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    Polar's Easy Pre-Naxx Tank Gear List

    Just hit level 80 and want to quickly gear up for tanking duties in Naxxramas or heroics? Don't want to run 5-man instances over and over hoping for just 1 item to drop?

    About this Guide
    This is a list of some of the better L80 pre-Naxxramas plate tank gear that you can get by simple questing, the Auction House (AH), BOE crafting or reputation rewards up to 'revered'. The guide applies to Warrior, Paladin and Death Knight tanks.

    What this guide is not
    This is not the "ultimate" pre-raid tanking guide - it excludes gear that drops from bosses in the 5 man runs since such drops are random and often require many runs of the same instance to obtain such gear. It also excludes epic crafted gear and gear that requires exalted faction rep.

    Target Stats
    The primary aim of the items listed is to increase stamina, defense, dodge/parry and armor. 540 defense is the target value to minimize crit chance against you. Once you hit 540 you should be aiming for a good balance between armor, stamina and avoidance (dodge+parry). DK's are going to have to work a bit harder to hit 540 defense because you don't have a shield. The head, chest, legs and shield contribute most to the tanking stats so aim to get these sorted above all else. Unbuffed 21k armor, 21k health and 32% dodge+parry is a good target for entry-level Naxxramas.

    Gem Selection
    Recommended green quality jewels are Perfect Regal Shadow Crystal (red slots), Perfect Enduring Dark Jade (yellow slots) and Perfect Solid Chalcedony (blue slots). Remember that you do not have to match the jewel color to the slot color and you only give up the socket bonus if you take this approach. Suggested gems are shown as a guide only for each socketable item. Better quality gems are recommended if you can afford them.

    Other Comments
    The Wyrmrest Accord reputation rewards provide many quality tanking items. You are encouraged to concentrate on getting to 'revered' as quickly as possible. The next reputation to aim for is Argent Crusade (revered) so that you can pick up the best head enchant.

    *Highly recommended items - generally better than 5-man non-heroic instance boss drops

    v3.11 - Sep 23, 2009.
    Posted at -
    http://www.tankspot.com/forums/f200/...gear-list.html
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    Head
    The Crusader's Resolution
    The Crusader's Resolution - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L79 Quest - Icecrown: The Crusaders' Pinnacle

    Recommended Enchant: Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector (Argent Crusade - Revered)

    Profession Notes:
    1. Engineers should craft Armored Titanium Goggles
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    Neck
    Burning Skull Pendant*
    Burning Skull Pendant - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: AH - Requires L80
    or
    Reinforced Titanium Neckguard
    Reinforced Titanium Neckguard - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L80 Quest - Icecrown: The Admiral Revealed
    or
    Betrayer's Choker
    Betrayer's Choker - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L74 Quest - Zul'drak: Betrayal
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    Shoulder
    Crusader's Square Pauldrons*
    Crusader's Square Pauldrons - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: AH - Requires L78
    or
    Pauldrons of Reconnaissance
    Pauldrons of Reconnaissance - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L76 Quest - Halls of Stone: Halls of Stone

    Recommended Enchant: Lesser Inscription of the Pinnacle (Sons of Hodir - Honored)
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    Cloak
    Tattered Castle Drape*
    Tattered Castle Drape - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: AH - Requires L80
    or
    Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions
    Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Wyrmrest Accord quartermaster (Honored) - Requires L78

    Recommended Enchant: +16 defense (titanweave)
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    Chest
    Breastplate of the Solemn Council*
    Breastplate of the Solemn Council - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Wyrmrest Accord quartermaster (Revered) - Requires L80
    or
    Silver-Plated Battlechest
    Silver-Plated Battlechest - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L79 Quest - Utgarde Pinnacle: Junk in My Trunk

    Recommended Enchant: +22 defense (greater defense) or +10 all stats (powerful stats) or +275 HP (super health)
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    Wrists
    Bracers of Reverence
    Bracers of Reverence - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L80 Quest - The Oculus: A Wing and a Prayer
    or
    Tempered Saronite Bracers
    Tempered Saronite Bracers - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Crafted/AH - Requires L77

