The Windchanneller’s Set
Armor Type: Cloth
Level Req.: 70
Source: A variety of Outland sources
Availability: One of the most complex sets to complete. Only priests, mages and warlocks may complete this set
About the set:
The Windchanneller’s set is without doubt one of the most complicated sets to gather in all of WoW, with a broad array of sources and demanding requirements. That said, if you know where to look and have some gold at your disposal, the set can be collected rather quickly, but there are still certain luck elements that might keep you at it for days on end.
Wowhead has very little information on the Windchanneller’s items, therefore we have included a highly detailed guide on how to gather this set at the bottom of this article. The article is based on one I originally wrote for the Mistshroud Set, which essentially has the same sources as the Windchanneller’s with just a few minor differences.
Head – Windchanneller’s Miter (BoP contained within Large Gold Metamorphosis Geode, purchasable after completing the quest Assault on Bash’ir Landing!)
Shoulders – Windchanneller’s Mantle (BoP drop from Matron Li-sahar within one of the Ethereum Prison chambers in Blade’s Edge Mountains)
Chest – Windchanneller’s Tunic (BoE drop from Yor in heroic Mana-Tombs, at a 20% rate)
Wrists – Windchanneller’s Bindings (BoP drop from any of the minor summoned Skettis bosses)
Gloves – Windchanneller’s Gloves (BoP contained within Small Gold Metamorphosis Geode, purchasable after completing the quest Assault on Bash’ir Landing!)
Waist – Windchanneller’s Ceinture (BoP drop from any of the minor summoned Skettis bosses)
Legs – Windchanneller’s Leggings (BoE drop from Terokk in Skettis, Terokkar Forest, at a 12% drop rate)
Feet – Windchanneller’s Boots (BoP drop from Porfus the Gem Gorger within one of the Ethereum Prison cells in Netherstorm)
In the following paragraphs, there is a detailed guide on how to get each individual piece of the set, but first of all, there are three factions that you will need to interact with to get the proverbial ball rolling.
- Ogri’la – To open this faction up, follow the quest chain beginning with Speak with the Ogre in Shattrath
- Shat’ari Skyguard – To open this faction up, follow the quest chain beginning with Threat from Above in Shattrath
- The Consortium – You will eventually need Revered reputation to complete the Windchanneller’s set, but much of that reputation can be gained along the way
From this point onwards, the means for obtaining each item will be divided by source, rather than specific item.
Assault on Bash’ir Landing – Head/Gloves
This section is soloable by level 85’s, although the final event will certainly keep you on your toes. Anyone of a lower level should bring company.
Getting the gloves and headpiece requires you to gather 7 Apexis Crystals. These in turn can be acquired by collecting 35 Apexis Shards per crystal, from creatures and Ogri’la/Sha’tari Skyguard daily quests in Blade’s Edge Mountains. Once you have 35 shards, you may use them at either of the Forge Camps near Ogri’la, in order to summon a level 72 elite demon. Upon killing the demon, you may loot an Apexis Crystal. This means you need at most 245 shards in total, 210 if you loot The Grand Protector (see the following paragraph for further info on this).
The gloves and head are contained within Small Gold Metamorphosis Geode and Large Gold Metamorphosis Geode respectively, both of which may be purchased from Aether-tech Master at Bash’ir Landing in Blade’s Edge, using the crystals. In order to gain access to the Master, you need to locate the Skyguard Aether-tech and participate in the Assault in Bash’ir Landing event. You don’t need a specific quest to participate, you just need to turn up and protect the Tech from increasingly challenging waves of creatures, until you kill the final boss, The Grand Collector. He drops an Apexis Crystal 100% of the time, so if you are solo gathering this set, take note that you only need to bring 6 crystals with you before killing the Collector.
Once The Grand Collector is dead, the Aether-tech Master appears and allows you to buy the Geodes. Note that the gold geodes are specific to Mages, Priests and Warlocks and have a guaranteed chance of containing Windchanneller’s pieces for these classes. However, this means that all other classes can not complete the Windchanneller’s set.
Skettis – Belt/Bracers/Legs
The bracers, belt and legs are all drops from summoned bosses in the Skettis region of Terokkar Forest, following a series of quests for the Sha’tari Skyguard faction. The whole process is soloable by level 85’s, and probably anyone 80+, but lower levels will likely require assistance.
Once you have arrived at Skettis (link quest listed into the faction introduction), take the quest World of Shadows. Following this chain will provide you with all of the necessary materials to summon the bosses. In short: Gather Shadow Dust by killing arakkoa in Skettis, turn in 6 at a time to buy Elixir of Shadows, drink the elixir and kill Time-Lost arakkoa in Skettis, loot Time-Lost Scrolls. This is repeatable, so you can gather an infinite number of scrolls.
