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

Dancing With Fire


Jewel of the Firelord, Rocket-Chief Pauldrons, Engraved set, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers, Cerulean Filigreed Shirt, Carapace Breaker
I originally designed this set to go with the Crown of Destruction from Ragnaros 1.0 or the Crown of Flame from Ragnaros 2.0, but it works just as well with his Jewel.

Harmony of the Titans

Headcover of the Speaker, Shoulderguards of Dark Meditations (LFR), Impenetrable Breastplate, Nerubian Belt, Earthmover Kilt, Ordon Legend-Keeper Gauntlets, The Emperor’s New Cape, Suen-Wo, Spire of the Falling Sun
This outfit started off with inspiration from this dulled-silver set by Rithe of Tichondrius, though it quickly diverged given the pieces I had readily available.
As long as Kamalia’s Resto set uses the Legendary cloak, her Elemental set will have to have a cloak also. Taking a cue from the clever contestants in Mog the World, she acquired the invisible Emperor’s New Cloak.
I chose these gloves based on their looks from the outside. I didn’t notice that the red inside bindings coordinated so nicely with the red in the staff until I took the screenshots!

Warcaster’s Scaled Links

Willow Spaulders, Oversized Ogre Hauberk, Lord’s Girdle, Warcaster’s Scaled Leggings, Sha’tari Marksman’s Gloves, Venn’ren’s Boots, Chagan’s Cheery Chopper
One of the more complete sets of Outland quest rewards. I have previously used two other colorations of these pants — bronze and purple — in outfits for mini-Kam.

Tiller with Shovel and Torch

Straw Hat, Pauldrons of the Deafening Gale, Kargal’s Breastplate, Marauder’s Belt, Togrik’s Legguards, Talhide Lined-Gloves & Boots, Wikket Wrap, Yellow Lumberjack Shirt, Shovel of Mercy, Grayson’s Torch
As it happened, it was more convenient for Kamalia to collect the low-level quest rewards than to watch for the identical Veteran’s armor to appear on the AH.
Fortunately, the Pauldrons of the Deafening Gale dropped for me on my first Trial of the Champions run. The first boss encounter is incredibly, exceedingly obnoxious to solo because the NPCs get to chain stunlock with no diminishing returns.
When I “Do the Right Thing” to get the shovel, I always rescue the humans and wish I could save the whole field of them. Poor things, they will need a lifetime of therapy to overcome the PTSD from that horrific experience.
Prior to Cataclysm, Captain Grayson offered his quests to Horde as well as Alliance, and I ran multiple characters up the coast from Grom’gol to his lighthouse in Westfall to get the torch. Nowadays, alas, though he remains neutral, Captain Grayson only offers his quests to Alliance characters. Horde characters should watch the AH for the Mistyreed Torch.

Falling Petals


Seaspeaker Mantle, Wrathfin chestpiece & pants, Brigade belt gloves & boots, Snowfall Shawl, Felstone Reaver
Although Kamalia Prime hasn’t managed to come up with any outfits to wear the lovely Snowfall Shawl with, I knew right away that mini-Kam would need to get it so that she could wear it with her “Scarlet Wrath” set when Love is in the Air came around again. This outfit is just that earlier set updated with the cloak and new weapons — but they make such a difference that I’ve chosen to post the new version by itself rather than simply adding new pictures to the previous listing.

Hope’s Bright Flame


Helm of Affinity, Champion’s Pauldrons, Impenetrable Breastplate, Bloodspattered Sash, Patroller’s War-Kilt, Seer’s Linked Gauntlets, War Mace of Unrequited Love, Norushen’s Enigmatic Barrier (LFR), Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji
The name of this outfit is inspired by the proc effect of Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji, which reminds me of a lyric from one of my favorite hymns, Press Forward, Saints.

Celestial Harmony

Headcover of the Speaker, Shoulderguards of Dark Meditations, Tunic of Celestial Harmony (T16-LFR), Belt of the Iron Prison, Frost Witch’s Handguards (T10-10s)
Although I hadn’t yet acquired the T16 gloves, I wanted to wear the T16 items I had already obtained. Fortunately, the T10 gloves coordinate very nicely. The T10-N sets also coordinate well with the T13-LFR set, so at some point in the future I’d like to try to make an outfit using items from all three of the T10, T13, and T16 sets.

Frost Storm

Helmet of Ten Storms, Cyclone Shoulderpads (T4), Formidable chestpiece & leggings, Sundered belt gloves & boots, Carapace Breaker, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark
After I made the deliberately clashing “Ow Mon, Me Eyes!” set, I wanted to make something a little more harmonious and soothing using the same chestpiece.

Netherfury

Yak Herder Monnion/Faded Forest Chain shoulders, Darkmoon Chain Shirt, Netherfury Belt/Faded Forest Chain belt, Netherfury Leggings, Yak Herder Gauntlets/Faded Forest Chain gloves, Netherfury Boots, Breeching Comet, Lord’s Crest/Revenant Deflector
Thankfully, the crafted Netherfury items no longer require the appropriate Leatherworking specialization — or even the Leatherworking profession itself — just to wear. The profession is still required for the set bonus to be active, however.
I originally designed this outfit to use the purchasable Faded Forest Chain items. As I was questing through Kun-Lai Summit, I discovered that I liked the more savage look of the Yak Herder quest reward items better for the Enhancement version of the set.

