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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Tauren & Highmountain Tauren Warriors. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

71) Mini-Mayla


Stonecrag Pauldrons + Hidden Shoulder, Tribal Unification Cloak, Hidden Chestpiece + Brawler’s Harness*, Grash’s Fireproof Handguards, Iron Beltguard of Fuufuu, Stonecrag Legplates, Stonecrag Sabatons, Brunnhildar Harpoon
Thinking about rolling a Highmountain Tauren Mage come 10.0 reminded me of my little Highmountain Tauren Warrior (previously seen in Warrior #65), and how I could now make for her the Mayla-lookalike outfit that I hadn’t been able to back in Legion.
Mayla’s actual chestpiece is the Ceremonial Leather Harness; I’ve used the original level 1 Horde Warrior shirt to mimic that look.

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Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write!
With Mages and Rogues becoming available to Tauren in Dragonflight, that leaves only Warlocks and Demon Hunters as Classes unavailable to Tauren.
I’m cool with Demon Hunters remaining exclusive to Night Elves and Blood Elves.
But there’s precedent for Highmountain Tauren becoming Warlocks, and I can imagine a “reformed” one wanting to rejoin the herd, so to speak…
Destruction is my favorite Warlock spec, but a Highmountain Tauren Demonology Warlock surrounded by a flock of Wild Imps would look pretty awesome.
And if they could have that fel-green hand, hoof, and horn-glow that male Feltotem NPCs have as a Class-specific toggle option (kinda like the Nightborne hand-glow toggle) — and hey, while we’re thinking about that, how about a fel-green hand-glow as a Class-specific toggle option for all Warlocks, hmm? — that would be fabulous!
Now I’m thinking about all the Warlock-wannabe Mogs I’m going to want to make for my Highmountain Tauren Mage (who is going to have to be Fire)…

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A new interview with Brian Holinka dropped the tidbit (recapped here by Wowhead and here by Blizzard Watch) that starting in 10.0, all races will be allowed to be Priests, Mages, and Rogues. I am so excited!
I have been arguing ever since Cataclysm that if Tauren Druids could develop into Priests and Paladins, then Tauren Shamans should be likewise allowed to develop into Mages.
My Blood Elf Mage runs Fire, my Void Elf Mage runs Frost, and my Human Mage runs Arcane… but I never got my Human Mage out to Shadowlands, in part because I could never quite decide which Covenant would be the best fit to be her “home” Covenant. Awhile ago, I started imagining that if Tauren could just be allowed to be Mages, I could have a Blood Elf Fire Mage, a Void Elf Arcane Mage, and a Tauren Frost Mage…
Now the question is, should she be Mulgore Tauren or Highmountain Tauren? Well, actually, I’ll probably create one of each, because that’s just the way I roll. And she’ll probably end up being Boosted. I’ll want to have her in the Dragon Isles alongside Kaelinda, Kaelyla, Kamalia, and Kerisa. Furthermore, given how long it’s been taking me to get my Highmountain Tauren Druid leveled the conventional way so as to earn that Heritage Armor, I am just not into the leveling lowbie alts game these days.
As for Rogues, I think I see a Race Change coming my Rogue’s way…

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Here’s Kamalia, level 60 and all decked out in Zereth Mortis BOEs from the AH. She’s my sixth, and perhaps last, level 60 for this expansion. Having used a Broker Mark of Distinction to set her Renown with the Night Fae to 40 immediately after activating Threads of Fate, she reached level 60 already at Renown 65.

Anthem of the Elements

Anthemic set with Dazzling Spectacles, Turncoat’s Cape, Tihan (LFR), and Felbark’s Shin

I want to get Kam at least the Night Fae Campaign set and the pretty dark red & dark blue Korthia Campaign quest set. Maybe I’ll manage to get her the Night Fae Renown and Queen’s Conservatory sets and the Kyrian Campaign and Renown sets, or maybe not. I am getting weary of the Anima grind, though Gnomecore has reported that once in Korthia, the Anima accumulates faster. I’m not interested enough in the Sepulcher Shaman Tier set to go grind Sandworn Relics and Cosmic Flux in Zereth Mortis for it.
Though I’ve brought Karaelia and Kaohana out to Bastion, the thought of actually leveling them seems very wearying, at least at this moment. Instead, my next leveling project will be to get my Highmountain Tauren Druid, currently at level 41, to level 50 so that I can finally, two expansions later, get that Heritage Armor. I am contemplating the notion of using the Boost that will come with purchasing 10.0 to Boost her to 60 — so I can take a Mulgore Tauren, Farseer Kamalia, and a Highmountain Tauren, Archdruid Kasheena, to 10.0. My Mulgore Tauren Druid, Kerisa, would then be retired — at least until I start really missing her…

