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Shado-Pan Ninja (Monk)



Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Puncture-Binding Spaulder, Pozzik’s Vest, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Nice Shorts, Bard’s gloves & boots, Stylish Black Shirt, Monk’s Staff
This outfit is adapted from Draynee’s Black Ninja Monk kit.

Shado-Pan Domain Keeper (Monk/Druid)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Shizzle’s Muzzle Cover, Leather Tunic of Eminent Domain, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Honorary Combat Engineer’s Leather Trousers, Loramus’ Gloves, Prospector’s Boots, Spear of Xuen
The brick red and black colors of these Rogue T9-lookalike items awarded early in the Jade Forest questline just begged to be part of a Shado-Pan set. Due to the factional dimorphism of the T9 sets, this outfit is Horde-only. The Prospector’s chestpiece and leggings or the chestpiece and leggings from the same set as the shoulders & gloves could be used for a similar look.
Other leather-wearers might want to use the Burning Blade Devotee’s Cinch.

Shado-Pan Smoke Knight (Monk)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Righteous shoulders pants & gloves, Scouting tunic & boots, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Aspirant’s Staff of Harmony
I originally designed this kit to go with the Ironpaw cooking accessories. Serendipitously, it also looks great with the Shado-Pan helmet!

Shado-Pan Spiritwalker (Shaman)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Pauldrons of Wild Magic, Salvager’s Hauberk, Bloodspattered Sash, Heroes’ Earthshatter Kilt (T7-10s), Seer’s Linked Gauntlets, Suen-Wo, Spire of the Falling Sun
Umlaut Paradots‘ mail contribution to These Boots Were Made For Mogging reminded me of the Salvager’s Hauberk. As I thought about what kind of set I might like to make using this chestpiece, it occurred to me that the stripe detail, especially in the back, is somewhat similar to the stripe detail on the Shado-Pan NPC uniforms. Kamalia already had plenty of dark blue in her wardrobe, but she did not have much red in her wardrobe before I created this outfit for her!

Shado-Pan Beastmaster (Hunter)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Ravager’s Mantle, Warmonger’s Chestpiece, Bloodspattered Sash, Bloodmail* Legguards gloves & boots, Cloak of Beasts, Master Builder’s Shirt, Bronze Blaster
This is something of an “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” kit. Although I only really wanted the Bloodmail Legguards, I’d collected all the rest of the set by the time the pants finally dropped. I decided to keep the whole set, “just in case”, and dumped it into Void Storage. Now I’m glad that I did!
I borrowed the combination of the Shado-Pan Helmet with the Warmonger’s chestpiece from WoW Roleplay Gear.

Shado-Pan Runeblade (Death Knight)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Blood-Soaked Saronite Plated Spaulders, Warlord’s/Warmaul chestpiece belt gloves & boots, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Acherus Knight’s Shroud, Runed Soulblade
I didn’t want to just plop the Shado-Pan Helmet atop one of the black-and-red outfits I’d already made for Kregga — though it would certainly work well with either of them. The red-plum-blue tones of the Warlord’s/Warmaul set evoke the palette of the navy-and-brick-red version of the Shado-Pan NPC uniforms, and I’d been wanting to use those items in a DK set for some time. The DK shoulders added just the right amount of menace to the overall appearance.

Shado-Pan Lightbearer (Paladin)


Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Runic Plate Shoulders, Alabaster Breastplate, Thorium Belt, Greaves of the Martyr, Bloodforged Gauntlets, Lavawalker Greaves, Redpine Cloak, Firestorm Hackblade, Bloodforged Guard, Stylish Black Shirt
This outfit is adapted from a striking black, white, and red ensemble originally designed by Honeypants of Mogoholic.

Shado-Pan Bulwark (Paladin/Warrior)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Shoulderguards of Empty Memory, Glory of the Defender, Ogre Beater’s Belt, Legguards of the Fallen Crusader, Grips of Arcane Imprisonment, Deathseed Crushers, Rescuer’s Cloak, Stylish Black Shirt, Firestorm Hackblade, Shield of the Void
As long as Mists remains the current expansion, items containing both red and black will always immediately suggest that they be used in a Shado-Pan Helmet kit. Mists was already well enough along when I leveled my Paladin that I saved these Cataclysm quest reward items for future use in a Shado-Pan kit. Although her first Shado-Pan kit didn’t need them, they came in handy to coordinate with this chestpiece, which dropped while I was farming the Hyjal raid for something else.

Shado-Pan Blademaster (Warrior)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Expedition Mantle, The Exarch’s Protector, Darkcrest Belt, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Inferno Tempered gloves & boots, Gilded Thorium Cloak, Red Martial Shirt, Sturdy Yaungol Spear
Keija tried really hard to talk me into letting her use Hellreaver for her Shado-Pan set, even though I think it’s just about as overused a weapon as Judgement is a gear set (especially since Demonology Warlocks got that glyph that lets their Felguards dual-wield the things). Then, as soon as she’d actually tested how it would look, she capitulated and agreed to use the spear that matches the NPC weapon. I’ll just have to come up with some other set for her to use Hellreaver with.

Shado-Pan Wildshaper (Druid)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Thunderheart Shoulder Pads, Robes of Summer Flame, Vicious Leather Belt, Gilt-Edged Leather Gauntlets, Tian Monastic Staff
I decided pretty much immediately that I wanted to use this robe for my Druid’s Shado-Pan kit. Figuring out all the rest of the pieces, though, took quite a bit of iteration.
I don’t remember if I was offered the +Agi staff as a reward option from that Tian Monastery quest or if I had to switch my loot spec to see it. Whatever happened, I thought that the +Agi staff would have better Transmogrification potential with the rest of my Druid’s wardrobe than any of the +Int options — and I’d surely get a better weapon from some other quest later. So I took it, and now I am quite glad that I did.

Shado-Pan Mystic (Priest)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Consortium Mantle, Amaranthine Robe, Silver-Thread Sash, Black Mageweave Gloves, Arakkoa Divining Rod, Inscribed Fan, Stylish Black Shirt
This outfit is largely inspired by the Shado-Pan Helmet set designed by WoW Roleplay Gear.

Shado-Pan Arcanist (Mage)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Nether Guards, Sparklight Robes, Girdle of Glowing Light, Black Mageweave Gloves, Unassuming Slippers, Rod of the Blazing Light
When I was originally designing this outfit in MogIt, I was struck by how well the T15-Normal Priest-lookalike Quet’zal’s Crackling Cord matched this robe. That item was well out of my solo-player reach, however, so I chose something else. Later, the rep requirements for many Shado-Pan Assault items were lowered, allowing me to gain the required reputation (Friendly) to buy the Valor Points version of the belt from a single clear of the first wing of Throne of Thunder LFR. Huzzah!