    Recommended Enchant: +15 expertise (expertise) or +6 all stats
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    Gloves
    Gauntlets of Vigilance
    Gauntlets of Vigilance - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L79 Quest - Storm Peaks: The Reckoning
    or
    Refined Ore Gloves
    Refined Ore Gloves - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: AH - Requires L80
    or
    Daunting Handguards
    Daunting Handguards - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Crafted/AH - Requires L78

    Recommended Enchant: +2% threat and +10 parry (armsman)
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    Waist
    Waistguard of the Risen Knight
    Waistguard of the Risen Knight - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: AH - Requires L80
    or
    Tempered Saronite Belt
    Tempered Saronite Belt - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Crafted/AH - Requires L74

    Recommended Augment: Eternal Belt Buckle for an extra socket
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    Legs
    Daunting Legplates
    Daunting Legplates - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Crafted/AH - Requires L78
    or
    Special Issue Legplates
    Special Issue Legplates - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Argent Crusade quartermaster (Honored) - Requires L78

    Recommended Enchant: Frosthide Leg Armor (+55 stamina, +22 agility) - Epic but inexpensive
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    Feet
    Sabatons of Draconic Vigor
    Sabatons of Draconic Vigor - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Wyrmrest Accord quartermaster (Revered) - Requires L80
    or
    Toxin-Tempered Sabatons
    Toxin-Tempered Sabatons - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Knights of the Ebon Blade quartermaster (Honored) - Requires L78

    Recommended Enchant: +15 stamina/speed (Tuskarr's Vit) or +22 stamina (Greater Fort) or Heavy Borean Armor Kit (+18 stamina)
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    Rings
    Ring of Earthen Might
    Ring of Earthen Might - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Crafted/AH - Requires L78

    Staunch Signet
    Staunch Signet - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L78 Quest - The Oculus: The Struggle Persists

    Kurzel's Warband
    Kurzel's Warband - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L73 Quest - Drak'tharon Keep: Search and Rescue

    Solid Platinum Band
    Solid Platinum Band - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L76 Quest - Gundrak: For Posterity
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    Trinkets
    (coming soon - hang on to your BC trinkets in the meantime)

    Profession Notes:
    1. Jewelcrafters should craft Figurine - Monarch Crab
    2. Alchemists should craft Indestructible Alchemist's Stone
    3. Engineers should craft/buy Sonic Booster
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    Weapon
    Teldrassil Protector / Axe of Sen'jin Protector
    Teldrassil Protector - Item - World of Warcraft / Axe of the Sen'jin Protector - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Argent Tournament Quartermasters - Requires L80
    or
    Blade of the Empty Void
    Blade of the Empty Void - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L80 Quest - Icecrown: Tirion's Gambit
    or
    Fang of Truth (Warrior threat weapon)
    Fang of Truth - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Wyrmrest Accord quartermaster (Honored) - Requires L78
    or
    Hammer of Quiet Mourning (good for dwarves due to mace racial ability)
    Hammer of Quiet Mourning - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L75 Quest - Zul'Drak: Wanted: Ragemane's Flipper
    or
    Sword of Heartwrenching Slaughter
    Sword of Heartwrenching Slaughter - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L75 Quest - Zul'Drak: Wanted: Ragemane's Flipper
    or
    Argent Skeleton Crusher (DK 2-hander)
    Argent Skeleton Crusher - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Argent Crusade quartermaster (Revered) - Requires L80
    or
    De-Raged Waraxe (DK 2-hander)
    De-Raged Waraxe - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L75 Quest - Zul'Drak: The Champion of Anguish

    Recommended Enchant: +26 agil (exceptional agility) or +25 hit/crit (accuracy) or +self healing (lifeward)
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    Shield
    Saronite Bulwark
    Saronite Bulwark - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Crafted/AH - Requires L77
    or
    Bulwark of the Warchief
    Bulwark of the Warchief - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Horde Expedition quartermaster (Revered) - Requires L78
    or
    Shield of the Lion-hearted
    Shield of the Lion-hearted - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: Alliance Vanguard quartermaster (Revered) - Requires L78

