Essence Guide for Heart of Azeroth (BfA 8.2)

Last updated on Jul 07, 2019 at 22:07 by Seksixeny 7 comments
General Information

Welcome to our compendium on the new Essences introduced in Patch 8.2 to be used with your Heart of Azeroth. Here, you will find a description of all of the essences, with an assessment of its usefulness/power, as well as explanations for upgrading them.

1. Introduction

2. Changes to the Heart of Azeroth in Patch 8.2

In Patch 8.2, the Heart of Azeroth is getting upgraded to have a more involved progression system, which will be introduced to you by a line of introductory quests that will be given to you when patch 8.2 releases. This will lead you to The Chamber of Heart in Silithus, where you will be able to access the Heart Forge.

You will still have to level it up by collecting Azerite, but instead of unlocking new Azerite Traits on your gear, you will unlock:

  • a Major slot (unlocked right away through Patch 8.2's introductory quest line);
  • two Minor slots (unlocked at Heart of Azeroth Levels 55 and 65, respectively);
  • bonus Stamina nodes at Heart of Azeroth Levels 52, 57, 62, and 67, each granting a +3% Stamina boost (for a total of +12%, once every node has been unlocked).

Each Major or Minor slots can receive an Essence that grants your character active or passive abilities (see next section for details). An extra Major slot is planned to be added later in Battle for Azeroth.

3. Essences

An essence is a new type of item in Patch 8.2. Each essence has a Major (active) and Minor (passive) power.

  • Placing an essence in the Major slot of your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth grants you both powers of that essence.
  • Placing an essence in the Minor slot grants you only the Minor (passive) power of that essence.

Each essence has four ranks, ranging from rank 1 (uncommon) to rank 4 (legendary), and can be obtained from doing a specific activity in the game. You upgrade essences by infusing your Heart of Azeroth with specific items (we explain below what the items are for each essence). The higher the rank of an essence, the better its powers (with the exception of the legendary rank, which only brings in a cosmetic change).

You can pick and choose your essence setup at any time you could also swap talents, by shift + right-clicking the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth from your character panel. This includes rested XP areas, and during the effect of Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind, as long as you are not in combat.

Due to their varying, sometimes specialization-specific effects, essences will be valued differently by each specialization. Feel free to look inside our class guides for the details on which essences are good for which specializations.

Heart of Azeroth with Essences

It is strongly advised to unlock every possible Essence for the following reasons:

  • different Essences excel in different environments;
  • essences keep getting rebalanced by Blizzard, much like Azerite traits;
  • having multiple Essences allows your character a higher degree of flexibility in order to better tackle any possible encounter.

3.1. Unlocking the Heart Forge

You will naturally unlock the Heart Forge through the Patch 8.2 introductory quest line, but if you would like to know more about this quest line, please check out the initial part of the Nazjatar Zone Guide.

4. Essence Pages for each Spec/Class

We have updated our class guides so that they each feature an Essence page.

Death Knight Demon Hunter Druid
Hunter Mage Monk
Paladin Priest Rogue
Shaman Warlock Warrior

5. Summary of Essences

Essence Short Description Source
Universal Essences
Healing or damage on a 30-second cooldown and extra DoT effect at higher ranks. See full description. Heart of Azeroth Levels
Primary stat increase for wearer and nearby allies using the same essence. See full description. Island Expeditions
Increases primary resource generation rate for up to 12 seconds on a 2-minute cooldown (also grants Leech and lasts 3 seconds more at high ranks). See full description. Nazjatar
Randomly activates your class cooldown, for a lower duration than what it would usually have. See full description. Operation: Mechagon dungeon
Grants you the use of a predefined PvP talent everywhere. See full description. Rated PvP
Allows you to place a marker nearby, to which you can teleport every 60 seconds. See full description. Nazjatar
DPS Essences
Damages an enemy over 2 seconds, increased by 300% if it critical strikes, on a 60-second cooldown. See full description. Nazjatar
Calls down a beam which deals fire damage over 6 seconds in an area, sometimes instantly killing enemies at higher ranks. See full description. Mechagon
Summons a Guardian of Azeroth, which lasts for 30 seconds and has a 3-minute cooldown. See full description. The Eternal Palace Raid
After a short cast, shoot a beam that deals fire damage over ~3 seconds in front of you, on a 90-second cooldown. See full description. Mythic+ Dungeons
Causes area damage around you and increases your critical strike chance against hit enemies by 25% for 10 seconds, with a 90-second cooldown. See full description. PvP Island Expeditions / Battlegrounds
Healer Essences
Allows you to overcharge your Mana for 8 seconds, on a 30-second cooldown, to increase your healing, at the cost of stopping your Mana regeneration. See full description. Nazjatar
Stores some of your overhealing, which can be used to heal a target for 150% of the stored amount every 15 seconds. See full description. Mechagon
Target an injured ally to rapidly transfer health to him from healthy allies nearby, with a 45-second cooldown at higher ranks. See full description. The Eternal Palace Raid
Every 2.5 minutes, implant up to 40 seeds (higher ranks) into allies, which heal over time and are consumed to heal the target when damage is taken. See full description. Mythic+ Dungeons
Shields a target for a huge amount, depleted by both damage and healing over 6 seconds. When it expires, the absorbed damage / healing is dealt over 10 seconds, on a 3-minute cooldown. See full description. PvP Island Expeditions / Battlegrounds
Tank Essences
Reduces your damage intake by a fixed amount per hit for 15 seconds, on a 90-second cooldown. See full description. Nazjatar
Creates a barrier around you that absorbs magic damage for 10 seconds, on a 135-second cooldown at higher ranks, where it also removes most harmful effects. See full description. Mechagon
Reduces your damage intake by up to 40% for 2 seconds, followed by 20% damage reduction for another 2 seconds. See full description. The Eternal Palace Raid
Causes 10% of your maximum health as damage to nearby enemies, healing you for the damage dealt, up to 50% of your maximum health at higher ranks, where it also has a 2-minute cooldown. See full description. Mythic+ Dungeons
Slows enemies around you by 70% and reduces their attack speed by 25% for 8 seconds. See full description. PvP Island Expeditions / Battlegrounds

6. Universal Essences

6.1. The Crucible of Flame: Heart of Azeroth Levels

The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame's powers are as follows.

