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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 (*).

75) Bloodhoof Battlelord

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Ancestral Bloodhoof Totem, Brawler’s Harness*, Ancestor’s Might, and Mankrik’s Boar Slicer
I was quite disappointed that my Fury Warrior can’t dual-Mog Ancestor’s Might — once she’d selected it for the weapon in one hand, it disappeared off the 2H Mace list for the weapon in her other hand.

74) Renowned Expeditioner’s Plate

Renowned Expeditioner’s Plate Armor with Obsidian Drakonid Helmet, Emerald Shroud of Loyalty, and Hammer of Ten Thunders
After Kamalia reached Renown 14 with the Dragonscale Expedition and unlocked the Renowned Expeditioner’s sets for everyone, Keija spent just enough time in the Dragon Isles to collect 750 Dragon Isles Supplies to get this kit. I found Fury Warrior rather fun to play in the process and might level her all the way to 70 sometime later in the expansion.
This ensemble also looks rather hilariously awesome with the LFR Helmet of the Last Mogu.

73) Darkmoon Chuckler

Darkmoon Harlequin’s Bells with The Horseman’s Horrific Hood, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, and Darkmoon Hammer
This was just too good of a combo to pass up. Keija probably won’t wear it long before insisting on something else, though.

72) Primal Firestorm

Firestorm Armor with Squallbreaker Greatsword
Plate set from the Primal Storms Dragonflight pre-launch event.

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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Will I ever do more with any of these characters than enter the world and maybe manage to get through the 1-5 zone and out to their racial capital city? Realistically speaking, probably not. Nevertheless, the collector in me still wanted to have a complete set of Classic Classes.

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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 (*).

70) Rage Totem

Drake Talon Pauldrons, Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor & Greatbelt, Brutish Legguards, Gauntlets of the Immovable, Nazmani Warplate Treads, Antiseptic-Soaked Dressing, Ancestral Chieftain’s Totem, Kadrak’s Axe
Apparently I like the Ancestral Chieftain’s chestpiece more than I initially thought — at least for my Warrior. I think I might be happy to leave her in this kit for quite a while.
Seriously, whomever thought of using the cloak slot for a Tauren totem is brilliant and deserves all kinds of kudos (or kodos, as the case may be?).

69) Macabre Glory

Zandalari Monel-Hardened Helm, Zandalari Monel-Hardened Pauldrons, Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor, Ogre Beater’s Belt, Tarnished Fanatic’s Wargreaves & Warboots, Furious Deathgrips, Antiseptic-Soaked Dressing, Cloak of the Shadowed Sun, Soul-Cursed Skullcracker
It’s kind of too bad that this chestpiece is Tauren-only, because this outfit would look simply fantastic on a Troll.

68) Ancestral Berserker

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Warlord’s Iron-Breastplate, Thorium Leggings, and Kadrak’s Axe
With the Heritage of the Shu’halo set appearing to be made of non-metallic materials, plate was the most difficult armor type to work with. This combination works well enough, I suppose.

67) Zandalari Ambition

Glorious Headdress, Pauldrons of Ambition, Monel-Hardened Breastplate Gauntlets & Boots, Ghost-Forged Belt, Fetish Greaves, Strom’kar (default appearance, original tint)
These Zul’Aman pauldrons and pants coordinate quite nicely with the Horde appearance of the Battle for Azeroth crafted plate set.


Warhelm of the Bold, Pauldrons of the Promise, Lost Chestplate of the Reverent, Replica Belt of Heroism, Legguards of the Emerald Brood (N), Replica Lightforge Gauntlets, Hyperion Greaves, The Willbreaker, Crusader’s Shield
This outfit was built around the chestpiece. The Lost Chestplate of the Reverent, shown in the center, is a sort of combination of the Templar chestpiece, shown on the left, and the Runic Plate chestpiece, shown in the right.

Plate kits usually feel like they need shoulder armor to be properly balanced, so I chose these small, cap-like shoulders that still display much of the color of the shoulder and upper arm part of the chestpiece. These particular shoulders were mail prior to the beginning of Legion, and I’m still sad that a mail equivalent wasn’t added when they were converted to plate!

65) Bloodtotem Basher

Warbringer’s set with Drake Talon Pauldrons, Belt of the Sand Reaver, Replica Blood Guard’s Cleaver, and Sternhorn’s Shield
Some of the Bloodtotem did not succumb to the Legion’s influence and become Feltotem. These Bloodtotem Survivors, of whom Kounaqiwa is one, now make their home on the outlying bluff of Thunder Totem where Ethel Waterwise lives.

64) Conqueror’s Carapace

Conqueror’s Battlegear with Booty Bay Helm, Burden of Mortality (H), and Mighty Gorian Greatsword
If I ever happened to create a purple elf Warrior — whether a ren’dorei or a dark-eyed kaldorei — perhaps she might wear something very similar to this.

