Lots of folks would like to do the Thurgadin Prayer Shawl Quest, which
needs a very high Tailoring skill. Others would like to increase their
skill in Tailoring just to be able to make 10-slot Hand-Made Backpacks.
Yet more would like to be able to tailor cultural items or make Wu's
Fighting armor. I'm not, however, going to get into Velious Tailoring or
Cultural items for the purposes of this guide, which covers a method for
getting your Tailoring skill as high as you can without ever having to
leave the Old World, or even Antonica. If you need to find a merchant from
which to buy those components that are purchaseable, check
EQ Traders Corner's Trade
Supplies section. One of the reasons Tailoring is such a hard skill to
advance, however, is because the silks, threads and various pelts &
skins used in Tailoring must all either be looted from kills or bought
from other players who have done so. Finding them for sale on merchants is
a hit-or-miss proposition.
So You Want That Prayer Shawl, Huh?
Tailoring Skill Progression
Whatever the reason, you want to know how to increase your skill in
Tailoring. Using only Old World ingredients, from mostly stackable
materiel, here's what I suggest:
You can make Studded Leather Masks in-between Raw Silk and Cured Silk to
get to skill 56, but that requires you have some Smithing skill to make
the Studs, and you'll have to find Medium Quality Bear/Cat/Wolf skins.
It's the skins that are the real problem, and would entail a great deal of
hunting. The recipe is 1 Stud, a Medium Quality Bear/Cat/Wolf skin and a
|To get to:
||Train at your guild using your practice
||If using practice points is not an option:
||Silk Swatches - combine 2 Spider Silks until skill 16
||Silk Thread - combine 2 Spiderling Silks until skill 16
||Silk Bandages - combine 2 Silk Threads until skill 21
||Patchwork/Tattered armor - combine any
Ruined Bear/Cat/Wolf skin and an armor pattern (recommended)
||Silk Cords - combine 3 Silk Threads
||Make Cured Silk Veils by combining 1 Silk
Swatch, 1 Heady Kiola and a Mask Pattern
||Wu's Fighting Sashes or Gorgets from 1 Silk
Swatch, 4 Heady Kiolas, 1 Vial of Viscous Mana and either a Belt Pattern
or a Gorget Pattern
||Wu's Fighting Bracers or Veils, 1 Silk
Swatch, 4 Heady Kiolas, 1 Vial of Viscous Mana and either a Wristband
Pattern or a Mask Pattern
||Wu's Fighting Mantle, made with 1 Silk
Swatch, 4 Heady Kiolas, 1 Vial of Viscous Mana and a Shoulderpad Pattern
||Wu's Fighting Sleeves, from 2 Silk Swatches,
4 Heady Kiolas, 1 Vial of Viscous Mana and the Sleeves Pattern
||Wu's Fighting Shirt, from 3 Silk Swatches, 4
Heady Kiolas, 1 Vial of Viscous Mana and the Tunic Pattern
Along the same lines, you can make Reinforced Leather Wristbands to get
to skill 108 and ease that gap between Cured Silk and Wu's Fighting armor.
That takes 1 Steel Boning (also made with the Smithing skill), a High
Quality Bear/Cat/Wolf skin and a Wristband Pattern. (It would be insane,
though, to make it with the bear skin, since the High Quality Bear skin is
used for 10-slot Hand-Made Backpacks.) Then, if you really want to, you
can make Quivers from a High Quality Cat skin and a Quiver Pattern to get
to skill 115. That's a little annoying because they're containers, and you
have to hunt down the HQ cat skins.
Don't let the naming inconsistencies between skin and pelt throw you off.
As long as it says High Quality Cat, Low Quality Wolf, Medium Quality Bear
or any variation between those, you can use it. Other named skins are used
for other things, usually quests.
There's also a way to get to skill making Crystalline Silk Armor, a
Velious recipe. It requires Crystalline Silk Swatches, made from two
Crystalline Silks off of various Velious spiders. At the time of this
writing, the trivial levels were in flux. It used to get you to skill 131
by making the shirts. If you're able to hunt in Velious and wish to pursue
making this armor, check around for information on it.
Other Skills' Products in Tailoring
I recommend getting your Brewing up a little way by making things with
all store-bought ingredients.
Just make Fish Wine, if you don't care about burning platinum. All the
ingredients stack. Once that's trivial, you won't fail as often making
Heady Kiolas (from 2 Packets of Kiola Sap, 1 Water and 1 Bottle, trivial
at skill 46), which are needed for all of the Wu's armor, and a few other
|To get to:
||Short Beer out of Barley, Hops, Malt and a
||Mead out of Yeast, Hops, Malt and a Cask
||Fish Wine out of a Fresh Fish, Grapes and a
In order to make either Studs or Steel Boning, you'll need some Smithing
skill. I suggest going to skill 51 so that when you make Studs and/or
Steel Bonings, you won't fail as often.
There are two other Smithed items you'll need in the course of working
|To get to:
||Metal Bits, which you'll need anyway, are
made from 2 Small Pieces of Ore and Water
||Metal Bits, Water and a File yields 2 Studs —
stackable, and the File is returned
||Small Brick of Ore, Water and a File — stackable, and the File is
||Metal Bits and Water 8 slot containers that hold
giant-sized items. They're good for the bank box slots that aren't taken
up by trade skill containers or 10 slot containers of whatever variety.
||Metal Bits, Water and a File Mold, it's trivial at
skill 21. Used to make Studs and Steel Boning.
||Small Brick of Ore, Water, a Dagger Blade Mold and a
Hilt Mold, trivial at skill 41. Combine it in a Sewing Kit with a High,
Medium or Low Quality skin/pelt to make the skin/pelt one lower quality
grade (Low Quality goes to Ruined).
For the purposes of this guide, the only Enchanter-made item you'd be
concerned about is the Vial of Viscous Mana. It's created when an
Enchanter casts the 12th level spell Thicken Mana, which requires a Poison
Vial and a Pearl as its spell components. The Thicken Mana spell and all
the others in that line are only available from the brownie merchants in
their small walled town in the Lesser Faydark. Poison Vials can be bought
from a few poison-making supplies merchants scattered across Norrath, or
made via the Pottery skill (combine a Small Block of Clay, Water, a Vial
Sketch and an animal skin [zombie skin is lightweight and stacks] in the
Pottery Wheel, then fire in the Kiln with a High Quality
Firing Sheet). Pearls are used in Jewlecrafting and as spell components for
several spells, so can be bought on many merchants. Advanced Velious
Tailoring requires using higher-level versions of this item.
If you need to know where to buy the things that can be bought, check out
EQ Traders Corner's Trade Supplies section.
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