World of Warcraft (WoW) is one of the most famous video games ever. The time between WoW’s release in 2004 and its peak in 2010 is commonly known as “Vanilla”, or Classic, WoW. This time period is the source of many players’ nostalgia: the era the game became the most popular MMORPG in the world. As an RPG, collecting gear and weapons is one of the most common activities for players, and often a symbol of prestige and respect. Due to this, many items have become iconic and known throughout the player base as a badge of honor. In this list, we will look at the top 10 most iconic weapons in Classic WoW.
10. Thekal’s Grasp and Arlokk’s Grasp
Many players who did not play during Classic may not recognize this pair of fist weapons, but their unique effect made quite an impact on players at the time. Dropped by High Priest Thekal and High Priestess Arlokk, respectively, these twin gauntlets have a chance of infusing the wielder with a blessing from the Primal Gods. Thekal was a Zandalari High Priest of the Primal God, Shirvallah, the tiger god, while Arlokk was a Zandalari High Priestess of the Primal God Bethekk, the panther goddess. Both were sent to Zul’Gurub to stop Hakkar the Soulflayer but were turned by the blood god.
Players encountered these High Priests in the Zul’Gurub raid, along with other worshippers of Hakkar. During the encounters in this raid, each boss would turn into an animal at one point; Thekal would turn into a bipedal tiger while Arlokk would become a bipedal panther. These priests each had a very low (3% – 14%) chance to drop these fist weapons, which alone were not very impressive. However, if a player equipped both, the effect Primal Blessing had a chance to proc, turning the player into a bipedal tiger just as High Priest Thekal does in the raid. This form increased ranged and melee attack power by 300 for 12 seconds.
9. Perdition’s Blade
A very sought after weapon, this dagger was popular among Rogues during WoW Classic. At the time, Ragnaros was an easier boss compared to other raids at the time, so many players were using this weapon. As the tenth and final boss in the Molten Core raid, Ragnaros, the Firelord, was enslaved by the Old Golds millennia ago. Banished by the Titan Watchers Tyr and Odin, and reawakened by Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan, Ragnaros resurfaced in Azeroth as an erupting volcano in Redridge Mountains, now known as Blackrock Mountain. The Firelord is one of the most famous bosses in all of World of Warcraft as he drops very valuable items.
Perdition’s Blade is not the most important drop from Ragnaros, but it is still a great dagger. This weapon was not too uncommon as it dropped from the Firelord at a 13.64% chance. Very common in PvP, Perdition’s Blade was powerful and had a chance on hit to blast a target with 40 to 56 Fire damage.
8. Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian
Available to druids, priests, mages, and warlocks, Atiesh is known as one of the rarest weapons in World of Warcraft. Additionally, this staff was the only Legendary weapon for casters at the time, making it popular among those classes. Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian was a powerful staff passed down through the line of the Guardians of Tirisfal up until and including Medivh, the Last Guardian. It is currently wielded by Medivh’s former apprentice, Khadgar. Following the assassination of Medivh, the staff was found by the Kirin Tor and brought to Dalaran. The staff was put behind impenetrable barriers of magic but was lost and shattered during the destruction of Dalaran. The forty-two pieces of Atiesh were scattered across all of Azeroth.
In order to obtain this staff, players had to defeat bosses within Naxxramas and collect 40 Splinters of Atiesh, which combine to create the Frame of Atiesh. Players must then reach neutral reputation with the Brood of Nozdormu, a faction you start as hated. Only then will players be able to retrieve the base and head of the staff from C’Thun, the last boss in the raid Temple of Ahn’Qiraj, and Kel’Thuzad, the last boss in Naxxramas, respectively. Finally, players must cleanse the staff in the dungeon Stratholme, and kill the demon Atiesh.
This Legendary staff is infamous for being difficult to obtain, as you must defeat some of the most difficult bosses in the game. Atiesh offers a few effects for players, including increasing the chance to hit with spells by 2%, increased damage and healing done by magical spells and effects by up to 150, increasing the spell critical chance of all party members within 30 yards by 2%., and the ability to create a portal, teleporting group members that use it to Karazhan.
The Benediction was regarded as one of the most difficult weapons for priests to obtain, as it required players to obtain an item from a raid boss and complete an epic quest alone. In order to begin, players must loot the Eye of Divinity from the Cache of the Firelord, a chest that drops from Majordomo Executus in Molten Core. Additionally, players must collect the Eye of Shadow which drops from a few demons in Blasted Lands or Winterspring. Players can bring the Eyes to Eris Havenfire in order to begin the priest quest that requires the player to save peasants from undead. This was difficult because if a player failed the quest, there was a 2-hour wait between attempts. Upon completion, players will receive a Splinter of Nordrassil which can be combined with the Eye of Divinity and Eye of Shadow to craft the Benediction.
