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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 Wrath-Logo-Small Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, many tabards resulted in reputation bonuses.


Overview Edit

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 continues this trend, but has lower (or no) reputation requirements and instead 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 general achievement called "Represent" is granted; subsequent achievement points are granted at ten and twenty-five tabards, with the latter granting the Tabard of the Achiever. There is no current plan to alleviate the amount of bag space taken up by tabards as has been done with mount and non-combat pet collections (which grant similar achievements), but Blizzard has said it is a possibility in the future. However, keeping tabards is not required for the achievement; only equipping them. You can equip and sell or delete each tabard as you get it, and it will still count toward the achievement. 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]).

Tabard vendors Edit

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:

  • Bc icon 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 Edit

As of Patch 4.0.3 (Cataclysm-Logo-Small 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.[1]

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 10Silver:

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

Back to just vanity tabards Edit

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The whole tabard system is reverting back to its pre-Wrath form, where tabards were vanity rewards only available at Exalted.[2][3]

Guild tabards Edit

Guild tabards can be purchased for 8Silver 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 10Gold.

See below for web-based tabard design tools.

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

Honor rank tabards Edit

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

Enlisted tabards were available for 1Gold at rank one (Official alliance mini-iconPrivate and Official horde mini-icon 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 4Gold at rank six (Official alliance mini-iconKnight and Official horde mini-icon 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 Edit

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 Official alliance mini-iconLeague of Arathor or Official horde mini-icon Defilers and completing Official alliance mini-icon [60] Control Five Bases or Official horde mini-icon [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 [Master of Isle of Conquest] achievement.

Other tabards Edit

Past event tabards Edit

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 Edit

Bc icon 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 1Gold, 90Silver after discount.

Wrath of the Lich King tabards Edit

Wrath-Logo-Small 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 Ability paladin artofwar Champion's Seals (in Wrath-Logo-Small), but now cost only 10Silver (as of Cataclysm-Logo-Small).

These tabards still cost 50 Ability paladin artofwar Champion's Seals.

Cataclysm tabards Edit

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Need images of these tabards for gallery.

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

Mists of Pandaria tabards Edit

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Unobtainable tabards Edit

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

Notes Edit

[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.

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. For roleplay purposes, tabards are superior in that all characters can wear one, and they have no effect upon other abilities of that character.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Blizz Lylirra 2010-12-02. #9 - City Tabards and BC Dungeons. Official Community > General Discussion forum (US).
  2. ^ Blizz Taepsilum 2012-08-02. #9 - Transmogrify Tabards!. Official Gameplay > General forum (EU).
  3. ^ perculia 2012-07-20. News Round Up: MoP Tabard Preview, Character Transfer Sale, PTR Soon. Official forum (US).
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ There is a tabard similar to this that can be obtained through the Argent Tournament.

Patch changes Edit

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Tabards from Icecrown vendors now available for 8Silver (at Exalted) instead of 50 Ability paladin artofwar.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): City faction tabards now available from city quartermasters in their respective cities for 10Silver (8Silver at Exalted).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): City faction tabards added with Argent Tournament for 50 Ability paladin artofwar from Argent quartermasters.

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