Spirit shards will drop from bosses in the Auchindoun instances when the player's faction controls the five Spirit Towers in the Bone Wastes. They can be looted by all party members (like heroic mode tokens and most quest items).
Drop rate is determined by instance, heroic mode does not affect the amount:
- Mana Tombs - 1 per boss
- Auchenai Crypts - 1 per boss
- Sethekk Halls - 2 per boss
- Shadow Labyrinth - 2 per boss
Spirit Shards can be easily and effectively farmed by repeated partial runs of the Auchindoun instances. For example, a competent group of level 70s can run halfway through Sethekk Halls and kill Darkweaver Syth in just about 10 minutes, garnering 2 Spirit Shards apiece as well as Syth's normal rare loot.
Players can use the shards to buy PvP rewards from:
When Spirit Shards were converted from an item to a currency in patch 8.0.1, players who had them received the following letter: