Upgrade Materials, or Bolster Materials, in Elden Ring are responsible for strengthening Weapons, ShieldsSpirit Ashes, and Sacred Flasks with crucial Upgrades. This page covers their names and effects. An exhaustive list of Locations for each can be found on their respective pages.

While all Upgrade Materials can be scavenged while exploring the Lands Between, certain Bell Bearings allow players to purchase an unlimited quantity of materials for weapon, shield, and spirit ash upgrades. Charts for these can be found below.

 

 

Total Upgrade Costs - Armaments

Normal Armament upgrades require 12 Smithing Stones per 3 levels (i.e., 2 -> 4 -> 6). 

 

Total Upgrade Costs - Spirit Ashes

 

Elden Ring Upgrade Materials

Upgrade Materials Table
Upgrade Materials Gallery

Upgrade Materials Table for Elden Ring

Quick Search of All Upgrade Materials

Name Effect

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Golden Seed

Increases Sacred Flask's total charges up to 14

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Sacred Tear

Improves Sacred Flask's potency up to +12

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Smithing Stone [1]

Strengthens armaments up to +3

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Smithing Stone [2]

Strengthens armaments up to +6

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Smithing Stone [3]

Strengthens armaments up to +9

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Smithing Stone [4]

Strengthens armaments up to +12

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Smithing Stone [5]

Strengthens armaments up to +15

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Smithing Stone [6]

Strengthens armaments up to +18

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Smithing Stone [7]

Strengthens armaments up to +21

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Smithing Stone [8]

Strengthens armaments up to +24

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Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone

Reinforce armaments to +25

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Somber Smithing Stone [1]

Reinforce special armaments to +1

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Somber Smithing Stone [2]

Reinforce special armaments to +2

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Somber Smithing Stone [3]

Reinforce special armaments to +3

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Somber Smithing Stone [4]

Reinforce special armaments to +4

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Somber Smithing Stone [5]

Reinforce special armaments to +5

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Somber Smithing Stone [6]

Reinforce special armaments to +6

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Somber Smithing Stone [7]

Reinforce special armaments to +7

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Somber Smithing Stone [8]

Reinforce special armaments to +8

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Somber Smithing Stone [9]

Reinforce special armaments to +9

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Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone

Reinforce special armaments to +10

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Grave Glovewort [1]

Strengthen ashes to +1

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Grave Glovewort [2]

Strengthen ashes to +2

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Grave Glovewort [3]

Strengthen ashes to +3
 

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Grave Glovewort [4]

Strengthen ashes to +4

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Grave Glovewort [5]

Strengthen ashes to +5

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Grave Glovewort [6]

Strengthen ashes to +6

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Grave Glovewort [7]

Strengthen ashes to +7

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Grave Glovewort [8]

Strengthen ashes to +8

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Grave Glovewort [9]

Strengthen ashes to +9

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Great Grave Glovewort

Strengthen ashes to +10

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Ghost Glovewort [1]

Strengthens renowned ashes to +1

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Ghost Glovewort [2]

Strengthens renowned ashes to +2

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Ghost Glovewort [3]

Strengthens renowned ashes to +3

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Ghost Glovewort [4]

Strengthens renowned ashes to +4

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Ghost Glovewort [5]

Strengthens renowned ashes to +5

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Ghost Glovewort [6]

Strengthens renowned ashes to +6

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Ghost Glovewort [7]

Strengthens renowned ashes to +7

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Ghost Glovewort [8]

Strengthens renowned ashes to +8

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Ghost Glovewort [9]

Strengthens renowned ashes to +9

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Great Ghost Glovewort

Strengthens renowned ashes to +10

Elden Ring Upgrade Materials Gallery

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SMITHING STONE [1]

Stone used to smith a variety of armaments. A shard found in plenty.
Strengthen armamentsup to +3.
Smithing stone is found throughout the Lands Between, and mining galleries built to excavate it can be found everywhere.

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SMITHING STONE [2]

Stone used to smith a variety of armaments. A large shard found in plenty.
Strengthens armaments up to +6.
Smithing stone is found throughout the Lands Between, and mining galleries built to excavate it can be found everywhere.

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SMITHING STONE [3]

Stone used to smith a variety of armaments. A particularly hard specimen.
Strengthens armaments up to +9.
Smithing stone is found throughout the Lands Between, and mining galleries built to excavate it can be found everywhere.

