How to acquire Wrath (level 80) heirloom items in WoW

heirloom sword

Heirloom PvP sword - note the bound on account and gold coloured text

Heirloom Items have been one of the great innovations of the current Warcraft expansion. There are three reasons for this:

  1. They are account bound. You can pass them freely between any character on your server which is on the same account, even between horde and alliance.
  2. These items are designed for alts. Whereas a normal WoW item has fixed stats, an heirloom grows in power in proportion to the character wielding it. It will always be roughly equivalent to a good blue item of similar level, and will scale smoothly from level 1-80. Plate heirlooms even scale down to chain if the wearer is below level 40 (so that low level warriors and paladins can use them), similarly chain items scale down to leather at low level.
  3. As well as scaling with level, some of the heirloom items also give the wearer a permanent xp boost. Other games may let you buy a temporary +10% xp potion, but some heirlooms offer that bonus permanently.

Currently available heirlooms include a wide choice of weapons, chest pieces, shoulders, trinkets, and a ring. And characters can equip any heirloom of an appropriate armour type or lower (so for example, your resto shaman could use cloth heirloom shoulders).

If you can equip a new alt with heirlooms, you are not only giving it a boost but also making the levelling process much easier on yourself. No need to keep looking for a new weapon every few levels, just use an heirloom and don’t worry about it.

OK, so you are playing WoW at the moment and would like to earn some heirlooms for your alts and to help prepare for Cataclysm, how can you do that? There are three different methods for buying heirlooms – all of them will require a high level character as the buyer (at least level 70 although it will be difficult to get enough emblems, seals, shards etc before the buyer is level 80.)

A fourth method is that an heirloom ring (+5% xp) can be acquired if you win the weekly Ka’luak fishing derby. The ring cannot be gotten in any other way.

Buying Heirlooms with Emblems of Triumph (Group PvE Route)

Emblems of Triumph are the rewards given for running Wrath instances, heroics, and lower tier raids (Naxxramas, Malygos, Ulduar, and Trial of the Crusader).

  • In general, you will receive 2 emblems of triumph for completing a random (normal) instance via the dungeon finder (first instance of the day only, any random instances after that give cash and xp instead.)
  • Heroic instances give more emblems. There will be one for each boss in addition to the two awarded at instance completion (the first instance of the day will give two emblems of frost instead.)
  • Lower tier raids award one emblem per boss.
  • The weekly raid quest awards 5 emblems of triumph and 5 emblems of frost.

You can run normal Wrath instances in levelling gear. If you wish to run heroics, it would be a good idea to gear up a bit and get some practice first. This means that there is a trade-off between spending your emblems on gear that will make it easier for you to run heroics (and hence get emblems more quickly), or saving up for the heirlooms first.

To put this into perspective, you would have to run  random normal instances for 20 days to acquire enough emblems to buy an heirloom chest. You could acquire the same number of emblems from 6-8 heroics which you could run back to back in a single day, if you really wanted to (warning: I don’t actually recommend doing this).

Heirloom costs with emblems of triumph

  • Chest (+10% xp) – 40 emblems
  • Shoulders (+10% xp) – 40 emblems
  • 1 handed weapon – 40 emblems
  • 2 handed weapon – 65 emblems
  • Trinket – 50 emblems

How to buy your heirlooms with emblems of triumph


The heirloom vendors are located with the other emblem vendors inside the Horde or Alliance specific areas in Dalaran.  Enchanter Isian is the Alliance vendor, and Enchanter Erodin does the honours for the Horde.

allyemblem You will notice that the vendors want to be paid in emblems of heroism. But you only have emblems of triumph!

Fear not, it is possible to convert your emblems into lower tier ones (which is what emblems of heroism are), although it is mildly annoying to have to do so.


1. First go to the emblem of triumph vendor. On the very last page of items which they sell, you will see Emblem of Conquest. You can exchange emblems of triumph for emblems of conquest on a 1:1 basis. So if you want to buy an heirloom chest, first buy 40 emblems of conquest.

2. Then go to the emblem of conquest vendor. Just as above, on the very last page of items, you will see Emblem of Valor for sale which you can buy for emblems of conquest. Buy 40 (or however many) emblems of valor with your emblems of conquest.

3. Then go to the emblem of valor vendor. Again, on the last page of items that they sell emblems of heroism and each one will cost one emblem of valor. Swap your emblems of valor for emblems of heroism.

4. Now finally you can go and buy your heirlooms!!

If you also have spare emblems of frost which you’d like to use for this, you can convert them into emblems of triumph at the frost vendor in the same way. So do that first and then go to step 1, above.

Buying PvP Heirlooms with Stone Keeper’s Shards

Another way to buy heirloom items is using Stone Keeper’s Shards. These are awarded every time you kill an instance boss while your faction holds Lake Wintergrasp. They are also awarded for completing daily PvP quests in Wintergrasp.

You’ll tend to acquire these in large amounts if your faction does regularly hold Wintergrasp and you run instances, and the cost of the heirlooms reflects this. If you don’t want heirlooms, you can also buy gems and enchants with the shards.

The PvP heirloom vendor is inside the keep in Lake Wintergrasp so you can also only buy the items when your faction holds the zone.

