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Blacksmithing Guide

The profession of Blacksmithing is a primary trade skill in the World of Warcraft. When choosing Blacksmithing as a primary skill, make sure you really want it, as you may only have two skills at one. Also when you choose Blacksmithing you are pretty much locked into taking Mining as your second primary skill. You are able to unlearn trade skills but if you do this, you will lose all your skill points in it. If you were to start Blacksmithing again you would have to start from the bottom, not at your last skill level.

What items do blacksmiths produce?

Blacksmiths produce a variety of useful items, the main two types however are armor (mail and plate) and Weapons. Blacksmiths also produce:

Sharpening stones and counterweights for boosting weapon damage for short periods of time.
Keys for unlocking chests
Rods for enchanters
Buckles for leather workers
Spurs for boots to increase mount speed
Shield spikes to cause damage to enemies when you block their attacks
Is there a complete list of Blacksmith produced items?

YES! We at TenTonHammer have produced a complete list of blacksmith items, their abilities skill and items required to create them and much more. We maintain them in HTML format and as a PDF ready to download and print as a handy reference.

Who uses Blacksmithing?

Usually classes that can use mail and / or plate armor benefit from Blacksmithing. Warriors and Paladins benefit the most as they are able to use all the armor that can be produced by blacksmithing. Other classes can gain some benefit from blacksmithing for example: key creation, weapon creation, profit, etc.

Why should I be a Blacksmithing?

Blacksmithing is an excellent choice if you want to make your own armor and weapons, or if you want to make armor and weapons for your friends or to sell and trade. Being a Blacksmith can save you a ton of money on "Blue" weapons and armor later in the game.

What other skills go well with Blacksmithing?

Mining is usually paired with blacksmithing, as you can find your own materials to use while blacksmithing, instead of having to buying them. While it is possible to go without mining, it would be extremely expensive to do.

Where do I train to be a blacksmith?

All major cities and most towns have blacksmith trainers. Most major cities and towns also have journeyman blacksmith trainers. To train as a journeyman you need 50 skill points in blacksmithing and at least level 10. Once you get to higher levels you must journey to a few specific towns to get training. To train as an expert blacksmith you must have 125 skill points in blacksmithing, be at least level 20 and then journey to Ironforge (Alliance) or Orgrimmar (Horde). To become an Artisan in blacksmithing you must first get to 200 skill points and level 35 and then journey to Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale to train with Brikk Keencraft (Both Alliance and Horde).

What are Armorsmiths and Weaponsmiths?

These are specialized areas in blacksmithing. You can only specialize in one area so be sure to chose the right one for you.

Armorsmiths create some other the best plate armor items in the game. Armorsmiths have a limited market to sell to, but those players need multiple armor items, where as they generally only need one weapon.

Weaponsmiths create some of the best weapons in the game. Many of the patters require many expensive ingredients. Weaponsmiths sell to many different classes so can generally make more money reselling items.

Where do you train to be an Armorsmith or Weaponsmith?

This depends on what faction you play. For Alliance players both the trainers can be found in Ironforge by the great forge in the center of the city. For Horde players the trainers can be found in Orgrimmar in the Valley of Honor. For both factions you must have at least 215 skill points in blacksmithing and at least level 40. The trainers will give you a quest that you must complete before they train you.

What are Axesmiths, Hammersmiths and Swordsmiths?

As a weaponsmith, once you reach level 54 and have a blacksmithing skill of at least 250 you can choose to further specialize in a specific type of weapon creation. The trainers will give you a quest that you must complete before they train you. Choose carefully as there is no going back once chosen.

Which specialization should I chose? There is no right or wrong answer here. Some people like to make armor, while some prefer weapons. Also it may depend on what your fiends or other players in your guild have. Just be aware there is no going back. Even if you unlearn blacksmithing, and start from scratch you will still be bound to your previous choice. This is the same for both the general specializations (Weaponsmith / Armorsmith) and the weaponsmith specializations.

How do I make blacksmithing items?

In your skills section, there will be a blacksmithing icon, click it to bring up your list of patterns. If you have the required ingredients and tools a number will show up beside the pattern, this is how many you can make of that item. I find it easiest if you put the icon on hot bar. The required tools to blacksmith are: a blacksmiths hammer and a forge. Forges are found in most major cities and towns, and several areas in the wild.

What ingredients are used in blacksmithing?

The primary ingredient in almost all blacksmithing recipes is some type of metal ore. Many recipes also use gems found in ore veins as ingredients. Some ingredients used are made from blacksmithing or other trade skills are also used such as: grinding stones, potions, leathers, linens, etc. Lastly blacksmiths use store bought items such as flux and coal.

Why can’t I make a Mithril Belt?

You can only make those items which you have the patterns for. You are given some basics one when you first start, but for the rest they have to be found on mobs, or bought from NPCs or other players. Some of the best patterns are only found as rare drops from high level instance dungeons. Also you can only use the patterns that you have the required level of skill in blacksmithing for.

How do I increase my Blacksmithing skill?

Your increase your skill by creating blacksmithing items of a progressing level of difficulty.

Why didn’t my skill increase 30 points when I made 30 belts?

Your skills increase only if you produce item that have a high difficulty rating. All production patterns are color coded for complexity.

What are the difficulty ratings for patterns?

From easiest to hardest the color are grey, green, yellow, orange and red. Patterns that are red will never be in your list of patterns, but they are visible at the blacksmithing trainers. Orange patterns will always increase your skill, yellow patterns sometimes increase your skill, green patterns will rarely increase your skill, and grey patterns will never increase your skill.

What is the best way to level Blacksmithing?

There are two main things to remember when trying to level your blacksmithing skill. The first is to only make orange difficulty items whenever possible. Only make yellow difficulty items when they are significantly cheaper to produce than orange difficulty items.

The other secret to leveling blacksmithing is to always create the item at each skill level that has the lowest ingredient cost. Always check all the recipes that you are able to make at the time and build the cheapest one. For example one item may require 10 copper bars, while another requires 15. If they are the same difficulty rating, then you should always make the item requiring only 10 bars. Our guide to blacksmithing recipes is a great help in planning items to build to level as it shows when the item drops to green difficulty and not worth producing any more. Our guide can be found here or a downloadable PDF version here.

Are there Quests for Blacksmithing?

Yes Currently there are a ton of blacksmithing quests. At low level there are 2 for Alliance Players and 5 for Horde players. There is also a quest chain for both factions title "The Mithril Order".