Cider's Easy 540 Defense Gear Guide
540 Defense Skill is the necessary minimum for entering 10-man and 25-man raiding content. At this point, we consider our characters to be "uncrittable" by most mobs, and we can begin to focus on other stats. Please note that, when handling Heroic 5-man instances, you will only need 535.
I am only including relatively easy to obtain items rather than difficult Heroic instance drops, except where there are three or fewer options or a Blacksmithing BOE option is readily available. I will also not use profession-specific items such as the Engineering goggles. With some exceptions, I will use an ilevel range of 187-200.
If you wind up short on Defense, keep in mind that you can stop by the Auction House and do a search for "Thick" under yellow gems. This should help you round out your gear set. In the worst case, you can also use resilience to reach the 5.6% combined reduction to Critical Strike you're looking for. Please note that Defense Skill and Defense Rating are not the same thing. You'll need significantly more Defense Rating to reach the 535/540 Defense Skill minimums.
Once you're comfortable with your Defense, read these more comprehensive gear guides:
Your Goal: 689 Defense Rating
Recommended Tabard Reputation: Wyrmrest Accord to Revered, then Argent Crusade to Revered.
Enchant Cloak - Titanweave - Spell - World of Warcraft
16 Rating (Cloak). Crafted.
Enchant Chest - Greater Defense - Spell - World of Warcraft
22 Rating (Chest). Crafted.
Lesser Inscription of the Pinnacle - Item - World of Warcraft
10 Rating (Shoulders). This is from The Sons of Hodir reputation, which is gained through daily quests in Storm Peaks. The inscriptions available become better as reputation increases. Please note that you can still get equivalent enchants Scryer or Aldor turn-ins in Shattrath. Reputation.
Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector - Item - World of Warcraft
20 Rating (Head). This requires revered with Argent Crusade. Reputation.
Enchant Shield - Defense - Spell - World of Warcraft
20 Rating (Shield). Crafted.
Helm of the Ley-Guardian - Item - World of Warcraft
Drops from the Cache of Eregos at the end of normal Oculus. 68 Rating.
Ground Tremor Helm - Item - World of Warcraft
Drops from Moorabi in Heroic Gundrak. 61 Rating.
Tempered Titansteel Helm - Item - World of Warcraft
46 Rating. Crafted.
Titanium Earthguard Chain - Item - World of Warcraft
34 Rating. Crafted.
Chained Military Gorget - Item - World of Warcraft
33 Rating. Emblems (25).
Burning Skull Pendant - Item - World of Warcraft
This is a relatively common BOE drop from Gundrak Heroic. Check the AH regularly. 28 Rating.
Wapach's Spaulders of Solidarity - Item - World of Warcraft
These are rare BOE drops. If your heart is set on them, check the AH regularly. 58 Rating.
Pauldrons of Reconnaissance - Item - World of Warcraft
46 Rating. These are a quest reward from the Halls of Stone Brann events. The quest can be picked up inside the zone. Quest.
Tempered Saronite Shoulders - Item - World of Warcraft
32 Rating. Please note this is a particularly low item level at 171. Crafted.
Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions - Item - World of Warcraft
43 Rating. Requires honored with Wyrmrest. Reputation.
Screeching Cape - Item - World of Warcraft
Drops from Erekem, one of the random bosses in normal Violet Hold. 34 Rating.
Tattered Castle Drape - Item - World of Warcraft
This is a relatively common BOE drop from Utgarde Keep Heroic. Check the AH regularly. 29 Rating.
Breastplate of the Solemn Council - Item - World of Warcraft
76 Rating. Requires revered faction with Wyrmrest. Reputation.
Silver-Plated Battlechest - Item - World of Warcraft
74 Rating. This is from a normal Utgarde Pinnacle quest found just inside the entrance of the Pinnacle. Can be completed in Heroic as well. Quest.
