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 In World of Warcraft: Shadowlands you can get legendary items. We tell you how it works and what you have to consider.

Legendary items have been unlocked in Shadowlands for quite a while, but the system is not that simple and there is a lot to know about it. The most important thing for most players is the ability to craft powerful, legendary items. We explain how you get the new "Legendary" and everything you need to know to be happy with them.

The essentials in brief:

  • Legendary items can be obtained by any character
  • You need Ashes of Souls from Torghast
  • Later you will need Soul Ember from the higher planes of Torghast
  • Crafting Professions produce the basic items
  • Legendary items have six ranks that you can level up
  • You can only wear one legendary item at a time
  • Legendary items are quite expensive
The legendary items will be an important aspect of Shadowlands.
The legendary items will be an important aspect of Shadowlands.

This is how you craft Legendaries in WoW: Shadowlands

The valuable orange-colored items can be made in WoW: Shadowlands by any player who has reached level 60 and has decided on a pact. Within the first missions of the Pact campaign, you unlock the Runecarver in Torghast. This happens shortly after you freed Baine from Torghast, which is after your first forays into the tower.

The Runecarver has a few more missions for you and will need to gain a bit of his freedom before he can help you. The quests are linear and don't need any explanation - just follow the instructions until you finally unlock the Runecarver. One of the final quests asks you to collect 1,250 Ashes of Souls.

What does it take to craft legendary items?

In order for you to craft legendary items, several materials are required. These are:

  • ashes of souls
  • A Memory of the Runecarver (the legendary power)
  • A base item from a crafting profession
  • Two writings with secondary stats (from the Inscriptionist)

Where do you get the items?

You get the various items you need from different activities in the game. These are:

How to get Ashes of Soul: Ashes of Souls are obtained from Torghast every week. As you complete the various corridors, you'll get Ashes of Souls as a reward at the end. You can farm as much soul ash per day and week as you want. This used to have a cap and diminishing returns, but now you can collect as much ash and embers as you want per day if you want.

It's also important to know that you don't have to do each level individually. For example, if you complete Tier 3 of a given stage, you will also get the Tier 1 and Tier 2 rewards if you haven't already received them that week. It is therefore sufficient to complete the highest level (and thus the highest difficulty) per week.

In addition to this, on rare occasions, there is a small number of Ashes of Souls (around 150) from the adventures that you can send your followers on in the Pact Sanctum. A few story quests also give small amounts of ashes of souls.

There is no limit to the number of Ashes of Soul that can be obtained per week. However, you should visit Torghast every week - at least until you have crafted all the wish Legendaries. That way you keep the effort to a minimum.

How to Get Soul Ember: Soul Ember is a new currency introduced in Patch 9.1 Chains of Domination. You get them in the higher levels of Torghast, i.e. in levels 9 to 12. Soul Ember is required to upgrade legendary items beyond rank 4. So the primary source of income is again Torghast, but you can also occasionally get Soul Embers from event bosses in the Maw.

Soul Embers used to be limited weekly, but now you can farm them to your heart's content.

Memories of the Runecarver: The memories are the legendary powers, ie the special effects. You get these from different activities. These can be reputation rewards, but also dungeon bosses, rewards from PvP, or world events like the Wrath of the Jailer. In the adventure guide, you can see in advance where you can get this special power for each legendary power.

Once you have power in your inventory, you must "use" it near the Jailer for that memory to be added to his (and therefore you're) collection.

Basic item from crafting professions: You can get the basic items from other players or craft them yourself if you have a corresponding crafting profession.

  • Tailors create cloth armor
  • Leatherworkers create leather and mail armor
  • Blacksmiths build plate armor
  • Jewelers make rings and necklaces
The basic items are quite expensive and require the synergy of several crafting professions. For example, some crafting materials must first be refined by enchanters.

So crafting a basic item is a major undertaking that requires the efforts of several players (or a visit to the auction house).

Writings with secondary values: You can get these items from the Inscriptionist and they are comparatively cheap. This allows you to determine which secondary stats should be on your legendary item. You can choose two attributes, such as Haste, Critical Strike Rating, Versatility, or Mastery.

What's up with the ranks?

