How to Unlock Legion Hidden Artifact Weapon Appearances

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All artifact weapons from the Legion expansion have special hidden appearances that can be unlocked. These secret appearances also come with special effects for the weapon. Most are unlocked by defeating enemies or completing quests. Unlocking one will earn you the Hidden Potential achievement.

These hidden weapon appearances generally have some interesting class lore associated with them. NPCs in the Broken Isles will also comment on your weapon if you have a hidden appearance displayed. To find out how to unlock a specific weapon, head to the page for that weapon’s class linked above. We also have a guide to the secret fishing pole artifact that you can unlock on any class.

Once a hidden appearance has been unlocked, it will show up at the bottom of your appearances in the artifact’s customization window. You can unlock three additional tints for each hidden weapon appearance. The method for unlocking these additional tints is universal across all artifact weapons and is covered at the end of this guide.

Hidden Artifact Weapon Appearances

Death Knight


Weapon: Maw of the Damned (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Touch of Undeath
Hidden Effect: The Maw Must Feed (Stacks up to 10 times)
Unlocked By: Twisting Anima of Souls


Weapon: Blades of the Fallen Prince – Frostreaper (Main Hand) and Icebringer (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Dark Runeblade
Hidden Effect: Soulblade (Your attacks will sometimes spawn a Memory of Arthas, who can be clicked for unique dialogue and a buff.)
Unlocked By: Runes of Darkening


Weapon: Apocalypse (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Bone Reaper
Hidden Effect: Apocalyptic Deathblade (You have a chance on hit to kill enemies who are below 20% health, and will sometimes leave enemy corpses looking rotten and swarmed with flies.)
Unlocked By: The Bonereaper’s Hook

Demon Hunter


Weapon: Twinblades of the Deceiver – Verus (Main Hand) and Muramas (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Deathwalker
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Guise of the Deathwalker


Weapon: Aldrachi Warblades (Main Hand) and Aldrachi Warblades (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Iron Warden
Hidden Effect: Torment of a Thousand Souls
Unlocked By: Bulwark of the Iron Warden



Weapon: Scythe of Elune (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Sunkeeper’s Reach
Hidden Effect: Light of Elune (You will be able to decurse Feral Spirit from Feral Worgens in Val’sharah. You will earn some Artifact Power each time you do so.)
Unlocked By: The Sunbloom


Weapon: Fangs of Ashamane (Main Hand) and Fangs of Ashamane (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Moonspirit
Hidden Effect: Hunter’s Rush
Unlocked By: Feather of the Moonspirit


Weapon: Claws of Ursoc (Main Hand) and Claws of Ursoc (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Guardian of the Glade
Hidden Effect: Your Bear Form ability has a chance to generate 100 rage instead of 10.
Unlocked By: Mark of the Glade Guardian


Weapon: G’Hanir, the Mother Tree (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Warden’s Crown
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Acorn of the Endless


Evokers were added after Legion and do not have any artifact weapons to unlock appearances for. Sorry, evokers!


Beast Mastery

Weapon: Titanstrike (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Titan’s Reach
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Designs of the Grand Architect


Weapon: Thas’dorah, Legacy of the Windrunners (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Ravenguard
Hidden Effect: Windrunning
Unlocked By: Syriel Crescentfall’s Notes: Ravenguard


Weapon: Talonclaw (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Bear’s Fortitude
Hidden Effect: Call to the Eagles and you become an eagle when dead.
Unlocked By: Last Breath of the Forest



Weapon: Aluneth (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Woolomancer’s Charge
Hidden Effect: Overcharge and the weapon will sometimes speak to you.
Unlocked By: The Woolomancer’s Charge


Weapon: Felo’melorn (Main Hand) and Heart of the Phoenix (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Stars’ Design
Hidden Effect: An unique blacksmith dialogue in Dalaran rewards aritfact power. Enemies you kill will sometimes be left charred and smoldering.
Unlocked By: The Stars’ Design


Weapon: Ebonchill (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Frostfire Remembrance
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Everburning Crystal



Weapon: Fu Zan, the Wanderer’s Companion (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Ancient Brewkeeper
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Legend of the Monkey King


Weapon: Sheilun, Staff of the Mists (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Breath of the Undying Serpent
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Breath of the Undying Serpent


Weapon: Fists of the Heavens – Al’burq (Main Hand) and Alra’ed (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Stormfist
Hidden Effect: Lightning Burst (When you jump from a certain height.)
Unlocked By: The Stormfist



Weapon: The Silver Hand (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Watcher’s Armament
Hidden Effect: Might of the Silver Hand (Chance to proc when you kill an undead enemy.)
Unlocked By: Lost Edicts of the Watcher


Weapon: Oathseeker (Main Hand) and Truthguard (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Vindicator’s Bulwark
Hidden Effect: The Light Reveals
Unlocked By: Spark of the Fallen Exarch


Weapon: Ashbringer (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Corrupted Remembrance
Hidden Effect: Ashbringer
Unlocked By: Heart of Corruption



Weapon: Light’s Wrath (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Tomekeeper’s Spire
Hidden Effect: Overloaded with Light (Increases the damage of your next Light’s Wrath by 500%.)
Unlocked By: Writings of the End


Weapon: T’uure, Beacon of the Naaru (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Crest of the Lightborn
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Staff of the Lightborn


Weapon: Xal’atath, Blade of the Black Empire (Main Hand) and Secrets of the Void (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Claw of N’Zoth
Hidden Effect: The weapon will sometimes speak to you.
Unlocked By: Claw of N’Zoth



