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Artifact is the highest level of item quality in World of Warcraft, above Legendary. Previously speculation of these items was documented across fan sites and the official World of Warcraft website, but no such items were available to players until World of Warcraft: Legion World of Warcraft: Legion.

Artifacts are also the term used for famous and legendary items in lore. Famous artifacts aren't necessarily of Artifact quality in World of Warcraft, however. Several items that are said to be artifacts according to lore, as stated in Warcraft II, III or the RPG, are epic quality or less in World of Warcraft (for example, [The Skull of Gul'dan]). However, it can be argued that since Illidan absorbed the skull, its power has been reduced to Epic-quality level; and the original skull could have been of Artifact quality.

Artifacts in World of Warcraft: Legion

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Main article: Artifact Weapon

At Gamescom 2015, it was revealed that World of Warcraft: Legion World of Warcraft: Legion would feature artifacts, all of which being weapons. There would be 36 artifact weapons (one for each class and specialization).

Artifact Power

Main article: Artifact Power

It was also revealed that artifacts would have their own ability trees and their own customization options, most of which completely change the appearance of a weapon. Artifact Power unlocks these traits. Players may gather Power through any numbers of means befitting their personal playstyle and interests. Spending Power essentially "levels up" the weapon, and players are free to choose any trait path they wish to spend the Power on.

Trait Path

Spending Power within the tree allows the player to unlock different traits, abilities, skins, and other aesthetics to further differentiate their personal artifact from others wielding the same weapon. Note that players will have access to the default skin and one "upgraded" skin - additional skins are earned via unlocks from activities such as questing, dungeons, raids, PvP, and potentially other sources. Colors within these skins can be modified.


Examples of Ashbringer's many appearances:

Additional quality link color notes

  • Prior to World of Warcraft: Legion Legion, artifacts did not exist in World of Warcraft World of Warcraft, so any links seen in-game were likely fabrications.
  • It has previously been stated that artifacts were supposed to be red[1], but the color presumably was pale gold, according to API GetItemQualityColor in Patch 3.0.3. Unfortunately, pale gold was used for Heirloom color and since no artifact items were available until World of Warcraft: Legion Legion, the color is likely to change.
  • Heirloom items for a time shared the same in-game color as artifacts. They were special, scalable, Bind to Account items introduced with World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Wrath of the Lich King. These items are usable by any character on your account and their stats can scale with that character's level, becoming the equivalent of an equal level rare quality item. However, it appears that heirloom items are currently labeled as Artifacts: when you try to mail one to a character on another account, you receive an error message which reads "Artifacts can only be mailed to your own characters".
  • According to an older version of the Icon-archive-22x22.pngItem Basics page (until around July 2007) on the WoW website, the names of Artifact-quality items were planned to appear in red. A listing for Artifacts no longer appears on this page however. The red-linked version still exists in archive form under the dates Jul 15, 2005 through Jun 15, 2007.
  • The web color code for artifact itemlinks was #e6cc80.

Old Blizzard statements

Re: Artifact? | 2007-10-15 14:26 | Eyonix
Yeah, red is the item color text we designated for artifacts, but at this time there are none in the game.

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Re: Legendary and Artifacts | 2006-09-30 17:56 | Tseric
The devs would like to improve on Legendary items through addition or revision. At this point, adding Artifact items is somewhat unnecessary, as it would only mostly serve to devalue Legendary items as a whole.

Perhaps when the level cap gets a little higher and that next step in itemization is needed.

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List of unobtainable artifact items


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

If artifacts were actually implemented for players, they would likely be changed from the pale gold now shared with heirlooms. It is possible that they will change to the previously planned red.


  1. ^ Eyonix 2007-10-15. Artifact?. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved on 2009-06-14.

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