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OSRS Blast Furnace Guide: Why Gold Ore Should Be Avoided?

In Old School RuneScape (OSRS), we often find ourselves at crossroads choosing the right path for skill development. Today, we're zooming into the art of smithing, especially the Blast Furnace and why Gold Ore might not be the best choice. Based on my recent experience of pushing my total level to 2179, I will walk you through the ins and outs of maximizing your smithing efficiency.

 


OSRS Blast Furnace Guide: Why Gold Ore Should Be Avoided?

 

Understanding the Blast Furnace

Blast Furnace in OSRS offers players an amazing way to smelt ores.

The method is widely used to boost smithing skills as it's cost-effective and requires less coal.

However, it's crucial to use it wisely.

 

Gold Ore Isn't Ideal for the Blast Furnace

  • Absence of Goldsmith Gauntlets: These gauntlets improve gold bar smelting experience significantly. Access to these gauntlets can be limited in certain gameplay scenarios, such as restricted areas or specific game modes, reducing the efficiency of using Gold Ore in Blast Furnace.
  • Alternative High-XP Methods: While gold ore is great for XP, other methods, like smelting steel bars, are more efficient. When smithed into other items, steel bars lead to more smithing XP, despite yielding slightly less XP than gold.
  • Resource Management: Using Gold Ore doesn’t necessarily provide the best balance between cost and XP gain. Managing resources like coal and balancing them with other ores can result in more efficient XP gains.
  • Crafting vs. Smithing XP: Gold bars primarily offer crafting experience when converted into items, which doesn't align if your focus is solely on enhancing your smithing level.

 

Effective Alternatives at the Blast Furnace

  • Steel Bars: Offering a balanced XP rate, Steel Bars are a great alternative. They require managing iron ore and coal, but the XP gained from smithing the bars into items like Steel Platebodies or Bolts adds significant value.
  • Mithril and Adamantite Bars: For higher-level smiths, shifting to Mithril or Adamantite ores can be more beneficial. They offer better XP rates and can be smithed into various items for additional gains.
  • Efficient Resource Management: Keep a close eye on your coal to ore ratio and stock up appropriately. This ensures continuous production without unnecessary downtime.

 

Conclusion: Making the Right Choice

While the allure of gold might seem tempting, the path to efficient smithing at the Blast Furnace requires strategic choices. Remember that in OSRS, as in life, the most glittering option is not always gold, so select ores that align with your gauntlet availability, XP goals, and resource management goals.

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