WoW Classic WotLK Shadowmourne Guide: How to Get the Legendary Axe

Legendaries are an iconic part of World of Warcraft. Being able to wield an immensely strong weapon or wear a powerful piece of armor that has its own set of unique abilities that go beyond stats is not only a sign of strength but a sign of dedication.

Most of the time, apart from the Warglaives of Azzinoth in The Burning Crusade, legendaries come with a lot of time and effort. This can be evidenced by Vanilla WoW's Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker and Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros.

For Wrath of the Lich King Classic, the same can be expected with one of the more iconic weapons in the game, Shadowmourne.

With that in mind, here's a guide on how to get Shadowmourne.

How to Get Shadowmourne

Before we get into the guide, here's some context for when you go try to get Shadowmourne. Like the other legendaries stated above, it takes a couple of weeks before obtaining Shadowmourne. Additionally, apart from the weapon, you will also receive cosmetics rewards that can be sold to other players.

Now let's get started.

1. Getting Friendly with the Ashen Verdict

To even be able to qualify to obtain Shadowmourne, you'll first have to be Friendly with the Ashen Verdict as that reputation level will make the initial quest available.

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REP GRINDIN': Ashen Verdict reputation is required to begin the Shadowmourne questline

Getting Friendly with the Ashen Verdict is fairly easy all you have to do is clear the trash in Icecrown Citadel up until the raid's first boss, Lord Marrowgar... multiple times. Go in, clear the trash, go out, reset, rinse and repeat.

Luckily for you, once Icecrown Citadel releases, players will be clamoring to get reputation runs in thanks to other benefits the Ashen Verdict reputation gives.

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2. The Sacred and the Corrupt

Once you've done all your rep grinding, you can finally move on to beginning the long questline. To start it, you'll go to Highlord Mograine located on the right side of Icecrown Citadel's entrance.

The quest will have you collect various items.

  • 25 Primordial Saronite
    • Can be bought from the Auction House
    • Bought from Quartermasters in Dalaran and Icecrown Citadel at varying prices
    • Retrieve Light's Vengeance from a cave in Dragonblight (coordinates 74,24)
    • Kill Festergut and loot Festergut's Acidic Blood
    • Kill Rotface and loot Rotface's Acidic Blood

Upon obtaining all of these items, you can head back to Highlord Mograine, turn in the quest, and receive Shadow's Edge.

3. A Feast of Souls

Now that you've done the first quest of the quest chain and have received the weapon component of Shadowmourne, you'll have to feed the weapon some souls, 50 of them in total.

This is done by just slaying 50 of the Lich King's minions. These can either be bosses or trash, which means that if you're up for some more Ashen Verdict grinding, you'll be done with it in a jiffy.

With a soul-fed Shadow's Edge in hand, now it's time for what may be the most difficult part of the questline, the infusions.

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4. Unholy Infusion

First one up is the unholy infusion which tasks you with not only killing Professor Putricide but doing so with some of his slime infused into your weapon.

The way to do this is fairly straightforward, begin the encounter with Professor Putricide—on 25-man—and run through the motions until he reaches just before 80% health. From there, wait for Putricide to spawn three Slime Puddles, head to his table, and drink the concoction which will transform you into an abomination.

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SLIMY REWARD: Professor Putricide's slime is key in obtaining Shadowmourne

Past that, you'll want the boss below 80% as it'll trigger phase 2, as well as want to be fully turned into an abomination. Once turned into an abomination, you'll have a couple of abilities to press on your Action Bar, for the sake of this quest you'll focus on the first and fourth abilities.

With the first ability, you'll walk up to the slimes and consume them until the bar on your right to full. After that, click on the fourth ability which will infuse your Shadow's Edge with Unholy power and that's it.

5. Blood Infusion

The second one up is the blood infusion which tasks you with not only killing Blood-Queen Lana'thel but doing so with some of her blood infused into your weapon.

The objective of this quest is to bite three different people with the boss' Vampiric Bite and then kill the boss. It can be a tricky process but when done right, the quest will be completed in no time.

First, you must be bitten by either Blood-Queen Lanathel herself or by another player. Once bitten, you can bite another player of your choice (or Raid Leader's choice), from there, the debuff will have to make its way back to you a second time. After that, rinse and repeat until you've spread the debuff a total of three times.

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BLOODY BATTLE: Blood-Queen Lana'thel's blood is essential for obtaining Shadowmourne

6. Frost Infusion

The third and perhaps the easier infusion is the frost infusion in which Sindragosa has to cast her Frost Breath ability on you four times.

Fairly simple, just stand out and don't avoid her ability, kill Sindragosa and that's it. Of course, make sure you don't die in the process.

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7. The Splintered Throne

Now that you've done all of the infusions it's time for perhaps the most painstaking and time-consuming part of the questline, collecting 50 Shadowfrost Shards and get your Shadowmourne.

Killing a boss drops a Shadowfrost Shard but it isn't guaranteed, add the fact that the raid has 13 bosses in total, it'll take a while. As always, make sure to complete the raid in 25-man heroic if possible as the difficulty increase will better your chances at the number of shards that drop each week.

Upon finishing the quest and turning it in, Shadow's Edge will transform into Shadowmourne.

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8. The Lich King's Last Stand

Last but certainly not least with Shadowmourne in hand, defeat the Lich King to get some extra goodies. Upon taking him down, he will drop a Sealed Chest which can be given to Highlord Mograine who will then give you an Unsealed Chest as a reward.

This Unsealed Chest contains five items that upon given them to their respective owners will reward you with several items, and a mount.

  • Reins of the Crimson Deathcharger
  • Muradin's Favor
  • Tabard of the Lightbringer
  • Sylvanas' Music Box
  • Jaina's Locket
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