- 1 Description
- 2 Blacksmith Rank
- 3 Blacksmith Association Floors
- 4 Metal Refinement Information and Rank
- 4.1 Hundred Refinement
- 4.2 Thousand Refinement (Half-Spirit Refinement)
- 4.3 Spirit Refinement
- 4.4 Soul Refinement
- 4.5 Heavenly Refinement
- 5 Examples of Classification Weapons Novels
- 6 Blood Sacrifice
- 7 Blacksmith Techniques
- 8 Hammers
- 9 Harmony Rate
- 10 Blacksmith Badge
- 11 Trivia
- 12 References
The Blacksmith’s Association is easily recognizable with its grey colored building and height of thirty floors along with, at the very top, an emblem of a hammer. With this design, there isn’t even a need to engrave the association’s name onto a plate.
Blacksmith’s Association isn’t as rich as the Mecha Craftsman’s Association, but it is still a necessary existence. A first-rate blacksmith’s status in society is exceedingly high. In fact, their status is comparable to that of Mecha Craftsman Grandmasters and Three-word Battle Armor Masters. In order to make a first-rate mecha, first-rate materials are naturally needed. As such, first-rate blacksmiths are needed to process first-rate materials. All the new members will be granted a Spirit Communicator. No Mecha Master or Battle Armor Master would piss off a blacksmith for no good reason.
Traditionally, in the blacksmithing world, when a blacksmith creates their first Thousand Refined work, this object should undergo the Blood Sacrifice, in order to forever be part of the blacksmith’s belongings.
In the world of blacksmiths, the tradition was to follow a single line of inheritance. In other words, a disciple could only have one teacher. Taking a second teacher would be equal to betraying the first, earning them the scorn of the entire association. This tradition was broken when Tang Wulin took Mu Chen as his 2nd teacher.
As per the rules of the blacksmithing world, regardless of whomever provides the material, for the first work produced by the Thousand Refinements, it belongs to the blacksmith who made it.
The record of the youngest 1st and 2nd rank blacksmith was held by Mu Chen at 8 and 11 years old until Tang Wulin broke the record for the youngest 2nd rank blacksmith at 9 years old. Later on, he broke Zhen Hua's record of the youngest 5th and 9th rank blacksmith. He continued breaking records, being able to forge alloys at 13 years old and forge a divine foundation metal.
Blacksmiths can go to the Association to do the ranking test. Blacksmiths are divided into nine ranks.
1st Rank (Master):
- Blacksmiths aren't able to directly accept tasks. Instead, a higher rank blacksmith had to accept the task and assign some of the work to them.
- The test consists of choosing one of 15 kinds of metal to purify. The examiner will grade the examinee based on the metal he/she chooses and the degree of purification. If his/her score surpasses 60, then he/she will earn the title of a rank 1 blacksmith.
2nd Rank (Master):
- Blacksmiths are able to directly accept tasks.
- The requirements to be a second rank blacksmith is to forge a medium-sized component and to have the ability to Hundred Refine rare metals.
- A blacksmith could only collect tasks within their rank or ones of lower ranks. They were unable to collect tasks that required rank higher than theirs.
3rd Rank (Grandmaster):
- Blacksmiths become elites in the social class and can enter in the higher levels of an auction.
- The requirements to be a third rank blacksmith is to be able to do the Thousand Refinement.
4th Rank (Grandmaster):
- Blacksmiths will be granted with one storage ring with a space of ten cubic meters.
- The requirement to be a fourth rank blacksmith is able to do the Thousand Refinement on two different types of metal in a row and they have to be forged into specific forms in order to pass, they have to be second-grade metals.
- If a blacksmith can first-grade thousand refined a metal with spirit, then he/she is at the peak of this rank and will soon break through to the next rank.
- Thousand Refining with spirit referred to bringing the spirit out of metal by thousand refining
5th Rank (Master Craftsmen)
- The requirements to be a fifth rank blacksmith is to be able to forge a Spirit Refinement metal.
- A blacksmith has to infuse life into the metal using one's martial soul as the bridge.
- Every spirit refining is a major ordeal for blacksmiths as they must harmonize soul power, life force, and metal together, and this process is taxing on the mind. "To spirit refine was to connect one’s life with the metal!"
- Normal blacksmiths must have rank 40+ soul power. Even then, the chances of failing are high. Those with innate divine strength and talent for forging can reach this rank with 30+ soul power.
