WotLK Classic: How to get Shadowmourne – Step by Step Guide

WotLK Classic Shadowmourne

INTRODUCTION

If you’re interested in how to get Shadowmourne, then stick around and read through our guide! In this post we will explain the whole Quest-chain as well as what is Shadowmourne and how to craft it. Also, we will talk about which Class gets the most out of wielding it and how the Legendary Weapon actually works. Before we talk about it in depth, we will just make a small detour regarding all the Legendaries we’ve seen in WoW so far and what is the idea behind WoW Legendary items.

WoW Legendary items overview

WoW Classic Legendary itemsSince the beginning of WoW, there were many Legendary items that came before Shadowmourne. Legendaries are the most powerful items that are implemented in-game for any given expansion. We’ve had various Legendaries in WoW until WotLK and Shadowmourne came. The idea behind them was that they were the ultimate prize. Something that would show off your dominance over others in a given patch or expansion. They are also viewed as the most prestigious rewards you can obtain and they represent your dedication towards months of farming, collecting and gathering of the needed materials and finishing Quest-chains. Most importantly they represent the efforts of you and your guild coming together to help you out.

To be quite realistic, after all being said, Legendary items are something that you have to work hard for, and they require a lot of time and patience to obtain. However, once you’ve reached the point of actually owning one, there is no feeling that can compare to that achievement. There is nothing like the feeling of having Thunderfury, Sulfuras, Atiesh, Warglaives of Azzinoth and the most recent Val’anyr.

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All the other Legendary items aside, we’re here to talk about Shadowmourne, so lets get into it!

Shadowmourne overview

Shadowmourne is a Legendary Two-Hand Axe which becomes available in Phase 4 of WotLK Classic. This mighty weapon can be obtained only by the dedicated and most worthy of Players. It is only available and wielded by three Classes. Those are – Warriors, Retribution Paladins, and Death Knights.
Our WotLK: Shadowmourne – Step by Step Guide will cover:

  • What is Shadowmourne
  • How to get Shadowmourne
  • Shadowmourne Questline
  • How does Shadowmourne work
  • Which Classes benefit the most from wielding Shadowmourne

There are not many that can say they’ve acquired this Legendary, and even less can say they’ve done it when it wasn’t just for show.

What is Shadowmourne?

Legendary items were mostly random Boss drops in the past. Sometimes it could take months and months before we even saw a fragment drop, or pray that the second Warglaive drops so you can complete your set. These things are a thing of the past with the coming of WotLK. It introduces the system similar to Atiesh from WoW Vanilla/Classic. Since the Legendary weapons are now crafted, you will undoubtedly end up having it – eventually!

The introduction of Val’anyr and Shadowmourne in WotLK Classic brings farming to a whole new level. Considering how many fragments you need to collect and Quest-chains you have to complete. This guide will cover Shadowmourne, which is the Legendary that you will make for the sole purpose of defeating the Lich Kingand a bit of bragging rights. It is a Two-handed Legendary Axe that will be added to the game in Phase 4 of WotLK Classic, with the introduction of the Icecrown Citadel.

A worthy note: Shadowmourne can only be obtained in the 25 man Normal or Heroic Icecrown Citadel. You cannot get it from 10 man. 

You can find our Icecrown Citadel guide, here. And if you’re interested, this is where you can find our Icecrown Citadel services.

How do I get Shadowmourne?

ShadowmourneWe’ve said that since WotLK, Legendary items are obtained through a series of Quests and acquisition of fragments. This is also true for Shadowmourne. However, the process for obtaining Shadowmourne is tedious and lenghty, but it’s worth it in the end. The storyline and background of crafting this Legendary Weapon is something that everyone would want to witness, but when it comes to Raiding, only a few will get the chance to get this weapon when it matters.

If you’re the one that’s chosen to wield this powerful Two-Hand Axe, or if you simply wish to obtain it yourself for whatever reason, our Step by Step Guide will breakdown the process for you!