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Smithing Stone [4]

Stone used to smith a variety of armaments. A large and particularly hard specimen.
Strengthens armaments up to +12
Smithing stone is found throughout the Lands Between, and mining galleries built to excavate it can be found everywhere.

 

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SMITHING STONE [5]

Stone used to smith a variety of armamemnts. A rare specimen, it is tinged with gold.
Strengthens armaments up to +15.
Mined near the foot of the Erdtree, these stones are said to have been used to bolster the strength of the Royal forces.

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SMITHING STONE [6]

Stone used to smith a variety of armaments. A larger rare specimen, it is tinged with gold.
Stone used to smith a variety of armaments.
Mined near the foot of the Erdtree, these stones are said to have been used to bolster the strength of the Royal forces.

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SMITHING STONE [7]

Stone used to smith a variey of armaments. Found in a polar region, it is semi-vitrified.
Strenthens armaments up to +21
Thought to have been used to hone the weapons of the champions of the War against the Giants at the birth of the Erdtree.

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Smithing Stone [8]

Shard of smithing stone drained of color.
Strengthens special armaments to +1.
Special armamentswith unique characteristics cannot be strengthened with colored smithing stones. Number of steps and
amount strengthened differ from standard equipment.

 

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Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone

Smithing stone made polishing a golden Gravel Stone. A scale of the Ancient Dragonlord, and hidden treasure of Farum Azula. 
Strengthens armaments to +25. 
The Ancient Dragonlord's seat is said to lie beyond time.
This stone lightly twists time, allowing three creation of a weapon capable of slaying a god.

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Somber Smithing Stone [1]

Shard of smithing stone drained of color
Strengthens special armaments to +1.
Special armaments with unique characteristics cannot be strengthened with colored smithing stones.
Number of steps and amount strengthened differ from standard equipment.

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SOMBER SMITHING STONE [2]

Large shard of smithing stone drained of color.
Strengthens special armaments to +2.
Special armaments with unique characteristics cannot be strengthened with colored smithing stones.
Number of steps and amount strengthened differ from standard equipment.

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Somber Smithing Stone [3]

Hard smithing stone drained of color.
Strengthens special armaments to +3.
Special armaments with unique characteristics cannot be strengthened with colored smithing stones. Number of steps
and amount strengthened differ from standard equipment.

 

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SOMBER SMITHING STONE [4]

Large hard smithing stone drained of color.
Strengthens special armaments to +4.
Special armaments with unique characteristics cannot be strengthened with colored smithing stones. Number of steps
and amount strengthened differ from standard equipment.

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Somber Smithing Stone [5]

Gold smithing stone drained of color.
Strengthens special armaments to +5.
Special armaments with unique characteristics cannot be strengthened with colored smithing stones. Number of steps
and amount strengthened differ from standard equipment.

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Somber Smithing Stone [6]

Large gold smithing stone drained of color.
Strengthens special armaments to +6.
Special armaments with unique characteristics cannot be strengthened with colored smithing stones. Number of steps
and amount strengthened differ from standard equipment.

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Somber Smithing Stone [7]

Polar smithing stone drained of color.
Strengthens special armaments to +7.Special armaments with unique characteristics cannot be strengthened with colored smithing stones.
Number of steps and amount strengthened differ from standard equipment.

 

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Somber Smithing Stone [8]

Large polar smithing stone drained of color.
Strengthens special armaments to +8.
Special armaments with unique characteristics cannot be strengthened with colored smithing stones. Number of steps
and amount strengthened differ from standard equipment.

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Somber Smithing Stone [9]

Ancient smithing stone drained of color
Strengthens special armaments to +9
Special armaments with unique characteristics cannot be strengthened with colored smithing stones. Number of steps
and amount strengthened differ from standard equipment.

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Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone

Ancient dragonrock smithing stone drained of color. A scale of the Ancient Dragonlord, and hidden treasure of Farum Azula.
Strengthens special armaments to +10. 
The Ancient Dragonlord's seat is said to lie beyond time. This stone lightly twists time, allowing the creation of a weapon capable of slaying a god. 

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Grave Glovewort [1]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
Each a soundless bell used to summon spirits.
Strengthens ashes to +1.
The art of strengthening ashes is known as spirit tuning.
only a spirit tuner may perform this deed.

 

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Grave Glovewort [2]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
Each a soundless bell used to summon spirits.
Strengthens ashes to +2.
Spirit tuning is not merely the simple act of imbuing strength. It is an art that lies
somewhere between tuning an instrument and conducting a conversation, leaving both parties enriched.

