LOTRO Professions Guide:
Everything You Need to Know About the Metalsmith
In this part of the LOTRO Professions Guide we'll be taking a look at the Metalsmith profession. It's sad to say one of my early favorites is pretty much crap now. I have no idea what the future holds... it could turn out being great again, but right now I'm not too pleased. Kind of like the tailor, the metalsmith became pretty much trash after the Mines of Moria expansion came out. The radiance armour from instance drops made the crafted armour useless. You can still make one of the best heavy shields in game though right? Yaaaay...
I'm going to touch on the high level Metalsmith stuff that you can craft since that's where most of the value in crafting comes from. Here are the top things a Metalsmith makes in my opinion:
• Legendary Items
If you've got a guardian... you gotta have the best shield you can get your hands on. The heavy crafted Lothlorien shield is pretty much one of the best shields in the game right now. It still sells pretty well on the auction hall, so this profession can be ok just because of that. You can also make a pretty decent minstrel light shield.
Metalsmiths make the +10 and +20 might relics for legendary items and weapons. I don't see it used too often, but it seems to sell at times on the AH. I wouldn't count on it though.
You can make guardian belts and captain emblems with this profession. Crafting legendary items is kind of a waste, though. You can get tons of them from mob drops and they just don't sell for enough on the auction house to be worth the effort.
I can't really recommend this profession if it's your only one. If you've got some alts then it's ok, but I'd look at the jeweller, cook, or scholar if it's your first time through.
I hope you found my LOTRO Professions Guide helpful. I plan on continuing to add to it, so check back often! And as always, let me know if you ever want information on any other crafting topics or have other requests!
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