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Handicrafts can be coupled with other major crafting skills such as Cooking and Casting and significantly shorten the time to level the other two skills. It can also be complemented with skills such as Procurement and Collection, and therefore turning trash items such as Common Grass, Sand and Stone into highly valuable commodity.

Handicraft can be used to make trade goods such as alcohol, as well as make Gems from ore collected in Landing areas. It is also responsible for making all furniture throughout the game, and can add valuable boosts to your ship by building Figureheads and Wooden Ship Armours.

Because Handicraft is such a versatile, each nation will have its advantages and disadvantages:


Recommended:

  • Complete intermediate schools before getting Handicrafts.
  • Get Handicrafts skill as favoured, it lowers the proficiency to level up.
For more info on related Aides & Jobs, see Handicrafts.


Mediterranean Chapter


Recommended skills to acquire while training:

Rank 1

One of the biggest problems with Handicraft is that most recipes start at level 2, so at level 1 your options are very limited. You can of course try and purchase a Shipwright's saw from players, but that equipment would cost about 3 million ducats.
The next best thing is try to get your Handicraft to level 2 by crafting level 1 items.

Sail to either Malaga, Nantes or Syracuse, purchase Medical preparation book from shopkeeper. Go outside Nantes (South Nantes) the town through the gatekeeper and use either Procurement or Collection skill (on a grassy patch) to gather Common Grass (about 200 should do the job) and turn them into Ointments.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 1 1. Spotting healing herbs
How to distinguish medical herbs from the grass in a field.
Success:

Rank 2

Congratulations!! You are now rank 2.

Now you have two options:

Flag spain Spanish


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 2 1. Brewing beer (wheat)
How to brew beer from wheat.
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 2 1. Producing olive oil
How to extract oil from olives.
Success:

Flag portugal Portuguese


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 2 1. Brewing beer (wheat)
How to brew beer from wheat.
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 2 2. Process sugar
How to refine sugar from sugar cane.
Success:

Rank 3

Flag spain Spanish players:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 3 3. Brewing Akvavit
How to brew Akvavit from wheat.
Success:

Skill handicrafts 3 4. Brewing vodka (rye)
How to brew Vodka from rye.
Success:

Flag portugal Portuguese players:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 3 5. Producing almond oil
How to extract oil from almonds.
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 3 3. Brewing Akvavit
How to brew Akvavit from wheat.
Success:

Rank 4

Flag spain Spanish players:

  • Use the same route between Seville and Ceuta, this time with the addition of making Brandy from Wine.

Flag portugal Portuguese players:

Or you can stay doing the route you were doing at Rank 2-4 till Rank 6 by investing Attrib price 120,000 Ð in Valencia there for enabling you to buy Raisins from the market. Using Brewery secret you can turn the Raisins into Wine then turning Wine into Brandy.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 3 3. Brewing Akvavit
How to brew Akvavit from wheat.
Success:

Skill handicrafts 3 4. Brewing vodka (rye)
How to brew Vodka from rye.
Success:
Skill handicrafts 3 6. Brewing wine
How to brew wine from raisins.
Success:
Skill handicrafts 4 8. Brewing brandy
How to brew brandy from wine.
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 3 5. Producing almond oil
How to extract oil from almonds.
Success:

Rank 5-7

Sail between Seville and Ceuta and brew Whiskey from Wheat, Vodka from Barley and Brandy from Wine. Now you’ll see why Handicrafts is so profitable. Both Whiskey and Vodka are specialty products from the North and can see for quite a lot of money and fame.

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 3 5. Brewing vodka (barley)
How to brew vodka from barley.
Success:

Skill handicrafts 3 6. Brewing wine
How to brew wine from raisins.
Success:
Skill handicrafts 4 7. Brewing whiskey (rye)
How to brew whiskey from rye.
Success:
Skill handicrafts 4 8. Brewing brandy
How to brew brandy from wine.
Success:


If you want less profit and fame, you can turn the Barley into White Vinegar with Complete seasoning booklet.

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 5 9. Make white vinegar
How to make vinegar from grain.
Success:

If you have the west Africa permit, I recommend you try and find a French player who can help and pay them Attrib price 800,000 Ð to invest into Montpellier to get Brewery secret Part 2. After that, buy Coconuts from Saint-Georges, Sao Tome and Benin then turn them all into Toddy until you are rank 7.

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 6 1. Brewing toddy
How to brew toddy.
Success:

Rank 7

Using the same trade routes above, except turning Wine into Wine Vinegar with Complete seasoning booklet rather than Brandy.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 7 11. Producing wine vinegar
How to make vinegar from wine.
Success:

Rank 8-10

If you are unlucky and do not have friends from France that can help you invest in a Brewery secret Part 2, then you are stuck in the Lisbon and Seville area, making Wine Vinegar from Wine. That would be the only recipe available to you until Rank 10.

