3. Artifact Weapon

3. Artifact Weapon

The artifact weapon is a new system being implemented in Legion. Each specialization has a weapon made just for them. It’s the only weapon you will use in the Legion expansion. This replaces the “legendary” questlines of previous expansions (e.g., cloak or ring quest). At level 100 in the start of Legion leveling, you can choose one artifact weapon to level. At 102, you can unlock the remaining 3 druid weapons. Here is some general artifact advice:

  • As you level, you pick up items that help you level your artifact weapon. The goal is to maximize your gold bordered artifact traits. The artifact traits start out inexpensive to unlock and require exponentially more artifact power for each subsequent unlock. It will take several months to complete an artifact weapon.
  • The resto artifact uses Frost and Life relics for increasing your weapon’s ilevel. You want to forcus on higher ilevels as much as possible for relics, with Persistence, Knowledge of the Ancients, and Grovewalker being the best bonuses.

The goal is to maximize the speed at which you unlock the three gold-bordered artifact traits. While there is a vendor that lets you “reset” your artifact tree, it is MUCH better to just not mess up the first time, as you lose a substantial amount of your artifact power if you reset the artifact tree.

Raiding build standard unlock:

Below is a general idea of what is considered the best unlocking pattern for individuals interested in doing Mythic & Heroic raids:

  • Fill in the middle traits (natural mending, blossoms, seeds of the world tree, mark of shifting).
Restoration druid artifact path

Image by Squishes from the druid discord

After you finish the first round of traits, you unlock a new set of traits. Get the new gold-bordered trait first and then follow the advice on questionablyepic about how to fill in the rest of those traits.



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