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Unforgivein
02-16-2011, 07:40 PM
Welcome Tanks!
Not sure If I would like to make this a dedicated guide or what, but maybe just a source of reference for people that are gearing up and or raiding and want to find a base of what to look for.

In this list I show what gear you should be looking for before going in and progressing on raid content in Cataclysm. You will see that all of the gear in this list is either 346 + , In my opinion you should have all 346's + to help your raid group out instead of having those pesky 333's mixed in. I'm not saying that 333`s are bad, But you should only have 1-2 at the most.

Also you should not have any PvP gear on at all while tanking, Its a waist and you will usually be called out on it every time someone looks at you while you are tanking. So to save you the embarrassment don't wear any PvP gear.

Now on to the list.

- Pre-Raid Gear -

Helm
Reinforced Bio-Optic Killshades (ilvl 359 - Engineering - Only
Helm Of Setesh (ilvl 346 - Setesh [Heroic Halls of Origination]
Helm of the Proud (ilvl 346 - 2200 Justice Points
Crown of Wings (ilvl 346 - Wildhammer Clan - Revered - Alliance Only
Grinning Fang Helm (ilvl 346 - Dragonmaw Clan - Revered- Horde Only

Neck
The Lustrous Eye (ilvl 346 - 1250 Justice Points
Elementium Guardian (ilvl 346 - Jewelcrafting
Carrier Wave Pendant (ilvl 346 - Ascendant Lord Obsidius [Heroic Blackrock Caverns]
Darkhowl Amulet (ilvl 346 - Temple Guardian Anhuur [Heroic Halls of Origination]

Shoulders
Heaving Plates of Protection (ilvl 359 - Zone Drop [The Bastion of Twilight] (You will need to buy these from the AH if the price is right!)
Earthshape Pauldrons (ilvl 346 - Drahga Shadowburner [Heroic Grim Batol]
Sunburnt Pauldrons (ilvl 346 - 1650 Justice Points

Cloak
Wrap of the Great Turtle (ilvl 359 - Exalted - Guardians of Hyjal
Twilight Dragonscale Cloak (ilvl 346 - Leatherworking
Billowing Cape (ilvl 346 - Assad [Heroic Vortex Pinnacle]
Shroud of Dark Memories (ilvl 346 - Zone Drop [Heroic Grim Batol]

Chest
Hardened Elementium Haulberk (ilvl 359 - Blacksmithing
Icebone Hauberk (ilvl 359 - World Drop (Lucky on the world drop, or you will have to buy from the AH.)
Chestplate of the Steadfast (ilvl 346 - 2200 Justice Points
Beauty`s Plate (ilvl 346 - Beauty [Heroic Blackrock Caverns]

Wrist
Sandguard Bracers (ilvl 359 - Exalted - Ramkahen
Shackles of Undeath (ilvl 346 - Lord Godfrey [Heroic Shadowfang Keep]

Hands
Numbing Handguards (ilvl 346 - 1650 Justice Points
Fingers of Light (ilvl 346 - Rajh [Heroic Halls of Origination]
Gloves of the Graymane Wall (ilvl 346 - Baron Ashbury [Heroic Shadowfang Keep]

Waist
Hardend Elementium Girdle (ilvl 359 - Blacksmithing
Sand Dune Belt (ilvl 346 - Lockmaw & Augh [Heroic Lost City of the Tol'vir]
Girdle of the Mountains (ilvl 346 - 1650 Justice Points
Iron Will Girdle (ilvl 346 - Lord Walden [Heroic Shadowfang Keep]

Legs
Triton Legplates (ilvl 346 - Ozumat [Heroic Throne of the Tides]
Greaves of Splendor (ilvl 346 2200 Justice Points
Legguards of Winnowing Wind (ilvl 346 - Assad [Heroic Vortex Pinnacle]

