If you have played a FromSoft game before, you will know that you will need to upgrade your weapons. It is in most games made by the developer, so it is necessary that you know where to find these upgrade materials you will need in your playthrough. Elden Ring is no different when it comes to this sort of thing.
You will not only need to upgrade your weapons, but you will also need to upgrade your shields. This means you will need a lot of these upgrade materials to fully upgrade everything you want within one playthrough. They aren’t that difficult to get, but if you are new to the game, it can be extremely confusing what to do.
Smithing Stones are the way you do this. There are two types of Smithing Stones: Somber and Regular Smithing Stones. Both have a specific type of weapon or shield it can upgrade, so it is a good idea to have an idea of how they work.
You can buy Smithing Stones from Merchants around the world or find the Miner’s Bell Bearings for each specific upgrade material. Once you get these Bell Bearings, you can give them to the Twin-Maiden Husks in the Roundtable Hold and buy as many as you like.
What is the difference between Smithing Stones and Somber Stones?
As we said before, there are two different types of Smithing Stones. The Regular Smithing Stones are for any basic weapon or shield that you can place an Ash of War onto. Ashes of War are like special movesets you can put onto your weapon that actually change up how you use it. You will need 12 of each Smithing Stone to fully upgrade a weapon.
The Somber Smithing Stones are for Special weapons or shields. Special gear is the ones that you can’t customize. Whatever the skill is on the weapon, you can’t swap it out for something else. These are great because you will only need 1 of each Somber Stone to fully upgrade a piece of gear. If you don’t want to deal with Ashes of War, Special weapons are probably the way to go.
Where to buy Smithing Stones/Somber Stones?
There are actually a lot of places that let you buy Smithing Stones. If you are looking for regular Smithing Stones, you can go around to most Merchants and purchase a few of the very basic upgrade materials. You will mainly get them from bodies or mines around the world by exploring. Somber Smithing Stones (1), (2), and (3) are sold by Iji the Giant below Carian Manor.
All the Merchants have a very limited supply of Stones, so don’t rely too much on trying to purchase them. There is a way you can purchase as many of each Stone as you want, but it does require some exploration and boss fights to do so. You can find items in the game called Bell Bearings.
You can give them to the Twin-Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold and they will increase their stock. All Stones except for the Dragon versions have their own Bell Bearings that you can find and give to them. Getting all the Bell Bearings takes a decent amount of time, but it is super useful when you get all of them.
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Where to find all the Smithing-Stone Miner’s Bell Bearings
These are all the Bell Bearings for the Regular Smithing Stones. There are a total of 4 Bell Bearings for these specific materials and they are relatively easy to get. You don’t need to go out of your way to get them and they are pretty easy to find. Two of them require you to defeat a boss to get them and the other two can be found in the areas we will show you.
Here are the locations of all the Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearings in Elden Ring:
Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (1)
Location: Dropped by the Crystalian Boss at the end of Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel.
This boss is a very odd one. If you tried to fight this boss before and you gave up because it was too difficult, then you might be looking at it wrong. It is a Crystal enemy, so your best bet is to use a blunt weapon. It will seem like you aren’t doing damage until they break and they take massive damage after that. It isn’t a difficult fight, but it definitely takes patience.
Restocks: It allows you to purchase both Smithing Stones (1) and (2), and it also allows you to buy Glinstone Scrap from the Twin-Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (2)
Location: Found in a chest at the first secret area inside the Sealed Tunnel.
To find this chest, just walk into the cave. You will then reach a dead end. Just attack the illusory wall and make your way into the first room. Defeat all the enemies inside and go to the back area of the cave. You will then see a chest. If you open it and loot it, you will get the next Bell Bearing you need to purchase the Stones.
Restocks: It allows you to purchase both Smithing Stones (3) and (4), and it also allows you to buy Explosive Stone from the Twin-Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (3)
Location: The bell bearing is found in Zamor Ruins in the Mountaintop of the Giants at the bottom of the stairs in a chest.
This one is a little tricky to find. You need to find your way into the ruins and avoid the really annoying enemies that are surrounding the area. You will then need to find an illusory wall on the ground and smack it. Once you do this, you can walk down the stairs and grab the next Bell Bearing from the chest at the bottom.
Restocks: It allows you to purchase both Smithing Stones (5) and (6) from the Twin-Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (4)
Location: Obtained from defeating The Godskin Duo in Crumbling Farum Azula.
