Blacksmithing Icon World of Warcraft Blacksmithing (Profession)
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This is a guide on how to train Blacksmithing economically.

General recommendations

Here are a few general pieces of advice on economically improving blacksmithing skill.

  1. 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.
  2. For leveling, select items that consist of fewer and less diverse materials. For example, plans that use one or two ingredients like [Copper Chain Pants]. This will economize materials.
  3. 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.
  4. Make items only when they are orange and yellow, especially if they require many materials.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Apprentice Blacksmithing

Apprentice Blacksmithing allows 75 maximum skill, requires level 5.

Apprentice Blacksmithing Totals
Skill Product Qty. Materials (Total/Covered)
1 Inv stone sharpeningstone 01.png [Rough Sharpening Stone] 25
25 Inv stone grindingstone 01.png [Rough Grinding Stone] 40
65 Inv stone sharpeningstone 02.png [Coarse Sharpening Stone] 10

Journeyman Blacksmithing

Journeyman Blacksmithing allows 150 maximum skill, requires level 10 and 50 skill.

Journeyman Blacksmithing Totals
Skill Product Qty. Materials (Total/Covered)
75 Inv stone grindingstone 02.png [Coarse Grinding Stone] 25
100 Inv staff 01.png [Silver Rod] 5
105 Inv pants 03.png [Rough Bronze Leggings] 20
125 Inv stone grindingstone 03.png [Heavy Grinding Stone] 25

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.

Expert Blacksmithing

Expert Blacksmithing allows 225 maximum skill, requires level 20 and 125 skill.

Expert Blacksmithing Totals
Skill Product Qty. Materials (Total/Covered)
150 Inv misc armorkit 12.png [Iron Buckle] 5
155 Inv staff 10.png [Golden Rod] 5
160 Inv misc key 13.png [Golden Skeleton Key] 10
170 Inv misc armorkit 01.png [Iron Shield Spike] 30
200 Inv stone grindingstone 04.png [Solid Grinding Stone] 10
210 Inv bracer 10.png [Golden Scale Bracers] 5
215 Inv helmet 03.png [Steel Plate Helm] 10


  1. Inv scroll 06.png [Plans: Iron Shield Spike] is a rare world drop that you may find in the Auction House or your Guild Vault. You may produce Inv bracer 06.png [Green Iron Bracers] instead of it.
  2. 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.

Artisan Blacksmithing

Artisan Blacksmithing allows 300 maximum skill, requires level 35 and 200 skill. The Imperial Plate plans are obtained via quests from Derotain Mudsipper, by turning in Thorium Bars. A total of 30 bars are required for these plans. The 440 bar total includes this.

NOTE: It may be more efficient to craft Thorium items (starting with Inv chest plate08.png [Thorium Armor] at skill 250) which can be learned from a Blacksmithing Trainer. These are mostly more efficient than crafting Imperial Plate items so check Thorium items first.

If you cannot find Inv scroll 06.png [Plans: Mithril Spurs], 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.

Skill Product Qty. Materials (Total/Covered)
225 Inv helmet 03.png [Steel Plate Helm] 25
250 Inv stone grindingstone 05.png [Dense Grinding Stone] 10
260 Ability rogue sprint.png [Mithril Spurs] 5
265 Inv bracer 13.png [Thorium Bracers] 10
275 Inv bracer 19.png [Imperial Plate Bracers] 20
295 Inv boots plate 01.png [Imperial Plate Boots] 5

Master Blacksmithing

Master Blacksmithing allows 375 maximum skill, requires level 50 and 300 skill.

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. After that, you will need to buy adamantite items' recipes from your faction's and/or neutral vendors like Neutral 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 Inv weapon shortblade 26.png [Felsteel Whisper Knives], and switch to blacksmithing specialisation BoP items after 360.

Several lower cost ways involve faction standing. Neutral Fedryen Swiftspear at Cenarion Refuge in Zangarmarsh sells Inv scroll 03.png [Plans: Adamantite Weightstone] and Inv scroll 03.png [Plans: Adamantite Sharpening Stone]. 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.

Also Plans: Felsteel Shield Spike requires skill level 360 and revered reputation with either Honor Hold or Thrallmar. Becoming green only at 380 this item looks like a cheap way to finish blacksmith`s training in Outland.

And of course getting some lucky drops like Inv scroll 05.png [Plans: Felsteel Gloves] 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.

Skill Product Qty. Materials (Total/Covered)
300 Inv helmet 35.png [Fel Iron Chain Coif] or Inv gauntlets 03.png [Fel Iron Plate Gloves] 10
310 Inv belt 21.png [Fel Iron Plate Belt] 5
315 Inv gauntlets 11.png [Fel Iron Chain Gloves] 5
320 Inv bracer 13.png [Fel Iron Chain Bracers] or Inv boots chain 11.png [Fel Iron Plate Boots] 5
325 Inv chest chain 14.png [Fel Iron Chain Tunic] 5
330 Inv chest plate07.png [Fel Iron Breastplate] 5
335 Inv axe 09.png [Adamantite Cleaver] or Inv mace 14.png [Adamantite Maul] 5
  Allocate 30 Adamantite Bars for reaching 350 skill level with Inv misc rune 12.png [Lesser Ward of Shielding]. Considering that it turns green after 345 you have some chance to fail in midway. In this case, you may continue with Adamantite Plate Bracers.
340 Inv misc rune 12.png [Lesser Ward of Shielding] 30
349 Inv bracer 07.png [Adamantite Plate Bracers]†1 1
  Same story as with Lesser Ward of Shielding. Allocate materials for 30 Adamantite stones and use Adamantite Breastplate if you fail to achieve 360 skill level.
350 Inv stone weightstone 07.png [Adamantite Weightstone]†2 30
359 Inv chest plate11.png [Adamantite Breastplate]†1 1
360 Inv rod eternium.png [Eternium Rod] 10
370 Inv misc armorkit 27.png [Felsteel Shield Spike]†3 5

†1 Inv scroll 03.png [Plans: Adamantite Plate Bracers] andInv scroll 03.png [Plans: Adamantite Breastplate] sold by Horde Krek Cragcrush <Blacksmithing Supplies> at Shadowmoon Village, Shadowmoon Valley or Alliance Loolruna <Armorer> at Telredor, Zangarmarsh

†2 Inv stone weightstone 07.png [Adamantite Weightstone] can be replaced by Inv stone sharpeningstone 07.png [Adamantite Sharpening Stone] if you are also a miner with at least 300 skill. Plans for both items require Honored status with Cenarion Expedition.

†3 Inv scroll 03.png [Plans: Felsteel Shield Spike] requires exalted with Honor Hold or Thrallmar Inv scroll 03.png [Plans: Felsteel Shield Spike]}

†4 Inv scroll 03.png [Plans: Flamebane Breastplate] requires revered with Aldor

Grandmaster Blacksmithing World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

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 Crystallized Water 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.

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