Phat Loot Phriday: Ancient Hakkari Manslayer

We've had some requests for husky loot lately, and so here's an item that isn't quite phat these days (just a little husky), but used to be quite interesting.

Name: Ancient Hakkari Manslayer (Wowhead, Thottbot, WoWDB)
Type: Epic One-hand Axe
Damage/Speed: 69 - 130 / 2.00 (49.8 DPS)

  • This is how you can tell this weapon is old-school: it has just one bit of green text, and that text is "Steals 48-54 life from target enemy."

  • Which doesn't, on its face, sound quite that nice. But at the time this weapon was current (ye olde patch 1.7), that was a hot proc. Because the proc actually scaled along with spell damage -- if you had 150 spell damage, and this proc hit, you wounded the enemy for 150 shadow damage, while healing yourself with same.


  • Unfortunately, the proc didn't hit that often, so this weapon was more of a weird equip for Enhancement Shamans rather than a standard find for anyone (Warriors and Rogues didn't find it doing that much for them). And of course even if you have 1200 spell power nowadays, it won't scale any more, definitely not at level 80.

  • But then again, this was the kind of proc we don't see much these days -- weapons are so loaded with stats and the balance is so precarious that a weird proc like this, especially one that scales with the rest of your gear (what an idea!) is out of place. Maybe the upcoming stats revamp will help that.

How to Get It: This baby dropped from one of my favorite bosses in one of my favorite raids in the game: Hakkar in Zul'Gurub. You had to go around the troll city and take out all of the animal aspects one-by-one, and then head to the plateau in the middle and bring down the Blood God himself. Once a guild brought him down (and our downing in my guild is one of my favorite memories in the game), this one dropped at about a 6% drop rate. Odds are that unless your guild had a lot of experimenting Shamans, you could probably get it for a song, or at least just a few DKP.

Getting Rid of It: Sells back to vendors for 7g 38s 11c, or disenchants into a Nexus Crystal.