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GW2 Spinal Blades Backpiece

A gallery and guide to the new Spinal Blade backpieces introduced with the Escape from Lion’s Arch update

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Spinal Blade Pack – [&AgGMwwAA] – Fine


General Info

  • You can pick from a selection of stats as an one time option: Healing, Malign, Mighty, Precise, Resilient, Vital. The stats reset when you upgrade it and you can pick your stat again.
  • Backpiece is account bound and stays soulbound after picking stats (but it will become account bound again if you upgrade it)
  • Do not transmute it if you want to upgrade it

Shopping List

  • Spinal Blades Blueprint Scrap 1/4 to 4/4 (these are purchased on the TP or acquired as drops from Alliance Supply Bags which are dropped by mobs and rewarded by events inside Lion’s Arch)
  • 25 Blade Shards (acquired as drops from Alliance Supply Bags which are dropped by mobs and rewarded by events inside Lion’s Arch)
  • 10 Radiant Dust
  • 150 Iron Ore OR 50 Iron Ingot

How to Make

1. Blueprint: Place the following in the mystic forge

  • Spinal Blades Blueprint Scrap 1/4
  • Spinal Blades Blueprint Scrap 2/4
  • Spinal Blades Blueprint Scrap 3/4
  • Spinal Blades Blueprint Scrap 4/4

2. Now place the following into mystic forge

  • 1 Spinal Blade Pack Blueprint
  • 25 Blade Shards
  • 10 Radiant Dust
  • 50 Iron Ingot
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Twin Spinal Blades – [&AgGNwwAA] – Masterwork


General Info

  • You can pick from a selection of stats as an one time option: Hearty, Honed, Hunter, Ravaging, Rejuvenating, Strong, Vigorous. The stats reset when you upgrade it and you can pick your stat again.
  • Backpiece is account bound and stays soulbound after picking stats (but it will become account bound again if you upgrade it)
  • Do not transmute it if you want to upgrade it

Shopping List

  • 1 Spinal Blade Pack (from above)
  • 50 Blade Shards
  • 10 Luminous Dust
  • 150 Iron Ore/ 50 Lump of Coal OR 50 Steel Ingot

How to Make

Place the following in the mystic forge

  • 1 Spinal Blade Pack
  • 50 Blade Shards
  • 10 Luminous Dust
  • 50 Steel Ingots
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Quad Spinal Blades – [&AgGOwwAA] – Rare


General Info

  • You can pick from a selection of stats as an one time option: Apothecary, Assassin, Carrion, Cleric, Knight, Rampager, Valkyrie. The stats reset when you upgrade it and you can pick your stat again.
  • Backpiece is account bound and stays soulbound after picking stats (but it will become account bound again if you upgrade it)
  • Do not transmute it if you want to upgrade it

Shopping List

  • 1 Twin Spinal Blades(from above)
  • 100 Blade Shards
  • 10 Incandescent Dust
  • 100 Mithril Ore OR 50 Mithril Ingot

How to Make

Place the following in the mystic forge

  • 1 Twin Spinal Blades
  • 100 Blade Shards
  • 10 Incandescent Dust
  • 50 Mithril Ingots

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Advanced Spinal Blades –  [&AgGPwwAA] – Exotic


General Info

  • You can pick from a selection of stats as an one time option: Apothecary, Assassin, Berserker, Carrion, Cavalier, Celestial, Cleric, Dire, Knight, Magi, Rabid, Rampager, Sentinel, Settler, Shaman, Solder, Valkyrie. The stats reset when you upgrade it and you can pick your stat again.
  • Exotic stats are 22/16/16
  • Backpiece is account bound and stays soulbound after picking stats (but it will become account bound again if you upgrade it)
  • Do not transmute it if you want to upgrade it

Shopping List

  • 1 Quad Spin Blades (from above)
  • 250 Blade Shards
  • 25 Crystalline Dust
  • 50 Orichalcum Ore OR 25 Orichalcum Ingot

How to Make

Place the following in the mystic forge

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Tempered Spinal Blades – [&AgGQwwAA] – Ascended