63) Hyjal Warden

Pauldrons of the Wardancer, Krakken-Heart Breastplate, Fel Iron Plate Belt, Greaves of the Bloodwarder, Royal Gauntlets of Silvermoon, Emerald Sabatons, Tabard of the Guardians of Hyjal, Slavemaster Axe
Here’s a kit that’s what, three expansions overdue?

62) Bronze Val’kyr

Shoulderplates & Treads of the Chosen Dead, Bloodfist Breastplate & Legplates, Gleaming Celestial Waistguard, Fists of Thane Kray-Tan, Lotrafen, Blazing Wings
A half-baked attempt to look like a Val’kyr. I initially thought to use the Glorious Breastplate, but when I tried that, I just couldn’t get the rest of the kit to work out at all. This chestpiece has a slightly better shape match to the Val’kyr metal bustier, anyway.
The effect is a little better on one of the more human-like races.

And yes, I put my Demon Hunter through the effort of getting this toy from the Darkmoon Faire many moons ago specifically for the purpose of using it in this kit.

61) Funerary Plate of the Chosen Dead

Funerary Plate of the Chosen Dead (N)
Although my Paladin is the one who did the quest to get this set of armor, it seemed like my Warrior ought to be the one to wear it, to use it with the Fury Artifact swords.

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There is among the tauren of Kalimdor a tribe named “Highmountain”, perhaps in distant memory of Huln and his kin. Along with the Bloodhoof, the Ragetotem, and the Grimtotem, the Highmountain are renowned as warriors who led out against and bore the brunt of the constant attacks from centaurs, harpies, quilboars, and gnolls. The most well-known members of this tribe are Jerrik, Melgromm, and Trag.

When, following Eitrigg, the warriors of the Horde assaulted the Broken Shore, not all of them were snatched away by Odyn’s Val’kyr. Among those left behind, fallen, was Kaiopeqa of the Highmountain tribe.


After raising General Nazgrim as the first of the new Four Horsemen, The Deathlord wondered if the Lich King had given her this power just to fulfil his ends… or if she could perhaps use it for her own, as well. For all of the tolerance and kindness that had been shown her by The Farseer and others, the friendships she had managed to forge — and despite having managed to locate and regroup several of the Grimtotem Ningha during her time at Frostwall Garrison* — she still felt lonely, somehow. Now, the burdens of being Deathlord weighed heavily upon her, and she desired an apprentice. Knowing of the warriors’ catastrophe from her friend The Battlelord, The Deathlord sent one of Dread Commander Thalanor’s aerial patrols to do some reconnaissance of the area and bring her back a test subject — preferably a tauren female, if they could find one. They brought her Kaiopeqa.

The Deathlord raised the Blades of the Fallen Prince over the corpse of the young tauren warrior and Kaiopeqa arose into undeath filled with horror and hatred and unholy bloodthirst.

The Deathlord promptly assigned her to collect the Maw of the Damned and Apocalypse. When her new apprentice had departed on these errands, The Deathlord heard the Lich King’s hoarse whisper in her mind: Very well, I shall let you have this one indulgence. But no more. This power is mine, to be used for my purposes and mine alone. You will use it only as I command.
The Deathlord replied: You are indulgent, my liege. I know how you allowed me to obtain these blades. I know how you permitted The Archmage to take Felo’melorn. I am satisfied.

The Deathlord watched and waited, patiently, as Kaiopeqa went through the same sequence of emotions as she herself had after being released from the Lich King’s grasp at Light’s Hope Chapel all those years ago. Horror and hatred sank into despair and depression. From those emerged, in time, a desperate need to control the sadism that had been inextricably imbued into the soul by the process of being raised as a Death Knight by channeling it into useful service to society**. When Kaiopeqa reached that stage, The Deathlord assigned Kaiopeqa and her tribesman Trag to respond to Archmage Khadgar’s request for heroes to aid the tauren of Highmountain.

The two Highmountain returned from Highmountain filled with more questions than answers concerning the origin of their tribe. More significantly, the experience had given Kaiopeqa a form of… not exactly peace… but consolation, perhaps.

“When I was in Tanaan Jungle”, Kaiopeqa told The Deathlord, “I saw the Eredar, and I saw the Draenei, and I felt sorry for what the Eredar had allowed themselves to become. It is better to be this and be able to continue to fight against the Legion, than to lie idle in the Earthmother’s Embrace and be unable to prevent all of our people from becoming like the Feltotem.”