Its major power causes significant damage to an enemy, or healing to an ally, on a 30-second cooldown. It deals additional damage over time at higher ranks, and gains an extra charge. Each cast of this spell makes its next activation have double the power, with this effect being reset every third cast.

Rank Power
1 Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame
2 Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame
3 Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame

Its minor power causes your spells to have a chance to deal a small amount of damage to an enemy, or healing to an ally, over 10 seconds.

Rank Power
1 Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame
2 Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame
3 Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame

This essence is fairly decent for single target for all specializations, but its generic power makes it generally weak in the face of more specialized essences, in most situations. It can, however, be very useful to burst down a target if you use its first charge immediately, and then let it recharge fully before unleashing the second and third casts at the same time, dealing massive damage instantly.

This essence is obtained through the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth questline.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Petrified Ebony Scale Icon Petrified Ebony Scale Complete MOTHER Knows Best while unlocking the Heart Forge
2 Dreamglow Dragonscale Icon Dreamglow Dragonscale Complete In Darkness, I Dream, after leveling your Heart of Azeroth to 54
3 Tempered Scale of the Scarlet Broodmother Icon Tempered Scale of the Scarlet Broodmother Complete Investigating the Highlands, after leveling your Heart of Azeroth to 60
4 Charged Scale of the Blue Aspect Icon Charged Scale of the Blue Aspect Complete A Bolt from the Blue, after leveling your Heart of Azeroth to 70

6.2. Worldvein Resonance: Island Expeditions

Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance's powers are as follows.

Its major power causes two (three, at higher ranks) Lifeblood Shards to erupt nearby on a 1-minute cooldown, which increase your primary stat, and that of any other ally using this essence nearby. You and your allies can only benefit from a maximum of 4 shards at a time.

Rank Power
1 Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance
2 Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance
3 Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance

Its minor power causes these Lifeblood Shards to erupt randomly every few seconds, with the same effect.

Rank Power
1 Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood
2 Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood
3 Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood

Because of the shard limit, this essence is mostly used to keep a strong primary stat buff on your group for an extended period of time, if not permanently. Assuming enough people are using it, this is one of the strongest essences. Using the minor power in a large group is usually more than enough to ensure very high uptime, freeing a major slot. Due to its group benefit, using it individually has a weaker upside, and if you have to move away from the Lifeblood Shards, you are wasting some of the buff, so keep that in mind for heavy movement encounters.

This essence is obtained through Island Expeditions.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Volatile Worldvein Icon Volatile Worldvein Complete a weekly Azerite cap
2 Stalwart Worldvein Icon Stalwart Worldvein Combine 15 Fragment of Zem'lan's Lost Treasure Map Icon Fragment of Zem'lan's Lost Treasure Map into Zem'lan's Lost Treasure Map Icon Zem'lan's Lost Treasure Map and complete that mission with your followers at the Mission Table
3 Fluctuating Worldvein Icon Fluctuating Worldvein Assemble 3 Worldvein Intelligence Reports Icon Worldvein Intelligence Reports from doing weekly Azerite for the Alliance / Azerite for the Horde quests, and follow through the required mission table steps
4 Brilliant Worldvein Icon Brilliant Worldvein Obtain Map to the Last Worldvein Icon Map to the Last Worldvein (Alliance) / Map to the Last Worldvein Icon Map to the Last Worldvein (Horde) and complete the mission it gives you.

6.3. Memory of Lucid Dreams: Nazjatar Content

Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams' powers are as follows.

Its major power grants a 2-minute cooldown which increases your primary resource generation rate by 100% for 12 seconds. This duration is increased to 15 seconds, and it also grants Leech, at higher ranks.

Rank Power
1 Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams
2 Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams
3 Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams

This major power is weak, due to its lengthy cooldown relative to the

Its minor power causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to refund 50% of their resource cost and heal you for a small amount (also granting Versatility, at higher ranks).

Rank Power
1 Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams
2 Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams
3 Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams

This minor power is very strong for classes that struggle to generate resources, and which can convert more of those into big throughput. Frost Death Knights (with Breath of Sindragosa Icon Breath of Sindragosa) and Restoration Druids, in particular, should be able to make good use of it.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained through Nazjatar activities.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Pearl of Lucid Dreams Icon Pearl of Lucid Dreams Complete A Brief Respite (Alliance) / Down into Nazjatar (Horde)
2 Pearl of Manifest Ambitions Icon Pearl of Manifest Ambitions Complete Friends In Need (Alliance) / Down But Not Out (Horde)
3 Pearl of Perspicuous Intentions Icon Pearl of Perspicuous Intentions Complete Nautical Battlefield Training Icon Nautical Battlefield Training (Alliance) / Nautical Battlefield Training Icon Nautical Battlefield Training (Horde)
4 Pearl of Luminous Designs Icon Pearl of Luminous Designs Complete Aqua Team Murder Force Icon Aqua Team Murder Force (Alliance) / Aqua Team Murder Force Icon Aqua Team Murder Force (Horde)

6.4. Vision of Perfection: Operation Mechagon Dungeon

Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection's powers are as follows.

Its major power grants your spells and abilities a chance to activate your class cooldown for a percentage of its base duration (and grants Haste to yourself and up to 2 nearby allies when it activates, at higher ranks).

