Transmogrification has taken the blogging community to newer heights since it launched with Patch 4.3. It’s becoming even bigger as people are upgrading gear less (a number of people I spoke to didn’t really want to transmog since they were constantly upgrading) due to no new raid content since the same patch. Today I thought I would share how to go about building a good transmogrification outfit and some things you might not consider when doing so.
1. Download and Install MogIt
Even if you don’t usually use addons, you owe it to yourself to get it (here, for convenience). There are other options such as ModelViewer and wowhead, but MogIt outshines both simply because you can use it in-game (without any tabbing or window moving).
2. Learn MogIt Basics
The program is pretty straight forward, but without playing around with it you might not know how to make life easier for yourself while using it.
- For starters, holding down the left mouse button allows you to zoom. Scrolling up while doing so zooms out, and scrolling down zooms in. When you start looking at detail, this is important. Scrolling left and right will turn your model.
- Holding down the right button and moving your mouse icon will move your character around within the MogIt pane.
- The filter button will allow you to change the level spectrum, faction specific, class specific, etc. If you want to mog the current character, at its current level, then this isn’t much of a desire, but that’s not always the case. Just keep in mind you can’t choose the filter until you select a type of gear from the main list.
- Preview. Once you start putting a Wishlist together, make sure to use this feature. It will allow you to look at a slot, while showing the other components you’ve already saved.
3. Race and Gender Matter
The gender one is pretty obvious when you think about it (or look at any pre-Wrath gear). But consider the differences in the physiology of a Male Tauren, Female Gnome, Male Forsaken, and Female Blood Elf. Each item is going to be stretched differently for each example. Just because it looked great on someone else’s toon, doesn’t mean it will on yours.
4. The Miniscule Character Features Matter
A big bushy Dwarf beard is going to cover up a chest piece, while some of the Forsaken features can look strange with certain headgear. Those are the obvious ones. Hair colour, female Night Elf facial markings, and even the Gnomes earrings…if you pull colours from these small details into your outfit, it can sometimes make it that much better.
5. Don’t Just Build Out Of The Box
There’s nothing wrong with assembling a full set of Ruthless Gladiator PvP gear, Judgement Armor, or Darkcrest set. However, if you’re really looking to take your gear look to the next step, vary it up a little. Look at Mortevache. His current look is half starter DK gear. I like the way he looks right now, but for Mogging creativity I would give it about a 10/15 if I was to put my judge’s hat on. Basically, it’s a start with ample room to improve. There’s nothing wrong with using some of that gear, but making an outfit your own speaks volumes and not taking the somewhat easy way out can make a big difference.
6. Reference Material
If you want to look like certain NPC’s in the game, then that’s your prerogative and not necessarily a bad thing. However, if you want to do your own thing and are struggling with ideas or colour combinations…look around you. There are great colour and outfit ideas on television, billboards, magazines, the Wal-Mart flyer…and one of the best reference points of all: pro-sports teams. Professional teams, regardless of league, are a business these days and that includes look. Heavy research and development goes into what every team presents in its logo and uniform…so feel free to borrow some of their proven ideas.
7. Weapon Choices
Depending on your class and spec, you could be taking whatever drop options are out there that will improve your role. For me, my Mage isn’t going to be doing any serious content pretty much ever, so I have no problem keeping him sword equipped at all times. My Prot Pally? Could be axe, could be sword, could be mace. So, when I design an outfit for him I always look for additional weapon skins. I find it better than looking only when said item drops and I start to scramble.
8. Don’t Be Afraid To Scrap It
Some Transmog outfits can take hours to design. You can put together an entire outfit, tweak a couple slots you don’t end up liking, and in the end just not get the exact look you want. So feel free to either put it on the back burner, or just delete your efforts and start over. Sometimes starting fresh can yield quicker and more positive results than pining in frustration to make things just right. It’s better than going “well, maybe” only to find out when you’ve taken the time to get all the gear that it looks the way you thought rather than the way you wanted.
We all go about things in our own way and each of us has a different approach to the joy that is Transmogrification. What I hoped to do here is provide something for someone new to the idea and even those who aren’t new but want to improve. With any luck, it will do just that for you. Happy Mogging!