Loregeek


Steamworker’s Goggles, Replica Pauldrons of Elements, Nexus-Strider chestpiece leggings & gloves, Imbued Infantry Belt, Tsunami Boots, Knight’s War Hammer, Dungeoneering Guide, Loremaster’s Colors
The base elements of this outfit are meant to suggest the stereotypical college history professor in tweed jacket or navy blazer, jeans, and loafers. Part of being a loregeek is enthusiasm for the lore of one’s favorite class, thus the iconic Shaman shoulders. Xarantaur‘s Lorehammer is identical to the 2H Commanding Mallet; the Knight’s War Hammer is a sufficiently similar 1H mace. Finally, the style, colors, and name of the Dungeoneering Guide recall the design of the source manuals for that famously geeky pasttime, Dungeons & Dragons.

Zandalari Witch Doctor

Crown of Flame, Witch Doctor shoulders chestpiece & gloves, Stormleather Sash, Molten Earth Kilt, Amun-Thoth, Sul’s Spiritrending Talons, Tortos’ Discarded Shell
Wait, what is this thing that dropped for me in T15 LFR? A fist weapon with intellect on it? Nowai!
I pulled out the Stormleather Sash to coordinate with the orange sphere, and I’d been planning to use that belt and that kilt together in a set for ages. Then, I had a long streak of bad luck in Throne of Thunder LFR and didn’t get my T15 shoulders until just barely before the Siege of Orgrimmar began. I’m not really all that keen on this tier set, though, so I don’t think I’ll be keeping it.

Shado-Pan Spiritwalker

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!

Glimmering Sunreaver Firecaller

Helm of Affinity, Glimmering Mail shoulders chestpiece belt & boots, Bloodmail Legguards*, Gauntlets of Divinity*, Firescribe Dagger, Bloodforged Guard, Scarlet Filigreed Shirt, Sunreaver tabard
I always intended to do a Sunreaver counterpart to my Silver Covenant sets, using the black and red “Blood Knight” version of the phoenix-crest shield. When Kamaleia reached level 90, I determined that it would be less painful for her to get the Sunreaver tabard by returning to the Argent Tournament than by conquering the Isle of Thunder — so back to Icecrown she went. She remained at the Tournament for some time after achieving exalted reputation with the Sunreavers 1.0 collecting Champion’s Seals to get the Sunreaver mounts. Although I hadn’t bothered to do that with any previous characters, it recently occurred to me that this would be the quickest way to acquire the Silver Covenant versions of the mounts for my Alliance characters, via the magic of account-wide conversions.

Battleforged Sunreaver Firecaller

Helm of Affinity, Magnificent shoulders, Battleforge chestpiece belt gloves & boots, Bloodmail Legguards*, Wodin’s Mantid Shanker, Scarlet Filigreed Shirt, Sunreaver tabard
Although I am quite aware that Enhancement Shamans prefer slow axes and maces to fast daggers, the mantid-styled dagger coordinates so wonderfully with the Sunreaver tabard that I couldn’t pass up the idea. Besides, weapon speed doesn’t really matter when a level 90 Stormstrike one-shots just about everything in Icecrown.

Ow Mon, Me Eyes!


Crown of Flame (Normal), Skom Spaulders, Formidable chestpiece, Stormleather Sash, Felstone Leggings, Sundered gauntlets & boots, Amun-Thoth, Sul’s Spiritrending Talons (LFR), Eye of the Ancient Spirit (LFR)
This kit went through a few iterations before reaching its present eye-dazzling perfection. The first used the shield with Carapace Breaker in an outfit featuring just cyan and magenta tones. The second used the fist weapon with the Enamelled Disc of Mojo/Loa-Binder Disc and just cyan and orange tones. Presently, I thought to pair the Throne of Thunder fist weapon with the Mogu’shan Vaults shield and voila! The cyan, magenta, and orange are quite the blinding combination!

Stormbreaker of the Silver Covenant (or the Blue Flight)


Skyshatter Shoulderpads (T6), Stormbreaker Chestguard, Tol’Vir Hereditary Girdle, Infection Resistant Legguards, Replica Gauntlets of Elements, Carapace Breaker, Spellbreaker’s Buckler, Common Gray Shirt
When mini-Kam dinged 90, it occurred to me that this crafted T14(N)-lookalike chestpiece would go very nicely with the T6-recolor kilt she already owned. The rest of the outfit fell together very quickly once I decided to make it another take on the “Silver Covenant Shaman” concept.
I debated for awhile between the Thunder Bluff Doublet and the grey shirt. From the front, I wasn’t sure which I liked better. When I looked at the outfit from the back, however, the grey shirt was the clear winner because it made the chestpiece so similar to the kilt.

Lightning Orbs


Steamworker’s Goggles, Cyclone Shoulderpads (T4), Icy Scale Chestguard, Renegade Belt, Heroes’ Earthshatter Kilt (T7-10s), Spiritwalker’s Handwraps (T13), Guiding Star/Torall, Rod of the Shattered Throne, Orb of Arcing Lightning
I love the little wings animation on this off-hand item — Look, Ma, I caught the Golden Snitch!
I couldn’t resist pairing it with Thorim‘s baby rattle at first; then I got the more closely matching mace from Lei Shen.

Winddrift


Ornate Pauldrons, Mindsliced Chestguard, Naturalist’s Preserving Cinch, Arness’s Scaled Leggings, Lord’s gloves & boots, Don Carlos’ Drifting Shield, Common Grey Shirt
I leveled mini-Kam from 85 to 86 on cooking & fishing dailies, then kitted her out with Mists greens from the AH to get into Mists LFD. When I reached level 87, I wondered why I was still getting only Temple of the Jade Serpent and Stormstout Brewery, even though Shado-Pan Monastery and Mogu’shan Palace were supposedly now available. I discovered that her average ilevel was too low. Hoping to remedy this, I looked for reasonably priced Mists blues. I found these pants for 500 gold, which I thought was a pretty decent price, considering that the next-lowest-priced copy of them was about 1K. So I bought them. I’d been thinking it was time to change mini-Kam’s transmogrification kit anyway.
I like the complimentary colors of the blues in the chestpiece and belt with the coppery tones of the shield and the side panels of the pants. I also tried the Tol’Vir Hereditary Girdle, which matches the chestpiece, but I liked how the blue in this belt aligns with the color in the pants better.