Rank Power
1 Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection
2 Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection
3 Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection

Its minor power reduces your class cooldown by a percentage (and grants some permanent Versatility rating, on top of self-healing for 5% when the cooldown is activated, at higher ranks).

Rank Power
1 Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection
2 Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection
3 Strive for Perfection Icon Strive for Perfection

In the table below, you will find the spell granted to you, depending on your specialization.

Class / Specialization Cooldown Affected
Blood Death Knight Vampiric Blood Icon Vampiric Blood
Frost Death Knight Empower Rune Weapon Icon Empower Rune Weapon
Unholy Death Knight Apocalypse Icon Apocalypse
Havoc Demon Hunter Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis
Vengeance Demon Hunter Metamorphosis Icon Metamorphosis
Balance Druid Celestial Alignment Icon Celestial Alignment
Feral Druid Berserk Icon Berserk
Guardian Druid Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc Icon Incarnation: Guardian of Ursoc
Restoration Druid Tranquility Icon Tranquility
Beast Mastery Hunter Aspect of the Wild Icon Aspect of the Wild
Marksmanship Hunter Trueshot Icon Trueshot
Survival Hunter Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault
Arcane Mage Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power
Frost Mage Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins
Fire Mage Combustion Icon Combustion
Brewmaster Monk Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox Icon Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox
Mistweaver Monk Revival Icon Revival
Windwalker Monk Storm, Earth, and Fire Icon Storm, Earth, and Fire
Paladins (all specs) Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath
Discipline and Shadow Priests Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend
Holy Priest Divine Hymn Icon Divine Hymn
Assassination Rogue Vendetta Icon Vendetta
Outlaw Rogue Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush
Subtlety Rogue Shadow Blades Icon Shadow Blades
Elemental Shaman Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental
Enhancement Shaman Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit
Restoration Shaman Healing Tide Totem Icon Healing Tide Totem
Affliction Warlock Summon Darkglare Icon Summon Darkglare
Demonology Warlock Summon Demonic Tyrant Icon Summon Demonic Tyrant
Destruction Warlock Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal
Arms Warrior Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm
Fury Warrior Recklessness Icon Recklessness
Protection Warrior Avatar Icon Avatar

This is one of the most polarizing essences: for classes that heavily rely on their cooldown uptime for throughput, this will be an incredible boost. That looks to be the case for Retribution (Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath), among others. Meanwhile, specializations such as Restoration Shamans (Healing Tide Totem Icon Healing Tide Totem) will have little to gain from this essence, as the cooldown itself is not very strong, and it could even activate at a time where no damage is being taken.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained from the new Operation: Mechagon dungeon.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Engine of Mecha-Perfection Icon Engine of Mecha-Perfection Complete Operation: Mechagon
2 Perfectly Timed Differential Icon Perfectly Timed Differential Crafted with Perfectly Timed Differential Icon Perfectly Timed Differential with Mechagon Junkyard Tinkering
3 Perfection-Enhancing Gearbox Icon Perfection-Enhancing Gearbox Combine 4x Progression Sprocket Icon Progression Sprocket
4 Mecha-Perfection Turbo Icon Mecha-Perfection Turbo Complete Hertz Locker Icon Hertz Locker

6.5. Conflict and Strife: Rated PvP

Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife's powers are as follows.

Its major power allows you the free usage of a PvP talent, which is predefined by specialization (see below for details). This means you can use it on PvE content, and also still have 3 additional different PvP talents. At higher ranks, it also doubles the defensive benefit from your versatility, while you are stunned, and dispelling, interrupting or applying a loss of control effect grants Strife Icon Strife stacks.

Rank Power
1 Conflict Icon Conflict
2 Conflict Icon Conflict
3 Conflict Icon Conflict

Its minor power causes you to have a chance to gain a stack of Strife Icon Strife, increasing your versatility for 14 seconds, stacking up to 8 times. Being hit with loss of control effects or movement impairing effects also grants this effect.

Rank Power
1 Strife Icon Strife
2 Strife Icon Strife
3 Strife Icon Strife

The table below shows you the PvP talent you gain, depending on your specialization.

Class / Specialization PvP Talent
Blood Death Knight Unholy Command Icon Unholy Command
Frost Death Knight Chill Streak Icon Chill Streak
Unholy Death Knight Necrotic Strike Icon Necrotic Strike
Havoc Demon Hunter Demonic Origins Icon Demonic Origins
Vengeance Demon Hunter Cleansed by Flame Icon Cleansed by Flame
Balance and Feral Druids Thorns Icon Thorns
Guardian Druid Sharpened Claws Icon Sharpened Claws
Restoration Druid Overgrowth Icon Overgrowth
Hunters (all specs) Hi-Explosive Trap Icon Hi-Explosive Trap
Mages (all specs) Temporal Shield Icon Temporal Shield
Brewmaster Monk Hot Trub Icon Hot Trub
Mistweaver Monk Way of the Crane Icon Way of the Crane
Windwalker Monk Reverse Harm Icon Reverse Harm
Holy Paladin Divine Favor Icon Divine Favor
Protection Paladin Steed of Glory Icon Steed of Glory
Retribution Paladin Unbound Freedom Icon Unbound Freedom
Discipline Priest Premonition Icon Premonition
Holy Priest Holy Ward Icon Holy Ward
Shadow Priest Void Origins Icon Void Origins
Rogues (all specs) Maneuverability Icon Maneuverability
Elemental Shaman Lightning Lasso Icon Lightning Lasso
Enhancement Shaman Thundercharge Icon Thundercharge
Restoration Shaman Ancestral Gift Icon Ancestral Gift
Affliction Warlock Endless Affliction Icon Endless Affliction
Demonology Warlock Nether Ward Icon Nether Ward
Destruction Warlock Demon Armor Icon Demon Armor
Arms Warrior Sharpen Blade Icon Sharpen Blade
Fury Warrior Battle Trance Icon Battle Trance
Protection Warrior Thunderstruck Icon Thunderstruck