Shado-Pan Assassin (Rogue)

Replica Shado-Pan Helment, Shoulderpads of the Silvermoon Retainer, Scouting tunic & gloves, Belt of One-Hundred Deaths, Nightslayer Pants, Defiler’s Lizardhide Boots, Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Malchazeen
The shirt is an essential component of this outfit because it fills in a gap between the sleeves and the gloves. I would have preferred to use gloves that cover the whole hand — assassins should not leave fingerprints — but I couldn’t find any that coordinated suitably well with the rest of the set.

Shado-Pan Summoner (Warlock)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Merciless Gladiator’s Felweave Amice, Simple Blouse, Silver-Thread Sash, Coven Britches, Black Mageweave Gloves + Wraps of the San’layn, Oilfoot Slippers, Zhar’doom, Greatstaff of the Devourer
More decadent Warlocks may prefer to use the Cournith Waterstrider’s Silken Finery.

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Laeleiweyn of World of Lae has kicked off a series of Alt Appreciation weeks to “celebrate all the classes!”

Going through the list of classes alphabetically, naturally we begin with Death Knights.

And that makes this as good a time as any to do something that I’ve been ruminating over for weeks.

I’ve written before about how my secondary Death Knight, Kaumalea, exists primarily because I wanted a blue-and-white Tauren. That she had to be a Death Knight to have that coloration was a lamentable necessity. In an effort to justify having two Tauren Death Knights, when I’d initially struggled to understand why a Tauren would be a DK in the first place, I decided that she should also be my attempt at doing the Ironman Challenge thing. Even then, before the advent of the no-death Ironman, the conditions of the challenge were more than I really wanted to do, so I modified them somewhat. One of my modified conditions, in an effort to undercut the OPness of a fresh DK even more, was that she could only wear items that a character level 10 or under could use for her chestpiece and pants. I collected a nice array of blue, white, and red starting gear and off she went.

Ever since, Kaumalea has been continually battering away at those pseudo-Ironman restrictions.

In theory, the only allowed profession for an Ironman is First Aid. But Kaumalea convinced me to let her become an Archaeologist, arguing that the XP from that profession wasn’t so very different from getting XP from a treasure chest. This past Winter Veil, she took up Cooking to be able to make treats for Great-Father Winter. She learned Fishing at that time, too, because it amused me for her to have all the secondary professions and no primary professions. At the beginning of summer, she decided it was time to level Cooking and Fishing enough to do the Darkmoon Faire monthlies for those professions.

Qualitatively, if not quantitatively, I feel like Kaumalea has gained more XP from holiday quests and Archaeology than from regular questing. Rather than being a “true” Ironman, facing the world with little more than her chutzpah, I’ve felt like she’s more of an Alternative Leveler. Except she’s not exclusively that, either.

Throughout all of this, as pleased as I was by how Kaumalea looks in her low-level wardrobe, I’ve fretted against the restraint of not being able to Transmogrify her gear. After much agonizing and dithering over how much I wanted her to look pretty versus how much I wanted her to continue to be my (steadily failing) attempt at being an Ironman (sort-of), I compromised. I collected the lowest-level crafted Plate gear — the Heavy Mithril set + Thorium Belt — and a cheap, low-level Uncommon quality cloak and 2H weapon from the AH. Because the Heavy Mithril Helm hasn’t shown up on the AH and the pattern is a bit of a rare drop, I decided to allow her to use her Circle’s Stalwart Helmet as her default hat. These will be her base clothes for the rest of her leveling adventures, in whatever form they take.

For her first Transmogrification, I chose the outfit I’ve wanted her to wear for the longest time, a set that just screams “Frost Rune Knight”.

Symbolic set with Talonguard Epaulets, Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Dark Phantom Cape, and The Oathkeeper

I had been contemplating purchasing the Crown of Eternal Winter for Kaumalea. After Draynee told me how to view it in MogIt, I watched the animation for several cycles and decided that I didn’t like the skull effect on Tauren, either.

As a consolation prize, of sorts, I took her out to get the blue cannister backpack.

Kaumalea will continue to run without a talent specialization, glyphs, enchantments, gems, buffs from food or potions, or other forms of enhancement. But now she can at least look fabulous while she does it.

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The Underpowered Death Knight quietly dinged 70 at the beginning of this month while digging up Night Elf relics in Feralas, hoping to open up a Fossil site so that she could find some suitable bits of bone and stone for Professor Paleo at the Darkmoon Faire. She’s gotten most of the XP for those last ten levels from sources other than regular questing — holiday tours, archaeology, Darkmoon Faire first aid & archaeology work, even a little bit of pet battling.

While I was touring the Midsummer bonfires in Outland with Kaumalea earlier this week, she reminded me that she wanted some platekini:
“It’s summer, it’s hot, I want to go to the beach!”

Although I’ve done a couple of platekini-type outfits before — my Paladin’s “Brightly Colored Shell” set and my Warrior’s “Silver Morning” set — I am not much interested in that genre of Transmogrification. Platekini is outside my usual standards of modesty, and my Tauren women definitely don’t need to wear platekini to be beautiful. The first paragraph of Prinnie’s “Thoughts” regarding her “Project Platekini” sums up my opinions on the matter pretty well, too. Still, I’ve seen enough outfits using the classic comic book superheroine metal bra look of the Glorious Breastplate that I wanted to try my hand at making a set with it myself. Kaumalea volunteered to be the model because she loves all things blue and the blue version of this chestpiece style is readily available as an Outland quest reward.

Although her log was still full of Hellfire Peninsula quests when she reached level 70, she felt that she could now skip straight to Mok’Nathal Village in Blade’s Edge Mountains to obtain the Nether Protector’s Chest. And, indeed, she was able to do the necessary quests with surprising ease. A quick search of Outland quest rewards in MogIt turned up some other items that combined to make a really quite pretty ensemble with the chestpiece, so off she merrily went to acquire them.

After experimenting with wearing “pretty clothes” while still using only the DK’s starter five abilities during Love is in the Air, I decided instead to expand Kaumalea’s ability/spell list to everything she can learn without choosing a talent specialization, but keep her gear restrictions. Between that change and reaching level 70, questing in Outland has gotten much less painful. She can now handle green and even some yellow Outland quests without too much difficulty. She still has to stop and eat frequently, and she’ll still die if she accidentally pulls more than one or two mobs at a time or neglects to account for a patrol. Howling Fjord/Borean Tundra mobs remain a significant challenge, however, so she will need to stay in Outland probably at least until she reaches level 75.

