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Blacksmithing is the practice of making important objects like armor, weapons, and keys from ore, stones, and gems. As blacksmiths train to higher levels, they are able to specialize in either Armorsmithing or Weaponsmithing, allowing them to craft pre-raiding Best-in-Slot (BiS) items. Other professions also require materials like Golden Rod, which only smiths can make. While all classes are able to sell the items they create for potentially huge profit, Tanks (like Protection Warriors) and Melee DPS (like Retribution Paladins) benefit the most by being able to create their own gear.
Blacksmithing is most often paired with Mining to gather and smelt the ore required for metal bars. These bars are then paired with various stones to craft products. A Blacksmith Hammer is also necessary as well as different kinds of fluxes (Weak, Strong, or Elemental), and Coal. Each of those can be purchased from Blacksmithing Supply vendors.
Unlike other professions, while leveling Blacksmithing, players are offered a choice of specialization which is unable to be changed. The Apprentice (1 – 75), Journeyman (75 – 150), and Expert (150 – 225) all follow a standard progression, but when you reach Artisan (225 – 300), you are offered a choice between becoming an Armorsmith or a Weaponsmith. Each specialization is acquired through a unique quest chain, which you must be at least level 40 to complete. It is also possible to complete leveling to 300 without choosing a specialization.
All major capitals should offer Apprentice training, but Bengus Deepforge in Ironforge and Saru Steelfury in Orgrimmar are both able to train up to Expert. Following that, both Alliance and Horde players must speak with Brikk Keencraft in Booty Bay to train up to Artisan. If Horde players choose to specialize at level 40/skill level 200, they must speak to Aturk the Anvil to begin the Armorsmithing quest line or Borgosh Corebender to start the Weaponsmithing one. Hank the Hammer in Stormwind and Ironus Coldsteel in Ironforge, respectively, do the same for Alliance players.
If you’re leveling without specializing:
- 170x Rough Stone
- 100x Coarse Stone
- 5x Silver Bar
- 180x Bronze Bar
- 180x Heavy Stone
- 5x Gold Bar
- 200x Iron Bar
- 30x Green Dye
- 380x Steel Bar
- 150x Mithril Bar
- 90x Mageweave Cloth
- 20x Dense Stone
- 720x Thorium Bar
- 60x Blue Power Crystal
- 25x Star Ruby
- 20x Yellow Power Crystal
If leveling Armorsmithing or Weaponsmithing the required materials are below, in their own sections.
Apprentice (1 – 75)
Learning Apprentice Blacksmithing from any trainer begins your journey. Don’t forget to pick up your Hammer and stand near an anvil, so that your crafting can go as smoothly as possible. Some of what you make during this stage will help make other recipes, so make sure to keep your items!
1-25: Rough Sharpening Stone
25-65: Rough Grinding Stone
Save these. You’ll need them again soon. You can also become a Journeyman starting at level 50.
65 – 75: Coarse Sharpening Stone
Journeyman (75 – 150)
You’ve completed your first steps in Blacksmithing! Though you’ve only made different types of stones until this point, you’re already well on your way. Training up to Journeyman means that you’ll begin using some of what you’ve already created to start making objects and armor.
75 – 100: Coarse Grinding Stone
You’ll need to hold onto these. Just like the Rough Grinding Stones, they’ll become necessary later.
100 – 105: Silver Rod
These are a necessary material to make Runed Silver Rod and can be sold on the Auction House or directly to Alchemists.
105 – 125: Rough Bronze Leggings
You’ve now crafted your first piece of armor! Make sure to train up to Expert afterwards.
125 – 150: Heavy Grinding Stone
Hold onto these stones. Since you’re heading into Expert, more mats will be needed to craft items.
Expert (150 – 225)
Now that you’ve made your first piece of armor and sold your first crafted items, you’re truly a smith. Expert Blacksmithing is where the profession really picks up, and players are able to specialize beginning at skill level 200. This is also the point where materials start becoming more demanding, and without Mining, the cost can skyrocket.
150 – 155: Golden Rod
155 – 165: Green Iron Leggings
The Green Dye is a Tailoring material and can be purchased from any Tailoring Supplies vendor. For the Alliance, those are Bombus Finespindle, Outfitter Eric, and Poronna Snowbraid in Ironforge, and for the Horde in Orgrimmar they’re Borya and Tamar. When buying, you’ll also need to purchase enough for the next step.
165 – 185: Green Iron Bracers
185 – 200: Golden Scale Bracers
After you craft these and reach level 40, you’ll be able to take your specialization quest. Check the sections below for info on how to complete those and how to start crafting Epic, raid ready gear. You are now also able to train up to Artisan.
200 – 210: Solid Grinding Stone
Between 200 and 210, you’ll want to switch from making bracers over to grinding stones to save materials. Once you hit 210, switch back but hold onto these.
210 – 215: Golden Scale Bracers
215 – 225: Steel Plate Helm
Artisan (225 – 300)
Congratulations! You’ve reached Artisan, the highest level of Blacksmithing, but the journey isn’t over yet. Both Alliance and Horde players must head out to Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale to speak with Brikk Keencraft and progress further. At this tier, you’re able to craft some of the best pre-endgame weapons and armor WoW Classic has to offer like Sulfuron Hammer, a requirement for making the legendary Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros. From here, all smiths should also begin leveling reputation with various factions and completing quests in order to gain access to these new, powerful recipes.
