Archive for the ‘Hunter’ Category

a different sort of wings

Of the three Warlock specializations, Affliction has never really appealed to me because it seems the most wholeheartedly, unabashedly evil of the three. For a time, my Warlock was Demonology; I imagined her as a wildlife biologist who was interested in studying the biology of demons and got even more thoroughly swallowed up in her chosen field than most academics do. Then the Metamorphosis mechanic was introduced, and although the Demonology-only wild imp swarm that was introduced at the same time did appeal to me a great deal, my Warlock didn’t want to transform into a demon herself, just study and control them. I changed my Warlock’s spec to Destruction and re-imagined her as a Fire Mage corrupted by her lust for power. Datamining from the Warlords alpha client has revealed a new glyph that changes the Metamorphosis effect to cause the Warlock’s normal form to sprout demon wings instead of undergoing the full transformation — suddenly, Demonology is much more attractive to my Warlock again! She promptly ran out to her trainer to pick up Demonology as her second spec, though she won’t be using it until after Warlords actually launches. As for her backstory — Sin’dorei live long enough that she could have been both a crazy fire mage and a crazy wildlife biologist at different times in her past.

(Another glyph that I am excited about is “Play Dead”, which causes a Hunter’s pet to feign death when the Hunter does — something I’ve wished my Hunter pets could do for a long time!)

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on a roll

The Pet Battling Monk reached level 70 on Friday. Sometime between level 50 and 60, I began neglecting her Archaeology. Now that she’s ready to head out to Northrend, however, I think I’ll be picking it back up. There’s nothing in particular that I want her to do in Northrend — besides looking for an Unborn Val’kyr — so in between the pet battle dailies and the LFD queues, she’ll probably go dig in Eastern Kingdoms instead of questing.

It only took me a few tries to get past Blood Knight Antari and open up the Outland pet battle dailies. With those relatively high level dailies requiring more care in assembling my teams, I downloaded the PetBattle Teams addon so that I could save combinations that work — meaning, they only require one or two forfeits to go heal before they manage to win by the skin of their teeth. Cassandra Kaboom and Grazzle the Great are the lowest-level tamers for whom I have set teams. Traitor Gluk and Kela Grimtotem don’t need set teams. For everyone else above them, though, I have a team arranged. A couple of my mid-Kalimdor level range teams are strong enough now to put a carry pet in the first slot, but I don’t have enough high-level pets of the right families to do that with any of my Outland teams yet. Speaking of high-level pets, I got Kiamore and Navie Chan to level 25. Then, I carefully chose the pets I was using for the highest and lowest-level trainer battles so as to complete “No Favorites” before allowing any of my highest-level wild-captured pets to ding 25 (none of them have, yet).

After a week of seeing neither hide nor hair of Loque’nahak — only many, many other Hunters all doing the same thing as herself, always one or two and sometimes as many as five or six — the Hunter said “forget this!” and fired up her Dimensional Ripper-Everlook. She tamed a Frostsaber Stalker at Frostsaber Rock, then travelled to the Sanctuary of Malorne to start helping out at the Molten Front.

Poor Kinevra. I’ve only been getting to her Argent Tournament dailies about once a week. I’ve realized that I am very, very tired not so much of jousting itself as of the music that plays while you are jousting — and of having to reload my UI when I’m done jousting to get the normal zone music to start playing again — though I am rather tired of the Icecrown zone music, too.

Kamalia finally won Norushen’s Enigmatic Barrier. The LFR version coordinates strikingly well with her legendary cloak! Because I am very much a tourist and transmog raider, she is now pretty much done with LFR for the rest of the expansion. The Paladin went to Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring again this week and managed to pick up the Int plate belt. I really need to take her to the Isle of Thunder to pick up some Elder Charms before I do T14 LFR with her again.

Mini-Kam got to Exalted with the Tillers and Cloud Serpents. She’s still got a long way to go with the August Celestials, of course. She spent an hour farming mogu in the Vale and got not one, but two Skyshards. For that bit of fantastic luck, I expect that she won’t get any Skyshards for several farming sessions to come.

