Workshop Artisan Guide for Module 15 [UPDATED]

After previewing Rainer’s Workshop sheet earlier today, let’s put the info to use right away, shall we? In this article I’d like to discuss the best options of Artisans you have for different purposes. Granted, I trust you to be smart enough to figure it out yourself with the help of the sheet. But it can’t hurt to dish out some guidance nonetheless, especially since I had to double and triple check myself. It’s simply a lot of Artisans!

How to Get the Artisans You Want

Before we get to the best Artisans let’s talk about how you get the ones you want. Remember that all of them are unique and cannot apply to your Workshop if they are already employed. So if you focus on getting specific Artisans for a single profession it might make sense to accept applications of unwanted ones to enhance chances of getting the ones you’re aiming for. Otherwise you might decline the same applications over and over again.

Masterwork Artisans

With that being said, let’s get to our Artisan toplist! First and foremost, let’s look at Mastercrafting. For all those tasks you ideally want Artisans that feature as much Focus and Proficiency as possible. The best skill (previewed here) then depends on the type of task you’re running. “Dab Hand” only works on material-producing ones and does not hand out twice as much gear and such. So it’s a great skill to have while leveling up and also supplying mats, but not for end-products. There “Recycle” makes most sense to keep resources in case of a failure (you won’t likely hit 100% Proficiency on most high-end tasks).

You can also try to get the skills from Supplements and then roll with “Virtuoso”, but that’s a lot more expensive. So I would generally use Supplements as you get them and not make them a fixed part of what you’re trying to do. Here are my favorite ones:

NameProfessionFocusProficiencySkill
Tuala UwokeJewelcrafting385385Dab Hand (20%)
Charlette FavriJewelcrafting370400Recycle (25%)
AdloquiumAlchemy375360Dab Hand (20%)
Efla ParkathaAlchemy395395Virtuoso (25%)
Minda BreskhildAlchemy400350Recycle (25%)
BeatriceAlchemy345400Recycle (25%)
Tomaso MissagliasArmorsmithing345400Dab Hand (25%)
Elsbeth MissagliasArmorsmithing385400Recycle (25%)
Dain HephdalArmorsmithing400380Recycle (20%)
Stella EverstreamArtificing360400Recycle (25%)
Gunter MorthradArtificing370400Dab Hand (20%)
ZinaidaBlacksmithing400400Dab Hand (20%)
Tokuro OsafuneBlacksmithing360400Recycle (25%)
Lond DawnwhisperLeatherworking380380Dab Hand (25%)
Sandurai AstemmdalLeatherworking400320Recycle (25%)
Yeul GustavergTailoring390370Dab Hand (25%)
Teclel JondrathalTailoring400400Recycle (25%)

As you can see, there’s no clear #1 for some professions. It’s especially difficult for Alchemy, in which you have to choose between “Dab Hand” or better Focus/Proficiency values. It’s kind of the same for Armorsmithing where the best Focus values come with the “Recycle” skill only. The other professions all have a pretty distinct favorites that feature most of what we need.

Low Commission Artisans

Artisans that reduce Commission are great to produce Armor Kits or farm Gold. Ideally those come with “Passion Project”. I’d definitely set up some alt characters with low commission Artisans to supply my account. For Gold farming (Guide: Best Gold-Producing Tasks in Workshops) on alts you could also talk “Miracle Worker” that helps you get more out of your daily Morale batch completions.

NameProfessionCommissionSkill
Aiha AmaphilelJewelcrafting-75%Miracle Worker (20%)
Haie XilomneJewelcrafting-75%Passion Project (20%)
AdloquiumAlchemy-75%Dab Hand (20%)
YungricAlchemy0%Miracle Worker (25%)
Bitrid BrasshammerArmorsmithing-75%Recycle (25%)
Brodun ComawnArtificing-50%Dab Hand (10%)
Donnen MillkeepBlacksmithing-75%Recycle (15%)
BrokkahLeatherworking-75%Miracle Worker (15%)
Fen WinterfieldLeatherworking-50%Miracle Worker (20%)
Treylo GrassmantleTailoring-75%Passion Project (10%)
Leyrah OlmeTailoring-25%Miracle Worker (20%)

Only two professions have the perfect match of -75% Commission and the Passion Project skill. But since we look for the most reduction of Commission first, the skill is a clear second criterion in choosing the Artisan. Below is a chart visualizing the simple math behind Commission reduction vs. Passion Project. As you can see, moving down a tier in Commission reduction is always worse even if the Artisan you’re aiming for has a max 25% Passion Project skill. Any Artisan with -75% Commission for example is better than any lower Commission / Passion Project combination. Additionally not all Professions feature a good Miracle Worker. That might be a factor when choosing what tasks to run for Gold farming purposes.

