Posted by on 26 March 2015
Categories: Game Updates.


Hello Ascended!
Gingers here, and I wanted to give you all an in-depth look into the new Wardrobe System coming in our next update, Echoes of Madness (3.2). The updated Wardrobe System allows you to collect appearances and dyes as well as mix and match your wardrobe from a virtual archive of looks. Are you excited about it? I sure am!


  • Wardrobe appearances can now be collected and used on multiple wardrobes.
  • Rename your wardrobe sets.
  • Unlock new dye buckets.
  • New weapon wardrobe.
  • Mark dyes and appearances as favorites.
  • Set collections and achievements.
  • What to expect when this goes live.
  • What’s next?

Disclaimer: Images displayed here are mockups and are not the actual in-game UI. All features are still being coded and are not guaranteed to launch with 3.2 but we are trying very hard to make it happen. As always, features are subject to change. And now on to the fun stuff…

Appearance Unlocks

How are wardrobe appearances collected? When any weapon, equipment, or costume is added to your inventory, its appearance is automatically “collected” and unlocked for you, even if you can’t wear it. For example: Although as a Mage I can collect shield appearances, my Mage will not be able to wear them. But since these collections are region wide, the shield appearances will be usable on my alt Warrior.

What does this mean for your bank? Once the wardrobe appearance has been unlocked, you no longer have to hold onto that item; you are then free to do what you like with it such as sell, salvage, runebreak, or destroy it.

Wardrobe Sets

Open your character sheet through your start menu, go to Player > Character or use the (C) shortcut. Click the Wardrobe tab and you’ll see that your wardrobe sets are still located at the bottom of the wardrobe window. If you want to buy access to more wardrobe slots this is still the place to go.


Notice that each of your sets can now be renamed. The original set number will still be displayed for the use of slash commands.
Tip: Use “/wardrobe 0” to display your No Wardrobe Set. Use “/wardrobe 1” to display your Wardrobe Set 1, etc.

Build your Outfit

Each item slot to the left of your character now functions as a button. For example, if I want to look for a helmet, I click the helmet item slot on the left, which will open the panel on the right.

The panel on the right will now display all helmets. If the helmet icon displays in full color then it is one that you have collected and you can use it, if the helmet is grayed out that means that you haven’t yet collected that appearance. Although it is not in the mockup above, there will be a checkbox that allows you to hide or show the appearances that you haven’t collected.

At the top of the panel, notice that there are two helmet icons. The helmet on the left shows what appearance you were wearing the last time that you saved (I’ll talk more on saving later), and the helmet on the right with the arrow pointing to it shows the new appearance that will be displayed for this outfit. If you don’t like the new look and want to undo it, simply click the small X button that is in the upper-right of the helmet icon.

To completely clear any of your wardrobe slot appearances, just right-click the slot by your character to empty it.


Dye Buckets (New): Most wardrobe appearances can be dyed. Notice the two small color buttons next to each item slot. The color button on the left is the slot’s primary color; the right side is the slot’s secondary color. Click any of the dye buttons to open up the right side panel which contain the dye buckets. A very limited selection of colors will be unlocked for free upon launch though most will be available for purchase with Credits.

  • Dying through the Wardrobe tab means that you are dying the SLOT, not the item. In this example, I have dyed the primary and secondary colors of my legs both black. If I then click on the legs button and swap to a different legs appearance, they will still appear black.
  • Why are dye buckets sold for Credits? How do I buy them? Dye buckets are a convenience feature and they are UNLIMITED use across your account.

Physical Dye Items (Old): The old dyes that physically sit in your inventory, including the ones made by crafters, can still be used and will not change. When used on the Character Tab, the dye will be consumed and change the color of the item. When used on the Wardrobe Tab, the dye will be consumed and change the color of the slot.

Dye Mode Toggle

Notice in the upper-right there are two toggle buttons. Only one mode can be selected at a time, either Paint Brush Mode or Paint Bucket Mode.

Paint Brush Mode: When this is toggled, you can only dye the specific item or slot that you have selected.
Paint Bucket Mode: When this is toggled, you can use the selected color to dye any slot/item. If you want your entire outfit black, this will make it dying all of those slots quick and easy.


Once you are satisfied with your wardrobe and dye changes, you will need to click Save. If you have previewed a wardrobe or dye that you don’t yet own, that slot will return to its previous setting when you click Save (red error text will display when you are previewing something you don’t own). Saving works the same as it does in the Soul Tree window; if you close the window with X it WILL ask you if you want to save first. If you close using the Escape or the C shortcut it will NOT ask you to save and your changes will be lost.

Weapon Wardrobe

Old transfigure system: This system will not be changed and will still function. Players will still be able to use their baubles to transfigure the look of their worn weapon. However we will stop selling the baubles.

New weapon wardrobe system: Notice to the right of your character there are now up to 5 new wardrobe item slot buttons; which item slots display are based on your calling. For example, the Shield slot button will only display for Warriors and Clerics.

These new weapon slots function in a unique way, let me explain. Let’s say my character is a Warrior and I am setting up “My Seabound Outfit” wardrobe, I can choose an appearance for my main hand, off hand, shield, 2-hand, and ranged. When I’m DPSing and my real worn weapon is a 2-hand then the system will display the appearance of whatever is in my 2-hand wardrobe slot. When I need to tank and I switch to my tanking gear with a shield then the system will automatically display the appearance of whatever is in my shield wardrobe slot.

Since the character shown here is a Rogue, the 2-hand slot and the Shield slot would not be displayed. They are only shown here to display what all of the new slots will be.


Favorites will be character specific. Right-click any collected item or dye within the right side panel to add it to your favorites. Doing so will mark the icon as a favorite (probably with a star symbol), and it will be listed along the top of the UI for easy access. Right-click again to remove it from your favorites.

Set Collections

Please note that this particular feature is expected to release after 3.2 launches. Very similar to artifact collections, you will be able to collect wardrobe sets! The UI will allow you to sort by progress so you’ll know which set you’re close to completing.

To be clear, these sets aren’t new visuals, the vast majority of them are existing appearances that we have turned into collectable sets earned through PVP, raids, dungeons, crafting, or purchasing on the Rift Store.

What do I get for completing sets? There will be new achievements for set collections and unlocking dye buckets.

What happens when this goes live?

  1. The system will go through your inventory, bank, and wardrobe and automatically unlock all of those appearances.
  2. The system will unlock appearances of items that you would have earned but may have discarded. For instance, if you did the achievements in Drowned Halls that are the way to get the water themed helm and shoulders, you should have them unlocked automatically. If you have any weapons that are transfigured then the transfigure appearance should also be unlocked.
  3. The “real” items that were in your wardrobe will be mailed back to their character with their states preserved (dye color, soulbound status, crafter name, etc.)
  4. All your wardrobe sets will have their data filled out to match what was already there including item appearance, dye color, and state of your visibility checkbox.

What’s Next?

Who wants another tier added to Loyalty? We do, and from the sounds of your comments in forums and in live streams, we’re pretty sure you do too. Stay tuned for more info on that in the coming updates.

And to see the new wardrobe changes in action, be sure to watch RIFT’s Livestream on Friday, March 27th: http://www.twitch.tv/trionworlds

Amber “Gingers” Alexander
Senior UI Artist

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