Arkonite is a crystal-like material. It was created by Exarch Hataaru of the draenei Artificers after his arrival on Draenor. Harnessing the planet's raw materials, he created these purple crystals as a potent source of arcane energy.
Arkonite Crystals are used to power everyday items in draenei society. They power arcane devices and light sources, and they can also be used to channel magics. Arkonite can also be used as defense crystals by the draenei. When the Old Horde almost wiped out the draenei from Draenor, Velen ordered his artificers to reinforce Telredor's defenses. The draenei smiths constructed a network of arkonite crystals that shrouded the temple's presence from the Horde.
On alternate Draenor
Tainted Arkonite Crystals can also be found at the harbor of Shattrath City. Interacting with them gives players the Arkonite Empowerment debuff, which can be then used to gain the achievement.
- During the patch 7.3.0 PTR, the argunite keystone and pylons in and were called arkonite. This was likely changed in order to not contradict Chronicle's statement that Hataaru made arkonite on Draenor.
- Because of the similarities between the two minerals and how they were used, Hataaru's creation of arkonite was most likely an attempt to reproduce argunite.
- Since it powers up Auchindoun's defenses, the Heart of Auchindoun is presumably arkonite.