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Thunder Bluff Warrior of the Insurrection

Vicious Pyrium Shoulders, any sleeveless chestpiece, Shattered Hand belt, Imperial Plate Leggings, Jade Tiger Gauntlets, Grim Sabatons, Thunder Bluff cloak & tabard, Ymiron’s Blade
The Thunder Bluff Warriors who are occupying Razor Hill during the Siege of Orgrimmar wear neither gloves nor boots. If you have invisiboots, such as Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes or Ancient Skeletal Boots, by all means use them! Keija does not yet have any invisiboots, not having obtained any either by raiding or by grinding the necessary Kor’kron supplies during patch 5.3, but the Grim Sabatons blend in with the pants well enough to produce almost the same effect.
The NPC belt is the same style as the golden-brown Shattered Hand or blue-grey Grimscale belt, but in a warm grey color that is not available to players. I chose to use the Shattered Hand belt because I felt like the warm tones harmonized better with the tabard & cloak. The Jade Tiger gloves contain both silvery tones to coordinate with the pants and golden tones to coordinate with the belt and tabard, making them the best choice of Keija’s readily-available gloves.
The NPCs carry Ymiron’s Blade + Saltstone Shield, a brighter recolor of the Angerfang/Splinterspear/Bladestaff Hammer that is not available to players, a unique and unobtainable 2H axe, or sometimes even the giant totem that every Tauren player character dearly wishes she or he could wield.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry


Wyrmslayer Spaulders, Bloodscale chestpiece & belt, Brutish pants gloves & boots, Dire Maul, Shield of Maraudon
Oh oh oh! Oh no! I totally forgot that I had wanted to make this outfit for my secondary Warrior for Love is in the Air this year until after the holiday had come and gone. Fortunately, I had some screenshots of the holiday decor from previous years that were suitable for compositing.

Tiller with Shovel





Straw Hat, Ramshorn-Inlaid Shoulders, Armored Chestpiece of Eminient Domain, Field Plate Girdle, Antique Reinforced Legguards, Crystalvein gloves, Subservient Greatboots, Green Lumberjack Shirt, Tillers Tabard, The Shoveler
This outfit owes a great debt to Freyana’s fantastic entry for the final round of The Amazing Transmog Survivor Contest.

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.

Tiller with Pitchfork

Straw Hat, Murkblood shoulders & chest, Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity, Expedition Pants, Silentleaf Gloves, Swift Cenarion Footwear, Blue Lumberjack Shirt, Nether Trident
At its core, this outfit is the same as my “Newsie” set. I’ve just switched out a few of the accessories.
Kate always wears one of her Monk class quest belts. Other characters should look for a relatively plain brown belt, such as the Belt of the Raptor.
One of the reasons why I picked this trident for Kate’s earlier Fisherman set is that it also makes a halfway-decent pitchfork for a Farmer set. The War Scythe or Grim Scythe would also be suitable weapons for a polearm-wielding class to use in a Farmer outfit.

Tiller with Staff

Straw Hat, Outlander’s Pauldrons, Blue Overalls, Willow Belt, Tangled Thread Gloves, Apprentice Boots, Red Lumberjack Shirt, Rosethorn Staff
I’ve seen several variations on the classic cloth “Farmer” look that use the Skein Woven Mantle. Indeed, I had one squirrelled away in my Transmogrification vault guild bank for Kaohana to use in a Farmer outfit. When I finally got around to making her one, however, I decided to do something a little different and use this set of shoulders that she already had soulbound, rather than adding yet another item to her overflowing wardrobe.
I thought about using a really plain “walking stick”-type staff model, such as Umbranse’s Staff, with this kit. The fancier Rosethorn Staff appealed to me more, though I’m not quite sure why it felt so appropriate for a Farmer. Warlock Farmers should of course use their Staff of the Left Hand Path/Staff of Justified Sins. WTB a Transmogrifiable Broom!

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Hi Kamalia,

It’s Erinys from the Harpy’s Nest here.

