Experimentation is an ability gained through Alternate Advancements in the Tradeskill Prestige tab. It's an endline ability, so you will need 15 points in the Experimentation tree to activate Experimentation. Once you've reached tradeskill level 90, you start acquiring a Tradeskill AA point every 20% of a level, thus you must be at least tradeskill level 93 to use experimentation.

TS Prestige Experimentation

Once you have the Experimentation ability, you will be offered an Experimentation tab in your crafting window when using any type of crafting station. The Available Items list will show equipment in your bags or bank (including the shared bank).

Experiment Tab

Experimentation may be used on most crafted armor, weapons, and jewelry to:

  • Improve the item's existing stats
    • Usually by 10% the first combine, 5% the second and so on with diminishing returns
    • Some stats only allow a 5% boost on the first combine, then 2.5%, etc.
  • Add a proc to an item
    • Augmented Smite
    • Augmented Blessing
  • Add a decoration to a weapon
    • Minor Essence of Ice
    • Minor Essence of Illusion
    • Minor Essence of Nature
    • Minor Essence of Pestilence
    • Minor Essence of Radiance
    • Minor Essence of Runes
    • Minor Essence of Acid
    • Minor Essence of Shadow
    • Minor Essence of Electricity

You can experiment on an item up to five times, depending on how many points you have in the Experimentation AA ability. If you have one point in Experimentation, then you can only experiment on an item once. If you have five points in Experimentation, you can experiment on an item up to five times. Additional points in Experimentation also will improve your experimentation reaction arts.

Each time you experiment on an item, there is a risk of completely destroying the item if you fail to complete the progress bar. The more times you experiment on an item, the more challenging each combine becomes.

The name of the item that has been experimented upon will gain a prefix according to the number of times it's been experimented on:

  1. Experimented needs roughly 1 minute
  2. Prototypical needs roughly 2 minutes
  3. Innovative needs roughly 3 minutes
  4. Ingenious needs roughly 4 minutes
  5. Visionary needs roughly 5 minutes


  • You can't experiment on a reforged item. You can go to the reforger and have them undo the reforging, experiment on the item, then go back to the reforger to have the item reforged again.
  • If you intend to imbue an item, do it before you experiment on it, as imbuing will blow away all the experimentation changes.
  • Experimentation requires no fuel.
  • The more you experiment on an item the longer it takes, the times above are roughly the time that is needed to complete the experimentation on a "perfect" run

Experimentation Reaction AbilitiesEdit

Unlike regular crafting, the reaction abilities for Experimentation are each different, and all six are on their own individual timers. You need to read and understand what each button does, exactly. Two cost power. Two decrease experimental success chance by 5%, two others increase it by 10%. Two boost durability, another two boost progress.

Experimentation Reactions

It is possible to use drag-and-drop to rearrange the button order, and some people do this.

Learning How To ExperimentEdit

Experimentation feels a little counterintuitive to a skilled crafter. First of all, you just have to resign yourself to the idea that you cannot keep durability at 100%, and if you try, you will fail and lose the item. You get -10 durability on each unmodified crafting round, and you can only hope to finish crafting before all durability is gone.

Secondly, you can't just spam 1-2-3, 4-5-6, 4-5-6. You need to push progress as much as possible while avoiding the reactions that cause loss of experimental success chance when you can. Different people have different approaches to how they do experimentation.

The most important two things about experimenting:

  1. You must counter every adverse event. Failing a counter will cause you to take a huge durability hit. If you run out of durability before you have 100% progress, you fail the combine and the item you're experimenting on is destroyed.
  2. You must pay attention. Each crafting round is 4.0 seconds. Each counter refresh is 4.1 seconds. That means you have a very tight window for using your experimentation reaction abilities. You won't always be able to spam three buttons on a given round, and sometimes you'll only be able to use just the one to counter an adverse event. And this also means you have to keep your eyes on your crafting window, you don't have time to chat, or even read chat channels.

It's a good idea to make or obtain a few level 1 handcrafted items (tin weapons, for example) and practice experimenting on them. It takes a few tries before you really get the rhythm of the process. Once you have a little practice, you should almost never lose an item during experimentation: lag spikes, power outages and the like can result in failure, but your own crafting won't unless you fail to counter or don't pay attention.

  • Note: Listen to the crafting sound, each round ~2secs has specific end sounds like "wooosh". When you manage to listen to that and get the rythem you know a bit better when to look for the reaction instead of staring at the crafting window kinda. Once you get into the rythem you can use 2 abilites each round, either 1 to conter and 1 extra or just 2 extra. It is a bit tricky after all and you need to pay attention.

Enhancing Experimentation AbilitiesEdit

Your experimentation reaction abilities are unaffected by your regular abilities, potions, or crafting gear. There are, however, a few ways to get boosts to experimentation:

Beta BonusesEdit

Pre-Order BonusesEdit

Quest RewardsEdit

White AdornsEdit

Mount GearEdit




Tradeskill Far Seas AAEdit

TS Far Seas Seasoned Experimentation


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