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Salvaging for Profit in Guild Wars 2
Most of these salvage kits can be bought from merchant vendors scattered around Tyria. The closer you can find them next to a bank or Trading Post the better.
Chance of Rarer Materials
Chance of recovering upgrades
|Mystic||250 gems + 26s 24c||250||25%||80%|
|Black Lion||300 gems||25||50%||100%|
Mystic Salvage Kit recipe
The mystic salvage kit allows players to save room in their inventory by providing 250 uses for a single kit. It is crafted using the Mystic Forge located in the Lion’s Arch Mystic Plaza or within the Heart of the Mists. The Crafting recipes requires three salvage kits, coming to a total of 26 silver and 24 copper and 3 Mystic Forge Stones which can be purchased from the Black Lions Gem Store for either 250 gems for 5 or 450 gems for 10. Basically, If a gem costs more than 28 copper(2g 83s 2c per 100 gems) then you should use master salvage kits instead.
Black Lion Salvage Kit
The Black Lion Salvage Kit is great for salvaging high level armours and weapons for ectoplasm. I am not suggesting that you spend money buying these from the Trading Post as that would be counter productive. You do however have the oppertunity of receiving these salvage kits from reward chests, daily achievements and completing quest’s in your personal story line!
Frequently Asked Questions
QWhat is salvaging?
ASalvaging is the process of obtaining crafting materials or upgrade components from items through the use of salvage kits.
Q What is the best salvage kit?
A It depends on what you are salvaging really, I personally use mystic forge kits for ectoplasm and high tier armour. However, if I am salvaging an item such as Rags I use basic salvage kits to keep costs down.
Q What are some good items to salvage?
A Scroll down and read/watch everything below to find that out!
Q Should I salvage my legendary weapon?
A yes, of course! I recommend using a Crude Salvage kit for the best results.*
* Don’t salvage your legendary weapon, I was being sarcastic.
I will admit that I do not do a lot of ectoplasm salvaging, preferring to stick to my niche markets where there is a lot less competition and much more guaranteed profit. However, I have provided a brilliant video below showing you one of the methods you can use to make profit from ectoplasm!
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Discarded Garments & Rags
Discarded Garments and Rags are two great items to salvage for profit in Guild Wars 2 and can be bought for a relatively cheap 48 – 53 copper each from the Trading post. You can also farm them from player’s in World vs World or go hunting for some Quaggans, Trolls or Krait’s in the Shiverpeak Mountains. Both items salvage for 1 – 3 Silk Scraps, and also have a chance of salvaging for the rarer Gossamer Scrap.
To minimise costs and maximise profit’s, you should always use the “Basic Salvage kits” for 88 copper which grants you a 10% chance of salvaging Gossamer Scrap. The extra 5% rarity chance the Fine salvage kit provides is not worth the extra two silver.
This method involves A LOT of clicking, patience (find some good movies to watch in split screen) and for the Gossamer Scrap price to be above roughly 3 Silver & 80 Copper, and the Silk Scrap price ideally being above 12 Copper each.
The basic math goes a lot like this:-
Not a lot of profit for all that clicking? check out the case study below!
Case Study: Wintersday
Wintersday was a very profitable event for me, bringing in hundreds of gold over the course of two weeks. Whilst many people were frantically undercutting each other within the competitive flipping markets, I was casually logging in for two hours a day, sitting myself in front of the salvage kit merchant and salvaging thousands of Discarded Garments and Rags every day. I even had the time to record my buy orders, transactions and profit for the 9 days I spent on this method, although the profit started to drop near the end of the event it was still a very easy source of gold, You can check out my journal recording the profits here!
As you can see, this method was VERY profitable during the Wintersday event due to the new crafting recipes increasing the price of Gossamer Scrap and Silk!
What else can be salvaged for a profit?
Whilst I have listed the top two items you can salvage for profit above, the following can, at times, also be salvaged for gold.
- Rich Clump of Ore
- Valuable Metal Scrap
- Soiled Rag
- Ragged Garment
- Frayed Garment
- Frayed Rag
- Loaded Clump of Ore
- Metal Scrap