Hideouts & Crafting
Home Sweet Home
Once you've rescued Helena as part of Act 2's storyline, you'll be able to create a Hideout. Hideouts are customizable private zones where you'll spend much of your between-fights time in the endgame. There are a couple dozen primary tilesets to choose from, so you can pick one that suits you. Most are unlocked by finding Helena in the open world and clearing out an area for her.
Aside from the crafting discussed below, Hideouts are strictly cosmetic. You can ignore them almost entirely aside from putting a few NPCs in for convenience's sake.
Creation & Decoration
To create a Hideout, talk to Helena, either in the open world or in the Act 2 town. She begins with a basic list of tilesets, but you can unlock more by finding them in the world. Mouse over a locked hideout to see where to unlock it.
Once you've created a Hideout, you can decorate it with objects of your choice. It comes with a few basic decorations, which you can remove if you wish. To change or move decorations - or hideout NPCs, which are handled the same way - press the "Edit" button near the bottom of your screen. You can then:
- Left-click to select an object or NPC.
- [del] to remove an object or NPC from your Hideout. This doesn't consume them, and you can always put them back if you so choose.
- Mouse scroll up or down while mousing over a selected object to rotate between different variations of that object. For example, a Tree decoration will have a few variants in different sizes and shapes.
You unlock extra decorations by gaining Favor with the various Master NPCs. You've met two by this point - Einhar and Jun - and you'll meet a few more over the course of the main storyline. Each Master gains favor by different means. You can gain favor with Einhar, for example, by capturing more different types of Beast to fill up your Bestiary (you can consume them for crafts later and they'll stay listed in your Bestiary).
Unlike most other things, your hideout choices and decorations are not reset with each new League. You'll start the new League with any decorations you've purchased in the past and any Hideouts you've previously unlocked are open to you from the get-go. Since this is purely cosmetic, it doesn't give you any sort of advantage.
You can also invite recurring NPCs to your Hideout by speaking to them in town. This will add a copy of them to your Hideout - they'll still be present in town, but will also be in your Hideout when you visit it.
Once you've created your Hideout, you can access it from any Waypoint - it's the little blue fleur-de-lis icon located at the bottom-right of the Waypoint menu.
The Crafting Bench
As you progress through the world, you'll find objects that unlock new Crafting Recipes. Once you've unlocked them, you can apply them by visiting the Crafting Bench in your Hideout.
Crafted modifiers are Affixes (that is, Prefixes or Suffixes, as covered in the previous section Items & Mods), and obey the normal restrictions on the maximum number of such affixes. In other words, a Magic item can have at most one Prefix and one Suffix, and a Rare item can have at most three of each. You won't be able to craft a modifier into an item that is already full on prefixes or suffixes. You can't add crafted modifiers to Unique items, which generally speaking don't have affixes in the first place. In addition, most items can only have one Crafted affix on them, although there is a special crafted affix that allows an item to have more than one.
In addition to crafted modifiers, there are also crafting recipes that affect an item directly. Most notably, there are recipes that modify the number, links, or color of sockets on an item. In general, recipes that modify the number of sockets or the links between them are slightly more expensive than just using currency to do those things (for example, it's usually cheaper to just use Jeweller's Orbs to get a 6-socket item than it is to directly bench-craft one), but they remove the chance of a very unlucky streak.
The recipes that modify the color of sockets, on the other hand, have a very specific use: they're usually the cheapest way to get socket colors that don't match an item's base stats. If, for example, you want green sockets on your Intelligence-associated items, it's almost always cheaper to bench-craft it than to use Chromatic Orbs to reroll socket colors randomly. This probably isn't too important for you right now, but it can be very valuable for certain kinda of endgame crafting.
Using the Crafting Bench costs currency. Some crafting is very expensive, so pay attention to the costs listed in the window! For now, though, most crafts are cheap enough that you can use them to patch up weaknesses in your equipment without worry.