Heirlooms

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This has probably been asked before, but how come players can't send their Battle.net bound heirlooms to characters on different servers? It says the item is bound to the Battle.net account, but it's really more of a realm bound thing. If someone could help clear this up for me, that'd be great. Thanks
Let the "Seach" feature on the top of your forum page be your friend. It may not exactly clear it up for you, but it will get you to the other threads about this exact same topic.

Have a nice day.
The word "account" is a limiter just like "pick-up" or "use" is a limiter.

BOEs further restrict item movement by not allowing them to be moved once they are equipped.
BOPs further restrict item movement by not allowing them to be moved once the are picked up.
BOAs further restrict movement by not allowing them to be moved off your account.
Posted 1st by Crusader Frosthawk @ Muradin
Welcome to the Bind on Account Item FAQ!

I'm your host, Crusader Frosthawk!

Today I will be answering a few questions that many, many people have asked, time and time again, since the inception of "Bind on Account", or "BoA", items. New developments have created renewed interest in the items and I have taken the time to compile a list of questions and answers for your convenience.


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Q: What are BoA items?

A: Bind on Account items are items which use a "binding" variation introduced in the Wrath of the Lich King Expansion. They are similar to "Bind on Pickup" items, but instead of being restricted to a single character, they are restricted to your account.

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Q: Can I send them from a character on one faction to a character on the other faction?

A: They did not initially have this functionality, but we decided to be nice and make this possible with the standard mail system. Simply type your other-faction character's name into the mail address box and that will work.

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Q: Can I send them from a character on one server to a character on another server?

A: Not by mail, no. Currently, the only method for transfering BoA items across servers is with a Character Transfer.

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Q: Why the hell not!?

A: There is no system in place to facilitate moving simple items from one server to another.

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Q: Why don't they make one?

A: Core game code such as the mail system, which was written years ago, has a whole lot of other things depending on it to function the way it does. Such an overhaul of the way the system functions would require huge amounts of development time to make sure that it both works correctly and doesn't break anything. In addition, the seperate servers do not communicate with eachother.

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Q: But they already communicate during a Character Transfer. Why not extend that functionality for cross-server item transfers?

A: Mailing an item from one character to another on the same server is like moving a file from one folder to another on the same computer.
Transfering a character to a different server is like cutting and pasting a folder onto a flash drive, and then physically transfering the folder to another computer, without the two computers interacting an any way.
This does not solve the issue of the lack of communication between servers.

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Q: Why not just add a "server textbox" to the mail window?

A: Creating an interface element is a much simpler task than overhauling the programming to allow for such an element. Simply adding another box won't magically make it possible.

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Q: So if you can't send them across servers, isn't "Bind on Account" lying? Shouldn't it be "Bind on Server"?

A: This is an incorrect assumption. Firstly, you can send them between servers, just not by mail. Secondly, you are misunderstanding the term "bind" and how it relates to "account". "Bind" means "stuck on", "restricted to", and so on. Therefore, BoA items are "restricted to your account", which is the correct description for how the items function. Similarly, "Bind on Server" is both an incorrect term for how BoA items function, and an incorrect term for how all items function.

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Q: There are pets and mounts that are mailed to every character on your account. Why not just make BoA items like that?

A: There is a difference between an infinite number of "Bind on Pickup" items and a single "Bind on Account" item. In addition, the way the pets and mounts from the online store function is by having a website change one of the flags on your account, which spawns a copy of the item in all of your characters' mailboxes. There is no way for the game itself, while playing (which is how BoA items are obtained), to change your account flags.

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Q: In 4.1, the tag was changed from "Bind on Account" to "Bind on Battle.net Account". Does that mean I can mail them from one server to another?

A: No. This means that they are "restricted to your Battle.net account", as was explained earlier. Your Battle.net Account can have any number of World of Warcraft Accounts attached to it.

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Q: So now they've figured out how we can send them to other accounts. Shouldn't making them be able to be mailed across servers be just as easy?

A: Mailing (or, indeed, physically trading) an item to a person of a different account has been a function of the applicable systems since day one.

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Q: So why is Blizzard so heart-set on not letting us mail BoA items across servers?

A: They aren't. Blizzard genuinely wants to make this possible. It's just that it takes time, and they have to keep their priorities straight. Since BoA items are not a required asset for anything in the game, they would rather keep developing new content to tide over everyone who complains about being bored.

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Thus concludes our FAQ session!

This has been Crusader Frosthawk! Have a nice day!
Because Blizz doesn't have a system in place to mail between realms.

Create a level 1 toon. Give them the BoAs. Pay to change that level 1 to the other realm. Give the BoAs to the character on that realm. Delete the level 1 toon... or level it. whatevs.


Just an FYI, you cant transfer a toon until they reach lvl 10. Aside from that fact, yes, that is your best bet.
Rather than alter the mail system, why not simply flag said acct. and then you take your lvl one on whichever faction and whichever server over to the BoA vendor and nab your already paid for item.

O wait, the latter doesn't cost $30. I see wut you did thar!
Also, to add to Solaru's quote of Frosthawk.

Bind to Battle.net account is a restriction.
It grants you absolutely nothing, but takes away plenty.

In this case, it takes away your ability to send it to anyone on your battle.net account.
Well, thanks. That cleared it up for me ;)
Rather than alter the mail system, why not simply flag said acct. and then you take your lvl one on whichever faction and whichever server over to the BoA vendor and nab your already paid for item.

O wait, the latter doesn't cost $30. I see wut you did thar!


When they implement cross-server mailing, it probably won't cost any real money either.

Other than that, there are likely some design and technical issues. It's like a house. You can't just slap some walls up and say "lol, new room".

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