Healing Rain



Sanctified Frost Witch’s Spaulders & Tunic (T10), Nerubian Belt, Earthmover Kilt, Stormscale Gloves, Used Bar Rag, Spiritsage’s Shield
I like the muted colors of this kilt, but I wasn’t so fond of the rest of the set. Fortunately, the soft blue-grey shades of the Shaman T10 items coordinate nicely. The cloak brightens the outfit with a splash of more vibrant versions of the same colors.
I’ve been wanting to fit this shield into a Transmogrification kit. Although the brass-toned trim and rust-colored inside face of the shield contrast with the rest of the outfit, the other colors of the outer face design match well enough.

Dressed to Kill II

Stylin’ Adventure Hat, Ornate Pauldrons, Double Link Tunic, Ebonhold Belt, Bloodmail Legguards*, Lord’s gloves & boots, Cloak of the Darkcaster
This outfit takes its name from the stylish apparel provided by Blingtron 4000. See version I on the Hunter page.

Furious Elements

Pauldrons of the Furious Elements, Hauberk of the Furious Elements, Frostscale Belt, Natural Life Leggings, Grips of Nature’s Wrath, Spell Axe of the Speaker, Zulian Ward
Patch 5.2 heralded the opening of a new Troll raid — what a perfect opportunity for Kamalia to don her set of the level 70 badge gear introduced with the Gods of Zul’Aman!

Five Thunders

Replica Five Thunders set with Spell Axe of the Speaker and Zulian Swirling Shield
What more appropriately named garb could a Shaman possibly wear to take on Lei Shen and the desperate Zandalari?

Centaur Stalker

Warmonger’s Pauldrons, Rough Bronze Cuirass, Replica Cord of Five Thunders, Battle Scarred Leggings, Fortified Gauntlets, Talhide Lined-Boots, Spell Axe of the Speaker, Big Black Mace, Thunder Bluff Doublet
I’d enjoyed playing my low-level Orc Shaman as Enhancement, so I decided to change mini-Kam’s questing offspec to Enhancement. This outfit combines ideas from the Element-Tamer outfit I designed for Mog Madness and the Mog Busting outfits I designed for Cymre’s Orc Huntress, Tallys.

Dawnrise





Brigade pauldrons gloves & boots, Engraved chestpiece & girdle, Triumphant Legplates, Lightning Dagger/Ancient Scepter of Sue-Min, Shield of the Wayward Footman, Jeweled Fishing Pole
Love is in the Air seemed like an appropriate time to debut this pink-toned outfit designed to coordinate with the Ashes of Al’ar and partially inspired by Euphyley’s beautiful Sunset Mail set (the cloth, leather, and plate designs in the rest of the series are gorgeous, too!).
A Pink Mageweave Shirt finally showed up on my AH on the very last day of Love is in the Air. That day, there was also an Ancient Scepter of Sue-Min for the absolute steal of a price of ~1.2K gold.

Vestments of the Firebird

Vestments of the Firebird (T14) (LFR), Thunder Bluff Doublet, Kri’tak, Imperial Scepter of the Swarm, Fan of Firey Winds
The blue regular mode and orange heroic mode versions of the Shaman T14 gear are very pretty, but Kamalia is content with the green LFR version.

Earthshattering Nexus-Strider


Grunt’s Pauldrons, Nexus-Strider breastplate & gloves, Renegade Belt, Heroes’ Earthshatter Kilt (T7), Carapace Breaker, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark, August Celestials Tabard
Recently, WoW Insider’s “Around Azeroth” screenshot column published a picture that was cute, though not particularly amusing, but something about it caught my eye and made me come back for a second look. What captured my attention was Elixr of Mal’Ganis‘s wonderful Transmogrification kit. Even better, I quickly realized that I already had most of the key items to replicate the look in my inventory! Naturally, therefore, I had to do it….
When I reached Exalted with the August Celestials a few weeks later, I was delighted with how well that faction’s tabard coordinated with what I was already wearing.

Kamalia of the Earthen Ring

Headcover of the Speaker, Mystical Pauldrons of Elements, Skyshatter Chestguard (T6)/Nexus-Strider Breastplate + Frozen Forest Kilt, Renegade Belt, Spiritwalker’s Handwraps (T13), Tabard of the Earthen Ring, Carapace Breaker, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark
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.

Green Iron Mail

Green Iron set with Captain’s Waistguard, Emerald Shield
This classy crafted set is most famous as the costume of Oxhorn’s best buddy Staghorn.

Scarlet, Green, and Gold

Magnificent shoulders, Green Iron Hauberk & Leggings, Scarlet Belt*, Gauntlets of Divinity*, Glimmering Mail boots, Lightning Dagger, Aegis of the Scarlet Commander*/Bloodforged Shield
A Winter Veil outfit.
The Voidscale Belt is a good alternative to the Scarlet Belt, and the Glimmering Mail gloves are a good alternative to the Gauntlets of Divinity.
This set would also look great with the Scout’s Tabard.

