Introduced in Update 5, crafting writs are essentially daily quests for professions. Once eligible your character can take up to 6 crafting writ quests once a day and complete them for additional materials, but even more importantly Inspiration (crafting XP).
This beginner’s guide will take a closer look at crafting writs and how they work.
Before you can take crafting writs, your character will need to be certified in a particular crafting skill. Fortunately this is way easier than you might think: simply walk to the nearest Writ Board in a city of your choice, and then visit a certification trainer NPC in Davon’s Watch, Vulkhel Guard, or Daggerfall.
These certification trainers will give you a quest explaining the basics of crafting. There are two separate certification trainers: one for equipment crafting professions which are Woodworking, Blacksmithing, Clothing and Jewelry Crafting, and the other for consumable crafting which are Alchemy, Provisioning, and Enchanting.
You can only have ONE certification quest from EACH of these trainers at any given time but you only need to complete the certification process once, so you will quickly go through all 6 (or 7 with Jewelry Crafting) of these quests. Do note that your character must be at least level 6 before you can take on certification.
In case you have Rank 10 in a particular profession already, you can completely skip the certification process by selecting the right dialogue options when talking to trainers. If you’re already experienced with crafting or if you read our crafting basics guide, you’re likely safe to skip certification altogether as it won’t teach you anything new.
Jewelry Crafting certification can only be done in Alinor (Summerset). I highly recommend avoiding doing other certification quests in Alinor as there’s a great deal of walking back and forth. Towns in newer DLCs such as Rimmen in Northern Elsweyr are decent for doing certification quickly.
Once a day you can visit a Writ Board in any major city in the game and pick up your daily quests. Assuming you’re certified in all professions, you can pick up all 6 writs at the same time.
Crafting writ quests are fairly straightforward. You’ll be required to create specific items corresponding your skill level in a profession, and deliver them to NPCs who requested them.
As you’re about to find out, completing crafting writs every day has plenty of benefits.
Substantial amount of Inspiration Points (IP) for your profession will be added for completing each crafting writ, much more than you’d usually get for crafting those items. It’s a great way to boost your professions without spending as much time or gold on them. If you want to power level your professions you can still of course craft as many items as you like for additional IP, but doing daily writs is definitely recommended.
Note that with the addition of crafting writs the chance to receive upgrade materials (especially legendary ones, Dreugh Wax, Tempering Alloy, and Rosin) from Hirelings has been greatly reduced, so doing crafting writs every day and picking up materials as rewards now has a greater chance to award yellow improvement mats.
3. Survey Reports
In addition to the above you also have a chance to receive a Survey Report. Woodworkers, Blacksmiths, and Clothiers will get them about 15% of the time, Enchanters about 30%, and Alchemists around 50%. Survey reports are essentially “treasure” maps indicating a cluster of high-yield resource nodes which are available only to you.
Be sure to check out our survey report maps to save time searching for these locations. We have maps with all zones and locations covered so feel free to take advantage of it.
Since drink and food materials aren’t looted from harvestable nodes, Provisioners have a chance to receive recipes instead of Survey Reports.
In conclusion crafting writs are a great addition to the game, giving you yet another reason to log in every day. Writs are a fast-track way to level up professions, though it will still take some time.
Writs are very much worth completing every day even if you already have max rank in tradeskills, since you have a decent chance to receive legendary Tannins, Resins, and Tempers. Daily crafting quests are absolutely huge for gold making.
Survey reports will also give you a decent amount of raw materials you can refine for an even greater chance at valuable materials, and once you reach Craglorn and start getting valuable Nirncrux you’ll quickly get used to the idea of completing Writs on a daily basis.
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