Category: Classes

As promised during episode 10 of Bitter and Salty, I went through the list of pre-raid, Holy Paladin shoulders. I’ll admit that it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. However, I did learn two things: Paladins have a healing spec and the Masterwork Lightsteel Shoulders are not actually in the game. It’s interesting that this item was completely left out, but what’s more interesting is that nobody is working on correcting the issue. There’s probably a very good reason for that, and has nothing to do with the fact that nobody cares about Holy Paladins.

While every class and spec sits and waits for these shoulders to be made available, take a look-see at all of the other plate-with-spirit gear that is in the game. If you’re saving up your valor points while getting your Golden Lotus dailies done, you’ll be rewarded with the Paleblade Shoulderguards. If you’re a Paladin and you enjoy running heroic Scholomance, then you could find yourself with the Shoulderguards of Painful Lessons. If it were me, I would just disenchant those, though. While you’re out questing in Dread Wastes in your healing spec, look out for the Lucidity Spaulders, a reward from the quest, “The Mariner’s Revenge.”

Oh and for the record, the Lightsteel Shoulders would fall below these three items in terms of best-in-slot, slightly above the already-in-game-and-craftable Contender’s Spirit Shoulders. Let’s all just agree to move on, shall we?

ITEM LVL SOURCE SCORE
Paleblade Shoulderguards 90 Golden Lotus Revered 1,750 Valor 7,209
Shoulderguards of Painful Lessons 90 Scholomance (Heroic) Darkmaster Gandling 6,441
Lucidity Spaulders 89 The Mariner’s Revenge Dread Wastes 5,246
Contender’s Spirit Shoulders 90 Crafted Blacksmithing 5,153
Goldtalon Spaulders 88 Mists’ Opportunity 4,104
Narsong Spaulders 86 For Family 3,462
Wasteland Burnished Spaulders 88 Len at Arms (Adventuring Supplies) Vale of Eternal Blossoms (66 Gold) 3,425
Serenity Spaulders 87 A Funeral Kun-Lai Summit 3,329
Paoquan Burnished Pauldrons 86 Evacuation Orders 3,256
Lightsteel Shoulders 85 Crafted Blacksmithing 3,016

I finally got around to moving my Shaman to Pandaria in World of Warcraft. I was a lazy Shaman during Cataclysm, only leaving Orgrimmar on special occasions. He’s my primary Jewelcrafter and backup Alchemist and leveled from 80 to 85 by doing the Jewelcrafting daily quest. While I still perform the daily, the Jewelcrafting recipes and rewards that MoP provides are too enticing to pass up.

Getting my Shaman over to the Jade Forest doesn’t mean he’s still not a lazy Shaman. He’s spec’d as Elemental/Restoration, and I don’t bother gearing him up with two sets of gear. I prefer to focus on picking up spirit-friendly gear, heal regular instance PUGs, and casually quest in my Elemental spec. It’s slow and inefficient, so it’s perfect for me.

If you’re into raiding, you’ll want to make sure you have your best-in-slot chest piece. This can be an interesting choice on how you want to spend your time gearing up when you hit level 90. You can hope that you stumble over Galleon with 39 other people in Valley of the Four Winds. Good luck with that. You can also consider Leatherworking for a number of options. Two epic-level items can be crafted for Resto Shamans, but one requires Blood Spirits and the other does not. While the crafted Robes of the Setting Sun is an upgrade over the Lifekeeper’s Robe, they are very similar and either one will probably be your pre-raid chest piece that you end up going with.

ITEM LVL SOURCE SCORE
Armor of the Single Cloud 90 Galleon World Boss 16,347
Stormbreaker Chestguard 90 Crafted Leatherworking 16,254
Robes of the Setting Sun 90 Golden Lotus Revered – 2,250 Valor 15,356
Lifekeeper’s Robe 90 Crafted Leatherworking 15,066
Uncasked Chestguard 90 Yan-Zhu the Uncasked Stormstout Brewery (Heroic) 12,454
Crackling Chain of the Golden Lotus 90 Battle Axe of the Thunder King (Quest) Vale of Eternal Blossoms 11,283
Mountain Stream Ringmail 90 Justice Quartermaster 2,250 Justice 11,147
Shivbreaker Vest 90 Lilian’s Soul Scholomance (Heroic) 10,113
Contender’s Scale Chestguard 90 Crafted Leatherworking 9,378
Earthmover Armor 88 The Point of No Return (Quest) Townlong Steppes 9,031
Patchwork Flesh Armor 90 An End to the Suffering (Quest) Scholomance (Heroic) 8,578

