Three months and one day after starting this character I made level 40 in both adventure and trade skill.
I hit adventure level 40 on Sunday while finishing up the shiny brass halberd heritage quest.
Then I got on Monday night and ground my way through armorer level 39. 60% percent of a level, 6 items per 10% of advancement, 36 items created and I was done. I had 27 feyiron clusters left when I levelled.
I sold all 36 items back to the vendor. My salesman’s cases are full on Vikund and I wasn’t in the mood to store them. (If you are on Crushbone I can make you a deal on some feyiron armor!)
For those who want the overall score, I crafted 564 items from starting on trade skills through to level 40.
Now I have to get my armor skill up to level 44 to be able to make all of the items I will need for the next tier. I can still adventure though, as my feysteel items are at least as good as the fulginate items I will be able to make and I cannot wear or wield ebon items until adventure level 42. And when I get there, I will be able to wear my JBoots, so that is one less item to make!
And, yes, once I hit 40 the next tier of recipe books were available at the trade skill vendor. Thank you again Loredena for that tip. Trust me to worry about such things.
I took two veteran rewards for Blintz, two that gave elixirs of adventure and trade skill experience bonus. (Plus a title. Blintz is running around as “The Dedicated.”)
I have not used any of the elixirs yet. I plan to save to trade skill ones for the late 40s, as I recall that being a particularly wearing stretch of trade skilling. The next durability buffs do not come until level 50, so by the end of the 40s it can be a lot of work to get pristine results.
All in all, doing the trade skill work has not been as bad as I thought it would be. The real annoyance has been the price of raws on the market, and that problem seems to go away at 40, as a lot of the raws are selling for prices around a silver.
Once stocked with materials, the first pristine bonus and the experience boost of vitality made things bearable. I cannot imagine how I did trade skills the first time around, back at launch.
Next stop is 50!