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catch of the day

I was quite amused when I first heard about the tamable Ghostcrawler during Cataclysm. My Hunter looked for the ghost crab a couple of times, but I didn’t want to spend any time camping for it. I had other things to do, and it seemed like the competition would be pretty high. In December, when Greg Street announced that he would be leaving Blizzard, I thought to myself that I really ought to go catch Ghostcrawler. It wasn’t until last week, though, when we found out where he’d gone, that I decided to just go do it. Ketura spent most of last week in Vashj’ir. I made a circuit of the Abandoned Reef once or twice a day. On Friday, I spotted him! It took me four sightings along that particular Ghostcrawler path before I actually managed to tame him. I was a bit frustrated by how the crafty crustacean walked over my Frost Trap like it wasn’t even there. I also derped up a bit and took a couple of attempts to realize that I had to be off my Abyssal Seahorse before I started the tame cast, or it wouldn’t work.

In my circuit that day, I’d seen a human Hunter floating, also clearly on the watch. I found Ghostcrawler in a different section of the reef. That human will just have to catch him another day.

Now that I’ve tamed Ghostcrawler, Ketura has all the hunter pets she wants (for the time being). She has 36, leaving her plenty of spots for new Draenor fauna. I confess that I haven’t really gotten into hunter pet collecting because I only use a few of them regularly, and not using hunter pets makes me feel even more guilty than not using mounts or battle pets.

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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 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 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, Mantle of the Golden Sun, Sparklight Robes, Klaxxi Lash of the Orator, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Netherweave Boots, Matsuba’s Breadmaker
In these sets, I’ve endeavored to use only items that I think I can reasonably expect to obtain solo at level 90. If you do guild-based raiding, however, the normal-mode version of Quet’zal’s Crackling Cord coordinates perfectly with this robe.

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!”

This week, it’s the Hunters‘ turn in the spotlight.

My Hunter usually being my fourth or fifth alt to reach the level cap in any expansion, she tends to not do much more than get there and max out her professions. She tamed a Spirit Beast (Arcturis) at level 80 and a Direhorn at level 90, but she hadn’t done any of the special Hunter taming challenges yet. I’m not sure if she had even reached 85 yet when the Molten Front taming challenges came out in Patch 4.2; at the time, I convinced myself that I wasn’t interested enough in how any of those beasts looked to go after any of them. I hadn’t taken any time to go after the Pandaria tracking challenges, either. For Hunter Appreciation Week, therefore, I decided to spend some quality time with her by taming a couple of these special pets. I chose one of the Molten Front pets and one of the Pandaria pets.

On Monday, I thought I might try for Skarr, but when I went through the portal to the Molten Front, I discovered that Ketura hadn’t done more than open it up… and the Druids of the Talon have to have been recruited to even gain access to the area where Skarr roams. I decided to catch Ban’thalos, instead.

I sat on top of that tall tree in the Shrine of Malorne and logged in and out intermittently while spending most of my time leveling my Paladin. When Ban’thalos appeared, I was so anxious to make sure I caught him that I didn’t get any screenshots until it was all over.

With the pink crane and white Pandarian tiger looks becoming available on the Timeless Isle next week, I decided to track Bristlespine. I didn’t have a porcupine yet, whereas I did already have a crane and a Pandarian tiger in my stable. This afternoon, I started at One Keg and soon found some tracks! I must have been too far behind already, though, because my flares revealed nothing. I flew around Bristlespine’s pat route for a bit before I found the tracks again. I followed them all the way to the turnaround point by the needle sprite cave, hoping to catch him there… only to see the tracks turn around. I hurried back the way I’d come, seeing several sets of tracks facing in opposite directions.

