Updated Wed, Oct 31, 2012 by Messiah
Blacksmithing is one of the many primary professions players can choose from in World of Warcraft. This profession takes metals found throughout the world and transforms them into valuable armor, weapons, and other items. Blacksmiths can also do other useful things such as add sockets to items.
Due to the fact that Blacksmithing revolves around forging various metals into items, this profession produces items that are best suited for players that wear metal gear or wield metal (and usually quite sharp) weapons.
To learn the Blacksmithing profession you must seek out a Blacksmithing Trainer. These trainers can be found in all capital cities and starting zones. If you find you are having a hard time locating a Blacksmithing Trainer simply speak to the nearest city guard for a push in the right direction.
Once you have located one of these trainers they will be able to teach you the Blacksmithing profession for a small fee and you will gain the title Apprentice and have a starting potential skill level of 75. From here on out you will be able to return to a Blacksmithing Trainer every time you earn 50-75 skill points to increase your rank. See the handy chart below for more information on Blacksmithing skill levels:
|Master (The Burning Crusade)||300-375|
|Grand Master (WotLK)||375-450|
Blacksmithing is a production profession, therefore in order to earn skill levels you will need to craft items. You can find the various plans available to you by choosing Blacksmithing from your professions menu. Once you have opened this menu you will notice that each Blacksmithing plan is color coated with one of four colors. Each of these colors indicates what chance of skilling up you have if you create it. Take a look at the chart below for more information on each of these colors:
|Red||Unable to craft at this time.|
|Orange||A skill point will always be gained.|
|Yellow||A skill point will most likely be gained.|
|Green||A skill point will likely not be gained.|
|Gray||A skill point will never be gained.|
After you have chosen a plan to create (hopefully one that will provide you with the highest potential for a skill up point), you will need to collect the resources needed for the recipe. Once you have all the materials on hand, you will need to seek out an anvil. Blacksmiths must be near an anvil to create their wares. Anvils can be found in all major cities as well as many smaller outposts.
When you have found an anvil, stand near it and once again open your Blacksmithing menu using the professions tab. Select the item you wish to make and click on "create". Each item will take a few seconds to create. Do not move during this time or it will stop the creation process. At the end of the process your brand new item will appear in your bag and you will be awarded a skill point (when applicable).
Besides creating armor and weapons, Blacksmiths can also produce several other useful items.Belt Buckles
Belt Buckles are an item created by Blacksmith that allows any player (even non-blacksmiths) to create a socket in a level 60 or higher belt. Blacksmiths can create their first Belt Buckle at skill level 420. These buckles are useful and essential for every player to have on their character. Selling belt buckles can turn a nice profit for any Blacksmith.
Keys of various sorts can be created using the Blacksmithing profession. These keys can be used to open lockboxes found in World of Warcraft. These lockboxes have the potential to hold valuable items or just plain junk. Without a key handy, players must rely on a Rogue to open these lockboxes.
Whetstones are handy little items that only Blacksmiths can create. The Whetstone can be used to increase the damage of melee weapons for a short period of time.
Blacksmiths are able to create several Enchanting Rods. These rods are used by Enchanters in order to be able to cast their enchants onto items.
Previously Blacksmiths in World of Warcraft were able to choose if they wanted to specialize as an Armorsmith or a Weaponsmith. Each specialization received certain benefits and specialty patterns. Like most other profession specializations these have been removed from the game.
Each profession holds it's own little perks and Blacksmithing is no exception. Those who choose this profession will find that they are able to add additional sockets (besides the belt buckle) to their gear. These sockets can be placed in bracers and gloves and become available at skill level 400. Players must maintain this skill level of Blacksmithing or the sockets will become inactive.
As previously noted, Blacksmithing is a profession that uses the various metals found throughout the world to create most of its items. It stands to reason then that Mining, a profession that allows you to collect these metals, is the perfect choice to go along with Blacksmithing. While it is possible to level Blacksmithing without Mining, it can turn out to be a long and costly process. Taking Mining on at least one of your characters to provide the materials needed for Blacksmithing is highly recommended.
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