How to get the creepy Diablo anniversary wings, and a host of other cosmetic wings in Diablo 3
The concept of cosmetic items and appearances for video game characters is not a new one, but wings in Diablo 3 hold a special place in my heart. Some are creepy (looking at you, Diablo 2 anniversary wings), some are beautiful, and some straddle both lines — kind of like, you know, the whole game. Want to become your very own Lord of the Wings? Then read on through our wings list to make it happen. Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy flight*.
*These wings are cosmetic, they don’t make your D3 character fly. I’m sad too.
Special event wings
In celebration of the D2 anniversary, Blizzard is gifting all D3 players a set of Prime Evil Wings. They’re pretty easy to obtain — log in on your character and voila! Wings. That said, they are extremely creepy, looking more like wiggly tentacles on the character’s back instead of actual wings. Think similar to the Anguish’s Grasp wings in the picture below.
Blizzard’s description is pretty amusing, to boot:
Log in to Diablo III any time after June 29 to unlock your own tendinous Prime Evil Wings and represent the legacy you forged on Arreat Summit. Baal—as we saw in him in Diablo II—did not have wings, but try to imagine what they would’ve looked like if he did, and if you could’ve fastened them to your hero’s shoulders.
Seasonal Journey wings
Wings from the D3 Season Journeys are probably the most familiar to the broad player base. After all, we see them pop up perhaps once a year, right?
Four sets of wings exist in D3 as seasonal rewards. These are complicated as, if you do not yet have them, you are banking on them coming up again in another rotation of seasons. For example, Season 20’s Anguish’s Grasp set (modeled after the Maiden of Anguish, Andariel) was initially rewarded in Season 8. At roughly four seasons a year, you will need to wait another three years before they return.
The other three pairs are estimated to return in future seasons. The Fiacla-Géar wings first appeared after completing Chapter 4 in Season 12. The Wings of Lempo (styled after a Monarch butterfly) arrived as the Season 16 reward for completing Chapter 4. Last, and most recently added, brave souls who finished the full Season 17 Seasonal Journey received the Galactic Wings. These were also the first wings rewarded for completing a season’s journey.
While you await the next chance to obtain one of the above, why not try your hand at the wings available year-round?
Wings from purchases, time, or luck
There are ten sets of wings that you can obtain at any time in D3. They fall into three categories: Achievements, Drops, and Purchase rewards.
Drops are, by far, the smallest category with only two options. The first pair, Cosmic Wings, are highly sought after by collectors of cosmetic appearances. They are a drop from Princess Lillian, a low spawn-rate unique unicorn in Whimsydale (not to be confused with Whimsyshire). Even if she doesn’t spawn, you can look forward to slews of gems, death breaths, forgotten souls, and a whole bunch of gold for your efforts.
The other pair, Falcon’s Wings, are just as rare, but they do not require you to go hunting an elusive mob in an equally elusive hidden level opened by an even more elusive type of goblin. These drop from a Mysterious Chest found in Act 4’s Gardens of Hope Level 1. This chest also has a meager chance of appearing (less than 1%) and has several possible spawn points in the zone.
Completing in-game achievements is your next option to obtain three pairs of wings: Trag’Oul’s Wings, Wings of Mastery, and Wings of the Dedicated. The Wings of the Dedicated and Wings of Mastery are a reward for completing all 24 of the Reaper of Souls Basic and Master (respectively) Set Dungeon achievements. Similarly, Trag’Oul’s Wings came with the Necromancer pack; players earn them for completing all Necromancer class achievements. There’s still a time investment for these three, but you’re not stuck relying on RNG to be on your side.
Finally, and most straightforward of all, are the six sets of wings included as purchase rewards. For example, the Wings of the Crypt Guardian come with the Necromancer character pack. Purchasing Overwatch‘s Origins Edition or Collectors Edition grants Mercy’s Gaze, a pair of mechanical and blade-feathered wings for those D3 players wishing to channel their inner Mercy. Similarly, the Starcraft 2: Heart of the Storm Digital Edition (and now SC2 Deluxe bundle) granted the Blade Wings (also known as Wings of the Swarm) for those fans of the Queen of Blades.
The other three have some specifics attached. The Echoes of the Mask wings are exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of D3. Higher on the difficulty scale to obtain are the Crimson Angelic Wings, another platform-exclusive pair. However, these are exclusive to the original PlayStation 3 release, and forum posts point to them only carrying into the PS4 version via game import. Finally, and most difficult, are the Wings of Justice — obtained from the D3 Collector’s Edition. Not necessarily “retired,” but VERY expensive to get at this point as you’re banking on finding a sealed version of the original box on eBay.
Luckily, only a few wings fall under this category, and they’re almost universally due to timing. Players were required to participate in specific events or purchased specific Blizzard games. The most recent example of these is Lilith’s Embrace (based on the Mother of Sanctuary), received by all BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket holders. Others no longer obtainable include:
- Wings of the Ghost Queen — based on the Ghost Kerrigan skin in Heroes of the Storm, these were a reward from that game’s event “Malthael’s Bargain” in 2017.
- Wings of the Betrayer — your very own Illidan wings in D3, these came with the purchase of the World of Warcraft: Legion Deluxe or Collector’s Edition.
- Wings of Valor — gifted as pre-order bonus for any version of Reaper of Souls, earning these wings required the expansion license needed to be applied by the end of March in 2014.
These unobtainable wings are proof that it helps to be on the ball with Blizzard news. Keep an eye on pre-order rewards for various titles. For example, I would love to see something death-related added as a reward for pre-ordering Shadowlands. In the interim, you’ll find me hunting rainbow goblins to get back into Whimsydale. I’ve got a unicorn to kill.
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