Unholy DK's Artifact. Big, unholy two-handed sword.
This is the Artifact weapon for the
This blade is currently hidden in the catacombs underneath
You can read a bit about this weapon on the
Death Knight Artifact Reveal
blog on the wow site.
You can check out the different model and coloration
unlocks for this weapon here on wowhead
You can check out the early look at the Artifact Traits
here on wowhead
You can view the full
Artifact Trait Calculator here
. There, you will also find 3D model views of the Appearance unlocks.
For a moment there I was a little scared. The Artifact Trait for this weapon known as "And you will know us by the trail of our dead" was replaced on the trait tree, and I got worried, as that was IMO our coolest new passive. Instead, it was folded into the default proc of the weapon.
Good move bizz. Good move. Now I can feel like a true Necromancer Knight. With an army of disposable vassals of undeath bound to my will.
"Your attacks have a chance to summon a member of your Army of the Dead"- I wonder how often this will proc, and if we can end up having a huge amount of undead pets, something I've wanted since I heard about the unholy spec pre-WotLK!
Sow, not sew, Blizz.
I'm not sure if anyone else has picked up on this, but the four names of the artifact appearances are named after the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
This weapon is crammed with references to the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Not only the names of each of the appearance variants are named after each horseman (Unholy
bearer, Herald of
's Deliverance) but also the Trait "Armies of the Damned" make your ghouls stack 4 different debuffs on the target they're attacking:
: Reduces healing done
: Increases damage taken.
: Reduces damage dealt.
: Damage over time.
To complete the trifecta, this weapon was in the possession of a Dark Horseman who traveled with a group of other Dark Horsemen.
Put this in a macro to open up your artifact weapon talent tree directly:
I feel like this is another runeblade, like frostmourne, made by the Nathrezim.
I wish we had more lore behind this blade, it seems awesome.
From Libram of the Dead on Apocalypse:
Introduction:Most stories about the Burning Legion speak of countless demons stampeding over worlds, but the cunning nathrezim know that brute force is not the only way to conquer an enemy. One lie can break an alliance. One drop of poison can cripple a giant. One disease can reduce a great city to a graveyard.
The nathrezim blade called Apocalypse has accomplished all of these things. It holds the power to spread plagues, incite wars, and turn ally against ally. In the right hands, this weapon has singlehandedly brought entire civilizations crashing down before the Legion's armies ever began their invasion.Part one:Apocalypse was not crafted by a single nathrezim. Many of these demons forged and shaped the blade as a tool to hasten the fall of worlds.
Over the course of centuries, Apocalypse passed from one nathrezim to another. Each wielder used It to weaken mortal civilizations and leave them vulnerable to conquest by the Burning Legion. Through the creation of plagues and famines, Apocalypse stoked the fires of paranoia. Through acts of murder and betrayal, the weapon drove the Legion's enemies to turn on each other. Even the mere sight of the blade was enough to sap the strength of mortals and cause them to tremble in fear.
Whenever Apocalypse changed hands, its nathrezim owners would alter and refine it. Through the lessons learned from their conquests, they endowed the blade with new plagues and maledictions. In this way, Apocalypse became a fusion of all the dark arts the nathrezim had at their disposal.Part two:The last of the nathrezim to wield Apocalypse was named Kathra'natir. The weapon passed to him during the Burning Legion's invasion of Navane. This world was home to a handful of intelligent races. Though they shared a history of enmity, they put aside their differences and united against the demons.
The alliance was tenuous at best, easy prey for Kathra'natir and Apocalypse. Kathra'natir walked among Navane's resistance forces, disguised as one of their own soldiers. He whispered rumors of betrayal In every ear. Inflaming old hatreds and ancient rivalries. All the while, Apocalypse clouded the defenders' ability to reason. They began to fear each other as much as the Legion. In one night of wanton bloodshed. Navane's army went to war with itself. Kathra'natir admired his handiwork from a distance, listening to the symphony of chaos that filled the night. By sunrise, not a single soldier remained to oppose the Legion.Part three:Thousands of years ago, the city of Dalaran was inundated by reckless spellcasters. Their abuse of magic inadvertently tore open rifts in reality. Through one such rift, Kathra'natir clawed his way Into Azeroth. Kathra'natir found Dalaran ripe for upheaval. Many of the city's non-magic users were superstitious, and they viewed spellcasters with thinly veiled unease. Kathra'natir used Apocalypse to inflame these fears. He tainted Dalaran's water supplies and food stores. Gruesome plagues ravaged the city, which the common folk believed had originated from the magi.
If not for Guardian Alodi, Dalaran might have destroyed itself. He was part of the Council of Tirisfal, a secret order of magi formed to protect Azeroth from demons. After a series of grueling battles, Alodi narrowly defeated Kathra'natir and banished him from the world.
Though the demon was gone. Apocalypse remained behind.Part four:An account of Apocalypse from the journal of Alodi, first Guardian of Tirisfal:
"In the blade's presence, I am physically weakened. Strange thoughts swim through my mind. Dark things I will not repeat here. The weapon has a way of dredging up fears long forgotten and giving them new life. And these are just some of Its tamer qualities.
"I have requested that we destroy the weapon, but the other council members have reservations. They would prefer we lock It away alongside other artifacts recovered from demons. It is not the ideal course, but so be It. If this council is to survive. it must do so through mutual trust and understanding.
"My only hope is that it never sees the light of day again."Part five:Long after Kathra'natir's defeat, Apocalypse resurfaced. It was a time of great turmoil for the Council of Tirisfal. The current Guardian, Aegwynn, had gone rogue. Seeing no other recourse, the council created a new order called the Tirisgarde to capture the troublesome Guardian.
