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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop (bonus edition)

Okay, so, height and build aren’t exactly things that you can change at all, let alone at the barbershop. They are, however, appearance-related. I put together this scale comparison of the various World of Warcraft player-character races for my own reference. Although it’s kind of rough around the edges, I thought others might find it useful, too.
Click on the small picture to see a larger version.

The Alliance races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC human. The Horde races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC blood elf. I used a comparison between a tauren and a normal-sized, neutral night elf (a Moonglade NPC) to make sure that the two factions were correctly scaled relative to each other.

Also, I finally managed to update the rest of the Azeroth Beautician’s Manual of Feminine Style to include pandaren color and style information.


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I went into Dragon Soul this week without having updated DBM and without having studied any boss strategies beyond having taken a cursory glance at the Morchok thread on the ES forums. As we were expecting Dragon Soul to be like Firelands, where we only got one new boss down a week for about the first month, until we got stuck on Alsyrazor for a few weeks, the Morchok strategy was the only boss strategy thread on the forums. It was kind of fun to just examine the dungeon journal and then jump in and see how all those abilities really fit together. Morchok went down with barely a whimper. Then we tried General Whosits, the ping-pong boss. It took us most of the rest of the raid night to master the ball bouncing. In the healer channel, we were all crying “oh, my mana!” When General Ping-Pong was finally dead, we had about fifteen minutes of raid time left, so we went over to Whatshisface the Unsleeping, hoping to get some more epic drops from his trash. When we’d cleared the trash — and indeed gotten some more epic BoE or pattern drops — there were four minutes of raid time left. We decided to pull the boss just to see what he did… and down he went. This fight was a little tougher than Morchok, but we still one-shot it. We were 3/8 on the first night.

Mana was very tight in the ping-pong fight, and tight but not quite as painful in the colored oozes fight. I’d gone into Dragon Soul without having done any reforging, and I wasn’t really surprised that by the time we’d killed General Ping-Pong, I’d decided to reforge out of haste and back to mastery & spirit. Near the end of T11, Vixsin wrote about the oscillating relative importance of haste and mastery for Resto Shaman, and how mastery is king when content is new and gear levels are relatively low, but haste is better when content is old and gear levels are relatively high.

Before raid last night, therefore, I went to visit the reforger. I don’t remember exactly what stats I had when I started; my spirit was under 2000 unbuffed and around 2200-2300 fully buffed, my haste was around 20.5% fully buffed, my mastery was around 13, and I’m not sure what my crit was. After re-enchanting my boots and gloves from haste to mastery and reforging for spirit and mastery instead of haste, I am now sitting at (unbuffed) 2740 spirit, 7.15% haste (the bare minimum), 16.91% crit, and 17.27 mastery.

The Hagara fight was a lot of fun. It’s good to see that Kalecgos managed to get the Eye of Eternity fixed up — I always thought it a bit of a shame the way Malygos smashed it. The frost phase is a nice re-use of the spinning cutters mechanic from the Halion fight (srsly, Halion was a fun fight… it just wasn’t worth beating through all that trash and the 3 minibosses to get to), and the lightning chain phase is really cool. So then we were 4/8.

Then it was time for Ultraxion. I got to take one of the red crystals, and, although I think I look pretty funny as Alexstrasza, oh boy oh boy does being a heavily Mastery-stacked Resto Shaman with the Gift of Life buff ever look sweet on the meters!

This parse is from our last attempt of the night, which ended in a heartbreaking 2% wipe. We’ll get you next week, Ultraxion, you just wait!
For most attempts, including this one, Svenya and I picked up the Gift of Life, Vili and Morniel picked up the Essence of Dreams, and Holydd and Raziel, who were tank healing, picked up the Source of Magic. This parse is also my highest HPS numbers of the night. We tried a few pulls with the red and green teams switched, and then it was Morniel who absolutely OWNED the charts. My numbers were much smaller when I was green, but I wasn’t much surprised by that because the red crystals come out at about 75%, the green at 50%, and the blue at 25%. We decided, however, that overall we got better healing distribution with the original arrangements, so we switched back.

I’m glad that the later fights in the raid seem to be challenging us well. I was a little worried that the conditions I’d set for taking a hiatus from raiding would arrive a lot sooner than I expected. I am enjoying the Dragon Soul fights so far — though I still don’t particularly care to do them on Heroic, especially not Ultraxion! Perhaps I’ll keep raiding until the Mists of Pandaria release date has been announced.

* I eagerly dumped as much stuff into Void Storage as I thought I wouldn’t want for Transmogrification or other dress-up anytime soon. Kamalia’s Void Storage contains mostly Archaeology rares and odds & ends from her pre-Cataclysm pursuit of Loremaster.

