Updated for the Warlords of Draenor
Blacksmithing can be a nice little moneymaker at the high end and allows you to make several nice weapons and full armor sets at various points while leveling the skill.
In Warlords those special gem sockets that you could add to your gloves and bracers are gone, but you can make raid quality gear and equip it at level 91.
- Warlords Changes
- Leveling to 700 skill
- Step by Step guide for 1 to 600
- Item sets that you can create
Introduction to Blacksmithing
One there there was a quest where a Blacksmith could specialize in Armorsmithing or Weaponsmithing. With Cataclysm those specializations were removed and all Blacksmiths will have access to the same recipes from any trainer.
Some of the Cataclysm items are well done. The Redsteel and Hardened Obsidium sets are nice. Some of the higher level stuff is too expensive to create given how easy it is to get better gear with Justice points. Other items, such as gem slots and keys, are certainly useful.
Profession Perk: Blacksmiths can add a gem socket to bracers and gloves. Gems in Mists have twice the value for secondary stats as for primary stats, 360 Haste Vs 160 Str, for example. This gives those two slots more versatility than other profession buffs, especially if your spec values something other than the primary stat.
Profession perks are dead in Warlords of Draenor.
In addition to gear pieces you can make items (sharpening stones and weightstones) to buff your weapons damage, others items that act as enchants (weapons chains,) rods for enchanters, and a few misc. other useful items.
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Warlords of Draenor Blacksmithing
What about Mining? You will want ore to craft various items and to create the Draenor ingots needed for your more epic Blacksmithing. With your Garrison mine you will not need the mining skill, though of course you will if you want to mine the world. Ores can be bought off the Auction House, too.
The Draenor ores and the Ingots created from the basic ores (Blackrock and True Iron) are all you will need for most of your Draenor Blacksmithing, though you will want additional materials for higher end stuff.
The Warlords Changes
First off, none of the bits in the charts below this section are obsolete. In fact, if you’re under level 90 and you want to level your Blacksmithing skills, you’ll pretty much have to follow that list. Once you hit 90 though, and enter Dreanor, you can take your level 1 skill and level it to the max without ever entering the old world, except to buy materials. None of the old recipes will be needed.
- Under level 85? You’ll need all the old stuff and will have to visit your trainer to learn new recipes.Most of the materials needed can be bought off the Auction House.
- Level 85 – 90: You can level your Blacksmithing from 1-600 in Pandaria, through work projects your trainer can provide. You will need 4607 BARS and 5 Spirit of Harmony to lvl from 0-600. You can get the projects from the Pandaria trainers in Vale of Eternal Blossoms: Cullen Hammerbrow (Alliance) and Jorunga Stonehoof (Horde.) Upon learning the skill, they will have the quest So You Want to Be a Blacksmith… for you.
- 90+ (and in Draenor?) You will need none of the old stuff, though you’re welcome to buy the old recipes anyway.
Your Blacksmithing trainer is no longer needed for increasing your skill. From skill level 1 to 700 you can stay at your forge and never have to visit him for skill boosts. For any or all of the pre-Draenor recipes you will want to have a chat with him. You can get all of the Draenor recipes through your Garrison or the vendor in Ashran.
Yes, it’s true. You can enter Draenor, learn Blacksmithing there, and level from 1 to 700 in the comfort of your Garrison, or the Ashran forge.
One more nice thing about Warlords crafting is that you can go from 1 to 700 crafting one item. Find something you need, or that you can sell, and make a big pile of it. Details below.
You will see a lootable item early on in your Draenor wanderings. Clicking that item will start you on a series of quests (not hard) to get your Draenor Blacksmithing skills. When done with the quests you will get a scroll (Draenor Blacksmithing) that will raise your skill cap (not your skill level) to 700 and teach you several new recipes.
These are the items you’ll need to start the quest. If you have the Blacksmithing skill, even at level 1, they should drop very early on in your Draenor questing.
Draenor Blacksmithing can also be bought for 100 gold from a vendor in Ashran (ask a guard for the location.) Might as well just find the thing and save the money. Or buy it and save the time. Your call.
These are the skills you will learn from the scroll:
- Truesteel Ingot – required for the nice stuff.
