Old School Runescape – The Complete Smithing Guide

Learn how to level your osrs smithing fast, all you need to know about the skill, and how to make money with smithing.

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Smithing is a F2P skill that can be trained by both F2P and P2P methods. It allows you to convert (smelt) the various ores which are obtained through Mining to metal bars. It also allows you to create items such as armor and weapons by hammering the metal bars on any Anvil.

Converting ores to metal bars requires a Furnace which can be found in various places in the game. The success rate of making these bars is 100% except for the Iron bars which have a success rate of 50%, but by using Ring of forging, Blast furnace or the Superheat spell you can increase their success rate to 100%.

In this guide, we will be focusing on the best P2P methods to get you to level 99 Smithing as efficient as possible, in addition to some money-making methods for those who are interested since Smithing is a great skill to use for money-making. Keep in mind that you will have to spend a serious amount of money to buy ores from the Grand Exchange to get to level 99 as fast as possible.

Almost all of the methods below are Semi-AFK.

Make sure to check out all 23 OSRS skills in our relevant guide.

OSRS Smithing 101

Normal Furnaces

Normal Furnace, Old School Runescape
Normal Furnace, Old School Runescape

Smithing is a simple skill to understand and it’s not complicated as you might think. To make metal bars, you’ll have to obtain ores of the desired metal. Getting these ores is either by mining them yourself or buying them directly from the Grand Exchange. You can still get them by killing specific monsters or by buying them from some stores, but the most efficient way is to buy them directly from the Grand Exchange.

To use the Furnace, you will have to right-click on the ore and use it on the Furnace to choose the type and number of the related item. Usually, the best Furnace to use is the one located in Edgeville as it’s so close to a bank and doesn’t require anything to use.

Anvils

Anvil, Old School Runescape
Anvil, Old School Runescape

To start creating armors, weapons, and ammunition using these metal bars, you will need to have a hammer and a place with an Anvil. Right-click the bars and use it on the Anvil then choose the type and the number (depending on the number of bars in your inventory) of the item you wanna create.

After choosing the item, the game will automatically consume the bars in your inventory depending on the chosen item.

Anvil Smithing Bronze List, Old School Runescape
Anvil Smithing Bronze List, Old School Runescape

Blast Furnace

Mine Cart to Keldagrim, Old School Runescape
Mine Cart to Keldagrim, Old School Runescape

There is also the Blast Furnace which is very good in terms of saving money and time, but it has some requirements. It is located in Keldagrim which requires starting The Giant Dwarf Quest and you can access it through the mine cart near the Grand Exchange.

You need to have level 60 in Smithing which is only a recommended level or you will have to pay 2,500 coins for every 10 minutes you spend there. The Blast Furnace also gives 100% success rate to smelting Iron bars, unlike the normal Furnaces.

The Blast Furnace needs some mechanics operations that can be done by yourself and it makes the process much slower. That’s why you will have to use it while being in one of the 15 Blast Furnace Worlds where you can pay 72K coins in a coffer for each hour spent there to get the help of the dwarves. The dwarves will take care of the machine and you will only have to deposit your ores inside it.

Blast Furnace, Old School Runescape
Blast Furnace, Old School Runescape

One of the advantages of the Blast Furnace is halving the required amount of Coal pieces to smelt a specific metal bar and thus spending less money.

Obtaining Ice gloves is also recommended to speed up the process, otherwise, you will have to fill an empty bucket with water to cool down the bars so you can pick them. To obtain these Ice gloves, you either have by completing the Heroes’ Quest or by killing the Ice Queen which is located in the caverns under the White Wolf Mountain.

Keep in mind that Ice gloves require level 50 Mining to equip.

Using the Blast Furnace is simple:

1- Bring the required ores from the nearby bank chest to your inventory.
2- Deposit the ores on the Conveyor Belt of the Furnace.
3- Use a bucket of water on the bars to cool down or just equip Ice gloves and pick the bars from the bar dispenser
4- Deposit the bars in your bank chest and repeat.

For bars requiring Coal pieces: Empty the Coal bag and use the Coal pieces on the Conveyor Belt after depositing the Primary ore ( Step 2).

Blast Furnace Trip, Old School Runescape
Blast Furnace Trip, Old School Runescape

Metal Bars

Metal Bars, Old School Runescape
Metal Bars, Old School Runescape

Each metal bar requires a certain Smithing level and different ores to be smelt which results in different Smithing XP gained. To check these numbers, see the table below.

