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Dress for Luxurious Success: The Complete Guide to Gearing Your Bank Alt
11/04/2011 à 08:40
The leveling dust has settled, you’ve begun to make gold again--it's the perfect time to spruce up your bank alt! Sure, you could go running around in starting zone gear, but it’s much more fun to play the Auction House in style. Show up for work dressed for luxurious success. From fishing rewards to wine glasses, we’ve highlighted the best of the offbeat items your low-level bank alt can equip. Whether you’re a veteran banker putting
to shame or a new player with an empty bank, retire your overdone
Veste de smoking
and let everyone know that your bank alt appreciates the finer side of Azeroth.
Check out the coolest items for each slot, holiday rewards, special armor vendors, and some sample outfits after the break!
For the purpose of this guide, we’ll assume your bank alt is level 10 in order to show up on the Armory (since half the fun in rolling a bank alt is the mix of anonymity and showing off). We’ll also mostly focus on cloth items since any class can equip them. We won't highlight these items for every slot because there are so many, but in general, creating level 1s with the sole purpose to mail unique starter-zone gear to your bank alt is a great fashion resource.
Table of Contents
Items by Slot
Love is in the Air
Midsummer Fire Festival
Day of the Dead
Feast of Winter Veil
Items by Slot
View your world through luxury-tinted shades. Finding a special helm will make your bank alt stand out, as helms for low-level toons are generally uncommon. Here are a few of our favorite options:
Masque de bandit elfe de sang
, an imperial mask, drops from
Bandit elfe de sang
, a spy hidden on
Île de Brume-Azur
. (Horde, don’t be discouraged—he’s hostile to you as well.) He has roughly a 20% chance to drop the mask, but respawns almost instantly.
Monocle de noble
is obtained from
Sac de trésors de pêche
, a reward for completing any of the Shattrath fishing dailies, which require lvl 70. While it’s roughly a 1% chance from the
Bag of Fishing Treasures
, these fishing dailies can also give you some other fun vanity gear, such as
Chapeau de jungle endommagé
. However, if you’re impatient to look sophisticated, consider getting either
Monocle de joaillier en rubis
Monocle de joaillier en saphir
Monocle de joaillier en ambre
from your favorite Jewelcrafter.
Another sophisticated option is
Haut-de-forme du seigneur Walden
, but it can only be obtained by worgen in their starting zone. However, the hat remains if you race-change. Hopefully,
Haut-de-forme de la bonne société
will be implemented one day for the rest of us.
Demonstrate your knowledge of the arcane by scheduling a visit to the haberdasher with
. Decide between
Lunettes de soleil rubis
is the ultimate luxury helm for your bank alt. Formerly sold by
in Shattrath, this periodically resurfaces on the AH for a hefty amount. Grab one to show everyone how wealthy you are. If you want the cheap knockoff, have an engineer make either
Lunettes authentiques d'ingénieur subalterne
for bonus flavor text or
Lunettes des ombres
Lunettes de tigre volant
Lunettes teintées vertes
for the perfect tint. Unfortunately,
Lunettes de soleil en strass
were never put into the game for extra blingee.
may be a level 81 dancing ghost and pirate, his spoils,
, can be looted by everyone in the party—no matter the level. Use your connections to get a first-class summon to Vash’jir when a good friend or associate spots the mob. This item turns you into a spectral pirate gnome. If you prefer fishing to swimming, try your luck at the
in the hopes of getting
Scalaire de Keefer
to redeem into
Chapeau du pêcheur chanceux
New to 4.1 is the
, a BoE reward for completing
Une récompense sonnante et trébuchante
Amulets aren’t visible on a character, but a well-chosen amulet is a mark of a discerning toon. While Jewelcrafters can make several necks that are great for PvP twinks, they don’t have much personality.
solves all your needs. Want to be better, stronger, faster?
has the perfect tikbalang just for you, from
Savon au bout d'une corde
Talisman Trouveur de Trésors Tangibles
Cordon de dents d'alligator
is found in
Sac des trucs brillants
, a reward from the Cataclysm fishing dailies. Originally just a trash item, it’s been changed recently to be equippable.
