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Mend
03-27-2010, 06:34 PM
Welcome to the begginers tank gear guide! Post Patch 3.3


I will list here the best in slot items that a tank could get without the need for any raiding. This guide is aimed for new tanks post-patch 3.3 when the LFG system was introduced and gear has become easily obtainable

by anyone looking to upgrade to Ulduar-ToC ilvl gear without the need for a raid group.

Q. Why wouldn't a new tank find a begginer proggresion raiding guild and join them to get a chance at the " Raid level gear " ?
A. The reason might be with the tanks time schedule in real life which will cause him/her to miss out on progression raids and gear upgrades. There are many other reasons such as new tanks that only joined after patch 3.3 and most of the guides on the net are for pre-Naxx while most servers never run naxx any more due to the new content and so these new players will be left out on the current tier of raiding.

I will skip the past 3 tiers of gear and will jump straight to tier 9 as it is very easy to acquire.

Since blizzard has introduced the new LFG system in patch 3.3, new level 80 players that dont have the opportunity to raid now have an easy and quick way of aquiring the latest tier set of gear for their class/roll.

I will focus on the tanking gear a player can aquire easily through farming the emblem of triumph (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47241) badges and getting crafted gear.

For the 1st random heroic you will run each day you will gain 2x Emblems of frost and usually 3x Emblems of triumph. After that you will gain 5x Emblems of triumph ( This number scales with the number of boss' in the instance ).

You also have the opportunity to uprade to tier 10 ICC level gear without raiding ! Which will only require some time and patience through the daily LFG system.

2x Emblems of frost every day for 30 days = 60 Emblems of Frost (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=49426)
20x Emblems of frost from the weekly raid quest which is easily puggable due to most people over gearing it.
6x Emblems from the introductory quest line for the frozen hall instances.
= 86 Emblems of Frost for your 1st month of turning level 80
80 Emblems afterwards which means nearly 1 upgrade every month without setting foot into Icecrown Citadel


Lets begin :

(Note: My own character that I have geared up through this system is a Death Knight tank, but I will post the gear for warriors and paladins also. / I opoligise but my experience with druids is very small, I would rather let a more experienced player guide you through /. )

Helm -

Faceplate of the Honorbound (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47677) -- is best in slot for plate tanks // Cost 75x Emblems of triumph
Enchant-- Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44150)

Followed by :
Wrynn's Greathelm of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48429) -- Warriors
Turalyon's Faceguard of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48634) -- Paladins
Thassarian's Faceguard of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48529) -- Death Knights

The above 3 pieces are the tier 9 Conquest set for each class and cost 25x Emblems less than the faceplate.


Shoulders -

Shoulderplates of Enduring Order (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47698) -- best in slot shoulders // Cost 45x Emblems of triumph
Enchant-- Greater Inscription of the Gladiator (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44957) Or Greater Inscription of the Pinnacle (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=44136)

Followed by :
Wrynn's Pauldrons of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48448) -- Warriors
Turalyon's Shoulderguards of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48636) -- Paladins
Thassarian's Pauldrons of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48535) - Death Knights


Chest -

Breastplate of the White Knight (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47591) -- Also best in slot for plate tanks // This piece is crafted and an will require
12x Titansteel Bars // 8x Eternal Lifes // 2x Majestic Zircons // 8x Crusader Orbs
Enchant-- Super Health (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47900)

Followed by :
Wrynn's Breastplate of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48436) -- Warriors
Turalyon's Breastplate of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48632) -- Paladins
Thassarian's Chestguard of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48531) -- Death Knights

The tier pieces of conquest will cost 50x Emblems of triumph for the chest, but the crafted piece is vastly superior.


Legs -

For the legs you need to buy the tier pieces as there is no ilvl 245 legs that you can get for now without raiding.

Wrynn's Legguards of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48445) -- Warriors // Cost 50x Emblems of triumph
Turalyon's Legguards of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48635) -- Paladins // Cost 50x Emblems of triumph
Thassarian's Legguards of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48533) -- Death Knights // Cost 50x Emblems of triumph
Enchant -- Frosthide Leg Armor (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=38373)

If you have the gold you could craft Pillars of Might (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=49904) but they lack defense rating and might take you under the def minimum.


Belt -

For the belt I will also reccomend a crafted piece as it is superior to any of the vendor bought belts.

Indestructible Plate Girdle (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45551) -- All plate tanks // Which will cost you 5x Titansteel Bars and 6x Runed Orbs
Enchant- Eternal belt buckle (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=41611) with a Solid Majestic Zircon (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40119).


Hands -

For the hands you will need your tier 9 Conquest piece as there is nothing better from the triumph vendors.

