Final Fantasy 16: How to Complete Blacksmith’s Blues (FFXVI)

What wouldn't we do for this grumpy blacksmith?

Otto’s always been a taciturn, rough around the edges man. But it seems that something’s truly bothering him. Here’s how to complete the sidequest Blacksmith’s Blues in Final Fantasy 16.

Final Fantasy 16: How to Complete Blacksmith’s Blues (FFXVI)

Blacksmith Blues is a sidequest that will have us running around quite a bit, and will eventually culminate in a challenging mini boss fight.

Here’s the succinct steps you’ll need to take to complete Blacksmith Blue’s quest, with a more in-depth version below.

  • Speak to August outside of The Mess.
  • Speak to Otto, the blacksmith on the Main Deck.
  • Speak to Charon, the item seller, on the Main Deck.
  • Go to the Hunt Board and speak to the Moogle.
  • Go to Lostwing on the Worldmap.
  • Go to Norvent Valley.
  • Defeat the Griffin.
  • Speak to the Tanner.
  • Return to Otto.

Speak to August Outside of The Mess

To start this quest, you’ll need to speak to August outside of The Mess and in front of The Counter. He’ll tell you that something has been bothering August, and you’ll need to agree to help him get to the bottom of it.

Speak to Otto the Blacksmith

Otto is the Blacksmith, on the Main Deck just outside of Clive’s chambers. Go straight to him and speak to him. He’ll immediately cotton on to the fact that you and August have conspired and ask you why.

Otto's location
Screenshot by Prima Games | The red circle marks Otto’s location

With enough pressure, he’ll admit that he’s feeling insecure after seeing a masterfully crafted cuirass.

Speak to Charon

In a bid to find the person who created the cuirass, speak to Charon, who is right beside Otto. Charon will tell you she bought the cuirass from an odd fellow who hunts for his own leather. And he’ll be going after a griffin next.

Go to the Hunt Board

The Hunt Board is located outside of The Mess, close to where you found August. If you’ve completed all the Bounties already, don’t worry. The Griffin will appear once you start this quest.

Select the green text option from the Moogle to learn more about the Griffin’s location.

Head to Lostwing on the World Map

Lostwing is located to the East. Once you’ve found it, you can load in immediately, as that’s the Obelisk we want to go to.

Go To Norvent Valley

Once you’re in Lostwing, head through town and follow the trail to the very bottom of Norvent Valley. Once you arrive, you’ll see the Griffin on top of a tall castle wall. Get close to him, and you’ll trigger an automatic cutscene.

The green star marks the Griffin’s location

Defeat the Griffin

This Griffin, called Dozmare, is a Rank-B mark. It appears at level 28, and it can be a challenging fight.

Dozmare uses Aero-based moves, many of which have a high chance to stagger or do area-of-effect damage. I found that this fight was much more difficult than the Rank-B mark Belphegor, as Dozmare is much faster.   

Related: Belphegor Hunt Location & Rewards in Final Fantasy 16 (FFXVI)

Speak to the Tanner

Once the Griffin is defeated, the Tanner will appear. Speak to him, and he’ll give you a piece of tanned leatherwork to show to Otto.

Return to Otto

With the leatherwork in hand, return to Otto. Upon inspecting it, he’ll understand exactly how it was made, and why it’s so fine.

For your trouble, you’ll get the following rewards:

  • Drakeslayer’s Belt Design Draft
  • 250 Experience
  • 10 Renown

With the Drakeslayer belt design draft you’ll be able to craft a rare belt that will give you an HP and defense boost. But if you took on this side quest the moment it appeared, it’s likely that you won’t be able to craft it. Electrum, a necessary material, is something you’ll get later in the game.

If you’re still struggling to find the Griffin, check out or more in-depth guide on its location here: Final Fantasy 16: Where to Find the Griffin (FFXVI).

About the Author

Daphne Fama

A Staff Writer at Prima Games since 2022, Daphne Fama spends an inordinate amount playing games of all stripes but has a soft spot for horror, FPS, and RPGs. When she’s not gaming, she’s an author and member of the Horror Writers Association with a debut novel coming out in 2025. In a previous life, she was an attorney but found she preferred fiction to contracts and forms