Rune Factory 4 Special: Complete Guide To Forging

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In Rune Factory 4, it is very important to keep your equipment up to date. Both your weapons and your farming tools need to be upgraded regularly if you want to have an edge on the game's rate of progression, with stronger enemies and larger farms to contend with.

Enter the Forge. Rather than buying new equipment, Rune Factory 4 will have you making your own. With just a few ingredients and a whole lot of Rune Points (RP), you can get the latest, greatest weapons and tools that you need.

Forge Basics

The Forge is acquired quite early on in the game by following the tutorials on the Request Board. This request will have you purchasing a Forge from Bado for the price of 3,000 Gold, 30 Lumber, and 25 Material Stone. Once purchased, you can place it and use it anywhere.

When using the Forge, you will be prompted to choose whether you want to make a weapon, make a tool, or upgrade an existing weapon. You can make weapons or tools using recipes that you can learn by eating Weapon Bread or Farming Bread respectively. This bread can be purchased from Porcoline's restaurant.

It is possible to forge something without having learned the recipe, however. If you guess a recipe correctly or use a guide, you can make something before the game tells you about it. There are downsides to this, however:

  • If the recipe is too highly leveled, it has a chance of failing. If it is ten or more levels higher than your forging skill level it will always fail.
  • Making a recipe that you do not know will cost a lot more RP than if you knew the recipe. Luckily, guessing a recipe correctly adds it to your recipe collection.
  • Recipes that are a higher level than your forge skill level will also cost more RP to attempt, even if you 'know' them.

Failing to forge something will produce Scrap Metal, an item with few uses.

If, when forging, the recipe has spare slots, you may put items into these slots. Depending on the items used the weapon may gain extra stats or special effects such as an elemental alignment or a status effect.

Upgrading Weapons

You can upgrade a weapon up to ten times. Upgrading a weapon involves taking an item and forging it into the weapon, adding stats and sometimes special effects. You can check the effects of an item in its description, which will also tell you the difficulty level of the item.

Upgrading a weapon follows the same rules as forging. If the item's difficulty level is higher than your forge skill level there is a chance that the upgrade will fail. In addition, the upgrade will cost a lot more RP.

When you first upgrade a weapon with a particular item, the weapon will gain the item's full effect. If you then forge more of that item into the weapon, the effect will not be as potent.

For example:

  • If you forge Bronze onto a Zweihaender, it will gain +4 Defense.
  • If you then attempt to forge a second Bronze onto the Zweihaender, it will only gain +2 Defense for a total of 6 Defense.

From this, we can see that it is far better to forge a range of different items onto a weapon if you want to upgrade it efficiently.

Weapon Recipes

There are eight classes of weapons in Rune Factory 4 and each of them has a bevy of recipes to learn and use. These recipes use a combination of specific items and required item classifications. To illustrate this, let's take two Short Swords – the Cutlass and the Aqua Sword.

  • The Aqua Sword's recipe is a lump of Silver and an Aquamarine. You can only use these two items to make this sword.
  • The Cutlass's recipe requires a Bronze and then any Claws and Fangs item. This means that while you must use a Bronze in the recipe, the second item can be any item that comes under the Claws and Fangs category. It could be a simple Insect Jaw or even an Ivory Tusk.

In these recipes, we have put item classifications in italics. This means you can use any item of that classification. You can find an item's classification in the first line of their description box.

Click the links in this table to jump to a particular weapon type.

