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If you're tired of bones protruding through armor, here's how you can switch to the Chinese version of the game with a simple trick.

The following method was brought up by Redditor artemmavrich. The only downside to this is the fact that the fix censors everything death-related (thanks @geofferson) including bones on the ground, icons, exactly as you'd see in the Chinese version of the game.

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Shadow Bolt Shadow Bolt missing the skull portion of the animation.

If you'd like to see bread on the ground instead of bones (for the sheer fun) and are playing an Undead, but don't like the bones ruining the look of your armor, here's what you need to do to turn on the "boneless" Chinese model:

1. Navigate to World of Warcraft/_gameversion_/WTF/

2. Open Config.wtf in a text editor.

3. Add SET overrideArchive "1" in a new line

4. Save the file.

If you want to switch to the old model back for some reason, open Config.wtf again and remove the SET overrideArchive "1" line or change the value from "1" to "0".

BEFORE > AFTER

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This will work on the live version of the game, Public Test Realms, and Classic.

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This is great and incredibly simple. I know some people - especially x-mog enthusiasts - have been asking for this possibility for years now and afaik were trying to work around the restriction by importing Chinese models onto live servers - which may or may not have been a violation of the EULA, TOU or whatnot. Kinda makes one wonder, why Blizzard didn't implement this when it's so darn easy to accomplish - or at least tell people how to do it. I personally think when it comes to character customization another option is (almost) always a good thing. I mean, it's not like you're forced to hide the bones and facial features if you like it.

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Fun Fact.... this doesn't just hide your "bones" it also turns bones and corpses on the ground into Cake and Flowers.

It sanitizes anything death related even Tomb Stones.  Red Blood is turned green too.

The censored models ruin WoW for me.

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7 minutes ago, geofferson said:

Fun Fact.... this doesn't just hide your "bones" it also turns bones and corpses on the ground into Cake and Flowers.

It sanitizes anything death related even Tomb Stones.  Red Blood is turned green too.

The censored models ruin WoW for me.

Well that's a bummer just wanted one thing and it does a whole string of things instead....guess I won't mess with this and let my Shadow Priest be.

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This looks like it should have been a cosmetic option long time ago, for non-Chinese clients. It already exists, why not add it?

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1 minute ago, Arcling said:

This looks like it should have been a cosmetic option long time ago, for non-Chinese clients. It already exists, why not add it?

It is added.

That's why changing this value works. If it wasn't added, changing this wouldn't do anything.

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22 minutes ago, Prophet001 said:

It is added.

That's why changing this value works. If it wasn't added, changing this wouldn't do anything.

Meant it as "official" option on character creation screen, choice between visible bones and hidden. This modification changes appearance for every model.

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1 hour ago, geofferson said:

Fun Fact.... this doesn't just hide your "bones" it also turns bones and corpses on the ground into Cake and Flowers.

It sanitizes anything death related even Tomb Stones.  Red Blood is turned green too.

The censored models ruin WoW for me.

Heh... overkill much? Seems like I won't be touching that after all... I mean I get that you could change the blood and bones stuff to some degree if you are reeeeeally conservative or regulation demands this sort of thing... but tombstones? Don't they have tombstones in China...?

Edit: The Reddit link Stan shared is actually hilarious 😄 the changes are way beyond what I would have imagined... they like remodeled ICC completely... But why turn all the meat into bread? I don't get it... the remodeled DK flying mount looks kinda dope tho...

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1 hour ago, Arcling said:

This looks like it should have been a cosmetic option long time ago, for non-Chinese clients. It already exists, why not add it?

This is considered the censored version and adding it officialy could possibly spark bad news headlines for the game. From Kotaku and other tabloid press I mean, like "Blizzard bringing the wish of the Chinese Communist Party to every WoW client." and other fake claims an average gaming journalist can fabricate from it.

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I remember changing in the "censored" version but i simply changed the text in the launcher to "Chinese". 

Sure the text will be in Chinese but you'll get all the "fun" that comes with it. Lol

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2 hours ago, tkioz said:

Given how petty the developers are, this will be nerfed within a week via a hotpatch.

Super Unlikely this is getting hotfixed.

This worked for me 11 years ago during WotLK when this was a new thing.  Blizzard did this to appease the Chinese Censors since they were going to block the release of Wrath.

This isn't a new or a 'hack' and that exact same option in the Config file has been around for more than 10 years.  Blizzard is well aware that players use it and are fine with it as it is a config change not a code change.

Back in the day Parents were asking how to turn it on and Blizzard CM's would walk them through it to make WoW more sanitized for their kids.  I'm confident if you opened a ticked with Support asking for help making WoW less scary for your kids, the CMs would still help you do this.

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