Bespoke Armor, Transmog, and other elements of gear in Dragon Age: The Veilguard

Dragon Age has various customization options. Within the character creator, there are hundreds of options to customize things like hair, body type, how your playable character Rook’s face looks, and more. There are also a ton of armor options.

Companions have an armor slot, a ring slot, an accessory slot and a weapon slot, while a rook has access to even more – a helmet, two weapon slots, a belt, an amulet slot and two ring slots. A belt with its own slot might sound odd because it’s not a piece of armor people usually think of when kitting out an RPG warrior. However, the belt is the highlight of the Rook kit. A better Rook’s Belt, the better the ability of their healing potions to be replenished by destroying the green potions scattered around the world. That’s not all, however, as high-quality belts can prok (Editor’s note: proc is a term used as a shorthand way of saying “programmed random occurrence”) additional effects such as momentary invulnerability.

While creating your character, you’ll immediately see aspirational armors, which won’t play into the Rook’s class until the “mid-to-late game,” according to game director Corinne Busche. You can toggle a Rook’s starting gear and casual wear in the creator, giving you a better look at how they’ll appear in more leisurely cutscenes, in combat, and on your Veilguard journey. Busche tells me that a lot of the gear in the Veilguard is tailor-made for your rook or his followers, meaning that a warrior-class rook’s piece of armor probably wouldn’t be in a mage-class rook’s chest. On a similar note, the armor designed for the companion Bellara Lutara cannot be used for another companion such as Lace Harding.

During my few hours watching Busche play as part of my visit to BioWare’s Edmonton office, our current Game Informer Cover story, I see a lot of armor to collect from things like chests scattered in Arlathan Forest, for example and elsewhere. Some of it looks amazing, and some of it doesn’t suit my personal taste. That’s how it goes in the genre of RPGs.

However, Busche tells me that there is transmogrification, or transmog for short, in the game and calls it “robust.” This means you can take an armor’s stats and apply it to a different armor. In other words, if you have really cool armor and are looking for a new piece with better stats but don’t want to give up the look of your current armor, you don’t have to. Transmog allows you to take new armor stats and apply them to your current armor, giving you all the benefits while keeping the visual style you prefer.

Transmog isn’t just a rook, though; You can transfer armor and other items to your companions. I don’t see how the Valeguard’s transmog system works in-game, but knowing it exists lets me relax knowing my rook will look as fashionable as possible while saving Thedas.

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