Heirlooms have been a part of World of Warcraft since The Wrath of the Lich King expansion in 2008, these unique items have gone through some changes over the years of different expansions and again were changed to fit the new leveling system added with the release of the Shadowlands.
Heirloom gear scales with the player's level making it powerful no matter the level, and saving players needing to replace gear every few levels.
Instead of each piece of gear giving a % experience bonus, Heirloom gear now has a set bonus that increases with more gear you have equipped.
The set bonus is:
- 2 Pieces: Rested experience consumed is reduced by 30%.
- 3 Pieces: Increases your out-of-combat regeneration in the outdoors, normal dungeons, and random battlegrounds.
- 5 Pieces: Gaining a level triggers Burst of Knowledge, dealing Holy damage to nearby enemies, and granting 40% main stat for 2 minutes. Defeating enemies extends this effect, up to an additional 2 minutes.
- 6 Pieces: Rested experience consumed is reduced by an additional 30%.
Players can search what Heirlooms they already have or where they can obtain ones they are missing by pressing Shift-P (by default) on their keyboards and selecting the Heirloom tab.
WoW Shadowlands How To Buy And Upgrade Heirlooms
The main source of Heirlooms is purchased from Krom Soutatm in the Hall of Explorers in Ironforge and Estelle Gendry in Orgrimmar.
Heirloom gear starts at rank 0/4 which will work up to level 29 and players will need to purchase upgrades to reach the max level.
Each upgrade goes from level 29 > 35 > 40 > 45 > 50. Based on previous expansions we can expect a further upgrade to level 60 later in the expansion.
The Bulk of Heirlooms and upgrade tokens are purchased from these vendors for gold, so players should expect to fork out a fair amount of their wealth if they have not purchased Heirlooms before.