A different way to level up Smithing
The Giant’s Foundry is the newest Smithing minigame. Much like the Mahogany Homes for Construction, this activity gives players a contract (called commission here) they must fulfill. Kovac will provide the request, and they must forge something that fits what was asked. It’s an excellent way to level up Smithing, though it might drain your OSRS gold savings.
How to unlock the Giant’s Foundry
The activity will be available after completing the quest Sleeping Giants. It’s a new novice quest introducing you to Kovac and a small mystery about the foundry itself. For now, it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, but it allows you to use the foundry.
It only requires 15 Smithing to start. It’s also relatively short, so there isn’t any reason to skip over doing the quest. You’ll need:
- 3 Oak Logs
- 1 Wool
- 10 Nails
- Hammer or Imcando Hammer (no other type will work)
- A Chisel
- A Bucket of Water or ice gloves
- 20 empty inventory spaces
Just speak to Kovac at the Giant’s Plateau to start the quest.
Giant’s Foundry Mechanics
Now that the foundry’s open for use, you can start completing commissions. First, talk to Kovac to get a request. Then set the proper mold, fill the crucible, and pour the liquid metal into the first OSRS item. Note that you can melt any metal bars or products of Smithing and cost at least 2 bars. There are exceptions, though, including:
- Black/White equipment
- Dragon equipment
- Trimmed armor sets
The reason is that you can’t make those with the skill.
Requests will ask for blades that fit two descriptors (for example, ‘spiked’ and ‘narrow’). You’ll have to find the mold that best represents the mentioned adjectives for your forged sword. If you can match the request, your blade will have a higher quality. Choosing a mold doesn’t affect the difficulty of making the sword. Your choice of metals influences that.
When you’re satisfied with your choice, it’s time to set up the crucible. It can hold up to 28 standard metal bars. As mentioned above, you can also use equipment craftable with Smithing, though they are worth one less ingot than it takes to make them.
Once the crucible is filled, and the metal is melted, you can pour the liquid metal into the mold. Higher tier metals will take longer to form and require a more specific temperature range. Alloys may be an excellent choice to balance that.
Refining the Blade
After making your preformed blade, it’s time to refine it. You’ll have five tools to help you with the process.
- Trip Hammer: Use it to hammer out imperfections on the blade. Requires that the sword be hot. Adds 2% to progress and reduces heat by 2.5%
- Grindstone: Smooth the edges of the product while it’s at a medium temperature. Increases progress by 1% and add heat by 1.5%
- Polishing Wheel: When your sword’s cooled down, this tool cleans up the blade and gives it a shiny finish. It pushes the completion rate by 1% and reduces heat by 1.7%.
- Lava Pool: Heats your blade to the desired temperature. It has two modes accessible through right-clicking.
- Heat-preform: adds heat gradually.
- Dunk-preform: heats the blade immediately.
- Waterfall: Cools the sword for use on the Polishing Wheel or whenever you heated it too much. It also has two modes.
- Cool-preform: cools it gradually.
- Quench-preform: cools blade instantly.
The HUD keeps track of the weapon’s quality, temperature, and completion progress. Watch it for hints about what to do next. Get completion to 100% to forge the blade and finish the commission. Using the incorrect tool or the right one with the wrong temperature decreases the product’s quality. When that reaches 0, you’ve failed the commission and have to try again.
Quality cannot be raised or increased in any way. Once it has been reduced, it is impossible to turn in a perfect quality sword.
Sometimes, the progress bar can turn yellow/gold. Clicking the tool once will grant a boost of 5% to the completion bar. However, there’s a chance it will reduce the quality if done too close to the next forging stage. Be careful if aiming for a perfect blade!
Kovac will give Smithing XP, OSRS GP, and Foundry Reputation for every completed commission. Amounts are dependent on the quality of the sword given. Low-quality ones return lower quantities of the rewards, so it’s in your best interest to keep quality as high as possible.
About Sword Quality
Initially, it’s calculated by the total of the Metal Score and the Mold Score. It can be as low as ten and as high as 199. 5 points will be deducted for every mistake in the forging process. One hundred ninety-nine points can be achieved by using equal amounts of Adamant and Rune bars plus 69 points from the cast matching the requests.
Quality also determines the difficulty in forging the blade. The usual process of making one is alternately using the Trip Hammer and Grindstone, then quenching it for use in the Polishing Wheel. However, with a high-quality sword, the number of distinct hammering/grinding/polishing sections increases to 7.
More than that, the allowable temperature margins for using the tools get smaller and smaller the higher the sword’s quality is. They are half their full size at 130 metal score (14 Adamant, 14 Rune). This requires using the Lava Pool and Waterfall to maintain the necessary temperatures for using the tools.
As noted above, an alloy of Rune and Adamant increases the quality of the blade. However, the exact mechanics of this hasn’t been explored yet. It can be possible that there’s a higher metal score with the correct combination of metals or by varying their proportions.
About the Molds
Kovac gives you access to a library of casts you can choose from. These are unlocked by default after completing the quest. You can buy more with your accumulated reputation points, but these have a required level. Fortunately, you can consume level boosters to make them available.
A special reward from the reputation shop is the Smith’s Uniform. Although other skilling uniforms usually boost XP gain, this one is different. Each piece has a 20% chance to speed up anvil Smithing actions by one tick. Besides that, they increase the likelihood of boosting the completion rate (when the bar glows gold) by 20%. Wearing the complete set gives those a guaranteed chance.
As a bonus, the Smiths Gloves may be combined with a pair of Ice Gloves to get Smiths Gloves (i). The result combines both of the effects of the twoOSRS items, which is convenient for any Smithing enthusiast.
Although the Blacksmith’s Helm matches the look of this uniform, it is not part of the set and will not confer any additional bonuses.
For anyone who uses a Dwarf Multicannon, the Double Ammo Mold from the shop is also of interest. It’s twice as efficient as a regular ammo mold, making eight cannonballs instead of 4 every batch. Of course, you’ll be using two Steel Bars every use, as you are also doubling the costs. It’s efficient in that at the same length of time you make 4, you can make eight instead.
Other available items in the shop are
- A Smithing booster (Kovac’s Grog)
- Smithing Catalyst
- Ore Packs
- The Colossal Blade
Have Fun Forging Blades in the Giant’s Foundry!
An advantage this has over other methods of leveling Smithing is reaching the best rates for your ore as soon as you’re able to use them. For example, Rune becomes available at level 85. Guides say it’s only worth using when you’re at 99, but you can get those rates if you do well while forging. That’s as soon as you hit 85 and can use Runite for the crucible.
Being a new minigame, it’s also entirely novel and engaging. It’ll take some time for the shine to wear off, but for now, you can sink some hours into it while leveling Smithing or earning OSRS gold. It can sometimes be profitable, but there are better ways.
That’s all for the Giant’s Foundry. Remember to enjoy OSRS and the new content!