The available talent varies wildly between specializations, and so does its general usefulness, but in general the available talents will be much more useful in PvP than in PvE, outside of a few exceptions. Feel free to check our class guides for the details on whether this essence is useful to your specialization.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained through Rated PvP.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Finger-Bone Trophy of Battle Icon Finger-Bone Trophy of Battle Loot a weekly PvP War Chest
2 Etched Bone Trophy of the Vanquished Icon Etched Bone Trophy of the Vanquished Loot a weekly PvP War Chest while having 1000 or more PvP rating in your highest bracket
3 Rib-Bone Choker of Dominance Icon Rib-Bone Choker of Dominance Collect 15x Burgeoning Battlefield Furor Icon Burgeoning Battlefield Furor from your weekly PvP War Chest
4 Polished Skull Trophy Icon Polished Skull Trophy Loot a weekly PvP War Chest after reaching the Elite rank

6.6. Ripple in Space: Nazjatar World PvP

Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space's powers are as follows.

Its major power allows you to place a marker at a location, to which you automatically teleport after a few seconds have passed, on a 60-second cooldown, while also dealing some Fire damage in the process. You take 10% less damage for 10 seconds after teleporting at higher ranks.

Rank Power
1 Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space
2 Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space
3 Ripple in Space Icon Ripple in Space

Its minor power, you gain increased primary stat when you move more than 25 yards in 4 seconds, and a permanent increase to movement speed at higher ranks.

Rank Power
1 Reality Shift Icon Reality Shift
2 Reality Shift Icon Reality Shift
3 Reality Shift Icon Reality Shift

While niche in PvE content, this looks to be a very fun and useful essence to use in PvP, especially as a ranged player or healer, granting you an extra way to get yourself to safety or to unexpectedly ambush someone.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained through Nazjatar World PvP.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Time-Lost Battlefield Memento Icon Time-Lost Battlefield Memento Complete Drowning the Horde (Alliance) / Drowning the Alliance (Horde)
2 Enduring Battlefield Memento Icon Enduring Battlefield Memento Complete Fighting on Two Fronts Icon Fighting on Two Fronts
3 Stalwart Battlefield Memento Icon Stalwart Battlefield Memento Collect a Call to Arms Distinction Icon Call to Arms Distinction from complete the Call to Arms quests
4 Glinting Battlefield Memento Icon Glinting Battlefield Memento Complete Supplying the Assassins Icon Supplying the Assassins

7. DPS Essences

7.1. The Unbound Force: Nazjatar Reputation

The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force's powers are as follows.

Its major power causes minor damage to your target over 2 seconds, which is increased by 300% if it critical strikes, on a 1-minute cooldown. Higher ranks lower the cooldown to 45 seconds and cause extra projectiles to hit the target, whenever the main ability critical strikes.

Rank Power
1 The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force
2 The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force
3 The Unbound Force Icon The Unbound Force

The damage of this essence is quite underwhelming, especially when it does not critical strike. If you can find a way to ensure critical strikes happen during its activation (through its minor power, for example), it can do decent damage, but in general its numbers are just too small to matter.

Its minor power causes non-critical hits to often give you stacks of Reckless Force, which will increase your critical strike chance by up to 70% (at higher ranks), once it reaches 20 stacks.

Rank Power
1 Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force
2 Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force
3 Reckless Force Icon Reckless Force

This minor power is very RNG dependent, which limits your ability to control when the 70% critical strike chance boost will happen. You should aim to use the major power during the window it is active, in order to gain the 300% damage bonus.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by raising your reputation with your Nazjatar allied faction (Waveblade Ankoan for Alliance and Unshackled for Horde).

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Unbound Azerite Slivershards Icon Unbound Azerite Slivershards Reach Honored
2 Sharpened Azerite Slivershards Icon Sharpened Azerite Slivershards Reach Revered
3 Polarized Azerite Slivershards Icon Polarized Azerite Slivershards Reach Exalted
4 Incandescent Azerite Slivershards Icon Incandescent Azerite Slivershards Open paragon reputation supply caches

7.2. Purification Protocol: Mechagon Reputation

Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol's powers are as follows.

Its major power calls down a beam in the targeted area, dealing significant Fire damage over 6 seconds which can, sometimes, instantly kill lesser enemies at higher ranks. Any aberrations hit by the beam are stunned for 3 seconds. Also, at higher ranks, you gain 10% increased damage for 8 seconds if any enemy dies within the beam.

Rank Power
1 Purifying Blast Icon Purifying Blast
2 Purifying Blast Icon Purifying Blast
3 Purifying Blast Icon Purifying Blast

Its minor power causes your spells and abilities to occasionally deal a small amount of Fire damage that hits all enemies in an area and, at higher ranks, this effect also heals you over 8 seconds for a small amount. This damage does 50% more damage against aberrations.

Rank Power
1 Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol
2 Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol
3 Purification Protocol Icon Purification Protocol

Obviously this is a great essence to use against aberrations and lesser enemies that will get instantly annihilated by its special effect. It should also be fairly good in AoE situations, but you should look elsewhere for single-target fights.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by raising your reputation with your Mechagon's allied faction: Rustbolt Resistance.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Titan Purification Protocols Icon Titan Purification Protocols Reach Honored
2 Targeted Purification Protocols Icon Targeted Purification Protocols Reach Revered
3 Enhanced Purification Protocols Icon Enhanced Purification Protocols Reach Exalted
4 Ultimate Purification Protocols Icon Ultimate Purification Protocols Open paragon reputation supply caches

7.3. Condensed Life-Force: The Eternal Palace Raid

Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force's powers are as follows.

