Smithing is the art of forging metals into various items (armor, weapons, cooking utensils and more). Though many of the old recipes are still in place, smithing, like all tradeskills in Everquest, has certainly evolved over the years. We've seen new recipes added and some change, but sweating over a hot forge still has the potential to yield nice rewards.
All of these guides are older and mostly out of date. They are kept here for historical purposes.
In later expansions, quests were added to help you achieve the basic skill levels. You can choose to do "freebie" quests in either Absymal Sea or Crescent Reach. I recommend the ones in Crescent Reach.
Or, if you want to invest more time and be able to both achieve basic skill and learn how to refine ingredients for Gates of Discord Recipes, then you can do the alternate quest in Abysmal Sea.
Once you've gotten some basic skill in Smithing, you should check out the Trophy Quests offered by Event Coordinator Baublie Diggs in West Freeport. The earlier you start one of her quests, the easier they are to complete!
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