Professions are the crafting skills in Neverwinter. You can create class-specific armors, gain experience, gold, rough astral diamonds, containers with various items. Crafting is unlocked at level 10, you can level up any and each of the following professions: Leadership, Leatherworking, Tailoring, Mailsmithing, Platesmithing, Alchemy. To open crafting panel press "N" key.
In Neverwinter crafting is based on hiring workers to do tasks of your choice, you can perform 1 to 9 tasks at once, they are unlocked with your character progression and professions progression:
1: Reach level 10
2: Reach level 30
3: Reach level 60
4: Get any profession to level 3
5: Get any profession to level 10
6: Get any profession to level 20
7: Get 3 professions to level 20
8: Complete a task with at least a 100% speed bonus
9: Complete a task and earn the Rank 3 result
Each profession is useful for different classes, table below presents quick overview what each profession can do:
Avg task time
Directs mercenaries in performing tasks that award Experience, Gold, random items, and/or Astral Diamonds.
Directs mailsmiths in creating armor for Devoted Clerics and Great Weapon Fighters.
Directs platesmiths in creating armor for Guardian Fighters.
Directs leatherworkers in creating armor for Trickster Rogues.
Directs tailors in creating armor for Control Wizards.
Directs alchemists in creating potions and dyes.
Because each task requires a worker you need to start from hiring your first rank 1 worker (later you will be able to convert 4 workers to higher rank worker required for tasks providing better rewards.
Harder tasks require better workers (higher in rank) and/or additional resources.
Apart of workers you will use various crafting resources to craft items, they can be bought from professions vendor, can be found or created with other crafting tasks.