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How to Upgrade Weapons in Elden Ring

How to Upgrade Weapons in Elden Ring

Once you reach the Roundtable Hold in Elden Ring, you’ll meet Smithing Master Hewg, who can help upgrade your weapons.

But before you can do that, you must understand the materials needed for upgrading depending on the weapon type.

For instance, you can upgrade Normal Weapons using various Smithing Stone tiers.

Special Weapons, on the other hand, require tiers of Somber Smithing Stones exclusively.

These materials can be acquired in different ways such as finding them throughout the Lands Between, purchasing them from specific NPCs, or even better, finding Bell Bearings that grant access to them.

How to Upgrade Normal Weapons

Upgrade Normal Weapons Elden Ring

In order to upgrade your Normal Armaments, you’ll need Smithing Stones and Runes.

Smithing Stones come in various tiers, each necessary to upgrade your Normal Weapon to a specific level.

Note: The maximum level you can upgrade a Normal Weapon to is 25.

If you decide to obtain the necessary Bell Bearing for a specific Smithing Stone tier, you’ll need to offer it to the Twin Maiden Husks located at the Roundtable Hold.

By doing so, you can buy the corresponding Smithing Stone to the given Bell Bearing from the Twin Maiden Husks.

For simplicity, here’s a table detailing the requirements for leveling up your Normal Armaments:

Smithing StoneUpgrade LevelBell BearingBell Bearing Location
Smithing Stone 1To +3Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (1)Dropped by the Crystalian Boss at Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel
Smithing Stone 2From +3 to +6Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (1)Dropped by the Crystalian Boss at Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel
Smithing Stone 3From +6 to +9Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (2)Found inside the Sealed Tunnel in Leyndell, Royal Capital
Smithing Stone 4From +9 to +12Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (2)Found inside the Sealed Tunnel in Leyndell, Royal Capital
Smithing Stone 5From +12 to +15Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (3)Found at Zamor Ruins in the Mountaintops of the Giants
Smithing Stone 6From +15 to +18Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (3)Found at Zamor Ruins in the Mountaintops of the Giants
Smithing Stone 7From +18 to +21Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (4)Dropped by the Godskin Duo at Crumbling Farum Azula
Smithing Stone 8From +21 to +24Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (4)Dropped by the Godskin Duo at Crumbling Farum Azula
Ancient Dragon Smithing StoneTo +25N/AN/A

How to Upgrade Weapons Past Level 3

Smithing Master Hewg

If you want to upgrade your Normal Weapon beyond level 3, you must acquire Smithing Stone 2 and then meet Smithing Master Hewg located in Roundtable Hold.

You can find the Smithing Stone 2 within the game world, or alternatively, obtain it from the Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing 1.

This Bell Bearing is a drop from the Crystalian Boss found at Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel.

By using the materials you have with some Runes, you’ll be able to upgrade your Normal Armaments past level 3.

How to Upgrade Special Weapons

Upgrade Special Weapons Elden Ring

To upgrade your Special Armaments, you’ll need Somber Smithing Stone and Runes.

Similar to the Smithing Stone, Somber Smithing Stones also exist in different tiers. Each of them is required to upgrade your Special Weapon to a particular level.

If you choose to acquire the required Bell Bearing for a particular tier of Somber Smithing Stone, you will once again need to give it to the Twin Maiden Husks.

Below is a table detailing the requirements for leveling up your Special Armaments:

Somber Smithing StoneUpgrade LevelBell BearingBell Bearing Location
Somber Smithing Stone 1+1Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 1Dropped by the Fallingstar Beast in Sellia Crystal Tunnel
Somber Smithing Stone 2+2Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 1Dropped by the Fallingstar Beast in Sellia Crystal Tunnel
Somber Smithing Stone 3+3Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 2Dropped by Crystalian (Spear) & Crystalian (Ringblade) in the Altus Tunnel
Somber Smithing Stone 4+4Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 2Dropped by Crystalian (Spear) & Crystalian (Ringblade) in the Altus Tunnel
Somber Smithing Stone 5+5Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 3Found outside the First Church of Marika in Mountaintops of the Giants
Somber Smithing Stone 6+6Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 3Found outside the First Church of Marika in Mountaintops of the Giants
Somber Smithing Stone 7+7Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 4Found near Tempest-Facing Balcony Site of Grace in Crumbling Farum Azula
Somber Smithing Stone 8+8Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 4Found near Tempest-Facing Balcony Site of Grace in Crumbling Farum Azula
Somber Smithing Stone 9+9Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing 5Found near the Beside the Great Bridge Grace in Crumbling Farum Azula
Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone+10N/AN/A

How to Upgrade Weapons Past 10

In contrast to Normal Weapons, you can only upgrade Special Weapons to level 10.

While Special Weapons are limited to Level 10, they exhibit enhanced capabilities compared to Normal Armaments at this upgraded level.

This advantage arises due to the majority of these weapons being craftable through the use of Remembrances. These are acquired by defeating bosses.