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Patch 5.2 Changes


Patch 5.2 promises plenty of new raiding experiences, items and factions to keep us busy, but it also introduces a few significant alterations to the core rules of transmogrification. Here’s a recap of all of the patch details relevant to items, and how mogging will be affected.


Transmogrification Rules

  Two-handed axes, maces, and swords can be transmogrified to each
     other.
  One-handed axes, maces, and swords can be transmogrified to each
     other.
  Staves and polearms can be transmogrified to each other.
  A significant number of weapons that were formally Main Hand only,
     have been changed to be one-handed.

Until now, only hunters were able to transmogrify across weapon types, with bows, guns and crossbows. The above changes mean that other classes now have substantially broader options for mixing across weapon-types too. Daggers, Fist Weapons and Wands remain unchanged, and can only be transmogrified to themselves. We’ve highlighted these weapon transmog groups in the image to the right.

The alteration of many main hand weapons to being one-handed also allows for much greater variety as, for example, rogues can now dual-wield many caster weapon looks, which they could not previously transmogrify. See the bottom for Wowhead’s gallery of weapon changes.

Currency

  Valor points are not being converted with this patch.
  Conquest Points will be converted to Honor Points, up to the cap of
     4000 Honor.
  Any Honor Points above the 4000 cap will be converted to coin, at a
     rate of 35 silver per point.

New Items

  The Throne of Thunder raid instance is being released. Check out our Tier 15 Overview article
     to see the new sets.
  Season 12 ends and Season 13 will begin, with brand new armor sets: Season 13 Overview.
  Three new factions will be selling reputation based Valor Point items: Shado-Pan Assault, Kirin Tor
     Offensive and Sunreaver Onslaught. The latter two are Alliance and Horde specific respectively.
  Lookalikes of the Blacksmith-crafted Burning Crusade weapons are being introduced. These weapons
     will be BoE, unlike their predecessors.
  Many BoE uncommon items are being introduced as lookalikes of the original Zul’Gurub and
     Zul’Aman armor sets, which were removed when the two instances were revamped in Cataclysm.

Item Changes

  Malevolent Gladiator’s items can be purchased for Honor Points.
  Malevolent Gladiator’s items purchased after the patch will have a reduced item level of 476.
     Those purchased before the patch will retain their 483 item level.
  Dreadful Gladiator’s items can be crafted by relevant professions (Blacksmithing, Leatherworking,
     Tailoring).
  Item level 489 Valor point items from Patch 5.0 have had their costs reduced by 50%.
  Item level 496 Valor point items from Operation: Shieldwall and the Dominance Offensive have had
     their costs reduced by 25%.

Further Patch Info

If you’d like to read more about Patch 5.2, we’ve covered a lot of the new items in other articles which you can find on our front page.

The above covers the majority of the information from 5.2 which is in some way related to transmogrification, but there are of course many more changes and additions on their way. If you’d like to read further, we recommend you check out the following resources:

  Wowhead’s Gallery of Main-Hand Weapons Changed to One-Hand
  Wowhead’s Guide to Patch 5.2 Troll Transmog Gear
  Blizzard’s Patch 5.2 Round-Up
  Official Patch Notes
  Wowhead’s News Feed

Tier 15 Sets

With Patch 5.2 comes a brand new raid instance, the Throne of Thunder, and with that comes a new level of tier gear. This article provides an overview of the forthcoming Tier 15.

As with the previous two tiers, the Tier 15 items are obtained with tokens, all of which drop within the Throne of Thunder. Matching boot, bracer and belt models are also available from the raid, and as reputation-based vendor purchases with the new “Shado-Pan Assault” faction.

Click on the thumbnails below to visit detailed articles for each of the sets.


Raid Finder Tier 15 Sets (Item Level 502)





Normal Tier 15 Sets (Item Level 522)





Heroic Tier 15 Sets (Item Level 535)




Note: Keep in mind that the above data is drawn from the Patch 5.2 Public Test Realm, and is subject to change before official release. We will update the articles accordingly, should any of the above become obsolete.

Season 13 Sets

Patch 5.2 will be introducing three PvP sets for each class as part of the new “Tyrannical” Season 13. This post provides an overview of all of the forthcoming Tyrannical sets, with links to each of their respective articles.

Season 13 stands out amongst recent PvP seasons, as it is the first time since the original release of WoW that there have been faction-specific PvP armor sets. The two factions have their own differently coloured Conquest Point outfits, with the Horde featuring red in all of their armor sets, and the Alliance featuring blue. Both share the same Elite set appearance.

It’s also worth noting that the method for obtaining Elite gear has been changed with Patch 5.2. Arena rating is no longer required, but instead you must now earn a total of 27,000 Conquest Points within the season, in order to unlock Elite armor.


Tyrannical Gladiator’s Alliance Sets (Item Level 493)





Tyrannical Gladiator’s Horde Sets (Item Level 493)





Tyrannical Gladiator’s Elite Sets (Item Level 512)




Note: Keep in mind that the above data is drawn from the Patch 5.2 Public Test Realm, and is subject to change before official release. We will update the articles accordingly, should any of the above become obsolete.

Rogue Season 13 Sets?

Images for most of the forthcoming Tier 15 and Season 13 sets have been bouncing around online for several weeks now, and with the recent additions of the DK and Shaman tiers, only one group of class-specific sets remains hidden at this point in time. Appropriately enough for the class, the elusive sets are the Rogue Season 13 armor… but we may well have found them.

We’ve located three sets in the 5.2 Public Test Realm files which seemingly fit the profile for the missing rogue season rather well. The thumbnail links below will take you to individual articles for each set.

The three sets are all tagged as being “leather_pvprogue”, and the shuriken attached to the shoulders certainly fit the rogue theme well. Currently all three sets appear to lack models for the headpieces, but the remainder of the items are present.

A further hint towards these being the Rogue S13 sets comes from their colourations. According to Wowhead’s S13 Guide from late-December, many of the S13 PvP sets are tagged with “Horde” or “Alliance”, and most of those tagged are decorated according to the colour schemes of the respective faction, i.e. lots of red in the Horde sets and blue in the Alliance sets. This ties in well with the possible rogue sets above, as one features blue artwork, and one red.

We could be wrong, but these certainly look like the Season 13 Rogue sets to us!