Competitor’s Legacy


Princess Poobah’s Tiara, Crusader’s Pauldrons, Lambent Scale (gold) or Steadfast (purple) chestpiece & leggings, Myrmidon’s belt, Marauder’s gloves & boots, War Mace of Unrequited Love, Aldori Legacy Defender, Competitor’s Tabard
This summer, I posted a set of outfits designed to coordinate with the Competitor’s Tabard. This limited edition item was only available during the 2008 Summer Olympics and was obtained by participating in a battleground, any battleground, win or lose.
After watching the AH for several weeks, I was able to create the outfit more or less as I’d imagined it, though I did decide that the Marauder’s gloves & boots worked better than the ones I’d originally chosen.
Because the purple tones of the Steadfast chestpiece and pants coordinate nicely with the shield I wanted to use, I kept watching the AH a little longer. The purple version of the set is what I actually used in-game.
The Burnished, Lambent Scale/Glimmering, Embossed Plate, High Chief’s, Templar, or “of the Protectorate” shields, or perhaps even the Drillborer Disk or Force Reactive Disk, would all work nicely with the all-gold version of the set.

Swirling Elements


Replica/Mystical Elements set with Zulian Swirling Shield
Somehow, this set just seems to want a Trollish sort of shield. Luckily, I found a Zulian Swirling Shield on the AH for relatively cheap shortly before Patch 5.0.

Jade Witch & Patinaed Serpent

Left: Jade Witch set with Huangtze Scale Helm
Right: Contender’s Scale set

I liked this set of quest rewards from the very first zone of Pandaria so much that I Transmogrified it over the higher level quest rewards and kept wearing it until I’d collected all the pieces for the second set.
I got most of the second set by running dungeons and only had to craft the shoulders. The barrel rolling from the Greenstone Village scenario and Stormstout Brewery dungeons would be a great addition to the Brewfest activities!
I probably won’t keep either of these sets in the long run, however. I simply haven’t got enough bank space.

Dancing Queen

Brigade Pauldrons, Champion’s Deathdealer Breastplate, Merciless Belt, Bloodmail Legguards*, Scarlet Gauntlets*, Netherstorm Greaves, Cloak of Azure Lights, Ebon Filigreed Doublet or Red Martial Shirt
During October 2012, JD Kenada invited us to join him in observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by putting together our best pink Transmogrification Template Kits. Although I already thought of Kamaliya’s Scarlet Wrath set as her “pink” set, I’d been wanting to do something with the near-matching shades of the magenta Champion’s Deathdealer Breastplate and fuschia Netherstorm Greaves for some time. The Firemane Leggings are brilliant pink, and they were even available on my AH for a reasonable price… but I don’t like the style of them much. I decided to accent the pink with black and pulled out my Bloodmail Legguards. Then I needed a black shirt. I like how well the Red Martial Shirt coordinates with the Merciless Belt and Scarlet Gauntlets, and its black sleeves match the Bloodmail Legguards very nicely. I think it looks a little silly with the Champion’s Deathdealer Breastplate over the top, however, so I prefer the effect with the Ebon Filigreed Doublet even though the blacks don’t match quite as well.
The Merciless gloves would be suitable alternates for the Scarlet Gauntlets, and the Merciless or Firemane Leggings would be good choices instead of the Bloodmail Legguards — though the overall effect wouldn’t be the same, and the all-pink outfit wouldn’t want a shirt.

Hurricane

Shoulders of Lightning Reflexes, Cyclone (T4) chest & gloves, Imbued Infantry Belt, Vagaries of Time (Normal), Timepiece of the Bronze Flight (Raid Finder)
I was on another character when the pattern for these shoulders dropped. Fortunately, the pattern itself isn’t BoP! I was all set to fire up MogIt to create a new outfit to go with these shoulders, but after I saw how nicely they coordinated with the Cyclone set I was already wearing, I didn’t bother.

Cyclone

Cyclone (T4) shoulders chest & gloves, Imbued Infantry Belt, Vagaries of Time (Normal), Timepiece of the Bronze Flight (Raid Finder)
I have a great sentimental fondness for the Cyclone set because Karazhan was my first raiding experience. It helps that it’s a fantastic looking set of gear, too!
Until I obtained the Timepiece, I used Zom’s Crackling Bulwark with this set.

Volcano

Crown of Flame (Normal), Erupting Volcanic (T12) shoulders chest & gloves, Stormleather Sash, Incineratus, Pulsing Spellshield
I was wearing T12 at the time Transmogrification debuted, and I liked it so much that I continued to use it for my Resto set TTK for some time. Later, after I went back to the Cyclone gear for my Resto set, I decided to use T12 for my Elemental set — it somehow seems very appropriate for that spec!

Netherstrike

Bog Epaulets, Netherstrike Breastplate & Belt, Leggings of Beast Mastery, Talhide gloves & boots, Extinct Turtle Shell
I originally wanted to make this set for my Hunter, Ketura, but the Netherstrike items are BoP to the crafter, so I had to make it for Kamalia instead.

Scarlet Wrath

Helm of Affinity, Seaspeaker Mantle, Wrathfin chestpiece & pants, Brigade belt gloves & boots, Lightning Dagger, Aegis of the Scarlet Commander*, Sawbones Shirt*
The Shield of the Wayward Footman is perhaps an even better shield to use with this pink and silver set.

Stormcaller of the Silver Covenant or the Blue Flight

Skyshatter (T6) Shoulderpads, Blue Dragonscale chest & leggings, Doc’s Belt, Sundered gloves & boots, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers, Devout Aurastone Hammer, Spellbreaker’s Buckler
I made a more extensive writeup of this outfit previously.