Its major power summons a Guardian of Azeroth. At higher essence ranks, this guardian lasts for 30 seconds, on a 3-minute cooldown, and deals area of effect damage, while also increasing your Haste by 2% each time it casts a spell, stacking up to 5 times. This effect only lasts while the guardian does.

Rank Power
1 Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth
2 Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth
3 Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth

This major power looks to be the most consistently powerful out of all DPS powers, contributing a very significant amount of damage during an encounter, especially once you also consider the Haste and minor power benefits.

Its minor power causes your spells and abilities to have a high chance to hit enemies for a small amount of damage and, at higher essence ranks, increase your damage against the target by 10% for 6 seconds.

Rank Power
1 Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force
2 Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force
3 Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force

This minor power is also very strong, and is essentially a ~45% uptime 10% damage boost with some extra added damage on top, making it one of the best minor powers available for DPS.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by farming and combining Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary in the Eternal Palace raid. These drop from Radiance of Azshara, The Queen's Court, and Queen Azshara.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Animated Elemental Heart Icon Animated Elemental Heart 9x Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary
2 Pulsing Elemental Heart Icon Pulsing Elemental Heart 18x Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary
3 Resonating Elemental Heart Icon Resonating Elemental Heart 36x Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary
4 Sparkling Elemental Heart Icon Sparkling Elemental Heart Kill Queen Azshara on Mythic difficulty

7.4. Essence of the Focusing Iris: Mythic+ Dungeons

Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris' powers are as follows.

Its major power requires a short cast, after which it channels a beam that deals massive Fire damage to all enemies in front of you, over a short ~3 second duration.

Rank Power
1 Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam
2 Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam
3 Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam

The burst damage provided by this essence's major power in large area of effect situations is strong, especially at lower gear levels, which means it will be a great power to have in Mythic+ and while soloing.

Its minor power causes your damaging spells and abilities to grant a small amount of Haste, which stacks up to 10 times and is lost if you target swap. At higher ranks, you instantly gain 3 Haste stacks if you had none when starting your attacks.

Rank Power
1 Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy
2 Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy
3 Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy

This minor power is strongly single-target focused, and will provide a strong, permanent, Haste buff, as long as you never target swap. Use it while raiding and during Tyrannical Icon Tyrannical weeks.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by completing Mythic+ dungeons.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Converging Lens of the Focusing Iris Icon Converging Lens of the Focusing Iris Complete a Mythic+ key of Level 4 or higher
2 Magnifying Lens of the Focusing Iris Icon Magnifying Lens of the Focusing Iris Complete a Mythic+ key of Level 7 or higher
3 Stabilizing Lens of the Focusing Iris Icon Stabilizing Lens of the Focusing Iris Combine 15 Focused Life Anima Icon Focused Life Anima from your Weekly Mythic+ Cache
4 Biconcavic Lens of the Focusing Iris Icon Biconcavic Lens of the Focusing Iris Complete Battle for Azeroth Keystone Master: Season Three Icon Battle for Azeroth Keystone Master: Season Three

7.5. Blood of the Enemy: PvP Island Expeditions / Battlegrounds

Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy's powers are as follows.

Its major power causes strong area of effect damage around you, and increases your critical strike chance against the hit enemies by 25% for 10 seconds. At higher ranks, this effect also increases your critical strike damage by 25% for 5 seconds, and has a cooldown of 90 seconds.

Rank Power
1 Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy
2 Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy
3 Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy

This major power allows you to deal strong area damage instantly and, due to its critical strike enhancing properties, it gets stronger as your gear also gets stronger, which compensates for the poor scaling of the direct damage.

Its minor power causes your critical hits to grant stacks of Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked, increasing your critical strike by a minor amount, and granting a large amount of Haste for 8 seconds when you reach 40 stacks of Blood Soaked. At higher ranks, this effect has a 25% chance of only consuming 30 stacks.

Rank Power
1 Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked
2 Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked
3 Blood-Soaked Icon Blood-Soaked

This minor power is also quite noteworthy, being one of the strongest minor essences available to DPS classes.

This essence is obtained and upgraded by engaging in PvP activities (Island Expeditions and Battlegrounds).

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Roiling Blood of the Vanquished Icon Roiling Blood of the Vanquished Complete Storming the Battlefield
2 Agitated Blood of the Dominated Icon Agitated Blood of the Dominated Complete Battlefield Brawler Icon Battlefield Brawler
3 Churning Blood of the Conquered Icon Churning Blood of the Conquered Complete Battlefield Tactician Icon Battlefield Tactician
4 Animated Blood of the Decimated Icon Animated Blood of the Decimated Complete Battlefield Master Icon Battlefield Master

8. Healer Essences

Voulk did an amazing healer essence breakdown (Part 2 here and Part 3 here), which explains the pros and cons of each essence in much more depth than what we can do here. Feel free to check it out for the detailed explanations and tuning remarks.

8.1. The Ever-Rising Tide: Nazjatar Reputation

The Ever-Rising Tide Icon The Ever-Rising Tide's powers are as follows.

Its major power allows you to overcharge your Mana for 8 seconds on a small 30-second cooldown, which causes your healing to increase by 4% (at high essence ranks, which also grants you 10% additional Haste during its effect), stacking for each spell you cast. However, your Mana regeneration is halted during its effect.

Rank Power
1 Overcharge Mana Icon Overcharge Mana
2 Overcharge Mana Icon Overcharge Mana
3 Overcharge Mana Icon Overcharge Mana

This essence's major power is a double-edged sword, granting powerful throughput on demand at the cost of Mana. This makes it incredibly strong when Mana is irrelevant, which is usually the case in Mythic+ and most farm status bosses, but it can also be a liability to have in very prolonged fights, unless you have a specific timing for its use in mind.