Feet
Boots of Sullen Rock (ilvl 359 - Dragonmaw Clan - Exalted - Horde Only
Gryphon Rider's Boots (ilvl 359 - Wildhammer Clan - Exalted- Alliance Only
Darkskye Treads (ilvl 346 - Zone Drop [Heroic Vortex Pinnacle]

Ring
Elementium Moebius Band (ilvl 346 - Jewelcrafting
Red Rock Band (ilvl 346 - Revered - Ramkahen
Ring of Three Lights (ilvl 346 - Siamat [Heroic Lost City of the Tol'vir]
Phosphorescent Ring (ilvl 346 - Corborus [Heroic Stonecore
Felsen's Ring of Resolve (ilvl 346 - Revered - Therazane

Trinket
Figureine-Earthern Guardian (ilvl 346 - Jewelcrafting
Leaden Despair (ilvl 346 - High Priestess Azil [Heroic Stonecore]
Porcelain Crab (ilvl 346 - Erunak Stonespeaker & Mindbender Ghur'sha [Heroic Throne of the Tides]
Impetuous Query (ilvl 346 - Zone Drop [Heroic Lost City of the Tol'vir]

Ranged
Thundercall (ilvl 346 - Zone Drop [Heroic Vortex Pinnacle]
Sky Piercer (ilvl 346 - Baradin's Wardens - Revered[Alliance] or Hellscream's Reach - Revered[Horde]

Weapon
Cookie's Tenderizer (ilvl 346 - "Captain" Cookie [Heroic Deadmines]
Elementium Fang (ilvl 346 - High Priestess Azil [Heroic Stonecore]
Scimitar of the Sirocco (ilvl 359 - Archaeology
Cruel Barb (ilvl 346 - Helix Gearbreaker [Heroic Deadmines]

Shield
Elementium Earthguard (ilvl 359 - Blacksmithing
Shield of the Four Grey Towers (ilvl 346 - 950 Justice Points
Shield of the Iron Maiden (ilvl 346 - Rom'ogg Bonecrusher [Heroic Blackrock Caverns]
Bulwark of the Primordial Mound (ilvl 346 - Earthrager Ptah [Heroic Halls of Origination]

Well Thats the list I compiled together to give other Protection Warrior Tanks , and or tanks in general a form of reference while gearing up for Raids. I may have a Pre-Heroic Raid list coming soon, Just want to see what the feedback from this list is before I post it.

Feedback is welcomed , Would like to know if I'm missing anything , or some info is incorrect.

Pre-Heroic Raiding List:
BiS Tanking Gear Including Relic's and 2-handed Weapons!


Protection Warrior Gemming/Spec/Enchants: Coming Soon!
This may be added to this list or have its own thread, But like my Pre-Heroic raiding list, I would still like to see some feedback on it before posting this.

klor
02-17-2011, 06:47 AM
I recommend the exalted dps belt from hyjal be added under belts. It is actually pretty decent for tanking and would compete well with any of the blues available at that level of gearing if you reforge away the crit.

Dedic
02-17-2011, 09:58 AM
I agree. I use it myself. Too bad it looks ridiculous lol.

Also, none of those links work in tapatalk. Not sure about on a PC, it might just be tapatalk. Tho I have seen links that do work on it.

Pseudocide
02-17-2011, 10:37 AM
You should add Heaving Plates of Protection, BoE ilvl 359 shoulders.
2570 Armor
+253 Strength
+380 Stamina

Blue Socket (http://cc.bingj.com/items/?gem_color__band=8)
Socket Bonus: +10 Mastery Rating (http://cc.bingj.com/e/4123/10-mastery-rating/)

Durability 100 / 100
Requires Level 85
Item Level 359
Equip: Increases your parry rating by 129.
Equip: Increases your mastery rating by 169.