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Tauren & Highmountain Tauren Shamans. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

114) Tideshaper II


Blue Tricorne Hat, Crosswind Shoulderguards, Runewarden’s Greatcloak, Circuit-Linked Chainmail, Fletcher’s Nimble Grips, Girdle of the Scroll-Sages, Kilt of Rolling Thunders, Sharas’dal (upgraded, first tint), Coldscale Shield
Kamalia wanted a new kit, and she wanted to wear this outfit, which is a slight modification of a kit that I originally created for my Dwarf Shaman (#15) about two years ago.

113) Anthem of the Elements

Anthemic set with Dazzling Spectacles, Turncoat’s Cape, Tihan (LFR), and Felbark’s Shin
Here’s Kamalia, level 60 and all decked out in Zereth Mortis BOEs from the AH. She’s my sixth, and perhaps last, level 60 for Shadowlands. Having used a Broker Mark of Distinction to set her Renown with the Night Fae to 40 immediately after activating Threads of Fate, she reached level 60 already at Renown 65.

112) Dreamthorn

Dreamthorn Armor with Dazzling Spectacles, Runewarden’s Greatcloak, Duskwarder Gavel, and Duskwarder Shield
One evening, I spontaneously decided to level Kamalia instead of playing with my Mages. I guess I was missing her. Soon, she’d gained four levels and a mishmash of gear from WQs in all four zones. She’d chosen Threads of Fate and the Night Fae at level 50, so I unified her look by Mogging everything to the Ardenweald leveling quest set. I was so glad when I discovered that choosing Threads of Fate automatically grants the appearances of all the skipped leveling storyline quest rewards!
Other colorations of this set:

Waylight (Bastion), Flesh Architect’s (Maldraxxus), Soul Hunter’s (Revendreth), Desolate Scale (Crafted)

111) Astral Insight




Dazzling Spectacles, Celestial Observer’s Constellations Starshroud & Buckle, Pure Sight Vestments & Slippers, Formidable Legguards & Gauntlets, Lifepath Hammer, Melody Defender’s Bulwark
This ensemble is mostly a mashup of the Celestial Observer’s and Pure Sight sets. I thought it might look neat with some silver pants — and these bluish-silver Classic pants look like they were made to go with this chestpiece!

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The first thing I did on Tuesday was bring Kamalia to Oribos and then to the Heart of the Forest. At level 50 and 1 Renown, I am delighted that she can wear her covenant’s Renown 60 cosmetic armor! She had been wearing her Eternal Traveler outfit for almost a year, so she was very ready for a new outfit!

Next, Kasheena visited the Barbershop in New Dalaran to check out the new customizations for Highmountain Tauren.

She came out with some super cute beaded braids in her hair and a fun tail decoration. She decided it was about time for a new outfit, too.

Then it was time to visit the Barbershop with Kaelinda and Kaelyla to establish some new Alter Ego appearances.

When my Blood Elf Mage is Necrolord, she will be Kateleina:

When my Void Elf Mage is Kyrian, she will be Kaelyra, a High Elf who never left the Allliance:

I am very pleased with the tentacles in some Void Elf hairstyles now being an optional toggle! I’ll have to remember to think about changing up Kaelyla’s hairstyle in addition to her outfit from time to time 😀

I can now also do this “Kaelyla AU Alliance” look with my Void Elf Mage —

— what she looked like while she was still Quel’dorei, before the Fall of Quel’thalas.

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Wowhead has datamined some new looks for Highmountain Tauren on the Patch 9.1.5 PTR.
I like the wider range of body colors, especially the new gray option — I confess that I’m having a bit of trouble telling the difference between some of the new brown options and between some of the new brown options and the existing brown options.
The facial jewelries are fun, though I don’t think I personally will use any of them. The headdresses, necklaces, and earrings are comparable customization options to the ones introduced for Mulgore Tauren in Patch 9.0, so not really any surprises there. Can we get that expanded range of bangs options for Mulgore Tauren, too? The horn accessories seem kind of silly to me. The options called “sideburns” in the Wowhead post just look like new regular hairstyles to me, so why the funny nomenclature? The tail wraps are cute; I think I might use the fourth one. The hair decorations (the first category in the Wowhead post) are probably my favorite new customization options; I think they’re all cute!