Short SwordsLong SwordsSpearsAxes
HammersDual BladesGlovesStaves

Short Sword Recipes

Steel Sword3Minerals, Claws and Fangs
Steel Sword+4Steel Sword, Minerals
Cutlass7Bronze, Claws and Fangs
Aqua Sword15Silver, Aquamarine
Invisiblade16Invisible Stone, Claws and Fangs, Crystals
Defender19Sapphire, Claws and Fangs
Burning Sword20Gold, Fire Crystal
Back Scratcher20Glue, Sticks and Stems
Gorgeous Sword23Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold
Spoon25Silver, Silver
Gaia Sword27Gold, Earth Crystal, Rigid Horn
Snakesword30Diamond, Claws and Fangs
Luck Blade35Diamond, Scorpion Pincer, Claws and Fangs
Platinum Sword38Platinum, Silver, Claws and Fangs, Sticks and Stems
Wind Sword40Platinum, Silver, Wind Crystal
Chaos Blade42Platinum, Gold, Magic, Holy Spore
Sakura44Platinum, Paralysis Poison, Poison Powder, Cherry Grass
Sunspot46Platinum, Gold, Warrior's Proof, Fire Crystal, Ruby
Durendal50Platinum, Platinum, Malm Claw, Devil Horn, Ambrosia's Thorns
Aerial Blade54Orichalcum, Lightning Mane, Wind Crystal, Emerald, Claws and Fangs
Grantale59Orichalcum, Yellow Feather, Earth Crystal, Amethyst, Cursed Doll
Smash Blade64Orichalcum, Pirate's Armor, 4-Leaf Clover, Chimera's Claw, Claws and Fangs
Icifier68Orichalcum, Icy Nose, Water Crystal, Aquamarine, Claws and Fangs
Soul Eater70Orichalcum, Dangerous Scissors, Love Crystal, Legendary Scale, Earth Dragon Ash
Raventine74Orichalcum, Orichalcum, Golem Spirit Stone, Fire Crystal, Earth Dragon Ash
Star Saber77Orichalcum, Golem Spirit Stone, Wind Crystal, Emerald, Electro Crystal
Platinum Sword+79Platinum Sword, Dragonic Stone
Dragon Slayer82Dragonic Stone, Dragonic Stone, Black Scale, Blue Scale, Glitter Scale
Rune Blade85Dragonic Stone, Earthwyrm Scale, Rune Crystal, Claws and Fangs, Sticks and Stems
Gladius90Dragonic Stone, Earthwyrm Scale, Small Crystal, Throne of the Empire, Claws and Fangs
Rune Legend99Rune Sphere Shard, Dragonic Stone, Rune Crystal, Green Core, Wind Dragon Tooth

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Long Sword Recipes

Zweihaender6Minerals, Claws and Fangs
Zweihaender+11Zweihaender, Bronze
Great Sword16Bronze, Liquids
Sea Cutter21Silver, Aquamarine
Cyclone Blade25Gold, Emerald
Poison Blade27Gold, Silver, Poison Powder
Katzbalger29Gold, Silver, Rigid Horn
Earth Shade30Gold, Silver, Black Bird Feather, Earth Crystal
Big Knife32Diamond, Claws and Fangs, Sticks and Stems
Katana35Diamond, Magic, Claws and Fangs
Flame Saber39Diamond, Gold Wolf Fang, Fire Crystal
Bio Smasher40Platinum, Paralysis Poison, Poison Powder, Pom-Pom Grass
Snow Crown42Platinum, Gold, Water Crystal, Aquamarine
Dancing Dicer43Platinum, Dragon Fang, Dragon Bones
Flamberge45Platinum, Platinum, Magic Claw, Thunderbird Feather, Big Bird's Comb
Flamberge+46Flamberge, Malm Claw
Volcanon48Devil Horn, Fire Crystal, Ruby, Chimera's Claw
Psycho50Devil Horn, Malm Claw, Dark Crystal, Rafflesia Petal
Shine Blade52Orichalcum, Platinum, Light Crystal, Sapphire
Grand Smasher55Yellow Feather, Earth Crystal, Ambrosia's Thorns, Earth Dragon Ash
Belzebuth58Ammonite, Devil Blood, Dark Crystal
Orochi63Queen's Jaw, Grimoire Scale, Scales, Scales, Strings
Punisher68Dangerous Scissors, Tablet of Truth, Minerals
Steel Slicer73Orichalcum, Orichalcum, Golem Spirit Stone, MTGU Plate
Moon Shadow76Glitter Scale, Light Crystal, Earth Crystal, Red Lion Fur, Blue Lion Fur
Blue-Eyed Blade79Dragonic Stone, Orichalcum, Blue Core, Claws and Fangs
Balmung84Dragonic Stone, Tablet of Truth, Golem Tablet, Claws and Fangs
Braveheart89Dragonic Stone, Earthwyrm Scale, Love Scale, Light Scale, Sapphire
Force Element91Firewyrm Scale, Green Core, Red Core, Yellow Core, Blue Core
Heaven Asunder92Rune Sphere Shard, Dragonic Stone, Water Dragon Ash, Fire Dragon Ash, Earth Dragon Ash
Caliburn99Rune Sphere Shard, Wind Dragon Tooth, Dragon Fin, Earthwyrm Scale, Firewyrm Scale

