Cinders, Knowledge, and Shards: These are all of the new currencies in patch 9.1
Shadowlands already has plenty of different currencies, and patch 9.1 will be adding a few more to go alongside the new raid and the Torghast rework.. So far the patch doesn’t look too heavy with new currencies, but the PTR is still young, and until the patch is live we could see changes at any time.
For now, these are the new currencies in patch 9.1.
New Torghast currencies
Acquired from: Running Torghast Layer 9+
Used for: Legendary upgrades
Soul Cinders are the new currency needed to upgrade legendary items to Ranks 5 and 6, which will be item level 250 and 260, respectively. These are rewarded for completing Layers 9 through 12 in Torghast. Like Soul Ash, each Layer rewards a certain amount, and completing a certain Layer rewards all of the Soul Cinders that would have been earned from earlier Layers — so that completing Layer 12 rewards 180 if you haven’t completed Layers 9, 10, or 11 that week, but only 30 if Layer 11 was completed already.
Currently, the rewards for completing a Layer are not based on Torghast’s new scoring system, and are a set value. This is what you get for completing each layer individually:
- Layer 9 — 60 Soul Cinders
- Layer 10 — 50 Soul Cinders
- Layer 11 — 40 Soul Cinders
- Layer 12 — 30 Soul Cinders
That’s a total 180 Soul Cinders from all Layers, per wing. With two wings per week, there’s a total of 360 Soul Cinders you can earn every week.
Upgrading a Legendary item to rank 5 costs 400 Soul Cinders, and upgrading to rank 6 costs 1,650 Soul Cinders. To unlock those higher level Legendaries, you’ll need to get good at Torghast, get your score up, unlock Layer 12, and complete it weekly.
Acquired from: Torghast high scores
Used for: Torghast upgrades
There are some changes to Torghast coming in 9.1, and one of them is the new perks system, which unlocks upgrades for Torghast. These upgrades cost Tower Knowledge, which you drop into the Box of Many Things. Unfortunately, how much Tower Knowledge you earn is based on your Torghast score. To maximize it, you’ll want to beat the par time, kill and destroy almost everything, and keep a streak going. The higher your score this time, the easier it will be next time with your newly unlocked rewards.
New Great Vault Currency
Attendant’s Token of Merit
Acquired from: Great Vault
Use for: Choice of reward
In Shadowlands, players who receive rewards in the weekly Great Vault have a choice of gear. If none of the gear is a suitable upgrade, then there was always the option of Condensed Stygia. In Patch 9.1 that is replaced with a new currency — 3 Attendant’s Token of Merit. Each one can be used at the nearby vendor, Ko’tul, to purchase 500 Stygia, 250 Soul Ash, or 175 Anima. It is a currency to purchase different currencies.
New Sanctum of Domination currencies
Though it isn’t precisely a currency, the new Sanctum of Domination raid has special gems called Shard of Domination. These gems can only be placed in gear that comes from Sanctum of Domination and their effects will only work while in the raid. These Shards of Domination will have 5 ranks, each more powerful than the last. Though the details on how these shards work aren’t fully implemented on the PTR, it currently looks like empowering an item with these gems requires you to to collect five Boss Souls. It’s possible these souls may be needed to get higher ranks, as well.
Perhaps it’s more of a quest item than a currency, but it’s still another number for raiders to track.
Is there a currency to replace Stygia?
We still aren’t sure what’s happening to Stygia in patch 9.1. Jeremy Feasel has said that there will be a new Ve’nari currency, but on the PTR, Ve’nari is still accepting it — and even has some new, expensive items that it can be spent on, including mounts. On the 9.1 PTR, the Amber Shardhide costs 5,000 Stygia, or if you prefer to fly, the Soaring Razorwing costs 7,500 Stygia. But considering what Feasel’s told us this may change.
So there aren’t currently any new currencies in the Maw or Korthia — but that could change before the patch goes live.
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