Elden Ring: Where to Find Smithing Stone & Somberstone Bell Bearings
Upgrading weapons in Elden Ring requires Smithing Stones or Somber Smithing Stones depending on the type of weapon. You'll find plenty in the Lands Between, but only enough to fully upgrade one or two weapons of either type. But if you want to know how to buy Smithing Stones or Somber Smithing Stones, you'll need to find Bell Bearings.
Bell Bearings are key items you give to the Twin Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold, which allow you to purchase Smithing Stones and Somber Stones for a small number of Runes. The cost increases as the Stones provide higher and higher upgrade values.
Don't expect to find most of the Bell Bearings you need quickly, however, as even the earliest of them is far past Godrick the Grafted or in the rotted hellhole of Caelid. Never fear, though. We've got where to find every smithing version in this guide.
One note: many NPC merchants throughout Elden Ring, such as the wily Patches, Kale, or even Rogier or Bernahl, will drop their personal Bell Bearing if and when they die, giving you access to their inventory when provided to the Twin Maidens.
Warning: Some lore/critical path spoilers follow.
Where to Find All Smithing Stone Bell Bearings in Elden Ring
Most mundane weapons use standard Smithing Stones of levels 1-9. Boss weapons and other unique armaments use Somber Smithing Stones. Upgrading a mundane weapon takes multiple stones per level. Weapons that improve with Somber only need one stone per level. This is because standard weaponry can be improved up to +25, and unique arms go to +10.
With all four Smithing-Stone Miner's Bell Bearings, you'll be able to purchase up to Smithing Stone 8, which takes weapons to +24. You'll need all five Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearings to buy up to Somber Smithing Stone 9, which takes Somber weapons to +9.
Smithing-Stone Miner's Bell Bearing 1 Location
The first Smithing-Stone Miner Bell Bearing is in the Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel on the northeastern corner of Liurnia of the Lakes. At the bottom of the tunnel is the first of many Crystallian bosses in various mines throughout the world. Killing it rewards the Bell Bearing 1. You can now buy up to Smithing Stone 2, taking your weapons to up to +6
Smithing-Stone Miner's Bell Bearing 2 Location
The second Smithing-Stone Miner's Bell Bearing is in the Capital Outskirts outside the capital city of Leyndell, at the southern tip of a small lake outside the city's western wall. Called the Sealed Tunnel, it's marked on your map as a red and black splotch. Head southeast from the grand staircase leading into Leyndell, and stick to the waterway below the cliff. You'll find the Bell Bearing in a chest on your right as you make your way through the Tunnel.
You don't need to kill the boss for this one. These allow you to purchase up to Smithing Stone 4, taking your weapons to a max of +12.
Smithing-Stone Miner's Bell Bearing 3 Location
You won't find this Bell Bearing until much later into the game, in the Mountaintops of the Giants, in fact, following your defeat of Morgott, Omen King at the top of Leyndell. From the Mountaintop side of the Grand Lift of Rold, head into the Zamor Ruins and look for a stairwell down.
The Bell Bearing is in a chest at the stairway's bottom, behind a lifting door. With this, you can buy up to Smithin Stone 6, which takes weapons to +18 maximum.
Smithing-Stone Miner's Bell Bearing 4 Location
The final Smithing Stone Bell Bearing is a reward for one of the most annoying obligatory bosses in all of Elden Ring: the Godskin Duo. They're located in Crumbling Faram Azula, reachable after setting the Erdtree aflame in the Mountaintops of the Giants. Should you manage to defeat the Godskin Duo, you're rewarded with Smithing-Stone Miner's Bell Bearing 4. You'll be able to purchase up to Smithing Stone 8 with this item, taking weapons to +24.
Where to Find All Somberstone Bell Bearings in Elden Ring
All unique weapons in Elden Ring, from boss armaments like the Blasphemous Blade to specific enemy weapons, use Somberstone to upgrade. There are five total Somberstone Bell Bearings throughout the Lands Between, scattered from Caelid at first to the ends of the earth at last.
Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing 1 Location
Northwest of Sellia, Town of Sorcery is the Sellia Crystal Tunnel. Making your way to its bottom has you fighting the Fallingstar Beast in an arena entirely too small for the distance its attacks cover. Defeating it, however, awards the Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing 1, which allows you to purchase up to Somberstone 2. With it, you can upgrade your unique weapons to +2.
Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing 2 Location
In the northwest of the Altus Plateau is the Altus Tunnel, a deep mine filled with hard-hitting enemies. At its bottom, you'll face a pair of Crystalian's, one with a spear and the other with a bladed ring.
The spear-user has a few attacks but prefers to jump at you and stab over and over and over. The ringblade Crystalian will keep its distance, throwing smaller ringblades and doing some spinning attacks. Try to take out the spear boss first, as it's annoying enough on its own, and the ringblade version doesn't take much to kill.
Defeating this dual boss awards Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing 2, letting you buy Somberstone 4.
Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing 3 Location
At the far eastern edge of the Mountaintops of the Giants is a sizable lake. At that lake's southern tip is the First Church of Marika, and the Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing 3 rests on a corpse just outside the church's front door. With it, you can buy up to Somberstone 6.
Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing 4 Location
Both Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing 4 and 5 are located in Crumbling Faram Azula. You'll find this first, number 4, on your way down from where you initially enter the area. It's on a corpse on a cliff overlooking a giant sleeping dragon, with a church further to the north. With it, you can buy up to Somberstone 8.
Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing 5 Location
The final Somberstone Miner's Bell Bearing is beyond the Godskin Duo boss fight. Head out the northern door and follow the path down, past the Crucible Knight, beyond the lighting dragon, and into a small chapel.
A white-furred beast rests at the altar at the opposite end of the chapel, and two of his friends hide in alcoves to the right and left. Kill all of them and pick up the Bell Bearing, granting you access to Somberstone 9.
None of these Bell Bearings will provide you with the ultimate upgrade material: Smithing Stone 9 or Somberstone 10. These you must find out in the world. You'd do well to use our map fragment guide to make finding them easier. If you want to actually use all the weapons you find on a single playthrough, you'll need to know how to respec. Our Elden Ring guides hub always has more, so check back often.