- Author: Luxrah
- Date: October 11, 2023
- Updated: October 11, 2023
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
The Battered Hilt/Battered Hilt is a tradeable item that starts a questline for a very strong epic weapon known as Quel’Delar. Completing the questline allows you to reforge Quel’Delar into one of seven different weapons. These weapons are item level 251, so they are stronger than any pre-Icecrown Citadel weapons except for those from 25-man Heroic Trial of the Crusader.
The hilt itself is a random drop that has a low chance to be looted from any trash in the heroic versions of the three Frozen Halls dungeons: The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron, and Halls of Reflection. The hilt is BOE and can be traded or sold on the Auction House.
The questline can only be completed once per character, and your choice of weapon is permanent. Completing the questline also rewards the achievement The Sword in the Skull.
This guide will serve as a walkthrough for how to complete the Battered Hilt quest chain and choose your reward. We’ll also give you a little background about the sword and its place in the Wrath of the Lich King story.
Battered Hilt Quest Rewards
This quest chain can only be completed once per character, so choose your reward carefully! The weapon type you get depends upon your class. If your class can wield swords, you will have to choose one of the four sword options. If your class can’t use swords, you’ll have your choice of three maces.
- Quel’Delar, Cunning of the Shadows
- Quel’Delar, Ferocity of the Scorned
- Quel’Delar, Lens of the Mind
- Quel’Delar, Might of the Faithful
You’ll also earn the achievement The Sword in the Skull for completing the questline.
Quel’Delar is a prismatic sword that was forged by the ancient night elves with the aid of the five dragon aspects. It is the sister blade of Quel’Serrar, which is now obtainable in the game as Gleaming Quel’Serrar and Burnished Quel’Serrar, both dropped by Onyxia. While its sibling stayed with the night elves, Quel’Delar was passed down to the quel’dorei, the high elves, who eventually used it against the Scourge when they invaded Quel’Thalas.
The weapon became a symbol of the elves’ opposition to the Lich King and his undead army, but it was lost in the last attempt to invade Icecrown and defeat the Lich King. The elves wish to see Quel’Delar restored to its former glory and used to help end the Scourge threat once and for all.
Below you can read the full text of an article posted by Blizzard just prior to the original release of the Quel’Delar questline.
How to Farm the Battered Hilt
The Battered Hilt/Battered Hilt has a low (~1%) chance to drop from any trash in the heroic versions of The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron, and Halls of Reflection. Note that you won’t be able to enter Pit of Saron and Halls of Reflection for the first time until you progress through the quest chain that begins in The Forge of Souls.
Technically you can only run each heroic dungeon once per day, but if you don’t kill any bosses, you can reset the instance and all the trash will respawn. That works out nicely since the Battered Hilt only drops from trash anyway. You just need a group that is willing to farm trash and not kill any bosses.
Pit of Saron is the best option for farming since it has the most trash. Most of the mobs that can drop the hilt can be killed without fighting any bosses. Just loop around the quarry and gather them up group by group, then run out and reset.
If you can’t get a group together exclusively for trash farming, you can try your luck at clearing all three dungeons and ask your party not to skip any trash. This will lock you out of each dungeon for the day.
Battered Hilt Quests
Reforging Quel’Delar requires completing 13 quests that will take you to Icecrown, Wyrmrest Temple, Dalaran, and Isle of Quel’Danas, as well as leading you back through the Frozen Halls dungeons. The quests are divided up by faction.