The minor power causes your heals to either increase your primary stat for 10 seconds or refund a small amount of Mana. The less Mana you have, the more likely the Mana refund will happen. Finally, at higher essence ranks, you will gain a 20% chance of simultaneously triggering both effects.

Rank Power
1 The Ever-Rising Tide Icon The Ever-Rising Tide
2 The Ever-Rising Tide Icon The Ever-Rising Tide
3 The Ever-Rising Tide Icon The Ever-Rising Tide

This minor power simply increases your Mana and throughput during encounters and is a solid, well-rounded choice.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by raising your reputation with your Nazjatar allied faction (Waveblade Ankoan for Alliance and Unshackled for Horde).

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Tablet of the Balancing Tides Icon Tablet of the Balancing Tides Reach Honored
2 Codex of the Never-Ending Tides Icon Codex of the Never-Ending Tides Reach Revered
3 Tome of the Quickening Tides Icon Tome of the Quickening Tides Reach Exalted
4 Vellum of Illuminating Tides Icon Vellum of Illuminating Tides Open paragon reputation supply caches

8.2. The Well of Existence: Mechagon Reputation

The Well of Existence Icon The Well of Existence's powers are as follows.

Its major power causes some of your overhealing to be stored inside, which can be released to heal a target for up to 150% of the stored amount (at high ranks, which also cause it to never waste stored healing), every 15 seconds.

Rank Power
1 Refreshment Icon Refreshment
2 Refreshment Icon Refreshment
3 Refreshment Icon Refreshment

This major power is mostly there for burst healing value in places that require it, such as PvP and Mythic+.

Its minor power stores 15% of your overhealing, and automatically releases it to help heal targets under 40% health. Higher ranks of this power also release the Well's healing on targets under 50% health, and if the Well has a low amount of healing left, it will store 30% of your overhealing instead.

Rank Power
1 The Well of Existence Icon The Well of Existence
2 The Well of Existence Icon The Well of Existence
3 The Well of Existence Icon The Well of Existence

This minor power looks to be a solid healing increase, as long as you remember to heal allies under 50% to activate it continuously.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by raising your reputation with your Mechagon's allied faction: Rustbolt Resistance.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Reactive Existence Battery Icon Reactive Existence Battery Reach Honored
2 Enhanced Existence Capacitor Icon Enhanced Existence Capacitor Reach Revered
3 Calibrated Existence Gauge Icon Calibrated Existence Gauge Reach Exalted
4 Existence Vibrancy Display Icon Existence Vibrancy Display Open paragon reputation supply caches

8.3. Vitality Conduit: The Eternal Palace Raid

Vitality Conduit Icon Vitality Conduit's powers are as follows.

Its major power allows you to target an injured player, who will then receive continuous health transfers for 6 seconds from their healthiest ally within 30 yards. At high ranks, the cooldown on this effect is reduced to 45 seconds, and its effect automatically jumps to the lowest health ally in the group if the original target reaches full health.

Rank Power
1 Vitality Conduit Icon Vitality Conduit
2 Vitality Conduit Icon Vitality Conduit
3 Vitality Conduit Icon Vitality Conduit

Its minor power causes your healing targets to have a very high chance of receiving additional health transferred from their healthiest ally within 30 yards, and at high ranks, the targets who have their health transferred gain a small absorb shield for 5 seconds.

Rank Power
1 Transference Icon Transference
2 Transference Icon Transference
3 Transference Icon Transference

While, technically, neither of this essence's powers contributes any extra healing to the group, as it merely shifts the health of your group around, our experience with Spirit Link Totem Icon Spirit Link Totem, and the high overhealing numbers that healers such as Discipline Priests and Holy Paladins can produce, make it an intriguing proposition.

Its raw healing numbers are too low on the major power to actually be useful right now, but the minor power could see use in raids as it also provides a decent shield on top of the health transfer effect, helping to reduce total overhealing, and passively helping with spot healing.

The major power also suffers from having a lengthy cooldown for its effect, and from requiring its target to be at full health before its effect can automatically target the new lowest health player.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by farming and combining Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary in the Eternal Palace raid. These drop from Radiance of Azshara, The Queen's Court, and Queen Azshara.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Vitality Redistribution Lattice Icon Vitality Redistribution Lattice 9x Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary
2 Mesh of Expanding Vitality Icon Mesh of Expanding Vitality 18x Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary
3 Grid of Bursting Vitality Icon Grid of Bursting Vitality 36x Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary
4 Web of Unbridled Vitality Icon Web of Unbridled Vitality Kill Queen Azshara on Mythic difficulty

8.4. Life-Binder's Invocation: Mythic+ Dungeons

Life-Binder's Invocation Icon Life-Binder's Invocation's powers are as follows.

Its major power allows you to rapidly implant up to 40 (at high ranks) Seed of Eonar on allies within 30 yards, which heal their target over time and are automatically consumed to heal the target for a moderate amount whenever damage is taken. While it has a lengthy cooldown of 2.5 minutes, this cooldown is reduced at high ranks by 2 seconds for each unused seed.

Rank Power
1 Life-Binder's Invocation Icon Life-Binder's Invocation
2 Life-Binder's Invocation Icon Life-Binder's Invocation
3 Life-Binder's Invocation Icon Life-Binder's Invocation

This major power is the strongest healing cooldown of the healer essences, and should be a major contributor to your throughput whenever it is ready.

Its minor power causes your heals to have a high chance to implant Seeds on the target.

