GW2 Quartz Crystals and Celestial recipes guide

GW2 Quartz Crystal guide with their acquisition, fusion into Charged Quartz Crystal, and their usage in the new Celestial recipes.

Quartz Crystal Acquisition

Quartz crystals are a new crafting material introduced with the Bazaar of the Four Winds patch.gw2-quartz-crystal

Mining: They can be mined from Labyrinthine Cliffs and  your home instance exclusively (once you have received Gift of Quartz from Bazaar Ambassador meta achievement).


  • Each Quartz Crystal node can be mined once per account per day. There are 4-6 nodes in Labyrinthine Cliffs (each node yield about 3 Quartz Crystals) and 1 node in your home instance.
  • It is unknown if you can guest to other servers to mine more or use overflows.
  • You can use any mining pick to mine these quartz crystals.

Sanctum Sprint: At end of every Sanctum Sprint is a chest you can loot for a number of Quartz crystals.

Kite Baskets: Kite baskets you find in various open world zones (except for Orr) yield a small number of Quartz crystals when looted. Each location can be looted once per day.


Zephyr Sanctum Supply boxes: These supply boxes give out Quartz crystals in addition to Celestial recipes. More on those Supply boxes below.

Trading Post: Since Quartz crystals are tradeable, you can always buy them from other players.

Charged Quartz Crystal Acquisition

Charged Quartz Crystals are created from 25 Quartz Crystals at a Place of Power (skill points where you commune with an orb object). gw2-chargedquartz-crystal

The easiest Place of Power to reach is the one outside Shaemoor Garrison in Queensdale.


Unfortunately, you can only make one Charged Quartz Crystal per account per day and they are account bound. (Reset at daily reset) This makes Charged Quartz Crystal, rather than Quartz Crystal, the limiting factor.

Crafting with Charged Quartz Crystal

Charged Quartz Crystal is required to craft the new stat combo introduced with this patch: Celestial.

Celestial is an all stats combo, something previously only found on Ascended gear. Recipes for Celestial insignias/inscriptions can be found randomly in kite baskets (low drop rate) or as guaranteed drops from Zephyr Sanctum Supply Boxes (Since each Insignia/Inscription requires 5 Charged Quartz Crystal, you will need to wait 5 days before you can make one).


Zephyr Sanctum Supply Boxes are boxes you can purchase from the merchants near the Bazaar Docks Waypoint in Labyrinthine Cliffs. They will exchange various raw crafting materials and previous event items for boxes. Each box will contain 1 Celestial recipe and a number of Quartz Crystals. Here is a list of what you can exchange for these supply boxes.


Items that can be exchanged for 1 Zephyr Sanctum Supply Box

Event items  
10 Fortune Scraps  
150 Pieces of Candy Corn  
300 Pieces of Zhaitaffy  
Cloth Leather
225 Jute Scrap 500 Rawhide Leather Section
75 Wool Scrap 400 Thin Leather Section
30 Cotton Scrap 90 Coarse Leather Section
45 Linen Scrap 60 Rugged Leather Section
250 Silk Scrap 250 Thick Leather Section
20 Gossamer Scrap 185 Hardened Leather Section
Wood Ore
250 Green Wood Log 125 Copper Ore
60 Soft Wood Log 55 Iron ore
35 Seasoned Wood Log 75 Silver Ore
65 Hard Wood Log 30 Gold Ore
55 Elder Wood Log 25 Platinum Ore
30 Ancient Wood Log 50 Mithril Ore
  8 Orichalcum ore

Celestial item stats

Heavy Armor – Draconic Skin



Medium Armor



Light Armor



By Dulfy

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

86 replies on “GW2 Quartz Crystals and Celestial recipes guide”

I dont want to sound bitter, but all that will require quartz are new celestial insignias, which are, imo, useless?

Thank you

I’d disagree. There are a good number of builds which run celestial accessories and runes of divinity, specifically in WvW and PvP.
I know I’ll have several guildies happy to see this.

Although it seems like everything from quartz to the finished equipment will be account bound, which is fairly uncool.

Yeah point taken 🙂
Still, my question stands – is it all ?
All I can use quartz on are celestial insignias ?

let me guess, zerker only pve kiddie?

There are lots of builds that make use of celestial and this should open up a number of previously irrational options…

Don’t get me wrong, zerker is still going to be the pve meta… but for something like elementalists… this will be fantastic.

I don’t get it, do we need like 500 rawhide leather and 400 thin leather and 90 coarse and etc etc.? Because how does 250 leather relate to 185 hardened leather or 90 coarse and 60 rugged? (tier wise) Like, I need more t5 silk than t4 linen but less t3 cotton than t2 wool? I’m confused.

