Every weapon that you loot or craft in Elden Ring carries a specific level. You need to upgrade your weapon levels to improve their damage outputs, or else they will fall behind against higher-level enemies in the game.
Initially, players will be able to upgrade their weapons using the Smithing Table in the Church of Elleh. You will, of course, need Runes and Smithing Stones (Somber Smithing Stones for special weapons) to upgrade your weapons. After some time, you will be able to use Blacksmiths in Elden Ring for weapon upgrades. While you can upgrade your shields, Elden Ring doesn’t allow you to upgrade your armor.
The following guide will tell you where to find these Blacksmiths in Elden Ring.
Where to find the Blacksmiths in Elden Ring
There are two Blacksmiths that you can find easily in Elden Ring Smithing Master Hewg and Smithing Master Iji.
They will not only help upgrade your weapons past +3 but also sell upgrade materials in case you are short. You can always farm these materials yourself, but finding some of the rare materials can be pretty time-consuming.
If you have Runes to spare, you can simply purchase them from either Hewg or Iji to save time.
Smithing Master Hewg location
Smithing Master Hewg can be found at the Roundtable Hold, which must first be unlocked. You will discover the location after defeating Margit, the Fell Omen. Once you take down the boss, Melina will be waiting for you at any Site of Grace to take you to Roundtable Hold.
You will then be able to fast travel to Roundtable Hold, located in the southwest corner of the map.
Smithing Master Hewg is the first Blacksmith you will come across in Elden Ring. When you reach Roundtable Hold, head to the second floor to find him working on his anvil.
Speak with him to know more about his services. Hewg can upgrade both your weapons and armor beyond +3 levels. He can also duplicate your Ashes of War or apply Ash of War skills to your weapons.
Take note that Hewg requires Runes and Smithing Stones as payment for weapon upgrades. Your weapon level determines the number of resources required.
Hewg also has a short side quest that only progresses with Roderika’s quest line. Smithing Master Hewg delivers a few more dialogues related to her during this sequence.
Smithing Master Iji Location
Smithing Master Iji is the second Blacksmith you can find in Elden Ring. He is commonly referred to as the Giant Blacksmith or the Troll Blacksmith in the game due to his size and appearance.
Unlike Smithing Master Hewg, Iji will keep changing his locations as your advance into the storyline. You will find him in four different locations depending on where you are in completing the whole Smithing Master Iji questline.
You will first find Iji in the northwestern section of Liurnia of the Lakes, near the Road to the Manor Site of Grace. Although the location can be reached from both north and south, the northern route is relatively easier.
Once at the location, players will find Iji resting on the ground reading a book. He will be happy to upgrade their weapons and armor, as he has done for ages for the nobles of Caria Manor. Unfortunately, Iji will not be able to apply any Ashes of War to weapons or duplicate Ash of War as these upgrades are specific to Hewg.
After completing Ranni’s questline and Blaidd’s death, Iji will die too leaving his Bell Bearing and Mirrorhelm behind.