Master Shapeshifters: A Guide to Character Disguises
Everyone’s favorite shapeshifting item is a Druid, hands down. But what if you want something a little more uncommon? Perhaps you’re looking for a fun disguise to use on boss-kill screenshots, or you’re just not that interested in trolls and would rather farm something else. How’s turning into a fish sound? A huge bug? A neon rock? Maybe you just want to be surrounded in a purple swirly shield instead? Whatever you’re interested in turning into, it probably exists in-game and we have it all laid out for you.
This guide breaks it down into playable race, creature, and object disguises, as well as items that give your character special effects. We’ve further organized these items by means of acquisition and noted some items that work while mounted or shapeshifted. Not all of these items will work in every zone, but they’re all interesting.
Here you’ll find ways to turn into most every playable race. Some disguises even last through damage taken, making it perfect to confuse the enemy in PvP or if you really hate the available race options for your class. The majority of these disguises remain while mounted and in combat.
and his crew in Wetlands, temporarily turns you into an Undead. It also conveniently reveals the gender of your warlock minions.
, acquired by looting books in
, has a chance to briefly transform the player into a Worgen with
Players that are not dwarves, gnomes, or humans will find themselves disguised as one upon entering
for historical purposes. The disguised facial features are based on the player's original attributes.
has a chance to infect the player with
, a one-minute debuff that transforms the player into a Worgen.
is left behind by
in the bar in
. Start talking to him, and he excitedly talks about his new recipe. Eventually, he drinks too much of it and passes out, dropping the
. This transforms you into a Dark Iron Dwarf for one hour, with unique armor based on your class. Unfortunately, it looks like a recent patch temporarily broke this dialogue, but GMs claim it will be fixed soon.
drops from any of the bosses in Heroic
. It transforms you into a blood elf, yet you retain your unique armor. Your disguised facial features are based on your own character’s—so head to the barbershop if you’re looking for a special blood-elf transformation.
is a 100% drop from
, a rare-spawn flamboyant gnome pirate ghost in Vash’jir. He has a very high opinion of himself, saying "Feast ye eyes upon the dreadful, clever, all-powerfull, hate-filled, sword-swignin', face-punchin', insult-flingin', and all around handsome, BURGY BLACKHEART." He’s not difficult at all to kill at 85 and if you have low-levels summoned in your party, they can loot the hat for fun. This item has no cooldown and instantly turns you into a spectral pirate gnome when equipped.
, made by engineers, turns the target into a Leper Gnome. It only lasts for 12 seconds and has five charges, but the materials required to make more aren’t too bad. Anyone, regardless of their professions, can use it too.
turns you into a human ninja wearing a unique armor set or a pirate. It requires
which can be fished in Northern Barrens or Wailing Caverns. The recipe, which used to be an extremely rare world drop, has had its droprate buffed in Cataclysm.
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have a chance to transform the engineer into one of the following for an hour: male dwarf, female draenei, female gnome, male night elf, female orc, male tauren, male troll, female blood elf. You keep your armor but receive unique facial details. This debuff lasts through death but does not override druid shapeshifts.
were quest rewards for completing the faction-specific pre-Cataclysm launch events. They turn you into a gnome/troll respectively but sadly, they’re not available in-game anymore. However, many players forgot about these items soon after acquiring them because they were so common. The disguises last for 30 minutes, on a 4 hour cooldown, and work while mounted.
is the Horde-only reward for completing
, the final quest in Azshara. This buff persists through combat, lasts 30 minutes, and has a 30 minute cooldown—but you must keep the hat on to keep the disguise. Like the
, you receive a complete new look, armor set, and animations while disguised, but unlike the
Orb of Deception
, you have a huge variety of random disguises—16 possible options! Alliance, do not faction-change to complete this quest, as it will disappear when you race change back.
, a BoE reward from the Shadowmourne quest
, turns you into a frost dwarf for 10 minutes. Random chance to get one of three hair colors.
is available for 5,000g from
, a goblin mage in Archmage Xylem’s tower in Azshara. The disguise lasts 30 mintes and through combat, on a 15 minute cooldown. It’s perfect for using in raids if you dislike how your character looks. Kalytha also has a bit of interesting lore behind her—Horde players learn that she, and her fellow mages, were heroes during the Sundering, using their magic to protect ley-lines and hold off the attacks of the Burning Legion.
is sold by
in the Storm Peaks for the low price of 10
. It transforms you into a dark blue iron dwarf, yet you keep your own weapons. Disguise cannot be kept while mounted and you can only buy it after completing
. If you use it and then pop the
Orb of the Sin'dorei
, you will turn into a male blood elf. It’s needed for the Ulduar achievement
. Since using this item will classify you as a male character, popping another disguise as an Iron Dwarf will turn you into that option's male character model even if you are a female.
turns you into a flaming dancing female Draenei. It costs 350
from festival vendors. As long as you stay near the Brazier, you can mount up.
