Welcome! Today we are going to find out how to get Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings, in the Wrath of The Lich King expansion. This weapon is a dream of every healer because of its powerful effect and huge stats. Nevertheless, only a few will have a chance to wield this mace during the Ulduar raiding. In this guide, we will look into everything that is connected to Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings. Make yourself comfortable, we are about to start.
What is Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings
All the endless hype about legendaries can be explained by their effects. They are not just stronger variants of a weapon but something more powerful and unique. Let’s look into Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings, and find out why it is such a great weapon.
Healing a player gives the wielder of Val’anyr a 10% chance to gain the Blessing of Ancient Kings for 15 seconds. This buff makes all the healing spells create a shield equal to 15% of the amount healed on a target for 8 seconds. It has a 45-second cooldown, and originally overhealing didn’t apply the absorption effect. Another great thing about this effect is that it can be stacked by different Val’anyr wielders. Note, however, that the shield cannot grow larger than 20,000 absorption points.
Va’lanyr Best Class
It is not a surprise that some classes benefit from Val’anyr more than others. With the release of Ulduar, the person who got the mace will keep it for a very long time. This is where the passions start. Many guild masters will have a choice rather than reward their most loyal healer or prioritize legendary based on class performance. Talking about common sense, we would sort classes in this way: Holy Paladins, Restoration Druids, Restoration Shamans, and Discipline Priests.
Holy Paladins are usually prioritized for Val’anyr. They’re the main tank healers in the game, and constant shields on your MT can make a big difference. The only drawback of Holy Paladins is that their healing frequency is low, which means it takes a few seconds before the effect pops up after its cooldown.
Restoration Druids have 2nd priority in our list. The reason is simple. After your tank is taken care of, you’ll want to keep your raid alive. This is where Restoration Druids shine. Unlike Paladins, they don’t have any problems activating the Blessing of Ancient Kings effect, as there are always HOTs ticking on the entire raid. This can be both a drawback and a win of giving Val’anyr to a Druid. They do well in overtime healing groups of people. This means that they have the smallest shield among all the classes, but it will cover the whole raid increasing its survival potential.
Restoration Shamans are somewhere in the middle between Holy Paladins and Restoration Druids. They do not struggle to activate Blessing of Ancient Kings due to their ability to heal multiple targets with Chain Heal. This spell prioritizes the most injured players which means that shields will be on players that need them the most. The only reason we do not put Restoration Shamans above other healers is their lower healing output in comparison with other classes.
Discipline Priests will not get the mace in most situations. The reason is flat: the Protection of Ancient Kings shields can be triggered by healing a player, not by shielding them. Discipline Priests should only get Val’anyr after every other healer in your guild has gotten theirs.
How to get Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings
To begin this journey, just start killing bosses in the 25-man version of Ulduar to get 30 Fragment of Val’anyr. It can be dropped from every boss with a ~10% chance. Note that Hard Mode Bosses have a 20% chance of dropping a fragment. Yogg-Saron always drops a Fragment.
Combine all the fragments together to create the Shattered Fragments of Val’anyr, an item, and start a quest: Ancient History. Go to the Archivum Console, located in the Archivum. It is situated past the boss room of the Assembly of Iron encounter. Hand in the quest and accept the following one: Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings. This quest also gives you the item called Unbound Fragments of Val’anyr. Now you have to defeat Yogg-Saron. Note that you cannot complete this quest if all 4 Keepers are helping you.
During Phase 3 of the fight, Yogg-Saron will periodically cast Deafening Roar. You have to target Yogg-Saron and use your Unbound Fragments of Val’anyr to complete this quest. It casts instantly, but it only has a range of 20 yards.
If you fail with the timing, the item does not get consumed — it has a 20-second cooldown. You proceed through the quest when Yogg-Saron gets a debuff called In the Maws of the Old God.
Once dead with the debuff, Yogg-Saron will drop Reforged Hammer of Ancient Kings. Take it back to the Archivum Console to get your reward: Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings!
Thank you for reading our guide on how to get Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings, in Wrath of the Lich King Expansion. As you can see, it is not really hard to do for raiding guilds but be ready to spend a lot of time! Luckily Overgear can offer you the solution. Check out our Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings offer if you don’t feel like wiping over and over again in order to find out that you are not even in a list of those who will get the mace. Have a good day, and don’t forget to rate this guide, your feedback is greatly appreciated.