The Shamadin

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Captain’s chestpiece belt gloves & boots, Triumphant Legplates, Restorative Mace, Emerald Shield, Green Linen Shirt
Almost as soon as I saw the Emerald Shield, I thought what a great RP outfit it would make for a Paladin in combination with the Captain’s mail set. Then Transmogrification came along, and I realized that if I wanted to execute the concept in PvE, I’d have to do it with a Shaman. Thus, I’ve always thought of this as my “Shamadin” outfit.
Before I use this set as a TTK again, I plan to replace the Triumphant Legplates with the Spare Part Leggings.

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Were you lucky (or just persistent) enough to get an Alanna’s Embrace before the patch?

Fortunately, my two characters who most wanted this gorgeous gown were both capable of farming it for themselves.


Princess Alanna (Draenei): Aurora Mantle, Dawnspire Cord, Jumanza Grips, Featherskin Cape, Pink Mageweave Shirt
Magistrix Alanna (Blood Elf): Hood of the Arcane Path/Royal Wizard, Orchid Amice, Magister’s Belt, Jumanza Grips, Shimmering Boots, Formal White Shirt, Pilfered Ethereal Blade

I also like the appearance of these outfits with the Sleeveless T-Shirt or the Lavender Mageweave Shirt.
The Orchid Amice was awarded from a quest that disappeared in the Shattering. The Mystical Mantle would be a suitable alternate.

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The Aldori Legacy Defender (which I always mis-remember as dropping from Magtheridon when it really drops from Gruul) is a classic Draenei Warrior/Paladin tanking shield. Kamalia picked one up in a fun run some months ago, and the other night while I was talking to Vidyala about Shaman fashion, it occurred to me that it might be fun to try to make her a “wannabe Draenei” Shaman set to go with this shield.

Of course, the true test of whether or not my set successfully pulls off the “wannabe Draenei” concept is to actually put it on a Draenei and see if it still looks good. Draynee is the expert on that, but I hope she’ll agree that this set is, indeed, pretty fly.


Headdress of the Tides, Hateful Gladiator’s Ringmail Spaulders, Steadfast Breastplate, Stillwater Girdle, Scaled Greaves of Patience, Skettis gloves & boots, Scepter of Power, Aldori Legacy Defender

But will I actually ever make this set for Kamalia? I don’t know. I’m working on assembling for her one of the Competitor’s Tabard sets I designed a couple weeks ago, and I think that set, minus the tabard, might also work well with this shield — it would play off the gold and glowing parts of its appearance, rather than the purple. I’m not having much luck with the AH, though, so perhaps the Competitor’s Tabard and the Aldori Legacy Defender both will simply continue to gather dust in Kamalia’s bank.

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BBB’s recent post on just going out and DOING the things that might seem impossible or like too much work reminded me that as long as I was just faffing around anyway, I ought to take Kamalia back to Dalaran to see about finding the last few books she needed for Higher Learning.

She found one of them as soon as she got back to the city in the sky. After a week or so of popping on with Kam to check the remaining sites whenever I’d first logged in or was about to log out for the day (or just whenever I remembered), I’d found another. With one book remaining, I decided that it was time to actually start camping, and in a day or two –

Archmage Vargoth was glad to have a visitor to chat with for awhile.



That’s one more thing I can tick off the list of things I’ve been wanting to do in WoW, and I’m glad that with pets going account-wide in Mists, I won’t have to do it again with the other characters who’ve expressed an interest in having a Kirin Tor Familiar — but I might end up doing it again if one of them decides she wants to visit Archmage Vargoth.



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I love the look of the BoP-to-the-crafter mail and plate shoulders from the patterns that drop in Black Temple, so when the Pattern: Shoulders of Lightning Reflexes dropped during a recent Laid Back Raid and I saw that the pattern itself wasn’t BoP (I was on mini-Kam for that run), I snapped it — and the two Heart of Darkness it required — up pronto. Then, it was just a matter of taking the time to farm up the rest of the materials.

After completing her Higher Learning certificate, that’s exactly what Kamalia did.

I was all set to fire up MogIt and start working on a new Transmogrification Template Kit to go with the Shoulders of Lightning Reflexes, but when I tried them on in the Dressing Room, I was so pleased with how well they went with the Cyclone (T4) set that Kamalia was already wearing that I decided not to bother with MogIt after all. :P


Shoulders of Lightning Reflexes, Cyclone chest and gloves, Imbued Infantry Belt, Vagaries of Time (Normal), Timepiece of the Bronze Flight (Raid Finder)

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Steamworker’s Goggles, Drakesfire Epaulets, Replica Vest of the Five Thunders, Girdle of the Dauntless Conqueror, Bloodmail Legguards, Gauntlets of Kalimdor, Bloodmail Boots, Sawbones Shirt, Hate-Forged Cleaver, Zulian Swirling Shield

I actually designed this Transmogrification Template Kit a few months ago when I was making Bloodmail Legguards + Sawbones Shirt outfits for my Hunter. I really liked it, but it didn’t quite fit in the post that I wrote about that set of outfits, so I didn’t share it at that time. I was reminded of this outfit while farming the black pants & crimson shirt again with mini-Kam this weekend, and now the good fortune of Rades’ guildie Marsailli seems like a good opportunity to present it!

But since when has there been an Intellect axe at endgame? Not since I can remember — so a Resto or Elemental Shaman would have a hard time indeed actually using this TTK.

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Upon reaching level 80…

…and becoming a Champion of Thunder Bluff…

…Kamaliya decided that it was time for a New Look.

