[Top 10] Guild Wars 2 Best Harvesting Tools and How To Get Them

Guild wars 2 Best Harvesting Tools
Let's go Harvesting!

The right tool makes all the difference.

You should be harvesting.  Harvesting tools are used in Guild Wars 2 to collect resources that can be sold or used to craft items.  The right tools can give you a bit more than what you can get from just the resource you are harvesting. 

As all harvesting tools provide the same amount of strikes, without changing the quantity, this 10 best list has the harvesting tools available in Guild Wars 2 that do more than just harvest. Four of them are available for purchase using in game currency. However, for two of them you will need the expansions, and one of the others is only available during a specific event.  

Six of them are available from the Black Lion Trading Company for Gems. Remember, you can convert Gold earned in game to Gems if you don't want to spend real world money on them. The benefit is that these come with animation as well as never get used up.

The status for all are the same as the Orichalcum Harvesting Sickle that can be purchased on any 60+ map. This means you can harvest all items without ruining what you are harvesting. 

Now, as a bonus Core Game harvesting tool: 

Bonus: Foraging Sickle

Let’s go explore this bog so we can get a special tool… We need an exotic dagger...

This is a regular harvesting tool that is also a crafting component for the Exotic Dagger Reaper of Souls.  Which makes it unique when compared to the other sickles.

What makes Foraging Sickle Great:

  • This is used to make the exotic dagger Reaper of Souls when combined with 1 Eldritch Scroll, 100 Vial of Powerful Blood, and 100 Mystic Coin

Foraging Sickle details:

  • Purchase  from Cesseilia located at Whisperwill Bogs in Bloodtide Coast
  • Costs 658 karma
  • 25 uses

Now, Commander, on to the list.

10. The Frostbitten Orichalcum Harvesting Sickle

When you see all the Wintersday’s trees - you can get this Sickle.

Available only during Wintersday's festival, this gives a bonus snowflake which is this events' currency.

What makes The Frostbitten Orichalcum Harvesting Sickle Sickle Great:

  • Gives you 1 snowflake, the Wintersday event currency.

The Frostbitten Orichalcum Harvesting Sickle Sickle details:

  • Purchased from Charity Corps Seraph at The Crown Pavilion in Divinity's Reach.
  • Purchase for 3 silver, 4 copper and 4,900 karma 
  • 25 uses

9. The Advanced Harvesting Sickle 

Why, that’s a steal - 125 uses for 2 Laurels!

While this appears the same as a regular sickle, the benefit is the price and the amount of use you get.

What makes The Advanced Harvesting Sickle Great

  • A lot more uses than average, 125 compared to the usual 25.

The Advanced Harvesting Sickle details:

  • Available for purchase from the Laurel Merchant Jale at Bay of Elon in Crystal Oasis.Jocasta at Hall of Memories in Heart of the Mists. Laurel Merchant at Commodore's Quarter and Fort Marriner in Lion's Arch, The Upper City in Divinity's Reach, Creator's Commons in Rata Sum, Garden of Dusk in The Grove, Memorial Quadrant in Black Citadel, The Great Lodge in Hoelbrak, Havoc's Heir in Gendarran Fields, Mistlock Observatory in Fractals of the Mists, and Hall of Memories in Heart of the Mists.  Merit Professor Rizzak in Mistlock Sanctuary sells this. As does Nicola at Champion's Rest in Heart of the Mists. Finally, Varka is a Laurel Merchant found at the Lava Lounge sells as well.
  • Purchase for 2 laurels
  • 125 uses

8. Volatile Harvesting Sickle

See that building over yonder?  That’s The Astralarium. A karma merchant is in there...

This gives you Volatile Magic as a bonus while you harvest. To get to this location you will need the Path of Fire expansion. 

What makes Volatile Harvesting Sickle Great:

  • Provides an additional 3 to 8 volatile magic on each harvest

Volatile Harvesting Sickle details:

  • In order to harvest volatile magic, you need to unlock the Mastery: Volatile Magic Resonance.
  • Purchase from the merchants listed.  You will be able to purchase from them after you complete the heart near them.  Archivist Salwa located at The Astralarium or Shipmate Hadhi located at Corsair Flotilla in Domain of Istan. Clanmarshal Sana at Arkjok Farmlands, or Rytlock Brimstone at Frontline in Domain of Kourna. In Dragonfall the Crystal Bloom Quartermaster, Mist Warden Quartermaster, and Olmakhan Quartermaster at Pact Command. Dredge Supplier Yuliya at Dredgeways, Gorrik at The Grotto, Rhoban at Deldrimor Ruins, and Sayida the Sly at Symphony's Haven in Thunderhead Peaks.  Hafren at Eastern Complex and Tarra at The Hunting Grounds in Sandswept Isles. Warmaster Steelburn located at Pact Vanguard in Jahai Bluffs.
  • Purchased for 4,900 karma
  • 25  uses

7. Unbound Harvesting Sickle

This is Dwayna's Reliquary, a karma merchant is here with the tool you seek...

