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Tabard refers to a type of clothing bearing a symbol or design and worn in the tabard equipment slot over a character's chest armor. It was once a purely cosmetic item intended to add individuality to a character's look, similar to a shirt, but in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Wrath of the Lich King and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, many tabards resulted in reputation bonuses.

Overview

Historically, a tabard serves both as a sleeveless shirt or coat (often over armor), and as a means of displaying heraldry (as livery). For players, it can show membership in a guild or (for roleplay purposes) allegiance to a particular group, boast of deeds performed, or simply be decorative.

The only tabard available to players upon the release of World of Warcraft was the guild tabard. The release of battlegrounds and the honor system saw a variety of new tabards introduced, identifying a player's rank or standing with a particular battleground faction. The Scourge Invasion also added a small number of tabards. In World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, each faction in Outland was given its own tabard, available at exalted status. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King continued this trend, but has lower (or no) reputation requirements and instead, it utilizes faction tabards in a system known as championing for farming reputation.

Patch 3.0 introduced the achievement system, which includes rewards for tabard collectors. Upon obtaining a tabard, a player is now granted the general achievement Money achievement.png Represent; subsequent achievement points are granted at ten and twenty-five tabards, with the latter granting the Tabard of the Achiever. Keeping tabards in one's inventory is not required for tabard achievements; only equipping them. You can equip and then sell or delete each tabard as you get it, and it will still count toward the achievements. Some tabards can be discarded and repurchased or reacquired at a tabard vendor. These generally include rewards from non-repeatable quests and achievements (such as the [Green Trophy Tabard of the Illidari]).

Changes to tabard system

World of Warcraft: Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

With World of Warcraft: Legion Legion, tabards are now added to the Appearances tab (of the Collection window) after being collected. This was done to alleviate wasted bag space, and allows tabard appearances to be used by any character on the same Battle.net account[citation needed] (some are locked by faction i.e. Orgrimmar/Stormwind). Tabards still will not show for characters who don't meet the reputation requirements to equip the tabard.[1] A tabard appearance will not allow it's effects to be used, so DON'T DELETE YOUR TABARDS WITH EFFECTS.[2]

It is not clear if reputation bonuses follow the tabard appearance.

Speculated changes to the tabard system

Questionmark-medium.png This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials.*

A panel of Blizzard employees at BlizzCon 2013[3] the up-and-coming World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Warlords of Draenor expansion recently mentioned plans to potentially alleviate the amount of bag space taken up by tabards by including them in a separate menu (as has already been done with mounts, non-combat pets and toys). This feature has been hinted at for quite some time and even now, Blizzard won't commit any further than to say that it is a "possibility".

Tabard vendors

There are, generally, two types of vendor that tabards can be purchased from.

Tabards associated with a faction are almost always available from the Quartermasters for that faction.

Visitor's Centers in most major cities have tabard vendors who sell Guild tabards. They also sell:

  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Burning Crusade faction tabards
  • Honor rank tabards
  • Battleground tabards

These additional tabards have the same purchase restrictions and costs from the visitor's center vendor as they do from the relevant quartermaster.

City/Faction tabards

As of Patch 4.0.3 ( World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm and the Shattering), you can buy a tabard for a specific city/faction faction and gain some reputation for each kill in a non-Outland dungeon.[4]

Killing level-appropriate mobs in instances will yield 15 faction per kill while wearing an appropriate tabard.[citation needed] High level characters in newbie zones yields 3 faction for trash mobs,[citation needed] 60 for bosses.[citation needed] (Will you get more faction per mob at 70 killing in Strath than in Ragefire?)

You can go all the way to max exalted through the use of tabards. Thus, it's worthwhile to pick up the tabards from each city and switch once you max out one. You'll get to exalted in all eventually.

The City/Faction tabards are available from each faction's city quartermaster and cost 10s:

Alliance Alliance Horde Horde
Tabard Seller Tabard Seller
[Darnassus Tabard] Alliance Moon Priestess Lasara <Darnassus Quartermaster>
in Darnassus.
[Bilgewater Cartel Tabard] Horde Frizzo Villamar <Bilgewater Cartel Quartermaster>
in Orgrimmar.
[Exodar Tabard] Alliance Kadu <Exodar Quartermaster>
in the Exodar.
[Darkspear Tabard] Horde Champion Uru'zin <Darkspear Quartermaster>
in Orgrimmar.
[Gilneas Tabard] Alliance Lord Candren <Gilneas Quartermaster>
in Darnassus.
[Orgrimmar Tabard] Horde Stoneguard Nargol <Orgrimmar Quartermaster>
in Orgrimmar.
[Gnomeregan Tabard] Alliance Master Tinker Trini <Gnomeregan Quartermaster>
in Ironforge.
[Silvermoon City Tabard] Horde Magistrix Nizara <Silvermoon City Quartermaster>
just south of Silvermoon City.
[Ironforge Tabard] Alliance Captain Stonehelm <Ironforge Quartermaster>
in Ironforge.
[Thunder Bluff Tabard] Horde Brave Tuho <Thunder Bluff Quartermaster>
in Thunder Bluff.
[Stormwind Tabard] Alliance Captain Lancy Revshon <Stormwind Quartermaster>
in Stormwind.
[Undercity Tabard] Horde Captain Donald Adams <Undercity Quartermaster>
in Undercity.
[Tushui Tabard] Alliance Adherent Hanjun <Tushui Quartermaster>
in Stormwind.
[Huojin Tabard] Horde Turtlemaster Odai <Dragon Turtle Breeder>
in Orgrimmar.

