Are you getting tired of chasing those dreary whales across the seven seas? Have the rainforests been a bit ungrateful lately? Well why don't you become a shield smith and save a whole new sort of endangered species!
Before you begin this profession you should ask yourself if you have anything to gain from it. Players who decide to remain neutral and to not get involved in the great conflict between Bonta and Brakmar are not advised to become Shield Smiths, as these items are useless for fighting against monsters.
Since not everyone makes use of what you make, your clientele will be specific. The only warriors who will invest in your creations are those who take part in PvP combat, and on top of this, they'll have to walk all the way to Pandala to find the only Marketplace that stocks this type of item!
To maximize your profits and keep your costs to a minimum, you should start making friends with miners and lumberjacks as soon as possible! Nothing is better, however, than being an expert in one of these professions yourself before you start your career as a Shield Smith. This way, you can collect many of your materials yourself, since wood and minerals are what you need most.
Do you know just what sort of shield you'd like, but you can't find it for love nor money in the Marketplaces of the world? Well there's only one place you can learn this trade - in Bowada's shield workshop in the heart of Pandala (26,-35). This renowned expert will get you started in this noble profession.
Once you've got the hang of making shield, you'll need to invest in the tools - start with a Shield Smith's Hammer. You can't get this hammer from any character in game, you'll have to either get a smith to forge one for you or buy it off someone you know.
To craft it, you'll need 10 units of Bamboo Wood 10 units of Dark Bamboo Wood.
That's it! You got the tools, you've got the know-how, nothing remains but to get down to business!
It's time for you to forge your first shield, so put down your weapon and equip your Smith's Hammer! When you arrive at one of the Smith's Workshops on Pandala Island, click on a shield anvil and select the action 'Forge a Shield'. Then slide the ingredients into the slots available, bearing in mind the quantities you see in your recipe window.
The materials you'll need to create your shield are as diverse as they are unusual - Dragoturkey tail, Leopardo Skin, Moon Hairs - you never know what you'll need next! You can do without some ingredients, but others will be absolutely essential - wood and especially minerals, are the basic components of most ''recipes''. You can buy all these materials in the Marketplaces of the world, in particular the ones that serve miners and lumberjacks.
When you start practicing your profession, you'll only be able to use simple recipes, and only ones with 2 resources (i.e. 2 slots). Once you get a little experience under your belt, you can move on to more complex recipes with more ingredients and more slots. The list below tells you the different grades of recipe along with the level you require to be able to use them:
- 2 slots (level 1+)
- 3 slots (level 10+)
- 4 slots (level 20+)
- 5 slots (level 40+)
- 6 slots (level 60+)
- 7 slots (level 80+)
- 8 slots (level 100+)
Like with the craft professions, the more complex a recipe is, the more experience you'll gain if you manage to do it. But the lower your level is, the less likely you will be to succeed in using it... bear in mind that no recipe is a guaranteed success.
You'll need a shield anvil to make a shield. You'll find them in the Smith's Workshops on Pandala Island:
- Pandala (26,-35)
- Aerdala (17,-34)
- Akwadala (22,-23)
- Terrdala (30,-37)
You can then sell your creations in the only Shield marketplace in the World of Twelve - Pandala (26,-35).