LOTRO Professions Guide:
Everything You Need to Know About the Weaponsmith

In this part of the LOTRO Professions Guide we'll be taking a look at the weaponsmith profession. This was my favorite profession for quite a while... until the whole legendary weapon thing came about. To be honest, it's probably one of the worst now. Sure you can make some off-hand weapons and such, but you'll find you can't make much money off of the weapons anymore.

I would recommend weaponsmith to melee classes like the champion, guardian, and warden. Since they need good weapons, it makes sense for them to be able to make them! You are of course free to choose any of the LOTRO professions that you like.

Basically we'll look at the main craft items you can make with the weaponsmith and how useful they are. These are:

     • Regular Weapons
     • Legendary Weapons
     • Relics

Regular Weapons
These are the non-legendary weapons that you can begin crafting from the start. They are really only useful until you hit the Mines of Moria levels, around 51. From here on out your main weapon will be a legendary weapon. You really have no choice since the legendaries have so much better damage and skill boosts. You can still craft off-hand weapons and such, but it's kind of a bummer in my opinion and took a lot away from the weaponsmith profession.

Weaponsmithing is still a good profession, but just wanted to give you a forewarning about what it's like in the end game levels. I just don't find weaponsmithing as "uber" as it used to be.

Legendary Weapons
At first I thought being able to craft legendary weapons was going to be really great... but as it turns out it really isn't. Sure, you CAN make them... but with the randomness of the legacies you get from them you have a very low chance of making a good one. Also, the 3rd age weapons drop like candy in the game, so you don't have much of a chance to make any gold crafting them.

On top of all that, you need legendary fragments (level 60 weapons), legendary shards (level 65 weapons), and mithril flakes to make them. The mithril flakes are pretty easy to get now, but the legendary shards and fragments can be a real pain. This makes crafting legendaries a waste in my opinion. You're better off grinding for weapon drops than crafting them.

Oh and if that isn't enough, to make the level 65 second age weapons you need a Symbol of Celebrimbor. These drop in the Sammath Gul instance in Dol Guldur and are pretty tough to get. If you don't believe me, check out the auction hall for them. They've been going for around 80 - 150 gold. Have I discouraged you from weaponsmithing yet?

Relics are about the only redeeming feature of weaponsmithing at the moment. Weaponsmiths can make the sealed symbol of minor and major vitality. These give +10 and +20 vitality respectively, which is nice. These have been selling around 1 - 4 gold on the auction house. Not great but not terrible either.

Well perhaps you've noticed that I'm not too pleased with the weaponsmith crafting profession. Although I don't think it's the best profession at the moment, you never know what changes will be coming. You need to decide for yourself... don't blame me if Turbine ends up making some changes later and it becomes the best profession evaaaar! But for now, I'd have to say steer clear of the weaponsmith!

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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