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For the boss in Stratholme, see Atiesh (demon). For the achievement, see Inv staff medivh [Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian].
Khadgar and Atiesh - Tempest Unleashed

Khadgar, leader of the Kirin Tor, wielding Atiesh.

Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian is a powerful staff passed down through the line of the Guardians of Tirisfal up until and including Medivh, the Last Guardian.[1] It is currently wielded by Medivh's former apprentice, Khadgar. The staff was born from the "seed of hate"[2] and grants its wielder "power unending".[1]

Atiesh can be used to open up portals to Karazhan and is also known for attracting ravens towards the wielder.[3] Atiesh gives its wielder the ability to turn into a raven themselves.[4]


Medivh by Samwise

Medivh, the Guardian of Tirisfal, wielding Atiesh.

Its date of creation is unknown, but it is known that Atiesh was forged from the "seed of hate" and was wielded by each Guardian of Tirisfal, including Aegwynn,[5] until the line ended with Medivh. This would set the age of Atiesh at thousands of years.

Following the assassination of Medivh, the staff was found by the Kirin Tor and brought to Dalaran. This was followed by a series of tragic events, leading to the death of every Kirin Tor mage that came into contact with Atiesh. The staff was put behind impenetrable barriers of magic and mage Angela Dosantos was appointed to watch over it.[2]

The staff was lost and shattered, presumably due the failsafe system of the magical barrier, during the destruction of Dalaran by Archimonde.[1][2] The forty-two pieces of Atiesh were scattered across all of Azeroth.[1] Kel'Thuzad sought to find the pieces and reform the staff. The Highborne archmage Tarsis Kir-Moldir, who had previously wielded the staff briefly, managed to gather twenty pieces of Atiesh, but he was found by the Scourge. Kel'Thuzad was then in possession of all the pieces, which he entrusted to his lieutenants, except for one, the Inv qirajidol sun [Base of Atiesh], found by Brann Bronzebeard.[1] However, Brann somehow lost it to C'Thun in Ahn'Qiraj.

When Naxxramas appeared over the Eastern Plaguelands, the Argent Dawn attempted to prevent this powerful focus of power from falling into the hands of the necromancer-lich, Kel'Thuzad,[2] and were apparently successful in their mission.

Later, Meryl Winterstorm sent Garona Halforcen on a mission to retrieve the base of the shattered staff[6] from within the remains of C'Thun. Garona succeeded and gave the base to Med'an, who restored the whole staff.[7]

From the war in Draenor onward, the staff is wielded by Khadgar, the former apprentice of Medivh. It is unclear how he obtained it, as it was last seen in Med'an's possession.[8][9] The most likely answer is that Med'an gave it to him.[10]

In World of Warcraft[]

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Atiesh with ravens

A tauren wielding Atiesh, with lured ravens in the background.

Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian, is a legendary caster staff which could be assembled via a quest prior to the release of patch 3.0.2, when Naxxramas moved back to Northrend. The quest begins inside Naxxramas and involves obtaining several parts of the staff.

  • The staff could be obtained by mages, warlocks, priests, and druids.
  • The item stats vary slightly for each class.
  • The cloth portion of the staff varies based on which version it is: green for druids, red for mages, white for priests, and blue for warlocks.
  • The staff provides the ability to open a portal to Medivh's tower of Karazhan; however, at the time of Atiesh's release into World of Warcraft, Karazhan had yet to be implemented. It was opened upon the release of Burning Crusade. The portal leads to the front door of Karazhan.

Assembling the staff[]


  • In Warcraft III, Medivh was wielding Atiesh. This contradicts Angela's story which states that the staff was retrieved by the Kirin Tor after his death.[2]
  • An unused icon suggests that the staff was intended to have a role in Warcraft III.
  • In Karazhan, the ghost of Medivh's father, Nielas Aran, reacts to raid members equipped with Atiesh: "Where did you get that?! Did HE send you??", believing that Medivh gave the staff to the player.
  • Atiesh was the first Legendary caster item in World of Warcraft.
  • Although the quest chain can no longer be started, players on the N [60R] Atiesh, the Befouled Greatstaff step or later who have already obtained all of the items from the original Naxxramas raid can still complete it.
  • According to Ultimate Visual Guide, Updated and Expanded, Atiesh was still in Med'an's hands during the war in Draenor.
  • Med'an was said to have restored Atiesh by holding it while imbued with the powers of the New Council of Tirisfal. However Med'an's stint as a Guardian has since been declared non-canon, so he accomplished this without the powers of a Guardian.



Patch changes[]

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): With the removal of original 40-man Naxxramas, the Atiesh quest-chain is no longer available, as Inv qiraj jewelblessed [Splinter of Atiesh] has been removed from the drop tables of the bosses.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Can no longer open portals in battlegrounds.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22):
    • The mage version of the staff changed to +28 critical strike rating from a flat +3% critical strike.
    • The party aura from these items will now be reapplied correctly when a player logs into the game while already mounted.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.12.1 (2006-09-26): Fixed a bug where the warlock version would cause all healing done by party members under the effects of the staff to be reduced to zero.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Added.

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