GW2 Bandit Weapons Specialist Collections Guide

GW2 Bandit Weapons Specialist Collections guide. This collections was added with the Echoes of the Past patch.

Step 1: Bandit Combat Journal

Go to the Bandit Crest Collector near the only waypoint in Silverwastes and purchase the Bandit Combat Journal for 150 Bandit Crests and 10 silver.

  • Bandit Crests can be earned by doing events in Silverwastes (10-20 crests per event)


Purchasing it and consuming the item will unlock the Bandit Weapons Specialist collection under Basic Collections.

Step 2: Acquiring Bandit weapons with karma

If you don’t have a very low level character, make a level 1 character and enter WvW. I entered the enemy server’s borderlands as the vendor is a bit easier to find.

There is a merchant called Karma Trader (Equipment Trader) and he sells bandit weapons for karma. For a level 1 character the weapons cost 160-300 karma each.

There are 16 weapons you can buy from that karma vendor. So just have 16×300 = 4800 karma and you should be able to buy all of it. The underwater weapons are not bandit weapons and do not count towards the collections.

Do not use a high level character for this as the vendor items scale up and the bandit weapons will be more expensive karma wise.


Step 3: Acquiring Underwater Weapons

You will need to acquire the following 3 weapons differently since they are not available at the merchant

  • Bandit Harpoon Gun
  • Bandit Spear
  • Bandit Trident

You can either buy them on the TP or craft them. Do not purchase the one with just Bandit Weapon as name. Instead, look for those with prefixes such as Hearty Bandit Weapons, Honed Bandit Weapon etc as they to be much cheaper. Here are all the available prefixes

  • Hearty
  • Honed
  • Hunter
  • Ravaging
  • Rejuvenating
  • Strong
  • Vigorous

To craft them, you will need Weaponsmith 125 for the spear, Huntsman 125 for the Harpoon Gun, and Artificer 125 for the Trident. The recipe for the Iron Imbued Inscription can be brought from the vendor with karma.


Bandit Spear (Weaponsmith 125)

Bandit Harpoon Gun (Huntsman 125)

Bandit Trident (Artificer 125)

Step 4: Reap the Rewards

The rewards are

  • 3 AP
  • 1 Gold
  • Legendary Luck (500 luck)
  • Magic Find Booster
  • Bandit Supplies (5 Bandit Skeleton Keys, 3 Bag of Stolen Goods, some Bent Lockpicks)
  • 20 slot bag


Information in this guide is obtained from this reddit post by mistyjaymes


  1. I am Spy
    Nov 05, 2014 @ 23:52:00

    Too late!!!! I just lost 10 G for those underwater weapons


    • Henriette Roggeman
      Nov 06, 2014 @ 10:44:00

      Just got them for 5g max, did you just buy the first thing you found? 😀


  2. Ares Zax
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 00:13:00

    Mwaahaha, I already had all of these weapons from padding out my Wardrobe in the early days. ^^ Free bonus stuff for being a collector before it was popular!


    • shodannet
      Nov 06, 2014 @ 01:36:00

      Ive set out to craft everything for every profession so already made all of these ^_^


      • Lord
        Nov 07, 2014 @ 11:40:00

        Same thing, just bought the Bandit journal and got the reward chest 😀


    • wwilliam275
      Nov 06, 2014 @ 01:40:00

      @I’m making 87 USD an hour working at my floor. I was amazed when my neighbour told me she was averaging $90 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that I’m my own boss. This is what I do, ,

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  3. Louise Elizabeth Gourlay
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 00:59:00

    Done and dusted! 🙂 Bought the three underwater weapons for about 4g total.


  4. Too much karma aint bad
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 12:58:00

    Lady i have 5 million karma i think i can afford them on a high level character since i dont own any low levels


    • Panda general
      Nov 06, 2014 @ 14:08:00

      Have a noonegivesadamn cookie


    • Nick J-s
      Nov 07, 2014 @ 02:10:00

      well that’s nice for you, but these guides are typically geared towards helping the anyman gamer to do this content. with my 1.5mil karma i COULD easily afford the high level ones, but what’s the point? i’d never used them. waste of karma.


    • Ragna
      Nov 12, 2014 @ 02:59:00

      I thought Dulfy was a man.


  5. Inni
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 17:06:00

    Soo… My friend just tried to craft the harpoon gun. I sent him the exact same materials I used yesterday (rare inscription and the other two weapon parts) and he combined them, but it yielded a masterwork version of the harpoon gun instead of the rare one. Yesterday it worked for me – did they nerf/break it with todays patch? Did this happen to anyone else?

    EDIT: I tried it out, and it still works for me, so it appears to be a weird kind of bug.


    • kiwiburner
      Nov 07, 2014 @ 07:02:00

      This happened to me, using Dulfy’s instructions… the dowel I crafted was yellow/mastery but I wonder if I was supposed to discover something with the rare crafting materials.. not sure what I’m doing wrong.


    • ManMan
      Nov 10, 2014 @ 19:38:00

      Becase the Iron Imbued Inscription cannot be discoved, you need to buy the recipe from the master with karma.


  6. MF Greg
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 19:47:00

    I’ll just hold off until everyone has bought their over priced under water weapons. The only benefit I see to completing this are the 20 slots bags and I got a crap ton of those from the Halloween Events 😀


    • Jules
      Nov 06, 2014 @ 20:44:00

      Damn straight. All five of my max levels are now rocking 20 slot halloween pails. The event allowed players to acquire 20 slot bags at half the usual market price. What a deal!!!


    • narg
      Nov 07, 2014 @ 11:10:00

      you dont need buy it all, just simple craft it or buy inscription and craft weapons, i have tons of t5 mats from events, it cant be more easier


    • George Smith
      Nov 10, 2014 @ 07:04:00

      do it for the fun of it, if you don’t agree it is fun then don’t do it


  7. sabwafair
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 17:00:00

    these recipes are bugged they say rare and therye not time to left this shitty game


  8. roxoxo
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 04:40:00

    I crafted the harpoon gun with materials listed above, but it wasn’t the Bandit one.


    • QtNFluffyBacon
      Nov 15, 2014 @ 03:37:00

      Are you sure you used an “Iron IMBUED Inscription”? and not the iron plated ones?


      • roxoxo
        Nov 15, 2014 @ 06:20:00

        Doh! >.< it wasn't lol thnx.


  9. Sharkangel
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 12:36:00

    Dulfy please include in the guide that you need to buy the Rare recipe from the crafting merchant. Most people wouldn’t have this. By discovery you would only have the Masterwork item.


  10. reson8 .
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 16:38:00

    Little correction at the end: Exotic essence of luck is 200, not 500. The legendary essence of luck is 500.


    • Dulfy
      Nov 13, 2014 @ 19:41:00

      I mostly do defense events so it is around 10-20


  11. NikitaR
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 14:15:00

    i bought the Hearty Bandit Harpoon Gun and the Ravaging bandit Spear. Neither of them give me credit for the collections. Any help would be appreciated


    • lim
      Oct 31, 2020 @ 13:32:00

      You need to unlock on it


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