If you are lucky enough to grab hold of a Brewery secret Part 2, then its time to make some serious profit.

Suitable for all players, French players will have greater advantage:

Everything related to alcohol here can be crafted and therefore making these Nantes and Bordeaux area ideal for Handicraft crafters.

Trade Route
Once your ship has full cargo of Sherry, you can unload them at Plymouth, where Sherry is considered a specialty product, and earning you some handsome exp, fame and profit.

Suitable only for Portuguese players:

The process is the same as in B1:

Because your are Portuguese, you will be able to invest in Madeira and purchase extra trade goods.

Trade Route
This trade route is highly profitable and fast. Before you set out from Lisbon, make sure you have in your ship cargo 50 of Feathers (crafted from Fabric secrets- Hardwares with rank 1 Sewing), 50 of Whiskey, brewed from Wheat, 50 of Akvavit, made also from Wheat, 50 of Vodka, made from Barley in Ceuta, travel to Madeira, craft at least 50 of Sherry, and some Rum if you have cargo space.

Once your ship is loaded with alcohol, sail down to Arguin, south west of Madeira on the African Coast. All the items in your ship apart from Rum are specialty items, and by selling them together you will receive Specialty Combo, earning you lots of experience and Ðucats.

This Portuguese special trade route can make you a multi-millionaire in a matter of days.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 3 6. Brewing wine
How to brew wine from raisins.
Success:

Skill handicrafts 4 8. Brewing brandy
How to brew brandy from wine.
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 7 2. Brewing rum
How to brew rum from sugarcane.
Success:

Skill handicrafts 8 3. Brewing sherry
How to brew sherry.
Success:


North Sea Chapter


Recommended skills to acquire while training:

Although, Casting is not essential, having casting at rank 7 and being able to make Bronze would make leveling up Handicrafts faster.

For details on how to level up Casting, see Casting guide.

The reason is that you can turn Bronze into Bronze Sculpture and the materials to make Bronze can all be found in Hamburg.
If you wish to master Handicraft and you are from either England or The Netherlands, it is highly recommended that you start off with Casting and use Handicrafts as a complement rather than head straight into Handicraft.

Rank 1-3

Purchase as many Iron from Amsterdam as you can and then sail to Oslo.
In Oslo combine Lumber with Iron to make Cedar plating from Making extra wood armouring.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 1 1. Process cedar board
Normal: Armor +2, Speed -2
Light: Armor +2, Speed -1
Success: Great Success:

Rank 3-5

The recipe book required for making Wood Sculpture is obtained from Cairo. It is best to ask a friend from a Mediterranean nation to bring the book for you. It is a very long travel from Cairo back to the North.
Wood Sculpture will sell for quite a lot in Oslo, and this recipe can make you rich very quickly.
The disadvantage is that Oslo has no close by ports, so you will have to buy Lumber from other players.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 3 1. Make wooden statues
Techniques for making wooden statues.
Success:

Rank 5-8

Bronze can be purchased from ports, but it is much quicker if you use rank 7 Casting skill and Alloy smelting book, obtained by Investing Attrib price 300,000 Ð in Dublin. Produce Bronze from Copper Ore and Tin Ore, which are both available in Hamburg. Then create Bronze Sculpture from Bronze. In this method you can level up your Casting as well as your Handicraft.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill casting 7 1. Make bronze
How to make bronze from copper ore and tin ore.
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 5 2. Make bronze statues
Techniques for making bronze statues.
Success:

Rank 8-10

You can craft Bronze Sculpture until you reach level 10. You will make a lot of Ðucats, but the monotony might **** ****.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill casting 7 1. Make bronze
How to make bronze from copper ore and tin ore.
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 5 2. Make bronze statues
Techniques for making bronze statues.
Success:

You can also use the method discussed earlier in the Mediterranean Chapter to make Sherry in Bordeaux/Nantes areas.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 3 6. Brewing wine
How to brew wine from raisins.
Success:

Skill handicrafts 4 8. Brewing brandy
How to brew brandy from wine.
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 7 2. Brewing rum
How to brew rum from sugarcane.
Success:

Skill handicrafts 8 3. Brewing sherry
How to brew sherry.
Success:


Late game


Before you start your late game handicrafts, it recommended that you have a high level in Collection, at least R6, and even better, if you have farm that was producing the raw materials for crafting. The items needed for crafting late game materials in Handicraft are a pain to gather, and most such as Red Ore, Beehives and Vegetable Oil can only be obtained through Collection in Landing areas. Before you head out to collect the materials make sure you stock up on Food items to replenish vigour. If you can produce the required items in your farm, then you can level up quite easily.

