Elden Ring: How to get Smithing Stones & Sound beads
Smithing Stones are important items in Elden Ring, allowing players to upgrade their weapons and armour. In the early stages of the game, fans will need to use the Smithing Stone  and Smithing Stone  to upgrade their gear, though they may not be sure where to find these items. Fortunately, the Elden Ring Smithing Stones  and  are not extremely rare, and this guide will detail the easiest way to obtain them in large quantities and How to get Smithing stones in elden ring.
Elden Ring Smithing Stones are a vital resource for upgrading your weapons to +1 or higher. But they are hard to find, and since the levels you need will change, so will their availability in the Elden Ring. You’ll need a lot to upgrade even one weapon, and if you want to try levelling up some options, you’ll soon be searching the lands among all the different values and rarities you can find.
All you need at first is level 1 blacksmith stones, but once these stones have done their best, you’ll need level 2. Eventually, Sombre Smithing Stones will appear on the scene. You can find a lot while exploring and playing quests, but you will always find a point where you are missing just the one you need. Some areas are filled with them when you know where to look. And finally, you can unlock it as a resource to buy.
So there is a lot to learn and ways to get what you need quickly. To help, below, we’ll explain where to find all the Elden Ring Smithing stones you might need, including how to grow and buy them.
Tier 1 blacksmithing stones in Elden Ring will allow you to power up your weapons up to +3 with just a blacksmithing table, but you’ll need the help of a blacksmith and higher level stones to go further. Smithing Master Hewg in Roundtable Hold, for example, offers that service. Fortunately, just using a blacksmithing table, like the one next to Kale in Elleh’s Church, to upgrade a weapon to +3 should be enough to get past many of the game’s early bosses.
But where do you find the Elden Ring Smithing Stones, and is it hard to pinpoint their location? And how do you get the rarer Shadowsmithing Stones for special weapons? We’ll show you how to find Elden Ring Smithing Stones and a way to farm lower-level ones below.
Elden Ring: How to Buy Smithing Stone
Players interested in obtaining an abundance of Smithing Stone  and  should consider simply buying these materials. Indeed, it is possible to use Runes to purchase an unlimited number of these two types of Stones, which makes it very easy to put a few preliminary upgrades on numerous weapons in Elden Ring. Fans will not be able to buy Smithing Stone  and  straightaway, though, as they must first fulfil a couple of prerequisites.
The first step to unlocking the ability to purchase Smithing Stone  and  is to obtain the Smithing-Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing . This item is obtained by defeating Crystalian, the boss at the bottom of the Raya Lucaria crystal tunnel, and the precise location of that Elden Ring dungeon is shown in the video below. For players still having trouble reaching the Lucaria Raya Crystal Tunnel entrance, a chandelier on the waterway to the west serves as a guide.
With the Smithing-Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing  in hand, players must take the item to Twin Maiden Husks in Elden Ring’s Roundtable Hold to add Smithing Stone  and  to their offers. For the uninitiated, Roundtable Hold functions as the hub of the game, and Melina will guide fans after making some progress. Players will then be able to fast travel to the Roundtable Hold and purchase Smithing Stones at their convenience.
Elden Ring Smithing Stone locations
For those starting to look for Elden Ring Smithing Stones, we recommend heading straight to an area called Limgrave Tunnels. It’s pretty close to the start of the game, northwest of the optional boss fighting the Dragon Agheel as the slopes taper off somewhat. At the bottom, you will see the entrance to the tunnels themselves.
Limgrave Tunnel is a medium-sized dungeon with a boss at the bottom – the Stonedigger Troll – but you don’t have to fight it for valuable smithing stones. Instead, the area is full of enemies who are mining walls – find and interact with golden jabs to get the smithing stones you’re looking for! It’s not unlimited, but you’ll find a decent number of level 1 smithing stones, so you’ll be able to upgrade your weapon to +3 in the smith table if you get enough – we’ve got you covered if you need to know how to power up weapons in the Elden Ring too.
