Artifact Power is used to access traits from an artifact. Artifact Power is earned through engaging in most types of play and can spend this to unlock a unique tree of traits traced upon the form of their Artifacts, enhancing their abilities. The rate at which a player gains Artifact Power was increased with Artifact Knowledge that could have been improved with items like  [Artifact Research Notes].

Since the 8.0.1 pre-patch, the only artifact using the Legion Artifact Power system is the  [Underlight Angler] while the  [Heart of Azeroth] automatically grants the Azerite to power the Heart of Azeroth instead of having to manually right-click each item to obtain the Artifact Power.


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Item AP Gain
 [Crude Statuette] 10
 [Daglop's Precious] 20
 [Glittering Memento] 20
 [Seal of Victory] 20
 [Valiant's Glory] 20
 [Adventurer's Wisdom] 35
 [Treasure of the Ages] 35
 [Crackling Dragonscale] 50
 [Azsharan Keepsake] 60
 [Dried Worldtree Seeds] 80
 [Brittle Spelltome] 85
 [Brief History of the Ages] 100
 [Selfless Glory] 100
 [Favor of Valarjar] 150
 [Primitive Roggtotem] 165
 [Cracked Vrykul Insignia] 170
 [Desiccated Blue Dragonscale] 170
 [Talisman of Victory] 200
 [Druidic Molting] 215
 [Depleted Cadet's Wand] 235
 [Accolade of Achievement] 250
 [Mornath's Enchanted Statue] 250
 [Ancient Warden Manacles] 350
 [Accolade of Victory] 400
 [Adventurer's Resounding Glory] 400
 [Nar'thalas Research Tome] 400
 [Omnibus: The Schools of Arcane Magic] 400
 [Soldier's Glory] 400
 [Vial of Diluted Nightwell Liquid] 400
 [Ancient Keeper's Brooch] 500
 [Glory of the Melee] 500
 [Tome of Dimensional Awareness] 900
 [Greater Glory of the Order] 1000
 [Mark of the Rogues] 1000

Artifact Power Cap

  • The total Artifact Power cap was based on the total amount of AP, not on number of ranks purchased. Once you have enough AP to buy your 54th rank, you'll no longer be able to add additional AP, regardless of whether you actually buy that final rank or not.[1]
  • There was no daily cap.

Artifact Power 7.2 Transition

Maxed out weapon on AP, what to do with AP? | 2017-01-26 17:41 | Blizzard Entertainment Aerythlea

As many of you have noted, Patch 7.2 will be introducing several new traits to Artifact Weapons. We'd like to clarify how these traits will unlock so that you can best prepare for them.

After Patch 7.2 is available, players who have an Artifact Weapon of at least rank 35 will be able to further empower that Artifact through a short quest chain. Completing this quest chain will consume any ranks beyond 35, increase the overall power of your Artifact Weapon (to ensure that losing ranks 35+ isn’t a downgrade), and unlock access to the new 7.2 traits. Any Artifact Power spent on traits beyond 35 will be refunded and you’ll immediately be able to spend that refunded Artifact Power on the new traits.

Note that any Artifact Power tokens acquired before Patch 7.2 will not be usable on an Artifact Weapon that has had its new traits unlocked. If you’ve already reached Rank 54, feel free to use any tokens you earn between now and then on alternate specs; there is no need to stockpile those tokens for Patch 7.2. We’re also planning to apply a hotfix in the near future that will allow the current Artifact Power tokens to be sold to vendors.

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Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Artifact Power for the Heart of Azeroth is automatically earned. Items awarding Artifact Power for Legion artifacts have been deprecated.
  • Legion Hotfix (2018-06-26): Artifact Power items now have a sell price.
Re-added due to completion of N [110] The Power in Our Hands rendering characters unable to use AP items.
  • Legion Patch 7.3.0 (2017-08-29): Artifact Power items no longer have a sale price, as they should always be useable.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-03-31): Artifact Power rewards will now correctly scale for Mythic Keystone levels 11 through 14.
  • Legion Patch 7.2.0 (2017-03-28): Artifact Power items that were affected by the Patch 7.1 change can no longer be used while moving.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-26): Artifact Power items now have a sell price.
This change went live the day before.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Many Artifact Power items with a cast time can now be used while moving.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Added.