* Aurochs Grimbane, Kaasa Blighthoof, Kilga Mourningsong, Tigar Frosthoof, and Tipa Rimehorn — all of them had taken new surnames that renounced their Grimtotem origins and embraced their identities as Knights of the Ebon Blade.
And then there was that taunka woman, Kaumaleia — though she hardly counted, either as a fellow Death Knight or as a friend. Kaumaleia had somehow managed to shake off almost all of the qualities of being a Death Knight except the unfortunate condition of being undead — and she managed to ignore even that most of the time, too. Kregga suspected that Kaumaleia had been one of the ice-shaman of her people before her death and raising, and that the similarity of that magic to the way in which a Death Knight wielded frost was what had allowed her to elude most of the corruption from the Lich King. Or perhaps the Lich King had never truly gotten ahold of Kaumaleia because she was so remarkably silly… Kregga could barely tolerate her.

** Death Knights love Dailies because those tasks give them ample opportunities to cause the suffering and death they require to quell their own pain.

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

Kehontah is the father of Kamalia and her sisters. He uses the title “Elder” and wears a Gold Wedding Band.

9) Ancestral Warchief

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Antiseptic-Soaked Dressing, Legplates of Feverish Dedication, and Beastkiller
I’m not all that fond of the chestpiece and leggings of the Shu’halo Heritage Armor, so I thought I’d try putting in a shirt and swapping out the pants for something else.
Kehontah will probably wear this outfit for a very long time.

8) Beefcake/Cheesecake

Orgrimmar Leggings, Scalping Tomahawk + Sternhorn’s Shield/Dustwallow Impaler
Kamalia’s parents were quite the lookers in their youth.
This fashion suits Tauren particularly well, I think 😉

7) Destroyer’s Fury

Destroyer Armor with Mantle of Fury and Worldcarver
These shoulders are my favorite bladed plate shoulder armor design. The Pauldrons of Resounding Rings from Heart of Fear are my second-favorites. All the rest, to my eyes, look rather silly.

6) Jade Guardian

Jade set with Talonguard Helmet, Expedition Defender’s Shoulders, and Darkened Broadsword/Qon’s Flaming Scimitar (LFR) + Shomi’s Ward
Although this set has gorgeous colors, I don’t like how the chestpiece and leggings look on female characters. Thus, the Male Tauren Warrior gets to wear it, instead.

5) Shall We Dance?

Forever-Lovely Rose, Nobleman’s Coat, Bloodscale Belt, Nobleman’s Pantaloons, Grash’s Fireproof Handguards, Noble’s Fancy Boots, Terokk’s Quill
A Bloodscale Belt kit for Love is in the Air.
Using the cosmetic Nobleman’s items is perhaps a bit of a cop-out, but it was an idea that just had to be used.

4) Gaudy Treecutter

Finely-Tailored Green Holiday Hat, Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater, Mutineer’s Noose, Heavy Mithril Pants, Gloves of Brawn*, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Warboots of Alacrity, Logsplitter*
Going for a “Country Dad” look here with this outfit.
Around last Christmas, BTH persuaded me to run a few Mythic dungeons with him, and I was fortunate enough to snag this hat in the process.
After the Winter Veil holiday ended, he went back to being a Thunder Bluff Honor Guard.

3) Thunder Bluff Honor Guard

Bark Covered Pauldrons, Plate of the Shaman King, Thorium Belt, Bloodforged Legplates, Spiritualist’s Gauntlets, Earthmender’s Plated Boots, Grinning Axe
This NPC outfit has a plate chest, leather shoulders belt and pants, and mail boots. Although I’ve previously constructed a replica of this outfit using the mixed armor types as an RP costume, I wanted to try my hand at making a Moggable version.

2) High Society Gilnean Plate

High Society Top Hat, Noble Plate Pauldrons, Heroic Judicator’s Chestguard, Earthswell Belt, Exalted Legplates, Gauntlets of Enforcement, Boots of the Ancient-Killer, Cloak of the Red Flight, Burnished Quel’Serrar, Flamescarred Draconian Deflector
I’d made new outfits for all my other plate-wearers, including the Dwarf Paladin, so I figured I ought to make a new real armor outfit for the Male Tauren Warrior, too. Because he has the Top Hat, I decided to put him into this “aristocratic Gilnean” outfit that I originally designed about five years ago.

1) Pretentious Purple

Replica Soulforge shoulders & gauntlets, Saltstone chestpiece & leggings, High Chief’s belt & boots, Hammer of Grief
Perfect for a Warrior or Death Knight pretending to be a Paladin.
Because of the gender dimorphism in the appearance of the Saltstone chestpiece & leggings, I would not make this Transmogrification kit for a female character. Hence, the creation and boosting of the Male Tauren Warrior.

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

60) Demonsteel Armor

Demonsteel Armor with Cloak of Unforgivable Sin and Forgotten Champion’s Blade
One of my Legion goals was to get through enough of the Blacksmithing quest chain to craft this handsome set.

59) Leystone Armor

Leystone Armor with Cloak of the Red Flight and Stormrune Edge
From the timestamps on my screenshots, I spent about twenty minutes jumping back and forth between Krasus’ Landing and Skyhold trying to get just the right angles on the animation.

