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Skyhold

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For the instance, see Halls of Valor.
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Level: 100 - 110
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Skyhold is a portion of the Halls of Valor which are located high up in the clouds above Stormheim. During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Skyhold was set aside by Keeper Odyn as the warrior order hall, granting the warrior the title of the Battlelord and command of the Valarjar forces in the fight against the Burning Legion.

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The Skyhold is entered via a central zone, which leads to four sections - Eye of Odyn, Forge of Odyn, Arena of Glory and The Great Mead Hall. Finna Bjornsdottir, Ragnvald Drakeborn, Valarjar Aspirants and Valkyra Shieldmaidens are standing around the entrance to the Skyhold, while Val'kyr of Odyn can be seen flying above.

Eye of Odyn

The Eye of Odyn area is where the class hall leader can recruit troops, send champions and troops on missions, place work order for champion armaments and equipment, purchase items from the quartermaster and travel to other zones in the Broken Isles.

Aerylia can be found at the entrance to the area, talking to her will give the player the options to travel to one of the Broken Isles zones. Quartermaster Durnolf and a replica of the Battlelord's Armor can be found on the near left side. Durnolf sells the armor set and armor upgrades. Haklang Ulfsson can be found on the near right, allowing the player to place work orders for champion armaments and equipment. Haklang Ulfsson will only be available if the player choose the 3rd tier Order Advancement option Heavenly Forge.

Troop recruiters Savyn Valorborn and Matthew Glensorrow (for Alliance players) or Sharak Tor (for Horde players) can be found on the far left side. Savyn Valorborn offers to recruit Shieldmaiden Warbands or Valkyra Shieldmaidens if the player choose the 4th tier Order Advancement option [Ascension]; Matthew Glensorrow and Sharak Tor will only be available if the player choose 7th tier Order Advancement option Strike Hard. Glensorrow offers to recruit 7th Legion Shock Force, while Tor offers to recruit Kor'kron Shock Force. Troop recruiter Captain Hjalmar Stahlstrom can be found on the far right side, offering to recruit Valarjar Aspirants or Stormforged Valarjar if the player choose the 4th tier Order Advancement option Trial by Fire.

Skyseer Ghrent and the Eye of Odyn can be found at the far end. The player can send champions and troops on mission by interacting with the Eye of Odyn, while Ghrent will be handling most of the quest turn-ins.

Forge of Odyn

The Forge of Odyn area is where the class hall leader can research their Artifact Weapon to gain more Artifact Knowledge, unlocking traits in their weapon by spending Artifact Power, changing weapon visuals and upgrading their class hall.

Einar the Runecaster, Fjornson Stonecarver and  [Light's Heart] can be found at the north side of the entrance in front of the three stone tables: Saga of the Valarjar, The Favored of Odyn and The Legend of Odyn. Einar will offer upgrades to the class hall, while Fjornson will help research the weapons. On the opposite side, Keeper Thorim is standing in front five pedestals with the unlocked appearances of the artifact weapon appearing above each. At the far end, Master Smith Helgar and Dvalen Ironrune are located besides the Forge of Odyn. Interacting with the Forge of Odyn will allow the player to spend Artifact Power to unlock traits for their weapon and to change their weapon appearance.

Arena of Glory

The Arena of Glory area is where the class hall leader can place a work order to complete one non-elite World Quest, use the Training Dummys and to fight for a chance to win the  [Skyhold Chest of Riches].

Once every 3 hours Odyn will place the Skyhold Chest of Riches in the center of the arena, warriors entering the arena will be flagged for PvP and must fight to win the chest. If the chest is not looted in 10 minutes, Hargal the Bladestormer will jump into the area and [Bladestorm] until the chest is looted or he is defeated, which happens when he reaches ~10% health, at which point he will retreat and drop his axe, picking up the axe puts you into a permanent bladestorm, with a huge damage boost. A player will only be able to see and loot the chest if the they choose the 2nd tier Order Advancement option For Honor and Glory.

Matilda Skoptidottir can be found on the left side of the arena, offering use of Blessing of Mjolnir to gain the Horn of War to unleash the power of the Val'kyr to help complete a non-elite World Quest once every 18 hours. Matilda Skoptidottir is only available if a player choose the 5th tier Order Advancement option Val'kyr Call.

Valarjar Aspirant spectators, tables of food and drinks and weapon and armor racks can be found around the arena, with Val'kyr Arena Master located at the 2 entrances to the arena itself. Weaponmaster Asvard, King Ymiron and Keeper Hodir can be found at the entrance, the left and right sides of the arena, respectively. Lesser Sparring Partner and Greater Sparring Partner Raider's Training Dummy can be found at the far end, while on the right side of the arena Tanking Lesser Sparring Partner and Greater Sparring Partner can be found.

