So if you created a big bad-ass plate-wielding character and are wondering what professions to learn – blacksmithing is an excellent choice! Not only will you be able to create some insanely good gear for yourself, but also have a nice source of income. You will be able to craft more than decent pre-raid gear. In the later phases of the expansion (Ulduar, ToC, ICC), you will be able to learn new powerful recipes and sell those as well. Furthermore, you will be able to craft very sought consumables like Titanium Weapon Chain and Eternal Belt Buckle. Our WotLK blacksmithing guide will help you reach max skill level in no time.
One of the biggest advantages of blacksmithing is that it covers a wide variety of gear. Regardless if you are playing a tank, a DPS, or a healer – you will find something for yourself. Another perk that blacksmiths have is that they can add an additional socket to their gloves and bracers: Socket Bracer, Socket Gloves. If you put 2 epic gems in those sockets, you will get a stat bonus of +40 strength, +60 stamina, +46 spell power, or any other combination of stats/gems you put there.
If you have mining, you can farm all the total mats needed yourself. But don’t sweat if you don’t, you should be able to find them on the auction house easily.
Total mats needed for 1 – 450 Blacksmithing
- 130x Rough Stone
- 190x Copper Bar
- 24x Coarse Stone
- 5x Silver Bar
- 120x Bronze Bar
- 210x Heavy Stone
- 5x Gold Bar
- 230x Iron Bar
- 35x Green Dye
- 50x Steel Bar
- 5x Truesilver Bar
- 60x Solid Stone
- 170x Mithril Bar
- 90x Mageweave Cloth
- 20x Dense Stone
- 310x Thorium Bar
Classic alternative 1
- 60x Mithril Bar
Classic alternative 2
TBC content (300-350)
WoTLK content (350-450)
Blacksmithing guide WoW Classic
Start by learning blacksmithing from one of these trainers:
Apprentice blacksmithing (1 – 75)
- 1 – 30
40x Rough Sharpening Stone – 40x Rough Stone (This recipe goes yellow at 15, so you might need to make a bit more than 30.)
- 30 – 65
45x Rough Grinding Stone – 90x Rough Stone (This recipe goes yellow at 45, so you might need to make a bit more than 35. )
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.
- 87 – 100
13x Runed Copper Belt – 130x Copper Bar
- 100 – 105
5x Silver Rod – 5x Silver Bar, 10x Rough Grinding Stone
- 105 – 125
20x Rough Bronze Leggings – 120x Bronze Bar
Don’t forget to train Expert Blacksmithing (150 – 225) once you reach skill level 125.
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)
- 150 – 155
5x Golden Rod – 5x Gold Bar, 10x Coarse Grinding Stone
- 155 – 165
10x Green Iron Leggings – 80x Iron Bar, 10x Heavy Grinding Stone, 10x Green Dye
- 165 – 190
25x Green Iron Bracers – 150x Iron Bar, 25x Green Dye
- 190 – 200
10x Golden Scale Bracers – 50x Steel Bar, 20x Heavy Grinding Stone
Don’t forget to train Artisan Blacksmithing (225 – 300) once you reach skill level 200.
- 200 – 205
5x Truesilver Rod – 5x Truesilver Bar, 5x Heavy Grinding Stone
- 205 – 210
15x Solid Grinding Stone – 60x Solid Stone (At 205, this recipe is green so you will need to make more than 5.)
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.
- 235 – 250
15x Mithril Coif – 150x Mithril Bar, 90x Mageweave Cloth (6)
or 15x Mithril Spurs – 60x Mithril Bar, 45x Solid Grinding Stone
- 250 – 260
20x Dense Sharpening Stone – 20x Dense Stone (This recipe goes yellow at 255 and goes green at 257, so you will have to make more than 10.)
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.
- 290 – 300
10x Thorium Boots – 120x Thorium Bar, 80x Rugged Leather
or 10x Thorium Helm – 120x Thorium Bar, 10x Star Ruby
Blacksmithing guide TBC
Master blacksmithing (300 – 375)
Learn Master blacksmithing (300 – 375) from one of these trainers:
- 300 – 305
7x Fel Weightstone – 7x Fel Iron Bar, 7x Netherweave Cloth (This recipe starts yellow, so you might need to make a bit more than 5.)
