Guide to Torghast, Tower of the Damned in Shadowlands: Anima Powers, Phantasma, Legendary Items, etc.
The following guide covers everything you need to know about Torghast, Tower of the Damned in Shadowlands.
- 1. Torghast Updates in Patch 9.1.5
- 2. What is Torghast?
- 3. Why is Torghast Important
- 4. Leveling in Torghast
- 5. Torghast Strategy, Enemy Abilities and Bosses
- 6. Torghast Bonus Events
- 7. Torghast Lockout
- 8. How Much Soul Ash Can I Get This Week?
- 9. Torghast Goals
- 10. How to Unlock Torghast
- 11. How to Enter Torghast
- 12. Torghast Layout
- 13. Gear Swapping and Respeccing in Torghast
Torghast Updates in Patch 9.1.5
- Tal-Inara offers a Torghast daily quest for Experience and Soul Ash, meaning you can level your alts through the Threads of Fate system in the Tower of the Damned.
- Repeatedly completing wings awards the full amount of Soul Ash (up from only 20% after the first clear).
- Repeatedly completing wings awards the full amount of Soul Cinders (up from none after the first clear).
What is Torghast?
Torghast, Tower of the Damned is a new game-mode in Shadowlands, which allows you to progress through a multi-floor, ever-changing dungeon. Each floor is randomly generated, with everchanging enemies and objectives, so your runs will never be the same.
Why is Torghast Important
You will mainly run Torghast for currencies called Soul Ash and Soul Cinders. Both are needed to craft Legendary Items in Shadowlands. To learn more about Soul Cinders, Legendary Powers and Runecarving, please, refer to one of our guides linked below.
Twisting Corridors, Torghast's Challenge Mode, rewards you with various cosmetics.
Leveling in Torghast
If you have at least one maximum-level character, you can level up alternate characters in Torghast through the Threads of Fate leveling system. You can get started by talking to Tal-Inara in Oribos.
Torghast Strategy, Enemy Abilities and Bosses
While the initial layers are easy, completing the highest layer requires you to have a good strategy in place, and doing the Twisting Corridors is even harder, especially once you face the final boss!
In order to learn more about the enemies and bosses you will find on Torghast, as well as strategies on how to deal with them, check our specialized guide below:
Torghast Bonus Events
3 bonus events await you in Torghast. They are on a fixed schedule that you can find in the game's calendar. Bonus events are not mandatory and you can opt out of them by selecting a first Anima Node that is unrelated to the active bonus event. You can find more information about bonus events in our separate hub.
You can enter Torghast as many times as you would like, but you will receive power progression rewards from it only once per layer each week. Repeat runs of previously completed Torghast Wings and Layers awards partial Soul Ash.
How Much Soul Ash Can I Get This Week?
The amount of Soul Ash you can get each week is no longer capped at 2,060 as of Patch 9.1.5 with all 12 layers open. Additionally, Soul Ash can be acquired from Covenant Adventures and the Twisting Corridors intro questline.
How to Unlock Torghast
You will gain access to Torghast after completing a short introductory questline in The Maw that revolves around Broker Ve'nari.
Access to Torghast is unlocked on an account-wide basis.
How to Enter Torghast
Once you complete the introductory questline, an entrance to Torghast will appear at the far back of Ve'nari's Refuge.
When you enter Torghast, you will find yourself in the main room area with all the portals called the Torghast Antechamber or the Central Room. From here, you can enter:
- The individual 6 wings, where Legendary materials drop.
- Twisting Corridors, the endless mode for cosmetics.
- An area called Runecarver's Oubliette, where you forge Legendary items.
Torghast has a total of 6 wings:
- Skoldus Halls;
- Fracture Chambers;
- The Soulforges;
- Coldheart Interstitia;
- The Upper Reaches.
2 wings will be open each week and the rotation is random. You can see the currently available ones on the The Maw map.
Torghast's endless mode is called Twisting Corridors and the floors are themed after all 6 wings. Twisting Corridors consist of 18 floors. You can farm it for cosmetic rewards, including a title, toy, pet, and mount. You will find more information in the rewards section of this guide.
You will get up to 900 Soul Ash for completing the Twisting Corridors intro questline. Blizzard removed the weekly gating and the whole questline can be completed in just 2 weeks. It includes the following quests:
- Explore Torghast rewards 200 Soul Ash.
- Remnants of Hope rewards 100 Soul Ash.
- Information for a Price rewards 50 Soul Ash.
