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I’ve been asked a lot about this in game, and while I wrote an article about this for Game on Mag, I’d like something I can link people now!
Thal’kiel has to be one of my favorite additions to the Warlock class. Not just because he’s a skull, but also because he chatters away, offering notes on lore, history of races, and how magical abilities of spells like Xavius’ disguise in Darkheart Thicket works, or the binding spells in Eye of Azshara is a disaster.
Other Common things that Warlocks speculated was that you needed to be Exalted with Highmountain, Kill Xavious, be Exalted with several reputations that were not the Nightfallen, talk to Velen….All of these were incorrect.
What you really need to do:
Heads begin to drop for Warlocks as soon as they hit Artifact Knowledge 4 with no other requirements. To find the heads the trigger the questlines, Warlocks need to kill Eredar around the Broken Isles. There are a multitude of spots in the game, including the ever popular Highmountain Burial Ground.
The most efficient spot however, is actually in Azsuna and can be reached by flying to Illidari Perch.
The Eredar around Soul Engine: Apocalypse have a high rate of spawns, as does other ship in the same Fel area. The location can be a bit confusing to find at first, since there are two spaceships in the area. The first one most people think of has a lower amount of mobs that seem to have slightly more health, and more people who aren’t farming them for world quests. Instead, follow the path down the other way, until you find a portal, and click it.
You’ll load into one of the ships that has both a top floor and a lower one. Instead of mucking around upstairs, simply follow the ramp downstairs.
In the downstairs area, you’ll find a control room with several Eredar “manning” the ship. The Eredar have very little health compared to most mobs in the area, and can be easily pulled a few at a time if the player is comfortable.
Four to five Eredar can spawn in the main room and there are two rooms off to the side. In the two rooms off to the side, one Eredar can spawn in one, and two in another. One Elite mob can spawn in one of the side rooms, but a warlock using a Felguard with taunt turned on, or a void walker should be fine. In addition, a Wrathguard with slightly more health than the Eredar patrols into the room.
To note, Paladins working on their Holy hidden appearance will also need to kill Eredar of the same type, so if you have a guild member who is working on this item, it’s a good way to group up and work together to get the most amount of tags for loot.
Many warlocks also join group finder, and team up. Many warlocks have noticed that they have had better luck working together and seemingly more spawns, even though they don’t all get the same heads. I managed to get 4 heads in under 30 minutes while in a group.
As an added bonus, the item that starts the Affliction Hidden appearance can drop as well, though the quest line for that item takes you elsewhere later.
When you receive your first head, A “Damaged Eredar Head” Thl’kiel trigger a line of chatter about how he’s been wanting a head. The more you pick up, the more he finds things wrong with the heads, from having the wrong eye color, to looking a bit too much like his former apprentice (Archimonde).
All of the heads will be grey items in your bags, but when you pick up the 6th and final one, it will appear as an artifact. Clicking on it will apply the artifact appearance. Interestingly, the 6th head is tradeable to a party member, but no one I’ve met has been willing to tempt fate that way.
Of particular note is the fact that head shape was really really important to Draenei culture, and he rejected a skull based upon shape because it was “lower caste”.
And that’s it! Good luck on getting your on creepy head! If you have any questions or need help, don’t hesitate to ask! Keep in mind that getting the first head did take me 6 or 7 hours, and then the gap between head 2 and 3 took me several hours as well.
The head seems to be a lot more animated than any other skins as far as movement, and you can unlock other colors just by getting honor kills, doing world quests, and dungeons. :)