Sorry for this being slightly late but I couldn’t decide what to do. Spending hours poring over your blog changing my mind every few minutes, I finally came down to the two Ts of Transmogrification and Taurens but how to combine them? Carolling in Thunder Bluff, the answer, it turned out was right in front of me… creation myths!

There is one outfit for each gear specialization in-game. I know that transmogrification is subjective and most definitely in the eye of the beholder but I hope you like these.

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“Before the Age of Memory, the gentle Earthmother breathed upon the golden mists of dawn. Where the amber clouds came to rest, there were endless fields of flowing wheat and barley. This was the basin of her works – the great basket of life and hope.”

Endless fields of flowing wheat and barley
This is built around one of my favourite items in-game, the conifer cone staff. In my head, the Greatmother is a Shaman so this outfit had to be mail.

Crown of Flame (H)
Mantle of the Golden Forest
Khan’s chestpiece
Amber Filigreed Doublet
Bloodlust Gauntlets
Engraved Girdle
Valorous Earthshatter Kilt
De’rizu Greaves
Conifer Cone Staff

“The Earthmother, her heart heavy with her children’s plight, could not bear to watch them fall from grace. In her grief, she tore out her eyes and set them spinning across the endless, starry skies. An’she and Mu’sha, seeking to ease the other’s sorrow, could only chase each other’s faint glow across the sky. The twins still chase one another with every turning of the world.”

The Twins: An’she
I decided against going for the obvious golds and yellows, choosing to focus more on the dawning and setting sun, those delicate shades which paint the whole sky with just some subtle hints of gold to suggest the sun at its midday peak. The Sun had to be plate, whether I was influenced by those lines from Shakespeare’s Richard III,

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;

or perhaps I’ve just pvped too much but it makes me think of arrogant warriors and paladins charging into battle.

Crown of Empowered Fate
Pauldrons of the Souleater
Commander’s Armour
Amber Filigreed Doublet
Gauntlets of the Righteous Champion
Belt of the Seven Seals
Triton Legplates
Gothic Sabatons
Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood

The Twins: Mu’sha
This could only be a cloth transmogrification with the mooncloth robe at its heart.

Moonsoul Crown
Aurora Mantle
Mooncloth Robe
White Tuxedo Shirt
Safeguard Gloves
Relentless Gladiator’s Cord of Salvation
Redemption

“This tale speaks of how the Earthmother gave the Shu’halo the love of the hunt. The Tauren became great hunters, but one spirit eluded them, Apa’ro, the white stag (called Malorne by the Night Elves.) The Tauren hunted Apa’ro to the ends of Azeroth, and finally the stag fled into the heavens. where his great antlers became tangled in the starts. As the moon, (Mu’sha) chased her brother across the skies, she saw the helpless stag, and immediately fell in love with him.”

The White Stag
The fact that Malorne’s a Druidic icon, so to speak, meant that this set had to be leather. We know that he is a pure white stag so the Boneshredder set seemed like the perfect starting point for this.

Crown of the Forest Lord
Boneshredder Shoulderguards
Boneshredder Jerkin
Jinxed Hoodoo Kilt
Heraldic Belt
Boneshredder Gloves
Dreamer’s Dragonstaff

The observant amongst you might notice that neither of the latter two are illustrated, that’s because I’m bad.

The full lore behind the Tauren creation myths can be found in the scrolls hanging on the walls of the Archdruid’s tent in Thunder Bluff, and it’s well worth taking the trip to read if you haven’t already. All of the quotes to illustrate my outfits are taken from there — but that’s a tiny portion of the full tale.

Happy Winter Veil

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I love this concept of making costumes for a theatrical telling of the Tauren creation myths. All these outfits are so wonderful — the rich autumnal tones of the Greatmother herself, the rosy light of An’she peeking over the horizon at sunrise or sunset, the cool clear brilliance of Mu’sha in the night sky, the sleek elegance of Malorne! Thank you so much, Erinys!

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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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In anticipation of all the new Draenei lore coming our way in Warlords of Draenor, Samaramon is holding a transmogrification contest to create an outfit using the Tabard of the Hand. This unique tabard is awarded only to Draenei characters at the completion of the Bloodmyst Isle storyline, when they are acclaimed as revered heroes of the Hand of Argus. In my usual manner, I’ve put together a kit for each armor type.