Guild tabards

Guild tabards can be purchased for 8s from a tabard designer/vendor in the Visitor's Center of any faction capital city. Guild leaders can customize the symbol and color scheme of the guild's tabard for 10g.

See below for web-based tabard design tools.

Once your tabard crest has been created, it will take another 10g every time you wish to make a change to it.

Honor rank tabards

Honor rank tabards are an honor reward for PvP fighting under the Honor System (battlegrounds).

Enlisted tabards were available for 1g at rank one (AlliancePrivate and Horde Scout).

[Private's Tabard] and [Scout's Tabard] are purchasable from all tabard vendors (except Dalaran's) for 50 Honor points.

Officers' tabards were available for 4g at rank six (AllianceKnight and Horde Stone Guard). Somewhat more glorified, these look similar to the enlisted tabards, but are significantly more detailed.

Similarly, these tabards are now purchasable for 100 Honor points.

Battleground tabards

Battleground tabards can be obtained at various reputation with each faction through vendor purchase or quest completion. These tabards have a unique appearance.

Alterac Valley tabards are available from the Supply Officers at the entrance to either BG for 15,000 (Honor Points).

  • [Stormpike Battle Tabard] has a red backdrop with golden trim, with the emblem of a spear with a golden bolt at the bottom.
  • [Frostwolf Battle Tabard] has a blue backdrop with white trim, bearing a wolf's head at the center, with a crude shield covering it, both made out of blue and white, and with ice-colored and shaped symbols signifying the cold of Alterac Valley.

Arathi Basin tabards are available upon attaining exalted reputation with AllianceLeague of Arathor or Horde Defilers and completing A [60] Control Five Bases or H [60] Take Five Bases.

Warsong Gulch tabards are available from the Supply Officers at the entrance to either BG for 12,000 (Honor Points).

The Tabard of Conquest is awarded to players who complete the Achievement bg winwsg.png [Master of Isle of Conquest] achievement.

Other tabards

Past event tabards

These tabards were available for a limited time, and cannot be obtained currently. Some of these tabards may be reacquired from tabard vendors if the player had previously owned them.

Burning Crusade tabards

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

Unless otherwise stated, exalted reputation with the respective faction is needed to purchase their tabard. These faction tabards are purchased from the faction's quartermaster for 1g, 90s after discount.

Wrath of the Lich King tabards

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

The Argent Tournament tabards are available from each faction once you become their Champion. They used to cost 50 Champion's Seal Champion's Seals (in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King), but now cost only 10s (as of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm).

These tabards still cost 50 Champion's Seal Champion's Seals.

Cataclysm tabards

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Need images of these tabards for gallery.

Two new tabards were introduced for the new goblin and worgen city/factions.

Mists of Pandaria tabards

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

In Mists of Pandaria, the tabard system reverted back to its pre-Wrath form, where tabards are vanity rewards only available at Exalted reputation from the various Pandaria Factions.[5][6]

Unobtainable tabards

These tabards are worn by NPCs but cannot be obtained by players, though some can be approximated with certain guild tabard designs.

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Notes

  • [Primal Hakkari Tabard] is a tabard that cannot be worn. It is used to create the Zandalar Tribe epic chest-piece for paladins, druids, and shamans.
  • You can ask a GM to restore a deleted tabard, if you have some other proof you got it, like a Feats of Strength achievement.[10]
  • For heraldry roleplay purposes, tabards are superior in that all characters can wear one, and they have no effect upon other abilities of that character. Although shields are often used to display heraldry, they have more than cosmetic purpose in the game. Not all characters can wield a shield, and the attributes of a shield are intrinsically linked to the appearance of that shield.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.0.1 (Alpha): Tabard appearances are saved in new Transmogrification UI.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Tabards from Icecrown vendors now available for 8s (at Exalted) instead of 50 Champion's Seal.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): City faction tabards now available from city quartermasters in their respective cities for 10s (8s at Exalted).
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): City faction tabards added with Argent Tournament for 50 Champion's Seal from Argent quartermasters.

References

  1. ^ https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20747675115
  2. ^ http://www.wowhead.com/transmogrification-tabards-guide#comments:id=2354429
  3. ^ WoW Next panel screen from BlizzCon 2013
  4. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Lylirra 2010-12-02. #9 - City Tabards and BC Dungeons. Official Community > General Discussion forum (US).
  5. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Taepsilum 2012-08-02. #9 - Transmogrify Tabards!. Official Gameplay > General forum (EU).
  6. ^ perculia 2012-07-20. News Round Up: MoP Tabard Preview, Character Transfer Sale, PTR Soon. Official forum (US).
  7. ^ Although the actual tabard is not obtainable, you can appear to wear one by wearing [Dalaran Wizard's Robe]; a cloth chest armor that drops randomly from Dalaran NPCs in Silverpine Forest. Only Horde can obtain the robe, as these NPCs are Friendly to Alliance. However, they can be sold at neutral Auction Houses. In addition, the [Tabard of the Kirin Tor] is available for sale.
  8. ^ a b This particular Scarlet Crusade tabard is unobtainable. It is worn by many of the higher ranking members of the organization. The [Tabard of the Scarlet Crusade], which is worn by the lowest-ranking members of the Crusade, is obtainable. See the Other tabards section above.
  9. ^ There is a tabard similar to this that can be obtained through the Argent Tournament.
  10. ^ http://www.wowhead.com/transmogrification-tabards-guide#comments:id=2017511

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