Crafting your own Legendary Armor is one of the new features in the Shadowlands expansion. This guide tells you more about the whole process and explains what you need to do to craft your first Legendary item.
- Unlocking Legendary Crafting
- Components needed for crafting a Legendary
- 1. Legendary Power
- 2. Base items
- 3. Soul Ash and Soul Cinders
- 4. Missives
- Crafting your first Legendary
Unlocking Legendary Crafting
To start the questline that will unlock Legendary Crafting, you must:
- Reach level 60
- Complete the Main story campaign quests.
- Complete Choosing Your Purpose by choosing your covenant
- Complete your covenant's campaign quests.
Covenant campaign quests
- Kyrian Campaign - Among the Kyrian - Full Quest list
- Night Fae Campaign - For Queen and Grove! - Full Quest list
- Necrolord Campaign - Loyal to the Primus - Full Quest list
- Venthyr Campaign - Sinfall - Full Quest list
Unlocking Torghast and the Runecarver
After completing your covenant campaign, you can unlock Torghast and the Runecarver NPC by completing these quests.
- The Highlord Calls
- Into Torghast
- The Search for Baine - Loot The Forgotten Key from the Boss where you rescue Baine. This item will start the Prison of the Forgotten quest.
- Go back to Oribos to complete The Search for Baine quest, then head back to the Maw and speak to Ve'nari to complete Prison of the Forgotten.
- Go inside the Torghast portal and complete Prison of the Forgotten.
You are almost done, but you still have to do a few more quests to unlock the Runecarving to craft your legendaries.
- Deep Within
- A Damned Pact
- A Grave Chance
- The Weak Link
- Ashes of the Tower - (read more about this at the Soul Ash section)
- The Final Pieces - Read the details below on how to get the items needed to complete this.
Components needed for crafting a Legendary
You will need the following four Components:
- Legendary Power
- Base Item
- 2 Missives
- Soul Ash
Below you will find a full description of these components and how to get them.
1. Legendary Power
Legendary Powers (Memory of the Runecarver) determine what Legendary Item Effect you will have on your legendary.
For example, the Memory of Gorefiend's Domination makes your Heart Strike reduces the remaining cooldown on Vampiric Blood by 2 seconds.
Legendary powers are limited to 2-3 gear slots, so make sure to check which base item you need for your legendary power. Using the previous example, the Memory of Gorefiend's Domination legendary power can only be crafted with Legs or Feet base items. (you can read more about base items in the next part of the guide)
Where to get Legendary Powers?
You can check the full list of Legendary Powers and where to get them if you click on the "Powers" tab in your Adventure Guide. (Click on "Home" at the top left corner if the "Power" tab doesn't show up.)
There are sixteen Legendary Powers for each class. They are obtained from raid bosses, dungeon bosses, PvP, Reputation, Torghast, and the Great Vault (new weekly chest).
2. Base items
Base items (Rune Vessels) determine the slot you are making your armor for, and the item level of your armor.
How to get Legendary Base Items?
Base items are crafted by players with Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, Tailoring, and Jewelcrafting. They can be bought and sold at the Auction House, so you don't have to have these professions. You can buy the base item.
How to learn the Legendary Base item recipes?
Once you reach 100 in Shadowlands Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, Tailoring, or Jewelcrafting, the Runecarver will offer you one of these quests:
- The Vessels of the Thread - Tailoring
- The Vessels of Metal - Blacksmithing
- The Vessels of Leather and Bone - Leatherworking
- The Vessels of Jewels - Jewelcrafting
Full list of Base items
- Umbrahide Helm
- Umbrahide Pauldrons
- Umbrahide Vest
- Umbrahide Armguards
- Umbrahide Gauntlets
- Umbrahide Waistguard
- Umbrahide Leggings
- Umbrahide Treads
How to craft higher ilvl Legendary Base Items?
You will gain experience each time you craft a base item, and once you fill the experience bar, you will learn the next rank. Crafting a higher rank base item will give more experience.
