Classic Blacksmithing Profession Guide
Blacksmithing is one of the core armor crafting professions, allowing you to craft armor that will help you level and potentially last for multiple phases. In this guide, we focus on the important items that this profession offers.
In Season of Discovery Blacksmithing also gained new crafts, including some bind on pickup gear that is best in slot for the phases it is introduced in.
Blacksmithing in Season of Discovery
Blacksmithing received many new crafts in Season of Discovery, including best in slot bind on pickup gear for the early Phases, such as Phase 1's Shifting Silver Breastplate or the new Tempered Interference-Negating Helmet .
Many blacksmithing caster items for Paladins with pure stats in the level 30 to 40 range have been changed to have increased damage and healing with spells instead of Spirit, making them much more useful!
Tailoring, Leatherworking, and Blacksmithing are the core armor-crafting professions in WoW Classic. Blacksmithing allows you to craft Mail and eventually Plate armor, which specifically is gear for Warriors and Paladins. Alternatively, you can choose to specialize in crafting weapons as a Weaponsmith, and will be able to make useful weapons for almost every class.
Blacksmithing uses ores and metals to craft. It can be quite expensive to level and maintain, so pairing it with Mining can be quite beneficial, especially early on when materials will be more expensive. Mining will allow you to farm your own materials without needing to buy them on the Auction House.
Leveling any profession comes down to using the profession, usually to craft items. Blacksmithing is no different. You will want to craft items that are hard, which means they will be color coded as orange in your Blacksmithing menu. If you cannot craft something orange, yellow is an acceptable alternative. Green recipes will very rarely level you up, while gray recipes will never level you. There is not strictly one way to leveling Blacksmithing, and the best choices for what items to make to level can vary depending on what materials you have available.
If you want a more concrete guide on what to level to get from 1-300, check out this Blacksmithing leveling guide over at wow-professions.com.
For 1-75, you will be an Apprentice. You will want to find Journeyman Blacksmiths, who can be found in any major city along with other bigger towns in some early zones, such as Tognus Flintfire in Dun Morogh and Dwukk in Razor Hill. Early levels and skills are not hard to come by; just visit a major city to find a trainer if you find yourself stuck.
For 75-150, you will be a Journeyman. You will want to find Expert Blacksmiths, who can be found in Undercity, Thunder Bluff, Stormwind, Orgrimmar, Ironforge. To find their exact locations, speak to a guard in the city.
To level past 150, you must be learn Expert Blacksmith. As you go up in levels, trainers become more scarce. For Expert, you have three options.
Blacksmithing is one of the select few professions in WoW Classic that offers specializations within the profession. As a Blacksmith, you can choose to become an Armorsmith or a Weaponsmith. Once you are 200 in Blacksmithing, you can pick up the quest for whichever specialization you want to choose from a Blacksmithing trainer.
Becoming an Armorsmith allows you to specialize in crafting armor. Specifically, you will be able to learn how to craft tons of new Rare and Epic pieces that have Fire Resistance on them. Pieces like Dark Iron Helm are important for Plate-wearers that want to raid in Molten Core and eventually in Blackwing Lair, where having lots of Fire Resistance can be critical, especially as a tank. Fire damage is quite prevalent, and these pieces will be sought after early on.
While most of the pieces that you will be able to learn how to craft are based around Fire Resistance, there are a few other important pieces that can be quite good. Those are listed below. The recipes for these are random world drops.
- Lionheart Helm — the recipe for this is a random world drop, but has a better chance to drop from Ragnaros in Molten Core. This is far and away the best helmet for some Plate wearers, and is highly sought after, especially by DPS Warriors. For some specs, this will continue to be BiS all the way through every phase of WoW Classic, making it a worthwhile investment.
- Stronghold Gauntlets — has alright stats, but also makes you immune to disarm effects. These can be useful in PvP.
- Titanic Leggings — the plans to make these are new as of Phase 5, and the leggings themselves are like a better version of Lionheart Helm. These are quite strong and are sure to be in high demand amongst Warriors.
Below is the complete list of all Armorsmith-exclusive pieces that you will eventually be able to craft, should you become and Armorsmith.
