Archive for the Transmogrification Category

Straw hats and you

Posted in Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , on October 31, 2012 by Aeliel

Although I hit exalted with the Tillers themselves quite some time ago, I’ve still been doing the dailies – for valor points, for fun, and for reputation with the individual pandas. I’m almost done with Friends on the Farm, and today I capped my rep with Old Hillpaw and got a Straw Hat in the mail.

Being me, I promptly linked it in guild chat and commented that it really should have some sort of farming bonus or something like that on it, because it’s useless as it is… and then somebody asked a smart question:

“Is it transmoggable?”

Turns out yes, yes it is.

The hat Old Hillpaw mails you is cloth, but Gina Mudclaw sells a version of the hat for each of the four armor classes – cloth, leather, plate and mail. They look absolutely identical, and while they’re somewhat unflattering on some races (see my poor night elf above), I would wager it wouldn’t look half bad on, say, a pandaren.

New itemization for Scholomance and Scarlet Monastery

Posted in Alts, Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , , , on August 29, 2012 by Aeliel

So I’ve been poking about at the new loot tables for Scholomance and Scarlet Monastery, courtesy of Wowhead (servers are still under maintenance on the EU side of things) and I got to thinking.

1. What the hell are plate and agility mail doing in these loot tables?

Okay, granted, I know why they’re there. They’re there because Blizzard itemized the heroic versions of the dungeons first, then scaled it down for the non-heroics and didn’t think.

Still. Think, for heaven’s sake, before you do things. I can sort of forgive Scholomance, because the items there require level 39 and will be usable in one level. But the items in Scarlet Monastery require level 28. The plate will go completely unused, because last I checked warriors and paladins still need to hit level 40 to be able to use plate, and so will the agility mail, because hunters and enhancement shamans also need to hit level 40 to be able to use mail. At best, the mail will be worn by clueless warriors and paladins, but both will be mostly just transmogrification fodder. (Nobody sane is going to use mail or plate that’s 12 levels too low unless they have absolutely no alternative.)

They could’ve just downgraded the armor classes for the non-heroic versions – turned plate into mail and mail into leather – but I guess it didn’t really occur to them.

And speaking of transmogrification fodder…

2. What’s up with all the reused models (most of which are Cataclysm-era)?

I’m torn between minding and not minding, to be honest.

Minding because all that effort put into the new dungeons, and they couldn’t come up with something better than that? Or, if they were going to reuse models… why not reuse the models they took away in the first place, such as the sets from Scholomance? You have items named after old items (such as Whitemane’s Embroidered Chapeau), why the model swap?

(Compare and contrast – models for normal-mode items for Shadowfang Keep and Deadmines both stayed put.)

The reason not to mind would be that at least this’ll make it much easier to get certain models for transmogrification, whereas before I would’ve need to farm Hour of Twilight dungeons (or, at least in one case, picked a different reward from a quest).

But then again, I find myself minding, because if they reused the models… what guarantee do I have that they’re not going to change the look of the items around at some point in the future?

Meh. I really wish they would’ve just dropped the models used in the original version of the dungeons in. They did with some items (such as some of the weapons); some others got similar enough models (such as this axe or the Melted Hypnotic Blade I’ve referenced before); yet some others got random models thrown at them (to use more weapon examples – Wrath-era crossbow and dagger, Vanilla-era staves, random TBC sword).

Beyond the weapons that kept the original models or close enough, there are exactly two models in the whole list that I hope they keep that way. One is Metanoia Shield – it’s a green version of Voice of Reason and doesn’t exist anywhere else, and it fits the dungeon. The other is Necromantic Wand, which is a brand new model and also fits the dungeon.

The rest of this mess has got to go, and I hope it does soon. The items stick out like a sore thumb and they’re going to make anybody actually going through the dungeons look like a clown. (And I thought we were moving away from that? Wasn’t that the reasoning to normalize models from quest gear and build them into sets?) Especially execrable are the heroic druid tier 13 helm (come the hell on), the random Pandaria-model robe (yes it’s pretty, no it doesn’t fit), the normal mode warlock tier 13 shoulders (Old God tentacles? in my Scarlet Monastery? say it isn’t so), the normal-mode death knight tier 13 helms and the random TBC-oven-mitt model gloves (ugh).

