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An overview of seven new Essences coming to the game in Visions of N'Zoth.

Note that some tooltips may display incorrect values. Essences are subject to change at any time during Patch 8.3 testing.

Unwavering Ward Unwavering Ward

Rank 1

  • Major Power: Guardian Shell Guardian Shell - Release 12 protective spheres outward over 4 sec, granting the first ally to touch it a barrier that absorbs 888 damage for 10 sec.
  • Minor Power: Unwavering Ward Unwavering Ward - Every 10 sec, allies with 15 yds gain a shield that absorbs 109 damage, stacking up to 409. Unique: Corruption reduced by 10.

Rank 2

  • Major Power: Guardian Shell Guardian Shell - Each time you send out a protective sphere, gain an absorb shield for 2% of your maximum health that stacks.
  • Minor Power: Unwavering Ward Unwavering Ward - Absorption can stack up to 20% higher.

Rank 3

  • Major Power: Guardian Shell Guardian Shell - Each sphere consumed heals you and the ally for 0.
  • Minor Power: Unwavering Ward Unwavering Ward - Protected targets take 3% reduced damage.

Spirit of Preservation Spirit of Preservation

Rank 1

  • Major Power: Spirit of Preservation Spirit of Preservation - Channel a beam of energy onto an ally, healing them for 5,256 over 3 sec.
  • Minor Power: Devout Spirit Devout Spirit - Every 5 sec, gain Saving Vigil, causing your next Quick Heal to heal for an additional 42, stacking up to 3 times.

Rank 2

Rank 3

  • Major Power: Spirit of Preservation Spirit of Preservation - Gain 1 stack of Devout Spirit each time the beam heals its primary target.
  • Minor Power: Devout Spirit Devout Spirit - Each stack of Saving Vigil consumed increases the critical strike chance of your next Quick Heal within 6 sec by 20%.

Touch of the Everlasting Touch of the Everlasting

Rank 1

  • Major Power: Touch of the Everlasting Touch of the Everlasting - Your next death is prevented, and you instead regenerate to 20% of your maximum health and take 85% reduced damage for 3 sec. Cannot occur more often than once per 10 min.
  • Minor Power: Will to Survive Will to Survive - When you fall below 35% health, gain 0 Avoidance for 15 sec, and your next Active Mitigation will last 30% longer. This can only occur once every 1.5 min.

Rank 2

  • Major Power: Touch of the Everlasting Touch of the Everlasting - When Touch of the Everlasting saves you from death, regenerate to 40% of maximum health.
  • Minor Power: Will to Survive Will to Survive - The minor effect of Touch of the Everlasting can now occur every 60 sec.

Rank 3

  • Major Power: Touch of the Everlasting Touch of the Everlasting - When Touch of the Everlasting saves you from death, the cooldown of Shield Wall is reset.
  • Minor Power: Will to Survive Will to Survive - Increases the duration bonus of Active Mitigation by an additional 20%.

Strength of the Warden Strength of the Warden 

Rank 1

  • Major Power: Vigilant Protector Vigilant Protector - Taunt all nearby enemies, forcing them to attack you for 6 sec.
  • Minor Power: Endurance Endurance - Every 2 sec, store 76 healing, up to a maximum of [ 10% of Total Health ]. When you dodge or parry an attack, heal for all stored healing.

Rank 2

  • Major Power: Vigilant Protector Vigilant Protector - When you activate Vigilant Protector, gain 15% dodge for 6 sec.
  • Minor Power: Endurance Endurance - Accumulate 25% additional healing every 2 sec.

Rank 3

  • Major Power: Vigilant Protector Vigilant Protector - Deal 50% additional damage to targets affected by your Vigilant Protector.
  • Minor Power: Endurance Endurance - The maximum health of all Tank specialization players in your party or raid is increased by 3%. This effect stacks.

Breath of the Dying Breath of the Dying

Rank 1

  • Major Power: Reaping Flames Reaping Flames - Burn your target with a bolt of Azerite, dealing 1,481 Fire damage. If the target has less than 20% health, the cooldown is reduced by 30 sec.
  • Minor Power: Lethal Strikes Lethal Strikes - Your spells and abilities have a chance to strike your target for 300 Fire damage. Unique: Corruption reduced by 10.

Rank 2

  • Major Power: Reaping Flames Reaping Flames - Virtuous Assault now also has a reduced cooldown if the target is above 80% health.
  • Minor Power: Lethal Strikes Lethal Strikes - You heal for 50% of the damage dealt by Virtuous Assault.

