Heirloom is an item type that is new with Wrath of the Lich King. The items have a golden hue in their text color and scale with level. Nearly all heirloom items are named after popular items from the early days of Classic WoW, and share the look of these items.
Once purchased, heirlooms bind to account, as opposed to an individual character. They can then be mailed to any character that shares the same account, server, and faction. (Heirloom items can also be returned for a refund within the normal two-hour grace period, but only on the original character that purchased them.) Heirlooms are useful as they automatically take on the attributes of a blue quality item of the level of its wearer. Several of the shoulders even scale up to a new armor class at level 40. At level 80, heirlooms are approximately equivalent to an item level 187 rare item, and will ultimately be replaced by questing, instancing, and PvP at level 80.
Heirloom shoulders bestow upon the wearer the blessing of the original wearer, and therefore allow greater experience gains while wearing them. The experience bonus from the shoulder pieces stacks with the rested bonus and includes quest experience , but does not stack with Essence of Wintergrasp.
Another advantage of heirlooms is their lack of a durability stat, and therefore lack of need to repair. This saves money when leveling your character.
Heirloom chest pieces will be released in Patch 3.2.0. Like the shoulders, they will have a 10% experience boost from quests and kills, and this boost will stack with the 10% from the shoulders (thus making levelling for the lower-levels much easier).
Source, stats, images:
|Cloth - PvE||Icecrown||60|
|Spell Leather - PvE||Icecrown||60|
|Leather - PvE||Icecrown||60|
|Spell Mail - PvE||Icecrown||60|
|Mail - PvE||Icecrown||60|
|Plate - PvE||Icecrown||60|
Weapons, Accessories, Misc
Enchanting your Heirlooms
Heirlooms can be enchanted only with enhancements that will not bind the item to the character. The items are treated as item level 1, and as such can not use most burning crusade or higher enhancements, including death knight runes. Also worth considering is the fact that some of the enhancements that can be used will not actually take effect unless the character using them is of the appropriate level.
For the sake of space, only the most useful enchantments are included.
- ^ http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=9679633896&sid=2000#18
- ^ http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=9679633896&sid=2000&pageNo=4#75
- ^ http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?sid=1&topicId=17367750090&ST=US-73861-kaM41bWbsbmbG2WaJRPlyer7WjORv0Stu0b
- ^ http://www.wowhead.com/?items&filter=qu=7
- Heirloom Items Scale Calculator
- RRVS: Beta Bind to account items
- MMOC: Some BtA items
- WoW Insider on Heirlooms
- MMOC: Chests