Hand of Destiny



Feline Mantle, Robe of the Dragon Slayer, Cincture of Woven Reeds, Scholar’s Gloves, Staff of the Royal Wizard
This outfit contains only items that a Draenei Mage could reasonably expect to be able to obtain by about the same time that she completes the Bloodmyst Isle storyline and receives the Tabard of the Hand, thus allowing her to make a complete, reasonably well-coordinated outfit to wear with her new tabard almost immediately.

Hand of Grace

Yalia’s Cowl, Spiritmend Shoulders, Royal Gown, Cannonfire Cord, Soulcloth Gloves, Apostle of Argus
I chose these shoulders because they match the soft, greyish colours of the tabard so nicely. To wear this kit without the tabard, try the Arcane Pads or Arachnidian Pauldrons.
The belt shown here can only be obtained by Priests. Good options for Mages include Bridenbrad’s Sash, the Primal Mooncloth Belt, or the Azure Silk Belt.

Hand of Dedication

Flamefly Spaulders, Queen Conch Chestguard, Red Belt of Unspoken Warning, Nice Shorts, Conch-Inlaid Gauntlets, Inscribed Leather Boots, Cranedancer’s Staff
This outfit could also be worn “barefoot” by using the Mosshide Boots.

Hand of Pursuit

Rift Stalker Mantle, Formidable chestguard & leggings, Giantstalker’s Belt, Sundered gloves & boots, Arugoo’s Crossbow of Destruction
To convert this outfit for a Shaman, use the Cyclone (T4) shoulders, the Jazeraint belt, and the Spell Axe/Battleaxe of the Farseer.

Hand of Justice

Golem Helmet, Shoulderguards of the Bold, Chestplate of the Great Aspects, Greatbelt of Living Waters (LFR), Legplates of the Bold, Templar Gauntlets, Replica Boots of Heroism, Fist of Argus, Azure-Shield of Coldarra
The T16 LFR belt shown above can only be obtained by Paladins who have chosen Holy for their loot spec. Warriors will want to use the Lurker’s Girdle for this outfit.

The excitement of my friends whose favorite race is the Draenei is rather contagious. I have caught myself contemplating the notion that perhaps I should not use my complementary boost to 90 on either the Warlock or the Rogue, but rather should give it to my Draenei Mage.

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fall fashion round-up

*whew!* Between Alt Appreciation and Batinna’s Dress Up! and then the excitement of BlizzCon, my posting schedule has been pretty busy for the past couple of months. Now that all that is done, I can show off what the rest of my characters have been wearing recently.

Crystal Waters

Gossamer Shoulderpads, Robe of Crystal Waters*, Sutarn’s Ring, Brightcloth Gloves, Cushy Cenarion Walkers, Staff of the Arcane Path
This lovely robe was awarded from an Alliance-only questchain in Stranglethorn Vale that disappeared in the Cataclysm. Kaelinda picked it up while she was briefly a human a few years ago. Similar looks could be made with the Robes of the Exalted or Robes of the Guardian Saint.

Farstrider Sentry

Cutthroat’s Mantle & Boots, Burnt Leather Vest, Sentinel Girdle, Ghostclaw Leggings, Fletcher’s Gloves, Scarlet Filigreed Shirt
It didn’t take long for Keli to tire of being a punk. I didn’t feel like just putting her back into her default Ninja set, and I hadn’t made her a set with these fancy Ghostlands quest reward pants yet.

Starshard

Crown of the Forest Lord, Hide of Chromaggus, Starsight Tunic, Thatch Eave Vines, Glyphed leggings, Stormrider’s Gloves, Moonstrider Boots, Starshard Edge, Shomi’s Fan, August Celestials Tabard
For a character I am logging onto at least semi-regularly, Kerisa has been wearing this outfit for an exceptionally long time. I created it when she was fortunate enough to win the dagger during Cymre’s Val’anyr completion runs — and I didn’t want to let her change her Transmogrification kit until I’d made the fashion post about it.

