Feb 17

Death Knight Transmogs

One of the two major features introduced late in the Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft was the ability to change the look of your character to match items you had previously acquired. It’s a feature that has been present in many MMOs since WoW launched, and finally in patch 4.3 Blizzard caught up to them and added transmogrification.

Personally I’m a huge fan of transmog, as it’s added a lot of life back into the game, especially during the pre-expansion lulls as we’re in now whilst waiting for Warlords of Draenor. It gives us plenty of reason to run old raids and dungeons that might otherwise be forgotten! I was almost doing transmog before it was even announced – collecting old Tier 1 gear for my druid from Molten Core, and the hunter dungeon set from LBRS/UBRS.

It’s easy – and over done – to collect full sets such as Tier 6, and yes some of them do look really good. However, I think it’s better to make your own, generally based around a theme, and find the bits and pieces that look good together. The theme can be as simple as a colour, or perhaps based around the various specs of your character.

In this post I’m showing off three sets I’ve created for the Death Knight class, one for each spec!


A dark guardian who manipulates and corrupts life energy to sustain himself in the face of an enemy onslaught.

The obvious theme for Blood DKs is, of course, red. In particular, there’s a recolour of the Tier 8 DK helm available, and T8 to me is the archetypal death knight look, so I wanted to start there. Pretty much everything here is red, though I wanted to stay away from the recolours of the death knight starter gear as much as possible. I’ve left out tabards as generally they don’t fit in with the theme I’m going for. Bracers are not used either as they don’t show up with the other items!



Head: item Drops from Razorscale in Ulduar 10N. The T8 recolour!

Shoulders: item Tier 10 25 man heroic shoulders. Little bit trickier to get than the rest of the items, but there’s usually loads of 25HC ICC runs going!

Cloak: I’ve turned cloaks off here. Couldn’t find one that I liked, plus it doesn’t really feel right for a tank to have a cloak!

Chest: item Drops from XT in Ulduar 10N. It’s red with a skull motif, what more could you want?

Gloves: item Can drop from pretty much anything in the ICC 5 mans on normal mode.

Belt: item Yours for just 487 Justice Points. I tend to go for easiest to obtain items – drops from normal dungeons that can be farmed, JP items etc.

Legs: item Craftables from late Cataclysm. Needs 15 item and 10 item. Shouldn’t be too hard to obtain.

Feet: item Drops from heroic Utgarde Pinnacle. Easy to solo, but limited to one try a day as it’s heroic.

Weapon: item Drops from Nefarion in Blackwing Lair. It’s a huge two handed sword and it’s red so fits perfectly!



A master of death and decay, spreading infection and controlling undead minions to do their bidding.

The colour for unholy is green, so that’s what I went with here. There’s a green helm that’s very similar to the DK tier 8 again, so that’s what I based the set around. It’s generally quite dark with green trims.



Head: item Drops from Void Reaver in Tempest Keep. Might as well pop in here while you do your weekly run to fail to get item.

Shoulders: item 140 honor. I like that they added in a S4 set for DKs!

Cloak: item Quest reward from the Cataclysm quest about Thrall. If you have completed this and didn’t get the tank cloak, well, you could always turn cloaks off I guess.

Chest: item 175 honor.

Gloves: item Drops from Kael’thas in Tempest Keep. Maybe he will drop item this time! Probably not.

Belt: item Crafted, requires 4 item . Adds a good bit of green to the main body, as the chest and legs somewhat lack it.

Legs: item From the DK starter set, or sold at Acherus. No green here, but the dark colour fits in well.

Feet: item Drops from Murozond in End Time. Pretty easy to solo, especially in late Mists of Pandaria gear. Heroic though, so only one try a day. The green trims really go well with the rest of the set.

Weapon: item Quest reward from the Cipher of Damnation quest line in Shadowmoon Valley. It’s a fairly long quest line but obviously very easy to do at level 90. The green glow effect is really awesome!


An icy harbinger of doom, channelling runic power and delivering vicious weapon strikes.

Ice is the clear theme here. I wanted a decent mix of blues, generally light blue, as well as a bit of white. I’ve actually gone with the chest, shoulders and legs of the Naxx 25 DK starter set recolour, as the shade of blue is just perfect.



Head: item Drops from Onyxia 10. It’s a light shade of blue/grey and has horns. Noticing a pattern in my helm choices?

Shoulders: item Drops from Grand WIdow Faerlina in Naxx 25. There’s a couple of alternatives for this too.

Cloak: item A green drop from level 40-45 instance mobs. I try to avoid these as much as possible as I’m not one for farming for greens, and the AH prices tend to be huge. The pure white of the main block of the cloak was too perfect to pass up for this set though.

Chest: item Drops from Heigan in Naxx 25. There’s an alternative from Sartharion 25 too.

Gloves: item Crafted for 4 item. They almost look like they were made to match the DK set.

Belt: item Drops from Omar the Unscarred in Hellfire Ramparts. Normal mode so ridiculously easy to farm, and a great shout out to Tenacious D! The white offsets the icy blue of the rest of the set really nicely I think.

Legs: item Drops from Heigan in Naxx 25. Sapphiron drops an alternative.

Feet: item 1650 JP. Easy to get, something to spend those JP on, and not part of the DK set recolour!

Weapon: item Drops from Malygos in The Eye of Eternity 10 man. I’ve gone with a 2 hander rather than dual wielding because a) it’s so perfect for an ice theme, just look at it! and b) my DK doesn’t have any one handers so is forced to use a 2H for frost dps anyway!


So there you have it. These three sets were amongst the first I made for any class, and still rate amongst my favourites because of the strongly defined themes of the DK specs. I’ve made plenty more sets for the other classes, which I’ll showcase in future posts hopefully soon!

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