Smithing Level Bar Ore required XP
1 Bronze x1 x1 6.2
8 Blurite x1 8
15 Iron x1 12.5
20 Silver x1 13.67
20 Elemental x1 x4 7.5
30 Steel x1 x2 17.5
40 Gold x1 22.5 (56.2)
45 Lovakite x1 x2 20
50 Mithril x1 x4 30
70 Adamantite x1 x6 37.5
85 Runite x1 x8 50

Smithing Quests

There are many quests that you can complete to gain some Smithing XP, these can be helpful at the first few levels, but the decision is up to you.

Quest XP Required Level Other requirements
The Forsaken Tower 500 20%
Recipe for Disaster (Pirate Pete subquest) 1,000 31
Heroes’ Quest 2,257 55 , 53 , 53 , 25 , 50
The Giant Dwarf 2,500 14 , 12, 16 , 33
Between a Rock… 5,000 50 30, 40
Elemental Workshop I 5,000 20 20, 20
Devious Minds 6,500 65 50, 50
Cabin Fever 7,000 50 42, 45, 40
Elemental Workshop II 7,500 30 20, 20
The Knight’s Sword 12,725 10
Song of the Elves 20,000 70 70, 70, 70, 70 , 70 , 70 , 70
Dragon Slayer II 25,000 70 200 , 75, 68 , 62, 60, 60 , 50, 50

Useful Smithing Gear & Items

The following items are useful and some of them are recommended to achieve the maximum Smithing XP gained per hour.

Ice gloves

Ice gloves are very recommended when using the Blast Furnace to speed up the whole process, it can be obtained by killing the Ice Queen in the caverns under the White Wolf Mountain even without Completing the Heroe’s Quest.

Using Ice gloves requires level 50 Mining.

Ring of forging

It gives 100% success rate to smelting Iron bars, but it’s only useful if you are using a normal Furnace since the Blast Furnace provides a success rate of 100% for every metal bar. The ring has 140 charges and it will crumble to dust after smelting 140 Iron bars.

Goldsmith gauntlets

A very recommended item to obtain if you are smelting Gold bars in the Blast Furnace. These gauntlets give you more than DOUBLE (2.5 times more) the Smithing XP you normally gain from smelting Gold bars. It is a HUGE boost to your XP/Hour rates and makes smelting Gold bars the fastest way to level 99 Smithing in the game.

Goldsmith gauntlets are obtainable after completing the Family Crest Quest by bringing the Steel gauntlets (Reward from Family Crest) in addition to 25K coins to Avan who is located in Al Kharid mine.

Coal bag

A very important item and required to gain the maximum Smithing XP per hour especially when using the Blast Furnace to smelt any metal bar requires Coal pieces. It’s used to store up to 27 pieces of Coal which allows you to smelt more bars per inventory, thus more XP and money per hour.

It is also very useful for making money once you obtain the Smithing cape after achieving level 99 as the number of Coal pieces stored goes up to 36 pieces when the cape is equipped.

To obtain the Coal bag, you need to pay 100 golden nuggets to Prospector Percy’s Nugget Shop in the Motherlode Mine.

The table below explains the advantage of the Coal bag in the Blast Furnace.

Bar Type Coal Needed (In Bag+In Inventory=Total) Primary Ore # of Free Inventory Spaces Bar Yield Smithing Experience
Steel 27 + 0 = 27 27 Iron ore 0 27 472.5
Mithril 27 + 9 = 36 18 Mithril ore 0 18 540
Adamantite 27 + 12 = 39 13 Adamant ore 2 13 487.5
Runite 27 + 13 = 40 10 Runite ore 4 10 500

Smithing Training – Level 1-99

The following guide will get you to level 99 as efficient as possible starting from level 1. Please redirect to OSRS Smithing 101 section before following it if you are a beginner.

Smithing Level 1-15

Bronze Dagger Smithing, Old School Runescape
Bronze Dagger Smithing, Old School Runescape

  • Make 193 Bronze Daggers (12.5 XP / Dagger).

Required Bronze bars: 193
Required Items: Hammer

Bronze Dagger Recipe
Bronze bar

How to obtain a Bronze bar

It can be obtained by using 1 Copper ore and 1 Tin ore on any Furnace and that requires level 1 Smithing to do. It can also be obtained by killing some monsters such as Skeletal miners or bought directly from some stores like Shantay Pass Shop in Shantay Pass.