Costs are as follows:

  • Shoulders (+10% xp) – 200 shards
  • 1 handed weapon – 200 shards
  • 2 handed weapon – 325 shards
  • trinket – 250 shards

Note: Heirloom chests are not available as PvP rewards.

Buying PvE Heirlooms with Champion’s Seals (solo PvE)

The last way of buying heirlooms involves the Argent Tournament. Before you can even access the vendor, you must have completed the Crusader achievement and also be exalted with the Silver Covenant/ Sunreaver faction. (Note: This may be very grindy and does involve lots of jousting and daily quests.)crusaderemb

Champion’s Seals are awarded by the Argent Tournament for any quests that you complete for them. This includes all the Argent Tournament dailies that you access once you are a champion for at least one faction. You can also earn Champion’s Seals by completing the Trial of the Champion instance on heroic mode. (1 seal per boss.)

The heirloom vendor is located inside the big Argent Crusade tent at the tournament, the heirlooms are identical to the PvE ones which you can buy with emblems of triumph, and costs are as follows:

  • Chest (+10% xp) – 60 seals
  • Shoulders (+10% xp) – 60 seals
  • 1 handed weapon (melee) – 60 seals
  • 1 handed weapon (caster) – 75 seals
  • 2 handed weapon – 90 seals
  • trinket –- 75 seals

The easiest way to buy heirlooms is by instancing, and then using emblems of triumph for PvE heirlooms and shards to buy PvP heirlooms (either of which will be fine if your main goal is to ease levelling).

It is very difficult to buy heirlooms before the buyer is level 80 (this has been a big criticism of the heirloom system). The only way to do so would be via daily random normal instances (2 emblems of triumph per run) — although you can also access the Argent Tournament at level 77, by the time you have done enough quests to get the Crusader title, chances are that you’ll have hit level 80 anyway.

ps. I would not be surprised to see these turning up for sale in the cash shop at some point, but Blizzard have not yet mentioned any plans to do so.

12 thoughts on “How to acquire Wrath (level 80) heirloom items in WoW

  1. Just wanted to add that you can buy the emblems in multiples and don’t have to buy them one at a time.
    Seems obvious but was my 2nd or 3rd heirloom item before i realised i could!

  2. There’s a goblin vendor in the Dalaran Sewers who facilitates the emblem downgrade process, as they’re the only thing on her vendor panel.

    As to Stone Keeper shards, if you’re high enough level (I think it’s 78 plus), two of the WG weekly quests can be done at any time regardless of faction control (in fact, are generally easy to do off-peak), require killing only NPC’s, and award a large quantity of gold, honor, and 10 shards. The other point with WG heirlooms is that the other uses of shards are pretty limited (there’s a mount for 300, the enchants and gem recipes aren’t that impressive). By contrast, new 80’s can get some pretty major gear upgrades for Triumph emblems.

    Personally, I’d like to see some lower level heirlooms, even if they’re more limited. Would the game really break if blue-quality crafted armor was heirloom 1-37 instead of 37 to equip BOE?

  3. Just one note to speed up the process (as I didn’t see it mentioned yet) – you can “bulk buy” emblems of a lower tier by shift-clicking on the item you want and the entering a number.

    As none of the other items are usually bought in bulk this might be worth mentioning.

    • @ Koch: I wish I had known this sooner, but thanks, this is a great tip!!!

      If I were looking for information on how to obtain Heirlooms, this is a wonderfully consise article that I would recommend to anyone. Simply splendid!

      Having obtained heirlooms using all 3 methods, I would highly recommend the PvE via Heroic route for the speed at which you can obtain the required emblems. The tournament was fun the first time through, but you can only make a max of 10 champion seals a day (not including ToC 5Man heroic), so make that 13. But like you say, 6-8 heroic runs and you’re good to go.

  4. Yeah, what Koch said. It actually took me a while to figure that out (by accident I might add), and then I felt like a dunce for about five minutes. You get that familiar number box like when you’re trying to trade someone only 2 flasks (or w/e). Definitely helpful for batch processing emblems.

  5. Another thing I did not know about heirlooms until recently is that your character can equip heirlooms of a armor type even if you don’t have that proficiency yet, provided that you will get it sometime.

    Example, my level 20 shaman is using the “chainmail” heirloom items, even though shaman cannot equip chain until level 40. It does downgrade the stats to make the armor value “leather-like” and it even says “leather” when I look at the item after equipping it.

    A handy thing if you’re buying heirlooms for a low level character that gets an armor upgrade later, just buy the best you can (plate for warriors, paladins – chain for hunters, druids)

  6. So the logical question in my mind is:

    “When will they sell Heirloom-like gear for cash?”

    Seems to me to be a potentially better seller than XP potions.

  7. Thanks for this, mind-boggling and makes me think I really need to be playing WoW in all my non-existent spare time, but at least it means I can focus on trying to get 1 heirloom before Cataclysm!

  8. Don’t forget that you can enchant the weapons and chests w/ old world enchants. I have the 30 spellpower on my staff and 100 mana on my chest. I can burn everything at low levels. The enchants are very expensive, but since I plan to level a warlock in cata, these heirlooms/enchants will be used a few times.

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