- Torment Chamber: Jaina rewards 200 Soul Ash.
- Finding a Witness rewards 50 Soul Ash.
- Lest the Trail Go Cold rewards 50 Soul Ash.
- Torment Chamber: Thrall rewards 200 Soul Ash.
- Signs of the Lion rewards 50 Soul Ash and unlocks Access to Torghast: Twisting Corridors.
For more information about the Twisting Corridors, please refer to our dedicated page.
Gear Swapping and Respeccing in Torghast
The Jailer's Chains is a debuff that prevents Equipment, Talent, and Specialization swapping in Torghast.
You can only swap gear and change your talents at the beginning of the first floor and when you are close to helpful brokers every third and sixth floor.
Game Modes and Difficulties
You can play through Torghast solo or in a group of up to 5 players.
When you enter Torghast, you will find Wayfinder on the ground, which lets you select from up to 12 layers of difficulty, with each granting you rewards from all lower difficulties.
You can learn more about layers in our separate guide.
Ve'nari in The Maw sells various Torghast upgrades for Stygia. You can obtain the currency by completing World Quests, Weekly Quests, and other objectives in the endgame zone. Note that all the items also have a reputation requirement.
The vast majority of Torghast upgrades are permanent, with the exception of the Maw-Touched Miasma consumable.
The permanent Torghast upgrades are account-wide.
You can buy the following items from Ve'nari.
- Vessel of Unfortunate Spirits — While in Torghast, your first death does not count against you. The item costs 527 Stygia and requires that Ve'nari has an Apprehensive or higher opinion of you.
- Extradimensional Pockets — Gain extra storage space while in Torghast, allowing Obleron armaments to stack an additional 1 time. Costs 800 Stygia and requires that Ve'nari has an Apprehensive or higher opinion of you.
- Broker Traversal Enhancer — Allows you to see and use hidden teleportation points in Torghast. It costs 875 Stygia and requires that Ve'nari has a Tentative or higher opinion of you.
- Bangle of Seniority — Broker vendors will have a chance to offer Uncommon options. Requires that Ve'nari has a Tentative or higher opinion of you. The item costs 1,135 Stygia.
- Maw-Touched Miasma makes you kill Mawrats within 15 yards every second for 30 minutes and synergizes well with other Mawrat Anima Powers. It costs 230 Stygia and requires that Ve'nari has a Tentative or higher opinion of you.
- Sticky-Fingered Skeletal Hand can be used to attempt certain wards and locks in Torghast. It has 4 charges and costs 210 Stygia. Requires that Ve'nari has a Tentative or higher opinion of you.
- Ritual Prism of Fortune — Permanently increases your chance of receiving Epic Anima Powers in Torghast. Costs 1,025 Stygia and requires that Ve'nari has an Ambivalent or higher opinion of you.
- Phantasmic Infuser — Consume 100 Phantasma, using the energy created by the substance to empower yourself for 30 minutes. Costs 3,760 Stygia and requires that Ve'nari has an Ambivalent or higher opinion of you.
- Loupe of Unusual Charm — While in Torghast, a Broker vendors may offer you discounted Anima Hoards. Costs 1,330 Stygia and requires that Ve'nari has a Cordial or higher opinion of you.
- Rank Insignia: Acquisitionist — While in Torghast, Broker vendors will have a chance to offer you one Rare option. Costs 1,575 Stygia and requires that Ve'nari has a Cordial or higher opinion of you.
- Possibility Matrix — Come to a better understanding of the infinite possibilities of Anima, expanding your selection of powers within Torghast. You will always see at least 2 choices when using an Anima Hoard. Costs 1,525 Stygia and requires that Ve'nari has an Appreciative or higher opinion of you.
Torghast Scoring System and Perks
- You are now scored based on performance after successfully completing a run. At the end of the run, your score will be ranked and you will be awarded with Tower Knowledge, which can be spent at the Torghast Box of Many Things to acquire permanent Perks and grow stronger, which will allow you to combat the enemies in Torghast even quicker.
We have a separate guide up for the new Torghast progression system.
New Bonus Floor: Adamant Vaults
- Brave adventurers who make their way through Layers 9–12 efficiently will now be given the option to enter the Adamant Vaults, a new set of floors in Torghast. There they will be challenged against the new creatures and traps that lie within for a chance at even greater rewards.
Torghast has a randomized layout with different enemies, traps, and objectives.
