Crafting Materials and their close relative animal goods are the central resources you'll be looking for in Assassin's Creed Origins.
Here on this page we'll explain everything you need to know about them, as well as providing a few tips for how to find each resource.
For more guides though, be sure to visit our main Assassin's Creed Origins guide and walkthrough hub, which features tips and expertise galore.
Crafting Materials and animal goods - how to get resources in Assassin's Creed Origins
There are eight types of resources available in Origins. One, Silica, is related to the mysterious mechanisms in the tombs, but the remaining seven are used to upgrade your gear. You'll occasionally come across some in a random crate or jar lying around, but the only sure fire way of getting hold of it is by going straight to the source, so here's our guide for where to look.
Cedarwood: You'll probably end up with a surplus of this as most weapons will produce some when dismantled, but it can also be looted from soldiers - use Senu to scan the area and look out for it on the move.
Bronze: Another common result from dismantling unwanted gear, this can also be looted in the same way as Cedarwood.
Soft Leather: Wild goat, hyena, and antelope are all sources of soft leather, but antelope give you more bang for your buck as each one will drop four leather. You can usually find them wherever there's tree cover near a water source, but you may also find the odd small herd further inland; you need to approach them with stealth and take them out with a bow - we'd recommend a light bow rather than hunting bow as it's much quicker to let off a flurry of arrows into the herd if they scatter. Goats are found on rocky ground near to towns, and hyenas will generally roam dry, sandy areas - around the pyramids in Giza is a good place to look.
Hard Leather: Crocodiles and hippos drop hard leather, although hippos tend to drop more than crocs. Both animals can be found in the shallow waters and swamplands to the east, particularly Memphis and Krokodilopolis (unsurprisingly). They don't like to go down without a fight, but hippos are a little easier to deal with - use a weapon with Bleeding or Poison effects, approach from the rear with a charged heavy strike, and stay away from the head end if you can.
Pelts: These come from lions and leopards, and you'll come across these ferocious predators close to remote groups of their prey - if you're far enough from civilisation then where there are antelope you'll probably find lions. Larger enemy outposts may also have one or two in captivity.
Iron: See Cedarwood and Bronze.
Carbon Crystal: Only obtainable by looting chests in enemy outposts - the more spears a settlement has on its icon, the better your odds of finding some. This is the scarcest commodity in the game, so you'll need to make a thorough search to find it.
Need more help? Our Assassin's Creed Origins walkthrough and guide will take you through every step of the main story and quests, whilst we also have guides on how to grind XP and level up, plus explainers on how Assassin's Creed Origins sidequests work, alongside how to get crafting materials and animal goods, and even complete solutions and walkthroughs to all Assassin's Creed Origins Tombs, Silica, and Anchient Mechanisms. We also have a list of all Papyrus Puzzle locations, Origins' cursed and legendary weapons and how they're acquired, and finally a detailed page Phylakes, Phylakes' Prey and how to get the Black Hood outfit.
Miscellaneous Animals: You can also hunt vultures, flamingoes, and herons. They don't drop any crafting materials, but you can loot them for items to sell. Vultures tend to be found in more arid regions, and are often somewhere in the vicinity of hyenas. Flamingoes and herons are found wading in the shallows of pretty much every body of water.
All that said, the quickest way to locate any resources you want is to send Senu high in the air; the landscape will gradually populate with icons indicating what can be found where, so you can just tag what you're after and then make your way there.
Finally, the Buy Materials ability in the Seer tree can come in handy. Blacksmiths will sell wood, iron, and bronze, and tailors will sell leathers and pelts. They're not cheap and they generally only have a few in stock so it's not useful as your only supply of materials, but it can save some legwork if you only need one or two of an item.