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Essence

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For the enchanting reagents, see Essence (enchanting).
 [Heart of Azeroth] interface with essences.

Essences are  [Heart of Azeroth] powers added in patch 8.2 that can be gained after completing a questline[1][2] at level 120 once a character establishes a hub in Nazjatar. The Heart Forge lets players infuse their Heart of Azeroth with Essences to grant new combat-related powers.

What available Essences a character is able to use is based on their class role.

System

Once you've collected a new Essence—obtained by participating in a wide variety of content—you'll head to the Heart Forge to infuse your Heart of Azeroth with it, “learning” the Essence and permanently adding it to your collection. Much like Talents, once you've learned an Essence, you'll be able to apply it or swap it out through a new Heart of Azeroth interface within rest areas, cities, or when using items such as the Tome of Quiet Mind.

Each Essence has both Major (generally active) and Minor (passive) abilities. Upon completing the initial quest from Magni, you'll open a single Major slot in the Heart of Azeroth. Placing an Essence in the Major slot grants you that Essence's Major active ability, which is added to your Spellbook. You'll also gain the benefit of any Minor passive abilities from the Essence.

There are also two additional Minor slots in the Heart of Azeroth that will activate the Minor (passive) abilities of any Essences added to them. The first Minor slot will become available at Heart of Azeroth level 55, and the second Minor slot will become available at Heart of Azeroth level 65.

Each Essence has four ranks that provide new effects. Rank 1 provides a unique ability based on your role (damage dealer, tank, or healer), while rank 2 and rank 3 provide enhancements to both the Essence's Major and Minor effects. Rank 4 adds a flashier cosmetic effect to the spell, providing a unique visual that will make you stand out from the crowd.[3]

Ranks

Essences come in four different qualities:

  • Uncommon: Provides a unique ability based on the class role.
  • Rare: Upgrades for the major and minor powers, making them provide more damage, stats and additional gains such as buffs and charges.
  • Epic: Same as Rare.
  • Legendary: Provides a cosmetic change that has a unique visual.

List of Essences

Gallery

Videos
Images
The interface as it appeared in the Rise of Azshara preview.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.2 (2020-11-17): Rank 4 Essences are no longer obtainable.
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2020-03-20): Restrictions on acquiring role-specific Azerite Essences from MOTHER have been lifted. Rank 3 tanking, healing, and damage-specific Essences are now grouped together and can be purchased with [Echoes of Ny'alotha] when at least one is unlocked on a character.
Developers' note: This update to the new Echoes of Ny'alotha system is intended to make Essences much more available to your characters whose specializations put them in different roles (tanking, healing, damage). A side-effect of this change is that even a single character now has a way to obtain these off-role Essences, and can either use Echoes to purchase them from MOTHER or use the original means of acquisition.

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