Tradeskillers have a series of quests available to them outside of the standard, repeatable rush orders and work orders. These quests yield rewards including advanced recipe books, tradeskill cloaks, faction, and tradeskill experience.
All tradeskill quests can be performed by low level adventurers, although they do require visiting progressively higher level (and more dangerous) zones. Invisibility or Stealth and/or grouping with a group of high level adventurers is recommended.
The information here is organized by level ranges, but it is beneficial to read a bit ahead of your character's current tradeskill level. In many cases, the level range in the section titles is "soft" and you may be able start or even complete some steps before reaching the level range in the section's title. For example, the Artisan Epic timeline has steps that can be started well before attaining level 80.
What's not included
There are several quests in EQ2 which require tradeskill ability but do not provide any inherent rewards to tradeskillers. Quests which are not elaborated upon in this timeline include those that:
- yield recipes (e.g. Kicking the Bird Out of the Nest, Golden Acorn, ...)
- grant harvesting items (e.g. Reinforcing a Relic...)
- simply require you to craft something (e.g. A Thorn of Old, An Axe from the Past, ...)
- simply require you to harvest something (e.g. Casualties of the War of the Fay, These Boots Were Made For..., ...)
Some of the above quests will help you gain tradeskill experience by crafting. However, they do not cleanly fit into a clear progressive series of quests. Also, the quests themselves do not grant you direct tradeskill experience, per se - just the opportunity to craft the relatively high level items needed to complete the quests.
Alternative and Complimentary Quests
Other quests, like those offered during the City Festivals, Moonlight Enchantments, and some holiday-themed events like Frostfell offer tradeskill XP that is not designed for a specific trade, but still good for gaining levels.
A great compliment to the quest series here is the harvesting-themed series: A Gathering Obsession Timeline. Many who take up a trade will do the Tradeskill Timeline and the Gathering Obsession Timeline in tandem, as the harvesting quests help you gather the needed materials for the Tradeskill Timeline. The Harvesting quests also supply coin and gear that is extremely useful in your tradeskill progress.
Tradeskill Quest Progression as envisioned by SoE for GU 57
Information provided from the Tradeskill Panel slides at the 2010 Fan Faire
- Level 1 - 9: "If I Had A Hammer" intro & tutorial
- Level 10 - 19: New Halas good/evil
- Level 20 - 29: Butcherblock
- Level 30 - 39: Steamfont
- Level 40 - 49: Lavastorm
- Level 50 - 59: Mara quests, Far Seas missions & TSO
- Level 60 - 69: Kunark sokokar questline
- Level 70 - 79: Kunark factions, epic quest
- Level 80 - 89: Sentinel's Fate factions, signature quest
Levels 1-9: Crafting Tutorial Timeline
New tradeskillers are given an opportunity to try out all nine tradeskill classes and determine their favorite.
- Optional: Talk to a Crafting Trainer to receive artisan level 2.
- Optional starting quest: Becoming a Crafter in Timorous Deep (level 1, available to all characters).
- Optional harvesting quest: Tutorial: Learning to Harvest (adventurer level 2) - harvesting on any T1 zone
- Optional tradeskill quest: If I Had A Hammer (adventurer level 5)
- Tutorial: Forging Ahead (tradeskill level 3) - crafting
- Tutorial: Countering Problems (4) - crafting
- Tutorial: Learning to Cook (5) - crafting
- Tutorial: The Art of Weapons (6) - crafting
- Tutorial: Scribing Scrolls (7) - crafting
- Tutorial: Alchemical Experiments (8) - crafting
- Tutorial: Essential Outfitting (9) - crafting
- If you gain Artisan level 9 before completing this quest, gain level 10 before turning it in. (See below.)
Levels 5-100 Shipwrecked Timeline
Shipwrecked Timeline introduced with Altar of Malice expansion
Intended to introduce new players to some new concepts, guide tradeskillers past areas where there are other tradeskill quests they may also want to pick up, and reward recipes for some useful-at-all-levels items. For new players/characters this questline is intended to be spaced out through their whole career levelling up.
