Post by Dormyln
Hello everybody! Welcome to my small guide on what to do, how to prepare for heroics, and what to instantly jump on when hitting 85! Bear in mind that all of this information may not apply to your exact situation, so be sure to only use this as a guide.
We all know the sensation. Last quest, and you know it. Plow through 8 of those mobs, and you're set. No more grinding. You're at the cap. Or you got it like me by mining a node. Anyway, that doesn't matter now. What matters now is gearing up your character for heroics, raids, and beyond. This is what this guide is about. Let's start, shall we?
Once you hit 85, you have a few things you want to immediately get done. First, drop whatever tabard you're wearing and pick up a cata rep tabard. If you've been doing dungeons already, you may already have one. If you've been blazing though quests, you will want to pick one up ASAP. All 333 gear is acquired at Honored, all 346 gear is obtained at Revered, and 359 items and Arcanums are unlocked at Exalted. Your options include:Wildhammer Clan
Notable Gear + EnchantsCrown of Wings
- 346 (Heroic) Tanking HelmGryphon Talon Gauntlets
- 346 (Heroic) DPS GlovesGryphon Rider's Boots
- 359 (Raid) Tanking BootsArcanum of the Wildhammer
- DPS Helmet EnchantRamkahen
Notable Gear + EnchantsShroud of the Dead
- 333 (Normal) DPS CloakRed Rock Band
- 346 (Heroic) Uni-role RingSandguard Bracers
- 359 (Raid) Tank BracersGift of Nadun
- 359 (Raid) DPS AmuletGuardians of Hyjal
Notable Gear + EnchantsMountain's Mouth
- 333 (Normal) Tank AmuletGalrond's Band
- 333 (Normal) DPS RingWaywatcher's Boots
- 346 (Heroic) DPS BootsBelt of the Ferocious Wolf
- 359 (Raid) DPS BeltWrap of the Great Turtle
- 359 (Raid) Tank CloakThe Earthen Ring
Notable Gear + EnchantsStone-Wrapped Greaves
- 333 (Normal) Tank LegsArcanum of the Earthen Ring
- Tank Head EnchantTherazane
Notable Gear + EnchantsLesser Inscription of Jagged Stone
- DPS Shoulder EnchantLesser Inscription of Unbreakable Quartz
- Tank Shoulder EnchantFelsen's Ring of Resolve
- 346 (Heroic) Tank RingGorsik's Band of Shattering
- 346 (Heroic) DPS RingGreater Inscription of Jagged Stone
- DPS Shoulder EnchantGreater Inscription of Unbreakable Quartz
- Tank Shoulder Enchant
As for my recommendation, I'd take Ramkahen first for both tanking and DPSing, you get Red Rock Band
, which is great for both tanking and DPS, as has stats for both tanking and DPS. You get Gift of Nadun
, which is the best pre-raid DPS amulet you can get. The Sandguard Bracers
are excellent, and you get a Shroud of the Dead
to tide you over 'till heroics and two mounts to boot. After that, Guardians of Hyjal would be my next choice, followed up by Therazane or Wildhammer Clan. Earthen Ring shouldn't go past honored until everything else is maxed. The only redeeming thing about pushing past honored is the Arcanum of the Earthen Ring
. The Stone-Wrapped Greaves
are incredible, however.
After that, you will want to check your gear. Do you have any greens at the moment? Any out-of-date relics? Something you'd like to upgrade? There are several BoE items available for fair amounts of gold, and will hold you over until you get into either heroics or raids, depending on how much you wish to shell out.
All greens are randomly pulled from quests you may have encountered while leveling. If you have a different green with similar stats, these recommendations still apply. Not all slots have direct BoE upgrades.
Helm: False-Face Mask
> Ben-Son's Royal Crown
Waist: Stoutwaist Girdle
> Belt of Guardianship
Wrist: Bracers of Gleaming Shards
> Terborus's Rotating Bands
Gloves: Coregrip Gauntlets
> Oath-Bound Gauntlets
Chest: Canopic Chestplate
> Redsteel Breastplate
Relic: Namkhare's Cabochon Charm
- Shore-Cleansing Standard
> Halted Clock
- Notched Jawbone
Ring: Dark-Eye Ring
> Elementium Moebius Band
Neck: Nightmare Choker
> Brazen Elementium Medallion
Trinket: > Impetuous Query
- Elementium Dragonling
- Soul's Anguish
After you get geared up and have a faction selected, let's take a look at what you'll be doing every day for the rest of your time on Azeroth. That's right, we're going to look at dailies!
First, let's take a look at Tol Barad. These are your bread-and-butter dailies you will want to do every day. They award gold, Tol Barad Commendations, which is currency for the Tol Barad faction your character is on, and rep for said faction.
All of your daily quests can be found here
. Note that some are done in Tol Barad Peninsula, and some are done in Tol Barad. Quests done on Tol Barad itself award extra rep and may only be done when your faction owns Tol Barad.
Other dailies include your faction's Twilight Highlands rep. They can be found here
. Two dailies for Ramkahen also exist, as seen here
. Note the one with lesser rewards takes exponentially less time than the one with greater rewards.
Now you know what you're doing with your game time since you've hit 85. What's next? Run dungeons. Grind dungeons. Grind them like no tomorrow. If you can handle heroics after gearing, grind them. If you think you need to get some more normals under your belt or gear up, do the normals you haven't done yet or run high level (84+) or do some quests normals to get 325/333 gear for heroics. Some suggestions for gearing include...
Helm: Helm of Setesh
Amulet: Darkhowl Amulet
Shoulders: Pharoah's Burial Spaulders
Chest: Breastplate of the Witness
- Dungeon Quest
Gloves: Gloves of Gnomebliteration
/Fingers of Light
Boots: Ramkahen Front Boots
Belt: Sand Dune Belt
Bracers: Alpha Bracers
/Armguards of Unearthly Light
Ring: Ring of Three Lights
Trinket: Throngus's Finger
Helm: Helm of Vicious Direction
Amulet: Necklace of the Dead City
Chest: Redsteel Breastplate
/Breastplate of the Risen Land
/Flynn's Favorite Chestplate
Boots: Statue Climbers
/Treads of Terror
/Greaves of Wu the Elder
Belt: Belt of the Forgemaster
Bracers: Alpha Bracers
Ring: Ring of the Darkest Day
/Circle of Bone
- All Normal
Trinket: Harrison's Insignia of Panache
/Right Eye of Rajh
/Mark of Khardros
/Heart of Solace
With this pre-heroic gear, you should be completely prepared for heroics and beyond. Good luck, read the stickies, do your dailies, don't stand in the fire, and may the phat l00tz be with you!
Post by apocalypsa
Theres an awesome tanking trinket in TH, Za'brox's Lucky Tooth
. Also, Soul's Anguish sucks, 700 str at 85?
I'd also add a list of items you can get from dungeons, like the warrior sticky
But those and some other things, nice guide.