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World of Warcraft: Legion Artifact Guides For Death Knight and Demon Hunter

A guide to everything you need to know about Death Knight and Demon Hunter artifact weapons in WoW's Legion expansion.

One of the big changes coming in the next World of Warcraft expansion is the implementation of Artifact Weapons. Artifact are a special type of weapon that take the place of all other weapons. In fact, they are the only weapons a player will wield throughout Legion. There are a total of 36 base artifact weapons in total, with most classes having an average of 3 -- one per each spec. Some classes will have more or less, but three is the average.

In addition to the 36 spec variations, there are also a wide variety of skin and color alternatives -- 170 in total. If you have 50 minutes to spare, you can see all of the different styles and colors in this video produced by Bellular Gaming. We'll be posting a variant image for each of the weapons (Death Knight, Demon Hunter and Druid for this guide) and in subsequent guides featuring the rest of the classes.

The acquisition of each of these weapons takes place early on in Legion, requiring a level 100 quest that appears not long you arrive in the zone. They are automatic, so you don't need to go looking for them. Each artifact weapon will require a different quest for the player to acquire it -- which will be determined in a quest that asks which weapon/spec they'd like to have. 

Be aware that with some artifact weapons; once you have begun the quest to acquire them, you will need to complete it before logging off, as they take place in instances. If you make the mistake of logging out in the middle of the quest, you'll be booted from the instance and unable to return to it. 

Below you will find everything you need to know about the artifact weapons for the first three classes. Guides for the other classes will follow shortly and include:

  • Druid and Hunter
  • Mage, Monk, and Priest
  • Paladin
  • Rogue, Shaman, and Warlock
  • Warrior and Other artifacts

Below we have complete World of Warcraft: Legion Artifact Weapons guides for the Death Knight and Demon Hunter classes. You'll find information on everything from the quest required to get your hands on the weapon to stats and traits. 

Death Knight

Maw of the Damned - Blood Spec - Two-Handed Axe

 

Acquisition quest: The Dead and the Damned 

Equip effect: Harmful attacks have a chance to deal Blood damage and increase your health by 15% for 10 sec.

Stats:

  • Item Level 750
  • Binds on pickup
  • 2642 - 3964 Damage (917.5 DPS)
  • 3.60 Speed
  • +511 Strength
  • +766 Stamina
  • +346 Critical Strike
  • +332 Mastery

Relic slots:

  • Blood Artifact
  • Iron Artifact
  • Shadow Artifact

Artifact traits:

Name Max Rank Description
 All-Consuming Rot 3 Increases the damage of your Death and Decay by 10% to 30%, depending on rank. 
Ancient Power (Placeholder Trait) 1 Reduces all damage taken by 5%. 
Bonebreaker  3 Increases the damage of Marrowrend by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 
Coagulopathy  3 Increases the damage dealt by Blood Plague by 10% to 30%, depending on rank. 
 Consumption 1 Focuses dark power into a strike that deals 270% physical damage and heals you for 200% of all damage dealt.
 Dance of Darkness 3 Increases the duration of Dancing Rune Weapon by 2 to 6 sec, depending on rank. 
Grim Fortitude 3 Reduces the damage taken by  3% to 10%, depending on rank.
 Iron Heart 3 Increases armor by 3% to 10%, depending on rank. 
 Meat Shield 3 Increases stamina by 3% to 10%, depending on rank. 
 Mouth of Hell 1 Dancing Rune Weapon summons a second copy of Maw of the Damned. 
 Rattling Bones 1 Marrowrend has a chance to generate an additional charge of Bone Shield. 
Skeletal Shattering Bone Shield now has a chance equal to Critical Strike chance to prevent 50% damage on a hit. 
Touch of the Grave  Death Coil heals you for 50% of the damage dealt. 
Umbilicus Eternus When Vampiric Blood expires, gain an absorb effect equal to 5 times the damage dealt with Blood Plague during the duration.
Unending Thirst While Blood Shield is active, gain 25% Leech.
Vampire Fangs  Increases the maximum hit points granted by Vampric Blood by an additional 5% to 15% and increases healing recieved by an addtion 10% to 30%, depending on rank.
Veinrender Increases the damage dealt by Blood Strike by 10% to 30%, depending on rank.
Blades of the Fallen Prince (Icebringer and Frostreaper) - Frost Spec - Dual Wield Blades

 

Acquisition quest: The Call of Icecrown

Equip effect: Damaging attacks have a chance to invoke the spirit of past Lich King, dealing damage and granting an energizing effect.

