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Patch 8.2: Essences Intro Questline

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Powers on Azerite Armor will unlock instantly and progression is moving to Essences in Patch 8.2. You can find more info on Essences in our Essence guide. Here's a preview of the new intro questline which involves MOTHER, Magni, and Spiritwalker Ebonhorn. This article contains spoilers.

The intro quest becomes available right after you establish your foothold in Nazjatar. Magni informs you that MOTHER has apparently found a way to heal Azeroth.


1. Essential Empowerment


Magni Bronzebeard: Champion! MOTHER has a new plan tae save Azeroth. Meet us in the Chamber of Heart as soon as ye can!

You learn that the Chamber of Heart has been repaired in your absence.



Magni Bronzebeard: There ye are, champion! We've made repairs to the Chamber of Heart since ye were last here.

2. MOTHER Knows Best

MOTHER finished her awesome calculations and Magni tells you to talk to her. A not yet implemented cutscene begins to play and MOTHER introduces Essences.

3. A Disturbance Beneath the Earth

MOTHER sends you to Highmountain to recover a dragon essence from Neltharion's Lair. By combining dragon essence with sufficient quantities of Azerite within Heart Forge will cause previously undiscovered abilities to manifest within the Heart of Azeroth Heart of Azeroth.



MOTHER: Coordinate desgnation: Highmountain. Essence origin: Unknown

MOTHER: Caution recommended. Readings indicate extreme subterranean instability.

You'll find Navvarogg and Spiritwalker Ebonhorn at Snowblind Messa.


Ebonhorn discovered some sort of disturbance and you must investigate its source.


Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Hmm, I too have sensed something deep beneath Highmountain... in the caverns that were once Neltharion's Lair.

Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Let us investigate the matter. Navvarogg can bring us directly to the source of the disturbance.

Navarrogg: I can take you into the heart of the mountain, race.

4. Take My Hand

The essence discovered by MOTHER may be an echo of power of the dragonflights. You must act fast before the essence falls into the wrong hands. Talk to Navvarogg to get teleported to the area.

5. Calming the Spine

The power of the black dragonflight echoes around you, and the earth is reeling in response. You must seal the Azerite Fissures in the Dragon's Spine. You find out about the presence of a stone lord from Deepholm.


Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: A stone lord from Deepholm? This is worse than I feared. Their kin still harbors enmity toward the black dragonflight.


Once you close all fissures and complete the quest, it's time to confront the stone lord. He won't give up the essence without a fight.


6. Dominating the Indomitable


Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Stone lord! I am Ebonhorn, protector of Highmountain. We have come to claim the essence you now hold!

Ma'haat the Indomitable: I know you, dragon. Kin of the Worldbreaker. You are unworthy of such power.

Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: I am free of my father's madness. We seek to wield the essence in defense of Azeroth!

Ma'haat the Indomitable: Then face me, and prove you have the strength to do so.

Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Very well. We accept your challenge!

Ma'hat the Indomitable: The earth will break you!

Ma'hat the Indomitable: Enough... I yield. You... are worthy.

Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Well fought, champion. The essence is yours to claim.

You then loot Petrified Ebony Scale Petrified Ebony Scale. This will be your first essence and serves as an introduction to the new system in Rise of Azshara.



Ma'haat the Indomitable: It is done. Tread carefully. The Stonemother will be watching.

7. A Friendly Face

You must now bring the dragon essence to Magni and MOTHER. Navvarogg has prepared an exit for you, but near the entrance, you'll notice a Blacktalon Watcher in stealth spying on you. We covered the presence of Wrathion's Agents in Rise of Azshara in this post.


Upon arriving at the Chamber of Heart, Ebonhorn is ready to meet Magni and MOTHER.



Magni: Ah, ye're back, champion! And ye brought... a tauren?!

MOTHER: Draconic presence detected. Designation: Ebyssian, black dragonflight. Lack of Old God corruption indicates low threat probability.

Magni: Ah, it's good tae meet a black dragon that isn't tryin' tae kill us all! Ebyssian, is it? I'm Magni Bronzebeard.

Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Well met, Speaker Magni. In my tauren form, I am known as Ebonhorn. As the construct said, I am here to help.

Magni: Did ye recover the essence that MOTHER detected?

Spiritwalker Ebonhorn: Neltharion was once tasked with protecting Azeroth. It is my duty to see the essence carry on that legacy.

Magni: Ye understand the essence better than we do, Ebonhorn. We'd be grateful for any guidance ye can provide.


8. The Heart Forge

The final quest is offered by MOTHER and you must use your Heart of Azeroth Heart of Azeroth to activate the Heart Forge. You will receive rank 1 Petrified Ebony Scale Petrified Ebony Scale and The Heart Forge The Heart Forge achievement.


Don't forget to check out our Patch 8.2 hub for more details about Heart of Azeroth changes coming in Rise of Azshara.

Essences Intro Playthrough

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That's jumping through a lot of hoops to unlock something. It's not a memorable event or anything. Where's the Legion Artifacts quest lines? talking to the lich king? Uther? Fulfill Tirion's dying wishes?


"Go here talk to that guy" x5, grats you unlocked pieces of code that was part of the previous expansion too. But... NEW PASSIVES, AM I RIGHT?!

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