Time-Lost Scrolls may be used to summon any one of four mini-bosses in Skettis. Find a skull pile, there are many in the area, and interact with it. This will give you the option to trade 10 scrolls to summon a boss of your choice: Darkscreecher Akkarai, Gezzarak the Huntress, Karrog or Vakkiz the Windrager. All four bosses have a small (c. 6%) chance to drop the Windchanneller’s belt and bracers. It may take many summons to get both items, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it may help with the legs…
Terokk is the final encounter of the Skettis area and may be summoned using ‘body part’ drops from the four mini-bosses mentioned in the previous paragraph. Continuing the Skettis quest chain, you’ll end up with Adversarial Blood, requiring the unique drops from each mini-boss. Following this, you may summon Terokk once for every set of body parts your acquire, although there is a 15 minute respawn time on the skull pile used to summon him.
The Windchanneller’s Leggings have a 13% chance to drop from Terokk, so it may take numerous summons before you get there. However, the leggings, unlike much of the rest of the set, are a BoE drop, so I strongly suggest browsing the Auction House before you commit to hours of gathering and summoning!
The Consortium – Boots/Shouders/Chest
Gathering these items will eventually require revered reputation with the Consortium, but the quest chain leading you to them will at least raise your reputation quite high. As with the previous sources, this process is easily soloable by 85’s, but those below 80 will likely need help.
The first step is to go to Netherstorm and complete quests for Commander Ameer. The quests give reputation and are pre-requisites for obtaining the Windchanneller’s pieces. Completing A Mission of Mercy allows you to collect Ethereum Prison Keys, which are crucial for latter stages of the gathering process. Use one such key to complete Ethereum Secrets too. Note that prison keys may be traded, so be sure to check for cheap ones on the Auction House.. you’re likely to need a lot!
At this point you may use the keys to open Ethereum prisons at the Ethereum Staging Grounds, from which a variety of foes (and occasionally friends) will appear. One specific prison occupant, Porfus the Gem Gorger, has a 10% chance to drop the Windchanneller’s Boots. Unfortunately, there are around 10 possible occupants for the prisons and with the low drop rate, this means you may need to use many, many keys before you get your hands on the boots. This is by far the worst part of the Windchanneller’s grind, due to the extremely low drop in relation to the rarity of the prison keys and the fact that the item is BoP.
Revered standing with The Consortium is required from this point onwards. If you still need reputation, consider farming Mana-Tombs. If you’re 85, it’s possible to clear the heroic version of the instance without killing bosses, then running out, resetting and repeating. You get about 1800 rep per run this way, as well as an average of 5 prison keys per run.
Once revered, you need to complete another quest for Ameer, A Thousand Worlds, as well as the follow up Stasis Chambers of Bash’ir, which directs you to Blade’s Edge Mountains. At this point, the Image of Commander Ameer in Blade’s Edge will open up two quests to you: Purging the Chambers of Bash’ir and The Mark of the Nexus-King. The former quest requires you to hand over 5 prison keys, in return for which you receive a key to open the nearby pink bubble prisons in Blade’s Edge. Upon opening the prison, one of four different creatures will spawn. One of these, Matron Li-sahar has a 100% chance to drop the Windchanneller’s Mantle.
In addition to shoulderpads, Gorgolon and the other creatures contained within the Bashir ethereum prisons have approximately a 20% to drop a Mark of the Nexus-King, the requirement for the second quest given by the Image of Commander Ameer. Handing this quest in will send you on a short trip to the Mana-Tombs, to open a prison in the second room of the dungeon, before directing you back to Blade’s Edge Mountains. You will now be presented with one of two options, depending on your Consortium reputation level.
If you are exalted, you will receive the quest The Eye of Haramad, if revered Nexus-Prince Shaffar’s Personal Chamber. Both allow you to open a giant prison in the final room for Mana-Tombs heroic, although the Eye of Haramad may be used an unlimited number of times, whereas those who are not exalted must gather a Mark of the Nexus-King for each time they which to open the prison. A large incentive to shoot for exalted reputation! The Mana-Tombs prison contains Yor, who has a 20% chance of dropping the Windchanneller’s Tunic. Yor may be summoned once per day, so the chest may take some time to obtain. Be sure to check the Auction House before blowing too much gold on prison keys, as the chest is BoE it may be cheaper if you are lucky enough to find it listed. Don’t keep your hopes up on this though, I doubt many people kill Yor these days!
So there you have it, a wall of text which symbolically represents the magnitude of the gathering process for this set. Don’t be disheartened though, the process is complex, but not exactly challenging if you are high levelled. If you are already well liked by the Consortium you are a big step ahead in terms of fiddling around, and even those without the reputation can catch up in a few hours. The real pain in the
neck ankles is the boots, which really should have been BoE in my opinion.
I used in excess of 100 prison keys to obtain this set, so expect to be investing considerable time and/or gold if you wish to complete the outfit.
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