The essence of crafting Shadowmourne lies in a a couple of steps:

  • Crafting Shadow’s Edge
  • Empowering Shadow’s Edge
  • Upgrading Shadow’s Edge into Shadowmourne

Crafting Shadow’s Edge

Shadow's EdgeIf you got chosen by your Guild to get Shadowmourne. That probably means that you won’t be seeing many other cool Weapons from the Raid. Considering this fact, Blizzard implemented a Two-Hand Axe called Shadow’s Edge. This Axe is going to be the main thing to look out for and use in various situations inside Icecrown Citadel. We will go through the whole Quest-chain process later on, but it’s important to note that Shadow’s Edge will be used in many scenarios for obtaining Shadowmourne. It will be weaker than some other Weapons, so it would be good for you to equip it for certain debuffs and Quests, and then equip the Weapon that you use to deal damage.

To Craft Shadow’s Edge, you will need:

Bear in mind that you can only obtain the Blood from these two Bosses on 25 man version of Icecrown Citadel. 

You can check the Ashen Verdict Guide on this page.

Empowering Shadow’s Edge

Empowering Shadow’s Edge is a process that comes afterwards and is basically following the progression of the Quest-Chain. It will be required of you to fulfil the following:

  • Do “A feast of Souls” Quest
  • Infuse Shadow’s Edge with Unholy, Blood and Frost Infusions

After this is done, you will be at the final stage of getting Shadowmourne.

Upgrading Shadow’s Edge into Shadowmourne

This is the most tedious and lenghty part of the whole process. It requires you to obtain 50 Shadowfrost Shards which can only be obtained by killing 25 man Normal or Heroic Bosses in Icecrown Citadel. Each Boss has a chance to drop the Shadowfrost Shard, which is basically a fragment of the Frozen Throne. If you do Normal ICC then you can expect to be done in ~11 weeks, since the bosses have 25-50% drop chance. Heroic Bosses have a slightly higher drop rate ~75%, but even with that it will take you ~ 5 weeks to complete it.

We won’t go too in depth here, since we’re moving on the the Quest-Chain and we will cover each step in depth!

The Shadowmourne Questline

The Shadowmourne Questline is probably one of the longest chain Quests for obtaining a Legendary Weapon in WoW. The Quest-chain consists of the following:

We will break down and cover each Quest Step by Step below!

WotLK Classic The Sacred and the Corrupt QuestStep 1: The Sacred and the Corrupt

The Sacred and the Corrupt is the one that starts the Shadowmourne Quest-chain. In order to start this Quest, you must be Friendly with the Ashen Verdict. It’s a new Reputation introduced with the release of the Icecrown Citadel. The Quest is picked up from Darion Mograine inside the Raid.

This Quest will require you to Obtain:

It’s important to note that you can TAKE this Quest in both 10 man and 25 man Versions of the Raid. However, most of the Quests require you to complete them in 25 man Normal or Heroic version of the Icecrown Citadel. 

For example, the Bloods from Rotface & Festergut, can only be obtained on 25-man version of the Raid.

Obtaining Light’s VengeanceFrostmourne Cave

Once you’ve gathered the Primordial Saronite, the next thing you should do is to go and get Light’s Vengeance. This is the Epic Hammer that Arthas threw away when he took Frostmourne. To obtain this Hammer, we must go to the birth place of Arthas as the Lich King, which is the cave in which he discarded it. The cave is located in the North-Eastern region of Dragonblight.

When you enter the cave, there is an event that you will have to complete in order to obtain Light’s Vengeance. This is one of the most epic events in WoW. If you don’t want us to spoil this for you, then you can skip and move on to the next step of the Guide. However if you need help with this event, feel free to check the video below.

Light’s Vengeance Event(Spoiler)

Darion Mograine

Step 2: Shadow’s Edge

 

Once you’ve completed the first Step and have obtained all the necessary items, you will go to Highlord Darion Mograine. Once you turn in the Saronite, Rotface & Festergut’s Blood along with the Light’s Vengeance. You will be given a new Completion Quest called “Shadow’s Edge“. This Step is pretty simple as it requires you to just agree to Darion’s terms and take your Shadow’s Edge.

At this point you’ve crafted the base for your Shadowmourne.

Step 3: A Feast of Souls

At this point the next step that we’re going to undergo is the Empowering of the Shadow’s Edge. You will go back to Darion Mograine and pick up the Quest called “A Feast of Souls“. This Quest is probably the easiest to understand and do. It requires you to equip your Shadow’s Edge and tag mobs inside Icecrown Citadel with it. After that you can swap the Weapon over to any other that you are using for DPS, or you can simply use Shadow’s Edge. What’s important is for each of the mobs to have a debuff called “Shadow’s Fate” on them.

