So recently my good friend Lyrandre hit 80 and some malcontent absconded with my friend Anea‘s boots (honestly, hell in a hand basket). Both of these got me thinking about that most precious of flames for us moths of WoW: Gear. I had been wanting to write a gear guide for a while, so I figured I’d start small and try to help everyone find gear you can wear when getting ready to do your first heroics.
Now let me preface this by saying I never looked at “target numbers” for your stats, though they do have their place. I was lucky in that I was able to regularly get PuGs and my MO for leveling was PuG a dungeon till I got all the blues out of it I wanted, then finish the level with quests, then move to the next dungeon on the suggested levels list. When I was finally ready to enter heroics, I had a full set of Northrend dungeon blues except for one trinket, so I felt confident without looking at my target numbers. So in this guide I’ll be showing you the items I personally targeted and the ones I think would be good for shadow and disc as well. So let’s get this show on the road and we’ll start with…
Cowl of the Vindictive Captain / Volkhan’s Hood – These pieces are close enough in stats that they are pretty much interchangeable. They are good pieces of haste gear, due to a lack of higher level spirit headpieces before heroics, all specs might want to shoot for them. The cowl is a quest reward within Utgarde Pinnacle and the hood drops from Volkhan in Halls of Lightning.
Hat of Wintry Doom - This is gonna be a best in slot for shadow spec until you start raiding, so definitely try to pick one up. It’s a tailored item, so shouldn’t be too difficult to find.
Static Cowl - This is an excellent crit item for all specs, so you should decide if you prefer haste or crit and plan accordingly. This item drops from Sjonnir the Ironshaper in Halls of Stone.
Bauble-Woven Gown - Possibly your easiest get, this one is a quest reward from Utgarde Pinnacle. The quest giver spawns right when you zone in and all you have to do is pick up a bunch of little items as you run through the zone. You can turn it in right by the exit on your way out after defeating the King. These are an attractive entry level heroic robe for any spec.
Raiments of the Titans - The gem slot makes these robes slightly more attractive than the Bauble-Woven Gown. Simply choose what stat you feel is more crucial to your spec and insert the proper gem. Drops off Loken in Halls of Lightning.
Robes of Lightning - The end reward of a very long and lore heavy questline that will get you started with the dreaded Hodir rep grind, these robes are a good item for shadow priests looking to get that hit cap. You have to defeat Loken in order to get them.
Vestments of the Scholar - I highly recommend these robes for discipline and shadow priests. Holy priests may want to pick them up in order to up their crit, but balance it with how much spirit you would lose and make sure it’s really worth it first. Drops from chest at the end of Occulus.
Robes of Refrained Celebration - These are good for entering level 80 dungeons, sketchy for heroics. I consider these “if all else fails” robes.
Mantle of Electrical Charges / Silken Amice of the Ymirjar - These items are exactly the same… way to go, Blizzard. Excellent for all specs, although disc priests may want to look elsewhere in order to shore up other stats. The mantle drops from General Bjarngrim in Halls of Lightning, and the Amice from Skadi the Ruthless in Utgarde Pinnacle.
Mantle of the Intrepid Explorer - Good for holy and especially for shadow, these shoulders are are a great way to up secondary stats without sacrificing spirit. Reward from a quest in Halls of Stone, picked up after you kill you the final boss.
Lightning Infused Mantle - A quest reward for defeating one of the bosses in Halls of Lightning, this item is another “if all else fails” item.
Mantle of the Flesh Giant - Quest reward from a long chain in Icecrown, these bad boys are excellent for a disc or shadow priest looking to up their haste. Holy priests should look elsewhere.
Cape of Seething Steam / Dark Soldier Cape – Another case of identical items, these are excellent pieces of hit gear for shadow priest but healers should probably pass this up. Seething steam drops from Volkhan in Halls of Lightning and the Dark Soldier is a rep purchase from the Knights of the Ebon Blade.
Shroud of Dedicated Research - Pick this up if you’re looking to up your haste any, but I would leave this more for shadow spec. This is a rep purchase from the Kirin Tor.
Shroud of Resurrection - I highly recommend this one for healing priests although a little mp5 never hurt dps either. The int and sta are identical to Shroud of dedicated Research, so it really comes down to if you value mp5 or haste. Drops from Gortok Palehoof in Utgarde Pinnacle.
