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The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Transmogging for the warrior

Matthew Rossi

Every week, WoW Insider brings you The Care and Feeding of Warriors, the column dedicated to arms, fury and protection warriors. Despite repeated blows to the head from dragons, demons, Old Gods and whatever that thing over there was, Matthew Rossi will be your host.

Frankly, I wrote a serious post this week about tanking that you may want to read. As a result of that post, however, and previous week's posts for this column that were fairly weighty, I find myself desperately wanting to shift gears. While considering a beginner's guide to PVP and a beginner's guide to leveling as DPS, I realized that I've played this game for years and collected a lot of gear over that time. With the announcement of transmogrification in patch 4.3, it's finally time to discuss a few truths.
  1. Warriors have had some of the best-looking gear in the game.
  2. We're finally going to be able to use whichever pieces of gear we want.
  3. I want to talk about sweet-looking gear.
By these forces combined, I am Captain Clotheshorse. So I've dusted out the ol' trusty model viewer and I'm going to talk about gear you may want for your warrior's transmog needs. Like, for instance, the Whirlwind Axe. One of three weapons awarded to a warrior for doing the pre-Cataclysm level 30 to 40 warrior quest chain, the one that ended with Death to Cyclonian. If you didn't roll your warrior before Cata or deleted the weapon, fret not; there are several weapons with the same model.

Of course, the armor I chose to go along with the Whirlwind Axe in the opening picture is the incredibly revealing Jade Breastplate and other Jade pieces of plate armor. I chose it because, frankly, I'm disappointed in how it looks on a male. Why, you ask?

What is that? The female character ends up in an armored bra, and we don't even get to see this dwarf's belly button? I demand equal skin. Let's get some plate belly shirts for the fellas. Still, for a green-quality set, this one holds up surprisingly well.

Now that we've covered how disappointingly clothed guys are in the Jade set, let's talk about sets and items I expect to see a lot of warriors in, starting with two-handers. I'm going to cover swords, axes and maces, since those are the most common warrior options; while we can use fists, daggers, polearms, and staves as well, those aren't usually itemized for us. And believe me, even limiting myself to swords, axes and maces ends up leaving me swimming in more good-looking options than I can possibly list here.

Two-handed swords

For two-handed sword options, these are some of my favorite models. Not all are going to be epics, and one is a green. Some are unique models while others share models, I'll link to the same model as where appropriate.
  1. Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood
  2. Armageddon
  3. Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds
  4. Heavy Copper Broadsword
  5. Cataclysm's Edge
  6. Glorenzelg, High Blade of the Silver Hand
  7. Twinblade of the Phoenix
  8. Typhoon
  9. Endbringer
  10. Dreadlord's Blade (It's a boat!)
  11. Apolyon, the Soul-Render
  12. Voldrethar, Dark Blade of Oblivion
  13. Zoid's Firelit Greatsword
  14. Blackblade of Shahram
  15. The Untamed Blade
  16. Runeblade of Baron Rivendare
  17. Despair
  18. Warmonger
  19. Barbarous Blade
  20. Relentless Scythe
  21. Sword of the Magistrate
  22. Jin'rokh, The Great Apocalypse (Note that both this sword and its shared model are currently not in game; hopefully the Darkmoon Faire revamp will fix that.)
  23. Lionheart Executioner (As far as I can tell, the BS trainers no longer teach how to make this sword or its predecessors, but if you already know the pattern, you can still make one.)
  24. Decimation (Sadly an Alliance-only model; Fleshrender is the Horde equivalent.)
  25. Obsidian Edged Blade (A later Ony revamp drop.)
Some of these are for nostalgia value (the Barb Blade and Relentless Scythe were swords I used back in vanilla), and the Heavy Copper Broadsword because it's an extremely nice model of exceptional size, especially for an early/leveling green-quality item. To give you an idea of how big the sword is, here it is side by side with Ashkandi, one of the largest two-handed sword models in the entire game.

