How to Unlock Paladin Hidden Artifact Weapon Appearances

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Paladins are champions of the Light and defenders of the innocent, and their artifact weapons reflect this background. In this guide we’ll show you how to unlock the hidden appearances for all three paladin artifact weapons. To unlock the additional color tints for these appearances, see our main Hidden Artifact Weapon Appearances guide.


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

How to Unlock Watcher’s Armament

Obtaining a Lost Edicts of the Watcher is a simple matter of killing demons in the Broken Isles and Argus until it drops. A great place to farm for it is on the island of Faronaar in western Azsuna. Almost any Eredar in the area has a chance to drop the item. The drop chance is pretty low, so it may take some time.

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Eredar Supplicants in Azsuna


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

How to Unlock Vindicator’s Bulwark

The Spark of the Fallen Exarch 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 Spark of the Fallen Exarch 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.


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

How to Unlock Corrupted Remembrance

This one is a little bit complicated, but there isn’t anything too difficult involved. Just a lot of steps! Let’s go through them one by one.

Gathering Materials

There are three items you will need to acquire first:

The two books are not bound and can both be bought on the auction house, but can be pricey. You’re probably better off getting them for yourself, which isn’t too difficult to do. Nat Pagle’s Guide to Extreme Anglin’ can be looted from player corpses in the Alterac Valley battleground. A Thoroughly Read Copy of “Nat Pagle’s Guide to Extreme Anglin’ can be looted from A Dusty Tome in any wing of the Dire Maul dungeon. A Dusty Tome appears as a red book on the ground in a few different locations. There are more possible spawn spots for it in the east wing compared to north and west, so the east wing is the best place to look. The book you need has a very high chance to drop from the first tome you find, so the hard part is finding one. Note that to access the last room with Alzzin the Wildshaper, you will have to kill Zevrim Thornhoof and then speak to Old Ironbark.

Head of Nefarian can be looted from Nefarian in the Blackwing Lair raid. Do not complete the quest the item gives! Completing the quest will turn in the item, which you need to continue on. So if you turn in the quest, you will have to wait and get another one in the next raid lockout. Note that the head is unique, so if you still have one in your bank for some reason, you will not be able to get another one. In order to get to Nefarian you will have to fight your way through the raid. There are a few places you could get stuck here if you’ve never been in Blackwing Lair before. Here are a few pointers:

  • Razorgore the Untamed can’t be killed until you have destroyed all of the eggs in his room. If you simply attack him, he will kill you and reset. To destroy the eggs, use the Orb of Domination on the opposite platform to mind control the boss. Once you have destroyed all of the eggs, you will be able to kill him.
  • Vaelastrasz the Corrupt must be activated by speaking with him. A short dialogue will play out, and then you will have to fight him.
  • The Halls of Strife are full of Suppression Devices that will slow your movement speed. Your Divine Shield and Hand of Freedom abilities are especially useful here.
  • Chromaggus is fought by pulling the lever in his room.
  • To fight Nefarian, speak with Lord Victor Nefarius in the final room of the raid. You will have to fight several waves of adds before he transforms into his dragon form. Kill him and loot his head.
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Loot Nefarian’s head, but don’t accept the quest it gives

Turning In

Once you have gathered the items above, you can bring the two books to Sister Elda in the Sanctum of Light, your class order hall. She is on the platform opposite from your Scouting Map. You must be in the retribution talent specialization for this step. Speak with her with both books in your inventory and exchange them for A Complete Copy of “Nat Pagle’s Guide to Extreme Anglin’.”

/way Light's Hope Chapel 37.89 57.53 Sister Elda

Next, locate Prince Tortheldrin in the west wing of the Dire Maul dungeon. He is in The Athenaeum, the rectangular room that connects to the Prison of Immol’thar. Speak with him with the new book and Head of Nefarian in your inventory. You don’t need to kill anything in the dungeon.

Your next stop will depend on your faction.

For Alliance, you’ll need to head to Alexia Ironknife at Chillwind Camp in Western Plaguelands.

/way Western Plaguelands 43.0 84.2 Alexia Ironknife

For Horde, head to Bardu Sharpeye at The Bulwark in Tirisfal Glades.

/way Tirisfal Glades:Eastern Kingdoms 83.2 71.8 Bardu Sharpeye

Plaguelands Tasks

Now you’ll have a few odd tasks to complete in the Plaguelands.

First, find Grand Inquisitor Isillien’s Journal at Hearthglen in Western Plaguelands and read it. It’s on top of a table in the middle of the building with the clock tower.

/way Western Plaguelands 42.36 18.73 Grand Inquisitor Isillien's Journal

Next, kill the Large Vile Slime next to Thondroril River in Western Plaguelands. Loot Timolain’s Phylactery and use it. It will summon Timolain the Accursed. You must go through all of his dialogue before you continue on.

/way Western Plaguelands 69.0 45.4 Large Vile Slime

Now you’ll need to do some fishing! Fish in the Thondroril River until you catch a Shard of Darkness. Your skill level does not matter for this, as long as you have learned Fishing. You can catch the item anywhere within the Thondroril River location, including right next to where you killed the Large Vile Slime.

Once you’ve caught Shard of Darkness, you can move on to the last step!

The Walking in Shadows Quest

Head back to your class order hall in Light’s Hope Chapel. Locate Lord Maxwell Tyrosus near your Scouting Map and speak to him with the Shard of Darkness in your inventory. Go through his dialogue options. He will then offer you the quest ! Walking in Shadows.

/way Light's Hope Chapel 49.89 72.31 Lord Maxwell Tyrosus

Now you can head to Dalaran and speak with the flight master on Krasus’ Landing to travel to Acherus: The Ebon Hold. Once there, speak with Lord Maxwell Tyrosus again and follow him. Place the Shard of Darkness on the table when prompted, then click the Heart of Corruption when it appears.

When you’re done, return to Lord Maxwell Tyrosus in your class order hall. Hand in the quest to get your Heart of Corruption.


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7 months ago

So I have the 2 books and the head, but she still doesn’t offer me the book. I filled out a ticket and got no where with them. I never did this before so not sure why Sister Elda wont give me the book. Please help

Reply to  ZIggy
6 months ago

dont think this is how you get it now

Reply to  ZIggy
6 months ago

you need level 6 artifact knowledge before she gives the quest

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