Transmogrification picks: Caster Off-hands

Thanks to the off-hand enchant, I’ve been on a bit of a quest to find a suitable off-hand transmogrification to go with my Gnome’s PvP gear. Now I know you rarely see the off-hand apart from on the character selection screen but I hate the rattle crossed with a sex toy look of the current PvP off-hand, so I needed to find something more aesthetically pleasing.

Off-hands seem  to fall into four broad categories, body parts, flowers, general household items and books. Now I have to admit I’m a staff person at heart, most of the one handed maces aimed at healers are clunky, unwieldy or downright ugly and the daggers aren’t particularly exciting but there are some amazing offhands lurking out there.

Where there are multiple offhands sharing the same model, I’ve included all the sources but it’s worth bearing in mind there are often colour differences so personal preference has to play a part. Also wherever possible, I’ve checked to make sure that the item will work with transmogrification however RNG doesn’t always favour me so there are a few items I haven’t managed to lay my mitts on yet.

First up Body Parts.

Surplus Limb

Just the thing that every Undead caster needs, an extra hand in case you misplace one. If you aren’t of the deceased persuasion you could always use it for collecting “poop” should Mists of Pandaria provide yet more quests of that nature. This can be obtained from both Gluth and Patchwerk in Naxxramas 25.

Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Endgame/Reprieve/Dragonfire Orb

This literally is an Off-hand. Requires 7800 Conquest points earned this season and costs 950 Conquest points for the basic season 11 version. The Elite version is much more yellowy and the ball looks molten. The Dragonfire Orb has a slightly purpler tinge to it and drops off trash in the Dragon Soul.

Heart of the Pit

I’m guessing this is a Pit Lord’s Heart, drops from Brutallus in the Sunwell Plateau. Given those spikes no wonder he was a bit bad tempered.

Talisman of Kalecgos/Talisman of Nightbane

This is one of my favourites. Technically I don’t think it’s a body part just a miniature model of a dragon but it’s definitely not a bunch of flowers, a book or a general household item (unless you’re a particularly dodgy warlock). The Nightbane version is a drop from the mob of the same name in Karazhan whilst the Kalecgos one is purchasable from G’eras in Shattrah for 130 justice points. I’d probably pair the Kalecgos version with the Chilled Heart of the Glacier.

Watchful Eye

Found in 10 man Naxx, stolen from Grand Widow Faerlina’s corpse.

Skull of Burning Shadow/Demonic Skull/Mordresh’s Lifeless Skull

The former drops from Maleki the Pallid in Stratholme, the Demonic Skull is a quest reward from the Well of Eternity and Mordresh’s Lifeless Skull can be accquired from Mordresh himself inside Razorfen Downs. Given that it’s Mordresh Fire Eye skull, the latter has a red hue to it.

Sapphiron’s Wing Bone/Beauty’s Favourite Bone/Basilisk Bone

The Wing bone is purchasable from G’eras in Shattrah for 130 justice points. Beauty’s favourite bone drops from Beauty on both normal and heroic Black Rock Caverns and the Basilisk bone is a random world boe.

Matriarch’s Spawn

Who wouldn’t want a baby spider off-hand? This can be acquired from either Gluth or Maexxna in the 25 man version of Naxx.

Talon of Furious Concentration

Found in AQ20 and is collectable from Moam. Looks like it would be handy for toasting bread over a campfire or scratching someone’s back.

Flowers

Lei of the Lifegiver/Suntouched Flowers

All my non raiding caster alts had the Lei in classic WoW, so it’s got sentimental value. It’s also one of the easiest offhands to obtain as it costs just 50 honor points. This definitely works as a Transmogrification option even though Therazane’s Touch (the slightly dead twig version from AV) doesn’t. If I used a mace, I’d be tempted to use the Hammer of Judgement with these.

The Suntouched version is slightly different in colour and is obtained through a quest in Dragonblight. The Alliance version is here and the Horde one here.

Books

Chronicle of Dark Secrets/Handbook of Obscure Remedies

This is definitely one of the best looking creepy books in-game. Some sort of creature appears to have been skinned and then stretched across the cover. The former drops from Rage Winterchill in the Battle for Mount Hyjal and the latter can be purchased from your faction’s respective legacy justice point quartermaster in Dalaran for 290 justice points.