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I’ve been taking small breaks from Shadowlands to level with Kasheena. I’d gotten her to level 60 and Old Dalaran before Patch 9.0.1 arrived. After Patch 9.0.1, shortly before the Death Rising event began, I Chromie Timed her to Draenor and established her Garrison, so she could camp out there during the zombie invasion. During the past week, I returned her from Draenor. Then I Chromie Timed to Pandaria and played through just enough of the opening sequence to get to the village, so that I’d have that portal open in the Orgrimmar Portal Room. Next, I dropped out of Chromie Time and did the Battle for Azeroth opening sequence — skipping the Stormwind Extraction scenario — so I’d have that portal open. Then I was ready to Chromie Time to Legion. I discovered, somewhat to my dismay, that I didn’t have the option to skip the Broken Shore scenario and go straight to New Dalaran. Oh well, it had been long enough since I’d done it that it wasn’t so bad to do it again. With Balance as my favorite Druid spec, of course she chose the Scythe of Elune first. I might also get her the Fangs of Ashamane at some point.

I think it’s rather silly that Highmountain Tauren PCs don’t get that campaign marked as completed and their reputation set to Exalted, the way Nightborne PCs get the Suramar campaign and reputation flagged as already done for them. At any rate, she’s questing through Highmountain and shaking her head at being treated like an ignorant outsider. When she’s finished with Highmountain, she’ll probably do Val’sharah, too. She’s currently level 33; if she’s not level 50 by the time she’s finished Val’sharah, well, I guess I’ll figure out what I want to do next when I get there.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Highmountain Tauren Druid. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

16) An’she’s Warmth



Unwavering Stare, Living Wood Spaulders (N), Phaelia’s Vestments of the Sprouting Seed, Grips of the Unbroken, Ogre Mage Staff
The Sun Priests at the Horde entrance to the Legion Priest Order Hall (also found within) are wearing the cloth Whisperwind Spaulders with the leather Valorous Nightsong (Ulduar 10) robe and gloves. This works well from a lore perspective because the Tauren priesthood is a relatively recent offshoot of Tauren druidism, but it doesn’t work so well for Transmogrification. See also Priest #52.
Kerisa farmed up the Ulduar 25 Druid Tier set, but it seems that she never got around to collecting the 10s version. These items from the BoE recolor set will do, though.
Seeing Hunaka Greenhoof striding around New Dalaran wearing the Living Wood Spaulders — the only piece out of that particular Warlords Druid Tier set that I genuinely like — was what really made me want to get them.

See also Kerisa’s #80.

15) Noblegarden Wolpertinger


Blue Spring Circlet/Crown of Everlasting Fortune, Living Wood Spaulders (H), Sprite Darter’s Shawl, Celestial Observer’s Leggings, Frostbitten Hammer
Bunny Ears + Antlers + Feathery Wingish Things = Wolpertinger Cosplay, amirite?

14) Rusticated



Drogstitch Chestguard, Fallen Runelord’s Belt, Grizzly Pants, Oilrag Handwraps*, Drogstitch Boots, Kihrawr’s Scratching Post
Kasheena wanted something simple, practical, and, most importantly, shoulder-less to show off her cute new beaded braids.

13) Tamagranate

Preened Tribal War Feathers, Amice of the Dreamgrove, Brawnhide Armor*, Cord of the Dreamgrove, Gloomtalon’s Spare Kilt, Rejuvenating Bracers, Rapture
I originally thought I might use the red version of this vest (Wolf Rider’s Padded Armor), but the dark brown version blends with the dark side flaps of the kilt in a way that imitates the look of a long tunic, which I liked better.
The name for this outfit is a portmanteau of “tamarind” and “pomegranate”, two tangy-sweet fruity flavors that the dark brown and dark red colors made me think of.

12) Gaudy Dreamer


Finely-Tailored Green Holiday Hat, Amice of the Dreamgrove, Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater, Cord of the Dreamgrove, Gloomtalon’s Spare Kilt, Spire of Withering Dreams
I hadn’t made Kasheena a Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater outfit yet, and I hadn’t used this maroon leather kilt in a leather Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater outfit yet, et voila!

