Dark Souls Blacksmith Guide

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For a game called Dark Souls, souls are apparently pretty important to the world economy. You’re just going to lose those souls with all your constant dying, so you might as well stop by a blacksmith and spend those souls. Here, you’ll learn where to find all the blacksmiths in Dark Souls, where to find them, and what embers to give them. Improving your equipment is tantamount to victory in the dreary world of Dark Souls, so never ignore these handy and helpful workers. For help surviving your way to these blacksmiths, check out Game Front’s huge walkthrough. If you’re looking for more extra coverage for Dark Souls, check out the cheats page.

The Blacksmiths

(Additional details added. Thanks to Moe for the tips!)

Rickert of Vinheim

Location: Find Rickert in a cell, in the New Londo Ruins. You can find him down the path from the elevator shortcut between the New Londo Ruins and the Firelink Shrine. Look along the cliff face to spot him sitting in a barred cell.

  • Usable Embers:
    • Large Magic Ember (Magic Ascension) – The Duke’s Archives
    • Enchanted Ember (Enchanted Ascension) – Darkroot Garden

    Items Sold:

    • Heavy Soul Arrow – 4000 souls
    • Soul Arrow – 4000 souls
    • Sorcerer’s Catalyst – 500 souls

    Andre of Astora

    Location: Find Andre near the exit of the Undead Parish, in the tower leading into both Sen’s Fortress and into the Darkroot Garden. You’ll find him down the steps from the bonfire.

  • Usable Embers:
    • Large Ember (Normal Equipment +10) – Found in Depths
    • Very Large Ember (Normal Equipment +15) – Found in New Londo Ruins
    • Divine Ember (Divine Ascension) – Found in Darkroot Garden
    • Large Divine Ember (Divine Ascension) – Found in Tomb of the Giants
    • Dark Ember (Occult Ascension) – Found in Painted World of Ariamis
  • Important Items Sold:
    • Titanite Shard – 800 souls
    • Crest of Artorias – 20000 souls
    • Weapon Smithbox – 2000 souls
    • Armor Smithbox – 2000 souls
    • Repairbox – 1000 souls

    Giant Blacksmith

    Location: Find the Giant at the bottom of the castle wing left of the central main hall leading to Smough and Ornstein’s boss door. Head up the stairs, cross into the next building, and run down the stairs to find him. Continue back outside and deal with the demons to unlock a shortcut door.

  • Usable Embers:
    • Lightning (Lightning Ascension) – Default
    • Crystal Ember (Crystal Ascension) – Found in Duke’s Archives
  • Items Sold:
    • Giant’s Halberd – 5000 souls
    • Giant Shield – 10000 souls
    • Moonlight Arrow – 500 souls
    • Dragonslayer Arrow – 500 souls
    • Lightning Bolt – 700 souls
    • Giant Helm – 6000 souls
    • Giant Armor – 8000 souls
    • Giant Gauntlets – 6000 souls
    • Giant Leggings – 6000 souls


    Location: This is the trickiest blacksmith to find. In the catacombs you’ll find a spiral staircase leading down into a seemingly bottomless pit. Jump down from ledge to ledge to reach the bottom of the pit and land in a small tomb where Vamos will break open an exit for you.

  • Usable Embers:
    • Large Flame Ember (Fire Ascension) – Found in the Demon Ruins
    • Chaos Flame Ember (Chaos Ascension) – Found in the Demon Ruins

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    15 Comments on Dark Souls Blacksmith Guide


    On October 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Who do I take boss souls to in order to get them forged?


    On October 19, 2011 at 12:51 am

    the giant blacksmith does the forging of boss souls


    On October 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    very large ember found in new londo ruins (after flood drain) and ascends to +15 not +10.
    both large flame and chaos embers are found in demon ruins not lost izalith.
    there are no magic/flame embers only large magic/flame, you need rickert and vamos to make magic/flame +5 then use the large ones


    On October 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    oh and for boss weapons, you need the sword type they used +10.
    for example: quelaag needs curved sword +10


    On November 1, 2011 at 5:07 am

    I gave Rickert the two embers (magic and enchanted) but he has three tabs in the Modify Equipment menu. Don’t have any weapons on me that can be modified, so does anyone know what the third one is for? Possibly the Raw modification like Andre, yes?

    Kevin Thielenhaus

    On November 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Hey Xun,

    Rickert can also modify weapons and give them crystal properties — that makes weapons very strong, but easily broken. At least, I think so, can anyone confirm that?


    On November 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

    i accedently killed the Andre blacksmith, and the large ember and magic ember were with him , now i have Very large and Enchanted ember , how to ascend a normal weapon from + 5 to +10 to i can make a boss unique weapon ?


    On December 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Lol, what a hell is a Ember?


    On January 22, 2012 at 2:52 am

    I killed giant blacksmith by accident.. is there ANY way to get him back? what happens when you kill a blacksmith? can i never create boss weapons again? i have queelags ect but i got 2 other boss souls and not sure if i can do anything with them.


    On January 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

    lol I also killed Andre and there is no way u can get any1 back to life when u kill an NPC.
    So live with it or just start all over again… :P


    On February 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Alright. Crystal weapons can only be made by the giant. once you kill a
    blacksmith im pretty sure you just ed up till next playthrough or period. the third menu in modify equipment otherwise known as the reverse modify… it can reverse any magical effects that you have previously put on weapons


    On February 16, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Confirmed, once you kill a blacksmith they wont appear until next NG.
    Also with the three tabs in Modify Equipment for Rickert, all blacksmiths have an extra tab for taking the effect on the weapon off (kinda like meltstone in Demons Souls) for example it will take a Lightning Spear +5 down to a Spear +10 (because you must upgrade a weapon to +10 before you can add the lightning effect), or Fire Greataxe +10 down to Greataxe +5.


    On February 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

    ffs ive made so many mistakes in this game is so annoying… like ive killed the black smith in the undead parish, ALSO… WTF! Rickert of Vinheim ascends your weapons yea.. But then gives you an option which thought was some sort of GREATER upgrade but in actual fact is an option to reverse the magic weapon effect and destroy the material that it was made of… but it didnt directly say this it said something like ”acsend to UNDO” or something along those lines… anyways im probably gona have to make another character to take advantage of the knowledge i have now :P but im level 50 now and tbh i cba :(


    On February 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Sry for noob question but… My bandit knife is +5, where can i upgrade it? i want to upgrade it to +15
    and what do i need?


    On February 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    You need a large ember and a very large ember to get it up to +15. the large ember is in the depths after you kill the butcher, and the very large ember is in new londo ruins after flood drain.