How Runecarving Works in Shadowlands: A Guide to Forging Legendary Armor

Last updated on Aug 21, 2020 at 11:46 by Stan 1 comment

In Shadowlands, you will be able to create your own Legendary Armor through Runecarving within the Runecarver's Chamber, a place of exceptional power locked away in Torghast.

This guide tells you more about the whole process and explains what you need to do to craft Legendary Armor in the Shadowlands expansion.



Welcome to our comprehensive guide to Runecarving, or crafting Legendary Armor in the Shadowlands. In the individual sections of the guide, we explain how to unlock Runecarving, imbue Base Items with Legendary Powers, and we also go through the restrictions of the system.


The Runecarver

The Runecarver is a mysterious figure locked away in the very depths of Torghast. To find him, you need to go through the initial Torghast experience and defeat Warden Skoldus in Skoldus Halls, receiving a mysterious key which starts the questline that unlocks the beginning of the Runecarver's story. Once unlocked, you will be able to call on the power of the Runecarver to carve ancient runes on your armor and imbue it with Legendary powers.


Where Do I Find the Runecarver?

Enter Torghast at Ve'nari's Refuge in the Maw. The portal is located at the far back of the area.

The Portal to Runecarver's Cell will be located to the right as you enter the Torghast Antechamber.

Here is the map of Runecarver's Cell, where you will craft your Legendary Armor pieces.

You can return back to the Torghast Antechamber through the exit portal.


Memories and Legendary Powers

To craft Legendary Armor, you will need to retrieve specific memories that contain Legendary powers. These memories (or Legendary Power recipes) can be found all over Shadowlands and you can get them from questing, killing bosses in the Castle Nathria raid, from PvP, and more.

This section will be updated in the future with all Legendary Power recipes and their source.

Once found, you take them back to the Runecarver in Torghast, who will then be able to imbue specific Profession-crafted armor pieces with this power. Not all powers can be applied to all armor slots, and some powers can only be applied to Boots and Pants. General Legendary powers can be applied to 3 armor slots, whereas class-specific Legendary Powers can occupy 2 armor slots.

The Legendary powers available to players in Shadowlands have ties to the history of Azeroth, and are new interpretations of Set Bonuses, Legendaries, and other powers that we had access to in World of Warcraft's history.

Recipe unlocks are account-wide, including generic powers (e.g. Prydaz or Sephuz-like effects from Legion), so alts will automatically have access to them from the start.


Crafting Legendary Armor

You need to gather a few materials first, before you can craft your Legendary:

  • A Base Item. These items are created by Blacksmiths, Jewelcrafters, Leatherworkers, and Tailors, and serve as the vessel for Legendary Powers. They are not soulbound, and can be acquired from other players, alts, or bought in the Auction House. There is no requirement that a character has to have a crafting profession to make Legendary Armor. Crafting Legendaries is open to all players as long as you have collected all the necessary reagents.
  • The Legendary Power of your choosing.
  • Two Optional Reagents. These optional reagents dictate the secondary stats (Critical Strike, Haste, Mastery, and Versatility) of the crafted Legendary. Unlike normal Profession crafted items, these reagents are required for the creation of Legendary Armor.
  • Soul Ash. This is a new currency found in Torghast as a reward for completing sections of the Tower. As the item level of the Base Item increases, so does the required fuel to create Legendaries, so players will need more Soul Ash as they start crafting higher item level pieces.

The crafted Legendary Armor piece will have fixed Primary stats (Intellect, Agility, Stamina, and Strength), based on your class/specialization.


Base Items

Base Items are blank armor templates to which you can add Legendary Powers through Runecarving.

Blacksmiths, Jewelcrafters, Leatherworkers, and Tailors can create Base Items for the following armor slots — Head, Shoulder, Back, Chest Wrist, Hands, Waist, Legs, Feet.

Jewelcrafters can create Base Items for the Neck and Ring armor slots.

The higher the Base Item item level, the better Primary and Secondary stats the Legendary Armor piece will have.

For more information about Base Items, please refer to our Base Items Guide.


Legendary Powers

You will be able to acquire Legendary Power recipes in the form of memories by completing various content in Shadowlands.

Note that you can only apply one Legendary Power to one piece of Legendary Armor at any time.

We divide Legendary powers into general, available to all classes, class-wide, available to all specializations within the same class, and specialization-specific, available to just one specialization.

You can find a list of all general Legendary Powers and their effects in our General Legendary Powers Guide.

We have also listed all the available class-specific Legendary powers that can be found on Legendary Armor pieces in Shadowlands below.


Optional Reagents

To select specific secondary stats of the crafted Legendary, you will need the following items created by Scribes:

  • Rune of Critical Strike Icon Rune of Critical Strike — Ensures that the crafted weapon or piece of armor will increase the wearer's Critical Strike.
  • Rune of Haste Icon Rune of Haste — Ensures that the crafted weapon or piece of armor will increase the wearer's Haste.
  • Rune of Mastery Icon Rune of Mastery — Ensures that the crafted weapon or piece of armor will increase the wearer's Mastery.
  • Rune of Versatility Icon Rune of Versatility — Ensures that the crafted weapon or piece of armor will increase the wearer's Versatility.

Soul Ash

This Torghast currency acts as a fuel for crafting Legendary Armor. Crafting one piece of Item Level 190 Legendary Armor costs 100 Soul Ash and the cost increases with higher Item Level.


Upgrading Legendary Items

You can further upgrade the item level of your crafted Legendary Armor at the Runecarver. Once upgraded, your Legendary item will have better Primary and Secondary stats, but the Legendary Power effects will not change. The upgrade process has not been implemented yet on the Beta and only the User Interface is available for now, so we do not know how much the upgrade will cost you.



This section contains restrictions that apply to Legendary Armor.

  • Base Items do not exist for the Weapon, Off-Hand, and Trinket slots.
  • You can only wear one Legendary Armor piece at a time. This cap will likely increase throughout the Shadowlands expansion, allowing you to wear more than a single peace at once.
  • You cannot have more than one Legendary Power on one Legendary item.


  • 22 Aug. 2020: Added preliminary info about upgrading Legendary items.
  • 08 Aug. 2020: Updated with information about general Legendary powers.
  • 25 Jul. 2020: Updated with new assets of the Runecarver's location and added Druid.
  • 18 Jul. 2020: Guide updated with assets and links to new Legendary Powers.
  • 08 Jul. 2020: Guide added.
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