She’d won the Skyshatter Shoulderpads (T6) during a recent Laid Back Loot Raid, so she decided to combine them with her Blue Dragonscale chestpiece and leggings to make a (mostly) blue and silver Transmogrification Template Kit. I’ve concluded that Doc’s Belt is THE best belt to use with this chestpiece and leggings because of its gold buckle. I’ve been wanting to use the Spellbreaker’s Buckler on some character, any character, for quite awhile now, and its colors do coordinate rather nicely with the rest of the pieces I wanted to use. (I’ll make a plate TTK to go with that shield when one or the other of my Paladins gets leveled up enough to acquire it.) I used the Devout Aurastone Hammer to Transmogrify her mace because I already had it and it looked decent. Because Kamaliya still has some more LFD leveling to do, she’s using the blue Phantasmal Headdress to Transmogrify the red Preened Tribal War Feathers; the gold accents on the headdress and the gold accents on the chestpiece, leggings, and belt complement each other nicely. The Sundered gloves & boots and Mylune’s Cloak of Cheerful Flowers complete the set.

It’s a little Silver Covenant…

…and a lottle Blue Dragonflight.

The Silvermoon War-Mace is the exact style match for the Spellbreaker’s Buckler and would heighten the association with the Silver Covenant. Kael’thas’ Cudgel of Consecration would be another good Silver Covenant weapon.

Malygos’s Ice Spire Scepter or the Starlight Dagger and the Mazthoril Honor Shield or the Lost Pavise of the Blue Flight would be great choices for playing up the association with the Blue Dragonflight.

Timeslicer would be an excellent weapon choice for either association of the set.

For Shaman who are already level 85, or not using Heirlooms, I like the look of the Ornate Circlet/Pillager’s Crown, the Storm Master’s Helmet, the Steamworker’s Goggles, and the Corroded Helmet.

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This week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic, again suggested by Cymre.

If Blizzard added your main as an NPC in WoW, where would they be located and what would be their function? Give us a shot illustrating the fact.

Songweaver Kamalia would do for Tauren/Kalimdor history and lore what Lorewalker Cho will do for the history and lore of Pandaria. She would live in a hut perched up by this cave (for climate-controlled storage of fragile artifacts) high above the Red Rocks in the mountains between Mulgore and Northern Barrens.

The inside of her dwelling would look a lot like Xarantaur‘s abode.

She would be a neutral NPC, willing to tell her stories to Horde and Alliance alike. She may share her camp with a similar NPC who specializes in all other Horde lore, perhaps someone like Lorespinner Rades….

Alternatively, Modiste Kamalia could take up residence inside Magar’s Cloth Goods in Orgrimmar.

She would give daily quests that would award Sartorial Scrip tokens. In exchange for the tokens, she would sell three differently styled sets for each armor type — an uncommon-quality set usable by level 20 characters, a rare-quality set usable by level 50 characters, and an epic-quality set usable by max-level characters. Like the Replica gear from the Darkmoon Faire or the prize gear from Challenge mode dungeons in Mists, these items would have no stats but would still be usable for Transmogrification. The large design areas on each of these items would be a neutral silver-white, and for additional tokens she would also sell a variety of armor lacquers that could be used only on these items to change them to a hue of the player’s choice. One of the available armor lacquers would be “dissolving lacquer” to revert the item to the original silver-white so that its color could be changed from one lacquer hue to another.
Modiste Kamalia’s Alliance counterpart, found inside Duncan’s Textiles in Stormwind, would be Modiste Effraeti.

Or, because I’m still kind of bummed that there was no “of the Earthen Ring” title available in Cataclysm, I’d be happy just to see
Farseer Kamalia of the Earthen Ring

filling a role like that of Farseer Krogar for an Earthen Ring expedition in a future expansion.

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Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Captain’s chestpiece belt gloves and boots, Triumphant Legplates, Restorative Mace, Emerald Shield, Green Linen Shirt

The first time I saw the Emerald Shield over a year ago, I knew that I just had to use it with the Captain’s armor in an RP set for a Paladin someday. Then Transmogrification came along, and I realized that because the Captain’s armor is mail, if I wanted to use that concept in PvE, I’d have to do it with a Shaman. I therefore think of this ensemble as my “Shamadin” Transmogrification Template Kit.

Kamaliya (aka “mini-Kam”) has been wearing this outfit in LFD ever since she got leveled up enough to use all of the items in it. (Her full TTK also uses the green Tracker’s Headband to Transmogrify the red Preened Tribal War Feathers.) Although no-one has ever whispered Kamaliya about it, I’ve wondered if her random party members have ever been caught off-guard by her outfit when they first zone in and found themselves momentarily confused — “Hey wait just a second, is this healer a Shaman or a Paladin?”

Although the Emerald Shield is the key piece of my original concept, the Crystal Pulse Shield looks equally impressive with the Captain’s mail — especially with Light’s Justice as the coordinating weapon.

This completely golden set creates an even more Paladin-like appearance.

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Dreamwalker Armor, Sparkleshell Belt, Triumphant Legplates, Radiant gloves and boots, Restorative Mace, Highlord’s Favor

The Spare Part Leggings (H)/Irongoat Legguards (A) are the exact style match for the Dreamwalker Armor. The quests they are rewarded from are rather deep into the Stonetalon Mountains quest chain, however, so Kamaliya is content to re-use her Triumphant Legplates for the time being. If The WoW Factor ever comes to Lightninghoof, I might make the effort to go pick up the Spare Part Leggings to make the outfit just a little more polished for the competition!

Silver and gold together evoke memories of the distinctive Lawbringer Armor, though the brightness of these sets is more subdued.

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Mail Combat Armor, Sparkleshell Belt, Electrostatic Legguards, Radiant gloves and boots, Devout Aurastone Hammer, Highlord’s Favor


Lead Surveyor’s Mantle, Pythas’ Vest, Myrmidon’s Girdle, Electrostatic Legguards, Mail Combat gloves and boots

A blue and gold look is especially appropriate for Alliance Shamadins, who may wish to use the Commander’s Crest instead of the Highlord’s Favor.

