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Glorycia
01-30-2009, 06:20 AM
Greetings TankSpot,

This is my 1st post hopefully it will be a good one. I did this 1st for my guild then decided to share with the community. Here is the best gear available at the moment for druids tanks. (This is my opinion, suggestions are always welcomed).


HEAD: Hood of the Exodus - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40329) (Naxx)
Gothik The Harvester

NECK: Boundless Ambition - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40387) (Naxx)
Kel'Thuzad

SHOULDERS: Valorous Dreamwalker Shoulderpads - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40494) (Naxx)
Loatheb
Gluth (Random T7.5)
Archavon The Stone Watcher (Random T7.5) (Vault)

CLOAK: Cloak of the Shadowed Sun - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40252) (Naxx)
Gothik The Harvester
Heigan The Unclean
Grobbulus
Maexxna

CHEST: Valorous Dreamwalker Raiments - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40471) (Naxx)
The Four Horsemen
Gluth (Random T7.5)
Archavon The Stone Watcher (Random T7.5) (Vault)

BRACERS: Thrusting Bands - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40186) (Naxx)
Noth The Plaguebringer
Gluth

GLOVES: Valorous Dreamwalker Handgrips - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40472) (Obsidian Sanc.)
Sartharion
Archavon The Stone Watcher (Random T7.5) (Vault)

BELT: Sharp-Barbed Leather Belt - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37194) (Utgarde Keep)
Ingvar The Plunderer

LEGS: Valorous Dreamwalker Legguards - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40493) (Naxx)
Thaddius
Gluth (Random T7.5)
Archavon The Stone Watcher (Random T7.5) (Vault)

BOOTS: Footwraps of Vile Deceit - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40243) (Naxx)
Loatheb

RING (1): Gatekeeper - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40370) (Naxx)
Sapphiron

RING (2): Keystone Great-Ring - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37784) (Drak'Tharon Keep)
The Prophet Tharon'ja

TRINKET (1): Valor Medal of the First War - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40683) (Dalaran)
40 Emblem of Heroism - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40752)

TRINKET (2):Darkmoon Card: Greatness - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44253) (Darmoon Fair)
Nobles Deck - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44326)

WEAPON: Origin of Nightmares - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40280) (Naxx)
Grobulus
Gluth

OFF HAND: ---------

IDOL: Idol of Terror - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=33509) (Shattrath)
20 Badge of Justice - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=29434)

ENCHANTS

HEAD: Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44150)
SHOULDERS: Greater Inscription of the Pinnacle - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44136)
SHOULDERS: Greater Inscription of the Gladiator - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44957)
CLOAK: Enchant Cloak - Major Agility - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=60663)
CHEST: Enchant Chest - Powerful Stats - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=60692)
BRACERS: Enchant Bracers - Major Stamina - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=62256)
GLOVES: Enchant Gloves - Major Agility - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=44529)
BELT: Eternal Belt Buckle - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41611)
LEGS: Frosthide Leg Armor - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=38373)
BOOTS: Enchant Boots - Greater Fortitude - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=44528)
WEAPON: Enchant Weapon - Mongoose - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=27984)

GEMS

-Meta
Austere Earthsiege Diamond - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41380)

-Blue
Solid Sky Sapphire - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40008)

-Green
Vivid Forest Emerald - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40088)
Forceful Forest Emerald - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40091)
Jagged Forest Emerald - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40086)

-Purple
Regal Twilight Opal - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40031)
Puissant Twilight Opal - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40033)

Items exclusive to certain professions

-Jewelcrafter
Monarch Crab - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=59759)
Ruby Hare - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=56199)
Delicate Dragon's Eye - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=56052)
Precise Dragon's Eye - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=56081)
Rigid Dragon's Eye - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=56084)
Solid Dragon's Eye - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=56086)
Subtle Dragon's Eye - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=56055)

-Leatherworker
Fur Lining - Stamina - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=57690)

-Enchanter
Enchant Ring - Stamina - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=59636)

-Inscription
Master's Inscription of the Pinnacle - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=61119)

Please comment and let me know if you disagree with some of the choices i have made and why.

