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GW2 Captain’s Council Commendations guide

GW2 Captain’s Council Commendations guide on their acquisition and usage. Captain’s Council Commendations are a new currency introduced with the Lost Shores update that can be used to purchase Lionguard weapons, salvage kits and gathering tools.

Getting Captain’s Council Commendations

You need to make donations to receive Captain’s Council Commendations. Go to Miyani right by the Mystic Forge in Lion’s Arch and purchase a donation packaging for 1 silver and 4 copper

donation_packaging

Now, you can throw 3 items + donation packaging into the mystic forge to get Captain’s Council Commendations.

Here is a list of the known recipes

Stuff going in Commendations
10x Food/tuning crystal + 10x Food/tuning crystal   + 10x Food/tuning crystal  (if food <L60) 1
10x Food/tuning crystal  + 10x Food/tuning crystal  + 10x Food/tuning crystal  (if food = L60ish) 2
10x Food/tuning crystal + 10x Food/tuning crystal  + 10x Food/tuning crystal  (if food L70+) 3
5 bronze ingots + 5 iron ingots + 5 steel ingots 2
5 copper ingots + 5 silver ingots + 5 gold ingots = 2 CCCs 2
5 green wood planks + 5 soft wood planks + 5 seasoned wood planks 2
5 hard wood planks + 5 elder wood planks + 5 ancient wood planks 5
5 platinum ingots + 5 mithril ingots + 5 orichalcum ingots 13
3 L70-80 basic weapons/armor 3
3 L60-70 fine weapons/armor 7
3 L70-80 fine weapons/armor 8
3 L40 masterwork weapon/armor 8
3 L70-80 masterwork weapons/armor 12
3 L35-39 rare weapons/armor 15-17
3 L40-49 rare weapons/armor 17-30
3 L50-54 rare weapons/armor 30
3 L55-59 rare weapons/armor 40
3 L60-64 rare weapons/armor 50
3 L65-69 rare weapons/armor 70
3 L75-80 rare weapons/armor/armor 140
3 L70-74 exotic weapons/armor 550
3 L75-80 exotic weapons /armor 600
3 L75-80 rare trinkets 300
3 L80 exotic trinket (i.e. Candy Corn Orichalcum Amulets) 2000

Stuff to purchase with Captain’s Council Commendations

Talk to Lionguard Lyns at the Grand Piazza where the Lion statue used to be. You will need to have some commendations first to unlock the vendor.

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Black Lion Key – 285 Commendations

Harvesting Tools

Items Commendation Cost
Sturdy Cooper Tools (250 uses) 4 for sickle, 2 for axe and pick
Sturdy Iron Tools (250 uses) 9 for sickle, 5 for axe and pick
Study Steel Tools (250 uses) 15 for sickle, 7 for axe and pick
Sturdy Darksteel Tools (250 uses) 20 for sickle, 10 for axe and pick
Sturdy Mithril Tools (250 uses) 27 for sickle, 13 for axe and pick
Sturdy Orichalcum Tools (250 uses) 67 for sickle, 33 for axe and pick

Salvage kits

Items Commendation Cost
Crude Salvage Kit (15 uses) 1
Disembler 3BEK Kit (250 uses, 10% for rare, 20% to recover upgrades) 25

Lionguard weapons

(L40 ones have Power and Condition damage while the higher level ones have Power, Precision and Condition damage). All of them have sigils of Karka Slaying (10% damage vs Karka for the superior sigil)

Note that these weapons are not unique! Their models can be purchased for 9.8k karma each from the Lionguard cultural vendor just north of the WvW portals in Lion’s Arch

Items Commendation Cost
L40 rares 25
L60 rares 40
L80 rares 80
L80 exotics 1300

Tips and tricks from readers

Here are some tips and tricks shared by readers on dulfy.net that you may find interesting. Feel free to add : )!

  • Rare/exotic armor is generally less expensive on the TP than weaps, so it might be a good way to pick up some extra commendations. Level 70-75 exotics are generally less expensive than 80’s, and give almost as much back in commendations.. Nutshell is that, if you’re going to spend the coin to get commendations through donating, consider buying cheap lvl 70 exotics to donate in order to get a greater return. (grape_crush)
  • You can also buy armor/weapons (but let’s use armor, it’s cheaper) from dungeon token vendors and use them to make commendations.Tip: If vendor offers rare level 80 armor, then you get 1.1 commendation for each token spent if it’s exotic armor, and 1.5 per token spent if it’s rare armor (Jaggens)
  • If you are a Level 400 Jeweler or know someone who is you can create Candy Corn Orichalcum Amulets which only require 3 Exquisite Opal Jewels instead of 5 (instead it uses +150 Candy Corn). It’s the cheapest Level 80 exotic trinket.(Gahro on reddit)

By Dulfy

MMO guide writer and blogger. Currently playing and covering SWTOR, GW2, and TSW.