Gathering

Gathering Artisans are a little bit different because it makes sense to have more than one (to run multiple tasks simultaneously). Just like the Masterwork / production ones, we look for decent values of Focus and Proficiency here, but speed is important as well (we at least want no additional penalty). As skills “Dab Hand”, “Miracle Worker”, and “Passion Project” make sense. You can probably make a case for Commission being important as well. But I personally much rather farm Gold on other toons than try to achieve everything on one. The system is build to split duties within your account.

NameFocusProficiencySpeedSkill
Trys Kiirendal360395+50%Passion Project (25%)
Evelyn Nara325400+200%Miracle Worker (25%)
Murchadh Ossian370370+25%Dab Hand (10%)
Krunng Sweetwater400380+0%Dab Hand (20%)

That’s my list of best Artisans based on purpose. What are your favorite ones? Did I miss key areas? Share your thoughts and experience on our social channels, in the comments below, or visit our message board!

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13 thoughts on “Workshop Artisan Guide for Module 15 [UPDATED]

  • November 12, 2018 at 9:26 am
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    Krunng Sweetwater probably doesn’t actually have a Proficiency literally 10x as high as anyone else, does he?

    Also, are all of these artisans Purple?

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    • NWO_Unblogged
      November 12, 2018 at 9:42 am
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      Typo! Will make sure to edit in the qualities in the next hour or so. Healthy mix of commons, rares, and purples.

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  • November 13, 2018 at 6:43 am
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    So, uh, now you’ve got 2/3 of the names in white text on white-or-grey backgrounds.

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  • November 13, 2018 at 2:32 pm
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    I thought they had missed the named off. Totally unreadable.

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    • NWO_Unblogged
      November 13, 2018 at 9:20 pm
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      Thanks for pointing that out. We had a styling issue, but the names should now be readable again. Cheers!

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  • November 15, 2018 at 11:58 am
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    Hi! Thanks for the information! Very usefull, indeed 🙂 Just wondering, how are rare and epic artisians obtained?

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    • November 19, 2018 at 8:08 pm
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      Rare and Epic artisans can be obtained by:

      1) Zen market purchases
      2) Trading pre-mod-15 Professions Slot unlocks
      3) having a rank 3 (rare only) or 4 (rare and epic) workshop and getting them as applicants to your workshop.

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  • November 20, 2018 at 1:39 am
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    You published a list of all the special skills somewhere (Dab Hand etc) and I can’t seem to find it now.

    🙁

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  • November 27, 2018 at 11:53 am
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    It should be added to this guide that hitting Workshop level 3 will result in slowly gaining Blue artisan applications. Some of them are really very excellent. It makes unlocking W3 all the better so you can get more slots and more artisans and better artisans. W4 unlocks purples, but that’s a harder thing to do.

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    • November 27, 2018 at 3:05 pm
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      Oh, excellent, alphastream, I was wondering if a few extra Delivery Box slots was all we got!

      One normal applicant I got was a Tailor:
      Lazzag Z’Rozze, Common, -25%/+75%, 345/345, Virtuoso 10%

      Then I traded in some Stars and got some decent blue ones:

      Tailor
      Treylo Grassmantle, Rare, -75%/+0%, 355/365, Passion Project 10%

      Adventurer
      Xerazze D’Zzen, Rare, -25%/+75% 360/340 Virtuoso 25%
      Dorrak, Rare, -25%/+0% 385/340 Virtuoso 15%

      I think I was really lucky with those. So I have two cheap and fairly fast Gatherers harvesting Shimmerweed and a pair of fast and cheap Tailors making Shimmerweave thread, which my Jewelcrafter will need for things like Pendants, Amulets etc that trade for 3500 South Sea Credits.

      Not quite sure how I will do it yet, I am sort of practicing on Alts, but I think I’ll have one Grandmaster for each craft and a bunch of Gatherers supplying them, and the Grandmasters will make stuff for each other.

      If they lack Proficiency or Focus, my Grandmaster Alchemist can make some special supplements for them.

      It’s a bit of a Swizz, though, that characters with 9 slots unlocked in ALL Professions get the same number of Stars for Instant Applications as characters with 9 slots opened in a single Profession..

      🙂

      And GOD how I wish professions stuff could go in the bank, rather than only the mail!

      😉

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  • December 13, 2018 at 10:59 pm
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    Anyone else experiencing a bug where you accept an Artisan only to find their stats have completely changed when you get them? like you accept -75% commission and when you get its its 200%???

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