If you go to a Workshop, you will be able to do two things: replenish the Durability
Points of your equipment, and create new equipment by means of combining old equipment together.
You can combine two pieces of equipment to create one new piece. There are literally hundreds
of possible combinations, but very few of these are actually useful. I have attempted to list
those that are useful. Generally, the guideline to follow is this: one piece of equipment combined
with the next strongest piece of that type of equipment yields the next piece of equipment that is
one above the first piece in the equipment ladder. So, if the list of Bows in order of increasing strength goes
Light Crossbow, Target Bow, Windlass, then a Light Crossbow combined with a Target Bow will produce
a Windlass. There are variations to this pattern, but it works for many things. When you get to the top
of the ladder for a type of equipment, you'll have to start combining pieces with other pieces of the same
strength. So, only a Khopesh combined with another Khopesh will yield a Wakizashi.
I don't think you can get Rhomphaias, Hands of Light or Holy Wins by means of combination; you'll
just have to win them from enemies. However, those weapons have the curious properties that, when combined
with any other item, the result will be that item in the material of the special weapon. So, a Damascus Holy Win
combined with a Hagane Wakizashi will yield a Damascus Wakizashi.
A few words on materials. Early in the game, you may find that anything Bronze combined with anything Iron
almost always yields a Hagane result. This will prove useful in the early stages. Also, combining something
Bronze with something Hagane may occasionally yield something Silver, and combining something Silver with something
Hagane may occasionally yield something Damascus. That's not as important, though - as Hagane is the second strongest
material, you might as well just stick with it.
Your primary sources of equipment will be Crimson Blades in the various Town Centre areas, since they are
outfitted with much more equipment than Lea Monde's residents. Also, some necessary ingredients for combinations
can be found in treasure chests. For example, if early on you take the time to fight Ghasts in the Undercity West
until you get a Short Sword, you can then find almost all of the necessary ingredients to combine it all the way to a
Wakizashi in chests.
A word concerning armour. You can combine all types of armour - leggings with helmets, armlets with body armour,
and so on. If you combine one piece of one type of armour with another piece of another type that is in about the same place
on the equipment ladder, you can get another type of armour of the same place on the equipment ladder. So if you combine
a Burgonet with Fluted Armour, you'll get Fluted Leggings. This is useful in a situation such as when you have a lot of extra helmets and armour,
but no leggings, or something of that sort.
Armour Combinations / Blade Combinations