Blacksmithing guide
Profession guide by: Aegir
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Blacksmithing enables you to craft your own armour and melee weapons. This profession is mostly aimed at Mail and Plate users such as warriors and paladins. Once you get past level 225 you can specialize in either Armorsmithing or Weaponsmithing allowing you to craft advanced plans restricted from the average blacksmith.

Blacksmithing is primarily a profession for your own benefit, and only a few of the items you can make will actually sell well on the auction house. However it is an excellent way for you to boost your gear and help out your alts or guild mates. Most crafted gear is slightly better than the gear you get from non-elite quests, but once you hit higher levels you might find it hard to compete against epic dungeon gear. Also many of the most powerful high level plans are either dropped from monsters or tied to a certain reputation with one or more factions, requiring a lot of work.

Besides making armour and weapons, blacksmiths can produce a few items of general use. This includes Sharpening Stones and Weight Stones to increase weapon damage, Shield Spikes that deal damage when a shield blocks, Spurs to increase riding speed, and Weapon Chains to prevent disarming in combat.

 

TIP: Blacksmithing is a good way to boost your gear, but at higher levels it has difficulty competing with dungeon epics. Only the best blacksmiths can expect to sell their wares on the auction house.

Blacksmiths can also make Skeleton Keys to open chests, although a Rogue is often to be preferred, and finally your plans include a variety of Rods needed by Enchanters to support their profession.

Obviously a blacksmith needs metal and in some cases stone in his work. So if you decide to become a Blacksmith you would probably want to pick Mining as your second profession. Crafting armour and weapons in particular often requires many materials such as gems, leather and elemental ingredients. To secure a good progress make sure to learn as many plans as you can and focus on the “grinding plans” that require easy-to-get materials.

Alliance Blacksmithing Trainers

 

Where Trainer
Journeyman (1-75)
Auberdine Delfrum Flintbeard
Goldshire Smith Argus
Ironforge Groum Stonebeard
Kharanos Tognus Flintfire
Stormwind Dane Lindgren
The Exodar Edrem
 
Expert (75-150)
Darkshire Clarise Gnarltree
Ironforge Rotgath Stonebeard
Stormwind Therum Deepforge
The Exodar Miall
 
Artisan (150-225)
Ironforge Bengus Deepforge
Stranglethorn Vale Galvan the Ancient
 
Master (225-300)
Booty Bay Brikk Keencraft
Netherstorm Rhonsus
 
Grandmaster (300-375)
Hellfire Peninsula Humphry
Hellfire Peninsula Dumphry

 

Horde Blacksmithing Trainers

 

Where Trainer
Journeyman (1-75)
Farstrider Retreat Arathel Sunforge
Orgrimmar Ug'thok
Razor Hill Dwukk
Silvermoon Mirvedon
Sepulcher Guillaume Sorouy
Thunderbluff Thrag Stonehoof
Undercity Basil Frye
 
Expert (75-150)
Crossroads Traugh
Orgrimmar Snarl
Silvermoon Bemarrin
Thunderbluff Karn Stonehoof
Undercity James Van Brunt
 
Artisan (150-225)
Orgrimmar Saru Steelfury
Stranglethorn Vale Galvan the Ancient
 
Master (225-300)
Booty Bay Brikk Keencraft
Netherstorm Rhonsus
 
Grandmaster (300-375)
Shadowmoon Valley Grutah
Thrallmar Rohok

 

Armorsmithing
As a Blacksmith you can choose to specialize in Armorsmithing. To do so you must have Artisan Level Blacksmithing (225) and complete a series of quests. To become an Armorsmith, speak to either Grumnus Steelshaper in Ironforge (Alliance) or Okothos Ironrager in Orgrimmar (Horde) to begin a quest called The Art of the Armorsmith. To solve the quest you will need to acquire 4 Ornate Mithril Helm, 2 Ornate Mithril Boots and 1 Ornate Mithril Breastplate. You can buy these items on the Auction House if you wish, or you can get them the hard way!

Armorsmithing requirements
This quest line is very demanding and you will need loads of materials. Here is a list of what you need:

70 Iron Bars
342 Mithril Bars
26 Truesilver Bars
36 Heavy Stone
36 Solid Stone
22 Thick Leather
18 Mageweave Cloth
4 Citrine
3 Aquamarine
4 Black Pearl
1 Heart of Fire

 

To learn the plans you need to complete the armor quest you must go through a long chain of quests requiring a load of mithril, iron and some truesilver. To begin with, speak to a member of the Mithril Order, Hank the Hammer in Stormwind or Ox in Orgrimmar. This will send you to Booty Bay where McGavan gives you a quest called The Origins of Smithing. Bring him 6 Golden Scale Bracer and he sends you off to see Galvan the Ancient, found north of the Ogre Mounds in Stranglethorn.