Orb of Deception
is the classic shapeshifting trinket. It’s a world drop from vanilla mobs and is BoE, still fetching a hefty price on the AH. It turns you into a member of the opposing faction complete with low-level armor. Although the item has been in the game for ages, it’s been updated to allow transformations for newer races.
There are many disguises that let you turn into unplayable races and creatures as well, such as wolves, naga, and snakes. Not many of these items work while mounted, but there’s something absurd here for everyone!
has a small chance to proc and turn the player into a tiger when using both
in combat. Unfortunately, these items are no longer obtainable but still work if you held onto them.
turns you into an Orc in Netherwing Ledge and
into a War-Maiden by Brunnhildar Village, if you have completed their relevant questlines.
Upon obtaining 5 stacks of
from fighting various demons around Desolace, you will get
and turn into a demon for one minute. Works on pets as well--come look like a demo warlock.
is a magical food that can turn you into many things: basilisk, roach, locust, whelp, or wisp. You will be silenced with
for 45 seconds upon transformation but will gain a speed boost. The food also has a chance of granting you a random stat buff. It can be fished up from the Sewers.
, a clickable vial that spawns randomly around the Underbelly, can do one of three things: turn all NPCs into mages, transform the user into a Flying Wasp, or into a Hungry Tuskarr with +50 fishing skill. The Flying Wasp only lasts in the Underbelly and the Tuskarr in Dalaran. Drinking the potions has no cooldown.
impishly turns players into sheep in Dalaran. Later, you’ll find a letter from him in the mail containing
, a one-time only wand that polymorphs the target and only works in the city.
, a witch doctor in
on players who have completed his quests. He offers several options and transformations: a frog, snakes, ghost, chicken, turning drunk, character enlargement, and being thrown into the air.
, players can trick-or-treat at all Innkeepers. They will either receive a
with masks and
inside, or will be transformed into a critter as a punishment.
is a rare drop from
, a boss that can be summoned every 15 minutes provided you have completed a lengthy quest chain in Skettis. The disguise lasts 5 minutes and is on a 30 minute CD. Players find themselves transformed into one of three possible arkoaa appearances and can do a special dance, but cannot mount up.
drops from trash in Blackwing Descent. It's a decent trinket for some dps classes and the use effect transforms you into a dragon.
was one of the most coveted items in ICC but it also has a fun side-effect: the procs turned the wearer into a variety of Northrend races for 30 seconds, some of which even had dance animations. Players were turned into Vrykul, Iron Dwarves, and Taunka, each with distinct casting animations. You could even mount up in Taunka form too.
is crafted by Alchemists who have learned the recipe from
. This item transforms the player into a two-seater dragon. The materials required are quite expensive but there’s now a special achievement for obtaining one—it’s the
is an offhand from
that transforms the wearer into a wolf. The
drops from Silverbrook mobs in
—fitting for a werewolf. Hunters using a wolf pet with this offhand equipped look awesome.
is intended to turn your target into a chicken--however, there's a small chance it can malfunction and turn you into one instead! Requires
ing to equip.
The Azerothian teleporters,
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, have a small chance to malfunction with
. This quickly transforms the player into a series of fun creatures, including troggs and murlocs. There is also a small chance you will get
and be turned into a chicken at Toshley's Station.
are rare Night Elf archaeology projects that turn you into a naga and wisp respectively. They don’t last very long but look unique.
is a Nerbuian solve that turns you temporarily into a Qiraji bug.
is a reward for winning the Stranglethorn Vale Fishing Contest and turning in
. To win the contest, you need to be the first person to fish up and turn in 40
located all around the zone. This item turns you into a fish that is useful for speedy underwater transportation.
transforms the caster into a blue dragon--it's an epic legendary quest chain, but the weapon is specifically from
is the new way to acquire
from the Tribute Run in
. Turn into a dancing Gor’dok ogre. The one catch is that the item is unique, but can be mailed—so give some to all of your friends.
is sold by
in Tanaris. This is one of the oldest shapeshifting items in the game. It used to require a fun questline, but that’s been removed in Cataclysm. You have a chance to turn into a skeleton, shrink, or gain a slowfall buff.
, sold by
for 3 gold at Revered reputation with the
, transforms into
after a week. Inside is a chance to get
, which transforms you into a Frenzyheart. 5 mintutes with a 30 minute cooldown. Cannot mount up but lasts through damage taken.
is sold by
. It turns you into a dark whelp. While it only has three charges, you can keep returning to the vendor to buy more. To initially access the vendor, you will have to complete the quest chain starting from
is sold by
. This turns you into a Furbolg, in case you missed picking this up from the old Ashenvale quest chain in vanilla! Requires exalted with
is redeemed from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game and works in combat.
is obtained by redeeming the code from Blizzcon 2007 to either
is a Northrend world BoP drop. It turns you into a monkey rolling around in a neon purple ball—a tribute to the game Super Monkey Ball. The purple orb remains for shapeshifted druids in combat. If you use another disguise with this trinket activated, you will turn into that disguise and keep the purple ball.
