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I was delighted to see the other day that the Kirina’s Closet Hallow’s End Costume Contest is back for its fourth year! It was Kirina’s costume contest last year that first brought Navimie to my attention; she submitted a fun “werewolf” disguise.

Draynee is also running a Fly Draenei Hallow’s End Transmogrification Contest, with special requirements that the model must be Draenei and the outfit must be fully Transmogrification-friendly.

I have had no new inspiration for Hallow’s End costumes this year. Well, actually, I guess I have had inspiration for one non-Transmogrifiable costume — but nothing else. So I won’t be entering either of these contests myself, but I look forward to seeing all the clever, creative costumes from the people who do participate!

Anyhow, Transmogrification wasn’t around quite yet at Hallow’s End last year, so I thought I’d take a look at updating a few of my previous Hallow’s End outfits to be Transmogrification-friendly.

Evil Pumpkin King (Theme)

Horseman’s Helm, Kraken shoulders, Embossed chest pants gloves & boots, Fel Iron Plate Belt, Green Workman’s Shirt, 2x Gurubashi Punisher
I watched the AH for the Embossed items all year so that I could make this set when Hallow’s End rolled around again.

Evil Pumpkin King (Variations)



Horseman’s Helm, Crystalvein Pauldrons, mix ‘n’ match with Embossed set (orange), Fel Iron Plate set (light green), Emerald set (dark green), Chromite set (light purple), Revenant set (dark purple), and Bogslayer Belt & Pauldrons of the High Requiem (black)
I think I like the Fel Iron Plate accessories better than the Emerald accessories with the Chromite chest & pants, and the Emerald accessories better than the Fel Iron Plate accessories with the Embossed chest & pants. I tried the Revenant accessories with the Embossed chest & pants and it didn’t quite work — though perhaps it could work with purple, rather than green, toned shoulders and helm.
I’m rather pleased by how nicely the Bogslayer Belt and Pauldrons of the High Requiem coordinate. I’ll have to make a “proper” DK outfit with them sometime in the future.

Balrog Stalker

Cured Orcascale Spaulders/Replica Beastmaster’s Mantle, Dark Iron Mail/Ebonhold chest, Warmonger’s Belt, Bloodmail Legguards*/Ebonhold pants, Engraved Gauntlets, Ravager’s Sandals/Engraved boots
The first set is what I might actually make for Ketura, because the items in it overlap with a couple of other sets I have planned for her. The second set is what I’d recommend for everyone else.

Warchief’s Wiseman

Puncture-Binding Spaulder, Prospector’s Chestpiece, Serene Yellow Belt, Warchief Kilt*, Fuzzy Gloves + Princess Poobah’s Bracelets, Aspirant’s Staff of Harmony
The Warchief Kilt dropped in old Scarlet Monastery. I’ve had this one in the bank for several months now, while I was trying to decide which character to bind it to. The Flamestrider Robes from BRD are a full-length version of this style that would make a very similar outfit with the same accessories.
For other leather wearers, I recommend the Prospector’s belt. For races who wear shoes, the Prospector’s boots or any other dark brown-black boots would be appropriate.

Classic Wicked Witch

Skywitch Hat, Regal Mantle, Black Mageweave Robe gloves & boots, Runecloth belt
This look will never go out of style for Hallow’s End. Try the Durable Belt, Conjurer’s Cinch, or Ivycloth Sash for a touch of different, but coordinating color (orange, yellow-green, or green, respectively).

Fancy Wicked Witch

Regal Mantle, Imbued Netherweave Tunic/Barbaric Cloth Vest/Black Mageweave Vest, Bloodthirsty Fireweave Belt, Leggings of the Icy Heart, Hands of the Exalted Herald, Saltarello Shoes
This set would also look great with a Wicked Witch’s Hat, of course.