Soak Up the Sun


Salvaged Ango’rosh Pauldrons, Nether Protector’s Chest, Stalwart Girdle, Lofty pants, Whiteknuckle Gauntlets, Bloodguard’s Greaves
I’d thought perhaps to use this chestpiece with the Symbolic or Imbued Plate pants that she already had, but in searching the AH for other coordinating items (before I decided to use quest rewards), lo and behold there were the Lofty pants for only 25 gold — a deal that was way too good to pass up!

Taunka Warrior Ice Princess




Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Talonguard Epaulets, Nether Protector’s Chest, Stalwart Girdle, Lofty pants, Symbolic gloves & boots, Amber Filigreed Shirt
These blue items that Kaumalea already had on-hand also made a very nice set with the platekini chestpiece and pants.

One of my greatest difficulties with this particular alternative leveling project is not being able to use Transmogrifiable gear. I want to make Transmogrification kits for Kaumalea that synergize with her blue-and-white coloration. So I make the pretty outfits and do screenshot sessions with them, then switch back to her common and poor quality gear set for questing.

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In mid-spring — or what she was told was mid-spring, back in Azeroth; here in Outland, there did not seem to be any noticeable seasons — Kaumalea returned to her lodging house one evening to find the public areas filled with chattering orcish and blood elven children. Surprised, she asked the innkeeper what was going on.

The innkeeper raised an eyebrow at her. “Ah, right, you’re one o’ them taunka from Northrend, ain’tcha? So you wouldn’t know ’bout Children’s Week. There have been so many wars everywhere that all the big cities have orphanages overflowing with children that have lost their parents. Once a year, the orphan matrons do a charity drive to get adventurers to recognize the cost of the wars by giving a little of their time to these poor kids.”

“But what do you, well, do with one of these children?” Kaumalea wondered.

“Oh, mostly you just let them follow you around as you do whatever it is you do everyday anyway. Usually, the kids have a few particular things they really want to do, too — places they’ve dreamed about going, famous people they want to see for themselves, that kind of thing. And it’s nice to buy them a treat or a toy or something at the end of the week, to help them remember you.”

Kaumalea looked around the crowded, noisy room. “It certainly seems to be popular.”

“Aye,” the innkeeper smiled. “The kids, they want you to remember them, too. They’re always taming little critters of one sort or another, and of course the orphan matrons won’t let them keep them, so they’ll give them to you. A lot of adventurers treat the orphans they sponsor kind of like a little sister or brother — write them letters, send them trinkets, that kind of thing. Those folks over there,” the innkeeper indicated an orc warrior and a troll hunter who were playing cards with two blood elf children, “have sponsored those same kids from the orphanage over in Shattrath for three years or so now. It’s great experience, they say — doesn’t strengthen the body much, but does wonders for the heart.”

Kaumalea considered this. She could definitely use more experience, in whatever form. The Battle for Light’s Hope Chapel had left her severely debilitated, making the usual ways that adventurers gained experience very difficult for her. It had taken her nearly a year in Outland to gain enough strength to even think about trying to return to her once-home of Camp Winterhoof, and when she’d gotten there, she’d soon realized that she wasn’t nearly strong enough yet to contribute meaningfully to the defense and provisioning of the tribe. So she had come back to Outland. She had surely created orphans herself during her time as the Lich King’s thrall. Because of her weakness, she was used to being careful, so she wouldn’t have to be any more careful than usual with a child in tow. Sponsoring an orphan was something that was certainly within her power to do.

Kaumalea had such an agreeable outing with the orphan that she sponsored from Shattrath — a clever-fingered blood elf girl named Ameridala who soon had her hair out of its customary braids and twined up into an elaborate crown never seen before or since on a tauren (or taunka) — that she decided to sponsor an orphan from Orgrimmar as well.


With the talkative orc boy Ezrom as her guide, she learned much more in a day or two about the history and heritage of this “Horde” that she had been swept up into upon being freed from the Lich King than she had gleaned during a whole year in Horde settlements in Outland.

“I am sorry,” Matron Aria in Dalaran said, “but only adventurers who have already reached their 70th season are allowed to sponsor the wolvar and oracle children. I have heard, however, that there is an orphanage of taunka children at Agmar’s Hammer in the Dragonblight; the matron there does not like to ask for help, but I am sure she would accept it gladly if you offered.”


“Oh!” said Matron Twinbreeze, when Kaumalea explained her intentions, “I had never thought of something like that, but, yes, it would be a wonderful thing for one of the older children!”

She introduced Kaumalea to a youngster named Omner.

“I miss my sister, Abish,” Omner said when Kaumalea asked him where he would like to go first, “She’s the only other member of my family who escaped when the Nerubians overran our village. She’s almost an adult, though, and she’s already started her real training to be a hunter. I think she’s probably at Westwind, where we’ve had a hunting camp forever. Everyone knows where it is — west of here, just this side of the bridge to Borean Tundra. That’s what made it such a good spot for the refugees from the Scourge attacks to gather.”

“I can’t wait until I’m old enough to start my real training, too!” Omner enthused. “Then I’ll get to be with my sister and her friends all the time!”

~*~*~

“Greatmother Icemist tells us a story about ancient druids trying to grow a huge tree in the middle of the Grizzly Hills,” Omner said next, “I don’t know how growing a big tree could fix the world in the first place, but I guess it didn’t work because she said the tree died. I don’t know if I belive that a tree could get that big, either. Can we go see the place where it was?”

“Wow,” Omner said as they flew over the fallen pieces of Vordrassil and down into Grizzlemaw, “that must have been some strong magic. Usually trees rot to splinters in only a few years after they fall, but Greatmother Icemist said that this tree fell thousands of years ago! I guess that strong magic is why the furbolg decided that this would be a good place to live.”

~*~*~

“Sometimes at night,” Omner confided, “I sneak downstairs and listen to the adventurers talking. Once, I heard one of them saying that he went to a place called the Bronze Dragonshrine, northeast of the dragons’ Wyrmrest Temple, and saw himself, only from the future! And then another one laughed and said that he’d done that, too, and then he’d come back later, and seen himself, only from the past, when he was there before! If we go there, do you think we might see me from the future and you from the past?”

“I wasn’t expecting that… I’ve always wanted to be a hunter. But I guess being a wind tamer wouldn’t be so bad.”