General Info

  • You can pick from a selection of stats as an one time option: Apothecary, Berserker, Berserker and Valkyrie, Cavalier, Celestial, Cleric, Dire and Rabid, Knight, Precision Power Toughness, Rabid, Rabid and Apothecary, Rampager, Solder. The stats reset when you upgrade it and you can pick your stat again.
  • Ascended stats are 56/35/35
  • Backpiece is account bound and become soulbound after picking stats (but it will become account bound if you change it to a different color)
  • You can infuse this by using the following in the mystic forge: 1 Tempered Spinal Blade, 250 Glob of Ectoplasm, 1 Gift of Ascension, 1 Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence. (Gift is purchased from Fractal vendor for 500 Fractal Relics. Glob is a drop from inside Fractal of the Mists)
  • What stats you picked does not determine the color. It will remain yellow and won’t change colors until you make the Dynamic, Synergetic or Static version.
  • Do not transmute it if you want to upgrade it

Crafting Requirements

  • Be 500 in either Leatherwork, Tailor or Armorsmith. One of the products (Gift of Blades) is account bound so you must be able to craft it yourself

Shopping List

  • 1 Advanced Spin Blades (from above)
  • Recipe: Gift of Blades (purchased from the Mystic forge vendor for 5 gold or from refugee vendors for 3 gold and 250 Found Belongings)
  • 500 Blade Shards
  • 1 Augur’s Stone (purchased from Mystic Forge vendor for 20 skill points)
  • 30 Obsidian Shards (purchased for karma from Temple of Balthazar in Straits of Devastation or purchased for laurels – 3 for 3 laurels)
  • 500 Dragonite Ore (World bosses, WvW Lord Keep)
  • 500 Empyreal Fragments (Jumping puzzles, dungeons, fractals)
  • 500 Bloodstone Dust (Champion Bags)
  • 10 Pile of Crystalline Dust
  • 500 Watchwork Sprockets (brought on TP or gathered)

Pick one depending if you have Tailor/Leatherwork/Armormsith at 500

  • Leatherwork: 15 Elonian Leather Square OR 600 Thin Leather Sections, 300 Coarse Leather Sections, 600 Rugged Leather Sections, 2250 Thick Leather Sections, 15 Glob of Ectoplasm, 150 Thermocatalytic Reageant
  • Tailor: 15 Bolt of Damask OR 600 Wool Scrap, 300 Cotton Scrap, 600 Linen Scrap, 4500 Silk Scrap, 15 Glob of Ectoplasm, 375 Spool of Gossamer Thread
  • Armorsmith: 15 Deldrimor Steel Ingot OR 1350 Iron Ore, 1500 Mithril Ore, 600 Platinum Ore, 15 Glob of Ectoplasm, 150 Lump of Coal, 300 Lump of Primordium, 150 Thermocatalytic Reagent

How to Make

Place the following in the mystic forge

  • 1 Advanced Spin Blades
  • 250 Blade Shards
  • 1 Vision Crystal
  • 1 Gift of Blades

Vision Crystal

  • 5 Dragonite Ingot (100 Dragonite Ore + 2 Obsidian Shard) x5
  • 5 Empyreal Star (100 Empyreal Fragment + 2 Obsidian Shard) x5
  • 5 Bloodstone Brick (100 Bloodstone Dust + 2 Obsidian Shard ) x5
  • 1 Augur’s Stone (20 skill points)

Gift of Blades (recipe purchased at the refuge camp or from the mystic forge vendor, requires 500 Tailor/Leatherwork/Armorsmith)

Note it is highly recommended that you make the Gift of Blades with 500 Leatherwork since 15 Elonian Leather Square is cheaper than Damask or Deldrimor. Backpieces are not restricted by armor type so it doesn’t matter which crafting discipline made it.

Watchwork Mechanism

  • Refined from 500 Watchwork Sprockets
  • Require any of the crafting discipline at 400