6th Rank (Master Craftsmen)
- They must be able to Spirit-refined multiple metals together into alloys
- 6 two-metal alloys and 3 three-metal alloys.
- The requirement to be a sixth rank blacksmith is to be able to perform fuse forging.
- Forging alloys test a blacksmith's techniques and understanding of metal, instead of their mind, soul power, and body.
- Blacksmiths tend to start alloy forging when they reach the sixth rank.
- Wulin is an exception.
7th Rank (Saint Craftsmen)
- The requirements to be a seventh rank blacksmith is to be able to Soul-refined any type of metal.
- They must have rank 60+ soul power. Those with innate divine strength and talent for forging can reach this rank with 50+ soul power.
- Many rank-6 blacksmiths could never reach this stage at any point in their lives.
- One can only teach another person the feeling of soul refinement. There were no techniques to be taught. It had to be experienced and understood by the blacksmith himself.
8th Rank (Saint Craftsmen)
- A blacksmith must be able to use the spirit alloy to forge a soul-forged metal and also fuse one's natural endowments (life and intelligence) into the metal.
- There are less than 20 saint craftsmen on the Douluo Continent.
9th Rank (Divine Craftsmen)
- The requirements to be a ninth rank blacksmith is to be able to heavenly-refined any type of metal.(Tang Hao and Lou Gao and Tai Tan did not heavenly refined but they are all divine blacksmith)
- It is best for a person to have 90+ soul power. When heavenly refining, one must endure through a tribulation of lightning strikes.
- There are said to be seven Divine Craftsmen in recorded history, making Tang Wulin the eighth.
Blacksmith Association Floors
The Eastsea's Blacksmith Association is divided into 30 levels:
- The Task Acceptance Hall
- Testing rooms.
4th Floor and 5th Floor:
- Where the forged products are sold.
- Grandmaster Cen’s office.
- President Mu Chen’s office.
Heaven Dou Blacksmith Association:
Metal Refinement Information and Rank
- Similar to Thousand Refinements, Hundred Refinements wasn’t as simple as pounding the metal a hundred times. Rather, the impurities within the metal had to be gotten rid of while preserving the integrity of the metal and increasing its density.
- The Hundred Refinements purifies and removes the impurities from the metal.
- Low Grade
- Medium Grade
- High Grade
Thousand Refinement (Half-Spirit Refinement)
- The Thousand Refinements isn’t as simple as just pounding the metal a thousand times. The metal’s impurities must be dispelled under continuous forgings, thus increasing its density.
- The most important effect of the Thousand Refinements is refining. It can only be called Thousand Refinements if the metal is refined and improved.
- The value of anything made with Thousand Refined metal is a hundred times higher than those made of Hundred Forged metal.
- Only after you’ve attained the skill of utilizing the Thousand Refinements you then can be considered a true blacksmith.
- Thousand Refinements is also called Thought Forging.
- Every single blacksmith’s style of doing the Thousand Refinements is different.
- A blacksmith must treat the metal as if it was a living organism. They must think of a way to communicate with the metal.
- With perfect communication, the blacksmith will gain the metal's approval and find its secrets and veins.
- The Thousand Refinements create vitality and spirit from the metal.
- Thousand Refinement is also known as Half-Spirit Refinement. This is because blacksmiths are able to breathe life and spirit into the metal which they can then shape according to their will, improving the quality of the final product.
- Once the spirit is formed from a thousand refining, it signifies that the metal’s life-force was on the verge of awakening and only needed one last push to fully awaken.
- This meant that spirit refining was practically guaranteed to succeed! This was why it was said that the formation of a spirit would lead to spirit refining.
- 5th Grade (Lowest Grade)
- 4th Grade
- 3rd Grade
- 2nd Grade
- 1st Grade
- The halo light of a first-grade thousand refinement can ascend five feet into the air
- Saint Grade (Highest Grade)
- The halo light of a saint-grade thousand refinement can ascend six feet into the air
- A feat that only at least a 6th-rank Blacksmith level could achieve
Spirit Refinement 
"The thousand refinements with spirit, ten thousand refinements of life."
- The spirit refinement bestows life onto the metal.
- Cultivating intelligence in metal was similar to that of a soul beast.
- An ordinary blacksmith needed to have at least four rings before being able to spirit refine.
- Those who have innate divine strength can attempt it at three rings.
- The difference between spirit and thousand refining was as great as night and day, much like the power of a one-word battle armor versus a two-word’s.
- One step to the heavens! Ten thousand refinements of life!