11) Conifer Cone


Darkbrand Shoulders, Grizzly Jerkin, Toenail Belt, Breeches of Natural Aggression, Oilrag Handwraps* + Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Bindings of Meditation, Conifer Cone Staff
I made this outfit first for Kiralaira (Demon Hunter #25), but immediately thought that it would be a marvelous outfit for Kasheena — when I could get her leveled up enough to wear it. She’d gotten to level 60 before Patch 9.0.1, but the kit uses some Cataclysm items, so she couldn’t quite wear it yet. Chromie Time took care of that!
Because part of the desire to use this outfit with Kasheena was because it would coordinate so nicely with her green warpaint, I changed her paint style to one that has bands lower down on the arms, where they wouldn’t be covered by the shoulders.

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Shadowlands is worth getting just for all the wonderful new customization options!
Here’s how the appearances of my Tauren characters changed.

Most of the changes are small and subtle — just eye color, or the addition of jewelry.

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Kamalia


skin color 4; face 4; horn style 4; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 2; eye color 2; headdress 2; earrings 5; necklace 3
My very first and best beloved character; my main until midway through Battle for Azeroth. Eldest of her siblings. Recently married to a Highmountain Tauren Shaman who is one of Jale Rivermane’s sons.

~*~*~*

Kerisa (Primary Alt; toon name on server)


skin color 8; face 4; horn style 2; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 4; eye color 2; necklace 4

Second child in Kamalia’s family. Married her childhood sweetheart after the conclusion of the Icecrown Citadel campaign. Her first child, a daughter, was born during the first year of Cataclysm. Her second child, a son, was born during the first year of Battle for Azeroth.

Kaiuna (Alter-Ego)


skin color 12; face 1; horn style 8; horn color 1; foremane 3; hair 2; eye color 4; earrings 4

This character was originally a “melee Druid” to complement Kerisa being a “caster Druid”. I dismissed the alt when Leigon eliminated spec restrictions, but kept her appearance as an Alter-Ego for Feral, Guardian, and white-themed Transmogrifications. In her RP-description, she has an extremely rare curly coat allele and has long ringlets instead of the long braids.

Kaurinka (new Alter-Ego)

skin color 13; face 3; horn style 18; horn color 3; foremane 3; hair 10; eye color 5; body paint 2; paint color 6

This is the character who will be going to the Shadowlands, to avoid traumatizing Kerisa’s young family. Her name is derived from “aurinko”, a Finnish word meaning “sun/sunlight” — an appropriate name for a sun-coloured Balance Druid!

Kessina (new Alter-Ego)

skin color 3; face 4; horn style 7; horn color 2; foremane 3; hair 6; eye color 7; earrings 3

This is what Kerisa’s daughter will look like when she is all grown up. She is named after the Shrine of Aessina, where she was born. While spending some of the formative years of her childhood in the Broken Isles, she became quite enchanted by the Owlcats.

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Ketura (Primary Alt; toon name on server)


skin color 9; face 4; horn style 1; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 3; eye color 2; necklace 4
Third child in Kamalia’s family. Takes strongly after her mother. Fascinated by Trolls and their cultures. Has collected many pets, especially cats and raptors, but continues to prefer the Mulgore Mountain Lion that was her first solo tame.

Kawneiha (Alter-Ego)


skin color 9; face 4; horn style 1; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 3; eye color 2; headdress 3; necklace 4
Mother of Kamalia, Kerisa, Ketura, Keija, Karaelia, and Kaohana; wife of Kehontah. She uses the title “Elder” and wears a Gold Wedding Band and a Flawless Diamond Solitaire.

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Keija


skin color 6; face 4; horn style 6; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 5; eye color 1; earrings 4; necklace 2
Fourth child in Kamalia’s family. Before going out adventuring, she served for several years as a Bluffwatcher, then an Honor Guard, in Thunder Bluff to support her parents during the childhood of the twins. First of her siblings to get married (to a fellow Bluffwatcher), but still childless by choice.

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Kregga (Primary Alt; toon name on server)


skin color 1; face 2; horn style 9; horn color 3; foremane 1; hair 7; eye color n/a
A former member of the Grimtotem tribe, she was sent with several others to infiltrate the Cult of the Damned at Scholomance. After breaking free of the Lich King’s control at the Battle of Light’s Hope, she felt betrayed by Magatha and renounced her Grimtotem origins. Kamalia provided spiritual mentorship as she struggled to regain mental and emotional stability in the first years after regaining her free will.