57 replies on “GW2 Captain’s Council Commendations guide”

I got 70 commendations for putting in 4 lvl 65 rare weapons. Also someone linked in chat commendation chests that he got for putting in lvl 80 exotics. No proof but thought I’d mention it. Nice work Dulfy

5 bronze ingots + 5 iron ingots + 5 steel ingots = 2 CCCs
5 copper ingots + 5 silver ingots + 5 gold ingots = 2 CCCs
5 green wood planks + 5 soft wood planks + 5 seasoned wood planks = 2 CCCs
5 hard wood planks + 5 elder wood planks + 5 ancient wood planks = 5 CCCs
5 platinum ingots + 5 mithril ingots + 5 orichalcum ingots = 13 CCCs

When I look at the auction house prices on the cheapest of these items, no matter how I add them up this doesnt seem like an economical way of getting lvl 80 exotic weapons. On my server the final price will range from around 5-7g. Meanwhile I can buy an equivalent item for under 3g. If I just wanted the skin I’d be better off getting the lowbe cultural for 9.8k karma. Can anybody correct me on this?

Also tuning crystals can be used along with food. It was a good way to get rid of all the crystals I made while leveling artificing. Potions, unfortunately, do not work.

stacks of 10, just like food. i got 1 when i used the t1 crystals with t1 food, 2 when i used 3 stacks of 10 lvl 65 crystals

You should note that the exchange rate for donations works for armor as well. Rare/exotic armor is generally less expensive on the TP than weaps, so it might be a good way to pick up some extra commendations. Level 70-75 exotics are generally less expensive than 80’s, and give almost as much back in commendations. Rough calculating shows that 3 exotics @ 75sp each (total 2.25 gold) equals 550 commendations while it takes 4 sets of 3 rares (12 rares total) @ 25sp each (total 3 gold) to give you 560 commendations. Nutshell is that, if you’re going to spend the coin to get commendations through donating, consider buying cheap lvl 70 exotics to donate in order to get a greater return.

Looks like it..I put in three spare exo lvl 70 armor pieces and got 550 commendations.

Bought three more off the TP and then did rares for the next 200. Yeah, I know you could probably get an 80 weap cheaper buy just buying one and transforming with a less expensive skin, but I feel like I worked a little harder to earn this.

You can also buy armor/weapons (but let’s use armor, it’s cheaper) from dungeon token vendors and use them to make commendations.

Tip: If vendor offers rare level 80 armor, then you get 1.1 commendation for each token spent if it’s exotic armor, and 1.5 per token spent if it’s rare armor.

Hey Dulfy~

About the Commendation diagram:

I’ve put in the Mystic Forge 3x lvl40 masterwork shoes and got 8 Commendation for it. Guess it depends more on rarity than on item level?

Thanks for the fast reply. I know the Karka, dungeon, and new island map are sticking around. My thought was that the emergency would be over after the event and the CC Tokens would be gone. Just looking for your knowledgeable confirmation.
> Sorry to hear your gw2 account was erroneously banned and that the mods on Reddit deleted your post. People should be allowed to talk about being erroneously banned, so that the gw2 user-base can keep track of how often it is happening. I assume that since you are now part of the gw2 lore (yay Dulfy (^_^), everything is fine now. TY again for all the excellent work you do for us.

Hello, can somebody help me out? I’m trying to forge donation packaging + 3 exotic trinkets (2 Berseker’s Ring + 1 Carrion Ring) but each time I click on Forge button, it just fail and nothing happens, the items still in my inventory though and I receive nothing at all. what’s the problem here?

Sorry for this question, but I’m confused, were did u find vendor where u can buy exotic items for commendation ? o.o
And when I go to T3 cultural armor vendor in LA he sells rare items not exotic.
(I’m probably misunderstanding something ?)

Lionguard Lyns (at Grand Plaza) holds both rare & exotic weapons for exchange with commendations. You will need to click on secondary menu (the first menu features black lion key & mining equip), scroll down the menu & look for those that requires 1,300

You need 3 trinkets + donation packaging. I bolded this part at the top: throw 3 items + donation packaging into the mystic forge to get Captain’s Council Commendations.

They disabled the exotic trinket recipe. You can try, they will appear to be valid but when you click Forge, they remain in your inventory and you get no commendations.
This wasn’t in any patch notes… shady. Don’t trust this company at all.

I have been getting a TON of lvl 75-80 Blue and Geen items (even several rare and a few exotics), and have just been using the forge to empty my bags after a couple runs in FotM. Great way to get the comms, without breaking the bank!

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