Howdy Hunters! My name is Jiae (rhymes with pie) and I love Warcraft’s new transmogrify feature! As hunters, we have some fantastic options and gear sets to play with, and changing out just one piece of a tier set can give dramatic results.
If you are like me, when you heard that transmog was coming out, you went and furiously collected tokens and items for your favorite tier set, promptly put it on, and got bored with it in about a week and a half. I totally did this with T5, even though it looks phenomenal on my Draenei, and I rapidly started looking for other sets.
But fear not! Your gear collecting has not been in vain! The nice thing about transmog is we can combine items in any combination we want, and there are a lot of different items that look good with our tier sets. This week I would like to take a deeper look at T2, the Dragonstalker set. Obviously there are many more items that can go with this set then I show here, but I have picked a bunch of my favorites to hopefully inspire some creativity in the transmog world.
Here is the standard Dragonstalker set with no modifications:
|Dragonstalker Armor Set, Hunter Tier 2|
Dominant colors are purple and gold. Accent colors are red, orange, and blue. Overall a fairly unusual color combination, but one that we can use to our advantage. By the end of this article we will end up with a perversion of T2 that looks something like this:
|I like to call this the “evil naga” set.|
First, lets take a look at our helm options:
I’m not a huge fan of the standard T2 helm, but I’m not too big a fan of most helms in general. (They cover up my pigtails!) On the other hand, wearing a dragon’s head for a helm is pretty badass, so I won’t totally rule it out as an option. The good news is there are two places to get this: Dragonstalker’s Helm drops from Nefarian in Blackwing Lair, and Dragonstalker’s Helm, the level 80 version, drops from Onyxia.
|Crown of Flame – with pigtails! Yay!|
However, my favorite option, which really opens the door for some transmog options, is the Crown of Flame from Ragnaros in Firelands. It might be a little difficult to get if you are running FL with a Shaman, but it dropped so many times for my guild that I snagged it for my transmog set. What I love about this option is that it matches color wise very well, and brings more of a naga look to the set as a whole.
So as much as shoulders can be annoying, they are often the most recognizable part of a gear set. When I design a set around a particular tier of gear, I leave the shoulders intact and try to match everything else to them. With that in mind, Dragonstalker’s Spaulders drop from Chromaggus in Blackwing Lair. (You can also tame this badboy if you are Beast Master but then you get no loots!)
Here is where we start getting into some interesting options. We have the standard Dragonstalker’s Breastplate, which drops from Nefarian in Blackwing Lair. However, for the more daring hunter, I would recommend the Energized Chestplate, which drops from Alzzin the Wildshaper in Dire Maul East. This is the only mail chest with this model in the game, and it is barely there on female characters. (I especially love the bare back–smexy!) Another look I love is the Engraved Breastplate, which has a bit more coverage for females and takes advantage of the red and gold accents in the shoulders. It is a green item that can either be found on the auction house or farmed from level 50-60ish elites. (If you’re lucky it might drop in BWL.) With these modifications, the set is looking more and more “naga” which I am perfectly ok with.
|Engraved Breastplate — starting to look a bit eeeeeevil!|
So belt choices primarily depend on what legs you pick, but if you decided to go with the dragonstalker legs, I suggest going with the Dragonstalker’s Belt as well. It drops from Vaelastrasz the Corrupt in Blackwing Lair. However some other belts that look decent are the Engraved Girdle (red) and the Masterwork Girdle (gold) green items in red and gold that drop from those same level 50-60ish elites we were talking about before. However, the auction house will undoubtedly save you some time as long as your server is not tiny like mine.
|Dragonstalker’s Belt, Engraved Girdle, and Masterwork Girdle respectively|
|Dragonstalker, Engraved, and Masterwork Gauntlets|
In general again, there are several glove options and it kind of depends what you are going for and the other items you pick for your set. I like the options from the same sets as the belts. Dragonstalker’s Gauntlets from Ebonroc, Firemaw, or Flamegor in Blackwing Lair, and the Engraved Gauntlets (red) and Masterwork Gauntlets (gold). Again green items that go nicely with T2.
Alright fun times! As usual we have our Dragonstalker’s Legguards which drop from Ragnaros in Molten Core. Other legs I like with this set are the Radiant Leggings, which are a Blacksmithing crafted item (the pattern drops in MC and BWL). Just beware that on female characters the rear will be VERY visible. The other option I like are the Engraved Leggings our friendly level 50-60 greens. These have full coverage.
There are several boots from sets we’ve mentioned that go with combinations T2, however I do not want to overwhelm with all the options available, and therefore have picked three favorites. We have our handy Dragonstalker’s Greaves, which drop from Broodlord Lashlayer in Blackwing Lair. Veteran’s Linked Sabatons, available for 208 justice points from Kayri in the Isle of Quel’Danas, make a great substitute for the T2 boots and are super easy to pick up. Lastly, the Masterwork Boots are also a very good match.
|Dragonstalker Greaves, Veteran’s Linked Sabatons, and Masterwork Boots|
Weapons of Choice:
So being a BC gal, I have a great love of BC weapons. Therefore, my favorite for the evil naga set is the Halberd of Desolation from High Warlord Naj’entus in Black Temple.
|Halberd of Desolation|
|Merciless Gladiator’s Crossbow of the Pheonix|
This crossbow has an amazing graphic and looks great with the Crown of Flame. Don’t let Wowhead fool you, the model is still in that game and can be purchased in Netherstorm from Kezzik the Striker for 750 honor. I have included a screenshot of the item vendor I took today (Jan, 2012). Merciless Gladiator’s Crossbow of the Phoenix and Gladiator’s Heavy Crossbow
|Yes, it really is in game, don’t let Wowhead fool you.|
Putting it all together:
So in parting I give you what I have nicknamed the “evil naga set” in several different incarnations on different toons:
|From left to right gradually removing parts of T2 until everything but the shoulders have been replaced.|
|Night elf with different chest and legs.|
|Blood elf with T2 hands and feet switched.|
That’s all I’ve got for now. Happy Mogging and I’ll see ya next time!
This hunter transmog guide is included in the Wow Hunters Hall guide to hunter transmogs: Hunter Transmogrification Guides & Resources.