58) Thalassian Battlelord

Helm of Infinite Visions, Mantle of the Desert Crusade, Bloodforged Chestpiece & Sabatons, Replica Lightforge Belt, Hyperion Legplates & Gauntlets, Silvermoon Tabard, Hammer of the Penitent + Blood Knight Defender/Blood Knight Maul + Greatmace of the Order/Twinblade of the Phoenix
There are a lot of nice Sin’dorei-themed weapons, so I made variations for all of the Warrior specs so that I could show more of them off.

57) Cold Rage

Steamsmith Helm, Unstable Slag Shoulderplates, Strength’s Supremacy, Gutbuster of Aldur’thar, Phoenixfire Legplates, Flash Freeze Gauntlets (N), Treads of Savage Beatings, Frostbitten Greatsword
I don’t care for the Highmaul/Blackrock Foundry Warrior set as a whole, so even though I’d collected most of the lookalike pieces as a side-effect of trying to get the whole Paladin-lookalike set from follower missions, I didn’t bother to finish it. During the WoW’s Anniversary event in November, I saw a female Tauren DK wearing just the shoulders from that set with some other gear — I forget exactly what, maybe some of the DK starting zone gear? Anyhow, it looked awesome — awesome enough to inspire me to start running the Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry follower missions again until I got these shoulders — which were the only piece I’d been missing from the set.

56) Warbreaker

Pauldrons of Ambition, Chestguard of Illumination, Royal Qiraji Belt, Starcaller’s Plated Legguards, Ooze-Ridden Gauntlets, Shattered Hand Sabatons, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet
It was about time that I made an kit for my Warrior that used her Arms Artifact weapon, Strom’kar, un-Transmogrified. With that sword’s history and reputation, it needed to use these shoulders, of course.

55) Gaudy Brawler II

Red Winter Hat, Pauldrons of the Argent Sentinel, Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater, Hyperion Girdle & Gauntlets, Starcaller’s Plated Legguards, Boots of the Redeemed Prophecy, Warmonger, Sword of Nefarian’s Hand
In the context of a Winter Veil outfit, these shoulders look delightfully frosty.

54) Enchanted Thorium Artifacts

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Paudrons of Abyssal Fury, Enchanted Thorium Breastplate, Brawlgoth’s Choker, Inkling’s Leggings, Gauntlets of the Shining Light, Grim Sabatons, Burnished Quel’ Serrar, Flamescarred Draconian Deflector
Because the 13th Anniversary event made these gloves available again, and I got them, naturally I wanted to use the set they go with. And of course it had to be a Prot set, because if one was a Warrior in Classic, one was a tank.

53) Ymirjar Battlelord

The Crusader’s Resolution, Raging Behemoth’s Shoulderplates (N), Carapace of Imbibed Flame (N), Verdigris Chain Belt, Legguards of Lost Hope (N), Taldaram’s Plated Fists (N), Blood-Soaked Saronite Stompers (N)
If Keija is going to be the Battlelord of the Valarjar, she might as well look the part (for a little while, at least).

52) Stormwind Costume

Imperial Plate set with Pauldrons of the Promise, Girdle of Uther, Jouster’s Gauntlets, Crazy Cenarion Cloak, Blade of the Silver Hand, and Maximillian’s Shield
Before Warlords, when the Stormwind Set was made available through the Dwarven Bunker Garrison building, the crafted Imperial Plate set was the favored way to imitate the look of the Stormwind Guards.
These shoulders were mail before patch 7.0. I wish that plate lookalikes had been added instead of converting the mail items to plate, because I would still like to be able to use the blue and black versions of this shoulder style for my mail-wearers.

51) Needs More Spikes

Helm of the Illidari Shatterer, Tundra Pauldrons, Tomb-Curse Chestplate, Frostwolf Stalwart Girdle, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Plate Legguards, Gauntlets of the Bold, Blood-Soaked Saronite Stompers (N), Bulwark of Azzinoth
Because you can never have too many spikes if you’re a Warrior of the Horde.

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

50) Twilight Dragonsworn

Temporal Pauldrons, Truesteel Breastplate (2-655), Earthswell Belt, Elder Tortoiseshell Legplates, High Chief’s Gauntlets & Sabatons, Tempered Vis’kag the Bloodletter
Whenever I’ve tried to make a kit with these pauldrons previously, I’ve always toyed with using these purple gloves and boots, then dismissed them as not fitting the concept I had in mind. Now that all those other ideas have been made, I can finally use them.

