A few days ago, TheRoyalFamily made a post on Dating Sims on the Holodeck about playing dress-up in video games. As someone who has been known to occasionally spend more time on character creation than playing the actual game, and whose World of Warcraft transmog budget is vast, this was a topic of interest to me.
What inspired me to make this post in response was the lamentation about the lack of variety (especially in the cute and sexy female outfits) in Elder Scrolls Online. Please forgive the incoming photo dump.
The outfitting station in ESO is fairly robust, but not without its restrictions. First, you must have a character that knows the motif (style) in order to transmog to a certain style. Dye colors are mostly achievement rewards. Costumes are also available, however, changing their color either requires and ESO+ membership or a dye stamp, bought with premium currency, and dye stamps can only be applied once.
The four following looks were put together in the Outfitting Station.
On the upside, there is no armor class restrictions. A light piece can be changed in the outfitting station to take on the appearance of a heavy armor piece, or vice versa. Any two handed weapon can take on the appearance of any other two handed weapon. Head pieces can be hidden or shown, based on your preference. You may be able to tell, I’m not a hat person.
The following four looks are all costumes.
Please note, all of these screenshots are from my own ESO account – I have not spend any premium currency on costumes or motifs, everything I have acquired I have gotten through game play, daily log in rewards, or from pre-ordering Elsweyr. That said – if you are willing to spend crowns for fashion, the world of options is immense.
The following images are all costumes that are purchasable with Crowns; images courtesy of ESO-Fashion.
I personally love the fact that I can design up a look for each of my alts to avoid having mismatched armor while I replace things every few levels, but there are a lot of folks out there far more into Fashion Scrolls Online than I am.
If I had one complaint, it would be that these systems aren’t particularly transparent – a new or returning player may not realize how easy it is to customize the look of their character without giving up any actual stats.
Elder Scrolls Online has plenty to offer video game fashionistas, in my opinion. Even with many of the cosmetics locked behind a paywall, ESO+ members get a monthly allotment of Crowns which could be used to pick out some fantastic costumes (or other character customization options) without shelling out additional money to do so.