Weapon: The Kingslayers – Anguish (Main Hand) and Sorrow (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Bonebreaker
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: The Cypher of Broken Bone


Weapon: The Dreadblades – Fate (Main Hand) and Fortune (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Thunderfury, Hallowed Blade of the Windlord
Hidden Effect: Taste of Blood
Unlocked By: Emanation of the Winds


Weapon: Fangs of the Devourer – Gorefang (Main Hand) and Akaari’s Will (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Venombite
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Tome of Otherworldly Venoms



Weapon: The Fist of Ra-den (Main Hand) and The Highkeeper’s Ward (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Prestige of the Amani
Hidden Effect: Certain water and air elementals in Stormheim become friendly with this artifact appearance equipped.
Unlocked By: Lost Codex of the Amani


Weapon: Doomhammer (Main Hand) and Fury of the Stonemother (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Zandalar Champion
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: The Warmace of Shirvallah


Weapon: Sharas’dal, Scepter of Tides (Main Hand) and Shield of the Sea Queen (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Serpent’s Coil
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Coil of the Drowned Queen



Weapon: Ulthalesh, the Deadwind Harvester (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Fate’s End
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Essence of the Executioner


Weapon: Spine of Thal’kiel (Main Hand) and Skull of the Man’ari (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Thal’kiel’s Visage
Hidden Effect: The weapon will sometimes speak to you.
Unlocked By:
 Visage of the First Wakener


Weapon: Scepter of Sargeras (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Legionterror
Hidden Effect: Unkown
Unlocked By: The Burning Jewel of Sargeras



Weapon: Strom’kar, the Warbreaker (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Arcanite Bladebreaker
Hidden Effect: Surrounded by Trolls! (Sends troll enemies fleeing. Lasts for two minutes.)
Unlocked By: The Arcanite Bladebreaker


Weapon: Warswords of the Valarjar (Two Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Dragonslayer’s Edge
Hidden Effect: Gaze of the Val’kyr (When you are killed in battle, a Trial by Combat will trigger.)
Unlocked By: The Dragonslayers


Weapon: Scaleshard (Main Hand) and Scale of the Earth-Warder (Off Hand)
Hidden Appearance: Last Breath of the Worldbreaker
Hidden Effect: Unknown
Unlocked By: Burning Plate of the Worldbreaker

Hidden Fishing Pole Artifact

As well as the class artifact weapons listed above, there is a secret fishing pole artifact in Legion. The Underlight Angler is a full artifact with a talent tree and a couple of extra appearance options. Unlocking the fishing pole requires the following:

  1. Be at least level 45.
  2. Level your Legion Fishing skill to 100. (This can easily be done while you work on the other requirements.)
  3. Complete the Bigger Fish to Fry achievement.
  4. Complete the ! Luminous Pearl quest chain.

Hidden Artifact Weapon Appearance Tints

After you have unlocked a hidden appearance for your artifact weapon, you will be able to unlock three additional color tints for that appearance. These additional tints are unlocked via the same method for all classes. Each of the following activities unlocks one of the three extra tints. We’ve included some chat commands that will allow you to track your progress with these hidden achievements.

  • Complete 30 dungeons
/run AddTrackedAchievement(11152)
  • Complete 30 World Quests
/run AddTrackedAchievement(11153)
  • Kill 1000 player characters
/run AddTrackedAchievement(11154)

And here is a chat command that will allow you to check your progress for all three:

/run local q,x,,a,b = GetAchievementCriteriaInfo,0 for i=1,11 do ,,,a,b = q(11152,i) x=a end local ,,,c,d = q(11153,1) local ,,,e,f = q(11154,1) print("Dungeons: "..x.."/"..b) print("WQs: "..c.."/"..d) print("Kills: "..e.."/"..f)

You don’t need to have your artifact equipped for this or even be in the same talent spec, but you do need to have unlocked a hidden artifact weapon appearance before you can start earning credit toward these criteria. Once you unlock the alternate color tints for one weapon, they will be unlocked for all hidden artifact weapons appearances on that character, even ones you haven’t earned yet.


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8 months ago

I’m at a loss. I have a hidden appearance unlocked but can’t seem to unlock the dungeon tint. I’ve farmed a Legion dungeon 30 times. No unlock. I’ve done 10 different Legion dungeons, as I’ve seen on other sites. No unlock. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

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5 months ago

I had to go the order hall, change the appearance of the actual artifact on the altar and then un-equip and then put it back on to trigger the actual transmog unlock. And then I had to do /reload to get it to show on the actual transmog UI.

5 months ago

Your chat commands gave me an error when I tried to use them to check progress but this one off reddit seems to work
/run local a={Dungeons=11152,WQs=11153,PKs=11154}for b,c in pairs(a)do local d,e=0;for f=1,GetAchievementNumCriteria(c)do local g,h=0;g,g,g,h,e=GetAchievementCriteriaInfo(c,f)d=d+h end;print(b..”: “..d..”/”..e)end

5 months ago

Seems like if you have unlocked a Hidden artifact skin for a single weapon on your char you can unlock the tint variants for all of the other Hidden skins on that character. I was farming the Dragonslayers for fury warrior since I didn’t do that in Legion but I had already done so for the arms weapon. This involved farming maw of souls so I ran the 30 dungeons required for one of the tints.
The variant wasn’t unlocked automatically upon doing 30 dungeons but when I went to check on the altar and changed the actual skin of the actual artifact weapon and then re-equipped it, this unlocked the hidden skin variant for transmog and now a day later I noticed it also unlocked the tints for Fury and Protection artifacts, neither of which I actually have.

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