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This article is about the legendary artifact in Legion. For the entity within the blade, see Xal'atath. For its quest item version, see Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 01 [Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire].
Not to be confused with Inv axe 2h orgrimmarraid d 01 [Xal'atoh, Desecrated Image of Gorehowl].
Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 01

Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire is one of the artifacts used by shadow priests in World of Warcraft: Legion. Equipping it will automatically place Inv offhand 1h artifactcthun d 01 [Secrets of the Void] in your off-hand.


This item is a quest reward from N Priest [10-45] Blade in Twilight.


Xal'atath is truly ancient, dating back to the time of the Old Gods' Black Empire. Theories abound as to the nature of its creation: the more outlandish claim that the blade is the remains of a forgotten Old God who was consumed by its kin, while other theories state it is the claw of Y'Shaarj itself. Whatever the truth of its origin, the blade is infused with the Old Gods' power. Legends state that it can even grant its wielder visions of the Black Empire, though doing so inevitably drives the viewer mad.

After the Pantheon's titan-forged armies shattered the Black Empire and chained the Old Gods beneath Azeroth, Xal'atath remained free; changing hands many times over the millennia and sowing death and chaos wherever it went. Eventually, it found its way into the hands of a troll named Zan'do, an ambitious Gurubashi witch doctor ousted from his prestigious position by his rivals. Xal'atath easily twisted his mind, preying upon his anger and turning his thoughts of revenge into an obsession. Xal'atath guided Zan'do and his followers to a mound of black stone at the foot of the Zandalar mountains. Though the Zandalari mystics had forbidden all trolls from approaching it, Zan'do believed it held the power to defeat his rivals--a belief that was only magnified when he learned that it was the remains of a powerful creature named Kith'ix. Xal'atath encouraged Zan'do to make blood offerings to Kith'ix, and the witch doctor butchered his companions in a profane ritual. At its conclusion, Zan'do plunged Xal'atath into Kith'ix's hide. The beast awakened and rose once more, and Zan'do and his followers were never seen again.

Kith'ix awakened the slumbering aqir and sent them to scour the surface of Azeroth, unleashing the full extent of Xal'atath's dark powers against the trolls. Though they would eventually defeat him and his insectoid armies, they never forgot the might of Xal'atath. Many tribes still whisper stories about the black blade that nearly brought them to extinction.

At some point after the Great Sundering, and for a certain period of time, Xal'atath was in possession of the naga.[1]

Thousands of years later, Xal'atath was brought to Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan's wife, Modgud, by one of the Dark Iron dwarves she employed to search for magical artifacts. An accomplished sorceress in her own right, Modgud was immediately enraptured by the blade and spent several days in her chambers trying to discern its secrets. When she emerged, she sought out the dwarf who had brought it to her to thank him... but no one could find him, or even remember his name or face. Modgud wielded Xal'atath throughout the War of the Three Hammers, using it against the Wildhammer dwarves of Grim Batol and summoning shadowy apparitions from the dark corners of the fortress. Eventually, Khardros Wildhammer fought his way through the Dark Iron army and confronted Modgud herself. She reached for Xal'atath to defend herself but found the blade inexplicably absent. Khardros struck her down with a single mighty blow from his hammer; as she lay dying, she repeated one phrase over and over: "You promised..."

Following the First War, a human priestess named Natalie Seline dedicated herself to studying the foul magics wielded by the orcs, knowing that knowledge of this power was key to fighting it. She heard stories of a dark blade that held sway over the shadows themselves. Troubled that such a blade could exist, she sought it out. As soon as she touched the dagger, Xal'atath spoke to her and she immediately understood that it could not be destroyed. From it, she learned of the Void and its interactions with the Light. By the time of the Second War she had not only learned how to wield shadow magic but taught it to her followers, using its power in secret to wage war against the orcs. Xal'atath's maddening whispers took their toll on her sanity, though, twisting her noble intentions into zealous fanaticism. She and her followers embraced shadow magic wholeheartedly, many even forsaking the Light entirely. Though Seline urged caution, her pleas fell on deaf ears. In time her followers decided that she was keeping the true secrets of shadow magic from them, murdering her in her sleep and taking Xal'atath.[2]

