A disguise is an item, object, or spell that changes a character's appearance beyond what the game typically allows, normally found in the form of buffs and debuffs. Sometimes being in a certain zone or phase of a zone will change your character into something else. Getting your hair cut or colored at a barber would not be a disguise. An effect on the character that does not substantially change the character's appearance would not be a disguise.

Implicit is the assumption that being in disguise is voluntary, and the player retains control of the character. A hostile transformation whose main purpose is to cause the loss of control of your character and not to in any conceptual sense provide a deceptive appearance is not considered to be a disguise, however, it might be exploited as a disguise by a creative team in unusual circumstances. After all, sheep critters, polymorphed player sheep, and explosive sheep all look pretty much alike.

Item disguisesEdit

These are disguises which take up inventory space. If you use them then the disguise will be applied to you or your target. Most of the ones which apply a disguise to a target require you to be partied with that target. Certain ones are consumed when used.

Item How to obtain Description of effects Buff duration
[Dire Brew] Speak with Dark Iron Brewer in the Grim Guzzler located in Blackrock Depths until he drops a mug on the floor. Turns you into a Dark Iron dwarf. 1 hour
[Savory Deviate Delight] Made by: Cooks who have obtained [Recipe: Savory Deviate Delight] Turns you into a ninja or pirate. 1 hour
[Noggenfogger Elixir] Quest reward of: Neutral 15 [49] Noggenfogger Elixir

Sold by: Marin Noggenfogger after the quest is completed.

Can turn you into a skeleton or shrink you. 10 minutes
[Orb of the Blackwhelp] Sold by: Wyrmcult Provisioner while using [Overseer Disguise]. Turns you into a black whelp 15 minutes
[Pygmy Oil] Made by: Alchemists

Found inside: [Bag of Fishing Treasures]

Shrinks until you drink too much, turning you into a female Gnome. 10 minutes
[Winter Veil Disguise Kit] Complete one of the following quests:

After completing the quest, you will receive it in the mail later.

Turns you into a snowman. Until canceled
[Hallowed Wand]s Found inside: [Treat Bag]s, given by innkeepers during Hallow's End. Depending on the type of wand, it can turn you into a skeleton, bat, ghost, leaper gnome, ninja, pirate, or wisp.  ??
[Hallow's End Pumpkin Treat] Quest Rewards of:

Sold by:

This item gives these effects:

  • ”You feel larger... and oranger..." makes you larger and oranger.
  • ”You look a bit thin..." turns you into a skeleton
  • "Yeargh..." makes you a human, goblin, or undead pirate.
  • "OoOoOoo...." turns you into a human ghost.
20 minutes
[Weighted Jack-o'-Lantern] Drops from: The Headless Horseman

Found inside: [Crudely Wrapped Gift]s

Places a pumpkin on your targets head. 1 hour
[Blossoming Branch] Quest reward of:

Sold by: Noblegarden Merchants

Turns your target into a rabbit.  ??
[Spring Flowers] Sold by: Noblegarden Merchants

Found in: Brightly Colored Eggs

Places rabbit ears on your target. 2 minutes
[Gordok Ogre Suit] Made by: Turns you into a gray ogre. 10 minutes
[Orb of Deception] It's a world drop. Turns you into a race of the opposite faction. The race you become depends on what race you are. 5 minutes
[Orb of the Sin'dorei] Drops from: Turns you into a blood Elf. 5 minutes
[Hook of the Master Angler] Quest reward of: Neutral 15 [60] Master Angler Turns you into a fish. Until canceled
[Time-Lost Figurine] Drops from: Terokk Turns you into an Arakkoa.  ??
[Murloc Costume] You needed to attend Blizzcon 2007. Puts a poorly made murloc costume on your character. You also hold a Blizzcon flag!  ??
[Carved Ogre Idol] Earned through the TCG. Turns you into a red ogre 10 minutes
[Rime of the Time-Lost Mariner] Drops from: Dread Ship Vazuvius Turns you into a purple-ish ghost skeleton 15 minutes

Teleporter malfuctionsEdit

Engineers can use their teleporters, [Ultrasafe Transporter: Toshley's Station] and [Dimensional Ripper - Area 52], in an attempt to disguise themselves with a debuff that lasts an hour. Unlike other disguises, these can stack if you logout then log back in after 4 hours, but people prefer just to have fun with the malfunctions while they have them.

Mount disguisesEdit

Your mounts can be disguised with certain items.

