Elden Ring Smithing Stones are vital for upgrading your weapons so you can deal that little bit of extra damage to cope with harder early game areas like Caelid and Liurnia. If there's one surefire way to make a boss easier, it's to deal more damage, and that's essentially what Smithing Stones let you do.
There are two variants to be found throughout the game; regular Smithing Stones are used to upgrade regular weapons, while Somber Smithing Stones are required for more unique weapons, such as those you'd acquire with a boss remembrance. Early on, you can find both stones in 'tunnel' dungeons and as drops from particular enemies, but eventually you'll want to unlock them for purchase using a Bell Bearing.
In this Elden Ring Smithing Stones guide, I'll explain how the materials work, as well as where to find Bell Bearings and Ancient Dragon variants for those endgame upgrades.
Elden Ring Smithing Stones
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Smithing Stones are used to upgrade normal weapons up to +25. There are eight levels of Smithing Stones and each one will raise your weapon level in increments of three.
Here's are all of the different Smithing Stones:
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 (8). For the Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone, you just need a single one.
You can find Smithing Stones throughout the game, though they are usually plentiful in 'tunnel' dungeons. The best way to get Smithing Stones, though, is ultimately to find a Smithing Stone Miner's Bell-Bearing. You can give these to the Twin Maiden Husks in the Roundtable Hold and it will allow you to buy an unlimited supply of specific Smithing Stones.
Here's where to get each one:
Elden Ring Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone locations
Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones are used to upgrade normal weapons fully, but there are no Bell Bearings that unlock them for purchase, meaning you have to find them in the world. Just like Titanite Slabs in Dark Souls, one of these stones is used to upgrade the last weapon weapon level, bringing it up to +25.
They are mostly found in endgame areas of the Lands Between or received as quest rewards:
Elden Ring Somber Smithing StonesYou can find Iji on the road to Caria Manor (Image credit: FromSoftware)
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, and often feature unique skills.
Unlike regular Smithing Stones, the Somber variant are numbered for their upgrade level, meaning you only need one of each and a Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone to upgrade a weapon fully.
Here's a list of the various Somber Smithing Stones:
You can also get these in 'tunnel' dungeons, or buy up to level four from Iji the Blacksmith. He's a friendly sort, and will even warn you from entering the manor, which is good advice to any sane person.
There are also Bell-Bearings that unlock them for purchase from the Twin-Maiden Husks:
Elden Ring Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone locations
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:
Where can I find 10 somber smithing stones?
Elden Ring: Where To Find All Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones.
8/8 Consecrated Snowfield..
7/8 Latenna's Quest..
6/8 Mohgwyn Palace..
5/8 Elphael, Brace Of The Haligtree: Prayer Room Chest..
4/8 Elphael, Brace Of The Haligtree: Prayer Room Body..
3/8 Millicent's Quest..
2/8 Crumbling Farum Azula..
1/8 Leyndell, Ashen Capital..
How many somber smithing stones do you need for 10?
From the chart, you can see that for any given upgrade tier, you will need 1 stones of each type to reach the next upgrade tier (including the final tier for a +10 weapon).
How do I get Max somber smithing stone?
Just like regular Smithing Stones, you are able to find Somber Smithing Stones in the same sort of way — looting chests, buying them from various NPCs, and finding them on dead corpses are all ways you can go about finding them.
How do you get somber smithing stone 10 bell bearing?
Elden Ring somber smithing stone bell bearings You'll get this bell bearing for defeating the Fallingstar Beast boss inside the Sellia Crystal Tunnel in Caelid. Defeat the Crystalian boss(es) inside the Altus Tunnel in the Altus Plateau for this bell bearing.