Argus is a new location, introduced in Patch 7.3. Prophet Velen’s draenei have constructed a vessel, named the Vindicaar, to return into draenei homeworld, and you will accompany them!
Argus is the original homeworld of the eredar. it is once an utopian world whose inhabitants were both vastly intelligent and highly gifted in magic. Thousands of years ago, the eredar lived here in tranquility. Argus has since been twisted by demonic, chaotic energies and has become the stronghold of the Burning Legion and is even referred to as Legion’s homeworld. It is bisected by a great fel-radiating rift that ends at a cataclysm which has removed a portion of the planet. Argus is so saturated with fel magic that a demon’s death there is permanent. However, the krokul present on Argus say that even though the demons are killed here, they return.
Argus was once ruled by the Second Duumvirate, consisting of Velen and Kil’jaeden. During this time, the sorcerer Thal’kiel and his order of eredar mages, the Wakeners, began using summoning magics to conjure demons from the Twisting Nether. Archimonde, his trusted apprentice, decapitated his former master himself. Archimonde would later rise to rule Argus alongside Velen and Kil’jaeden, and the three eredar wisely ruled the planet for many years in harmony.
Eventually, Argus attracted the attention of Sargeras. He offered the eredar a deal: in exchange for their loyalty, he would give them power undreamed of by all races. Kil’jaeden and Archimonde were quick to accept the offer, but Velen had a vision of the future: the eredar would be transformed into demons under the rule of Sargeras. Eventually, Velen was contacted by a race of divine energy beings called the naaruand guided his followers off the planet. They fled Argus, taking the name draenei, meaning “exiled ones”, while Kil’jaeden, Archimonde became the feared, insidious sorcerers and tacticians of the Burning Legion. As the draenei fled, the world was devoured by the Burning Legion.
How to get to Argus?
First of all, you have to complete Broken Shore intro scenario at least on one of your characters. Then, Archmage Khadgar will have a quest called ‘The Hand of Fate” which will lead you to boarding the Vindicaar and going to Argus.
Argus consists of three sub-locations: Krokuun, Antoran Wastes and Mac’Aree. You can find plenty of new materials there, in the example:
- Empyrium, a new ore. A new pickaxe, Krokul Mining Pick, is added, to help mine faster in Broken Isles and Argus.
- Astral Glory, a new herb.
- Fiendish Leather
- Lightweave Cloth
- Primal Sargerite – analogue of Blood of Sargeras, you will need it for new crafts.
New recipes are available on the Vindicaar on tradeskill vendors. Also, those vendors will offer you new profession quests!
There is also a new fishing mount named Pond Nettle.
Travelling in Argus
There are no flight masters in Argus, obviously. The whole transportation is built around the teleportation beacons. There are few beacons at the start, but when you keep progressing into the Argus story, more and more beacons will activate. A new item, Krokul Flute, acts similarly to Flightmaster’s Whistle and teleports you to the nearest Beacon.
New Dungeon and Raid
Patch 7.3 features one new 5-man dungeon and one raid:
The Seal of the Triumvirate is a new Heroic+ 5-man dungeon, that drops 865+ item level items in Heroic and 885+ in Mythic. You have to complete third part of the campaign to access the dungeon, as it resides in Mac’Aree, location that opens only on the third week of the patch!
Antorus, the Burning Throne is a new Raid, featuring eleven bosses with drop item level of 915+ (LFR), 930+ (Normal), 945+ (Heroic) and 960+ (Mythic). The raid shall open in a later patch, it’s yet unknown when that will happen.
There are two new factions on Argus – The Army of Light and Argussian Reach. You gain reputation with those two factions mostly by progressing through Argus storyline – although there are world quests and mission reputation tokens for those factions as well. There’s gain table for every source of reputation:
- Storyline quests: 150-250 rep/quest
- World Quests: 75 rep
- Argus Emissary quests: 1500 rep
- Argus weekly quests: 250-350 rep
- Mission Tokens – 175 rep
- Kirin Tor insignia – 750 rep
New Currency: Veiled Argunite
Veiled Argunite is a new currency of this patch. It is used to buy Relinquished Tokens, which grant 910+ item level gear for 650 Veiled Argunite each. This currency has a cap of 1500 units.
You can each Veiled Argunite with following ways:
- Storyline quests: 10-20 Argunite
- World quests: 40-150 Argunite
- Weekly Invasion Point quest: 200 Argunite
- Weekly Rare monster quest: 300 Argunite
- Killing Rare monsters in Argus: 5-25 Argunite
- Killing Invasion Point boss: 20-50 Argunite