Blacksmithing is the best combined with Mining and I highly recommend to level Mining and Blacksmithing together because you will need a lot of gold if you want to buy everything from Auction House. Check out the Mining leveling guide if you want to level Mining.
If you are low on gold, I recommend you to try this Gold Making Guide, it can help you to make loads of gold.
If you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt, I recommend you to use a leveling guide. You can level your character to level 110 in 8 days with this guide.
Blacksmithing guide sections:
- Apprentice 1 - 75
- Journeyman 75 - 125
- Expert 125 - 200
- Artisan 200 - 300
- Master 300 - 350
- Grand Master 350 - 425
- Illustrious 425 - 500
- Zen 500 - 600
- Warlords of Draenor 600 - 700
Approximate Materials Required for 1-700:
Important! If you don't have mining and you are buying everything from the Auction House, you will only need 210 Copper Bars, 230 Iron Bars, and you don't have to buy the Tin Bars. Copper and Tin are used for making Bronze Bars, and the Iron is used for making the Steel Bars but you can only craft them if you have mining.
- 133 x [Rough Stone]
- 285 x [Copper Bar] - save 75 for making Bronze Bar.
- 80 x [Coarse Stone]
- 7 x [Silver Bar]
- 75 x [Tin Bar]
- 150 x [Bronze Bar] - 75 x Tin Bar + the 75 Copper Bar you saved from before
- 105 x [Heavy Stone]
- 280 x [Iron Bar] - save 50, to be used in making Steel Bar
- 50 x [Steel Bar] - 50 Iron Bar + 50 Coal. You can buy [Coal] at Blacksmithing Supply vendors
- 20 x [Solid Stone]
- 150 x [Mageweave Cloth]
- 320 x [Mithril Bar]
- 20 x [Dense Stone]
- 660 x [Thorium Bar]
- 80 x [Rugged Leather] or 10 [Star Ruby]
- 57 x [Fel Iron Bar]
- 10 x [Netherweave Cloth]
- 85 x [Adamantite Bar]
- 320 x [Cobalt Bar]
- 172 x [Saronite Bar]
- 20 x [Crystallized Air]
- 5 x [Titanium Bar]
- 156 x [Obsidium Bar]
- 84 x [Elementium Bar]
- 54 x [Volatile Earth]
- 8 x [Volatile Fire]
- 225 x [Ghost Iron Bar]
- 1 x [Spirit of Harmony]
Warlords of Draenor
Blacksmithing Leveling Guide 1 - 75
First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Apprentice Blacksmithing.
If you want to farm Copper Ore, visit my Copper Ore farming guide.
- 1 - 30
33 x [Rough Sharpening Stones] - 33 Rough Stone
- 30 - 65
50 x [Rough Grinding Stones] - 100 Rough Stone
Keep these, and if Rough Stone is cheap, you should make this one up to 75.
- 65 - 75
10 x [Copper Chain Belt] - 60 Copper Bar
75 - 125
Learn Blacksmithing Journeyman. (Requires level 10.)
- 75 - 90
40 x [Coarse Grinding Stones] - 80 Coarse Stones
Save the Coarse Grinding Stones and if you have a lot more Coarse Stone or it is really cheap, then you should make this up to 100 and you can skip the next step. If you didn't reach 90 by making these, you can still continue to the next step, but you will need a few more Copper Bars, or make a few more Coarse Grinding Stones.
- 90 - 100
10 x [Runed Copper Belt] - 100 Copper Bar
- 100 - 105
7 x [Silver Skeleton Key] - 7 Silver Bar, 14 Rough Grinding Stone
You can also skip this part and just make Runed Copper Belt if you don't have any Silver Bar.
- 105 - 110
5 x [Runed Copper Belt] - 50 Copper Bar
You will need Tin Ore to make Bronze Bar, visit my Tin Ore farming guide if you want to farm the ores.
- 110 - 125
15 x [Rough Bronze Shoulders] - 75 Bronze Bar, 15 Coarse Grinding Stones
125 - 200
Learn Blacksmithing Expert. (Requires level 20.)
- 125 - 140
35 x [Heavy Grinding Stone] - 105 Heavy Stone
Keep the Heavy Grinding Stones. Make this one up to 150 if Heavy Stone is cheap.
- 140 - 145
5 x [Rough Bronze Shoulders] - 25 Bronze Bar, 5 Coarse Grinding Stone
- 145 - 155
10 x [Patterned Bronze Bracers] - 50 Bronze Bar, 20 Coarse Grinding Stone
Make [Golden Skeleton Key] between 150-160 if you can get cheap Gold Bar.
Visit my Iron Ore farming guide if you want to farm Iron Ore.
- 155 - 165
10 x [Green Iron Leggings] - 80 Iron Bar, 10 Heavy Grinding Stone, 10 Green Dye
Green Dye is sold by Tailoring and Leatherworking supply vendors.