When I got to a place where I only saw one track, I tossed out a flare and there he was! But I had not yet dismissed Ban’thalos and I got aggroed by a whole pack of needle sprites! AUGH!!! I didn’t even manage to get a Hunter’s Mark on Bristlespine before he disappeared again. Then I had several minutes of frustration trying to find the tracks again and putting out flares only to realize that I was behind him or that I was off the path. Just when I was starting to feel really annoyed, I managed to go in the correct direction from the track I’d most recently spotted. A razorquill porcupine had just aggroed on me when Bristlespine walked into my flare. I ignored the red porcupine and hurriedly tossed a Hunter’s Mark on the blue one, then began to tame Bristlespine while the razorquill continued to bite and claw me. I finished the tame just as Bristlespine was walking out of the flare area. Huzzah!

Will I do any more of these special Hunter taming challenges? Well… maybe. Perhaps someday I will be bored enough to grind out the 150 Marks of the World Tree to recruit the Druids of the Talon so that I can tame Skarr. It was a nice little thrill to finally catch up with and tame Bristlespine, but I’m not sure that the thrill sufficiently rewarded the frustration that I felt during the tracking process. Still, if another round of special Hunter taming challenges is released in a future patch or expansion, then yeah, I’ll probably do at least one of them.

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the Huntress and her pets

Last night, Ketura went out to the Isle of Giants.

don’t mind me, I’m just a baby direhorn that’s looking for its mommy

I was glad that there were a few places where there were only two Zandalari Dinomancers, because she doesn’t have good enough gear to DPS fast enough and survive long enough against three or more.

Having collected my direhorn Hunter pet, however, I’m not likely to go back and spend much time on the Isle of Giants. As much as Ketura loves raptors, I can’t seem to muster up any desire to grind for the mounts, and I’m not particularly interested in the companion pets, either.

Ketura’s been on a bit of a taming spree recently, acquring pets that she couldn’t get until she reached level 90 and going out to pick up a selection of lower level pets that she hadn’t quite gotten around to taming yet, too. Now, she has all the pets she currently has any great desire for, except for Ghostcrawler and Patrannache. Those two rares are quite elusive due to having extensive patrol routes, and I haven’t yet felt like dedicating a whole day (or more) to locating them.

front to back: Cosmo, Grimalkin, Shasta, Ilannas, Zumba

front to back: Pickwick, Cinnabar, Opie, Ardano

left to right: Anotoa, Alex, Polly, Bonnie

front to back: Lute, Yertle, Bauble, Athena, Minerva

front to back: Percy, Zangobarufio, Krasura, Lightfoot, Quincy

left to right: Promontorie, Duskglimmer, Camaro, Xandros

front to back: Applejacquie, Flittershai, Spectrumdart, Raritie, Pynkypye

Some of these Stampedes have duplicate pets in them because I only had four pets in that theme group. It’s not a full stable of 50, but hey, that leaves some room for next expansion, right?

Near the end of Cataclysm, I created my secondary Hunter, Kawneiha, in part to free up places in Ketura’s stable for Pandarian creatures; Kawneiha tamed these kitties so that Ketura could release them.

Crazy Cat Lady? Yep, that’s my Hunters.

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This week, my characters already at level 90 ticked off quite a few of their objectives, so this weekend I took my Hunter, Ketura, out to join Nesingwary’s expedition to Pandaria.

I think the addition of a taxidermist to the Nesingwary entourage is hilariously wonderful! One of my great-grandfathers was a taxidermist, and my maternal grandparents’ house was decorated with a couple of his deer heads and a bobcat pelt wall hanging. As a child, I always loved going to the Monte L Bean Life Science Museum to see all the animals — and as an adult, I still love it.

Then Ketura went to Stoneplow and Paoquan Hollow.

I always feel so sorry for Lin Tenderpaw when I do this quest chain, as my character progresses right along while she is stuck endlessly pummeling her poor paws into paste against that rock while the Hidden Master disparages her ability.

After that, I went up to Kun-Lai Summit and finished everything but the Burlap Trail.

Ketura had a much easier time with the Darkspear Rebellion stuff than Keija the Warrior did because Kamalia could craft her a set of the Crafted Deadly Gladiator’s gear right away, whereas Keija is my Blacksmith (and still hasn’t finished learning the Lightning Steel CD patterns).