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Breastplate of the Lost Paladin (A)/Kingslayer’s Breastplate (H), Sparkleshell Belt, Thaelrid’s Greaves (A)/Scales of Aku’mai (H), Sundered gloves, Radiant boots, Devout Aurastone Hammer, Highlord’s Favor


Blue Dragonscale chestpiece and leggings with Doc’s Belt and shoulders gloves and boots from the Sweet-Tempered Mail set

I have re-used some items several times in Kamaliya’s versions of these outfits. This set of peripheral items coordinates well enough with all of the core chestpiece + leggings combinations, and I like gold, so I’m happy to save the inventory space.

I used the Seaspeaker Mantle with some items from the pink Bloodscale plate set as a Love is in the Air RP outfit for my Death Knight in 2011, but I had to come up with something different — something Transmogrification-friendly! — for Kregga to wear this year. Kregga will probably be DEing her Seaspeaker Mantle now that Kamaliya can wear this lovely ensemble:

Seaspeaker Mantle, Wrathfin chestpiece, Brigade Girdle, Wrathfin leggings, Brigade gloves and boots

Kamaliya doesn’t have any suitable weapons to match with this set yet, so here are some suggestions:

Left: Hammer of Judgement and Aegis of the Vindicator
Right: Seaspeaker Mantle, Demon-Forged Hauberk, Wrathfin legguards, Scarlet belt gloves and boots, Dire Maul, Shield of the Wayward Footman (Overlord’s Shield and Malistar’s Defender would also be good choices)

This outfit would look absolutely stunning with a Sawbones Shirt… oh bother, I’m going to have to go farm Scholomance again, aren’t I?

The last color of the Captain’s chestpiece style is the Dark Iron Mail. If you are so fortunate as to be able to find a Blacksmith who can craft it for you, you can make this dramatic black and white TTK.

Krom’gar Champion’s Chain Pauldrons (Horde-only) or Ornate Pauldrons, Dark Iron Mail, Bonelink belt, Bloodmail Legguards, Impenetrable gloves and boots, Formidable Cape

With a Tuxedo Shirt or Stylish Black Shirt, this ensemble would be appropriate for any elegant or formal occasion!

There is also one more color of the Dreamwalker Armor style, the Breastplate of the Terrible Price. This is the only variation of these two chestpiece styles that I think is completely unsuitable for a Shamadin; its gray-green coloration is too evocative of a Hunter stalking silently through the shadows of a forest (it would, however, be fine for an Enhancement Shaman). In the interest of providing TTKs for all of the colorations of this style, though, here are some outfits that make use of it.

Left: Bog Epaulets, Breastplate of the Terrible Price, Nerubian Belt, Green Dragonscale leggings and gloves, Windreaver Greaves, Drape of Smoldering Dreams
Right: Spaulders of the Protectorate, Breastplate of the Terrible Price, Nerubian Belt, Obsidian Scaled Leggings, Ancient gloves and boots, Drape of Smoldering Dreams

I leave the completion of the other side of the Shamadin equation as a challenge to my readers — can you design a Transmogrification Template Kit that will allow a Paladin to be temporarily confused with a Shaman?

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Amateur Azerothian, Effraeti, and Tome of the Ancient have teamed up to bring Mog Madness to the WoW blogosphere! There will be five rounds, and each round will have a different “Mog Build” prompt. For the third round, the Mog Build criteria are these: mail, shoulder armor must be the Wavemender’s Mantle.

Persona-wise, I thought of an Elemental Shaman who has spent her life out in the wilds dealing with truculent elementals, so I looked at staves and axe/shield combinations for the weapons. In an effort to avoid cross-contamination by influences from the ensembles presented in Round 2, I decided immediately to use the bronze/brown tones of the Wavemender’s Mantle as the main color for my ensemble, keeping the blue as an accent color in very small amounts. And as soon as I’d decided that, I knew that I wanted to use the Battle Scarred Leggings for the pants. I loved how the Helm of Pilgrimage interacted with the shoulderpiece as soon as I saw it; although this helm may bring “Val’kyr” most immediately to mind because of all that time we spent in Northrend, its design is actually quite similar to the classic Tier 1 Earthfury Helmet, making it very appropriate for a Shaman.

My junior Shaman, Kryztalya, Kilauea, Kjerstin, Keshona, and Kermione, will be the models for this round.


Helm of Pilgrimage, Wavemender’s Mantle, Veteran’s Armor, Vicious Gladiator’s Links of Accuracy (ilevel 371), Battle Scarred Leggings, Gloves of Foolish Innocence, Earthen Netherscale Boots, cloak hidden, Icecore Staff

Some alternate weapon choices:

Ruthless Gladiator’s Battle Staff; Spell Axe of the Farseer (Alliance Shaman-only) + Lost Pavise of the Blue Flight (Normal)


Frostbite (Horde-only) + Grunt’s Shield; Frostbite + Zom’s Crackling Bulwark

I won’t be making an “also-rans” post for this round, because I didn’t come up with any dramatically different ideas for the overall ensemble, and the variations for this one are limited to the weapon combinations shown above and the two alternate chestpieces shown below.

yes, that IS my GBNEH3 egg on her belt buckle!
The Circuit Design Breastplate (Heroic) looks made to go with the Battle Scarred Leggings, even though one first appeared in Cataclysm and the other in Burning Crusade! The Battle Scarred Leggings & Earthen Netherscale Boots also have a matching pair of gloves, the Murkblood Oven Mitts, but those did not work well in the context of the rest of the outfit. Although a matching chestpiece style is available in BC, it only comes in blue, and not in bronze.


