Transmogrification PSA: LFR sets, Scholomance, Scarlet Monastery
(Yes, I disappeared again. Preparations for MoP, not much to talk about, etc. I’ll try to stick to it this time.)
As I was looking through my various characters’ gear and deciding what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to toss, something occurred to me.
Namely, that I really like some of the Dragon Soul tier sets in their LFR color, and right now – the couple of months left before MoP hits – is the last chance I, or anybody, will have of completing those sets. (Well, unless you XP-lock at 85 – then I’d imagine you can still run LFR, if there are enough people. But most people will just level on.)
So I’ve been running LFR on some characters, rolling on items that, at times, are a downgrade, just for the sake of completing the sets. Which is a bit of a dick move, I admit, but there are two months to go until MoP hits and all that shiny LFR gear becomes obsolete (quest rewards in Jade Forest, the very first starting area, are ilvl384). And I’m going to be an elitist snot and point out that most of the people I run into when doing LFR these days are so very bad – 10k DPS, 9k HPS, “how I taunt boss” bad – that I don’t really feel the least bit guilty in rolling on the items. I’m putting in just as much effort as they are – often more – and I want the item for something beyond vendor spec. I have a damn right to roll on it and not relinquish it if I win it.
Anyway. To the point of this post. Here are the LFR sets that will become unobtainable – and, for completion’s sake, any unique-model items found in the current versions of Scarlet Monastery and Scholomance. This is mainly to remind myself what I want to grab, since I have no illusions that I have any readership left, but if this post is of use to somebody who isn’t me, all the better.
Screenshots are taken from the in-game dressing room whenever possible, since the Wowhead model viewer can sometimes be inaccurate, especially when it comes to glows. Sets are shown on whichever race the character I have of that class is, hence the preponderance of night elves and draenei. Please forgive my preferences. Most screenshots will be cropped to give a general idea of what the set looks like without cluttering the page.
(Also, I’m not going to screenshot what is likely to be almost the entire loot table of Scarlet Monastery and Scholomance. I’ll point out especially rare or unique-looking items, though, and provide Wowhead links for everything.)
Death Knight: Necrotic Boneplate
To complete this set, you will need to be rolling as DPS.
Druid: Deep Earth
The complete set is made up of the five tier tokens, although the legs can be ignored, since the chestpiece is a robe and therefore they won’t show, unless you feel like pairing them with a non-robe top; visible off-set pieces are belt and boots. Bracers also exist, but can be safely ignored, since they don’t show.
To complete this set, you will need to be rolling as healer or DPS. If you’re going as DPS, being Balance rather than Feral will lessen the chances of people getting pissed off at you.
(Note: the listing for this set on Wowhead is currently bugged. Also, if you try it on in their model viewer, it shows up with a blue glow rather than the yellow one displayed in-game.)
Mage: Time Lord
(In the Wowhead model viewer, the shoulders glow blue instead of yellow and the lights on the helm are very blocky.)
The complete set is made up of the five tier tokens, although the legs can be ignored, since the chestpiece is a robe and therefore they won’t show, unless you feel like pairing them with a non-robe top; the set has a belt, but it is missing boots. If your character is of a race that cares about boots, Janglespur Jackboots aren’t a bad match, although they’re part of the warlock set.
Paladin: Radiant Glory
To complete this set, you will need to be rolling as healer.
Priest: Dying Light
The complete set is made up of the five tier tokens (with alternate gloves), although the legs can be ignored, since the chestpiece is a robe and therefore they won’t show, unless you feel like pairing them with a non-robe top; there are, unfortunately, no off-set pieces, so you will need to find an alternative.
The complete set is made up of the five tier tokens (with alternate shoulders); visible off-set pieces are belt and two different pairs of boots. Bracers also exist, but can be safely ignored, since they don’t show.
The complete set is made up of the five tier tokens (with alternate shoulders), although the legs can be ignored, since the chestpiece is a robe and therefore they won’t show, unless you feel like pairing them with a non-robe top; visible off-set pieces are two different belts and boots. Bracers also exist, but can be safely ignored, since they don’t show.
To complete this set, any shaman role will do. If you’re going as DPS, though, being Elemental rather than Enhancement will lessen the chances of people getting pissed off at you.