Rank 3

  • Major Power: Reaping Flames Reaping Flames - If Reaping Flames kills an enemy, its cooldown is reset and it will deal 100% increased damage on the next cast.
  • Minor Power: Lethal Strikes Lethal Strikes - Virtuous Assault happens 400% more frequently against targets below 20% health.

Spark of Inspiration Spark of Inspiration

Rank 1

  • Major Power: Moment of Glory Moment of Glory - Release a wave of energy from your Heart of Azeroth, increasing the damage all party members within 15 yds deal with Azerite Essences by 45% for the next 10 sec.
  • Minor Power: Unified Strength Unified Strength - Your spells and abilities have a chance to increase your Haste by 0 and reduce the cooldown of your currently slotted Major Essence by 1.0 sec. Unique: Corruption reduced by 10.

Rank 2

  • Major Power: Moment of Glory Moment of Glory - Increase the duration of Moment of Glory by 10 sec.
  • Minor Power: Unified Strength Unified Strength - Unified Strength now affects 1 additional ally.

Rank 3

  • Major Power: Moment of Glory Moment of Glory - Moment of Glory now also increases your Speed by 0.
  • Minor Power: Unified Strength Unified Strength - Unified Strength now affects 1 additional ally.

The Formless Void The Formless Void

Rank 1

  • Major Power: Replica of Knowledge Replica of Knowledge - Replicate the energy in your target's Heart of Azeroth, gaining access to rank 1 of their currently slotted Major Essence for the next 15 sec. The Formless Void will go on cooldown for 50% longer than the base cooldown of the Essence you replicated. Does not work on passive Essences.
  • Minor Power: Symbiotic Presence Symbiotic Presence - Each time any ally within 40 yds uses an Azerite Essence, gain 89 pri for 20 sec. Unique: Corruption reduced by 10.

Rank 2

  • Major Power: Replica of Knowledge Replica of Knowledge - Replica of Knowledge can now copy up to rank 2 of your target's current Major Essence, and the increased cooldown is lowered by 10%.
  • Minor Power: Symbiotic Presence Symbiotic Presence - pri bonus increased by 25%.

Rank 3

  • Major Power: Replica of Knowledge Replica of Knowledge - Replica of Knowledge can now copy up to rank 3 of your target's current Major Essence, and the increased cooldown is lowered by 10%.
  • Minor Power: Symbiotic Presence Symbiotic Presence - When an ally within 40 yds uses an Azerite Essence, you and that ally gain 0 Haste for 20 sec.

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Some are realy interesting , the heal and tank one look awesome. I can imagine weird combination for dps with spark and other essence like the m+ beam. but the formless void i don't know... 

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I'm really intrigued with several of these but thinking some will see an eventual nerf later or before the patch goes live.  I am ready to start collecting and upgrading these to Epic quality or higher.

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Strength of the Warden looks awful.    An AoE taunt is completely unecessary unless threat is nerfed hard, and the minor power contradicts itself "When you dodge/parry an attack, use the stored healing on the damage you...just avoided?"     Touch of the Everlasting is thankfully much better for tanks, though it's a near clone of Azeroth's Undying GIft (ToE is probably the better of the two).

Wish they'd get more creative with the tank ones than a cooldown or low health save, maybe something that can have the damage you take increase melee dps nearby by a percentage or a way to link your health with your cotanks if you both use the same essence?   Something

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13 hours ago, Migol said:

Strength of the Warden looks awful.    An AoE taunt is completely unecessary unless threat is nerfed hard, and the minor power contradicts itself "When you dodge/parry an attack, use the stored healing on the damage you...just avoided?"  

I can think of several places this essence will be amazing. M+ big pull and 1 gets away, along with so many things hitting u the heal will almost never go to waste. Or on raids where adds need to twich targets fast and you cant get threat on all of them quick enough. Not saying it will be used in every fight, but it def has a good couple of uses

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On 10/14/2019 at 7:06 AM, Migol said:

Strength of the Warden looks awful.    An AoE taunt is completely unecessary unless threat is nerfed hard, and the minor power contradicts itself "When you dodge/parry an attack, use the stored healing on the damage you...just avoided?"     Touch of the Everlasting is thankfully much better for tanks, though it's a near clone of Azeroth's Undying GIft (ToE is probably the better of the two).

Wish they'd get more creative with the tank ones than a cooldown or low health save, maybe something that can have the damage you take increase melee dps nearby by a percentage or a way to link your health with your cotanks if you both use the same essence?   Something

Look at the rank 3 major essence... + 50% damage to the taunted targets. That is weak? OK.

