Mastering Smithing Stone Farming in Elden Ring
Upgrading your weapons is a vital part of surviving the Lands Ben in Elden Ring. But with smithing stones scattered sparsely across the world, farming is essential. This in-depth guide will teach you how to relentlessly acquire smithing stones through farming so you can maximize your armaments.
Why Farming Smithing Stones Matters
The benefits of upgrading your weapons in Elden Ring cannot be overstated. Even a +3 weapon can outdamage a +0 version by a massive margin. This makes farming smithing stones, the upgrade resource, incredibly valuable.
Here are some key reasons why farming smithing stones is so important in Elden Ring: Increased base damage and scaling, Ability to take on stronger enemies and bosses, Saving rare upgrade materials for best weapons, Experimenting with different weapons at max level, Easier progression through higher level content.
While you can find some smithing stones naturally, these precious resources are limited. Farming them allows endless upgrading. We’ll cover stone types and the best farming spots next.
Smithing Stone Types and Upgrade Paths
There are two main categories of smithing stones in Elden Ring:
- Smithing Stones – Upgrades standard weapons to +25
- Somber Smithing Stones – Upgrades special weapons to +10
Within each stone type there are tiered stones from 1 to 9, with Ancient Dragon unlocking the max Weapon Levels. Here is the full upgrade path:
- Smithing Stone (1) → +1 to +3
- Smithing Stone (2) → +3 to +6
- Smithing Stone (3) → +6 to +9
- Smithing Stone (4) → +9 to +12
- Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone → +24 to +25
- Somber Stone (1) → +1
- Somber Stone (2) → +2
- Somber Stone (3) → +3
- Somber Ancient Dragon Stone → +9 to +10
Now let’s cover how you can farm unlimited quantities of every stone type.
Early Game Smithing Stone Farming
In Limgrave, Stormhill Evergaol contains a formidable knight boss. But defeating this foe rewards you with a Smithing Stone (2), a valuable early upgrade item. Collect this stone, then reset the area and defeat the boss again for more Smithing Stone (2) drops.
Another excellent early source is the wagon convoy along The Stranded Graveyard road. The soldiers here have a chance to drop both Smithing Stone (1) and (2). Rest at the nearby Site of Grace to quickly respawn the wagons.
Mid Game Farming – Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel
Once you reach Liurnia of the Lakes, make the Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel a top priority. After traversing the mine tunnels and defeating the Crystalian boss, you will receive the Smithing-Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (1).
Give this Elden Ring item to the Twin Maiden Husks in Roundtable Hold to purchase:
- Smithing Stone (1)
- Smithing Stone (2)
This makes the mid game much easier, as you can buy stones to take your armament from +3 to +12 with ease. The Tunnel also contains many miner enemies that drop Smithing Stone (2) when defeated.
Higher Tier Farming – Altus Tunnel
Reaching Altus Plateau lets you access the Altus Tunnel in the mountain cliffs. This rocky mine contains valuable Smithing Stone (4) which drop from the Ulcerated Spirits and Grave Warden Duelists inside.
Farm these enemies by fast traveling to the Altus Tunnel Site of Grace to respawn them. Gather stones to upgrade your weapons beyond +12 and prepare for Leyndell, Royal Capital.
Max Tier Farming – Crumbling Farum Azula
When you reach the legendary Crumbling Farum Azula late in the game, you can farm Smithing Stone (7) from the Beastmen enemies throughout the city. They rarely drop them, so equip gear to boost item discovery while farming.
The Tempest-Facing Balcony Site of Grace near a corpse with Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing (4) is a great spot to farm Beastmen repeatedly. Gather enough Smithing Stone (7) here to upgrade weapons to +24.
Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones
The Ancient Dragon and Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones required for +25 and +10 weapons cannot be purchased. But there are a few reliable methods to farm them:
Complete Millicent’s questline then return to Malenia’s boss room for one
Farm the Albinaurics in Mohgwyn Palace, one drops a Somber stone rarely
Invade other players and hope the host drops one upon death
Check our Elden Ring Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones guide for exact locations of these precious upgrade items.
Why Farming Smithing Stones Is Essential in Elden Ring
As you explore the Lands Between, make upgrading your weapons a priority. Farming smithing stones allows you to:
Breeze through early game areas with +3 or higher gear, Avoid wasted upgrades by testing weapons before committing stones, Quickly adapt your armament to challenge any enemy, Seamlessly progress to late game content and beyond.
Farming enough smithing stones can carry you to victory against even the toughest foes. Focus on upgrading your weapons as you progress, and the strength will follow.