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    [Skybox] Reflection's Guide to Skybox Swaps

    Hello everyone. Iíve seen quite a few requests for skybox swaps or how to do it. So I decided to share the method to do it!
    Yes I am aware that schlumpf has a similar guide but itís quite old and not as beginner-friendly.

    You need a few programs:
    MyWarcraftStudio: Filebeam - Beam up that File Scottie!
    Lightmapper: MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service (credits to ~sInX)
    DBC Editor: Filebeam - Beam up that File Scottie!

    The first thing you need to do is to find the id of the sky you want to change and the id of the sky youíre going to change TO.

    To find the ID of the skies we need the program LightMapper
    For this tutorial Iím going to change the sky of Stranglethorn Vale to the sky in Hellfire Peninsula.



    Open Lightmapper and select the place where your sky is. Mine is in Azeroth (Eastern Kingdoms). Let it load and then navigate to the zone that you want to swap. Hover over one of the red buttons and a large circle should appear. The bigger the circle, the bigger area the swap will change.



    At the bottom of the screen is the ID. Write it down.



    Now just browse to the other area and write down the ID.



    Now what you want to do is to extract the DBC file Light.dbc from your wow data files.
    Open MyWarcraftStudio and then open locale-enGB/US which is located in WOWDir\Data\enGB/US



    Make sure the file type is set to ďAll file (*.*)Ē at the bottom of MyWarcraftStudio.



    Open the folder DBFilesClient and scroll down to Light.dbc. Right click and extract it to wherever.



    Close MyWarcraftStudio. We donít need it more at the moment.

    Open the DBC Editor which you downloaded earlier. IF you didnít, go do it already.
    Open Light.dbc and a bunch of numbers should pop up. Fear not! Iíll guide you to where you need to edit.



    The first column is the ID of all the skyboxes. Did you write down the IDs from lightmapper? I sure hope you did. Browse to the ID of the sky that you want to change TO. In my case itís ID 520, Hellfire Peninsula. The only fields you need to worry about are #7, #8, #9, #10 and #11. Write these down as we will need them later.



    Scroll to the ID of the skybox you want to change, in my case ID#9, Stranglethorn Vale.
    Hereís where you need to insert the numbers from the other sky that you just copied.



    Save and close DBC Editor. Congratulations! Youíve successfully swapped a sky. But weíre not quite done yet, because you need to see the effects in-game as well.

    So go ahead and open up MyWarcraftStudio again and create a new MPQ archive. Itís under the Pack(P) tab. Name it patch-X.MPQ. X can be any number or letter which is not used i.e. 4-9 or a-z.
    Make sure patch is not capitalized but MPQ is.



    Go to Pack(P) again and add a new file. Click the ďÖĒ sign and browse to the edited Light.dbc
    DO NOT click OK yet! We need to add the correct path to the file. Remember where we extracted the dbc file from? From DBFilesClient. So we need add this here as well. It should now say:
    DBFilesClient\Light.dbc



    Pay attention to the capitalized letters! Itís vital.

    Save the archive and then close MyWarcraftStudio. Move the patch file to WOWDIR\Data and then youíre all set You can now view it in-game!
    I hope you liked this guide.

    Thanks zantas92 for helping me out

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    Sweet! Finally an up-to-date guide on swapping skyboxes, thanks Reflection! +Rep
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    Awesome guide, but... omg
    i changed the Darrowshire and Terrordale skybox but the plagueland skybox remains still... : /

    the Eastern plagueland skies should be
    43
    47
    55

    any confirmation?
    Last edited by sirfranc; 04-08-2010 at 11:33 AM.
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    Finally it's here =D Hope this solves the problem for many people.

    Maybe you can add how you make a secluded skybox somewhere in Azeroth.
    https://i45.tinypic.com/157df7r.jpg


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    In my experience Skybox SWAPPING is much easier then adding a new one.


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    This can also be done with Glitchy's old MES which has a "click for profit" function for
    this.

    Anyways, nice job Reflection!
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    Originally Posted by Xel View Post
    This can also be done with Glitchy's old MES which has a "click for profit" function for
    this.

    Anyways, nice job Reflection!
    The MES doesn't work for 3.x. (at least not for skyboxes.) This does.

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    i have a problem in Lightmapper, the lower bar is cut in half, i can't resize the window and even in that state if i rollover a skybox nothink appears written... is a problem of vista?
    You like my work? you love my edits? you love RPing?
    Come to my RP server then, is still in closed alpha, but azeroth needs YOU.
    NO! i won't give my edits to anyone for any other server!!! and my patches (from 1.5) will be encrypted and will require my server, otherwise the game will crash. cya leechers

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    Re: Glitchy's old MES

    Originally Posted by Reflection View Post
    The MES doesn't work for 3.x. (at least not for skyboxes.) This does.
    Actually it does. Yeah, after saving there's an error which closes the program
    but still.. the MPQ gets correctly saved to the location you choose.

    I'm not trying to say this guide is useless or anything, no.
    Instead it's well written and serves a more in-depth look into
    skyboxes. Good job Reflection!
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    Originally Posted by Xel View Post
    Actually it does. Yeah, after saving there's an error which closes the program
    but still.. the MPQ gets correctly saved to the location you choose.

    I'm not trying to say this guide is useless or anything, no.
    Instead it's well written and serves a more in-depth look into
    skyboxes. Good job Reflection!
    oddly enough the Glitchy MES is not saving anything to me : /
    You like my work? you love my edits? you love RPing?
    Come to my RP server then, is still in closed alpha, but azeroth needs YOU.
    NO! i won't give my edits to anyone for any other server!!! and my patches (from 1.5) will be encrypted and will require my server, otherwise the game will crash. cya leechers

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    Originally Posted by Xel View Post
    Actually it does. Yeah, after saving there's an error which closes the program
    but still.. the MPQ gets correctly saved to the location you choose.
    Oh I thought it didn't work at all. Well worth a shot then!

    Thanks guys Glad you like it!


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    Glitchy MES skybox swaping is not as certain as just editing lines in the DBC files.
    https://i45.tinypic.com/157df7r.jpg


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    Wow, this is really nice! Thanks, certainly going to use this!

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    Going to Favorite this for later use.

    Thank you!
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    Brilliant guide helped me change the skybox with very easy to read instructions, bookmarked for future reference and recommendation

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