Legendary weapons have always been among the most sought-after items in World of Warcraft. Ever since Blizzard expanded the transmogrification system to allow players the option to show off their legendary items, there’s been more reason than ever to go after them.
There are many legendary weapons in WoW, spanning all the different expansions and with a wide variety of requirements to earn them. Here, we’ll list them in order of how difficult they are to acquire and go over how to obtain each one.
Farming Legendary Weapons, From Easiest to Hardest
Most raid content can only be cleared once per weekly lockout, which is the primary limiting factor when farming these legendary weapons. However, item appearances are account-wide.
If you are looking to obtain these weapons purely for transmogrification purposes, you may be able to unlock them faster by farming on multiple characters. Though if you’re trying to get them all on one character for achievement purposes, prepare for a lengthy journey.
Without further ado, let’s get into the heart of today’s article and get you all the legendary weapons in World of Warcraft.
Legion – Class Hall Legendary Weapons
Obtaining your class hall legendary weapons from Legion is rather straightforward and by far the easiest ones to get. When you visit Dalaran in the Shattered Isles for the first time, you’ll be prompted to go to your class hall and recover the legendary class weapon for your preferred specialization. Simply complete a short quest chain, and you’ll receive your first legendary weapon.
After getting your first one, you’ll be prompted with the option to get the remaining legendary weapons for your other specializations. At max level, this should take you only about 20-40 minutes to get all of them on your character.
Thori’dal, the Stars’ Fury
- Can be obtained on: Hunter, Rogue, Warrior
This bow has about a 7% chance to drop from Kil’Jaeden, the last boss in the Sunwell Plateau raid. This is probably the easiest legendary weapon to farm, as it’s a single item drop from a raid that you can easily solo. You just need to get lucky.
Warglaives of Azzinoth
- Can be obtained on: Death Knight, Demon Hunter, Monk, Rogue, Warrior
The iconic Twin Blades of Azzinoth are actually classified as swords within the game. As such, they can be wielded by some classes that can’t equip warglaives.
These weapons are a pair, a main hand and an off hand, that each have about a 4% chance to drop from Illidan Stormrage, the final boss in the Black Temple raid. Acquiring them is as simple as killing the boss and hoping you get lucky.
However, they currently may only be used for transmogrification by demon hunters. Additionally, to unlock the Twin Blades of Azzinoth for transmogrification on your demon hunter, you will need to have the “I’ll Hold These For You Until You Get Out” achievement on your account.
To get this achievement, first make sure you’ve equipped both warglaives on a character to get the “Warglaives of Azzinoth” achievement on your account. Then you’ll have to defeat Illidan Stormrage in the Timewalking version of Black Temple. If done correctly, you’ll get the aforementioned achievement and unlock the appearance for your demon hunter. You do not have to do this on the same character who owns the Twin Blades.
While getting the weapons themselves is fairly easy, beating the Black Temple on Timewalking difficulty can be a bit difficult. You’ll need a fairly coordinated/capable raid group to do so. As for the other classes, they can only display the weapons by actively equipping them. Hopefully, Blizzard will loosen this restriction further down the road.
Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros
- Can be obtained on: Death Knight, Druid, Paladin, Shaman, Warrior
Along with Thunderfury, this two-hand mace was one of the first legendary weapons in WoW. The first step to acquiring it is to obtain the Eye of Sulfuras, which has about a 4% chance to drop from the final boss in Molten Core – Ragnaros himself.
The second step is to obtain a Sulfuron Hammer, which can be crafted by a blacksmith with the appropriate crafting recipe. Most of the items needed to craft the hammer can be acquired within the Molten Core raid as well.
Once you have the Eye of Sulfuras and the Sulfuron Hammer, you will need to take them to the Black Forge deep within the Blackrock Depths dungeon to combine them.
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
- Can be obtained on: Death Knight, Demon Hunter, Hunter, Mage, Monk, Rogue, Paladin, Warlock, Warrior
This one-hand sword is perhaps the most iconic weapon in World of Warcraft, and the source of many memes. It can be wielded by any class that can use swords, making it one of the easiest legendary weapons to farm in WoW if you have multiple characters.
