Transmogrifier … What?

Morynne —  August 17, 2011 — 4 Comments

verb /transˈmägrəˌfī/  /tranz-/
transmogrified, past participle; transmogrified, past tense; transmogrifies, 3rd person singular present; transmogrifying, present participle

  • Transform, esp. in a surprising or magical manner

Yep, that’s what it means.

Blizzard has recently started talking about upcoming things in 4.3 at Gamescom, and one of the things that has gotten a lot of attention is the Transmogrifier from the screenshot to the right.

What does it mean in WoW?

Well, it seems that Blizzard is instituting the ability to take current itemized gear, and make it look like the gear from previous patches/expansions.  Cool, right?

Here’s the article with the details that I’m going over, from (Go go Google Translator)

The interview also revealed the purpose of the “mystery ethereals” in Stormwind (and likely other cities, too). The “Transmogrifier” NPC will allow players to change the displayed model of equipment to that of another item while keeping the original attributes: Transmogrification is only possible within an armor class – Plate armor can only assume the looks of other Plate armor, for example.

  • Class restrictions apply to Transmogrification – Warriors cannot transmogrify their armor to look like Death Knight tier sets.
  • The developers are considering whether they should only allow using the models of equipment that has already been obtained
Hunter Tier 5

Hunter Tier 5

I really like the idea of a Transmogrifier.  It will keep players from looking like cookie-cutters during top end raid content.  I’d love to rock some Tier 5 Hunter gear, or don the Tier 6 eyeball set.  What I don’t want to see happen is this be a permanent decision.  I don’t want to sacrifice my Tier 12 gear looks just because I want to show off the fact that yes, I still do have all of my Tier 6 gear.  This needs to be more of an on the fly decision, versus a permanent choice.  This needs to be reversible.

Frankly I go through moods where I love the Tier 9 set and their canoe shoulders, and other times I hate it.  Just like we change our clothes in real life, we need to be able to choose what gear we look like we’re wearing at a whim — of course with a cost.  Reforging current Tier 12 gear costs a significant amount.  I’ve seen some of my pieces cost upwards of 80g each, so I would hope the cosmetic change would be something akin to getting a haircut.  Five hundred gold to change the looks of my gear? No thanks, not regularly.  150-200? I’d buy that.

Hunter Tier 6

Hunter Tier 6

I sincerely hope they institute having to actually have acquired the gear at one point or another, but not require you to have the gear *rightnow* to start the change.  Because banks are not limitless in size, and the Void Storage isn’t available yet, I find myself only holding on to the last gear set of an expansion.  The problem? I no longer have any of my Tier 4, 5, 7, 8, or 9 sitting around.  Did I have it at one point? Absolutely.  Does this mean I’m going to have to go back and farm it again? While it might be fun to do for one or two sets, I don’t want to have to run ToC again. Ever. (The 4 separate raid lockouts for that place drove me insane)

What might be a more appropriate requirement is that in order to unlock the look of that gear set, the player must have cleared that raid at least once, and have the achievement.  That way you’re not forced to run the raid until the right tier token drops, but you can say you’ve run it.

The rest of that interview talks through Deathwing being in 4.3, 3 new 5-man dungeons, plus the Void Storage and Transmogrifier. MMO-Champion has the full translation of the article.

All this talk of old gear sets is making me nostalgic for Burning Crusade.

Here’s the official preview from Blizzard.


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Morynne is an avid hunter, and prefers Marksmanship. She has co-hosted the Hunting Party Podcast, and appeared on the Twisted Nether Blogcast. For more information, click here.

4 responses to Transmogrifier … What?

  1. I think I might go for the Ironforge Mountaineer look

  2. I'm just glad I'll be able to use a bow, but get the noise of a gun. For some reason my rotation is tighter with a gun than with a bow

  3. The current plan is that you semi-permanently change the model of your equipped gear, until such time that you decide that you want it to look normal again. You can un-transmogrify in the same way that you can undo reforging your gear.

    The gear you use as a model for transmogrification is not destroyed in the process. The only thing you lose in transmogrifying your gear is the gold required to change the model.

    As far as what models are available, you will only be able to use what you have *right now*. There isn't a way for Blizzard to retroactively store data on your character for every item you have ever equipped. Going forward, they would have to implement a system that flags your character as having worn an item in the same way that quest progress is stored on your character. This is the only way that they would be able to allow you to use a model for transmogrification that you currently do not have in your possession.

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