The Blacksmith is one of the most important NPCs in Diablo 4. You will be able to dismantle, sell, or upgrade your gear at the Blacksmith making him crucial for progression. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about the Blacksmith from unlocking to explaining his uses.
Unlocking the Blacksmith
When you reach Level 10, you will receive a priority quest that will require you to visit Zivek in Kyovashad, who is none other than the Blacksmith. After you meet him, you will have to upgrade a piece of gear to complete the quest and earn some XP.
After the quest has been completed, the Blacksmith can be accessed throughout the world in different locations, so fortunately you won’t have to come back to Kyovashad every time you want to use his services.
One of the biggest reasons why the Blacksmith is so important is because he can repair your damaged gear. The durability of your gear decreases by 10% every time you die, and if it reaches zero, item bonuses become semi-disabled, which will obviously make you weaker and make your builds far less effective.
The Blacksmith can repair your gear for some gold, but the cost varies depending on the damage level and the rarity of the gear. You also have the convenient choice to either repair every damaged item in your inventory or only the items you have equipped thereby saving time between your adventures.
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Another and also the biggest reason why the Blacksmith is so important is because he can upgrade your gear. Upgrading gear is one of the most significant ways to get stronger in Diablo 4 and is heavily tied to character progression as it will increase the item’s power and base damage/armor rating, improve affix stats, and more.
To upgrade your items, visit the Blacksmith in the nearest town and select the third menu after talking to him. You will then be able to select your desired item and upgrade it. Keep in mind upgrading doesn’t come free and the cost can be expensive in some cases, like when it comes to higher rarity gear. Upgrading will cost gold and another resource and the requirement for both will be displayed by the Blacksmith.
Getting crafting materials
Crafting materials in Diablo 4 can be obtained by dismantling pieces of gear at the Blacksmith. The crafting materials you obtain after dismantling items will depend on the item’s rarity. In other words, if you want to upgrade a yellow piece of gear then you will have to dismantle other yellow items to get the required crafting materials. Early on in the game, it’s a good idea to dismantle all useless gear instead of selling them for gold.
Furthermore, dismantling a piece of gear unlocks its transmog appearance in your wardrobe so if you want to indulge in a bit of fashion make sure to dismantle all the weapons and armor that visually appeal to you.