In Shadowlands patch 9.0.5 the Valor system is returning. In this guide we will go through all the details of the system and determine all the ways of earning Valor Points and explain how to upgrade your Mythic+ dungeon gear in Shadowlands
Valor Currency Overview
The Valor was re-added in patch 9.0.5 of Shadowlands. This system helps players to gear up in Mythic+ dungeons in a much easier way. Through Valor, you will be able to upgrade Mythic+ gear from ilvl 184 to ilvl 220.
Valor Point Caps
The Valor system has a Maximum Cap starting at 5,000 during the first week of Patch 9.0.5 and increasing by 750 each week. Cap is the maximum amount of Valor that can be obtained on one character throughout the entire Season. If you miss a week, don’t worry you can just earn extra next week.
Earning Valor Points in Shadowlands
There are two ways to earn Valor Points: Callings and running Mythic+ dungeons.
There are two ways of earning Valor Points:you either earn them from Callings or from running Mythic+ dungeons.
Valor Points From Covenant Callings
In Patch 9.0.5, Covenant Callings will award players with the new Valor,
- Completing a Rare Calling in Patch 9.0.5 will award you with 35 Valor.
- Completing an Epic Calling in Patch 9.0.5 will award you with 50 Valor.
Valor Points from Mythic+ Dungeons
The other way to earn Valor Points is by completing Mythic+ dungeons.
Every Mythic+ dungeon you complete, no matter the keystone level, you will earn 135 Valor. The fastest way to farm Valor Points is to farm low-level Keystones.
Valor Point Upgrade Vendor Locations
If you have a Mythic+ piece from Patch 9.0.5 and some Valor that you want to spend, you’ll need to head to the Valor Point upgrade vendor in Oribos. Keep in mind that you cannot upgrade Mythic+ Loot, that was earned before 9.0.5.The Valor Point upgrade vendor in Oribos is the same as the PvP and Anima one – Aggressor Zo’dash. This NPC can be found at 34.55, 56.55 in Oribos and now functions as both the PvP and Mythic+ upgrade vendor.
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You can also upgrade your gear in your Covenant Hall! Head to the upgrader and you’ll be able to upgrade your gear there too.
Upgrading Mythic+ Dungeon Gear in Shadowlands
Mythic+ Gear Ranks
Each piece of dungeon gear from Item Level 184 to Item Level 220 that is obtained from Mythic+ Dungeons will be given a Rank from 1 to 12. This rank will be shown on the tooltip of the item. Mythic+ Items which were received from the Great Vault are also upgradable. Upgrading a piece of gear will increase it by one rank.
Achievement Requirements Account-Wide to Upgrade Gear
There are four ranks that require an achievement pre-requisite to progress further.
- Upgrading an item that is Item Level 213 (Rank 10) or higher requires Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season One.
- Upgrading an item that is Item Level 207 (Rank 8) or higher requires Shadowlands Keystone Conqueror: Season One.
- Upgrading an item that is Item Level 200 (Rank 6) or higher requires Shadowlands Keystone Explorer: Season One.
- Upgrading an item that is Item Level 197 (Rank 5) or lower requires no achievement.
These achievements are account-wide which will unlock Rank 12 Valor Upgrades on all your characters once you’ve completed each dungeon in time at Keystone Level 5, 10 and 15 respectively on your Battle.net account.
Valor Costs to Upgrade Gear
To upgrade a piece to the next Rank, you also will need an amount of Valor . This amount varies based on what gear slot you’re upgrading. There are 6 different Valor costs with Weapons being the most expensive.
- 250 Valor – Shield, Offhand, Ring, Cloak, Bracer, Neck
- 400 Valor – Trinket, Belt, Shoulders, Gloves, Boots
- 475 Valor – Helm, Legs, Chest
- 500 Valor – One-Handed Agility/Strength Weapon
- 750 Valor – One-Handed Intellect Weapon
- 1000 Valor – Two-Handed Weapon
Upgrade Restrictions – Gear Before Patch 9.0.5
Blizzard announced that any gear obtained before Patch 9.0.5 will not be able to be upgraded using Valor Points. This includes loot from the Great Vault obtained during the week of March 9th, 2021.
You can start upgrading gear obtained from Mythic+ the week of March 9th, and gear obtained from M+ Great Vault rewards the week of March 16th.
So the best way to upgrade Mythic+ items is to get as high item level as you can and to start pushing low lvl keys in order to earn Valor Points. Of course, if you have required achievements. Otherwise, it’s better to finish all 15 lvl keys on your main and only after that start leveling up you alt’s Mythic+ gear.