The ancient Chinese military general Sun Tzu said it best:

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”

Now, I have no idea what this means. What I do know is that if you are a Protection Warrior looking for best-in-slot pants, you’ll need to work on your Klaxxi reputation. At revered, you’ll unlock access to Kovok’s Riven Legguards. If you reach level 90 and don’t want to wait on your Klaxxi rep, you can either spend 2,250 Justice points on the Leggings of Ponderous Advance or pick up the Blacksmith-crafted Masterwork Spiritguard Legplates. You can then insta-queue for heroic Siege of Niuzao Temple and hope Vizier Jin’bak drops his pants, the Sap-Encrusted Legplates.

ITEM LVL SOURCE SCORE
Kovok’s Riven Legguards 90 The Klaxxi Revered – 2,250 Valor 13,505
Sap-Encrusted Legplates 90 Vizier Jin’bak Siege of Niuzao Temple (Heroic) 11,693
Masterwork Spiritguard Legplates 90 Crafted Blacksmith 10,072
Leggings of Ponderous Advance 90 Justice Quartermaster 2,250 Justice 9,783
Mogu Warlord Legguards 87 Townlong Steppes 8,382
Temple Guardian Pantaloons 88 Townlong Steppes 7,804

Hunters have an abundance of loot to choose from while preparing for end-game raiding. With Mists of Pandaria, Hunters once again are forced to make some tough decisions.

For Gloves, Marksman Hunters will be looking at auctioneers and Leatherworkers for assistance. The BoE, crafted pair of Raven Lord’s Gloves will be a Marksman Hunter’s best-in-slot. The only downside is the Leatherworking pattern comes from Mogu’shan Vaults. So, as a Hunter, you can check the auction house for this item. Good luck to you with that as there are very few available if at all, and prices will be outrageous until more players enter MV.

In the meantime, start working on your August Celestials reputation. A cool 1,750 Valor points will grant you access to the Sentinel Commander’s Gauntlets. Quests from the Dread Wastes will be kind to Hunters as well. The level 89 Wind-Reaver Handwraps will be your best option as you enter heroics and embark on the reputation grind. You’ll get a decent break from Shado-Pan, who will offer you the level 90 Brushcutter’s Gloves at only Honored status.

ITEM LVL SOURCE SCORE
Raven Lord’s Gloves  90 Crafted Leatherworking 6,973
Sentinel Commander’s Gauntlets  90 The August Celestials Revered – 1,750 Valor 5,649
Brushcutter’s Gloves  90 Shado-Pan Honored – 1,750 Justice 4,463
Hopecrusher Gauntlets  90 Sha of Doubt Temple of the Jade Serpent (Heroic) 4,354
Contender’s Dragonscale Gloves  90 Crafted 3,745
Wind-Reaver Handwraps  89 Rending Daggers (Quest) Dread Wastes 3,652
Archer’s Precision Grips  90 Commander Vo’jak Siege of Niuzao Temple (Heroic) 3,591
Gauntlets of Bloody Judgment  90 Unto Dust Thou Shalt Return (Quest) Scarlet Monastery 3,347
Wind-Reaver Gauntlets  89 Nope (Quest) Dread Wastes 3,253
Osul Peak Gauntlets  88 The Endless Swarm (Quest) Townlong Steppes 3,062

 

Remember the Nightslayer Shoulder Pads? The “boob shoulders?” Yeah. Well, Rogue fashion has come along way since then. Take Mists of Pandaria, for example, and the Silentleaf Armor. Much cooler, right? I mean it looks like you have knives on your gear, making you ready to slice and dice anyone that decides to go for a ride on your shoulders.

