Patch 4.3 Preview: Void Storage
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
For quite some time now, players have been asking for a location in which to store important keepsakes including treasured armor sets, unique quest rewards, and gifts from friends, as well as other valuable items they’ve collected on their journeys throughout Azeroth.

This is a feature we’ve wanted to add to the game for a while, so we’re excited to announce that, thanks to the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the Ethereals, a new long-term storage option will soon be available to completionists and collectors alike.

Void Storage

In patch 4.3, characters of all levels will be able to take advantage of a new technology known as “Void Storage”, which will open up 80 slots of long-term storage space. Void Storage vaults will be available in both Stormwind and Orgrimmar and can be accessed simply by speaking with your local Vaultkeeper.

A variety of items can be placed into Void Storage — including soulbound items and Account Bound items — making it the perfect location to store trophies from past conquests, as well as armor you may want to hold onto for Transmogrification. So, if you’ve been looking for a good home for those old tier sets or your vanity holiday items, Void Storage is it! And it’s as easy to use as dragging and dropping.

In return for this unique service, the Ethereals will require a small fee for each item deposited into or withdrawn from their Void Storage apparatus. Multiple items can be added and removed at once, and the cost of each transaction will be display at the bottom of the screen, updating dynamically as you select additional items to deposit or withdraw. Once an item is placed into Void Storage, it can remain there indefinitely for no additional cost.

It’s important to note that the goal of Void Storage isn’t to be a second bank, but rather a place where players can safely store items they wish to keep for the life of the game, either for sentimental or aesthetic reasons. Since this particular storage option isn’t really intended for belongings that you’d use a regular basis (like your current set of raiding gear, for example), any item placed in Void Storage will be stripped of all its enhancements, including enchants, gems, sockets, and reforged stats. This will help us reduce the impact such storage can have on the game servers, and ultimately allows us to provide a lot of long-term storage space with minimal impact on everyone's play experience.

Bag Search: Find What You Need, When You Need It

Now, you might be thinking, “Alright, those Ethereals are pretty nifty, and having more storage is great! But what about actually being able to find what I own? Do you know how long I looked for that one stack of Papa Hummel’s Pet Biscuits? Like, a year. Okay, maybe 15 minutes. Either way, not even a tiny, delicious fat baby raptor is worth that kind of effort, and I love fat baby raptors.”

Never fear, fellow tiny-limbed-corpulent-dinosaur enthusiast! We’ve got you covered. In addition to Void Storage, we’re also adding a bag search feature in 4.3 that will allow players to search for items within their bags and bank space with just a few keystrokes.

Integrated directly into the bag and bank UI, this new search feature will be incredibly quick and easy to use. To find an item in one of your bags, in your character’s personal bank, guild bank, or Void Storage vault, you’ll simply type the name of the item — or a word in the item’s name — into a small search box located near the top of your main backpack and your open inventory will be filtered accordingly. Only the items that match the word or name you’ve entered will display, making it easier than ever to find exactly what you need, exactly when you need it.


Please keep in mind that both Void Storage and the upcoming bag search features are still in development, so their functionality may change before release. We’re very excited to be offering both of these inventory management features and will be providing more information as the development of patch 4.3 continues.

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  1. mmoc71361eebcd's Avatar
    I have only word to say about this : Awesome ! I can't wait to wear my T2 pal ! And thanks for renemeber me about The Guilds.
  1. Valort's Avatar
    I believe the 1000 gold thing is for UNLOCKING the service, not for every withdraw
  1. mmoca172a76622's Avatar
    Maaaan.. compared to how litle I actually know about 4.3 I'm way too excited
  1. Notos's Avatar
    I kinda hope the void storage is linked to the mogging UI so that you can select any item in storage as an option for mogging, rather than having to withdraw and redeposit an item every time you want to change to it.
  1. link_991's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Valort View Post
    I believe the 1000 gold thing is for UNLOCKING the service, not for every withdraw
    Judging by these screenshots it's 100g per item for withdrawing and depositing
  1. Yollidan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zstr View Post
    thats Rift who steals Blizz ideas, this shit game is just WoW copy-paste
    Ya, it's not like bag search and wardrobe were in Rift first... DUH. Inc. rifts and invasions in WoW
  1. Exerionx's Avatar
    inb4 the 1,000g fee gets changed to 10g like dual spec did.
  1. Aran's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Yollidan View Post
    Ya, it's not like bag search and wardrobe were in Rift first... DUH. Inc. rifts and invasions in WoW
    I actually went into comments to comment on that. I found that funny. It took 6 years for Blizzard to think of something like this (bagsearch), while Rift had it at launch.

