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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 321 Comments
  1. papajohn4's Avatar
    Finally Quivers!
  1. machineman's Avatar
    Not sure I understand... how would these work? In place of "real" daggers, etc?
  1. Vincus's Avatar
    The Codex of Xerrath as cosmetic on my evil undead warlock would've looked SICK!
  1. TrollShaman's Avatar
    Ah, some nice Warlords update. Looking forward to use quivers again
  1. mmoca159452d04's Avatar
    Can't help but think these could be cash shop =/ I hope I'm wrong.
  1. ersiusp's Avatar
    Presumably they fit somewhere on your character's body depending on the item. Over the shoulder, strapped to a thigh, etc. Or better yet we may be able to assign where they show up.
  1. Libertarian's Avatar
    "cosmetic only" "cosmetic only" "cosmetic only" - where else do we see "cosmetic only"? Oh right the blizzard store!
  1. mmoc0d5cf64a19's Avatar
    Does it mean those accessories will be used by characters with their own animation each one? for example, the paladin opens the book to cast a blessing
  1. Anguished's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by machineman View Post
    Not sure I understand... how would these work? In place of "real" daggers, etc?
    Maybe it's throwing knives, or maybe it's just too show that they're sheathed.
  1. Shadowbane's Avatar
    This looks promising. It never seemed right that the only intentionally cosmetic gear that was widely available was through the shop, meaning if you didn't want to buy, you had to do challenge modes (which not everyone can do) or be a shaman and do SoO for the Dark Shaman gear.
  1. Gurbz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by machineman View Post
    Not sure I understand... how would these work? In place of "real" daggers, etc?
    I would guess some sort of extra gear slot for cosmetic items. It wouldn't do very much good it any of these took up an actual gear slot. Another possibility would be something like an enchant, but without taking up the stat based enchant slot on an item of course.
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    Oooooh, faction mogg items! I've been wishing for this since mogging became available! Imagine 1 set of mogg items from each faction race which you'd get access to at Exalted. Forsaken Quivers...*drool*
  1. adic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vincus View Post
    The Codex of Xerrath as cosmetic on my evil undead warlock would've looked SICK!
    for the moment Alliance-only
  1. stgeorge78's Avatar
    Cash Shop only - guaranteed. Starting at $30
  1. mmoc67e7f8beac's Avatar
    Alliance first.
  1. Agoonga's Avatar
    I want to see Horde quiver/ammo pouch concepts. The Q&A at BlizzCon and some tweets hinted at this.
  1. mmoccec923c778's Avatar
    QQ, I want brew bottles on my Monk
  1. mmoc64ace7a841's Avatar
    Hopefully i can use lvl10 version on lvl 100 characters. Or turn them off.
  1. Vincus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by adic View Post
    for the moment Alliance-only
    "The Codex of Xerrath" is another book that currently dosnt have a visual. It's an idea, not something showed in the post.
  1. mmoc9a6d225aa1's Avatar
    LIBRAMS!11!111 ABOUT DAMN TIME! Been asking for this since 2004!

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