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

4 comments on “gearing up for 85 raids
  1. Eldoran says:

    So, out of curiosity what rep do you think moonkin or resto druids will be going for first, both for gear and enchants?

    • Lissanna says:

      Well, looking at the reputation page I made a while back:

      Doing the quests in Deepholm to unlock the Therezane daily quests (and then doing those daily quests often until exalted) is going to be a good idea.

      In terms of what tabbard to wear in instances: Revered with Hyjal is a good idea for the enchant and a blue. Then, exalted with Wildhammer/Dragonmaw for the two epics is probably what I would go for next.

  2. Zabdra says:

    Great Guides! I now demand that we share this site everywhere possible I don’t see enough comments. That means not enough people see these guides. Stop The Facerollers, outreach and teach!
    P.S. Not being cynical just my goofy sense of humor at work.

    • Lissanna says:

      Lots of people read my stuff. You should see how high my # of visitors have been the last few patch weeks. 😉

      BUT thanks for the support. <3


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