Where to get Smithing Stones in Elden Ring


Elden Ring Smithing Stones are needed to upgrade your weapons in the Lands Between. You can level up your character at any Site of Grace, providing you have the runes to do so, but it also pays to make your weapon stronger. There are a lot of tough areas to explore, and you have freedom when it comes to choosing what you want to tackle and when. But you might find you'll reach a point where the strength of your weapon may be holding you back.

Smithing Stones—or Somber Smithing Stones—come in a number of varieties for different upgrade levels. The rarest are the Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones—and their Somber counterparts—but luckily, you only need to find one of these to upgrade your weapon fully. This guide will walk you through where to get Elden Ring Smithing Stones, including where to find the Bell Bearings that let you buy them from Roundtable Hold. 

Smithing Stones

Elden Ring Smithing Stones farming locations

Regular Smithing Stones are used to upgrade normal equipment, up to +25. There are various levels of Smithing Stones, denoted by their number, and you need to use the type that corresponds with your current equipment and the level you want to raise it to.

Here's a list of the different Smithing Stones:

  • Smithing Stone (1): Reinforce armaments up to +3
  • Smithing Stone (2): Reinforce armaments up to +6
  • Smithing Stone (3): Reinforce armaments up to +9
  • Smithing Stone (4): Reinforce armaments up to +12
  • Smithing Stone (5): Reinforce armaments up to +15
  • Smithing Stone (6): Reinforce armaments up to +18
  • Smithing Stone (7): Reinforce armaments up to +21
  • Smithing Stone (8): Reinforce armaments up to +24
  • Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone: Reinforce armaments up to +25

The cost of each smithing stone level increases by two each time. This means to fully upgrade a weapon, you need twelve of each type ranging from (1) to (7). For the Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone, you just need a single one.

Smithing Stones can be found in various locations throughout the game, though they are usually plentiful in mine-themed dungeons, such as Limgrave Tunnel or Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel. 

Somber Smithing Stones

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Elden Ring Somber Smithing Stones: How to get them

Somber Smithing Stones are used to upgrade unique equipment, up to +10. While the number doesn't sound as impressive as the +25 boasted by normal gear, unique weapons are generally of a much better quality from the get-go.

Like normal Smithing Stones, they have various levels and you need the specific type to upgrade to the next level. Each type of Somber Smithing Stone only upgrades your equipment by one level.

Here's a list of the various Somber Smithing Stones:

  • Somber Smithing Stone (1): Reinforce special armaments to +1
  • Somber Smithing Stone (2): Reinforce special armaments to +2
  • Somber Smithing Stone (3): Reinforce special armaments to +3
  • Somber Smithing Stone (4): Reinforce special armaments to +4
  • Somber Smithing Stone (5): Reinforce special armaments to +5
  • Somber Smithing Stone (6): Reinforce special armaments to +6
  • Somber Smithing Stone (7): Reinforce special armaments to +7
  • Somber Smithing Stone (8): Reinforce special armaments to +8
  • Somber Smithing Stone (9): Reinforce special armaments to +9
  • Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone: Reinforce special armaments to +10

You can buy the earlier ones from Iji on the road up to Caria Manor. He's a friendly sort, and will even warn you from entering the manor, which is good advice to any sane person. You can use Iji as a blacksmith, or head back to the ever-reliable Smith Master Hewg in the Roundtable Hold.

Like regular Smithing Stones, you can get the Somber variants in various locations throughout the Lands Between. They are often found inside the mining dungeons in various areas, and the horrific “hand” enemies you encounter in places like Caria Manor seem to drop them too.

Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones

Elden Ring Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones

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Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones are used to upgrade normal weapons fully. Smithing Stones will only take your weapon up to +24, so you need the Ancient Dragon version to bring it up to +25.

