Strategies for Ironman Mode

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This article is a strategy guide for Ironman Mode.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

Smithing as a skill primarily serves as support for melee. Early on it can provide weapons and armour, later on masterwork armour and armour spikes.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

This is a condensed version of Pay-to-play Smithing training#Useful items. Note that improving progress speed will also improve experience per hour.

Image Item Explanation Obtaining Category
Blacksmith's helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blacksmith's helmet Blacksmith's top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blacksmith's top Blacksmith's apron.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blacksmith's apron Blacksmith's gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blacksmith's gloves Blacksmith's boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blacksmith's boots Blacksmith's helmet add-on.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blacksmith's helmet add-on Blacksmith's outfit Each piece of the blacksmith's outfit increases Smithing experience by 1%. Wearing a full set will give an extra 1% bonus experience, for 6% bonus experience in total. The helmet add-on also gives a 1% chance to get double bars while smelting and adds a teleport option to the Artisan's Workshop. Respect (Artisans' Workshop). XP-wise this is the best investment per respect. Experience, resources
Varrock armour 1.png: RS3 Inventory image of Varrock armour 1 Varrock armour 2.png: RS3 Inventory image of Varrock armour 2 Varrock armour 3.png: RS3 Inventory image of Varrock armour 3 Varrock armour 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Varrock armour 4 Varrock armour Gives a chance for bonus bars while smelting and double progress while smithing. 1 unlocks a 4% bonus for bronze, iron and steel. 2 unlocks a 3% bonus for mithril and adamant. 3 unlocks a 2% bonus for rune, orikalkum and necrite. 4 unlocks a 1% bonus for bane and elder rune. With the New Varrock achievements these effects can be provided without needing to wear the armour as well as doubling the effectiveness. Varrock achievements, New Varrock achievements Resources, progress
Smelting gauntlets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Smelting gauntlets Smelting gauntlets Smelted bars are automatically sent to the metal bank. Family Crest reward Other
Scroll of efficiency.png: RS3 Inventory image of Scroll of efficiency Scroll of efficiency For every bar used while smithing this gives a 2% chance to return it. Bought for 20,000 Dungeoneering token.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dungeoneering token at 55 Smithing and Dungeoneering. Resources
Crystal hammer.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal hammer Crystal hammer Gives a 1% chance for double progress while smithing. Sing a crystal tool seed with 80 Smithing or 7,500. Progress
Tinker.pngRapid.pngBreakdown.png Invention perks Requires a hammer-tron or an augmented crystal hammer. Tinker perk is an all around boost to progress, the rapid perk makes progress a lot faster but also makes smithing more active, and the breakdown perk provides some free components while smithing.

Additionally, Wise.pngWise can be put on an offhand for up to 4% additional experience for a limited time per day.

22 Invention for augmented tools, 95 Archaeology (unboostable) and 85 Invention for ancient tool gizmo shells.
  • Tinker: progress
  • Rapid: progress
  • Breakdown: resources
  • Wise: experience
Superheat Form.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superheat Form Superheat Form Makes smelting speed 1 tick faster (reducing the time per bar from 2.4/1.8 seconds to 1.8/1.2 seconds) and heat levels impact smithing speed less, making smithing less active. The grace of the elves.png: RS3 Inventory image of grace of the elvesgrace of the elves necklace halves the prayer drain rate. The Light Within and 91 Prayer Other
Perfect juju smithing potion (4).png: RS3 Inventory image of Perfect juju smithing potion (4)Perfect plus potion (6).png: RS3 Inventory image of Perfect plus potion (6) Perfect juju smithing potion Gives a 5% chance to double progress for 1 hour per dose (4 hours per dose of perfect plus potion). 82 Herblore to add harmony moss to a juju hunter potion (3) or 99 Herblore to add harmony moss, a crystal tree blossom and an overload (4) to a crystal flask to make the perfect plus potion. Progress
Powerburst of masterstroke (4).png: RS3 Inventory image of Powerburst of masterstroke (4) Powerburst of masterstroke Multiplies progress by 10 for the next 4 swings (30 second limit) on a 2 minute cooldown. 108 Herblore (boostable) and 106 Farming (unboostable) to create. Progress
Smithing autoheater.png: RS3 Inventory image of Smithing autoheater Advanced smithing autoheater.png: RS3 Inventory image of Advanced smithing autoheater Smithing autoheater/Advanced smithing autoheater Adds 30%/60% heat when heat runs out at the cost of 5/50 coal. Useful for smithing with minimal inputs. Bought for 4,000/40,000 Dungeoneering token.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dungeoneering token at 35/70 Smithing and Dungeoneering.
Cracked smelting urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cracked smelting urnFragile smelting urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fragile smelting urnPlain smelting urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Plain smelting urnStrong smelting urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Strong smelting urnDecorated smelting urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Decorated smelting urn Urns Provide 20% extra smithing experience, or 25% with an urn enhancer, but only for smelting bars or corrupted ore. Smelting is a very small percentage of experience while making burial sets so this is primarily useful for corrupted ore. 4, 17, 35, 49, 80 Crafting respectively. Experience
Smithing cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Smithing cape Smithing cape Gives double progress whenever at full heat. 99 Smithing Progress
Orthen furnace core.png: RS3 Inventory image of Orthen furnace core Orthen furnace core Gives free resources, makes Breakdown.pngBreakdown give 5% bonus experience for 5 minutes (making this more efficient than an off-hand with Wise if the buff can be maintained), stops superheat form from draining prayer points and gives the scroll of efficiency a 2.5% chance to return bars instead of 2%. Made at 99 Smithing and 102 Archaeology with a number of resources (see page) including 200 tarromin incense sticks.png: RS3 Inventory image of tarromin incense stickstarromin incense sticks and vital spark.png: RS3 Inventory image of vital sparkvital sparks (88 Slayer). Resources, experience
Inspire Genius.png Inspire Genius Players with level 118 Archaeology can activate the Inspire Genius relic power at the mysterious monolith for a 2% experience increase to experience in smithing. 118 Archaeology required. Costs 5,000 chronotes and 250 relic power to swap in. Experience

Training the skill[edit | edit source]

The smithing skill is straightforward to train. Making the highest level armour and turning it into burial armour is generally the best way to gain experience. Always train at the Artisan's Workshop for the respect and possibly the luminite injector buff (often active on world 70).