I’d been looking forward to wearing this set because I love the asymmetric shoulders, fancy belt buckle, and pheasant feathers in the helm. It’s very handsome as-is, but as a Transmogrification fanatic, I couldn’t resist mixing it up just a little:

Of the characters that I had at level 85 at the end of Cataclysm, only my Druid and my Human Mage haven’t yet gotten to level 90. Kerisa will make it to 90 eventually — I should start queueing for an LFD a day with her so that I can learn how to Tree. Unless I decide that I really really want to get Double Agent before the next expansion comes out and burn her from 85 to 90 via LFD, however, Kinevra probably will not make it to 90. I’m more interested in bringing up my Tauren Priest and Paladin and my first and favorite Mage, the Blood Elf Kaelinda.

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While I was working on my FFW gift for Dahakha, I concluded that it was high time that I had an official “of the Earthen Ring” Transmogrification kit for Kamalia. The shaman of the Earthen Ring who appear at the Temple of Earth in Deepholm and in various other Cataclysm sites wear a variety of outfits, some Tier or PvP sets and some mix-and-match, so I think this ensemble would fit right in.

Headcover of the Speaker, Mystical Pauldrons of Elements, Skyshatter Chestguard, Renegade Belt, Spiritwalker’s Handwraps, Tabard of the Earthen Ring, Carapace Breaker, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark

Winter Veil having ended, my alts queued up at the Ethereals to exchange their festive Transmogrification kits for more everyday apparel. Some of them just went back to what they had been wearing before. Others made relatively small modifications to convert their holiday outfits into regular wear. And a few decided they needed something new.

La Tortuguera

Turtle Scale hat leggings & gloves, Bog Epaulets, Tortoise Armor, Unyielding Waistband, Moccasins of Verdurous Glooms, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Taut Driftwood Bow
All other items that match the Tortoise Armor style are leather. Prior to Cataclysm, there were a few leather items that also matched it in coloration. Thus, this chestpiece is unique among mail items and posed an interesting challenge for making a coordinating Transmogrification kit.
An Elemental or Resto Shaman should use one of the turtle shell shields with this set.

Merciless Magistrix

Crown of Endless Knowledge, Merciless Gladiator’s Silk Amice & Raiment, Gossamer Belt, Brightcloth Gloves, Cushy Cenarion Walkers, Invincible Stave, Stylish Red Shirt
During a recent Horde-side LBR excursion to Tempest Keep, Kaelinda was lucky enough to pick up the T5 shoulder and chestpiece tokens. I decided to turn them in at Quel’Danas for the PvP items because I’ve always liked the rich, jewel-like colors of the Merciless Gladiator’s Silk set.

To see the rest, check the Fashion tab to see which “Things my Characters Wear” posts have been updated most recently.

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Things my Hunters Wear

A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Tauren Hunters. I will update it whenever I change my in-game outfit. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

Sweet Shot

Lord’s Crown, Grunt’s Pauldrons, Fuselight Chainmail, Myrmidon’s Girdle, Ghostcaller’s Leggings, Finder’s Keepers, Felpaw Boots, Night Elven Bow
This lovely blue and silver mail set would be perfect for a High Elf hunter. It is named for an alternate item for the chestpiece, the Sweet-Tempered Breastplate.
After having collected the green and blue versions of this set with a Horde character, I plan to collect the red version with an Alliance character — my Dwarf Shaman thinks it would be perfect with her Ironforge tabard.

Ornate Dragonscale

Ornate set with Contender’s Dragonscale shoulders & belt and Ennadee’s Twirling Longbow
I first saw a mix-and-match of the Ornate and Contender’s Dragonscale sets on a human hunter at the Lazy Turnip in Halfhill about a week after Mists launched. I’ve seen other variations of it since. It’s certainly a very elegant combination!

Bling Bling

Contender’s Dragonscale Shoulders, Triumphant chestpiece, Ornate belt & leggings, Radiant gloves & boots, Ennadee’s Twirling Longbow
Blingtron 4K obligingly dropped Lil’ Bling within the first week or so of Patch 5.4. Being my Engineer, Ketura is the only one who can have both of them out at once, so she put together an outfit to coordinate with them.