- Dark Iron Bracers
- Dark Iron Gauntlets
- Dark Iron Helm
- Dark Iron Leggings
- Dark Iron Boots
- Dark Iron Plate
- Dawnbringer Shoulders
- Demon Forged Breastplate
- Enchanted Thorium Breastplate
- Enchanted Thorium Helm
- Enchanted Thorium Leggings
- Fiery Chain Girdle
- Fiery Chain Shoulders
- Fiery Plate Gauntlets
- Helm of the Great Chief
- Invulnerable Mail
- Fiery Chain Girdle
- Lionheart Helm
- Storm Gauntlets
- Stronghold Gauntlets
- Titanic Leggings
- Truesilver Breastplate
- Truesilver Gauntlets
- Whitesoul Helm
- Wildthorn Mail
Unlike Armorsmiths, Weaponsmiths instead focus entirely on crafting powerful weapons. Once you become a Weaponsmith, you will have the choice to specialize even further into becoming a master smith for a specific weapon type: swords, axes, or maces.
Below is the list of Weaponsmith-exclusive weapons that you will be able to craft.
- Black Amnesty
- Bleakwood Hew
- Dark Iron Pulverizer
- Dark Iron Sunderer
- Phantom Blade
- The Shatterer
- Truesilver Champion
To become a Master Swordsmith, you will need to travel to Winterspring and speak with Seril Scourgebane. Complete his quests, and you will become a Master Swordsmith.
Below is the list of exclusive Swords that you will be able to craft as a Master Swordsmith.
To become a Master Axesmith, you will need to travel to Winterspring and speak with Kilram. Complete his quests, and you will become a Master Axesmith. The most important Axe that you will be able to craft is Arcanite Reaper, the plans for which drop from Bannok Grimaxe in Lower Blackrock Spire. The Arcanite Reaper is one of the best Two-Handed weapons in the game before stepping into raids, making it quite important to anyone who uses Two-Handed weapons, such as Retribution Paladins.
Below is the list of exclusive Axes that you will be able to craft as a Master Axesmith.
To become a Master Hammersmith, you will need to travel to Winterspring and speak with Lilith the Lithe. Complete his quests, and you will become a Master Hammersmith. One of the most important Maces that you will be able to craft is Hammer of the Titans, the plans for which drop from Maleki the Pallid in Stratholme. The mace has a chance on hit to stun your target for 3 seconds, making it excellent for PvP.
Below is the list of exclusive maces that you will be able to craft as a Master Hammersmith.
With the release of Zul'Gurub comes the new reputation of the Zandalar Tribe in Stranglethorn Vale. Rin'wosho the Trader is one of the new additions with the reputation, and he sells multiple plans and schematics for every profession, including Blacksmithing. He has the plans for two new armor sets that any Blacksmith can craft, regardless of specialization. Note that these sets are not that strong and are more starter sets than anything else. The list of pieces is below.
- Bloodsoul Breastplate
- Bloodsoul Gauntlets
- Bloodsoul Shoulders
- Darksoul Breastplate
- Darksoul Leggings
- Darksoul Shoulders
With the release of AQ40 comes the new reputation of the Cenarion Circle in Silithus. Vargus is the new Blacksmith that can be found in Cenarion Hold, where he will sell you some of the patterns below. The others must be purchased from Lieutenant General Andorov inside the AQ20 after helping him to defeat General Rajaxx. All of the plans below require varying levels of reputation to purchase. There is one final set of plans, the Titanic Leggings, which are a new BoE drop that are sure to be in high demand. These require you to specialize in Armorsmithing, and will be hard to find for awhile after the new raid opens.
With the release of Naxxramas comes a slew of new craftable resistance pieces, specifically Nature and Frost resistance sets. The Nature resistance pieces are nice, but the Frost resistance pieces are the important ones here, as they will be required for Sapphiron inside Naxxramas. Crafting the Frost Resistance set as early as possible could net you a nice profit. The recipes for the Nature Resistance pieces come from ranking up your reputation with the Cenarion Circle in Silithus, while the Frost Resistance recipes are from the Argent Dawn reputation in Naxxramas.
- Icebane Bracers
- Icebane Breastplate
- Icebane Gauntlets
- Ironvine Belt
- Ironvine Breastplate
- Ironvine Gloves
- 03 Feb. 2024: Updated for Season of Discovery Phase 2.
- 02 Dec. 2020: Updated for Phase 6.
- 28 Jul. 2020: Updated with Titanic Leggings for Phase 5.
- 15 Apr. 2020: Updated for Phase 4.
- 26 Aug. 2019: Page added.
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