Anthem: Complete Crafting Guide

If need help understanding the crafting system in BioWare's Anthem, or you want to know how to unlock all blueprints, then check out this detailed guide.

Crafting in Anthem can be confusing at times, as, if you don't know where to look, the game doesn't tell you right away how to do it. The good news is that once you find out how it works, and where to look, it isn't too difficult.

This guide is going to fully explain how the crafting system works in Anthem, including how to unlock blueprints. It will also cover the many different things you can craft, along with the different available rarities.

Crafting Basics in Anthem

Before crafting, you should first know how to determine the rarity, or quality, of items in the game. These are the rarities from most to least common:

  • Common (White)
  • Uncommon (Green)
  • Rare (Blue)
  • Epic (Purple)
  • Masterwork (Orange)
  • Legendary (Yellow)

The color indicated is what the item looks like when you loot it during a mission. You are able to craft up to Masterwork quality, and you will need a number of materials to do so. The required materials depend on what you are crafting, and you will also need the blueprint for the specific item, which will be explained later. 

anthem crafting avenging herald

These are the materials you will need for each type of craftable item: 

  • Weapons
    • Chimeric Compound
    • Chimeric Alloy
    • Ember
    • Weapon Parts
  • Universal Components
    • Chimeric Compound
    • Chimeric Alloy
    • Ember
  • Class Specific Items
    • Chimeric Compound
    • Chimeric Alloy
    • Ember
    • Class Parts

How To Get Crafting Materials

The materials needed for crafting are found in a number of ways:

  • Chimeric Compound comes from gathering from plants in the world as well as salvaging items.

  • Chimeric Alloy comes from gathering from minerals and parts in the world as well as salvaging items.

  • Embers come randomly when gathering from anything in the world, but they aren't guaranteed. You can also get them when salvaging items of uncommon rarity or higher.

    There are different types of Embers, and they are related to item rarity. For example, salvaging Masterwork items will grant Masterwork Embers, which you will need to craft Masterwork weapons.

  • Weapon Parts can be found in gathering piles sometimes or by salvaging any gun.

  • Class Parts can be found in gathering piles sometimes and by salvaging a class specific item. For example, if you salvage an Interceptor-specific component, you will get Interceptor parts.

To note, all of these items can be bought from the store with Coin, the in-game currency. That said, I would not recommend buying materials unless there is absolutely nothing else you want to purchase.

Currently, crafting materials come very easily, with Masterwork Embers being a possible exception. These Embers are the only things I would consider buying with Coin, and I would only do so after finding something really good to craft.

How to Unlock Blueprints

The other extremely important aspect of crafting is unlocking the necessary blueprints. How this is done differs depending on what you want to craft, so I'll explain the method for each category.

Weapons

Common weapon blueprints are unlocked the first time you receive that weapon. From there, you must unlock the higher rarity versions of the weapon by completing challenges with the weapon equipped. 

To note, you can't just kill 10 legendary enemies and unlock the Epic version of a weapon. Instead, you need to complete the Uncommon challenge, then the Rare challenge, and then you can work on the Epic challenge.

These challenges require you to kill enemies. The number and rank of the enemies that you need to dispatch depends on the rarity of the blueprint you want to unlock:

  • Uncommon: Defeat 50 enemies with the weapon.
  • Rare: Defeat 25 Elite enemies with the weapon.
  • Epic: Defeat 10 Legendary enemies with the weapon.
  • Masterwork: Defeat 10 Legendary enemies with the weapon.

anthem thunderbolt of Yvenia blueprint

You don't need to get the killing blow in order to complete these challenges — you only need to damage the enemy. You can also check you weapon and gear blueprint progress by opening the Challenges menu and then selecting either gear or weapons.

Gear (Abilities)

Like weapons, gear blueprints are unlocked by completing challenges with the Ability equipped. The challenges are:

  • Uncommon: Complete four Missions or World Events on Normal+ difficulty with the Ability equipped.
  • Rare: Complete eight Missions or World Events on Normal+ difficulty with the Ability equipped.
  • Epic: Complete 12 Missions or World Events on Normal+ difficulty with the Ability equipped.
  • Masterwork: Complete 35 Missions or World Events on Grandmaster 1+ difficulty with the Ability equipped.
Components & Sigils (Consumables)

Blueprints for components and sigils are unlocked through Anthem's Faction and Rep system. If you want more details on this, check out the Anthem Faction, Rep, and Rewards guide.

This is what is required to unlock these blueprints:

  • Components
    • Class-Specific: Increase Sentinel Rep for all three ranks.
    • Universal: Increase Freelancer Rep for all three ranks.
  • Sigils
    • Weapon Sigils: Increase Arcanist Rep for all three ranks.
    • Elemental: Complete Strongholds.

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That's everything you need to know about crafting in Anthem. Now you can work on unlocking all those blueprints and make some really nice weapons and gear.

Guide Editor

After gaming for 25 years, Synzer leveraged his vast knowledge of RPGs and MMOs into a job as a games journalist, covering the games he loves. Five years later, he's still writing about Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, and Knights of the Old Republic. Synzer has a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing. You can see him in action on his YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/2F97BrR) and Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/synzergaming).

Published Feb. 21st 2019

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