NeutralThe Spear in the Shadow
Start Apata Highmountain
End Emmarel Shadewarden
Level 10-45
Type Legendary
Category Artifact
Experience 22,600
Rewards 46g 20s
Previous N Hunter [10-45] The Eagle Spirit's Blessing
Next N Hunter [10-45] On Eagle's Wings


Hunt down Highmountain's Bane.


Many years ago, a corrupted nightsaber hunted my people. Our chieftain, Dorro Highmountain, took Talonclaw and pursued the beast, but never returned.

I have heard tales of a fearsome nightsaber that now stalks the mists of Stormheim. My brother and I believe this to be our ancient foe.

The weapon must be there too! If we kill the beast and reclaim the spear, it will be of great use against the Legion.


You will receive: 46g 20s
Inv polearm 2h artifacteagle d 01.png [Talonclaw]


So the Bane of the Highmountain is dead and Talonclaw is recovered! Well done, <name>!

I mourn the loss of Apata and Wuho. They will be greatly missed in the conflict to come.


Quest accept
Apata Highmountain says: I think she's offering aid. Look at her wing-- OH! Thank you!
Both Apata and the player transformed into "Eagle Spirit Form", swiftly transporting them to the Helmouth Shallows in Stormheim.
First artifact, on approach
Emmarel Shadewarden says: You've returned with the artifact! Well done, <name>!

Stage 1: Landing

Wuho should have located a good spot to start. Wait for his signal, then regroup at the landing site.
  • Speak with Apata at the landing site.

Speak with Apata, who is standing next to Wuho and Deesa.

That was easier than expected. Most of the kvaldir must be off raiding.
Gossip Did you two have a plan?
Apata Highmountain says: Wuho! Have you found the monster?
Wuho Highmountain says: Not yet, but it is indeed the foe we seek. The kvaldir here speak of a giant cat that made its lair in the deep swamp. They raised a wall of magic wards to keep it at bay.
Apata Highmountain says: We must find a way through! Wuho, you and I should examine the wards while <name> searches the harbor.

Stage 2: The Haunted Harbor

Kvaldir wards bar the way further into the swamp. Investigate Tideskorn Harbor to find a way through.
  • Investigate Tideskorn Harbor

Apata has the following optional gossip text:

I will speak to my brother a bit longer and then we will head to the barrier. Good luck!

Head east until you see a yellow pillar of light with a downward-pointing arrow. Simply stepping into it will trigger the next stage.

Stage 3: Distracting Them Wisely

The Mist Warders manage the wards. Use a [Freezing Trap] or slay them to steal the wardstones.
  • Defeat the Mist Warder using your Freezing Trap.
Elder Runecarver says: Something stirs in the shallows. It may be the beast! Activate the wardstones!
Mist Warder says: Bah! I grow weary of your errands, old one!

Stage 4: Easy Pickings

Steal the Wardstone now that the Warder is taken care of.
  • Obtain the Activated Wardstone
Mist Warder says: If only I had the use of my arms...

Stage 5: Just a Few More

More wardstones will be needed to breach the wall. Collect more wardstones from the kvaldir in the harbor.
  • Obtain more Activated Wardstones (3)

Make your way through Veteran Enforcers, Veteran Harpooners, and Elder Runecarver and click on Runic Wardstones.

Mist Warder says: You will die for this!
Mist Warder says: Begone from here!

Stage 6: The Wall of Fog

Apata and Wuho are out near the wards, find them and find a way to breach the wards.
  • Speak with Apata.

Head back west to find Apata and Wuho again, who have entered an argument.

Apata Highmountain says: Calm yourself, Wuho!
Wuho Highmountain says: Our tribe's greatest weapon and its ancient enemy are but a few strides away! I will not be stopped by some foul fog magic!
Apata Highmountain says: Patience, brother. To gaze upon Talonclaw will be a sight to remember. Look! Our friend returns!

Talk with Apata again.

We were just about to come find you. The wards block off the whole northern shallows.
Gossip Don't worry, I have a solution.
Ah, you found something in that nightmarish village?
Gossip <Show Apata the runes and explain how to cross the river.>
Apata Highmountain says: Wonderful! I can just attach them here and...
Apata attaches the runes to three harpoons and ties the ends to ropes.

Stage 7: Into the Mists

Harpoons and runes in hand, the fog barrier can be breached. Use a harpoon to cross the wards.
  • Use the harpoon to cross the fog.
Apata Highmountain says: It is done. Let us go across!
The three hunters hurl the harpoons into a tree trunk on the other side and use the ropes to leap through the barrier.

Stage 8: The Shallows of Death

Apata wants to get the lay of the land carefully, follow her around the swamp.
  • Follow Apata.
Apata Highmountain says: It is... eerily quiet.
Wuho Highmountain says: I cannot sense any beasts at all!
Apata Highmountain says: And yet, I am certain we are being watched...
A short cutscene then begins, showing Dakarr, Highmountain's Bane, appearing from the fog and standing atop a large rock, with several Illusory Stalkers emerging from the mists on the ground.
Apata Highmountain yells: The beast is there! An'she protect us!
The cutscene ends.

Stage 9: Deadly Shadows

Dakarr is sending illusionary stalkers at you, defend yourself!
  • Use [Flare] to reveal and defeat the illusions.
Apata Highmountain says: Defend yourselves!
Apata Highmountain says: These illusions use stealth! A flare could reveal them!

