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Last Epoch: Ultimate Crafting Guide

Learn how to craft the ultimate gear that will take you to the endgame.




Crafting is an essential feature in Last Epoch which is useful at every stage of the game as it can help you create truly powerful items.

In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about the game’s unique crafting system.

How to Craft in Last Epoch

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Crafting in Last Epoch is relatively straightforward. You can do it by accessing the Forge which you can open by pressing the “F” key by default.

Once you open the forge, drag and drop an item you wish to modify into the center. As you do, you want to take note of its “Forging Potential”.

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Forging Potential is a number that can be found above your item’s icon. This number will decrease by a random amount every single time you make any modification. Needless to say, the higher, the better!

Once an item’s Forging Potential reaches 0, you will be unable to make further modifications. As such, luck will play a big factor when trying to craft it.

It’s also worth noting that rarer items have higher Forging Potentials which makes them much more flexible for crafting.

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Additionally, you can find the item’s current “Affixes” on both the left and right sides. These are the various modifiers an item has. They come in 7 tiers of power, with Tier 5 being the highest craftable tier.

You will need Shards to upgrade and add Affixes. You can obtain them from various sources, but they mostly come from using Runes of Removal and Runes of Shattering. We’ll cover them later.

You can upgrade an affix by clicking on the arrow next to it. You can also slot new Affixes by pressing the + sign on empty slots.

Sometimes, you will also get a Critical Success when crafting. This is random, so there’s not much you can do to make it happen. However, these events will make a crafting attempt completely free!

Other important things to look for are the Glyphs and Runes. Let’s go into further details about them.

What Are Glyphs?

Glyphs are an extra item you can add during crafting which will greatly impact the outcomes. They come in 4 different types which are as follows:

  • The Glyph of Hope – This one gives you a 25% chance to not lower your item’s Forging Potential. If you’re lucky, this can really help you extend the forging life of your item!
  • The Glyph of Chaos – This glyph upgrades an affix but also changes it to something different. For example, if you use this glyph on a Tier 2 affix, it will upgrade it to Tier 3 but with a new random effect.
  • The Glyph of Order – When upgrading an affix, this glyph will keep its roll range. The affix’s power won’t be re-rolled but will just be adapted to the higher tier.
  • The Glyph of Despair – This is a rare glyph that can seal one affix. Sealed affixes have their own slot and can’t be modified further. The previous affix slot will open, allowing you to have 5 affixes.

Making good use of these glyphs will be crucial to making the most powerful items. The Glyph of Hope is particularly useful despite its reliance on random chance, so use it as much as possible.

What Are Runes?

Runes are another important item that modifies the crafting process. They can be slotted in the hexagonal slot with a plus sign in the middle bottom of the forge screen.

There are quite a few different runes available, so we’ll discuss some of the most notable and useful ones which are as follows:

  • Rune of Shattering – This one destroys the item it’s used on but turns its affixes into Shards. Basically, it lets you recycle useless items into Shards.
  • Rune of Removal – This rune removes a random Affix and returns its Tier number as Shards of the same type. For example, removing a Tier 5 Strength affix will give you 5 Strength Shards.
  • Rune of Discovery – This one fills all empty Affix slots with Tier 1 affixes, usually rare ones. One notable thing is that it won’t lower Forging Potential at all!
  • Rune of Ascendance – This rune converts Normal, Magic, and Rare items into a Unique item of the same type. It requires at least 1 Forging Potential left, however.
  • Rune of Creation: makes a perfect duplicate of the item it’s used on. However, both the original and copy will have a Forging Potential of 0.

As you can see, these Runes will be very useful in some niche situations. You will mostly be using Shattering and Removal, as they’re a great way to get Shards.

With that covered, you should now know everything you need to get started with crafting powerful equipment in Last Epoch!

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