Warlock: Faceless Shroud
The complete set is made up of the five tier tokens (with alternate shoulders), although the legs can be ignored, since the chestpiece is a robe and therefore they won’t show, unless you feel like pairing them with a non-robe top; the set has boots, but it is missing a belt, so if you want to transmog to this (although I’ve no earthly idea why anybody would want to do that) you’ll need to find an alternative. Bracers also exist, but can be safely ignored, since they don’t show.
Warrior: Colossal Dragonplate
To complete this set, you will need to be rolling as tank.
Pretty much all LFR-version weapons have blue coloring or a blue glow. It’s a nice touch, but it also makes them clash with some of the sets.
Row 2: Blackhorn’s Mighty Bulwark (shield, warrior and paladin tanks); Timepiece of the Bronze Flight (shield, shaman and paladin, healer or DPS); Rathrak, the Poisonous Mind (dagger, all caster DPS).
Souldrinker (1H sword, warrior, death knight and paladin, tank or DPS).
I’m going to try to focus on items that look unique, in addition to having a unique model (so a simple-looking off-hand wouldn’t be included, for example), and I will skip items that have their model preserved in a new item in MoP.
While you’re here, check the quests in each wing for rewards you might want to grab. I haven’t checked the quests thoroughly, but they’re likely to change once MoP hits and some of the items might be unique or otherwise hard to get.
If you care at all about tabards, don’t forget to grab the Tabard of the Scarlet Crusade from the mobs that spawn after you kill Herod.
Robe of Doan is a unique color of a fairly common model, but good candidate if you want to transmog a cloth-wearing character to look like a member of the Scarlet Crusade. Mantle of Doan, the matching shoulder piece, also drop here, but isn’t really necessary to farm since there’s an identical-looking crafted item.
The Chain of the Scarlet Crusade set is undoubtedly going to be a massive pain to farm, since some items are trash drops, but it’s a very unique look for a mail-wearer. It has no shoulders, but Herod’s Shoulder would round it out nicely. (There’s a heirloom version of Herod’s Shoulder, but unless you’re having severe inventory issues, I would suggest farming the drop rather than spending the justice points / faire tokens / champion’s seals.)
Gauntlets of Divinity are bright red and unique, in terms of both model and skin.
Weapons and shields
Torturing Poker is a dagger that has an identical match in Blackrock Depths. The Scarlet Monastery one is easier to farm, however, since the boss that drops it is guaranteed to be there 100% of the time – so if you know you’re going to want this, farm it now.
The Butcher. 1H sword, trash drop, unique model. Good luck.
Hypnotic Blade is a curious case. It’s a unique color (while Guile of Khoraazi has the same skin, it adds a purple glow), although not a unique model. I would, however, argue that the Mists of Pandaria version of it, Melted Hypnotic Blade, looks superior – it has the same structure, coloring and general shape, down to the gem hanging from the hilt, but is higher definition and adds detailing, such as the wrapping on the hilt. (An identical case can be made for Fang of the Mystics, which dropped from the old version of Onyxia and used the same model as the old Hypnotic Blade, and Sharpened / Honed Fang of the Mystics, which drops from the new version of Onyxia and introduced the updated model.)
Ugh, Scholomance. Something for everybody, with ridiculously low droprates for the most unique items. As with Scarlet Monastery, I’ll try to focus on truly unique items.
As with Scarlet Monastery, while you’re here, check the quests for any reward you might want to grab. They’ll most likely change once MoP hits and some of the items might be unique or otherwise hard to get.
If you care at all about shirts, don’t forget to grab Sawbones Shirt. It’s unique.
If you’re a tailor, remember to pick up the Felcloth Bag pattern from the Journal of Jandice Barov once you kill that particular boss. I’m not sure whether it’ll be removed in MoP or not (haven’t paid much attention to it when I killed her on the beta), but better safe than sorry.
Clutch of Andros is a plain black belt with a dark purple gem – unique model, simple and versatile.
Alanna’s Embrace. Oh, Alanna’s Embrace. Unique, gorgeous robe (the model also exists in white, light blue and yellow). Not recommended for male characters, unless they are very secure in their masculinity. Wanted by all three of my cloth-wearers. 2% drop rate. Bane of my goddamn existence.
The Necropile Set is dark gray and silver, quite striking. The robe is a unique, sleeveless version of Robes of Arugal; you can ignore the legs (they don’t show when wearing the robe, they’re fairly ugly and they have multiple other sources, including a craftable). The set doesn’t come with a belt or gloves, but you can easily substitute items with the same coloring (such as the ones from the Silver-Thread set).