49) Wyrmrest Protector

Temporal Pauldrons, Crimsonforge Breastplate, Girdle of Lordaeron’s Fallen, Bloodlord Legplates, Gauntlets of Cruel Intention, Boots of Zealotry, Tabard of the Wyrmrest Accord, Firethorn Mindslicer, Red Dragonscale Protector
I originally planned to make this outfit concept — red dragon shoulders & shield + Wyrmrest tabard — with my Paladin, but then I thought, my Warrior can use shields, too, so why should my Paladin get to have all the fun?
It always surprises me how dark and subdued the colors in these shoulders are. I think that the red recolor of the Warrior T1 set, with the belt from the red recolor of the Paladin T6 set, is a suitable intermediate shade of red to bridge the difference between the maroon of the shoulders and the crimson and scarlet of the tabard and shield.

48) Farmhand

Straw Hat, Grimscale Armor, Overlord’s Girdle, Dalaran Warden’s Legplates, Maltendis’ Handguards, Sabatons of the Endless Vigil, Red Lumberjack Shirt, The Shoveler, Garden Pitchfork
Several years ago, I daydreamed, “Oh, if only Fury Warriors could use Titan’s Grip to dual-wield with polearms and staves — wouldn’t DWing a shovel and a pitchfork, or a shovel and a broom, or a pitchfork and a broom, be totally [awesome]?” Well, now they can — and the Warlords Garrison gave us some lovely Transmogrifiable Garden tools.

47) Semi-Doomplate

Noble Plate Pauldrons, Breastplate of Vaulted Skies, Brawlgoth’s Choker, Flintlocke’s Piloting Pants, Gauntlets of the Vanquisher, Obsidian Greaves, Old Dwarven Hammer
I’d thought to perhaps use the Pauldrons of Abyssal Fury in a kit with these pants and boots, but somehow that idea didn’t quite work out for my Warrior as well as it had for my Paladin. So I used these shoulders instead, and ended up with a kit that is an approximation of Thrall’s classic Doomplate armor.
As far as I know, player characters can only obtain these pants and boots that are exact lookalikes of the Doomplate. The Warbringer’s set is a recolor of the Doomplate, and its shoulders are the closest match to Thrall’s shoulders. I like the style of these shoulders better, though.

46) Champion of the Sha’tar

Mantle of the Desert Crusade, Breastplate of Righteous Fury, Girdle of Gallantry, Ornate Leggigns of the Venerated, Gauntlets of Vindication, Ornate Boots of the Sanctified, Scepter of Sha’tar, Sha’tar Tabard
Alas, I didn’t fulfil the requirements to get the “Hand of A’dal” or “Champion of the Naaru” titles back in the day, and now they are unobtainable.
Due to its garish coloration, I had not planned to ever collect this Burning Crusade dungeon recolor of the Paladin T1 set. Then I thought about making a kit with the Sha’tar mace and Sha’tar tabard, and it occurred to me that perhaps this purple and red armor might be just the thing to wear with that purple and red tabard…

45) Azure Dragonsworn

Seabone Heaume, Pauldrons of Conviction, Breastplate of the Bold, Belt of the Emerald Guardian, Legplates of the Bold, Pillager’s Gauntlets, Coldbite Warboots, Blue Workman’s Shirt, Frostbitten Greatsword
If this outfit looks very similar to my Paladin’s recent “Bold & Brassy” outfit, well, that’s because this is a concept that I worked up while creating that kit — then decided that I’d rather use for my Warrior’s blue Dragonsworn outfit, instead.

44) Ruby Dragonsworn

Faceplate of the Forgotten (N), Temporal Pauldrons, Truesteel Breastplate (3-670), Ogre Beater’s Belt, Elder Tortoiseshell Legplates, Gloves of Gnomebliteration, Ramkahen Front Boots, Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
Somehow, this kit just needed to use Ashkandi.
The purples of the High Chief’s set work quite nicely with the maroons of the shoulders, chestpiece, and leggings in this kit. I wanted this to read as a red outfit, not a purple outfit, though, so I opted to bring in some brighter reds instead. Those burning orange eyes in the helm also help to brighten up the overall look of the ensemble.

43) Emerald Dragonsworn

Demonbreaker Helm, Pauldrons of the Dragonblight, Breastplate of the Terrible Price, Girdle of the Immovable, Greaves of the Bloodwarder, Crystalplate Gauntlets, Highstrider Boots, Sword of Nefarian’s Hand
This chestpiece was mail before Patch 7.0. Now that it’s plate, it combines nicely with these Warrior T5 recolor pants to produce a nice dragon-scaly look for this outfit.
Although I didn’t use hats in the kits I made for my Paladin and Death Knight using the Hour of Twilight shoulders, I couldn’t resist how splendid the combination of this hat and these shoulders looks.

42) Meeting of the Clans

Pauldrons of Morbidus, Durotan’s Battle Harness, Salt-Scorched Girdle, Crystal-Studded Legguards, Grash’s Fireproof Handguards, Greaves of the Traitor, Chainlink Towel, Gorehowl
The notion of making a kit using both the Warsong heirloom Gorehowl and the Frostwolf heirloom Durotan’s Battle Harness amused me. Hence, another attempt at making an Orc-like outfit to use with Gorehowl.
The chestpiece has a patch of lime-green accent color between the shoulderblades on the back. I found that quite distracting; fortunately, the very short Chainlink Towel cloak was just perfect to cover it up while still being coherent with the rest of the kit.