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Grave Glovewort [3]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
Each a soundless bell used to summon spirits.
Strengthens ashes to +3.
Spirit tuning is not merely the simple act of imbuing strength. It is an art that lies somewhere between tuning an instrument and
conducting a conversation, leaving both parties enriched.

 

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Grave Glovewort [4]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
Each soundless bell used to summon spirits.
Strengthens ashes to +4.
Spirit tuning is not merely the simple act of imbuing strength. It is an art that lies somewhere between tuning
an instrument and conducting a conversation, leaving both parties enriched.

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Grave Glovewort [5]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
Each a soundless bell used to summon spirits.
Strengthens ashes to +5.
Spirit tuning is not merely the simple act of imbuing strength. It is an art that lies somewhere between tuning
an instrument and conducting a conversation, leaving both parties enriched.

 

 

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Grave Glovewort [6]

 White flower that blooms in catacombs.
Each a soundless bell used to summon spirits.
Strengthens ashes to +6.
Spirit tuning is not merely the simple act of imbuing strength.
It is an art that lies somewhere between tuning an instrument and conducting a conversation, leaving both parties enriched.

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Grave Glovewort [7]

 White flower that blooms in catacombs.
Each a soundless bell used to summon spirits.
Strengthens ashes to +7.
Spirit tuning is not merely the simple act of imbuing strength.
It is an art that lies somewhere between tuning an instrument and conducting a conversation, leaving both parties enriched.

 

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Grave Glovewort [8]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
Each a soundless bell used to summon spirits.
Strengthens ashes to +8.
Spirit tuning is not merely the simple act of imbuing strength.
It is an art that lies somewhere between tuning an instrument and conducting a conversation, leaving both parties enriched.

 

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Grave Glovewort [9]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
Each a soundless bell used to summon spirits.
Strengthens ashes to +9.
Spirit tuning is not merely the simple act of imbuing strength.
It is an art that lies somewhere between tuning an instrument and conducting a conversation, leaving both parties enriched.

 

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Great Grave Glovewort

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
An especially large specimen.
Strengthens ashes to +10.
Since times of old, large gloveworts were used to comfort heroic spirits.
Given in tribute to those who died the most glorious of deaths, in the hope their stories would become legend.

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Ghost Glovewort [1]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
A spirit nestles close to it.
Strengthens renowned ashes to +1.
Ashes which keep their renown even after death
cannot be strengthened by merely corporal glovewort.

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Ghost Glovewort [2]

White flower that blooms in catacombs. 
A spirit nestles close to it.
Strengthens renowned ashes to +2. 
Ashes which keep their renown even after death cannot be strengthened by merely corporeal glovewort

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Ghost Glovewort [3]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
A spirit nestles close to this grand specimen.
Strengthens renowned ashes to +3.
Since times of old, large gloveworts were used to comfort

 

 

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Ghost Glovewort [4]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
A spirit nestles close to it.
Strengthnes renowned ashes to +4
Ashes which keep their renown even after death cannot be strengthened by merely corporeal glovewort.

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Ghost Glovewort [5]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
A spirit nestles close to it.
Strengthens renowned ashes to +5
Ashes which keep their renown even after death cannot be strengthened by merely corporeal glovewort.

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Ghost Glovewort [6]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
A spirit nestles close to it.
Strengthens renowned ashes to +6
Ashes which keep their renown even after death cannot be strengthened by merely corporeal glovewort.

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Ghost Glovewort [7]

White flower that blooms in catacombs.
A spirit nestles close to it.
Strengthens renowned ashes to +7
Ashes which keep their renown even after death cannot be strengthened by merely corporeal glovewort.

 

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Ghost Glovewort [8]

White flower that blooms in catacombs. 
A spirit nestles close to it.
Strengthens renowned ashes to +8. 
Ashes which keep their renown even after death cannot be strengthened by merely corporeal glovewort

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Ghost Glovewort [9]

White flower that blooms in catacombs. 
A spirit nestles close to it.
Strengthens renowned ashes to +9. 
Ashes which keep their renown even after death cannot be strengthened by merely corporeal glovewort

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Golden Seed

A golden seed, found at the base of an illusory tree.
Increases a Sacred Flask's number of uses.
(Can be used after resting at a site of grace.)
When the Elden Ring was shattered, these seeds flew from the Erdtree, scattering across the various lands, as if life itself knew that its end has come. 