As well as Icebone Hauberk, BoE ilvl 359 chest.
3426 Armor
+239 Strength
+512 Stamina

Yellow Socket (http://cc.bingj.com/items/?gem_color__band=4)
Yellow Socket (http://cc.bingj.com/items/?gem_color__band=4)
Socket Bonus: +20 Parry Rating (http://cc.bingj.com/e/4139/20-parry-rating/)

Durability 165 / 165
Requires Level 85
Item Level 359
Equip: Improves hit rating by 173.
Equip: Increases your parry rating by 281.

I'm at work so I can't link the items, but I went to a cached page and copied the stats.

nserafini
02-17-2011, 11:33 AM
You should add Heaving Plates of Protection, BoE ilvl 359 shoulders.

As well as Icebone Hauberk, BoE ilvl 359 chest.


They are world drops. As it's a pre-raid guide I would think that leaving them off is ok (or add them but notate they are dropped off mobs)

OP's intent, I assume, was to provide a list of easily obtainable gear via BOSSES or REP.

Great guide, btw ! Thanks !

Pseudocide
02-17-2011, 11:57 AM
I realize they are world drops, but the way the economy is on most servers, they are easily attainable by almost anyone. It is of my opinion that if you are going to include crafted BoEs you should include world drops as well, since one can obtain both Pre-Raid. Just my two copper, take it how you want.

Unforgivein
02-17-2011, 03:37 PM
They are world drops. As it's a pre-raid guide I would think that leaving them off is ok (or add them but notate they are dropped off mobs)

OP's intent, I assume, was to provide a list of easily obtainable gear via BOSSES or REP.

Great guide, btw ! Thanks !

Yeah, I was posting things that require no raiding at all, Sure you can buy these from your AH, even though some or even most servers you can get them for a cheap price, But im posting it as if Anyone can get this rep, and or heroic gear. I will add the Boe's and notate as you said that you will have to buy these.


I recommend the exalted dps belt from hyjal be added under belts. It is actually pretty decent for tanking and would compete well with any of the blues available at that level of gearing if you reforge away the crit.

The rep belt, I dont like to see warriors wearing, I would understand if DK`s were wearing them. But I would strongly suggest getting the crafted one.

Unforgivein
02-25-2011, 06:28 PM
Reserved for Future Use.

pureheart
03-22-2011, 02:54 PM
I'd consider Axe of Eclipse from Heroic VP-Altrius for main hand

Baradin's Rep Trinkets are also good. Broken Mirror, Impatience of Youth, and Unsolvable Riddle. All give +321 Mast a piece. The one with +1605 Strength might be a good threat recovery button when needed. (trinket swap in).

edeesis
03-23-2011, 06:00 AM
The one with +1605 Strength might be a good threat recovery button when needed. (trinket swap in).

I'm not sure what you meant, but you can't swap trinkets in combat. And, on a personal note, I would only include the Tol Barad Mirror of Broken Images.

gotpho
03-23-2011, 06:37 AM
You used to be able to, I know I was surprised when I signed back up for Cata.

klor
03-23-2011, 06:41 AM
You have not been able to swap trinkets in combat for as long as Ihave played and I have played since bc was three months from release.

Kazeyonoma
03-23-2011, 12:07 PM
not since i played in prebc in ZG either.

Riz
03-23-2011, 12:29 PM
No, you've never been able to trinket swap in combat from what i remember either...Just b4 tbc(back when "gold farmer" still meant goin to dire maul >.<)...Between pulls, but again, this wouldnt affect threat loss/gain..

