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Currently, I have my blacksmithing at the highest level, as well as my sagecrafting. I've been socketing epic gems into weapons during the crafting process for a few levels now. I am a little confused as to how blacksmithing bonuses are determined, especially since my crafting stats are maxed. Here's what my screen looks like:

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As you can see, every weapon is eligible for a bonus except Chakrams and Scepters. What part of the blacksmithing process determines whether or not a weapon is eligible for a bonus?

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In my experience, a blank spot means I don't have the correct type of item to go in that particular slot. Perhaps you need to craft some gems of a different type than the ones you already have? – agent86 Feb 15 '12 at 4:10
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Chakrams and Sceptres can only have Utility gems added to them via blacksmithing, instead of Weapon gems like other weapons.

Bug or feature? That, I don't know.

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The bonus is always a gem, but you need to be high enough in the blacksmithing tree. I think it's level 9?

Chakrams only use Utility gems (same for Staffs apparently) - I found a green chakram once around level 23 or so which had two utility sockets.

breakdown is this (incomplete list but this is what i've found):

  • bonus for gloves / boots / pants / hats - utility gem or armor gem

  • bonus for longswords / hammers / greatswords - utility gem or weapon gem

  • bonus for chakrams / staffs - utility gem

if you're seriously considering blacksmithing would also recommend sagecrafting to level 9, which lets you craft epic gems.

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