Deldrimor Steel Ingot

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Bolt of Damask

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Elonian Leather Square

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Modeled by Solomon Darkfury

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Colored Ascended Variants


Dynamic Tempered Spinal Blades – [&AgGDwwAA] – Ascended

  • Recipe: 4 Elonian Wine  + 10 Pile of Crystalline Dust + 10 Dynamic Assault Knight Power Core + Tempered Spinal Blades in Mystic Forge
    • Elonian Wine: purchased from the mystic forge vendor
    • Dynamic Assault Knight Power Core: can be brought on TP, also a rare drop from the Dynamic Assault Legendary Knights that appear every hour in Lion’s Arch
  • Infused version: 1 Dynamic Tempered Spinal Blades + 10 Pile of Crystalline Dust + 1 Glob of Coagulated Mist Essence + 1 Gift of Ascension in Mystic Forge
    • Glob of Coagulated Mist Essence: Drop from fractals, can also make them with (5 Vial of Condensed Vial Essence, 1 Glob of Ectoplasm, 1 Mystic Coin, 1 Pile of Crystalline Dust) or (1 Shard of Crystallized Mist Essence, 1 Master Salvage Kit, 1 Mystic Coin, 1 Pile of Crystalline Dust) in the mystic forge.
    • Gift of Ascension: 500 Fractal relics, purchased from the vendor inside Fractal of the Mists.

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Synergetic Tempered Spinal Blades –  [&AgGIwwAA] – Ascended

  • Recipe: 4 Elonian Wine + 10 Pile of Crystalline Dust + 10 Synergetic Assault Knight Power Core + Tempered Spinal Blades in Mystic Forge
    • Elonian Wine (purchased from the mystic forge vendor)
    • Synergetic Assault Knight Power Core (can be brought on TP, also a rare drop from the Synergetic Assault Legendary Knights that appear every hour in Lion’s Arch)
  • Infused version: 1 Synergetic Tempered Spinal Blades + 10 Pile of Crystalline Dust + 1 Glob of Coagulated Mist Essence + 1 Gift of Ascension in Mystic Forge
    • Glob of Coagulated Mist Essence: Drop from fractals, can also make them with (5 Vial of Condensed Vial Essence, 1 Glob of Ectoplasm, 1 Mystic Coin, 1 Pile of Crystalline Dust) or (1 Shard of Crystallized Mist Essence, 1 Master Salvage Kit, 1 Mystic Coin, 1 Pile of Crystalline Dust) in the mystic forge.
    • Gift of Ascension: 500 Fractal relics, purchased from the vendor inside Fractal of the Mists.

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Static Tempered Spinal Blades – [&AgGHwwAA] – Ascended

  • Recipe: 4 Elonian Wine + 10 Pile of Crystalline Dust + 10 Static Assault Knight Power Core + Tempered Spinal Blades in Mystic Forge

    • Elonian Wine (purchased from the mystic forge vendor)
    • Static Assault Knight Power Core (can be brought on TP, also a rare drop from the Static Assault Legendary Knights that appear every hour in Lion’s Arch)
  • Infused version: 1 Static Tempered Spinal Blades + 10 Pile of Crystalline Dust + 1 Glob of Coagulated Mist Essence + 1 Gift of Ascension in Mystic Forge
    • Glob of Coagulated Mist Essence: Drop from fractals, can also make them with (5 Vial of Condensed Vial Essence, 1 Glob of Ectoplasm, 1 Mystic Coin, 1 Pile of Crystalline Dust) or (1 Shard of Crystallized Mist Essence, 1 Master Salvage Kit, 1 Mystic Coin, 1 Pile of Crystalline Dust) in the mystic forge.
    • Gift of Ascension: 500 Fractal relics, purchased from the vendor inside Fractal of the Mists.

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By Dulfy

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

351 replies on “GW2 Spinal Blades Backpiece”

Wonderful… Another ugly item that will take up room in the bank on the off chance I build a character who needs spider legs growing out of his back. They could have made this look good, but failed horribly at every level of the item.

Farmed alot, can make back pack now. Just heard.. i can’t use it in PvP so was a waste of my time.. I don’t want this on my PvE Gear.

They’re adding the ability to use PvE armor in PvP (and vice versa) soon, as part of the process that’s removing Glory as a currency. So you’ll be able to use it in PvP pretty soon, probably mid-March? There are posts about it on the website.

Not completely sure on the # of shards needed for each step but here:

Twin Spinal Blades:
1 Spinal Blade Pack
50 Blade Shards
10 Luminous Dust
50 Steel Ingots

Quad Spinal Blades:
1 Twin Spinal Blades
100 Blade Shards
10 Incandescent Dust
50 Mithril Ingots

Advanced Spinal Blades:
1 Quad Spinal Blades
250 Blade Shards
25 Crystalline Dust
25 Orichalcum Ingots

Tempered Spinal Blades:
1 Advanced Spinal Blades
(probably 250) Blades Shards
Vision Crystal
Gift of Blades

finding those blueprint pieces seems to be the hardest part, and sure enough they are consumed in the making of one item…

so you can pick the stats for each of the different colors, but I can’t figure out how you make a specific color.

