Hi all.. I have been playing almost every crafting class in-game now, and I really enjoy this aspect of the game, although sometimes it can be quite frustrating to fail the occasional 5 standard synths in a row (White orb) thing. I've noticed that some of my LS mates are telling others, never to accept higher ranked leves as it will result in mostly failure. While that may be the case sometimes, there are exceptions, and I hope this thread will serve as useful information for those who want to try their hand out at crafting higher ranked items.
This is not a beginner's crafting guide. It is assumed you already have some knowledge of crafting, and you want to take it to a higher level.
All crafters will tell you the same thing. Make sure you get BSM and ALC levelled to 10!! Maker's Muse and Preserve will go a very long way in helping you with that successful standard synth.
Don't craft nekkid if you can help it. Try to get your hands on crafting gear appropriate to your level. Cotton gear is a good start as hempen tends to become obsolete fast since the 1st 15 levels or so tend to zoom by quickly.
I have been using very basic food for crafting, that can be made easily at Cul lvl 1. Boiled egg ftw! I am pretty sure there are other foods out there that will grant +Craft but this is the easiest to make.
Choose the correct leve:
Personally, I would try higher ranked leves when I'm closer to the leve recommended rank itself. E.g, lvl 17 LW for a lvl 20 LW leve. I've however also tried when lvl 16 for a lvl 20 leve with success. But this is not the key point here. The key issue would be to choose a synth, that DOES NOT REQUIRE training of any sort if possible.
TAN: Belts, Harnesses
BSM: Weapon **** ends
The chance of failure gets higher when a synth requires training that you have not acquired. It is not impossible to complete the leve, but it is definitely way harder.
ARM: Sallets (Hatting training), Rings (Chainweaving training)
TAN: Boots (Cobbling training)
The above examples are by no means exhaustive.. Make sure you KNOW your synths well. Normally if I'm attempting a synth that requires training, I would aim for closer levels. E.g, lvl 18 for a rank 20 leve.
And there you have it, a short guide on how you can have more success with higher ranked local leves. Please let me know if you think on how I can improve this guide and I'll try to add it in. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the msg:
You gain 520 woodworking skill points.
You gain 2044 experience points.
One last note:
Tender touch, a lvl 10 Carpenter ability can sometimes be very useful. Unlike most of the abilities that require 4 points, tender touch only requires 3, and hence is useful when your ability slot is capped at 11, 15, etc. Also, tender touch will reduce durability loss in a successful or failed synth hence allowing you for higher chance of keeping the synth going.