When the Burning Legion invaded Azeroth from the Broken Isles, the dwarven queen Moira Thaurissan worked with the undead bishop Alonsus Faol to search for weapons to fight them. Through double agents within the Twilight's Hammer, they learned the cult was using Xal'atath in some sort of unholy ritual in Tirisfal Glades. They sent a priest to investigate, discovering that the Twilight's Hammer had broken into the tomb of Tyr. Within, Twilight Deacon Farthing was using the blade to attempt to reanimate Zakajz the Corruptor, a C'Thrax who had once served Yogg-Saron alongside Kith'ix. Farthing turned Xal'atath's power against the priest, but when he began to lose the battle the blade abandoned him. Calling him weak, it devoured his soul and told the priest to take hold of it. As the priest clutched the black blade, it whispered that the only way to ensure Zakajz would never rise again was to use Xal'atath to devour its essence. The priest agreed, and as Xal'atath grew in power they departed for the Broken Isles to do battle together against the Legion. This priest ended up as the High Priest of Netherlight Temple.[3]

The High Priest wielded Xal'atath against the Burning Legion for a time, ultimately draining much of its power to purge the sword of Sargeras of its corrupting power in Silithus.[4] They either lost or abandoned it thereafter, however, and it had fallen into the hands of the naga by the time they attacked Kul Tiras and Zandalar.[5] Collector Kojo came across the blade by accident near a makeshift altar in Stormsong Valley,[6] and the adventurer sought to use it to gain insight into the naga's plans. Xal'atath explained that the naga sought to conjure a storm powerful enough to scour all Azeroth using three relics: the Void Stone, the Trident of Deep Ocean, and the Tempest Caller. Xal'atath guided the adventurer to Drustvar where they found the high elf Inanis attempting to wield the Void Stone's power. After killing her, Xal'atath drew upon the Void Stone's power and possessed Inanis's corpse.[7] Now in a mortal form, she helped the adventurer find the other two relics[8][9] and brought them to the Crucible of Storms beneath the Precipice of Oblivion.

Rather than stopping the naga, however, Xal'atath offered the relics and the adventurer to N'Zoth in exchange for her freedom. N'Zoth severed her from the dagger, keeping it for himself in the bargain; Xal'atath departed through a portal, confident she would see the adventurer once more.[10] Soon after, a Horde adventurer brought the severed dagger to Sylvanas Windrunner.[11] Nathanos Blightcaller later held it as the seas over Nazjatar parted beneath his vessel.[12] After landing in Nazjatar, Nathanos, with the blade in hand, ventured away from the rest of the Horde forces in order to complete his secret mission.[13] He delivered it into the hands of Queen Azshara, who later claimed that she had intended to use it against N'Zoth. However, her plans were interrupted by the Alliance and Horde, and she was taken to Ny'alotha to be tortured by Dark Inquisitor Xanesh. She was eventually freed by Wrathion and Azeroth's champions, and subsequently gave them the dagger so that they could use it against N'Zoth themselves.[14] Wrathion stabbed the dagger into Old God's carapace, tearing it open in a massive blast of energy. The blade's whereabouts thereafter, if it remains intact, are unknown.

Artifact traits[]