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Spear Recipes

Wood Staff6Sticks and Stems
Lance9Minerals, Sticks and Stems
Lance+12Lance, Bronze
Safety Lance13Ghost Hood, Sticks and Stems
Pitchfork14Wolf Fang, Fodder, Sticks and Stems
Needle Spear15Bronze, Wolf Fang, Sticks and Stems
Trident18Silver, Sticks and Stems
Water Spear21Silver, Aquamarine, Sticks and Stems
Halberd25Gold, Sticks and Stems
Corsesca27Gold, Rigid Horn, Sticks and Stems
Corsesca+29Corsesca, Black Bird Feather
Poison Spear30Diamond, Poison Powder, Sticks and Stems
Fivestaff34Diamond, Scales, Scales, Sticks and Stems
Heavy Lance37Platinum, Gold, Sticks and Stems
Feather Lance38Platinum, Silver, Thick Stick, Wind Crystal, Feathers
Pine Club40Pineapple, Sticks and Stems
Iceberg41Platinum, Platinum, Thick Stick, Water Crystal, Aquamarine
Blood Lance43Platinum, Cursed Doll, Thick Stick, Magic Claw, Devil Blood
Magical Lance47Devil Horn, Cursed Doll, Puppetry Strings, Round Stone, Crystals
Flare Lance49Platinum, Devil Horn, Proof of Rank, Fire Crystal, Dragon Bones
Brionac51Orichalcum, Light Crystal, Sapphire, Lightning Mane, Sticks and Stems
Poison Queen55Orichalcum, Orichaulcum, Poison King, Holy Spore, Poison Powder
Monk Staff57Orichalcum, Turnip's Miracle, Glitta Augite, Sticks and Stems
Metus60Orichalcum, Queen's Jaw, Cursed Doll, Legendary Scale, Sticks and Stems
Silent Grave65Orichalcum, Dangerous Scissors, Crystal Skull, Shards, Sticks and Stems
Overbreak69Blue Scale, Left Rock Shard, Right Rock Shard, Grimoire Scale, Sticks and Stems
Bjor74Melody Bottle, Holy Spore, Orichalcum, Small Crystal, Sticks and Stems
Belvarose76Dragonic Stone, Ambrosia's Thorns, Tablet of Truth, MTGU Plate, Sticks and Stems
Gae Bolg81Dragonic Stone, Orichalcum, Grimoire Scale, Black Scale, Moving Branch
Dragon's Fang86Earthwyrm Scale, Big Crystal, Rune Crystal, Sticks and Stems
Gungnir91Dragon Fin, Green Core, Earth Dragon Ash, Fire Dragon Ash, Sticks and Stems
Legion99Rune Sphere Shard, Firewyrm Scale, Dragon Fin, Light Ore, Sticks and Stems

