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What is you main reason for crafting legendary weapons ?

Glider.5792Glider.5792 Member ✭✭✭
edited May 23, 2019 in Guild Wars 2 Discussion

Due to a discussion about the legendaries in a recent thread i wonder, what is the main purpose behind crafting the legendary items for most players.
This poll focuses on weapons only since all weapons offer 3 things, unique skin, effects and stat swap functionality while armors have either only stat swap or also includes a unique skin (depending on game mode).
Try to answer the poll with the main reason. The thing which sparks your interest the most.

Fractal speed kills, raids, Black Lion Chest Openings, random.

What is you main reason for crafting legendary weapons ? 124 votes

I make legendary weapons mainly for cosmetic purposes
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I make legendary weapons mainly for stat swap funcionality
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I do not prefer one above the other
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Other reasons (achievments, etc...)
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  • Rasimir.6239Rasimir.6239 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Out of my three legendary weapons I have crafted two because I thoroughly enjoyed the precursor collection and finished the weapon because most of the "work" was done by then anyway. The third was crafted because I dropped a precursor (my only one so far) to a weapon that I both use a lot and really liked the skin (focus).

  • Cyninja.2954Cyninja.2954 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 23, 2019
    I do not prefer one above the other

    Legendary weapons only, I have crafted over 15 weapons so far (going by how many Gifts of Exploration I have used because I can't really remember all the ones crafted since many of them were sold).

    Most legendaries I have kept/crafted were initially for the skin (with Twilight and Sunrise seeing the most use before getting Exordium). Other popular skins are also Bolt, The Shining Blade and The Flameseeker Prohecies, all of which see use on almost any character I own (unless they absolutely do not fit the theme I have in mind for the character).

    The question as such is a bit misleading too since legendary weapons and the stat changing ability is limited at best. Most weapons have a specific role and are very often divided into power or condition weapons. The most variety one gets here is between support and damage builds, as such support classes will see the most variation, as well as WvW players (who might want defensive stats on their weapon).

    For normal PvE use, most weapons (Greatsword being a prime example, seeing as there is no condition greatsword builds) need no more than 2, maximum 3 different stats. Which is significantly cheaper to acquire with multiple ascended and bar the inventory space, also easier to manage.

    This is different to say armor or trinkets, which see way higher benefit from their legendary form since those items work with any build (have no skills associated with them). Yet even here, 3 ascended sets will cover most every game aspect and be significantly cheaper (in case of trinkets) and somewhat cheaper (in case of armor).

  • Yannir.4132Yannir.4132 Member ✭✭✭✭
    Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    I've only crafted 1 legendary weapon because I wanted a legendary weapon. For no reason beyond that.
    I've done many other legendaries but only 1 weapon.

  • Glider.5792Glider.5792 Member ✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for cosmetic purposes

    I made all of gen1 legendary weapons, 2 gen2 weapons, and an extra Kraitkin
    First weapon i crafted was Twilight, purely because i thought it looked amazing, afterwards it was Kamohoali'i Kotaki, Juggernaut, Eternity.... I set myself the goal to get all the weapons which warrior uses. Some i liked the skin, some not, but i just wanted to make/have all of them. After finishing all of those i just followed up by crafting all the others for my ele/thief.

    The second Kraitkin was made purely for "Twice-told legend".

    With gen2 weapons, i lost interest in crafting them, even thought i farmed ALOT of gold to prepare for HoT however, i felt like they lost their prestige, that legendary weapons became too common, too easy to get. When Shining Blade released, i crafted it, since i thought it would look nice on mesmers, but i swapped shortly after back to Bolt, since it got updated effects. The other gen2 weapon i made was Astralaria, since warrior axes finaly became popular/good again, and i wanted to make something new/refreshing after like a year of nothing.

    I still use all legendary skins (except kudzu, using chaos/fused bow instead) on my main(warr), and at some point in the future ill craft Pharus, since it would fit radiant armor amazingly, and new greatsword, just because its my favourite weapon.

    Soo, from my view this is how my main reasoning for crafting went:

    • Started as wanting them for their apperance/effects
    • Continue crafting them as a sort of goal/achievment
    • Now making them again (rarely) for their apperance

    Fractal speed kills, raids, Black Lion Chest Openings, random.

