priest hidden artifact weapon appearances featured
  • Author: Luxrah
  • Date: June 9, 2023
  • Updated: June 25, 2023
  • Expansion: World of Warcraft

Priests are devout servants of the divine, be it the Light or the Void, and their artifact weapons reflect this background. In this guide we’ll show you how to unlock the hidden appearances for all three priest artifact weapons. To unlock the additional color tints for these appearances, see our main Hidden Artifact Weapon Appearances guide.


Discipline

Weapon:  (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

How to Unlock Tomekeeper’s Spire

To obtain Writings of the End, start by speaking with Archivist Inkforge in Netherlight Temple, your class order hall. He can be found sitting on a bench near the Sanctuary of Light. If he’s not there, you may need to complete more of your order hall campaign, or you may need to have Light’s Wrath in your bags.

You need to fully explore his dialogue in order to complete this step. Do this by asking questions for your responses. Here’s what you should select:

  • What did you do?
  • What did you write down?
  • What did you do then?
  • <Take the book.>

He will give you Volume IV of The Annals of Light and Shadow. To complete the set, you must gather the other 12 volumes.

Here are the locations for all 12 books. Note that Volume II, IV, and VI are all located in Netherlight Temple, so you can get those all at the same time. The other books are scattered across the world.

The Annals of Light and Shadow – Volume I can be found on a bookshelf next to Archivist Elysiana just inside The Violet Citadel in Dalaran (above the Broken Isles).

/way Dalaran 30.02 51.46 The Annals of Light and Shadow Volume I
archivist elysiana dalaran
Volume I is on the right bookshelf

The Annals of Light and Shadow – Volume II can be found on a table in Netherlight Temple next to High Priestess Ishanah and in front of a Draenei Anchorite.

/way Netherlight Temple 58.36 24.89 The Annals of Light and Shadow - Volume II
high priestess ishanah netherlight temple
Volume II is on the table

The Annals of Light and Shadow – Volume III can be found on top of a bookshelf in the abbey in New Hearthglen in Dragonblight. It’s in the second door on the left.

/way Dragonblight 73.27 72.98 The Annals of Light and Shadow Volume III

Volume IV is the first book you will get when you speak with Archivist Inkforge in Netherlight Temple.

/way Netherlight Temple 63.4 38.2 Archivist Inkforge
archivist inkforge netherlight temple
Archivist Inkforge is on the bench

The Annals of Light and Shadow – Volume V can be found on top of a bookshelf in Instructor Chillheart‘s room in the Scholomance dungeon. Go down the stairs to the right and it will be on top of the farthest low bookshelf on the wall.

The waypoint below will take you to the dungeon entrance in Western Plaguelands.

/way Western Plaguelands 69.06 73.00 Scholomance
instructor chillheart scholomance book
Volume V is on the farthest low bookshelf

The Annals of Light and Shadow – Volume VI can be found on a bookshelf in Netherlight Temple next to Meridelle Lightspark.

/way Netherlight Temple 37.13 24.96 The Annals of Light and Shadow - Volume VI
meridelle lightspark netherlight temple
Volume VI is on the bookshelf

The Annals of Light and Shadow – Volume VII can be found on a bench in Flameweaver Koegler‘s room in the Scarlet Halls dungeon. It’s the last room in the dungeon, and the bench is at the second table on the left side when you enter.

The waypoint below will take you to the dungeon entrance in Tirisfal Glades.

/way Scarlet Monastery Entrance 78.54 59.29 Scarlet Halls
flameweaver koegler scarlet halls book
Volume VII is on the table bench

Volume VIII is a drop from Inquisitor Ernstenbok, a rare in Stormheim. He can be found inside a cave along the shore of the river south of Skold’Ashil. The coordinates below lead to the cave’s entrance.

/way Stormheim 62.4, 75.0 Inquisitor Ernstenbok

Volume IX is a drop from Artificer Lothaire, a rare in Suramar. He can be found on a platform just south of Moon Guard Stronghold surrounded by seven Damaged Spell Seeker Constructs. When the fight starts, he will be immune. You must kill three of the constructs. Then you will be able to kill Artificer Lothaire and loot the book.

/way Suramar 33.8 15.0 Artificer Lothaire
artificer lothaire suramar
Volume IX drops from Artificer Lothaire

The Annals of Light and Shadow – Volume X can be found on a table in The Chamber of War room inside the Black Rook Hold dungeon. After killing The Amalgam of Souls in The Grand Sepulcher, the door will open to The Chamber of War. The book is on a table on the left side as you enter.

The waypoint below will take you to the dungeon entrance in Val’sharah.

/way Val'sharah 38.48 50.82 Black Rook Hold
chamber of war black rook hold book
Volume X is on the corner of the table

The Annals of Light and Shadow – Volume XI can be found on the bottom of a bookshelf in the Guardian’s Library deep inside the Karazhan raid. After The Curator‘s room you will enter the library. Instead of heading down the ramp to the left, jump off the platform to the right. You will be facing an alcove of bookshelves with a large purple book banner on the wall. The book is on the left of the three bookshelves on the back wall.

The waypoint below will take you to the raid entrance in Deadwind Pass.

/way Deadwind Pass 46.87 74.69 Karazhan
guardians library karazhan alcove
Volume XI is on the left bookshelf under the banner

Volume XII is a drop from Chief Bitterbrine, a rare in Azsuna. He can be found at the bottom of a boat directly south of The Ruined Sanctum.

/way Azsuna 65.6 56.8 Chief Bitterbrine

Return the completed set of The Annals of Light and Shadow to Archivist Inkforge in Netherlight Temple, and he will give you Writings of the End.


Holy

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

How to Unlock Crest of the Lightborn

To get Staff of the Lightborn you will need to combine a Crest of the Lightborn and a Rod of the Ascended. We’ll go over how to get both of these items below.

Kill Hyrja in Halls of Valor

Crest of the Lightborn drops from Hyrja, the second boss in the Halls of Valor dungeon. The item has a very low drop rate, so you will most likely need to kill her quite a few times before you see it. Before you can kill her, you will have to kill Hymdall, the first boss of the dungeon, as well as Olmyr the Enlightened and Solsten, two mini-bosses in her room.

hyrja halls of valor
Solsten, Hyrja, and Olmyr the Enlightened in Halls of Valor

Earn Exalted reputation with the Valarjar

Rod of the Ascended can be purchased when you have reached Exalted reputation with the Valarjar faction. To earn reputation with the Valarjar, you should start by completing quests in Stormheim. This should get you to Honored. Here is a list of quests in to help you out. We’ve left out any side quests that do not give Valarjar reputation. You can start these quests by selecting Stormheim as a strike point on the Scouting Map in your class order hall.

To continue gaining reputation beyond these quests, you will need to 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.

With World Quests unlocked, look for those that grant Valarjar reputation.

Once you have reached Exalted reputation, you will be able to purchase Rod of the Ascended for 2000 gold from Valdemar Stormseeker at Valdisdall in Stormheim. Right-click it in your inventory to combine it with Crest of the Lightborn and create your Staff of the Lightborn.

/way Stormheim 60.2 51.2 Valdemar Stormseeker
valdemar stormseeker stormheim
Valdemar Stormseeker in Stormheim

Shadow

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

How to Unlock Claw of N’Zoth

To obtain a Claw of N’Zoth you will need to kill Il’gynoth , a boss in the Emerald Nightmare raid. The item has a fairly low drop rate, so you may need to kill him quite a few times before you see it. Like most raid bosses, he 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 Il’gynoth. Killing both should be fairly trivial for a high level character.

 

About the Author

Luxrah

I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.
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