Leza’s Kindred Spirit

Cowl of Whistling Winds, Journeyman’s Epaulets, Magus Tirth’s Robe, Send-Off Belt, Soulcloth Gloves, Staff of the Earthmother
In the begining, Kaohana and Leza were acquainted simply because the disciples of An’she were such a small group. During the perilous sea journey to Pandaria, they became much closer. As the fever took hold during the trek up the Dojani River, she did what she could to help her friend, but in the end, it was not enough. She misses her friend greatly and was even more heartbroken by the eventual passing of both of Leza and Dezco’s children from the Dawnchaser tribe’s care.

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.

Despair

Titan-Forged Plate Helm of Triumph, Palewind Pauldron, Breastplate of Many Graces, Revenant belt gloves & boots, Chromite Legplates, Shadow-Cloak of Dalaran, Despair
Although I in general agree with Fabulor that full Judgement sets are overused — the purple version even more so than the red & gold version — I am not opposed to using one or two Judgement pieces in combination with items from other sources. In the case of this outfit, using the Chromite chestpiece was adequate but rather boring. The brighter purple details of the purple Judgement chestpiece complement the brighter purple details of the sword very nicely.
I did the Karazhan Opera so many times before this sword finally dropped that I was starting to feel quite despairing of it truly existing!

Frost Runes

Symbolic set with Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Talonguard Epaulets, The Oathkeeper, Dark Phantom Cape, and Cerulean Filigreed Doublet
The runic patterns on this style of armor are just perfect for a Death Knight, and the Talonguard Epaulets match the colors of the set better than the Symbolic shoulders do! This is the outfit that really made me itch to Transmogrify Kaumalea’s gear. She’s been wearing it ever since Death Knight Appreciation Week, though it took me awhile to get some proper screenshots. It will probably be her default outfit, the one she continually returns to after I’ve put her in something different for awhile.

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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 Rogues‘ turn in the spotlight.

Growing up on a PvP server, I quickly came to have a deep and abiding dislike for Rogues. When I’ve attempted to play a Rogue myself, the class hasn’t really “clicked” for me; my Rogue is really quite lucky to have gotten even as far as level 40. I initially rolled my Rogue as a Blood Elf because as long as I was playing a class I didn’t particularly like, I might as well like the toon I was looking at. Recently, I contemplated changing her to a Dwarf, on the notion that I should kill two birds with one stone and pick up Double Agent in the process of getting a character of each class to the level cap. I’m not that great at melee DPS, though, and I’d rather have my max-level Alliance character be a class I know I enjoy playing and that I think better represents me — i.e. a Mage or a Shaman. So my Rogue stayed a Blood Elf. She’s Subtlety/Combat; her RP-story is that she is a Farstrider in training to become an elite operative for Lor’themar’s spy network — someone along the lines of Mara Jade (who, to me, epitomizes all the Rogue specs simultaneously).

Rogue Week intersects neatly with the fourth theme from Batinna’s Dress Up challenge. Rogues are very much the punks of Azeroth, delighting in making trouble for everyone else.

Hit the Road, Punk


Cutthroat’s Mantle, Grizzly Jerkin, Batskin Belt, Tribal Pants, Nimble Leather Gloves + Plaguehound Armbands, Treads of Banshee Bells
Goblins and Gnomes have the best “punk” hairstyles in the game. At first, I thought I’d use the “jeweled hairband” style for a Blood Elf punk, as it looks quite wild and unkempt to me. As I flicked through the stylebook at the Barbershop, however, this super-short hairstyle seemed even more punky — especially in combination with the bright cherry-red haircolor.

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The third Batinna’s Dress Up theme immediately suggested an outfit to me: a simple modification of the very first Transmogrification kit I created for my Monk when she was a wee little thing. She was only at Honored with the Anglers, though, and it took most of last week to get to Exalted and acquire the tabard to finish off the outfit.