Ancestral Sinew Wristguards - These are the best wrists you can get without running heroics. Good for any spec and very flexible with the gem slot. Requires revered rep with the Wyrmrest Accord.
Demonic Fabric Bands - These are your best bet for holy spec, shadow and disc may want to weigh other options. Drops from the chest at the end of Culling of Stratholme.
Verdisa’s Cuffs of Dreaming - These are a better option for shadow or discipline as the gem slot will allow you to properly customize them for you. Holy priests shouldn’t be afraid to pick these up either. Drops from Drakos the Interrogator in Occulus.
Rune Giant Bindings - If all else fails, these guys drop from random mobs in Halls of Stone and are BoE so you might be able to grab them for cheap from the AH.
Sterile Flesh-Handling Gloves - These bad boys are another heroic level item that can be picked up without doing heroics, making them excellent for all specs. Requires revered rep with Knights of the Ebon Blade.
Gloves of the Azure-Lord - A decent pair of gloves for holy, better for disc or shadow though due to low spirit levels. Drops from Varos Cloudstrider in the Oculus.
Gloves of the Time Guardian - These are a better option for holy while disc and shadow should shoot for the previous gloves. Quest reward from within Culling of Stratholme.
Light Blessed Mittens - Only very slightly better than the Time Guardian gloves, I’d only recommend getting these if you can pick them up for cheap or are a tailor yourself (hint: that means they’re tailored).
Muddied Crimson Gloves - Another alternative to Gloves of the Time Guardian, all three of these are pretty much interchangeable options. These required revered rep with the Wolvars.
Thundercloud Grasps - These are definitely the best item a disc priest can find without grinding out the wyrmrest rep. Drops from Ionar in Halls of Lightning.
Deep Frozen Cord - Best item for a disc priest or any other priest looking to up their crit bonus. It’s tailored, so shouldn’t be too hard to find.
Fishy Cinch - This is going to be the best option for a holy priest with such a high spirit count on it. Requires revered rep with Oracles.
Sash of the Wizened Wyrm - Excellent for a shadow priest looking for more hit, otherwise I’d recommend the Deep Frozen Cord for you. Requires honored rep with the Wyrmrest Accord.
Frostmoon Pants - Your best option for holy priests, other specs may want something with a higher int to spirit ratio. This item is tailored.
Ring-Lord’s Leggings - With a higher int count, this is better served for disc or shadow priests due to low levels of non spirit pants. These are a random drop from the Oculus.
Leggings of Burning Gleam - These are good for any spec until you can pick up a more specific item for yourself. Drops off Krystallus in Halls of Stone.
Aurora Slippers - Best selection for holy spec with the extra spirit, also a tailored item so keep an eye out for one.
Silky Iceshard Boots - I really don’t recommend these boots unless you are seriously hurting for haste and crit. These strike me as more for PvP. They’re a tailored item.
The Conjurer’s Slippers - Best item for a disc priest or a shadow priest looking for the extra haste, these drop off of Mage-Lord Urom in the Oculus.
Fur-Lined Moccasins - An ok item till you can pick up Aurora Slippers, these are easier to get as a reward from a quest to kill a Gundrak boss. Disc should definitely pass these up.
The Darkspear’s Footpads - A decent holdover, disc or shadow should look into these if they need a nice blue. These are a quest reward from a mob int he middle of Icecrown.
Gavel of the Brewing Storms - Best pre-heroic mace you can pick up, the crit and haste coupled with high sp makes this a must have for any mace enthusiast. Requires revered rep with Wyrmrest Accord.
Beguiling Scepter - A decent mace, the crit especially makes Dueg smile, any spec should shoot for this. Drops from chest at the end of Culling of Stratholme.
Totemic Purification Rod - This mace is geared more for haste lovers, but really any spec can use it. Requires revered rep with the Kalu’ak.
Flameheart Spell Scalpel - The only decent dagger for heroics, this is more for shadow priests obviously with the hit. Requires revered rep with the Kirin Tor.
Malygos’ Favor - If you are a holy priest in need of spirit, pick this bad boy up and hold on for dear life. Drops from the chest at the end of Oculus.
