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So, you want to train Smithy? Here is a nuts-n-bolts guide to training the skill. Many other sites cover the skill itself and its crafting details very well, so I will not repeat such information here. Visit the Smithy FAQ’s at UOForums.com, and check out the Stratics Smithy skill page for more information on the blacksmithy skill.

First of all, decide if you will smelt your training-created items or sell them. There are arguments on both sides of the camp. Basically, if you plan to smelt and recycle your ingots, you will need the Mining skill and should GM mining before you begin training smithy. If you don’t want to spend 100 skill points on mining, you can sell all of the items you create to the NPC’s.

Now, for training. You will use iron ingots for your training – no need to use colored ingots. In general, you should try to make items that have around a 60% success rate for your skill level. Your next consideration is the number of ingots each item costs to make. If you’re pinching gold pieces, shoot for items with the lowest ingot cost that fall in the appropriate success rate. You can see your success rate of crafting an item at any time by clicking the Information button in your skill menu next to an item. Stratics also has a nice tool that allows you to input your current smithy skill, and it will generate a list of success rates for you. Here’s my list of items to craft at each skill level:

Skill Level
What to craft
Ingots used
Up to 35 Buy from an NPC Smith Costs about 500 gp
35 – 43 Cutlass 8 ingots
Alternate 35 – 50 Bascinet 15 ingots
43 – 47 Scimitar 10 ingots
47 – 52 Kryss 8 ingots
52 – 55 Longsword 12 ingots
Alternate 52 – 57 War Axe 16 ingots
55 – 60 Broadsword 10 ingots
Alternate 57 – 59 Katana 8 ingots
60 – 68 Short Spear 6 ingots
68 – 100 Plate Gorget 10 ingots
Alternate 80 – 89 Plate Gloves 12 ingots
Alternate 89 – 94 Plate Arms 18 ingots
Alternate 94 – 100 Plate Legs 20 ingots
Alternate 97 – 100 Plate Tunic 25 ingots

As you can see, some of the alternate items are quite high in ingot consumption. You may need to throw in a few attempts at the alternates, however, as it can help to break you out of a slump by mixing up your routine a bit. My advice: when you hit a skill gain wall, do a round or two of an alternate item. Otherwise, stick with the lower cost items. These aren’t the only items to make – you can choose anything that’s in the ballpark of a 60% success rate for the skill level you are currently at. Using the default items listed above, it can cost you anywhere from 40k to 90k ingots, with the average being about 60k ingots.

Training is easiest with UO: Kingdom Reborn, or if you’re using the 2D client, with the help of UO Assist macros. See the “UO Assist Macros” section of UOCraft for details on setting up a blacksmithy training macro in UOA.

Training Beyond GM

With the use of Power Scrolls, you can train your smith beyond Grandmaster (100) level, all the way up to 120 – a Legendary smith. Since publish 21, the cap level for skill gains off various items various based on your skill gain cap. So, if you’ve eaten a 120 power scroll, you can craft lesser items for a longer period of time or to a higher skill level max – which can save tremendously on ingots! Here are the theoretical skill gain caps. I have personally confirmed the accuracy of the 120 column of this chart (having just hit Legendary on Christmas Day!) The 115 column has also been confirmed by other sources.

To read this chart, choose the column that matches the level of the highest Power Scroll you have consumed. Then follow the column down to see your new maximum skill levels for each of the items listed in the far right column. For example: Let’s say you’ve eaten a 115 power scroll of blacksmithy. You can make warforks up to 100.4, katanas up to 101.6, short spears up to 102.8, etc.

100

105 110 115 120 Item to make (ingots used)
092.9 095.4 097.9 100.4 102.9 WarFork 12
094.1 096.6 099.1 101.6 104.1 Katana 8
095.3 097.8 100.3 102.8 105.3 Short Spear 6
097.0 099.5 102.0 104.5 107.0 Pike 12
099.0 101.5 104.0 106.5 109.0 Spear 12
106.4 108.9 111.4 113.9 116.4 Platemail Gorget 10
108.9 111.4 113.9 116.4 118.9 Platemail Gloves 12
112.6 115.1 117.6 120.0 120.0 Plate Helm 15

Here’s my own skill gain and ingot consumption record from 106.3 through 120.0, having eaten a 120 power scroll. All training recorded below was done post-publish 21.

Total ingots from 106.3 – 120: 65,600

day 1: 9,000 ingots
106.3 (start) to
106.8 1500 pike
107.4 1500 spear
107.6 3000 spear
108.2 1500 spear
108.6 1500 spear

day 2: 19,000 ingots
108.6 (start) to
109.1 1500 plate gorget
109.4 1500 gorget
109.7 1500 gorget
109.8 1500 gorget
110.0 1100 gorget
110.2 1900 gorget
110.7 1000 gorget
111.2 1500 gorget
111.3 1000 gorget
111.7 1500 gorget
111.8 1500 gorget
112.3 1500 gorget
112.8 1000 gorget
112.9 1000 gorget

day 3: 1500 ingots
112.9 (start) to
113.3 1500 gorget

day 4: 17,500 ingots
113.3 (start) to
113.4 1500 gorget
114.0 1500 gorget
114.7 2500 gorget
114.9 1000 gorget
115.1 1500 gorget
115.5 1500 gorget
115.8 1500 gorget
116.2 2500 gorget
116.4 1000 plate gloves
117.1 1500 gloves
117.5 1500 gloves

day 5: 18,600 ingots
117.6 1500 gloves
117.7 1000 gloves
117.8 2000 gloves
118.2 4500 gloves
118.4 500 gloves
118.9 1500 gloves
119.5 4500 plate helm
119.8 500 helm
119.9 1500 helm
120 1100 helm