Gone Fishin’

Zorbin’s Water Resistant Hat, Robust Shoulders, Kranal’s Vest, Serene Yellow Belt, Duskwatcher’s Leggings, Barrel-Aged Gloves, Faithful Treads, Anglers Tabard, Pandaren Fishing Pole/Nether Trident

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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 Monks‘ turn in the spotlight.

Each of the August Celestials who watches over Pandaria has his or her own Temple of devoted monks. Rather than emulating the costume of the various NPCs at these Temples, I’ve designed a set of Transmogrification kits intended to demonstrate at a glance which August Celestial a player Monk has chosen to follow.

Wisdom of Yu’lon

Mistlurker Helm, Contender’s Leather Shoulders, Jinxed Hoodoo Skin, Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Ferine Leggings, Serpentskin Gloves, Swampwalker Boots, Liuyang’s Lovely Longstaff/Inscribed Serpent Staff
These brilliantly-colored leather leggings are a common sight on low-level Rogues, Druids, and Monks because they drop from a dungeon and have great stats. Making a decent Transmogrification kit with them, however, requires much higher character levels. The matching boots can be worn at low levels, but are a rare drop. There are no matching gloves. The reddish tones in these crafted shoulders harmonize perfectly with the reddish tones of the leather straps on the pants.

Hope of Chi-Ji

Moonkin Headdress, Volcanic Shoulders, Plainshawk Vest, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Cabalist Leggings, Fingers of the Loneliest Monk, Mosshide Boots/Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes or Prospector’s Boots, Inscribed Crane Staff
Cranes are celebrated for the elegance of their long legs, whether standing or in flight. This outfit celebrates the elegance of a Monk’s legs during a Spinning Crane Kick by leaving them beautifully bare. If you don’t have invisiboots, the tall black Prospector’s Boots are the next best option.

Strength of Xuen

Red Crane Crown (LFR) or Windscale Hood, Mantle of the White Tiger, Polar Vest, Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity, Righteous Leggings, Ghostwalker Gloves, Replica Darkmantle Boots, Inscribed Tiger Staff
Of course I had to use the Mantle of the White Tiger in a set for Xuen. Then the Polar Vest was the only really good choice for the chestpiece — nothing else looks quite right with those shoulders. From there, the outfit could very easily have become all blue. I chose these pants and gloves to keep the overall appearance lighter and more evocative of Xuen’s coloration.

Fortitude of Niuzao

Ragefury Eyepatch, Riplash Pauldrons, Wicked Leather Armor & Gauntlets, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion/Serene Yellow Belt, Bandit Pants, Coal Miner Boots, Abracadaver/Distant Land
I wanted to use only Pandarian staves and each of the four Monk class quest reward belts in this Transmogrification project, but the Niuzao outfit didn’t cooperate very well. None of the staves from Pandaria seemed quite right for the Black Ox, whereas this one from ICC was perfect. Once I’d chosen this staff, the Serene Yellow Belt didn’t work with the rest of the set anymore. I tried the other color of the staff, and while that worked with the Yellow Belt, the overall effect of the ensemble didn’t say “Black Ox” to me as strongly as using Abracadaver and the Red Belt does. What do you think?

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Bluebird of Happiness

Raven-Heart Headdress, Hide of Chromaggus, Polar Vest & Boots, Clefthoof belt, Stormrider’s leggings & gloves (N), Cloak of Cheerful Flowers
Kerisa longed for the Druid T11 shoulders from the first moment she saw them in early Cataclysm. I was too slow in getting her leveled and geared to raid, however, and she only saw the T11 shoulder token drop once before Firelands debuted. At that time, she passed on the token in deference to the Resto Druid leader of my guild’s alt run, saying that the raid leader deserved it more. Later, I selfishly wished I’d rolled on it normally. During Cataclysm, the BoE lookalike shoulders occasionally showed up on the AH, but I never felt like I could afford them. After Mists began, it was several months before I saw the BoE shoulders on the AH again — at which point I snapped them up just as fast as I could. Now, Kerisa is jumping for joy to finally, finally have these gorgeous shoulders.