A tip from commenter Yuoflim: make your voice heard with
Modulateur d'amplification vocale
, made by engineers. It’s both stylish and practical!
Collier en argent terni
has a 20% chance to be looted from
Tombe peu profonde
, the 3rd boss in
. Perfect if your bank alt is an ‘antique dealer’ specializing in legacy items.
Médaillon de statut de sectateur du Crépuscule
is an item used to summon Elemental Dukes in Silithus, which was part of an elaborate summoning system culminating in bosses that dropped raid-quality epics.
New to 4.1 is
, a reward from
A Shiny Reward
Unfortunately, you need to be at least level 15 to equip any pair of shoulders besides the BoAs. But let’s face it, many low-level shoulder models are uninspiring, unlike the epic models that keep growing larger and larger each tier.
One exception is
Mantelet de la fête du Feu
, a reward from the
Fête du Feu du solstice d'été
. Turning in 100
nets you this flamboyant pair of shoulders.
Better off hidden. You’re best off using a BoA cape purchased from your main’s guild to show that your bank alt has wealthy benefactors.
Finding the perfect chestpiece is the most important part of dressing your bank alt. You’re only limited by your imagination and WoW’s required level on items! With the right accessories, even a
can look amazing, but we’re going to focus on the items that take some effort to acquire.
Robe noire en braise-soie
is the luxury robe of Cataclysm. Costing a BoP
Orbe du chaos
to craft, befriend a tailor that enjoys heroics. It’s both scandalizing and classy at once. Mix and match with different shirts to change the look. Tailors can create several other BoE robes:
Robe noire simple
Robe blanche en laine
Robe blanche de mariée
Robe draenique en soie
are sold by
, a Traveling Trader that rides around on
Rênes de mammouth de voyage de la toundra
. If you see someone mounted up, run over and buy it from him. Don’t tease
does; his grandmother’s robes are quite lovely.
There are several robes with unique models that drop from specific mobs in the starting zones—try collecting them all! They are
Robe toile d'araignée
Robe écarlate d'initié
Robe légère de fèvre-mage
. There's reports that some are unavailable after Cataclysm, so play the AH just to be safe. We’ll include
Robe de sorcier de Dalaran
as an honorary robe, even though it requires level 13, because it looks so awesome.
Robe d'infirmière de Dalaran
has a similar purple tint.
By far the rarest chestpiece to acquire is the
Dangui de cérémonie
in Moonglade. It’s rumored that it respawns every two months. In the meantime, you might get luckier with her other limited-supply robes:
Hanbok nuptial vert
Hanbok traditionnel rouge
Don’t want a robe? Consider one of the harnesses sold by
Gilet marron en lin
Shirts deserve their own post, but here’s a brief overview of the best tailoring and vendor picks.
, a stylish tribute NPC to Donna Karan, sells filigreed doublets and martial shirts in a variety of colors. They’re a bit pricey, but that’s the cost of exclusivity.
Another vendor in Dalaran,
Pansement imprégné d'antiseptique
in the First-Aid building.
, the souvenir vendor at the Argent Tournament, sells shirts commemorating each participating race.
is the only vendor in the game who sells
Chemise jaune soutenu
Chemise noire d'apparat
. Her last name means tailor in German.
Tailors are an excellent resource—they can make shirts in practically every color and style.
Riche chemise violette en soie
, the color of epics, is from one of the rarest patterns in the game. There’s a series of
shirts from uncommon Northrend patterns.
There’s also several shirts that are rare drops from mobs—
Chemise de matelot
is one BoE that anyone cap equip.
Tabards tend to spoil the effect of your carefully-planned outfit. Besides, your main wears enough tabards in heroics. However, there are a few interesting options.
Tabard de soldat
only cost 50 honor to purchase and
Couleurs de chevalier
Héraut du Garde de pierre
costs 100 honor. As a level 10, you can queue up for Battlegrounds to earn honor.
Tabard de bataille aile-argent
Tabard de bataille chanteguerre
from Warsong Gulch and
Tabard de bataille foudrepique
Tabard de bataille loup-de-givre
from Alterac Valley can be purchased with 2,000+ honor and have no rep requirement. In the past, honor on alts was easy to acquire with
Recommandation de Joug-d'hiver
. However, with those removed, these tabards will take longer to acquire as they cost a good deal more than they used to.
