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Crafting the Best (Looking) Necromancer and a News Update

Who doesn't want to look their best and be the best? This is usually something we all strive for at one point or another in our virtual and real lives. Few can be considered either and even fewer still ever end up achieving both. In the case of my Sylvari Necromancer, I know I might not be the best (yet!!) but I am sure going to try to get her looking her best, starting with one weapon...

Guild Wars 2 Sylvari Necromancer and Mesmer in Diessa Plateau

We've all probably seen the Legendary weapons by now. If not, you can do so here: Guild Wars 2 Legendary Weapons. After perusing them again the other night, I was trying to decide which I ultimately wanted  for my characters since it is a long-term goal that I definitely want to complete someday. The fact of the matter is, none of them really stand out to me as being all that, well, legendary. Don't get me wrong. Yes, some of the skins look pretty awesome (the bow and greatsword skins come to mind for me). But, when I first saw the list of Legendaries, there were none that made me think, "Oh my god, I must have this now!!!" And any of those that I have thought about perhaps getting are all for professions I never actually use! So this leaves me with a few options:
  1. Learn some new professions and level them to 80! This would probably include leveling up a Ranger or Mesmer and then crafting either [Kudzu] or [Sunrise] (or both if I'm really crazy!?). I still might end up doing this option since I would like to have a Legendary at some point.
  2. Choose a Legendary for a profession that I play now. If I did this I'd most likely choose the dagger [Incinerator] or [The Bifrost] staff. I admit that after watching a video with the Bifrost animations, it looks a whole lot better than just seeing a picture!
  3. Wait for more Legendaries to perhaps be added one day. Or...
  4. Pick another cool looking weapon for an existing character I'd like to play lots! For now, this will be my plan. :)
I've decided to do this on my Necromancer instead of my Elementalist because she is my current favorite and I have a strong look in mind for her. I plan on getting her a whole matching outfit, but for now I am going to focus on her weapon. After looking through the Pvp locker, I decided that she is going to go after [The Crossing].

GW2 Exotic Legendary The Crossing staff weapon
Front and Back view of The Crossing exotic staff.
This weapon was first put into the game during the Halloween 2012 event along with two other exotic weapons, the short bow called Arachnophobia and The Mad King which is a shield. This staff is probably one of my favorites in the whole game, especially for a dark class like the Necromancer. As you can see it has chains, spiderwebs, and even a ghoulish hand holding onto an old looking lantern. Perfect! :D Anyways, to make this awesome looking staff, what we need is as follows:

The Crossing:
1 Gift of Souls [See below]
1 Eldritch Scroll [50 skill points from Miyani near the Mystic Forge]
100 Mystic Coin [Rewards from daily and monthly achievements]
20 Superior Sigil of the Night [Buy or crafted from level 400 Artificer, Huntsman, or Weaponsmithing]

Most of the items needed for this staff are pretty self-explanatory, but the first item requires some more attention - a Gift of Souls. In order to get this, it must either be bought on the Trading Post or crafted if you have access to a level 400 Artificer. If you are going to craft it, you must also first create or buy the recipe for it:

Recipe: Gift of Souls
250 Piece of Candy Corn [Buy, used to drop from Halloween event]
100 Nougat Center [Buy, used to drop from Halloween event]
40 Bottle of Elonian Wine [10 , 25 from Miyani near the Mystic Forge]
10 Pile of Crystalline Dust [Buy or drops from Heavy Moldy Bags and the Risen in Cursed Shore/Malchor's Leap]

Once you have the recipe, you can create the actual gift which requires:

Gift of Souls:
1 Gift of Knowledge [500 Crucible of Eternity dungeon tokens]
250 Orichalcum Ingot [500 Orichalcum Ore which is salvaged from high level items or mined from high level zones.]
20 Glob of Ectoplasm [Buy or salvage from high level gear]
100 Crystal Lodestone [Buy or drops from high level Branded, FoM chests, large/heavy ritual bags. Can also drop when creating Mystic Clovers.]

Phew. That's a lot of stuff, but not nearly as much as what we would have needed for a Legendary! I haven't made very much progress so far, except leveling Artificing as my second max-level profession. As for the rest of her planned outfit, I'm not entirely sure but most of the Corrupted Orrian pieces from Arah look pretty good as well as the Whispers Garb. Another item I would like to look into getting her is an [Enchanted Broom]. This was also originally included with the Halloween event, but it was sold in the gem store as part of the Witch's Outfit so I never purchased it! I'm regretting not picking up some more gems back when they were cheaper and buying one because it would be perfect for my little Necromancer. :( One good thing is that is looks like something similar might be finding it's way back into the game with the upcoming Guild Wars 2 January Update!

Guild Wars 2 Lion's Arch Witch's Costume Enchanted Broom Halloween Event
Witch's Outfit complete with Enchanted Broom! Source
ArenaNet has finally announced a bit more of what will be in this January update and have also given it a name - Flame and Frost: Prelude:
The sky falls and the ground shakes in the lands of the north. Charr and Norn refugees crawl from the wreckage of their homes in the Wayfarer Foothills and Diessa Plateau, struggling to find shelter in the south. The call goes out for volunteers to assist the victims in this time of need, when earth and sky seem to have become the enemy…
Not only will the gem store be selling a Riding Broom (I'm guessing it wont be exactly the same as the Enchanted Broom I mentioned above) and also a cute yet creepy Baby Quaggan Backpack. We now know the new daily and monthly achievement tokens will be called Laurels, there will be different dailies every day of the week, and there is going to be an improvement to the achievement UI. There also will be some general performance improvements, a Temple of the Silent Storm Week in pvp, and new Ascended items added. Plus, guesting is happening of course!

New Baby Quaggan Backpack on a Human character
Is it just me or does it look like she has a dead baby Quaggan on her back? :s
As they said, this update won't be filled with tons of stuff, but it looks to be very promising thus far. I'm excited to  hear more about the storyline that will be happening with the Charr and Norn and seeing what other changes all of this will bring in the coming months. And looking my best while doing so! :p Will you be going for your Legendary? Or something a bit more affordable? What do you think of the Legendary designs in general? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below! :)

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