From that_shaman’s datamine post:[&AgGJwwAA]Static Assault Power Core[&AgGKwwAA]Synergetic Assault Power Core[&AgGLwwAA]Dynamic Assault Power Core

What’s the best way to farm blade shards? I just did the defense twice and I have 8. How the hell do I get hundreds?

As lars down her posted the Core when you post it isn chat it tells you the requirements to make a colored one with:
Power Core, Spinal Blades, Incandescent Dust and Gifts of Wine

That’s a preview code. If you type that into chat, you can then right-click it to see what it looks like on your character.

Its like 80g for 1-500 armorsmithing and another maybe 50g for the mats for the ascended backpiece here. I made 30g already tonight off of drops from this no remorse for people complaining about gold go farm.

they are crafted by mystic forge so you can get the exotic one and maybe gather the ascended mats bit by bit after the patch?

any idea about how to infused ?

[50 Globs of Ectoplasm]
[Gift of Ascension]
[Tempered Spinal Blades]
something I missed

Looks like you cannot make them colored yet. Stuff like “Gift of Wine” and the Power Cores for colors are not yet in the game as it looks. At least no one can find them. They have been datamined of course.

In the spanish client said: “botellas de vino eloniano” and thats the name for Bottle of Elonian Wine, i dont know in what translation trust right now lol…

Note that the name of the pack are connected to the Asuran path, likely that the power cores come from phase 2 of this living world in a few weeks, aka lets kick Scarlet face.

Dynamic Tempered Spinal Blades is soo beautiful *_* i just wish the actual thing that sits on your back wasnt so big, it will probably cover up a lot of my weapon ?

Hey Dulfy, you recommend to craft the Gift of Blades as Leatherwork. You can craft Elonian Leather Squares also as Tailor. Does that mean we can’t make Gift of Blades as Tailor with Elonian Leather Squares? As Tailor we have to use Damask Bolts?

can i use this, choose stats and later on put it into the mf to upgrade it further more? it just says, that its not allowed to transform, so i guess: yeah?

ive never made a back item or acquired one (besides that backbrace from a personal story mission) what do you mean by choose a stat? how do we do that?

Double click on the item as if you were going to equip it. It will first prompt you to select the stats at that point.

Im about to choose stats on the Tempered Spinal Blades, any idea if the color depends on the stats i choose? im really scared because i want the red one.

“power core” IS obtainable, They were used in the last living story to open Scarlet’s lair so all of these recipes ARE craftable now!

Cost me upwards of 200g because I only have one main at 500 crafting for one profession… and that was tailoring T.T… I did notice large fluctuation in both the steel and leather ascended material on TP so be cautious.

So this one can be infused, but Light of Dwayna cannot? Anyway, those back pieces are really looking good and this is exactly the kind of progression they should aim for. You start with a basic item and improve as far as you like, but no progress is destroyed along the way.

Sorry I’m new to this, I have the blue print, do I only get the one with out blades, or can I eventually make the one with all the blades on it by upgrading it?

Each step requires you to have the previous item. To make the Two Spinal Blades, you need to have a Spinal Blade Pack (the basic version) and so forth. So you start with the basic version and can upgrade it as far as you like.

As they are 3 Tempered Spinal Blades – Ascended backpack, maybe the color depends on the specific slot. Offensive Slot, Defensive Slot or utility slot.
That would give a backpack with the slot we want.

Hello Dulfy, i’ll just ask this: will this backpiece be temporary or could i farm it whenever i like to? Would be a shame if was temporary…

i think blade shards will be available only during this and maybe next LS event (so its basicaly 14 or 28 days), and if backpack become soulbound after use, you shall farm lots of blades for all characters 😀 (its 950 blades if you want ascendet vers. )

Thank you, anyway i don’t think i’m gonna farm too much of these, i don’t really like these skin. If only they were smaller a bit.

The infused upgrade is simple, it’s the same as others.
Ectos, Gift of Ascension and a glob of coagulated mist essence + ascended backpiece.

Your picture is wrong. You said it need 25 shards but have the icon is for 50. Same for 100 where the icon is for 250.

If you have insane amounts of mats and/or Money, sure, but then everything is easy to get. They need to balance this stuff.

