Epic is the level of item quality in between Rare and Legendary. Epic quality items can be found in end-game instances, from various professions, world drops, and reputation purchases. While Legendary quality items appear in the game, most WoW players will never get one and only even see them on occasion.
Many epics are part of the Armor Sets, which are coordinated sets of class-specific armor that provide excellent bonuses. These are frequently referred to as Tier 0, Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, etc. In addition, there are quite a few non-raid items, sometimes called "Epics for casuals" (Epics for casual players pre-Burning Crusade, Epics for casual players in Burning Crusade , or Epics for casual players in Wrath of the Lich King), that are available.
- The names of Epic quality items will appear in purple, and are sometimes playfully termed "purplz".
- Equippable items of Epic quality always have one or more attribute bonuses or procs.
- Few ingredient items are of Epic quality.
- Mounts can be Rare, Epic or Legendary. In general, players ride an epic mount, as there is currently only one Legendary mount in the game, the .
- Most epic mounts (acquired at Level 40) can be purchased by any player for 10 or less (in addition to faction discounts), whereas riding training costs much more but only needs to be purchased once.
- Standard mounts (acquired at Level 20) can be purchased at 1 or less (disregarding faction discounts).
- There are a few epic class items that drop randomly out in the world, such as the . These are commonly referred to as "BOE (Bind on Equip) Epics."
- The web color code for epic itemlinks is #b048f8.
- Most Classic raid bosses and all Burning Crusade and Lich King raid bosses drop epic items.
- "Regular" heroics have end bosses that drop one epic item. In the more challenging heroics (Magister Terrace, Trial of the Champion, the Icecrown 5 mans), every boss drops epics.
- Craftable items of epic quality usually require some item that only drops in heroic or raid instances.
- All max-level PvP gear rewards past the introductory sets are epic.