~*~*~

As they rode out of the pass leading to the Bronze Dragonshrine, Omner pointed at the great Titan structure rising up in the distance. “Wyrmrest Temple! That’s where the dragon queen lives, up on the very top floor. I’ve always wanted to see a dragon up close, and she’s supposed to be friendly… right? Let’s go!”

“I never knew that dragons could do that, change their shapes. It makes sense why they do it, but I’d still like to see her dragon form, someday. If her dragon form is too large for even that big room, she must be simply magnificent!”

~*~*~

Finally, Omner said, “I love to hear Greatmother Icemist’s stories. Matron Twinbreeze tells some good stories, too, about the place where she comes from. You know who has all the stories about our people, though? There’s an Elder named Xarantaur who knows everything! He lives at Tunka’lo Village. It’s on a mountaintop way up in the Storm Peaks, north and a little east of the frost giant place called Dun Niffelem. Will you take me to visit him?”

“That was so cool! Maybe being a wind tamer will be better than being a hunter, after all, if it lets me spend more time learning stories.”

Before returning to Agmar’s Hammer, Kaumalea took Omner to The Wonderworks in Dalaran. His eyes grew big and round as he took in the variety of toys. He inspected them all carefully, lingering longingly over the copper racers. Eventually, he chose a paper zeppelin kit, explaining that this toy was simple enough that maybe he could figure out how to make more, to share with the other children, from materials he could scavenge.

When Kaumalea at last came back to her lodgings in Outland at the end of the week, the innkeeper asked, “So, how did you enjoy helping the orphans?”

“It was good experience. It made me feel… warm. On the inside. I think I’ll do it again next year,” she replied.

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One of my greatest difficulties with my pseudo-Ironman leveling project is not being able to use Transmogrifiable gear. I want to make Transmogrification kits for the Underpowered Death Knight that synergize with her blue-and-white coloration. So I make the pretty outfits and do screenshot sessions with them, then switch back to her common and poor quality gear set for questing.

Soak Up the Sun


Salvaged Ango’rosh Pauldrons, Nether Protector’s Chest, Stalwart Girdle, Lofty pants, Whiteknuckle Gauntlets, Bloodguard’s Greaves
Although I’ve done a couple of platekini-type outfits before — my Paladin’s “Brightly Colored Shell” set and my Warrior’s “Silver Morning” set — I am not much interested in that genre of Transmogrification. Platekini is outside my usual standards of modesty, and my Tauren women definitely don’t need to wear platekini to be beautiful. The first paragraph of Prinnie’s “Thoughts” regarding her “Project Platekini” sums up my opinions on the matter pretty well, too. Still, I’ve seen enough outfits using the classic comic book superheroine metal bra look of the Glorious Breastplate that I wanted to try my hand at making a set with it myself. Kaumalea volunteered to be the model because she loves all things blue and the blue version of this chestpiece style is readily available as an Outland quest reward. A quick search of Outland quest rewards in MogIt turned up some other items that combined to make a really quite pretty ensemble with the chestpiece. I’d thought perhaps to use this chestpiece with the Symbolic or Imbued Plate pants that she already had, but in searching the AH for other coordinating items (before I decided to use quest rewards), lo and behold there were the Lofty pants for only 25 gold — a deal that was way too good to pass up!

Taunka Warrior Ice Princess II




Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Talonguard Epaulets, Nether Protector’s Chest, Stalwart Girdle, Lofty pants, Symbolic gloves & boots, Amber Filigreed Shirt
These blue items that Kaumalea already had on-hand also made a very nice set with the platekini chestpiece and pants.

A Formal Affair

Alabaster Plate Pauldrons, Gilded Crimson Chestplate, Bloodscale belt gloves & boots, Flintlocke’s Piloting Pants, Runed Soulblade, Wound Dressing
Every plate-wearing woman who is at or above level 60 should own a Bloodscale Belt. Kaumalea is theoretically a pseudo-Ironman, but I’d bought a Bloodscale Belt for her anyway, and I just couldn’t let Love is in the Air pass by without allowing her to wear it. The black pants and white shoulders give this ensemble an elegant air.

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Imbued Plate chest pants gloves & boots with Alabaster shoulders, Commander’s belt, Dark Phantom Cape, Wound Dressing, and The Oathkeeper
This red, white, and blue outfit turned out very nicely.

Frost Runes

Symbolic chest pants gloves & boots with Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Talonguard Epaulets, Warlord’s/Warmaul belt, Dark Phantom Cape, Wound Dressing, and The Oathkeeper
The Talonguard Epaulets match the coloration of the Symbolic set better than the Symbolic shoulders do!

Taunka Warrior Ice Princess I

Warleader’s chestpiece & leggings with Symbolic shoulders gloves & boots, Ango’rosh belt, Dark Phantom Cape, Wound Dressing, and The Oathkeeper
The Symbolic shoulders match the Warleader’s set better than they match the rest of the Symbolic set.
The Ango’rosh belt isn’t perfect, but it will have to do until the Warleader’s or Symbolic belt shows up on her server’s AH.

Snowbird

Sundered/Defender’s mail with Azure Shoulderguards, Dark Phantom Cape, Wound Dressing, and The Oathkeeper
I adore a monochromatic blue color scale, so even though a DK can’t really Transmogrify into mail, I just couldn’t resist putting Kaumalea into this lovely light blue set.
With an appropriate choice of weapon, this set is a viable max-level Transmogrification kit for a Hunter or a Shaman.

China Plate

Outrunner’s chest gloves & boots and Sundered/Defender’s belt & pants with Azure Shoulderguards, Dark Phantom Cape, Wound Dressing, and The Oathkeeper
With its combination of light and dark blues, Kaumalea looks like she belongs on a china plate in this mail outfit.
With an appropriate choice of weapon, this set is a viable max-level Transmogrification kit for a Hunter or a Shaman.

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By the time she could finally afford flying training, Kaumalea had been in Hellfire Peninsula for so long that she felt like she’d burned to a crisp.

She could only afford it at all because she’d decided that, being a Taunka, she needed a Vrykul Drinking Horn when she returned to Northrend. Thus, she’d taken up Archaeology. The XP from that is not so much different from finding treasure chests, is it? Her first rare find was the Voodoo Figurine, which sold for a nice sum on the Auction House. Leveling this new skill to Outland competency also brought her from level 65 to level 67. Collecting Coins of Ancestry during the Lunar Festival got her to level 68.

At level 68, Kaumalea could finally wear all of the various items that I’d collected for her to use as RP sets in the event that she ever reached max-level. She could also go “home” to Camp Winterhoof, so I took her there for a photoshoot.


