Blizzard Supplies Diablo 3 Transmogrify Details


A blue shared some basic info about how the DiabloWikiTransmogrify feature will work in Reaper of Souls.

Are we gonna need the gear we want our current gear to look like in our stash or there will be a void storage ? or is there going to be a full list of all items you have acquired at least once, even if you dont have it anymore that you can choose from?

Grimiku: We know inventory space is precious, so you won’t be required to keep the “visual” item in order to use it’s appearance. Instead, you’ll unlock the item’s appearance across all Normal (or Hardcore) characters on the account once you’ve picked it up. Any item appearance that’s been unlocked will be stored in the transmogrification UI.

From what the devs said about Transmog at Gamescom, the system is going to work a bit like the other Artisan functions. You’ll “unlock” some of the appearance options by upgrading the Mystic, and other more interesting appearance modes will be obtained in other ways. Probably some will be finding Plans, while others will be awarded for completing special events or quests. (Perhaps tied to Achievements?) In any event, it’s not some simple “found Armor X so now you can illusion to look like you’re wearing Armor X.”

Are you guys interested in the transmog feature? Would you admit it if you were?

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  1. I think that the Transmog option is pretty cool, but I hope that some of the armor looks will be unlocked through gameplay events, rather than the luck of the drop. For example, I think that it would be cool to be able to Transmog your gear into looking like Malthael’s (minus the wings 🙁 ) after you kill him. Likewise, I hope that weapons (and, when seeable, offhand items) can also be Transmogrified. I play Archon Wizard, so I use Echoing Fury, but I greatly prefer the visual look of Chantodo’s Will. I would definitely like to be able to change the weapon look to Chantodo’s, or into something else, in the event that I like a different weapon look even better.

    I think it would also be kind of cool if you could change weapons/armor from one class into weapons and armor from another class. I kind of doubt it would happen, because a Barbarian running around in gear that looks like a Wizard’s gear would look somewhat odd, but I still hope that it is possible.

    Finally, I hope that all items in the game can be affected by the Transmogrify ability. Pre-release, I was really excited to dye all of my items the same color to create a unique look, but I was very disappointed to find that only a few items could be dyed, and that only small parts of those items got dyed, rather than the whole thing. Thus, I hope that all times, including sets and legendaries, can be Transmogrifed into different items, so that I can balance function with form.

  2. What will be the filtering choices?!?
    -by level/item quality
    -by act/difficulty in wich they drop
    -colour full set option, along with individual pieces

    Looking at blacksmith recipes right now… allot of clutter.
    Will they upgrade blacksmith and jeweler UI as well?

    Will they add a preview window as well, so we don’t have to pay to see how it looks? Preview with some action/swings on it…

    • And…
      Currently using the “naked” paint, cause otherwise char would be fugly, looking forward to it.

      Some low level barb sets actually look better then high level ones.

        • it is most likely coincidence, but my dead barb in HC had all items from same level (60 i think, not ) and i painted him green, and now, in gallery of dead heroes he is really good looking. dead anyway, but still…

          and really i don’t like 62 barb items much, 63 are not bad, but 61 look the best i think. i guess i am looking forward to this feature as well…

    • “We are looking into it.”

  3. I may be in the minority here, but I really couldn’t care less about this feature, and hope they’re not wasting tons of time and resources on it.

    • It’s useful as a gold and possibly item sink. The more things you can spend gold on that do not relate to character power the better. Maybe you won’t use it, but people who buy bot gold will. Win win as the bot gold leaves the economy. Their should be some extremely pricy looks that people will buy just to show off, just like real life.

      And depending on how they set requirements, it could be a quest to complete. Maybe you have to collect 100 goat clan pelts to change your helm to a unique skin. Or kill gharbad for a drop. Many possibilities here.

      • It’s nice to pretend

      • “It’s useful as a gold and possibly item sink.”

        Gold sinks in this game and it’s epic failed so called solutions in this game are a joke (Marquise gem anyone?). Gold is inflated and generated by botters / bought on RMAH, so these blahblah very very important gold sinks have huge impact only on legit (no flipping, no RMAH gold boying) players which aren’t able to afford it by JUST playing the game.

        “Their should be some extremely pricy looks that people will buy just to show off, just like real life.”

        Sure. Flippers and botters need to show off themselves.

