My main character is a Monk, able to wear Leather and Cloth armour.

One of my other characters is a Warlock, able to wear Cloth armour only.

After running through the Firelands, on my main account I looted Robes of Smoldering Devastation.

This binds on pickup and thus is bound to my Monk.
I can wear it on my Monk no problem.

As the new Wardrobe states, all Soulbound items are added to your wardrobe automatically:

With the Legion pre-expansion patch, every piece of gear that is bound to your character permanently unlocks that item’s appearance for you.

When I log into my Warlock, I can't see this appearance in my wardrobe, is there something I am missing to unlock this appearance?

I also looted a staff, which both my characters can use, and that correctly showed in my Warlock's wardrobe.

  • The short answer is that even though you can wear leather and cloth, you can only unlock leather. For anti-fun reasons, Blizzard decided you shouldn't be able to unlock more than one armor type. Out of curiosity, what happens if you try to transmog your chest piece to the Robes of Smoldering Devastation? My guess is that it shouldn't work but I'm not sure – Son of a Sailor Jul 25 '16 at 20:18

For armor your character will only be able to unlock appearances from the primary armor type. Because leather is the primary armor type for Monks, you can only unlock appearances for leather items on your monk.

The game currently lets players equip all armor types equal to or lighter than their primary armor type. Plate wearers can wear everything because they have the heaviest armor, while cloth wearers can only wear cloth. The armors are ranked as such: Cloth < Leather < Mail < Plate. There is a balance argument here in that if players could unlock appearances for everything they can equip everyone would just farm with a plate wearer and get all of the armor unlocks while cloth wearers wouldn't be able to.

Additionally for weapons you will of course only unlock the appearance of items you can equip.

Source: Here is a WowHead article that extensively covers the ins and outs of the system

Q - What about things we can't equip?

A - Short answer, No. Long answer, essentially let's say you play a Death Knight. If a quest reward offers you a shield, or you loot a shield, that shield will not be added to your wardrobe. If you cannot equip the item, it will not be added. That being said, even if a Death Knight can equip a cloth helm, it still will not be added to your wardrobe because it is not meant for your class, at the same time, the if you got Class:Warrior tier, it still won't count. So to clarify, you must be able to equip the item, it must be of your primary armor type, and it must be able to be obtainable and equipped by your class. Once these terms are met, then the item will be added to your wardrobe.


Although not a direct answer this blue post from beta forums talks about how the system specifically focuses around appearances a character can actually transmog.

Our primary goal for appearances is to ensure that all appearances that a character can currently use as a transmog source in Warlords of Draenor will continue to use that transmog source in Legion. We know of a few Beta issues that violate this rule (racial restrictions, armor type changes), and we’re working through them. However, we will probably have a few appearances that are still missing (examples: low-level mail/leather conversions). Don’t panic! Let us know what we missed, and we’ll address them as soon as we can.

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  • Makes sense about being able to farm everything lower, thanks for the links :) – hammythepig Jul 25 '16 at 20:33

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