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Blacksmithing

Blacksmiths take bars of metal from miners and work them into finely crafted arms and armor. There are many unique weapons and other armaments that cannot be found on any of the vendors or monsters in the game, but can only be created by blacksmiths. Blacksmiths can create weapons, mail armor for Paladins or Warriors, and trade items. Blacksmiths can construct special sharpening and weight stones that can be used to temporarily improve weapon damage. They can also create several items that are used as ingredients for other profession recipes, such as Enchanting. Blacksmiths can also create a few items that are needed for quests. They can put these items in the auction house to generate additional income.

Training

Players need to find a blacksmithing trainer. Ask a guard for directions in a major city. Blacksmithing trainers are usually located near a forge or anvil. After players have learned basic blacksmithing, they can open up their abilities book (hit "p") and look for the "Blacksmithing" icon that has been added.

Now they need to go buy a "blacksmithing hammer." These are usually sold by a "trade merchant" or other merchants near the blacksmithing trainer. Players must have their blacksmithing hammer with them whenever they create an item. Some items don't require them to be near an anvil to create them.

Mining

If planning on being a blacksmith, players should probably already be a miner. Miners collect ore and smelt ore into bars to create the majority of blacksmithing items. Blacksmith recipes often include jewels, which are found in a variety of places. Typically, most blacksmiths buy or are given rare jewels from other players. Some blacksmithing recipes require leather, which need to be purchased from a skinner.

Blacksmithing Training

Proficiency Level Skill
Apprentice 5 1 - 75
Journeyman 10 50 - 150
Expert 20 125 - 225
Artisan 35 200 - 300
Weaponsmith 40 200 - 300
Armorsmith 40 200 - 300

Specializations

At skill level 200 and character level 40, blacksmiths can choose to specialize as an Armorsmith or a Weaponsmith. Weaponsmiths can later further specialize into Hammer, Axe or Swordsmiths. Once you make one of these choices you cannot go back, even by completely abandoning blacksmithing and starting over.

Most specialization recipes are difficult to find and require difficult components, such as rare metals, gems, and elemental essences. Of special note is Arcanite Bars, which can only be created by alchemy, using the Philosopher's Stone. Each bar of Arcanite takes an Alchemist two days, so expect items requiring it to be correspondingly rare.

Professions
Primary AlchemyBlacksmithingEnchantingEngineeringHerbalismLeatherworkingMiningSkinningTailoring
Secondary CookingFirst AidFishing
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