The Tirisgarde armed themselves with mighty artifacts to overwhelm Aegwynn. They soon learned that artifacts alone were not enough to best a Guardian of her caliber. Aegwynn outwitted her hunters time and again. Out of desperation, the council finally unearthed Apocalypse and other closely guarded relics. They distributed these dangerous weapons to the most loyal and gifted Tirisgarde members.
Apocalypse was entrusted to Laith Sheol. From the very moment he held the blade, a darkness bloomed in his mind. It would continue to fester and swell until it consumed him entirely.Part six:Apocalypse granted Laith Sha 'ol more power than he could have hoped for, but it came at a price. Hatred tainted his thoughts. His wish to see Aegwynn brought to justice became a wish to see her dead.
Laith narrowly missed cornering his prey In the small human village of Corwell. He Interrogated the townsfolk, accusing them of conspiring with Aegwynn. Though Corwell's people knew nothing of the Guardian's whereabouts, they succumbed to Apocalypse's influence. Before long, neighbor regarded neighbor with suspicion. Paranoia sank its poisoned fangs Into the quaint village. In a fit of rage, Laith cut down the town elder. The death ignited a wave of violence. Friends and family turned on each other with bare hands, teeth, and whatever else could serve as a weapon.
Only Laith walked out of that village alive.Part seven:From chapter eight of On Plagues, Curses, and Blights by Royal Historian Archesonus:
"There is an odd period of history during which we see an increase in disease, famine, and violence. The exact cause of these hardships is unknown. One interesting theory associates them with a nameless horseman who carried a sword of sinister origin.
"In some legends. this figure rode a pale horse. In others, a black mare with eyes aflame. Wherever the horseman passed, trouble followed. Crops withered. Diseases festered. Innocent folk simply dropped dead. For this reason, the horseman was known by many names: War, Death, Famine, and Pestilence.
Did such an individual really exist? I think not, Attributing plagues and such to a physical entity was just a means for the people of the time to cope with phenomena beyond their control."
Part eight:When Guardian Aegwynn learned of Laith Sha 'ol and Apocalypse, she made a stand to spare the world from the demon-forged blade. Aegwynn lured Laith Into a trap, expecting to make short work of her adversary. She had underestimated Apocalypse's true strength. Laith unleashed the blade on the Guardian, draining her life force. None of Aegwynn's spells could shield her from Apocalypse's vampiric power. On the verge of collapse, she screamed a desperate incantation that shattered the connection between Laith and the sword.
to get artifact weapon will be avaliable, when you comlete the final quest of Legion invasion Event
When you deal killing blow, the corpses of your victims may rot and swarm by flies.
While in Dalaran with this weapon, Sometimes Citizens will comment about it.
If you reset your artifact weapon (the talents/traits) you DONT lose any artifact power except for the artifact power you pay for the reset!
Recorded it myself.
Haven't seen it mentioned yet, but Aranelle in Lorlathil (in Val'sharah) also comments on the weapon, recoiling in disgust at its pestilent aura. (possibly other NPCs in the zone as well). She says, "Ugggh - that blade - what is that you carry? Disease and rot surround you , Death Knight!"
Putricide's Journal Area Trigger
allows you to see a trap door in
's room inside the Icecrown Citadel raid.
In the hidden chamber is the
. Unholy Death Knight Artifact Skin.
Edit: Hidden Door is under the green side slime sprayer.
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Wanna check if you spawned
Putricide's Journal Area Trigger
at some point?
actually need to read the journal. it spawning is enough to flag your character "TRUE"
"FALSE" means you have not yet spawned the book.
Hidden Tracking - Apocalypse Ghouls Summoned
because why not.
"tracker" for 2000 ghouls summoned by
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once you have obtained the hidden skin, ya can use this macro to check your progress
/run local q,x,_,a,b = GetAchievementCriteriaInfo,0 for i=1,11 do _,_,_,a,b = q(11152,i) x=x+a end local _,_,_,c,d = q(11153,1) local _,_,_,e,f = q(11154,1) print("Dungeons: "..x.."/"..b) print("WQs: "..c.."/"..d) print("Kills: "..e.."/"..f)
the format it prints in your chat box, with your current progress:
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You can use these macros to actually visually track completion progress
Hidden Tracking - Appearance Unlock - Hidden - Color 3 (update criteria when world quests available)
Hidden Tracking - Appearance Unlock - Hidden - Color 4
Hidden Tracking - Appearance Unlock - Hidden - Color 2
spell learned by equipping this has Spell ID #220143.
Want to see a compilation of all the NPCs that comment on each artifact. Couple Val'sharah ones get disgusted with this one. One in Temple of Elune and one in Lorlathil.
A fun macro I like to use with this weapon:
It shouts "APOCALYPSE!" from the Lich King during the DK intro event when you use the weapon ability.
If you're a Frost or Blood DK & look for this as your 3rd Artifact weapon, it's a pretty easy get. Compared to acquiring Maw of the Damned this scenario was a piece of cake in Frost spec. The last fight is a bit tough, but use a few buffs & you should be ok. Did this at 110 (851) no probs at all. Whether I'll ever use the thing is a different matter, but it's nice to have the full set anyway & it's a decent looking piece of kit with some good lore attached (if you like that kind of thing). Now if only they'd kept Frostmourne 2 handed instead of messing unnecessarily with the DK spec.
As of today. 8.3 patch the hidden appearance that requires you to summon ghouls with Apocalypse to get the book "drop". CAN happen even if you don't have the weapon equipped. I did had it in my bag tho (so I can't say if it would had proc if the weapon is in bank let's say).
It can also happen outside of Legion areas. For me it happened was I was at Anglepoint Wharf at Tiragarde Sound
Apocalypse is a Mourneblade created by The Jailer.
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