* I like to have the gear for my two specs be visually different in some way, so that I can tell immediately from the character selection screen which spec I was in when I logged out. Currently, Kamalia is in 4pc T12 for her Resto spec and all Firelands T12-lookalike drops for her Elemental set. The two sets visually differed by the weapons — staff in Resto versus dagger+shield in Elemental. The only visible piece that her two sets actually share is the belt. I Transmogrified her Elemental set to the Netherstrike Tunic/Leggings of Beast Mastery set that I’d originally designed for my Hunter, and was pleased to find that the Netherstrike Belt also looks nice with her T12 Resto set. I like T12 a lot and plan to keep it around, so the only other piece of her Resto set that I Transmogrified was her staff. I gave it the appearance of the Resurgence Rod, which has long been her favored weapon for her Ceremonial RP set.

The shield Transmogrification is the Enamelled Disc of Mojo. I didn’t have another dagger I wanted to use, and I like Incineratus well enough anyway.

Kerisa was glad to give up her mis-matched T11/ZA/ZG appearance for this outfit built around Phaelia’s Vestments of the Sprouting Seed. Sadly, Baron Geddon still refuses to drop the T1 shoulders for her.

I discovered that I didn’t like the back view of the armor set I’d designed for Kregga nearly as much as the front view, so I had to make a quick trip to Acherus to pick up the Shroud of the North Wind to Transmogrify her cloak.

* One of Rades’s newest Letters referenced an undocumented patch change. Curious, I went to WoWpedia’s listing to find out what else had changed without having been catalogged in the official patch notes. WoWpedia said that a couple of hairstyles that had been on the Patch 4.2 PTR but had not gone live with that patch were now, at last, available on the live realms. Of course, I had to check that out right away. Sure enough, these two female Orc styles, “Bangs” and “Braided Hawk”, are finally in the Barbershop:

I have updated the “New ‘Dos in 4.2” page and the appropriate style category pages of the Azeroth Beautician’s Manual of Feminine Style with these new hairdos.

* In another undocumented change, the new model for Tyrande that some correctly assumed would be Tyrande’s image in the Well of Eternity Heroic when it was first datamined also turns out to be her new model for the normal world:

Tyrande has finally gotten the same unique-model makeover treatment as Sylvanas, Jaina, Varian, Garrosh, Thrall, and Malfurion. (Which faction leader will be next?) Her new appearance makes her seem much more haughty and unapprochable to me, more someone to be feared than someone to be adored. I do love the skirt on that dress, though.

* Last year, I wanted to make Liala’s Perfect Potions for Ronada’s birthday, but then we got sick and so I had to resort to something a little more practical:

This year, I had the time to put together some Perfect Potions the way they were intended to be made! I found some fun-shaped little glass bottles (the tallest is about 7 inches) at Michaels. I bought full-page labels for my printer. I imported Liala’s PDFs into Adobe Illustrator and reduced them in size so they’d all fit on a single page. I made a test print (on normal paper) with them reduced to 25% of their original size. That was too small, so I tried 33%. That made the largest size of label just right for my bottles. I filled the bottles with colored water, so they’re just for pretty.

* Finally, I was rather sad last year that I missed out on the Blog Azeroth Secret Santa and Twitter-based art exchange, so I’m pretty excited about this year’s Blog Azeroth Furtive Father Winter event. I’m already thinking about what kind of post I should create to give away, although of course I’ll want to personalize it a bit once I know who it’s going to.

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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop (bonus edition)

Patch 4.2 brought with it some new hairstyles at the Barbershop! I have collected and organized them here by race for convenience. Each new hairstyle has also been added to the appropriate style class page. For example, the new Night Elf “Sassy Tails” style has been added to the “Tails” page (section IV of this manual).

no new styles


sassy buns, wings


bangs ‘n’ braids, punky

Night Elf

sassy buns, sassy tails



no new styles


bangs, braided hawk
Added 1 Dec 2010; these styles were on the PTR for 4.2, but did not appear on the live realms until 4.3


backblown, sticks and stones


backswept, high, omega

no new styles

Blood Elf

braided tail

no new styles

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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop (bonus edition)

Perodically, “blood elf face” floats through my search terms. I imagine they’re getting pulled in by my my previous assertion that Blood Elves and Draenei have all the same faces, but they’re probably looking for something a little more useful.

I have decided to compile a visual directory to the faces and skin tones available to female characters to make the ABMFS a complete guide not just to the Barbershop but also to the character creation screen; please keep in mind that face type cannot be changed at the Barbershop, and skin tone can only be changed at the Barbershop by Tauren, Worgen, and Pandaren characters. So choose your face and skin tone carefully, because unless you want to cough up $10 for a paid appearance change, you’re stuck with them!

