Artifact Knowledge

Patch 7.3 Artifact and Follower catch-up mechanisms If you’re wondering about what patch 7.3 has in store in regards to your alts, worry no more. There are a host of catchup mechanics and account-wide unlocks coming on Argus when the patch drops. Game Director Ion Hazzikostas revealed details on today’s Legion Q&A talk on Twitch. Account-wide unlocks First up, once you’ve done...

Big changes to Artifact Knowledge may be coming in patch 7.3 Back in May, the maximum cap on levels of Artifact Knowledge was hotfixed down from 50 to 40 — the current cap. Right now on the PTR it looks like we’ll be heading back up to a maximum cap of 50 Artifact Knowledge in patch 7.3. Except this time, there won’t be a grind anymore....




Wow hotfixes set Artifact Knowledge research at 3 hours and 36 minutes We found out yesterday (to some player consternation) that in 7.2.5 players would be able to research new levels of Artifact Knowledge in “approximately four hours.” But today’s hotfixes pin research down to a particular time: 3 hours and 36 minutes. That means anyone still leveling up Artifacts should be able to zoom up the...

Artifact Knowledge between rank 26 and 40 will only take 4 hours Pending a hotfix, Artifact Knowledge work orders after rank 25 will only take 4 hours to complete, as opposed to the several days they take on live servers. Blizzard is currently working on the hotfix with “extensive testing” and they hope to have it in game within the next day or so. If you have...

Maximum Artifact Knowledge level drops to 40 in latest WoW hotfix While this may sound like a nerf, hear me (and the WoW developers) out: hitting Artifact Knowledge 50 was going to be a serious grind, and grinds like that just aren’t any fun. Even with dropping AK to 40 you still get a significant Artifact Power boost, just without an endless grind ahead of you....

Is it already time for WoW to ditch Artifact Power? So far, Legion is shaping up to be one of the most well-received expansions to date. Anytime someone mentions Legion‘s quality, it’s always with the caveat that the legendary system is the single greatest shortcoming of the expansion. However, the more and more info I see coming out of the 7.2 PTR, the more convinced...




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Patch 7.1.5 coming to WoW on January 10 That’s right, everyone: patch 7.1.5 is only a few short days away. This mini-patch will be hitting the game next Tuesday, January 10 (or the 11th for European realms), just one week before the Nighthold raid goes live. Of course, this “mini” patch really isn’t that mini. It’s packed full of features, including: Class changes to...

Is my entire life based around Artifact Power? No, of course it’s not. I complain just as much about my terrible luck with legendaries. But there’s no denying that I eat, breathe and sleep Artifact Power. I finally downloaded the Legion companion app just so I could maximize my Artifact Power time and automate my Artifact Knowledge research. I do that constantly. Often,...

Patch 7.1.5 introduces Artifact Research catch-up mechanic The patch 7.1.5 PTR cycle is in full swing and Wowhead has recently uncovered the Artifact Research Synopsis. Though the PTR is always subject to change, this appears to be the form Artifact Research catch-up will take: Rather than relying entirely on Work Orders, players will be able to turn in 500 Order Resources to...

What to do now that you’re 110 in Legion Ding! You’re level 110 and back at max level. The Broken Isles are a better place because of you, and the Legion fears your name. Well, at least they know your name, and isn’t that what’s important? As soon as you ding, a cornucopia of new options opens up for you — and that’s just...

Priest hidden Artifact
Everything you need to know about Artifact weapons Your Artifact is defining part of your entire Legion experience.  It starts off as an ilevel 750 weapon, but you’ll upgrade it from there by adding Relics to boost ilevel and Traits to increase its overall power. You will need the Artifact for each spec you intend to play, not only because Artifacts are the only...

Hunter Artifact weapon
Locked and Loaded: The best Hunter Artifact weapon build paths It’s going to take a long time to fully unlock the Artifact traits of your chosen Artifact weapon, and even longer if you decide to level up more than one weapon at the same time. Just how long will depend on how you play, but you’re looking at several months at a minimum. With that...

Legion beta Artifact Power change clarified If you aren’t in the Legion beta, you’d be forgiven for being confused as to how Artifact Power and Artifact Knowledge work. Any attempts to explain their function inevitably over-complicates the system. It’s like leveling up, but it’s your weapon instead of yourself, and the cost of new traits increases over time, but your rate...

WoW to have more patches, fewer expansions moving forward You may have missed it while at work today, but this afternoon Blizzard held an hour long Legion Q&A with World of Warcraft Assistant Game Director Ion Hazzikostas (Watcher). While there were plenty of interesting tidbits, the most interesting was a change in the Warcraft team’s development goals. For years now Blizzard has promised to deliver...