We've all been there: Standing in the middle of Outland with a mismatched set of gear, or raiding through Icecrown Citadel with items you've picked up along the way -- and none of them matching. For months now the players have been begging the WoW devs for a way to get the look of the armor they like while getting the stats from the pieces they need. Enter transmogrification. What exactly does it mean to "transmogrify" something? Well the dictionary defines it as "to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform."
I'm not sure about the grotesque part, but WoW's upcoming transmogrification will definitely allow players to transform their weapons and armor to look like other pieces -- for a price. This doesn't mean that you can run around Tol Barad in Tier 12 that looks like you're wearing cracked leather. There are limitations on how silly you can do with this. For instance: You can't make plate look like cloth, or make a sword look like a wand. And why would you want to? Fancy yourself the Tooth Fairy?
The biggest limitation on the system is the fact that you have to already possess both items: The item you want to change, and the item you want it to look like. Yep, us sentimental folks who have been holding onto armor just because we like the look of it will finally have our day! And increased bank space. Oh how the fashion gods have smiled down upon us. I imagine this will spark a resurgence in collecting old and outdated armor pieces -- which is awesome as far as I am concerned. Read the whole Blizzard post after the jump.
You’ve been asking for it, and we were listening. In patch 4.3 you’ll be able to customize the appearance of your weapons and armor like never before.
The Ethereals, emerging from the nether, will bring with them a new technology they call Transmogrification. They’re heading to the capital cities of Azeroth to set up shop and to offer adventurers a unique service -- copying the appearance of one magical item onto another. They only ask for a modest gold donation to recoup their costs.
Visiting a Transmogrifier will present players with a new interface that will allow them to change the appearance of an item while retaining its original stats. This means that you can raid in your paladin tier 12 Immolation set, but look like you’re wearing Lightbringer, while priests can bring Benediction back -- at least in spirit. Hunters can once again roam the jungles of Stranglethorn Vale in their tier 2 Dragonstalker set. You could even slip into the saucy tailored Black Mageweave set for that matter. You know, with the thigh highs, and the little gloves, and the cute little… ahem.