Gossamer Moonlight

Gossamer Headpiece & shoulders, Mooncloth Robe, Sage’s belt & gloves, Dryad’s Wrist Bindings, Durak’s Wand, Dreamseeker Dandelion, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt
Kaohana was quite excited to finally have reached the appropriate character and Tailoring skill levels to craft and wear this beautiful robe.

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!

Dark Sunreaver Juggernaut

Great General’s Crown, Shoulderguards of Empty Memory, Druidic Guardian Plate, Goblin Girdle, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Embercrusher Grips, Deathseed Crushers, Greatsword of the Sin’dorei, Sunreaver Onslaught Tabard, Red Workman’s Shirt
As Keija was questing through Hyjal, it occurred to me that the set she was collecting would coordinate rather nicely with the Sunreaver tabard. So I hung onto it, and, indeed, it did, mostly. The quest reward belt didn’t work very well with the tabard, but the Goblin Girdle which did go with the tabard didn’t go with the rest of the quest reward set. So I switched out the pants, too, and I think the result looks great with the tabard and decent without it.
This outfit is the “Dark” Sunreaver Juggernaut because I have a “Bright” Sunreaver Juggernaut planned for later.

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To celebrate my 500th post on this blog, I picked out four pairs of boots — one from each armor type — that I think present interesting Transmogrification challenges because of their unique style or color, then invited you, my dear readers and friends, to create Transmogrification kits using them.

To be sure that there’d be at least one entry in each category, I put together an outfit for each one myself. My outfits are shown first, followed by all the wonderful community contributions in the order that I received them.

Cloth: Gnomish Inventor Boots

Craftsman’s Monocle (requires Engineering), Sea Song Epaulettes, Elemental Raiment, Cord of the Slain Champion (N), Netherweave Pants, Rockwurm Hide Handwraps, Peacekeeper Blade, Thermotastic Egg Timer/Spring Gadget (if Horde)
I was trying for a “Gnomish Inventor” look here and couldn’t resist the gear detail in the T13-lookalike belt. I wish the belt graphic didn’t cut off the top of the gear, though. The shoulders, the belt, and the stripe detail on the gloves pull out the rusty tones from the boots.


Cowl of Benevolence, Contender’s Satin Amice, Buccaneer’s Vest, Ruby-Linked Girdle, Heavy Woolen Pants, Zaetar’s Gloves, and Staff of Immaculate Recovery
I love the way the soft browns of the pants and shoulders create a gradient between the white of the cowl, blouse, and weapon and the darker boots in this serenely lovely outfit from Zhau@Hellfire-EU. The belt is a particularly inspired choice because it contains almost all of the same colors as the boots. The amount of fine detail in the belt and weapon beautifully balance out the relatively fine detail level of the boots.

Leather: Sandals of the Insurgent

Ruffled Chaplet, Cutthroat’s Mantle, Cabalist Chestpiece, Bandit Cinch, Cinderweb Leggings (H)/Warbear Woolies, Supreme Gloves, Voodoo Hexblade, Master Builder’s Shirt
Here, I was aiming for a wild and primitive — perhaps even trollish — sort of look. I picked out the chestpiece for its triangular patterns that mirror the triangular patterns on the sandals. I liked the way the wing design on the T12H-lookalike pants reached down to touch the tops of the sandals, but then the outfit felt unbalanced without a shirt. So I made the variation with the skimpier pants for those who want to show more skin ;)


Left: Nordrassil Mantle (T5), Don Rodrigo’s Poncho, Veteran’s Dragonhide Belt, and Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Dragonhide Legguards
Right: Shado-Pan Helmet, Mantle of the Dusk-Dweller, Nether Shadow Tunic, Red Belt of Unspoken Warning, Warbear Woolies, Serpentis’ Gloves, and Brutal Gladiator’s Staff

Zeirah of Azeroth Life designed this elegant kaldorei Druid. She’s taken a bit of a different approach by leaving the red color only as the accents on the sandals. This choice really makes the shoes pop and also gives the whole outfit an extra flair, sparking it up relative to a similar outfit with green or purple shoes.
I love how the feathery pattern on the chestpiece of Zhau@Hellfire-EU‘s very deadly-looking Monk makes the sandals look feathery, too. The belt and the hat bring reds to the outfit from head to toe without being overwhelming.