I also use the Hyjal excaulted belt..Ratings Buster doesnt ever show decent upgrades when ccompared to any of the heroic 5mans drops when ive come accross them...It was a great upgradefropm the green quest belt, and havent seen qa nicer one (otherthan the crafted one) pre raid...I like it for now until i fill in other mroeneeded upgrades...
Theres also 2 nice bracers from H HoO..one dps, one tank...Ramkehan is just such a pain in the ass,lol(FINALLY exaulted thismorn)

pureheart
03-23-2011, 04:04 PM
I wasn't very clear last night when I wrote it. Hopefully better now. By trinket swap, I meant that you could swap it in before the boss fight for a melee heavy fight, especially one where the boss periodically resets its threat. Hitting the 1605 strength will generate a lot of threat, a sort of "come hit me first" button. Like Marrowgar (first boss ICC for example). But I agree the broken mirrors is the only one that I keep on all the time. But then I usually carry around 3-4 trinkets depending on the fight. e.g. Heroic Leaden Despair, heroic Throngus finger, Heroic Impetious Query. There is a trinket for every occasion.

So to summarize, trinket swap before the fight and mix your trinkets based on what you need. Stamina heavy for magic fights, Dodge/Parry/Mast for Melee fights. Other trinkets based on the fight mechanics like threat reset.

gotpho
03-24-2011, 08:26 AM
I was probably thinking of the lack of shared cooldowns for trinkets. I stand corrected! :)

Crittable
03-24-2011, 07:08 PM
I wasn't very clear last night when I wrote it. Hopefully better now. By trinket swap, I meant that you could swap it in before the boss fight for a melee heavy fight, especially one where the boss periodically resets its threat. Hitting the 1605 strength will generate a lot of threat, a sort of "come hit me first" button.

Do you mean use something other than taunt / heroic throw / charge+shield slam / thunderclap / shockwave / demoralizing shout for warriors, taunt / righteous defense / avenger's shield / judgement and more abilities for pallies, taunt / feral charge / feral faerie fire / demoralizing roar for bears, and taunt / death coil / blood boil / icy touch / death grip and more for deathknights?

I personally never use threat trinkets for any reason while tanking. Unless I completely overgear the place (which hasn't happened in cata yet considering I'm still ilvl 355), I never use anything but tanking gear. I don't see the need for a trinket with a str proc to gain agro back on a reseting boss. Think Glubtok (or whatever his name is in Deadmines). When he resets, my taunt is ready. Someone most likely already has agro from rolling hots, rolling dots, heals that land right when he resets, melee or ranged attacks or spells that land right when he resets, or just some kind of splash dmg. If no one does have agro for my taunt to pull from, I still get it with taunt, but I also have many MANY other tools at my disposal for getting a boss to hate me again.
Now, with that same boss but the tanking version of the TB trinket, you get the same mastery and you get the spell resists. That means less damage taken by the fire line if you get hit by it, the falling ice balls, the falling fire balls, and his spells that he casts, just depending on when you use the thing. Unless a pally is there, using aura mastery on his/her resistance aura, you're not going to get a lot of magic reduction but you have plenty of tools to gain back the agro on the boss again.

edeesis
03-28-2011, 04:34 AM
I wasn't very clear last night when I wrote it. Hopefully better now. By trinket swap, I meant that you could swap it in before the boss fight for a melee heavy fight, especially one where the boss periodically resets its threat. Hitting the 1605 strength will generate a lot of threat, a sort of "come hit me first" button. Like Marrowgar (first boss ICC for example).

Just curious, what bosses reset threat? I can think of... none that do, not to mention these bosses that "reset threat" are more than very extremely likely to not be immune to taunt, especially since, ever since Cata (and most of Wrath) no boss is immune to taunt. In fact, the only mobs that I can think of that are immune to taunt are P2 Maloriak adds.

Gregasaurous
04-01-2011, 08:32 PM
may want to add this to the list of rings:

Entwined Nereis
Heroic
Binds when picked up
Unique-Equipped Finger
+128 Strength
+253 Stamina
Requires Level 85
Item Level 346
Equip: Increases your dodge rating by 167 (0.95% @ L85 (http://javascript<b></b>:;)).
Equip: Increases your hit rating by 86 (0.72% @ L85 (http://javascript<b></b>:;)).



Dropped by Lady Naz'jir, Throne of the Tides (Heroic)