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Axe Recipes

Battle Axe6Minerals, Claws and Fangs
Axe9Cheap Axe, Minerals
Battle Scythe13Bronze, Claws and Fangs
Pole Axe16Wolf Fang, Bronze, Sticks and Stems
Pole Axe+20Pole Axe, Silver
Great Axe23Gold, Claws and Fangs
Tomahawk28Silver, Emerald, Silk Cloth, Claws and Fangs
Lollipop28Butter, Apple
Basilisk Fang30Gold, Paralysis Poison, Claws and Fangs, Claws and Fangs
Rock Axe32Gold, Silver, Giant's Gloves, Earth Crystal
Demon Axe35Diamond, Scorpion Pincer, Devil Blood
Frost Axe42Platinum, Dragon Fang, Big Crystal, Water Crystal, Aquamarine
Crescent Axe46Platinum, Chimera's Claw, Devil Horn
Crescent Axe+47Crescent Axe, Warrior's Proof, Proof of Rank
Heat Axe53Orichalcum, Fire Crystal, Ruby, Fire Dragon Ash
Double Edge65Big Giant's Nail, Queen's Jaw, Red Lion Fur, Blue Lion Fur
Alldale69Orichalcum, Orichalcum, Dangerous Scissors, White Stone, Yellow Core
Devil Finger73Love Scale, Legendary Scale, Water Dragon Ash, Fire Dragon Ash, Earth Dragon Ash
Executioner81Dragonic Stone, Golem Spirit Stone, Light Ore, Chimera Tail, Dark Crystal
Saint Axe98Rune Sphere Shard, Light Crystal, White Crystal, Small Crystal, Big Crystal

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Hammer Recipes

Battle Hammer3Minerals
Hammer7Cheap Hammer, Minerals
Toy Hammer8Sticks and Stems, Cloths and Skins
War Hammer11Bronze, Shards
War Hammer+15War Hammer, Liquids
Iron Bat18Bat, Silver
Great Hammer22Silver, Shards
Ice Hammer26Gold, Aquamarine, Shards
Bone Hammer31Gold, Giant's Gloves, Shells and Bones, Shells and Bones
Strong Hammer33Diamond, Stones, Scales, Strings
Flame Hammer36Diamond, Fire Crystal, Ruby, Shards
Gigant Hammer38Platinum, Gold, Silver, Shards
Sky Hammer40Platinum, Wind Crystal, Emerald, Thunderbird Feather
Graviton Hammer49Grimoire Scale, Earth Crystal, Minerals
Spiked Hammer50Left Rock Shard, Right Rock Shard, Claws and Fangs, Sticks and Stems
Crystal Hammer57Orichalcum, Crystal Skull, Big Crystal, Shards
Schnabel60Orichalcum, Ammonite, Blue Core, Shards
Gigant Hammer+71Gigant Hammer, Golem Spirit Stone, Orichalcum, Small Crystal
Kongo77Strong Stone, Dragonic Stone, Small Crystal
Mjolnir86Earthwyrm Scale, Dragonic Stone, Small Crystal, Rune Crystal
Fatal Crush90Wind Dragon Tooth, Throne of the Empire, Dragonic Stone, Dragonic Stone, Dragonic Stone
Splash Star99Rune Sphere Shard, Wind Dragon Tooth, Dragon Fin, Earthwyrm Scale, Firewyrm Scale

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Dual Blade Recipes

Short Dagger5Minerals, Minerals
Steel Edge9Iron, Iron, Bronze
Double Scratch12Back Scratcher, Back Scratcher
Frost Edge13Aquamarine, Aquamarine, Liquids
Iron Edge21Iron, Iron, Silver
Thief Knife23Silver, Silver
Acutorimass23Silver, Silver, Iron, Iron
Wind Edge25Emerald, Emerald, Palm Claw
Gorgeous Lx28Gorgeous Sword, Gorgeous Sword
Steel Katana30Gold, Gold, Black Bird Feather
Twin Blade32Gold, Gold, Rigid Horn, Rigid Horn, Paralysis Poison
Rampage33Diamond, Diamond, Gold Wolf Fang
Salamander35Diamond, Diamond, Fire Crystal, Cheap Propeller
Platinum Edge37Platinum, Platinum, Dragon Fang, Dragon Fang
Sonic Dagger39Platinum, Platinum, Emerald, Emerald, Thunderbird Feather
Twin Leeks39Leek, Leek
Chaos Edge40Platinum, Platinum, Quality Propeller, Quality Propeller, Holy Spore
Desert Wind44Malm Claw, Wind Crystal, Earth Crystal, MTGU Plate
Broken Wall48Left Rock Shard, Right Rock Shard, Earth Crystal
Force Divide51Orichalcum, Fire Crystal, Water Crystal, Red Core, Blue Core
Heart Fire54Fire Dragon Ash, Fire Dragon Ash, Yellow Feather, Fire Crystal
Orcus Sword57Turnip's Miracle, Earth Dragon Ash, Earth Dragon Ash, Glitta Augite, Glitta Augite
Deep Blizzard63Icy Nose, Icy Nose, Water Crystal, Water Crystal
Dark Invitation68Dangerous Scissors, Blue Lion Fur, Red Lion Fur, Legendary Scale, Dark Crystal
Priest Saber72Dangerous Scissors, MTGU Plate, MTGU Plate, Light Crystal, Light Crystal
Efreet74Red Core, Crimson Scale, Golem Spirit Stone, Fire Dragon Ash, Fire Dragon Ash
Dragoon Claw76Dragon Fang, Blue Scale, Glitter Scale, Grimoire Scale, Small Crystal
Emerald Edge79Dragonic Stone, Green Core, Green Core
Rune Edge87Dragonic Stone, Rune Crystal, Rune Crystal
Earnest Edge90Dragonic Stone, Earthwyrm Scale, Earthwyrm Scale, Glitta Augite, Glitta Augite
Twin Justice99Rune Sphere Shard, Firewyrm Scale, Dragon Fin, Fire Dragon Ash, Water Dragon Ash