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30 minutes ago, Decayer said:

What does this red " Unique: Corruption reduced by 10. " means?

In Horrific Visions (preview coming soon), your Sanity levels deplete and you gain Corruption. Some Essences together with Wrathion's Cloak will decrease the amount of Corruption you accumulate while inside Horrific Visions, allowing you to delve deeper and earn better rewards. Think of Yogg's Sanity Bar in Ulduar. The mechanic works pretty much the same way.

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On 10/16/2019 at 1:33 PM, Decayer said:

What does this red " Unique: Corruption reduced by 10. " means?

On 10/16/2019 at 2:02 PM, Stan said:

In Horrific Visions (preview coming soon), your Sanity levels deplete and you gain Corruption. Some Essences together with Wrathion's Cloak will decrease the amount of Corruption you accumulate while inside Horrific Visions, allowing you to delve deeper and earn better rewards. Think of Yogg's Sanity Bar in Ulduar. The mechanic works pretty much the same way.

I was wrong actually, that's Sanity, not Corruption. We still have no idea what Corruption means at this time, maybe it has something to do with the removal of Titanforging...The official dev notes mention the following:

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Additional infinite progression slot to aid you against N’Zoth’s corruption at max level (coming in a later PTR update)

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      Check out our Patch 8.3 Hub for more information about Visions of N'Zoth.
      Here's everything we know so far about the Corrupted items system coming in Visions of N'Zoth.
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      Visions of N'Zoth is Battle for Azeroth's final major content patch, where we take the battle to N'Zoth himself and visit Ny'alotha. Our hub covers everything you need to know about Patch 8.3 and helps you stay on track if you haven't been playing the game for a while.
      Patch 8.3 Release Date
      Blizzard revealed after BlizzCon that Patch 8.3 will go live in January 2020.
      Game Director Ion Hazzikostas talked about Visions of N'Zoth in the latest Content Preview on October 7. We learned pretty much everything about the new patch, and in the following section, you're going to find its main features:
      Assaults
      Invasions return to the game once more, and this time, they're called Assaults. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms and Uldum will be periodically under assault by N'Zoth's forces, and your goal is to drive them back by completing quests and interacting with various objectives to complete the "emissary." Blizzard uses technology and everything they've learned from Mechagon and Nazjatar in this new iteration of Assaults to ensure dynamic replayability. Assaults are mandatory if you want to enter Horrific Visions.
      Initial Preview of Assaults in Visions of N'Zoth Horrific Visions
      Described as alternate realities where N'Zoth's power is ascendant, these are 1-5 player "scenarios" of Stormwind and Orgrimmar, where you need to complete various objectives for rewards. Horrific Visions revolve around a new mechanic called Sanity, which starts draining as soon as you enter a Horrific Vision. Your goal is to complete as many side objectives as possible and defeating the mini-boss before your Sanity is completely depleted.
      To help you with that, we've got Wrathion with a new Legendary Cloak and a Titanic Research Archive for Horrific Visions with perks that gradually trivialize the feature. You will be also able to buy various items from Wrathion after completing the Black Empire intro questline.
      Wrathion Selling Various Items in Patch 8.3 Ny'alotha, the Waking City
      We will be facing N'Zoth in Ny'alotha, the new twelve-boss raid located in Uldum. It comes with a raid skip quest after you defeat the first boss.
      Check out the sets you will be able to obtain in the new raid:
      Ny'alotha Cloth Sets Preview Ny'alotha Leather Sets Preview Ny'alotha Mail Sets Preview Ny'alotha Plate Sets Preview In the raid, we find out N'Zoth's true size and interesting loot which revolves around Corruption:
      Corrupted Weapons from Ny'alotha, the Waking City We've also covered the continuation of the story in Patch 8.3 and what happens in the raid in the articles below:
      New Forsaken Leadership in Patch 8.3 (Spoilers) Azshara's Bargain and the Key to Defeating N'Zoth (Spoilers) I'lgynoth's Whispers in Patch 8.3 (Analysis) Tyrande Whisperwind VO (Patch 8.3) N'Zoth's in-game model has been updated multiple times and you can check out N'Zoth's VO as well if you're interested what the Old God has to say based on the latest sound files.
      Rewards Updates
