Paladin Transmog 101
Oh Paladins, you either love or hate your armor. You’re either vehemently opposed to skirts, you hate shiny armor, or combination of the above.
Paladin armor has had highs and lows, but with 4.3, we’ll be able to make sure we look exactly as we wish with Transmogrification!
I started playing right before the Burning Crusade, and didn’t start raiding until the summer after release. I remember all the Paladins in guild clamoring about the recolored Judgement and running those instances for the items (hell, every once and a while I rediscover a print-out from BC that Mal had done at work of the drop locations of the Judgement armor–where it is now, I have no clue, but we always get a good laugh out of it when we find it). And then I got to stare at our Paladins in Tier 4 (awful), and Tier 5 (even more awful). I honestly don’t remember the Tier 6 gear in our raids, I just knew that I was jealous of Paladins with their halos when all I had were eyeballs on my shoulders (the joys of being a hunter).
Anyway, having swapped mains (twice) since BC, I’ve always been wanting some of the specific Tier sets for my own RP purposes. Now, I don’t play on an RP realm, and it’s pretty much limited to me derping around in a major city (usually at the bank or something), but it’s me being me, so, I want the armor.
Well, with the announcement of Transmog, I immediately kicked into high gear to gather ALL THE SETS. And now my bank hates me so much. Between my normal gear sets (Holy, Holy PvP, Ret, Avoidance and misc. pieces that I swap around), my Transmog gear, my holiday stuff, and the fact that I’m an enchanter/JC? Let’s just say I can’t wait for void storage either…
Anway…let’s talk Transmog!
Finding the Transmog Building
Apparently this is the hardest part? People were so lost on the PTR that some made macros answering the “where’s the transmog building?” question. Either way, hit M and make sure you’re where the arrow is on the map pictured below:
If you aren’t there, then you aren’t at the Transmog building! That simple!
Once inside, you talk to the Transmog vendor and get a window that looks like this:
And then you drag all the armor you’re replacing into those slots. They’ll get a sparkly purple border (as seen below) to let you know that you’re transmogging to that item. Watch your cash total up at the bottom (with weapon/shield it’s about 300G, at least it was for me), click Apply, and go check yourself out in your hot looking new/old gear!
Paladin Transmog Options
I’ll be honest, I’m rather lazy with regards to weapons/shields. Pretty much for me, the Bulwark of Azzinoth wins hands down, and when it finally drops for me (insert string of curse words here), I’ll be using it like it’s the last shield to ever exist. I’m a nutcase that loves swords, so, my goal is to always have a sword with me–I haven’t honestly explored much in the weapon options simply because (insert string of curse words here) I’m still looking for the Bulwark and armor right now. Weapons are sorta down my list of needs at this time. <.<
But, without further adieu, I give you my picks for Transmog (and all of these sets in some various form are shoved in my bank right now):
The Original Plate Skirt: Judgement (Tier 2)
If I didn’t start this list with Judgement, I’d probably get beat down by the greater WoW populous, so here it is!
Hands down a beautiful set, the original plate skirt for Paladins. If anyone has a weapon/shield pairing idea, stick it in the comments! I haven’t even thought a moment about it honestly!
(NOTE: I didn’t put a cloak into this outfit simply because male belfs in skirts is pretty epic–there’s a reason I have my cloak turned off with my T12… That being said, I won’t be displaying cloak with this outfit, so you’re on your own for cloak finding. :>)
The Halo: Lightbringer (Tier 6)
The set I always dreamed of having (and now do!) was Lightbringer. I cared more about this set than I did Judgement, and I suspect that Tier 6 will be my go-to set for Transmog on Raz. I’m going to Transmog gear the way my old GM changed his hair style/color in Wrath (every raid it was different and we raided 4 nights a week…)!
I mean really! It’s got a HALO for christ’s sake! My current Twitter icon is based off of Tier 6, but the observant ones will notice that the halo is crooked on Raz’s head (much to his amusement and frustration)–this is a running joke about Raz not being a good Paladin (not in the sense of “wow, Miri sucks at being a prot” but as in “Raz is a jackass who doesn’t follow this ‘Light‘ nonsense”). So there you have it, a tiny look into Raz’s character development from an RP standpoint (lol).
The dark Sunwell set was actually alerted to me by Rhidach on Twitter the day that the Transmog news hit the web! Since then, the set has really grown on me, and I’m currently finishing up gathering it for stockpiling. It will probably be something I’ll swap to for Prot when I get tired of being sparkly.
Dark, not really what you’d expect a Paladin to be wearing–but that makes me like it that much more!
And last but not least, the light Sunwell set. This is definitely going to be my Holy gear transmog! It captures the purity and goodness of a Paladin (which really isn’t me OR Raz, but I like what it implies–proof that looks can be deceiving, at least when it comes to Raz and his personality) and the colors are pretty amazing.
I went with the purple cloak just to offset the light colors. Thank Rades for talking me into high contrast colors yesterday!
Getting to this point…
So this blog post has actually been weeks in the making, I’ve been just so damn slow at finding the time to piece it all together. Transmog is SRS BZNS, and apparently it results in me spending waaay too much time with the WoW Model Viewer and Photoshop, and results in some funny stuff, as I’ve shared below:
And then there was Round 2, after feedback was gathered from Twitter!
Which resulted in some humor for encroaching on cloaks that apparently a sassy mage wanted <.<
And then the final round of cloak evaluation:
Once you realize that this was me evaluating cloaks just for the dark Sunwell armor, you can tell I needed something to do yesterday (no, not really, it was me avoiding work).
- Icy Veins Cloak Transmog List - Great weapons list too, just start digging–they are updating almost daily with visual guides, which I adore because I want to look, not click!
- The Visual Roleplay Gear List - Great breakdown of item sets and where to get them!
- WoWHead Guides (lots of good stuff here, just start digging through the oodles of information that the WoWHead staff have been feverishly working to compile!
The one thing to remember about Transmog is that it can be as serious (like mine) or as funny as you want it to be. Enjoy!