To start the quest, you’ll need to obtain one of the Bindings of the Windseeker from the Molten Core raid. The right half drops from Garr, and the left half drops from Baron Geddon. They each have about a 4% chance to drop. You only need one binding to get the quest, but you will need both to complete the weapon. You will also need to acquire 10 Enchanted Elementium Bars. These can be purchased from the auction house or crafted with mining using materials that can also be acquired within Molten Core and Blackwing Lair.
Once you have both bindings and all 10 bars, you will head back to Silithus to complete the quest. This will summon Prince Thunderaan, who you must kill to obtain a Dormant Wind Kissed Blade, which then becomes your legendary sword.
Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings
- Can be obtained on: Druid, Monk, Paladin, Priest, Shaman
This one-hand mace was forged by the titans and can only be wielded by healing classes. Acquiring it is primarily a matter of collecting 30 Fragments of Val’anyr, which drop from bosses in the Ulduar raid.
The drop rates are fairly low, but completing hard modes gives you a second chance at a fragment from every boss. Each boss in Ulduar has unique requirements to trigger their respective hard mode. Thankfully, they’re all fairly simple to do as a max-level character.
Once you have acquired all 30 fragments, clicking on them will combine them into Shattered Fragments of Val’anyr, which grants a quest. Turning in this quest will get you Unbound Fragments of Val’anyr. To complete and get your legendary weapon, you will need to fight Yogg-Saron, the final boss of Ulduar, and use the Unbound Fragments when he casts Deafening Roar.
Fangs of the Father
- Can be obtained on: Rogue
These daggers – Golad, Twilight of the Aspects and Tiriosh, Nightmare of Ages – are obtainable only by rogues through a series of quests, many of which require items from the Dragon Soul raid. The daggers themselves grant an on-use slowfall effect when equipped, which would be useful… if there wasn’t a 30-second delay to use the ability after equipping them. Though it does look quite cool.
The first quest requires the rogue to pickpocket Hagara the Stormbinder, the fourth boss in Dragon Soul. The second quest requires a payment of 10,000 gold. A short chain of quests will then take you through Ravenholdt Manor, after which you will need to loot 333 Shadowy Gems from bosses in Dragon Soul. This should take three or four full clears of the raid.
Next you’ll complete a couple more short quests, after which you will need to kill more bosses in Dragon Soul for 60 Elementium Gem Clusters. This should take about another four full clears. Finally, you will need to kill Deathwing for a Fragment of Deathwing’s Jaw to complete the quest chain and receive your daggers.
Rae’shalare, Death’s Whisper
- Can be obtained on: Hunter
This bow has about a 4% chance to drop from Sylvanas Windrunner, the final boss in the Sanctum of Domination raid, on any difficulty. The weapon can only be used by hunters.
The hardest part of obtaining this weapon will be finding people who are willing to help you, since raids from Shadowlands are still too difficult to clear solo. However, come the final patch of Dragonflight or beginning of the next expansion, you should be able to solo clear it once you’re sufficiently geared.
- Can be obtained on: Death Knight, Paladin, Warrior
This two-hand axe is earned through a lengthy quest chain that involves multiple steps within the Icecrown Citadel raid. Completing it unlocks several additional cosmetic rewards, including a tabard, a mount, two toys, and an item that creates a portal to Dalaran (in Northrend).
To begin this quest chain, you must first become friendly with the Ashen Verdict by killing enemies inside Icecrown Citadel. Once you are friendly, Highlord Darion Mograine offers “The Sacred and the Corrupt” quest, which requires you to obtain several items.
First, you will need to acquire 25 Primordial Saronite, which can be looted in Icecrown Citadel, purchased on the auction house, or bought from the Legacy Justice Quartermaster. You’ll then need to retrieve Light’s Vengeance from a cave in Dragonblight. Finally, you’ll need to kill Festergut and Rotface in Icecrown Citadel to loot their Acidic Blood. Completing this step will get you the weapon Shadow’s Edge.
The next step is to kill enemies in Icecrown Citadel with Shadow’s Edge equipped until you have collected 50 souls. Trash mobs work just fine for this. After that, you’ll need to infuse your weapon. To do this, you’ll need to have Shadow’s Edge equipped and complete special steps on three different bosses.