Once you have attained Artisan level 9, you must choose your crafting class by talking to a Crafting Trainer and choosing either Scholar, Craftsman or Outfitter. You will reach level 10 upon contacting this NPC. Most players will want to do this before turning in Tutorial: Essential Outfitting, since you can gain more tradeskill experience that way.
For artisan levels 10 through 19, there are new tradeskill quests. There is a questline in New Halas, for example, that gives a rare for each quest completed and at the end you can buy all the level 10-19 advanced books for a few silver each. You can also gain experience by crafting items. Upon reaching Artisan level 19, you will once again need to make a choice on your tradeskilling career. You will gain level 20 by talking to a Crafting Trainer and choosing your Artisan subclass from:
- If you're a Scholar:
- If you're an Outfitter:
- If you're a Craftsman:
You will need:
- Good aligned:
- 19 Tuber Strands
- 4 Tanned Leather
- 1 Electrum Cluster
- 2 Iron Cluster
- 1 Rough Turquoise
- 12 Severed Maple
- 16 glowing filaments
- 8 Glowing Sandpaper
- 2 glowing coal
- Evil aligned:
- 19 maple lumber
- 1 tanned leather
- 4 electrum cluster
- 24 iron cluster
- 8 glowing candles
- 24 glowing coal
Levels 15-60: Tradeskill Writs and Craftsman Timeline
Starting at level 15, you may perform repeatable City Tradeskill Tasks Quests to earn tradeskill experience, faction with your tradeskill society, Status points, and money. (See article: Tradeskill Writs for further information.)
Tradeskill City Tasks are broken up into Rush Orders (available from level 20), which require you to craft 6 items in a limited time (currently 8 minutes, 30 seconds) and Work Orders (available from level 15), which require you to craft 12 items with no time limit. See any Rush Orders or Work Orders for your tradeskill writs.
In addition to these repeatable quests, there are a series of optional quests which yield faction, advanced recipe books, and special tradeskill cloaks. This tradeskill quest line is called the Craftsman Timeline:
At level 15 Tradeskill, the Tradeskill AA tree is now open.
- Journeyman Service (20) - harvesting in The Thundering Steppes
- Tradesman Service (35) - crafting
- Advanced Tradesman Service (45) - crafting
- Advanced Journeyman Tasks (55) - crafting several items for an NPC in the Sinking Sands (a T6 zone)
- Senior Crafter Service (60) - harvesting and collecting items and objects in Tenebrous Tangle (a T7 zone) and crafting
Levels 20-30: Butcherblock Mountains
- A Binding Contract <--- includes the supply list for Butcherblock Mountains crafting quests!
- For the Greater Goods
- Freelance Fletcher
- Turning Turtle
- The Bear Essentials
- Dwarven Blades
Horned Mountain Saliraptor ~ Ellerith Groundspark quest line
(Available at level 30; requires different supplies from other Butcherblock quests)
- Dirt Digging <-- Includes supply list needed to complete the leaper mount questline
- Dirty Work (Tradeskill)
- Tools For Their Trade
- Further Research
- Over Their Heads
Levels 30-40 Steamfont
- Material Support <--- includes the supply list for Steamfont Mountains crafting quests!
- Essaying Assaying
- Building A Better Dummy, Part 1
Level 40 Everfrost
Levels 40-50: Lavastorm
- Crafty Sootfoots: Scouting About (45) <--- includes the materials shopping list for Lavastorm crafting quests!
- Crafty Sootfoots: Another Man's Treasure (45)
- Crafty Sootfoots: Corporate Espionage (45)
- Sootfoot Service: Special Delivery (45)
- Sootfoot Service: Bellowing for Help (45)
- Sootfoot Service: Ore Spillage (45)
- Sootfoot Service: Repairing the Repairs (45)
- Sootfoot Service: Hot Rocks (45)
After completing all these quests, your final reward is a Sootfoot Armoring Secrets recipe book.