If you want to get your Rogue’s shoulder slot taken care of for raiding, you’re going to want to start working on your Golden Lotus faction. The good news is, Wowhead has a very nice guide to gaining reputation with this faction. Your focus will be achieving revered status and spending 1,750 Valor Points on the Imperion Spaulders. These will serve as your pre-raid best-in-slot item and show your fellow raiders that you mean business.

For a new Rogue entering your mid-80s, you may want to farm the auction house for the Mantle of Bestial Force. This bind-on-equip item only requires level 81, but the stats on it will serve you well when you reforge Mastery into Expertise. When you hit the Dread Wastes and ding 89, pick up the Ghost Fox Spaulders and use them while running heroics. This rare item is a reward from a quest chain that begins with Mazu’s Breath from Deck Boss Arie.

ITEM LVL SOURCE SCORE
Imperion Spaulders 90 Golden Lotus Revered – 1,750 Valor 4,489
Doubtridden Shoulderguards 90 Temple of the Jade Serpent (Heroic) Sha of Doubt 3,924
Fizzy Spaulders 90 Stormstout Brewery (Heroic) Yan-Zhu the Uncasked 3,653
Ghost Fox Spaulders 89 The Mariner’s Revenge (Quest) Dread Wastes 3,117
Contender’s Leather Shoulders 90 Crafted 2,835
Steppebeast Spaulders 88 Mists’ Opportunity (Quest) Townlong Steppes 2,595
Steppebeast Pauldrons 88 Fire Assault (Quest) Townlong Steppes 2,465
Mantle of Bestial Force 81 World Drop BoE 2,241
Silentleaf Spaulders 87 A Funeral (Quest) Kun-Lai Summit 2,172

 

The most critical piece in a Holy Priest’s gear is the belt. Why? Because the belt holds up the Priest’s pants or skirt. Sometimes, Priests wear robes. In this case, the belt becomes more of an accessory, but you really can’t wear a robe without a belt. It would just look silly.

As you level your Holy Priest through the Mists of Pandaria, get a jump start on your foes by farming the auction house for the Repression Belt. This is a level 85 bind-on-equip item that will take you all the way to at least 87 if not 90. Yes, I know it has Hit, but you’re going to reforge it to Spirit because you’re a min-maxing fool.

Your pre-raid, best-in-slot belt (Klaxxi Lash of the Seeker) is going to come from your friends, The Klaxxi. If you’ve grown tired of them, then you’ll want to run yourself some Stormstout Brewery on Heroic mode for the Fermenting Belt.

Don’t deny yourself some PvP gear either! You know you’re a Tailor itching to make yourself some gear, so put your hands together and produce the Contender’s Satin Belt as soon as you hit 90. This will show those puggers that you mean business by wearing a PvP item in a heroic dungeon. Explain to them that you understand that it’s generally meant for PvP, but you’ve reforged the Mastery to Haste, and are taking advantage of the Intellect and Spirit stats on the item. Make it quick, though, before they kick you from the group.

ITEM LVL SOURCE SCORE
Klaxxi Lash of the Seeker 90 The Klaxxi Revered – 1,750 Valor 5,775
Fermenting Belt 90 Stormstout Brewery (Heroic) Yan-Zhu the Uncasked 4,249
Motherseed Cord 87 Overthrone (Quest) Dread Wastes 3,844
Contender’s Satin Belt 90 Crafted Tailoring 3,792
Tranquil Belt 90 World Drop BoE 3,788
Incineration Belt 90 Scholomance (Heroic) Darkmaster Gandling 3,754
Darkened Belt 90 World Drop BoE 3,618
Girdle of Endemic Anger 90 Temple of the Jade Serpent (Heroic) Lorewalker Stonestep 3,570
Cord of Bloody Evangelism 90 Just for Safekeeping, Of Course (Quest) Scarlet Halls (Heroic) 3,499
Repression Belt 85 World Drop BoE 3,378
Mistborne Waistband 88 Up in Flames (Quest) Townlong Steppes 3,130
Swampwalker Cord 88 Jung Duk (Quest) Townlong Steppes 3,084

My Death Knight plays dual-wield Frost. It’s the best spec by far despite what other blogs will tell you. Actually, I play a DW Frost DK because it’s fun. I know, I know… crazy, right?