41) Warsong Legacy

Rakeesh’s Pauldron, Rough Stone Carapace, Overlord’s Girdle, “Super Sterilized” Blastguard Legplates, Field Plate Gauntlets, Grom’gar Plate Stompers, Grimtotem Cloak, Gorehowl
It was about time that I got around to making a kit with this iconic weapon, and it needed to be rough and ready and be something that might look good on an Orc.
I hope I succeeded with this outfit.

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

40) Royal Peacekeeper

Replica Soulforge Spaulders, Forgotten Peacekeeper chestpiece & leggings, Uktar’s Belt of Chiming Rings, Life Bearer’s Gauntlets, Windroc Greaves, Shadowvine Cloak of Infusion, Hammer of Grief
I had the idea to make a purple and gold kit to go with this purple and gold weapon. The relatively muted tones of the colors in the weapon prompted me to choose this chestpiece & leggings, which also have a relatively muted gold tone. I think that’s what saves this kit from being glaringly garish — though it’s still probably somewhat garish.

39) Oathsworn

The Oathsworn set is the gear that a Warrior is shown wearing on the new character selection screen. It is obtained in-game from the Warlords Garrison Salvage Yard.

38) Sixteen Tons

Underworld Helm, Hateful Gladiator’s Plate Shoulders, Breastplate of Vaulted Skies, Girdle of Gar’gol, Plated Magnataur Leggings, Fallen Brotherhood Gauntlets, Demonbreaker Crushers, Ebon Filigreed Doublet, Cold Iron Pick
A long-awaited mining outfit for my miner. I’ve kept putting it off to make other, newer ideas, but it has turned out better for the delay. In the beginning, I just knew that I wanted to make a kit with the mining hat and pick. I hadn’t really thought of anything else that I wanted to use in the outfit until I started to put it together. The Warlords chestpiece and boots, along with the Wrath PvP shoulders that I only acquired after they became available for gold, combine to make an appropriately gritty, grimy kit.

37) Fel Reaver

Fel Iron Plate set with The Horseman’s Horrific Hood/Demonbreaker Helm, Pauldrons of the Wardancer, Grey Woolen Shirt, and Greataxe of Trials
I would run, too, if this was stomping my way.

36) Apolyon’s Fury

Felforged set with Apolyon, the Soul-Render
This sword, claimed from Kil’jaeden at the Sunwell, somehow seemed the most appropriate weapon for my Fury Warrior to use with the plate Demon Invasions set.

35) Everbright Truesteel I

Everbright shoulders belt gloves & boots, Truesteel Breastplate & Greaves (3-670), Admiral Taylor’s Greatsword
So I thought to myself, if I liked the combination of the maroon Elder Tortoiseshell and stage 2 Truesteel items so much, the combination of the periwinkle blue Everbright and stage 3 Truesteel items ought to be equally attractive. For version II, see the Paladin page.
While creating this outfit, I also discovered that with the new Appearances feature, Horde characters can now use the appearance of Admiral Taylor’s Greatsword for Transmogrification. Hurrah!

34) Lord High Admiral

Fleet Commander’s Hat, Stockade Pauldrons, Overlord’s Chestplate & Legplates, Girdle of Uther, Gauntlets of the Vanquisher, Obsidian Greaves, Martial Shirt (any color), Forgotten Champion’s Blade, Admiral Taylor’s Greatsword
Horde characters can’t use the appearance of Admiral Taylor’s Greatsword for Transmogrification, but they can equip it — so Keija kept it equipped from the moment she solved the mystery of Admiral Taylor’s Garrison in Spires of Arak right up until she got her first Artifact weapon at the beginning of Legion.
An Alliance Protection Warrior or Paladin should use Revilgaz’s Cutlass and Wheel of the Lost Hope with this kit.

33) Truesteel & Truesilver

Truesteel Pauldrons Waistguard & Boots (3-670), Truesilver Breastplate, Imperial Plate Leggings, Replica Gauntlets of Valor, Steelforged Greataxe (2-645), Admiral Taylor’s Greatsword
I especially wanted to use the 3-670 Truesteel shoulders, so the rest of the set had to grow from there. I really liked the similarity between the filigree on the Truesilver Breastplate and the filigree on the weapon and Truesteel armor. The Truesilver blacksmithing patterns are no longer available in the game, so you’ll have to find someone who already knows the pattern or get lucky on the AH. If you can’t find the Truesilver breastplate, the Chivalric Chestguard coordinates excellently with the rest of these pieces, though the overall look of the outfit will be darker.
Horde characters can’t use the appearance of Admiral Taylor’s Greatsword for Transmogrification, but they can equip it.
Savage Blood Required: 105

