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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

Justice Points

[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

Valor Points

[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

Quest Rewards

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] Eye Of Despair (A)/Reversal (H) (TH.  Has hit)

[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] Cloak Of Grand Leadership (A)/ Valorous Direction (H) (TH)

[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)

[U] Belt Of Bloody Dreams (A)/ Belt Of Smashed Feathers (H) (TH)


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.


[R] Ring Of Warring Elements

[R] Eye Of Many Deaths


[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)

Reputation Rewards

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 (Deepholm)

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

Ramkahen (Uldum)

[R] Ammunae’s Blessing – Honored. Ring

Wildhammer Clan (Alliance, TH)/ Dragonmaw Clan (Horde, TH)

[E] Belt Of The Untamed (A)/ Withered Dream Belt (H) – Exalted. Yay, finally something we can use at exalted!

[R] Band Of Singing Grass (A)/ Band Of Lamentation (H) – Revered. Ring, hit

[R] Mantle Of Wild Feathers (A)/ Spaulders Of The Endless Plains (H) – Honored

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.

Profession Bonuses


Flask Of Enhancement – Apart from Mixology bonus, this is an 80 Int flask for 1 hour


[E] Chimera’s Eye: Brilliant/Fractured/Quick/Sparkling – JC only gems with 67 Int/ 67 Mastery/ 67 Haste/ 67 Spirit


Lightweave Embroidery – Chance to increase SP by 580/15 sec

Darkglow Embroidery – Chance to restore 800 mana on spell cast


Socket Bracer

Socket Gloves


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

[R] Cogwheels: Fractured/Quick/Smooth/Sparkling – Engineer only gems providing 208 Mastery/208 Haste/208 Crit/208 Spirit


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:

Intellect – Pickled Guppy/ Severed Sagefish Head

Spirit – Whitecrest Gumbo/ Delicious Sagefish Tail

Crit –Lightly Fried Lurker/ Baked Rockfish

Haste – Broiled Mountain Trout/ Basilisk Liverdog

Mastery – Salted Eye/ Lavascale Minestrone

One useful stat – Broiled Dragon Feast/ Fortune Cookie

Item Enhancements


Chest –Peerless Stats; All stats by 20,

Cloak – Greater Intellect; 50 Int, Greater Critical Strike; Crit by 65, Critical Strike; Crit by 50, Intellect; Int by 30

Wrists –Greater Speed; Haste by 65, Greater Critical Strike; Crit by 65, Exceptional Spirit; Spirit by 50 *New* Intellect; Intellect by 50

Hands – Greater Mastery; Mastery by 65,  Haste; Haste by 50

Feet –Lavawalker; Mastery by 35, Mastery; Mastery by 50, Haste; Haste by 50

Weapon –Power Torrent; proc chance to increase Int by 500/12 sec, Heartsong; proc chance to increase Spirit by 200/12 sec, Hurricane; proc chance to increase Haste by 450/12 sec

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

Leg Enchants

[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

Orange – Ember Topaz – Artful; 20 Int/20 Mastery, Potent: 20 Int/ 20 Crit, Reckless: 20 Int/20 Haste

Purple – Demonseye – Purified; 20 Int/ 20 Spirit

Yellow – Amberjewel – Quick; 40 Haste/ Fractured; 40 Mastery

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

Alty Things; In Which I Avoid The Beta

Despite my privileged inclusion in the Beta, I still find myself doing “things” on live WoW. I don’t just mean raiding, although we are still clinging to ICC 25, determined to at least kill Sindragosa once before Cata hits. I think it’s the change in mains; Aya had a ton of stuff I took for granted – titles, mounts, rep and gear. Playing on Naora reminds me of being guildless, she’s not a main so doesn’t go guild raids normally so it’s pugging for everything else. It’s the endless grinds I never did before, like the Alliance reputations. I managed to get them pretty close on Aya as I used to do every stupid world event going which always netted a bit of rep here and there.

So a list of things I’ve been doing on live, which feel somewhat pointless:

  • Fishing
  • Cooking
  • Dailies (fishing and cooking mostly, but running dungeons for my last t10 piece)
  • Farming raven lord (took 14 days of straight farming!)
  • Kara runs for Attumen’s mount (we also did the entire key chain before)
  • PvP (and we know how I feel about that)

PvP: Best when you're hard to kill

  • Stormwind rep grind (I swear it never ends)
  • Outland heroics for the achievement
  • Exploring
  • Playing a belf priest to 20 (Ilikehugs made it onto live!)
  • I also got the Magical Crawdad on my first Mr Pinchy, woo!

Also I did stupid stuff, like this

My birthday present from the other half

So why am I avoiding the Beta and spending my time doing this stuff when I could be trying things out?