Xal'atath interface


Ability Ranks Linked powers
Spell shadow skull [Call to the Void] 1 Touch of Darkness
Spell priest voidtendrils [Creeping Shadows] 4 Sphere of Insanity; To the Pain
Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 02 [Darkening Whispers] 1 None
Spell shadow demonicfortitude [Death's Embrace] 4 From the Shadows; Void Siphon
Spell shadow summonvoidwalker [From the Shadows] 4 Death's Embrace; Mind Shattering; Thrive in the Shadows
Ability priest auspiciousspirits [Mass Hysteria] 1 Mind Shattering
Ability priest clarityofpower [Mental Fortitude] 1 Void Corruption
Ability kaztik dominatemind [Mind Shattering] 4 From the Shadows; Mass Hysteria
Ability ironmaidens convulsiveshadows [Sinister Thoughts] 1 Thoughts of Insanity
Spell priest shadoworbs [Sphere of Insanity] 1 Creeping Shadows
Spell shadow skull [Thoughts of Insanity] 4 Sinister Thoughts; Touch of Darkness; Void Corruption; Void Siphon
Ability priest voidentropy [Thrive in the Shadows] 1 From the Shadows; To the Pain
Spell shadow shadowwordpain [To the Pain] 4 Creeping Shadows; Thriving Shadows; Unleash the Shadows
Spell shadow chilltouch [Touch of Darkness] 4 Call to the Void; Thoughts of Insanity
Ability priest shadowyapparition [Unleash the Shadows] 4 To the Pain; Void Siphon
Spell priest voidshift [Void Corruption] 4 Mental Fortitude; Thoughts of Insanity; Void Siphon
Spell shadow siphonmana [Void Siphon] 1 Death's Embrace; Thoughts of Insanity; Unleash the Shadows; Void Corruption; Void Torrent
Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 01 [Void Torrent] 1 Void Siphon

Hidden trait: Xal'atath will occasionally whisper to you, similar to other Old God-themed weapons.


Ability Ranks
Misc legionfall priest [Darkness of the Conclave] 1
Spell shadow shadowfiend [Fiending Dark] 4
Inv elemental mote shadow01 [Mind Quickening] 1
Achievement boss yoggsaron 01 [Lash of Insanity] 1
Temp [Concordance of the Legionfall] 50


Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 01Inv offhand 1h artifactcthun d 01 Classic

Achievement: Achievement arena 5v5 1 [Fighting with Style: Classic]

Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire
Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire2
Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire3
Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire4
This is the default appearance Recover one of the Pillars of Creation Recover Inv jewelcrafting taladitecrystal [Light's Heart]
N [10-45] Light's Charge
Complete the first major Campaign effort with your order
N Priest [10-45] Velen's Vision

Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 02Inv offhand 1h artifactcthun d 02 Upgraded: Embrace of the Old Gods

Achievement: Achievement arena 5v5 1 [Fighting with Style: Upgraded]

Embrace of the Old Gods
Embrace of the Old Gods2
Embrace of the Old Gods3
Embrace of the Old Gods4
Complete the priest Order Campaign
Achievement bg killxenemies generalsroom [Forged for Battle]
Unlock every artifact trait
Ability skyreach empower [Power Realized]
Research the full history of the artifact
Inv artifact tome01 [Part of History]
Obtain eight rare archeological finds
Trade archaeology [This Side Up]

Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 03Inv offhand 1h artifactcthun d 03 Valorous: The Fallen Blade

Achievement: Achievement arena 5v5 1 [Fighting with Style: Valorous]

The Fallen Blade
The Fallen Blade2
The Fallen Blade3
The Fallen Blade4
Complete the Balance of Power questline
Achievement dungeon utgardepinnacle 25man [Improving on History]
Kill eight world bosses
Inv misc stormdragonpurple [Unleashed Monstrosities]
Complete a Mythic Mode Dungeon using a level 15 keystone
Achievement challengemode platinum [Keystone Master]
Earn the achievement Inv helm plate legionquest100 b 01 [Glory of the Legion Hero]

Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 04Inv offhand 1h artifactcthun d 04 War-torn: Vision of Madness

Achievement: Alliance Achievement arena 5v5 6 [Fighting with Style: War-torn]/Horde Achievement arena 5v5 6 [Fighting with Style: War-torn]

Vision of Madness
Vision of Madness2
Vision of Madness3
Vision of Madness4
Participate in Player vs. Player combat and reach Achievement legionpvptier2 [Honor Level 10] Reach Achievement legionpvp2tier2 [Honor Level 30] Reach Achievement legionpvp2tier4 [Honor Level 50] Reach Achievement legionpvp3tier3 [Honor Level 80]

Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 05Inv offhand 1h artifactcthun d 05 Challenging: Twisted Reflection

Achievement: Inv icon heirloomtoken weapon01 [Fighting with Style: Challenging]

Twisted Reflection
Twisted Reflection2
Twisted Reflection3
Twisted Reflection4
Complete the Twins Challenge questline Defeat Heroic Kiljaeden after unlocking a Challenge artifact appearance Win 10 rated battlegrounds after unlocking a Challenge artifact appearance Defeat all Legion dungeon bosses after unlocking a challenge artifact appearance

Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 06Inv offhand 1h artifactcthun d 06 Hidden: Claw of N'Zoth

Achievement: Achievement arena 5v5 7 [Fighting with Style: Hidden]

Claw of N'Zoth
Claw of N'Zoth2
Claw of N'Zoth3
Claw of N'Zoth4
Acquire Inv knife 1h artifactcthun d 06 [Claw of N'Zoth] Complete 30 Legion dungeons after unlocking a Hidden artifact appearance Complete 200 World Quests after unlocking a Hidden artifact appearance Kill 1,000 enemy players after unlocking a Hidden artifact appearance


When equipped, certain zones, characters, and events can trigger Xal'atath to say or whispers things to the player, like the Inv offhand 1h artifactskulloferedar d 01 [Skull of the Man'ari].

Killing a target[]

  • Enjoy that?
  • <short chuckle>
  • <evil laughter>
  • Did you feel it cease to exist?
  • Every little death helps.
  • Boring.
  • Delicious.


