Guild Wars 2 Magic Find: How it Works & Gear for MF

Magic Find is quite possibly one of the most useful and highest demanded attributes in Guild Wars 2. What does it do? It gives your character a higher chance of finding masterwork, rare, and exotic items when looting enemies you’ve killed.

MF is something that pretty much every gold farming player on GW2 wants to have maxed out. Using full armor sets, accessories, and weapons decked out with magic find upgrades can make for incredibly profitable farming adventures.

According to the official wiki, MF does NOT apply whenever you are looting chests, crafting items using the Mystic Forge, or getting random items (such as unidentified dyes or loot bags) while gathering. But it does apply to every enemy you wipe out. And with the help of bonuses you can easily increase your chances of getting valuable items from drops.

Magic Find Gear

There are multiple things you can put on your character to increase your MF percentage. These include special types of armor, upgrade items (such as runes, sigils, jewels, gemstones, etc), via bonuses gained from the guild you are in, boosters that can either be purchased from the Black Lion Trading Company or obtained in storyline quests, and foods.

GW2 Magic Find Gear

Armor Types

Unfortunately armor won’t help you much in the beginning stages of leveling from 1-20 but once you reach level 20 you’ll be able to start purchasing special armor that is designed to increase your magic find attribute. Between levels 20 and 25 you should be able to buy Traveler’s or Pillaging armors. Pillaging armor types provide your player with a 1% MF increase. If you happen upon a piece that says “of the Traveler” at the end, though, you may receive a 5% bonus.

For example, a Mighty Swindler Coat of the Traveler (a level 20 chest piece for classes that use medium armor types) grants the player a 5% MF increase whereas a Pillaging Scale Coat (a level 25 chest piece for heavy armor players) only provides a 1% bonus to MF. You can purchase these items from the Trading Post or craft them using certain crafting professions.

Another armor type that puts forth a bonus to magic find at lower levels is sets with the name “Scavenging” in them. These provide a 3% increase.

Once you reach level 60 you’ll be able to use the Explorer’s armor type. This gives a 3% bonus to MF by itself but can be upgraded to provide even more (we’ll discuss that further down the page).

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Certain armor sets will give additional bonuses when your player is wearing the full set. These are identified by pieces that have the (1): Attribute Boost (2): Attribute Boost markings in vertical order. This tells you that you get boost A by having 1 piece of the set, boost B by having 2 pieces of the set, boost C by having 3 pieces and so on. A good example of this is the Shaman’s Rogue Coat of the Traveler (a level 70 medium armor piece) which provides a 13% boost to magic find when the player is wearing 3 pieces of the set.

So, just look out for the Pillaging, Traveler’s, Scavenging, Explorer’s sets while you’re leveling for the biggest boosts.

Upgrade Items

If you have armor, weapons or accessories with available upgrade slots OR you’re crafting your own gear for magic find, there are several items to help out. These come in the forms of runes, sigils, gemstones, doubloons and jewels. Runes are able to be used as upgrade components for armor. Sigils can be applied to weapons. Gemstones and Doubloons can be applied to several item types for boosts. Jewels are used to upgrade trinkets such as earrings and rings.

Not going to go into much detail here simply because you can easily find out which are best by heading over to the Trading Post and checking out the “upgrade component” category to see which items provide the highest bonuses for your current level.

Magic Find Superior Runes

The best (as depicted above), however, are generally the Superior Rune of Scavenging (15% MF bonus when you have 6 of these runes active on your gear), Super Rune of the Noble (25% MF bonus with 5 of these runes active on gear), Superior Rune of the Pirate (25% MF bonus with 5) and Superior Rune of the Traveler (25% MF bonus with 5). Please note that your character must be at least level 60 to use these runes.

Superior Sigil of Luck for Magic Find

The best weapon upgrade is the Superior Sigil of Luck (pictured above) which provides you with a .6% bonus to magic find each time you kill an enemy. You can stack this a maximum of 25 times which results in 15%. Once your player is downed this resets. This sigil also requires your player to be at least level 60.

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Guild Bonuses

Being in a guild on GW2 has many advantages. You get to play with dedicated players who, in most cases, are more than happy to help you out with group events and dungeons. But one huge advantage of being in a guild is the fact that you can obtain bonuses from it. Active guilds unlock all kinds of awesome bonuses.

One of the best bonuses is found within the economy category. It gives all guild members a 10% boost to magic find for a total of 72 hours. This boost will cost your guild 500 influence points but if you have a large group of farmers it’s the perfect gift for your entire guild. Another one is only 50 influence points and gives you a 10% bonus magic find banner. Unfortunately, it only applies when you’re around the actual banner, though and it only lasts for 30 minutes.

Consumable Boost

If you really want a huge boost in magic find without much effort you can simply purchase the magic find booster from the Black Lion Trading Company. It will set you back 150 gems (about $2.00 worth) but it provides your player with a massive 50% MF boost for one hour. It may not last long but if you farm the entire hour you can stock up on a lot of rare loot quickly.

Yummy, Yummy Food

The last thing in Guild Wars 2 that can stack up your magic find even more is food. Several items provide significant boosts to MF and are perfect for complimenting a full set of MF gear. Low level foods provide a 3% to 7% boost while foods that require your player to be level 60 or higher can provide boosts of 25% to as high as 30%. These generally last 30 to 45 minutes per eaten food item. For a full list, check out the official GW2 wiki page regarding magic find.

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