As you can see, it's very close to being as long. Now, I could sit here and talk about each of these weapons in turn, but in the end it would take up most of this column, and we have so much more to cover. If we're even to hope to cover both one-handed and two-handed weapons, we need to get started on it, so let's talk about main, one-handed and off-hand swords next.

One-handed swords

Sadly at the present time, legendaries are not intended to be eligible for transmogging, so no Thunderfury or Warglaives here. Still, there are quite a few beautiful swords. I'm extremely fond of quite a few older models here.
  1. Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight
  2. Slayer of the Lifeless
  3. Dragonscale-Encrusted Longblade
  4. Hailstorm
  5. Blade of Infamy (matches warrior tier 5)
  6. The Sun Eater
  7. Renataki's Soul Slicer
  8. Quel'serrar
  9. Quel'delar, Cunning of the Shadows (This model also comes in a two-handed version.)
  10. Thrash Blade
  11. Hope Ender
  12. Talon of Azshara
  13. Broken Promise
  14. Bloodrazor
  15. The various Krol swords
  16. Lava Spine
  17. Bloodvenom Blade
  18. Blade of Savagery
  19. Skullforge Reaver
  20. Sword of Marshtide Watch (Alliance only)
  21. Cursed Felblade
  22. Legionnaire's Sword (Horde only)
  23. The Butcher
  24. King's Defender
  25. Fang of the Leviathan
I will list excellent caster models out there, such as Fang of the Leviathan. This is one of the things that warriors have over just about any other class when it comes to transmogrification; we can use every weapon in the game except wands. Bows, guns, fists, daggers, staves, polearms ... While there are weapons we're more likely to use, like swords, axes and maces, we can just as easily use a caster mace or sword for purposes of transmogging our own gear. As a result, however, writing about the subject could easily spiral out of hand for warriors. Please, please, please don't take a caster item from someone who will actually use the item unless you've covered that before the item ever drops. (Example: if you are a level 85 going on a Black Temple run with the stated and agreed understanding that you're rolling on the Crystal Spire of Karabor, then it's cool.)

Two-handed axes

Now that we covered swords, let's look at axes. First up, two-handers -- and remember the Whirlwind Axe and its look-alikes from before.
  1. Spinal Reaper (Pay special attention to Nightfall, as it's a lovely blood red color.)
  2. Drake Talon Cleaver
  3. Gorehowl
  4. Ethereun Nexus-Reaver
  5. Wrathful Gladiator's Decapitator
  6. Edge of Ruin
  7. Gravestone War Axe
  8. Axe of the Nexus-Kings
  9. Axe of the Gronn Lords
  10. Bryntroll, The Bone Arbiter
  11. Dual-Blade Butcher (Horde)/ Justicebringer (Alliance)
  12. Shadow's Edge (At this time the Legendary version will not be transmoggable, but this epic version should be)
  13. Dark Edge of Insanity
  14. Death's Bite
  15. Ravager
  16. Soul Cleaver
  17. Reaver of the Infinites
  18. Torn-Heart Axe of Battle
  19. Ramaladni's Blade of Culling
  20. Betrayer of Humanity
  21. Treant's Bane
  22. Shalug'doom, the Axe of Unmaking
  23. Worldcarver
  24. Fanged Axe