Armor racks featuring warrior tier sets are located at the both the left and right sides of the entrance. Once a player collects all items from a set, the set will appear on the armor rack.

The Great Mead Hall

The Great Mead Hall is full of Valarjar Aspirants and Shieldmaidens eating and drinking while Stormforged Valarjar guard the hall. At the hall's center sits Keeper Odyn, with Hymdall and Lord Darius Crowley (for Alliance players) or Eitrigg (for Horde players) at his right and left sides, respectively. Hruthnir and Magnar Icebreaker can be found on the far left side, while Renfield and Svergan Stormcloak can be found on the far right side. The Grand Challenger's Bounty can be located at the entrance to the hall.

Travel points

Once a player has progressed through a zone, a Val'kyr of Odyn will enable the player to use Jump to Skyhold to enter Skyhold, talking to Aerylia, the player can return to any of the zones.

Using this means of travel will lead the player to these places:

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Quests

Main article: Valarjar Campaign#Quest chain

Order Hall Advancement

Einar the Runecaster handles the Warrior's Order Hall advancement upgrades. There are 8 tiers with each tier having two available upgrades to choose from, except two tiers which only have one upgrade. Each upgrade will require [Order Resources] and a research time before their buff will be available. Once upgraded, a player can change to the other upgrade by paying another Order Resources cost and waiting the required research time.

Tier Upgrade 1 Upgrade 2 Level Required Research Time Cost Research Time (changing) Cost (changing)
I Odyn's Favor Rallying Cry 100 2 Hours 50Order Resources 1 Day 500Order Resources
II For Honor and Glory Forced March 105 4 Hours 100Order Resources 3 Day 2000Order Resources
III Abundant Valor Heavenly Forge 110 6 Hours 500Order Resources 3 Day 2000Order Resources
IV Trial by Fire Ascension 110 12 Hours 2000Order Resources 3 Day 2000Order Resources
V Val'kyr Call Spoils of War 110 18 Hours 4000Order Resources 3 Day 2000Order Resources
VI Legends of Ragnarok 110 1 Day 8000Order Resources -
VII Strike Hard Roster of Champions 110 and
[Champions of Legionfall]
1 Day 10000Order Resources 3 Day 2000Order Resources
VIII Legionfall United 110 5 Days 15000Order Resources -

Artifact Weapons

Odyn supplies the Battlelord with weapons of great power, each fitting a different specialization. The quest to obtain the first weapon is available at level 98 and the warrior must decide which weapon to choose, however this limitation is short as the other two other weapon quests are available at level 102, enabling the warrior to have all 3 weapons. Each weapon initially came with four unlockable appearances and one hidden appearance. Each appearance has 4 color tints which can be unlocked by achieving a certain requirement. A new appearance was made available with patch 7.2, requiring the player to complete a difficult solo challenge to unlock it. In addition, each weapon has a hidden trait unique to that weapon.

In order to attempt the challenge, your character must be level 100, have 35 Artifact Traits and complete the new Empowered Trait questline. This must be done for each weapon in order to unlock its challenge. In addition, your region must have constructed the Mage Tower in Deliverance Point, Broken Shore. Speak to War Councilor Victoria once the Mage Tower is constructed to attempt the challenge. The first attempt is free, with subsequent attempts costing 100Nethershard.

Arms, Strom'kar, the Warbreaker

Main article: Strom'kar, the Warbreaker
This greatsword was borne into combat by the barbarian warlord who first united humanity under a single banner, founding the nation of Arathor. A master tactician and strategist, King Thoradin went on to play a critical role in ending the Troll Wars. Later the sword was lost while it was being used to subdue a C'Thraxxi monstrosity in a forgotten tomb beneath Tirisfal. Abandoned and all but forgotten, Strom'kar has been slowly drinking from the shadowy power there over thousands of years.[1]

Hidden trait: [Surrounded by Trolls!] - When Strom'kar is equipped, all nearby hostile NPC trolls become feared for 2 minutes.

Hidden appearance

Unlocking the hidden appearance requires obtaining and using  [The Arcanite Bladebreaker], which is rewarded from the quest N Warrior [100 - 110] Secrets of the Axes handed by Master Smith Helgar. The quest has a daily chance of being available for the day for each region, and is available to everyone in that region. If the quest is available, a dialog option will appear, saying "Is there an axe equal to Strom'kar?". Follow that line of dialog to unlock the quest.

Challenging appearance

The Arms weapon challenge, N [110] Closing the Eye, requires you to defeat Archmage Xylem in the Eye of Eternity.