Shadow's Fate DebuffThis debuff can be easily applied by each of the Classes that can wield Shadowmourne:

 

In order to complete this Quest, you will have to obtain a 1000 Souls. Bear in mind that you can only collect the Souls if you’re ALIVE. So don’t die! Once you’ve done that, we will go back to Highlord Darion Mograine and start the next Step.

An important note: You can obtain these Souls in both 10 and 25 man versions of the Icecrown Citadel Raid. This is a unique exception since most of the other Quests have to be done on 25 man. 

Infusions

The next few steps will include defeating Bosses in Icecrown Citadel, but they will all require you to have Shadow’s Edge equipped. Bear in mind that they can only be done on 25 man version of the Icecrown Citadel Raid. 

You can do all of them in a single lockout, but it requires you to do one boss, then go turn in the quest and that has to be done for each of the Infusions. There are three of them:

  • Unholy Infusion
  • Blood Infusion
  • Frost Infusion

We will go over each of these Quests below.

Step 4: Unholy Infusion

Shadowmourne Questchain Shadow InfusionThe next step will include picking up the Quest called “Unholy Infusion“. In this Quest you will be infusing Unholy energy into your Shadow’s Edge. This is done on the Professor Putricide fight. He is the Final Boss of the Plagueworks wing in Icecrown Citadel.

At a certain point in the fight versus Professor Putricide, one Player will have to transform into a Mutated Abomination. If you are on the Shadowmourne Quest, than this Player will be you. Make sure that you have Shadow’s Edge equipped when you transform into the abomination! You can recognize easily if you have Shadow’s Edge equipped or not. If you do – the abomination will have an additional ability called “Shadow Infusion“.

The Shadow Infusion ability requires you to have 100 Ooze Energy in order to use it. You build up this Energy by using an ability called “Eat Ooze“. It’s imperative to wait for a good opportunity to use Shadow Infusion on Professor Putricide. Your abomination will glow once you’ve used Shadow Infusion. Lastly, from the moment you’ve used Shadow Infusion, your Raid must defeat Professor Putricide within 6 minutes. Once all of this is done, your Shadow’s Edge will claim his soul & the Unholy Essence.

Blood Infusion Quest Blood Queen Lana'thelStep 5: Blood Infusion

You will go back to Highlord Darion Mograine turn in the “Unholy Infusion” Quest and take the Quest called “Blood Infusion“. The Blood Essence is obtained from Blood-Queen Lana’thel. She is the Last Boss of the Royal Quarters in the Icecrown Citadel Raid. There are two important things that have to be done during the fight for you to obtain the Blood Essence and infuse it in your Shadow’s Edge. Those are:

  • BLOOD MIRROR – This is an ability that the Blood-Queen Lana’thel uses on the Player closest to the Tank. This causes you to take 100% of the damage taken by the Tank. Once you have this debuff, use defensives, get healed and survive and that’s the first requirement.
  • ESSENCE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN & FRENZIED BLOODTHIRST
    After 15 seconds into the fight, the Blood-Queen will bite a Player that is the highest on threat and who’s not the Tank. By doing this you will get the Essence of the Blood Queen. The Essence grants you 100% increased damage, but after 75 seconds you go into a Frenzied Bloodthirst rage, at which point you have to use an ability called “Vampiric Bite” which gives the Essence of the Blood Queen to another Player. You HAVE TO do this 3 times during the fight.

After the above requirements are met, you have to kill the Boss. In order to make sure that this is done right, you should meet a few requirements:

  1. Be the closest to the tank at the start of the encounter so that you get Blood Mirror
  2. Try to be the second on the damage meter so that you are the one that gets the Essence of the Blood Queen debuff first
  3. Have your Shadow’s Edge equipped during the entirety of the fight
  4. Bite other Raid members 3 times during the fight when you get Frenzied Bloodthirst
  5. Make sure that you DO NOT DIE!

After this is done, we will go back to Highlord Darion Mograine and deliver the Quest. The next Quest in line will be the “Frost Infusion“.

Frost Infusion SindragosaStep 6: Frost Infusion

The next step requires you to infuse your Shadow’s Edge with the Frost Essence. Who else than Sindragosa to be the Boss that finalizes the Infusion Step for your Shadowmourne. For this to be done you will have to get hit by Sindragosa’s Frost Breath ability 4 times and SURVIVE. The breath does 40.000 damage on Normal and 60.000 on Heroic Difficulty. The most important thing is for you to survive these Breaths and then kill her, so we will focus on how to survive. We said that three classes can wield Shadowmourne and we will talk about how each of them can utilize their abilities for this Quest.

