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Posted: Nov 27 2008, 01:17 PM
Group: Retired Member
Member No.: 310
Joined: 2-September 08
Sword User's Smithing Guide
Cost: Zero/Very High (depends)
Smithing is one of the more complicated skills in Runescape, in that it requires items from another skill (Mining), and has 2 stages of processing it. Smithing lets you turn ores into bars, and bars into useful weapons/armour.. Smithing generally makes little money, and you will find yourself levelling up very slowly if you aren't spending lots of money..
2.0 - Info + What You Need
If you have no money, it's a good idea to mine your ores to begin with, So you're going to need a pickaxe. You're also going to need a hammer.
The best place to smith bars (using an anvil) is by west Varrock bank, since the anvil is very close to it.
For f2p, the best place to smelt ores (furnace) is the furnace in Al Kharid.
For p2p, the furnace in Port Phasmatys is very close to the bank, although getting into the town easily requires doing a quest (try going to Port Sarim and taking a boat to Phasmatys?)
Alternatively, if you've done the Varrock easy Achievement Diary, you can use the furnace in Edgeville. This is actually closer to the bank than Port Phasmatys, but requires opening a door everytime you want to go in, and only one person can go through at a time...
All items of the same metal give the same exp per bar when Smithed. Ie; Steel Daggers give the same xp as Steel Longswords. (except Cannonballs, which give slightly less) The only difference is that the higher level items are worth more than the lower leveled items (generally), and that items that take more bars get you the same xp faster. So it is advised that you smith the best item you can at your level to get the fastest levelling + less loss of gp when selling it. Crossbow bolts (p2p) may give the least loss when smithing them, since they are in stacks of 10 and aren't re-useable; items like armour and swords don't make much money back since they can be reused, and many people only need 1...
3.0 - Basics
Smithing is one of the skills already learned on tutorial island, but here's a recap for completeness:
To turn Ores into Bars, you use the Ore with a furnace. This will turn 1 set of ores into 1 bar. To make multiple sets of ores into bars, you have to click the furnace first, right click on the bar in the chat menu you want to smith, and select how many you want to make. ores are obtained from the Mining skill..
Iron bars = 1 Iron ore (50% chance of successfully smelting). Level 15 Smithing Required. Gives 12.5 xp
Steel bars = 1 Coal + 2 Iron ores. Level 30 Smithing Required. Gives 17.5 xp
Mithril bars = 1 Mithril ores + 2 Coal (1 coal with blast furnace). Level 50 Smithing Required. Gives 30 xp
Adamantite bars = 1 Adamantite ore + 4 Coal (2 Coal with Blast Furnace). Level 70 Smithing Required. Gives 37.5 xp
Runite bars = 1 Runite ore + 8 coal (4 coal with blast furnace). Level 85 Smithing Required. Gives 50 xp
To turn bars into wieldable items use a bar with an anvil (while a hammer is in your inventory). The item smith interface will pop up, and you can right click an item and left click how many you want to make. Some items use more bars than others...
4.0 - Leveling Guide:
I recommend reading Redeyes's Guide To Reaching Goals And making a spreadsheet to track and improve your progress if you are serious about reaching your goals.
If you already have 10 mining, and can evade lvl 57 ice giants, you can jump straight to lvl 29 by doing The Knights Sword (quest). If you can't do it, just follow from below:
At level 1, you can smith Tin + Copper into Bronze Bars, and Bronze Bars into Bronze Daggers/Axes.
Smelting Bronze Bars: When buying the ores, you get 98 gp profit per bar smelted.
Smelting Iron Bars: When buying the ores, you get 136 gp profit per bar smelted.
Smelting Steel Bars: When buying the ores, you get 168 gp per bar smelted.
Smelting Mithril Bars: When buying the ores, you get 230 gp per bar smelted.
Smelting Adamantite Bars: When buying the ores, you get 200gp per bar smelted.
Smelting Runite Bars: When buying the ores, you get 824 gp per bar smelted.
*For Steel Bars and up, using the Blast Furnace increases the profit rate.
5.0 - Varrock Armour
When you complete the Varrock Achivement Diary (p2p only), you are awarded with the Varrock Armour, which gives a bunch of Smithing bonuses:
Varrock Armour 2: Chance of smithing bars faster & smelting 2 at once for bars up to Mithril
Varrock Armour 3: Chance of smithing bars faster & smelting 2 at once for bars up to Adamantite
The Blast Furnace is a (members only) minigame. It lets you smelt bars with half the normally required amount of coal (if it requires coal), has a shop that sells some ores, and has some Anvils. Any level Smither can use the Blast Furnace, but unless you have level 60 or over you will have to pay 2500 coins every 10 minutes, and won't be able to use the anvils..
The Blast Furnace is located in Kelgagrim (you may have to start the Giant Dwarf quest to get in), in the south eastern section down a ladder). It's a good idea to use the world designated for the BF to get the best use out of it...
7.0 - Sacred Clay Hammer:
By collecting points earned from the Stealing Creation minigame, you can buy tools which when transformed, give more than the usual amount of experience when smithing with anvils. The Stealing Creation minigame is located south-west of Bounty Hunter (see k arthur90's guide for a tutorial on the actual game).
When you transform the Proto-tool into a hammer, it will give a small boost to items smithed with anvils. The higher the level required for the item, the higher the boost... Every 100 bars smithed the Sacred Clay Hammer will revert back to a Proto-tool (ready to be transformed back again). The hammer can continue to transform back until you run out of recharges (you'll have to go back to SC to get another one). It may be worth noting that Jagex plan to higher the experience boost (while lowering how long the tool lasts) by 2009.
8.0 -Quests that give Smithing experience:
All of these are P2p apart from The Knights Sword...
Rocking Out - 25,000 xp (Note: requires 69 Smithing in the first place...)
The Knight's Sword - 12,725 xp
Defender of Varrock - 10,000 xp
Elemental Workshop II - 7,500 xp
Cabin Fever - 7,000 xp
Between a Rock - 5,000 xp
Devious Minds - 6,500 xp
Hero's Quest - 3,075 xp
Giant Dwarf - 2,500 xp
Elemental Workshop I - 5,000 xp
Recipe for Disaster - 1,000 xp
9.0 - Multitasking:
If you're smithing/smelting something that takes a long time, I recommend you browse other websites and stuff while you wait (This is especially helpful for Cannonballs, as they take longer than anything else). The best way to do this is to overlay two browser windows on top of each other, while keeping the top one transparant (using a program). If you've done it right, you can browse websites normally, while still being able to see your Runescape window. And you won't get logged out since moving the mouse in the top window also registers on the bottom window! Here's a pic to show what I mean:
This can also be used in other skills that involve long waiting
(The program I use for transparancy is Afloat, but that's only for Mac I think)
(If this is too complicated, you could just resize the Runescape and browser windows to take up half the screen each... But this makes it harder to browse normally, and you have to remind yourself to move the mouse to Runescape every 80 seconds (so you aren't logged out).
Q: Your guide says I should mine 'x' ore if I have 0gp, but I don't have that mining level!
A: You're going to need to use some other skill to make money then (Runecrafting, Fletching), since Smithing can't produce any raw materials of its own...
Q: How do I smith Black Armour/Trim?
A: You can't.
This post has been edited by Sword User on Dec 30 2008, 01:56 PM
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