Behold the owlcat hidden skin for the Fangs of Ashamane, the Feral Druid artifact weapon introduced in World of Warcraft: Legion. To obtain it I had to spend nearly two weeks on research and another two weeks waiting on randomly occurring quest objectives. Meanwhile, on my Gnome Hunter...

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Artifact weapons are essentially how players gain power in World of Warcraft’s Legion expansion. Each class and talent specialization gets its own legendary piece of kit, and they’re stuck with it for the whole expansion. Each has four different looks with color variations that can be unlocked through normal play, but the coolest looks are hidden behind complex quests, challenging dungeon missions or raid content—well, most of them.

For example, to get the owlcat look for my Feral Druid, I had to first reach level four in my artifact research, which pretty much meant spending Order Hall resources and then waiting out timers that last between three or four days.

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Then I had to check the Emerald Dreamway each day to see if I got an emote pointing me to one of three zones, Hinterlands, Duskwood or Ferelas. Upon receiving this emote I had to go to the indicated zone and hunt for a little rock on the ground. Upon clicking said rock, I received a 15 second buff indicating success, and then it was back to waiting.

Clicking all three stones was a matter of waiting. Every day there was a chance I would get an emote for one of those three areas. I went as many as five days without hearing a single peep. I finally got the third on Saturday, after which I had to return to the Emerald Dreamway, find an owlcat NPC and sit next to it to receive the item that unlocks the skin.

Meow. Squawk.

If not for the folks over at WowHead, I would never have figured any of this out. Such a long and complicated process, resulting in a very cool look for my class.

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Meanwhile, on my Beast Mastery Hunter, who hasn’t even reached level 104 out of 110 yet . . .

Nerf, apparently.

Her hidden skin, which transforms her rifle into an odd-looking Nerf thing, was purchased at a vendor in Dalaran, the expansion’s central hub. I was repairing some armor over at the engineering building and noticed the upgrade item sitting there for 6,500 gold. A few character-to-character money transfers later, it was mine.

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Update: As readers have pointed out, the Beast Mastery Hunter hidden artifact skin is purchasable, as Blizzard has said, so the class/spec combo can have a bow instead of a gun. This doesn’t make it any less sad.

I kind of hate it, really. After the hell of logging in day after day on my Druid, hoping the game would randomly screech at me, I resent my Hunter for only having to fork over some gold. That’s some bullshit right there. My Hunter is now on sabbatical, while my Combat Rogue goes after his Thunderfury skin (yes, I said Thunderfury).

You can check out WowHead for a comprehensive list of the hidden artifact weapon skins in the game so far, as well as the convoluted (and not so much) means of securing them.