Burning Watch

Balespider’s Mantle/Mantle of Closed Doors/Mantle of Roaring Flames (heroic)/Shoulders of Mercy Killing (heroic), Watcher’s Tunic, Invoker’s Belt of Final Winter, Legwraps of the Master Conjurer, Zaetar’s Gloves, Saltarello Shoes, no shirt/Bright Yellow Shirt/Orange Mageweave Shirt/Stylish Black Shirt
The orange, yellow, and black colors of the Watcher’s Tunic are perfect for Hallow’s End.
The last few tiers have produced lots of great firey shoulders!

Hallows Herald

Death Speaker Mantle, Consortium Combatant’s Robes, Clutch of Andros*/Black Belt of Knowledge/Embersilk Belt, Hands of the Exalted Herald/Embersilk gloves, Saltarello Shoes/Embersilk boots
This full-length robe version of the Orange Martial Shirt is not often seen anymore because most people don’t get far enough into Netherstorm to do the quest that awards it.

Bad Juju

no hat/The Hexxer’s Mask, Shoulders of Mercy Killing (heroic)/Replica Magister’s Mantle, Silksand Robes, Embersilk Belt/Replica Dreadmist Belt, Legwraps of the Master Conjurer (optional), Embersilk Gloves/Jumanza Grips, Orange/Purple Martial Shirt
This cloth robe is identical to the leather Flamestrider Robes from BRD.
Races that wear shoes can use the Saltarello Shoes or other dark-colored boots.

Embersilk

Embersilk set with Geomancer’s shoulders
This set is great for Hallow’s End — or just for autumn in general.

Speaker for the Dead

Black Mageweave Headband/Don Rigoberto’s Lost Hat, Death Speaker Mantle, Death Speaker Robes, Clutch of Andros*/Embersilk Belt, Enumerated Gloves & Sandals
Another classic Hallow’s End look.

Dancing with the Dead

Haliscan Brimmed Hat (not Transmogrification-friendly), Death Speaker Mantle, Death Speaker Robes, Conjurer’s Cinch, Enumerated Gloves & Sandals, Staff of the Great Reptile
Despite what Celestine of the Harvest said, no matter how many branches Kinevra threw into the Wickerman, she could not feel the burden of her grief and anger over what the Horde had done to her home in Theramore getting any lighter.
The Haliscan Brimmed Hat and Death Speaker Robes closely mimic the appearance of Catrina. Alas, the even the blue-quality Don Carlos’ Famous Hat is not Transmogrification-friendly, so I ought to take Kinevra to AQ sometime in search of Don Rigoberto’s Lost Hat.

Dressing up for the holiday in this way still counts, right?

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Dwarf, Orc, and Troll Mages. I will update it whenever I change my in-game outfit. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

The Kinda-Sorta Jean Jumper Dress

Double-Stitched Woolen Shoulders, Blue Overalls, Willow Belt, Simple Kilt, Mangy Claw Mitts, Trogg-Slayer Boots, Seer’s Fine Stein, Bright Yellow Shirt
Recently, Rades observed an interesting graphics effect: when a kilt and a robe are worn together, whether equipped or transmogrified, the skirt of the robe below the knees displays the appearance of the kilt. Although this effect appeared relatively recently, Kirina noticed a very similar funny effect a few years ago, and I think the two effects are quite probably related. This outfit is inspired by Kirina’s concept.
Eventually, I got tired of how silly this looked and reverted her pants back to trousers so that they wouldn’t show under the overalls.

Banshee Buccaneer

Double-Stitched Woolen Shoulders, Banshee Armor*, Juju Belt, Unforgiving Pantaloons, Apothecary Gloves* + Willow bracers, Buccaneer’s Boots
The Master’s Vest might make a good substitute for the Banshee Armor. Gandling’s Gloves or Black Mageweave Gloves (with a suitable pair of bracers) would be good replacements for the Apothecary Gloves.

Doomed Ritualist

Nightsky Mantle, Ale-Soaked Robes/Robes of the Doomed Ritual, Willow Belt, Ritual Gloves, Pagan Shoes
The continuing re-imagining of Ragefire Chasm gives me a bit of a headache. Kenosha obtained this robe in the second iteration of Ragefire Chasm as a Horde-side quest reward called Robes of the Glorious Song. Then Ragefire Chasm got changed again, and now the robe is an Alliance-side quest reward. This change gave both factions access to the robe; Horde could also (and now can only) obtain it by questing in Silverpine Forest, but previously Alliance could not obtain it.