The Three Infusions for Shadowmourne
For the Unholy Infusion, you’ll face Professor Putricide. You’ll need to avoid damaging the boss below 80% health and wait for him to spawn three slime puddles. Then you must drink one of the potions on his workbench. This will transform you into an abomination, allowing you to absorb the slime puddles. When you’ve filled your abomination’s energy bar, you can cast Shadow Infusion and kill the boss.
For the Blood Infusion, you will need at least two other people to help you in the fight against Blood Queen Lana’thel. This is because you must bite three people to complete the infusion. At least one of these people will need a way to self-resurrect, or else you will need a third person to help. Bite each of your victims and then kill the boss. This step is largely considered the hardest, as who the boss targets to become a vampire can be a bit finicky.
For the Frost Infusion, you simply need to let Sindragosa cast Frost Breath on you four times. Be sure not to kill her before she does this.
Once your weapon has been infused, you will have to collect 50 Shadowfrost Shards from bosses in Icecrown Citadel. This will take several full clears. You do not need to have Shadow’s Edge equipped for this step. Once this is done, you will receive your legendary weapon. Upon obtaining it, killing The Lich King will get you the Sealed Chest, which contains your bonus tabard, mount, and toys.
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest
- Can be obtained on: Druid, Mage, Priest, Shaman, Warlock
Forged from a branch of the world tree, Nordrassil, this staff is more than just an impressive weapon to show off. Wielding it allows you to transform into Tarecgosa’s Visage and fly around as a dragon. This weapon is earned through a lengthy quest chain that requires multiple clears of the Firelands raid.
To start the chain, you will need to kill a Molten Lord inside the raid. This is a trash mob that should be one of the first enemies you encounter. A few short quests later, you will return to the Firelands to farm 25 Eternal Embers. Every boss in the raid can drop up to three of these, so this step will take at least two full clears. You will also need to purchase three Sands of Time for 3000 gold each.
Getting the Branch of Nordrassil
Another short series of quests takes you into the Nexus dungeon, and then you will return to Firelands for the most complicated step: obtaining the Branch of Nordrassil.
This step requires you to acquire four charged focuses from Firelands bosses: Alysrazor, Beth’tilac, Lord Rhyolith, and Shannox. Each boss will drop three fragments over the course of the fight, which you will gather to create the focus. Then you’ll need to use the focus at the right time.
- For Alysrazor, you’ll use it when the boss reaches 90% power.
- For Beth’tilac, you’ll throw it when the boss casts Smoldering Devastation.
- For Lord Rhyolith, you’ll throw it when he casts Concussive Stomp.
- Shannox is the most difficult of these four. For this boss, you will need either a pet or a friend to assist you. Shannox will only drop the fragments when he sets a trap, so you’ll need a second body for him to target. His focus must be thrown into the path of his Hurl Spear ability.
Once you have all four focuses, you can use them to teleport to the Anvil of Conflagration, where defeating Volcanus will get you the Branch of Nordrassil.
Seething Cinders & Smouldering Essences
A few short quests later, you’re back in Firelands again, where you must now loot 1000 Seething Cinders. Each boss drops up to 65 of these, so it will take you at least a couple full clears to finish this step.
This will get you a Runestaff of Nordrassil, which you’ll use to gather Smouldering Essences from the corpses of Firelands bosses. Around 10 of these essences drop from each boss’s corpse, and you’ll need 250 of them – this will take another four or five full clears.
Finally, after gathering these essences, you’ll kill Ragnaros and loot the Heart of Flame. Turning in these items gets you the legendary staff. If your guild has not collected a Dragonwrath before, completing this quest will also make the Lil’ Tarecgosa companion pet available for purchase to all guild members.
Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian
- Can be obtained on: Druid, Mage, Priest, Warlock
This staff is no longer obtainable as the quest has been removed from the game. The only way to acquire it now would be if you already had the quest before it was removed. If you were lucky enough to have received an Atiesh during vanilla World of Warcraft, it should be available for transmogrification.
Otherwise, you’ll simply have to go visit Khadgar, who’s currently the canonical wielder, to see this weapon up close.
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