Wrynn's Handguards of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48449) -- Warriors // Cost 30x Emblems of triumph
Turalyon's Handguards of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48633) -- Paladins // Cost 30x Emblems of triumph
Thassarian's Handguards of Conquest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=48537) -- Death Knights // Cost 30x Emblems of triumph
Enchant -- Formula: Enchant Gloves - Armsman (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=44625) if you need the extra threat Or Heavy Borean Armor Kit (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=38376) if you would like extra stamina. Or for the best effective health go for Glove Reinforcements (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=34207)



Wrists -

For the wrists the crafted ilvl 245 are best in slot so far.

Saronite Swordbreakers (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47570) -- All plate tanks // Will require 8x Titansteel bars,, 20x Saronite bars and 4x Crusader orbs to craft.
Enchant -- Major Stamina (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=62256)


Boots -

There are no triumph emblem boots but we have 2 options for boots :

Black Spire Sabatons (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=50207) -- All plate tanks // Which drop from the final boss of The forge of souls Heroic mode.
Or
Spiked Deathdealers (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45560) -- Which are crafted // Cost 5x Titansteel bars and 6x Runed Orbs.

Enchant -- Tuskarr's Vitality (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47901)


Cloak -

The best and easiest cloak to get is the PvP 264 cloak you can buy with honor in SW/ORG, there are 2 versions of the cloak and the only difference is the 1st provides hit while the 2nd provides AP. Go with hit.

Enchant -- Titanweave (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=44591)


Neck -

Fossilized Ammonite Choker (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=50310) -- Which drops from the tribute chest after the lich king encounter in Halls of Reflection Heroic.
Or
Shard of the Crystal Forest (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45821) -- Bought with 19x Emblems of Conquest


Rings -

Clutch of Fortification (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47731) -- Can be bought with 35x Emblems of Triumph
And
Mark of the Relentless (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47243) -- Which drops from Trial Of the champion Heroic.


Trinkets -

The Black Heart (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47216) -- Which drops from Normal mode Trial of the champion
And
Glyph of Indomitability (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47735) -- Which can be bought with 50x Emblems of Triumph

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Now for main handed weapons and shields :


For Warriors and Paladins
Rimefang's Claw (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=50268) -- Is best in slot as a fast tanking weapon and drops from Pit of Saron Heroic.

Shield
Splintered Door of the Citadel (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=49835) -- Drops from normal mode Halls of Reflection
Enchant -- Stamina (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=28282)



For Death Knights there are 2 options for a 2h weapon :

Tyrannical Beheader (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=50267) - Which is best in slot for non-raiders. Drops from Heroic Pit of saron

Followed by Mourning Malice (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=49839) - Drops from normal Halls of Reflection

Enchant -- Stoneskin Gargoyle (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=62158)

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What all of the above gear combination will net you:

32k + Health Unbuffed
550+ Defense
25+ Dodge
20+ Parry
And Finally 27k + Armor


Best of luck on your gear :)

Lothring
03-30-2010, 11:06 AM
Great list, however I wouldn't recommend using armsman for the gloves. Either, as listed, 18 stamina. Another very viable (and the one I prefer) is the 240 armor enchant.

Mend
03-30-2010, 11:53 AM
Great list, however I wouldn't recommend using armsman for the gloves. Either, as listed, 18 stamina. Another very viable (and the one I prefer) is the 240 armor enchant.

Added :)

Passive
04-01-2010, 09:50 AM
Another viable option for gloves is 20 agility, an all round enchant.

Excellent guide anyway. I would just like to suggest that if you get hold of legs that arent t9 (hit and BV isnt great), then I'd be tempted to take the 232 tier shoulders over the 245 emblem ones to mainstain the 2 set bonus. I understand this is for non-raiders but some people reading may have access to the occasional ToC25 pug, or may be rich enough to buy Pillars of Might.

Good work!

Mend
04-01-2010, 12:19 PM
Passive

20 Agility is pretty good for a bit of extra avoidance but only provides 40 Armor vs. the glove reinforcement which nets you 240 armor. The small amount of avoidance you gain from 20 agility doesn't seem worth it to get it instead of an armor boost.

I agree that those stats aren't the best, but if you get lucky and win a trophy, go ahead and upgrade.

Azeld
04-02-2010, 04:23 PM
This is a great list but I dont see anything about ranged slots/relics.Is the triumph badge stuff the best bet?

GŁth
04-02-2010, 07:25 PM
This is a great list but I dont see anything about ranged slots/relics.Is the triumph badge stuff the best bet?