Red Blood, Blue Blood

Double-Stitched Woolen Shoulders, Sanguine Robe, Wise Man’s Belt, Red Silk Trousers, Heavy Linen Gloves + Seer’s Cuffs, Sen’jin Doublet
Races that wear shoes might want some blue boots, such as the Cushy Cenarion Walkers.

Mama Frostwolf

Stonecloth Epaulets, Mystic’s Robe, Joanna’s Sash, Tangled Thread Gloves, Pagan Shoes, Thug Shirt*
Having carefully collected all three colors of this robe style for Kenosha, after Winter Veil I decided to continue on to the third color rather than going back to the first. I like to use a shirt with this robe style because the bodice is a little too skimpy for my taste; the Squire’s Shirt would probably also work well with this coloration of the robe.

Wisewoman From Afar

Pads of the Venom Spider, Sanguine Robe, Wise Man’s Belt, Red Silk Trousers, Heavy Woolen Gloves + Willow Bracers, Orgrimmar Doublet
To add a little more green to the outfit, use the Greenweave Leggings.
Races that wear shoes might want some green boots, such as Ikeyen’s Boots.

Great-Mother Winter

Stonecloth Epaulets, Beaded Robe, Meat Packer Ribbon, Wet Work Gloves, Bloodcup Slippers, Red Linen Shirt
“But did you ever in your life/Know that [Great-Father Winter] had a wife?”
How Mrs Claus Saved Christmas, by Phyllis McGinley, is one of those classic stories that we read aloud every Christmas Eve in my family. It’s out of print, but I think it might be public domain by now, so perhaps you can find the text floating around the internet somewhere.

Favorite Sweater

Double-Stitched Woolen Shoulders, Seer’s Padded Armor, Belt of Dark Schemes, Godfrey’s Britches, Mangy Claw Mitts, Trogg-Slayer Boots, Seer’s Fine Stein
I have one of these sweaters for each of my cloth-wearing characters.

Wise Woman

Resilient Cap, Stonecloth Epaulets, Ancestral Robe, Willow Belt, Tangled Thread Gloves, Pagan Shoes, Bristlebark Cape, Apprentice’s Shirt
Although I modeled this outfit on a Human, a Forsaken, and a Worgen for Round 1 of Mog Madness, it was much more practical to make it in-game with Kenosha because the Ancestral Robe typically sells for sky-high prices and I had already obtained one for her. I will switch to the brown Outlander’s Pauldrons if and when Kenosha gets leveled up enough to wear them. Until then, I probably will not display the hood.

Venomous Vitality

Pads of the Venom Spider, Vital Raiment, Willow Belt, Native Pants, Heavy Woolen Gloves + Conjurer’s Bracers
I plan to use the Venomshroud Mask and Lord Sakrasis’ Scepter with this set when Kiki gets leveled up enough to use those items. For characters who are already max level, the Legacy of Arlokk would be the perfect staff to use with this set.

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The second week of the Mogolympics featured the Discus throw, Wrestling, Archery, and the Javelin toss.
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Discus — Build an outfit around one of these relatively small, circular shields.
I chose just about the plainest shield of the whole assortment, so my outfit had to be relatively plain, too. I chose a sleeveless breastplate to accentuate my model’s buff throwing arms. The toss off the back of the hand is a very advanced technique. ;)

Helm of the Siltwater Slayer, Wyrmhunter Spaulders, Warbringer’s Chestguard, Studded Girdle of Virtue, Chitinous Plate Legguards, Reiver Claws, Warbringer’s Sabatons, Northern Shortsword, Ceremonial Buckler

Another impressive field in this event!

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Wrestling — We’re going to deviate from olympic wrestling and go to the sports entertainment aspect instead. Using one of the “championship”/oversized belt styles first introduced with T9, design your own Azerothian pro wrestler.
Abandoned as an infant, raised by murlocs, now he’s the fearsome MURLORC!

