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Shifting Perspectives: Gearing a restoration druid, part 2 continued




Belt

Enchant Not really an enchant as such, but you'll want to sock an Ebonsteel Belt Buckle here. Don't make my mistake and assume that the Wrath version will work, because it won't on any item above ilevel 300.

This is a very interesting slot in that the current best-in-slot belt (as I write this in December 2010) is a reputation piece. Equally interesting, or perhaps just depressing, is that there's an overabundance of good and reasonably accessible choices for belts while other slots languish without any really good options.
  1. Belt of the Untamed (Alliance) or Withered Dream Belt (Horde) Available at exalted with the Wildhammer Clan or Dragonmaw Clan, respectively.
  2. Lightning Lash A leatherworking BoE. Also an excellent piece, but it loses to the above piece due to its lack of a native socket.
  3. Belt of the Nightmare (heroic) Dropped by heroic Nefarian in Blackwing Descent.
  4. Thatch Eave Vines Available for 1,650 justice points. Seriously, how can there be so many good pieces in the belt slot and so many terrible pieces in the bracer slot?
  5. Belt of the Nightmare The normal version of the belt above, dropped by normal Nefarian in Blackwing Descent.
  6. Underworld Cord (heroic) Dropped by Earthrager Ptah in heroic Halls of Origination.
  7. Underworld Cord The normal version of the belt above, dropped by Earthrager Ptah in normal Halls of Origination.
  8. Belt of Bloody Dreams (Alliance) or Belt of Smashed Feathers (Horde) Quest reward from Dragonmaw Takedown in the Twilight Highlands (Alliance) or Crushing the Wildhammer in the Twilight Highlands (Horde).
  9. Waistguard of Fallen Hearts Quest reward from Fashionism in Uldum.
  10. Press Gang Girdle Quest reward from Without a Captain or Crew in Deepholm.
  11. Earthmender's Sawfish Girdle (Alliance) or Earthmender's Sawfish Girdle (Horde) Quest reward from Overseer Idra'kess in Vashj'ir (Alliance) or Overseer Idra'kess in Vashj'ir (Horde).
  12. Primal Force Girdle (Alliance) or Wrap of Furious Pride (Horde) Quest reward from Lycanthoth the Corruptor in Mount Hyjal (Alliance) or Lycanthoth the Corruptor in Mount Hyjal (Horde).
Legs

Enchant Powerful Ghostly Spellthread

This is another fairly uninspiring slot, to the point where the balance tier leggings are actually better than their restoration counterpart.
  1. Leggings of Consuming Flames (heroic) Dropped by heroic Maloriak in Blackwing Descent.
  2. Stormrider's Legwraps (heroic) The heroic version of the tier 11 legs.
  3. Leggings of Consuming Flames The normal version of the legs above, dropped by normal Maloriak in Blackwing Descent.
  4. Stormrider's Legwraps The normal version of the tier 11 legs.
  5. Leggings of Late Blooms Available for 2,200 justice points.
  6. Leggings of the Path (heroic) Dropped by Siamat in heroic Lost City of the Tol'vir.
  7. Leggings of Clutching Roots Available at revered with the Earthen Ring.
  8. Blazewing's Furious Kilt A BoE drop from a Mount Hyjal rare mob, Blazewing.
  9. Leggings of the Path The normal version of the legs above, dropped by Siamat in normal Lost City of the Tol'vir.
  10. Woundseal Leggings Quest reward from Nightmare in the Twilight Highlands. Perfectly itemized, so naturally it's an ilevel 318.
  11. Preened Wildfeather Leggings The guild BoA legs, but the achievement to which they're linked isn't yet available.
  12. Leggings of the Lost Child Quest reward from Wayward Child in Stonecore.
  13. Substitute Gunner's Legs Quest reward from Battlezone in Uldum.
  14. Spore-Soaked Leggings Quest reward from Gone Soft in Deepholm.
  15. Treegrip Pants Quest reward from The Bears Up There in Mount Hyjal, undoubtedly one of the best new quests in the expansion.

