Preparing for Legion: Tomes of Illusions

Legion Preparation Illusions 1.0

UPDATE: 19 July 2016

The Legio Pre-Patch is live on US realms. The Tome of Illusions: Elemental Lords cannot be obtained currently, the quest Controlling the Elements is not available from Therazane. All others can be learned, and on many realms have already been seen on the Auction House.

UPDATE: 19 July 2016

Controlling the Elements has been hotfixed into the game. This is the most “difficult” of the tomes to acquire, and will have the least competition. Definitely prioritize this one.

UPDATE: 18 June 2016

The locations of all the recipes for each Tome of Illusion have been found. Most are learned from any Enchanting Trainer. There are three that are not.

One of the many additions brought in by Warlords of Draenor was the ability to add an illusion to your weapon. It was basically a cosmetic enchantment that could be applied by an NPC at a level 3 Enchanting Hut in any garrison.

This is being take a step further in Legion. Illusions are being added to the new transmog system. There are many different illusions currently being added, and possibly more before the expansion is released.

Many of these illusions can be gained by completing older content or participating in pvp. Some of them, however, will require the use of a tome before they can be used. These tomes are created by characters with Enchanting who have learned the recipe.

IMPORTANT: Legion is currently in Beta. The items required to craft these, and the methods of obtaining the formulas, may be changed at any time.

Players flock to new content and new items like a moth to flames. And that means that being able to provide that item as fast as possible can be a very lucrative position to be in. I know this from personal experience.

These tomes cannot be crafted yet. This means that the items must be kept in stock until the actual formula is learned. This could be a good thing, it may end up that it is more profitable to sell the base materials and not the tome itself.

Story Time!

Everyone was busy with shipyards and Tanaan Jungle when patch 6.2 was released. I sat in Orgrimmar, at the AH, buying up all the cheapest Felblight that I could find. I was the first person to get a new upgrade on the Auction House. I set the price for Savage Truesteel Essence on day 1.

It sold on day 2. I remember listing the Savage Truesteel Essence for 80,000g. I think it cost something around 50,000g to craft. I made a massive amount of profit, around 30,000g, largely because I was the first. Being the first person to provide something is a huge advantage.

Tomes of Illusion

Tome of Illusions: Azeroth
Tome of Illusions: Outland
Tome of Illusions: Northrend
Tome of Illusions: Cataclysm
Tome of Illusions: Elemental Lords
Tome of Illusions: Pandaria
Tome of Illusions: Secrets of the Shado-Pan
Tome of Illusions: Draenor

TSM Import List

This import will set up a group of all the materials required to create each different tome. It includes a subgroup for each individual tome and a series of shopping operations that are each assigned to each one of the groups. The operations are set to buy materials at or below 25% dbmarket. Feel free to modify any of this in any way to suit your own needs.

There is a bit of overlap between the groups because some of them require the same materials. As a result group 4 only contains the Heavenly Shard and group 6 does not contain the Sha Crystal.

Apparently the original import string was causing issues for some people, so I have added a second one. V2 is a much simplified version with only 6 groups. Subgroups 4 & 5 were merged, as were 6 & 7. Operations have also been removed.


  • Wow, I didn’t even see your comment until now. My apologies, and thank you very much!

  • Do you think this will come out with Legion or in the pre-patch that includes the transmog wardrobe?

  • They are on the PTR so I expect it will come with the pre-patch. I was able to find all of the recipes except for the Tome of Illusion: Elemental Lords. I don’t know anybody that has found the quest for that yet.

  • Important question: Tome -Outland, isn’t that supposed to be Primal Mana instead of Primal Water?

  • Ouch. Yes, it is. It’s been updated in the recipe section and the TSM import.

  • I’m not having any luck with the import into TSM, where do I need to import that list at?

  • nvm I got it!

  • Glad you got it figured out!

  • I decided to finally make an investment and try to make some serious gold. I appreciate the breakdown of your guide and because of it, i decided to buyout the volatile and eternals. I was able to grab up about 200 of each for 5-10 g. I still have about 300 stacks of the same mats in my Gbank and I hope to push for the new gold cap with all the mats that Im investing in. Thanks again and godspeed.

  • You’re welcome!

    Also remember, there will be an increase of demand for these items because of the illusion. But supply will take some time to catch up, depending on the population of your server. Try to get those sales ASAP to maximize your profit.

  • Primal fire was the way to go on my server. bought 150 of them for 15g per and have sold half of them for 399g per…i got in the market just in time.

  • Bought at 15g? Damn good find. I was lucky to find them below 100g before all this news came out. Congrats!

  • This has given me a lot of ideas. Thank you for the very helpful breakdown!

  • Would it be possible for you to fix the string, I do not know if its me or you but whenever I try to use your string it bugs out and some items are in the sub group, some are in the parent and some are not even there, and I used this on a new profil and did /reload to see if it updated but it didnt.

  • I’m not sure why it isn’t working. I was able to import it without issues on a new profile. But regardless, I added a second import that has fewer groups and no operations with it. It still contains all the right items in the right spots. Hopefully it works better for you.

  • Thank you! I appriciate it a lot!

  • You’re welcome 🙂

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