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Obtaining and Spending Ancient Mana in Legion!

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So you've just hit 110 and you're venturing into Suramar, but suddenly you're presented with a new currency: Ancient Mana. We've rounded up exactly what it is, how to use it and how to get as much of it as possible!

What is Ancient Mana?

Ancient Mana is vital for the Nightfallen to live without the central power of the Nightwell; in-game, it is a currency used to deal with the Nightfallen, open up portals around Suramar and ensure that your allies don't turn into the Withered.

How can I find Ancient Mana?

You can find it absolutely everywhere. As you progress through Suramar, you'll notice that there is Ancient Mana to be found in every nook and crack of the world.

You can find AM in the following places:

  • Dropped by mobs you kill around the zone.
  • Complete story quests of the Nightfallen.
  • Gathering professions have a chance to pickup the currency.
  • After reaching Honored with the Nightfallen, you can purchase a shoulder enchant (Boon of the ManaseekerBoon of the Manaseeker) that will allow packs to drop from mobs you kill.
  • You can speak to Arcanist Valtrois and gain the Leyline MasteryLeyline Mastery buff.
  • There are deposits around Suramar and Suramar City that can be looted.

There are two types of deposits that can be found in the zone. We'll start with the Ancient Mana deposits outside the city. These rocks come in the following forms:

  • Ancient Mana Shard: 10 AM each
  • Ancient Mana Chunk: 20 AM each
  • Ancient Mana Crystal: 50 - 100 AM each
  • Shimmering Ancient Mana Cluster: 150 AM each

The ones in Suramar city have similar values of AM, but are often more difficult to reach due to the possibility of your disguise breaking:

  • Leypetal Blossom: 35 - 45 AM each
  • Leypetal Powder: 65 - 75 AM each
  • Glowing Tome: 65 - 75 AM each
  • Mana Infused Gem: 65 - 75 AM each
  • Twice-Fortified Arcwine: 110 AM each

Capping Ancient Mana

As you find more AM around the zone, you'll start finding that you simply cannot carry the amount you find. If this happens, it might be time to start increasing your Ancient Mana cap. There are items and quests around the zone that can increase your cap to a maximum of 2000. The items, which each grant +100 to your cap, are as follows:

  • Kyrtos's Research NotesKyrtos's Research Notes: This can be found in the Den of the Demented, which is accessible via Felsoul Hold in the west.
  • Enchanted Burial UrnEnchanted Burial Urn: This can be found in the northern portion of Tel'anor, which is north-east of Meredil.
  • Kel'danath's ManaflaskKel'danath's Manaflask: This can be found south of Falanaar on a bench, close to Elfbane, an elite rare.
  • Infinite StoneInfinite Stone: This can be found at the Moon Guard Stronghold, in northern Suramar. Head to the top floor and you'll find the item.
  • Volatile Leyline CrystalVolatile Leyline Crystal: Head to northern Falanaar and descend into the Shattered Locus zone. The crystal is located at the bottom.

The quests that you need to complete to increase your cap (by +100) are also listed below, in the order that you will complete them:

What is Ancient Mana For?

Your main cost when it comes to Ancient Mana will be keeping your Nightfallen allies alive and well. When their "life meter" runs out, you'll need to give them Ancient Mana to revive them. You'll gain a different buff from each ally as you give them the AM they need. Here are the buffs you can obtain:

Ally Name AM Cost Buff Name
First Arcanist Thalyssra 50 Ward of the First ArcanistWard of the First Arcanist
Arcanist Valtrois 10 Leyline MasteryLeyline Mastery
Chief Telemancer Oculeth 10 WarpwalkingWarpwalking
Leyweaver Ke'lorin 25 Leywoven BulwarkLeywoven Bulwark
Curious Manasaber 25 Ride ManasaberRide Manasaber
Nightborne Wretch 5 EmpathyEmpathy
Spirit Font 20 Spiritual InfusionSpiritual Infusion
Deactivated Security Module 25 Powered Security ModulePowered Security Module
Felbound Manasaber 50 Loyal Manasaber
Ley Ward 20 Ley InfusionLey Infusion
Arcward 25 SpellshardSpellshard

Outside of simply using it on your allies, you can purchase some items within Suramar City. These items aren't necessarily hugely impactful, but can provide small, useful bonuses. The items are as follows:

Item Name AM Cost
Souvenir RaptorSouvenir Raptor 100
Souvenir MurlocSouvenir Murloc 100
Souvenir ElekkSouvenir Elekk 100
The Devilsaur" LunchboxThe "Devilsaur" Lunchbox 1000
Illusion BombIllusion Bomb 25
Enchanted FirecrackersEnchanted Firecrackers 25

The last place to spend your Ancient Mana is the "Withered Training" scenario. This training scenario will see you take your withered recruits out on a mission to try and claim as much loot as possible. The AM cost will depend on the number of recruits you take with you; it currently costs 100 AM per 1 recruit.

The rewards from scenario include:

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According to Medivh's guide, the vineyard at Suramar City is a good place to farm Ancient Mana nodes (especially if you realm hop on a low pop server). Bear in mind that a lot of people will know about this tip, though:

 

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6 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

These buffs you get aren't permanent, I assume? I mean, once you get them they stay forever whenever you're in Suramar?

Nope. Some of them actually last very little, too. For example, the Spirit Font buff is only 2 minutes.

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I WISHED they increased my ancient cap by 1000, I think you mean 100 on each of the items you pick up.  The tooltips are showing 1000.  

  • Kyrtos's Research NotesKyrtos's Research Notes: This can be found in the Den of the Demented, which is accessible via Felsoul Hold in the west.
  • Enchanted Burial UrnEnchanted Burial Urn: This can be found in the northern portion of Tel'anor, which is north-east of Meredil.
  • Kel'danath's ManaflaskKel'danath's Manaflask: This can be found south of Falanaar on a bench, close to Elfbane, an elite rare.
  • Infinite StoneInfinite Stone: This can be found at the Moon Guard Stronghold, in northern Suramar. Head to the top floor and you'll find the item.
  • Volatile Leyline CrystalVolatile Leyline Crystal: Head to northern Falanaar and descend into the Shattered Locus zone. The crystal is located at the bottom.
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Clarify what I was referencing.

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On 9/2/2016 at 0:11 PM, Blainie said:

finding that you simply cannot carry the amount you find. If this happens, it might be time to start increasing your Ancient Mana cap. There are items and quests around the zone that can increase your cap to a maximum of 2000. 

Not sure why that's displaying as it does. I'll check the item IDs, but it might be a problem on the side of the DB.

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