Gearing For 85; Shinies For Resto Druids, Part 1 *Revised Feb 2011*
*Revised Feb 2011 from my own experiences and to change some stuff that’s been updated since Cata came out*
- Removed cloth as it’s not really worth breaking the bonus
- Added Valor points gear (since it’s possible you might have some from dungeons etc)
- In the Gurgthock’s vs Very Manly Staff debate, it depends how long you are going to keep that item for. I think MH plus OH is superior if you are going to enchant them and have a decent OH but if you are hitting high level dungeons and heroics straight away, you’ll replace all of them pretty quickly.
I’ve made this list as much for myself as for the others out there. When WOTLK hit, my mage was in a mess of Tier and craftables so the majority was replaced easily by quest rewards along the way. This time, Naora is in full T10 plus some heroic ICC 10 stuff and badge gear. I feel quite overwhelmed with starting again in gearing so I’ve made this post to help guide choices in questing, justice points and rep grinds to ensure getting the best possible start to heroics, then raiding at 85.
[E] Epic quality
[R] Rare quality
[U] Uncommon quality
[R] Celadon Pendant - 1,250 JPs
[R] Blessed Hands Of Elune - 1,650 JPs
[R] Cluster Of Stars -Headpiece. 2,200 JPs
[R] Leggings Of Late Blooms – 2,200 JPs
[R] Robes Of Forgetfulness – 2,200 JPs
[R] Somber Shawl – Shoulders, not cloak as you would think. 1,650 JPs
[R] Thatch Eave Vines – Belt. 1,650 JPs
[R] Apple Bent Bough – Offhand. 950 JPs
Total for the whole set: 13,750 JPs
[E] Fading Violet Sandals – BOE Feet. 1,650 VPs
[E] Heavenly Breeze – Back. 1,250 VPs
[E] Twined Band Of Flowers – Ring. Spirit/Mastery, 1,250 VPs
[E] Band Of Secret Names – Ring. No spirit, haste/crit, 1,250 VPs
[E] Core Of Ripeness – Trinket. Int plus on use Spirit proc. 1,650 VPs
[E] Soul Casket – Trinket. Mastery plus on use Int proc. 1,650 VPs
[E] Relic Of Norgannon – Relic. Int/Stam/Crit/ Haste. 700 VPs (preferable over Eonar)
[E] Relic Of Eonar – Relic. Int/Stam/Spir/Crit. 700 VPs
Either Rare or Uncommon items from questing in Twilight Highlands (TH) and Uldum (Uld) as they are the 84-85 zones.
I’ve included cloth items and those with hit as you can never have too much choice, and sometimes those items can be worth it as a temporary upgrade.
[U] Hood Of The Scorpion (Uld)
[U] Hood Of Lost Solitude (TH)
[U] Giltstone Necklace (TH)
[U] Confiscated Dog Tags (Uld. Has hit)
[R] Spaulders Of Rolling Incineration (Uld)
[U] Soulgrowth Spalders (TH, both A and H receive same items from quests)
[R] Wrap Of The Fallen City (Uld)
[U] Corrupted Eggshell Drape (Uld)
[U] Bracers Of The Verdant Cradle (Uld)
[U] Alefire Bracers (TH – Horde only)
[U] Keg-Stealer Bracers (TH – Alliance only)
[U] Rope-Grip Gloves (Uld)
[U] Marshseeker Gloves (Uld, Alliance only)
[U] Barrel-Belly Gauntlets (TH, Alliance only)
[U] Needle Threader Gauntlets (TH, Horde only)
[U] Waistguard Of Fallen Hearts (Uld)
No non cloth available at high level – get some rep with the Earthern Ring or get the JP legs.
[R] Eye Of The Stars (Uld)
[R] Red Dragonheart Ring (TH)
[U] Redistributed Signet (TH. Same for both H and A)
[R] Talisman Of Sinister Order (Uld)
[U] Harmlight Token (TH. Horde only. Has harmful spell proc however nice chunk of Int)
[U] World-Queller Focus (TH. Alliance only. Seems a bit unfair that only A gets this!)
[U] Za’brok’s Lucky Tooth (TH. Horde only. Not the most amazing but has a lot of stam and increases mastery)
[U] Cannon Stabilizer (Uld)
[U] Spearwarden’s “Lucky” Charm (TH, identical for both H and A)
Weapons (1 Hand)
[R] Gurgthock’s Garish Gorebat (TH – New ring of blood style quests)
[R] Air Raid Beacon (TH – Horde only)
[R] Skyflight Beacon (TH – Alliance only)
[U] Shining Scorpid Eye (Uld. Has hit)
Weapons (2 hand)
[R] Very Manly Staff (TH- New ring of blood style quests, shares a reward with the 1 hand mace)
[U] Officer’s Formal Baton (Uld)
[U] Ihsenn’s Staff Of Terror (Uld. Has hit)
Definitely worth doing the new ring of blood style quest in TH for a decent 1 hand mace or 2 hand staff!