Higher rank base items also require a lot more materials. A rank 4 item usually costs around 4 times as much as a rank 1.
|Rank (ilvl)||XP / Craft||Total XP for next rank|
|Rank 1 (iLvl 190)||5||75|
|Rank 2 (iLvL 210)||10||150|
|Rank 3 (iLvL 225)||15||225|
|Rank 4 (iLvL 235)||-||-|
Upgrading to rank 5 and Rank 6
There are two new ranks for Legendary items in Patch 9.1:
- Rank 5 (iLevel 249)
- Rank 6 (iLevel 262)
There is no new recipe for the new rank of base items, instead, you can use the new optional reagent Vestige of Origins, which increases the item level of the attached legendary base armor piece by the equivalent of 2 ranks. So, basically, you can add it to a Rank 3 to get a Rank 5, or a Rank 4 to get a rank 6.
Vestige of Origins can be crafted by Blacksmiths, Jewelcrafters, Leatherworkers, or Tailors. The Tome of Origins recipe is a reward from the Untangling the Sigil quest in chapter 4 of the new patch 9.1 Chains of Domination quest chain. (chapter 4 requires Renown 44)
3. Soul Ash and Soul Cinders
Where to get Soul Ash and Soul Cinders?
How many Soul Ash and Soul Cinders can you get?
Each week, there are 2 Torghast wings available with 12-12 layers each.
Each wing will award you with 1040 Soul Ash per week if you clear all 12 layers, so completing both Torghast wings once will award you with 2080 Soul Ash per week. Re-clearing Torghast will allow you to farm more Soul Ash, but you will earn about 20% of the total Soul Ash that you normally get when you clear a layer for the first time that week.
Completing higher level layers will also grant you Soul Ash and Soul Cinders from all lower layers, so you can skip all lower floors once you unlock layer 12.
|Layer#||Initial Reward||Total||Re-clear Total|
|1||180 Soul Ash||-||36 Soul Ash|
|2||150 Soul Ash||330 Soul Ash||66 Soul Ash|
|3||130 Soul Ash||460 Soul Ash||92 Soul Ash|
|4||105 Soul Ash||565 Soul Ash||113 Soul Ash|
|5||90 Soul Ash||655 Soul Ash||131 Soul Ash|
|6||85 Soul Ash||740 Soul Ash||146 Soul Ash|
|7||70 Soul Ash||810 Soul Ash||160 Soul Ash|
|8||60 Soul Ash||870 Soul Ash||172 Soul Ash|
|9||55 Soul Ash, 60 Soul Cinders||925 Soul Ash, 60 Soul Cinders||183 Soul Ash|
|10||45 Soul Ash, 50 Soul Cinders||970 Soul Ash, 110 Soul Cinders||192 Soul Ash|
|11||40 Soul Ash, 40 Soul Cinders||1010 Soul Ash, 150 Soul Cinders||200 Soul Ash|
|12||30 Soul Ash, 30 Soul Cinders||1040 Soul Ash, 180 Soul Cinders||206 Soul Ash|
How many Soul Ash and Soul Cinders do you need?
You won't waste any Soul Ash if you craft an iLvl 190 legendary then upgrade it later. The Soul Ash cost of crafting a rank 4 legendary and crafting a rank 1 then upgrading it 3 times is the same. The only thing that you will waste is the base item because you will need a new Base Item (but higher ilvl) each time you want to upgrade.
|Rank||item level||Soul Ash||Soul Cinder|
Missives basically let you choose which secondary stats you want on your legendary. You will need two different Missives. You can't use two from the same stat. (you can't change these later, even when upgrading)
To get the missives, you need Shadowlands Inscription (40) or buy them at the Auction House.
Crafting your First Legendary
Talk to the Runecarver and click on "I'd like to craft a legendary item".
- 1. Base Item
- 2. Legendary Power
- 3. Missives
- 4. Required Soul Ash.