Recommended skills to acquire while training:

Rank 10-12

You can stay in Oslo and purchase Lumber and Stone to make Stone Sculpture, then selling the Stone Sculpture back to the market. It is recommended you bring a lot of Purchase order (Category 2) to refresh the market.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 10 3. Producing stone statues
Techniques for making stone statues.
Success:

Large Leaves can either be produced from your farm or collected in the Caribbean. Just land in any Landing area around the Caribbean, find a landmark and start collecting. You need rank 6 in Collection though.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 10 5. Brewing tequila
Technique for making tequila from leaf sap.
Success:

Rank 12-14

Sherry and Rum can be easily made in Madeira, see the Mediterranean Chapter for more details. Beehives can only be Collected from Landing areas in Eastern Europe. The best way is to collect a near full cargo of Beehives (requires rank 1 Collection) and sail to Madeira to make Vintage of the covenant.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 12 6. Brew covenant vintage
How to brew vintage of the covenant so that the crew will swear their loyalty.
Success:

Go to the Landing area outside the gatekeeper in Nantes. Find a Stack of Boulders just outside the Entrance to the West. Use Collection (at least rank 5), and collect Vegetable Oil. Common Grass can also be crafted into Vegetable Oil with Craftsman's training book. Once you have a cargo full of Vegetable Oil, travel to Oslo and combine Lumber with Vegetable Oil to make Fine Furniture.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 5 3. Make vegetable oil
Technique for extracting vegetable oil from wild grass.
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 12 9. Make fine furniture
Advanced methods for making furniture.
Success:

Create Marble Sculpture


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 12 4. Make marble statues
Techniques for making marble statues.
Success:

Rank 14-15

Congratulations on making it so far, now is where you can see how Attrib-vigour5 can be turned into 25,000 Ðucats. The ores required for cutting gems can be produced from your farm, and that is probably the easiest and best way to acquire them.
Otherwise you will have to collect them youself:

If you have the India permits, then head to Ceylon after getting the Jewel cut books and Collection rank 2 to collect Red Ore, Green Ore, Yellow Ore, White Ore and Blue Ore and turn it into Gems. It's not as good as Oslo but makes lots of money.



Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 10 1. Make Red crystal lv1
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from Red ore.
Success: Great Success:
Skill handicrafts 12 2. Make Red crystal
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from Red ore.
Success: Great Success:
Skill handicrafts 14 3. Make Red Crystal.
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from Red ore.
Success: Great Success:
Lv req. Recipe name Ingredients Product



Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 10 1. Make yellow crystal lv1
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from yellow ore.
Success: Great Success:
or
Skill handicrafts 12 2. Make yellow crystal
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from yellow ore.
Success: Great Success:
or
Skill handicrafts 14 3. Make yellow Crystal.
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from yellow ore.
Success: Great Success:
or
Lv req. Recipe name Ingredients Product



Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 10 1. Make green crystal lv1
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from green ore.
Success: Great Success:
or
Skill handicrafts 12 2. Make Green crystal
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from green ore.
Success: Great Success:
or
Skill handicrafts 14 3. Make green Crystal.
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from green ore.
Success: Great Success:
or
Lv req. Recipe name Ingredients Product



Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 10 1. Make blue crystal
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from blue ore.
Success: Great Success:
or
Skill handicrafts 12 2. Make blue crystal
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from blue ore.
Success: Great Success:
or
Skill handicrafts 14 3. Make blue crystal
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from blue ore.
Success: Great Success:
or
Lv req. Recipe name Ingredients Product



Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 10 1. Make White crystal
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from White ore.
Success: Great Success:
Skill handicrafts 12 2. Make White crystal
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from White ore.
Success: Great Success:
Skill handicrafts 14 3. Make White crystal
Basic method for extracting rare minerals from White ore.
Success: Great Success:
Lv req. Recipe name Ingredients Product


When you go and collect ores, you can cut Rocks into Crystal with Stone quarry book, and turn Crystal into Glasswork with Expert craftsman's training book.

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 5 2. Process crystal lv1
Basic method for grinding crystal.
Success:

Skill handicrafts 6 3. Process crystal lv2
Method with a high success rate for grinding crystal.
Success:
Skill handicrafts 8 4. Process crystal lv3
Method with the highest success rate for grinding crystal.
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill handicrafts 6 1. Glasswork techniques
Techniques for glasswork.
Success:

Rank 15

Graduation!!! You have mastered the art of Handicraft, you can now turn unwanted objects into prized possession, and with level 15 at your disposal you can millions in a matter of minutes. But wait, there is still something more challenging. Yes with Handicraft, you can also build Furniture for people’s Apartments. These Furniture will allow players to store various items and trade goods in their apartment as well their Skills.
The highest level Furniture is requires rank 17 Handicraft, and if you make it, you will become the world’s most Legendary Carpenter.
So Good Luck and Sail Safe.


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