item level items from crafted professions, and it goes all the way up to level 418, which is basically Mythic item level. So it's really important that you keep these Sparks and that you do something smart with it.
Why is it important?
Now, these Sparks are actually heavily time-gated. You get one at the end of your main campaign, so you should have one Spark of Ingenuity right now. When the raid comes out, which is two weeks after Dragonfly came out, you get a second spark. Two weeks later, you get a third, and so on until you have five. Almost every single item requires one spark only, except for two-hand weapons. If you want to craft a two-hand staff or a two-hand sword or whatever, then that one will cost you two Sparks, not just one.
So why is it important to craft the correct item? First of all, these items go all the way up to level 418 item level, which is, as I said, Mythic item level. But then, additionally, there's also a chance to get some really cool extra effects on these items as well. "Embellishments" are enchantments that can only be added to professional items, and they increase the value of the item significantly. You can also get high item level items through work orders by asking a crafter to craft them for you, but you will need to provide the BoP materials, such as "spark of Ingenuity." Finally, let's talk about "recrafting" and "upgrading." If you have already spent your spark of Ingenuity, you can still upgrade your item by "recrafting" it, which will cost you more gold. You may not have known about this, but it's possible to recraft items in the game.
In addition to the Spark of Ingenuity, you will need two different BoP materials to upgrade these items to item level 418.
The first is Primal Infusion, which allows you to upgrade items to a maximum of item level 405. This Primal Infusion is created by combining multiple materials, including 100 Primal Chaos and 10 Lesser Shards of Primal Infusion. You can obtain Primal Chaos by doing heroic raids, PVP rating, or Mythic plus dungeons (between 10 and 15). The Lesser Shards of Primal Infusion can be obtained by doing PVP rating or Mythic plus dungeons (between 10 and 15).
To combine concentrated Primal Infusion, you need 10 of the Primal Chaos plus 100 Primal Chaos. This will allow you to upgrade your item to a maximum of item level 418. Additionally, you can obtain Primal Infusion by earning the maximum amount of renown for each faction. For example, earning 25 renowned for the Dragon Scale Expedition will also give you one Primal Infusion. Concentrated Primal Infusion is obtained from Mythic raids, Mythic plus dungeons (level 16 and higher), and rated PVP (with an equivalent rating).
As a PVP player, you can craft PVP items that scale up to item level 424. These materials (Primal Infusion and Concentrated Primal Infusion) do not change the PVP item level scaling. However, you can still provide these infusions to increase the item level in PVE.
Now, let's talk about embellishments. Some items come with embellishments already on them, but you can also choose your own. To do this, you can go to the work orders in game and browse through them or you can just go to the crafting stations and see what options are available. It's important to choose the right embellishment for your item, especially at the start when you can only craft two items.
If you have the profession yourself, you can look at items like the Elemental Lariat, which is a dual crafting neckpiece.
This one already has an embellishment on it, which you can see if you mouse over it. This means that you cannot change the embellishment on this item. If you craft it, it will come with this embellishment. Usually, these embellishments that are already on items are unique to that specific item. You cannot take the embellishment from one item and put it on a different item, like a ring or a weapon. Most items that have an embellishment on them are unique to that item.
For example, this ring here (3D4) requires a spark of ingenuity, but it does not have an embellishment by default.
You can add an embellishment to it, which you can check by looking at the crafting orders. If you go to any armor type, you can click on "Add embellishment" and see which embellishments can be put on these items.
Keep in mind that most of these embellishments can be put on all items except weapons, trinkets, or items that already have an embellishment.
For example, the "Blue Silken Lining" embellishment can be put on bracers, a ring, a necklace, shoulders, a belt, and more. However, some embellishments cannot be put on weapons, and no embellishments can be put on trinkets.
Trinkets cannot be embellished at all. The only exception is weapons, which can have unique embellishments that can only be put on them. For example, the "Bronze Grip Wrappings" embellishment is exclusively for weapons and cannot be put on rings, necks, or other items.
While it may seem complicated at first, there aren't that many embellishments to choose from. If you figure out which ones are the best for your class and spec, you can determine where to put them. Some lists of "best in slot" items may suggest using the "Bronze Grip Wrappings" and "Blue Silicon Lining" embellishments. However, the "Blue Silicon Lining" embellishment has a bonus of 90 Health Gain Mastery, which you must have above 90 Health to get. This may not be practical in real-life situations, as you may drop below 90 Health quite often in a raid. Therefore, it may not be the best choice for progression raiding, unless it is significantly better than other options. On the other hand, the "Bronze Grip Wrappings" embellishment is an exclusive weapon enchant, which may make it a good choice for certain classes and specs.