Enemies of tunnel miners also have little chance of dropping level 1 smithing stones, so you can farm them to try to get more. However, there are plenty of other easily accessible agricultural sites in Limgrave.
An upside-down statue on the cliffs just north of Stormgate with a light-filled rift descending beneath it. Annoyed one of the giant trolls nearby and lure them – if it hits the statue, it will break, giving you five first-class Elden Ring Smithing Stones and one level 2 stone to boot.
How to farm Smithing Stones in Elden Ring
Once you’re through Stormveil Castle and make your way into Liurnia, you can start getting Elden Ring Smithing Stones a lot easier. Take the following steps:
- Head to the location marked above: the Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel. It’s a mine at the bottom of the cliff with the entrance partially concealed by shrubbery, but it should be fine once you know where to look.
- The Tunnel is full of Stones (and enemies), but keep pushing downwards until you find the boss, a blue, spinning figure made of a blue rock called the Crystalian.
- Kill the Crystalian. He has a lot of health and tends to be very floaty, sending out discs that return to his hand. Play defensively and make use of the fact that he can be backstabbed like a regular person – use summons to keep his attention, then get behind him and go for the kill.
- Once killed, the Crystalian drops an item called the Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing .
- Take this back to the Twin Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold and give it to them.
- From that point on, you’ll be able to buy Tier 1 and 2 Smithing Stones from them indefinitely, as long as you have the runes.
LIMGRAVE SOMBER SMITHING STONES LOCATIONS
You can find several Somber Smithing Stones early in Elden Ring’s West Limgrave map.
- You’ll find one Somber Smithing Stone inside the Limgrave Tunnels.
- There’s one on a corpse to the west of Waypoint Ruins.
- A Teardrop Scarab drops one on ruin to the southwest of Deathtouched Catacombs.
- Another Teardrop Scarab will drop one on the southwest shore of the Church of Dragon Communion island.
How to get Somber Smithing Stones in Elden Ring
Elden Ring Shadowsmithing Stones are used to upgrade special or unique weapons, and are a bit rare. As with regular Smithing Stones, these shadowy variants are also tiered, from level 1 to 10, with each tier being able to add only one level of boost to your weapon with a maximum of +10. However, the boost you get from each boost level is quite large, so a +10 special weapon will still be powerful, even compared to a normal weapon that is fully upgraded to +25.
While it’s unlikely you’ll find any special weapons early on, it will be helpful to get some Elden Ring Shadowsmithing Stones to store later on. Here are some early Hat Smithing Stone locations you can loot.
- Limgrave Tunnels – One tier 1 Somber Smithing Stone is to find within the mine tunnels.
- Forlorn Hound Evergaol – After defeating Bloodhound Knight Darriwil in the ever gaol, you’ll find Blaidd the Half-Wolf standing outside. Speak to him to get one tier 2 Somber Smithing Stone.
- Stormveil Castle – There is one tier 2 Somber Smithing Stone in the castle which can be found after finding the Grafted Scion.
Where to get tier 1 Smithing Stones
Tier 1 Smithing Stones are plentiful in the first West Lymgrave area of the Elden Ring, but only if you know where to look. We’ve already detailed some good places to look for them, but here’s a map with plenty of places that should easily net you at least 20 Tier 1 Smithing Stones in total.
- Church of Elleh – You’ll find a shard on the Smithing Table next to Kale in the church.
- Limgrave Tunnels – There are nine tiers 1 Smithing Stones for you to collect in the mines, and you can farm some from the miner enemies.
- Bridge near Agheel Lake – You can find one tier 1 Smithing Stone on a corpse very near the edge of the bridge.
- Glowing Statue – Lure a nearby Troll over to smash this. You’ll get five tiers 1 Smithing Stones.
- Saintsbridge – You can find two-tier 1 Smithing Stones from a corpse on the bridge but watch out for the Pumpkin Head monster.
- Highroad Cave – There are three tier 1 Smithing Stones inside this cave for you to loot. All three are found on a single corpse on a ledge high up in the main flooded chamber area.
