Fine crafting materials are broken down into six distinct tiers, with most used by a majority of crafting disciplines. At the final tier, each type will be used by fewer disciplines, but you will ultimately end up needing larger quantities to produce higher quality items.
In this guide we’ve compiled information on each of type of fine crafting material, which disciplines use them, and the creature types that most commonly drop them. Hopefully this will help you the next time you’re running short on vials of blood by knowing what creatures drop them, and help save you a bit of coin so that you don’t find it necessary to purchase them from the trading post. Likewise, if you notice a specific type or tier of fine crafting material is selling at a particularly good price point, it can be handy to know where to find more to sell to other players.
Fine Crafting Materials
Bats and trolls both tend to be the most reliable sources for vials of blood for each tier, and both creature types tend to hang out in caves. An alternative would be to hunt skale which are commonly found along rivers or the shorelines of larger bodies of water. Since skale can also drop scales, they may be a better option depending on which type of crafting materials you’re looking to stock up on.
Bones tend to be some of the most easily obtained fine crafting materials outside of maybe dusts, at least in my experience. That’s largely due to the multitude of creature types that drop them, though each type may only be found in specific regions. At higher levels you’ll be fighting a lot of Risen (the undead residents of Orr under Zhaitan’s control) so large and ancient bones tend to be very easy to come by.
The crafting disciplines in Guild Wars 2 can be an excellent source of armor, weapons, accessories, consumables, and upgrades. Most disciplines tend to make heavy use of items dropped from various creature types, especially once you begin making higher quality items. These items fall under the Fine Crafting Materials collection stored in your bank, and will be the focus of this guide. Dropped gems, rare materials, and food types will be handled in separate guides.