How to Unlock Monk Hidden Artifact Weapon Appearances

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Monks are masters of the martial arts and harnessing chi energy, and their artifact weapons reflect this background. In this guide we’ll show you how to unlock the hidden appearances for all three monk artifact weapons. To unlock the additional color tints for these appearances, see our main Hidden Artifact Weapon Appearances guide.


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

How to Unlock Ancient Brewkeeper

To obtain a Legend of the Monkey King, you must first unlock the Brewhouse in your class order hall. To do this, speak with Number Nine Jia in the lower area at Temple of Five Dawns. She will only be there if you have completed your order hall campaign up to ! Scrolls of Knowledge.

You will first need to research a tier 1 trait at a cost of 50 Order Resources, waiting 2 hours for it to finish. Then you can research the Brewhouse trait for 100 Order Resources. Another 4 hours later you will gain access to the Bubbling Keg.

Tap the Bubbling Keg once per day for a chance at your 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

How to Unlock Breath of the Undying Serpent

Breath of the Undying Serpent is a drop from the four dragons of the Dragons of Nightmare encounter in the Emerald Nightmare raid: Ysondre, Emeriss, Lethon, and Taerar. Although the dragons are all part of the same boss fight, they each have a separate chance to drop the item. You will fight all four on mythic difficulty while only three will appear on other difficulties, with Ysondre always guaranteed to be one of the three. The item has a fairly low drop rate, so you may need to kill them quite a few times before you see it. Like most raid bosses, they can only be killed once per week on each difficulty. You will need to kill Nythendra, the first boss, in order to gain access to the Dragons of the Nightmare. Defeating both encounters should be fairly trivial for a high level character.


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

How to Unlock Stormfist

The Stormfist has a chance to drop from the final chest in a scenario in Suramar. The scenario is entered as part of the ! Withered Army Training World Quest. There are a few things you must do before you can access this quest.

Unlocking World Quests

First you must unlock World Quests for the Broken Isles by completing ! Uniting the Isles. This requires earning Friendly reputation with the four major Legion factions. The quickest way to earn reputation with each faction is by completing quests in their associated zones. Here are the factions and their zones:

When you have reached Friendly with all four factions, visit Archmage Khadgar in The Violet Citadel in Dalaran to complete the quest ! Uniting the Isles.

Unlocking Withered Army Training

Next you must complete the main storyline quests in Suramar to earn the Nightfallen But Not Forgotten achievement and unlock World Quests for Suramar. You will need to be at least level 45 to do these quests. Here is a complete list for convenience:

With World Quests unlocked for Suramar, First Arcanist Thalyssra in Shal’Aran should offer the quest ! Building an Army. Complete this and you will be able to access ! Withered Army Training.

The Withered Army Training Scenario

The ! Withered Army Training quest can be completed once every three days. You must have 400 Ancient Mana to start the quest. You can use more Ancient Mana to bring additional withered with you, which makes the scenario easier. To start the scenario, speak with First Arcanist Thalyssra and tell her “I’ve come to help the withered with their combat training.”

Once you start the scenario you’ll be sent into the Ruins of Falanaar where your goal is to collect treasure without losing all of your withered. There is no timer for this scenario and you can take as long as you want. The scenario ends when you run out of withered or you die. Players have reported that it’s not enough to start and fail the scenario; you need to earn a minimum of 400 points in order to have a chance of seeing the item in your chest. Higher scores likely increase your chances, but that’s unconfirmed.

Don’t be tempted to immediately pick up every large chest you see. You want to keep enough withered with you to be able to continue. Some doors require a certain number of withered to enter. Small chests can be picked up without expending any withered. Killing enemies also increases your score. Ideally, you want to clear out as much as you can before you start expending withered to collect large chests.

If a withered begins to run away, you’ll need to chase after it and quickly click on it to stop it from abandoning you altogether.

When the scenario is over you will be able to collect loot from the treasure chests you found inside. The Stormfist has a chance to appear in one of these chests, but is not a guaranteed drop. You may need to do this scenario several times before you see it. The scenario can be done every three days.


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