Tabard de l'explorateur
can easily be acquired by flying on a friend’s
Fusée de tourisme X-53
Tabards such as
are also available from Quartermasters in capital cities with no rep requirement.
If your bank alt is a mage, they can equip the
Tabard du Kirin Tor
from Dalaran since all mages start off friendly with the Kirin Tor.
Bracers should be discreet and coordinating with your fabulous shirt or robe. Put
Puissance des sorts
on your bracers for absurdity.
Boutons de manchette antiques en argent
are another rare reward from the
Bag of Fishing Treasures
. By far the best option for a sophisticated alt.
are the rarest part of the
set, for a vibrant theme.
is a drop from a Tirisfal rare mob,
New to 4.1 are
Bracelets émaillés de gemmes
A Shiny Reward
. These bracers are gold with green gems, very distinctive!
You aren’t a poor freezing clerk like Bob Cratchitt—ditch the gloves.
Gants doublés de satin
sound luxurious, but instead show off your rings and bracelets.
While belts can be equally challenging to track down, they don’t look visually exciting. It’s not mandatory for your bank alt, but here’s some options if you must sacrifice fashion for completion.
Ceinture en étoffe rapiécée
are only sold by Horde vendors, so Alliance players may find it whimsical.
The Goblin starting zone features several vendors that sell unique items (in name, although perhaps not in looks).
Ceinture en tissu détrempé
Ceinture en cuir trempée
are exclusively sold by
Sally « récupération » Sablécrou
Ceinture tricotée de récupération
If you’re wearing a robe, the style of your pants is unimportant. However, if you opted for a more modern shirt, the style of your pants (or kilt!) is very important.
Pantalon en lin écru
Chausses de Solliden
make good blue jeans for a casual Friday look.
Pantalon de smoking
give a more formal appearance.
A tip from commenter TKitch:
Pagne ogre déchiré
may look like a Tarzan-esque loincloth, but it’s incredibly rare currently. It was looted from
Monticule de poussière de Gordunni
as part of the Horde-only quest
. Unfortunately, that quest is no longer around in Cataclysm, so watch the AH.
This guide mostly focuses on cloth, but
are striking leather kilts from Horde shaman starting-zone gear that look great with a harness.
is a versatile skirt from
that matches most any shirt.
Others may only see your toes peep out from under a robe, but it’s the effort that counts.
Several races have stylish boots as starter gear, such as
Bottes de recrue
, the default boots for several warrior races. Other boots can be enchanted with
which will shave off seconds of running!
A perennial favorite is
, available from select merchants.
are also an elegant alternative.
The truly dedicated will try to win the
Le tournoi de pêche kalu'ak
Bottes de la baie
, boots with a built-in hearth to Booty Bay. Make sure you skill up your fishing first!
As a bonus, go sit down next to
, the Dalaran cobbler. He’ll shine your shoes and buff you for the next hour with
, making your feet sparkle.
You need to show off your bling. Discreetly, as most rings have no visible effect upon your character. But you still need to flaunt it under the radar. Oh, and whatever you do, don’t buy
Anneau à zircone cubique
and pretend it’s a
Chevalière noble en élémentium
--everyone will know the difference.
An easy bling fix comes from
, self-titled <Bling Merchant>. He sells the classic
Solitaire sans défaut
, the less romantic
Anneau à minuscule diamant
, the unromantic
Cubic Zirconia Ring
, the apologetic
Bague de Piffeny en argent
, the flashy
, and apt
poking fun at xp color bars. Several other vendors stock these rings if Gappy won’t sell you bling.
To match your
Tarnished Silver Necklace
, get a
Anneau terni en argent
Caisse de viande
, a reward for completing any of the Shattrath cooking dailies.
Curse yourself by equipping
, a very rare catch from fishing. Or take a traditional sentimental route with
Alliance en or
, once again found in the
Bag of Fishing Treasures
from the Shattrath dailies.