The Cadaverous set is quite beautiful – it’s a leather version of the Silver-Thread cloth set, although the Cadaverous chestpiece has no sleeves (but that can easily be fixed with a shirt if you prefer to have covered arms). It’s going to be incredibly frustrating to farm, unless you’re lucky, since the items can drop randomly from any of the minibosses before Gandling (and those minibosses have a rather large loot table). There are two alternatives for the boots, one a TBC-era dungeon quest reward and the other a TBC-era heroic dungeon drop, but no alternatives for the rest of the set.
Royal Cap Spaulders has a model that is quite common on mail shoulders – the skin, however, is unique. These shoulders are black with silver scrollwork – the same skin as the plate Stoneform Shoulders listed below.
The Bloodmail set is a bit of an odd duck. There are identical-looking BoE green versions of the chest and belt, and a similar-enough (same skin, different model) version of the gloves; the boots are unique as far as mail boots go; but the legs… oh, the legs. The Bloodmail Legguards are a unique, transmoggable version of the Tuxedo Pants. Get them now or forever kick yourself for not doing so once they’re gone.
Stoneform Shoulders are the only item in the game with this model that’s plate (it’s primarily a leather model, with some cloth and mail thrown in for variety). They’re also quite elegant – black with silver scrollwork.
Wraithplate Leggings / Deathbone Legguards. Old-school human-form Nefarian wears these. Wraithplate will probably be the easier of the two to farm, since it’s a static boss drop; there’s also an identical version from a quest in Netherstorm, but if you’ve already done the quest you’re out of luck once MoP hits.
Corpselight Greaves match the Wraithplate / Deathbone legs in color and are also worn by old-school human-form Nefarian. If you miss out on these, an identical item drops from Prophet Skeram in AQ40, but these would be far easier to farm.
Deathbone Chestplate matches Corpselight Greaves and the Wraithplate / Deathbone legs in color, and is also worn by old-school human-form Nefarian. It’s a random drop from any of the minibosses before Gandling, but it does have an identical match as a reward from a TBC dungeon quest, as well as existing as a drop from a rare elite in Stratholme dead side.
The Deathbone Girdle, Gauntlets and Sabatons are a random drop from any of the minibosses before Gandling; they match each other in coloring and the other two Deathbone items in patterning. The gauntlets have an identical match in a TBC-era craftable (although, since the pattern for them is an epic world drop, you might have severe issues finding a crafter for it – not to mention the fact that the materials are very steep), while the girdle and sabatons are unique.
Weapons and shields
Barovian Family Sword. There are three other 2H swords with the same model, but none with quite the same coloring.
Gravestone War Axe is one of three 2H axes in the game with that charming tombstone-on-a-stick model – the other two are a quest reward from a Horde-only quest and a trash drop in Razorfen Kraul, respectively. Therefore, this one is the easiest to obtain – until it’s removed in MoP, anyway.
Staff of Metanoia is the only staff with this model that isn’t a world drop. If you’re fond of the model and can’t find it on the AH, grab it now.
Ebon Hilt of Marduk is a pretty unique 1H sword, with only two others sharing the model and neither with the same dark coloring. It looks like a partly-broken sword.
Ancient Bone Bow is pretty much what it says on the tin. There’s a heirloom version of it, but if you know you want it, farming it will save you justice points / faire tokens / champion’s seals. It is, however, a random drop from the minibosses just before Gandling, so you’ll need luck.
Hammer of the Vesper is the only 1H version of the skull-on-a-stick mace model (there are two identical quest rewards, but they’re both classified as main hand and therefore unusable for non-casters).
Headmaster’s Charge is the other low-droprate epic in Scholomance. If you see it drop, it’s nifty, but considering the low drop rate and the fact that it has a heirloom version and a BoE version you can camp the AH for (which doesn’t sell for beans on my server), it’s probably not worth farming for unless you’re killing Gandling for something else anyway.
Silent Fang is a sleek-looking, Japanese-style 1H sword with a nifty name. It has a unique color, although it’s not the most striking skin of all the swords with this model (that would be the BoE Rune Sword).
Bonecreeper Stylus is the only wand with this model that isn’t from a quest and has the color of actual bone. Remember, wands will become main-hand weapons for cloth casters in MoP – get your creepy warlock-y transmog stick now!