Blacksmithing materials can be very expensive in the guild stores, therefore many players prefer to farm them. In this part of the Blacksmithing Guide we are going to showcase the best ways to farm materials.
Preparation and a solid tactic is important to be as efficient as possible while gathering materials. This applies to all crafting related materials that you can farm in the open world. You don't need to follow every step of this guide, but the more steps you follow, the faster you will be able to farm materials.
For example you can simply chose the approach to farm materials with your main character, which will work fine. You could also create a second character that is specifically optimized for farming materials in the open world. Or you could also have some secondary gear ready on your main character that you can use when you want to farm materials. There are plenty of options.
Farming Character Optimization
The best option would be to create a character that is optimized for crafting and farming. Therefore you will not need to spend any skill points on your main character for crafting. Lets calculate how many skill points you would need if you really want to have all crafting related skill lines maxed out.
Jewelry Crafting: 17
Total: 156 Skill points
This obviously takes into consideration that you will have everything active, which most of the time is not the case. But this should show you how many skill points you could really sink into crafting and why a character specifically made for crafting might be a good choice if you plan to play this game long term!
Speedy G. is a build that is optimized for farming materials as fast as possible. The build is at the maximum speed limit and can stay in stealth a 100% of the time without running out of resources. I always recommend creating a Nightblade for a crafting/ farming character, you can stealth pretty much through all the monsters to avoid losing time fighting monsters!
Lets analyze all the options you have that could increase your speed. The speed limit is 200%, walking already accounts for 100% speed. Now what can we do to boost our speed? We also should differentiate our speed while walking/stealth vs while sprinting. Reaching 200% speed limit while sprinting is easy to achieve.
However, we want to get close to 200% with our walk speed in stealth/sneak. Therefore, we can simply sneak, be invisible all the time, have unlimited resources due to a neat trick and pretty much have 200% speed without sprinting.
Important: We need to be a Vampire with this setup to ignore the movement speed penalty in sneak thanks to the Dark Stalker passive.