Posted on 17 Apr 2019
Smithing can be considered as either a buyable or a money making skill, depending on the method you choose to use to gain your levels. In this guide, I will discuss the various methods available to you, their pro’s and con’s, approximate costs and XP rates. I’ll also explore the reasons that may motivate you to train the Smithing skill, and outline the content that requires a specific Smithing level in order to access. If you’re looking for some extra gold to gain your smithing levels do not hesitate to order some here at food4rs! You can buy gold from us at the best prices with instant delivery! Just try it and I can guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed!
There are various reasons why one might choose to level Smithing. The obvious being for the extra XP and total levels awarded from levelling up. Smithing is a high XP/hr skill with the correct methods, with rates exceeding 300K per hour being pretty achievable from a relatively low level.
Aside from some trivial unlocks, such as being able to create the Dragon Kiteshield at Level 75 and the Dragonfire Shield from Level 90, the majority of the perks of having a high Smithing level come from the Quest and Achievement Diary requirements for completing certain tasks.
There are many quests within OSRS that have a Smithing level requirement in order to complete them. The most notable is Dragon Slayer II, which requires Level 70 Smithing to complete.
The complete list of Quests with Smithing level requirements are as follows:
Level 4 - Zogre Flesh Eaters
Level 20 - Elemental Workshop I
Level 20 - The Tourist Trap
Level 30 - Elemental Workshop II
Level 30 - One Small Favour
Level 40 - Family Crest
Level 45 - Swan Song
Level 50 - Between a Rock...
Level 50 - Cabin Fever
Level 50 - Legends' Quest
Level 65 - Devious Minds
Level 70 - Dragon Slayer II
Similarly, many Achievement Diaries in OSRS have Smithing level requirements in order to complete. Diary rewards are arguably even more useful than Quest rewards within the game, therefore this may act as a strong incentive for players to level up their Smithing skill. The Diary tasks that have a Smithing level requirement are as follows:
|13||Falador||Easy||Smith some Blurite limbs on Doric's anvil|
|35||Morytania||Medium||Make a batch of Cannonballs at the Port Phasmatys furnace|
|50||Wilderness||Medium||Smith a Gold helmet in the Resource Area|
|60||Ardougne||Hard||Smith a Dragon sq shield in West Ardougne|
|60||Fremennik||Hard||Obtain the Blast Furnace Foreman's permission to use the Blast Furnace for free|
|68||Ardougne||Hard||Smith a Mithril platebody near Ardougne|
|68||Desert||Hard||Create a Mithril platebody in Nardah|
|70||Kourend & Kebos||Hard||Smelt an adamantite bar in The Forsaken Tower.|
|75||Kandarin||Hard||Smith an Adamant spear at Otto's Grotto|
|75||Wilderness||Hard||Smith an Adamant scimitar in the Resource Area|
|88||Lumbridge & Draynor||Elite||Smith an Adamant platebody down Draynor sewer|
|89||Varrock||Elite||Smith and fletch 10 Rune darts within Varrock|
|90||Kandarin||Elite||Smith a Rune hasta at Otto's Grotto|
|90||Wilderness||Elite||Smith a Rune scimitar from scratch in the Resource Area|
|91||Ardougne||Elite||Make a Rune crossbow yourself from scratch within Witchaven or Yanille|
Additionally, there are a variety of quests that reward Smithing XP. You may want to complete these before heading for Level 99 if you feel that the XP reward given is worthwhile:
|Quest||XP Reward||Smithing Req|
|Recipe For Disaster (Pirate Pete subquest)||1,000||-|
|The Giant Dwarf||2,500||-|
|Between A Rock...||5,000||50|
|Elemental Workshop I||5,000||20|
|Elemental Workshop II||7,500||30|
|The Knight’s Sword||12,725||-|
|Dragon Slayer II||25,000||70|
To some extent, there is a profitability incentive for achieving high level Smithing. Most notably, the ability to smelt Runite Ore at the Blast Furnace is unlocked at Level 85, and provides players with a way of making a decent amount of money whilst simultaneously achieving a modest amount of XP gain. Smelting Runite Ore using this method typically yields between 1-1.5M per hour, dependant on player speed and market prices. I will discuss this method later in full, for now you just need to know that profiting via Smithing is possible.
When repairing armour at an Armour Stand inside a player owned house, the cost of the repair is determined by your smithing level. The formula for this is:
(1 - Smithing Level / 200) x normal repair cost
A player with Level 60 Smithing would pay 70% of the usual repair cost.
The Blast Furnace is a members-only minigame situated in Keldagrim for smelting bars which require coal. The furnace here only requires half as much coal when smelting usually, so it can be useful when smelting the ores that require more coal.
The first time you head to the Blast Furnace, you’ll have to walk. You can start The Giant Dwarf quest on the way to Keldagrim, at which point there is no need to continue with the quest and you can head straight to the furnace. After making this journey once, you’ll be able to use the Blast Furnace Minigame Teleport to return there in the future.
