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gearing up for 85 raids

So, for raiding at level 85, you really should be wearing at least an average of ilevel 346 gear, which is the Heroic 5-man gear.You can get gear from the same item level (or better) from additional sources: crafting professions (including Archeology!), bought with Justice Points from vendors in Stormwind or Org, and reputation rewards from various factions.

Here is my caster druid pre-raid gear list for level 85 (both moonkin & resto). I didn’t include many of the craftable items (especially if they were BOP), and I mostly stuck to blues (with only a couple epics highlighted), so I recommend supplementing my guide with some of the others that I linked. It’s also not a Best-in-Slot list, since I included items for both moonkin & resto. Resto also has 2 playstyles for raiding (tank healing values mastery more than AOE/raid healing values mastery).

I made my list of items at least ilevel 346 for you to look for as you gear up for raiding in Cataclysm. You really don’t want to start raiding until you have this level of gear. It’s going to be difficult for you to ding 80 and then step into raids the next day. You will have to gear up in “Normal” 5-man gear to be able to handle running Heroics, and then you have to gear up in “Heroic” 5-man gear to be ready for raids. This is going to be a slower process than it was in Wrath of the Lich King, because they are hoping to slow down the speed at which we rush into the first raid instances. In Beta, they gave us premades with ilevel 346 gear to test the normal-mode raid dungeons, and we pretty much required people to have the premades to raid test. This means that the bosses were tuned around being difficult for people wearing Heroic 5-man gear.

I anticipate that some of the links may point to the wrong items, since there are LOTS of links in the gear list post.

It’s only 1 more week ’til Cataclysm!

Posted in 4.0.3a, Cataclysm, Moonkin Balance DPS, Restoration Healing Trees

Moonkin hatchlings and a surprise!

So, the moonkin hatchlings are now available at the Blizzard store.

I have a little mini-me now, it’s super cute. I’m claiming victory with having a Restokin pet, since it plants flowers, in addition to it’s dancing & trying to fly:

The best part of the moonkin hatchling in-game pet is that they’re giving half of the profits from the sale to give to charity (Make a Wish Foundation). So, half of the $10 purchase of your in-game pet goes to a good cause!

In somewhat related news, Ginny from @immamoonkin on twitter (also the person who drew my Restokin banner art!) made me a sketch of a baby boomkin that is super cute. You can click the link here to go to her deviant art page. She has done commissions for a handful of WoW players, including the moonkin art for Qieth’s Quips! In the spirit of giving for the holidays, I wanted to share her art with all of you!

Here’s her moonkin hatchling “Wanting to fly” (you can see the original version that’s a little clearer on her site).

"Wanting to Fly" by Ginny @immamoonkin

Thanks Ginny & happy holidays everyone!

Posted in Achievements, Moonkin Balance DPS

How Eclipse works

So, with a lot of people leveling new druids, one of the things I haven’t covered in good enough detail lately is some of the balance druid mechanics.

Today, however, I want to talk about Eclipse and how the moonkin rotation works, looking at it from the perspective of leveling, mostly – since advanced moonkin at this point already know how Eclipse generally works. It is, however, a seemingly confusing mechanism for people new to the class, because it isn’t really that intuitive.

First, Eclipse gives you a new UI feature that shows up under your name plate, like this:

It has a yellow side, and a blue side, where the goal is to get from 0 to 100 (the sun), and then back to -100 (the moon), and so forth. Eclipse power will only be generated in one direction at a time, so if you have been casting starfire and are at 50 solar power, you can’t go back towards the moon by casting wrath, you have to keep going towards the sun. Once you reach the sun (and solar eclipse activates), you have to go back to the moon (by casting wrath, because starfire won’t generate energy now) before you can start going back to the sun again. You can’t get two sun-procs in a row, you have to go sun->moon->sun

So, lets look at the details of Eclipse:

Starfire is an Arcane spell. When you cast Starfire, it generates Solar power and pushes you more towards the Sun. Starsurge also generates Solar power when you are working on getting a Solar Power.

So, this is what you look like at 60 solar power.

When you reach 100 Solar power, you get a Solar Eclipse, like this:

Solar Eclipse increases your Nature damage, and makes all of your nature damage abilities hit harder.

  • Nature spells include: Wrath, Hurricane, sunfire, mushrooms.
  • Solar Eclipse will also buff Starsurge (because starsurge counts as both nature & arcane).

So, after you hit a Solar Eclipse, you would then stop using Starfire, and switch instead to using Wrath and Starsurge to generate Lunar power, and move towards the moon:

When you reach the zero middle point, then Solar Eclipse will end, and you will be out of an Eclipse state until you hit the Moon and get a Lunar Eclipse. An Eclipse will stay active for a long time, meaning that while you are leveling, if an Eclipse is active, you have time to move to your next mob and start to do damage on it, so Eclipse should be useful for leveling due to the fact that you have to cast spells for the bar to decay back to the zero-point.

When you reach 100 Lunar power, you gain Lunar Eclipse:

Lunar Eclipse buffs the damage done by your Arcane spells, from the point you hit the moon (100 points) until the point you hit the midpoint line (0 points) again.

  • Your Arcane spells include: Starfire, Moonfire, Starfall,
  • Hurricane morphs into Astral Storm which is now arcane.
  • Starsurge is buffed by Lunar Eclipse, since it counts as both arcane & nature damage.

Eclipse Summary: You use Starfire & starsurge to get a Solar Eclipse, and you use Wrath & starsurge to get a Lunar Eclipse. You can only have one Eclipse type active at a time, and the Eclipse Energy bar will only move in one direction (so, if you are casting either starfire or wrath,  but your Eclipse bar isn’t moving, then you are casting the wrong spell. For example, if only Starfire is generating power, but wrath isn’t, then you need to use Starfire to proc a Solar Eclipse before Wrath will generate any Lunar power).

Damage over Time (DOT) interactions: At very low levels, things should die quickly with mostly spamming wrath and starfire (based on where you are in the Eclipse rotation). DOTs are probably more helpful at low levels when you are instancing or any time you want to use instant-cast spells (such as moving). I would recommend, however, that you try to cast sunfire when Solar Eclipse is active, and moonfire when Lunar Eclipse is active at lower levels, just because they will do really high amounts of damage. Some people use DOTs all the time, even while leveling at lower levels (especially if you are fighting 2 or more things at a time). It ends up becoming a personal preference in the 1 to 60 leveling experience, and then DOTs probably become more mandatory after that point.

When things are taking a longer time to die (ie. at higher levels OR when killing elite bosses in instances), it is always better to keep both DOTs up all the time, regardless of the type of Eclipse that is active. By the time you hit 85 to 90, putting DOTs on things will always be part of your rotation, since moonfire/sunfire do so much damage.

Posted in Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Moonkin Balance DPS, Written By Lissanna

Happy Turkeykin Day!

Have a good Turkeykin Day from Restokin! For years, Turkeykin day has comprised of dancing moonkin being thankful that they were not eaten on that day.

To non-druids, this is also known as Thanksgiving day. I am thankful for all my readers who support me and my blog. I’m thankful for my  awesome guild, where I get to raid with friends and family.

As a special gift, you get a picture I took from Hyjal during Beta:

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