There are also two new red shiny collections available: Sootfoot Forge Scraps (Lavastorm) and Deathfist Forge Scraps (Zek) which allows you to craft the Sootfoot and Deathfist armors in your home or guild hall.
Level 50 Sinking Sands
Level 50: Sages Only
This is the quest that allows Sages to craft player-written books.
- In a Bind (50)
Levels 50-80: The Shadow Odyssey Crafting
You can begin getting the various quests, missions, and writs once you attain tradeskill level 50.
- Doing so increases the tradeskill quest options in the following ways:
- It acts as an "formal introduction" to the Far Seas Supply Division and Kaisha Swifteasel, which allows you to access the unlimited repeatable tradeskill writs.
- It opens up numerous quests from three different factions in Moors of Ykesha.
Isle of Mara Quests
- Quests from: NPCs Kaisha Swifteasel or Madria Varas
- You *may* not see a quest feather above the staffers' head. Right click on them and hail them anyway to get their quests.
- Priority orders are "picked up" from desk near the two quest-giving NPCs.
Solo Tradeskill Missions
The Priority Orders: For Immediate Assignments are from a desk at ( -94, 3, 105 ) /waypoint -94.21, 3.49, 104.75 (near Madria) and vary daily. The cycle of options resets each Wednesday at 11pm PST. Click on the desk to get one of these.
- Examples of possible quests include:
- Far Seas Supply Division - A Recipe for Disaster (50)
- Far Seas Supply Division - Rescuing the Relics (50) - may require access, see quest page for details
- Far Seas Supply Division - Restocking the Stores (50)
Group Tradeskill or Solo Missions
The quests from Madria Varas ( -87, 3, 107 ) /waypoint -87, 3, 107 are better suited to groups, but can be completed solo.
- The offered quest changes hourly and the instances for these quests can be reset after 1 hour and 30 minutes, therefore each quest can be completed every four hours if you so choose.
- Buy the Mission Stone from Koros Splinterlimb (ground floor) for a quick transport to the tradeskill instance.
- It is possible to solo the group tradeskill mission, but it may be difficult for lower level crafters. The crafted items are level 70 and were designed to be completed by one person of each trade. Because of this it is somewhat hard to do with non-main crafting profession abilities.
- Higher level crafters (95+) with the Mass Production skill will find these quests to be trivial to complete.
- Be sure to counter all the tradeskill events, as some will reward you with rares or Far Seas Tokens.
- Possible quests you may get include:
- Shipyard Services (50) -- The Shipyard Cove in The Commonlands (quest level 80)
- Clockwork Rescue (50) -- The Clockwork Workshop, entered from within the Gnomeland Security Headquarters in Steamfont Mountains (quest level 80)
- Emergency Portal Repairs (50) -- Palace of the Ancient One from The Overlook in Moors of Ykesha (quest level 80)
- Supply Stocking (50) -- Firemyst Gully: Supply Shortage in Antonica (quest level 80)
Repeatable Faction Writs
- One example is the Far Seas Arcana Requisition 54 (Rush Order)
Solo and group Missions are available offer a variety of rewards including tradeskill jewelry, recipe books for Primal Velium Shard armor (group mission instance loot), and Far Seas Trading Company Tokens.
To see the token cost of items and a list of what's available, see the information page for the merchant, Koros Splinterlimb.
Moors of Ykesha Solo Quests
In addition to the Isle of Mara writs and missions, various faction quests can be found in Moors of Ykesha.
In addition to some tradeskill experience, finishing these quests should give you a good start to having enough faction to purchase some of the items from the faction merchants in the camps.
- Faction can be raised with:
- Survival Accord at Firmroot Moot and also the two rival camps of
- the Guktan Guard (in Tupta) and
- Clan Grobb, all of which have some nice clothing and other rewards.
If you completed Ship Out, you can also go back to get one daily tradeskill quest from each of the tradeskill representatives. By doing so you can improve their faction (and possibly reduce the faction to the rival).