For raw EH the best (non-raid) would still be the Armor Plated Combat Shotgun with a +30 stam gem. The triumph throwing weapon is ~140 hp less after factoring in talents but has higher +Hit and avoidance.

Portorhouse
04-03-2010, 12:26 PM
The 264 ilvl gun from ICC 25, Rowan's Rifle of Silver Bullets is BoE and you only lose one stam from a properly gemmed combat shotgun. If you have the cash, not a bad way to go.

Mend
04-04-2010, 11:08 AM
Sorry about lacking the ranged slot for warriors.

Here (http://www.wowhead.com/?compare=50444;47660;41168) is a comparison between the ranged weapons you can get without raiding.

Rowans rifle is BiS if you can afford it, but not a huge upgrade from the Triumph thrown weapon.
I would say go for the blades, they will cost you 25 Emblems and seem better than the shotgun with the strength and extra dodge.

As for librams and sigils, Libram of Defiance
(http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47664) for paladins provides a great dodge boost when used with your main threat abilitie.
And Sigil of Insolence (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47672) would be best for Death Knight's.

Lothring
04-05-2010, 01:11 PM
Assuming you just made a typo, but the blades actually cost 25 emblems and not 45 (even easier to acquire).

Zaitochi
04-06-2010, 07:41 AM
Thanks for this awesome list, I've been working on my paladin alt for heroic tanking and I just couldn't get the gear going, I have 3 pc t9 (Helm, shoulder, legs) but I'm still not def capped on him haha.

Mend
04-06-2010, 01:22 PM
Thanks for this awesome list, I've been working on my paladin alt for heroic tanking and I just couldn't get the gear going, I have 3 pc t9 (Helm, shoulder, legs) but I'm still not def capped on him haha.

That's why Defense/Stamina (http://www.wowhead.com/item=40167) gems will be your best friend in yellow sockets. And with the Stamina/Recilience (http://www.wowhead.com/item=44957) enchant to your shoulder, you will only need a minimum of 536 defense skill for raid boss'.

Good luck =)

Passive
04-06-2010, 09:59 PM
Actually, you should go for 537. I can't remember (or really feel like looking it up) the exact numbers, but you can be under the defense rating you need with the resi shoulder enchant and the game will still round up to 536 def skill. At 537 you're definitely crit immune against raid bosses.

Mend
04-07-2010, 08:38 AM
Passive

I'm not sure if its true, since all you need to be crit immune is a 5.6% chance to fully remove it.

But since this guide is for non raiders, there isn't a big need to be crit immune against a raid boss if you will never encounter one.

Zaitochi
04-08-2010, 10:45 AM
I was under the impression that resilience didn't help for PVE dunno why, but my pally is now def capped for raids, although I really only use him for heroics as the transition from Warrior to Pally tanking is awkward. Eg I tanked half of FoS w/o RF on, still managed to hold aggro on half the mobs per pull ><

Aggathon
04-08-2010, 03:08 PM
I finally got around to reading this thread....


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AWESOME!!!! I really like it, the only thing I would say is "use armsman only if you need threat in heroics 5 mans" or something like that, I think it should be included, especially for beginners, but def agree that stam or armor is better, but this also seems more of a gear guide than an enchanting guide.

This + a frost emblem pick guide is invaluable for any starting warrior and I'll be adding the link in my guide later.

Big props!!!

Mend
04-08-2010, 03:18 PM
Zaitochi

Resilience still contributes to removing the chance of a critical hit landing on you, tanks don't use it because it doesn't add to their avoidance stats.

About forgetting righteous fury, been there done that. I'm just glad death knight don't need to turn on frost presence after dying.


Aggathon

Thanks for the great post.

I will tweak a few things in the guide and add some details, but with the gear this guide will net a begginer, they will be considered greatly overgeared for heroics and shouldn't have any problem with threat.

Mend
06-23-2010, 07:46 AM
I have made some changes to the guide, I never ment for it to be a guide for a non-raider as much as I ment for it to be for new tanks that have just hit level 80 and want to start proggresing through raids without needing to do the previous tiers.

Floyd
06-23-2010, 03:19 PM
Great guide, thanks a lot!

runner153
06-30-2010, 11:59 AM
Mend thanks for the guide. I have been a ret/prot pally for a while and have not done anything with my tanking set until recently.
What gems would you recomend after getting def capped?

Mend
06-30-2010, 03:48 PM
Mend thanks for the guide. I have been a ret/prot pally for a while and have not done anything with my tanking set until recently.
What gems would you recomend after getting def capped?