No what it means is that you can either exchange 500 rawhide for 1 box, 400 thin leather for 1 box, 250 thick for 1 box, or 8 orichalcum ore for 1 box. All the mats are independent from each other.

Can you only make multiple Charged Quartz Crystals if you visited different charging locations or did you try that?

Nope you cannot. Yes I tried it to make sure. I tried different charging locations, different characters, different characters and different locations. None of them worked.

That’s annoying I hope they change that, it would take 30 days just to make a full set of armor and 40 days if you include 2 weapons….. Can you get charged crystals from Sanctum Supply Boxes or anywhere else?

Excellent! 😀 I was hoping that the recipes would be tradeable, because it’d be a HUGE pain if you were after one specific recipe and had to open dozens of Supply Boxes to get the one you were after.

Clever tactic from ANet to suck up all that excess supply of Silk Scraps and Thick Leather Sections too. 😉

No, weapons skins are obtained via achievement points 1k each and you can withdraw as many copies as you wish.

I am sure they will go when the map is locked, but you can still have hope, a little of course. But recipes are tradable, quartz is tradable so no problem if they dissapear

Did a sprint a couple of times and once i was on 7th and got sun catcher and 8 quartz. So people who cant win no worries you can also win catchers too or buy them off of TP, 1st place just has extra luck.

It appears the recent patch removed the Quartz Crystals from the Sanctum Sprint reward chest. 🙁

I am also wondering about the long-term viability of obtaining Quartz. When the event is over, what is left besides the Personal Quartz Nodes, which translate to ~3 per day and account, 8-9 days to get 25 to charge them. So the daily limit for charging Quartz seems to apply only for the meantime, while in the long run the actual limit is the acquisition of more Quartz crystals.

Do you require the insignia recipe as well as the armour piece recipe to make one item, or can you “discover” it with the insignia?

Would love to know this too. 🙂 However, seeing as how there are recipes for each kind of weapon/armor on the TP, I’m guessing you need to know the armor/weapon recipe in addition to the Celestial Insignia/Inscription recipe.

Ohh thats why some recipes are going to the roofs =P
But some of them rising makes no sense, by that I mean the accessories recipes. By the time you’ve gotten full Celestial Exotic trinkets you could’ve gotten the ascended counterparts .-.

Thank you for putting up armor specs. Been looking for what celestial gear would look like. Any idea when weapons and off pieces like amulet, accessory and rings will be listed?

Hi Dulfy, have you a list of the different recipes found in this patch. I got 3 yesterday from Kite baskets (not Sanctum Supply Box)
Thanks for your answer

Whit 1 Charged Quartz Crystal per day and my 8 level 80 profession, i’m gonna give you all a feedback about my armor and weapon collection in a year, waiting for summer 2014, or maybe there will be ascended armor by that time 😉

Celestial gear isn’t for all characters though, yes 140 all stats and 19% crit is nice but only professions that screams this gear is elementalist to me.

Yes, Elementalist will be my first alt whit this armor and then Engineer, but i’ll replace almost all my magic gear whit that

An easier place of power would be the Ice Worm just outside of Hoelbrek. 0 hostile mobs and arguably a shorter run.

The Celestial recipes are actually not a guaranteed drop from the Supply Boxes, they only have a very high chance to drop. I opened 20 boxes and had one that did not contain a recipe, only 6 quartz crystals. Wiki says as well that the recipes only have a high chance.

I can confirm that the celestial gear is account bound, just crafted my first piece today. Got all the Jewelcrafting recipes on my Thief so I will screenshot those in a bit and post them.

You can actually get Charged Quartz Crystals from your home instance as well, even though i’m not sure about the chance to get one.

“The easiest Place of Power to reach is the one outside Shaemoor Garrison in Queensdale.” Not really, much easier to go out from Hoelbrak to Wayfarer Foothills, up the stairs to where you do your first boss fight as a norn, and it’s right there. Much closer than the one in Queensdale, near a city, nearby Waypoint is never contested, and no enemies around to interrupt while you’re communing/crystalising. 🙂

does charging the crystals go away after the bazaar events? (hope not, dont have all the pieces yet D:)

The skillpoint in queensdale is not the easiest, the easiest one is the one in durmand priory right next to lion’s arch. It’s extremely short and never contested, also very close to lions arch so using waypoint won’t cost much

Concerning the Quartz crystal shard nodes in home instance, where are they located? I used that item on my human character, and now I can’t find any crystal nodes to mine. Also, relatedly, I just used my Krait Obelisk Shard so I will get one in home instance again. I guess I need to know what is meant by home instance? Thanks and any responses are greatly appreciated.

thanks for the guide!
And… how can i get the recipe? there aren’t Zephyr Sanctum Supply Boxes, actually, are they?
Thanks 🙂

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