Arion’s Crown (Normal), Spaulders of the Scarred Lady (Normal), Brackwater Vest, Coil of Ten-Thousand Screams (Normal), Brackwater Leggings, Unyielding Fists, Unyielding Footwraps, Reclaimed Thunderstrike

What a fight! What a fight! You gotta see this mob to believe it!

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Archery — Build an outfit around your favorite bow.
Okay, so, for this event I actually built the outfit first and chose the weapon last. I suppose the outfit is just a little too fancy to make my inspiration immediately obvious — she’s a Brave lass.

Pauldrons of the Promise, Hateful Gladiator’s Chain Armor, Veteran’s Linked Girdle, Kilt of Spiritual Reconstruction, Bountiful Gauntlets, Brunnhildar Snowkickers, Formal White Shirt, Stout Oak Longbow

I used a simple bow for my outfit a) because it matched my inspiration and b) because I like that bow model a lot anyway. I was also happy, though, to see my favorite more complex bows represented, with correspondingly elaborate outfits.

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Javelin — Build an outfit around the polearm of your choice.
My current favorite polearm is this beauty from the Lost City of the Tol’vir, so I tried to make an outfit that would fit right in at Ramkahen.

Phantasmal Headdress, Passive Resistor Spaulders (Heroic), Peerless Armor, Peerless Belt, Rugged Leather Pants, Inscribed Leather Gloves + Manacles of the Sleeping Beast (Heroic), Gold-Leaf Wildboots, Seliza’s Spear

This was a very tight competition at the top, with 16 competitors landing their throws within ten feet of each other!

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The first week of the Mogolympics featured the Flagbearers, Cycling, and the Hammer Throw.

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Flagbearer — Build an outfit around the tabard of your randomly assigned faction. This is the only outfit that is required to coordinate with the tabard. This event did not award a medal.
My randomly assigned faction was Silvermoon City, so of course my flagbearer had to be a Blood Elf!

Praetorian Coif, Bonechewer Shoulderguards, Silvermoon Tunic, Hyena Hide Belt, Ghostclaw Leggings, Mighty Gauntlets, Expedition Boots, Silvermoon City Tabard, Mistyreed Torch

See all the Flagbearers at the Mogolympics Opening Ceremonies!

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Cycling — Design a leather or mail biker outfit to complement the Chopper/Mechanohog.
I knew right away that I wanted to use this combination of chestpiece, belt, and leggings. Then, it was just a matter of finding some good shoulders, gloves, and boots. The Phytoresistant Helm looks so much like an RL motorcycle helmet that it was the perfect thing to top off the outfit.

Phytoresistant Helm, Pauldrons of the Abandoned, Dark Iron Mail, Heavy Scorpid Belt, Bloodmail Legguards, Hulking Gauntlets, Felscale Boots

All of the Cycling entries made one bad to the bone biker gang!

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Hammer Throw — Build an outfit to complement your favorite 2H Mace.
Although the Conk Hammer is a relatively simple design, it is, indeed, one of my favorite 2H Maces in the game. That’ll leave a mark!

Helm of the Illidari Shatterer, Pauldrons of Zul’Farrak, Grimscale Armor, Heroic Girdle, Talonguard Legplates, Truesilver Gauntlets, Grimscale Sabatons, Conk Hammer

This event saw an awesome array of amazing maces and some equally impressive outfits to go with them!

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I think we can all pretty well agree that the Helm of the Fire Festival, however practical it may be, is a fashion disaster.

The best fire-hats currently in the game are cloth and mail; I didn’t find any fire-hats that appealed to me in leather or plate. It’d say that this must be because the classes with Fire-themed damage specs — Fire Mage, Destruction Warlock, and Elemental Shaman — wear cloth and mail… but the first mail fire-hat has stats for a Hunter or Enhancement Shaman.

The cloth fire-hat is the classic Circle of Flame from Ambassador Flamelash in BRD. Many Transmogrification Template Kits have been created using this hat — but here are a few more.