As a level 85 looking to level quickly and get into heroics, your best bet is to farm the auction house for either the Porter’s Tooth-Marked Mace or the Horrifying Meatsaw. These will set you back 2K-3K gold, but you’ll use one or both of them from level 85 to at least 89 if not 90. If you can hold out until 89, you can obtain a couple of decent options from quests.

When you hit level 90, you’ll want to pick up either the Amber Espada of Klaxxi’vess from The Klaxxi at Exalted, or buy/craft the Masterwork  Phantasmal Hammer. Both weapons have almost an identical DPS score, so pick whichever one suits your play style.

For best-in-slot, look no further than the Inelava, Spirit of Inebriation. This iLevel 476 axe drops in regular Stromstout Brewery. It has a very low drop rate, but well worth your troubles as you prepare for end game.

ITEM LVL SOURCE SCORE
Inelava, Spirit of Inebriation 90 Stormstout Brewery Yan-Zhu the Uncasked 22,320
Krol Scimitar 90 World Drop BoE 21,029
Ook’s Hozen Slicer 90 Stormstout Brewery (Heroic) Ook-Ook 19,721
Dubious Handaxe 90 Temple of the Jade Serpent (Heroic) Sha of Doubt 19,683
Amber Espada of Klaxxi’vess 90 The Klaxxi Exalted 19,634
Masterwork Phantasmal Hammer 90 Crafted Blacksmithing 19,632
Siege-Captain’s Scimitar 90 Siege of Niuzao Temple (Heroic) Commander Vo’jak 18,573
Gao’s Keg Tapper 90 Stormstout Brewery (Heroic) Yan-Zhu the Uncasked 18,572
Crescent of Ichor 90 Shado-pan Monastery (Heroic) Sha of Violence 18,541
Masterwork Ghost-Forged Blade 90 Crafted Blacksmithing 18,419
Amber Sledge of Klaxxi’vess 90 The Klaxxi Revered 18,394
Masterwork Forgewire Axe 90 Crafted Blacksmithing 18,241
Axe of the Rikkitun 89 The Horror Comes A-Rising (Quest) Dread Wastes 15,594
Bloodseeker’s Mace 89 The Scent of Blood (Quest) Dread Wastes 15,594
Porter’s Tooth-Marked Mace 84 World Drop BoE 15,183
Horrifying Meatsaw 83 World Drop BoE 14,720

It’s never too soon or too late to gear up for end-game in the World of Warcraft. In my first in a series of many posts, I will provide a list of upgrades by class, spec, and slot. I will also include some commentary to better explain how to itemize your gear as you level up through the Mists of Pandaria.
First up are helms for the Retribution Paladin. If you were a raider in Cataclysm, the Helmet of Radiant Glory will carry you all the way to level 90. The Visage of Petrification is another holdover from level 85 that you can use until you venture into MoP heroics. The BoE Davidian’s All-Seeing Eyes is available at level 82 and is a must pick up if you can afford it. The item was named after a WoW player that played the game completely blind. You can read the inspirational story on WoW Insider. Endwyn’s Toothy Visage is another BoE that you can keep an eye out for on the AH.
ITEM LVL SOURCE SCORE
Yi’s Least Favorite Helmet 90 Shado-Pan Revered 11,407
Sightfinder Helm 90 Siege of Niuzao Temple (Heroic) Commander Vo’jak 9,984
Meteoric Greathelm 90 Mogu’shan Palace (Heroic) Kuai the Brute 9,690
Meteoric Greathelm 88 Mogu’shan Palace Kuai the Brute 8,668
Contender’s Revenant Helm 90 Blacksmithing 8,313
Helm of Rising Flame 90 Scarlet Monastery (Heroic) Brother Korloff 8,300
Masterwork Spiritguard Helm 90 Blacksmithing 7,405
Palewind Helm 88 The Sha of Hatred (Quest) 7,386
Davidian’s All-Seeing Eyes 82 World Drop BoE 7,352
Coldbite Helm 89 Reunited (Quest) 7,209
Endwyn’s Toothy Visage 83 World Drop BoE 7,158
Sunset Armored Helm 89 Kor’thik Aggression (Quest) 7,091