One-handed axes

Now let's take a look at one-handed axes. One weapon warriors should be on the lookout for is the Sickle of Unyielding Strength, a unique model from a quest line you'll most likely be able to solo in AQ-10 and -40. Since the item is warrior-only, only warriors will be able to use it for transmog purposes. There are so many excellent one-handed axe models, I know I'll be leaving your favorites out. Sorry about that. Here are the ones I like. (Please, in the case of the Eye of Purification, don't try and take this over a caster; just snag it if it's gonna get sharded.)
  1. Teldrassil Protector/Axe of the Sen'jin Protector
  2. Axe of Rinj
  3. Wicked Edge of the Planes (Again, no longer trainable but can be made if you already trained it)
  4. Raging Deathbringer
  5. The Harvester of Souls
  6. The Decapitator
  7. Crul'shorukh, Edge of Chaos
  8. Doom's Edge
  9. Bone Slicing Hatchet
  10. Havoc's Call, Blade of Lordaeron Kings
  11. Stellaris
  12. Rising Tide
  13. The Brutalizer
  14. Riftrent Waraxe
  15. Last Laugh
  16. Crul'korak, the Lightning's Arc
  17. Nighttime
  18. Axe of the Legion
  19. Dawn's Edge
  20. Amani Venom-Axe
  21. Fel-Edged Battleaxe
  22. Flurry Axe
  23. The Key
  24. Eye of Purification
Seriously, please don't steal that caster axe from a pally or shammy who will actually use it.

Two-handed maces

Two-handed maces and I go back a long way. Luckily, while you can't use the original Sulfuras for transmogging, there's a new one that will be going on this list. So yay!
  1. Stormherald (Sadly, you can no longer learn to make this, but if you have one banked or know the recipe from BC days, you're in good shape.)
  2. Draconic Maul
  3. The Jawbone
  4. Cryptmaker
  5. Skullcracking Mace
  6. Inevitable Defeat
  7. Herald of Woe
  8. Warmaul of Infused Light
  9. The Unstoppable Force
  10. Catastrophe (Alliance)/Grievance (Horde)
  11. Forged Elementium Mindcrusher
  12. Demise
  13. Malown's Slam (same model as the old Whirlwind Warhammer)
  14. Taran Icebreaker
  15. Earthwarden
  16. Twig of the World Tree
  17. Sulfuras, The Extinguished Hand
  18. Ironsoul
  19. Frightskull Shaft
  20. World Breaker
  21. Torch of the Damned
  22. Mograine's Might
  23. Hammer of the Naaru
  24. Fist of Omokk
One-handed maces

For one-handed maces, as one-handed swords, there are quite a few spellpower options. Please, please, please don't take them from people who are actually going to use the item's stats. Edited to add: yes, I somehow missed the recent clarification on main hand items. I'll fix this as soon as I get time to do so, and I apologize.
  1. Sand Polished Hammer
  2. Spineshatter
  3. Mace of Acrid Death
  4. Crystal Spire of Karabor
  5. Legacy of Thunder
  6. Twilight's Hammer
  7. Death Pyre Mace
  8. Stinging Viper
  9. Aledar's Battlestar
  10. Constellus
  11. Last Word
  12. Heartsmasher (Horde)/Heartcrusher (Alliance)
  13. Fist of Stone
  14. Tankard O'Terror
  15. The Hand of Antu'sul
  16. Rod of the Sun King
  17. Shockwave Truncheon
  18. Andoros, Fist of the Dragon King
  19. Mithrios, Bronzebeard's Legacy
  20. Swiftsteel Bludgeon
  21. Dragonstrike (Another crafted that can no longer be learned but still made if you already know the pattern.)
  22. Shiver
  23. Cookie's Tenderizer (note that this is the level 20 version)
These aren't meant to be complete lists, because how could they be? They lack such standouts as the old Alliance and Horde PVP weapons or even the Dreadforge Retaliator. I had to make choices based on what I think the most interesting, distinctive or awesome-looking items, and of course everyone's mileage may vary. Frankly, I'd love it if you guys spent some time throwing even more options for people into the comments. Bonereaver's Edge, the Crystal Spiked Maul, Grizzle's Skinner ... whatever model you think deserves recognition, I'd like to see them.

Next week, I probably will switch gears again. I will come back and do armor sets, from greens to epics, but first I think we need to cover PVP. (I admit, I've been teasing you for weeks with the prospect of it.)

At the center of the fury of battle stand the warriors: protection, arms and fury. Check out more strategies and tips especially for warriors, including Cataclysm 101 for DPS warriors, a guide to new reputation gear for warriors, and a look back at six years of warrior trends.

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