When smithing, it is possible to stock up multiple items in a row to smith by right-clicking the forge.

1-10 Bronze[edit | edit source]

It does not matter which item is smithed in terms of experience, so smith 73 sets of bronze arrowheads.png: RS3 Inventory image of bronze arrowheadsbronze arrowheads to help with fletching.

10-30 Iron and steel[edit | edit source]

Smith 79 iron bars and 114 steel bars worth of items. It does not matter for bar efficiency what item is made, but making iron/steel platebody + 1s requires the least activity or make arrowheads for fletching.

Alternatively, complete The Knight's Sword to skip most of this.

30-40 Mithril[edit | edit source]

Smith 191 mithril bars worth of items. Again, mithril platebody + 2 will require the least activity.

40-99 Burial sets[edit | edit source]

At this point the eastern half of the Artisan's Workshop opens up, where burial armour can be made. Making burial items improves the experience per bar by 50%. Making burial sets improves the experience per bar by a further 1.67%-3.33% (depending on the number of solemn smith upgrades bought). Besides orikalkum it is always the most efficient to do the highest level bar.

Levels Bars needed Burial sets Other burial items
40-50 248 adamant bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of adamant baradamant bars 5 adamant burial set.png: RS3 Inventory image of adamant burial setadamant burial sets 1 adamant burial full helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of adamant burial full helmadamant burial full helm
50-70 1744 rune bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of rune barrune bars 18 rune burial set.png: RS3 Inventory image of rune burial setrune burial sets 1 rune burial full helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of rune burial full helmrune burial full helm
70-80 1648 necronium bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of necronium barnecronium bars 8 necronium burial set.png: RS3 Inventory image of necronium burial setnecronium burial sets 7 necronium burial gauntlets.png: RS3 Inventory image of necronium burial gauntletsnecronium burial gauntlets
80-90 3152 bane bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of bane barbane bars 16 bane burial set.png: RS3 Inventory image of bane burial setbane burial sets 1 bane burial platebody.png: RS3 Inventory image of bane burial platebodybane burial platebody
90-99 5056 elder rune bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of elder rune barelder rune bars 13 elder rune burial set.png: RS3 Inventory image of elder rune burial setelder rune burial sets 1 elder rune burial full helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of elder rune burial full helmelder rune burial full helm

Making elder rune from 90 to 99 is slightly faster than making bane from 90 to 99, including time to mine, which would require 7216 bane bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of bane barbane bars (37 sets plus 7 gauntlets).

Note that due to experience boosts these numbers will likely be too much, use Calculator:Smithing to get a better approximation for the number of bars needed. In general, the optimal strategy is to make the displayed number of burial sets minus 1, and then use other burial items to fill up the rest of the experience to the next metal type.

In the past, corrupted ore provided a decent alternative to bane and elder rune. However, due to nerfs this is no longer the case and it is around half as efficient as bane or elder rune in terms of smithing experience per hour after taking mining into account.

Spending respect[edit | edit source]

The following order gives the biggest experience boost per respect available:

  1. Start with the blacksmith's outfit, including the headgear. This gives extra experience and also extra bars, reducing time mining. This costs 300% respect or 3,000,000 experience.
  2. Get the solemn smith upgrades, increasing experience per bar by 0.33%. This costs 300% respect or 3,000,000 experience.
  3. Get quick repairs and repair expert for some additional experience. This costs 20% respect or 200,000 experience.
  4. Get ceremonial sword orders for 10% additional experience from ceremonial sword random events. This costs 100% respect or 1,000,000 experience.
  5. Get ceremonial swordsmith I-V for 1% additional experience from ceremonial sword random events (multiplicative with the orders upgrade). This costs 150% respect or 1,500,000 experience.
  6. Finally, the remaining upgrades do not affect experience. They are in no particular order:
    • The dwarven cannon upgrades, which also affect the Oldak coil and kinetic cyclone. This costs 250% respect or 2,500,000 experience.
    • The dwarven instinct aura, which gives some free resources. This costs 200% respect or 2,000,000 experience.
    • The cosmetic armour sets which are required for the trimmed completionist cape. This costs 300% respect or 3,000,000 experience.

The total cost for all smithing upgrades is 870% respect or 8,700,000 experience. The remaining articles cost 750% respect for a total of 16,200,000 experience to get everything, not counting bonus and reward experience.

Milestone rewards[edit | edit source]

Every level will also improve smithing rate.

Level Reward
10,20,...,90 Elder rune platebody + 5.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elder rune platebody + 5 Smith your own weapons and tank armour.
90 Armour spikes.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armour spikesArmour spikes
99 Smithing cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Smithing capeSmithing cape for quicker smithing.
99 Masterwork platebody.png: RS3 Inventory image of Masterwork platebody Masterwork armour