Beginners Guide to Somber Smithing Stones and Weapon Upgrades in Elden Ring
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Elden Ring, which has recently won the award for the best game of the year, is counted as one of the best action RPGs in the world. Its developers, FromSoftware, have designed such a masterpiece that one can get lost while playing the game because of its attractive graphics and numerous side missions.
With too many exciting places to discover, the developers of Elden Ring have created the game in such a way that it gets tougher with every stage. The critical stage bosses, and even normal enemies, gets stronger and more punishing as you make progress in the game.
If you are new to FromSoftware’s games, then you will easily get overwhelmed and confused in the game and will have fewer chances to complete the game while experiencing every minute feature.
As in this game, the developers have not included many detailed instructions that will help you lead in the direction you’re supposed to go. Here we come in, as in this article, we will let you know about the detail of every Somber Smithing Stone present in the Land Between, and their locations. Similarly, we will break down how these Smithing Stones can help you upgrade your weapons efficiently.
Upgrading Weapons in Elden Ring:
If you think that the Elden Ring is all about taking your character to the maximum level, then you have got it all wrong. Training your character to the highest level will do you no good if you don’t have strong weapons to fight with. Maximising your character traits will help you move fast, and improve your adrenaline, and ability to fight normal enemies.
However, to dominate in critical bosses brawls, you need to enhance your weapons and include such items in your inventory, that can give you an upper hand over your opponents, during a battle.
In this game, the developers have introduced supporting material that could greatly aid the players in customising their weapons to another level. Nonetheless, it is not so simple to upgrade your weapons, as this game requires you to have two important things first.
The Smithing Stone and a Smithing table, are the basic requirements that every player, who wishes to have destructive weaponry, needs to possess. FromSoftware, showing a bit of leniency, places a Smithing table near the Church of Elleh, which a player can easily find at the beginning of the game.
For beginners, our article provides complete detail of locations, and how they can use Smithing Stone most effectively. So, as you reach the Church of Ellen, you will find a merchant waiting for you, and on the left side of the merchant, you can find the Smithing table.
Nevertheless, it is just the beginning, as this table does not upgrade your weapons to the maximum level because of some limitations. The Smithing table, near the Church of Elleh, can enhance your shields, armour, and swords to level +3.
After upgrading your armaments to level +3, you won’t feel much difference and might think that weapon upgrades are of no use. But, that’s not true, as you start feeling the effects of your weapons in a brawl when you exceed the upgrade level +3.
To level up your weapon between levels +10 to +25, you need to follow the path that leads to the Roundtable Hold, where you will find a blacksmith, named Smithing Master Hewg. Once you start enhancing your inventory, you will realise that the normal weapons require normal Smithing Stones, while the special weapons can only be upgraded with the help of Sombre Smithing Stones.
Somber Smithing Stones:
As you jump into the game, all the weapons that you cross will be at a base level of 0. Base-level weapons are not useless, as you can battle basic enemies with them, and can manage to defeat few-level bosses, with luck. But, for the players who are looking for complete domination during the critical level bosses stage, they need to find somber and regular Smithing Stones. There are a total of ten Somber Smithing Stones that can level up your armaments from level +1 to level +25.
Every Somber Smithing Stone has its limit to level up your weaponry. Regular Smithing Stones can be easily found, however, the Somber Smithing Stones are hidden in some special places. Here is a list of Somber Smithing Stones and the locations where you can find them easily:
Somber Smithing Stone 1 Location:
Somber Smithing Stone 1, is the most basic stone that can only upgrade your weapons by level +1. It is one of the Smithing Stones that are available in vast amounts, and even a beginner can locate this stone in minutes. You can easily get hold of Somber Smithing Stone 1 by making your journey toward Limgrave. You can collect these stones precisely from West Limgrave, the Weeping Peninsula, East Limgrave, and the Stormveil Castle.
Somber Smithing Stone 2 Location:
Somber Smithing Stone 2 can boost your weapons up to level +2. However, these stones are hidden in some places that are difficult to enter. This Stone is present at the Weeping Peninsula, North Liurnia, East Liurnia, and West Liurnia. A special place where you can acquire this Stone is the Giant Hands in Caria Manor.
Somber Smithing Stone 3 Location:
Most of the beginners of this game, prefer to go out in search of Somber Smithing Stone 3, however, you might fail in your first few attempts. This Smithing Stone is located in some of the most gruelling areas of the Liurnia Region, Siofra, and Ainsel River Wells.
Somber Smithing Stone 4 Location:
The Somber Smithing Stone 4, can raise the level of your armaments to level +4. If you manage to find a large number of these stones, you can effortlessly boost your swords, armour, and arrows to the maximum level. Smithing Stone 4 have no limitations, therefore, you can buy it in vast amounts, with one stone costing you 6,000 Runes. Caelid Region, Siofra, and Ainsel River Wells are the places where you can find this stone in abundance.
Somber Smithing Stone 5 Location:
It is always better to find a Somber Smithing Stone from a hidden location than to buy it. As you try to purchase a higher-level Somber Smithing Stone, it starts costing you more. You need to have 9,000 Runes to buy one Somber Smithing Stone 5, from the merchant. Nevertheless, you can always discover newly respawned Smithing Stone 5, at the punishing regions of Caelid, Altus Plateau, Mt Gelmir, Nokron, and Nokstella.
Somber Smithing Stone 6 Location:
To have Somber Smithing Stone 6 in your collection, you need to have a Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 3 first. While finding this Smithing Stone, you need to keep our article details in your mind, as many players go astray when they find paths with similar features. This Somber Smithing Stone can help strengthen your special armaments, like blades, swords, bolts, and armors. You need to follow the path to Altus Plateau and Deeproot Depths, to reach the place that holds the Somber Smithing Stone 6.
Somber Smithing Stone 7 Location:
The Somber Smithing Stone 7 is mostly known to be found at places like Mountaintops of the Giants, therefore, it is also called the Polar Smithing Stone. You need to farm 16,000 Runes, to trade them for 1 Smithing Stone of this kind. As it is a colourless Smithing Stone, it requires you to have Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 4. If you are thorough with your research skills, then you can discover a few pieces of this Stone in Crumbling Farum Azula as well.
Somber Smithing Stone 8 Location:
Somber Smithing Stone 8 is the most difficult to discover. This type of Smithing Stone is shrouded in the most punishing parts of this game. Only very few players, who are good at farming Runes, can purchase this Stone for 20,000 Runes. Some of the secret locations, where we guarantee you that you will find this Stone, are near Mohgwyn Palace and Consecrated Snowfield.
Somber Smithing Stone 9 Location:
During your search for Somber Smithing Stone 8, you can get lucky and find Somber Smithing Stone 9 as well, because these are also concealed in nearby places. The places like the Mountaintops of the Giants, Mohgwyn Palace, and Crumbling Farum Azula comprise many menacing enemies, however, if you are victorious, a great reward awaits you.
Ancient Somber Dragon Smithing Stone Location:
The Ancient Somber Dragon Smithing Stone is the rare kind and the final type of Smithing Stone that you can find in the Elden Ring. The other nine types of Smithing Stones can be found in abundance, nonetheless, this Somber Smithing Stone is only available in a few amounts. You can acquire this Stone by completing the character storyline or by destroying the major bosses. Following are the places where you can find this rare stone:
- Crumbling Farum Azula
- Elphael, Bruce of the Haligtree
- After demolishing Melania
- Leyndell, Ashen Capital
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