Left: Mantle of Closed Doors (Normal), Corsair’s Overshirt (Normal), Archmage/Elementalist Belt, Spellstrike Pants, Soulcloth Gloves, Ritual Sandals
Right: Geomancer’s Spaulders, Corsair’s Overshirt, Sash of the Burning Heart, Crimson Silk Pantaloons, Ebony Flame Gloves, Embersilk Boots

The Soulcloth Gloves and Ebony Flame Gloves display under the sleeves of the Corsair’s Overshirt in MogIt. The display of these gloves in WMV is bugged rather badly, so the pictures show the Jumanza Grips and Embersilk Mitts — which display over the sleeves in MogIt as well.


Left: Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle, Cindercloth Vest, Grom’tor’s Bloodied Bandage, Crimson Silk Pantaloons, Earthmender’s Bracer of Shattering + Gloves of the High Magus, Infernoweave Boots
Right: Consortium Mantle, Flameheart Vest, Voidweave Cilice, Spellstrike Pants, Red Mageweave Gloves, Ritual Sandals


Arachnidian Spaulders, Corsair’s Overshirt, Wise Man’s Belt, Spellshock/Arachnidian Leggings, Soulcloth Gloves (not shown due to WMV bug), Outlander’s Boots (light brown shoes, invisible on this model)

The first mail fire-hat, the Crown of Destruction, drops from Ragnaros1.0 in Molten Core and is visually almost identical to the cloth Circle of Flame. The second mail fire-hat, the Crown of Flame, drops from Ragnaros2.0 in the Firelands. I prefer the Normal version to the Heroic version, and Kamalia will never, ever get rid of hers.


Left: Crown of Destruction with Bloodlust set
Center: Crown of Flame with Engraved set and Rocket-Chief Pauldrons
Right: Crown of Flame, Bloodforged shoulders, Bloodlust breastplate, Chiselbrand Girdle, Engraved leggings, Molten Fists, Radiant boots

I like the look of the Amber Filigreed Shirt underneath the Engraved Breastplate for the less-slender races.

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or should that be “turtle-mutant ninja tauren”?

Kamalia uncovered the Extinct Turtle Shell while doing Archaeology the other day and promptly declared that because neither my Paladin nor my Warrior are likely to be able to use it anytime soon, she wanted to use it to Transmogrify her shield for her Elemental set.

That reminded me of this Goblin Shaman I spotted a while back who was using a similar turtle shell shield with an almost entirely green Transmogrification Template Kit.

Looking at this outfit, I couldn’t help but think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Here’s a survey of items to consider if you, too, want to be a Hero in a Half Shell.

Plate (Prot Warrior or Paladin)
with Extinct Turtle Shell, Dragonscale Shield, or Petrified Bark Shield


A: Talonguard Helmet, Heavy Lamellar shoulders chest gloves & boots, Savage Saronite belt & pants, Fel Edged Battleaxe
B: Oathkeeper’s Helm, Emerald set, Dragon’s Call
C: Fel-Steel Warhelm, Gor’drek’s Pauldrons (Horde-only), Fel Iron Plate set, Tooth of Eranikus
D: Kraken helm chest gloves & boots, Pauldrons of the Wardancer, Rustproof Waistguard, Protective Engineer’s Leggings, Nifflevar Bearded Axe


A: Hard Headed Helm, Acid-Etched Pauldrons, Wildguard breastplate & leggings, Khan’aish Girdle, Refitted Bruiser Gauntlets, Marjhan’s Stand, Ethereum Phase Blade
B: Greathelm of the Unbreakable, Bog Pauldrons, Silithid Carapace Chestguard, Girdle of the Immovable, Jade Legplates, Ooze-Ridden Gauntlets, Boots of Avoidance (alternate: Boots of the Colossus), Blade of the Wretched
C: Dreadmaul helm & shoulders, Krakken-Heart Breastplate, Stormtempered Girdle, Greaves of the Bloodwarder, Royal Gauntlets of Silvermoon, Tyrant’s Greaves (alternate: Ancient Skeletal Boots if Tauren, Draenei, or Worgen), Razorwind Axe

