With Patch 4.3, we're getting one of the most exiting cosmetic changes ever introduced into World of Warcraft, transmogrification. Fortunately, the WoW community have christened this "Mogging" because quite frankly the word transmogrification is a horrible word to say. When I first heard it I though that it was a term invented by the folks over in Irvine, CA, but apparently it's been around for a while and the earliest recorded use of the word according to the Oxford English Dictionary was way back in 1656.
Unsurprisingly the word simply means:
To change into a different shape or form, especially one that is fantastic, grotesque or bizarre.
But of course we're not here to consider that we want to make our characters unique little snowflakes and look cool at the same time by changing the appearance of our armour to look like another piece of armour. But the big question being asked is how do I get my lovely T12 stuff to look like my uber cool piece of armour? Hopefully this quick guide will help you do just that!
- Items being mogged must be the same armour class as the original;
- The items must be of the same type eg boots/swords/axes;
- The exception to the above is guns, bows and crossbows;
- Main hand weapons cannot be used to transform off-hand weapons (and vice-versa);
- One hand items can be used to transform main hand weapons and off-hand weapons but NOT vie-versa;
- Only uncommon (green), rare (blue) or epic (purple) items may be transmogrified;
- Legendary items (orange) cannot be used as either the donor or the target of mogging;
- There are exceptions as some items (like fish) have been deemed inappropriate;
- Heirloom items cannot be the target item (it is unknown if you can use it as the donor);
- PVP gear can be the donor and the target;
- You can reverse the mogging process;
- Standard glow effects on donor items will not transfer to the target item;
- Items that have been mogged has its tooltip modified to show "Transmogrified to: Item Name"
- If you cannot equip the item you cannot use it as the donor to mog an equipped item;
- Using an item to mog your equipped items will make it soulbound if it isn't already;
- You can mog more than 1 item using a single donor;
- On use abilities from the donor do NOT transfer;
The information above was taken from various sources and was correct at the time it was compiled (8 October 2011). As with everything on the PTR, things are subject to change. (eg I know that Blizzard are looking into making it possible to use legendary items as the mog donor)
Step 1: Finding the Cool Stuff
He is located in a building called The Three Winds on the south eastern corner of Cathedral Square. The building is only accessible from the Canal District side not from with the square itself.
Fortunately, you guys and gals can get things sorted by visiting Warpweaver Dushar in Orgrimmar. He is located in a new building right in front of the cooking trainer.
Personally, I'm a bit disappointed that there is only one location for each faction, as it removes the option of basing yourself away from Stormwind/Orgrimmar to get sorted as it forces us all into one city and I'd like to see all teh major cities given a Transmogrifier, but it is still early days yet so lets not panic just yet.
Currently on the PTR prices vary from 10 to 25 gold. Working on the assumption that this works the same as Reforging, this would appear to be the vendor value of the item you have equipped and wish to alter, which mean that weapons will most likely be the expensive things to mog.
Are you looking forward to transmogrification? If so, what will your 4.3 look be?