Item Creation is dependent on skills learned from Skill Guilds. Leveling the corresponding skills will improve a character's ability to use a specialty or create an item. A character's ability to succeed may also be influenced by their Talent. Star Ocean: The Second Story's Super Specialties were added to First Departure.
Item Creation works exactly like in the first Star Ocean, in Star Ocean: The Second Story and Second Evolution. Skills must be learned at Skill Guilds and later leveled. A character's ability to succeed is again influenced by their Talents. Star Ocean: The Second Story’s introduced Super Specialties to the series, which, as forementioned, were added in the first Star Ocean's remake, First Departure.
Item Creation must now be performed at Workshops scattered throughout towns and dungeons. Once a player invents an item, they can file for a patent, and get money from the profits made off selling those items in various shops. The player is also able to recruit Inventors to aid them in creating various items.
Item Creation can now only be performed inside the Calnus. It is managed by Welch Vineyard. Each playable character, with the exception of Sarah Jerand, is now adept at a specific Item Creation ability and new recipes can be discovered by creating combinations between up to three characters at the Item Creation room. Some recipes can also be found in Recipe Memos, which are found as treasure, or rewards from quests.
Both Faize Sheifa Beleth and Arumat P. Thanatos are adept at Alchemy, but each have slightly separate possible recipes that they can create. It is advised that players fully explore Faize's recipe possibilities before Arumat joins the party.