Profession slots unlock gradually or after meeting specific criteria.
3 profession slots are gained just by leveling your character and unlock when:
- character reaches lv10
- character reaches lv30
- character reaches lv60
4 profession slots unlock by leveling crafting itself:
- get any Profession to level 3
- get any Profession to level 10
- get any Profession to level 20
- get any 3 Professions to level 20
If you want those unlocked relatively fast, it’s good to start with Alchemy or profession that produces armor/weapons for your class. In my experience Leadership is the slowest to get to lv20 – it slows down significantly after lv11, and just drags on after lv14. Alchemy is great for a starting character, as you can only have one experimentation/ research task, the ones that leveling Alchemy is based on (so having more slots won’t speed up the process here). You may struggle initially, but after you reach Alchemy lv7 where normal potions are produced, you can practically catapult yourself to 20. After lv14 the Alchemy leveling speed is drastically faster than anything else.
For your first 3 professions I recommend Alchemy, manufacturing armor for your class and creating weapons for your class. You can also swap one of those with Leadership, if you don’t mind unlocking slots tad slower. Of course the more slots you have unlocked, the faster leveling your next profession will be.
Last 2 profession slots require special conditions to get:
- complete a task with at least a 100% speed bonus
- complete a task and earn the Rank 3 reward
Person Assets grant speed bonus. You will need to find a task, that utilizes optional assets and allows you to use more than one Person to be able to achieve 100% speed bonus. Usually mass gathering or mass processing allow 3 more. Crafting a final product (like pants, shirt, armor, etc) gets you 3 additional as well. There are some other options, so just browse through the task list.
Having 4 slots (1 mandatory and 3 optional) and required 100% speed increase, it’s easy to calculate, that you will need minimum 25% speed bonus per slot. This exact amount is granted by any blue Master craftsman. So you will need 4 Masters minimum. Grandmasters grant 50% speed bonus, so only 2 would do, but since 1 Grandmaster usually costs about the same as 5 Masters, it’s much cheaper to go with 4 blue Masters.
RANK 3 / TIER 3 REWARD
Rank 1/ 2/ 3 rewards have nothing to do with item colour quality. Rank 3 (sometimes called Tier) is NOT a purple quality item. Green and blue items can have tier 3 reward as well. Tiered rewards can be seen mainly in tasks producing a final product (like pants, shirts, other equipment) also some other non standard ones (like batch of potions or batch of dyes). Higher tier rewards produce the same item, but with slightly better stats, added equipment slots, or more items in batch.
Tool Assets influence rank increase. With no tools, you have always 100% chance to craft tier 1 and 0% for rank 2 or rank 3. With one mandatory tool, you have 8-40% chance to craft tier 2 depending what quality Tool you used. You can also use optional slots, so usually you have 4 tool slots total to try to reach rank 3.
4 quality blue tools, each +24%, grant you 96% chance to craft rank 2 reward. So 4 blue tools are not enough for rank 3. You will need at least one purple tool to get that last profession slot open. The basic minimum, one purple and 3 blue tools gets you 12% chance for tier 3. The best you can do is 4 purple tools (so 4x 40% is 160%, which after 100% gives you 60% chance for rank 3 reward). Even having the best tools, you’ll need to craft a couple of items to get lucky with tier 3, as it’s not 100% guaranteed.