Blacksmithing is the best combined with Mining, and I highly recommend leveling Mining and Blacksmithing together because you will need a lot of gold if you want to buy everything from the Auction House. It will take a lot of dedication to get to the end and get those epic items.
I recommend trying Zygor's 1-70 Leveling Guide if you are still leveling your character or just starting a new alt. The guide will help you to reach level 70 a lot faster.
- Materials required
- Blacksmithing trainers
- 1-75 #Apprentice
- 75-125 #Journeyman
- 125-225 #Expert
- 225-300 #Artisan
- 300-375 #Master (TBC Classic)
This is the list of approximate materials required to level Blacksmithing:
- 150x Rough Stone
- 150x Copper Bar
- 95x Coarse Stone
- 5x Silver Bar
- 140x Bronze Bar
- 105x Heavy Stone
- 5x Gold Bar
- 230x Iron Bar
- 35x Green Dye - Sold by Tailoring and Leatherworking supply vendors
- 190x Steel Bar
- 520x Solid Stone - If you can't get the Plans: Mithril Spurs from the Auction House, you will only need 120 Solid Stone, but depending on which recipes you can get, you will need more Mithril, Thorium, or Leathers. You can check the 260-270 part for more details.
- 60x Mageweave Cloth (you will need another 90x if you can't get the Mithril Spurs recipe)
- 250x Mithril Bar
- 20x Dense Stone
- 470x Thorium Bar
Burning Crusade (300-375)
This is just a fraction of the materials required. The 360-375 part is not included in the list below because there are four different ways to level between 360 and 375. You can read more about this when you get to 360.
If you have Mining and want to farm the ores, please see my farming guides:
You can learn Blacksmithing from any of these NPCs below. Just click on any of the links below to see the trainer's exact location. You can also walk up to a guard in any city and ask where the Blacksmithing trainer is, and then the trainer will be marked with a red flag on your map.
Classic Trainers (1-300)
In Burning Crusade Classic, you can learn Journeyman, Expert, and Artisan Blacksmithing from trainers in every major city. You don't have to visit different trainers anymore.
- Saru Steelfury in Orgrimmar.
- Basil Frye in Undercity.
- Thrag Stonehoof in Thunder Bluff
- Bemarrin in Silvermoon City
TBC Blacksmithing Trainers (300-375)
You can learn the new TBC Blacksmithing skill from the Master Blacksmithing trainers at Outland.
1 - 75
- 1 - 30
40x Rough Sharpening Stone - 40 Rough Stone
- 30 - 65
55x Rough Grinding Stone - 110 Rough Stone
Save 10 Rough Grinding Stones.
- 65 - 75
25x Coarse Sharpening Stone - 25 Coarse Stone
Visit your trainer and learn Journeyman Blacksmithing. (Requires level 10)
75 - 125
- 75 - 90
35x Coarse Grinding Stone - 70 Coarse Stone
Save the Coarse Grinding Stones.
If you didn't reach 90 by making these, you could continue to the next step, but you will need a few more Copper Bars or make a few more Coarse Grinding Stones.
- 90 - 100
10x Runed Copper Belt - 100 Copper Bar
- 100 - 105
5x Silver Rod - 5 Silver Bar, 10 Rough Grinding Stone
You can also skip this part and make Runed Copper Belt if you don't have any Silver Bar.
- 105 - 110
5x Runed Copper Belt - 50 Copper Bar
- 110 - 125
15x Rough Bronze Leggings - 90 Bronze Bar
Visit your trainer and learn Expert Blacksmithing. (Requires level 20)
125 - 225
- 125 - 140
35x Heavy Grinding Stone - 105 Heavy Stone
Keep the Heavy Grinding Stones. Make this one up to 150 if Heavy Stone is cheap.
- 140 - 150
10x Patterned Bronze Bracers - 50 Bronze Bar, 20 Coarse Grinding Stone
- 150 - 155
5x Golden Rod - 5 Gold Bar, 10 Coarse Grinding Stone
Green Dye is sold by Tailoring and Leatherworking supply vendors.
- 155 - 165
10x Green Iron Leggings - 80 Iron Bar, 10 Heavy Grinding Stone, 10 Green Dye
- 165 - 190
25x Green Iron Bracers - 150 Iron Bar, 25 Green Dye
- 190 - 200
10x Golden Scale Bracers - 50 Steel Bar, 20 Heavy Grinding Stone
Alliance players should keep 6 of these. You might need them if you choose Armorsmithing.