Mail: Netherstorm Greaves

Champion’s Helmet, Sentry’s Shoulderguards, Champion’s Armor, Steadfast Girdle, Mithril Scale Pants, Netherstalker Gloves, Hammer of Judgement/Netherbane, Aegis of the Vindicator, Silky Velvet Cloak
Instead of trying to blend these vividly-colored boots into an overall color scheme, I decided to let them be the focus of attention against a neutral background. The gloves and belt pick up the more subtle lavender tones in the scaly areas of the boots, smoothing out the middle tones of the head-to-toe greyscale gradient without being bright enough to distract. Then I brought more color back in with the accessories.


Left: Dragonstalker Spaulders, Triumphant chestpiece & legplates, Terror Pit Girdle, and Gauntlets of the Dragonslayer
Right:: Crown of Destruction, Striker’s Pauldrons, Magnificent chestpiece, Battleforged Girdle, Dragonstalker’s Legguards, Gauntlets of the Dragonslayer, and Hair-Trigger Blunderbuss

The red and purple accessories against the relatively plain golden background of the chestpiece and leggings in this fabulous outfit from Veluxia of Sunshine, Luxypie and Rainbows make the whole kit look like a beautifully jeweled treasure from a castle.
Like the charred wood inside a bonfire, the dark tones of the pants make the orange-against-fuschia contrast between the chestpiece and the boots in this kit from Zhau@Hellfire-EU really blaze, even without the fire hat! The AQ40 shoulders are a fantastic complement to the boots.


Equilibrium Epaulets, Salvager’s Hauberk, Nightflight Chain, Legguards of the Lurking Threat, Gauntlets of the Ancient Shadowmoon, Tihan, Scepter of the Sleeping Emperor, and Touch of Inspiration
I like the red + blue = purple theme that this brilliantly-coloured set from Umlaut Paradots of Mog’s Addiction has going on. The purples in the shoulders and the off-hand frill pick up the purples of the boots very nicely.

Plate: Boots of Avoidance

Oathkeeper’s Helm/Talonguard Helmet, Acid-Etched Pauldrons, Leonine Breastplate, Triad Girdle, Starcaller’s Plated Legguards, Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination, Sword of the Bottomless Pit/Sword of Nefarian’s Hand
I built all of these sets more or less toes-to-head, starting by looking for pants that coordinated well with the boots. I’ve struggled with these pants because the green patches on the knees usually clash with the other colors I’m trying to use with the gold, so I was pleased with the two-toned green effect created by pairing these pants and these boots. That made me think of these two-toned green shoulders, where the dark side is more like the boots and the light side is more like the knee patches of the pants. After that, the mix of bright, lemon-lime greens already in the set seemed perfect for bringing in the gauntlets and these crazy acid green helms — more pieces I’ve been wanting an excuse to try to work into a set. The Belt of the Triad neatly matches the celadon green tones of the boots, and its gold blends perfectly with the chestpiece and pants.


Crown of Empowered Fate, Pauldrons of Ambition, Lofty Breastplate, Malevolent Gladiator’s Clasp (Paladin only), Shattered Hand Legplates, Jade Gauntlets, and Starshatter (N)
I love the combination of jade greens and dulled golds in this fantastic set from Zhau@Hellfire-EU. All of the pieces coordinate with each other so splendidly! The usually fierce Amani shoulders look surprisingly beautiful in this context.


Shoulderguards of Centripetal Destruction, Jade chestpiece & pants, Girdle of the Immovable, Thatia’s Self-Correcting Gauntlets, Stormscale Drape, and Zin’rokh, Destroyer of Worlds
This Arms Warrior (or Ret Paladin) is not only distractingly dangerous but also cool as a cucumber in all these lovely soft greens. Umlaut Paradots of Mog’s Addiction has found the most perfect weapon match for these boots! The cape complements the whole kit very nicely.

My favorite part about a Transmogrification challenge is seeing the differences — and similarities — in how different people interpret the same prompt items. Thank you so much, all of you, for participating!

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