Here is a quick summary of how much ore will be needed to reach mastery for each tier through smelting.
Notes:For Craft XP and Crafting columns, the first number indicates for proficiency and the second is for mastery.
In the Locations column, an asterisk indicates abundance or ease of obtaining needed ore (i.e. recommended).
For tiers 7-9, high-grade skarn is a rare find when mining. This can be extracted and turned into bits of pure ore, for 8 XP/Craft. Using this method to supplement normal smelting would reduce the total amount of ore needed to reach mastery.
Tier 10 introduces the processing methods common in other crafting professions, allowing you to inter-convert between metal shavings and ingots to gain crafting XP.
The general formula to calculate how many times to use a crafting recipe to complete proficiency or mastery skill levels for a tier is:
Number of crafts = [Craft XP] / [XP/Craft]
|Tier||Ore||Locations||Craft XP||XP/Craft||Crafting||Total Ore Needed|
|1||Copper Ore||Ered Luin, Shire, Bree-land||200/400||8||25/50 Ingots||150 Ore|
|Ered Luin, Shire, Bree-land*, Lone-lands, North Downs||280/560||8||35/70 Ingots||210 Ore|
|3||Rich Iron Ore
|Lone-lands, North Downs*, Evendim, Trollshaws||360/720||8||45/90 Ingots||270 Ore|
|North Downs, Evendim, Trollshaws*, Misty Mountains*, Angmar||440/880||8||55/110 Ingots||330 Ore|
|5||Ancient Iron Ore
Ancient Silver Ore
|Misty Mountains*, Angmar, Forochel, Eregion||520/1040||8||65/130 Ingots||390 Ore|
|6||Khazâd Skarn||Angmar, Eregion, Moria, Lothlórien*, Mirkwood, Enedwaith||600/1200||8||75/150 Ingots||450 Ore|
|7||Calenard Skarn||Mirkwood, Enedwaith, Dunland*, Great River||680/1360||6||114/226 Low-grade Ingots||680 Ore|
|8||Riddermark Skarn||East Rohan, Wildermore||760/1520||6||127/253 Low-grade Ingots||760 Ore|
|9||Eorlingas Skarn||West Rohan, West Gondor, Central Gondor||840/1680||6||140/280 Low-grade Ingots||840 Ore|
|10||Anórien Skarn||East Gondor*, Old Anórien, Far Anórien, Ithilien*||840/1680||8||105/210 Ingots||630 Ore|