I think the infused version consists of: 250 Ecto’s, glob of coagulated mist, gift of ascension and the backpiece itself.

All items are accepted at the forge to create something, i do not have enough ecto’s to complete the recipe.

It was easier than expected, now I need 3 blade shards to complete all the blades. Dang, everyone and their mother will have at least the non-infused one, but it doesn’t matter, it looks so cool~

I was wondering if these recipes will stay around after the event is over? If I am to make the exotic version of this backpiece and also make the gift of blades, but then the event ends before I am able to level my crafting to 500 and make the other 2 items required, will i be able to get them after the event is over and then turn this backpiece into ascended even though the event is over?

The key to this backpiece is the blade shards you get from the events and mobs inside LA. All the other matz can be acquired elsewhere. If my math is correct it takes 925 total shards to got from blueprint up to tempered (ascended). So collect and stockpile the shards during the two week event for as many backpieces as you plan to make in the future.

You can learn most recipes before you have the rating required to use them (although there might be exceptions, given that I’ve got a recipe with a level requirement–not even rating requirement, but level requirement– sitting in my leatherworking alt’s inventory; anyway, you can certainly learn this recipe at any rating) so your best bet is to get the recipe and have your character learn it, then just craft it once you’re got your rating high enough.

Mystic Forge recipes are only removed in special circumstances (like the Halloween stuff being redone stats-wise and reintroduced, and temporary recipes designed to remove excess materials from the game and balance the economy being removed once they’re no longer needed), so you’ll definitely be able to stick it all in the Mystic Forge and get the Ascended version even after the event is over.

Finally a cool looking backpiece… it’s a shame I will be stuck with the exotic Version for a loooooooong time. =’D

thinking that a acendend backpiece is 100 ~ 120g, is it worth (if i buy all the materials except that ones dropped in the event)? or it will take more than 120g?

someone pinged a green one in map chat, so how can you say the colors can’t be made until next living world release?

That’s weird. Wiki has the same code. I know infused code works since I’ve tried it. Haven’t tried non-infused chat code.
Synergetic Tempered Spinal Blades Infused [&AgGEwwAA]

Can anyone tell me if I infuse the ascended version, will it keep it’s infusion status and carry it over when I use it to forge the Static version, or will I have to re-infuse the Static version?

Does the [soulbound and stats] reset back to [accountbound and selectable stats] after you go to the next tier?

I would say they become account bound again. We know that ascended rings and fractal backpieces revert to account bound once upgraded since they become new items, but still, a confirmation for this particular item would be awesome

This is definitely the case. Each time you put it into the forge it becomes account bound again and can be moved between characters.When you equip it, it gives you a warning that it will become soulbound.

TY for all the work you do Dulfy! For the back piece, been asking for Angle Wings since launch and yet, we get these elaborate spidery metal whatchamacallits 🙂

What if i selected stats for Tempered Spinal Blades – Ascended and i want it infused can i select stats again or it will remain.

I have a level 32 warrior but haven’t collected any Spinal Blades Blueprint Scrap yet so I am wondering if only level 80 characters are collecting them

I have a lvl50 Warrior and already have the Rare version u.u Waitinig for my friend at lvl80 to give me Orichalcum and Crystalline Dust to upgrade again to Exotic u.u

only certain versions of the back item will be for under lvl 80, in reality, you can’t get the FULL ascended one till you have 500 crafting in tailoring/leatherworking/or armorsmithing.

saw on wiki that the recipe for Gift of Blades can be purchase from the mystic forge attendant for 5g. Is there anyone who can confirm this?

Been trying to find out the stats for the item. I bought a back item off TP ages ago and it has for example

Stat 1 = 12, Stat 2 = 12, Stat 3 = 15

What do you get on each one, in particular the Exotic version? It works out to about 17.5g to make Exotic.

I would also like to know what the actual numbers are, so I know whether or not it’s worth making ascended. If the numbers only increase by 2 or something, I’m not going to bother. No skin is worth 100+ gold.

Exotic totals – 47/31/31
Ascended totals – 56/35/35

You are still restricted to the stat combinations based on prefixes and suffixes of courses.

It’s usually for people who have nothing else to do and want only gear progression even if it’s minimal, but that’s just my opinion, exotics in all slots are still viable.

Finally got someone to tell it. It was so hard to find out. They all seem to say u can choose but that not what we needed to know.