Legendary items come in Shadowlands in four different ranks, which differ primarily in item level (item level). The strength of each legendary power does not change. The item level only determines how strong the primary and secondary attributes are on the legendary item. So that the legendary item is always "optimal", you should upgrade it regularly so that it does not fall behind normal equipment.

You have the choice of crafting an item at a higher rank immediately or starting at a lower level and paying a lower cost.

The cost of Soul Ashes and Soul Embers does not change. It makes no difference whether you create a legendary item at rank 1 and then upgrade it piece by piece or build straight to rank 6. When upgrading, you only have to pay the necessary difference in soul ash or soul embers to the previously received rank:


Ashes of Souls cost

Soul Ember costs

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 However: When upgrading, you need a new base item from the craft each time! So the gold cost is more expensive when upgrading.

Be careful when buying the basic items

Before you buy a basic item from a craftsman you trust (or the auction house), you should check one more little thing.

Each legendary ability can only be installed on certain armor slots. For example, the Shadow Priest's "Shadow Flame Prism" can only be attached to the armor slots for the head or hands.

Almost all legendary powers have such limitations. But you can see them in advance in the adventure guide. So think carefully about what legendary power you want, and then buy a piece of armor that matches that power. Since patch 9.1, a number of Legendaries have new slots to choose from.

Should you save up for higher-tier Legendaries?

Everyone has to decide that for themselves. It's a matter of weighing up whether you want to craft a level 1 Legendary item right away or then craft a level 2, 3, 4, 5, or even 6 items a few weeks later.

A level 6 item is obviously more powerful than a level 1-5 item as it brings more attributes. However, if in doubt, you will then have to wait longer for your legendary powers and will lag a little behind in the coming weeks.

In any case, the maximum benefit for minimal costs is obtained if you are patient and produce a Legendary at level 6 directly. Because in this case you only have to buy a basic item once and then transform it into a legendary item. If you start at level 1, on the other hand, you have to upgrade your legendary piece of equipment with a basic item at levels 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, which can cost a lot of money. However, the cost of Ashes of Souls and Embers of Souls is identical.

Our recommendation is to craft a Legendary at Rank 6 straight away, this will keep the cost down, although it does require some farm work.

Should you craft multiple legendary items?

It all depends on what kind of content you're playing.

While your character can only carry one legendary item at a time, you can keep multiple items in your inventory and rotate them. This can be worthwhile if you play different roles (like tank, healer or DD). There are also a few legendary items that are more useful in special situations, such as in Torghast or in PvP.

Note, however, that you will then also have suitable items in your inventory to wear spare armor. Because if you suddenly wear legendary bracers instead of your legendary helmet, you obviously need a "normal" helmet so that you don't have to be naked on the armor slot.

What should a craftsman pay attention to?

If you are a tailor, leatherworker, blacksmith or jewel cutter yourself, then of course it sounds like a tempting profit prospect. After all, all players need legendary items and you can make a lot of gold with them.

While all crafters can craft the basic items at rank 1, this is no longer the case for the higher tiers and for a rather expensive reason.

For example, if you want to produce the base item for shoulders at rank 2, you must first produce the base item at rank 1 a whopping 15 times. For rank 3 you have to produce the item at rank 2 15 times.

The costs incurred for this can go into the tens of millions.

Rank 5 is more complex: If you want to craft Rank 5 and Rank 6 legendary items, the whole process gets a bit more complicated. Because: By default, you can only build up to rank 4. For ranks 5 and 6 you need a “Rudish of Origins” each. You can use these when crafting to increase the rank of the item by 2 levels.

  • So rank 5 will be a rank 3 craft with a Rudiment of Origins
  • Rank 6 is made from a rank 4 crafting with a Rudiment of Origins
Arguably the most expensive resource for the Rump of Origination is the Corthite Crystals. Since patch 9.1, players have been able to get these in the Maw and Korthia in very limited quantities. You can also buy and sell the crystals through the auction house. Consider these resources when considering the selling price, because that drives it up quite a bit.

So it's worth talking to the guild and specializing in individual armor slots. For example, one tailor is an expert on cloth shoulders while another focuses on capes.

In any case, a guild that can provide materials is a must if you don't want to spend millions. So social play is encouraged here.

Do you have any other questions about the legendary items in WoW: Shadowlands? Are you already working on a rank 6 item?