Shado-Pan Beastmaster

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.

Wild Plains Gladiator

Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Chain helm shoulders belt pants & gloves, Wild Plains chestpiece & boots, Jungle Spirit’s Embrace, Crossbow of the Hardened Ranger
I’d been looking forward to getting Ketura to level 90 so that I could use this set. I love the asymmetrical shoulders, the fancy belt buckle, and the pheasant feathers in the hat. The crafted set is quite handsome by itself, but, being a Transmogrification fanatic, I couldn’t resist mixing it up just a little bit.

Hunter in the Hills

Lord’s Crown, Sparkleshell Mantle/Thick Scale Shoulder Pads, Gentling Breastplate, Myrmidon’s Girdle, Wet Suit Leggings, Ice Cream Mitts, Thondroril River Boots, Night Elven Bow
The colors of this quest reward set are very camouflage-like, making it a most excellent kit for a Hunter.

Gilnean Foxtrot

Deadly Retinal Armor, Fox Grove or Purifying shoulders, Fox Grove or Troggbane chestpiece, Lord’s Girdle, Groundshort Leggings, Silencer’s Gauntlets, Fox Grove boots, Blue Workman’s Shirt, Bronze Blaster
As I had predicted, the Fox Grove set and the Gilneas City Guard set coordinate extremely well. I couldn’t decide which of these combinations I liked best, so I planned to cycle through them all. I only got through the first two, however, before Ketura reached level 90 and could wear the handsome level 90 crafted sets. Perhaps I’ll come back to the third varation of this kit sometime later.

Fox Grove

Fox Grove/Jade Witch set with Bronze Blaster
After I initially collected this set with Kamalia (who didn’t keep it), I looked forward to collecting it for Ketura (to save) for a couple of reasons. First, I thought it would be perfect with this gun — it’s a quest reward from End Time, but its design looks very Pandaren to me. Second, I thought it would mix-and-match well with the Gilneas City Guard set.

Dressed to Kill I

Cured Orcascale Spaulders, Dark Iron Mail, Bonelink belt gloves & boots, Bloodmail Legguards*, White Tuxedo Shirt/Stylish Black Shirt, Ironfeather Longbow
Because a mail pastel-hued “Elegant Dress”-type outfit had a high probability of turning out exceedingly similar to my mail Darkmoon Faire outfit, I decided to make a black and white “Spring Tuxedo”-type outfit instead.
This outfit takes its name from the stylish apparel provided by Blingtron 4000.

Voodoo Hunter

Defiler’s Mail Pauldrons, Dragonkiller Tunic, Warmonger’s Belt, Shifting Camouflage Pants, Gauntlets of Sniping, Ravager’s Sandals, Voodoo Hunting Bow
When I went looking for items to use with the level 85 T11-recolor Dragonkiller Tunic, the teal tones of the agility versions of the level 70 Zul’Aman mail coordinated excellently. The copper tones of the belt and boots provide a nice burst of complementary color and also tie in the bindings of the bow.

Sin’dorei Sentinel

Ravager’s Mantle, Silvermoon Armor, Ornate Girdle, Electrostatic Legguards, Gauntlets of Divinity*, Radiant Boots, Skyfire Hawk-Bow
A post by Samaramon of “Sin’Draenei” outfits reminded me that I had a mail outfit planned using the same tunic and bow.
I recommend the Glimmering Mail gloves & boots for those who don’t have the Gauntlets of Divinity from old Scarlet Monastery.

Argent and Aurum

First Responder’s Pauldrons, Kadrak’s Breastplate, Myrmidon’s Girdle, Electrostatic Legguards, Mail Combat gauntlets & boots
An ideal outfit for any mail-wearer who wishes to declare his or her allegiance to the Argent Crusade.

Brigade Champion

Champion Herod’s Shoulder, Brigade breastplate belt & boots, Fort Livingston Legguards, Scarlet Gauntlets*
If you don’t have the Scarlet Gauntlets, use the Merciless gloves and boots.