This tool gives you additional Unbound Magic as you harvest.  This tool is found in a location in the Orr maps of the core game. 

What makes Unbound Harvesting Sickle Great:

  • Provides an additional 3 to 5 unbound magic on each harvest

Unbound Harvesting Sickle details:

  • You need to have completed the Reaper of Magic story chapter or you have to purchase either Ancient Mursaat Relic or Unbound Magic Gatherer. This costs
  • Purchase from the merchants listed.  You will be able to purchase from them after you complete the heart near them. Baron Jon Xander  located at Saidra's Haven or Exemplar Ylan located atFort Evennia in Lake Doric. Explorer Rakk is located at Caliph's Steps or Research Assistant Ulaa located at Lava Flats in Ember Bay. King Zoran located at Dwayna's Reliquary or from Queen Bahar located at Lyssa's Reliquary in Siren's Landing. Additionally, Sun Warming Sun Warming at Brakbrak in Bitterfrost Frontier and Z.O.X. found Ancient Hollow in Draconis Mons sell this. All of the merchants will open to sell after you complete the heart near them.
  • Purchased for 4,900 karma
  • 25 uses

Side note Commander - The Black Lion Trading Company has 14 unlimited harvesting tools that are available only through the black lion merchant for Gems. While all of them have a slot for Glyphs to grant additional items. Now, Glyphs are upgrade components that can be applied to gathering tools to provide bonus effects when gathering. These can be obtained on the trading post, or as a rare Black Lion Chest drop.  However, the harvesting tools below include one Glyph with purchase. Also, these can be purchased with gold, but you will need to convert the gold to gems, and the exchange rate does change daily.

6. Choya Harvesting Tool

Watch your fingers around this guy...

The Choya pop up the dances while it harvests. 

What makes the Choya Harvesting Tool Great:

  • Unlimited uses
  • Comes with Glyph of the Forester which offers a chance for wood 

Choya Harvesting Tool details:

  • Available only in the Gem store
  • Cost 1,000 gems.

5. Lucky Dog Harvesting Tool

Such a good dog...

This good dog comes running to help dig up what you are harvesting.

What makes Lucky Dog Harvesting Tool Great:

  • Unlimited uses
  • Comes with Glyph of the Scavenger which offers a chance for a fine crafting material drop.

Lucky Dog Harvesting Tool details:

  • Available only in the Gem store
  • Cost 1,000 gems.

4. Skyscale Hatchling Harvesting Tool

Tiny little Skyscale is related to the Skyscale Mount

The hatchling is very busy, as he gathers all the nodes super quick.

What makes Skyscale Hatchling Harvesting Tool Great:

  • Unlimited uses
  • Comes with Glyph of the Reaping which harvests from additional nearby plant nodes within a 900 unit radius

Skyscale Hatchling Harvesting Tool details:

  • Available only in the Gem store
  • Cost 1,000 gems

3. Thunderstrike Harvesting Tool

Care recommended when harvesting underwater...

A bolt of lightning strikes the ground as you harvest with this tool.

What makes Thunderstrike Harvesting Tool Great:

  • Unlimited uses
  • Comes with Glyph of the Leatherworker which gives a chance for a piece of leather

Thunderstrike Harvesting Tool details:

  • Available only in the Gem store
  • Cost 1,000 gems

2. Unbound Magic Harvesting Blast

Endless Magic 

Unbound Magic you summon will appear over what you want to harvest.

What makes Unbound Magic Harvesting Blast Great:

  • Unlimited uses
  • Comes with Glyph of the Unbound which gives 3-5 Unbound Magic to your harvesting results

Unbound Magic Harvesting Blast details:

  • Available only in the Gem store
  • Part of the Infinite Unbound Magic Gathering Tools set which includes the Unbound Magic Logging Pulse, Unbound Magic Mining Beam, and Unbound Magic Gatherer.
  • Cost 2,700 gems

1. Volatile Magic Harvesting Tool

It’s unstable magic

The harvest will be pulled out by Volatile Magic.

What makes Volatile Magic Harvesting Tool Great:

  • Unlimited uses
  • Comes with Glyph of the Volatility which gives 3-9 Volatile Magic to your harvesting results

Volatile Magic Harvesting Tool details:

  • Available only in the Gem store
  • Part of the Infinite Infinite Volatile Magic Gathering Tools set with includes the Volatile Magic Logging Tool and Volatile Magic Mining Tool.
  • Cost 2,700 gems

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