Diablo 3 - Professions: Blacksmith COMPLETE Guide


There are 3 crafting professions in Diablo 3. You can choose to level up all 3 if you want on the same character. These professions aren’t necessarily learned on the character similar to most MMO’s. As you progress through the game, you will come across artisans and will have to do quests for them. These artisans will learn recipes as they progress and they also do all the crafting for you in town. To level the artisans skill, you will need a book of training, crafting reagents along with some gold. Some recipes will drop off bosses and can be given to the artisan to learn. Recipes are freely tradable with players, however it is unsure that the high level ones will be like.

End Game Crafting and Market Flooding

The Diablo 3 crafting system is a big part of the economy and even designed as a gold sink. It plays in important part in end-game as well with the ability to craft Rare, Legendary, and set items that will be just as good as the drops in Hell difficulty. However these crafted items will only be a small percentage of overall items in the game. Various concerns have arised that players can just mass produce items and flood the market with everyone else. However Blizzard has responded that crafted items have random properties so you will have to craft a ton of them to maybe get the one that you want, or you may not get it at all. It is a gamble when you craft, the only guarantee is that you will receive an item, but the stats may not be the ones you want or ones that anyone else wants.

10 Artisan Ranks:

  1. Apprentice
  2. Journeyman
  3. Adept
  4. Master
  5. Grandmaster
  6. Illustrious
  7. Magnificent
  8. Resplendent
  9. Glorious
  10. Exalted

There are 5 levels between each rank.

How to Level Up Artisans

5 pages of knowledge are combined to make a Tome of Knowledge, which is then used to level your artisans through the various tiers and ranks. Each level seems to only require one tome according to the current Diablo 3. Just from the limited knowledge we have of artisans at the moment, we can speculate that you will need 50 times to get to Exalted, the highest artisan rank. That is just for one of them, remember there are two other artisans; The Jeweler and The Mystic. Along with these tomes, you also need a certain amount of crafting materials and a sum of gold as well.

Artisans are going to be a gold/materials sink along with upgrading your shared stash (bank).

From the above image you can see that the artisan is at rank 3, Adept and also at level 3 out of the 5 you need to progress to the next rank. To train this level, you need 1 tome of knowledge, 5 common scraps, and 2000 gold.

Blacksmith Crafting Materials:

So far these are the known crafting materials for armor/weapons from the beta and the official item database. They come from salvaging armor/weapons.

So basically how the system works is, if you want to craft a rare item with normal mode recipes, you will need Fallen Tooth‘s, which come from salvaging rare items that drop in normal. Make sense? There is also a small change that Fallen Tooth can be salvaged from a magical item.

Blacksmith Perks and Benefits

Benefits Summary

  • Nephalem Cube
  • Craft weapons/armor with the ability to specialize
  • Repair Items (no other NPC or artisan has this ability)
  • Ability to socket gear (also for other players)

Haedrig Eamon, the blacksmithing artisan gives you your Nephalem Cube through the completion of a quest very early in the game. This cube is highly important since it lets you salvage (breakdown/disenchant) gear for materials used in crafting. The salvaging cube will serve you well into end-game.

Gold Tip: Salvaging turns useless items into crafting materials for selling on the auction house or you can put it towards crafting. Make sure to pay attention to the vendor value of items vs. its’ AH value vs. value in salvaged materials vs. value of crafting a piece of armor. Spreadsheets will help with the math.

The artisan can craft weapons and armor and eventually specialize in a specific type such as swords or maces. When you specialize in say swords, the artisan will have more recipes for swords. Weapons and armor will contain a few guaranteed stats as well as random properties/stats on them. Even the DPS or armor of the item is random to an extent. So essentially, it will be a bit of a gamble in crafting. You may have to craft a lot of the same item to obtain the stats you specifically want. But you can also sell/salvage the ones you don’t need.

The blacksmith can’t craft magical weapons, but the Mystic can. He also can’t craft Rings and amulets, but the Jeweler can.

The blacksmith artisan can also socket certain items. So far they include Weapons, Shields, Helms, Bracers, Belts and Boots. A socket in an item allows a gem to be put into it. Gems may have various properties and the majority of them are created by the Jeweler artisan.

Visual Cart Upgrades

As you level up the artisans, their cart will visually improve.