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WoW Classic Spotlight: Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian

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Atiesh is the first legendary caster weapon added to the game in World of Warcraft. In this spotlight, we're looking at the staff in more detail.

Check out our other two Classic spotlights, covering Anathema/Benediction and Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker.

Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian

Medivh's staff will be obtainable in WoW Classic by Druids, Mages ,Priests, and Warlocks, even though the quest line itself was removed from the live game back in Wrath of the Lich King when Naxxramas moved to Northrend. Players who were able to get it were rewarded the Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Feat of Strength achievement.

Atiesh comes with the ability to open a portal to Karazhan (Portal: Karazhan Portal: Karazhan), even though the raid did not open until the Burning Crusade.

There are four variations of the staff, each corresponding to their respective Class with different stats.

Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian (Druid)


Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian (Mage)


Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian (Priest)


Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian (Warlock)



Naxxramas will need to be open on Classic realms for weapon fragments to start dropping. Getting the staff revolves around killing Naxxramas bosses, including Kel'Thuzad and C'thun in the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj.

First, you must collect 40 Splinter of Atiesh Splinters of Atiesh which drop from Naxxramas bosses to form the Frame of Atiesh Frame of Atiesh. Neutral reputation standing with Brood of Nozdormu is required to get the next quest (Atiesh, the Befouled Greatstaff).

The next step is to obtain the Base of Atiesh Base of Atiesh from C'Thun and Staff Head of Atiesh Staff Head of Atiesh from Kel'Thuzad. Note that this step will be a true challenge, as it requires defeating the hardest Vanilla bosses with a group of 40 players.

Finally, you will be sent to Stratholme to cleanse the staff (Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian) and defeat Atiesh. This fight involves a conjured legendary sword which can be used by the player to defeat Atiesh. 

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On 6/2/2019 at 1:30 PM, soulsurge said:

Can you compile news in one page with links. News comes to thick it's hard to keep track

One for classic, one PTR, one retail

We now have a new section on the site for Classic WoW.

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