…huh. Guess I’m more firmly in the camp of “I mind a hell of a lot” than I thought I was.

Thumbs up for the nods to literature in Flameweaver Koegler’s loot table, though.

You have entered too many instances recently.

Posted in Alts, Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , , on August 29, 2012 by Aeliel

And that, as they say, was that. I could probably have squeezed a couple more clears in before the servers went down, but I honestly didn’t see the point. I got pretty much everything I wanted, with the exception of items for my second hunter and my rogue (I tried a bit, but I couldn’t honestly be bothered), some weapons I honestly wasn’t desperate for, and a pair of boots for my death knight (which not only have a lookalike in AQ40, but also wouldn’t really get used unless I race-change to something without hooves, since I’d rather hide boots altogether with a slipper-like model).

I ended up, on the other hand, not farming Scarlet Monastery at all. I liked none of the models in there enough to bother, except for perhaps Ironspine’s Ribcage (but farming something out of a rare spawn with a time limit is not something I care to sacrifice my sanity for), and I already have the tabard on my main.

RNG did have its last trolling laugh, though. Sawbones Shirt stopped dropping entirely once I swapped characters from a pair that had it to a pair with a character that didn’t, and only resumed dropping once I swapped characters again to another pair that had it. There’s also this:

I spent far, far more time in there on either of my blacksmith characters than on the pair in the image (since the Deathbone set was being stubborn). Did that pattern drop then? Did it hell. Bah.

Bring on the new versions of these dungeons. There are some nifty-looking items in the updated loot tables I might end up wanting to farm…

[insert undignified squeak here]

Posted in Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , , , on August 27, 2012 by Aeliel

So WoW Insider recently held a transmogrification contest. I submitted a bunch of outfits I created in MogIt, not expecting much – I figured at best I’d get a runner-up position.

Runners up were announced, and I wasn’t among them. “Ahh well” thought I “better luck next time.”

Then today the winners were announced. And. And and and and and.

Turns out one of the outfits I made actually won!

*bounces around in glee*

To see the full outfit, either click through to WoW Insider, or click through to the extended entry – I’m posting it here as well for posterity.

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Livin’ la vida Scholo

Posted in Alts, Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , on August 27, 2012 by Aeliel

Completely selfish post, but I’ve been farming Scholomance too much and need to keep track somehow. (I’ll also need to be farming Scarlet Monastery, and yes I know I’m running out of time but Scholomance is more of a pain to farm and has more pretty stuff. It helps that I don’t care at all about the Scarlet set.)

Classes listed in brackets are the ones I’m missing the item on. I added my (lvl40, but I can carry her since I have two accounts) rogue and my goblin hunter to the list of characters to get stuff for. Those are the yellow marks, since I don’t care about them nearly as much.

The hearts are the stuff I wasn’t trying for or expecting to get, but it dropped anyway and I’m happy about it.


Alanna’s Embrace: ✔✔✔
Bloodmail Legguards: ✔✔
Cadaverous Armor:
Cadaverous Belt: 
Cadaverous Gloves: 
Cadaverous Leggings: 
Cadaverous Walkers: 
Clutch of Andros: ✔✔✔
Corpselight Greaves:  (death knight)
Deathbone Chestplate: ✔✔✔
Deathbone Gauntlets: ✔✔✔
Deathbone Girdle: ✔✔
Deathbone Legguards (or Wraithplate Leggings): ✔✔✔
Deathbone Sabatons: ✔✔
Necropile Boots: ✔✔✔ (warlock)
Necropile Cuffs: ✔✔✔
Necropile Leggings: ✔✔✔
Necropile Mantle: ✔✔✔
Necropile Robe: ✔✔✔
Royal Cap Spaulders: ✔✔
Stoneform Shoulders: ✔✔✔