225 – 235: Steel Plate Helm
235 – 250: Mithril Coif
*For this, it is also possible to craft Mithril Spurs, using a Mithril Bar and the Solid Grinding Stone you made earlier. The Plans to make them, however, are an incredibly rare world drop. If they’re available to you through either looting or purchase from the AH, you should take it. The materials are cheaper, and the spurs can be attached to other players’ boots, netting more profit.
250 – 260: Dense Sharpening Stone
260 – 275: Thorium Bracers
Power Crystals (both Blue and Yellow) are able to be harvested in Un’Goro Crater. They are also dropped by creatures, so they can be looted while questing or leveling.
275 – 295: Imperial Plate Bracers
This is one of the last major hurdles to completely leveling Blacksmithing. To start crafting the Plate Bracers, all players must speak with Derotain Mudsipper in Gadgetzan and trade 10 Thorium Bars for the Plans. The huge jump in required mats for these bracers and your final item makes Mining an invaluable pairing at this point.
295 – 300: Thorium Boots
You can also craft Thorium Helm to complete these final levels, but either way, you’ve finished! Congratulations! It’s been a long road, but your Blacksmithing is finally capped. Read on to find out about how you can specialize in Weapon or Armorsmithing and what each allows you to craft.
The Weaponsmithing quests begin when Alliance players speak to Ironus Coldsteel in Ironforge and receive The Way of the Weaponsmith or when Horde players seek out Borgosh Corebender in Orgrimmar for their version. The quest requires all smiths to make the same combination of 10 weapons:
- 4 Moonsteel Broadsword
- 4 Massive Iron Axe
- 2 Heavy Mithril Axe
- 2 Big Black Mace
In total, the required materials to create these are:
- 16x Strong Flux
- 16x Heavy Grinding Stone
- 4x Solid Grinding Stone
- 56x Iron Bar
- 32x Steel Bar
- 16x Gold Bar
- 56x Mithril Bar
- 4x Thick Leather
- 28x Heavy Leather
- 12x Lesser Moonstone
- 4x Citrine
- 2x Black Pearl
- 8x Shadowgem
After becoming a Weaponsmith, you are then offered another choice: between becoming a Axesmith by talking to Kilram, a Swordsmith by speaking with Seril Scourgebane, or a Hammersmith by asking Lilith the Lithe. Each offers a unique quest, with a recipe as the reward.
Just like when you chose Weaponsmithing over Armorsmithing, your choice between Axe, Sword, and Hammer cannot be reversed. Hammersmiths are able to craft maces like Ebon Hand and Hammer of the Titans while Swordsmiths make blades like Blackguard and Corruption. Axesmiths create weapons like Nightfall and the infamous Arcanite Reaper.
Compared to Weaponsmithing, the process of becoming an Armorsmith is a bit more extensive. Horde players begin by finding Aturk the Anvil in Orgrimmar and taking The Old Ways, which requires you to craft 4x Steel Breastplate and 4x Steel Plate Helm. After completing that, Ox will give you Booty Bay or Bust!, sending you to find McGavan.
To reach the same point, Alliance players must meet with Hank the Hammer in Stormwind for The Origins of Smithing, which can be completed by turning in 6 of the Golden Scale Bracers you made while leveling normally. You then have to pick up In Search of Galvan and head off to Booty Bay to meet with McGavan.
From here, both factions must take The Mithril Order from McGavan and find Galvan the Ancient outside of Zul’Gurub. When you reach him, you must complete The Great Silver Deceiver; Smelt On, Smelt Off; and The Art of the Imbue by handing in 5x Truesilver Bar, 40x Iron Bar, 120x Mithril Bar, and 4x Citrine. This will allow you to take Galvan’s Finest Pupil and send you off Trenton Lighthammer in Gadgetzan.
After meeting Trenton, players must complete his quests: The Mithril Kid, The World at Your Feet, and A Good Head on Your Shoulders. Doing so requires you to hand over 2x Heavy Mithril Breastplate, 1x Ornate Mithril Gloves, 2x Heavy Mithril Boots, 1x Ornate Mithril Pants, 2x Mithril Coif, and 1x Ornate Mithril Shoulders. Afterwards, he will give you Did You Lose This? sending Horde players back to Okothos Ironrager in Orgrimmar and Alliance back to Grumnus Steelshaper in Ironforge.
When you’re back on home turf, you’ll receive your last quest: The Art of the Armorsmith. To finish your training, you’ll need to turn in 4x Ornate Mithril Helm, 2x Ornate Mithril Boots, and 1x Ornate Mithril Breastplate. After this, you’ve finished! You’re now truly an Armorsmith!
In total, the required materials to get here are:
Once you’ve completed the quest chain, you can hone your skills even further by collecting the halves of Advanced Armorsmithing Volumes I, II, and III. Each is a rare drop from high level mobs. Once you’ve amassed both pieces, they can be exchanged with Lorekeeper Lydros in Dire Maul for Enchanted Thorium Breastplate, Leggings, and Helm plans, respectively.
In addition to the Enchanted Thorium Platemail Armorsmiths are able to craft a number of pre-raid, BiS pieces for DPS and Tanks, including Invulnerable Mail, Dark Iron Gauntlets, and Titanic Leggings. And because all of the gear is BoE, it can be sold on the Auction House, making the grind well worth it.
Regardless of your specialization, you’re an Artisan Smith! With skill level 300, you can create Sulfuron Hammer and other high level items for your own use of for sale. Whether for raiding, PvP, or for profit Blacksmithing makes WoW Classic yours for the taking!