- Mug in Firmroot Moot for one of the following:
- Varick Stoutheart in Tupta for one of the following:
- Zubzub in Grobb for one of the following:
Level 55: Fallen Dynasty
At level 50 you can start the Fallen Dynasty quests in The Village of Shin (Island of Mara) to receive a special 36-slot harvesting bag, plus a charm to improve your tradeskill success chance as well as two pieces of unique handcrafted furniture.
- Prerequisite: Improving Relations with the Locals (55) - speaking to NPCs
- Your artisan class-specific Fallen Dynasty Tradeskill Quest (55) - all quests include harvesting
A Gathering Obsession
Though this is not a quest series limited to those who take up a tradeskill, this series was first introduced to help tradeskill enthusiasts gain special gear and bonuses that support their style of gameplay.
- It can be started at any adventure or tradeskill level.
- When it was introduced, the series assumed players would level up harvesting (gathering) skills of all types, hence the name of the series. Then harvesting skills were radically changed in 2013. The minimum skill now applies ONLY to the ability to get a rare material while harvesting.
- Rewards of interest include the Cloak of the Harvester to boost gathering skills while out in the world and a "pack pony" that can be summoned (a spell) as a pet. The player may then command the pony to harvest tradeskill materials for any tier up to 100.
See the A Gathering Obsession Timeline for a full list of quests, details on the rewards, plus tips and tricks related to the series.
Level 60: Tenebrous Tangle
Levels 65-70: Sokokar Timeline
This is a Rise of Kunark quest timeline for artisans (starting as early as level 65) which rewards both a "fluff" pet and access to the Kunark travel system by way of Sokokar. The sokokar is the primary means of transportation through the vast Kunark zones.
This quest series starts on the docks of the Kylong Plains. If you have already completed the adventuring timeline rewarding the pet sokokar, you won't be rewarded it a second time (and vice versa).
- Fangs Away! (68)
- An Eye in the Sky (69)
- Sticking My Ore In (69)
- Preparations for the Rescue (70)
- Is It Good News? (70)
Level 70: Alchemists Only
This is the quest that allows Alchemists to distill dusts into higher level ones.
Levels 70-75: Rise of Kunark Crafting
Due to the conflicts between races in the Rise of Kunark expansion, tradeskilling is divided into factions. Bathezid's Watch, Riliss, and Legion of Danak each initially greet outsiders with hostility and will kill you on sight.
Level 70 tradeskillers can start questing with the New Lands, New Profits quest to gain enough faction with Bathezid's Watch and Riliss to enter and tradeskill in these areas. This quest is especially challenging to low level adventurers as it requires traveling into the Fens of Nathsar which is full of high level mobs. Making use of stealth, invisibility, and grouping up with high level adventurers are recommended. Careful use of the Leaper mount makes this fairly easy.
Level 75 tradeskillers can get High Risks, Higher Profits - Part 1 and gain enough faction with Legion of Danak to enter and tradeskill in the Danak Shipyard area. Again, this quest can be challenging to finish as you need to navigate through areas of high level mobs.
Once you complete the questline, you will be able to perform tradeskilling writs (tasks) for the relevant factions. Gaining -20,000 faction with Bathezid's Watch will allow you to start your Epic Tradeskill quest at level 80. Gaining +20,000 and +30,000 faction with Bathezid's Watch, Riliss, and/or Legion of Danak gives you access to special recipe books from each faction for unique items you can craft.
- New Lands, New Profits (70) -- Bathezid's Watch and Riliss factions
- High Risks, Higher Profits - Part 1 (75) -- Legion of Danak faction and tradeskill experience
- Not Your Ordinary Messenger - Part 1
- A Master's Back to Basics
- Not Your Ordinary Messenger - Part 2
- High Risks, Higher Profits - Part 2
Level 80: Artisan Epic Timeline
Just as those who adventure can get an epic weapon by completing an epic quest series, tradeskill enthusiasts get an epic quest series too!
- Steps to prepare for this quest series can be started at level 70 and faction requirements can be started at level 72.
Examples of Rewards:
- A cloak themed to each tradeskill class and with bonuses that benefit that class most (e.g. Cloak of the Master Alchemist)
- A prefix title specific to your character's trade. For example Master Armorer.
