We've recently seen a few questions regarding the functionality of Transmute: Living Elements and whether or not its effects are truly random. There's definitely some behind-the-scenes magic to this particular transmute, so we wanted to provide a bit more explanation on how it works.
Typically, when you use Transmute: Living Elements, you will receive 14-16 random Volatile elements (Volatile Air
, Volatile Earth
, Volatile Water
, or Volatile Fire
) in exchange for 15 Volatile Life
. If you use this transmute while in one of the new Cataclysm
zones associated with the Elemental Planes, however, the element into which your Volatile Life
will transform will be predetermined. For example, if you use Transmute: Living Elements while in Uldum, you will always receive Volatile Air
for your efforts.
Here's a list of the affected zones and their corresponding Volatile elements:
Additionally, alchemists with Transmutation specialization will have a chance to receive bonus Volatile elements when completing this transmute. The bonus will be random, though, regardless of which zone you are in.