- 165 - 190
25 x [Green Iron Bracers] - 150 Iron Bar, 25 Green Dye
- 190 - 200
10 x [Golden Scale Bracers] - 50 Steel Bar, 20 Heavy Grinding Stone
200 - 300
Learn Blacksmithing Artisan. (Requires level 35.)
Check out my Mithril Ore farming guide.
- 200 - 210
20 x [Solid Sharpening Stone] - 20 Solid Stone
- 210 - 225
15 x [Heavy Mithril Gauntlet] - 90 Mithril Bar, 60 Mageweave Cloth
- 225 - 235
10 x [Mithril Scale Bracers] - 80 Mithril Bar
This recipe is sold by these NPCs. There is around 30 minutes respawn rate for the recipe, this means you have to wait a bit if someone bought it before you. Make [Mithril Scale Pants] if you do not want to wait for the recipe to respawn or check the Auction House and look for [Plans: Heavy Mithril Pants]
- 235 - 250
Check the Auction House, if you can get the Mithril Spurs recipe and it's not that expensive, buy it and make those until 255.
15 x [Mithril Coif] - 150 Mithril Bar, 90 Mageweave Cloth
- 250 - 260
20 x [Dense Sharpening Stones] - 20 Dense Stone
Visit my Thorium Ore farming guide if you need places for farming Thorium.
- 260 - 275
15 x [Thorium Bracers] - 120 Thorium Bar
- 275 - 290
15 x [Imperial Plate Bracers] 180 Thorium Bar
- 290 - 300
Choose one from the recipes listed below. They both requires 12 Thorium Bar for each craft, the only difference between them is that you need 1 Star Ruby for the Helm and 8 Rugged Leather for the Boots.
10 x [Thorium Boots] - 120 Thorium Bar, 80 Rugged Leather
10 x [Thorium Helm] - 120 Thorium Bar, 10 Star Ruby
300 - 350
- 300 - 305
7 x [Fel Weightstone] - 7 Fel Iron Bar, 7 Netherweave Cloth
- 305 - 325
20 x [Thorium Leggings] - 240 Thorium Bar
Visit my Adamantite Ore farming guide if you want to farm the ores.
- 325 - 330
10 x [Lesser Rune of Warding] - 10 Adamantite Bar
If Adamantite Bar is cheap on your server you can make this one up to 335.
- 330 - 335
5 x [Fel Iron Breastplate] - 50 Fel Iron Bar
- 340 - 350
35 x [Lesser Ward of Shielding] - 35 Adamantite Bar - Recipe location
This recipe is green for the last 5 points, so 35 is just an approximate number. You might need to make more, or fewer.
350 - 425
Visit your trainer and learn Blacksmithing Grand Master. (Requires level 65.)
You can also check out my Cobalt Ore farming guide.
- 350 - 360
10 x [Cobalt Boots] - 40 Cobalt Bar
- 360 - 370
10 x [Cobalt Triangle Shield] - 40 Cobalt Bar
- 370 - 375
5 x [Cobalt Legplates] - 25 Cobalt Bar
- 375 - 380
5 x [Cobalt Gauntlets] - 25 Cobalt Bar
- 380 - 385
5 x [Spiked Cobalt Boots] - 35 Cobalt Bar
- 385 - 390
5 x [Spiked Cobalt Shoulders] - 35 Cobalt Bar
- 390 - 395
5 x [Notched Cobalt War Axe] - 50 Cobalt Bar
Make [Saronite Defender] or [Saronite Protector] if Saronite Bar is cheaper than Cobalt Bar.
- 395 - 400
5 x [Brilliant Saronite Belt] - 30 Cobalt Bar, 25 Saronite Bar
- 400 - 405
5 x [Horned Cobalt Helm] - 40 Cobalt Bar
Visit my Saronite Ore farming guide if you want to farm the ores.
- 405 - 415
10 x [Deadly Saronite Dirk] - 70 Saronite Bar, 20 Crystallized Air
- 415 - 420
5 x [Tempered Saronite Gauntlets] - 70 Saronite Bar
- 420 - 425
5 x [Titanium Weapon Chain] - 10 Saronite Bar, 5 Titanium Bar
Alchemists can transmute 8 Saronite Bar into 1 Titanium Bar and this transmute doesn't have a coolddown.
425 - 500
Visit your trainer and learn Blacksmithing Illustrious. (Requires level 75.)
Visit my Obsidium Ore farming guide if you want to farm Obsidium.
- 425 - 455
78 x [Folded Obsidium] - 156 Obsidium Bar
Stop making these when you reach 455, make more only if you need them. If you choose different recipes you might need fewer than 78.
- 455 - 459
Make 4 from any recipe that requires 3 Folded Obsidium.
Almost all of the following items will give you multiple skill-ups per craft!