Sundered/Defender’s mail with Azure Shoulderguards, Wound Dressing, Dark Phantom Cape, and The Oathkeeper


Outrunner’s (dark blue) and Sundered/Defender’s (light blue) mail


Imbued plate with Alabaster shoulders and Commander’s belt


Symbolic plate with Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Talonguard shoulders, and Warlord’s/Warmaul belt


Warleader’s chestpiece & leggings with Symbolic shoulders gloves & boots and Ango’rosh belt

Since then, she’s been campaigning to wear her “pretty clothes” all the time. I spent a certain amount of time and gold to acquire all those items because I wanted to see her wearing them, did I not? So now that she can wear them, I should let her wear them.

Kaumalea picked up Cooking at Winter Veil so as to be able to give Great-Father Winter the treats he desired, so after she trained Archaeology, she also picked up Fishing because it amused me for her to have no primary professions, but all four secondary professions. I haven’t leveled her Cooking and Fishing even enough for her to do the Darkmoon Faire cooking and fishing quests, though.

Kaumalea had only recently started doing Archaeology and was on her way to a digsite in Winterspring when another player recognized her as an Ironman.

As pleasing as that was, I think I am not really very well-suited to the challenge conditions I set for Kaumalea. I keep gradually relaxing her rules. Even though I probably regularly use only half a dozen or so abilities with any of my highest level characters, having constrained myself to use only the five abilities a brand-new Death Knight receives still feels slow and boring. Although I like how she looks in the various blue and red low-level items I collected for her, I’m beginning to chafe against the inability to Transmogrify her gear.

So what now, Kaumalea?

I don’t mind leaving her talentless and glyphless while she continues to level, but I feel that for the sake of my own fun in playing with her, I ought to either expand her allowed ability list or let her wear her “pretty clothes”. I shouldn’t do both, however, because then she wouldn’t really be “underpowered” anymore.

She needs to continue questing in Outland at least until she saves up enough money to afford cold-weather flying. Her Archaeology is not quite to Northrend competency yet, so she needs to dig some more in Kalimdor/Eastern Kingdoms or Outland.

Kaumalea exists as much because I want a blue-and-white Taunka Warrior Ice Princess as anything, so I don’t have any particular desire to play her through the Cataclysm or Mists content. Perhaps I should lock her XP when she reaches level 80 and gear her up as if she were trying for Herald of the Titans (even if I don’t ever find a group with whom to run for that feat of strength)?

Update:

While Crushing the Crown in Terrokar Forest, Kaumalea has been wearing her pink, black, and white plate set and using her restricted five-skill action bar. After the holiday is over, I think I do want to continue leveling her as a pseudo-Ironman. At this point, I think it’s clear that although playing a DK to max-level with just the five starter skills *could* be done, it’s too boring for me. Regular Ironmen don’t have an ability list restriction, so I am going to “unlock” Kaumalea’s action bars to allow her to use any skill she has available, but continue with the “chestpiece & leggings must be wearable by a character of level 10 or under and all other slots must be Common or Poor quality” dresscode.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Tauren Frost/Blood Death Knight and by my pseudo-Ironman Tauren Death Knight. I will update it whenever I change my in-game outfit. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

Dark Runes

Greathelm of the Scourge Champion, Masterwork Spiritguard Shoulders, Darkrune Breastplate, Bogslayer Belt, Honorary Combat Engineer’s Heavy Legplates, Bloodbane’s Gauntlets of Command, Insubordination Boots*, Shroud of the North Wind, Hatred’s Vise
I’ve long wanted to use this chestpiece for a Death Knight Transmogrification kit, so when I found the pattern on the AH for an shockingly low price, I snapped it up as quick as a wink!
These Mists crafted shoulders seemed entirely appropriate for a Death Knight — they’re sort of like a bigger and better version of the Acherus Knight’s Pauldrons that every Death Knight starts out with.
I’d found the Treads of Savage Beatings on the AH for a decent price, but when I tried them in this set, they were entirely too bright. After looking at various other boots and several weapons, I liked the coordination between this mace and these unique boots from the Patch 5.3 Battlefield:Barrens event best.

Embossed Symbols


Jewel of the Firelord, Chilled Shoulderplates, Embossed Plate chestpiece leggings & boots, Symbolic belt & gloves, Illskar’s Greatcloak, Hatred’s Vise
Although Kregga has mostly resigned herself to being put into absurdly colored outfits during the holidays, if there was an animation for the /facepalm emote in the game, she would be using it.

Soak Up the Sun




Salvaged Ango’rosh Pauldrons, Nether Protector’s Chest, Stalwart Girdle, Lofty pants, Whiteknuckle Gauntlets, Bloodguard’s Greaves, Glorious War-Axe
Although I’ve done a couple of platekini-type outfits before — my Paladin’s “Brightly Colored Shell” set and my Warrior’s “Silver Morning” set — I am not much interested in that genre of Transmogrification. Platekini is outside my usual standards of modesty, and my Tauren women definitely don’t need to wear platekini to be beautiful. The first paragraph of Prinnie’s “Thoughts” regarding her “Project Platekini” sums up my opinions on the matter pretty well, too. Still, I’ve seen enough outfits using the classic comic book superheroine metal bra look of the Glorious Breastplate that I wanted to try my hand at making a set with it myself. Kaumaleia volunteered to be the model because she loves all things blue and the blue version of this chestpiece style is readily available as an Outland quest reward. A quick search of Outland quest rewards in MogIt turned up some other items that combined to make a really quite pretty ensemble with the chestpiece, so off she merrily went to acquire them.
I’d thought perhaps to use this chestpiece with the Symbolic or Imbued Plate pants that she already had, but in searching the AH for other coordinating items (before I decided to use quest rewards), lo and behold there were the Lofty pants for only 25 gold — a deal that was way too good to pass up!

Blood Runes

Khan’aish Helmet, Warmaul Epaulets, Boulderfist Armor, Thorium Belt, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Zaxxis Gloves, Bloodforged Sabatons, War Paint Cloak, Rage Reaver
I chose this helmet because it is the only helmet in the same style as the helmets I used for the Frost Runes and Unholy Runes sets that has red horns. Fortunately, the golden color is echoed by the bronzey undertones of the gloves, making it not totally out-of-place with the rest of the outfit. The Ascendant’s Boots that match the gloves would have brought even more of those bronzey undertones into the set and tied the helmet in even better… but the Underpowered Death Knight did not have the 5k gold with which to learn the fast flying needed just to begin that questline.

