The 4 Gathering Skills are Mining, Skinning, Logging, and Harvesting. Leveling up a Gathering Skill unlocks the ability to gather different, higher-level resources. Miners gather Stone and Ore, Skinners gather Animal Hides, Loggers gather Wood, and Harvesters gather Fibers, Fruits, and Vegetables. As your skill at gathering increases, you also gain the ability to detect nearby valuable resources and find special resources that can modify items when crafting.
The 5 Refining Skills are Smelting, Stonecutting, Woodworking, Tanning, and Weaving. Leveling up a Refining Skill unlocks the ability to refine higher-level resources into higher-level crafting materials. Smelters refine Ore into Ingots, Stonecutters refine Stone into Blocks and cut Gemstones, Woodworkers refine Wood into Lumber, Tanners refine Rawhide into Leather, and Weavers refine Fibers into Cloth. As your Refining Skill increases, it makes you more resource-efficient: higher-level refiners have a chance to gain extra refined resources while they refine.
The 7 Crafting Skills are Weaponsmithing, Armoring, Jewelcrafting, Engineering, Arcana, Cooking, and Furnishing.
- Weaponsmiths craft melee weapons.
- Armorers craft soft and hard armors.
- Jewelcrafters craft trinkets.
- Engineers craft ranged weapons and ammunition.
- Arcanists craft potions, tinctures, and magical weapons.
- Cooks craft meals and drinks.
- Furnishers craft furniture, storage, and trophies for houses.
Leveling a crafting skill unlocks more recipes and more powerful versions of them, along with some other things we will go over in more detail in our upcoming Crafting article.