The first few floors are straightforward and easy to navigate. Later on, the floors will contain more mazes, traps, and dead-ends, making it increasingly more time-consuming to advance to the next floor.
If you want to see the floor layout as soon as you enter a floor, you can use Mapster. The addon makes it easier for you to find floor exits.
To advance to the next floor, you must first find the floor exit and defeat an Empowered Guardian.
Empowered Guardians are affected with The Jailer's Influence, a buff that makes them more powerful.
Every third floor is a break room and every fifth floor will be a boss room.
Every third room in the Tower will be a break room, which allows you to exchange the Phantasma you collected during the run for various items.
Break rooms are short and usually contains Tormented Souls and Anima Cells that you can collect.
You can change your specialization, gear, or Soulbinds near the friendly brokers.
A hologram of the boss you will be fighting is visible in break rooms near the brokers.
The fifth and final Torghast floor (excluding Twisting Corridors) will always end with a boss, which is why we call it a boss room. Here, you must defeat an enemy boss to end your run. You will be able to buy items from friendly brokers again for Phantasma before engaging the boss.
The bosses drop loot, Soul Ash, Soul Cinders and Legendary Powers recipes.
Mawrats are mobs that usually have low health and they allow for interesting interactions if defeated near enemies. Some Anima Powers make them explode for extra damage or regenerate your health upon death.
You can read up more about these powers on a separate page.
Climbing Torghast revolves around completing a series of objectives. You must kill enemies and destroy Ashen Phylacteries to collect Phantasma and exchange it for Anima Powers that make you more powerful.
Completing quests, puzzles, killing Rare Elites, and looting chests will also provide you with Anima Cells that give you 1 Anima Power each. Note that all these objectives are optional and not mandatory, but it may happen that you will find it troublesome to defeat enemies on higher floors because you are weak and have not gathered enough Anima Powers.
These destructible objects can be destroyed by right-clicking on them, or you can cast a spell on them. They usually contain Phantasma and even Anima Cells.
Tormented Souls are scattered across Torghast. You can either free them or take their soulbound armaments.
These include Partially-Infused Soul Remnants, Tormented Souls, and Boiling Souls.
If you set them free, they will grant you a stacking buff called Soul Remnant's Blessing that increases your Primary Stat by 1% per stack and persists through death.
If you complete the binding and take soulbound armaments, you will receive a buff called Obleron Armaments, which increases your damage and healing, maximum health, critical strike chance, haste, mastery, versatility, or critical damage and healing by a percentage, stacking up to 5 times for 3 minutes.
This puts you on a timer because you have 3 minutes to find another Soul Remnant to refresh the buff's duration.
You will often find various Covenant members on certain floors. If one is nearby, the Runecarver will notify you of their presence. They may request help with defeating an enemy, finding a lost companion, or item, and upon completion, give you an Anima Cell.
Completing bonus objectives on a floor rewards an Anima Cell.
Freed Souls are a currency which you must collect to advance aspects of your Covenant Sanctum.
Occasionally, you will find more powerful enemies on some floors that grant you an Anima Cell when defeated.
On certain floors, you will find powerful Tower Sentinels that afflict you with the Oppressive Aura debuff that decreases your movement speed and haste by 25%. You need to kill the Tower Sentinel to lose the debuff.
Spawners will continually spawn mobs unless you destroy them. If you see a spawner, make sure to destroy it first before defeating all enemies.
Opening Rune-Locked Vaults in Torghast grants you an Anima Cell. You must solve a maze to open the chest. For every chest:
- 1 rune will change the value of all 4 runes;
- 1 rune will change the value of 3 runes;
- 1 rune will change the value of 2 runes;
- 1 rune will change the value of 1 rune.
You must first find out which runes affect 4/3/2/1 rune columns, and click through them in that order, stopping at the rune that removed the chain for each.
The final rune that only affects itself removes the final chain and opens the chest.
Lever Locked Chests
Sometimes, you will come across Lever Locked Chests and you must pull all the levers until you find out the correct combination. There are only 16 possible combinations. Opening the chest grants you one Anima Cell.
Spectral Bound Chests
You will also find Spectral Bound Chests in Torghast that are unlocked by finding Spectral Keys on the ground.
The number of chains on the chest corresponds to the number of keys you need to find on the floor in order to unlock it. Here is how a Spectral Key looks like.
Locate all keys and return back to the Spectral Bound Chest to open it and receive an Anima Cell.
Some portions of the floor may be inaccessible before you click a lever.
