How to Craft Shadowlands Legendary Items

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

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

Unlocking Torghast and the Runecarver

After completing your covenant campaign, you can unlock Torghast and the Runecarver NPC by completing these quests.

After you complete the Prison of the Forgotten quest, you will meet the Runecarver at the Runecarver's Oubliette.

Unlocking Runecarving

You are almost done, but you still have to do a few more quests to unlock the Runecarving to craft your legendaries.

Components needed for crafting a Legendary

Before you can craft your first Legendary. You will need four Components to complete the Ashes of the Tower and the followup The Final Pieces quests.

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).

For Memory of the Runecarver recipes to drop, you will have to finish the Deep Within and the Reawakening quests.

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:

Full list of Base items

How to craft higher ilvl Legendary Base Items?

Every base item has four ranks, and each of them will have its own little experience bar. 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) - -

3. Soul Ash

Soul Ash is a new Shadowlands currency with a weekly cap. Currently, the only use of Soul Ash is to craft Legendary armors.

Where to get Soul Ash?

You can get Soul Ash from completing a Layer in Torghast. You should be familiar with how Torghast works at this point since you had to complete The Search for Baine quest.

How many Soul Ash can you get a week?

Each week, there are 2 Torghast wings available with 8-8 layers each.

Completing higher level layers will also grant you Soul Ash from all lower layers, so you can skip all lower floors once you unlock layer 8.

Layer# Reward Total Soul Ash
1 120 Soul Ash 120
2 100 Soul Ash 220
3 85 Soul Ash 305
4 70 Soul Ash 375
5 60 Soul Ash 435
6 50 Soul Ash 485
7 45 Soul Ash 530
8 40 Soul Ash 570

Each wing will award you with 570 Soul Ash per week if you clear all 8 layers, so the maximum Soul Ash you can get is 1140 Soul Ash per week for completing the two Torghast wings.

How many Soul Ash you need?

You will need 1250 Soul Ash for a rank 1 (ilvl190) legendary, but higher Item Level base items require more Soul Ash:

Upgrading Your Legendary with Soul Ash

You can upgrade a legendary with Soul Ash, so you won't waste any Soul Ash if you craft an iLvl 190 legendary. The Soul Ash cost of crafting a rank 4 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.

4. Missives

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

Once you gathered all 4 components and completed Ashes of the Tower and the follow-up The Final Pieces quests. You will unlock the Runecarver UI.

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.

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