you want to gather every node you see in order to get shards. Leveling forester and prospector is easy. At the higher tiers you have three gathering recipes such as
Originally Posted by podgie_bear
1) Turn ore in low grade ingots
2) Turn low grade ingots into medium ingots
3) Turn medium grade ingots into high grade ingots
You will not be doing 2 and 3 unless you are supplying materials to make Guild emblems or production recipes like legendary items until after your production crafts are maxed.
You have plenty of raw materials. I typically end up with hundreds of excess logs, ore and scholar mats because I am looking for those shards.
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