Kaiopeqa (Alter-Ego)


skin color 7; face 2; horn style 13; horn color 1; foremane 2; hair 1; eye color n/a; earrings 2
Originally a Warrior of the Kalimdor tribe named “Highmountain”; a secondary Warrior alt with whom I was experimenting with tanking. I dismissed that alt when Legion did away with spec limitations. After her untimely death during an early battle on the Broken Shore, she was raised as a Death Knight by Kregga to be “the Deathlord’s Understudy”.

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Kaumaleia


skin color 15; face 1; horn style 14; horn color 3; foremane 3; hair 14; eye color n/a
Kaumaleia, otherwise known as “the Underpowered Death Knight”, primarily exists so I can have a blue and white Tauren. Occasionally, she uses the other DK-exclusive skin colors. In her RP-description, she is a Taunka of the Winterhoof tribe.

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Karaelia


skin color 11; face 4; horn style 3; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 4; eye color 5
Elder of the twins borne late in life by Kawneiha. The difficulty of the pregnancy, birth, and infancy left a lasting psychological effect on the twins, causing them to turn toward the new teachings of the Sunwalkers and Seers when they came of age just before the Cataclysm. Being more inclined toward physical action, she chose the path of the Paladin. Did her early leveling as a tank in LFG, then switched to healing for raiding in Mists. Currently favors Protection as an open-world questing spec, but she hasn’t tanked for a group in ages.

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Kaohana (Primary Alt; toon name on server)


skin color 10; face 4; horn style 5; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 3; eye color 7
Younger of the twins borne late in life by Kawneiha. The difficulty of the pregnancy, birth, and infancy left a lasting psychological effect on the twins, causing them to turn toward the new teachings of the Sunwalkers and Seers when they came of age just before the Cataclysm. Being more inclined toward thoughtful study, she chose the path of the Priest. Recognizing the need for balance between Light and Shadow, she considers Discipline to be her DPS spec; she occasionally switches to Holy for LFG/LFR.

Kazithra (Alter-Ego)


skin color 1; face 2; horn style 10; horn color 1; foremane 1; hair 2; eye color 3; face paint 2; earrings 2; body paint 3; paint color 2
Kazithra is Kregga’s mother; she defected from the Grimtotem tribe in the aftermath of the Grimtotem attack on Thunder Bluff following Cairne’s death in the rigged mak’gora against Garrosh Hellscream. She originally existed as a separate alt in late Mists and Warlords, which was a time when I thought that the semi-transparent Glyphed appearance of Shadowform looked really cool. Then Legion changed both the appearance of Shadowform and the lore of Shadow Priests in ways that I didn’t like. I lost interest in playing a Shadow Priest to experience the spec itself and dismissed the alt. During Legion, however, Artifact weapons restricted Transmogrification possibilities, and I discovered that sometimes I still wanted my Priest to be Shadow-specced so that I could make a dagger + off-hand Transmogrification kit.

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Katewatha (Primary Alt; toon name on server)


skin color 2; face 1; horn style 15; horn color 1; foremane 1; hair 5; eye color 6; body paint 4; paint color 3
Kate is obsessed with all things Pandaren; although I use this hair style for her in-game, in her RP-description she uses the Pandaren “Twin Loops” hair style (Pandaren hair style #14).

Kaobeka (Alter-Ego)


skin color 7; face 1; horn style 20; horn color 3; foremane 3; hair 1; eye color 4; earrings 2; nose ring 4
This character began her existence as “Koralyra the Pet-Battling Monk”; I later renamed her “Kaobeka” as an homage anagram of Akabeko of Red Cow Rise. In her RP-description, she is a Yaungol who abandoned her clan to join the Horde.

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Kasheena


skin color 3; face 3; hair 4; eye color 1; horn style 5; body paint 3; paint color 2

My Highmountain Tauren had to be a Druid to be able to use all the Highmountain versions of the Druid shapeshift forms!

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Kehontah


skin color 6; face 5; horn style 2; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 10; facial hair 10; eye color 5
Father of Kamalia and her sisters; husband of Kawneiha. He uses the title “Elder” and wears a Gold Wedding Band.

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