Laeleiweyn of World of Lae has kicked off a series of Alt Appreciation weeks to “celebrate all the classes!”
This week, it’s the Monks‘ turn in the spotlight.
Each of the August Celestials who watches over Pandaria has his or her own Temple of devoted monks. Rather than emulating the costume of the various NPCs at these Temples, I’ve designed a set of Transmogrification kits intended to demonstrate at a glance which August Celestial a player Monk has chosen to follow.
Wisdom of Yu’lon
Mistlurker Helm, Contender’s Leather Shoulders, Jinxed Hoodoo Skin, Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Ferine Leggings, Serpentskin Gloves, Swampwalker Boots, Liuyang’s Lovely Longstaff/Inscribed Serpent Staff
These brilliantly-colored leather leggings are a common sight on low-level Rogues, Druids, and Monks because they drop from a dungeon and have great stats. Making a decent Transmogrification kit with them, however, requires much higher character levels. The matching boots can be worn at low levels, but are a rare drop. There are no matching gloves. The reddish tones in these crafted shoulders harmonize perfectly with the reddish tones of the leather straps on the pants.
Hope of Chi-Ji
Moonkin Headdress, Volcanic Shoulders, Plainshawk Vest, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Cabalist Leggings, Fingers of the Loneliest Monk, Mosshide Boots/Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes or Prospector’s Boots, Inscribed Crane Staff
Cranes are celebrated for the elegance of their long legs, whether standing or in flight. This outfit celebrates the elegance of a Monk’s legs during a Spinning Crane Kick by leaving them beautifully bare. If you don’t have invisiboots, the tall black Prospector’s Boots are the next best option.
Strength of Xuen
Red Crane Crown (LFR) or Windscale Hood, Mantle of the White Tiger, Polar Vest, Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity, Righteous Leggings, Ghostwalker Gloves, Replica Darkmantle Boots, Inscribed Tiger Staff
Of course I had to use the Mantle of the White Tiger in a set for Xuen. Then the Polar Vest was the only really good choice for the chestpiece — nothing else looks quite right with those shoulders. From there, the outfit could very easily have become all blue. I chose these pants and gloves to keep the overall appearance lighter and more evocative of Xuen’s coloration.
Fortitude of Niuzao
Ragefury Eyepatch, Riplash Pauldrons, Wicked Leather Armor & Gauntlets, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion/Serene Yellow Belt, Bandit Pants, Coal Miner Boots, Abracadaver/Distant Land
I wanted to use only Pandarian staves and each of the four Monk class quest reward belts in this Transmogrification project, but the Niuzao outfit didn’t cooperate very well. None of the staves from Pandaria seemed quite right for the Black Ox, whereas this one from ICC was perfect. Once I’d chosen this staff, the Serene Yellow Belt didn’t work with the rest of the set anymore. I tried the other color of the staff, and while that worked with the Yellow Belt, the overall effect of the ensemble didn’t say “Black Ox” to me as strongly as using Abracadaver and the Red Belt does. What do you think?