      Visions of N'Zoth comes with two new factions, six new Essences, a brand new Mythic Season, a new Seasonal affix, Profession updates, and more that we'll cover soon. On top of that, Essences from Mechagon and Nazjatar will be easier to acquire for alts. You can also add your own sockets to gear which currently does not have any, and more.
      Add Sockets to Your Gear in Patch 8.3 Heart of Azeroth will have a new Minor slot, two Stamina nodes, the maximum level increased to 85 (was 70). Coming in a later PTR update, Blizzard will be adding an infinite progression slot to aid you against N'Zoth's corruption at max level.
      New Factions
      Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms will be under attack by N'Zoth's forces and both zones host new factions. You'll learn more about the Rajani in Pandaria and Uldum Accord resides in Ramkahen.
      Rajani & Uldum Accord Overview New Allied Races: Vulpera & Mechagnomes
      Another pair of Allied Races will become available in Visions of N'Zoth. Alliance players will be able to recruit Mechagnomes, and their Horde counterpart are the Vulpera of Vol'dun.
      Official Mechagnomes & Vulpera Preview Mechagnomes & Vulpera Racials Mechagnomes & Vulpera Unlock Requirements Vulpera Heritage Armor Preview Mechagnome Heritage Armor Preview Mechagnome & Vulpera Dance Animations Vulpera Tidbits: Racial Mount, Shaman Totems, Hunter Pet New Heritage Armor: Goblins & Worgen
      Goblins and Worgen received new models and animations in Patch 8.2.5, but no Heritage Armor, which is added in Patch 8.3.
      Goblin & Worgen Heritage Armor Sets Preview Auction House Overhaul
      The Auction House will be completely revamped. No more lag caused by the system being clogged with single stacks. Stackable items are no longer purchased or sold in stacks; copper is no longer displayed in the Auction House, but used for calculations. If you regularly forget the name of goods, you can create a shopping list, and more!
      Auction House Revamp Preview The Alternative of Titanforging
      The Corrupted Items System is the alternative to Warforging and Titanforging in Patch 8.3. Items that would Warforge/Titanforge will drop with a +Corruption stat which grants side effects at various Corruption Levels.
      Everything We Know About the Corrupted Items System So Far Cleansing Corrupted Items Class Changes
      No patch would be complete without some class changes, and you can find all class changes planned for Visions of N'Zoth here.
      Allied Race & Pandaren Death Knights
      We found encrypted sound files of Bolvar and Mograine together with Death Knight creature textures for Allied Races and the Pandaren, and new Death Knight Swords of the Ebon Blade.It was confirmed at BlizzCon that all races will be able to roll Death Knights in Patch 8.3. The new Allied Races Death Knights will have a slightly updated starting experience similar to intros of Allied Races.
      Decrypted Bolvar & Darion Mograine Sound Files Improved Eye Glow for Night Elves and Death Knights Mythic Season 4 Season
      A brand new Season awaits in Visions of N'Zoth and players will be able to earn a title and a mount!
      New Mythic Season 4 Achievements & Rewards Quaking Affix Changes New Mounts
      As usual, with every content update, multiple mounts are coming with placeholder descriptions, sources, and whatnot.
      Alpaca Mounts - Presumably, new reputation mounts available for purchase at Exalted. Chalcedony Cloud Serpent - A new recolor of the existing serpent, possibly tied to the Assault on Vale. N'Zoth Serpent - New Stormsong Valley Rare Mount from the Adherent of the Abyss. Aqir Flying Mount Ahead of the Curve N'Zoth Mount: Uncorrupted Voidwing Mythic N'Zoth Mount (Ny'alotha Allseer), Glory of the Ny'alotha Raider (Wriggling Parasite) Island Expedition Vendors
      In Patch 8.3, you will be able to purchase Island-specific and Invasion-specific crates for Dubloons.
      New Dubloon Vendors Selling Island Expedition and Invasion Crates 3 New World Bosses
      Blizzard is adding three new world bosses to the game, which drop item level 445 loot.
      New World Bosses in Visions of N'Zoth Miscellaneous
      Other minor things planned for Patch 8.3 include:
      A new PvP event where players can serve N'Zoth, similar to Talon's Vengeance. Heroic difficulty for the Darkshore Warfront. Division of Operation: Mechagon into two wings, each with Heroic and Mythic Keystone difficulties. Darkmoon Arcade, allowing you to play your favorite mini-games at the Darkmoon Faire. Deepwind Gorge updated to be a capture point map. New Battle Pets and Pet Battle Dungeon - Blackrock Depths. New Story Quests: Rise of N'Zoth ...and more! We'll be periodically updating this hub with more details!
      Vision of N'zoth is the final major content patch of BfA, and here's our hub with everything you need to know.
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