La Tortuguera

Turtle Scale hat leggings & gloves, Bog Epaulets, Tortoise Armor, Unyielding Waistband, Moccasins of Verdurous Glooms, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Taut Driftwood Bow
All other items that match the Tortoise Armor style are leather. Prior to Cataclysm, there were a few leather items that also matched it in coloration. Thus, this chestpiece is unique among mail items and posed an interesting challenge for making a coordinating Transmogrification kit.
An Elemental or Resto Shaman should use one of the turtle shell shields with this set.

War Paint II

Ravager’s Mantle, War Paint chest belt gloves & boots, Turtle Scale leggings, Taut Driftwood Bow, Sawbones Shirt*
With its bold red and green colors, the War Paint set makes a wonderful Winter Veil outfit for a mail-wearing character. The War Paint belt and pants have identical graphics, so I prefer to use the Turtle Scale Leggings instead.
The Red or Green Workman’s Shirt would also work nicely in this outfit.

Darkmoon Sharpshooter

Bog Epaulets, Turtle Scale chestpiece & leggings, Netherstalker belt gloves & boots, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Taut Driftwood Bow, Bright Yellow Shirt
The Green Dragonscale chestpiece and leggings would also work nicely in this set.

Blue Moon

Ironpatch Shoulderguards, Chestpiece of Returning Strength, Stormbringer Belt, Sea Legs, Swamp Gas Gauntlets, Misshapen Boots, Night Elven Bow
Some of the quest reward sets from the revamped level 1-60 content are really quite nice. The beautiful bow is another legacy of Kawneiha having spent her first 40-odd levels as a Worgen.


Stormscale set, Master Builder’s Shirt, Spare Gunship Cannon
A rather barbaric look. The helm is very similar in style to those worn by male Centaurs.
The crafted Stormscale set, which can be worn by level 85 characters, is identical to several quest rewards from the highest-level zones in Pandaria. I like some of the recolors better; whereas Kamalia has long since discarded or Transmogrified over this set, Ketura may actually keep some of the items from the other color schemes.

Dragon Quake

Helm of Affinity, Dragon-Quake Shoulderguards, Shamblehide Chestguard, Tracker’s Belt, Scale Leggings of the Skirmisher, Lord’s gloves & boots, Cloak of Beasts, Master Builder’s Shirt, Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle
Shhh, be vewy vewy quiet… I’m hunting dwagons!

Royal Blue

Helm of Affinity, Pauldrons of the Promise, Nexus-Stalker chest & leggings, Dreadhawk’s Girdle, Radiant gloves & boots, Vicious Fur Cloak, Blue Workman’s Shirt, Seliza’s Spear, Amber Messenger, Ramkahen Tabard
I assembled this outfit to wear with the Ramkahen Tabard, but it would be wonderful for an Alliance Hunter (particularly a Human), with or without the Stormwind or Knight’s tabards.

Gilneas City Guard

Totem-Caller Hood, Purifying Spaulders, Troggbane Chestguard, Lord’s Girdle (without tabard) or Dreadhawk’s Girdle (with tabard), Groundshort Leggings, Silencer’s Gauntlets, Rockslide Treads, Vicious Fur Cloak, Blue Workman’s Shirt, Ramkahen Tabard
Except for the belt, this set, obtained by questing in Deepholm/Vashj’ir, is identical to the uniforms of the Gilneas City Guards. Because of its dull blue & gold colors, I wore it with the Ramkahen Tabard until I finished assembling the Royal Blue set, but Human or Worgen Hunters should wear it with the Gilneas Tabard and cloak!

War Paint I

Helm of Affinity, Drakesfire Epaulets, War Paint chestpiece, Scarlet Belt*, Bloodmail Legguards*, War Paint gloves & boots, Sawbones Shirt*
The Voidscale Belt is an adequate substitute for the Scarlet Belt, the Red Workman’s Shirt is an okay substitute for the Sawbones Shirt, and the Ebonhold Leggings could be used in place of the Bloodmail Legguards… but it wouldn’t be quite the same.