- 200 - 210
30x Solid Grinding Stone - 120 Solid Stone
Keep at least 10 of these for the 225-235 part.
Keep all of them if you bought the Plans: Mithril Spurs, and you will also have to make another 100. (you can make them later too)
- 210 - 225
15x Heavy Mithril Gauntlet - 90 Mithril Bar, 60 Mageweave Cloth
Visit your trainer and learn Artisan Blacksmithing. (Requires level 35)
At Blacksmithing skill 200 and character level 40, you can specialize in Armorsmithing or Weaponsmithing to craft powerful weapons or armors. (Choosing one is optional, you don't need it to level Blacksmithing. You can choose later too)
For information on how to choose a specialization, please see my separate guide:
225 - 235
10x Steel Plate Helm - 140 Steel Bar, 10 Solid Grinding Stone
Horde players should keep 4 of these. You might need them if you choose Armorsmithing.
235 - 250
Buy Plans: Mithril Spurs from the Auction House.
20x Mithril Spurs - 80 Mithril Bar, 60 Solid Grinding Stone
15x Mithril Coif - 150 Mithril Bar, 90 Mageweave Cloth
250 - 260
20x Dense Sharpening Stone - 20 Dense Stone
260 - 270
20x Mithril Spurs - 80 Mithril Bar, 60 Solid Grinding Stone
The recipe will be green for the last 5 points, so it's very hard to tell how many you have to craft. It's possible you will have to craft a lot more if you are really unlucky with the skill gains.
- 10x Thorium Bracers - 120 Thorium Bar, 40 Blue Power Crystal
- 10x Thorium Belt - 120 Thorium Bar, 40 Red Power Crystal
- 10x Radiant Belt - 100 Thorium Bar, 20 Heart of Fire
Recipes from the trainer
You can make these if you cannot get any of the recipes above.
8x Heavy Mithril Boots - 112 Mithril Bar, 32 Thick Leather
5x Imperial Plate Belt - 50 Thorium Bar, 30 Rugged Leather
The next two recipes are also from the same NPC, so make sure to bring at least 40x Thorium Bar with you to buy all 3 recipes!
270 - 295
28x Imperial Plate Bracers - 336 Thorium Bar
The recipe will be yellow for the last 5 points, so you might have to make a few more. Don't leave before you buy the next recipe! The next recipe is also from the same NPC, so make sure to bring at least 30x Thorium Bar with you to buy the two recipes.
295 - 300
5x Imperial Plate Boots - 90 Thorium Bar
You can get the recipe from the same NPC as the previous one, but this quest requires 20x Thorium Bar.
Burning Crusade Classic (300-375)
300 - 305
7x Fel Weightstone - 7 Fel Iron Bar, 7 Netherweave Cloth
You might need to make more of these because you won't gain a skill point for every craft.
305 - 316
11x Fel Iron Plate Belt - 44 Fel Iron Bar
316 - 321
5x Fel Iron Chain Gloves - 25 Fel Iron Bar
321 - 325
4x Fel Iron Plate Boots - 24 Fel Iron Bar
325 - 335
45x Lesser Rune of Warding - 45 Adamantite Bar
It's green for the last 5 points, so 45 is just an approximate number. You might need to make more.
335 - 340
7x Fel Iron Chain Tunic - 63 Fel Iron Bar
You might need to make more because the recipe is yellow.
340 - 350
45x Lesser Ward of Shielding - 45 Adamantite Bar
The recipe is sold by Rohok (Horde) at Hellfire Peninsula and by Mari Stonehand (Alliance) at Shadowmoon Valley. It's a limited supply item, so you have to wait if someone bought it before you. (15-60min respawn time).
It's green for the last 5 points, so 45 is just an approximate number. You might need to make more or fewer.
350 - 360
45x Adamantite Weightstone - 45 Adamantite Bar, 90 Netherweave Cloth
This recipe is green for the last 5 points, so 45 is just an approximate number. You might need to make more or fewer.
You can buy the recipe from Fedryen Swiftspear at Zangarmarsh. It requires an Honored reputation with the Cenarion Expedition faction.
