Mining Dark Iron requires 230 skill in mining, but the only way to learn how to smelt Dark Iron into bars is by speaking with Neutral 15 Gloom'rel, a ghost in the Summoners' Tomb in the Blackrock Depths, and giving him 20 Inv ingot 03 [Gold Bars], 10 Inv ingot 08 [Truesilver Bars], and 2 Inv misc gem ruby 02 [Star Rubies]. After you speak to Gloom'rel, a bowl will appear at his feet. Touching the bowl will give him his tribute. Speak to him again and he will teach you to smelt.

It is important to talk to Gloom'rel before any other dwarf since Doom'rel will begin the event to open the door which requires you to then kill Gloom'rel. Dead dwarves make poor teachers.

Unlike most smelting normal ore, it requires eight pieces of Dark Iron ore to create one bar of Dark Iron. Dark Iron can only be smelted at the Black Forge deep in the instance. You should take this into account, as some of the smithing recipes require as much as eighteen Dark Iron bars. That translates into at least one hundred and forty-four Dark Iron ore.

Also, Gloom'rel will remember that you paid him so if you ever decide to temporary drop mining as a skill then you can relearn the ability to smelt it again at a later time by simply paying him a visit.

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