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Biff
12-15-2009, 08:23 AM
My def is at 500 at the moment, as I just ding'd 80. And I'm trying my best to get it capped.

My question to you is should I just DPS right now, and work my way up to 540?
I'm just sick of all the nerdrage when I tell someone my defence rating when I join a group with the new group finder.

Link to my armory;
Biff (http://www.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Blackwater+Raiders&n=Biff)

Bashal
12-15-2009, 08:29 AM
It's pretty easy to get to 535 defense for heroics.

There's the crafted blue tanking pieces, the blues from Wyrmrest Accord rep vendor, and some BoE blues as well that you can usually find in the auction house -- assuming you don't have the gold or mats to get the really good crafted stuff.

You can go the dps route and just use the emblems you get to buy badge tanking gear, but why not just get to 535 def and get in there and tank? ;)

edit: dont forget there's tanking enchants too -- +defense to chest, shield and cloak -- which you usually need at first to get to 535.

Frehas
12-15-2009, 08:36 AM
Here is what I used to be defence capped when I dinged 80. You can go back and do certain quests if you haven't done them or look at the alternatives.



FROM: The Protection Paladin Field Manual (WoW-3.0/WotLK) - Page 58 - Elitist Jerks (http://elitistjerks.com/f76/t37172-protection_paladin_field_manual_wow_3_0_wotlk/p58/#post1337037)

SECTION: Quick and Dirty Level 80 Gear Set

This is a list aimed at tanks starting leveling in Northrend who need to put together a set of tanking gear quickly, but can also be useful for people looking for pieces in a slot or two. All the items listed here are blue quality, and can be obtained through quests, reputation, or crafting. Drops are not included because the intent is to give a list of gear that can be obtained quickly.


Starting at 71-74, do all Wyrmrest quests at the Wyrmrest temple. Once you've completed these, purchase a Wyrmrest Accord tabard and put it on. (Don't let the first level 80 instance catch you by surprise.) Continue wearing the tabard, and do the daily quest at Wyrmrest temple every day as you level until you reach at least Revered with the Wyrmrest Accord.
At level 74, get yourself a [Tempered Saronite Belt] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40669) off the Auction House or have someone make you one. Buy and attach an [Eternal Belt Buckle] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41611) to it, and socket it with a [Thick Sun Crystal] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39916) for a total of 69 defense rating. Optionally, purchase other pieces in the Tempered Saronite "set" to use as leveling gear or as fallback pieces in case you can't get one of the recommended items before you start raiding or doing heroics.
Head to Zul'Drak as soon as you can. (level 74 or so) and find a partner to do the "Wanted: Ragemane's Flipper" quest at given the first Argent Crusade camp. Get [Crescent of Brooding Fury] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44735) for completing the quest.
Still in Zul'Drak, follow quests to Argent Stand (the major Argent Crusade base in the zone). Do quests there to improve your Argent Crusade rep, including the dailies. Continue to do these daily quests every day as you level until you reach Revered with the Argent Crusade. (There are more quests that give Argent Crusade rep than Wyrmrest rep, so don't take off the Wyrmrest tabard until you're finished with Wyrmrest rep.)
Move back to the west edge of Zul'Drak and do the quests from the Argent Crusade Forward Camp for more AC rep. Also do Stefan's quests from Ebon Watch to acquire (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39655). Socket it with a [Thick Sun Crystal] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39916) for a total of 29 defense rating.
When you reach an appopriate level (76-ish) start keeping your eyes open for a Gundrak group to complete the "For Posterity" quest and get [Solid Platinum Band] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=43179).
When you go to train at level 77, get a [Saronite Bulwark] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41113) off the Auction House.
When you go to train at level 78, get some [Daunting Handguards] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41357) off the Auction House. Once back in Northrend, go to Wyrmrest Temple and purchase [Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44188), and then go to the Argent Crusade camp in the southeast corner of Icecrown and purchase [Special Issue Legplates] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44240). Apply a [Jormungar Leg Armor] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=38371) to the legplates and socket them with a [Stalwart Huge Citrine] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39964) for a total of 87 defense rating..
Also buy an Argent Crusade tabard and have it handy to switch when you do this.
Starting at level 78, keep your eyes peeled for groups for Halls of Stone to do the Brann Bronzebeard event and get [Pauldrons of Reconnaissance] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44373), and for an Oculus group to do the quests inside for [Bracers of Reverence] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44341).
Optionally, also keep your eyes peeled for Utguard Pinnacle groups; the instance will give you Rep with whatever faction's tabard you're wearing, and the plate chest reward from the quest in the instance is a useful intermediate and backup piece if you have trouble completing Wyrmrest rep.
Starting from the Argent Crusade camp where you purchased the legplates and tabard, complete the quest chain given by Tirion Fordring through the building of the new tower, and obtain [The Crusader's Resolution] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44040).
Follow the breadcrumb quests to your faction's airship and do quests for Thassarian (Alliance) or Koltira Deathweaver (Horde) to establish the new Ebon Blade base at the Shadow Vault. If/when you reach Honored, purchase [Toxin-Tempered Sabatons] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44243).
When you reach Revered with the Argent Crusade, purchase [Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44150) and apply it to your helm.
When you reach level 80 and Revered with the Wyrmrest Accord, purchase [Breastplate of the Solemn Council] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44198).
As soon as possible, go to K3 in Storm Peaks and follow the chain starting with the quest "They Took Our Men!" until you get access to the Hodir quartermaster. Then begin working on dailies and other quests until you reach at least [B]Honored with the Sons of Hodir and purchase [Lesser Inscription of the Pinnacle] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44132) and apply it to your tanking shoulders. This does not need to be done to become uncrittable with the recommended set if you follow the instructions, but you should start on it as soon as you can find the time in order to work your way up to Exalted for the epic inscription.
If you have not already, obtain the following enchants:

A +12 defense rating enchant to cloak.
A +22 defense rating enchant to chest.
A +40 stamina enchant to bracers.
A +20 hit rating enchant to gloves
A +22 stamina enchant to boots.
A [Titanium Weapon Chain] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41976) to weapon.
A +20 defense rating enchant to shield.

In total, you should have an additional 54 defense rating from enchants.


Alternatives:

[Blade of the Empty Void] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44745) from a quest chain at Ebon Hold involving the nearbly Vykrul village. (Lose 7 defense rating.)
[Reinforced Titanium Neckguard] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44035) from quests against the Scarlet Onslaught. Requires a group to finish the chain. (Gain 9 defense rating.)
[Tempered Saronite Shoulders] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40675), crafted. You may actually prefer these outright. (Lose 14 defense rating.)
[Daunting Legplates] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41345), craftable. (Gain 13 defense rating accounting for the lost gem.)
[Tempered Saronite Bracers] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41116), crafted. (Gain 14 defense rating.)
[Tempered Saronite Helm] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40673), crafted. (Gain 23 defense rating.)
[Silver-Plated Battlechest] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44407): From the "Junk in My Trunk" quest in Utguard Pinnacle. (Lose 2 defense rating.) Also [Tempered Saronite Breastplate] (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40672), crafted. (Lose 20 defense rating)


If you've obtained all the recommended except the Sons of Hodir inscription, you'll have 705 defense rating, which is 16 more than required to be uncrittable. Depending on exactly what items you end up with you may have to alter your gems a bit, but it should be possible to make a viable tanking set from just about any combination of recommended and alternate items.





Hope this helps.
(I did not make or claim any ownership of this guide)

Biff
12-15-2009, 08:49 AM
Thanks to you both! I'll be looking over the guide as I farm for what I need ;)