Generally using Frost Resistance Aura or Frost Resistance Totem, as well as Frost Resistance Gear and if needed a Mighty Frost Protection Potion will help you survive regardless of your Class. As always make sure that you have your Shadow’s Edge equipped while you’re doing this.

For any detailed guides on WotLK Icecrown Citadel Raid Boss encounters you should check out our guide!

Step 7: The Splintered Throne

Icecrown Citadel Shadowfrost ShardOnce your Shadow’s Edge is infused with Unholy, Blood and Frost Essences, the next step will be to go to Highlord Darion Mograine and pick up a Quest called “The Splintered Throne“.

The Objective here will be to loot 50 Shadowfrost Shards. These are the fragments of the Frozen Throne that are looted from the Bosses in Icecrown Citadel. This most likely the longest Quest in the entire chain. Every Boss encounter in 25 man Normal & Heroic versions has a chance of dropping a Shadowfrost Shard. However, the Normal version has ~25-50% chance of dropping a Shard, while the Heroic version has ~75%.

The average completion time of this Quest is somewhere around 10-11 weeks if you are doing only Normal clears. Meanwhile, clearing it on Heroic will be twice as fast, so you can expect to farm these shards for about 5-6 weeks if you’re doing full Heroic clears.

Step 8: Empowerment

After you’ve gathered the 50 Shadowfrost Shards, then you return to Highlord Darion Mograine once again. You will deliver “The Splintered Throne” Quest, and you will pick up a Quest called “Empowerment“. Once you’ve picked up Empowerment, you must simply speak to Mograine again, and it will complete this Quest. After doing this you will lose your Shadow’s Edge, but who needs that now, right?

ShadowmourneStep 9: The Final Step – Shadowmourne…

Pretty straightforward, all the weeks and months of hard work have finally paid off. Once you turn in “Empowerment”, you must speak to Highlord Darion Mograine yet again. At this time, he will give you a Completed Quest which is called ” Shadowmourne “.

Congratulations! Whether you’re a Warrior, Retribution Paladin or a Death Knight. Against unsurmountable odds, you have weathered the storm. We trust that you will find your reward proportionate to your conviction…

After this point there is one more step left, which does not really fall under the category of the Step by Step Guide for Shadowmourne. However, it does bring the whole Quest-chain to a close so we will mention it nonetheless. The next Quest is called “The Lich King’s Last Stand“.  As you might imagine, Highlord Darion Mograine wants you to use your freshly forged Legendary Weapon – Shadowmourne, to defeat the Lich King.

The Lich King’s Last Stand

Since you’ve finally acquired Shadowmourne, it has to serve its purpose. That purpose is obviously the Lich Kings demise. Guess what, we speak to Highlord Darion Mograine, he will then give you a Quest called “The Lich King’s Last Stand“. You must Kill the Lich King while having your Shadowmourne equipped.

When you defeat him, the Lich King will drop an item that only you can obtain. It’s called the “Sealed Chest“. This item will start a Quest called “Personal Property“.

The Last Quest in the chain – Personal Property

Finally we’ve arrived to the finish line. After getting the Quest “Personal Property” you will take the Sealed Chest to who other than Darion Mograine. He will take the Sealed Chest and provide you with an item called “Unsealed Chest“. When you open this Chest it will provide you with 5 items, each of them has a mini-Quest that provides you with a unique and cool reward. The NPC’s that you have to deliver these mini-Quests to, are all located inside the Icecrown Citadel once you’ve defeated the Lich King in that instance.

We will now go through all the unique items that you will obtain by opening the Unsealed Chest.