Runes on the Ground
Oftentimes, you will find runes on the ground that trigger various events if you step on them. Most of the time, they open doors that previously required clicking on a lever, spawn rare elites, and more.
As players make their way through the dungeon, they will obtain powerful upgrades exclusive to the activity to help them meet the continually increasing challenge.
Anima Powers are the major form of power progression found inside Torghast, obtained through various means including defeating enemies, destroying objects, helping Covenant-themed NPCs by completing bonus objectives, or unlocking chests. Each Anima Cell the player finds typically presents a choice between one, two, or three powers, which empower the player in various ways.
The Anima Powers available to players are separated by rarity, between Common and Epic quality, and various pools; there are universal powers available to all players, class-specific powers, and rare mob/encounter-themed powers. What Anima Powers are offered at any given time is largely random, though a few choices will be drawn from specific pools, such as defeating a rare Frost Elemental giving players a choice between two of its Frost-themed powers.
You can find more information on all of the universal and class specific powers available within Torghast below.
Levels will also become more complex the higher you climb — the first few floors will have a simple layout, but higher up, you will be dealing with traps such as spike pits, scything pendulums, or cauldrons which spawn endless waves of exploding skeletons.
You will farm Torghast mainly for Phantasma, used to buy various items and Soul Ash, needed for Legendary item crafting.
Phantasma is a currency obtained within Torghast, primarily looted from destroyed objects and defeated mobs. It is used to purchase various consumables and semi-permanent upgrades from friendly Shackled Brokers which spawn in break and boss rooms.
The currency cannot be used outside of Torghast and cannot be carried over between runs, so there is no real reason to stockpile the resource.
The items the Brokers sell are randomized, but typically include access to extra Anima Powers, healing, temporary buff consumables, and semi-permanent buffs which last for the rest of the run. You can find more information on the specific items purchasable in the page linked below.
Soul Ash is a currency needed to craft Legendary items. You can loot it from Soul Ash Reliquaries found in Torghast. The higher the item level of your crafted item, the more Soul Ash will be required to create the item.
You can read more about Soul Ash in our Runecarving guide.
Starting with Layer 6 and above, you will find yourself subjected to additional scrutiny from the Jailer in the form of various debuffs, also known as Torghast Torments that make your progression through the tower more difficult. You can find more details about these linked in our Torghast Torments guide.
As mentioned before, the normal mode rewards Soul Ash, Soul Cinders, gear, and Legendary Power recipes, whereas clearing Twisting Corridors rewards a toy, battle pet, and mount.
You must clear Twisting Corridors Layer 2 to receive the Death Seeker battle pet.
You must clear Twisting Corridors Layer 4 to receive the Helm of the Dominated toy.
In addition, there is another mount to be obtained for doing well in the normal mode of Torghast and earning the Flawless Master achievement: the Mawsworn Charger's Reins. This is one of 45 new mounts added in Patch 9.1. If you would like to know more about the other new available cosmetic collectibles, feel free to consult our larger 9.1 collection guides below.
Torghast Class Guides
Because your experience in Torghast will change according to the spec and class you are playing, we wrote a dedicated Torghast page for each spec in the game.
- 29 Oct. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
- 09 Jul. 2021: Soul Cinders page added.
- 30 Jun. 2021: Updated for Chains of Domination.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.0.5 release.
- 17 Feb. 2021: Renamed special events to bonus events.
- 07 Feb. 2021: Added a link to the new Torghast Strategy guide.
- 13 Jan. 2020: Guide updated with special events.
- 16 Dec. 2020: Weekly Soul Ash cap updated.
- 10 Dec. 2020: Soul Ash updates.
- 05 Dec. 2020: Added information about spawners, spectral chests, levers, runes, and more.
- 04 Dec. 2020: Added how to open Rune-Locked Vaults.
- 02 Dec. 2020: Added note on Torghast upgrades being account-wide.
- 01 Dec. 2020: Soul Ash source added.
- 29 Nov. 2020: Updated with Tower Sentinels.
- 27 Nov. 2020: Fixed Armaments buff uptime.
- 26 Nov. 2020: Added Mawrats, Obleron Armaments, and lockout information.
- 25 Nov. 2020: Added permanent Torghast upgrades.
- 08 Aug. 2020: Guide updated based on the latest feedback.
- 01 Aug. 2020: Revamped guide.
- 09 Jun. 2020: Jailer's Torments renamed into Torments of the Tower.
- 28 May 2020: Jailer's Torments added.
- 13 May 2020: Guide added.
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