- Artist’s Shack – One tier 1 Smithing Stone is lying on the ground just outside the shack.
- Summonwater Village – You can find one tier 1 Smithing Stone on a corpse in the graveyard on the north side of the village ruins.
Where to get tier 2 Smithing Stones
Elden Ring level 2 blacksmith stones are functionally the same as lower level 1 stone, except they allow you to upgrade your weapon up to +6. However, you will need the help of a blacksmith to strengthen your weapons from now on. Tarnished wasn’t granted much in blacksmithing lessons before their quest. Level 2 smithing stones are much rarer in West Limgrave compared to level 1 stones, but you can still find a few early on to help you out.
- Glowing Statue – Lure a nearby Troll over to smash this. You’ll get one tier 2 Smithing Stone.
- Highroad Cave – There is one tier 2 Smithing Stone inside this cave. You’ll find it at the back of a cave that forms the mouth of a waterfall. Watch out for giant bats!
- Stormveil Castle – Two more tier 2 Smithing Stones can be found in the castle – one of which is quite early on if you opt to scale the outside of the castle to get into the side entrance.
Where to get tier 3 Smithing Stones
Elden Ring level 3 blacksmith stones can be used to power up your weapons up to +9 with the help of a blacksmith. You will be able to take on some really powerful enemies with highly skilled weapons, but you still have a way to go before they reach their limit.
Tier 3 Smithing Stones are not found in West Limgrave, so you’ll have to venture out to find some. You can follow the path of history or aimlessly explore beyond Limgrave, though these stones are commonly seen in and around Raya Lucaria Academy north of Stormville Castle. Here you can find some level 3 smithing stones.
- Stormveil Castle – After clambering around the rocky path on the side of the castle, you’ll eventually reach a cliff area covered in trees and shrubs. Some Warhawks will also be in this area, with one of them picking at a body that holds one Smithing Stone . Get rid of the hawks to grab the stone safely.
- Laskar Ruins – You can find one tier 3 Smithing Stone in these ruins in the forest just north of Stormveil Castle in Liurnia of the Lakes.
- Raya Lucaria Academy – There is a tier 3 Smithing Stone on a corpse in the plaza between the Academy and the nearby ruins of the Academy Gate Town.
- Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel – Roughly northeast of the Academy, you can find the Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnels, containing numerous tier 3 Smithing Stones.
Forgestone Miner’s Sound Bead Locations
The upgrade works with forge stones: Forge stones are for your “normal” weapons, i.e. all that is not legendary or come from boss echoes. Overall, you can upgrade these weapons up to +25. You can unlock level 1-8 Forging Stones through Sounding Beads at the Merchant. There are 5 Forestone Miner’s Sound Pearls in total.
For Forgestones 1 & 2 – Forestone Prospector’s Tone Bead 1
- The sound bead is located in the northern lake country of Liurnia, north-east of the Academy of Raya Lucaria.
- There you will find Selina’s Crystal Tunnel. Defeat the boss, and you will get the sound bead.
For Forgestones 3 & 4 – Forestone Prospector’s Tone Bead 2
- The second sound bead is in the Sealed Tunnel leading to the Holy Tower of West Altus. It’s in a chest, hidden behind some wooden crates and other junk.
- The hideout is not far from the main entrance; go through the entrance tunnel and stick to the wall on the right.
For Forgestones 5 & 6 – Forestone Miner’s Chime Bead 3
- This sound pearl lies on the mountain top of the giants, hidden in the ruins of Zamor. From the Place of Mercy, you must also head west.
- In a larger area of the ruins is a staircase that leads to an underground area with a treasure chest. There you will find her.
For Forgestones 7 & 8 – Forestone Prospector’s Tone Bead 4
- The Forgestone Miner’s last sound bead is hidden in the Crumbled Farum Azula.
- It is located not far from the Dragon Temple Altar mercy as a reward for the boss fight against the Godscalp double boss.
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