World of Warcraft Legion: Hidden Artifact Weapon Appearance Guide

Check this guide to find out how to unlock all the hidden artifact weapon appearances in World of Warcraft: Legion!

There are more than just the standard Artifact Appearances in World of Warcraft: Legion, there are hidden ones. All 36 artifact weapons have a hidden appearance, and 4 total colors for that appearance. You can unlock these in many different ways, from just buying an item, to getting one from a random drop.

I'm going to go over all of the known ways to get hidden appearances so far. It is not known how to get some of the appearances, so I'll update when I find out.

You can see what each color looks like by visiting wowhead.

This guide will go over how to unlock all the hidden artifact weapon appearances in Legion including:

Unlocking Alternate Hidden Artifact Weapon Colors

Unlocking the first hidden appearance is different for each weapon, but getting the other 3 colors for it is the same for every weapon.

2nd Color
  • Complete 100 dungeons using a hidden appearance
3rd Color
  • Complete 200 World Quests using a hidden appearance
4th Color
  • Kill 1,000 enemy players using a hidden appearance

Death Knight 

Blood

Wow Legion Blood Death Knight hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can get this by looting the large chest at the end of "The Collapse" Scenario in Suramar, which requires 10 Withered.
    • This is also known as the Withered Training scenario.
    • The chest is down the stairs 1 level, and on the other end of where enter.
    • It is called Glimmering Treasure chest and you'll need 10 Withered to send it back to the entrance for you to open after the scenario is over.
Frost

You can get this by killing the Soultakers world boss when it shows up and you have at least Artifact Knowledge level 4.

Unholy

At artifact knowledge level 6 you have a small chance to spawn a special Army of the Dead when you use Army of the Dead. This will drop Professor Putricide's Lost Journal.

This leads to a special trapdoor in Icecrown Citadel to fight Stitchwork, who drops the hidden appearance.

>Demon Hunter

Havoc

wow legion Havoc Demon hunter hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • First, you need to get Candrael's Charm. This is a random drop from enemies in Suramar.
  • Once you get it, go west of the Felsoul Crater area in Suramar and up a cliff until you reach Candrael Twinshadow.
  • After talking to her with the charm, she kicks you to a felbat boss, Downfall.
  • Defeat Downfall to get the hidden appearance.
Vengeance

wow legion Vengeance demon hunter hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You need to upgrade your order hall to tier 2, available at level 105, and select the Twisting Nether upgrade.
  • The bosses in the Twisting Nether portal have a chance to drop Bulwark of the Iron Warden, the item that unlocks the hidden appearance.

Druid

Balance

wow legion balance druid hidden artifact weapon appearance

There are 2 parts you need, the first is the Seed of Solar Fire -- which you can get from the Dreamweaver Quartermaster when you reach Exalted with that faction. 

The second requires Dreamweaver to be Exalted and Artifact Knowledge level 5. After that, it can drop from the first boss, Archdruid Glaidalis, in Darkheart Thicket.

Feral

Everyday you have a chance to hear screeches in the Dreamway of the Druid class hall if you have at least Artifact Knowledge level 4.

Go to where the screeches are heard, then find the Owlcat stone to click.

Once you have done this 3 different times, Ela'Lothen will spawn in the Dreamway. Type /sit while in front of him to get the appearance.

Guardian

wow legion guardian druid hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can get the item that grants the appearance from a drop from Ursoc in the Emerald Nightmare raid. You can even get it in LFR mode.
Restoration

wow legion restoration druid hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You need to get your Order Hall to tier 2 and pick the Evergreen upgrade, which requires level 105.
  • This allows you to plant seeds in 2 plots of rich soil, which you can harvest every 3 days for helpful items.
  • You have a chance to get Acorn of the Endless whenever you harvest, which is the item that grants the hidden appearance.

Hunter

Beast Mastery

wow legion beast mastery hunter hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can buy the item, Designs of the Grand Architect, from Hobart Grapplehammer in Dalaran for 8,000 gold.
  • He is in the Kirin Tor faction, so you can lower the price to 6,400 if you get Exalted with them.
Marksmanship

wow legion marksmanship hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can buy the item, Syriel Crescentfall's Notes: Ravenguard from Veridis Fallon, the Court of Farondis quartermaster.
  • You must reach Revered rep rank with the Court of Farondis faction before you can buy it.
Survival

wow legion survival hunter hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can get the item that grants the appearance from a drop from Ursoc in the Emerald Nightmare raid. You can even get it in LFR mode.

