Guide to smithing in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord

How to get charcoal in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord

Smithing in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord is a pretty good way to keep the money and gear flowing. As you build up your army and need to keep it supplied, you’re going to need a constant flow of materials, food and powerful weapons. And since your enemies will be trying to keep their war machine rolling, you’re going to need to do the same thing.

Getting Materials

The process for getting materials for smithing in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord is straightforward. You can leverage the Denar you made from trading and other moneymaking opportunities to buy materials from traders for starters. The money you get from adventuring and completing quests can help a fair bit with getting started in smithing. But the process really gets going once you have enough Denar to finance some Workshops and Caravans.

When you start producing your own materials via Workshops, like the very vital charcoal, your ability to produce high-value weapons and armor will scale infinitely.

Another great way to get materials is by breaking down looted gear. To do so and practice the smithing skill, you want to visit a town’s smithy to refine materials and smelt old weapons. These weapons and armor can be broken down into components and raw resources, then used to craft new weapons and armor. It’s a good way to improve your smithing skills as well.

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Crafting the Item

Crafting is very RNG-dependent in this game. There’s some chance that your skills have an impact, but it still relies a fair bit on luck. The meter on the left side of the screen, the higher the line, the more difficult the item is to craft. You will also see the expected outcome based on your skills as well. By modifying the weight, reach, thrust speed and other stats, you can also adjust these outcomes. And as expected, increasing the stats will result in a more powerful item that’s much harder to craft.

Each item has multiple components, like a simple warblade needing four parts: the simple warblade, the ridged northern guard, a wooden one handed grip, and a flat pommel.

Every character has smithing stamina based on their stats. The lower left quadrant of the smithy screen shows this meter. Keep an eye on it, as everything you do at the smithy takes up stamina.

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