The Module 11 Artifact Weapons were a welcomed addition to the game. Not as great as Relic ones, they use the old marks in the upgrade process and come with a variety of set bonuses. Players widely see them as alt and lowbie friendly alternative to Storm Kings Thunder, because nothing is gated behind endgame content. There’s still some grind attached to the restoration process though, so let’s go through the needed mats and see how you can get them. In case you want a preview of the set bonuses and the classes they might fit best, browse here.
After buying the weapons from the campaign store, the full material list for both the Main and the Off-Hand reads as follows:
- 5500 Abandoned Treasures
- 105 Arcane Magical Writings
- 85 Arcane Focus
|35||Fleece||Constructed Iron||Petrified Dust||Tainted Soil|
|50||Ground Jade||Spell Amber||Vial of Fey Blood||Volatile Ichor|
Let’s start with the easy stuff. Treasures come from virtually everywhere. The Treasure Hunt, Heroic Encounters, the “Secure the District” campaign task, demiplane instances and Illusionist’s Gambit skirmish. By just running the campaign you should be able to amass more than enough Treasures over time to restore your weapons of choice.
If you have to, running gold completions of the skirmish probably is the best way to farm them. But the bottleneck of the weapon restoration is located elsewhere.
Bound purple mats
Each weapon type features 35 character bound purple resources. For Mirage you need to farm the Illusionist’s Gambit skirmish, for other sets the corresponding demiplanes. There is no RNG involved, you get a resource on every completion, making these very reasonable to farm. The easiest way to get Portal Stones by the way is the “Resist the Rituals” campaign task. Just clear one of the ritual HEs and spend your Reclaimed Magic to delay the next ritual. Depending on how many Magic you have, you are able to generate a ton of Portal Stones at once.
Unbound purple mats
There is a second category of unbound purple resources. You need slightly more of them, but they drop all over the Dig Sites and are cheap on the Auction House.
Arcane Magical Writings
These are a bit of a pain to farm. They rarely drop from Dig Sites and Heroic Encounters, making the “Secure the District” task the best option you have. But good luck finding Guard Posts to upgrade in still very crowded instances. What Writings have going for themselves though is the fact that they are unbound, so you can buy yourself out of the mess. Currently it’s quite an AD investment to get 105, but just like Dragon Turtle Moult they are bound to get cheaper over time.
Character bound Arcane Focus seems to be the equivalent to Reclaimed Runes. In SoMI you would get three per day from the dailies and needed 60. The total number has been upped to 85 for Ascended though, and there’s either a cap or harsh RNG involved. The only way to get them is from Dig Sites and you most likely need to farm them through multiple hourly resets to get more than one. That’s a pain to be honest and just doing the dailies won’t even guarantee you anything.
With that in mind 85 seems a bit of a stretch and I hope the devs will adjust the drop rates, the daily cap or the required amount. It’s additionally quite puzzling why they upped original number of 55 on preview. That was already a lot, but at least much more reasonable.
Long story short: The required materials are largely a non-issue with the exception of Arcane Focus. If the weapons are your main focus in the module, you are going to need to farm plenty Dig Sites and then some more. This might even make the Ascended weapons a bit harder to obtain and restore than Relics. Don’t forget however that the upgrade process to legendary is much easier, making this a fair trade-off in my opinion.
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