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Glove Recipes

Leather Gloves2Cloths and Skins
Brass Knuckles10Bronze, Cloths and Skins
Kote16Iron, Palm Claw, Cloths and Skins
Gloves20Quality Cloth, Fur (only M will do), Strings
Bear Claws28Gold, Cloths and Skins
Fists of the Earth30Gold, Rigid Horn, Earth Crystal, Cloths and Skins
Fists of Fire33Diamond, Fire Crystal, Cloths and Skins
Fists of Water38Platinum, Water Crystal, Aquamarine, Cloths and Skins
Dragon Claw42Platinum, Dragon Fang, Scales, Cloths and Skins
Fists of Dark46Malm Claw, Dark Crystal, Cursed Doll
Fists of Wind50Malm Claw, Wind Crystal, Chimera's Claw
Fists of Light53Orichalcum, Light Crystal, Light Crystal, Big Crystal
Cat Punch57Orichalcum, Quality Worn Cloth, Yellow Feather, Big Bird's Comb, Chimera's Claw
Animal Puppets60Turnip's Miracle, Rune Crystal, Puppetry Strings, Furs, Furs
Ironleaf Fists64Orichalcum, Crimson Scale, MTGU Plate, Ironleaf, Ironleaf
Caestus69Orichalcum, Dangerous Scissors, Red Lion Fur, Blue Lion Fur
Golem Punch75Orichalcum, Golem Spirit Stone, Golem Tablet, MTGU Plate, Shiny Screw
Hand of God82Dragonic Stone, Chimera Tail, Ambrosia's Thorns, Small Crystal, Cloths and Skins
Bazal Katar90Dragonic Stone, Earthwyrm Scale, Firewyrm Scale, Crystal Skull, Cloths and Skins
Fenrir99Rune Sphere Shard, Rune Crystal, Red Lion Fur, Blue Lion Fur, Broken Ice Wall

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Staff Recipes

As elements are so important to Staves we have included them in the recipe table.