The last few weeks bought some more changes which directly affected the things I wanted to do on the Beta. The most important was the mob damage increases. The hp in the first zones (Hyjal and Vashj’ir) had already been tweaked to make them harder to kill but now many mobs were getting a boost to damage. I was unlucky in that I had taken Naora to Deepholm and already progressed through a big chunk of the zone when the changes hit. I also encountered the mobs that were particularly bugged (a type of flayer) who were ripping me new orifices repeatedly. Admittedly I didn’t realise I had no talents at the time but even after sorting this I still died 6 times in 30 minutes. Cat damage is awaiting some changes, we are no longer using feral AP and instead going off weapon damage for some attacks (I think) so we are simply not putting out the numbers we should be. This has been covered by lots of druids way more knowledgable in this field than me.

TL;DR – mobs were hitting me too hard making questing unpleasant.

I was happy to leave Naora in Deepholm and try out my hunter premade in Hyjal. Then the pet problems started. My bear had only 6k hp and I couldn’t fix the issue, so nothing I could do there. This stopped my Hyjal questing video in it’s tracks. Then the quests got wiped and I don’t have the heart to redo all I’ve done to get to the same point.

So goblin warlock? Talent trees broken and can’t summon fel guard, who would probably have a tiny hp 😦 Then goblins disabled as they broke something.

I can play my belf priest and worgen druid without problems but I kind of feel discouraged. There’s nowhere to take my priest until they open more zones and I’m not even finished in Vashj’ir yet. My worgen looks hideous on the character selection screen and I only have quests in Darkshore, now known as the most depressing zone in Azeroth (everyone is dead there)

Bug reporting is also broken so I feel I can’t contribute anything to testing at the moment.

What I’m hoping for is a new patch soon that makes some changes so I can try out things again.

I have a lot of junk going on in RL too; we are moving house in about 2 weeks time so plenty of things to sort out before then, and also I have decided to quit my job as they have moved the office too far away to make it worth the long commute 3 days a week.

Vashj’ir Underwater Mount Preview From Cataclysm Beta

A short video I made detailling the new Seahorse mount, which replaces the abyssal ray as the fast underwater method of travel for Vashj’ir.

Alty Things; In Which ST Is Done

Been swapping between the pally and hunter a lot the last few days, both are roughly the same level so it’s quite interesting to compare the experience on each side.

Lucidique has been through Hinterlands, ran to Felwood, realised could only get one quest and went back to Searing Gorge. Cleared SG very fast and then onto WPL for lots of undead slaying. Enjoying the ret spec and managing to aoe and live. Almost 51, 7 more levels then switching to tanking for Outlands.

Ysolde actually got to experience dungeons, but sadly was sunken temple. Managed to get a group fast, zoned in, 2 drop group, requeue. Repeat about 6-7 times through the instance, with only the tank and I remaining from the original group by the end. Managed to panic skin a few stacks of leather too \o/ Pet pulled entire ghost/prophet room too which was amusing and only a lock died.

Tuesday’s lack of raid meant I teamed up with my good friend Roc for heroics and a normal. Druid first, nice spider place (the one that’s not OK), DK tank but he was easy to heal despite a low HP. Few OH CRAP moments but no one died ^^

Shadow priest up next, totc hc with Roc’s dps shammy. Pretty smooth run, druid healer using some weird spell combos (no instant healing touch is bad :S ). Roc shammy died once from aggroes on p3 of black knight. New hat yay, although sad to lose neckbrace.

Final dungeon was normal totc with my baby lock and Roc’s pally tank. No one seemed to know what to do on the jousting, but no deaths on that part at least. Another lock in the group but with better gear. They never used a pet though which I found a bit strange. New pants yay, but argument with druid healer. He insisting he should have them as they “are healer pants” O_o

Unrelated: I am trying to sort pictures to jazz up my posts so they are more interesting and nicer to look at ^^

Lonely On The Other Side

Today I factioned changed my poor NE to BE. Rather than let her rot, I wanted to see the horde side of my server and do some quests that may vanish forever after Cataclysm. I loaded her up with gold, bags and gems and paid my £20.

Aggramar has something like a 4:1 ratio for allys to horde, but I was still surprised at how quiet all of the cities were. The auction house had only 300 pages of auctions compared to the 15,000 I’m used to (no playing my selling games there it seems) Since I constantly get lost in most cities except Silvermoon, I needed a Dalaran portal. Moved to UC since I was pretty much the only person in SM anyway. Took 10 mins of /2 before I found a random mage who was happy to oblige me for 5g.

Having not seen the Sunreaver’s part of Dalaran, I was quite excited. I think the Silver Covenant have the nicer area, with no strange paths that lead nowhere.

It’s very strange to have an empty friends list (1 person on ignore list already for strange sweary /w) so I hope I don’t get too bored of having no one to tallk to.

Ysolde will remain unguilded for now, unless I meet some nice people on my travels.