Anneau d'autorité de sectateur du Crépuscule
only works for DK bank alts, but it's a very rare item from
Seigneur du Crépuscule Everun
, a rare mob in Silithus. Equipping this item allows you to bypass many of the elaborate steps in summoning lvl 60 raid bosses. However, the gear is obsolete, so you might as well keep it instead.
But the true mark of a bank alt connoisseur is found in the insanely expensive and limited wares of
Bague dorée en éternium
costs 3000g and shows your eternal love for luxury. Or buy her two
Anneau d'auriculaire en saphir
s for a more youthful look. The most dedicated bank alt won’t think twice before buying the
Noble’s Elementium Signet
—it’s the only ring in the game currently that sparkles, plus with the right reputation, you can buy it from
in Booty Bay for a discount, skipping Haris and her rude ghost friend
. In 4.1, there is another visible ring option, but it's BoP and you need to be 85 to complete
A Shiny Reward
Trinkets are few, but obtaining any of these will demonstrate your bank alt is dedicated.
on the side, you’ll learn how to thwart mages and charm mechanicals in style.
is learned from a schematic sold by
Télécommande universelle gnome
is learned from a schematic dropped by
and also sold by
A truly lucky fishing aficionado can use
Hameçon du maître pêcheur
, the ultimate reward from the
Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
. Outpace the envious crowds on the street and swim to your destination. Commenter mostpop points out that since anyone can level fishing now, a bank alt should try to pick up the
Sceau de Dalaran en titane
Rat d'égout géant
Show off your ruthlessness by farming up
Grand maître de l'arène
at the Gurubashi Arena. Collect 12
Maître de l'arène
Coffre au trésor de l'arène
which spawns every three hours. Pair it with
Insigne de l'Alliance
Insigne de la Horde
for the low price of 55 honor (via Windyote).
You wouldn’t want to start a fight and risk injury, but it’s good to look prepared with the right weapon. Besides mailing starting-zone weapons between alts, consider these more unconventional choices.
sells an assortment of common-quality weapons more interesting than your usual starter-zone fare:
Hache forgée par les Arcanes
Miséricorde forgée par les Arcanes
Masse forgée par les Arcanes
Epée courte forgée par les Arcanes
Bâton accumulateur de mana
Arc court rigide
. Maybe fish up
Bouteille de vin brisée
from the Sludge Fen if things get ugly or get
in the DK starter zone if trade chat is unruly.
Or, you can look so absurd, your enemies will be confused and flee. Use the following zone drops:
Pelle de fermier
Balai de fermier
Pelle de mineur kobold
If all goes wrong, dazzle your enemies with
Canne à pointe de diamant
, a common reward from fishing dailies. While it looks like a staff, it counts as a 1-hander so any class can equip it.
Offhands bring whimsy and humor to even the most generic outfits. There’s wine glasses, flowers, fish, and more to choose from.
Verre de vin
Verre de vin rouge
to complement fine dining for any occasion.
Bag of Fishing Dailies
is good for more casual meals.
Lys de Stratholme
is available from
, a vendor in
L’Épuration de Stratholme
. Make sure to visit her before starting the event. She also sells a variety of other bouquets common to florists in capital cities such as
Bouquet de roses noires
is the most luxurious bouquet, but there’s a certain charm to
Fleurs sauvages simples
Fleur de Sombrelune
is a carnival offhand available from
5 bons - Fleur de Sombrelune
, for when your bank alt feels like supporting the wild side.
Send those rare offhand fish you’ve caught on your main for
Ça mord !
to your bank alt. Or try fishing up
near the AH.
Cierge magique bleu
Cierge magique rouge
Cierge magique blanc
are only available from special NPCs with the <Holiday Fireworks Vendor> tag on July 4th on US realms and September 30th on EU realms.
, there are several vanity off-hand frills no longer available from Shattrath vendors. Back when
was briefly exiled from the Lower City for selling dubious wares, he sold
Lilas de Terokkar
complete with snarky flavor text. Keep an eye out for these on the AH.