  • When do you think she turned? Centuries ago? She hides her hunger for power behind a cloak of suffering in righteousness. (at Cordana Felsong)
  • This one is old, but still not one of the first. These creatures were too hungry for magic to obey our masters, though they still prove useful from time to time. (at Glazer)
  • Skovald seeks to join the ranks of the destroyers, unaware that so many of those who dare are betrayed. (at God-King Skovald)
  • Odyn was a great enemy... until his own arrogance proved his undoing. You should ask him if he's considered Loken's final words to him. Go ahead. (at Odyn, in the Seat of Ascension, note that this triggers a fatal interaction)
  • Another fool who believed Illidan's lies of sacrifice and righteousness. Tormented, he turns on everyone. (at Tirathon Saltheril)
  • So much fury in this soul! It will be a good harvest. (at Illysanna Ravencrest)
  • Another tortured soul, long overdue for oblivion. I am more interested in his advisor, though… (at Lord Kur'talos Ravencrest and Latosius)
  • Another mindwarped servant of Xavius. A druid should have better control of his own mind, don't you think? (at Arch-Druid Glaidalis)
  • Xavius' tricks are cunning. Why reveal yourself when you can control from afar? (at Shade of Xavius)
  • Though he is not one of our servants, he has heard our whispers. They darkened him forever. (at Ularogg Cragshaper)
  • A beast of stone who ignorantly throws around power he barely controls. He should be put down before he ruins our plans. (at Dargrul)
  • How far the Manastorms have fallen! Relying on crude machines and weak arcane wizardry did them no favors. Still, they had their uses. (at Millificent Manastorm)
  • For this idiotic pustule of N'Zoth to have lived so long... it does little to refute my opinion of this world's new owners. (at Mindflayer Kaahrj)
  • Her mother was more impressive. This one's hunger is uncontrollable and her tactics overused. An easy target. (at Blood-Princess Thal'ena)
  • Really? These thugs of Sargeras are so interchangeable. This one is good with his axe! How unique. (at Fel Lord Betrug)
  • It is possible N'Zoth may be responsible for her form, but her arrogance is all her own. (at Lady Hatecoil)
  • Behold the wasted power of the titans before you. Done in their name no less. (at Wrath of Azshara)
  • It was thought his kind was incorruptible. A lesson for my brothers I suppose. (at Harbaron)
  • Loken did find work turning her. But in truth, Odyn's arrogance takes most of the credit. (at Helya in the Maw of Souls)
  • A great dragon, bent to the will of Xavius, who serves the God of the Deep. Instead of breathing life, she consumes all around her. (at Nythendra)
  • A corrupted corpse of a dragon... How dangerous could that be? (at Nythendra and Dresaron)
  • It appears the prison of N’zoth is not as strong as it once was. What you see is a tiny growth of the behemoth that may yet consume your world. (at Il'gynoth the Heart of Corruption)
  • Another seed of corruption planted in death. An unquiet spirit will wander in anger and grow in pain. Easy prey for the God of the Deep. (at Elerethe Renferal)
  • Another defender of the Titans brought low. Every death makes it easier. Perhaps now his misery will end, though I doubt it. (at Ursoc)
  • Corrupting the guardians of the dream is a bold move. But Xavius may be overreaching. He would be better off quietly spread the nightmare’s influence, instead of raising such alarm. (at the Dragons of Nightmare)
  • Xavius uses the power of his new master well. Warping the mind of a demigod is no mean feat. (at Cenarius)
  • Xavius, running from one master to the next, scrambling for power, yet defeated again and again. The God of the Deep picks a poor champion? Or, is there something else at play? (when facing Xavius)
  • Almost completely gone, as if it never existed. But the rift is deep and vast, and somewhere down there it stirs. Something has changed, the last prison weakens. We must prepare. (interacting with the Remnant of the Void after defeating Xavius)
  • Do you see it? The poor host cannot be saved, only put down. (at Ivanyr)
  • Another nameless brute of Sargeras pretending to aid these elves. Little do they know their fate. (at General Xakal)
  • A traitor to this world and to his kind. His end was never in question, only who deliver it. (at Advisor Vandros)
  • An interesting mutation of an ancient species. Its shell is nearly impregnable. Nearly... (at Skorpyron)
  • I long for the day our masters can truly pass into this realm. You have only seen fragments, shadows; the faintest of echoes. Ask the Ethereals what one of these manifestations are capable of. (at Star Augur Etraeus)
  • An interesting amalgamation of fel species. I wonder, are there more of its kind? (at Krosus)
  • Such arrogance, even for a long-lived elf. The taste of her life force is exquisite. (at Spellblade Aluriel)
  • Here is one who has caught the merest glimpse of your grim reality. It warped his mind forever. (at Star Augur Etraeus)
  • She claims to know the future. But those who have lived far longer than her know the truth. Her desperate bid to remain in control dooms her people. (at Elisande)
  • Long has this one's time been coming. A true servant of the fallen titan, he seeks the doom of all things. As if that would really save them from the Void. (at Gul'dan)
  • A Legion brute obliterating priceless knowledge. Imagine that. (at Thrashbite the Scornful)
  • Long has this one been a blight upon your world. Not all his schemes came to fruition, but those that did caused untold ruin. (at Mephistroth)
  • From birth, pit lords are oversized and stupid. Somehow the Legion manages to magnify both traits. (at Goroth)
  • At times it seems the naga beg from scraps from the Legion's table. But the queen they serve want far more than that. (at Mistress Sassz'ine)
  • I do so enjoy seeing the shrine of a great enemy profaned by the spirits of its own worshippers. (at Sisters of the Moon)
  • A remnant of power lingers in this broken temple. It must be ours! Come, enter the circle and take it. (Sisters of the Moon defeated, note that this triggers a fatal interaction)
  • My mistake. It seems the upstart "goddess" still holds sway here. Oh well... (fatal interaction when attempting to absorb Elune's power)
  • The haughty elves of old had such regard for their own spirits. Such a delicious indignity. (at The Desolate Host)
  • Invaders messily corrupting other invaders. Typical. Far more useful to coax them along the proper path. Don't you think? (at Maiden of Vigilance)
  • Let me guide you as you battle this vessel. Though it retains but a fraction of the fallen titan's power, you will not survive its onslaught without my expertise. (before the Fallen Avatar)
  • You must face the Deceiver on his own ground, where he is vulnerable. Come, let us taste his soul. (at Kil'jaeden)
  • I can feel the pulse of your world quickening. Soon, all will be drenched in its life blood. (Kil'jaeden defeated)
  • The recruitment of the eredar was quite a win for Sargeras. He desperately needed more intelligence in his warhost. (at Talixae Flamewreath)
  • Watch now as a weak mind gives way to darkness. (before facing Arkhaan)
  • He flaunts his defiance of the shadows. Arrogance will be his undoing. (at Locus-Walker)
  • This one shows promise. The whispers lure her toward her fate. (to Alleria at the Seat of the Triumvirate)
  • While I relish a healthy lust for power, this one fumbles for it like an amateur. (at Viceroy Nezhar)
  • Now this is true beauty! At least one of the mortals in your midst can appreciate what it offers. (at L'ura)
  • The caterpillar has become the butterfly. She is all but ours now. (after L'ura's defeat, when Alleria absorbs her power)
  • These pretenders play at whispering madness. Amateurs! I should demonstrate proper technique. (entering the Temple of Anguish, referring to the shivarra)
  • What a disappointment. He squandered his potential by backing the wrong side. (at Varimathras)
  • This one would make an excellent champion for our cause, perhaps he can yet be turned? (at Dark Keeper Aedis)