Fury, Odyn's Fury and Helya's Wrath

Main articles: Warswords of the Valarjar, Odyn's Fury, Helya's Wrath
In ages past, the titanic watcher Keeper Odyn betrayed the sorceress Helya, killing her and twisted her spirit into a spectral Val'kyr. He forged this pair of swords for the mightiest of his storm-forged Valarjar, but Helya stole the swords and infused them with a portion of her rage. She then gave them to her own champion, who used them to hunt the greatest of heroes and drag their souls away to serve in Helheim. These swords stir their owner into unrelenting and punishing attacks that overcome a target's defenses and leave no opening for counterattacks.[1]

Hidden trait: [Gaze of the Val'kyr] - When the Warswords of the Valarjar are equipped, Gaze of the Val'kyr will sometimes trigger when a mob/NPC strikes a killing blow against you, preventing your demise for 8 seconds. If you defeat the enemy that killed you in those 8 seconds, you will stay alive and gain 50% of your health back, if you don't, you will die.

Hidden appearance

Unlocking the hidden appearance requires creating and using  [The Dragonslayers], which is created by combining three items which require Exalted reputation with the Valarjar to obtain:

Challenging appearance

The Fury weapon challenge, N [110] An Impossible Foe, requires you to defeat Agatha in the Fiendish Vault in Azsuna.

Protection, Scale of the Earth-Warder and Scaleshard

Main articles: Scale of the Earth-Warder, Scaleshard
An impenetrable shield crafted from a scale of the black Dragon Aspect, Neltharion the Earth-Warder, before the Old Gods' corruption overcame him. The formidable vrykul king Magnar Icebreaker carried this shield into combat and won victory after victory in the face of grim odds. When he finally fell in battle, it was due to treachery by servants of the Val'kyr Helya. The shield is now entombed with King Magnar's body in the Path of Kings in Stormheim.[1]

Hidden trait: unknown

Hidden appearance

Unlocking the hidden appearance requires looting and using  [Burning Plate of the Worldbreaker], which can occasionally be found on a pile of treasure in Neltharion's Vault in Highmountain, Broken Isles. The player's Artifact Knowledge must be at least Level 5 in order to see this item.

Challenging appearance

The Protection weapon challenge, N [110] The Highlord's Return, requires you to defeat Highlord Kruul in the Twisting Nether.

Weapon Quests

Level 98
  1. N Warrior [100 - 110] Weapons of Legend
  2. Acquire the chosen artifact:
  3. N Warrior [100 - 110] The Forgening
  4. N Warrior [100 - 110] The Forge of Odyn
Level 102
  1. N [102 - 110] More Weapons of Legend
  2. N [102 - 110] One More Legend

Empowered Artifact

  1. N [110] Greater Power For Greater Threats
  2. N [110] The Broken Shore: Investigating the Legion
  3. N [110] The Council's Call
  4. N [110] Away From Prying Eyes
  5. N [110] In Dire Need
    • Arms
    1. N [110] Legion Threat: Azshara
    2. N Warrior [110] Arms: The Thieving Apprentice
    3. N [110] Professionally Good Looking
    4. N [110] Order of Incantations
    5. N [110] The Archmage Accosted
    6. N [110] A Portal Away
    • Fury
    1. N [110] Legion Threat: The Missing Mage
    2. N Warrior [110] Fury: The Folly of Levia Laurence
    3. N [110] Bargaining with Shadows
    4. N [110] The Acolyte Imperiled
    5. N [110] Dabbling in the Demonic
    6. N [110] Following the Scent
    7. N [110] Unlikely Seduction
    8. N [110] Fel-Crossed Lovers
    • Protection
    1. N [110] Legion Threat: Dalaran Infiltration
    2. N Warrior [110] Protection: Aid of the Illidari
    3. N [110] Gathering Information
    4. N [110] Confirming Suspicions
    5. N [110] Between Worlds
    6. N [110] Dark Omens
  6. N [110] A Gift From the Six

Challenging Artifact Weapon Appearances

Unique warrior rewards

Gallery

Trivia

  • The art and feel of the zone is heavily inspired by Valhalla.

Speculation

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  • Considering some of these are still living to this day, it is possible that other living warriors were meant to be accepted into Skyhold like the Battlelord. The presence of Nazgrim and Thoras Trollbane may also indicate that they were not maybe always meant to be part of the reborn Horsemen. Several of them have a placeholder model, though others such as Anduin Lothar had never appeared in World of Warcraft before.

Patch changes

References

  1. ^ a b c Legion: Warrior Artifact Reveal (2015-10-23). Retrieved on 2015-11-20.
  2. ^ Legion Developer Q&A - Artifacts and Order Halls MMO-Champion

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