Ores can be obtained by mining their related Rocks and both require level 1 Mining. They both can be obtained by killing specific monsters such as Desert Lizard or by purchasing them from some stores such as Drogo’s Mining Emporium in the Dwarven Mine.

Use the western Varrock Anvil as it is the closest Anvil to a bank and doesn’t require any Quest.

Western Varrock Anvil, Old School Runescape
Western Varrock Anvil, Old School Runescape

Smithing Level 15-30

Iron Dagger Smithing, Old School Runescape
Iron Dagger Smithing, Old School Runescape

  • Make 439 Iron Daggers (25 XP / Dagger).

Required Iron bars: 439
Required Items: Hammer

Iron Dagger Recipe
Iron bar

How to obtain an Iron bar

It can be made by using 1 Iron ore on any Furnace in the game requiring level 15 Smithing and have a success rate of 50% but 100% of using a Ring of forging, Blast furnace or the Superheat spell. It can also be obtained by killing certain monsters such as Iron dragons or by buying it from Drogo’s Mining Emporium in the Dwarven Mine.

Iron ores can be obtained at level 15 Mining by mining Iron rocks. You can also get Iron ores as a drop after killing some monsters such as Flesh Crawlers or by buying them from the Ore seller near the Blast Furnace.

Just like the Bronze Daggers, use the western Varrock Anvil to do it efficiently.

Smithing Level 30-40

Steel Bars Smithing Inventory, Old School Runescape
Steel Bars Smithing Inventory, Old School Runescape

  • Make 1,364 Steel bars in the Blast Furnace (17.5 XP / Bar).

Required Ores (Blast Furnace only): 1,364 Iron ores & 1,364 Coal pieces
Required Items: Ice Gloves, Coal Bag
Recommended Items: High Agility level, any Weight-reducing gear & Stamina potions
Starting: The Giant Dwarf Quest
XP/Hour: Up to 85K

Steel Bar Recipe (Blast Furnace)
Iron ore
Coal piece

How to obtain an Iron ore

It can be obtained by mining Iron rocks anywhere in the game at level 15 Mining. Killing monsters such as Flesh Crawlers will also earn you some Iron ores or you can just buy them from some stores such as the Ore seller near the Blast Furnace.

How to obtain a Coal piece

It can be mined from any Rock contains Coal requiring level 30 Mining to do that. You can obtain some pieces by killing specific monsters in the game such as Sulphur Lizards, or just buy them from Ore store at Jatizso as one of many stores to sell Coal pieces.

Inventory setup per run:

Bar Type Coal Needed (In Bag+In Inventory=Total) Primary Ore # of Free Inventory Spaces Bar Yield Smithing Experience
Steel 27 + 0 = 27 27 Iron ore 0 27 472.5

To check how does the Blast Furnace work, please redirect to the Introduction for Noobs section above.

Smithing Level 40-99

Gold Bars Smithing Inventory, Old School Runescape
Gold Bars Smithing Inventory, Old School Runescape

  • Make 231,268 Gold bars in the Blast Furnace (56.2 XP / bar).

Required Ores: 231,268 Gold ores
Required Items: Goldsmith gauntlets (56.2 XP Instead of 22.5 XP) & Ice Gloves
Recommended Items: High Agility level, any weight-reducing gear & Stamina potions
Starting: The Giant Dwarf Quest
XP/Hour: Up to 400K

Gold Bar Recipe
Gold ore

How to obtain a Gold ore

It can be mined from any Gold rock in the game at level 40 Mining. It can also be obtained by killing certain bosses such as Zalcano, or by buying it from the Ore seller near the Blast Furnace.

How does it work

Just follow the Blast Furnace steps in the Introduction for Noobs section above with having Ice gloves in your inventory while equipping the Goldsmith gauntlets.

Fill the rest of your inventory with Gold ores and do not unequip your Goldsmith gauntlets until you gain the Smithing XP otherwise you won’t get the XP bonus of the gauntlets.

Note that this method is very expensive but is the fastest Smithing training method in OSRS.

Alternative Methods to Level Smithing

Follow the methods below if the main guide is partially unavailable for you. Note that it is always better to follow the main training guide.

Smelting Adamant Platebodies

Adamant Platebody Smithing, Old School Runescape
Adamant Platebody Smithing, Old School Runescape

Required Smithing Level: 88
Required Items: Hammer
XP/Platebody: 312.5
XP/Hour: 200K

Adamant Platebody Recipe
5 x Adamant bar

How to obtain an Adamant bar

Smelting an Adamant bar requires level 70 Smithing and its made of 6 Coal pieces plus 1 Adamantite ore. It can also be obtained by killing Adamant dragons as well as other monsters.