Rank Power
1 Seed of Eonar Icon Seed of Eonar
2 Seed of Eonar Icon Seed of Eonar
3 Seed of Eonar Icon Seed of Eonar

This minor power provides strong and steady healing.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by completing Mythic+ dungeons.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Bursting Seed of Life Icon Bursting Seed of Life Complete a Mythic+ key of Level 4 or higher
2 Replicating Seed of Abundance Icon Replicating Seed of Abundance Complete a Mythic+ key of Level 7 or higher
3 Lingering Seed of Renewal Icon Lingering Seed of Renewal Combine 15 Focused Life Anima Icon Focused Life Anima from your Weekly Mythic+ Cache
4 Seed of Vibrant Blooms Icon Seed of Vibrant Blooms Complete Battle for Azeroth Keystone Master: Season Three Icon Battle for Azeroth Keystone Master: Season Three

8.5. Artifice of Time: PvP Island Expeditions / Battlegrounds

Artifice of Time Icon Artifice of Time's powers are as follows.

Its major power creates a gigantic shield on the target that absorbs both damage and healing for 6 seconds with a 3-minute cooldown at high ranks. Once the shield expires, the absorbed damage and healing is then dealt over 10 seconds, with the damage component being reduced by 20% at high ranks.

Rank Power
1 Standstill Icon Standstill
2 Standstill Icon Standstill
3 Standstill Icon Standstill

Despite its lengthy cooldown, the huge absorb shield applied by the major power can easily be the difference between the life and death of your flag carrier, or in keeping your party members alive through a tough spot.

Its minor power causes your heals to have a high chance to grant the target Haste for 6 seconds and, at high ranks, Speed.

Rank Power
1 Artifice of Time Icon Artifice of Time
2 Artifice of Time Icon Artifice of Time
3 Artifice of Time Icon Artifice of Time

This minor power is a minor buff to the target's performance, with some speed tucked in to make movement easier, which is especially relevant in PvP.

This essence is obtained and upgraded by engaging in PvP activities (Island Expeditions and Battlegrounds).

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Azerite-Encrusted Timequartz Icon Azerite-Encrusted Timequartz Complete Storming the Battlefield
2 Azerite-Infused Timequartz Icon Azerite-Infused Timequartz Complete Battlefield Brawler Icon Battlefield Brawler
3 Azerite-Fueled Timequartz Icon Azerite-Fueled Timequartz Complete Battlefield Tactician Icon Battlefield Tactician
4 Unburdened Azerite Timequartz Icon Unburdened Azerite Timequartz Complete Battlefield Master Icon Battlefield Master

9. Tank Essences

9.1. Aegis of the Deep: Nazjatar Reputation

Aegis of the Deep Icon Aegis of the Deep's powers are as follows.

Its major power reduces your damage taken by a fixed amount per hit for 15 seconds, on a 90-second cooldown. At higher ranks, it also increases your Avoidance for 6 seconds when this effect ends.

Rank Power
1 Aegis of the Deep Icon Aegis of the Deep
2 Aegis of the Deep Icon Aegis of the Deep
3 Aegis of the Deep Icon Aegis of the Deep

Its minor power grants you increasing versatility for each enemy around you, capping at 10 enemies. At higher ranks, if you are under 35% health the versatility gained is doubled and you also heal for a minor amount every 4 seconds, which is also increased by the amount of enemies around you.

Rank Power
1 Stand Your Ground Icon Stand Your Ground
2 Stand Your Ground Icon Stand Your Ground
3 Stand Your Ground Icon Stand Your Ground

In order to be good, this essence demands that you fight a huge amount of life-threatening enemies at once, for as long as possible. The main scenario where this happens is when speed running Mythic+ dungeons, especially during Fortified Icon Fortified or Teeming Icon Teeming weeks. Both powers seem to be decently useful, with the major being purely survivability oriented, while the minor also has a small damage component.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by raising your reputation with your Nazjatar allied faction (Waveblade Ankoan for Alliance and Unshackled for Horde).

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Depth Forged Aegis Icon Depth Forged Aegis Reach Honored
2 Enduring Bulwark of the Depths Icon Enduring Bulwark of the Depths Reach Revered
3 Regenerating Barrier of the Depths Icon Regenerating Barrier of the Depths Reach Exalted
4 Resplendent Bastion of the Depths Icon Resplendent Bastion of the Depths Open paragon reputation supply caches

9.2. Nullification Dynamo: Mechagon Reputation

Nullification Dynamo's powers are as follows.

Its major power creates a barrier around you that absorbs a massive amount of magic damage for 10 seconds, on a 135-second cooldown at higher ranks, where it will also remove all harmful magic, disease, poison, and curse effects when activated.

Rank Power
1 Empowered Null Barrier Icon Empowered Null Barrier
2 Empowered Null Barrier Icon Empowered Null Barrier
3 Empowered Null Barrier Icon Empowered Null Barrier

Its minor power creates ~80% smaller barriers every 15 seconds when at a high rank, which will also cause it to deal damage equivalent to the absorbed amount, divided among nearby enemies.

Rank Power
1 Null Barrier Icon Null Barrier
2 Null Barrier Icon Null Barrier
3 Null Barrier Icon Null Barrier

Due to its poor scaling, this essence is generally stronger on lower geared characters and should be replaced by one of the other options as soon as you start doing higher level content, such as Heroic raiding or Level 10 and above Mythic+.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by raising your reputation with your Mechagon's allied faction: Rustbolt Resistance.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Null Force Containment Unit Icon Null Force Containment Unit Reach Honored
2 Null Force Cooling Unit Icon Null Force Cooling Unit Reach Revered
3 Null Force Nullifier Icon Null Force Nullifier Reach Exalted
4 Null Force Visualizer Icon Null Force Visualizer Open paragon reputation supply caches

9.3. Azeroth's Undying Gift: The Eternal Palace Raid

Azeroth's Undying Gift Icon Azeroth's Undying Gift's powers are as follows.