- The Earring of the Solstice which allows you to see Master Artisan Red Shinies
- See the Artisan Epic Timeline for full details on prerequisites and recommend preparations.
- Sarnak Supply Stocking (80)
- Bixie Distraction (80)
- Anything for Jumjum (80)
- Scholar Errands, Outfitter Errands, or Craftsman Errands (80)
- The Proof of the Pudding (80)
Levels 80-90: Sentinel's Fate Crafting
Sentinel's Fate introduced a lot of new quests for crafters. To keep this page organized, you will find the details on a separate page: Sentinel's Fate Crafting Timeline
Level 90: Destiny of Velious Crafting
Destiny of Velious introduced a lot of new quests for crafters. To keep this page organized, you will find the details on a separate page: Destiny of Velious Crafting Timeline
Level 90-92: The Withered Lands Crafting
With the release of Skyshrine, a new tier of crafting materials, recipe books, and quests were introduced. The details can be found on a separate page: The Withered Lands Crafting Timeline
- Normal and Advanced 91 and 92 tradeskill books for your tradeskill class
Level 95: Scars of the Awakened Crafting
Scars of the Awakened added a number of new tradeskill quests. The details can be found on a separate page: Scars of the Awakened Crafting Timeline
Level 95: Tears of Veeshan Crafting
Tears of Veeshan added a number of new tradeskill quests. The details can be found on a separate page: Tears of Veeshan Crafting Timeline
Level 95-100: Altar of Malice Crafting
Altar of Malice added a number of new tradeskill quests. The details can be found on a separate page: Altar of Malice Crafting Timeline
- Mark of the Far Seas
- Tuesday "daily tradeskill" as a rare chance that you get rallic pack pattern for Rallic Pack
Level 100: Terrors of Thalumbra Crafting
Terrors of Thalumbra added a number of new tradeskill quests. The details can be found on a separate page: Terrors of Thalumbra Crafting Timeline
Level 100: Kunark Ascending Crafting
Kunark Ascending added a number of new tradeskill quests. The details can be found on a separate page: Kunark Ascending Crafting Timeline
- An Obulus Frontier Garden - every 24 hours you can get 1 rare from "Kunark Ascending" and a bag of harvests either for "Planes of Prophecy" or "Chaos Descending"
- The Ability Summon Artisan's Gathering Goblin reduces the base casting speed of all harvesting abilities to 1.5 seconds.
Level 101-110: Planes of Prophecy
The Planes of Prophecy expansion raises the level cap to 110, which includes new writs and new quests to be released after the expansion launch. The details can be found on a separate page: Planes of Prophecy Crafting Timeline
- Gaggelu Pearwood - Tradeskill familiar
- Artisan's Harvest Stash - spell for a extra bag for harvests and fuels.
Level 110: Chaos Descending
The Chaos Descending expansion added a number of new tradeskill quests. The details can be found on a separate page: Chaos Descending Crafting Timeline
- Crystal Shard Backpack - 88 slot backpack with an appearance
Level 110: Blood of Luclin
The Blood of Luclin expansion returned harvesting to the Pack Pony, as well as providing a new tradeskill timeline. Details can be found on the Blood of Luclin Tradeskill Timeline page. You must complete the prelude quest in order to unlock the timeline as well as be able to travel to Luclin. Completing the questline unlocks special recipe books for barding/adornments.
- Shadowed Staff of Luclin - Allows you to harvest special shadowed rares.
Level 120: Reign of Shadows
The Reign of Shadows expansion adds a new tradeskll timeline and ways to craft, including patterns for Mastercrafts and heirloom-only advanced recipe book drops. Details can be found on the Reign of Shadows Crafting Timeline page.
- Mercenary Contract: Nuinun Wolfbane - Reward for completion of timeline
- Reign of Shadows Guild Advancement Token
Level 125: Visions of Vetrovia
The Visions of Vetrovia expansion adds a new tradeskll timeline and ways to craft. Details can be found on the Visions of Vetrovia Crafting Timeline page.