Please check out my thread about Druid tank specs patch 3.1 recommendation. (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/f175/47975-best-druid-tank-spec-3-1-a.html#post202725)

loquatious
01-30-2009, 07:14 AM
to make the links work simply look up the item on wowhead and paste the URL

Valorous Dreamwalker Handgrips - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40472)

Stearns
01-30-2009, 07:40 AM
Yep nice gear list thank you! That's pretty much what I run with. However, dont forget that depending on the encounter, you may want to swap in dps gear. Eg I use journeys end for all except the very hard hitting bosses. And I'll use gossamer/defenders combos too. Depending on your healers + the rest of the raid, you may be able to get away with MTing using even more dps orientated gear.

bigbully
01-30-2009, 02:23 PM
The only things I would argue with here are Boundless Ambition over Heritage, and I think Thrusting Bands are a little better than Sinner's, but it's about a wash.

Darksend
01-30-2009, 03:00 PM
wrong on several points

1) boundless ambition better than heritage, believe it or not, the tanking neck from the 25 man saph drop (you know the one with block and parry) that neck is also better than heritage.

2) thrusting bands are FAR FAR FAR and away the best tanking bracers in the game.

3) 25 man set gloves are actually really bad for tanking. there are 3 separate gloves that are better
-dislocating from farelina
-frost adriot from maly 25
-the BOE gloves from saph i cant remember the name right now but they have a blue socket

4) if you are a JCer, the monarch crab is much better than the badge trinket, if you are not a JCer then essence of gossomer is better than teh badge trinket, either way the badge trinket is aweful becaue of DR.
-i totally forgot about the alchemy trinket the stam dodge one, it too is better, as well as the 81 stam engi trinket.

5) shoulder enchant, 18 stam hands down.

edited 4

bigbully
01-31-2009, 09:56 AM
wrong on several points

1) boundless ambition better than heritage, believe it or not, the tanking neck from the 25 man saph drop (you know the one with block and parry) that neck is also better than heritage.

2) thrusting bands are FAR FAR FAR and away the best tanking bracers in the game.

3) 25 man set gloves are actually really bad for tanking. there are 3 separate gloves that are better
-dislocating from farelina
-frost adriot from maly 25
-the BOE gloves from saph i cant remember the name right now but they have a blue socket

4) if you are a JCer, the monarch crab is much better than the badge trinket, if you are not a JCer then essence of gossomer is better than teh badge trinket, either way the badge trinket is aweful becaue of DR.
-i totally forgot about the alchemy trinket the stam dodge one, it too is better, as well as the 81 stam engi trinket.

5) shoulder enchant, 18 stam hands down.

edited 4

I think he was keeping the t7 gloves in there for the 4 piece bonus, since he was using the Gothik helm. Also there is a 30 stam shoulder enchant now, recently added for 10k honor. The Valor Medal of the First War is far from awful btw... If you aren't tanking Sarth in 3 drake, then there's really no reason to have a huge focus on stamina, and DM:G and Valor Medal are the best two non stam trinkets.

Glorycia
02-01-2009, 03:32 PM
Why have the 18 STA enchant when i have 34,727 HP unbuffed i think its enough for the current content that is the reason i have decided to go with the 20 dodge rating from sons of Hodir. As for the gloves yes i kept de T7.5 for the 4 piece bonus. I don't think beeing a druid tank is ALL about Stamina you need dodge, hit rating and some crit i have 40% dodge rating, 37% crit some expertise and hit rating you wouldnt believe the amount of TPS i am able to do. I think its all about balance.

Gescom
02-01-2009, 07:02 PM
Personally I prefer the Platinum Mesh Cloak over the Cloak of Shadowed Sun -- trade about 300 armor for +hit & some avoidance. Definitely down to personal preference.

Oh, and Archavon doesn't drop shoulders.

bigbully
02-01-2009, 11:32 PM
Why have the 18 STA enchant when i have 34,727 HP unbuffed i think its enough for the current content that is the reason i have decided to go with the 20 dodge rating from sons of Hodir. As for the gloves yes i kept de T7.5 for the 4 piece bonus. I don't think beeing a druid tank is ALL about Stamina you need dodge, hit rating and some crit i have 40% dodge rating, 37% crit some expertise and hit rating you wouldnt believe the amount of TPS i am able to do. I think its all about balance.


