Like a Dragon Ishin: Crafting at Kurogane Smithing Like a Dragon Ishin guide, tips
Crafting is available in Like a Dragon Ishin. From our guide you will learn how to unlock the Kurogane Smithing forge, how to craft and upgrade weapons and Gear, how to develop the forge and where to find crafting materials.
Last update: Thursday, March 9, 2023
This page of the Like a Dragon: Ishin guide contains information on how the crafting works. You will learn how to craft or upgrade items (weapons, armor), how to develop the Kurogane Smithing and what options it offers, as well as how to obtain crafting materials.
- Unlocking Kurogane Smithing
- Main crafting menu and upgrading the forge
- Crafting new items
- Enhance items
- Obtaining crafting materials
- Crafting at the Dead-Eyed Man NPC
Unlocking Kurogane Smithing
Crafting gets unlocked in chapter 3, i.e. after unlocking the rest of Kyo by opening the northern gate in the Fushimi district.
While traveling around Kyo, a Blacksmith next to Kurogane Smithing will talk to you - this building is in the western part of the map, on the border of the Rakunai and Rakugai districts. You can go inside and learn about crafting.
A Palanquin Ride fast travel point will appear next to the Kurogane Smithing, making it easy to return to this place.
Main crafting menu and upgrading the forge
The most important options in the Kurogane Smithing menu are:
- Craft - You can create new items.
- Enhance - You can upgrade your items.
- Disassemble - You can disassemble unwanted items and there is a chance that you will get Seals or crafting materials.
- Donate - You can donate unwanted equipment to develop Kurogane Smithing faster.
- Notebook - You can check the notebook for tutorials.
As you progress through the game, you can upgrade the forge by increasing its Smithing Levels. You can check the list of related rewards (e.g. new variants, lower crafting costs, greater upgrade success).
You can make the smithing earn XP by crafting and upgrading items in it, as well as using the Donate option.
Crafting new items
To craft a new item, you need to have:
- Base items, e.g. a more common version of a katana that will be used to produce a rarer variant.
- Required smithing level - initially inaccessible objects are marked with a padlock icon.
- Crafting Materials.
- Required amount of coins - rare items can cost up to several dozen Ryo.
In addition, you need to have a Hammer. They have different types - rarer hammers allow you to produce items of higher quality (blue, purple and gold).
More common hammers can be purchased together with other crafting materials. You can obtain their rarer versions as random loot or, for example, buy at the arena shop for points. Don't use good hammers to craft less valuable items.
You can upgrade items that have free Seal slots. You have to choose seals from the available ones and pay with money.
Seals can't be bought in stores.You can obtain them as random loot. There is a good chance that a golden enemy encountered on the streets will drop them. We discussed this topic in more detail on the How to get Seals? page.
Placing a Seal on an upgraded item has a percentage chance of success, which means that the operation may fail. Unless the odds are 90-100%, it's a good idea to save the game before upgrading.
Obtaining crafting materials
The items needed for crafting include:
- Crafting materials, e.g. various types of ores, crystals or fabrics.
- Weapons and Gear - you spend them to craft higher quality items.
Crafting ingredients can be obtained mainly by completing Battle Dungeon missions. Remember to destroy all interactive containers in dungeons.
The list of obtained items is displayed on the mission summary screen. You can also check the mission description to see what items can be found - this is helpful if you need something specific. There is no guarantee of getting them the first time - you may have to complete the same mission multiple times.
Rare crafting materials can be received as rewards for completing quests. The example in the picture shows the Golden Medicine Case which is a reward for completing Substory #45 in the Fushimi district.
You can also buy materials from merchants. Good places for shopping are:
- Materials Vendor residing in Kurogane Smithing.
- Shinto Priest from the large shrine in Rakunai - You must first buy the Shinto Priest's Exchange upgrade in chapter 4 and spend Virtue points (instead of money) on items.
Common weapons can be easily purchased at the Arms Dealer - they have their shops in the Rakugai and Mukurogai districts. Regular katanas and Gear usually cost 1,000 - 6,000 Mon.
Crafting at the Dead-Eyed Man NPC
You can also craft at the Dead-Eyed Man - you can find him in the eastern part of Mukurogai, next to a small shrine.
During the conversation, you can show the NPC selected weapons from the inventory (Yaksha Blade/Peashooter in the example from the picture). You will find out that he can improve them for you. During the fight you must:
- Place the given weapon into the active slot.
- Bring the man the materials for crafting.