32) Regal Truesteel

Spaulders of Manifold Eyes (N), Truesteel Breastplate & Greaves (2-655), Elder Tortoiseshell belt gloves & boots, Crimson Silk Cloak, Ramkahen Ceremonial Hammer
This alternative combination of the Truesteel and Elder Tortoiseshell items was created by Silverblade of World of MogCraft. It was the best looking kit using the T12-Paladin (lookalike) shoulders I thought I’d ever seen, and it impressed me enough to actually go farm them up to make the kit for myself.
The only difference between this kit as I have made it and the way Silverblade originally designed it is the weapon. Of the weapons I already had on hand, I really like the royal scepter look of the Ramkahen hammer, and its colors coordinate well with the armor, too.
Savage Blood required: 30

31) Truesteel Tortoiseshell

Truesteel Pauldrons Waistguard Gloves & Boots (all 2-655), Elder Tortoiseshell Helm Breastplate & Legplates, Stylish Black Shirt, Splinterspear Greatsword
Another example of the remarkable color palette coordination between Warlords crafted items and Mists items. The shirt fills in a gap between the bottom of the sleeve of the chestpiece and the top of the gloves.
Savage Blood required: 60

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

30) Bronze Thunder

Doomed Crown of Lei Shen (LFR), Contender’s Revenant shoulders breastplate & leggings, Truesteel belt gloves & boots (1-640), Tidebreaker Trident
This hat is so ridculously silly that I can’t resist putting it atop any armor that is the right shade of bronze to match it.
I originally designed this kit with Gorehowl as the weapon, but after having spent months farming Karazhan for the dang thing, when it came time to actually make the kit, I decided that I liked the look of this trident better. I also decided that the overall effect looked better with one weapon instead of two, so Keija has switched to Arms for the time being.

29) Hand of the Fire Lord

Jewel of the Firelord, Embossed Plate Pauldrons, Ursa’s Embrace, Cloudbreaker Greatbelt (LFR), Leggings of the Ursa, Fireskin Gauntlets (N), Arachnaflame Treads (N), Sulfuras, the Extinguished Hand (N)
When Keija was level 94, I decided to make an attempt on 10N Firelands to farm for the Paladin lookalike shoulders. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily she smashed the place. I was even more pleasantly surprised when Rags dropped his mace for her the very first time she defeated him! Naturally, I had to throw together a kit to wear with it right away; this outfit came together quite nicely almost entirely from stuff she had lying around already.

28) Frostwolf Stalwart

Frostwolf Stalwart set with Axe of Earthly Sundering
I kind of like the blues and the browns and the big honking horns on the shoulders and helm of this set.

27) Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry

Pauldrons of the Wardancer, Bloodscale chestpiece & belt, Brutish pants gloves & boots, Pink Mageweave Shirt, Ironhew Cloak, Hammer of Destiny
My favorite part of “Love is in the Air” is that it gives me an excuse to wear some very silly outfits. I intended to just re-create the brown-and-pink outfit that I forgot to make for my secondary Warrior during Love is in the Air last year — but then I remembered that I had these shoulders in the bank, and I could not resist the silliness of using them to resemble the crown of sepals at the top of a strawberry…

26) Hellreaver

Faceplate of the Forgotten, Destroyer Shoulderblades & Greaves, Druidic Guardian Plate, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Girdle of Prowess, Taldaram’s Plated Fists, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Warboots of Alacrity, Orange Mageweave Shirt, Hellreaver
I’m not quite sure just what I was expecting to do when I set out to make Keija a set to go with her Hellreaver, as I’d promised after Hellreaver failed to work with her Shado-Pan kit. This certainly wasn’t it, but I like it a lot! The mostly-dark armor allows Hellreaver itself to be the star feature of the kit, while all those little bright orange accents both complement Hellreaver and keep the overall look from being too dark.

25) Mighty

Chromite Pauldrons, Burnished Breastplate & Legplates of Might, Belt of Might, Talonguard gloves & boots, Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Widow Blade, Flamescarred Draconian Deflector
The spikes on the shoulders of the Battlegear of Might have never really appealed to me, so I thought I’d try it with the similarly colored, but plainer, Chromite shoulders.

24) Amber is the Color of my Fury

Skybreaker’s Pauldrons, Silithid Carapace Chestguard, Sunscale Belt, Legplates of the Destroyer, Gloves of the Swarm, Bloodguard’s Greaves, Fool’s Bane, Mantid Sky Reaver, Klaxxi Tabard
While I was trying to decide which of the Klaxxi weapons to use for Keija’s “Wakener” set, I picked up this 1H mace in Karazhan. To my eye, it matches the style of the other Klaxxi weapons better than the maces provided by the Klaxxi themselves.
Although Keija originally chose to specialize as Fury for Titan’s Grip — why bother with one-handed weapons when you can dual-wield not one, but TWO big honking two-handed weapons? — this outfit concept convinced her to try out Single-Minded Fury for awhile. About the time that I’d collected all the pieces for this kit, however, Siege of Orgrimmar came out, and I ended up deciding to make that Single-Minded Fury set first.

