Introduced to Azeroth by the Highborne, Reforging (also called thaumaturgy) allows undesired stats on gear to be exchanged for more useful stats. It allows 40% of a single secondary stat (such as critical strike, dodge, haste, hit or parry rating) or spirit to be exchanged for another secondary stat or spirit, and reforging is handled by NPCs known as Arcane Reforgers located in the major cities. The cost of reforging an item is equal to its sale value. Restoring an item to its original state is free. Stats can only be exchanged for other stats which are not already on the gear. Earlier in Cataclysm's development, reforging was planned to be an ability of Jewelcrafters, Engineers, Tailors, Blacksmiths and Leatherworkers, who would have been able to create items similar to enchantment scrolls which other characters could use to reforge their gear.
It has been stated that Reforging is not intended to be used routinely on all items, like Enchanting, but to allow more classes to conceivably roll on potential upgrades, rather than being forced to .[ citation needed]
Locations of Reforgers
- – Stormwind City
- – Orgrimmar
- – Shrine of Seven Stars
- – Shrine of Two Moons
- – Proving Grounds
- – on the Grand Expedition Yak
The four primary stats—Agility, Intellect, Stamina, and Strength—may not be reforged. Additionally, attack power, spell power, resilience, weapon speed or damage and armor may not be modified with reforging.
The following secondary stats may be reforged to another secondary stat that is not already on the piece of equipment:
- Before Patch 4.0.1, caps on statistics like the hit rating cap and spell haste cap were very important to itemization decisions as people decided what to keep and how to enhance it. Reforging, however, makes that much easier; the best-in-slot item for any class and spec will now very often be the available item with the highest item level, and any undesirable stat can be reforged to a more preferred one.
- The problem of finding the best possible reforge of any given set of gear is an NP-complete problem.
- Patch 6.0.1 (NYI): The Reforging feature will be removed.
- Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Previous vendors retired, new ones added near Void Storage and Transmogrification vendors. Interface has been revamped.
- Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added.