  • Samnang.1879Samnang.1879 Member ✭✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for cosmetic purposes

    never intended to make legendaries... but now i have all of the 2nd gen legendaries except hammer and torch cuz i dont like those. i dont like pharus either, but the other alternative is a shooting flower LB and im just like... that makes no sense. like i dont mind feminine things, i love hummingbird skimmer and the butterfly jackal... but things like The flower longbow, the my little pony shortbow and the weird mutated peacock raptor don't make sense to me... when it's ugly it's ugly.

    bolt was my first, but i didn't make a 2nd legendary until nevermore, when i saw that i was like, i got to have this... and the addiction sort of strengthen from there on... i went on to make hope, then astralprojections, and the rest is history.

    i'm still going to collect more legendaries, but i have to save for a permanent bank first xD... i used all my gold on 60+ mount skins and other stupid gemstore stuff i never even use U___U;;;;

    Anet: give us in-game customizable human NPC companion please
    Please, no more balance changes, or at least reset our gears so we don't have to waste gold changing gears every time.
    Please have option to not receive bloodstone dusts, empyreal fragments, dragonite etc

  • bOTEB.1573bOTEB.1573 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 23, 2019
    I make legendary weapons mainly for stat swap funcionality

    I make legendary weapons mainly for cosmetic purposes
    I make legendary weapons mainly for stat swap funcionality

    All 3 are equally interesting to me.

    Everything that kills me should be nerfed
    Remove all time gates - I play more than some people yet I receive the same rewards per day/week (PvP/WvW tickets etc)
    ANET developments/events and everything else should be in a schedule with the time I play

  • Etterwyn.5263Etterwyn.5263 Member ✭✭✭
    Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    money. :p

    Actually I treated myself to Juggernaut and Flameseeker Prophecies earlier this month, because why not? Unfortunately I could not make myself like the way the hammer changes my armor look so I transmuted it. Should've sold it. :anguished:

    Shield rocks though. No regrets there! I have 2 gifts of mastery left but I will probably sell those too.

    WvW™ - where you find more Red Rings of Death than an Xbox repair facility.

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  • Eloc Freidon.5692Eloc Freidon.5692 Member ✭✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for stat swap funcionality

    Stat swapping is the primary reason especially for armor (quit after half a set for reason that isn't about grind I made a thread about). The cosmetic part is just an epic bonus. They also are incorporated into certain abilities that use projectiles for extra oomph.

    I feel epic having some of the typical uber items you find in end game rpgs.

  • Gop.8713Gop.8713 Member ✭✭✭✭
    Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    The stat swapping is nice, but it's more impt for the armor than weapons. I mostly make the weapons bc they're there . . .

  • ZeftheWicked.3076ZeftheWicked.3076 Member ✭✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for stat swap funcionality

    Stat swap is my main reason. Selling some of them to keep cash flowing is 2nd.

    I love to create my builds and i hate carrying junkyard of gear in my inventory cause i need different stats/upgrades slotted. Legendary are the answer to this bane, but a long and costly one. So far got full lege light armor and heavy armor but only twilight from weapons. Plan to fix this now.

  • Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    I crafted legendary weapons just to sell them and upgrade my account or buy QoL equipment.

  • SweetPotato.7456SweetPotato.7456 Member ✭✭✭
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  • GWMO.4785GWMO.4785 Member ✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for stat swap funcionality

    Character progression mainly. Tho i do swap stats alot (mesmer). And dont really want to fiddle around with kitten of gear in inventory/bank. So i like the stat swap function on the legendary. Changing skin back to what i had before obviously. Legendaries done right ;ok_hand;

  • Game of Bones.8975Game of Bones.8975 Member ✭✭✭✭
    Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    I crafted Nevermore because it looks awesome, I'm a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, and it has a great story of crafting.

    I'll admit that I bought the Predator (thanks for crafting it for me, enjoy the gold). It looks like a serious rifle and I get good use out of it with my Deadeye.

    Now I'm waiting for a longbow I like for my Dragonhunter and Ranger and a shortbow for my Renegade and Thief.

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  • Aerlen.5326Aerlen.5326 Member ✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for cosmetic purposes

    Flying. Unicorn. Arrows.

    What other reason is there?

  • Knighthonor.4061Knighthonor.4061 Member ✭✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for stat swap funcionality

    this hard. Only Legendary I care about for looks alone are Greatsword and Shield. the rest I would like for Stat swap

  • Ashantara.8731Ashantara.8731 Member ✭✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for stat swap funcionality

    Stat Swap. Most of them get reskinned by me immediately. ;)

    Only exceptions, because they are pretty: The Flameseeker Prophecies, Nevermore, Sharur, Frenzy (I know ;) ), Howler (not as pretty, because of the snake part, but okay).

  • Hynax.9536Hynax.9536 Member ✭✭
    Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    I mean, legendaries are cool and all, but there is a lot of Skins i would rather use instead of a legendary weapon and even the stat swap is not that handy since you could craft lots of ascended gear and buy inventory slots to keep them with the spent money (and in my case, all i'm gonna have is 2 builds per character at max, one for PVE and one for WvW). So i'm better crafting one, selling and buying lots of gemstore skins or BLchest skins with the money. ;)

  • mtpelion.4562mtpelion.4562 Member ✭✭✭
    Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    I have 6 different Legendaries (7, since 1 was done twice for the achievement) with 2 more in production and all except 2 of them were done for the same reason: I got the Precursor.

    The 2 with a different reason were the 2nd Frostfang for the Twice Told Legend title and Twilight (in progress) because I had Sunrise and figured I'd go for Eternity at some point.