All unique Rewards

Personal Property – Video of all the Rewards (Spoiler)

WotLK Classic – Shadowmourne Quest Changes

There will be several major changes coming with the release of the ICC Raid in Wotlk Classic Phase 4. As we are well aware, Blizzard is pushing Classic a bit faster than what it initially was during the original launch of each expansion. Things don’t change with WotLK. And considering that there are many people who want to obtain Shadowmourne, Blizzard decided to implement some changes when it comes to obtaining it. Those are:

  • Shadowfrost Shards will no longer require a Player to advance up to “The Splintered Throne” Quest before the Shards start dropping. 
  • The drop rate of Shadowfrost Shards on 25 man Normal will match those of 25 man Heroic. 
  • The End-Boss of each wing (Saurfang, Lana’thel, Putricide, Sindragosa and the Lich King) now have a GUARANTEED Shadowfrost Shard drop rate in ICC 25 man HEROIC. 
  • Primordial Saronite will be more obtainable. And you will be able to purchase it from both the Emblem of Frost Vendors as well as the new Heroic Plus Gamma Protocol Dungeons that they will unveil further soon enough. 

Blizzard expressly announced that obtaining Shadowmourne will be far easier. Similar things were done for Val’anyr in Ulduar. They want the Players to be able to enjoy Shadowmourne faster than in original WotLK.

Moving on, we will talk about how Shadowmourne works!

How does Shadowmourne work? 

Now that we’ve acquired Shadowmourne. We must understand how it works so that we can properly wield it and get the most out of it! We know that most Legendary Weapons in WoW are all about prestige, special effects and big Damage. Shadowmourne is no exception! However, we do need to know how to properly utilize its effects so that we can gain maximum value from it.

There are three different effects that Shadowmourne has:

  1. Soul Fragments are the basis of this Weapon’s effect. They provide you with 30 Strength per stack, and they can go up to 10 stacks.
  2. Chaos Bane is the second effect which happens when you reach 10 Soul Fragments. At that point Shadowmourne will unleash an explosion that does Shadow Damage split evenly among all enemies within 15 yards.
  3. Chaos Bane you would think that it’s a joke, but no – it’s not. After the Chaos Bane Explosion, you will receive a third effect, which grants you 270 Strength for 10 seconds.

It’s important to note that when you get the Chaos Bane Strength buff, you won’t be able to acquire new Soul Fragments for those 10 seconds. Now there’s been a lot of debate about what’s the best way to utilize these effects, but to be quite honest – we think it’s situational.

  • If you are clearing trash, then the best course of action would probably be to utilize the cancelaura macro to cancel out the #3 Chaos Bane effect, so that you can continue getting Fragments and utilizing the Chaos Bane Explosion. The macro goes like this:
    /cancelaura Chaos Bane
    /startattack
    /cast Crusader Strike (or any other ability depending on your Class)
  • If you are fighting a Boss, it might be better to utilize the extra Strength that the Chaos Bane Buff provides.

Even though we gave some advice above, it is ultimately best for you to decide based on which content you’re running and what feels best for you. Since we’ve gone through what this Weapon has as it’s effects aside from being the strongest Two Hand Axe DPS wise in Icecrown Citadel. We will move on to see which Class benefits the most out of using this item.

Which Class should get Shadowmourne?

Considering Blizzard moved away from the Legendaries being Random drops. It is fairly easy for anyone to acquire them, as long as they have a good group of Friends, Raid Group or a good Guild. However, since obtaining Shadowmourne takes a long time, it is imperative to choose the best possible Class that should Wield it. If we talk about which Class makes most use of it, we will go from top to bottom:

  1. Fury Warriors – plain and simple. In Phase 4 with the release of the Icecrown Citadel Raid as well as the introduction of the various Armor Penetration gear, Fury Warriors just go on a Rampage – literally. They will definitely top the DPS meters and can make the most use out of the Weapon. The most important thing to note is their Whirlwind hits with both Weapons, which basically gives double the proc of Soul Fragments.
  2. Retribution Paladins – Considering how well it scales with the Paladins Seal of Command and Divine Storm, it’s definitely a close second to the Warrior. However, they are unable to bring the much needed utility to the Raid as the Warriors can, with various Shouts and Mortal Strike effect. That’s why they are lacking a bit behind.
  3. Death Knight – The reason why the DK is at the end of this list is quite simple. Even though you’d imagine Shadowmourne being the best for a DK since it kinda is forged at a Runeforge and all… They still lack the much needed AoE Weapon attacks, which means they can proc a substantially lower amount of Soul Fragments compared to the Fury Warrior and the Retribution Paladin.

With all this being said, we’re coming to a close with our Shadowmourne – Step by Step Guide. Even though the Classes above may reflect some small differences, we do believe that the Player quality goes above their Class.

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Shadowmourne Visuals Video(Spoiler)