Weapons in World of Warcraft have always been highly regarded among players, not just because of the damage they can inflict, but also given the beautiful level of detail Blizzard puts into each one. But as time went on and new expansions were released, many of these weapons become obsolete — which is why the transmogrification system is so stellar.
See, regardless of their obsolete status, many of the weapons in World of Warcraft remain highly respected, given their ties to the franchise’s lore. Among them exist truly legendary relics though, connected to the Warcraft universe because of the feats they’ve accomplished in the hands of heroes. Just because they aren’t top-tier anymore, doesn’t mean they can’t be wielded though – and now that patch 7.0.3 has been released, the appearance tab mechanic gives players a good reason to go collect them all once again (if you haven’t already).
With hundreds of weapon appearances available to collect in World of Warcraft, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. If you’re looking for a good place to start, here’s a few of the most iconic weapons for you to hunt down while you wait for the upcoming Legion expansion to arrive.
Gorehowl is easily one of the most epic weapons ever presented in Warcraft. Originally used by Golmash Hellscream, Gorehowl was passed down to his son Grom Hellscream upon his death. Grom would go on to wield the ax as he served alongside Thrall. During the second invasion of the Burning Legion, Grom wielded Gorehowl against the pit lord Mannoroth and used it to cleave his weapon in half, embedding the ax in the pit lord’s body and killing him outright. Unfortunately, Grom died shortly after, and the ax ended up in the hands of Prince Malchezaar. The ax was eventually presented to Garrosh Hellscream by Thrall, who carried it until his death in World of Warcraft — where it sits to this day.
Gorehowl is still located out in good old Karazhan, where you will find it in the hands of Prince Malchezaar. It has one of the lowest drop rates in the game, though, making it difficult to grab. For me? It took nearly 10 years.
Slayer of the Lifeless
Slayer of the Lifeless is a sword known for its appearance in the South Park episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft”, where Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman use the Sword of a Thousand Truths (the same visual model) to kill the obsessed player plaguing the game. If South Park isn’t your thing, the sword also comes with one of the best visual looks in-game for a one-handed sword — sheathing on your back and blending perfectly with the aesthetic of Death Knight players looking for a pair of runeblades to use for transmog.
For what it’s worth, Slayer of the Lifeless is a relatively easy weapon to obtain because it drops off of two separate bosses within Naxxramas: Gluth and Gothik the Harvester. Both bosses are easy to find and eliminate too, which is an added bonus.
Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood is a weapon well-known to players present during the original launch of World of Warcraft due to its damage output — which placed it as the third-best weapon back during patch 1.11. Many believe that the weapon once belonged to Anduin Lothar because of the initials etched on the hilt of the sword. Lothar was one of the original humans who served under King Llane during the orc’s invasion of Azeroth and fought in the Second War up until he was killed by Orgrim Doomhammer.
In theory, the sword fell into the hands of [Nefarian]‘s father (http://wowwiki.wikia.com/wiki/Nefarian) at some point during the Second War before it was handed down to him, which is who currently drops it in-game. Head to Blackwing Lair and kill him weekly until the sword drops. It does have lowest drop rate of the weapons on this list though, with roughly a 10% drop rate each week. But that just makes the weapon all the more worthwhile to own.
Hammer of the Naaru
Hammer of the Naaru is known for being the weapon of Vindicator Maraad, having first appeared during the launch cinematic for The Burning Crusade expansion for World of Warcraft. Since his first appearance in the trailer, Maraad has been present in both Wrath of the Lich King and Warlords of Draenor to help heroes accomplish the impossible — bashing his way through the Burning Legion and Iron Horde’s soldiers. Maraad also used the Hammer of the Naaru throughout his search for Garona in order to free her from the clutches of Gul’dan. Due to the weapon being present in the opening cinematic of The Burning Crusade expansion, many players have considered it a collector’s item since that time — making it a perfect weapon to add to your transmog collection.
The Hammer of the Naaru has a relatively high drop rate of 18 percent and can be found in Gruul’s Lair. While nobody has been able to figure out how the weapon came into the hands of High King Maulgar, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s your only shot at obtaining this beautiful mace each week.Photos via wowwiki.wikia.com, wowhead.com (1, 2), Nicholas Bashore, YouTube.com