Here he had exotic 22, 16, 16

Just a question. If I infuse my piece back, so to put an infusion +10 for example. When we can put the desired color on March 4th is what 10 will be retained or infusion is destroy ?

If i gather all the materials needed that come from the event in LA (like blades, and recipes), will i be able to craft it afterwards (after the event ended in la)? Also, how many blade shards are needed for an ascended one in total? And is it anything else than the blades that are only possible to get from the event?

500 Blade shards, it is under shopping list. Blade shards is the only one you need to get, everything else including the gift of blades recipe is not tied to event (can be brought from mystic forge vendor for 5 gold)

To clarify the above, 500 blade shards are needed to upgrade from the exotic version to the ascended version. In TOTAL, as per the original question, 925 blade shards are needed to fully upgrade each backpiece.

Yes, if we do not need Blade Shard for the Dynamic, Static or Energetic version.
Need to store an really massive amount of them 😉

The glow from the red Static one looks significantly weaker than the glow on the yellow, blue, and green ones based on previewing them in-game…

Red glow actually appears weaker even in real life – that’s why it’s usually used for alarm clocks and probably military purposes too, although I can’t claim any special expertise there.

Tempered Spinal Blade is the name for the Ascended Back piece.
So you upgrade it up to ascended, and then you infused to get a tempered bakcpiece – infused
We still don’t know if an infused tempered back piece will become an infused dynamic tempered backpiec or just a dynamic tempered backpiece

You can infuse this by using the following in the mystic forge: 1 Tempered Spinal Blade, 250 Glob of Ectoplasm, 1 Gift of Ascension, 1 Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence. (Gift is purchased from Fractal vendor for 500 Fractal Relics. Glob is a drop from inside Fractal of the Mists)
I should better ask what is the stat of this infusion slot after MF with components above?
txs

“Infused” just means you are able to place an Infusion into the item… So, after Infusing the item, it will have an empty “Infusion” slot.. You choose which infusion you want to place there.

Hey dulfy, on the quick guide on how to make the ascended crafting materials, you have two lots of ‘Deldrimor steel ingot’ , the title for the list with cloth would be ‘Bolt of Damask’ 😉 Keep up the good work 🙂

“You can infuse this by using the following in the mystic forge: 1 Tempered Spinal Blade, 250 Glob of Ectoplasm, 1 Gift of Ascension, 1 Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence. (Gift is purchased from Fractal vendor for 500 Fractal Relics. Glob is a drop from inside Fractal of the Mists)”

I should better ask what is the stat will get the infusion slot but not Tempered SB after MF with components above?
tsx

Thanks for the great info Dulfy. One correction – the amount of iron ore should be 3 per ingot for both iron ingots and steel ingots in the Deldrimor Steel Ingot ingredient list, so 20 iron ingots / 60 iron ore and 10 steel ingots / 30 iron ore and 10 lumps of coal.

Is that world gone MAD or it’s me? I started on that back pack but now, I realy regrette it!… it is totaly ridicullus the amount of stuff you need to make it! OO… sorry, am juste a fible smal time player that juste want to have fun!!… tho. Marie Cinnabar. But, ty for your impeccable infos.

Thanks for the info. The recipe on the Power Cores says incandescent dust, but it is in fact crystalline dust like you posted.

Backpiece is account bound and stays account bound even after picking stats.
Definitely says soul bound for me

I just made the blue version just to enter the purple portal and it says it’s soulbound after equiping it, no stats are selected yet. I’ve yet to upgrade it to see if it becomes accountbound again.

I think they changed it, I did the fine and master version, after picking the stat, they become soulbound, they fixed the back piece.

For the colored versions, does the recipe only work with the ascended version? I have already upgraded to ascended(infused) and would definitely like to change the color.

If I have a soulbound exotic back piece and then upgrade it to ascended, does it lose the soulbound?

Dulfy do you know if you make it Static ( Red ) and you change your mind , can you make it Tempered ( Green ) ? Or you have to craft anotherone ?

If I have the ascended version with stats already chosen, and I turn it into one of the colored versions, will it let me choose stats again?

Yes, yes you will. However, you will also be forced to get another infusion since it’ll remove it.

Hi Dulfy, If you have an already Infused Tempered Spinal Blade and upgrade it to Static, Dynamic or Synergetic, do you loose the infused option ?