Item How to obtain Description of effects Buff duration
[Fresh Holly] Kiss a Neutral 15 Winter Reveler found in inns during the Feast of Winter Veil. Turns your mount into a reindeer. 1 hour
[Fresh Brewfest Hops] Sold by: Turns your mount into a Brewfest ram or kodo, depending on your faction.  ??
[Fresh Goblin Brewfest Hops] Sold by: Alliance 15 Belbi Quikswitch <Token Redeemer> Turns your mount into a Brewfest kodo.  ??
[Fresh Dwarven Brewfest Hops] Sold by: Horde 15 Blix Fixwidget <Token Redeemer> Turns your mount into a Brewfest ram.  ??
[Preserved Holly] Quest reward of:

Found inside: [Ticking Present]

Turns your mount into a reindeer. 1 hour
[Preserved Brewfest Hops] Sold by: Turns your mount into a Brewfest ram or kodo, depending on your faction.  ??

Quest disguisesEdit

These only last until the quest they belong to are completed. Most are limited to a certain zone. Alliance 15 [28] Raene's Cleansing (6) is one of the only quests that you can abandon and keep the item forever, but you can never finish the quest or [Dartol's Rod of Transformation] will be removed from your inventory. [Overseer Disguise] can be made continuously, but it's limited to its quest's zone.

Item Quest
[Dartol's Rod of Transformation] Alliance 15 [28] Raene's Cleansing (6)
[Tree Disguise Kit] Alliance 15 [9] Tree's Companyω τ ϖ
[Overseer Disguise] Neutral 15 [75] Meeting at the Blackwing Coven
[Sunfury Disguise] Neutral 15 [68] Information Gatheringω τ ϖ
[Blood Elf Disguise] Neutral 15 [70] What Illidan Wants, Illidan Gets...ω τ ϖ
[Orb of the Crawler] Neutral 15 [70] An Innocent Disguise
[Shabby Arakkoa Disguise] Neutral 15 [70] A Shabby Disguise
[Worg Disguise] Alliance 15 [71] In Worg's ClothingHorde 15 [71] In Worg's Clothing
[Warsong Orc Disguise] Alliance 15 [72] It Was The Orcs, Honest!
[Overseer Disguise Kit] Alliance 15 [75] Put on Your Best Face for LokenHorde 15 [75] Loken's Orders
[Sandfern Disguise] Neutral 15 [75] Crocolisk Mastery: The Ambush

Object disguisesEdit

Object disguises come from objects you can interact with in the environment. They can either be clicked on or you must walk on top of them.

Spell disguisesEdit

Disguises can be applied to players through spells. Both NPCs and players can cast them.

Player spell disguisesEdit

Some classes come with spells which let them disguise themselves. They are normally used for combat, but they can be used for fun as well.

  • Shadow priests can use Shadowform to turn themselves a dark purplish color. Some may argue that this is not a disguise, however at one point it use to share the same blanket effect as disguises. That means it actually removed disguises once.

NPC spell disguisesEdit

If you interact with certain NPCs, they can provide you with a disguise. While there are a few NPCs that will give you a disguise just by speaking to them, a majority of NPCs will only cast spells on you for certain quests until they are complete.

  • The Pirates' Day buffs alter only the appearance of the character's clothes, but are disguises in the sense that they bypass the normal clothes mechanic of having to equip the items to display them and override the appearance of equipped items. The buff can be obtained through talking with one of the commoners that spawn in the capital cities. You can get a longer lasting buff from Dread Captain DeMeza who's in Booty Bay during the event.
  • Horde 15 Bom'bay <Witch Doctor in Training> provides several short term spells; one enlarges the character, and one makes it a "ghost" - makes it more transparent.
  • Using the item [Brazier of Dancing Flames] and then selecting the NPC that spawns, Dancing Flames, will allow you to interact with her through some emotes. The emote /dance will turn you into an enlarged version of her.

Zone disguisesEdit

When you step into certain zones, your character will become disguised.

Equipment disguisesEdit

Equipped clothing items, which are intended to change appearance, could be counted as disguises. However, the mechanic of equipping armor is not uniquely beyond what WoW normally allows to change appearance. Allowing clothing items to be called disguises leaves every costume item open to debate, however, not allowing this still leads to ambiguities.


  • You can trick the disguise buffs into thinking you're your opposite gender! All you need is [Pygmy Oil]. Make sure you drink enough to turn into the gnome, then use any other disguise which adjusts to genders. The disguise you use must have a duration lasting over what's left of the [Pygmy Oil]'s buff. For example, if your disguise duration is 5 minutes long, you must wait until the oil buff duration reaches 5 minutes or below.

Patch changesEdit

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): When you have more than one transformation aura (Orb of Deception, Noggenfogger, etc.), the last one applied is the one that is shown.