Work it Out with An OSRS Smithing Guide
Smithing in Old School RuneScape has historically been one of the most sought-after skillcape’s and for its money. If you’re an ironman, it’s also going to be the way you end up getting your rune gear – unless you’re planning on looting drops every time you need new equipment. Smithing, while straightforward, provides a lot of different ways to train, from grinding to questing to the blast furnace, as well as smithing bars and creating gear. There are a lot of ways to approach this skill, and each will depend on what your goals are. No matter who you are, though, you’re probably going to want to get started with The Knight’s Quest in this OSRS Smithing Guide.
Why should I do The Knight’s Quest?
This is a medium-length quest (about three hours of playtime) and will bump you all the way to level 29 from level 1, which is as fast or faster than could be done while grinding bronze items. I’m a big proponent of questing for levels if you can to get started because:
- They’re much more engaging and entertaining to do than grinding for experience at low levels with low rates
- You’re likely to do them eventually anyway, so it makes sense to do them while the rewards are still useful compared to when you get to higher levels.
While I won’t break down the full Knight’s Quest guide here, you can easily find some high-quality guides on runewiki.
What if I don’t want to do The Knight’s Quest?
Well, you can always do things the old-fashioned way. If you’re buying your materials, smithing is going to be far more expensive to train, but for many players, this is a cost-effective investment if you intend on using the Blast Furnace (more on that later.) If you’re buying materials, buy bronze bars or if you’ve stashed some ore away from mining, you’ll need tin and bronze to make bronze bars. I do not recommend buying ores, as these are more expensive than bars, and your experience rates are better when creating the highest-level bronze item you can per bar, instead of creating half an inventory of bronze bars. I recommend making bronze items straight through to level 25 or 30, as it can be more cost-effective than switching over to iron halfway through. Once you reach level 30, you’re ready to move onto the blast furnace.
What about the Blast Furnace?
To access the Blast Furnace, you must have at least started The Giant Dwarf quest. Once you’ve done so, you can easily access Keldagrim anytime by using the hole in the north-west corner of the Grand Exchange to travel there via the minecart system. The Blast Furnace is located in the basement of the building just north of the minecart tracks.
One mistake most players make before getting started with the Blast Furnace is not doing the proper prerequisites to make it worthwhile. If you’re using the automated worlds (358, 386, 387) you’ll be handing over 12,000 gp for every ten minutes you want to use the Blast Furnace, and 2500 additional gp if you’re below Smithing level 60. Despite this, you can still turn high profits, upward of 500 thousand gp per hour, IF you know what you’re doing. The trick is to cut down on the time wasted by as much as possible. You can still get some use from the blast furnace without following this order, but if you want to be most effective, you’ll want to do all of the things listed below.
How do I become effective in The Blast Furnace?
- Stamina potions (or Graceful outfit). The Blast furnace requires you to be running back and forth, a lot, so you’ll want to make the most of your time by wearing a full Graceful outfit and/or using Stamina potions to supplement your energy. At the very least, carry stamina potions, as you absolutely do not want to was time (and money) walking.
- Get some ice gloves. This is the shortest time investment you can make to save yourself one inventory space per trip (as you won’t have to carry a water bucket.) Though that doesn’t sound like a lot, it adds up to a lot, as you can easily make over 100 furnace trips in an hour, which means you’d be losing at least 50,000 gp per hour if you’re making steel bars. That’s a steep cut into your profit margin and highlights how every second counts at the blast furnace. To get your ice gloves, you have to kill the Ice Queen located below White Wolf Mountain. There’s a safe spot in the southeast corner of her room, but you shouldn’t have much trouble if you’re combat is 45 or above.
- Get a coal bag. This is a longer investment of time, especially if you haven’t spent a lot of time mining in the Motherload Mine in the past, but it’s absolutely necessary if you expect to turn a serious profit. Without a coal bag, you’ll have to make separate trips for every inventory of bars you want to make. If you’re smithing gold bars, you don’t need to bother with this. The coal bag can be obtained for 100 gold nuggets at the motherload mine.
- Get goldsmith gauntlets. For those who will be smithing gold bars, who may have heard of the mythical 300k+ exp/hour rates, you don’t want to waste your efforts by not using these gloves. The goldsmith gauntlets provide you double the experience from smithing gold bars, and you quite literally cannot afford not to be using them. The goldsmith gauntlets are a reward from the Family Crest quest.
With all these items in place, you’re set up to turn a serious profit at the Blast Furnace, but if you’re really only in it for the experience rates, then you definitely want to be using the goldsmith gauntlets and smithing gold after level 40. This can be quite costly, to tallying over 50 million GP from level 40 to level 99. However, it might be worth it to get your skillcape! Thanks for checking out this OSRS Smithing Guide!
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