Sempiternal Staff - Better suited for disc or shadow priests, with the extra crit bonus, holy priests not hurting for spirit may want to take a look at this staff. Drops from Chrono-Lord Epoch in the Culling of Stratholme.
Ancient Measuring Rod - This is a good wand for shadow, but also not a bad pick up for disc. Though the hit is useless, this wand has the highest int of any pre heroic wand. This drops from Loken in Halls of Lightning.
Brazier Igniter - This is a holy priests’s best friend. Pick it up from Svala Sorrowgrave in Utgarde Pinnacle.
Purifying Torch / Shinygem Rod - These wands are basically a choice between wanting crit or wanting mp5. I don’t recommend either, but if you desperately need to up either of those categories, these are good options. The torch requires revered rep with the Argent Crusade and the rod requires revered rep with the Oracles.
Off Hand Frills
Prison Manifest - A random drop in Heroic Violet Hold, these items are BoE so you might be able to pick them up in the AH. An excellent off hand for anyone starting heroics.
Seal of Valgarde - Nice haste item for a disc or shadow, holy might want to look for something with spirit. Drops from Gortok Palehoof in Utgarde Pinnacle.
Tome of Salramm - With crit and spirit, holy and shadow priests should be all over this. Good for disc priests who need crit as well. Drops from Salramm the Fleshcrafter in Culling of Stratholme.
The Witching Grimiore / Bonecaster’s Endgame - These items are both from the same quest in Icecrown and are basically a “healer” and “dps” version of each other. A holy priest will obviously look at the grimiore first and the disc vice versa, shadow will most likely be interested in the endgame.
Dragon Prow Amulet - Random drop from heroic Utgarde Keep, check the AH to pick this up. Best for holy priests, but a good item for anyone entering heroics.
Chaotic Spiral Amulet - This is a fantastic holy or shadow priest, but disc priests shouldn’t be afraid to pick it up. Drops from Loken in Halls of Lightning.
Timeless Beads of Eternos - Comparable to the chaotic spiral amulet, you can definitely grab this one as an alternative. Drops from Drakos the Interrogator in Oculus.
Chain of Fiery Orbs - Definitely one of the better disc amulets till you reach heroics, this one comes from the Maiden of Grief in Halls of Stone.
Enchanted Wire Stitching - This is a great overall ring and one of the best you’ll find before entering heroics. Pick it up from Meathook in Culling of Stratholme.
Signet of Ranulf - Best pre heroic disc ring, this is also a nice compliment to any shadow or holy priest’s gear set. Drops from King Ymiron in Utgarde Pinnacle.
Ring of Northern Tears / Windfire Band – These are jewelcrafted rings and are great for shoring up weak spots in your stats. Search for them in AH or ask a friend if you need a little oomph.
Ringlet of Repose - This is a good mid level ring for holy specs to start heroics with, but I would try to balance it with at least one higher level item. Drops from Maiden of Grief in Halls of Stone.
Arcane Focal Signet - This is better for discs, same as previous though, shouldn’t be your better ring. Drops from Moorabi in Gundrak.
Soul Preserver - This is the best healing trinket in the game pre heroics and can even serve you well in Naxx. Drops from chest at the end if Culling of Stratholme.
Tome of Arcane Phenomenon - An excellent dose of straight sp for a trinket, this is very nice for someone looking to up their number in that department. Drops from chest at the end of Oculus.
Cannoneer’s Fuselighter / Cannoneer’s Morale - Out of these two I would recommend the Cannoneer’s Fuelighter, but some people might really be jonesin for the mp5, in which case you can’t go wrong with the morale. Both items are from the same quest in Icecrown.
Now this list is not exhaustive, it’s basically all the easier to obtain blues from the upper dungeons I could find. I didn’t include BoE creations obviously. I will mention though that tailoring has two sets that make excellent alternatives that you can use to patch holes in your gear. One is a PvP set called Frostsavage Gear which has resilience, but it also has decent doses of crit on each item and the other is a PvE haste set called Black Duskweave Gear. Neither set has spirit, so they’re better for disc priests, but will do in a pinch. I also welcome any suggestions in the comments section and keep in mind that I did not include epics on this list as I’ll be covering that in a later post.