    I saw my gf play Rift, and i have to say, im slightly impressed over it, not quite my cup of tea. BUT, Rift had so many small details that annoy a living fuck out of you in WoW. It's like as if Rift was made by some players that played WoW for years on end, got tired of bullshit, and made their own game filtrating all the annoying stuff from WoW
  1. mmoc3135f6d6ab's Avatar
    Bag search....maybe a little too late for that Blizzard : / and as far as Void storage goes....pointless, the end.
  1. Aran's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ciros View Post
    Bag search....maybe a little too late for that Blizzard : / and as far as Void storage goes....pointless, the end.
    It's not exactly pointless, but it should've been there from day 1, and not after people have destroyed their sets cos they didnt have space.
  1. mmoc44b549a6e8's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by huldu View Post
    The important question is will you be able to access this "vault" from another server, if you're saving heirlooms in it? I don't care about the fluff armor saved in there. Just the heirlooms.
    You cannot. This would amount to cross-server heirlooms, which is not a feature in the game right now and won't be in for the foreseeable future. If you put stuff in your bank, only that character can access the contents (from what I understand).
  1. mmocac96309fe0's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azalu View Post
    Has nobody thought moaning about the price thought:Hefty cost to deposit items = Farming to afford the service = More time playing the game.Or is it me that sees this blatently obvious play by Blizzard
    Still that doesnt mean people will go along with that.
  1. mmocc5c312fa0d's Avatar
    Personally I like the idea, it seems decent, I have nothing against it. Although when they said that it would be a place where we can 'safely' store items, that sounds really weird. Isn't my bank a safe place to be storing my gear?

    The only problem here I can think of are the prices. 1k to unlock it? And if what some people are saying is true about 100g per item, that does seem very overboard. Sure, 100g is easy to come across and for a lot of people 1k is nothing at all for a one-time payment, but not for everyone. Plus I want to know WHY we have to pay to store items in the void storage, when I could just stick them in my bank for free. If we have to pay to withdraw and deposit all our items, I'll probably end up using it just to keep my heirlooms together in one place when they're not being used by characters, considering you'll take them out to level a character, which will be a while, and then deposit them again when you're done leveling, so you're not paying to withdraw/deposit all the time. Although looking at the price of dual-spec these days, I wouldn't say such a hefty price will last long.
  1. scoobysnacks's Avatar
    I think it's a little late in coming. It's hemorrhaging subscribers and now they find the time to do this?
  1. ptwonline's Avatar
    Why does Blizzard always make the mistake of taking something potentially fun and immediately make it less fun but attaching an unnecessary cost to it?
  1. risingforce's Avatar
    With the tanking changes and now this -greedy money grabbing -I am really beginning to lose faith in Blizz! I'm no casual, but this is tantamount to robbery! I would understand if it were 100g per transaction, but not per item... fail Blizz.
  1. Sidone's Avatar
    It's early and changes will come. People always QQ when something is announced. Threatening with unsubbing and all that. QQ over stuff thats live instead of something in development. These are just example screens. The text does not give you the exact prices afaik.
  1. mmocef312064d1's Avatar
    Omg, the whine.I know that a new feature has to be complained about, or in other words, demolished to pieces before it's done."I'll never never ever use this feature" - well, congratulations, we could not care less. What do you want to earn, a medal?"Poorly executed" - Personal opinion. In fact, it's not. Everyone have dumploads of gold, those of which having saved it, and therefore this is good. Don't be, i don't know, all money grinding and such.My point is, quit all the complaining, and come with constructive ideas instead. You asked for more free space, got it for a fee, yes, but fees adds up in the real life too. nothing is free. and more to the point, why should it be? The prices are eventually going to be lowered, i'm sure, and if not, the peeps who uses it will probably have the money needed.There is no problem. And another thing, do not create rifts in WoW, as i saw some mention it. At that point, i'll indeed think of quit wow because.. yeah well, i hate being forced to battle with rifts in the middle of a quest. Like the elemental invasion - forcing people to do it, what? That was just... gaaarwhh i do not want to mention it, i logged out each time.Please, never ever do that again. Make some optional events instead, and keep this game WoW. There is a reason, that Rift's subbase haven't been growing an awful lot, simply because the only neat thing is the graphics. Even that gets burned in the end.WoW and SW:TOR. Well, hopefully SW:TOR (please don't ruin it).
  1. Zookz25's Avatar
    I'm sort of surprised that so many people are complaining about the cost of it when all we have to go by at in-development screenshots.

    I'm betting they're placeholder numbers and each piece won't cost more then their vendoring price to transfer.
  1. lolipopp's Avatar
    I really like the view at the end of the guild short movie ;p !

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