  • A servant of the Old Gods. Let us consume it. (in the Broken Isles)
  • There! A spy for N'Zoth. We should kill it. (in the Broken Isles)
  • This land has seen so much upheaval. The Cataclysm, the Sundering, the Scouring. You really have no idea. (in the Broken Isles)
  • It is ironic that the weakest of us may be the ultimate victor. C'Thun, Yogg-Saron, Y'Shaarj, and... well. Only one would remain to consume the world, that was always meant to be. (in the Hall of Glory in the Halls of Valor)
  • Ymiron was a fine tool. He did more to spread the blessing of flesh than any other of his kind. (in the Maw of Souls)
  • Do the naaru speak of the eternal conflict? That the entire history of your world is but a fraction of the time that has passed? Of those that came before the draenei? No? <short chuckle> (in Netherlight Temple)
  • The walls between realms are thin here, so easy to tear open. Do you know what would happen if true shadow and light would meet here? (in Netherlight Temple)
  • I know the naaru consider us horrors to be resisted. We do not share this view. They are merely beloved brethren that lost the true path. They will return to their masters... in time. (in Netherlight Temple)
  • The research into the Void here is commendable, but ultimately futile. How could you possibly understand what the titans did not? (in Netherlight Temple at the Sanctuary of the Void)
  • Oh! You've gathered quite the group of followers. It is fortunate they are focused on this incursion and not the true war. The scope of it might destroy your minds. (in Netherlight Temple)
  • Helya and her cult are strong here. So close to the truth, yet so far. (in Helheim)
  • We may face some of my brethren in this conflict... a prospect that delights me. Their power will be mine! They will pay for what was done to me long ago. (in Orgrimmar)
  • I remember the Dark Iron fondly. Modgud was so easy to influence, such was her hate. Imagine her fury when I abandoned her to the Wildhammer at the worst time. I can be very easy to lose. Remember that. (at Blackrock Mountain)


  • The dragons are weak here. You would do well to exploit this fact.
  • The Legion burrows deep here. If they burrow deeper, they may not like what they find.
  • Disaster abounds here. Elf ruins filled with unquiet souls ripe for harvest.
  • It took ages to make my return to the surface after the Sundering. The naga can be so possessive of artifacts.


  • The fallen Aspect's lair is near. He was the strongest of them, and yet the easiest one for us to corrupt.
  • The tauren here are remarkably resilient to corruption, considering their origins.
  • More of the titans' failed experiments grow here unchecked. The drogbar prove their failure as creators.


