The Falcon's Essence
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70 (Requires 70)
The Falcon's Essence is part of the Druid's Swift Flight Form quest chain.
<The bird speaks with Arthorn's voice.>
The second spirit bound by the raven's followers was the falcon.
To overcome the falcon's guardian, you'll need to use the falcon's strengths to your advantage. Use the speed and grace of your cat form to defeat the guardian before it reaches full strength!
<Once again, Arthorn's voice issues from the sparrowhawk.>
Do you have the falcon's essence?
<The sparrowhawk dutifully conveys Arthorn's words.>
Well done, <name>. I'd feared that the falcon's prison had been destroyed in the explosion of Auchindoun. We're almost prepared to confront Anzu, <name>. I'd love to go with you, to be there when this self-styled "god" is cast back into the pit that spawned him!
Upon completion of this quest you will gain:
The shrine is pretty much right where the quest says it is, on the shore of Lake Ere'Noru.
This guardian is pretty much a DPS race. The guardian casts a debuff on you ('Mark of Anzu') every so often that increases your magic damage taken by 10% each time it stacks, so the longer the battle goes, the more damage you will take.
While it doesn't directly matter which form you use to do your damage, this guardian does more ranged damage than he does in melee. He occasionally uses a knockback spell (Twisting Blast) that will throw you back a ways. You will want to position yourself so that you are knocked back into a wall rather than into the water.
Cat form often has the best DPS ability, but Moonkin form may also be useful if available. If you prefer humanoid form, remember that shapeshifting breaks the polymorph that he also casts. (If you are already shapeshifted, the polymorph has no effect on you.)