Ivory-Reinforced Chestguard - Item - World of Warcraft
60 Rating. Requires honored faction with Kalu'ak. Reputation.
Tempered Saronite Breastplate - Item - World of Warcraft
56 Rating. Please note this is a particularly low item level at 167. Crafted.
Please note: You can also purchase your T7 10-man chest pieces using 80 Emblems of Heroism.
Tempered Saronite Bracers - Item - World of Warcraft
48 Rating. Crafted.
Bracers of Reverence - Item - World of Warcraft
34 Rating. This is a quest reward from normal Oculus through the quest, "A Wing and a Prayer." Quest.
Bracers of the Herald - Item - World of Warcraft
This is a drop from Herald Volazj, the final boss in Heroic Ahn'kahet. Not easy, but good bracers nonetheless. 32 Rating.
Daunting Handguards - Item - World of Warcraft
71 Rating. Crafted.
Tempered Saronite Gauntlets - Item - World of Warcraft
66 Rating. Crafted.
Gauntlets of the Water Revenant - Item - World of Warcraft
This drops from one of the random bosses Violet Hold Heroic. 57 Rating.
Please note: You can also purchase your T7 10-man hand pieces using 60 Emblems of Heroism.
Tempered Saronite Belt - Item - World of Warcraft
57 Rating. Crafted.
Ancient Aligned Girdle - Item - World of Warcraft
This drops from Anub'arak in Azjol'nerub Heroic. 48 Rating.
Waistguard of Living Iron - Item - World of Warcraft
44 Rating. Emblems (40).
Daunting Legplates - Item - World of Warcraft
88 Rating. Crafted.
Bolstered Legplates - Item - World of Warcraft
This drops from Cyanigosa, the final boss in Violet Hold Heroic. 81 Rating.
Ley-Guardian's Legguards - Item - World of Warcraft
This is from Eregos' chest in Heroic Oculus. Enjoy getting to this one! 77 Rating.
Special Issue Legplates - Item - World of Warcraft
This requires honored with the Argent Crusade. 69 Rating. Reputation.
Sabatons of Draconic Vigor - Item - World of Warcraft
58 Rating. This requires revered with Wyrmrest. Reputation.
Tempered Saronite Boots - Item - World of Warcraft
36 Rating. Crafted.
Tempered Titansteel Treads - Item - World of Warcraft
35 Rating. Crafted.
Dragonflight Great-Ring - Item - World of Warcraft This drops from the Cache of Eregos in normal Oculus.
Gal'darah's Signet - Item - World of Warcraft This drops Gal'darah in normal Gundrak.
Unsmashable Heavy Band - Item - World of Warcraft
This drops Ingvar the Plunderer in Utgarde Keep Heroic. 30 Rating.
Band of Torture - Item - World of Warcraft
This drops from Drakos the Interrogator in Oculus Heroic. 28 Rating.
Titanium Earthguard Ring - Item - World of Warcraft
25 Rating. Crafted.
Solid Platinum Band - Item - World of Warcraft
25 Rating. This is from the quest, "For Posterity," in Gundrak. Quest.
Staunch Signet - Item - World of Warcraft
25 Rating. This is from the quest, "The Struggle Persists," in Oculus. Quest.
Seal of the Pantheon - Item - World of Warcraft
Running normal Halls of Lightning with PUGs is why I've been killed by Loken more than any other mob in this game. This is the only significant Defense trinket until Repelling Charge in Naxxramas 10. 65 Rating.
Red Sword of Courage - Item - World of Warcraft
This drops from King Ymiron, the final boss in Utgarde Pinnacle Heroic. 38 Rating.
Cloudstrider's Waraxe - Item - World of Warcraft
This drops from Varos Cloudstrider in Oculus Heroic. 33 Rating.
Infantry Assault Blade - Item - World of Warcraft
This drops from Prince Keleseth in Utgarde Keep Heroic. 33 Rating.
