Hunter Transmog: Gryphon Mail set

Back in the early spring of 2012, I started working on a new hunter transmog. Because I love transmog, and I love having characters that don’t look ridiculous.

Around the time that I had procured the first couple of pieces for this set, I finished my Black Dragon Mail transmog, and I used that for a bit. (I also played around with another set that wasn’t that great and isn’t worth mentioning right now.) And while I liked the Black Dragon Mail set – and while that set was somewhat appropriate for use while killing THE black dragon and his minions – I was secretly coveting the necessary pieces to complete the one I’m going to talk about today.

This is pretty much my personal  Number One favorite transmog for hunters, out of the ones that are possible to make. My actual favorite would be a dark ranger in 100% black, but that’s not really possible without wearing leather, and while there are certainly “dark ranger” looks out there, they don’t quite fit what I’d be going for (although they do look badass!).

Mushan in Gryphon Mail set

Mushan in Gryphon Mail

The Gryphon Mail set, as worn by Mushan, is comprised of (and complemented by) the following:

Core Armor

Gryphon Mail Pauldrons

Gryphon Mail Breastplate

Gryphon Mail Legguards

Gryphon Mail Greaves

Gryphon Mail Gauntlets

Complementary Items

Malefactor’s Eyepatch

Golden Filigreed Shirt

Keepers of Time tabard

Talhide Stitched-Belt

Arathar, the Eye of Flame

Note: there is a Gryphon Mail Belt, which I wore for a while before replacing it with one that I felt better matched the tabard; there are also bracers, which are hidden anyway, and a helm, which I feel gives an unflattering look, so I didn’t bother obtaining either of those two items.

How I put it together

This look fits most of my criteria for what I want my hunter to look like. The outfit, while basically a Wildhammer-ish design, looks very good on a night elf, with gold feathers, soft purple trim, and green gems in the shoulders and chest.

The purple trim goes well with night elves in general – which I’ve tried to illustrate by showing him in Darnassus – while the gems match his green hair. The only thing I’m not crazy about are the huge shinguards on the boots (what’s up with that, anyway?), but I had to make a small sacrifice with that to get the rest of my look.

The chest is… a little short, to put it nicely -

Gryphon Mail Breastplate - a little risqué, no?

Gryphon Mail Breastplate – a little risqué, no?

I guess it’s probably fine, but I wasn’t loving it. Plus, I really wanted to use the Keepers tabard.

Adding the Golden Filigreed Shirt was nice, too, because it gave some additional color to the upper arms, and it matches perfectly:

Gryphon Mail, complete with Arathar

Gryphon Mail, complete with Arathar

Arathar, the Eye of Flame has trim that comes closer to matching the colors on the armor than any other bow I have, and so it’s great to be able to use it. It also drops from what was probably my favorite boss fight in Cataclysm, so it has good memories associated with it.

How to get it

This set – particularly the core Gryphon Mail pieces – can be very difficult to construct, although your success may vary from realm to realm. The Gryphon Mail pieces are BOEs with extremely low drop rates. I got a couple of pieces while I was leveling alts, but had to buy most of them on the auction house. For months, I checked daily for the shoulders and – especially – the chest, which was particularly difficult to find. It finally appeared in August, and while it was 200g, I would have paid 50 times that amount for it if I had to, because I waited months for it!

Other than that, Rags’ bow (which had dropped for me when Firelands was current), getting exalted with The Keepers of Time, and purchasing the shirt in Dalaran were no big deal, and I had done the quest line for the eyepatch earlier in the year. Ultimately, while I had to wait for the pieces to come together, it was totally worth it, and I’m extremely happy with how it came together – I find it cool, appropriately Night-Elven, and colorful yet tasteful.

This is the transmog set I’m rocking in Mists of Pandaria! It’s already shown up in several screenshots on this blog since early-autumn. And while I occasionally look at other sets, I haven’t found anything that looks better – to me, anyway – on my toon.

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Thanks for reading this post by Mushan at Mushan, Etc. Comments are welcome!

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