  4. Can someone give me a good example of where this would be useful?

    Personally, I don’t fancy the idea that everyone can make it LOOK like they’re carrying a skorn.
    Won’t this create a situation where most everyone looks similar? Picking the “best looking” helm, weapon, ect.

    The only time I can think of that this would come in handy is if a piece of your equipment was particularly unattractive. But for that, there’s vanishing dye. *Can’t make your weapon vanish.

    @Podcasters, how about in hardcore, now you’re going to think that tanky griefer is actually kitted out with what looks like good gear on the battlefield, until you follow him to your death, only to realize he was wearing all tank items.

    There can only be one cron… UnicronV.

    • Let’s not forget this is a video game. Things in it don’t necessarily have to be “useful”. I think many people will appreciate the ability to change the appearance of their gear. I would pay decent gold to change the look of my Vile Wards for example lol.

      Also, I don’t think you will be able to make everything look like anything. Maybe the Skorn look will be available to other two-handed axes only, and vice versa.

      Third, I don’t think it’s a good idea to judge a character’s purpose by the look of his gear, even at present time.

    • Whats the point of having Dyes in the game? same thing.

    • The use is getting rid of ugly looks, like Tyrael’s Might.

  5. Is it just me, or is everything gradually becoming “account wide”? So in order to start a genuinely new character, I’ll have to delete all my other chars or probably even make a new bnet account?

  6. This might come in handy when I find one of those odd-colored Legendary items, but other than that . . .

    I’m curious to know what would happen if you traded your transmoged item to another person (outside of the auction house)? Would the effect be removed? I’m going to guess that any transmog effects will be account bound and will disappear once the item is given to another player or put up on the auction house.

    I also suppose if I transmoged a Legendary, I would now be able to change the dye color on that item.

    • Correct me if I’m wrong, but It sounded to me like there is no such thing as a “transmoged” item. You simply choose the look you want from some in-game menu with all of your completed mystic recipes and your inventory remains untouched.

      • Yeah, that’s how I understand it. It’s just an illusion attached to your character via the Mystic. Nothing actually changes in your gear; just your appearance.

        I expect we’ll see some really rare or weird ones, kind of like the set bonuses you got in D2 where the necromancer could turn into a Vampire. I imagine long term or from ultra-rare transmog options we’ll see characters who look like demons or dragons or miniature butchers or the like. This sort of thing from a cash shop is how how most F2P games exist, after all.

      • What I meant was, if I find an ugly colored Legendary (like some kind of ugly colored Legendary pants), then maybe I can transmogrify it to look like something else (a normal looking pare of pants), then hopefully be able to alter the transmoged version’s dye color since it’s not using the Legendary’s skin anymore.

        So, Legendary item ‘X’ is transmoged to look like regular item ‘Y’. I would think that yes, as long as Legendary item ‘X’ is transmoged to look like regular item ‘Y’, then Legendary item ‘X’ is now a transmoged item. It ceases to be a transmoged item once the effect is removed.

  7. I think transmog unlocks shouldn’t be account wide, but class-wide instead. Because all armors look very very differntly on each class (class wide also means gender doesn’t matters). It would make more sense, and collecting these will take 5-10 minutes.

  8. Well… this is a harmless feature but it still another band-aid fix, the same way people complained how everyone used similar equipment on D2 the same has happened, everyone uses Skorn and Mempos, with transmogrify it will be the same, they will just LOOK different they will still be mempos and skorn nonetheless… the problem is a bit deeper…

    Still, an okay feature but wont do much good to the game anyway, its better suited for MMOs where you can see your character very up and close and you are in a persistent world full of characters and interacting in a community but in D3 its nothing but a vanity move only for yourself rather than an expression to a community like it is on MMOs, specially since D3 is probably one of the online games with the most barebones social features ever.

    • Well, I think Blizzard wants loot 2.0 to deal with the issue of ppl using the same items all the time. The transmogrify system is just a fun to play around with kind of system where they want to make sure players don’t need to choose between good looks and power.

      I’s a completely new system with no connection to anything else so it can’t be a “band aid fix” for a “deeper problem” by definition.

      You just wanted to throw out some hater buzzwords I guess.

  9. Ha, I found an ERORRRR (think of Terrorr). In the sentence: “found Armor X so now you can illusion to look like you’re wearing Armor X.” The second “X” should be “Y”. I win at life Flux, have a cookie.