[E] Lifebound Alchemist Stone – Trinket. Finally we get epic alchemy stones again!
[E] Vibrant Alchemist Stone – Trinket. An excellent starter trinket replacing the previous stam/mastery generic stone
[E] Chestguard Of Nature’s Fury – no spirit however.
[R] Bloodied Wyrmhide Set – again no spirit. It’s the entry level PvP gear.
[E] Lightning Lash – belt
[E] Stormleather Sash – more of a dps belt, no spirit and crit/mastery
Nothing worth taking from tailoring.
[E] Camouflage Bio-Optic Killshades – 1 meta slot plus the engineering gem slots. Engineers only however.
[R] Elementium Hammer – One handed mace
[R] Elementium Spellblade – Dagger. Has hit.
[E] [R] Tattooed Eyeball – Relic! (now downgraded to rare quality and stats adjusted to reduce OP-ness)
[R] Manual Of The Planes – Relic
[E] Darkmoon Card: Tsunami - Trinket with 321 Int and spirit proc
[R] Divine Companion – Offhand with haste
[R] Battle Tome – Offhand for PvP
[R] Dungeoneering Guide – Dps off hand, with hit
The only problem I can forsee with craftables is that the Chaos Orbs used to craft them (Cata’s Frozen Orbs) are BOP. There’s not much chance of getting my alts through heroics for a while yet! Hoping they make they BOE or buyable with justice points (still waiting on this Blizz :P)
Guardians Of Hyjal (Hyjal, naturally)
Arcanum Of Hyjal – Revered. Account bound head enchant, 60 Int/35 crit.
[R] Aessina-Blessed Gloves – Revered
[R] Cloak Of The Dryads – Honored
The Earthern Ring (Vashj’ir, Hyjal, Deepholm, Twilight Highlands and others at low level)
[R] Cloak Of Ancient Wisdom -Revered
[R] Leggings Of Clutching Roots -Revered
[R] Helm Of Temperance -Honored. Cloth but with a meta and yellow socket, plus hit.
Therazane are the shoulder enchant place this time around with
[E] Greater Inscription Of Charged Lodestone - Exalted. 50 Int/25 haste
[R] Lesser Inscription Of Charged Lodestone – Honored. 30 Int/20 haste
[R] Diamat’s Ring Of Temperance – Revered
[R] Ammunae’s Blessing – Honored. Ring
Wildhammer Clan (Alliance, TH)/ Dragonmaw Clan (Horde, TH)
Ramaken seems to be the faction least worth getting rep with for gear. They do sell the nice camels though I will probably go for Therazane for the shoulder enchants and Wildhammer for that epic belt.
Lightweave Embroidery – Chance to increase SP by 580/15 sec
Darkglow Embroidery – Chance to restore 800 mana on spell cast
Grounded Plasma Shield – Belt tinker that absorbs damage
Invisibility Field – Belt tinker that gives you invisibility OOC
Synapse Springs – Glove tinker to increase Int by 480/12 sec
Z50 Mana Gulper – Glove tinker providing increased effect from drinking a mana potion
Draconic Embossment – Intellect – 130 Int on bracers. Supposedly the best you can get as far as bonuses go.
Felfire Inscription – 130 Int/ 25 haste to shoulder
Enchant Ring – Intellect – Adds 40 Int
Flasks And Potions
Volcanic Potion – SP 1200/25 sec
Elixir Of Mighty Speed – Haste by 225 for 1 hour
Flask Of The Draconic Mind – Int by 300 for 1 hour
Flask Of Flowing Water – Spirit by 300 for 1 hour
Ghost Elixir – Spirit by 225 for 1 hour
Food is split into 60 stamina plus 60 of another stat or 90 stamina or 90 of another stat:
Chest -Peerless Stats; All stats by 20,
Offhand – Superior Intellect;
100 Int now 40 Int(and a welcome addition)
Heartsong is if you feel you need more spirit, and is significantly cheaper than the Power Torrent due to Maelstrom Crystal prices.
[R] Ebonsteel Belt Buckle – The new Eternal Belt Buckle for items level 300 -500
[E] Powerful Ghostly Spellthread – Int/ Spirit, Tailoring
[E] Powerful Enchanted Spellthread - Int/Stam, Tailoring
[R] Ghostly Spellthread – Int/Spirit, Tailoring
[R] Enchanted Spellthread – Int/StamTailoring
Only blue quality gems available at the start of Cata;
Red – Inferno Ruby – Brilliant; 40 Int
Purple – Demonseye – Purified; 20 Int/ 20 Spirit
Blue – Ocean Sapphire – Sparkling; 40 Spirit
Green – Dream Emerald – Zen; 20 Mastery/ 20 Spirit
One type of meta gem now which makes it much easier
Ember Shadowspirit Diamond -54 Int and 2% maximum mana
Revitalizing Shadowspirit Diamond – 54 Spirit and 3% increased critical healing effect
Coming In Part 2
- Dungeon Gear
- Dungeon Quest Reward Gear
- Other Gear including BOEs, Archeology, PvP and PvP Reputation