There are over 2000 recipe books and scrolls, found all over Norrath. This guide does not include recipes that are used only for a quest.
NOTE: For older specialty gear recipes, your first stop will probably be Koros Splinterlimb in the Village of Shin. Older expansions' raid-dropped recipes and other books that are hard do get from less-played older content are available from him for faction and Far Seas tolkens.
The Essentials recipe books are all sold by crafting trainers. Start with the trainer that helped you select your tradeskill class. Note that you can only see the Tier you're currently in and lower. For example, level 30 - 39 recipe books won't appear in the merchant window until you are at least tradeskill level 30.
If you guild has obtained the amenity Tradeskill Recipe Salesman for its Guild Hall, you may purchase Essentials books, plus Advanced Artisan (level 1-9) books there.
All Advanced Recipe books are available as mob drops. If you're not the adventuring type, check the broker. As of GU57 most advanced books are also available for purchase after completing crafting quests or achieving faction levels.
Note that Provisioners do not have advanced recipe books, but there are some Master volumes with special Provisioner recipes.
On Test and Test-Copy only, a bookworm in the Tower of the Moon in Maj'dul sells all Advanced recipe books from level 10 through 69. He also sells dropped tinkering blueprints, Advanced Adorning books, and Deathfist armor recipes.
Completing the Sentinel's Fate Tradeskill Quests series in Sentinel's Fate will allow you to purchase Advanced Tier 9 books.
With GU66 the Tier 10 recipe books get a name change. Books will be automagically renamed to _____ Essentials Volume 9x and Advanced ______ Volume 9x.
All the Tradeskill Epic recipes are rewarded to their appropriate classes when they are going through the Tradeskill Epic Quest Series.
These recipes and their ingredients are acquired while adventuring in The Estate of Unrest.
These have recipes for Ry'Gorr Velium Shard (level 90 DoV) armor, and are and are dropped in Group Crafting Missions:
These have recipes for Mark of Manaar (level 85/90 SF armor) armor, and are solf on the Far Seas faction merchant in Mara:
These have recipes for Void Shard (level 80 TSO) armor, and are sold by Koros Splinterlimb in The Village of Shin for 10 Far Seas Trading Company Tokens and 19 44 . They no longer drop in crafting instances.
These are dropped in Group Crafting Missions:
Completing the Sentinel's Fate Tradeskill Quests quest series will unlock special recipes for each archetype:
See Also: Battleground Gear
Many Live Event Holidays feature craftables. See the individual Live Event Guides for more information.