- 305 – 315
10x Fel Iron Plate Belt – 40x Fel Iron Bar
- 315 – 320
5x Fel Iron Chain Gloves – 25x Fel Iron Bar
- 320 – 325
5x Fel Iron Plate Boots – 30x Fel Iron Bar
- 325 – 330
7x Lesser Rune of Warding – 7x Adamantite Bar (This recipe starts yellow, so you might need to make a bit more than 5.)
- 330 – 335
5x Fel Iron Breastplate – 50x Fel Iron Bar
- 335 – 340
5x Adamantite Cleaver – 40x Adamantite Bar
- 340 – 350
15x Lesser Ward of Shielding – 15x Adamantite Bar (This recipe starts yellow and goes green at 345 so you might need to make a bit more than 10.)
Now you can go to Northrend and learn Grand Master blacksmithing.
Blacksmithing guide WotLK
Grand Master blacksmithing (350 – 450)
Learn Grand Master blacksmithing (350 – 450) from one of these trainers:
- 350 – 360
10x Cobalt Belt – 40x Cobalt Bar
- 360 – 370
10x Cobalt Bracers – 40x Cobalt Bar
- 370 – 375
5x Cobalt Helm – 20x Cobalt Bar
- 375 – 380
5x Cobalt Gauntlets – 25x Cobalt Bar
- 380 – 385
5x Spiked Cobalt Boots – 35x Cobalt Bar
- 385 – 390
5x Sure-fire Shuriken – 35x Cobalt Bar
- 390 – 395
5x Notched Cobalt War Axe – 50x Cobalt Bar
- 395 – 400
5x Brilliant Saronite Belt – 30x Cobalt Bar, 25x Saronite Bar
- 400 – 405
5x Horned Cobalt Helm – 40x Cobalt Bar
- 405 – 415
10x Deadly Saronite Dirk – 70x Saronite Bar, 20x Crystallized Air
- 415 – 425
13x Eternal Belt Buckle – 52x Saronite Bar, 13x Eternal Earth, 13x Eternal Water, 13x Eternal Shadow (This recipe goes yellow at 420 so you might need to make a bit more than 10.)
- 425 – 430
8x Titanium Weapon Chain – 16x Saronite Bar, 8x Titanium Bar (This recipe is yellow at 425 so you might need to make a bit more than 5.)
- 430 – 435
5x Savage Saronite Hauberk – 70x Saronite Bar, 5x Eternal Earth
- 435 – 450
25x Daunting Legplates – 350x Saronite Bar, 25x Eternal Earth (This recipe is yellow at 435 and goes green at 445, so it’s hard to say how many will you need to make. However, it’s still the cheapest option.)
Alternatively, between 440 – 450 you can start creating some epic items – to try and sell them on the auction house or to gear your characters. I’ll list them here in no particular order, base your decision on your server’s economy and your needs. Since this is your personal decision, the mats for these items won’t be included in the total mats needed list.
- Tempered Titansteel Helm – 4x Saronite Bar, 4x Titansteel Bar, Frozen Orb
- Brilliant Titansteel Helm – 4x Saronite Bar, 4x Titansteel Bar, Frozen Orb
- Spiked Titansteel Helm – 4x Saronite Bar, 4x Titansteel Bar, Frozen Orb
- Tempered Titansteel Treads – 4x Saronite Bar, 3x Titansteel Bar, Frozen Orb
- Brilliant Titansteel Treads – 4x Saronite Bar, 3x Titansteel Bar, Frozen Orb
- Spiked Titansteel Treads – 4x Saronite Bar, 3x Titansteel Bar, Frozen Orb
- Titansteel Shield Wall – 4x Saronite Bar, 3x Titansteel Bar, Frozen Orb
- Titansteel Spellblade – 6x Titansteel Bar, 6x Infinite Dust, 2x Frozen Orb
Thank you for reading our WotLK blacksmithing guide! You are now ready to create some good gear for yourself and make money along the way. With every raid tier in WotLK you will have access to new blacksmithing patterns that will always keep your gear up to date. And those items will be sought after every plate class in the game as well, which means you should be able to sell crafts easily.