  • The God of the Deep writhes in his prison, breaking free ever so slowly. You should hurry and defeat the fallen titan... there are greater battles yet to fight.
  • To see Yogg-Saron's nightmare in full bloom fills me with jealousy... and some pride.
  • Here you will see why the Legion's invasion is ultimately futile. All can be corrupted, dreams and demons alike.
  • The elves here are desperate to save themselves from the Nightmare, while the demons seek to harness its might. Both will fail.


  • Do not be impressed by tall icons of the titans which stand here. The towers of sacrifice in Ny'alotha dwarf these pathetic temples.
  • The spawn of the Titans infest this area. Despite our "gift" of the flesh, they still worship those false gods. (in Hrydshal)


  • This city of the elves pales in comparison to the sleeping city...
  • Suramar, its "noble" citizens greedily slurping at their world's very lifeblood.
  • The fallen elves cower behind their wall. They know no other way...

Broken Shore[]

  • That fel edifice towering over this land pales in comparison to the grandeur of what stood here long ago.
  • Is this not the site of what you mortals consider your greatest humiliation? I hope you fare better this time...
  • This conflict is but a shadow of an ancient war that predated the meddling of the titans. Infinite armies clashed in ceaseless battle. But I'm sure your little war is impressive... in its own way.
  • This was always a place of power. Aegwynn was drawn here, and before her, the elves, and before them, the trolls. And before them...
  • I don't believe these lands have seen such carnage since the Battle for K'tanth. Such a long time ago...
  • It was here in ages past that the God of the Deep lost a great battle to the God of Seven Heads. But as was so often the case even defeat ultimately worked in N'zoth's favor.
  • Your allies consider me a bad influence. Yet all I've ever done is speed you along the path you chose. (at Deliverance Point)


  • Such potential here, but all of it wasted on a doomed crusade. (aboard the Vindicaar)
  • Can you taste it on the air? The sweet nectar of madness? Mmm... this place is swollen with it. (at Eredath)

Antorus, the Burning Throne[]

Battle for Azeroth[]

  • So much death here, so much power. (used in a blue post by Kaivax to announce the Crucible of Storms release date)[15]
  • The nearness of the Void here is comforting. I was used in a sacrifice of many creatures in a place like this. Every death brought us closer to the complete corruption of this world. (at the Locus of Infinite Truths in Ny'alotha, where N'Zoth is located)


  • You were a good choice. No other wielder has murdered their way across a continent like you have. I admire your endurance. (after beating all raids in a single expansion)
  • The Light would have your kind remain obedient and stagnant. I offer the gifts of freedom and strength. I hope you remember my kindness.


  • A powerful dragon could be a powerful tool. Alas, gone are the days of Galakrond.
  • These three have enjoyed the secret favor of N'Zoth for long enough. Sadly, their (breathing/reaving) days are done. (possibly in reference to The Soultakers in Stormheim, as one of the bosses is Reaver Jdorn)
  • This trifling skirmish is little more than a distraction. The true battle draws neigh as the circle nears completion.
Xal'atath HS

Xal'atath in Hearthstone.


  • Its flavor text was changed from "Do not put your faith in the black blade. It will deceive you. It will not be controlled." during the Alpha.
  • For the main skins, the cutting edge of the blade faces towards the wielder, while a pointed talon section is used against enemies.
  • Xal'atath appears as a uncollectible neutral weapon in the Voyage to the Sunken City expansion for Hearthstone. It can be generated by Queen Azshara's effect.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Kaivax's use of the quote "So much death here, so much power." in relation to the Crucible of Storms under the Shrine of the Storm, which is part of N'Zoth's body, in combination with the Ny'alotha quote is "The nearness of the Void here is comforting. I was used in a sacrifice of many creatures in a place like this. Every death brought us closer to the complete corruption of this world." and her mentioning in the quest B [50] Twist the Knife that the Shrine of the Storm is a place of ancient power that has had many names over the ages, might indicate that the Shrine of the Storm is where she had been used previously.

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