You can get Honored Cenarion Expedition from killing mobs in Steamvault, Underboug, and Slave Pens.
Multiple ways to level to 375
You can level to 375 with a couple of different methods. First, read each part and check the Auction House which one is cheaper, or decide which one is easier to farm.
Scryers or Aldor
First of all, you should check your reputations and look for "The Scryers" or "The Aldor" faction to see which one you choose after the City of Light quest. If you are Unfriendly with one of them, you selected the other one, and you should have a Neutral or higher reputation with that faction.
The only exception if your race is Draenei or Blood Elf. Blood Elves start at Friendly with the Scryers and Unfriendly with the Aldor. Draenei start at Friendly with the Aldor and Unfriendly with the Scryers, even if they didn't finish the quests below.
The City of Light quest
If you are Neutral with both factions, you are lucky, and you can still select a faction.
- Find Haggard War Veteran in Shattrath City and pick up the quest A'dal.
- Go to the middle of Shattrath City to complete the quest, then pick up City of Light from Archmage Khadgar.
- The City of Light quest takes 8-9 minutes to complete. You have to follow Khadgar's servant around Shattrath City. If you get too far, the quest will fail, and you will have to restart the whole quest.
WARNING: Make sure you turn off any auto quest turn-in addons. The addon will pick the first one (which is Aldor).
Picking Scryers is usually cheaper than Aldor, so I recommend going with Scryers.
Leveling to 375
Leveling with Scryers recipes or the Felsteel Gloves recipe will be the cheapest, so these two are the ones you should aim for. The Felsteel Gloves recipe is not that hard to farm, and you can actually solo farm it too. (more details below)
1. The Scryers
Enchanted Adamantite Belt is the easiest recipe to get and usually also the cheapest one. But the belt is pretty bad, so you probably can't sell any of these.
The recipe is sold by Quartermaster Enuril. Requires a Friendly reputation with The Scryers faction.
It will be yellow for the last 10 points, so you might have to make a few more. (or fewer)
2. Felsteel Gloves
If you didn't choose the Scryers, I would recommend trying to farm the Felsteel Gloves recipe. It's actually a good tanking item, so you can probably sell some of these to get some of your gold back.
The drop rate is actually pretty decent, but it only drops if you have someone with Blacksmithing in the group, so the mobs show a lower drop rate. There are 6 Auchenai Monks inside the instance, 4 of them are in the first two rooms, and there are two more in front of the first boss.
Two or three level 70 players should be able to kill the first 4 monks, so if you have a friend who can help you, you can just try to clear the monks in the first two rooms then run out and reset.
If you don't have anyone to help you, and you don't want to clear the whole dungeon every time, it's possible to solo the first Auchenai Monk because he patrols around and you can pull him without aggroing anything else. Here is a video of me Soloing this mob. It took me 22 kills to get the recipe this way. I wasn't able to solo the rest of the monks, but if you have good gear or a different class, you can try.
17x Felsteel Gloves
The Felsteel Gloves recipe will be yellow for the last 5 points, so you might have to make a few more. (or fewer)
3. Khorium Belt
Khorium Belt is a good alternative recipe if you didn't choose Scryers and you don't want to farm Auchenai Crypts.
The Plans: Khorium Belt is dropped by Murkblood Raiders in Nagrand. The drop rate is higher than what wowhead shows, but it's still pretty low. It's possible you will have to kill hundreds of them to get the recipe, or you might get lucky and get it after 20-30 kills.
17x Khorium Belt
The recipe will be yellow for the last 5 points, so you might have to make a few more. (or fewer)
4. The Aldor
Flamebane Gloves will be the most expensive recipe for some time because most players will need Primals for crafting Phase 1 BiS gear, so this probably won't be a viable recipe until later. But, it's possible Primals are not that expensive on your realm as on mine.
You can buy the recipe from Quartermaster Endarin. Requires Honored reputation with The Aldor faction.
17x Flamebane Gloves
If you are Revered with the Aldor, I recommend switching to Flamebane Breastplate at 371. It will cost a bit more, but it's orange, so you get a skill point for every craft. The recipe is sold by the same vendor.
Congratulations on reaching 375! Please send feedback about the guide if you think there are parts I could improve, or you found typos, errors, wrong material numbers!