Adamanantite ores can be obtained by Mining any Adamantite Rock in the game which requires level 70 Mining. It can also be obtained by killing some bosses such as Skotizo.

Same as the Bronze & Iron Daggers, use the western Varrock Anvil to do it more efficiently.

Smelting Dart Tips

Mithril Dart Tips Smithing, Old School Runescape
Mithril Dart Tips Smithing, Old School Runescape

Recommended Level: 54
Required items: Hammer
Completion of: The Tourist Trap Required
Darts/Hour: 10~11K

Smelting Dart tips is a good method to be AFK as it only uses one bar of the desired metal to make 10 tips unlike the majority of the other items. The lowest level you can start smelting Dart tips is 4 but it is always recommended to use this method only when you can smelt Mithril Dart tips which require level 54 Smithing, so you can gain decent XP per hour.

Use the bars on an Anvil and choose Dart tips so it can automatically consume all the bars in your inventory 1 by 1. Use the Western Varrock Anvil to be as efficient as possible.

The XP gained per hour is depending on the type of Dart tips you are smelting, each type requires different Smithing level and gives different XP rates as well as profits.

Check the table below for more details.

Level Item Materials XP (per bar)
4 Bronze Dart x10 Bronze Bar 12.5
19 Iron Dart x10 Iron Bar 25
34 Steel Dart x10 Steel Bar 37.5
54 Mithril Dart x10 Mithril Bar 50
74 Adamant Dart x10 Adamant Bar 62.5
89 Rune Dart x10 Rune Bar 75

Note that you can make decent money while being semi-AFK which gives good value to this method but the XP rates will be so slow compared to some other methods.

Making Money with Smithing & the Blast Furnace

Blast Furnace Smithing, Old School Runescape
Blast Furnace Smithing, Old School Runescape

Recommended level: 60
Starting: The Giant Dwarf Quest
Required Items: Ice Gloves, Coal Bag
Recommended Items: High Agility level, any Weight-reducing gear & Stamina potions

The best money-making method related to Smithing is without a doubt the Blast Furnace. Smelting bars that require Coal pieces in the Blast Furnace is very profitable as you can make profits up to 1M per Hour. It is recommended to not go below smelting Steel bars as the profits will be much lesser.

This method also gives a decent XP/Hour ratio and the table below shows more details for each type of metal bar smelted starting from Steel bars.

Level Bar Profit Bars/Hour XP/Hour
30 Steel Bars 750K + 5400 94,500
50 Mithril Bars 700K + 3600 108,000
70 Adamantite bars 1M + 2700 101,250
85 Runite bars 1.2M + 2150 107,500

If you wanna make bars per trip check the table below (Coal Bag is needed).

Bar Type Coal Needed (In Bag+In Inventory=Total) Primary Ore # of Free Inventory Spaces Bar Yield Smithing Experience
Steel 27 + 0 = 27 27 Iron ore 0 27 472.5
Mithril 27 + 9 = 36 18 Mithril ore 0 18 540
Adamantite 27 + 12 = 39 13 Adamant ore 2 13 487.5
Runite 27 + 13 = 40 10 Runite ore 4 10 500

The table below shows the needed trip pattern for each metal bar to a full inventory of bars (27 x bar) through doing continues trips (with a Coal bag).

Level Bar Trip 1 Trip 2 Trip 3 Trip 4 Trip 5
30 Steel bars 27 Coal, 27 Iron, Collect
50 Mithril bars 54 Coal 27 Coal, 27 Mith, Collect 27 Coal, 27 Mith, Collect
70 Adamantite bars 54 Coal 27 Coal, 27 Addy, Collect
85 Runite bars 27 Coal, 27 Rune 54 Coal 54 Coal, Collect 27 Coal, 27 Rune 54 Coal, Collect

Following this table will prevent you from running back to the bank with ores left in your inventory thus is the most efficient way to do it.

Please check the Introduction for Noobs section if you don’t know how does the Blast Furnace work.

Conclusion

Smithing is an easy and quick skill to train especially if you are using the Gold bars method. You should always aim for reaching a high Smithing level as quick as possible instead of making money since you will be able to make money more efficient at the higher levels of Smithing.

Rimuru
Rimuru
Petroleum engineer that hates his career. Playing various genres of games for 5~8 hours/day. Ambitious, perfectionist and always looking for areas of improvement. Currently learning various stuff & playing OSRS.

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