The Chained Essence of Eranikus can release a poison that will damage an enemy for 45 seconds. This is a great item for preventing a rogue from stealthing with [Vanish].


This item was a quest reward from the quest N [55] The Essence of Eranikus which starts with the  [Essence of Eranikus] which drops off the Shade of Eranikus in Sunken Temple.

As a quest objective


  • This trinket is very useful; turning it in to Itharius is not recommended at this time, as the quest line halts abruptly. You cannot retrieve the Chained Essence once you have turned it over.
  • Every time you use it, the tortured sentience of Eranikus begs you for release (or just gives you death threats).
I sense my grip on the Dream twisting into chaos.
Will the nightmare ever end?! I cannot force myself awake!
My soul is not a trinket! Mortal, you must release me from these chains!
My eyes! It burns... it burns...
Torture me no more! Release me, mortal! The Swamp of Sorrows... mortal... please...
Foolish mortal, I will rend your soul in two once I am released!
Foolish mortals you do not yet see the potential of that Artifact.
You are an agent of their wicked god, fool. I will see you destroyed!
It hurts so much... Itharius, my old friend... Please help me...

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Removed. Existing items updated from uncommon to rare quality.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Essence of Eranikus now has a poison cloud graphic around it when used.

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