Vanilla Blacksmithing Guide: 1 – 300 (WoW Classic Leveling)


Welcome to our WoW Vanilla Blacksmithing Leveling Guide! This guide works for vanilla-era, SOM, and hardcore servers. 

Blacksmithing is a great profession. With it, you’ll be able to craft some truly iconic vanilla WoW weapons. If you are rolling a plate-wielding class, I suggest you think about learning blacksmithing. Every serious guild will have at least a few dedicated blacksmiths. 

However, blacksmithing isn’t one of the most lucrative professions – unless you learn some rare recipes. Also, the mats needed can get quite pricey. So if you are a new player or don’t have other ways of making money, maybe try leveling a different profession.

This guide was created for you to save money and time. Blacksmithing usually works really well with mining. But if you don’t have mining, you can still buy all the mats from the auction house.

Total mats needed for 1 – 300 Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing guide WoW Classic

Start by learning blacksmithing from one of these trainers:

Horde trainers

Alliance trainers

Apprentice blacksmithing (1 – 75)

Don’t sell these. You’ll use them in further recipes. 

Don’t forget to train Journeyman blacksmithing (75 – 150) once you reach skill level 50.

Journeyman blacksmithing (75 – 150)

This recipe starts at yellow, so you might need to make a bit more than 12. This recipe goes green at 87, that’s why we stop there. However, if you have a lot of Coarse Stone you can continue doing it till 90.

Also, don’t sell these. You’ll use them in further recipes. 

Don’t forget to train Expert Blacksmithing (150 – 225) once you reach skill level 125. You can learn it from Groum Stonebeard in Ironforge, and Saru Steelfury in Orgrimmar.

This recipe starts at yellow and goes green at 137, so it’s hard to say how many of them you are going to need to make. Still, Heavy Grinding Stone is by far the best thing to create, especially considering you will be needing them further down the line. 

Expert blacksmithing (150 – 225)

Don’t forget to train Artisan Blacksmithing (225 – 300) once you reach skill level 200. You can learn it from Brikk Keencraft in Stranglethorn Vale.

Also, don’t sell these. You’ll use them in further recipes. 

Artisan blacksmithing (225 – 300)

You’ll learn this from Plans: Mithril Scale Bracers, a limited supply recipe that Alliance players can buy from Harggan in the Hinterlands, and Horde players from Gharash in Swamp of Sorrows. If you don’t want to wait for the limited supply recipe, you can always check the auction house for it.

The Mithril Spurs option is a lot cheaper, but Plans: Mithril Spurs is a random world drop. Try looking for it on the auction house and buy it if it isn’t too expensive. 

Plans: Thorium Bracers is also a random world drop. It’s strongly suggested you buy it from the auction house. It’s usually not too expensive.

Plans: Imperial Plate Bracers is the reward for finishing the quest Imperial Plate Bracer given by Derotain Mudsipper in Gadgetzan, Tanaris. To complete the quest, you need to give him 10 Thorium Bars.

You learn both of these from random world drops. I suggest investing in the one that has cheaper materials – calculate the price of 8x Rugged Leather vs 1x Star Ruby

Blacksmithing specializations

In vanilla, you can either become an armorsmith or a weaponsmith. Switching specializations is not easy. You’ll have to unlearn blacksmithing and then learn everything again. So choose wisely. 


To become an armorsmith, talk with Grumnus Steelshaper in Ironforge, or Okothos Ironrager in Orgrimmar. 

They’ll ask you to bring them 4x Ornate Mithril Helm, 2x Ornate Mithril Boots, and 1x Ornate Mithril Breastplate.


To become a weaponsmith, talk with Ironus Coldsteel in Ironforge, or Borgosh Corebender in Orgrimmar. 

They’ll ask you to bring them 4x Moonsteel Broadsword, 4x Massive Iron Axe, 2x Heavy Mithril Axe, and 2x Big Black Mace.

Thank you for reading our vanilla blacksmithing leveling guide! Now that you are at max level, try getting your hands on a rare recipe like the Plans: Lionheart Helm or Plans: Nightfall. Blacksmithing can craft some really powerful gear in the early stages of the game. It’s also a very efficient way of gearing new characters. It’s a pricey, but rewarding profession.