    • That’s nonsense. You are running around in armor “Y” when you found armor “X”… so now you can illusion to look like you’re wearing armor “X”… (while still wearing armor “Y”)

    • There is no mistake.

      • It could have been worded better, but my point was that people have been saying/speculating that transmog would let you look like armor X while you were wearing item Y, so long as you’ve found Armor X in the past, or have it in your stash, or turn it into the Mystic, etc.

        None of those seem to be the system design at all, though.

  10. Sounds like a nice upgrade to the dye system. Just another dimension to customization/personalization.

  11. I use vanishing dye more than anything. 0% interest in Transmog.

  12. I personally dislike this system for the same reason I dislike it in WoW. You got people running around in top tier stats that look like level 1’s or naked. It’s stupid.

    Also, I hope Legendaries are excluded from Transmogrify (what a stupid word). Otherwise they aren’t unique in appearance over regular items anymore. How stupid would it be to have a character with a crappy level 1 2h axe but it looks like he’s got a scorn? SOME things should remain exclusive to the item that is found.

  13. I do not think transmog should be a priority for the dev.
    When it’s in, I’ll probably use it just because Conquest Sword looks worse than Rune Sword for instance. I also like Oni Blade (ilvl 62 2-hand sword) so that would probably replace my Skorn skin. This only if it won’t be outrageously expensive.
    Applying dyes to Legs is also fine.

    But this is still vanity features (though welcome in many cases). Give me function over appearance any day.
    I could see some use in transmog if/when some form of pvp gets implemented, as in: you hide the specific items you might use (especially those “game changing” Legs).
    In WoW transmog might be more useful (well, kind of) though: skinning your full pvp gear as Tier or green for example.

    • If Blizzard has any sense at all Transmog will not function in PvP. Which basically means Transmog is going to function in PvP.

      • LOL… if Blizzard had any sense at all they would not have created a dumbed-down, WoW clone for consoles, slapped Diablo III on it, and released it for PC… so yeah, Transmog PvP is coming. Should be fun for those who still play D3.

  14. I have zero point zero zero interest in this. Hmmmm, why then did I read the article and all the comments?

  15. If I keep playing D3, I’ll definitely use it. It’s fun reading all the whining about it… coz it was the same whining that came with it in WoW and from the people I know who still play, it’s massively popular.

  16. If the game had a real social element, I would dislike this because it doesn’t reflect people’s true gear and that’s lame in a gear-focused game. Since there is no real social element…eh, why not.

  17. I don’t care if every character wears burlap sacks if the game is compelling.

  18. I am looking forward to this. I do not care if my character looks exactly the same as someone else… two BMF’ers rolling around slaying demons.

    I guess people forgot shako and hoto and hoz and ss and archon plate rune words were what most people wore in D2… a great majority of paladins I met looked exactly the same.

  19. I’m definitely pleased to hear about this change. While not changing gameplay its still a nice addition to great game.

  20. Transmog only works for social games. D3 is still first and foremost a soloists game. Point being is why should I waste time on transmog gear just to look good for myself ?

  21. It might be a good feature if you’re playing in a multiplayer game with characters of the same class wearing the same armour in an open field or town where both characters are visible. When you use transmog you can make a big difference in the looks, so the characters are more distinct.
    But on the PC your own character is always in the center of the screen, so for the PC this reason is not important. On the console when playing with multiple players on one screen, it might come in handy. Especially when playing with colour-blind people. But the expansion is for the PC only, for now.

  22. I like it, most of the higher tier armor is just plain ugly to me and I’m a person who gives a lot to visual stuff.

  23. QUOTE

    Can someone give me a good example of where this would be useful?
    
    Personally, I don't fancy the idea that everyone can make it LOOK like they're carrying a skorn.
    Won't this create a situation where most everyone looks similar? Picking the "best looking" helm, weapon, ect.
    
    The only time I can think of that this would come in handy is if a piece of your equipment was particularly unattractive. But for that, there's vanishing dye. *Can't make your weapon vanish.
    
    @Podcasters, how about in hardcore, now you're going to think that tanky griefer is actually kitted out with what looks like good gear on the battlefield, until you follow him to your death, only to realize he was wearing all tank items.
    
    There can only be one cron... UnicronV.

    It’s not about useful. It’s about making your character look the way you want it to. Different people have different ideas of what the “best looking” helm is. We’ll have waaay more appearance variety than we have currently. You CAN look at other party member’s gear.

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