The Benediction is a great priest staff as it increases the critical effect chance of your Holy spells by 2% and increases healing done by spells and effects by up to 106. However, the most unique ability the Benediction offers is its ability to call forth Anathema. This changes the Benediction into the Shadow Priest staff, Anathema. This ability has a 30 minute cool down and the staff restores 7 mana per 5 seconds and increases damage done by Shadow spells and effects by up to 69.
6. Rhok’delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers
Very similar to the Benediction, the Rhok’delar Longbow is an infamous hunters’ weapon. The Ancients of Felwood were regarded by the night elves as the most powerful of their kind. When the Burning Legion invaded Kalimdor the first time, they corrupted the land and the Ancients fell prey to the corruption and have been locked in a petrified state ever since. To begin, players must receive an Ancient Petrified Leaf by defeating Majordomo in the Molten Core raid. Players learn that this leaf belonged to Vartrus the Ancient in Felwood. Vartrus offers the two quests required to craft this bow. “A Proper String” tasks players to collect a Mature Black Dragon Sinew from Onyxia. Found in the Onyxia’s Lair raid, Onyxia is the daughter of Deathwing and sister of Nefarian, as well as the broodmother of the Black Dragonflight in Azeroth. “Stave of the Ancients” requires hunters to defeat four demonic corrupters in Felwood and forced players to complete this quest alone. Once a hunter collected the heads of the four demons, Vartrus would reward them with an Ancient Rune Etched Stave. Together, these items were used to create Rhok’delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers as well as Lok’delar, Stave of the Ancient Keepers.
Rok’delar would improve your chance to get a critical strike by 1% and +17 ranged Attack Power while Lok’delar improved your chance to get a critical strike by 2% and added +45 Attack Power when fighting Demons. Not only would hunters receive a fantastic weapon upon completing this quest, but also great bragging rights.
This Epic sword was a great weapon for Warrior and Paladin tanks during Classic. Quel’Serrar is an ancient blade, forged by dragons long ago and gifted to the kaldorei. To begin the quest to obtain this sword, players must first obtain Foror’s Compendium of Dragon Slaying from bosses in the Dire Maul dungeon or from the auction house. Players will then take this rare book to Lorekeeper Lydros in Dire Maul. Lydros will then reward the player with the Unfired Ancient Blade. The warrior or paladin must then take the item into the Onyxia’s Lair raid and place it before the dragon. During the final phase of her battle, Onyxia will breathe fire onto the blade, and after a successful kill, it will become a Treated Ancient Blade. Players must be careful as an unsuccessful encounter will require the player to pick up another Unfired Ancient Blade from Lydros before trying again. When the warrior or paladin brings the Treated Ancient Blade back to Lorekeeper Lydros, he will then award the player with Quel’Serrar.
The one-handed sword grants the wielder a chance to gain 13 defense and 300 armor for 10 seconds. This is one of the few iconic tank weapons from Classic WoW and any warrior or paladin with the sword deserves to lead your raiding party.
4. Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros
This Legendary mace is one of the most recognizable weapons from Classic WoW as it has the same appearance as the weapon wielded by Ragnaros, the Firelord. However, this mace does not drop from Ragnaros in the Molten Core raid; instead, the Firelord drops an essential ingredient, the Eye of Sulfuras. To craft Sulfuras, players must first obtain a Sulfuron Hammer. This is easier said than done as this mace requires rare ingredients and must be crafted by a blacksmith. In order to start this process, a player must have level 300 blacksmithing and bring a Sulfuron Ingot to Lokhtos Darkbargainer in Blackrock Depths. This ingot can be collected by looting Golemagg the Incinerator, the seventh boss in the Molten Core raid. This will reward the player with the recipe for the Sulfuron Hammer, which requires many rare ingredients found in the Molten Core raid or through other mining activities. Finally, a blacksmith will be able to use the Black Anvil in Blackrock Depths to craft the Sulfuron Hammer.
After a long grind, players will now have Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros. The mace hurls a fiery ball that causes 273 to 333 Fire damage and an additional 75 damage over 10 seconds as well as dealing 5 Fire damage to anyone who strikes you with a melee attack. This weapon is worth the grind and looks great in the hands of any WoW character.
3. Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
This Epic Greatsword is actually one of the easiest weapons to acquire on this list. The Ashkandi is a drop from Nefarian, the eighth and final boss of Blackwing Lair raid. Unlike some of the weapons on this list that require multiple boss encounters or grinding for items, the Ashkandi is known for its importance in the lore. The flavor text on the Greatsword simply says “The initials A.L. are etched on the hilt.” It is believed this sword once belonged to Anduin Lothar due to the initials. Additionally, the Brotherhood mentioned in the sword’s title is a reference to the Brotherhood of the Horse, also known as the Knights of Azeroth. Anduin Lothar is the only known member of the Brotherhood and gained the title of Regent Lord of Azeroth by rising through the ranks. The sword is now found in the possession of Nefarian in Blackwing Lair. It is speculated that Neltharion, better known as Deathwing, acquired it after Anduin Lothar’s death at the end of the Second War. The darkened appearance and addition of dragons on the hilt suggest Nefarian corrupted the Greatsword.
At the time of Patch 1.11.0, Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood was the third-highest DPS weapon in the game. Additionally, the weapon has an effect that increases attack power by 86. This sword looks great, even by today’s standards and is still an iconic weapon from Classic
2. Corrupted Ashbringer
Iconic in both appearance and lore, the Corrupted Ashbringer is an easily recognizable weapon from Classic WoW. The epic sword was originally known simply as Ashbringer and wielded by Highlord Alexandros Mograine. When Highlord Mograine was assassinated, his own son, Renault, used the sword against him. Alexandros was raised as a Death Knight and the Ashbringer was corrupted. The undead Alexandros continued to wield the corrupted blade as a member of the Four Horsemen within Naxxramas until his younger son Darion was forced to kill him. Darion then used the sword to kill himself, attempting to free his father’s soul which became trapped in the sword and consequently became a death knight himself. The sword became purified after Darion betrayed the Lich King. He relinquished it to Tirion Fordring. Tirion then purified it at the Battle for Light’s Hope Chapel.
Players would have the chance to acquire this corrupted blade by defeating the Four Horsemen in their encounter of the Naxxramas raid. The Corrupted Ashbringer has a few unique abilities; these include increasing your critical strike rating by 28, increasing your hit rating by 10, a chance to steal 185 to 215 life from the target enemy, and inflict the will of the Ashbringer upon the wielder. The will of the Ashbringer causes the player to appear slightly darker and Highlord Mograine to whisper to the wielder. Its unique appearance and importance in the story of Classic WoW made this a popular weapon for many.
1. Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
This Legendary sword is easily the most well-known weapon from vanilla WoW and continues to be a meme today. The weapon originally belonged to Thunderaan, Prince of Air, until he was defeated by Ragnaros. Unable to completely destroy Thunderaan’s essence, Ragnaros forced what little remained into a talisman of elemental binding and shattered it. He gave the two halves to his lieutenants, Garr and Baron Geddon. Players can begin the quest for Thunderfury with Highlord Demitrian, a follower of Thunderaan.
Players would have to fight these bosses in the Molten Core raid and have a 4% chance to loot a Binding of the Windseeker from each. Players must then defeat Ragnaros himself to receive the Essence of the Firelord. Next, players must collect 10 Elementium Bar which are smelted from rare Molten Core and Blackwing Lair reagents. If a player wanted to purchase these bars or ingredients, it would cost a ton of gold. Finally, players must bring a raid group to Demitrian where Thunderaan will be summoned. Once defeated, the player will receive a Dormant Wind Kissed Blade. Unable to release his master, Highlord Demirtian instead crafts a sword with Thunderaan’s essence, thus creating Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker.
Wieldable by Warriors, Paladins, Rogues, and Hunters, this one-handed sword was well sought after. The iconic blade had many unique abilities which made it so useful, even for tanks. Thunderfury has a chance on hit to blast enemies with lightning, dealing 300 Nature damage and then jumping to additional nearby enemies. Each jump reduces that victim’s Nature resistance by 25 and affects 5 targets. Your primary target is also consumed by a cyclone, slowing its attack speed by 20% for 12 sec.
Many of the weapons on this list are still iconic within the community, and some are still obtainable. Alas, as max levels rise and the raids required to earn these weapons are forgotten, many of these weapons are either unknown to new players or left in the banks of veterans. However, nostalgic players of the Vanilla era have rejoiced as World of Warcraft Classic has come to give these players a taste of the past. All of the weapons on this list have returned in WoW Classic as players can experience the difficult raids once again. Whether you’re returning or it’s your first time in the world, maybe you, too, can enter an era of Azeroth before the time of Cataclysm.
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