Economical blacksmithing training
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This is a guide on how to train Blacksmithing economically.
NOTE: This guide is not updated for Cataclysm.
Here are a few general pieces of advice on economically improving blacksmithing skill.
- As this is intended to save you money, buy only the materials you are sure you will need. If you run out, buy more. It is always more cost-effective to gather your own materials, rather than buying them. That is why mining is often recommended to blacksmiths, although you may instead have a mining alt. Also avoid having extras, but if you do, try to sell them back on the Auction House.
- For leveling, select items that consist of fewer and less diverse materials. For example, plans that use one or two ingredients like . This will economize materials.
- If you have a choice of what to produce, try to make a diversity of items. This will increase the chances of selling the leveling trash at the Auction House and return some money.
- Make items only when they are orange and yellow, especially if they require many materials.
- Try not to make BoP items for skill-ups, including blacksmithing specialization items. They can be sold only to vendors. No reason to waste money.
- Don't miss stones, keys and rods if they improve your skill. Stones are generally low cost to make while keys and rods can bring money.
Coarse Grinding Stones are not a guaranteed point after skill level 90, but you need a very large number of grinding stones for later items so you might as well make them now. Heavy Grinding Stone is not a guaranteed point skill after level 130, so leveling to 150 with them can be very expensive/wasteful.
- is a rare world drop that you may find in the Auction House or your Guild Vault. You may produce instead of it.
- With Steel Plate Helm requiring Citrine to make, it likely will need to be replaced with something else in order to keep the economical part of this guide valid.
If you cannot find , the Thorium Bracers (or Belt) can be made from 260-265 instead. The total mats are 40 thorium bars, so it is also worthwhile to compare this cost to the cost for the Spurs plans plus the mithril.
A peculiarity of improving skill from 300 to 375 is that trainers do not teach all the required recipes for this range. You must buy from vendors or even farm some recipes to fill in this lack. Faction standing also becomes much more important.
The general course of action is to make normally trained Fel Iron items from 300 to 335 skill level, although you may opt to make until 320 at a cost of 240 . After that, you will need to buy adamantite items' recipes from your faction's and/or neutral vendors like Aaron Hollman. With these recipes, you may reach 350 skill. Then several bifurcation points come.
It should be noted that once you achieve level 68 and 350 skill in blacksmithing, you can immediately go to Northrend and train Grand Master Blacksmithing and begin to craft the low cobalt recipes, thereby removing the need to farm or purchase additional Outland materials or recipes. However, you may choose to instead continue with Outland trainers and recipes.
Blacksmiths who choose to skill up in Outland after 350 points have to make a few other decisions. Maybe the highest cost way to 375 points is to produce trained , and switch to blacksmithing specialisation BoP items after 360.
Several lower cost ways involve faction standing. Fedryen Swiftspear at Cenarion Refuge in Zangarmarsh sells and . Each of these is a cheap way to 355 or even 360 points. They require Honored status with Cenarion Expedition which is easily gained from this faction's quests.
An important decision of choosing to ally with either Aldor or Scryers specially imports for blacksmiths seeking to skill up in Outland. Both factions sell 4 reputation-dependent recipes (up to Exalted) for items that you can make for skill-ups until 375.
And of course getting some lucky drops like or buying them from the Auction house would probably make some leveling easier.
NOTE: Currently, the table below involves reputation requirements. This is just one of many ways of progressing in blacksmithing.
- Aaron Hollman at Shattrath City selling and 3 other adamantite weapons` plans
Rohok at Thrallmar, Hellfire Peninsula
Mari Stonehand at Wildhammer Stronghold, Shadowmoon Valley
Krek Cragcrush <Blacksmithing Supplies> at Shadowmoon Village, Shadowmoon Valley
Loolruna <Armorer> at Telredor, Zangarmarsh
Requires friendly with Aldor
Requires exalted with Honor Hold or Thrallmar
Requires revered with Aldor
- 360x Fel Iron Bars
- 180x Adamantite Bars
- 40x Felsteel Bars
- 110x Primal Fires
- 70x Primal Waters
- 60x Primal Earths
The key to leveling blacksmithing in Northrend is to farm the plans for the Reinforced Cobalt pieces. These use only 8 Cobalt Bars and 2 for each item, require 375 blacksmithing to make, and stay orange to 395 for the shoulders, 405 for the helm, 410 for the legplates, and 415 for the chestpiece. Each Bind on Pickup pattern is dropped by a single specific mob.