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Global Update: Craft System and More!

Dear Players!
 
Sphere 3 is getting more and more interesting! The new opportunities appear and some known thing get new attributes.Please find below the patch notes for Global Update.

Craft System


The Crafting system allows players to obtain materials in the game world and to refine them into final products. The activities players may participate in while crafting are determined by the player’s chosen profession.
 

Craft professions


There are two types of professions:
Refining professions allow you to convert basic materials (such as metal ores) found in the game world into advanced materials (such as metal ingots).
There are several professions in this category:
  • Metal forging
  • Woodworking
  • Herbalism
  • Currying
  • Weaving
  • Ore grinding
All of them complement various crafting professions.
Crafting professions allow you to produce actual items (such as equipment and arcana) from advanced materials:
  • Weapon smithing (weapons)
  • Artefactory (magical weapons (rods, staves, symbols) and relics)
  • Armor smithing (heavy armor and shields)
  • Leatherworking (medium armor)
  • Tailoring (cloth «armor» and bags)
  • Jewelcrafting (jewellery — amulets, bracelets and rings)
  • Alchemy (arcana and elixirs)

To obtain a crafting profession you need to learn it from a special character (an instructor) and pay some gold as a tuition fee. Refining professions are secondary and cannot be learned separately, you will get them automatically when you learn the corresponding crafting profession. For example, you will automatically learn “metal forging: and “woodworking” the moment you become a weapon smith.
Crafting professions have experience levels similar to the character’s combat profession (his class), from 1 to 45. The level of your refining professions is always equal to the level of your crafting one. Both professions will level up as you craft more items.
The amount of crafting experience you get depends on the level of your crafting profession and the level of a recipe being crafted. You will get less experience for crafting recipes below your profession level.
The profession level determines which items the character will be able to produce and which sources of raw materials will be available.
A character may learn only one crafting profession at a time. If you change your mind, you may remove the existing profession and pick a different one, but you will lose all of your progress by doing so.

Materials


Gathering raw materials does not require any special skills (such as gathering professions).
Materials can be gathered from special nodes that appear in the game world:
  • Herbs and flowers
  • Saplings
  • Ore veins
  • Monsters
You need to have a specific tool in your inventory to gather raw materials (such as a pickaxe to mine ore or a hunting knife to skin animals) by interacting with the node (via clicking it or pressing the interaction button). Once gathering is complete, you will see a loot window similar to the one you see when you loot monsters. After you’ve picked up the recourses, the window closes automatically and the resource node disappears soon after.
Your ability to gather resources from a node is limited by your profession level.
By harvesting resource nodes you obtain basic materials that need to be refined before they can be used in actual crafting. This is where refining professions become handy:
  • Metal forging allows you to smelt metal ores into ingots (for weapon and armor smithing).
  • Woodworking allows you to process logs and cut them into bars used to craft bows, polearms, rods and staves.
  • Herbalism allows you to grind plants and mushrooms into powders used in alchemy.
  • Currying allows you to tan the hides of slain monsters and receive skins, scales or fur used in leatherworking to create medium armor.
  • Weaving allows you to create cloth from plants that is used in tailoring to create light armor.
  • Ore grinding will allow you to prospect metal ores and find gems used in jewelcrafting.

As you can see, crafting requires advanced materials (that can be obtained by refining basic resources).
But that’s just the beginning. The creation of some items will require special ingredients. They can only be obtained from bosses, and task will be quite challenging.

Crafting recipes. Item creation.


So you’ve learned a new profession, gathered enough materials and are prepared to create valuable items? Not so fast! You’re going to need a few recipes first.
 
Where do I get the recipes?
You get your first recipe automatically as soon as you learn your new profession, as well as the basic recipes for the accompanying refining professions. This knowledge and a little bit of resources will help you to level your profession up. You can purchase recipes up to level 7 from the trainer who taught you the secrets of your trade. After that, you’ll need to go hunting or visit an auction house.
 
You may get new recipes from monsters of appropriate level both in dungeons and on the surface.
 
An unlearned recipe looks like a consumable item (a scroll). To learn the recipe, you need to have a sufficiently advanced matching profession. The scroll containing a recipe disappears after use, but the recipe itself will be added to the known recipes section of your crafting interface.
 
Item creation
 
Let’s take a closer look at the crafting process.
 
To open the crafting interface, make sure you’ve learned a profession from a matching instructor and press К or click an icon in the bottom menu.
 
Alternatively, you may approach a crafting station for your profession and press “Use”.
 
In craft interface window you may see all of the recipes you have already learned, the item you are about to create, equipment the materials you’re going to need, the amount of gold you are going to spend on crafting the item (or several items), the number of items you wish to create.
 
Here you go, we wish you lucky craft!

Unique item properties


The battles in the world of Ericuria are about to become even more exciting! From now on all equipment in the world of Sphere comes with special properties. Now you’ll be able to become a proud owner of truly unique and wondrous things that nobody else has.
 
When an item appears in the world, there is a small chance it comes with a number of special properties we call affixes.
 
Affixes can be very different: some may increase or decrease the item’s attributes, others may give it unusual properties or increase the number of gemstone sockets.
 
You may get such an item by crafting it or by looting it from a threatening monster. Your best chance to receive such a special reward is to craft an item using a recipe obtained from a boss monster. Traditional crafting recipes yield items with affixes less often, and only the luckiest of players will get such treasures from enemies.
 
You may get items with affixes by crafting traditional recipes above level 30 or by crafting recipes obtained from boss monsters above level 10.

Enhancement system changes


From now on upgrading an item without a protection crystal may result in critical failure. In this case the item loses its current enhancement level and may become damaged. Attempting to enhance an item without protection crystals may lead to one of the following results:
  • the attempt succeeds and the item enhancement level increases by 1.
  • the attempt fails and the item enhancement level decreases.
  • the attempt fails and the item becomes damaged.
  • the attempt fails, the item becomes damaged and its enhancement level decreases.
  • the attempt fails but nothing else happens.
A damaged item remains functional. You may equip it and keep using it in the future, but you won’t be able to enhance or enchant it ever again. You will not be able to socket any gemstones, either.
 
Please use caution and remember to use protection crystals if you wish to continue upgrading your piece of equipment in the future.
 
Have a great time in Sphere 3!
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