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Artcraft - Cosmetic Class Accessories
It looks like the developers are considering adding cosmetic items in Warlords of Draenor, such as the quiver that Hunters have been asking for!

  • These cosmetic items will probably make it into the game after the release of Warlords of Draenor and will be earned through accomplishments in game.
  • The concepts are for the moment Alliance-only but will be differentiated for each faction if Blizzard decides it's the best way to go.
  • These items could be added for every class. For example Rogues could decide to equip cosmetic daggers, vials of poison, darts, or throwing stars. Hunters could use longbows with quivers or blunderbusses with ammo pouches.
  • Transmogrification may also play a role in this system.
  • This is only a first concept and the dev team is still actively working on the idea.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hi, I’m Chris Robinson, senior art director of World of Warcraft, and welcome to a special edition of Artcraft focused on an idea that’s still quite early in the inception phase: class accessories. For a long time now, we’ve felt that our character classes could use some more visual customization options, and we’ve heard you might be thinking the same thing. When I play WoW, I see Hunters pulling arrows from thin air, firing shot after shot with no visible clue as to where that ammo is coming from. I’ve heard Druids speak fondly of mystical objects called Idols, and listened to Shamans talk of Totems. And my Paladin seems to have developed a strange hitch in his gait due to the lack of a Libram at his side.

While some of those items once existed in-game as gear for the now-retired “Relic” slot, you’ve never been able to actually see those items on your character. We’ve been cooking up some concepts for how we might be able to bring that sort of class-specific visual customization back in the form of purely cosmetic class accessories—and while we’re not here to herald their imminent arrival, we thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek at what we’re conceptualizing from an art perspective, and have our item-design guru Owen Landgren give you some insight into how they might work.

Before we show you the goods, keep in mind these are still way early in the design process, and getting them into the game will likely need to wait until after you’ve faced off against the Iron Horde. But this is something that’s been requested so frequently, we thought you might appreciate knowing we’re working to make it happen (eventually). So without further delay, here are a few concepts for you to take a look at!


As you can see, these concepts are all somewhat Alliance focused, at least for now. We’re thinking we’ll have Horde and Alliance color schemes for accessories whenever it makes sense. And while we’re planning on creating the “obvious” accessories for the classes that once had Relics, we have a lot of ideas for accessories we think would be awesome for all of the classes. Don’t let that stop you from sharing your own ideas with us, though!


Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse at what we’re working on in the art realm, here’s Owen to explain the designers’ early thinking on how these might be worked into the game:

“Back in ye olden days of Cataclysm and earlier, the Relic gear slot provided some classes with an additional item that would impart character stat bonuses. We always thought it would have been cool to show these Relics on your character, but aside from the generic quiver for Hunters wielding a bow, the artists just didn’t have time to do the concept justice. We were also faced with some unique design challenges, including questions about how much additional unique artwork would have been required for each new tier of raid and PvP gear. However, once the Relic slot was retired and the visuals could be divorced from gearing mechanics, the idea of bringing these back as a character customization feature became something we talked about more and more.

Our goal with these class accessories is to offer players a whole new path to customizing the look of their character. While you might decide to wear the same armor as your friend, choosing different accessories allows you to communicate something extra about your character. As a Rogue, are you the swashbuckling buccaneer with daggers on a bandolier and stashed up every sleeve? Or are you the poisoner, carrying bubbling, smoking vials filled with terrible concoctions? Perhaps you’re the shadowy figure that lurks in the dark, replete with darts and throwing stars to fell your enemies from a distance? As you obtain new looks, you’ll be able to mix and match thematically—if a particular Hunter gear set looks better with a longbow and quiver than a blunderbuss and ammo pouch, the option is yours. Mix in Transmogrification, and the visual combinations are nearly endless.


“We envision that class accessories will be rewarded from a variety of accomplishments in World of Warcraft. These could be as simple as attaining a new level, or as monumental as conquering a vicious raid boss. We want each player to have access to multiple accessories, but have some rarer accessories that take more effort to obtain.”