Mail 1-40 (Prot Warrior or Paladin)
with War Paint Shield, Kresh’s Back, or Baobab Fruit Shell


A: Thick Scale helm, Sparkleshell Mantle, Brackwater chestpiece & leggings, Thick Scale belt gloves & boots, Bronze Mace (I love the Brackwater Girdle, but it is common-quality and not usable for Transmogrification.)
B: Sparkleshell Mantle, Cadet’s chestpiece & leggings, War Paint belt gloves & boots, Bronze Mace (The Turtle Scale set is similar to the Cadet’s set. The Cadet’s set has common-quality belt and boots and no gloves. The Turtle Scale set has Transmogrification-friendly gloves and no belt or boots. The Cadet’s chestpiece is sleeved, whereas the Turtle Scale chestpiece is sleeveless.)
C: Captain’s Circlet, Sparkleshell Mantle (alternate: Elite Shoulders), Tortoise Armor, Cobrahn’s Grasp, Cadet’s leggings, Algae Fists, Savage Trodders, Bronze Mace

Mail 40-85 (Elemental or Resto Shaman)
with any of the above shields


A: Captain’s Circlet, Spaulders of the Protectorate, Fenclaw chestpiece & leggings, Belt of the Gladiator, Handguards of Savagery, Sabatons of the Flamewalker, Reactive Waraxe
B: Unyielding helm, Bog Epaulets, Green Dragonscale chestpiece leggings & gloves, Skull Rock Belt (H)/Gol’Bolar Miner’s Belt (A), Windreaver Greaves, Giant Club
C: Turtle Scale helm, Unyielding shoulders, Der’izu set, Lifeforce Hammer (Because this mace is similarly styled to the Nifflevar Bearded Axe, I think they’d look great double-wielded!)
D: Thick Scale helm, Spaulders of the Protectorate, Protector set, Emerald Ripper


A: Fel Iron Chain helm & chestpiece, Unyielding shoulders belt & boots, Turtle Scale pants & gloves, Grom’tor’s Charge
B: Remtravel Thinking Cap, Der’izu shoulders, Improvised Breastplate, Archery Belt of the Broken (alternate: Lifecycle Waistguard), Legguards of Nature’s Power, Gloves of the Passing Night, Impressive Greaves, Stealthblade
C: Fel Iron Chain helm (alternate if Alliance: Vindicator’s Chain Helm), Dragonbone Shoulders, Tortoise Armor, Doc’s Belt, Chimaerascale Legguards, Gilded Gauntlets, Boots of the Qiraji General, Water Blade

The Breastplate of the Terrible Price outfits I presented in the Shamadin Collection would also be suitable for being a TMNT.

TMNT Hallow’s End Costume
non-Transmogrification-friendly


Red Mageweave Headband (alternate if Alliance: Keeshan’s Bandana), Sparkleshell Mantle, Turtle Scale chestpiece & leggings, Apothecary’s Waistband (H)/Captain Sanders’ Sash (A), War Paint gloves & boots, Assassination Blade


Cowabunga, Dudes!

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I drew the lineart for this picture in February 2008. Around February of this year, I decided it would be a lot more interesting with some color. I’d always mentally titled it “Kids in Shatt”, thinking of the children from the orphanage in Lower City, so I filled in the background with an appropriate screenshot. The wrong angles and sizes of various ears and the Draenei boy’s missing chintacles are due to the early date of the drawing. Fortunately, the much-too-small size of the Gnome girl’s head in the original lineart was easily remedied in Photoshop. I’m not sure anymore whether the Troll youth was originally intended to be a boy or a girl. The idea for the sign he-or-she is carrying came from my very poor recollection of this classic Norman Rockwell painting.


A doodle from February 2009. I’m not entirely satisfied with it because I drew the Gnome child first and then all the other children ended up looking much older than him. The gender of the Night Elf child is intended to be ambiguous.

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