A look at Patch 7.2’s most crucial aspects for returning players and alt-friendliness – Artifact Knowledge, gearing and leveling.
Is the rate at which you gain Artifact Power. Your main goal should be to reach Artifact Knowledge Level 26 as soon as possible, because there’s a significant increase in the multiplier in 7.2. If you lack Order Resources, keep in mind you can buy Order Resources Cache for Blood of Sargeras. Patch 7.2.5 added a bag with up to 4,000 Order Resources (Abundant Order Resources Cache), but we don’t know what plans Blizzard has for it just yet.
Artifact Knowledge Level 25 = 24,900%
Artifact Knowledge Level 26 = 100,000%
The % increase at AK Level 26 is huge, don’t waste your time with World Quests or other AP content before you get it!
Reaching Artifact Knowledge Level 1 – 25
Knowledge is Power is a repeatable quest that can be turned in for 500 Order Resources up to Artifact Knowledge Level 25.
If you have a main that has reached AK Level 25, you can buy Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-IV for 1,000 Order Resources that can be sent to your alts to instantly reach AK Level 20.
If you boost your AK Level with the research compendium to a certain level, the last 5 Artifact Knowledge Levels must be reached by repeating the Knowledge is Power (2,500 Order Resources)
With AK Level cap being increased up to 50, you’ll be able to buy additional compendiums
At AK Level 30: Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-V
At AK Level 35: Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-VI
At AK Level 40: Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-VII
At AK Level 45: Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-VIII
At AK Level 50: Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-IX
Example: Let’s assume you’ve got AK Level 25 on your main and can purchase a compendium that will instantly teach your alt AK Level 25 Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-IV. Using it will make your alt have AK 20, but the last 5 levels have to be reached, by repeating Knowledge is Power five times.
Artifact Knowledge Level 25+
At this time, you will no longer be able to continue your research
You need to start and finish Assault on Broken Shore to be able to research again
After you finish the Assault, the accept the “Seeking Lost Knowledge” quest at Deliverance Point
Once finished, return to your Order Hall and turn in Delivering Lost Knowledge
You can now continue your Artifact Knowledge Research (Discovered Lost Knowledge) and don’t forget to learn AK Level 26 by consuming Empowered Elven Tome in your inventory
Another interesting aspect for returning players and alts is gear. Patch 7.2 makes gearing up super fast.
Crafted Gear & Obliterum
The Obliterum Forge is now available to everyone and Obliterum has never been cheaper
Crafted items have ilvl 835
Obliterum can upgrade items up to ilvl 875
Discover an item appropriate for your specialization with ilvl 850+
Can be purchased from Warmage Kath’leen for 400 Nethershards each (e.g. Dauntless Hood) you shouldn’t be really spending Nethershards on them, because they drop in Demon Assault Scenarios and from all Broken Shore content (bags, caches, mobs, the Sentinax)
Check the Broken Isles map periodically for Demon Assaults. Not only are they a great source of experience, you’ll receive Dauntless tokens and epic quality gear from the last boss
Normal dungeons drop ilvl 825+
Heroic dungeons drop ilvl 845+
Timewalking drop ilvl 855+
Mythic dungeons drop ilvl 865+
Grandiose Armor Kits
World Quest rewards (Farseer’s Grandiose Armor Kit) that instantly upgrade items from your Order Hall Set to ilvl 870.
Discovers an item appropriate for your loot specialization with an ilvl 880+
Relinquished items (e.g. Relinquished Relic) can be purchased from Thaumaturge Vashreen for 5,000 Nethershards each
The items have a chance to contain a Legendary item, so if you’re a freshly-leveled 110 and would like to slot target your Legendary items, Relinquished items are your safest bet
Broken Isles World Quest rewards now scale up to ilvl 865
When Nether Disruptor’s up, you’ll have access to Broken Shore World Bosses that drop ilvl 900+ loot. Don’t forget to bring a Seal of Broken Fate for bonus rolls.
Mostly revolves around the Armies of Legionfall reputation grind, more information can be found in our guide.
Focus your effort to unlock flying at least on one of your characters (Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two)
Flying’s account-wide and once unlocked, you can use it on any character (even at Level 100)
Flying significantly speeds up leveling