- The ten thousand refinements of life was to continuously connect with the metal. Each tap preserved the spirit of the metal, pouring soul power into it to obtain life.
- Spirit refined metals could dissolve into the user’s body. This was what made the products so precious.
- Anyone who wanted to use spirit refined metal had to be present during the forging, feeding the metal with their blood drip by drip.
- This was the only way to fuse with a spirit-refined metal once it was completed.
- Spirit Refined metal could evolve into Soul Refined metal.
- The hardest part of spirit refining is giving metal life. The metal gradually gains intelligence while being forged, and after reaching a certain level of intelligence, its very nature transforms.
- At that moment, blacksmiths need to imbue it with vitality to awaken the metal and grant it true life. Only then will the spirit refining succeed.
- Also, since metal has no life, to begin with, the degree to which its intelligence awakens is crucial to the chances of successfully spirit refining.
- The most frightening about spirit refining was the possibility of a premature disconnection.
- Should this happen, the metal lost its spirit, turning it into its normal, inert counterpart. This was why Spirit Refinement was expensive to attempt.
- Countless Blacksmiths fail at this step and never cross to the next realm
- Rich blacksmiths could succeed through brute force of resources.
- Failed spirit refined metal can not be used.
- The moment a metal is spirit refined, the future of its growth is decided.
- The highest level of Spirit Refinement is Creation Spirit Forging and Evil Spirit Forging. Those who can do either of these two forging styles can be considered as a 6-ranked Blacksmith.
- Soul Refinement was not only forging the metal from the outside. It was also forging the metal from the inside out.
- The blacksmith would infuse his own aura, soul power, and spiritual power into the metal's interior. Through the connection between the blacksmith and the metal itself, the blacksmith would forge the metal from the inside up to a certain extent.
- The combination of forging from the outside and inside resulted in the special properties of the metal being completely brought out. Then, it would be soaked with one's own spiritual energy. It would be a true heaven and earth treasure!
- There was a saying which stated that Soul Refined metals were the split bodies of the Saint Craftsman.
- Soul Forging is bestowing the metal with intelligence
Soul Refinement can be broken down into three stages:
- Soul Refinement Resonance: The most difficult part of Soul Refinement. It signifies that various energies that are infused inside the metal's interior during the forging process have been combined and could support the refining from the inside.
- Soul Refinement Solidification: The Soul Refinement would be seventy percent complete. It solidifies the energies inside the metal to create the soul of the metal.
- Soul Summoning: The process in which a blacksmith infuses his own energy during the forging process to summon the soul-forged metal and establish some sort of bilateral communication. Finally, the soul inside the metal can be regarded as being fully activated.
- Heavenly Refinement is the guiding of heaven and earth power to turn this created life into an expert.
- The blacksmith has to have a certain degree of enlightenment regarding the laws of Heaven and Earth.
- Zhen Hua could add four elements to the metal and Tang Wulin seven.
- Heavenly forging is bestowing the metal with ability.
Examples of Classification Weapons Novels
Refinement Tier (ex:mortal/human tier)
Thousand Refinement Tier (ex:yellow tier)
Spiritual Refinement Tier (ex: profound/black tier)
Soul Refinement Tier (ex: earth tier)
Heavenly Refinement Tier(ex: heaven tier)
Examples of weapons classification of Xianxia novels to facilitate future readers.
The Blood Sacrifice lets a metal become one with your blood vessels, creating a sort of fantastic bond between one’s blood and the metal. It would become a part of your body. Combining the Blood Sacrifice with a metal that has undergone the Thousand Refinements, this would result in your blood vessels having the same improvement, being able to bring out stronger innate qualities!
Once a blacksmith utilize the Blood Sacrifice, this piece of metal can only be used by the individual. Even if others were to attempt to forge with it, it would not be possible as the metal would not recognize anyone else. Even if they tried, the metal would just shatter; it only recognizes its master.
Thus, the Blood Sacrifice isn’t commonly used when forging. Blacksmiths rarely create their own Blood Sacrificed products.
When learning about the properties of a piece of metal, a blacksmith lightly taps the metal with a hammer and listens to how the metal answer. During forging, a blacksmith does this to converse with the metal and deepen his/her understanding of it. Soul power was mainly used in forging to create a connection between blacksmith and metal. If the blacksmith stopped supplying soul power, however, the connection could hold for a while longer before sizzling out. Maintaining a residual connection is mentally exhausting.
A blacksmith simultaneously forges two metals at the same time.
