Processing is a life skill that encompasses several crafting types called processing methods.
Some of the processing methods are only available when certain in game conditions are met.
To start processing, you only need to press the "L" key, which opens up the processing screen. On that screen, you have the choice to select which type of crafting method you wish to use. When you select a crafting method, ingredients that can be processed with that type of crafting highlights in your inventory.
First tier processing
First tier processing is available from the start of the game. It for example allows you to heat ore into melted shards and chop timber into planks, but processing the materials further requires second tier processing.
Second tier processing
Second tier processing allows you to for example heat melted shards into ingots and chop planks into plywood.
To unlock this tier, you need to complete the quest Learning Higher Processing Skills, which can be obtained in two ways: Have Gathering Apprentice 4 and get the quest directly from Ficy in Heidel City, or complete the questline started by the Black Spirit as you enter Heidel City.
The Black Spirit will ask you to go to Jemkas Wyrmbane, who will have the quest Because I Like You, which requires you to either have Gathering Beginner 7 or have completed the quest Go to the Northern Heidel Quarry.
Complete the rest of the questline to get access to Learning Higher Processing Skills:
- Because I Like You
- Nothing Our Friendship Can't Do
- Settling Down in Heidel
- Bustling Alejandro Farm
- Helping With the Pumpkin Harvest
- A Threatening Scarecrow!
- A Meat Dish for the Workers
- In Search of Higher Processing Knowledge...
- Complete Materials for Equipment Repair to learn Grinding: Beginner from Ornella.
- Complete Working the Ash Tree to learn Chopping: Beginner from Lebyos.
- Complete Pure Water for an Experiment to learn Heating: Beginner from Flaviano.
Three other beginner skills are also available for you to learn:
- Complete Need Soft Hides! to learn Drying: Beginner from Techthon.
- Complete Toys (?) for Kids to learn Shaking: Beginner from Lara.
- Complete Filtering Feathers to learn Filtering: Beginner from Dora Fonti.
Third tier processing
With third tier processing, you can, for example, process ingots into pure crystals and plywood into sturdy plywood.
To unlock this tier, you need to complete a series of questlines starting with the one given by Vatudun in Keplan, which will teach you Heating: Skilled. The questline is started by talking to an unnamed villager in the workshop behind Adrian and getting the quest Excellent Magnate. The quest is only available if you have Gathering Skilled 10 and Processing Professional 5, and have completed all the beginner skills quests.
Complete these quests to learn Chopping: Skilled:
After completing his questline, Murghed will advise you to go to Behr and talk to Likke Behr to learn more about drying. The last quest in Likke Behr's questline requires you to know Shaking: Skilled, which you can get as an achievement reward for reaching Processing Artisan 1.
Complete these quests to learn Drying: Skilled:
Crafting methodscooking ingredients.