World of Warcraft is adding a new heirloom system with patch 6.1 that will make it easier for using and managing the heirlooms in your collection. In addition to making it easier to level your alternate characters, a new achievement will be added along with a mount reward when the new 6.1 patch launches.
Heirlooms are a type of gear specifically targeted to high-level characters that have low-level alternate characters they want to level up. The equipment binds to the account of the player, meaning it can be mailed to different characters across factions and servers. The primary attraction for heirloom gear is that it carries a 5 percent to 10 percent experience boost to it (with the exception being trinkets and weapons) which will expedite the leveling process of lower level characters.
Heirloom gear can also be equipped starting at level 1 and increases in stats as the player progresses through the game. Joystiq has a complete breakdown of ways to obtain these wonderful items on their World of Warcraft hub.
After the 6.1 patch, heirlooms will be modified to fit into one of three groups: 1-60, 61-90, and 91-100. According to the official Blizzard blog post, all heirloom items will be added automatically to the new system and players will be credited for them across their account. This means that if you have an heirloom that maxed out at level 85, it will now max out at 90.
The new UI (pictured left) for the heirloom system will be brought in line with other collections found in the WoW UI. Once you log-in, entering your collections screen (shift+p by default) all of the items that you have previously obtained on any character in your account will appear there. The only drawback is that you will have to log in to every character that has an heirloom item in their bags, bank, or void storage in order to add the heirlooms to the new system. However, once you have done the leg work, generating a new heirloom for your toons will be as easy as right-clicking, and the new item will appear in your bags.
Enchanted heirlooms will remain unchanged in the new system. Characters with a piece of enchanted heirloom gear will still find it exactly as before. The player will be able to generate additional copies of that item for other characters, however, it will be unenchanted copies.
Mounts are also getting a change as players will now be able to receive their first mount at level 1 with the Heirloom Hoarder achievement. Once a player has 35 different heirloom items on their account, the new Chauffeured Chopper mount becomes available as a reward. It can be used by all characters including brand new level 1 toons.
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