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Sacred Tear

Blessing of the Erdtree, worshiped in the churches of all lands; this is but a faint vestige.
Increases the potency of a Sacred Flask's restorative effects.(Can be used after resting at a site of grace.)
During the age of the Erdtree, these tears were used to spread the faith, for theirs was once a certain blessing.




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    • Anonymous

      Alright im gonna say it whoever made +25 thing his mom is a ho! Stuck at +9(3) it takes so much time to upgrade Elden Ring is really another Cyberpunk accident for me.

      • Since they upped the maximum level of regular weapons to +25 from +10, they really oughta down the amounts of stones you need per level to 1/2/3 instead of 2/4/6. What were they even thinking, forcing you to get 97 rocks to upgrade a weapon to the max?

        • Anonymous

          It's ridiculous how you can get twinked out in an hour tops with a special weapon. It makes regular weapons complete garbage in comparison until the endgame. Sad.

          • Anonymous

            Not sure if this interests anyone, but I have a route that lets you get to +15 with only 1 boss fight (none if you take a bit more time).

            1. Get any decent strike weapon. I usually go for the Morning Star in Weeping Peninsula (then you can cheese the giant dragon for easy levels if the mood takes you).
            2. Ride to Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel picking up 1 (3) at Laskyar Ruins along the way, get another 8 (3)s in the tunnel, and kill the Crystalian for the bell to get (1)s and (2)s (Crystalians are easy with strike, one stagger and you can stun lock for the rest of the fight)
            3. Ride to the Ruin-Strewn Precipice for 13 (4)s, 3 (3)s (for a total of 12), and 2 (5)s
            4. Use the teleport in the Dragon-Burnt Ruins to get to Sellia Crystal Tunnel for 8 (5)s (just LEG IT through there), then head a little north to the dragons and find a breakable statue for another 3 (5)s (total of 13)
            5. ???
            6. Profit

            I'm a monster who constantly deletes their save files and starts again, so I dunno about getting high than this atm lol

            • Anonymous

              they really need to cut the amount of regular stones needed in HALF per tier. its stupid badly balanced currently. somber weapons can get to +9 without fighting any boss and to +10 by just beating godrick early game already.

              meanwhile regulars are stuck at 20 until after morgott no matter how much you explore.

              meanwhile you can even farm sombers all the way up to +7 infinitely before morgott already thanks to miyazakis handfetisch monsters.

              who balanced that crap? make it 1 2 3 for regular upgrade levels. not 2 4 6. thats just silly compared to sombers ONE per tier.

              • Anonymous

                Pro tip: Store your ancient and somber stones in your storage (can be accessed on any grace site) to prevent accidental +10 or +25.

                • Anonymous

                  alright first of all whose idea was that +25 weapon upgrade? second why materials are rare? dark souls 2 and 3 was the best.

                  • Anonymous

                    For anyone wondering, you need 89,496 runes to upgrade a weapon to +24, adding the 129,600 to buy the stones thats 219,096 total

                    • Anonymous

                      It'll cost you nearly half a million runes to buy all the upgrade materials you'd need for standard smithing stones.

                      • Anonymous

                        Am I going insane or does it seem like Somber smithing stone weapons way easier to upgrade? Regular weapons need 2/4/6 materials per tier. somber upgrade weapons need only one. I had a far easier time upgrading somber weapons because I had like up to somber stone (9) (equivalent to like a +24 weapon) while I was still struggling to upgrade regular weapons beyond 15 because I couldn't find 6, 7, or 8 smithing stones for the life of me.

                        • Anonymous

                          what happened to all the creative names, shard, chunk slab etc, everything seems like a placeholder name that was never replaced

                          • Anonymous

                            This is sorely missing the amount of materials needed to upgrade to the next level. For regular upgrades it seems to be 2/4/6 (10 in total) smithing stones to get to +3, then the pattern repeats with the next tier of stones. For special weapons, it looks like 1 somber smithing stone of matching level per tier, same for upgrading ashes with gloveworts.

                            • Anonymous

                              Smithing Master Iji located by Road to Manor bonfire upon teleporting to Liurnia (go north) after cutscene via a portal located East in the South Raya lucaria gate area. (Sells unlimited somber smithing stone 1 and 2, and has (3) 3's, and (3) 4's. Might be of use :)

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