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Customizing an Ashbringer at the paladin Order Hall

Artifacts are a special type of weapon introduced in World of Warcraft's sixth expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion, and are the only weapons players will wield over the course of the expansion.

Players can acquire these new weapons early in the expansion's run, and the weapons will grow in power alongside players. Players will be able to earn Artifact Power through engaging in most types of play, and can spend this to unlock a unique tree of traits traced upon the form of their Artifacts, enhancing their abilities. Players can also obtain a new type of Relic from major content such as dungeons and raids, and use these to upgrade the Artifact itself. Artifacts also come with an extensive range of visual customization options.

There is an Artifact for each class specialization, 36 in total. For example, Blood death knights and Frost death knights will have different Artifacts. Obtaining each Artifact will involve a unique quest to seek out these powerful weapons.

List of Artifacts

Class Spec Weapon Location/Quest
Death knight Death knight Blood Blood Maw of the Damned
Death knight Death knight Frost Frost Blades of the Fallen Prince Seek out the shards of Frostmourne in Icecrown where they lay after the defeat of the Lich King, and reforge them into a pair of runeblades[1]
Death knight Death knight Unholy Unholy Apocalypse
Demon hunter Demon hunter No Spec Havoc Twinblades of the Deceiver
Demon hunter Demon hunter No Spec Vengeance Aldrachi Warblades
Druid Druid Balance Balance Scythe of Elune
Druid Druid Feral Combat Feral Fangs of Ashamane
Druid Druid Guardian Guardian Claws of Ursoc
Druid Druid Restoration Restoration G'Hanir, the Mother Tree
Hunter Hunter Beast Mastery Beast Mastery Titanstrike
Hunter Hunter Marksmanship Marksmanship Thas'dorah, Legacy of the Windrunners
Hunter Hunter Survival Survival Talonclaw, Spear of the Wild Gods
Mage Mage Arcane Arcane Aluneth, Greatstaff of the Magna
Mage Mage Fire Fire Felo'melorn
Mage Mage Frost Frost Ebonchill, Greatstaff of Alodi
Monk Monk Brewmaster Brewmaster Fu Zan, the Wanderer's Companion
Monk Monk Mistweaver Mistweaver Sheilun, Staff of the Mists
Monk Monk Windwalker Windwalker Fists of the Heavens
Paladin Paladin Holy Holy The Silver Hand
Paladin Paladin Protection Protection Truthguard
Paladin Paladin Retribution Retribution Ashbringer Search the Broken Shore, where the Ashbringer fell in battle and was lost[1]
Priest Priest Discipline Discipline Light's Wrath
Priest Priest Holy Holy Tuure, Beacon of the Naaru
Priest Priest Shadow Shadow Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire
Rogue Rogue Assassination Assassination Anguish and Sorrow
Rogue Rogue Combat Combat (renamed Outlaw) The Dreadblades (Fate and Fortune)
Rogue Rogue Subtlety Subtlety Fangs of the Devourer
Shaman Shaman Elemental Elemental The Fist of Ra-den
Shaman Shaman Enhancement Enhancement Doomhammer
Shaman Shaman Restoration Restoration Scepter of Azshara
Warlock Warlock Affliction Affliction Ulthalesh, the Deadwind Harvester
Warlock Warlock Demonology Demonology Skull of the Man'ari
Warlock Warlock Destruction Destruction Scepter of Sargeras
Warrior Warrior Arms Arms Stromkar, the Warbreaker
Warrior Warrior Fury Fury Warswords of Valajar
Warrior Warrior Protection Protection Scale of the Earthwarder Delve into the sealed and curse-laden tomb of an ancient vrykul king who was buried with a sword and shield made from the scales of Neltharion[1]


A mockup of the path of customization options for Ashbringer
A mockup of the path of customization options for Icebringer and Soulreaper

Artifacts are customized and powered up with a new resource called Artifact Power, which is earned from adventuring, completing a quest line, beating dungeon bosses, winning PvP objectives, and so forth. Artifact Power is used to unlock traits to increase the power of the weapon and the character, as well as customize the look of the weapon.

Each Artifact has a unique "trait tree", a grid overlaid upon the outline of the weapon itself, resembling the old talent trees. Players can spend Artifact Power to activate additional traits, moving along the tree; once a trait is activated, all connecting traits become unlocked. Many traits have multiple ranks, with players able to activate them multiple times to gain increasing effects. At the ends of the trees are "majorly impactful abilities"

Artifacts will also have Relic slots. Distinct from the previous items of that name, Relics are Artifact-only objects obtained through completing major quest lines, dungeons and raids. Relics will have a major impact on the overall power of the Artifact, such as its basic damage and item level. The Relic system will act as a substitute for the upgrading of weapons seen in previous expansions; rather than switching to a new and more powerful weapon, the player will slot a new and more powerful Relic into their Artifact.

Artifacts can be customized at the character's Order Hall.


Several different looks will be available for each Artifact. These can be unlocked through various activities. One look for each Artifact will only be available through PvP.[1] Each look appears to come with unique flavor text, and background lore. Players also seem to be able to recolour the various looks. In the case of Feral and Guardian Druids, changing the look of your weapon also changes the look of your form to match.

Artifacts can be transmogrified into other weapons, but other weapons cannot be transmogrified into artifacts.[2]


Following the Broken Shore experience, players will set about acquiring the Artifact for their character's current specialization. The Artifacts represent a greater power than the heroes of Azeroth have ever collectively wielded before, a power which will be needed in order to defeat the Burning Legion.

The process of acquiring an Artifact will be heavily determined by the character's class and spec. However, players will be able to acquire Artifacts for each specialization on the one character. A catch up mechanism may be added to reduce time taken to earn Artifacts for secondary specializations, but not for alts.

Gallery of customizations

The Eagle Spear
Fangs of the First Nightsaber
Icebreaker and Icebreaker Shield
Icebringer and Soulreaper
Maw of the Damned
Sheilun, Staff of the Mists

Additional notes

  • Prior to Legion, artifact was the item quality above legendary. Though none of these items were obtainable, a handful did exist in the game files (primarily as GM gear). They used the color gold to denote their quality; this color was later reused when heirlooms were introduced. This caused a few interesting issues where some references to artifacts had not been removed. For instance, trying to mail an heirloom to a character on another account would return the error message, "Artifacts can only be mailed to your own characters."

List of pre-Legion artifact items


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