The necklace of teeth strung across the Cuttlefish Scale Breastplate gives it a rather wild sort of appearance.

Round 3 Results!

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The Elements was the classic first Dungeon set for Shaman in vanilla WoW, obtained from creatures and bosses in Stratholme, Scholomance, and Blackrock Spire. It can now be purchased from Barum at the Darkmoon Faire.

By going through a lengthy, expensive, and difficult quest chain, The Elements set could be upgraded to The Five Thunders. It can now be purchased from Baruma at the Darkmoon Faire.

A recolored version of The Elements can be obtained from Outland dungeons.

The chestpiece for a fourth coloration of The Elements, the Stormstrike Vest (shown here with the regular blue Elements kilt), is available from a quest in Hellfire Peninsula.

A more complete version of this coloration can be seen on a couple of NPCs, but only the vest is available to players.

This fifth coloration of The Elements is only found on NPCs.

Kamalia just doesn’t have the bank space to collect all this stuff herself, and besides, she has her Tier sets to play with. Instead, I’ve decided to collect The Elements and its recolors with mini-Kam.

(Am I going to do this for the other classic Dungeon sets? Probably not. I only really noticed all the colors of The Elements because my main is a Shaman, and I haven’t paid enough attention to the sets of other Classes to notice if NPCs are wearing alternative colorations of those sets.)

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I wanted to participate in Vidyala’s “Then and Now” challenge, but I had a little bit of a hitch. I don’t have very many really old screenshots. I think I only took a few screenshots, from the character selection screen, on the first computer I played WoW on. I took lots of screenshots in 2008 and 2009 on my second computer, but then the hard drive failed in early 2010, and I hadn’t considered my WoW screenshots valuable enough to back up and didn’t consider them valuable enough to pay for data recovery. Only a few of my pre-2010 screenshots survived — the ones I’d printed out for my WoW notebook or posted to the Kirina’s Closet forum. A scan of a poor-quality printout isn’t great, but it’s the best I’ve got.

This picture is probably the oldest of them all.

Kamalia crafted the Turtle Scale set for herself as soon as she could both wear and make it, around level 42. The picture is annotated “42”, and I’m pretty sure that Kamalia was around that actual character level at the time I took the picture. Her horns are still the stub size I chose when I first created her; I later changed them to the upward pointing style when the Barbershot debuted. I wouldn’t have kept that shield after I upgraded it, and I probably didn’t keep that weapon around for very long after I upgraded it, either.

Here she is in her level 70 raiding gear, as good as it got.

I think I might have come back to Shattrath to take this picture at level 80 prior to deleting most of those items at the beginning of LK.

At level 80, in her Naxx gear.

I was so proud of my first complete Tier set, even though it was from mixed difficulty levels. I only kept the T7 chestpiece, though, because I thought I could make it work with the T6-lookalike kilt from the Nexus.

I took screenshots of each of her Tier sets, either when they were completed or at the time that I’d fully replaced them with the next tier and was ready to discard them.

Here is Kamalia on the Armory today. She’s still wearing her T12 set, though she’s upgraded her weapon to early T13. The shield is the Ward of the Red Widow, Transmogrified to Zom’s Crackling Bulwark, which I though matched the Vagaries of Time quite nicely. Her belt is also Transmogrified.

I have tokens for a couple of T13 items in my bags, but the T12 4pc bonus is so good that I was reluctant to replace it until I could get the T13 4pc bonus all at once. And then I stopped doing regular guild raiding, and I haven’t felt like venturing into LFR… If I did have full T13, I’d take a screenshot of it for the record — and then I’d Transmogrify it into something else for everyday wear.

Among other reasons, one big reason why I haven’t done any LFR is that I’m not particularly enthusiastic about either the Shaman or the Druid T13 designs. I just don’t covet the look of that gear for my characters. (In contrast, if Blizz retrofitted BoT and BWD with an LFR setting, I’d be running it regularly to get Kerisa the T11 shoulders she’s lusted after all expansion.) I’ve also been thinking that I probably won’t raid in Mists unless the T14 designs are really super beautiful and exciting to my sense of aesthetics.

I also found this fun picture from way back when Ketura was level 28. BTH’s Hunter, Farrier, was about the same level, and he suggested that we go do the Nesingwary quests in Stranglethorn together.

That was back when the end quests for each part were group quests, and when Stranglethorn was a few levels higher than it is now. We were barely high enough level to get the Nesingwary quests at all. It was a crazy, crazy day, with lots of trapping and kiting and running away, but in the end, we completed Big Game Hunter and got our Nesingwary Master Hunter’s Rifles.
Though she has tamed a variety of other pets, Cosmo has remained Ketura’s faithful companion for almost all of her questing. Farrier has gone through several preferred pets.

Ketura spent a lot of time just idling, and then she’s spent a lot of time doing alternative leveling — holiday travel-the-world quests, archaeology, dailies, grinding for mats, that sort of thing. She’s currently level 82 and schlepping around in Icecrown doing Argent Tournament dailies and debating whether or not she really wants to do the Orgrim’s Hammer questlines and get herself exalted with the Horde Offensive so that she can buy the Chopper schematic.

BTH spent the last week or so before LK power-leveling Farrier. He wanted her to be level 70 before she set foot in Northrend, hoping that would make her a little less of a target for PvP in those earliest days of the expansion. Farrier has been BTH’s secondary main throughout LK and Cataclysm, and he did quite a bit of LFR with her over the holidays.

I don’t have any pictures that show an old UI, but I still play with more-or-less the default UI, and all there would be to see is at what points I added Grid and Power Auras.

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