  • Ayrilana.1396Ayrilana.1396 Member ✭✭✭✭
    Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    To have them. I have all of the weapons and they’re still sitting in my bank.

  • Tails.9372Tails.9372 Member ✭✭✭✭

    They're the only kind of weapons with matching sound / projectile sfx. Also, since the gear design (not talking about the skins but in general) is extremely bland in this game there's not much else to spend your money on once you got a full set of ascended gear.

  • Ultramex.1506Ultramex.1506 Member ✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for stat swap funcionality

    After crafted Juggernaut, i gave up and go for ascended, easier to obtain and account bound, however i'm willing to grind for legendary armor.

  • Westenev.5289Westenev.5289 Member ✭✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for cosmetic purposes

    My dreamer shoots pretty pink unicorns dancing on painbows.

    It was simply too awesome not to have.

  • TheGrimm.5624TheGrimm.5624 Member ✭✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for stat swap funcionality

    I like most of the skins but have replaced the skin with another at times. If they didn't have swap-able stats probably wouldn't have made the ones I have. 6 so far and working on the next 2. Didn't realize till the thread from yesterday that the interchangeable stats were added after launch.

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  • Alatar.7364Alatar.7364 Member ✭✭✭✭
    Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    To sell them

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  • DeanBB.4268DeanBB.4268 Member ✭✭✭
    Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    I've crafted 4 legendaries. The precursor for Flameseeker dropped for me, so made that first and sold it, having no need for a shield. Bought permanent merchant and bank with the funds, much more useful. Then I've bought the Pre's for Dreamer, Quip and Meteorologicus, all three of which I use.

    I like the skins and effects, stat swapping and sigil exchange, so those all play a role. But honestly, if I didn't have 4000+ gold sitting in the bank, I would be just as happy with Ascended weapons.

    I don't change builds all that often, but maybe when build templates/saving is a thing, I will, so the legendaries will be more useful.

    I'm working on a third world completion for my next two legendaries. Probably Kudzu and Bifrost. I'm too lazy for legendary journeys, so buying Pre's is it for me. I do save up rares to toss into the forge when I get 4 swords, greatswords, etc, but no luck there yet for me.

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  • Steve The Cynic.3217Steve The Cynic.3217 Member ✭✭✭✭
    Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    My reasons are kind of mixed. I'm not really fussed by the stat swap as such, but there was:

    • A big pile of "for the looks"
    • A certain amount of "because it's Legendary"
    • A chunk of "cheevo"
    • A lump of "It keeps me busy and gives me a reason to do map-completion again"

    In fact, the cheevo thing (Twice-told Legend, natch) is why I made the second copy of Quip, well, that and the stunning absurdity of an Asura Daredevil with a pair of Quips.

    @Biff.5312 said:
    Exercise your whimsy.

  • Elothar.4382Elothar.4382 Member ✭✭✭
    I make legendary weapons mainly for cosmetic purposes

    I am not one to switch stats very often. I tend to select a build and gear that works for me and then stick to it. If I want to try something different, I'm more apt to create a new character and outfit them accordingly. Ascended weapons are relatively accessible so I just make the legendaries for the skins.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 23, 2019
    I make legendary weapons mainly for cosmetic purposes

    I've crafted two so far - The Dreamer and The Bifrost - and both times it was for the appearance (I guess I like rainbows). I'm planning to craft at least a few more - Claw of the Khan-Ur for my charr thief, Nevermore for my norn necromancer/Raven devotee and maybe the new greatsword for my guardian and all of those will be purely for the appearance too.

    (I also make a second Dreamer because I wanted to do the precursor collection, but I sold that so I don't think it counts here.)

    I've had The Dreamer for years and I think I've changed the stats on it twice. I've changed them more on The Bifrost, (maybe 5 or 6 times) but mainly because I was passing it between characters. It would still have been much cheaper and easier to make multiple ascended staffs, and certainly cheaper to make 1 and stat swap them.

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  • Cragga the Eighty Third.6015Cragga the Eighty Third.6015 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 23, 2019

    When I was new I loved the footyprints and wanted a legendary for that. I started on Kudzu, but after I started using axes instead of LB, I changed to Astralaria. When the Holosmith sword came out, I decided to recreate my Jedi character from head canon and KOTOR 2. Thief had moves I liked and fit the character, and could use a sword. A laser gun seemed like the appropriate alternate weapon. So H.O.P.E. Now I have a librarian themed character and am working (slowly) on Ars Goetica so she can whip out an amazing big book in combat.

    I really enjoy doing the collection phases, so I actually have my bank clogged up with Part 1 of several legendary collections. (On the down side, I hate the material grinding, so I have not made any precursors apart from the ones I lusted after enough to finish.)

  • Other reasons (achievments, etc...)

    While I did do it for the skin. I mostly did it because I felt like I needed to. Like a rite of passage. Had been playing for a time, I had the resources, I had the experience. I had reached that point, so I felt that I had to take that final step.

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