    Recommended Enchant: +20 defense

    Special Note: If you have some spare gold then ask a blacksmith to craft you the epic Titansteel Shield Wall
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    Ranged (warriors)
    Weighted Throwing Axe
    Weighted Throwing Axe - Item - World of Warcraft
    Source: L80 Quest - The Storm Peaks: Changing the Wind's Course
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    If you are looking for the ultimate pre-Naxx gear lists, including 5-man drops, then try the following GuildOx.com loot templates:

    Warrior -
    GuildOx - WoW Guild Progress and Loot Rankings

    Death Knight -
    GuildOx - WoW Guild Progress and Loot Rankings

    Paladin -
    GuildOx - WoW Guild Progress and Loot Rankings

    Post a reply if you find this list useful or if you have any suggestions.
    Last edited by Polar; 09-24-2009 at 04:57 PM. Reason: Updated with Argent Tournament weapons

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    you sir... kick ass.

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    This is cool beyond belief. Thank you so much Mr. Polar

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    I followed your last guide like the ten commandements, this will be no different. Awesome job!

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    Can we get the wowhead links instead? wowarmory doesn't seem to support mouse over tooltips and when i click the link its down because the armory is teh fail.

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    He's just building the preliminary guide, I'll help him out in the future if he needs the links replaced with wowhead ones if he doesn't want to do it, lets just let Polar finish this list first and then we can be on our way =D

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    we need a level 80 version of the khorium destroyer "the only gun you will ever need"!!!

    My tanking gear is starting not to suck... I am going to have to junk it soon enough though... o well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazeyonoma View Post
    He's just building the preliminary guide, I'll help him out in the future if he needs the links replaced with wowhead ones if he doesn't want to do it, lets just let Polar finish this list first and then we can be on our way =D
    Yes, this is my first cut. There are a few things that I will be adding and tweaking along the way.

    I will aim to get some wowhead links swapped in there today!

    As always, keep the suggestions coming. Items are still being added/removed/changed in the beta so I will do my best to keep things up to date.

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    Unfortunately I'm stuck on Live with no Beta key so I can't help much outside the forums Polar, but bug Cider and Lore, they are both on the Beta along with Temig I think, and can probably help you think of quick 80 gear they picked up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilya M View Post
    Can we get the wowhead links instead? wowarmory doesn't seem to support mouse over tooltips and when i click the link its down because the armory is teh fail.
    All done now!

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    Great list, Polar, thanks a lot. Two bugs:

    The link for Pauldrons of Reconnaissance points to the neckpiece you linked above it.

    The link that should go to Breastplate of the Solemn Council points to a mail belt. The 8 and 9 in the link were swapped is all.

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    Also followed the Kara one like the bible. Look forward to using this new one.

    One query.

    Are blacksmithing items still to be revealed on the Beta? I have seem the name of the recipes elsewhere but they did not have the gear stats.

    I ask this as I would imagine these could make your list.

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    There are plenty of Blacksmith items we know about (some of which are on the above list). For example, the Tempered Saronite pieces: tempered saronite - Wowhead Search

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    /sticky plz, I am so gonna use this

    thank you Polar, for this and the other guide!

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    I'm gonna move this thread over to the WOTLK Transition Library, and Stick it there, I'll leave a Redirect here for a while though, just update your bookmarks people.

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    This thread seems to be tagged as "Paladin" - any chance we could get it removed or changed to "Wrath"?

    Cheers.

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    I think Paladins use 'warrior' tanking weapons now;

    Quote Originally Posted by The FAQ thread at maintankadin
    Q: What weapon do I use?
    A: tanking weapon. Or if you want peak threat: The highest ilevel weapon you have. If you have two from the same tier instance, use the "tanking" weapon, not the caster one. But you don't need threat... So if you have a Suneater or better tanking weapon, just use it. If not, go get a Suneater. Weapon speed is irrelevant.
    ref: Source

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    Done.

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