I have a strange love/hate relationship with the Heritage armor. To clarify, I love the ga-nome heritage armor. I hate that I cannot mog it on every engineer. It would look awesome on a dwarf engineer warrior. Perhaps somewhere down the road, it will be opened up to anyone who’s exalted with Gnomeregon.
For the core races, I’d only done the ga-nome heritage armor. For the allied races, I’d only done the Highmountain Tauren and Kul Tiran. I’ve been itching to get some more of sets, because they have some amazing designs. I decided I’d make it a point to get them all.
Within the past week, I’ve unlocked a few sets: Zandalari Troll, Tauren, Dwarf, Blood Elf, and Goblin.
This has caused a bit of a shake-up for one of my characters. Ever since Cataclysm, my Tauren Shaman has always been using the Headdress of the First Shaman as his helm transmog. ALWAYS! That changed this week with the changes to the barbershop and the addition of the Tauren heritage armor. He’s now using the Ancestral Chieftain’s Headdress and Ancestral Chieftain’s Totem (the head and back pieces of the heritage armor). I also added some body paint to match his transmog and added the feathers on his head at the barbershop. I’m pretty pleased with his set.
His full set is, Ancestral Chieftain’s Headdress, Pauldrons of the Chosen Dead, Ancestral Chieftain’s Totem, hidden chest/shirt/tabard, Earthfury Bracers, Gor’s Re-Inforced Gloves, Firearrow Belt, Orgrimmar Leggings, Earthfury Boots, Fury of the Stonemother (enhancement artifact magma-mace appearance), The Highkeeper’s Ward (elemental artifact flame-shield appearance) and I am enthralled with his new look (you catch that green-jesus-shaman reference there? “enTHRALLed” Don’t worry, I’ll show myself to the door). I honestly don’t think I could think of a better set for an elemental shaman. I might shake the look up a little bit for restoration spec (maybe some blues/water), but for now he’s keeping this look for both elemental and restoration. I am cheating you out of the bulk of the Tauren gear, because I want my Tauren to be mostly fur only. To make up for that, here’s the link to the Tauren heritage armor on wowhead.
I’d been leveling a dino-druid off-and-on prior to the level-squish, because I did want the Zandalari armor and because DINO-DRUID!!!! After the squish, he only had a little over 10 levels left to go, so I just pushed him through it.
For the Tauren, Dwarf, Blood Elf, and Goblin, I just picked a toon and ground out the reputation. They were all anywhere from honored (only a couple hundred rep into it) to Revered (a quarter of the way into it). Grinding rep was easy. I started by equipping their city tabard and heading to Outland. I ran Heroic Mechanar, Heroic Arcatraz, Heroic Botanica, and then spammed Normal Botanica. The heroics were just so I got the dungeon achievements while I was there. While you’re there, you might as well run Tempest Keep for that achievement and a chance at the Ashes of Al’ar.
I found Botanica to be the easiest to spam and you get about 3.5K rep (aka neutral to exalted in about 12 dungeon runs) if you kill everything. The dungeon is very linear in it’s path, you don’t wind up backtracking. Body-pull every mob from the entrance all the way to the first boss, and nuke them all with the boss. Body pull every mob to the second boss, nuke. Mobs, third boss, nuke… etc. etc. Profit! Also, you have a portal to the entrance at the last boss.
Mechanar is a little too sprawled out to be efficient in gathering mobs and Arcatraz has too much downtime due to long corridors and the RP on the last boss.
The actual quests for the core races are fun bits of lore too. I won’t give spoilers, just have fun when you do it. Gnomes take you to Northrend and the Ulduar areas. Tauren to Mulgore and Stonetalon Mountains. Dwarves take you to Old Ironforge (the underground area you get to by the entrance next to Muradin). Blood Elves take you Eversong Woods and Ghostlands. Goblins take you to The Motherload (slight spoiler: Do this quest on a tanky toon, pet-classed toon, or a toon with self-heals. It SUCKED on a relatively-fresh-dinged mage. There’s 2 fights that are brutal with zero room for error).
Here are my before and after pictures of the other toons that got the appearances.
I’m also cheating you out of the helm on my Dwarf, I just prefer goggles on my engineers. To make up for that, here’s the link to the Dwarf heritage armor.
Each of the core races can be completed in 2 to 3 hours (assuming you’re already at level cap). That includes grinding the reputation and running the quest lines.