- 459 - 462
1 x [Stormforged Gauntlets] - 6 Folded Obsidium, 8 Volatile Earth
- 462 - 470
Make 8 from any of the following items: [Redsteel Belt], [Stormforged Belt], [Hardened Obsidium Belt] - 32 Folded Obsidium, 8 Volatile Earth
- 470 - 475
[Obsidium Bladespear] - 12 Folded Obsidium, 10 Volatile Earth, 4 Volatile Fire
- 475 - 480
5 x [Obsidium Skeleton Key] - 10 Folded Obsidium
Visit my Elementium Ore farming guide if you want to farm the ores.
- 480 - 489
3 x [Stormforged Legguards] - 6 Folded Obsidium, 24 Elementium Bar
- 489 - 494
1 x [Fire Etched Dagger] - 20 Elementium Bar, 12 Volatile Earth, 4 Volatile Fire
- 494 - 500
2 x [Stormforged Helm] - 40 Elementium Bar, 16 Volatile Earth
You can also make 2 x [Hardened Obsidium Helm] (8 Folded Obsidium, 30 Elementium, 12 Volatile Earth), but I think Elementium is easier to farm than Obsidium.
500 - 600
- 500 - 501
1 x [Ghostly Skeleton Key] - 1 Ghost Iron Bar This is an important step, don't skip it.
- 501 - 526
5 x [Ghost-Forged Bracers] - 25 Ghost Iron Bar
- 526 - 532
Make [Ghostly Skeleton Key] until you reach 526 if you start from 525.
2 x [Ghost-Forged Belt] or 2x [Ghost-Forged Gauntlets] - 14 Ghost Iron Bar
- 532 - 544
4 x [Ghost-Forged Boots] - 28 Ghost Iron Bar
- 544 - 549
1 x [Lightsteel Shield] - 9 Ghost Iron Bar
- 549 - 559
2 x [Spiritguard Shield] - 18 Ghost Iron Bar
- 569 - 575
6 x [Ghost-Forged Shoulders] - 42 Ghost Iron Bar You might need to make 7-9 of these if you are unlucky with the skill gains.
- 575 - 600
Once you reach 575 you can purchase vendor recipes for the last 25 points. The Blacksmithing recipes are on a vendor in Vale of Eternal Blossoms. You can enter Vale of Eternal Blossoms after completing the quest A Celestial Experience (requires level 87). After you completed the quest, you can find Jorunga Stonehoof (Horde) in Shrine of Two Moons and Cullen Hammerbrow (Alliance) in Shrine of Seven Stars.
You'll need 1 Spirit of Harmony to purchase a recipe and you only need one recipe. You can get Spirit of Harmony by combining 10 Motes of Harmony. Motes are dropped by every mob in Pandaria, even in dungeons. The drop rate is low, so it may take you 1 hour to collect 10 motes, or you can just buy them from the Auction House.
Choose one recipe from the Contender's Armor recipes. It doesn't matter which one because if one of them requires more Ghost Iron Bar, it will give you more skill points. You will need between 58-64 Ghost Iron Bar.
600 - 700
Requires level 90.
Things change a bit in Warlords of Draenor because you no longer learn the next rank from your trainer. You have to get a [Draenor Blacksmithing] scroll to upgrade your maximum Blacksmithing skill to 700. This scroll will also teach you a few basic recipes which you will use to level Blacksmithing.
There are three ways to obtain this scroll:
- You can buy it from the Blacksmithing trainers in Ashran. Alliance players can find Royce Bigbeard at Stormshield, and Horde players can find Nonn Threeratchet at Warspear.
- If you build The Forge at your garrion, you can buy the scroll from one of the NPC at the building.
- If you are still leveling your character (90-92), you have to loot a quest item to start a quest chain.
- Alliance: Loot [Haephest's Satchel] from Draenor mobs or Karnoth during Shadows Awaken quest.
- Horde: Loot [Fractured Forge Hammer] from Draenor mobs or Dorogg the Ruthless during The Butcher of Bladespire quest.
- 600 - 650
There are 3 recipes that you can use to level:
[Smoldering Breastplate] - 30 x [True Iron Ore], 30 x [Blackrock Ore]
[Smoldering Greaves] - 60 x [True Iron Ore]
[Smoldering Helm] - 60 x [Blackrock Ore]
These recipes give you 10 skill points, and each of them require 60 ores to craft, so you will need 300 ores to reach 650. If you decide you want to farm the ores instead of buying them, then visit my Blackrock Ore farming guide or True Iron Ore farming guide.
- 650 - 700
Create [Secrets of Draenor Blacksmithing] and buy [Truesteel Reshaper] or [Truesteel Grinder] recipe.
17 x [Truesteel Reshaper] - 510 x True Iron Ore
If you decide to make [Truesteel Grinder], you will need 340 Blackrock Ore, and 170 True Iron Ore
If you character is level 100 already, you can jump to the Legion Blacksmithing leveling guide to continue leveling blacksmithing. If not, you can't level further until you reach level 100.