- Secrets of Draenor Blacksmithing – required for new recipes
- Smoldering Greaves – basic boots
- Smoldering Breastplate – basic chest piece
- Smoldering Helm – basic helm.
More Recipes are, naturally, available and you can grab them from the Blacksmithing vendor in Ashran or a vendor in your Blacksmithing hut in your Garrison. Most of the recipes will cost one Secrets of Draenor Blacksmithing, but some will cost five. The latter recipes will boost the item level of the better arms and armor that you create.
Leveling Blacksmithing to 700
Ok, so you’re at least 90 and have the Blacksmithing skill, at least level 1. Every day you will want to make your one Secrets of Draenor Blacksmithing and then buy a new recipe. You will need five of them for the special recipes, but you’ll be able to get the armor and weapons for one each.
You will also want to do you daily Truesteel Ingot (you’ll create 4-10, depending on your skill.)
Rare armor gives 5 skillups until 600. Example: Smoldering Breastplate
- Truesteel grinder and truesteel reshaper give +3 skill at half the materials cost of the rare armor and they stay orange until 700.
The rare weapons and the epic armor each give +10 skill until 700. Example: Truesteel Breastplate
Rare weapons give 10 skillups until 700.
Leveling to 700 is easy, but you’ll want a very large pile of ore. Note that for 60 pieces of ore you can make one piece of Smoldering armor for +5 skill or two grinder/shapers for +6. The latter is more efficient and might well be easier to sell.
- Under skill 600: You will make a pile of grinders/reshapers. You will need 30 pieces of ore for each item. For example, if you have 300 skill then you will need 30 ore x 100 items = 3,000 pieces of ore to get to 600. 3,600 pieces of ore if you make the armor, instead. These two items go gray at 700, so they’re excellent for leveling all the way. Yes, you can level from 1 to 700 by repeatedly making one item. Make as many as you need at +3 skill each.
- Skill 600 to 700: You can start making the epic armor, if you like. Buy the appropriate recipe with one Secrets of Draenor Blacksmithing. Making “secrets” awards +1 skill until 650, when it goes green. After that it might award one skill until 700.
- Your daily Tuesteel ingot will award 1 point.
- All of the True Steel armors and the Steelforged weapons provide ten skill and require 100 Truesteel ingots each (plus some other small stuff) to make. Truesteel ingots come from your daily Truesteel Ingot craft and from your Garrison work orders. It will take you a few days to make those 100 ingots.
- Make more Grinders/Reshapers at +3 skill each, all the way to 700.
1 – 700: Just make 234 grinders/reshapers (using 7,020 pieces of ore) and you’re done. Welcome to 700. Chances are you will eventually be able to sell all those grinders on the Auction House and maybe even make a profit, depending on your server and how much you paid for the ore, if anything.
Leveling Blacksmithing from 1-600
If you’re under level 90 you will have to follow the old system until you get into Draenor. Otherwise you can wait till 90 and you have your Garrison, and then power-level your skill.
|Skills||Items to be created||Materials to make one item|
1-75, Apprentice Blacksmith, Requires level 5.
|1-25||Rough Sharpening Stone||Rough Stone|
|25-65||Rough Grinding Stone||2x Rough Stone|
|45-75||Copper Chain Belt||6x Copper Bar|
76-150, Journeyman Blacksmith, Requires level 10.
|75-85||Coarse Grinding Stone||2x Coarse Stone|
|85-100||Runed Copper Belt||10x Copper Bar|
|100-105||Silver Rod||Silver Bar
2x Rough Grinding Stone
|105-125||Rough Bronze Leggings||6x Bronze Bar|
|125-150||Heavy Grinding Stone||3x Heavy Stone|
151-225, Expert Blacksmith, Requires level 20.
|150-155||Golden Rod||Gold Bar
2x Coarse Grinding Stone
|155-165||Green Iron Leggings||Green Dye
Heavy Grinding Stone
8x Iron Bar
|165-185||Green Iron Bracers||Green Dye
6x Iron Bar
|185-200||Golden Scale Bracers||5x Steel Bar
2x Heavy Grinding Stone
|200-205||Solid Sharpening Stone||Solid Stone|
|200-210||Solid Grinding Stone||4x Solid Stone|
|210-225||Heavy Mithril Gauntlet||6x Mithril Bar
4x Mageweave Cloth
226-300, Artisan Blacksmith, Requires level 35.
