WoW Patch 4.3 Transmogrification information – how much will it cost, how will it work, and what are the ramifications?

Updated: 20th of September

WoW Patch 4.3 will bring a whole load of exciting new features, but probably the most exciting of the lot is Transmogrification. Information is reasonably scarce at the moment as to the fine details, but we know quite a lot about how it will work in broad strokes. So, if you want to alter your armour to look like last season’s, last year’s or last expansion’s, how will that go?

Transmogrification costs and requirements

Don’t worry – it would appear that Transmogrification will be a service to which all WoW players will have access. We don’t yet know about the associated Void Storage, which might end up as a paid addon, but it’s unlikely. WoW Patch 4.3 is set to go head-to-head with the release of SWTOR, the new Star Wars MMO, and Blizzard will be wanting to give as many time-consuming goodies to players as possible to keep them from jumping ship.

In terms of in-game cost, Transmogrification will cost gold, but not too much. Initial screenshots – which of course are at a very early stage and might change – show it costing the vendor price, according to discussion on the forums. However, of course, it’ll mount up for entire sets.

Initially, the devs have said that Transmogrification will be quite limited in terms of its scope. Known limitations so far include:

  • You can’t Transmogrify to different armour types. So no, your orc DK can’t do arenas whilst pretending to wear a dress.
  • You will need to actually own the item in question – currently. So, if you used to have something but threw it away to conserve bank space, it’s going to be time to go a-farming again.
  • You also can’t change one weapon type into another – no axes to swords or maces to spears. Off-hand weapons can only be transformed into other off-hand weapons, main hand weapons into other main hand weapons, etc. You can, however, turn ranged weapons into other ranged weapons – bows, crossbows and guns will be interchangable.
  • You can use hierloom items, but legendaries will be impossible to change to or change away from with this method. If you’ve got Sulfuras, Hand of Ragneros, you’ll need to raid with it if you want to display it.
  • You’ll won’t be able to transmogrify common (white) items or vendor trash (grey) items. Certain other items will also be excempt (mainly items which are just plain inappropriate, like fishing poles or weapons that appear to be giant fish).
  • Using an item for transmogrification will make that item soulbound, non-tradable and non-refundable.
  • Transmogrifying an item changes its appearance, but not its stats, gems or enchantments.

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Transmogrification, the Death Knight starting outfit, and more

The devs are aware that people want more than they can currently get from the Transmogrification system, and that some favourite outfits, like the Death Knight starting outfit, are pretty much impossible to get hold of.

Kaivax said on the official WoW forums that “We would like to offer some alternative ways to get favorite items that are no longer available, such as perhaps the dungeon tier sets or the DK start gear. This is something we will expand over time – not every favorite item will be immediately available at launch. But we’ll keep a list of items that get requested by the players and work to get them in someday.”

Patch 4.3 will also see the arrival of an all-new Darkmoon Faire, which will provide a means of obtaining some old and uncommon item sets.

What will transmogrification mean for gameplay?

The addition of Transmogrification is going to mean a number of major changes to gameplay.

For starters, professions which create gear will suddenly have a significant new income stream. Items like the Imperial Plate set and the Black Mageweave set will be in demand at all levels, and when 4.3 hits, there’s likely to be something of a rush to aquire outfits, much like the days of “Glyphmas” where everyone was collecting glyphs.

It’s impossible to predict what sets will eventually be the most popular, although looking at sites like http://roleplaygear.wordpress.com/ might provide some useful clues. Alternatively, AH players may be best to take a leaf out of the Enchanters’ and Inscriptors’ playbook, and simply create every item they can, list the lot, and relist whatever sells.

Secondly, a lot of people are going to be interested in running older dungeons and raids for the loot. Again, any BOE items (Defias set, Scarlet set, Blood Elf Mask) will fetch much higher prices than currently. And if you wanted to raid old-school dungeons, particularly ones dropping famously pretty sets like the Paladin Tier 2 set, you’ll be in luck. Most of these dungeons can now be run by a couple of people up to about a 10-man group.

It’s going to be an exciting – and colourful – time.

Any other tips or info on Transmogrification goodness?


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