Mage

Arcane
  • Polymorph specific enemies in 5 different Broken Isles Zones.
    • Azsuna - Cliffwing Hippogryph
    • Highmountain - Highspeak Goat
    • Stormheim - Plains Runehorn Calf
    • Suramar - Heartwood Doe
    • Val'sharah - Wild Dreamrunner
  • Reach Artifact Knowledge Level 6
  • Each day there is a chance to spawn a Volatile Sheep in your Class Order Hall. Right click it until it explodes.
  • Find an Extremely Volatile Stormheim Sheep in Runewood, Stormheim. Right click until ti explodes.
  • Head to the Tower of Azora in Elwynn Forest for a short event and to get the appearance.
Fire

wow legion fire mage hidden artifact weapon appearance

wow legion hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can get the item, The Star's Design, from a random drop off Nightborne enemies in Suramar.
  • Rare spawns have a higher chance of dropping it.
Frost

wow legion frost mage hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • Upgrade your Order Hall to tier 2 and select the Teleportation Nexus upgrade, which requires level 105.
  • Whenever you teleport back to the Order Hall, you have a chance to trigger a message that tells you about a sound at the portals downstairs.
  • Take any of those portals and you will be teleported to a special version of Frostfire Ridge in Draenor.
  • There will be a crystal on the ground that you can loot to give you the Everburning Crystal. Use this to unlock the hidden appearance.

Monk

Brewmaster

wow legion brewmaster monk hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • Upgrade your Order Hall to Tier 2 and select the Brewhouse upgrade.
  • This lets you loot a Bubbling Keg once a day for an item that provides an ability bonus.
  • Whenever you loot the Bubbling Keg, you have a chance to get the item, Legend of the Monkey King. This grants the hidden appearance.
Mistweaver

wow legion mistweaver monk hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can get the item, Breath of the Undying Serpent, as a drop from the Dragons of Nightmare fight in the Emerald Nightmare raid.
Windwalker

wow legion windwalker monk hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can loot The Stormfist, which gives the hidden appearance, from the chest at the end of The Collapse scenario in Suramar.

Paladin

Holy

wow legion holy paladin hidden artifact weapon appearance

wow legion holy paladin hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can get this from the item, Lost Edicts of the Watcher.
  • This is a random drop from demons in Faronaar, the island to the east of Azsuna
Protection

wow legion protection paladin hidden artifact weapon appearance

wow legion protection paladin hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can get Spark of the Fallen Exarch from the large chest at the end of The Collapse scenario in Suramar.
Retribution

This is a very long and complicated questline that involves fishing, Nat Pagle Books, killing Nefarian in Blackwing Lair and more. Full details can be seen here. You need at elast artifact knowledge level 6.

Priest

Discipline

wow legion discipline priest hidden artifact weapon appearance

This requires you to collect 12 items from different locations.

Eastern Kingdoms

  • Scholomance - Bookshelf in Instructor Chillheart's room
  • Scarlet Halls - Bench in Flameweaver Koegler's room
  • Karazhan - Guardian's Library after the Curator boss

Northrend

  • New Hearthglen Church in Dragonblight - On top of a bookshelf in the library.

Dalaran

  • Violet Citadel - On a bookshelf near Archivist Elysiana

Order Hall

  • On a table behind Juvess the Duskwhisper
  • On the bottom of a bookshelf behind Meridelle Lightspark
  • From a conversation with Archivist Inkforge

Broken Isles

  • Stormheim - Inquisitor Ernstenbok, who is in a cave southwest of Halls of Valor.
  • Val'sharah, in the Black Rook Hold Dungeon - On a table in the Map room after defeating the Amalgam of Souls boss.
  • Azsuna - Chief Brittlebine, who is below decks of the ship, "Queen's Reprisal".
  • Suramar - Artificier Lothaire, who is in Moon Guard Stronghold.
Holy

wow legion holy priest hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You need to combine 2 items to make the Staff of the Lightborn
  • Crest of the Lightborn is dropped by Hyrja in the Halls of Valor dungeon.
  • You can buy the Rod of the Ascended from Valdemar Stormseeker when you reach Exalted rank with Valarjar. He is located in Valdisdall, Stormheim.
Shadow

wow legion shadow priest hidden artifact weapon appearance

wow legion shadow priest hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You can get the item for the hidden appearance as a potential drop from Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption in the Emerald Nightmare raid on any difficulty.