Galvan has three quests for you; Smelt on, Smelt off, The Great Silver Deceiver and The Art of the Imbue where you need to deliver a total of 120 Mithril Bars, 5 Truesilver Bars, 40 Iron Bars and 4 Citrine. The rewards are new plans for Ornate Mithril Shoulder, Ornate Mithril Pants and Ornate Mithril Gloves. When you are done here, travel to Gadgetzan and speak to Trenton Lighthammer. He has three quests for you too; The World At Your Feet, The Mithril Kid and A Good Head On Your Shoulders. To complete them you need to use the plans you got from Galvan the Ancient. Once you are done here you Trenton will teach you the plans for Ornate Mithril Helm, Ornate Mithril Boots and Ornate Mithril Breastplate. Craft them, deliver them to your armorsmith trainer in Ironforge or Orgrimmar, and you are now an Armorsmith!

 

 

 

Once you are an Armorsmith you get access to advanced plans available only to your specialization. These are Truesilver Gauntlets and Truesilver Breastplate to begin with, and as you advance further you will be able to learn more armorcrafting restricted plans. But choose carefully – once you are an Armorsmith you must untrain your skill and start all over again if you wish to change to Weaponsmith instead! In the Burning Crusade you will also be able to craft several powerful armor pieces restricted to armorsmiths alone. You can learn those from Zula Slagfury in Shattrath City.

Weaponsmithing
Compared to its twin the art of Weaponsmithing is a bit more versatile as most classes will be able to use the weapons you can craft. The downside is that where pieces of armor often have simple material requirements, weapons do not, and less so the advanced plans you can learn here. This means that you will progress slower than an armorsmith due to a lack of easy grinding plans, but on the upper hand, you might actually earn a coin now and then by selling your exquisite weapons!

Weaponsmithing requirements
This quest line is very demanding and you will need loads of materials. Here is a list of what you need:

88 Iron Bars
16 Gold Bars
56 Mithril Bars
48 Heavy Stone
16 Solid Stone
28 Heavy Leather
4 Thick Leather
12 Lesser Moonstone
8 Shadowgem
4 Citrine
2 Black Pearl

 

To become a Weaponsmith you must have Artisan Level Blacksmithing (225) and complete a series of quests. First thing you do is speaking to either Ironus Coldsteel in Ironforge (Alliance) or Borgosh Corebender in Orgrimmar (Horde). This will begin a quest called The Way of the Weaponsmith. To solve the quest you must craft or acquire 4 Moonsteel Broadsword, 4 Massive Iron Axe, 2 Heavy Mithril Axe and 2 Big Black Mace. You can buy these items on the Auction House if you wish, or you can get them the hard way!

Getting the weapons you need to hand in can be a little bit tricky since they are not all taught to you by trainers. To get the Moonsteel Broadsword plan , speak to Zarena Cromwind in Booty Bay, he will sell it to you, but since it is a limited supply you might need to try a few times before the plan shows up on his list. The Massive Iron Axe plan can be purchased from Jaquilina Dramet at Nesingwary’s Expedition in Stranglethorn Vale. The remaining two plans can be learned from your blacksmithing trainer. All you need to do now is gather some materials and go do some smithing. Craft them, deliver them to your weaponsmith trainer in Ironforge or Orgrimmar, and you are now a Weaponsmith!

Once you are a Weaponsmith you get access to advanced plans available only to your specialization. These are Phantom Blade, Blight and The Shatterer to begin with, and as you advance further you will be able to learn more plans. Once you are level 50 and have a Blacksmithing Skill of 250+ you can choose to specialize further into three main fields as a Master Axesmith, Master Hammersmith or Master Swordsmith. You do not need to gather a lot of materials for this part, but instead you must complete a dungeon quest, so get a good group together and prepare for a hard trip! In the Burning Crusade you will also be able to craft many powerful weapons although you must be a certain type of weaponsmith to use them. You can learn those from Kradu Grimblade in Shattrath City.

Master Axesmith
To become a Master Axesmith speak to Kilram in Everlook. He will give you a quest called Snakestone of the Shadow Huntress and to complete that one you will need a trip to Lower Blackrock Spire. In here you must kill Vosh’gajin, and you must do this with a 5-man group which will be challenging. When you are done you will get the plan for Dawn’s Edge and as an axesmith you can also learn Arcanite Reaper and Nightfall later on.

Master Hammersmith
To become a Master Hammersmith speak to Lilith the Lithe in Everlook. She will give you a quest called Sweet Serenity and to complete that one you will need a trip to the scarlet crusade part of Stratholme. In here you must kill the Crimson Hammersmith, and you must do this with a 5-man group which will be challenging. When you are done you will get the plan for Enchanted Battlehammer and of course you can learn more plans later on.

Master Swordsmith
To become a Master Swordsmith speak to Seril Scourgebane in Everlook. He will give you a quest called Corruption and to complete that one you will need a trip to Stratholme. In here you must kill the Black Guard Swordsmith, and you must do this with a 5-man group which will be challenging. When you are done you will get the plan for Blazing Rapier and as a swordsmith you can also learn Frostguard and Arcanite Champion later on.




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