I really look at my gear 2 ways. 1) Gear for Sarth 3D. 2) Gear for everything else.

mcarlton
02-02-2009, 01:09 PM
Well in regards to stam shoulder enchants.. if you are doing stam for Sarth 3D i would go for 30 Stam Greater Inscription of the Gladiator - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44957) over 18 and i did.

I also think that if you are OT not MT using alot of DPS gear is more advantagious in many cases. With the change to leather mulitipliers cat gear got a huge Buff when in Bear form. For trash i usually use cat gear and when OTing on bosses. MT i go full bear gear.

Trinkets depend on the fight too. I use greatness and Gossamer most of the time tho.

Genova
02-02-2009, 04:10 PM
I just dropped skinning to pick up JC for the crab, its ridiculous how much stam you can put onto this one slot, saving gems for pure agility. I have the badge trinket and I hate it... might as well not even be there. Emmerald's list has Commedation of Kael'thas listed higher than that.

Glorycia
02-12-2009, 06:03 AM
Updated 12/02/09

If the community has other suggestions i would love to hear them.

Scrilz
02-19-2009, 06:38 AM
http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41460 Perfect Shifting Shadow Crystal should be on your list of purple gems.

Raiss
02-20-2009, 09:57 AM
There is a pvp shoulder enchant that gives +35 stamina + 15 resil, 10k honor points only. I think its the best one for a feral druid.

The Darkmoon trinket is great, but really expensive and it isn't much better than the essense of osgormar (something like this) that drops from tha second boss on heroic AN. It gives +111 stam + a usefull proc.

Darksend
02-20-2009, 10:43 AM
There is a pvp shoulder enchant that gives +35 stamina + 15 resil, 10k honor points only. I think its the best one for a feral druid.

The Darkmoon trinket is great, but really expensive and it isn't much better than the essense of osgormar (something like this) that drops from tha second boss on heroic AN. It gives +111 stam + a usefull proc.

how can you call that proc usefull, it would honestly be better with 2 more stam and no proc at all.

there is a total of 1 use for that proc, running friends alts through low level instances and getting hit by 100 mobs in 10 seconds, its the only time ive ever seen the full shield absorbed

greatness is by far the best tanking trinket in the game followed closely by the jewelcrafting monarch crab and the alchemy tanking trinket, essence is 4th behind them but because of the stam not the proc

Scrilz
02-21-2009, 07:57 PM
There is a pvp shoulder enchant that gives +35 stamina + 15 resil, 10k honor points only. I think its the best one for a feral druid.

The Darkmoon trinket is great, but really expensive and it isn't much better than the essense of osgormar (something like this) that drops from tha second boss on heroic AN. It gives +111 stam + a usefull proc.

The pvp enchant is only 30 stamina not 35.

owlcapwn
02-24-2009, 06:14 AM
4) if you are a JCer, the monarch crab is much better than the badge trinket, if you are not a JCer then essence of gossomer is better than teh badge trinket, either way the badge trinket is aweful becaue of DR.
-i totally forgot about the alchemy trinket the stam dodge one, it too is better, as well as the 81 stam engi trinket.


i use the ruby hare for the red sockets, the use isnt worth anything but raid buffed im at 48% dodge so not having the button doesnt really bother me

Glorycia
03-24-2009, 11:05 AM
With patch 3.1 approaching I intend to update this list i know we curently do not have alot of information on gear for druid tanks. Feel free to help by posting your choices and why. This thread is 1st to help players pick the best gear available and 2nd to help them learn about there class.

Thanks to all the community.

winnetou
03-29-2009, 12:48 PM
-Blue
Austere Earthsiege Diamond - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41380)


I suppose everybody knows which gem you meant to link here, but if you want to edit, here's the link for your convenience: Solid Sky Sapphire - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40008).
Thanks for compiling this list.

Glorycia
04-01-2009, 08:04 AM
Updated 01/04/09