Legendary Bow Rae'shalare Drops at 233 Item Level - Upgrade Materials Not Guaranteed
Last week, a handful of lucky players discovered that the
, the legendary bow of Sylavanas Windrunner, drops at normal 233 item level regardless of difficulty. Now in the second week of Sanctum of Domination, we can confirm that the upgrade materials are not a guaranteed drop, meaning that players will not automatically upgrade their weapon the first time they defeat Sylvanas on Heroic or Mythic difficulty.
Moofz excitedly loots the bow after defeating Heroic Sylvanas - note that it is item level 233 rather than 246.
During the patch 9.1 PTR we
discovered two special upgrade materials
for the legendary bow -
- capable of increasing its item level to Heroic (246) and Mythic (259) item levels. Since most legendaries are upgraded via the Runecarver, and it wouldn't make much sense to loot the unique legendary on multiple difficulties, these items effectively replaced Rae'shalare in the loot table, even though they aren't listed in the loot table. While we hoped they would be guaranteed drops for owners of the weapon, it turns out that they may be rare after all, further confirmed by a Blizzard GM (in Spanish).
GM confirmation that the Wraithwisp Sinew and Ethereal Fletching are rare drops.
This revelation is made even more important after players learned that the bow drops at 233 (normal) item level even on Heroic difficulty (normally 246). Of course, we don't yet know for sure how the bow will drop on Mythic or if it even can drop on LFR difficulty - the PTR did have versions for each difficulty listed in the dungeon journal, although those have since been removed. While precedent doesn't always mean much in WoW, previous raid boss drop legendaries such as
similarly did not drop in LFR.
Originally four versions were listed in the dungeon journal, now only the 233 on all difficulties and no LFR version.
Rae'shalare is a Regular (Legendary) Weapon Drop
Despite being a raid dropped legendary, all evidence points at Rae'shalare as being treated like a regular piece of gear. It can be used separate from regular Shadowlands Crafted Legendaries and although it is slightly stronger than normally itemized weapons of the same item level, there are also a lot of special effect items this tier, such as
, and even another Hunter drop:
. Interestingly, the legendary bow is also treated as a normal personal loot drop, rather than "push loot" awarded separate from the regular loot table (such as Shards of Domination and
), and it can be traded like any other item.
This results in something of a disappointment to Hunters. A Normal 233 item level Rae'shalare is roughly equivalent to a typical Heroic 239 item level bow, so if not upgraded, it could be replaced by a better itemized Heroic weapon and would certainly be replaced by Mythic raid or Great Vault drops. How rare the upgrade items are remains to be seen, but the intent appears to be mitigating funnels and splits - you can't have 15 Hunters funnel the bow to one player on Normal, quickly kill Sylvanas on Heroic, and get the best weapon in the game on the first week of the tier.
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