What is Malevolent, Dreadful, and Contender Transmog?
If you played World of Warcraft during Mists of Pandaria (MoP), you would be familiar with this crafted gear from Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, and Tailoring. These items were called Crafted Malevolent, Crafted Dreadful, and Contender’s gear. During MoP, these crafts were very valuable, thanks to PvP content and their bonus sets. Even to this day, they still hold a reasonable valuation and offer me a steady income.
To view the Malevolent, Dreadful, and Contender transmog via Wowhead. Click on the links provided to view their item sets.
How Do We Obtain These Recipes?
Leatherworking has the best return when operating in this market, as it crafts both Leather and Mail items. However, it comes at a price, as you’ll need to learn more recipes than the other two professions. The Malevolent and Dreadful recipes are locked behind a specific craft that has a daily cooldown; meaning you need to craft an epic material to discover a new recipe for your profession. Below is a summary of the crafts necessary for each profession.
Craft needed to discover a new Crafted Dreadful recipe. (Daily Cooldown)
- Magnificence of Leather (Leatherworking)
- Magnificence of Scale (Leatherworking)
- Lightning Steel Ingot (Blacksmithing)
- Imperial Silk (Tailoring)
Craft needed to discover a new Crafted Malevolent recipe. (Daily Cooldown)
- Hardened Magnificent Hide (Leatherworking)
- Balanced Trillium Ingot (Blacksmithing)
- Celestial Cloth (Tailoring)
Please don’t confuse Hardened Magnificent Hide, Balanced Trillium Ingot, and Celestial Cloth with Accelerated Hardened Magnificent Hide, Accelerated Balanced Trillium Ingot, and Accelerated Celestial Cloth. The accelerated versions have no cooldowns and don’t discover any new recipes.
Contender Recipes from Vendors
Each profession has its dedicated vendors that sell Contender’s recipe; this will cost you 1x Spirit of Harmony from the following vendors.
Crafting Your Malevolent, Dreadful, and Contender Transmog!
Once you’ve learned your recipes, start crafting your gear. The materials needed to craft the items are straightforward and easy to acquire, either from farming or purchasing from the Auction House. I urge you to check TheUndermineJournal (TUJ); this will give you an idea of your materials and crafts’ value and ultimately help you decide whether it’s beneficial to farm or purchase your materials.
Material shopping list (RMA = Region Market Avg from TUJ)
|Material||E.U (RMA)||U.S (RMA)|
|Exotic Leather||3g||3g 30s|
|Ghost Iron Ore||9g||13g|
|Ghost Iron Bar||23g||30g|
|Bolt of Windwool Cloth||4g||5g 50s|
|Mote of Harmony||20g||20g|
|Spirit of Harmony||223g||219g|
Remember you can craft Magnificent Hide from 50x Exotic Leather, Ghost Iron Bar from 2x Ghost Iron Ore, and Bolt of Windwool Cloth from 5x Windwool Cloth; by crafting our own materials, we improve our profit margins. These crafts do not have a cooldown!
The Benefits of Malevolent, Dreadful, and Contender Transmog:
What makes this gear valuable is the transmog aspect; they have some excellent skins. With the introduction of Shadowlands and the Relic of the Past, this gear can help players level efficiently. The relic can manipulate the item’s ilvl and level requirement, meaning this has some value for lower-level players. The bonus for equipping 2 or 4 pieces may be beneficial.
Here are some of my previous sales to show the amount of gold you can make from this market.
Update – The Mage Tower:
Following the release of the new World Event: Legion Timewalking and the reintroduction of the Mage Tower, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s gear is in high demand. When these items are applied with either a Relic IV or Relic V, they scale extremely well, due to the gem sockets and enchants that can be applied.
As with the increase in the value of these crafts, you’ll notice that the materials are in high demand too; and have tripled in value on some realms. If you’re able to farm materials during this event, I’d suggest checking out my new blog post, covering the materials needed during the World Event: Legion Timewalking and the Mage Tower.
Also, check out my other blog post for more information regarding other crafts that are selling during this event!
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