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For the boss of Stratholme, see Atiesh.
Atiesh with ravens

A Forsaken wielding Atiesh, with lured ravens in the background.

Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian is a staff currently wielded by Med'an[1]. It was born from the "seed of hate"[2] and grants its wielder "power unending"[3]. It was passed down by each Guardian of Tirisfal to its successor[3].

Atiesh can be used to open up portals to Karazhan and is also known for attracting ravens towards the wielder[4].


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Medivh, the last Guardian of Tirisfal, wielding Atiesh.

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Medivh holding Atiesh while talking to thrall in a vision.

Its date of creation is unknown, but it is known that Atiesh was forged from the "seed of hate" and was wielded by each Guardian of Tirisfal until the line ended with Medivh. This would set the age of Atiesh at thousands of years.

Following the assassination of Medivh, the staff was brought to Dalaran where it was held by successive members of the Kirin Tor, who all found their deaths soon[2] (except for highborne sorcerer Tarsis Kir-Moldir, it appears[3]). After all these deaths, it was decided that the staff was to be put "behind impenetrable barriers of magic"[2] and a "watcher" was appointed: Angela Dosantos. The shattering of the staff came about following the destruction of Dalaran by Archimonde[3], probably due to the failsafe system of the magical barrier[2]. Atiesh was shattered into forty-two pieces which were scattered across all of Azeroth[3]. Brann Bronzebeard held the [Base of Atiesh], which he somehow lost to C'Thun[3]. The Scourge captured the forty-one other pieces, twenty of which were initially held by Tarsis[3]. Forty pieces of Atiesh were each entrusted to a different lieutenant of Kel'Thuzad within Naxxramas, while the fallen mage himself held the staff's head[3].

When Naxxramas appeared over the Eastern Plaguelands, the Argent Dawn attempted to prevent this powerful focus of power from falling into the hands of the necromancer-lich, Kel'Thuzad[2], and were apparently successful in this regard.

Later, Meryl Winterstorm sent Garona Halforcen on a mission to retrieve the base of the shattered staff[5] from within the remains of C'Thun. Garona succeeded and gave the base to Med'an, who restored the whole staff simply by holding it while being imbued with the powers of the New Council of Tirisfal.[1].

In World of Warcraft

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Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian is a legendary caster staff which could be assembled via a quest prior to the release of Patch 3.0.2, when Naxxramas moved back to Northrend. The quest begins inside Naxxramas and involves obtaining several parts of the staff.

  • The staff could be obtained by mages, warlocks, priests, and druids.
  • The item stats vary slightly for each class.
  • The cloth portion of the staff varies based on which version it is: green for druids, red for mages, white for priests, and blue for warlocks.
  • The staff provides the ability to open a portal to Medivh's tower of Karazhan; however, at the time of Atiesh's release into World of Warcraft, Karazhan had yet to be implemented. It was opened upon the release of Burning Crusade. The portal leads to the front door of Karazhan.

Assembling the staff


  • Atiesh means "fire" in Persian.
  • In Karazhan, the ghost of Medivh's father, Nielas Aran, is an optional boss encounter. When he sees Atiesh equipped by a raid member, he shouts out "Where did you get that?! Did HE send you??" believing that Medivh gave his staff to the wielder.
  • It was the first legendary caster item added to the game.
  • Although the quest chain can no longer be started, players on the Neutral 15 [60R] Atiesh, the Befouled Greatstaff step or later who have already obtained all of the items from the original Naxxramas can still complete it.
  • The number of pieces that the staffs shatters to could be a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where 42 is said to be the answer to the Ultimate Question to Life, the Universe and Everything.

Patch changes

  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): With the removal of original 40-man Naxxramas, the Atiesh quest-chain is no longer available, as [Splinter of Atiesh] has been removed from the drop tables of the bosses.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): The mage version of the staff changed to +28 critical strike rating from a flat +3% critical strike.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.12.1 (26-Sep-2006): Fixed a bug where the warlock version would cause all healing done by party members under the effects of the staff to be reduced to zero.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): Added.

See also


  1. ^ a b Armageddon, a World of Warcraft comic.
  2. ^ a b c d e Archmage Angela Dosantos, a World of Warcraft NPC
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Archmage Tarsis Kir-Moldir, a World of Warcraft NPC
  4. ^ Atiesh Visual, a World of Warcraft spell.
  5. ^ The Gathering, a World of Warcraft comic.

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