Crescent of Brooding Fury - Item - World of Warcraft
26 Rating. This comes from the quest, "Wanted: Ragemane's Flipper" in Zul'drak. Quest.
Eternally Folded Blade - Item - World of Warcraft
22 Rating. This is a drop from Volkhan in normal Halls of Lightning. Quest.
Hammer of Quiet Mourning - Item - World of Warcraft
19 Rating. This comes from the quest, "Wanted: Ragemane's Flipper" in Zul'drak. Quest.
Titansteel Shield Wall - Item - World of Warcraft
64 Rating. Crafted.
Royal Crest of Lordaeron - Item - World of Warcraft
This drops from the Dark Runed Chest at the end of the Culling of Stratholme Heroic. 49 Rating.
Leeka's Shield - Item - World of Warcraft
This drops from the Dark Runed Chest at the end of the Culling of Stratholme normal. 38 Rating.
Crygil's Discarded Plate Panel - Item - World of Warcraft
34 Rating. Emblems (35).
Saronite Bulwark - Item - World of Warcraft
31 Rating. Crafted.
Armor Plated Combat Shotgun - Item - World of Warcraft
21 Rating. Crafted.
Weighted Throwing Axe - Item - World of Warcraft
19 Rating. This is from "Changing the Wind's Course," a quest in Storm Peaks for Horde, or from "Sirana Iceshriek," a group quest for Alliance in Storm Peaks.
Updating. Adding non-plate pieces now.
World of raids released a similar guide the other day:
Hope this helps the guide
Updated again. Adding weapons/shields and enchants momentarily.
Items should all be in. Adding enchants now.
I'm going to consider this complete for the time being. Enjoy!
Cloak of the Enemy - Commander Kolurg Heroic Nexus. (No clue how to link in items, and its kinda late >.<)
42 Defense Rating
Arcane-Shielded Helm - Grand Magus Telestra Heroic Nexus. 36 Defense Rating, but also comes with 52 dodge rating / metagem / bluegem slots. Nice piece.
Just thought id throw those in
Yeah, I moved towards using more Heroic item drops as I finished out the list because things like Rings really depend on it. I'll reconsider adding some heroic drops to the original slots.
Did notice you left HC drops out, but since you included some loot that required heroic badges, I wasnt quite sure, so I thought I'd suggest them anyway.
My misunderstanding - Sorry
Could you maybe add some 2H's to the list for us DK's?
Isn't eternally folded blade from HoL? I swear thats where I got mine
Unless I'm mistaken, there are no 2h's itemized with Defense at the moment.
Originally Posted by
22 defense to chest is a good and cheap enchant
I. Am. Warrior.
This really is a good list that I will use to gear up in the last 2 levels that I have in front of me.
Don't forget to buy that thingy that you use on a belt to give it an extra socket (around 150g?) then you can shove a defense gem in it.
I got to 540 with a bit more effort than I thought it would take (and tankingtips.com def calc is out of date if you're 80, unless he has updated it very recently), but after that you hit a new problem - nobody wants a tank with less than 22k health, some only want 25k. I started at 19k and am clawing up a few pieces with stamina at a time. This means you may want to keep a blue piece with less defense of it, but more stamina, and switch to it as your defense goes up. It will help you not look awful next to that unbuffed druid or dk in blues with 35k health - warriors and pallies get less health per stam. :-/
Last edited by Thist; 11-30-2008 at
Yeah, I think the sword he's thinking of is
Originally Posted by
Blade of the Empty Void - Item - World of Warcraft, unless he meant it's a boss drop out of HoL
That's where I got mine as well. Second boss in HoL.
Originally Posted by
You guys are correct about the weapon. I had corrected it on the WoW forums version but not here yet!
Good starting point, and once you get some of this gear and eventually get some better gear from heroics I found that the defense enchants were not needed to get the 540 cap. This does not mean that it is of no benefit since you will still get more avoidance and such out of it, but if you are looking to switch the 22 def enchant on chest to 275 health or the 10 stats or whatever fits your fancy.