World of Warcraft has added many different items for players to collect, whether it be collecting pets, mounts, transmog gear or knickknacks about the lore… What you do collect in the game and what is your prized item from that collection?
In-game, first and foremost, I collect clothes. I began by collecting the holiday clothes, then expanded to collecting level 1 gear. Even before Transmogrification came along, my characters’ banks were stuffed with clothes for RP sets. As in real life, where I tend to buy batches of three or four different colors of the same style of shirts or trousers, in the game I often try to gather as many colors of my favorite styles as I can. Out of that vast collection of clothes, I suppose that my most prized items are the ones that are no longer obtainable — for example, Alanna’s Embrace and the Bloodmail Legguards that were low drop rate to begin with and then entirely vanished in the Scholomance remodeling.
I do collect mounts and companion bets, though not to the extent that I want to have them all, or that I’ve spent a great deal of time farming for rare drops. My Flametalon of Alysrazor is perhaps my most special mount, because winning it was pretty much my luckiest roll ever — though my winning roll on the Ashes of Al’ar is a close second. Given my dislike of PvP, it was hard work indeed for Kamalia to earn her Black War Kodo — and then she farmed Stonekeeper’s Shards for Wintergrasp commendations, back in the day, to get another one for my Warrior. I have a particular fondness for hippogryphs. I haven’t bought either of the TCG loot card hippogryph mounts, but I worked diligently to earn the Cenarion War Hippogryph, the Argent Hippogryph, and the Flameward Hippogryph — and I’m still sad that the lovely Silver Covenant Hippogryph is only available to Alliance characters. I’m not particularly interested in Mazzranache as a mount, but if the Love is in the Air vendors had offered the beautiful pastel-colored Frayfeather Hippogryph instead, then I would have ground Lovely Charms eagerly.
Although in real life I wouldn’t want to have more than two or maaaaaybe three cats at a time, I’d collected almost all of the companion pet cats in the game before pet battles were introduced — I’m only missing four of the housecat model battle pets, two of which I could probably get with out much trouble and two of which would be rather more difficult to obtain. My Hunters both have multiple great cats tamed; in fact, one of my purposes for creating my second Hunter was to have her tame the Kalimdor/Eastern Kingdoms cats so that my first Hunter could free up some stable spaces for the gorgeous new Pandaria cats.
And, well, I collect characters themselves — at least one of every class, at least one of every race, a Tauren of every class the race can be, a Mage of every race the class can be.