The "Ripple in Time" embellishment sometimes procs an additional damage effect. It has an RPPM (real procs per minute) effect and will only proc a certain number of times, regardless of how many mobs you are fighting. This means that it doesn't scale well with AOE (area of effect). On single target, it may seem very good, but against multiple targets it loses value. This is why the "Bronze Grip Wrappings" embellishment is recommended for many classes, as it performs well in single target situations. The Elemental Lariat, on the other hand, is a necklace that comes with an embellishment already on it. The embellishment causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to empower one of your socketed elemental gems, granting 437 of their associated stat for 12 seconds. This is essentially a stat proc and does not require any specific conditions, such as being at full health or having a certain number of targets. It is always valuable, making the Elemental Lariat a good choice for any damage dealer, especially if it is on your "best in slot" list.
The recipe for the Elemental Lariat necklace is not currently available, but it will drop in Primal Storms when the season starts. Jewelcrafters will need to go to these zones and kill mobs to get a chance for the recipe to drop. This necklace is considered a safe choice to craft, especially if it is good for your class. Instead of crafting a two-hand weapon that requires two Sparks, you may want to consider crafting this necklace and a one-hand weapon. This way, you can have two embellishments instead of just one. Of course, this depends on your class and the benefits of a two-hand weapon. If you are a melee class that gains a lot of damage from a high item level two-hand weapon, then go for it. However, if you don't necessarily need a two-hand weapon, such as a caster who can also use an intellect one-hand weapon, then you may want to consider a one-hand weapon with the "Potion Duration" embellishment. This elongates the duration of dragon's breath potions by 50%.
This may be a safer choice than the "Blue Silicon Lining" or "Bronze Grip Wrappings" embellishments for most classes. The "Potion Duration" embellishment is not necessarily the best option for all classes, but it is considered a safe choice because it provides value no matter the situation. It extends the duration of dragon's breath potions, which provide a main stat such as intellect, agility, or strength. This is always valuable, unless you use your potion and then die immediately.
In general, the "Potion Duration" embellishment on a one-hand weapon and the Elemental Lariat necklace with a gem embellishment are considered the safest and best crafted items to go for. However, it is important to check with your class Discord or guides to see what is recommended for your specific spec. Keep in mind that the recommendations from these sources may be based on simcraft, which may not accurately reflect real-life situations. Be sure to consider the conditions and limitations of each embellishment before making a decision. To browse the available options, you can go to the crafting orders and see the embellishments that can be added to specific items. For example, if you are looking for an intellect one-hand weapon, you can find options such as a one-hand sword, dagger, mace, and more.
For those looking to craft a high item level item, the Elemental Lariat necklace is a safe choice. It comes with an embellishment already on it, which causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to empower one of your socketed elemental gems, granting 437 of their associated stat for 12 seconds. This is essentially a stat proc and does not require any specific conditions, such as being at full health or having a certain number of targets. It is always valuable, making the Elemental Lariat a good choice for any damage dealer, especially if it is on your "best in slot" list.
For those looking for a one-hand weapon, the "Potion Duration" embellishment is a safe choice. This elongates the duration of dragon's breath potions by 50%, providing a main stat such as intellect, agility, or strength. This is always valuable, unless you use your potion and then die immediately. It is important to check with your class Discord or guides to see what is recommended for your specific spec, as some lists of "best in slot" items may suggest using the "Bronze Grip Wrappings" and "Blue Silicon Lining" embellishments. However, the "Blue Silicon Lining" embellishment has a bonus of 90 Health Gain Mastery, which you must have above 90 Health to get. This may not be practical in real-life situations, as you may drop below 90 Health quite often in a raid. Therefore, it may not be the best choice for progression raiding, unless it is significantly better than other options. On the other hand, the "Bronze Grip Wrappings" embellishment is an exclusive weapon enchant, which may make it a good choice for certain classes and specs.
Crafting 418 iLvL
Crafting an item level 418 requires a skilled crafter who has the knowledge and specialization in the appropriate area. In addition to using a concentrated Primal infusion and a Spark of Ingenuity, the crafter must also craft the item at quality level 5. Adding an infusion increases the quality steps to 5, and only quality level 5 will result in an item level of 418.
A crafter with knowledge and specialization in the relevant profession, such as jewelry and necklaces, will likely be able to craft a high-quality item. However, a crafter who focuses on rings and has not specialized in necklaces may not have the necessary skills to craft a quality level 5 item. The availability of skilled crafters who can craft at quality level 5 may be limited initially, as knowledge is currently limited. However, once the raid is released and more knowledge becomes available, more crafters will likely be able to specialize and craft high-quality items.
Crafting an item level 418 requires a specialized crafter who can guarantee quality level 5. These crafters may be limited, so it is important to find a skilled crafter within your guild or network, or on your server, who can craft the specific item you want. Keep in mind that crafters have limited work orders they can complete each day, so if you contact them too late, they may not be able to fulfill your request right away. Additionally, they may have a queue of people waiting for their items, which means you may have to wait multiple days to receive your crafted item.
If you want to become a crafter and be able to craft guaranteed item level 418 items with quality level 5, check out my upcoming video where I will discuss how to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. Don't forget to subscribe to my channel and ask any questions you have in the comments or on my stream at twitch.tv/nagura. Thank you for watching and have a great day.