Guardian and feral druid gearing strategy for Mists of Pandaria

I’ve levelled my druid up to 90 on the beta, and found that there is a very straightforward way to quest up to the item level required for heroic instances. This post shows how to obtain gear for entry into heroics, and includes the item levels for heroics and raids.

Here’s a post with a full list of the gear that is referred to below: http://eaoexcursions.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/gearing-your-druid-tank-in-mists-of-pandaria/

Levelling and questing gear

  • There is also a lot of reputation gear that is available at honoured from various factions that could be used to fill out a set of ilevel 450 gear.
  • PvP gear is cheap to craft and has an ilevel of 450 as well. The PvE stats on this gear are the same as other 450 gear, so it is completely viable for gearing up.
  • You will need to do daily quests at level 90 to gain reputation with these factions. There are some quests that reward reputation at lower levels, but not significant amounts.
  • Heroic instance bosses drop ilevel 463 blue items.
  • Heroic instance quests have rewards that are ilevel 450.
  • Factions require daily quests to gain reputation with them, and then the high level rewards cost Valor Points. These items are ilevel 489 epics, equivalent in power to items from the first raiding tier. There is almost a full set of gear available from faction vendors, with the exception of a weapon and shoulders.
  • Crafted gear generally falls between heroic gear and raid gear in effectiveness, with rare items at ilevel 450 and epics at ilevel 476. Inscription is the best way to get an epic weapon without raiding.

Heroics, crafting and reputation gear

Raid gear

The raid tiers are:

  • LFR
  1. Mogu’shan Vaults LFR rewards ilevel 476 epics.
  2. Heart of Fear LFR rewards ilevel 483 epics.
  3. Terrace of Endless Spring LFR rewards ilevel 483 epics.
  • Normal
  1. Mogu’shan Vaults Normal rewards ilevel 489 epics.
  2. Heart of Fear Normal rewards ilevel 496 epics.
  3. Terrace of Endless Spring Normal rewards ilevel 496 epics.                                                               i.      Protector Kaolan drops items that are a half tier better.
  • Heroic
  1. Mogu’shan Vaults Heroic rewards ilevel 502 epics.
  2. Heart of Fear Heroic rewards ilevel 509 epics.
  3. Terrace of Endless Spring Normal rewards ilevel 509 epics.                                                               i.      Protector Kaolan drops items that are a half tier better.

Tier gear is available from Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring. There are no tier items in the Mogu’shan Vaults.

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6 Responses to Guardian and feral druid gearing strategy for Mists of Pandaria

  1. Antony, these are always helpful. Thanks. One quick note: The Complete Your Training: The Final Test quest is the end of the monk class-specific quest chain, so I’m 95% certain that’ll be restricted to monks only.

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  3. Antony says:

    I’ve updated my gearing post for Mists as well, anyone interested can find that here: http://eaoexcursions.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/gearing-your-druid-tank-in-mists-of-pandaria/

  4. Eao; a few weeks ago I compiled a gear progression list and put it on a Google Docs link. I’d liek to share it with you and see what you think. Unf. I still have the 4.3 model in mind (crit/mastery preferred). I may be way off, do you mind checking it out?

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aq822JgjYdTZdFpEanlUanVKNENFRkk3bTF4b2h5Wmc&authkey=CLi239kO

    • Antony says:

      Overall it looks pretty good. You have listed the Feral tier legs instead of the Guardian ones in this case. I usually steer away from listing a BiS gear set because the value of ratings changes over the expansion. I don’t see anything wrong with using Crit and Mastery as a gearing strategy at the start of the expansion though, the other bloggers who work hard on the rating values will finalize those before we all hit level 90 anyway, and then it’s easy to tweak your upgrade paths after that :)

      I’m not sure about the trinkets yet. I have a full list of the ones available that I’ll post soon. There a quite a lot of secondary stat trinkets and I’m still clinging to my preference for Agility on trinkets.

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