This guide will help players to understand the crafting in The Division. This includes the role that Blueprints play, as well as how you can obtain the materials needed to craft the items you desire.
Earlier this week, we took you for a tour around what will be your Base of Operations. Today, however, we’re going to talk about the crafting in The Division. You’ll find the Crafting Station at your Base of Operations, but there’s enough meat on its bones that we thought a separate guide was the only way to go.
The Crafting Station
When you enter your Base of Operations you’ll be faced with the Base Restoration panel. If you walk past this and through the small tunnel, you’ll end up at the main area for your Base of Operations. To your left you will find the Crafting Station, and it’s there that you are likely going to spend a lot of time working on your weapons and gear.
There are quite a few items that you can craft in The Division. What you can’t craft, however, are cosmetic only items that don’t in any way change your statistics. Those items can be found in the world, as well as purchased through micro transactions.
Below you will find a list of what you can craft. Keep in mind that these are only the categories, and within each one could be several different weapons or pieces of gear. In order to craft them you’d have to have the blueprint, as well as the necessary resources.
- Body Armor
- Knee Pads
- Weapon Mods
- Gear Mods
- Material Conversion
Blueprints can be found in the game world. This could be a chest that you open as you are looting an abandoned building, or as a reward for completing one of the side or main story missions. In fact, if you put your cursor over some of the side quests that are on your map, you'll see a reward that is a Blueprint. Complete that mission and the Blueprint will be added to your pile. Once you get back to the Crafting Station at your Base of Operations, you can then see what materials are required for you to build the item.
Having the proper Blueprint is only half the battle. Players will also need to have the required materials to craft the items that they desire. If you’re trying to craft a weapon, this might mean Weapon Parts. If you’re trying to craft armor, you may need Fabric. What you want to do is move your cursor over the Blueprint that you wish to craft, and you will see if you have the required materials at the bottom left of your screen.
- Weapon Parts
- Division Tech
In terms of how to get these crafting materials, you’ll be able to find them in the world, but also by dismantling weapons and gear that you no longer need. You won’t need three copies of the same gun, so dismantle two of them and use the parts to craft something you don’t already have.
That materials that you use also come in different rarities, the two most common being green (standard) and blue (specialized). This matches the rarity of weapons, so it’s reasonable to conclude that you will need blue materials Parts if you want to craft a weapon of the same color. If you don’t have the rarity of materials that you need, there is a conversion option. Under your Blueprints menu, scroll to the very bottom and you can see that you can trade in several green materials for one blue one. This is essential if you're going to craft higher quality gear, but don't have the materials on hand to do so.
As a final note about the crafting in The Division, it won’t require any cash. As long as you have both the materials and Blueprint for the item you wish to create, you’re set. This means that you can keep your hard earned currency in your pocket, saving it for weapons and gear that perhaps you can’t find the blueprint for.
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