With Lords of the Fallen being a Soulslike, nothing is more important than your gear and weapons. It’s essential to upgrade your weapons as soon as possible to deal with the increasingly difficult enemies. Like other Souls games, there is a Blacksmith who will be your go-to person for enhancing weapons. This guide will cover where to find the Blacksmith in Lords of the Fallen.
Where to Find the Blacksmith in Lords of the Fallen
Players will unlock the Blacksmith, Gerlinde, after beating the third boss in Lords of the Fallen. The boss is named “Gentle Gaverns, Mistress of Hounds.” Gerlinde can be found locked in a cage below the Pilgrim’s Perch Bellroom Vestige.
When first encountering Gerlinde, she will ask you for a key to the prison cell. The Radiant Soldier guarding the prison cell has the key, kill him to get it. Hand over the key, and then warp to Skyrest, causing Gerlinde the Blacksmith to appear in the upstairs room to the left of the Vestige. You don’t need to beat Gentle Gaverus, Mistress of Hounds for her to appear at Skyrest.
Gerlinde does more than upgrade weapons for you; she also can socket runes into your shield and weapons. Runes can be found as rare drops by defeating enemies and can add unique abilities to your gear, such as increased posture damage or reduced shield weight.
It’s important to remember that players must find Rune Tablets in the world before unlocking the Rune Socket option. These are well hidden and can be found in the Umbral Realm or Axiom, so make sure you’re constantly bouncing between the two. After finding one, a dialogue option will appear when speaking to Gerlinde, which allows you to hand over the Rune Tablet.
When visiting Gerlinde, you can tell which materials you need by looking directly underneath the weapon you wish to upgrade. It’s in very small print and can be easy to miss, but it’s good to note before leaving Skyrest and searching for these materials.
- This article was updated on October 17th, 2023