These are mostly found in endgame areas of the Lands Between or as quest rewards, since they are much more valuable than regular Smithing Stones:

  • Caelid: Give nine Deathroot to Gurranq in Bestial Sanctum.
  • Mountaintops of the Giants: To the southeast of the Church of Repose Site of Grace.
  • Mountaintops of the Giants: At the waterfall directly east of the Cave of the Forlorn.
  • Crumbling Farum Azula: On a floating platform on the lower level near the Dragon Temple Lift.
  • Consecrated Snowfield: A reward for defeating the Night Cavalry duo guarding the caravan in the centre of the map.
  • Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree: After defeating Loretta, head down the ladder, and to the top of the tower to find it in a chest.
  • Given by Nepheli in the Stormveil Castle throne room at the end of her questline.
  • Sold by Gatekeeper Gostoc in Stormveil Castle after completing Nepheli and Kenneth Haight‘s questlines.
  • Liurnia: Given by Jerren if you side with him in the Sellen quest.

Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones

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Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones

As you've probably guessed, these rare consumables are used to fully upgrade unique weapons to +10. Like the regular Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones, these are mainly found in endgame areas and are pretty scarce.

  • Ephael, Brace of the Haligtree: Use the needle item from the Millicent quest on Malenia’s flower.
  • Consecrated Snowfield: Given by Latenna for delivering her to the Apostate Derelict.
  • Defeat Anastasia, Tarnished Eater, in the Consecrated Snowfield when she invades on the frozen river near the map pillar.
  • Mohgwyn Palace: Found in the chest guarded by the Sanguine Noble before the Mogh, Lord of Blood boss.
  • Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree: Found on the corpse on the walkway past the patrolling Putrid Avatar.

Bell Bearing locations

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All Smithing Stone Bell Bearing locations 

If you want an infinite supply of Smithing Stones, you can collect Smithing Stone Bell Bearings and return them to the Twin Maiden Husks vendor at Roundtable Hold. 

The Smithing Stone Bell Bearing locations are:

Smithing Stone Miner's Bell Bearing (1)
Unlocks:
Smithing Stone (1), Smithing Stone (2), Glintstone Scrap
Location: Looted from the Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel boss in Liurnia.

Smithing Stone Miner's Bell Bearing (2)
Unlocks:
Smithing Stone (3), Smithing Stone (4), Explosive Stone
Location: Found in a chest behind an illusory wall, next to the Sealed Tunnel Site of Grace in Altus Plateau.

Smithing Stone Miner's Bell Bearing (3)
Unlocks:
Smithing Stone (5), Smithing Stone (6)
Location: Found in a chest inside the cellar at Zamor Ruins in Mountaintops of the Giants.

Smithing Stone Miner's Bell Bearing (4)
Unlocks:
Smithing Stone (7), Smithing Stone (8)
Location: Dropped by the Godskin Duo boss at Crumbling Farum Azula. This boss is not optional so this item can't be missed.

All Somber Smithing Stone Bell Bearing locations 

Like regular Smithing Stones, you can get Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearings to unlock the ability to purchase Somber Smithing Stones from the Twin Maiden Husks in the Roundtable Hold.

The Somber Smithing Stone Bell Bearing locations are:

Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing (1)
Unlocks:
Somber Smithing Stone (1), Somber Smithing Stone (2), Glintstone Scrap
Location: Looted from the Sellia Crystal Tunnel boss in Caelid.

Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing (2)
Unlocks:
Somber Smithing Stone (3), Somber Smithing Stone (4), Cracked Crystal
Location: Looted from the Altus Tunnel boss in Altus Plateau.

Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing (3)
Unlocks:
Somber Smithing Stone (5), Somber Smithing Stone (6)
Location: Found on the ground in front of the First Church of Marika in Mountaintop of the Giants.

Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing (4)
Unlocks:
Somber Smithing Stone (7), Somber Smithing Stone (8), Sanctuary Stone
Location: Found on corpse close to the Tempest Facing Balcony Site of Grace in Crumbling Farum Azula.

Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing (5)
Unlocks:
Somber Smithing Stone (9)
Location: Found on corpse by the altar near the Beside the Great Bridge Site of Grace in Crumbling Farum Azula.