Your best bet would be pure stamina gems, and one Expertise/stamina in a red socket to activate your meta if you haven't reached the softcap otherwise gem for an Agil/Stamina to activate the meta since agil does provide armor which adds to your overall EHP but it won't really make or break anything in your gearsetup.

Jekerdud
07-15-2010, 12:39 PM
Awesome guide. Quick question though. You give a couple second and third choices on a few pieces, for the weapon, I am having a hell of a time getting Rimefang's Claw to drop (Pally), but Falric's Wrist Chopper dropped. Would that be fine to use as a back up for now? Or is it crap for pallies & I should stick to the mace I have (old sun).

Insahnity
07-15-2010, 02:43 PM
Quick Generic Note for Bears, who didn't get much love.

In general, but not always, Tier Gear is better than offsets. There are a few exceptions, like Duskstalker Shoulders over Feral T9 Shoulders.

For weapons, Marrowstrike from H ToC is a good option, replace it with Orca Hunter's Harpoon from Heroic HoR.

You can craft a lot of gear. Bracers of Swift Death, Footpads of Impeding silence (or the crafted Ulduar versions), Ulduar crafted belt, Knightbane Carapace is better than Tier IMO, etc.

For Idols, pick Idol of the Corruptor over Idol of Mutilation until you can afford your Idol of the Crying Moon (Frost badge).

Mend
07-15-2010, 04:11 PM
Quick Generic Note for Bears, who didn't get much love.

In general, but not always, Tier Gear is better than offsets. There are a few exceptions, like Duskstalker Shoulders over Feral T9 Shoulders.

For weapons, Marrowstrike from H ToC is a good option, replace it with Orca Hunter's Harpoon from Heroic HoR.

You can craft a lot of gear. Bracers of Swift Death, Footpads of Impeding silence (or the crafted Ulduar versions), Ulduar crafted belt, Knightbane Carapace is better than Tier IMO, etc.

For Idols, pick Idol of the Corruptor over Idol of Mutilation until you can afford your Idol of the Crying Moon (Frost badge).

Seems easy enough, I'll work on a druid version soon

Mend
07-15-2010, 04:12 PM
Awesome guide. Quick question though. You give a couple second and third choices on a few pieces, for the weapon, I am having a hell of a time getting Rimefang's Claw to drop (Pally), but Falric's Wrist Chopper dropped. Would that be fine to use as a back up for now? Or is it crap for pallies & I should stick to the mace I have (old sun).

Well you can judge for yourself, they both have the same amount of stamina and avoidance and they are both better than old sun. Use Falrics now since it is identical to rimefangs, until you get an ICC drop.

Hrygar
09-23-2010, 08:45 AM
Before I start a new thread is there anything around for what to do after this? I kinda feel like I'm at a Tank glass ceiling. I can tank all the 5man Heroics but can't get any groups for ICC. Where do I go from here?

http://www.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Crushridge&cn=Hrygar

Mend
09-25-2010, 03:14 AM
Before I start a new thread is there anything around for what to do after this? I kinda feel like I'm at a Tank glass ceiling. I can tank all the 5man Heroics but can't get any groups for ICC. Where do I go from here?

http://www.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Crushridge&cn=Hrygar

Just follow the guide and I can guarantee you will be ICC ready.

theodisius
09-28-2010, 04:40 PM
I just got my warrior alt to level 80. One thing to consider is using a few more pieces of PVP gear. You mentioned the cloak, but the wrathful bracers for honor are pretty solid pieces too and the neck is decent considering the lack of alternatives. The Wintergrasp shoulders are an acceptable stand-in until you get the emblem ones. Even the rings (wrathful or WG) fill a gap. The gear is good for effective health, threat and really trivialises being crit immune. What it lacks is avoidance, but you should be ok for heroics and in ICC avoidance is not that crucial. I've used crafted and PVP gear to get ICC ready with almost no emblem gear (only got the gloves and ring so far).

PVP gear is particularly accessible if you have a main who has a lot of stone keeper shards or Wintergrasp marks. Turn them into Wintergrasp commendations and send them to your new level 80 alt tank to buy wrathful pieces for honor.

Oh, and with brewfest on, new tanks should get the stamina trinkets. Tanks who miss out could consider buying the tankard as a weapon - threat is a major issue for new tanks nowadays and the tankard will last you until you get a ICC 5 man drop. Should be pretty cheap on the AH for a while.

derangedhermit
09-29-2010, 09:06 AM
Hey, thanks for the guide. Just came back to WoW and this is just what i was looking for, straight to the point.

Also what theodisius said, the 3 trinkets (i guess the souvenir is not bad if you don't have anything else) AND the 2 extra frost badges from Coren are really helpfull for anyone starting to get geared up.