Rod2FireSticks and Stems
Basket4LoveStrings, Strings, Cloths and Skins
Amethyst Rod6EarthAmethyst, Sticks and Stems
Aquamarine Rod8WaterAquamarine, Sticks and Stems
Sweet Potato Staff10LoveSweet Potato, Sticks and Stems
Friendly Rod13LoveLove Crystal, Sticks and Stems
Love-Love Rod15LoveFriendly Rod, Love Crystal, Love Crystal, Love Crystal
Staff16EarthMagic Crystal, Sticks and Stems
Emerald Rod18WindEmerald, Sticks and Stems
Silver Staff21DarkSilver, Sticks and Stems
Flare Staff22FireFire Crystal, Sticks and Stems
Ruby Rod23FireRuby, Sticks and Stems
Elvish Harp24LoveStrings, Sticks and Stems
Sapphire Rod26LightSapphire, Sticks and Stems
Earth Staf28EarthEarth Crystal, Sticks and Stems
Syringe29WaterSilver, Furs, Sticks and Stems
Lightning Wand30WindWind Crystal, Sticks and Stems
Ice Staff31WaterWater Crystal, Sticks and Stems
Diamond Rod33DarkDiamond, Sticks and Stems
Wizard's Staff35LightMagic, Sticks and Stems
Mage's Staff40EarthPlatinum, Sticks and Stems
Shooting Star Staff43LightFairy Elixir, Golem Stone, Sticks and Stems
Hell Branch49DarkSkull, Warrior's Proof, Proof of Rank, Devil Horn
Crimson Staff50FireRed Core, Fire Dragon Ash, Devil Horn
Bubble Staff53WaterBlue Core, Water Dragon Ash, Orichalcum, Sticks and Stems
Gaia Rod56EarthYellow Core, Earth Dragon Ash, Yellow Feather, Sticks and Stems
Cyclone Rod60WindGreen Core, Grimoire Scale, Turnip's Miracle, Sticks and Stems
Storm Wand65WindMealy Apple, Electro Crystal, Orichalcum, Sticks and Stems
Rune Staff70LightRune Crystal, Rune Crystal, Crimson Scale, Sticks and Stems
Mage's Staff+76LoveDragonic Stone, Orichalcum, Love Scale, Love Crystal, Sticks and Stems
Golden Turnip Staff80LoveGolden Turnip, Sticks and Stems
Magic Broom82WindAncient Orc Cloth, Moving Branch, Rune Crystal, Big Crystal, Strings
Magic Shot85LoveEarthwyrm Scale, Melody Bottle, Rune Crystal, Small Crystal, Sticks and Stems
Hell Curse87AirMoving Branch, Dragon Fin, Cursed Doll, Crystal Skull, Small Crystal
Algernon91EarthMoving Branch, Ambrosia's Thorns, Wind Dragon Tooth, Charm Blue, Lamp Grass
Sorcerer's Wand99LightRune Sphere Shard, Dragon Fin, Rune Crystal, Small Crystal, Moving Branch

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Farming Tool Recipes

Forging a new farming tool works in the same way as weapons. Some recipes will have item classifications listed in italics instead of specific items and for those, you can use any item of that classification. You can check an item's classification on the first line of its description box.


Cheap Hoe5Minerals
Sturdy Hoe15Bronze
Seasoned Hoe30Silver
Shiny Hoe45Gold
Blessed Hoe80Platinum


Cheap Waterpot5Minerals, Cloths and Skins
Tin Waterpot15Bronze, Cloths and Skins
Lion Waterpot30Silver, Cloths and Skins
Rainbow Waterpot45Gold, Cloths and Skins
Joy Waterpot80Platinum, Cloths and Skins


Cheap Sickle5Minerals, Shards
Iron Sickle15Bronze, Shards
Quality Sickle30Silver, Shards
Super Sickle45Gold, Shards
Legendary Sickle80Platinum, Shards


Cheap Axe5Stones, Sticks and Stems
Chopping Axe15Bronze, Stones, Sticks and Stems
Lumber Axe30Silver, Stones, Sticks and Stems
Mountain Axe45Gold, Stones, Sticks and Stems
Miracle Axe80Platinum, Stones, Sticks and Stems


Cheap Hammer5Minerals, Sticks and Stems
Iron Hammer15Bronze, Minerals, Sticks and Stems
Silver Hammer30Silver, Minerals, Sticks and Stems
Golden Hammer45Gold, Minerals, Sticks and Stems
Platinum Hammer80Platinum, Minerals, Sticks and Stems

Fishing Poles

Cheap Pole5Sticks and Stems, Strings
Beginner's Pole15Bronze, Sticks and Stems, Strings
Skilled Pole30Silver, Sticks and Stems, Strings
Famous Pole45Gold, Sticks and Stems, Strings
Sacred Pole80Platinum, Sticks and Stems, Strings

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