I used WoW Model Viewer to prepare most of the pictures because it allowed me to get better close-ups than I could have obtained from the character creation screen or in-game.

For every race except Undead (and Pandaren, who cannot be DKs), the DK creation screen adds three extra faces (withered versions of three of the regular faces) that, when chosen, restrict the character’s skin tone to three zombie colors. The necrotic DK skin tones may only be accessed in combination with one of the withered DK faces; this also applies to the fur color of Tauren and Worgen DKs.

The pictures of the Death Knight-exclusive faces and skin tones were captured from the character creation screen and are shown with simultaneous cycling of face, skin tone, and DK hair color; these are only a few of the 27 possible DK-exclusive combinations for each race.

Faces and skin tones are shown in the order they cycle through on the character creation screen, stepped simultaneously. If there were more faces than skin tones, or more skin tones than faces, I didn’t change from the last value of the factor with less options while stepping through the remaining values of the factor with more options. For example, Humans have 15 faces and 10 skin tones, so the last 6 faces are shown with the 10th skin tone. Draenei have 10 faces and 12 skin tones, so the last 3 skin tones are shown with the 10th face. I haven’t iterated the Tauren and Worgen normal skin tones because those are already shown on the “Colors” page, and I have not prepared a correlation between Worgen wolf-form and human-form skin tones.


Worgen in human form have the first fourteen Human faces and the same DK faces, in the same order.



Night Elf







no new DK faces or skin tones

Blood Elf



Pandaren cannot be Death Knights

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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop, concluded (part 10 of 10).

Each of the other races has a special feature that can be modified at the Barbershop.

Night Elf Tattoos

Shown in the order they cycle through. I have simultaneously cycled through the hair colors to show how hair and tattoo colors are linked.

None, Bear, Blades, Crane, Leaf

Claws, Wings, Serpent, Owl, Shadow

Draenei Horns

Shown in an approximate progression.

Short, High, Arced, Curled

Sweeping, Grand, Spread

Tauren Horns

These styles are available on the character creation screen.

Horned, Low, Long, Upturned

Small, Wide, Buffalo

Additional options are available at the barbershop.

Charger, Snapped, Gougers, Close, Stubs

Three new styles were added in Patch 4.2.

High, Omega, Backswept

Tauren may also change the color of their horns, choosing grey, tan, or black.

Troll Tusks

Shown from smallest to largest.

Nibblers, Short, Upturned

Straight, Oni, Long

Undead Features

Shown in the order they cycle through.

Intact, Stitched, Strapped, Rotting

Bonejawed, Toothy, Cheeky, Putrid

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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop continued (part 9 of 10).

Goblins and Worgen change not just their earrings but also the entire shape of their ears.

Goblin Ears

Changing the shape of Goblin ears simultaneously alters the shape of the nose and chin, so I will show both a front view and a profile view of each style.

Shown in an approximate progression from smallest to largest.

Simple, Hoop, Perky, Studs

Skull, Tall, Tall Rings, Onyx n’ Rings

Rings, the Bone, the Beak

Worgen Ears

Shown in an approximate progression.

Small, Clean, Alert, Fuzzy

Tall, Tufted, Large, Wide

Pointed Pointer, Rounded Pointer, Scruffy, Flopped

The “Ears” in wolf form correlate to “Earrings” in human form as follows:

Clean, Tufted = Unpierced
Fuzzy, Tall = plain Earrings
Alert, Scruffy = Upper Earrings
Pointed Pointer, Small = Double Upper Earrings
Rounded Pointer, Flopped = Full Earrings
Large = Nose Ring
Wide = Nose & Brow Rings

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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop, continued (part 8 of 10).

The third option for Humans, Dwarves, Gnomes, Orcs, Blood Elves, and Pandaren. Pandaren earrings do not fit neatly into the categories I have used to organize the earring options of the other races, so I have shown them as a separate block.



Differently Sized Earrings

“Small earrings” for the gnome and “hoops” for the blood elf.

Upper Earrings

The human has earrings on both sides, the dwarf has only one. The gnome can choose right side, left side, or both.

Double Upper Earrings

The human has earrings on both sides.

Full Earrings

The human has earrings on both sides. These are “small earrings” on the dwarf.

Jeweled Earrings

Pearls, Rubies, Dangling Rubies

Emeralds & Bars, Dangling Emeralds, Emerald & Pearl Bars

Nose Rings

Pandaren Earrings

None, Hoops, Discs

Spirals, Captive Beads, Seals

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