Everybody wants to look good, or at least draw a ton of attention. This fact holds true not only in real life, but also in the gaming world. To date
players have been forced to wear gear based on stats regardless of what the gear actually looks like. Who cares if that shield looks like it
was cut from a cardboard box, or if that helm probably was made out of a soup can…you were stuck with it until the next patch, or
worse, the next expansion.
However, with the release of patch 4.3 and with it the new Transmogrification ability, that aspect of the game has finally changed. Now players can still get the stats they want and look good doing it. This leads to the easy assumption that on Patch day players will be rushing to Transmogrify their gear, changing it to fit their fancy until they have created what in their mind is the ultimate armor set.
With so many great looking gear choices out there the possibilities are almost endless, and settling for just one is near impossible. Trust me I know because for this article I’ve managed (with great struggle) to compile a list of my own personal top 10 favorite gear pieces in game from past and present. Some are a little crazy while others are rather plain, but just maybe one of them will catch your fancy. Enjoy!
1. [ps item=33810]Amani Mask of Death[/ps]
I know what your thinking because I thought the same thing when I saw this helm for the first time. The truth is this helm is so crazy that the more I looked at it the more I liked it. Crazy purple hair pieces, flaming eyes, and lets not forget the creepy set of teeth attached to this little beauty. Wearing this helm will not only ensure you get loads of attention, but if your enemies are smart, they will think twice before coming any closer. Judging by the fact that my 5 year old covered her eyes and squealed in a tone almost high enough to break glass, this helm will also successfully help you frighten away any children within a 10 yard radius leaving you to game in peace.
- Sold By: G’eras
- Same Model As: [ps item=69614]Roaring Mask of Bethekk[/ps]
2. [ps item=16902]Stormrage Pauldrons[/ps]
The Stormrage Pauldrons are the shoulders from the Tier 2 Druid set. These shoulders, as you can see, are not for those who like flashy things. There are no lights, no fire, no bells and whistles at all but I will argue that they are some of the best looking shoulders in game. Sporting fur, teeth, and some crazy spider eyes, these shoulders come straight from an era when tier sets were still awesome. Not only do the Stormrage Pauldrons cover the full shoulder (which is good when you have swords and such being swung at your neck) they also scream to everyone who sees them “mess with me…I dare ya.”.
- Dropped By: Chromaggus
- Same Model As: Lunar-Claw Pauldrons
3. [ps item=30896]Glory of the Defender[/ps]
This plate chest piece doesn’t even need a descriptive paragraph as its coolness factor speaks for itself. Not only does it hug my lovely Blood Elf model in all the right places, but it is embellished with a design that not only will cause envy but will instill fear into the hearts of your enemies. While it's easy to get lost in the front of this armor piece, the back is just as well done. While no fearsome faces can be found there, the helm shown on the front is reproduced in a smaller size, making this set pleasing to the eye in both front and back.
- Dropped by: Azgalorr
4. [ps item=47094]Vestments of the Shattered Fellowship[/ps]
These robes are possibly my absolute favorite in the game. While they aren’t gaudy and showy like some of the many other robes available they are impressive nonetheless. Classic black robes with gold, silver, blue, and purple detailing these robes look great on any character and have even passed the doesn’t look goofy on a male toon test that so many other robes fail at. Elegant and sophisticated these robes are excellent for any RPer or a cloth wearer who simply wishes to look good while getting their pew pew on.
- Dropped by: Champions' Cache - Trial of the Crusader
5. [ps item=69624]Legacy of Arlokk[/ps]
It’s a staff and its a snake! The case for awesomeness on this item is officially closed because you just can’t beat that combination. The only thing that could possibly make this weapon better is if there was an ability on it that brought the snake to life for a few
seconds to bite at your foes like some amazingly Mortal Combat finishing move. Ever since I first saw this staff, when it was known as the Will of Arlokk, I wanted it for my own and while that dream never came true (thanks to a resto Shaman who thought it was cool to use a staff instead of a shield and one handed weapon) I still love the way this staff looks to this day.
- Dropped By: Jin’do the Godbreaker
- Same Model As: Will of Arlokk
6. [ps item=44311]Avool's Sword of Jin[/ps]
Avool’s Sword of Jin started as a random drop from high level instance mobs in Wrath of the Lich King. While obtaining this sword and actually using it is no longer feasible, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is probably one of the meanest looking swords in game, especially for those of us who enjoy a little Troll design thrown in the mix. This sword is brutally curved, and affixed with spikes and skulls to hinder potential enemies and to add to the fear factor it comes equipped with its very own sinister glow; no enchant needed. This is one
blade that I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong end of.
- Dropped By: World Drop
- Same Model As: Blade of Twisted Visions
[PROTIP]The word "Jin" in the troll language roughly translates to "great" making this sword's name literally "Avool's Sword of Greatness".[/PROTIP]
7. [ps item=39119]Bondsniper[/ps]
Looking for a gun with a little bit more oomph to replace your old and tired looking one? Check the James Bond jokes at the door and look no further than the Bondsniper. Equipped with more details than you can shake a stick at this gun simply screams style. Bondsniper comes complete with horns, skull, and spikes and will make you wonder why you ever went with any other. Seriously, I want this gun and I don’t even play a class that can use a gun. As if it couldn’t get any better this gun is a green quality item, only sharing a model with three other guns, one of which apparently belongs to Hemet Nessingway and you know that guy means business.
- Reward From: Free at Last
- Same Model As: Fury of the Raging Dragon, Hemet's Trophy Gun, or Siege Captain's Gun
8. [ps item=55824]Skin of Stone[/ps]
I’m honestly not sure why I like the look of this cloak but when I saw it for the first time it just appealed to me. Maybe it’s the textured look of the darker portion of the cloak that resembles a manhole cover (and I mean that in the best way possible), or maybe it’s the golden circles that catch the eye. I think mostly it’s the fact that every single time I glance at this cloak the overwhelming urge to watch
The Matrix pops into my head. No matter the exact reason I enjoy this cloak so much, this is a piece of gear befitting of any battle worn hero.
- Dropped By: Stonecore Trash Mobs
9. [ps item=32375]Bulwark of Azzinoth[/ps]
Compared to some of the items above this shield is rather plain and could be considered by some to be downright drab, especially considering that this shield is from the gaudy era of Burning Crusade. But the simple look of this shield really appeals to me. The simple overall design combined with the nasty looking spikes give this shield a feeling of “realness” that many other overly decorated shields in the game lack. Not to mention that this has to be one of the only appropriately sized shields in the entire game. I don’t know about you but I would rather be standing behind this than a shield the size of a cereal box.This was the must have piece of gear for Warriors completing Black Temple and for good reason.
- Dropped By: Illidan Stormrage
10. [ps item=19019]Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker[/ps]
What is a top 10 list without Thunderfury on it? Not a very good list, that’s what. Thunderfury is like the grand pappy of all the amazing looking gear in WoW. Who cares if every single sword-wielding player will probably choose to transmogrify their weapon to this, it cannot diminish its cool factor. When you strive to have cool looking gear, Thunderfury is the height you are striving for. No matter the argument there is nothing cooler than the Thunderfury. The end.
- Reward From: Rise, Thunderfury!
It was a difficult task of picking just ten items that I thought trumped them all and there were many close calls and some that I’m still not sure should have made the list over others. Share your thoughts on the items listed above and throw in your own suggestions for awesome looking gear in the comments section below!
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