|8x Mithril Bar|
|235-250||Mithril Coif||10x Mithril Bar
6x Mageweave Cloth
|250-260||Dense Sharpening Stone||Dense Stone|
|260-275||Thorium Bracers||8x Thorium Bar|
|275-295||Imperial Plate Bracers||12x Thorium Bar|
|290-300||Thorium Boots||12x Thorium Bar
8x Rugged Leather
|290-300||Thorium Helm||12x Thorium Bar
301-375, Master Blacksmith, Requires level 50.
|300-305||Fel Weightstone||Fel Iron Bar
|305-315||Fel Iron Belt||4x Fel Iron Bar|
|315-325||Fel Iron Boots||6x Fel Iron Bar|
|325-335||Lesser Rune of Warding||Adamantite Bar|
|330-335||Fel Iron Breastplate||10x Fel Iron Bar|
|335-340||Adamantite Cleaver||8x Adamantite Bar|
|340-350||Lesser Ward of Shielding||Adamantite Bar|
|350-360||Cobalt Boots||4x Colt Bar|
|360-370||Cobalt Triangle Shield||4x Cobalt Bar|
376-450, GrandMaster Blacksmith, Requires level 65.
|370-380||Cobalt Gauntlets||5x Cobalt Bar|
|380-385||Spiked Cobalt Boots||7x Cobalt Bar|
|385-390||Sure-fire Shuriken||7x Cobalt Bar|
|390-395||Notched Cobalt War Axe||10x Cobalt Bar|
|395-400||Brilliant Saronite Belt||6x Cobalt Bar
5x Saronite Bar
|400-405||Horned Cobalt Helm||8x Cobalt Bar|
|405-415||Deadly Saronite Dirk||7x Saronite Bar
2x Crystallized Air
|415-425||Eternal Belt Buckle||4x Saronite Bar
451-525, Illustrious GrandMaster Blacksmith, Requires level 75.
|425-455||Folded Obsidium||2x Obsidium Bar|
|455-459||Hardened Obsidium Shield||3x Folded Obsidium|
|459-470||Redsteel Belt||4x Folded Obsidium
|470-475||Obsidium Bladespear||12x Folded Obsidium
10x Volatile Earth
4x Volatile Fire
|475-480||Obsidium Skeleton Key||2x Folded Obsidium|
|480-489||Stormforged Legguards||2x Folded Obsidium
8x Elementium Bar
|489-494||Obsidium Executioner||10x Folded Obsidium
10x Elementium Bar
6x Volatile Earth
|489-494||Fire Etched Dagger||20x Elementium Bar
12x Volatile Earth
4x Volatile Fire
|494-500||Stormforged Helm||20x Elementium Bar
8x Volatile Earth
|500-510500-525||Redsteel BreastplateSee Zen Blacksmithing, below||15x Elementium Bar
15x Volatile Earth
|510-520||Vicious Pyrium Belt||10x Elementium Bar
10x Volatile Fire
|510-520||Vicious Ornate Pyrium Belt||10x Elementium Bar
10x Volatile Water
|520-525||Vicious Pyrium Shoulders||12x Elementium Bar
10x Volatile Fire
|520-525||Vicious Ornate Pyrium Shoulders||12x Elementium Bar
10x Volatile Water
500 – 600, Zen Master Blacksmith, Requires level 80.
In order to gain the new Contender’s gear recipes or to create epic gear you will need to obtain Spirits of Harmony. You do not need these to level your skill to 600, but you will spend a lot of Ghost Iron bars to do so. We recommend getting at least two of the spirits.
You can get spirits several ways:
You can find a Blacksmithing trainer in Pandaria: Len, the Hammer <Blacksmithing Trainer>, friendly to Horde and Alliance. Found in Dawn’s Blossom, in the Jade Forest, but your regular trainers have the same recipes.