Sawbones Shirt: ✔ ♥ ♥ ♥ (wanted it and already had it on my druid; it also dropped for my hunter, my mage and my death knight)


Ancient Bone Bow: 
Barovian Family Sword: ✔✔ (death knight)
Bonecreeper Stylus: 
Ebon Hilt of Marduk:  (death knight)
Headmaster’s Charge: ♥♥ (dropped for my mage and my warlock… twice for my hunter, as well, but that doesn’t get little hearts, since it’s useless)
Silent Fang: ✔✔
Staff of Metanoia: ✔✔ (priest)

Obsessive? Me? You don’t say. I’ll keep this updated as I farm more things and then stop updating it once Scholomance changes.

Complaining out loud wins again

Posted in Alts, Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , on August 21, 2012 by Aeliel

Envision, if you please, the follow sequence of events.

I tab out of the game while waiting for my instance timer to reset and write my previous post.

I press “publish”, then tab back into the game, reset Scholomance and enter again.

I clear four mini-bosses out of six with no drop. Grumble, grumble, grumble. Head to the fifth one, Alexei Barov.

And he coughs up the Bloodmail Legguards. \o/

Time to swap characters!

Wherein I get trolled by the RNG gods

Posted in Alts, Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , , on August 21, 2012 by Aeliel

To the surprise of absolutely nobody who knows me, I’ve been farming Scholomance on my various alts for pretty clothes. (I’ve also been poking LFR with a stick, and I also need to find some time to farm Scarlet Monastery, but Scholomance has a higher amount of pretty, so it gets farmed first.)

So, while I wait out my instance timer, here’s a bit of complaining.

For reference, here’s what I want out of it for each of my characters (with what I’ve gotten so far struck out):

Death Knight: Stoneform Shoulders, Corpselight Greaves, Deathbone set, Silent Fang, Ebon Hilt of Marduk, Barovian Family Sword
Druid: Cadaverous set
Hunter: Royal Cap Spaulders, Bloodmail Legguards, Ancient Bone Bow
Mage: Alanna’s Embrace, Clutch of Andros, Necropile set
Paladin: Stoneform Shoulders, Corpselight Greaves, Deathbone set (Silent Fang would be a nice-to-have)
Priest: Alanna’s Embrace, Clutch of Andros, Necropile set
Shaman: Royal cap Spaulders, Bloodmail Legguards
Warlock: Alanna’s Embrace, Clutch of Andros, Necropile set, Bonecreeper Stylus
Warrior: Stoneform Shoulders, Corpselight Greaves, Deathbone set, Silent Fang, Ebon Hilt of Marduk, Barovian Family Sword

I’m currently farming on my hunter. Got the Royal Cap Spaulders and the Ancient Bone Bow pretty fast, but still no sign of the Bloodmail Legguards. I do, however, have enough Ancient Bone Bows I would need to be the goddess Kali to wield them all, as well as a partial Deathbone set (two legs, one chest, one belt), two Cadaverous chest pieces… and the following lovely bit of trolling on the part of the RNG gods:

Why yes, that is indeed not one, but two copies of Headmaster’s Charge. Dropped in two consecutive runs. Can’t even really keep it, since the hunter’s losing the ability to wield melee weapons in a week. I’m not furious, since I don’t particularly want the thing on any of my casters (and if I end up wanting to transmog to the model, I’ve got the BoE version of it stashed away on a bank alt, or there’s always the heirloom), but still. Ugh.

Meanwhile, still no Bloodmail Legguards, despite the fact that they’re theoretically easier to get than Headmaster’s Charge since there’s 6 minibosses that can drop them at a 2-3% chance each.

Although my most recent Krastinov kill did cough up a Sawbones Shirt, which is very nice to have although I wasn’t deliberately farming for it (since I have it on my main, and while it’s a gorgeous shirt I don’t badly want it on my alts), so I suppose that evens out.