Unholy Runes


Talonguard Helmet, Heavy Lamellar Pauldrons, Carapace of the Fallen, Joseph’s Spare Belt, Protective Engineer’s Leggings, Emerald gloves & boots, Lucky Strike Axe
Perhaps that vacation in Zangarmarsh was a bad idea…

Frost Runes

Symbolic set with Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Talonguard Epaulets, The Oathkeeper, Dark Phantom Cape, and Cerulean Filigreed Doublet
The runic patterns on this style of armor are just perfect for a Death Knight, and the Talonguard Epaulets match the colors of the set better than the Symbolic shoulders do! This set is the outfit that really made me itch to Transmogrify Kaumaleia’s gear, and it will probably be her default outfit, the one to which she continually returns after I’ve put her in something different for awhile.

Tiller with Shovel





Straw Hat, Ramshorn-Inlaid Shoulders, Armored Chestpiece of Eminient Domain, Field Plate Girdle, Antique Reinforced Legguards, Crystalvein gloves, Subservient Greatboots, Green Lumberjack Shirt, Tillers Tabard, The Shoveler
This outfit owes a great debt to Freyana’s fantastic entry for the final round of The Amazing Transmog Survivor Contest.

Very Berry Cream

Alabaster Plate Pauldrons, Bloodscale chest belt gloves & boots, Commander’s Leggings, War Paint Cloak, Wound Dressing, Hammer of Destiny
This outfit just wasn’t complete without this specific weapon. Fortunately, one showed up on the AH at a not-too-outrageous price just when I wanted it. I keep wanting to call it the Hammer of Density, though…

Terracotta Revenant

Contender’s Revenant set with Mantle of Fury and Ramkahen Ceremonial Hammer
This Mists entry-level PvP crafted plate DPS set has great detailing on the shoulders and helmet.

Ata’mal Spectre

Horseman’s Horrific Helm, Crystalvein Pauldrons, Chromite chestpiece & leggings, Symbolic belt gloves & boots, Sword of Nefarian’s Hand, Purple Trophy Tabard of the Illidari
Every year at Hallow’s End, I make an outfit for Kregga using the Horseman’s Helm. This spooky ensemble that I made in 2013 combines ideas from two outfits I originally designed for the fourth round of Mog Madness.

Despair

Titan-Forged Plate Helm of Triumph, Palewind Pauldron, Breastplate of Many Graces, Revenant belt gloves & boots, Chromite Legplates, Shadow-Cloak of Dalaran, Despair
Although I in general agree with Fabulor that full Judgement sets are overused — the purple version even more so than the red & gold version — I am not opposed to using one or two Judgement pieces in combination with items from other sources. In the case of this outfit, using the Chromite chestpiece was adequate but rather boring. The brighter purple details of the purple Judgement chestpiece complement the brighter purple details of the sword very nicely.
I did the Karazhan Opera so many times before this sword finally dropped that I was starting to feel quite despairing of it truly existing!

Heavy Mithril

Heavy Mithril set with Thorium Belt, War Paint Cloak, and Razor Axe
Eventually, I decided to allow the Underpowered Death Knight to wear the lowest-level crafted plate set instead of restricting her to un-Transmogrifiable poor (grey) and common (white) quality gear. I chose this weapon because it has comparable white damage to The Stoppable Force, and the particular piece I acquired is “of the Eagle” — Intellect, which is useless to a DK.

Shado-Pan Runeblade

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Blood-Soaked Saronite Plated Spaulders, Warlord’s/Warmaul chestpiece belt gloves & boots, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Acherus Knight’s Shroud, Runed Soulblade
I didn’t want to just plop the Shado-Pan Helmet atop one of the black-and-red outfits I’d already made for Kregga — though it would certainly work well with either of them. The red-plum-blue tones of the Warlord’s/Warmaul set evoke the palette of the navy-and-brick-red version of the Shado-Pan NPC uniforms, and I’d been wanting to use those items in a DK set for some time. The DK shoulders added just the right amount of menace to the overall appearance.

Chilled Plums


Coldbite helm chest & pants, Pauldrons of the High Requiem, Bogslayer Belt, Revenant gloves & boots, Shadow-Cloak of Dalaran, Breeching Comet
“Cold” in the base set name + plum colored accessories = “This Is Just To Say”.

Coldbite

Coldbite set with Hatred’s Vise
Quest reward set from Townlong Steppes and Dread Wastes.

Howling Blast

Chilled Shoulderplates, Hydralick Armor, Dojani belt pants gloves & boots, Shroud of the North Wind, Obsidium Executioner
Although I like the Dojani Plate well enough to wear it as a complete set, I’ve been looking for items that coordinate well with the Hydralick Armor for some time. The bluish tones of the Dojani items seemed like they’d be a great match, and they are!

Frozen Flower

Commander’s shoulders & chestpiece, Bloodscale belt, Imbued Plate leggings & boots, Area 52 Engineering Gloves, Balmy Drape, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, The Hammer of Destiny
This was about as pastel and spring-like a look for Noblegarden as I could get out of Kregga’s available wardrobe options. Even so, it’s still quite chilly.

Blood and Shadow

Tyrant’s Epaulets, Darkcrest breastplate, Goblin Girdle, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Bloodforged gloves & boots, Sky Darkener’s Shroud of Blood, Massacre Sword
With the Bloodforged Guard and Blood Knight Tabard, this would make a great variation on the more common Blood Knight ensembles. The Dragonmaw Tabard would also go well with this set.

A Formal Affair

Alabaster Plate Pauldrons, Gilded Crimson Chestplate, Bloodscale belt gloves & boots, Flintlocke’s Piloting Pants, Runed Soulblade, Wound Dressing
Every plate-wearing woman who is at or above level 60 should own a Bloodscale Belt. Kaumalea is theoretically a pseudo-Ironman, but I’d bought a Bloodscale Belt for her anyway, and I just couldn’t let Love is in the Air pass by without allowing her to wear it. The black pants and white shoulders give this ensemble a bit of elegance.

Red-Hot Romance

Commander’s pauldrons/Tyrant’s Epaulets, Andrethan’s Masterwork, Commander’s/Bloodforged leggings, Bloodscale belt gloves & boots, Massacre Sword, Sawbones Shirt*
Kregga was all set to wear the outfit on the left for Love is in the Air this year, but then I saw Prinnie’s paladin wearing the variant on the right, and it was so yummy that I just had to yoink it. I hope she doesn’t mind too much… ;)
In the left-hand image, I had merely equipped the Massacre Sword for the purpose of the picture itself; in the right-hand image, it glows with a runeforging because I’d actually Transmogrified it over Kregga’s current quest-set 2H sword.