If you happened to achieve rank 8 or higher in vanilla, you could show your support to your faction with the Grand Marshal’s Tome or the High Warlord’s Tome.

Tome of Shadowforce

Buy-able from your respective faction’s AV quartermaster for the princely sum of 50 honor points.

Dungeoneering Guide

Produced by Inscriptions, I like the colours and the design of this book. No neon bits or body parts, just a simple pattern.

Misc Household Objects and everything else that isn’t a Book, a Flower or a Body part.

Chalice of Benedictus/Chalice of Searing Light/Symbol of Transgression

Unfortunately these are Alliance only and can be found within the Trial of the Crusader. Benedictus is found on 10 man (both normal and heroic) whilst the other two are found in 25 man mode.

Urn of Lost Memories

This looks more like a lantern than an urn to me but I love the filigree lace look. It’s on the loot table of Gluth but only in the 25 man version of Naxxramas.

Fetish of the Primal Gods

Would work well with the Troll themed gear from ZA and ZG or even some of the older bits and pieces from ZF. Sold by G’eras in Shattah for 182 justice points. I’d suggest pairing this with the Voodoo Hexblade from ZA.

Igniter Rod/Cosmos

For those amongst us who have always wanted a mini constellation of their very own. The former drops from Ignis the Furnace Master on 10 man Ulduar and the latter is obtained from the Gift of the Observer on 25 man.

Ward of the Violet Citadel

Can be bought in Dalaran from your faction’s respective legacy justice quartermaster for the sum of 375 justice points.

If I were a Mage, this would definitely be high up on my list of possibles. Combined with recoloured purple version of Mage tier 2 and one of those purple or pink crystal swords or daggers from the Burning Crusade.

Touch of Inspiration/Jewel of Infinite Possibilities

I know this one isn’t particularly exciting but it’s clean and simple lines appeal to the purist in me. I also love the deep pink shade. The former drops from the Essence of Anger in Black Temple and the latter from Netherspite in Karazhan. The same model also comes in blue (Aran’s Soothing Sapphire), green (quest reward from Shadowmoon Valley) and blood orange (quest reward from Stranglethorn).

Orb of the Soul-Eater

Another of the Burning Crusade justice point off-hands, again obtainable from G’eras in Shattrah for 130 justice points. This would work well with either the Starlight Dagger or the Chilled Heart of the Glacier if you’re a dagger person.

Elementalist Star/Slavehandler Rod/Watcher’s Star/Gossamer Rod/Regal Star

Sparkly star wands masquerading as off-hands, perfect for witch costumes (Different colours depending on which variety you get, Regal is gold for example). Your best bet for these is to check the AH. Goes with pretty much everything.

Kobold Candle/Thermotastic Egg Timer

The perfect accessory for a Goblin or a Gnome, a stick of dynamite. Unfortunately the former is only available to the Alliance (from a quest in Westfall). The egg timer is available to both factions but it’s a quest (rescue the chicken in Tanaris) that’s been around since the start so it’s possible that most “old” characters will already have completed the quest and either picked another reward or long since sold/disenchanted or binned the timer.

So after all this research, what am I using? Currently it’s the Lei of the Lifegiver but one more week of capping on conquest points (wish I hadn’t been so lazy over Christmas now) and I’ll have the Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Reprieve which I’ll probably use as it is.

5 Responses

  1. Wow what a great post! I am off to get some cool offhands to mog. You’ve inspired me Erinys!

  2. I love some of these offhands and I’ve been trying to farm some already. Great Post. Thanks for posting this Erinys :)

  3. Great post! Thanks for taking the time to puy all this together!

  4. I’m so sad I can’t cross-mog a staff to a polearm. Nevertheless I’ve got Terestian’s Stranglestaff in the bank just in case they change their minds. I love staffs (hmmm what’s the plural of staff anyway, staves?) best.

    Oh! Oh! And a sparkly star wand, my Warlock would like that!

  5. @Navimie: Ty. You know I aim to please (most of the time).

    @Cymre: No problem. Must admit I was spoilt for choice. So many pretty ones.

    @Gladly: Ty.

    @Tomeoftheancient: I wish there were a few less restrictions too. My Druid used the Stranglestaff and the blue lookalike version for a bit, but now she’s just using her new PvP weapon in all it’s glory because the colour goes with her transmogrification outfit.

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