Blizzard Answers Transmog and Binding Questions

Blizzard Answers Transmog and Binding Questions galore in a thread by CM Lylirra. Nothing in the thread is technically “new” about DiabloWikiTransmog or binding, but obviously there’s confusion and curiosity about these issues if people are taking the time to type out the questions, so perhaps some of you will find it enlightening as well.

The account-binding has been recently removed from transmogrified items, so what is going to happen to a transmogrified item that is traded, considering every account have to unlock their own item appearances when it comes to legendary items? Or maybe all legendary will be account-bound/soulbound, so we won’t be able to trade them anyway?

Lylirra: Hm. Your question is kind of moot for a few reasons (i.e. I don’t think it’s really something to worry about much):

  1. Under current design, all new Legendary and Set items that drop in Reaper of Souls and once our pre-expansion patch goes live will be Bind on Account. (Right now, you can still trade these items with other players who were in your party when the item dropped for up to two hours, however.)
  2. To unlock a transmogrification appearance for a Legendary or Set item, you have to ID the item first.
  3. You can’t currently transmogrify an unidentified item.

So, let’s say a Legendary item drops, you identify it, unlock the item appearance for your account, then decide to transmogrify the appearance of that Legendary item to something else. Even if you then traded that item to another eligible person in your party, it wouldn’t really matter because the item is already identified. Simply having the Legendary in your possession isn’t enough to unlock its appearance; you have to actually ID it.

Hope that helps!

*Adding in my caveat of: All of this subject to change. This is just where design is right now.

The issue of transmog seems to be a love it or hate it, except it’s more like “mildly curious about it” rather than “love it.” I guess I’ll do it a few times once I can, and it will be nice to change up the look of some of my chars who have been wearing the same legendary or set chest armor for a year… but I have trouble imagining enough players who really like it for it to serve as much of a gold sink.

I could certainly be wrong, though. Now that we know so much more about how Transmog will work, do you guys feel more or less or the same interest in it?

Lylirra added multiple follow up replies on Transmog, item binding and trading; click through for the rest of the thread.

Got a new question. Will party size still be 4? Cuz I have more than 4 people on my friendlist; they can’t all be in the party with me.

Lylirra: We’ve no changes planned for increasing party size (which means right now it’s staying at 4).

Oh! And I just wanted to clarify that, as of current design, you’ll be able to freely trade items that are transmogrified, provided that they’re not already bound to your account. You’ll just want to keep an eye out for the little purple, swirly symbol on the tooltip whenever trading with another player, as this will indicate that the item has been transmogrified.

[Note that, at present, an item will retain its applied appearance even after traded. You can then choose to keep the applied appearance (even if you haven’t personally unlocked it yourself), or visit the Mystic and pay the gold cost to have it removed. Once the appearance is removed or replaced, however, if you haven’t unlocked it for your account, you will no longer have access to it.)

Lylirra can you please pass on the feedback regarding BoA items that, while I like the idea, I think there needs to be a caveat to keep us able to still share items with our friends/guildmates. I can’t count the number of times I’ve given my wife a good item and it’s great to be able to do that for her since I play more than her.

Lylirra: That’s certainly feedback we’re already collecting and passing on. 🙂

Ah, thanks! That last bit of information was all I was wondering about. 🙂 Anyway, do you guys think it’s okay to have an item transmogrified to an appearance that you do not own yourself?

Lylirra: Still on the fence, actually. It’s not a huge concern of ours at the moment either way, but with additional feedback and testing we’ll most certainly come to a concensus. What are your personal thoughts?

If there are 2 people in my game when a legendary drops, can I trade it to a 3rd person who has joined the party after the drop occured, but before the 2 hour time window closes?

Currently, the item will only be tradeable to players in the party at the time that the item dropped.

We posted a vote on Transmog a few weeks ago, and the feature got more positive feedback than I expected. See for yourself, and vote now if you didn’t already.


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  1. Let me get this straight they are shutting down the AH, basically killing trading and yet we have to be online to play? Might as well make the game a single player ARPG.

    • Do you even think before you write? They want you to play in GROUPS!

        • just look at the console – dupes, OP items, hax.

          on pc it would be the same and worse, with scripts and shit.

          • Blizzard is a business, 90% of played games are pirated once, seeing at 12h in the night on the release day 200people waiting for d3 in Serbia where the pirate rate is 97% makes actually sense why its DRM. D3 is a good game (even some people don’t think so) and DRM won’t hurt much the sales like it does for example with Simcity (terrible in comparison to the old games and it don’t looks like they want to make it right like Blizz does it) Blizz gives a fuck about dupes/scripts/op sh.., the only reason they hate dupes and gold sellers now is because of the RMAH nothing less nothing more.

  2. Now that legendary and set items bind on account instantly I’ll probably just transmog everything. Stuff going BoA once transmogged was the main thing that would’ve held me back on it, but if all the best gear binds instantly anyway that doesn’t really matter.

  3. Transmog doesn’t bind your gear anymore, anyway.

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