There are so many vanity items from holidays, it deserves its own section. Sadly, not all items are obtainable by low-level toons, but most are! While many max level players are tired of the same-old holidays, completing quests on a low-level toon is a fresh and challenging approach. Have a warlock friend or someone from your main's guild grouped in party for
to speed things up and instantly arrive at your location (via glyneth). As usual, mix and match for the most stylish result. Remember, if it’s hard-to-obtain, it’s good.
sells several festive robes and pantsuits, for the cost of five
Pièce des ancêtres
. To an 85, it’s not very exciting, but your level 10 will need many summons or a good deal of time spent running to collect them all.
Robe de fête
Habit de fête
are the BoE option crafted by tailors.
De l'amour dans l'air
Robe noire ravissante
, once very rare, is now the ubiquitous dress from this holiday. It’s stunning, but along with the other rewards from
Boîte de robe ravissante
Boîte d'habit de soirée
, perhaps too common for the discerning banker.
Le Jardin des nobles
is the perfect achievement for your bank alt. It can be completed by even a level 1, and what better title to denote generations of wealth than <the Noble>?
Robe de printemps
Robe de soirée
are striking robes,
Diadème du printemps
is silly and overdone,
Panier à œufs
has a unique graphic, and
is the only bouquet of flowers that can actually be equippable as a main-hand.
Fête du Feu du solstice d'été
Midsummer offers a fun holiday set: the
Mantle of the Fire Festival
as highlighted earlier,
Sandales de l'été
with a fun use. This set takes many
to complete, so be diligent!
For the truly diabolic, sneak (or get summoned) into enemy cities and steal their flames to obtain the angelic
Couronne de la fête du Feu
La récompense d'un voleur
Fête des Brasseurs
Tenue de parade de la fête des Brasseurs
series shows you’re not just any uptight banker. Redeem
Jeton de la fête des Brasseurs
from dailies to collect both sets.
While you’re sampling some brews, remember to pick up your stein of the year.
Binocles Incroyables d'Empathie Romantique Etendue de Belbi
Binocles Incroyables d'Empathie Romantique Etendue de Blix
give you the buff
. Everyone turns into male gnomes/tauren, some in quite revealing gear. Perhaps save these for when you aren’t calculating finances.
Don’t forget to trick-or-treat every hour at your favorite inn to have a chance at getting
Heaume de la Sanssaint
. Most of the disguises are temporary, but surely as a clever bank alt, you can create your own original costume instead of relying on a premade one.
Jour des morts
This is a short and minor holiday, but
Bouquet de chrysanthèmes orange
is a vibrant offhand, especially when paired with the similar
for dual-wielding bouquets.
Les Bienfaits du pèlerin
Give thanks for your yearly profits in Azeroth. Provide the catering for the holiday NPCs and receive the following apparel in return:
Chapeau de pèlerin
Costume de pèlerin
Tenue de pèlerine
Robe de pèlerine
Bottes de pèlerin
is campy and festive, but may require many world kills to obtain the hats, which are only guaranteed drops from several high-level bosses. Still, what else are you going to do when the banks are closed on holiday? Consider obtaining the winter clothes that are taught by the opposite faction.
If your bank alt has decided to sponsor a particular clothing brand and refuses to wear anything else, here are some unique armor sets and NPCs with allstar offerings.
There are several common-quality sets unique to a faction.
is the only vendor who sells the
sets for a traditional blood-elf look.
Sally "Salvager" Sandscrew <Slightly Damp Salvage>
sets in the Goblin areas.
sets are unique to Horde clothiers in a variety of both major and minor cities. For the alliance, the
sets are unique. Vendors of both factions sell the
Light Mail Armor
Harry « Lune-d’Argent »
found in Howling Fjord sells select blood-elf starting gear.
Contreforts de Hautebrande d’antan
and sells starting gear for several races.
and other robe vendors sell distinctive robes such as
Robe à double couture
We’ve provided some screenshots below of favorite bank alt outfits, but now it’s time for you to mix and match. We hope this guide has proved useful in sorting out all the obscure fashionable gear. Impress everyone and show you have the best deals anywhere!
This was the newest guide from Wowhead by our brand new volunteer, Perculia! Be sure to join us in welcoming her to the editorial team and also be sure to let us know what type of guides you'd like to see in the future. We are constantly working to provide guides on everything from the broad to the obscure.
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