Does the Static, Dynamic or Synergetic Tempered Spinal Blade have different stats (offensive, defensive or utility slot). Hors is it just color ?

I made Synergetic Tempered Spinal Blades by worng i meant to make Dynamic Tempered Spinal Blades ,, :/ is there any way i can change the color again?

i did the same thing exactly the same thing arghhh i hope they make it so you can i even submitted a ticket to anet lol

in the preview window, stowing a shield makes the colored ascended back piece disappear until you wield the weapon again. can anyone confirm if this is true or false in game? it’ll affect whether i make the red one for my pistol/shield engi or the blue one for my gs/staff guardian.

its true. The backpiece also acts as if it were connected to the shield when you take your weapons out. It follows the shield then shoots back to where it should be.

Barf! That’s only cool if it sticks to the shield when I throw the shield, but I’m sure that doesn’t happen.

Alright, blue colored back piece for my guardian it is.

Hey Dulfy, is there a way to get the blade shards after the lion-archs event ? because i didnt get the time to farm the mats in a so short period of time

As long as you have at least one blade shard, you can create more by using the mystic forge recipe:

1 pile of glittering dust

1 pile of shimmering dust

1 blade shard

50 watchwork sprockets

which will yield 10-15 blade shards.

It’s in Vigil Keep. Once you enter Vigil Keep (through the doors) follow the path past the dungeon vendors and you’ll see it.

“Crafting Requirements
Be 500 in either Leatherwork, Tailor or Armorsmith”
But its required to be 500 in huntsman/weaponsmth. too? How can i do this “Vision Crystal
5 Dragonite Ingot (100 Dragonite Ore + 2 Obsidian Shard) x5
5 Empyreal Star (100 Empyreal Fragment + 2 Obsidian Shard) x5
5 Bloodstone Brick (100 Bloodstone Dust + 2 Obsidian Shard ) x5
1 Augur’s Stone (20 skill points)” without having 500 on hunt/weapon.

Hm, question: if I make on of these (let’s say ascended) and then transmute it, can I still enter the purple portal by Touma?

I messed this up! I crafted advanced, as artificer (500) Wore it. Now I can’t upgrade it to ascended!

Do I understand the guide right, that if I want to choose berserker stats, I have to craft the ascended version since you can only choose between some stats at lower quality?

Just adding a note here for those going after the Ascended version: I see that it requires Vision Crystal and I just would say that it’s not obtainable by crafting only, I got one of it after finishing Scarlet and I was even woundering what it would be for. I just saw what it is going to be used for, hehe. Not sure if it’s a default reward for anyone completing that instance or if I was lucky enough to get a Vision Crystal 🙂

Oh my fault maybe, at first glance I didn’t realize that but yes, I got a “Lesser Vision Crystal” too. At first I didn’t see the difference. But question remains, is it the default reward for doing that instance, or is it a random reward?

Sorry for any mistake btw.

me and a friend got it too at first time completing it. so my guess is: standart loot. as far as i know “lesser vision crystal” is used in crafting ascended armor only.

Hi. Does someone know if Magi stats (Healing, precision, vitality) are also available for ascended Version?

It is not on the ascended version, I wrote down all the stat combos in the ascended section. Those are what is available: Apothecary, Berserker, Berserker and Valkyrie, Cavalier, Celestial, Cleric, Dire and Rabid, Knight, Precision Power Toughness, Rabid, Rabid and Apothecary, Rampager, Solder.

In case folks missed the post on the forums, don’t throw away any extra blade shards yet. ANet said they plan on adding a way to trade them for something. Now I regret throwing away several stacks already. 😛

Does anybody know if there is a time limit on crafting this backpiece? will I still be able to do it after event ends? I haven’t been able to play in over a month, and I still would have to level one of the crafts that i dont have to get this.

Yes, you’ll be able to make it after the event ends. You can buy the blueprints to make the first stage off of the trading post and the spinal blades will continue to drop of aetherblade enemies long after the event is over. Might take you a bit longer, but it will be available to you.

Is it me or is it MUCH cheaper to infuse any of the three colored ascended spinal blades than the uncolored one?

According to this, the tempered spinal blade requires 250 ectos, while the dynamic/static/synergetic do not.

Hi Dulfy, assault knight power cores do not drop from knight of the associated color. Once any knight is beaten, everyone participating gets a chance of up to 3 cores of random colors at the end of the knight event. Thanks!

