NeutralThe Archmage Accosted
Start Automatic
End Joanna
Level 45 (Requires 45)
Category Artifact
Experience 16,450
Rewards 19g 40s
Previous N [45] Order of Incantations
Next N [45] A Portal Away


Confront Archmage Xylem.

  • Confront Archmage Xylem
  • Follow through the portal


With the barrier dispelled, Archmage Xylem is finally within reach!

Hopefully he'll be cooperative in returning the Iris...


You will receive: 19g 40s


It is as I feared, the archmage is beyond reason... and now he is beyond reach.

You have done a great thing here, freeing his apprentices from his corruption, but the fight is not over yet.



Quest accept
Joanna says: Beware, <class>. The archmage may not great you with his usual jovial demeanor.
Joanna says: The grimoire's hold on him has grown stronger of late. He has become paranoid and obsessive.
On approach
The adventurer is briefly trapped, losing the disguise.
Archmage Xylem yells: Hold a moment... you're not a real apprentice! Have at thee, imposter!
Archmage Xylem yells: Apprentici... attack!
Apprentices defeated
Upon being defeated, a void creature leaves their body.
  • Xylem... what have you done?
  • I was... almost gone...
  • The shadow... it consumed us...
  • The shadow is... gone?

There are Corrupted Arcane Assistants inflicted with Shadow Corruption.

During chase
Archmage Xylem yells: The Focusing Iris will make me the most powerful mage of all time! Just try to stop me!
Archmage Xylem says: Say, you're pretty strong, aren't you? On second thought, don't try to stop me!
Confronting Xylem
Archmage Xylem yells: You are too late! Take care of my pursuer, Apprentice Sanath! (leaves)
Sanath defeated
Yet another void creature flees from the host's body.
Sanath Lim-yo says: Enough! Stay your weapon...
Sanath Lim-yo says: It seems the grimoire took my mind, just as it has eroded Xylem's... and now he has escaped with the Iris!
Sanath Lim-yo says: You must follow him through his portal. Go! Before it's too late!
The adventurer tries to use the portal, but it rapidly decays until only a spark is left.
Joanna says: His portal is unstable, but an echo of it remains.
Joanna says: It will take time, but we may be able to use it to reach him.


  1. N [45] The Broken Shore: Investigating the Legion
  2. N [45] The Council's Call
  3. N [45] Away From Prying Eyes
  4. N [45] In Dire Need
  5. Depending on Spec:
    • Brewmaster/Blood/Guardian/Protection/Protection/Vengeance
    1. N [45] Legion Threat: Dalaran Infiltration
    2. N [45] Aid of the Illidari / N Demon hunter [45] Vengeance: Seeking Kor'vas
    3. N [45] Gathering Information
    4. N [45] Confirming Suspicions
    5. N [45] Between Worlds
    6. N [45] Dark Omens
    • Holy/Holy/Mistweaver/Restoration/Restoration
    1. N [45] Legion Threat: Val'sharah
    2. N [45] The Bradensbrook Investigaton
    3. N [45] Aid on the Front Lines
    4. N [45] Shadowsong's Return
    5. N [45] Cutting off the Heads & N [45] Quieting the Spirits
    6. N [45] Source of the Corruption
    7. N [45] The Matter Resolved... For Now...
    • Elemental/Feral/Fire/Fury/Outlaw/Unholy
    1. N [45] The Folly of Levia Laurence
    2. N [45] Bargaining with Shadows
    3. N [45] The Acolyte Imperiled
    4. N [45] Dabbling in the Demonic
    5. N [45] Following the Scent
    6. N [45] Unlikely Seduction
    7. N [45] Fel-Crossed Lovers
    • Arms/Frost/Havoc/Survival/Subtlety
    1. N [45] Legion Threat: Azshara
    2. N [45] The Thieving Apprentice
    3. N [45] Professionally Good Looking
    4. N [45] Order of Incantations
    5. N [45] The Archmage Accosted
    6. N [45] A Portal Away
    • Affliction/Balance/Frost/Marksmanship/Shadow
    1. N [45] Legion Threat: The Necromancer
    2. N [45] The Twisted Twin
    3. N [45] Message from the Shadows
    4. N [45] Secrets in the Underbelly
    5. N [45] The Wisdom of the Council
    6. N [45] Where it's Thinnest
    7. N [45] Runes of Rending
    8. N [45] One Step Behind
    • Beast Mastery/Destruction/Discipline/Windwalker
    1. N [45] Legion Threat: Highmountain / N [45] Legion Threat: The Missing Mage
    2. N [45] Rumblings Near Feltotem
    3. N [45] The Burning Birds
    4. N [45] The Tainted Marsh
    5. N [45] Village of the Corruptors
    6. N [45] The Feltotem Menace
    7. N [45] Destroying the Nest
    8. N [45] A Triumphant Report
    • Arcane/Assassination/Demonology/Enhancement/Retribution
    1. N [45] Legion Threat: Suramar
    2. N [45] Fate of the Tideskorn
    3. N [45] The Reluctant Queen
    4. N [45] To Silence the Bonespeakers
    5. N [45] To Tame the Drekirjar
    6. N [45] The Forgotten Heir
    7. N [45] Unanswered Questions
    8. N [45] The Gates Are Closed
  6. N [45] A Gift From the Six
  7. Finales:
    • Elemental/Feral/Fire/Fury/Outlaw/Unholy
    1. N [110] An Impossible Foe
    2. N [110] The Imp Mother's Gift
    • Arms/Frost/Havoc/Survival/Subtlety
    1. N [110] Closing the Eye
    2. N [110] In Safer Hands
    3. N [110] Xylem's Gift
    • Holy/Holy/Mistweaver/Restoration/Restoration
    1. N [110] End of the Risen Threat
    2. N [110] Jarod's Gift
    • Beast Mastery/Destruction/Discipline/Windwalker
    1. N [110] Feltotem's Fall
    2. N [110] Navarrogg's Gift
    • Arcane/Assassination/Demonology/Enhancement/Retribution
    1. N [110] The God-Queen's Fury
    2. N [110] Eyir's Forgiveness
    3. N [110] A Common Enemy
    4. N [110] The God-Queen's Gift
    • Brewmaster/Blood/Guardian/Protection/Protection/Vengeance
    1. N [110] The Highlord's Return
    2. N [110] Kruul's Gift
    • Affliction/Balance/Frost/Marksmanship/Shadow
    1. N [110] Thwarting the Twins
    2. N [110] Raest's Gift

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