Stage 10: The Hunter or the Hunted

Dakarr hides in the deep mists, go into them and lay traps to catch him.
  • Place a trap in the mists to catch Dakarr.
Apata Highmountain says: It went into that deep patch of mist. It could be hiding anywhere! Hero, do you have a trap strong enough to hold the beast?
Wuho Highmountain says: Perhaps something explosive to disperse the mist? We are right behind you, master trapper. We will stand guard as you set it.

Enter the mist, find a Mist Trap on the ground and interact with it. The longer you take to set the trap, the more attacks you will suffer from Dakarr (who always abruptly vanishes again after attacking) as well as his Illusory Stalkers.

  • Apata Highmountain says: It claws at us from the mist! Hurry!
  • Apata Highmountain says: Hold off these beasts until the trap is sprung!

Once the trap has been set, Dakarr emerges from the mists.

The mist dissipates, revealing Dakarr in the trap!
Apata Highmountain says: It worked! Slay the monster!

Dakarr will periodically enter stealth. Heed Apata's advice and use [Flare] to reveal him.

  • Apata Highmountain says: These illusions use stealth! A flare could reveal them!
  • Apata Highmountain says: Their stealth is maddening! Someone drop a flare!

Eventually, Dakarr kills Wuho before disappearing again.

Apata Highmountain yells: Wuho! No!
Apata kneels next to her brother's corpse.
Apata Highmountain says: Beloved brother... I should never have brought you!

Stage 11: For the Fallen

The beast has fled to another lair of mist, trap it again and avenge Wuho.
  • Trap Dakarr in the mist lair.
Apata Highmountain says: You shall be avenged! We must finish this. Follow the monster!

Follow Apata northeast. You suffer from Corrupted Wounds, preventing you from healing past 75% Health.

Apata Highmountain says: These wounds... they are not healing. We must finish this quickly, before we bleed out!

Set the trap in the same way you did in Stage 10.

Apata Highmountain says: We cannot fight the monster until you place the trap! Hurry!

Find the quest trap and set it:

The mist dissipates, revealing Dakarr in the trap!

Eventually, Dakarr mortally wounds Apata in the same way he killed Wuho before fleeing, wounded, to his lair in the north.

Apata Highmountain yells: Not again, beast! I will-- AAARGHH!!

Stage 12: The Lair of the Beast

Dakarr has fled to his true lair, but is too weak to hide behind fog. Finish him in his lair.
  • Slay Dakarr.
A short cutscene begins to play, showing Dakarr retreating to the Lair of the Beast.
Apata Highmountain yells: It is... over for me... you must... finish this.
Apata Highmountain yells: Slay... the monster. Find... Talonclaw...
The cutscene ends. Apata lays dead on the ground, with Deesa refusing to leave her side.

Go directly north, enter the lair and finally kill Dakarr.

Final Stage: Talonclaw

The foul beast is dead and the path to the Spear is open. Take up Talonclaw.
  • Take Talonclaw.

On the ground by the artifact is the bleached skeleton of Dorro Highmountain. After looting the artifact, his spirit appears standing over his remains.

Dorro Highmountain says: At long last the monster is dead and our relic reclaimed. My spirit can finally move on from this place...

If you talk to him, he has the following to say:

Again I thank you. I will find the spirits of your friends and ensure they do not stay here.

If this is your character's first artifact, return to Dalaran using your  [Dalaran Hearthstone] and find Emmarel Shadewarden where you first found her, in the Hunter's Reach shop.

If it's your character's second or third artifact, Emmarel will instead be found at the Trueshot Lodge, either at her usual spot, or at the southern watchtower.

Dorro Highmountain says: Hero, I sense your destiny lies with the ancient night elf who started you on this journey. Before I depart, I can send you back to the city in the sky. May Talonclaw serve you well.

Take Dorro's portal to Dalaran.


  1. N Hunter [10-45] Needs of the Hunters
  2. N Hunter [10-45] The Hunter's Call
  3. N Hunter [10-45] Weapons of Legend
  4. Acquire the chosen artifact:
  5. N Hunter [10-45] On Eagle's Wings
  6. N Hunter [10-45] The Unseen Path
  7. N Hunter [10-45] Oath of Service
  8. N Hunter [10-45] Tactical Matters
  9. N Hunter [10-45] The Campaign Begins
  10. N Hunter [10-45] Pledge of Loyalty
  11. N Hunter [10-45] Rise, Champions
  12. N Hunter [10-45] Making Contact
  13. N Hunter [10-45] Recruiting The Troops
  14. N Hunter [10-45] Troops in the Field
  15. N Hunter [10-45] Tech It Up A Notch
  16. N Hunter [10-45] Scouting Reports
  17. N Hunter [10-45] Continuing the Legend
  18. N Hunter [10-45] Lending a Hand
  19. Complete both:
  20. N Hunter [10-45] Urgent Summons
  21. Complete all of:
  22. N Hunter [10-45] Homecoming
  23. N Hunter [10-45] Signaling Trouble
  24. Complete all:

Level 45

  1. N Hunter [45] Highmountain Hunters
  2. Complete both:
  3. N Hunter [45] Baron and the Huntsman
  4. N Hunter [45] Missing Mages
  5. N Hunter [45] The Scent of Magic
  6. N Hunter [45] Assisting the Archmage
  7. N Hunter [45] Knowing Our Enemy
  8. N Hunter [45] Leyworm Lure
  9. N Hunter [45] To Tame the Beast
  10. N Hunter [45] The Nature of the Beast
  11. N Hunter [45] Requesting Reinforcements
  12. Complete all of:
  13. N Hunter [45] Leading By Example
  14. N Hunter [45] In Defense of Dalaran
  15. N Hunter [45] Champion: Halduron Brightwing
  16. N Hunter [45] A Hero's Weapon

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