Transmogrification

Evolving your transmog sets

The more I play a particular character, the higher the chance I’ll end up changing what they’re wearing.

Sometimes, it happens because I got a new item and I like how it looks. Such is the case with my warlock, who is wearing a completely unmogged set of Timeless Isle gear (although I do want to transmog some pieces, I haven’t managed to get the relevant instances to cough them up yet), or my warrior, who is still wearing the Hateshatter Battleplate set as her tanking set (minus the helm and with different gloves) long after the items stopped being relevant.

Sometimes they’re born out of necessity — such as when I got my druid a Stormherald, Reborn to tank in, only to realize that no 2H mace in existence fit the transmog I was using at the time.

And sometimes they change slowly, bit by bit. My druid’s tanking set — the current incarnation of which is the header image for this post — is one such set.

When I built it, my expectations weren’t terribly high. I just wanted something to match one of the few 2H maces I already had on hand (Herald of Woe), that didn’t require much farming and could be thrown together quickly. I fully intended to drop it and go back to my previous set the moment I got a staff or polearm to replace the 2H mace.

Here’s the first iteration:

Shoulders: Savage Gladiator’s Kodohide Spaulders
Chest: Grand Breastplate
Gloves: Mogubreaker Gloves
Belt: Titan-Forged Belt of Triumph
Legs: Mind-Expanding Leggings
Boots: Boots of the Neverending Path
Weapon: Herald of Woe

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As you can see, it’s largely the Brazen Trespass Armor set, with different shoulders (because I didn’t like them), chest (ditto), gloves (because I already had them) and boots (same skin, but I prefer the “stompy boots” model to the slimmer one). Literally everything was either something off a vendor, a BoP item I already had, or a BoE item I also already had.

And then it just… started changing.

The first to go were the shoulders. Although I like the model, the set needed a druid touch. So, again in the interest of farming as little as possible, I replaced them with Thunderheart Pauldrons.

Then I went to a Mogu’shan Vaults LFR run — back in the day the Timeless Isle didn’t exist, so as a relatively fresh 90 I was struggling a bit to get my item level high enough to run Throne of Thunder LFR — and I got Stoneflesh Leggings. They didn’t look bad at all with the set, so I left them unmogged.

Then I got my item level high enough and ran Throne of Thunder LFR, and got the tier legs. The green fit in nicely with the brownish tones of the rest of the set, I thought, so I left them unmogged, too.

A few weeks later, I got the normal-mode tier legs off Nalak. The blue-grey highlights were a bit off, but they still fit well enough, so I also left them unmogged.

Then I stopped playing for a bit.

The reset I picked the game back up, Oondasta dropped me Arielle’s Ancient Legwraps. I added them to my DPS set without even paying much attention to how they looked.

A few weeks later, I got the same legs off Oondasta again, added them to the tanking set and realized they looked quite nice, matching the bright blue highlights of the shoulders. So I left them unmogged as well.

Then I finally got a non-mace weapon to tank in. By this point, I was quite attached to the set, so I dug through my extensive collection of staves and came up with Dreambinder, to coordinate with the blue highlights in the legs and shoulders.

And then, last week, I helped out a friend’s guild in normal Siege of Orgrimmar and got Damron’s Belt of Darkness out of it. It might be from a completely different set, but it also matches the general feel of the set. So I left that, too, unmogged.

The only items still there from the original set are the gloves, chest and boots. I wonder if they’ll end up replaced as well, or if the set will stay how it is…

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Unique items in Blackrock Spire

Warlords of Draenor will include “a revamped version of the classic Blackrock Spire,” which is all well and good and I’m looking forward to it — except there’s unique items in there. I’ll need to build a list of which items to farm on which characters (it’s pointless to keep an item with a unique model if I’m never, ever going to transmog into it because I find it ugly); to do that, I need a complete list of all items that have no other source.

This is that list. I’m including items from the entire Blackrock Spire, whether you would count it as “lower” or “upper” (since it’s the same dungeon, just with two wings, and I have no guarantee that they’ll change one part and leave the other untouched). Items are listed by source.

I’m listing items that have one identical quest reward or relatively uncommon BoE, in case you want to get the model the “easy way” while it’s there. If there are a half-dozen alternatives, however, I’m skipping it.

I’m also including profession patterns and vanity pets, since both may become unobtainable when the place is revamped. It’ll cost you nothing but a little storage space to pick up, learn and then cage any pet that drops.

Tucking the list under a cut, since it got very, very long. Farming this place is likely going to be more obnoxious than it was to farm Scholomance before Mists dropped…

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LFR and scenarios in WoD

(Source.) Oh, god, I hope they do get LFR in this. Especially if they manage to also drop Dragon Soul in. I had the presence of mind to farm LFR Dragon Soul for transmog before Mists landed, and I’m doing the same now, but I didn’t get everything then and I’m unlikely to get everything now, RNG being what it is.

The scenario bit is nice even by itself, especially considering there’s a unique quilen in there that I want to tame; it’s also nice to know that if I fail to get some scenario achievements, I will likely be able to go and get them later — although honestly, I will try my best to get them now, just in case this doesn’t pan out.

Fifty shades of druid

There’s something to be said for the fact that it’s possible to throw together pieces from five different druid tier sets and get something that looks like a coherent outfit.

This is the very first transmogrification set I ever created — I put it together when the feature was announced, mostly from pieces I already had. It originally also used the Nordrassil shoulders, but I got the normal mode tier shoulders from Dragon Soul the very first week of the patch and liked how they looked with the rest of the outfit.

The staff is probably going to be the most obnoxious bit to track down if you don’t already have it, since it’s a trash drop. A suitable replacement shouldn’t be hard to find, though.

Helm: Nordrassil Headdress
Shoulders: Deep Earth Spaulders
Chest: Nordrassil Chestplate
Gloves: Malfurion’s Handgrips of Conquest
Belt: Starfire Waistband
Legs: Stormrage Legguards
Boots: Cenarion Boots
Weapon: Wildfury Greatstaff

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All dressed up and nowhere to go

Transmogrification for me is… kind of a hobby. By which I mean that all my characters have bags and bags and bags of pretty clothes. (I was overjoyed when I found out that although my warlock, who is my newest 90, had a full bank and full bags, I hadn’t yet touched her void storage.)

Combine MogIt with the existence of dungeon queues, rare camping, and other reasons to just sit and twiddle my thumbs, and I end up creating a lot of transmog sets. The problem with that is I change what my characters are actually wearing far, far more rarely than “whenever I make a new set.” Instead, I do it when it makes sense for that particular character’s personality and story.

(You’d think I played on a RP server. Hah. Nope.)

Until now, the sets have just kind of… been sitting there and moldering in my MogIt outfit list. I figured since I have a blog, I might as well post them here — both so I don’t have to rebuild them from scratch if something horrible happens to my interface, and so other people have a chance to get some use out of them.

(Not to mention it’ll help me stick to my recently-made resolution to post at least once a day…)