The Blast Furnace will be used as explained in the methods below, for now this is all you need to know. The fastest way of gaining XP in Smithing is by using the Blast Furnace, whereby there are a few items that will really help you out:
The first is Ice Gloves, which mitigate the need to use a bucket of water on the bars every time you need to collect them. These can be obtained by killing the Ice Queen living inside the White Wolf Mountain. This requires Level 50 Mining and the ability to kill the Queen (although she is high level, she is easily killed with protection prayers).
Goldsmith gauntlets are one of the three possible glove rewards from Family Crest quest, along with Cooking gauntlets and Chaos gauntlets. They can be obtained by bringing the magical steel gauntlets (along with 25,000 gold) to Avan, who can be found in the Al Kharid mine. When equipped, a player will receive 56.2 experience per gold bar. These are essential for anybody serious about achieving 99 Smithing whilst using conventional methods.
Another notable thing worth picking up before starting Smithing is the Graceful Outfit. The Blast Furnace method requires a large amount of running, therefore obtaining the Graceful Outfit before you start will reduce the amount of Stamina Potions required, thus reducing the cost of training.
These Potions reduce the rate at which your Run Energy depletes, and additionally increases the rate at which your Run Energy regenerates. These are essential to ensure that you’re running at all times in the Blast Furnace, maximizing XP gains. Very effective when used in combination with the Graceful Outfit.
As with most skills in OSRS, the early levels of Smithing are very slow and tedious.Therefore, it is strongly recommend to complete the quest ‘The Knight’s Sword’ before beginning. This Quest has no Smithing level requirement, and rewards a hefty 12,725 Smithing XP upon completion. This is enough XP to take a player from Level 1 to Level 29, a huge jump for a short and easy quest, the only requirement is Level 10 Mining.
From Level 29-40, you’ll want to stock up on Iron Bars and head to an Anvil. The recommended locations are either Varrock (just South of the west bank) or Yanille (just South of the bank). Both of these Anvils are located a quick walk away from the bank, and are generally considered the best to use.
Ideally, you’ll want to create the Iron items that have the highest value in relation to the bar cost, however at this stage I wouldn’t recommend spending too much time deciding what to make, as the cost is very low and the levels needed are only few. You’ll essentially want to rush to Level 40, regardless of which method you choose to use from here onwards.
The fastest (realistic) method of achieving 99 Smithing is by smelting Gold Bars at the Blast Furnace. Each bar created will yield 56.2 XP when Goldsmith Gauntlets are worn. This method yields very nice XP, with rates between 300-400K XP per hour being achievable.
231,268 Gold Ore is required to achieve Level 99 from Level 40. A small amount of the cost will be reimbursed by selling the Gold Bars, however these are low value, so the amount will be reasonably minimal. Market prices vary wildly, however as an approximate estimate, using this method to 99 will cost approximately 70M GP. Somewhat expensive depending on your idea of expensive, however for a Level 99 skill I would argue that is relatively cheap, especially compared to some of the other buyable skills, which can cost up to 200M.
Performed in a similar fashion to Gold Bars, Runite Bars may also be created at the Blast Furnace. The expected profit depends on market rates, however between 800K-1.5M dependant on player speed and market prices is realistic.
Level 85 - Level 99 using Runite Bars at the Blast Furnace will yield a profit of approximately 110M at current prices, with a total of 195,517 bars needing to be made. This is definitely a reasonable option for players with low wealth, however for players who are capable of earning more than 1-1.5M per hour using other methods, the Gold Bar method is most recommended.
Another alternative to the Gold Bar method is smithing Adamant Dart Tips. This requires Level 74, and yields 62.5XP per Adamantite Bar. Each bar yields 10 dart tips, hence this method generally results in a small profit.
The hourly XP rate using this method is modest (approx 60K XP per hour), however it is also a very relaxed and ‘AFK’ method, as with each inventory you can smith 27 bars at a time. Additionally, the method costs nothing, often times a small profit is yielded. At current prices, achieving Level 99 with this method will result in a net profit of 6M GP. Very modest, but at least it is a profit and not a cost.
Achieving Level 99 with this method will require 191,011 Adamantite Bars, and take between 180-200 hours approximately (ouch).
A classic, historic method, smelting Steel Bars into Cannonballs. Smelting cannonballs from steel bars is profitable; however very slow experience. To smelt cannonballs, players must complete the Dwarf Cannon quest.
XP rates are horrifically slow, at approximately 10-15K XP per hour gained. The main incentive to use this method is the profitability, which stands at somewhere between 200-500K GP per hour.
The best Furnace location to use is located in Edgeville, the Furnace is a very short walk from the bank. To achieve Level 99 from Level 30 using this method, you’d have to be crazy. But to give you the figures, you’d need to smelt 510,631 Steel Bars into Cannonballs, which would take between 900-1000 hours. For you time, you’d be rewarded approximately 95M at current prices. Pretty bad trade off, if you ask me.