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WoWApr 13, 2020 3:00 pm CT

How you’ll get Legendary gear in WoW Shadowlands

frostmourne in halls of reflection

When WoW Shadowlands launches, there will be a new way to earn Legendary gear. It borrows from old ideas and merges them into a new system that should be more satisfying than before. If you know how acquiring Essences works and remember how Legion Legendaries worked, you’ll understand what’s going on here.

In the new expansion, Legendaries won’t be rare — at least not as rare as they have been lately. Blizzard said at BlizzCon 2019 that they liked how Legion handled powerful equipment, so they’re bringing that system back… but with a little more customization. You’ll be able to create Legendary items in the Forge of Domination, a powerful crafting forge located in the Shadowlands. It’s unclear if this is only for crafted Legendaries or if all of them will be crafted in some fashion.

Game Director Ion Hazzikostas explained in a recent interview a little more detail on how they work — again, we’re not sure which type of Legendaries he’s talking about. By doing runs in The Maw or Torghast, Tower of the Damned, you’ll earn recipes for the basic gear. These will be account-wide so you can easily gear up alts, and it should make it easier to find people who can create stuff for you. From there, you’ll have to pick up runes and potentially other items to take to the special forge and turn the items into proper Legendaries. Hazzikostas said that you shouldn’t be surprised if you find that some old, well-known set piece bonuses make a return from Legion too — after all, the blacksmith is the man responsible for forging the Frostmourne.

This brand new system does away with the previous version’s randomness and replaces it with tools to let you customize how you want your Legendaries to work. Blizzard gave an example where being able to place runes in specific slots so you’re not stuck trying to weigh it against something you already have in the same spot. You get to choose exactly how your Legendaries work. It also sounds like it’ll be a system that keeps you busy, given how Torghast works as a tough, roguelike dungeon.

For now, that’s all we know about Legendaries in the new content. For people interested in the story side of things,  you’ll be able to learn about the forge that created the Helm of Domination and Frostmourne, as well as the blacksmith that did the deed. You’ll also finally be able to transmog Legendaries from the past, including Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian.

This is beginning to look like a Legendary-heavy expansion. And it seems like we’ll need them. Sylvanas has given us a real tough problem to fight through with our measly Epics.

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