These items preserve the basic appearance of your character, but with added twists—size changes, transparency, cool NPCs following you around. They’re great to use for screenshots when you want people to know who ‘you’ are but also to stand out. Don’t forget to use your own aresenal of spells for extra effects.
is a zone-wide drop from Winterspring that enlarges your character. This was removed for several patches, but is now back in game in 4.3.
does the same thing; it's from
fished up by the Darkmoon Faire.
. It puts a swirly shield around the user—a purple cosmetic version of
, which lasts for 30 minutes or until 500 damage is taken.
summons a cannon that fires at enemies. It drops from
, a low-level world BoE, does a variety of crazy things—whirlwinds, explodes, summons a Felhunter, and much more.
is a 100% drop from
on heroic difficulty in
Old Hillsbrad Foothills
. It summons a coyote. He patrols the main road so it's possible just to zone in and kill him for the hat.
There are two trinkets that summon tentacles in game:
. These drop from
respectively. They summon a tentacle that looks like one of the tentacle adds in the actual encounter. They do hardly any damage, but flop around with neat animations.
, a drop from Sunken Temple, has a chance to summon an emerald whelpling on hit. There are some other old-world items that have a chance on hit to summon quirky things:
summons a demon and
summons green fire elementals.
also can drop
which trails green fire behind your character's feet. There's similar TCG items:
for fel-fire and
will also set your feet on fire.
recipe requiring 375 skill to learn. It turns the user translucent for 5 minutes.
is a Cata-level
recipe that transforms the user into someone in very close proximity to them, including enemy players.
recipe that freezes you in place and gives you a golden hue. It works on flying mounts and mid-air actions, resulting in hilarious tableaux.
shrinks you, depending on how many you’ve had to drink. If you drink too many, you turn into a pygmy gnome.
has several items that result in cool character modifications:
creates a flash of lightning and an army of bugs when used,
creates a dramatic scene in the background,
spawns a set of sword dancers that perform for you,
creates a bright green beam that follows you around,
enlarges your character and gives them an ugly Northrend-era hat, and
creates a temporary mirror image of your character.
, a reward from the Northrend cooking dailies, temporarily decreases the size of your target by 50%. Works on some bosses for extra hilarity.
Two Northrend-era feasts change the size of the player:
shrinks the player by 30% and
increases the size of the player.
There are several engineering malfunctions from using the BC-era transporters that last for an hour: some shrink or enlarge your character, while
gives a golden hue and
gives a shadowy effect. These last through death and work while mounted.
, a quest item for
is one of the rare disguises that works on shapeshifted druids, although it lasts for an hour and only works in Tempest Keep. It turns the wearer into a member of the Broken, a similar race to the Draenei.
is a BoE reward from the Shadowmourne quest
. Using the tabard grants the wearer
, a shiny golden light that lasts for 5 minutes.
is a reward from numerous
quests. They grant one of four buffs:
which turns you large and orange,
into a skeleton with underwater breathing,
into a pirate, and
into a levitated non-combat spectral ghost. These treats only last for 14 days, so be wise about using them!
makes your character shoot rainbows; it’s a reward from
makes a nurse appear and it’s a reward from
summons a spectral Tauren and comes from
, a play on
, summons a lance and comes from
a reward from the hilarious quest
, turns you bright red and large.
, accessible after completing
which summons a moonwell, and
, which summons splashing water.
, accessible after completing
which throws a large tree, and
, which summons flowers and butterflies at your feet.
, accessible after completing
which makes your character glow orange.
in Hour of Twilight, has an on use effect that makes you kneel in place for 60 seconds channeling
, as you glow golden. Great for paladins.
, from Mannoroth in Well of Eternity, has an on use effect that turns your character shadowy purple with glowing fel green fire--reminiscent of Illidan's transformation at the end of the encounter.
, from Mannoroth in Well of Eternity, has an on use effect that shoots out fiery tendrils from the user's weapon, and can chain between targets.
Zoning into Well of Eternity will buff all non-Night Elves with
--turning them into Night Elves for the duration of this historical dungeon.
Rogues that have completed all steps of the legendary chain will acquire
--that has an on use effect of unfurling wings and falling slowly to the ground.
You can even turn into inanimate objects. There are numerous quest-related items that temporarily turn you into objects as well, but the problem is that they only work when you’re in a very specific sub-zone and you lose the item once the quest is turned in.
, a Fossil archaeology rare added in 4.1, shrinks the player and entraps them in a block of neon orange glass. This block lasts through combat and damage.
are looted by Herbalists as they pick flowers. When consumed, it transforms the player into a common flower, renames them, and provides a quick supply of health and mana. People have used these in PvP to look hidden in the background.
, a holiday present for completing
Stolen Winter Veil Treats
, turns the user into a snowman with the aid of a
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