Ancient Lichen

Sparkleshell Mantle, Guerilla Breastplate, Gol’Bolar Miner’s Belt, Marsh Fire Legguards, Ancient gloves & boots, Darktide Cape, Crossbow of the Crown
Some of these items are Alliance-specific quest rewards — Kawneiha spent her first 42 levels as a Worgen.

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Huzzah, I will be going out of Cataclysm with more 85s than I had 80s coming in!

When she dinged 85, Ketura was wearing a Transmogrification Template Kit assembled around the Bloodmail Legguards and Sawbones Shirt from Scholomance — a “red shift” outfit inspired by the very cool “Blue Shift” TTK that the Godmother created for her Night Elf Hunter using the same pants.

Helm of Affinity, Drakesfire Epaulets, War Paint chestpiece, Scarlet Belt, Bloodmail Legguards, War Paint gloves and boots, Sawbones Shirt

I have had the War Paint pieces in my bank for a long time already because I like to use them with the Turtle Scale set.

Turtle Scale set with Bog Epaulets, Unyielding Belt, and Lord’s Sabatons; mixtures of Turtle Scale set and War Paint set, with all combinations using the Turtle Scale Leggings — I will probably be using one or another of these combinations as Ketura’s TTK during Winter Veil this year

I plan to use this combination at some point in the future, when I can get all the pieces assembled.

Bloodmail Legguards and Sawbones Shirt with Talhide Shoulderguards, Scarlet Belt, and Battleforge/Blood Knight chest, gloves, and boots.

It also occurred to me that the Bloodmail Legguards + Sawbones Shirt combination might work well with the Dragon-Quake Shoulderguards.

I liked the look of the Barbaric Iron items, but I soon found that I liked the Lord’s gloves and boots even better.
I then tested the Lord’s gloves and boots with the Shamblehide Chestguard/Tracker’s Belt/Scale Leggings of the Skirmisher combination I was already considering for use with these shoulders, and I think I like that kit best of all! The blue-black Master Builder’s Shirt coordinates better with the shoulders than the Sawbones shirt, however. I’ve already farmed up the Master Builder’s Shirt from BRD — a much quicker and less obnoxious farm than getting the Sawbones Shirt from Scholomance! — but I still need to hit up the Outland dungeons for the recolored Beastmaster items.

In the meantime, the Agility head enchant comes from Ramkahen, which means that Ketura will be wearing the bright blue and gold Ramkahen tabard while she runs Heroics. Ramkahen is my favorite Cataclysm tabard, but it doesn’t coordinate with the black and red of the Bloodmail Legguards + Sawbones Shirt at all! So until I can assemble all the pieces for this set that I showed as an alternate for Mog Madness Round 2, I’ll be using the dull gold and blue Deepholm leveling set (also the inspiration for my High-Society Gilnean Mail set) as Ketura’s TTK. Yes, deliberately.

Left: Pauldrons of the Promise, Nexus-Strider chestpiece, Dreadhawk’s Girdle, Nexus-Strider leggings, Radiant Gloves & Boots, Vicious Fur Cloak, Blue Workman’s Shirt, Ramkahen Tabard — the rate-limiting step of completing this ensemble will be getting my Blacksmith’s skill up high enough to craft the Radiant items
Right: Purifying Spaulders, Troggbane Chestguard, Dreadhawk’s Girdle, Groundshort Leggings, Silencer’s Gauntlets, Rockslide Treads, Vicious Fur Cloak, Blue Workman’s Shirt, Ramkahen Tabard

(as an aside: While running Scholomance over and over and over trying to get the black pants and the crimson shirt to drop, I started contemplate what the place would look like all cleaned up and redecorated — or, rather, restored to the grandeur it had before the Barovs sold their souls to the Cult of the Damned.

The fancy wrought iron candlestands can stay — just get rid of the skulls and fill them all with the white candles. All those crypt niches could be filled with books or statuettes or exotic magical devices. I think it could be rather luxurious! Something would really have to be done about that nasty seepage in the subbasement, though.)

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