Forging two or more metals together to form an alloy, based on different formulas. Alloy forging was a completely different beast from spirit refining. While spirit refining taxed a blacksmith’s mind, body, and soul power, alloy forging tested a blacksmith’s technique and understanding of metal.
"Blacksmiths merge metals by forging them together, evenly shaping the resulting alloy to strengthen it and bring out the best of its properties. they then finish off the alloy by spirit refining, and at higher levels, soul refining it."
Forging alloys wasn’t as simple as smashing two metals together. The process required a constant infusion of soul power to bridge the gap between the metals until they reached a balance. Only this could preserve the spiritual nature of the metals and sublimate their properties in the finished product.
The more metals used in forging an alloy, the harder it was to forge it. This happened because the number of transformations that occurred in the mixture went up with each additional metal.
The Harmony rate of the alloy determines the number of metals that can be added to it. The higher the harmony rate, the better the alloy is.
Press Forging is a common way to forge an alloy. It is done by continuing to apply more and more pressure to the alloy in each strike.
Spin forging is a far more demanding process. That said, in exchange for requiring more skill, taking longer, and consuming more soul power, it produced alloys with greater harmony and consistency. Five rings are required to spin forge, but this requirement can be bypassed by press forging the alloy in the beginning.
Creation Spirit Forging
The Creation Spirit Forging is a variation technique for high-level Spirit Refinement metal. It is signified by Life Feedback, which would occur when the metal's life energy harmonizes with the blacksmith, and increases if one's martial soul is closely related to life energy.
- The Creation Spirit Metal could be reforged and fuse-forged, but cannot undergo Soul Forging because it is not being forged completely at one go.
Evil Spirit Forging
The Evil Spirit Forging (Spirit Forging Engulf) is another variation technique for high-level Spirit Refinement metal that imbues spirit-forged metal more offensive prowess.
- Lightning refinement only can be performed by Spirit Masters with lightning attribute Spirits.
- The product will be imbued with the lightning attribute.
- It demanded exceptional control power and high spiritual power.
- When someone forges with this technique, electrical sparks would spray forth from the hammers.
- The lightning ingeniously aligned its inner structure.
The reason blacksmiths use the Blood Sacrifice for their first Thousand Refinements is because it usually has a good special effect. Thus, the Blood Sacrifice will connect the metal with your blood vessels and push the awakened special effect to its peak. As a result, almost all blacksmiths will have their first Thousand Refined work be a pair of forging hammers that they will use throughout their life.
There are several amazing special effects that can be produced by the Thousand Refinements, but only an effect that is truly fitting for its user can be considered perfect. The first mold of a Thousand Refined metal will be its peak. Any subsequent forgings to change its shape will inevitably cause damage to its internal structure, thus influencing its quality. As a result, it is exceedingly rare for the first forging of the metal to have a suitable effect.
Blood Sacrificed Thousand Refined metals must be used frequently. A blacksmith's aura, blood vessels, and spirit power will nurture it. The longer a blacksmith is with it, the stronger the bond. If a blacksmith grows powerful in the future, it might gain another special effect.
- Stacked Hammers - when a strike of the hammer causes resonates within itself, and creates a second, or maybe even a third strike.
- A peak special effect suitable for heavy silver hammers
- Helps cut down the forging time of any metal
- The two stacked hammers should have a power of 70% and 50% of the original strike.
- It is quite hard to control
- Tremor - the hammers harness the power of the vibrations that comes from hammering metal to assist their wielder.
- Propagate - the ability to propagate and nourish the metal it struck.
All alloys made with the combination of multiple metals have a harmony rate. This determines how many times the alloy can be reforged.
- Just a 60% harmony rate is enough to be considered a success, and with every five percent increase, the level of the metal also increases.
Amount of alloys to be fused:
- Two-metal alloys were known as basic alloys
- A two metal alloy with a harmony rate of 95% can have 7 more metals added to it.
- Three-metal ones were quality alloys
- Four-metal was top-quality
- Five-metal was holy.
- Alloys with five or more metals were extremely rare, their value comparable with that of soul refined metal.
- A 95% alloy was called the foundation of divine alloy.
- A seven-metal alloy is a divine alloy.
- 1st & 2nd Rank: white stars with a blue background and hammer outline
- 3rd & 4th Rank: yellow stars with an orange background and hammer outline
- 5th & 6th Rank: purple stars with a white background and hammer outline
- 7th & 8th Rank: black stars with a golden background and hammer outline
- 9th Rank: red stars with a white-gold background and hammer outline