—Owen Landgren, Game Designer

Hey there—Chris again. As we mentioned, these are still just some early ideas and concepts, and we hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse behind the scenes. We know a lot of you are excited about the idea of having new ways to customize the look of your characters, and we look forward to sharing more as we continue to make progress. Thanks for reading!
This article was originally published in forum thread: Artcraft - Cosmetic Class Accessories started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 317 Comments
  1. Daftwood's Avatar
    LIBRAMS!11!111 ABOUT DAMN TIME! Been asking for this since 2004!
  1. SmokeNicotine's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Buttons and Bows View Post
    QQ, I want brew bottles on my Monk
    would rather have a keg on my Brew's back
  1. WarlordsofDraenor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by masteryuri View Post
    Alliance first.
    This is a prime example of what is ruining the game. Do we really have to do this petty AvH thing ALWAYS? Even Blizzard is on that ship.

    Just enjoy it for what it is. New cosmetics. Sometimes I wish factions didn't even exist.
  1. Smeeh's Avatar
    I should seriously stop reading any comment on the news, by now 100% of the game seems to come from cash shops according to you guys.
  1. Zstr's Avatar
    quivers yes, could go, but rest how this all stuff fit on,
    kinda waste of time, and defenetly cost a raid tier of work...
  1. Masternewt's Avatar
    Blizzcon 2018: "Any news on that cosmetic items you showed the art of before WoD?"
    Blizzard: "We'd love to do that but we're limited with resources. They could be done, but they would be done at the expense of a raid tier."
  1. Esubane's Avatar
    Cosmetic only, cosmetic only, cosmetic only.

    I sense cash shop only. Blizzard is master of deception. Realm merges? No, it's called connected realms technology you faget. Zones winding with emptiness? No that's not server merge, this is cross realm zones.
  1. Azgraal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by WarlordsofDraenor View Post
    This is a prime example of what is ruining the game. Do we really have to do this petty AvH thing ALWAYS? Even Blizzard is on that ship.

    Just enjoy it for what it is. New cosmetics. Sometimes I wish factions didn't even exist.
    The faction rivalry that is the BASIC CONCEPT of the game is what's ruining it?

    That's a joke right?

    ...right?


    OT: Dear Blizzard. Hi, how's it going? Please tell me these won't be Blizzstore only items.
    Yours truly,
    Azgraal.
  1. Schmilblick's Avatar
    Too small to be seen ingame, I hope we can disable those in graphics options so it doesn't PC resources.
  1. thorvath's Avatar
    My guess is the "concept" of them being $15 each has already been finalized.
  1. GreenFuse's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zstr View Post
    quivers yes, could go, but rest how this all stuff fit on,
    kinda waste of time, and defenetly cost a raid tier of work...
    Well, that settles that. Zstr, our resident programming and design expert, confirms that cosmetic class accessories will cost a raid tier. It should be noted that while Zstr is a wizard at knowing such things, he is defenetely not the best speller.
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    Soon(tm) to be found in ....
    blizzard store
  1. Amerissis's Avatar
    Oh, that looks gorgeous! Me want! I'd even wear the Alliance quiver on my troll.
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Smeeh View Post
    I should seriously stop reading any comment on the news, by now 100% of the game seems to come from cash shops according to you guys.
    and they are in 80% + right about it
  1. Durandro's Avatar
    This community is so damn toxic. And predictably so. Its extremely tiresome.

    Cosmetic assessories sound awesome.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    I wonder where they got that idea.
  1. WarlordsofDraenor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azgraal View Post
    The faction rivalry that is the BASIC CONCEPT of the game is what's ruining it?

    That's a joke right?

    ...right?


    OT: Dear Blizzard. Hi, how's it going? Please tell me these won't be Blizzstore only items.
    Yours truly,
    Azgraal.
    I never said the concept itself ruins the game. I said the heated rivalry to the point of pettiness does. You seem to have a real problem with reading comprehension.
  1. Kink's Avatar
    I nearly thought they were just porting models from azeroth choppers into the game, since production was being done well before the release of the videos.
  1. Azgraal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Schmilblick View Post
    Too small to be seen ingame, I hope we can disable those in graphics options so it doesn't PC resources.
    Beware of the dreaded dozen polygons of a pouch, they'll slow down your computers!
  1. Lahis's Avatar
    These are barely even concepts right now. They wil not get into the game during WoD, propably not even after it.

    Filler blog is filler blog. Literally no info worth of anything here.

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