For the new recipes, all the Contender and Masterwork recipes, you will need at least one Spirit of Harmony in order to buy them and they are only available from the vendors shown below. The other recipes (Lightsteel, etc.) are available from any Blacksmithing trainer.
To access the M of P vendors you will need to do a quest series to access the zone, which requires level 87+. You do not need to be level 90 or have any particular rep to buy patterns, but you DO need to have Blacksmithing skill in order to see the patterns the vendor has to offer.
If you want to get to 600 skill without buying (or gathering) a painful number of Ghost Iron bars you will want to collect two spirits of harmorny to buy two Masterwork recipes (see below for details.)
For the patterns, see:
A minimum of 208 Ghost Iron bars and 10 Trillium bars will be needed to level to 600.
|500-515||15x Ghostly Skeleton Key||1x Ghost Iron Bar15 bars total|
|515-525||2x Your pick of (each awards 5 skill points:)||5x Ghost Iron Bar10 bars total.|
|525-546||7x Lightsteel Boots or Spiritguard Boots, 3 skill points each.||7x Ghost Iron Bar49 total bars|
|546-550||2x Spiritguard Shoulders, 3 skill points each||7x Ghost Iron Bar14 total bars|
|550-565||3x any of: Ghost-Forged Breastplate or Helm, Lightsteel Breastplate or Helm, Spiritguard Breastplate or Helm. Each awards 5 skill points. (They go yellow at 565, green at 582, and grey at 600. )||12x Ghost Iron Bar36 bars total|
|565-577||4x Masterwork Ghost-Forged Shoulders or Masterwork Lightsteel Shoulders, each awards 3 skill points. (each recipe costs 1 Spirit of Harmony to buy)||7x Ghost Iron Bar28 bars total|
|577-600||5x Masterwork Spiritguard Shield or Masterwork Lightsteel Shield, 5 skill points each. (each recipe costs 1 Spirit of Harmony to buy)The following items go grey at 590 and green at 595, but do not require Trillium bars. Trillium bars are probably cheap enough, so unless you have a ton of bars go with the shields, above.||Shields: 12x Ghost Iron Bar and 2x Trillium bar60 Ghost iron and 10 Trillium total.Breastplates and Helms: 12 bars each.36 bars to get to 590, then a whole bunch to get to 600.|
Congratulations on your 600 Blacksmithing skill!
Items Sets That You Can Make
All of the following sets are Plate, unless otherwise noted. Only sets with at least chest and legs are included. There are various other sets that you can make that have three or four pieces, but that aren’t listed here. Before you sell these pieces make sure you check the Auction House prices. Some are in demand as Transmogrification pieces and might fetch high prices. You can see a few of these sets here.
Warlords has no epic gear sets. You are allowed to wear epic three crafted items, and there are only three pieces of the rare Smoldering gear available.
Obviously you could make either rare or epic and then get other pieces to match, but that hardly makes up a “set,” right?
Some Blacksmithing Gear Sets
Links will take you to WoWhead’s search for the appropriate items. Levels are the minimum level needed to equip items.
- Vicious Ornate Plate – Complete Holy Pally PvP set, level 85
- Vicious Pyrium Plate – Complete PvP set for other plate wearers, level 85
- Stormforged, Level 81-83, complete Holy plate set, plus shield
- Redsteel, level 81 to 83, complete DPS set.
- Hardened Obsidium, Tanking, level 81-83, complete set plus shield
- Tempered Saronite, complete tanking set, level 74-78
- Brilliant Saronite, Holy complete set, level 74-78
- Ornate Saronite, complete set, level 74-78
- Savage Saronite, complete set, level 74-78
- Iceguard – chest, legs, helm, level 70, recipes from a Vendor in Karazhan, requires honored with Violet Eye
- Reinforced Cobalt (PvP set) – chest, legs,helm, shoulders, level 73-77
- Enchanted Adamantite – Chest, legs, boots, belt, level 70
- Fel Iron Plate – chest, legs, boots, belt, level 61 to 64
- Radiant (mail) – chest, legs, boots, belt, helm, gauntlets, levels 47-56
- Dark Iron – all, but belt, levels 51 to 60. Includes weapons. view here.
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