Stats:

Icebringer 

  • Item Level 750
  • Binds on pickup 
  • Main Hand
  • 1297 - 2410 Damage (712.9 DPS)
  • 2.60 Speed
  • +219 Strength
  • +328 Stamina
  • +148 Critical Strike
  • +142 Mastery

Frostreaper

  • Item Level 750
  • Binds on pickup
  • Off Hand
  • 1297 Damage (712.9 DPS)
  • 2.60 Speed
  • +219 Strength
  • +328 Stamina
  • +148 Critical Strike
  • +142 Mastery

Relic slots (Icebringer only): 

  • Frost Artifact x 2
  • Shadow Artifact

Artifact traits:

Name Max Rank Description
Ambidexterity  3 Increases offhand damage dealt by Frost Strike and Obliterate by 10% to 30%, depending on rank. 
Ancient Power  1 Increases all damage done by 5%. 
 Bad to the Bone 3 Increases the effectiveness of your Razorice Runeforge by 50% to 100%, depending on rank. 
 Blast Radius 3 Increases the damage dealt by Howling Blast by 10% to 30%, depending on rank. 
 Chill of the Grave 1  Increases the range of Frost Strike by 8 yards.
 Cold as Ice 3 Increases Frost damage dealt by 3% to 10%, depending on rank. 
Crystalline Swords  1 As you attack, icy copies of Icebringer and Frostreaper begin to float beside you. Periodically, they will stab out and pierce your foes. 
 Dead of Winter 3 Increases the damage of Remorseless by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 
Frozen Core  1 While Pillar of Frost is active, enemies that attack you are automatically ensnared in Chains of Ice.
Frozen Skin  3 Reduces damage taken by 3% to 10%, depending on rank. 
Frozen Soul  1 When Remorseless Winter expires, a burst of Frost damage is released. Damage is increased for each enemy hit during Remorseless Winter. 
Hypothermia  1 Each periodic tick of Frostfever deals 10% more damage 
Ice in Your Veins  3 Increases the healing of Death Strike by 100% to 300%, depending on rank. 
Mirror Ball  1 Anti-Magic Shell now clears debuffs when activated. 
Nothing but the Boots  3 Increases the critical strike damage of Obliterate by 10% to 30%. 
 Over-Powered 3 Obliterate has a chance to generate 3 to 10 more Runic Power, depending on rank. 
Sindragosa's Fury    Inflicts 24975 to 29025 Frost damage to enemies in a 4 yard cone in front of the caster. In addition, the targets' attack speed is decreased by 50% for 10 seconds. 

 

Apocalypse - Unholy spec - Two-Handed Sword

 

Acquisition quest: The Dark Riders

Equip effect: Attacks have a chance to summon a member of your Army of the Dead.

Stats:

  • Item Level 750
  • Binds on pickup
  • 2642 - 3964 Damage (917.5 DPS)
  • 3.60 Speed
  • +511 Strength
  • +766 Stamina
  • +346 Critical Strike
  • +332 Mastery

Relic slots:

  • Blood Artifact
  • Fire Artifact
  • Shadow Artifact

Artifact traits: 

Name Max Rank Description
Ancient Power  1 Increases all damage done by 5%. 
Apocalypse  1 Channel the power of Pestilence, dealing 880% damage and applying three stacks of Festering Wounds. 
 Armies of the Damned  1 Ghouls summoned by Army of the Dead now apply additional effects when using their Claw. 
 Deadliest Coil 3 Increases the damage of Death Coil by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 
 Deadly Durability 3 Reduces the damage taken by 3% to 10%, depending on rank. 
Double Boom  1 Sudden Doom can stack to two and will proc more 25% more frequently. 
Eternal Agony 3 Increases the duration of Dark Transformation by 2 to 6 seconds, depending on rank.
Gravitational Pull  1 Enemies you Death Grip are snared by 80% for 6 seconds. 
Plaguebearer  3 Increases the damage of Virulent Plague by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 
 Portal to the Underworld 1 Army of the Dead Ghouls explode when they die.
Rotten Touch  3 Increases the damage of Festering Strike by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 
Runic Tattoos 3 Increases Maximum Runic Power by 5 to 15 and Runic Power Generation by 3% to 10%, depending on rank.  
Scourge of Worlds 1 Death Coil applies a debuff that increases Scourge Strike damage by 50%. 
 Scourge the Unbeliever 3 Scourge Strike has a 3% to 10% chance to refund a rune, depending on rank. 
The Darkest Crusade  3 Increases the effect of Fallen Crusader by 7% to 21%, depending on rank. 
The Shambler  1 Attacks have a chance to summon a Super Zombie that shambles forward and explodes. 
 Unholy Endurance 3 Reduces the damage you take from Area of Effect effects by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 

 

Demon Hunter

Twinblades of the Deceiver (Verus and Muramas) - Havoc Spec - Dual Wield Warglaives

Acquisition quest: The Hunt

Equip effect: Demon's Bite has a chance to empower next 3 Chaos Strikes, causing them to be guaranteed critical strikes and deal 50% of the damage dealt additionally over the next 6 seconds.