23) 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.

22) 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.

21) Sea and Stars

Doomed Crown of Lei Shen, Pauldrons of Unholy Rituals, Imperial Plate chestpiece & pants, Swordhook Slingbelt, Diemetradon Plate Gloves, Cobalt Boots, Blue Workman’s Shirt, Starshatter (LFR), Whitefin Axe
This is not the outfit I originally imagined to go with Starshatter — it’s better! The Pauldrons of Conviction would look fabulous with this set, too.

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

20)Resounding Doom

Doomed Crown of Lei Shen, Pauldrons & Battleplate of Resounding Rings, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Girdle of Prowess, Legguards of Lost Hope, Taldaram’s Plated Fists, Impaling Treads, Uroe, Harbinger of Terror, Cryptmaker
Although Keija hadn’t been to LFR in ages, she queued up for Pinnacle of Storms just so that she could pose with Lei Shen to show off this new Transmogrification kit.

19) Shado-Pan Blademaster

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. 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.

18) Knight in Shining Armor

Steel Plate Helm, Field Plate Pauldrons, Overlord’s chestpiece leggings gloves & boots, Belt of Might, Blade of the Unyielding, Hardened Steel Shield
The Overlord’s set is one of the most practical-looking plate sets. The contrast of the brightly polished plate surfaces with the dark connecting meshes always reminds me vaguely of Imperial Stormtrooper armor.

17) Death by Chocolate II

Brutish set with Rustic Workman’s Shirt, Wyrmslayer Spaulders, Broadaxe of the Horde, and Shield of Maraudon
Although I’d already collected the Brutish set once for my DPS warrior, I love it so much that I collected it again so that my Prot Warrior could use it with this awesome shield.

16) Battleplate of the Last Mogu

Plate of the Last Mogu (LFR) with Red Riding Hood’s Cloak and Fanged Axe
This is one of my favorite Mists tier sets. I love how the coloration of this set of armor repeats the color scheme of the great mogu edifices in the Vale. It’s like this armor is the imperial livery of the personal guard of the mogu emperor/dynasty who first built Mogu’shan Palace and its satellites, the Shrines of Two Moons and Seven Stars. I’m even happier that this coloration of the T15 Warrior gear was the LFR version and thus within my reach. I just wish I’d been able to get it all before the destruction of the Vale so that my screenshots could have been prettier.

15) Bright Sunreaver Juggernaut

Voice Amplifying Greathelm, Dawnsteel Shoulders, Ursa’s Embrace, Forgemaster’s Shattered Shackle, Lavacrest Leggings, Gauntlets of the Immovable, Sabatons of the Humble, Sin’dorei Warblade, Sunreaver Onslaught Tabard, Red Workman’s Shirt
I had two very different swords that I wanted to use with the Sunreaver tabard, and they wanted two very different outfits to go with them.
At the time that I made this outfit, the (Tournament) Sunreaver and Sunreaver Onslaught tabards were identical. At some time before Patch 7.0, the Sunreaver Onslaught tabard was changed to look slightly different from the (Tournament) Sunreaver tabard.

14) 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.
At the time that I made this outfit, the (Tournament) Sunreaver and Sunreaver Onslaught tabards were identical. At some time before Patch 7.0, the Sunreaver Onslaught tabard was changed to look slightly different from the (Tournament) Sunreaver tabard.

Left: (Tournament) Sunreaver tabard; Right: Sunreaver Onslaught tabard

13) Insurrection Hero

Replica Battlegear of Heroism shoulders chest & pants, Imperial Plate Belt, Judicator’s Gauntlets, Sabatons of the Humble, Blubber Carver
I threw this kit together after I picked up my third piece of Insurrection gear from the Battlefield:Barrens event in Patch 5.3. It was mostly a placeholder while I worked on gaining reputation and collecting items for other kits I had planned.

12) Hero of the Southern Sands

Great General’s Crown, Caimas’ Spaulders, Wallwatcher chest belt & pants, Brutish gloves & boots, Sunset Cloak, Ramkahen Ceremonial Hammer
Iterating from the previous set, the dull golden tones of this helm and pauldrons from Uldum pick up the warmer tones in the Wallwatcher chestpiece and pants.

11) Brutish Wallwatcher

Brutish shoulders gloves & boots, Wallwatcher chest belt & pants, Sunset Cloak, Ramkahen Ceremonial Hammer
The chocolate-colored Brutish set is a natural first choice to mix-and-match with the mocha accents of the Wallwatcher set. I picked the maces to coordinate with this lovely cloak.

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