Dojani Dreadnought

The Dojani set is very easily obtained by questing just about anywhere in the first few zones of Pandaria. I think it’s quite handsome — and very appropriate for a Frost DK — as-is, but I also have some ideas for mix-and-match with other items.

Red Nutcracker

Emerald shoulders belt gloves & boots, Bloodforged chest & pants, Bloodbane Cloak, Sword of the Lone Victor
Kregga protested this Winter Veil outfit rather vigorously, but the Bloodforged pieces are hard to come by, and she’s the one who already has them…. She was somewhat mollified by how nicely it coordinates with her pretty Tian Monastery sword.

Shadow Revenant

Acherus Knight’s Hood, Pauldrons of the High Requiem, Chromite chest & pants, Bogslayer belt, Revenant gloves & boots
This outfit fell together while I was playing mix-and-match to make Hallow’s End themed outfits — all I needed to do to make it an “everyday” set was find a suitable replacement for the Horseman’s Helm.
For a Dark Paladin look, use the Mask of Penance. Horde Warriors might like the Faceplate of Thunderous Rampage. Alliance Warriors might like the Vrykul look of the Arcane-Shielded Helm.

Evil Pumpkin King

Horseman’s Helm, Kraken shoulders, Embossed chest pants gloves & boots, Fel Iron Plate Belt, Green Workman’s Shirt, 2x Gurubashi Punisher
I watched the AH for the Embossed items all year so that I could make this set when Hallow’s End rolled around again.

Commander’s Rose

Commander’s shoulders chest & pants, Bloodscale belt gloves & boots, Pink Mageweave or Sawbones Shirt*, Massacre Sword
I already had this set assembled to use when Love is in the Air came around again when JD Kenada invited us to join him in observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October 2012 by putting together our best pink Transmogrification Template Kits.
The Netherstorm quest reward Andrethan’s Masterwork is identical to the Commander’s chestpiece and may be easier to obtain — indeed, that is what Kregga is actually wearing.

Scarlet Bane


The Horseman’s Helm, Acherus Knight’s Pauldrons, Bloodforged chest pants gloves & boots, Bogslayer Belt, Warmonger’s Cloak, Warmonger, Tabard of the Scarlet Crusade*, Sawbones Shirt*
Ultimately, the Death Knights of Acherus were intended to draw Tirion Fordring out of hiding. But they were also created to destroy Scarlet Crusaders.
Although I have no intention of actually tanking in groups with Kregga, after I made this set, she needed to have a Blood spec to be in while wearing it.

Cold Heart


Imbued Plate chest & pants, Bloodscale belt boots & gloves, Chilled Shoulderplates, Bloodbane Cloak, Pink Mageweave Shirt, Forever-Lovely Rose
I used this set during Love is in the Air 2012 while running the holiday boss encounter to obtain the Forever-Lovely Rose.
Alas, neither of the named male Tauren Death Knights in Icecrown were moved by Kregga’s flirting. Being undead, they weren’t even interested in munching on her rose.

Knight of the Ebon Blade

Titan-Forged Plate Helm of Triumph, Warchief’s Mantle, Deathbone Chestplate*/Breastplate of Retribution, Plaguebringer’s Girdle, Deathbone Legguards*/Legguards of the Resolute Defender, Death Grips, Corpselight Greaves*/Boots of the Unwavering Will, Shroud of the North Wind, Bonechill Hammer*, Iceblade Hacker*, Tabard of the Ebon Blade, Stylish Black Shirt
The original Deathbone pieces of this very classic look for a DK were lost in the renovation of Scholomance. Fortunately, lookalikes are still available from quests or boss drops in other dungeons.

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I haven’t done much with my Underpowered Death Knight recently.

For one thing, she’s about a third of the way through Hellfire Peninsula; from reading other Ironman accounts, I know she’ll have to do all of it before proceeding to Zangarmarsh, and (perhaps unsurprisingly) I’m having difficulty feeling motivated to work on that.

For another, one of my goals with this playstyle experiment has been to see how far I could get using just the five skills a brand-new level 55 DK starts out with. I hadn’t allowed her to choose a talent spec or to train any new abilities. With new skills changing to be learned automatically “in the field” at level-up in Patch 5.0 and Mists, I wondered what would happen to her spellbook and action bars.

This is what her spellbook and action bars looked like just before Patch 5.0:



This is what they looked like immediately after Patch 5.0:



I was glad to see that Kaumalea’s action bars hadn’t been automatically filled out, even though her spellbook had. While playing with other characters, however, I quickly discovered that when you learn a new spell upon level-up, it will automatically slide into the first empty space in your primary (1 to =) bar — so I took the precaution of filling up the remainder of Kaumalea’s bar with duplicates of her basic 5 abilities.


Kaumalea’s favorite thing about the patch is that now she can ride the Cobalt Talbuk instead of the Acherus Deathcharger, without having to grind the rep for it!

Kaumalea had been running with a ruleset partially inspired by Dora’s “Thriftee” challenge and partially inspired by the original Psynister/Vrykerion “Ironman” challenge. Around Midsummer, I thought about what a lovely chunk of XP she could get by doing the fires, but I just couldn’t stomach the thought of having to ride on her land mount to all of them, so I decided to drop most of the “Thrifty” restrictions, leaving her as a “Pseudo-Ironman”.

Here is my current revision of Kaumalea’s pseudo-Ironman ruleset.

*She will not choose a specialization nor spend talent points.
*Although she automatically learns new skills on level-up, she will not add any new skills to her action bars.
*She will advance her First Aid training, but she will not learn any other professions.
*She may purchase health-only food from Innkeepers, and she may use any health potions that she loots or receives as a quest reward, but she will not purchase health potions or use stat-boosting foods and potions.
*She will not use glyphs, enchants, or gems.
*Runeforges are allowed by virtue of being a class feature.
*If she receives any sort of buff upon completing a quest, she will click it off.
*She is allowed to buy common (white) quality gear from vendors.
*She is allowed to buy gear on the AH for RP outfit use but may not use said gear for active questing.
*She is allowed to receive gear (but not money) in the mail from my other characters.
(This rule is largely superfluous now, but it was initially necessary to amass her collection of level 1 gear and RP wear.)
*Her chestpiece and pants slot items cannot require a character level greater than 10.
*She may wear higher level items in all other gear slots, as long as they are of poor (grey) or common (white) quality.
*She will use a low-level weapon as much as possible, but she is allowed to switch to her Runed Soulblade or Greataxe of the Ebon Blade for a temporary, reversible increase in power following multiple deaths to the same quest progress encounter.
*She will only wear items that are visually colored blue, white/silver, red, pink, or black.
*She will not join a guild nor participate in group content with a group (at high levels, however, she may attempt to solo lower level dungeons). (This has always been one of her rules, but I have not explicitly included it in previous iterations of her ruleset.)