Rogue

Assassination

wow legion assassination rogue hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • The Cypher of the Broken Bone can drop from rare enemy spawns in the Underbelly of Dalaran.
Outlaw

This requires artifact knowledge level 5 and two bindings drops. You can get them from Neltharion's Lair, and Vault of the Wardens.

Subtlety

wow legion subtlety rogue hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • Get your Order Hall to tier 2 and pick The Vault upgrade.
    • This allows you to sometimes get a Vault ticket when completing Order Hall missions.
  • You can turn in the Vault ticket once a week to Marin Noggenfogger for access to the Uncrowned Vault.
    • You can also get Marin Noggenfogger's Lucky Coin sometimes by pickpocketing enemies in the Broken Isles.
  • There is a satchel of keys you want to pick up in the Uncrowned Vault. This gives you Key to the Palace of Lei Shen.
  • Speak to Taoshi in your order hall to start the scenario. You need 1 key each time.
  • While in the scenario, you want to get as many Trove Burial Keys as you can
    • You can get these from chests, Skumblade Pillager, God-hulk Gulkan, and speaking to Tenwu of the Red Smoke if you reach him before time runs out.
  • You have a chance of getting the item for the hidden appearance every time you open a Lei Shen Burial Trove in the rest area after completing the scenario.

Shaman

Elemental

wow legion elemental shaman hidden artifact weapon appearance

wow legion elemental shaman hidden artifact weapon apperance

  • The Lost Codex of the Amani can drop from rare enemy spawns in the Underbelly of Dalaran.
Enhancement

wow legion enhancement shaman hidden artifact weapon appearance

wow legion enhancement shaman hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • The Warmace of Shirvallah drops  from aquatic world bosses in the Broken Isles.
Restoration

wow legion restoration shaman hidden artifact weapon appearance

wow legion restoration shaman hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • Coil of the Drowned Queen can drop from bosses in the Eye of Azshara dungeon in Legion.

Warlock

Affliction

wow legion affliction warlock hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • First, get the Grimoire of the First Necrolyte, which can drop from Eredar Supplicants in Faronaar, Azsuna.
    • This lets you start the quest, The Grimoire of the First Necrolyte, where you must collect 13 Skulls of the Executed.
  • You can get the skulls from Rare Elite enemies in world quests, which usually take multiple people to defeat.
  • Once you have 13, go to the Executioner's Altar in Deadwind Pass.
  • Summon Sataiel and defeat her to get the item that unlocks the hidden appearance.
Demonology

Reach artifact knowledge level 5, then kill eredar in Azsuna. You must loot 5 junk item heads before you can finally loot the appearance item.

These are called: Damaged Eredar Head, Deformed Eredar Head, Malformed Eredar Head, Deficient Eredar Head, and Nearly Satisfactory Eredar head.

Destruction

wow legion destruction warlock hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • Get your Order Hall to tier 2, then select the Demonic Offering upgrade.
    • This allows you to summon demons for you to fight.
  • You can get the item needed, The Burning Jewel of Sargeras, randomly from killing the demons you summon.

Warrior

Arms

wow legion arms warrior hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You get this by completing the quest, Secrets of the Axes.
  • There is a daily chance this will spawn in your class order hall.
Fury

wow legion fury warrior hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • You need 3 items to create the Dragonslayers.
  • Haft of the God-King is dropped from God-king Skovold in the Halls of Valor dungeon.
  • Skull of Shar'thos is dropped from the Legion world boss, Shar'thos.
  • Skull of Nithogg is dropped from the Legion world boss, Nithogg.
Protection

wow legion protection warrior hidden artifact weapon appearance

wow legion protection warrior hidden artifact weapon appearance

  • The Burning Plate of the Worldbreaker is found in a cave called Neltharion's Vault, in Highmountain.
  • It can spawn in the treasure found in the cave.

That's all of the hidden artifact weapon appearances in Legion so far. Let me know if you find any others or have any questions!

Published Aug. 24th 2016

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