This is a Bell Bearing that you will automatically get for proceeding in the story. To get this Bearing, you will have to defeat the Godskin Duo in Crumbling Farum Azula. It isn’t an easy fight, but it definitely is a good reward for beating a pretty difficult boss. You have probably fought these enemies before, but never together.
Restocks: It allows you to purchase both Smithing Stones (7) and (8) from the Twin-Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
Where to find all the Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearings
The Somber Smithing Stones are a lot easier to get, but getting the Bell Bearings is another whole story. Some are extremely easy to find, but others force you to defeat a pretty annoying boss. The first Bell Bearing has you defeat a Fallingstar Beast in a very small room so be prepared for some annoying fights. It is definitely worth the time to get these though because it will help you out a lot.
Here are all the locations of all the Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearings in Elden Ring:
Somberstone Miner’s Bell (1)
Location: Dropped by the Fallingstar Beast upon defeat in the Sellia Crystal Tunnel.
As we said before, the first Bell Bearing is acquired by defeating a Fallingstar Beast. Not only is the mine you need to trek through full of annoying enemies, but the boss itself is also extremely annoying. If you have ever fought a Fallingstar Beast or if you haven’t, it isn’t the most fun experience. Once you finally get through the fight, your reward will be well worth it.
Restocks: It allows you to purchase both Somber Smithing Stones (1) and (2), and it also allows you to buy Glinstone Scrap from the Twin-Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
Somberstone Miner’s Bell (2)
Location: Dropped by the Crystalian Spear and Ringblade boss in the Altus Tunnel.
This boss is exactly like the Crystal Boss for the other Smithing Stone, but the game makes it harder by adding in 2 of these annoying bosses within one fight. At least you don’t have to fight the version of this fight with a third added in for you to get the Bell Bearing. Just defeat both of them with a blunt weapon and it shouldn’t be that hard.
Restocks: It allows you to purchase both Somber Smithing Stones (3) and (4) from the Twin-Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
Somberstone Miner’s Bell (3)
Location: Found on a body outside the First Church of Marika in Mountaintops of the Giants.
This is one of the easiest Bell Bearings to find. All you need to do is go to the other side of the frozen lake and grab the Bell Bearing from the dead body right in front of the First Church of Marika. It is literally just sitting there. Just make sure to either defeat or run past the Dragon boss that spawns near there though. It is not a super fun fight.
Restocks: It allows you to purchase both Somber Smithing Stones (5) and (6) from the Twin-Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
Somberstone Miner’s Bell (4)
Location: Found on a corpse next to Tempest-Facing Balcony Site of Grace located in Crumbling Farum Azula.
When it comes to Crumbling Farum Azula, the whole place is pretty confusing when it comes to finding out where you are supposed to go. It doesn’t give you any information on what to do and the Bell Bearings are even harder to find. Once you reach the Balcony, the Bell Bearing is on a body on one of the lower ledges to the left.
Restocks: It allows you to purchase both Somber Smithing Stones (7) and (8), and it also allows you to buy Sanctuary Stones from the Twin-Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
Somberstone Miner’s Bell (5)
Location: Found on a body in the abandoned temple on the North side of Crumbling Farum Azuna.
This one is a bit difficult to get since the enemies surrounding it are very annoying. We would recommend running past them and touching the SIte of Grace at the top of the elevator. You will walk into a small room and you will see a couple of enemies inside. There will be a dead body near the coffin where the enemy is standing. That is where your Bell Bearing is.
Restocks: It allows you to purchase Somber Smithing Stone (9) from the Twin-Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
Why would you need to buy Smithing Stones?
There are a couple of reasons why you would probably want to buy Smithing Stones or Somber Smithing Stones. The first reason is so that you can experiment with other weapons. You don’t want to be stuck with one specific weapon your entire playthrough because it can get a little boring. There are hundreds of weapons in the game so it is good to experiment.
The second reason is so that you can stock up for later builds. Yes, you might change your build halfway through your playthrough and you won’t have enough upgrade materials to level up the gear to where you need to go. Just make sure you have enough to maximize any other weapons that you think look cool.
The final reason is so that you don’t have to worry about grinding for specific upgrade materials. Some enemies drop Smithing stones and it can be annoying defeating them over and over for a few Stones. Just make sure you have a good source of RUnes because purchasing them isn’t cheap. Just make sure you are stocked up on them for later.