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the last laugh

The denizens of Scholomance had never heard Darkmaster Gandling and the Lich, Ras Frostwhisper, laugh so loudly and for so long as when a group of Tauren presented themselves at the entrance gates, demanding admittance into the Cult of the Damned.

The bull-men claimed that they were a hand-picked troop of elite Tauren warriors, sent by their Elder Crone, one Magatha Grimtotem, to aid her esteemed Forsaken allies in the war against the Scarlet Crusade.

When Gandling and Frostwhisper finally stopped laughing, the Instructors reminded them that Arthas had recently been rather obsessed with collecting “recruits” for his new Death Knight training fortress, Acherus. They dressed the Tauren in the robes worn by all non-elven Scholomance Neophytes — a process requiring a tremendous amount of magical stretching — and made them drink the potent mind- and will-dampening concoction given to all new pledges to the Cult.

The first thing Kregga remembered after her mind and will were freed at the Battle of Light’s Hope Chapel was the last thing she had consciously perceived before the initiation ritual potion took hold of her: the Lich King’s voice inside her mind, laughing at her presumption to think that she could simply spy on his operations for awhile.

Thanks to Tirion Fordring and Darion Mograine, however, Kregga had the last laugh: she did bring the Lich King’s secrets back to her chieftain, after all.

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Effraeti’s recent posts on spec-specific DK fashion (exhibit A, exhibit B) have reminded me that I have for a long time thought it would be fun to change a DK’s hair color to match their spec. Furthermore, since the debut of Transmogrification, I’ve been thinking off-and-on about putting together a set of Death Knight Transmogrification Template Kits themed around the three specs. Effy may have beaten me to the punch, but I’m not going to let that prevent me from showing my own ideas!

Because these sets are specifically intended for Death Knights, I have not shied away from using DK Tier pieces or starting zone quest rewards.

I initially thought I’d make bright, color-saturated outfits. As I asked myself, “Would I rather have this outfit be pretty, or have it really look sinister and Death Knight-like?”, however, I turned toward more subdued colors.

This is one of my favorite plate chestpiece designs, and I think the runed pattern is perfect for Death Knights.

The red version is the Bloodforged and the blue is the Symbolic. A green(ish) version exists, the Runed Copper Breastplate, but that is mail, and is, in fact, one of the first pieces of armor an apprentice Blacksmith learns to craft. So I have used the black Darkrune Breastplate for Unholy instead. The purple High Chief’s Armor is another option for Unholy, but it has to be used with a purple cloak because I think that mixing purple and green veers too strongly off into Warlock or Darkmoon Faire territory.
Other items in these sets include the Acherus Knight’s Hood, Acherus Knight’s Pauldrons, Bloodbane’s Gauntlets of Command, and Greaves of the Slaughter.
The pants are the Bloodforged, Symbolic, Deathforged Legplates, and High Chief’s. The runed pants are shown with the Bogslayer Belt and the Deathforged Legplates are shown with the Deathforge Girdle.
The cloaks are Dawnstrike’s Cloak, Winterwater Cloak, Mok’Nathal Wildercloak, and Netherfury Cape

Here, I’ve gone the other direction, keeping the core black and splashing color onto the extremities.

Core items: Acherus Knight’s Hood, Drakescale Breastplate, Direwing Legguards
Shoulders: Mantle of the Desert Crusade, Imperial Plate Shoulders, Bile-Etched Spaulders
Belts: Thorium, Symbolic or Belt of the Sanctuary, Emerald
Gloves & Boots: Bloodforged, Symbolic or Talonguard, Emerald
Cloaks: Sky Darkener’s Shroud of Blood, Shroud of the North Wind, Mantle of Patience

Just a splash of color in these ones.

Ragesteel Breastplate, Hydralick Armor, Jouster’s Chestpiece, Emerald Breastplate,
Other items: Deathbone Girdle, Legplates of the Violet Champion, Acherus Knight’s Pauldrons, Bloodbane’s Gauntlets of Command, Greaves of the Slaughter, Blackmetal Cape or Iceward Cloak, Sawbones Shirt or Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt or Green Workman’s Shirt or Golden Filigreed Doublet
Any of the previously shown chestpieces would work effectively in this style of outfit. The Engraved Saronite Legplates are another good option for the pants.

I had to stay with quite simple, minimalist designs to be able to keep various elements thematically consistent across all three specs. I’ve also put together these more elaborate outfits that do not have any thematic continuity.

BLOOD

Helm of Infinite Visions, Darksoul Shoulders, Bloodforged chestpiece, Goblin Girdle, Legguards of Abandoned Fealty, Zaxxis Gloves, Ascendant’s Boots, Greatcloak of the Turned Champion, Dual-Blade Butcher


Alternate items: Darkcrest belt, Earthshape Pauldrons, Sky Darkener’s Shroud of Blood

FROST

Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Heaving Plates of Protection, Icebane Chestguard, Plaguebringer’s Girdle, Legguards of the Unseeing, Icebane Gauntlets, Rock Furrow Boots, Deathchill Cloak

There are so many great weapons to use for a DW Frost DK!
Hailstorm, Wrathful Gladiator’s Slicer and Quickblade, Frostguard, Fang of the Leviathan, The Unbreakable Will, Razorscale Talon, Fusion Blade, Runescribed Blade, Void Sabre, Slayer of the Lifeless… and that’s just looking at 1H Swords!


Alternate items: Jouster’s belt gloves and boots, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers

UNHOLY

Fel-Steel Warhelm, Acid-Etched Pauldrons, Breastplate of Tarnished Bronze, Deathbone Girdle, Protective Engineer’s Leggings, Gauntlets of Temporal Interference, Dreadmaul Sabatons, Stolen Idra’kess Drape, Saronite Mindcrusher


Alternate items: Pauldrons of the Wardancer, Royal Gauntlets of Silvermoon, Petrified Ironwood Smasher

Some of these items, such as the Darkrune Breastplate, Darksoul Shoulders, and Icebane Gauntlets, are crafted from patterns that can no longer be obtained and will thus be quite difficult to find. The other options and variations I have shown can probably be successfully substituted for them.

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