Smithing

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Smithing is a powerful way to form metal ingots into crafting components, armor materials, tool and weapon heads.

Required Materials

To smith items, a player needs an anvil, hammer, forge, fuel (coal or charcoal), and metal ingots.

Creating Ingots

Copper and Bronze Alloys must be cast to form ingots prior to working, using the crucible and clay molds. Iron ingots require preparation using a bloomery. See the bloomery page for detailed instructions on how to use this functional block.

Preparing the Ingots

  1. Load the Forge: Add fuel (coal or charcoal) to the forge by holding sneak + right mouse button (RMB), then add up to four ingots (holding sneak + RMB).
  2. Ignite the Forge: Sneak + RMB with a torch. The metal can be worked when it is heated to a temperature above 60% of its melting point.
  3. Collect heated ingots: Use RMB to remove the ingot from the forge
  4. Select the tool: Placing an ingot on the anvil (sneak + RMB), opens a dialog allowing the player to choose what tool, weapon, or item to craft.

Smithing the Item

To form the item, the empty blue voxels must be filled with metal and metal must be removed from orange voxels. This is done by hitting the metal with a hammer to move the metal from its current ingot shape into the shape of selected item. The hammer has specific modes, explained below, that allow players to choose which direction the metal will move when striking the work item with the hammer. If the work item cools down too much during this process, use the forge to reheat the work item. Item progress will not be lost if the item is removed from the anvil and replaced. Some items, like plates, require two ingots to complete. To continue work shaping an item that needs more material, add another heated ingot to the work item on the anvil as if placing a new ingot to work.

Grid Copper Ingot.png Protip:
While copper and bronze work items can be melted back to an ingot, iron work items must be smelted in a bloomery again. Be careful with them!


Hammer Modes

To move metal in specific directions, change the hammer mode. Press 'F' with a hammer in the active hand to view and change tool modes.

Hammer modes include three modes:

  • Heavy Hit: When used on the bottom layer: No effect, when used on the upper layers: If near the edge, it will move voxels the the lower layer, i.e. flatten the work item. Otherwise it will spread the voxels.
  • Upset (Up, Left, Down, Right): When used on the bottom layer: Move voxels to the upper layer, only possible at the edges of a work item, when used on upper layers: Move voxels horizontally or down a layer if at the edge.
  • Split: Permanently removes one voxel.

Smithing Tutorial Videos


Vintage Story: Vanilla Game Content
Terrain blocks Grid Barren low fertility soil.pngSoil Grid Blue clay.pngClay Grid Peat Brick.pngPeat Grid Rock granite.pngRock Grid Gravel Granite.pngGravel Grid Granite sand.pngSand
Construction Blocks Grid Cob.pngSoil Blocks Grid Blue clay bricks.pngCeramic Blocks Grid Oak plank.pngPlanks Grid Polished Granite.pngStone Blocks Grid Diagonal logs plaster.pngPlaster Grid Glass.pngGlass
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Decorative Blocks Grid Painting.pngPaintings
Metal Working Blocks and Items Grid Copper anvil.pngAnvil Bloomery.pngBloomery Grid Crucible burned.pngCrucible Ingot Mold Burned.pngMolds Forge.pngForge Grid Copper Ingot.pngMetal Grid Tin bronze helve hammer.pngHelvehammer
Tools & Weapons Grid Copper axe.pngAxe Grid Bow.pngBow Grid Copper Chisel.pngChisel Grid Wooden club.pngClub Grid Copper hammer.pngHammer Grid Copper hoe.pngHoe Grid Copper knife.pngKnife Grid Copper pickaxe.pngPickaxe Grid Copper prospecting pick.pngProspecting Pick Grid Copper saw.pngSaw Grid Copper scythe.pngScythe Grid Copper shears.pngShears Grid Copper shovel.pngShovel Grid Copper spear.pngSpear Grid Copper sword.pngSword
Craftable Resources Grid Oak board.pngBoards Grid Firewood.pngFirewood Grid Charcoal.pngCharcoal Grid Copper Ingot.pngIngots Grid Raw hide.pngLeather Grid Flax twine.pngLinen
Plants Grid Oak sapling.pngTrees Berrybush red currant ripe.pngBerry Bushes link=Cooper%27s_Reed_(Cattail)Cooper's Reed (Cattail) Flower-californiapoppy.pngFlowers Flax.pngWild Foods Tallgrass-tall.pngGrass Tallfern.pngOther Plants
Mobs BeeMob.pngBees Bighorn.pngBighorn sheep Rooster.pngChicken Pig.pngWild Pig Fox(Male).pngFox Hare.pngHare Hyena.pngHyena Wolf.pngWolf Normal Drifter.pngDrifter Locust.pngLocust
Guides
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