Its major power is a powerful additional tank cooldown, reducing your damage taken by up to 40% (at higher ranks) for 2 seconds, followed by a 20% damage reduction for another 2 seconds before dropping off.

Rank Power
1 Azeroth's Undying Gift Icon Azeroth's Undying Gift
2 Azeroth's Undying Gift Icon Azeroth's Undying Gift
3 Azeroth's Undying Gift Icon Azeroth's Undying Gift

This major power serves as an amazing extra cooldown for tanks. The duration of the effect being so low is only a problem if you do not know exactly when to use it ahead of time, making it even better once you are a master of the content you are tanking. Meanwhile, its low cooldown and high mitigation values should make it a staple of every tank primarily concerned with survivability.

Its minor power increases your armor by a small amount for 8 seconds when you drop under 35% health, but only once every 2 minutes or longer (at lower ranks).

Rank Power
1 Hardened Azerite Icon Hardened Azerite
2 Hardened Azerite Icon Hardened Azerite
3 Hardened Azerite Icon Hardened Azerite

This minor power, while completely passive and thus easy to use, looks rather underwhelming.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by farming and combining Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary in the Eternal Palace raid. These drop from Radiance of Azshara, The Queen's Court, and Queen Azshara.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Hardened Azerite Formation Icon Hardened Azerite Formation 9x Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary
2 Recrystallizing Azerite Formation Icon Recrystallizing Azerite Formation 18x Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary
3 Tempered Azerite Formation Icon Tempered Azerite Formation 36x Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary
4 Dazzling Azerite Formation Icon Dazzling Azerite Formation Kill Queen Azshara on Mythic difficulty

9.4. Anima of Life and Death: Mythic+ Dungeons

Anima of Life and Death's powers are as follows.

Its major power causes 10% of your maximum health as Fire damage to nearby enemies, healing you for 10% of your maximum health for each enemy hit, up to 50% of your health (at higher ranks). This ability has a cooldown of 2.5 minutes, which is lowered to 2 minutes at higher ranks.

Rank Power
1 Anima of Death Icon Anima of Death
2 Anima of Death Icon Anima of Death
3 Anima of Death Icon Anima of Death

This major power is very strong for area of effect damage dealing, while still being decent for survivability, and as such should see plenty of usage in Mythic+ dungeons.

Its minor power causes you to gain extra maximum health every 5 seconds, up to a maximum of 10 stacks. If your health falls under 35%, you lose all the stacks. At higher levels, you instantly gain stacks when you kill non-trivial enemies.

Rank Power
1 Anima of Life Icon Anima of Life
2 Anima of Life Icon Anima of Life
3 Anima of Life Icon Anima of Life

This minor power has great potential, but only if you rarely drop under 35% health, as that completely ruins its effect, especially when fighting a boss enemy where regaining stacks takes a long time.

This essence and its upgrades are obtained by completing Mythic+ dungeons.

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Fetish of the Dark Caverns Icon Fetish of the Dark Caverns Complete a Mythic+ key of Level 4 or higher
2 Fetish of the Deep Dungeons Icon Fetish of the Deep Dungeons Complete a Mythic+ key of Level 7 or higher
3 Fetish of the Hidden Labyrinths Icon Fetish of the Hidden Labyrinths Combine 15 Focused Life Anima Icon Focused Life Anima from your Weekly Mythic+ Cache
4 Fetish of the Gilded Catacombs Icon Fetish of the Gilded Catacombs Complete Battle for Azeroth Keystone Master: Season Three Icon Battle for Azeroth Keystone Master: Season Three

9.5. Sphere of Suppression: PvP Island Expeditions / Battlegrounds

Sphere of Suppression Icon Sphere of Suppression's powers are as follows.

Its major power slows enemies around you by 70% and reduces their attack speed by 25% for 8 seconds. At high ranks, the cooldown is reduced to 45 seconds and you gain 50% movement speed when you hit an enemy.

Rank Power
1 Suppressing Pulse Icon Suppressing Pulse
2 Suppressing Pulse Icon Suppressing Pulse
3 Suppressing Pulse Icon Suppressing Pulse

Its minor power causes you to slow the movement of enemies that hit you by 30%, while simultaneously gaining Haste and also Speed at higher essence ranks.

Rank Power
1 Sphere of Suppression Icon Sphere of Suppression
2 Sphere of Suppression Icon Sphere of Suppression
3 Sphere of Suppression Icon Sphere of Suppression

Clearly designed for PvP, this essence allows you to disrupt enemies heavily, either by slowing their movement to a crawl with the major power or by passively outrunning them with the minor power. We could see the power of this essence becoming of critical importance for flag carriers and flag chasers, or for ranged classes to help with kiting.

This essence is obtained and upgraded by engaging in PvP activities (Island Expeditions and Battlegrounds).

Rank Item How to Obtain?
1 Sphere of Suppressed Force Icon Sphere of Suppressed Force Complete Storming the Battlefield
2 Sphere of Unrestrained Fury Icon Sphere of Unrestrained Fury Complete Battlefield Brawler Icon Battlefield Brawler
3 Sphere of Leeched Mobility Icon Sphere of Leeched Mobility Complete Battlefield Tactician Icon Battlefield Tactician
4 Sphere of Incandescent Neutralization Icon Sphere of Incandescent Neutralization Complete Battlefield Master Icon Battlefield Master

10. Changelog

  • 07 Jul. 2019: Updated with all essence power tooltips and rank by rank power progression.
  • 22 Jun. 2019: Updated with the most recent hotfixes.
  • 20 Jun. 2019: Reviewed the opinion text on the power of the DPS essences.
  • 15 Jun. 2019: Essence guide added.
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