Hmm.. maybe Leatherworking, but also know that the Leatherworking material for Gift of Blades is the cheapest if you intend on just buying it from the TP instead of making it 🙂

I don’t know where the recipe went for the infused ones but its tempered spinal blades+ X Assault Knight Power Core + Gift of ascension + Coagulated mist essence.
I was stumped but its all good now 🙂

The recipes are all the same, except for the 10x different cores. And no, you can’t. If you put 10 Dynamic, you’ll get the blue ones. If you put 10 Static, you’ll get the red ones. If you put 10 Synergetic, you’ll get the green ones. 🙂

Once youve made your ascended colored version of the SPinal blades pack, can you say, change the color? I messed up and picked the wrong stats and was hoping to find a way to change the stats through changing the color. I am guessing I am pretty much screwed on this as I tried to change the color but the forge would not accept the pack since it is ascended.

Sadly I have a knack for asking the wrong questions. WHat I really want to do is change the stats. I picked berserk stats for my guard and needed Power Tough Vitality type stats is there a way to alter the piece to change the stats or is it a lost cause?

Are you at the final colored ascended stage? If so I believe the stat picking was a one time thingie. If you are at the regular ascended stage you can still pick stats by upgrading to the color stage

See heres the thing. I think it is completely finished. However, it only has 1 infusion slot. should it have 2? If it should have 2 I might be able to change the stats. otherwise I just might have to make another if necessary, though i might just leave it as is.

On the wiki it says Account bound, but when you infuse a colored one it says Soulbound on use.

Can anyone verify whether or not these become soulbound after color + infuse?

The watchwork sprocket node in home instance gives shards occassionally, they also randomly drop from aetherblade mobs (at the JP or in EotM).

The mystic forge receipt is actually the best and fastest way to get the blade shards.
Today i`ve spent 150 Gold for 1015 Blade Shards.

50 Watchwork Sprockets + 1 Pile of Glittering Dust + 1 Pile of Shimmering Dust + Blade Shard

You`ll get 10+14 Blade Shards

i have a “Twin Spinal Blades” and i have all material for upgrade the backpack on “Quad Spinal Blades” but the forge will not let me upgrade the backpack.

1 Spinal Blade Pack (from above) – is Ok
50 Blade Shards – is Ok
10 Luminous Dust – Is Ok
50 Steel Ingot – This is gray

someone has an idea why ?

You are looking at the wrong step. If you have the TWIN spinal blades, that’s also what you need in your recipe to make the next. This means your shopping list is this one:

1 Twin Spinal Blades(from above)
100 Blade Shards
10 Incandescent Dust
100 Mithril Ore OR 50 Mithril Ingot

Hi, how can I obtain blade shards nowadays please ? I get it for the MF recipe, but I need to have at least one to be able to get more of them using the MF. Can I find aetherblade ennemies out of donjons for example ?
Regards.

The guide doesn’t mention that you can infuse and colour in one step, which is considerably cheaper than using two steps.

This guide should get a big message at the top saying these cannot be made anymore, unless certain circumstances are met. Saves a lot of research. Which I had to do as a new player.

Getting the materials is near impossible. This was intended to be made during the Escape from Lion’s Arch event. The Blade Shards alone are almost impossible to get in the great numbers necessary. This guide was clearly intended to be used during the event, so therefor my point still stands: it needs that message.

or buy gift of sprockets and gather them as well as buying them. Thats what ive been doing and im just about done with the Tempered ones…

I put 5 alts at the chest of the Aetherblade jump puzzle and have over 750 blade shards after 1 month just from opening it daily on each toon. Had to level my armorsmith high enough to get the deldrimor steel ingots and have now made the ascended pack as of today.

Its taken three months (bladeshard farming and leveling up crafting) but I’ve made my first Ascencded piece of armor; finished it today. The Ascended Spinal Blade back-piece looks shmexay on my warrior! Thanks for the guide!

You can still make the Spinal Blades today. It just takes a long time. I’ve been using the MF recipe for blade shards since August 2015. Almost done as of 29-Nov-2015

I done mine 10/03/2017 following this guide and infused it to blue,but i was wondering about if i can change their color again and unlock all colors or i need build a new one and change it to other color. Someone know if is possible use the same to switch to all colors ?

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