How to Upgrade Gear in WoW Fast & Easy

How to Upgrade Gear in WoW
By |2018-04-26T17:40:10+00:00April 29th, 2018|Categories: World of Warcraft|

Let’s face it, World of Warcraft has always revolved around epics and legendaries. Subsequently, many players are wondering How to Upgrade Gear in WoW and what’s the quickest and most efficient way to do that?

Well, since we’ve officially entered into the four-digit (1000) realms for gear level, it’s only logical for you to want some revealing info on how to get your gear to level 1000 in order to stay relevant during the final months of Legion before it makes way for Battle for Azeroth.

But you’re in safe hands because today’s post is entirely concentrated on one thing – helping you to improve your gear so that you can enjoy your favorite game even more.

How to Upgrade Gear in WoW Legion?

Assuming that you have a lvl. 110 character and you have legendaries to upgrade,  here’s the simple 3-step process of giving more oomph to your Legion gear.

1. Get yourself some Wakening Essence

Wakening Essence is the first thing that you need in order to get your gear to level 1000. You don’t need to complete a specific quest (i.e. A Titanic Effort) or anything to be able to gather this essence, so here’s where you can obtain it from:

  • Killing bosses in Antorus
    Wakening Essences awarded:  x18-36 (per boss kill) or x198-396 weekly
  • Emissary caches
    Wakening Essences awarded: x24-46 or 168-294 weekly
  • Any daily heroic instance (has to be the first one for the day)
    Wakening Essences awarded: x30 or 210 weekly
  • Any daily BG win (has to be the first one for the day)
    Wakening Essences awarded: x30 or 210 weekly
  • Winning the daily PvP brawl (has to be the first one for the day)
    Wakening Essences awarded: x30 or 210 weekly
  • Completing any of the 3 weekly PvP quests
    Wakening Essences awarded: x42 or 126 weekly
  • Mythic + weekly chest
    Wakening Essences awarded: x120 or 120 weekly

Note that you can’t exploit the system by trying to collect more essences by killing the same bosses, but in a different difficulty setting, which makes running the same dungeon on various difficulties in the same week utterly worthless – if you’re farming Wakening Essences that is.

Also, the ones you acquire through winning the first daily PvP brawl are completely separate from the essences you earn from your first BG win of the day.

Lastly, there’s a maximum amount of that currency that you can get per week and depend on your efforts (whether or not you take advantage of all of the activities mentioned above), you could acquire anywhere from 1.032 to 1.566 (or 1.299 on average) Wakening Essences in only one week.

2. Find the NPC that sells Awoken Titan Essence

After you’ve gathered yourself some Wakening Essences, it’s time for you to visit a Blacksmithing trainer in Dalaran, known as Arcanomancer Vridiel. This Blood Elf gentleman is located in the Magus Commerce Exchange part of the city, in the first house to you right – exact coordinates are 45.2, 28.6.

When you right-click on this NPC, you’ll find out that he only sells two things:

  • Awoken Titan Essence – upgrades any Legendary item in Legion to item level 1000
    Cost: x300 Wakening Essence
  • Purified Titan Essence – gives you a random Legendary item that suits your loot specialization
    Cost: x1000 Wakening Essence

Right off the bat, it’s apparent that we’re interested in the first kind of essence – the one that can upgrade an item of your choosing. And now that you’ve found your guy, it’s time to exchange!

3. Exchange the Wakening Essences you’ve gathered for Awoken Titan Essences

This is arguably the most straightforward and most satisfying step in this guide. Simply turn in the Wakening Essences you’ve collected and then grab your Awoken Titan ones, by which you can upgrade your gear.

All that’s left is for you to right-click on an Awoken Titan Essence and then click on the item that whose level you’d like to see skyrocketing all the way to 1000.

Voila, you now have a Legendary piece of gear that’s reached the maximum item level in the game, currently. Generally, you should be able to get around 3 or 4 items upgraded each week if you’re serious about farming Waking Essences of course.

And because there’s a lot of fallacy and misconceptions when it comes to where you can get the Wakening Essences from, let’s have a look at the places where you CAN’T get it from.

What Will NOT Grant You Wakening Essences, Post-Patch 7.3.5!

In no particular order:

  • Any of the Class Hall missions
  • Caches related to Paragon rep.
  • Mythic dungeon runs
  • Invasion points
  • World bosses
  • Rare mobs
  • Random chest spawns

With the release of patch 7.3.5, Blizzard has also tweaked other aspect directly affecting everyone’s gear-upgrading potential, such as:

  • Any activities associated with obtaining Wakening Essence, now give you x6 more of that essence (as opposed to the previous patch)
  • Awoken Titan Essence’s price went up from x50 Wakening Essences to x300
  • The same thing happened to the Purified Titan Essence, which now costs 1000 Wakening Essences, instead of 175 previously

But you know what? The fact that you’ll be earning more Wakening Essence per week, means that this inflation is pretty much smoke and mirrors since in 7.3.5 we’re all receiving more essences per each activity, as opposed to the drop rates in 7.3.2.

For more WoW, check this out: What Can We Expect of WoW Battle for Azeroth New Races?

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