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Shadowlands 9.1 Domination Gems Explained

Shards of Domination gems are new with the 9.1 update
Shards of Domination gems are new with the 9.1 update / Photo by Blizzard Entertainment

World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Shadowlands, is set to receive its first content update with the release of patch 9.1, Chains of Domination. Within the update, there are new gems that can only be retrieved in a certain way — Shards of Domination. Here are Shadowlands 9.1 Domination gems explained. 

As the first big content update for the expansion, there are several things players can look forward to playing through, one of them being the new Shards of Domination gems.

Shadowlands 9.1 Domination Gems Explained

Domination gear is a new type of gear introduced in patch 9.1. This gear primarily drops from raid bosses in the new Sanctum of Domination raid, but players can also get one piece from the Death’s Advance quartermaster, as well as one from the Archivist’s Codex quartermaster. Additionally, The Great Vault can also give you Domination gear on a weekly basis. 

Domination gear comes with special sockets called “Domination Sockets," players can socket them with Shards of Domination gems. 

Shards of Domination are special unique-equipped gems. They can only be inserted in empty Domination Socket slots that activate a special effect that works everywhere in the open world. There are three types of Shards of Domination: Blood Shards, Frost Shards, and Unholy Shards. There are nine total Shards of Domination, three per type. 

When players socket three Shards of Domination gems of the same type, a powerful effect will activate that only works in The Maw, Torghast, and Sanctum of Domination. 

The gems can also be upgraded by talking to Bonesmith Heirmir located in Keeper’s Respite in the main hub of Korthia, the new zone. Gems’ upgrade can reach up to Rank 5 with a currency called Stygian Ember, which has a chance to drop from the Sanctum of Domination bosses. 

On top of the boss drops, the “Shaping Fate” weekly quest rewards 10 Stygian Embers. There are also three daily quests from Mikanikos, Ta’nasi, and Kael’thas that award 10 Stygian Embers each.