Stats:

Verus

  • Item Level 750
  • Binds on pickup 
  • Main Hand
  • 1297 - 2410 Damage (712.9 DPS)
  • 2.60 Speed
  • +219 Agility
  • +328 Stamina
  • +148 Critical Strike
  • +142 Mastery

Muramas

  • Item Level 750
  • Binds on pickup
  • Off Hand
  • 1297 - 2410 Damage (712.9 DPS)
  • 2.60 Speed
  • +219 Agility
  • +328 Stamina
  • +148 Critical Strike
  • +142 Mastery

Relic slots (Verus only):

  • Fel Artifact x 2
  • Shadow Artifact

Artifact traits:

Name Max Rank Description
 Anguish of the Deceiver  1 Each time Eye Beam deals damage to a target, you cause Anguish on the target. When Anguish expires, it deals damage based on how many times it stacked up.
Balance Blades  1 Throw Glaive can bounce to 2 additional targets. 
 Chaos Blades 1 Chaos Strike damage increased by 3%. 
 Chaos Vision 3 Eye beam damage increases by 5% - 15%, depending on rank. 
 Contained Fury 3 Maximum Fury increased by 10 - 30, depending on rank. 
Critical Chaos  3 Chaos Strike critical damage increased by 3% to 10%, depending on rank. 
 Deceiver's Fury 3 Dodging an attack or spell generates 5 to 15 Fury, depending on rank. 
 Demon Rage 3 Demon's Bite damage increased by 3% to 10%, depending on rank. 
Demon Speed  1 Fel Rush has no cooldown while Blur is active. 
Feast on the Souls  1 Consuming a Soul Fragement reduces all cooldowns by 5 seconds. 
Fury of the Illidari  1  Throw your warglaives in a whirlwind of energy, causing 100% + 100% Chaos damage to all enemies in the area every 0.5 seconds for 6 seconds.
Illidari Knowledge  3 Magic Damage taken reduced by 4% to 12%, depending on rank. 
Inner Demons  1 When you Chaos Strike a target, you have a chance to unleash your inner demon, causing an image of your demon form to crash down onto your target, dealing 500% of Attack power Chaos damage to all enemies within 6 yards. 
 Overwhelming Power 3  When Chaos Nova stuns a target, there is a 10% to 30% chance that a Soul Fragment is generated, depending on rank.
 Rage of the Illidari 1 When Fury of the Illidari ends, 100% of the damage dealt will erupt in an explosion of Fel energy, splitting the damage between all enemies within 8 yards. 
Sharpened Glaives  3 Throw Glaive damage increased by 3% to 10%, depending on rank. 
Unleashed Demons  3 Reduces the cooldown of Metamorphosis by 20 to 60 seconds. 
Aldrachi Warblades - Vengeance Spec - Dual Wield Warglaives

Acquisition quest: Aldrachi Warblades Chosen

Equip effect: Grants the Soul Carver ability, which slashes your target for Fire damage and tears Lesser Soul Fragments out of them.

Stats:

First Blade

  • Item Level 750
  • Binds on pickup 
  • Main Hand
  • 1297 - 2410 Damage (712.9 DPS)
  • 2.60 Speed
  • +219 Agility
  • +328 Stamina
  • +148 Critical Strike
  • +142 Mastery

Second Blade

  • Item Level 750
  • Binds on pickup
  • Off Hand
  • 1297 - 2410 Damage (712.9 DPS)
  • 2.60 Speed
  • +219 Agility
  • +328 Stamina
  • +148 Critical Strike
  • +142 Mastery

Relic Slots:

  • Iron Artifact
  • Arcane Artifact

 Artifact Traits:

Name Max Rank Description
 Aldrachi Design 3 Parry chance increased by 1% to 3%, depending on rank. 
Aura of Pain  3 Increase the damage of Immolation Aura by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 
 Charred Warblades 1 Heal for 15% of all Fire damage dealt. 
Defensive Spikes  1 For the first 3 seconds of Demon Spikes, your parry chance is increased by 30%. 
 Demonic Flames 1 Increase the duration of Fiery brand by 2 seconds. 
Devour Souls  3 Soul Cleave heals for an additional 1% to 3% of maximum health when used, depending on rank. 
Embrace the Pain  3 Increase the maximum health gained from Metamorphosis by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 
 Fiery Demise 3 Fiery Brand also increases Fire damage dealt to the target by 10% to 30%, depending on rank. 
 Fueled by Pain 1 Chance to enter Metamorphosis form for 5 seconds each time you consume a Soul Fragment. 
Honed Warblades  3 Increase the damage of Shear by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 
 Infernal Force 3 Increases the damage of Invernal Strike by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 
 Painbringer 1 Each Soul Fragment consumed grants 3% damage reduction for 4 seconds. 
Scorched Ground  1 Sigil of Flame now has 2 charges. 
 Shatter the Souls 3 Shear has a 5% to 15% increased chance to shatter a Lesser Soul Fragment from the target while you are below 50% health. 
Soul Carver  1 Carve into the soul of the target, shattering off 2 Lesser Soul Fragments and dealing 350% _ 350% fire damage to the target and causing it to burn for 150% of Attack power Fire damage and lose another Lesser Soul Fragment every 1 second for 3 seconds. 
 Tormented Souls 1 Increase the damage of Soul cleave by 15%. 
Will of the Illidari  3 Maximum health increased by 5% to 15%, depending on rank. 

 

And there you have it, complete guides for the first two Artifact Weapons in World of Warcraft: Legion. If you're looking for another class, you'll be able to find it in one of the following guides.

  • Druid and Hunter
  • Mage, Monk, and Priest
  • Paladin
  • Rogue, Shaman, and Warlock
  • Warrior and Other artifacts
Published Mar. 18th 2016

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