Boots

Enchant Enchant Boots -- Lavawalker. Is this great for us? No, not really, but it's better than wasting a precious meta gem on increased run speed. If you don't want or need the run speed, you can use Enchant Boots -- Haste. Otherwise, the boot slot is similar to the belt slot in that you have a lot of really nice pre-raid options.
  1. Nightmare Rider's Boots (heroic) Dropped by Sinestra in the Bastion of Twilight.
  2. Fading Violet Sandals Available for 1,650 valor points.
  3. Treads of Hideous Transformation (heroic) Dropped by heroic Cho'gall in the Bastion of Twilight.
  4. Treads of Hideous Transformation The normal version of the above boots, dropped by normal Cho'gall in the Bastion of Twilight.
  5. Decapod Slippers (heroic) Dropped by Mindbender Ghur'sha in heroic Throne of the Tides.
  6. Tarvus' Poison-Scarred Boots Dropped by Tarvus the Vile, a rare mob in the Twilight Highlands. They're actually identical to the heroic Decapod Slippers above, so if you get lucky with a drop off Tarvus you don't have to bother with the former.
  7. Treads of Revelation (Alliance) or Vision-Tainted Treads (Horde) Quest reward from A Villain Unmasked (Alliance) or Traitor's Bait (Horde), both from the pre-Twilight Highlands chain for both factions.
  8. Awakening Footfalls (heroic) Dropped by Temple Guardian Anhuur in heroic Halls of Origination.
  9. Sandals of Corrupted Water Quest reward from Trespassers in the Water in Uldum.
  10. Shattered Bond Treads Quest reward from Rescue the Stonefather ... and Flint in Deepholm.
  11. Awakening Footfalls The normal version of the boots above, dropped by Temple Guardian Anhuur in normal Halls of Origination.
  12. Decapod Slippers The normal version of the boots above, dropped by Mindbender Ghur'sha in normal Throne of the Tides.
  13. Gatekeeper Treads Quest reward from The Gatekeeper in Mount Hyjal.

Rings

Another slot where the number of available options got stupid.
  1. Signet of the Fifth Circle (heroic) The inability to get both spirit and haste on the same piece these days is getting a bit annoying. You will probably not have priority on this over a caster, but if you get lucky, it drops from heroic Cho'gall in the Bastion of Twilight.
  2. Security Measure Alpha (heroic) Dropped by Toxitron in heroic Blackwing Descent.
  3. Ring of the Boy Emperor Another archaeology piece, but this time from the Tol'vir. As with the other archaeology epics, you'll be at the profession for a while before you get a chance at this.
  4. Signet of the Fifth Circle The normal version of the Cho'gall drop above.
  5. Twined Band of Flowers Available for 1,250 valor points.
  6. Band of Secret Names Another 1,250 valor points expenditure, but no spirit.
  7. Security Measure Alpha The normal version of the Alpha above. Dropped by Toxitron in normal Blackwing Descent.
  8. Ring of the Great Whale (heroic) Theoretically a BoE zone drop from heroic Throne of the Tides, but heroic zone drops appear to be El Busto at the moment.
  9. Kibble (heroic) Dropped by Beauty in heroic Blackrock Caverns.
  10. Abandoned Dark Iron Ring A BoE zone drop from heroic Grim Batol -- though, as with the Great Whale ring above, it's probably bugged right now.
  11. Diamant's Ring of Temperance Available at revered with Therazane.
  12. Rose Quartz Band Dropped by Slabhide in heroic Stonecore.
  13. Veneficial Band Dropped by Augh in heroic Lost City of the Tol'vir. As an aside, healing this boss (well, technically the croc that precedes him) royally sucks, especially if you're constantly targeted by the little crocs.
  14. Band of Life Energy Dropped by Ammunae in heroic Halls of Origination.
  15. Ring of Frozen Rain Dropped by Asaad in heroic Vortex Pinnacle.
  16. Eye of the Stars Quest reward from Do the Honors in Uldum.
  17. Ammunae's Blessing Available at honored with Ramkahen.
  18. Abandoned Dark Iron Ring A BoE zone drop in normal Grim Batol.
  19. Band of Life Energy The normal version of the ring above. Dropped by Ammunae in normal Halls of Origination.
  20. Ring of Warring Elements A BoE from jewelcrafting.
  21. High Priestess' Signet Quest reward from Followers and Leaders in Stonecore.
  22. Spirit Keeper Ring (heroic) Dropped by General Husam in heroic Lost City of the Tol'vir.
  23. Gleaming Seal of the Archmagus A guild BoA piece, though I'm not yet sure of the achievement to which it's linked.
  24. Ring of the Great Whale A BoE zone drop from normal Throne of the Tides.
  25. Heartbinder Ring A BoE world drop from higher-level Cataclysm zones and dungeons.
  26. Rose Quartz Band The normal version of the Rose Quartz piece. Dropped by Slabhide in normal Stonecore.
  27. Redistributed Signet (Alliance) or Redistributed Signet (Horde) Quest reward from Coup de Grace in the Twilight Highlands (Alliance) or Coup de Grace in the Twilight Highlands (Horde).
  28. Ring of Frozen Rain The normal version of the Frozen Rain ring above. Dropped by Asaad in normal Vortex Pinnacle.
  29. Spirit Creeper Ring The normal version of the Spirit Creeper ring above. Dropped by General Husam in normal Lost City of the Tol'vir.
  30. Red Dragonheart Ring Quest reward from Battle of Life and Death in the Twilight Highlands.
  31. Caliph's Band Quest reward from Vengeance for Orsis in Vortex Pinnacle.
  32. Kibble The normal version of Kibble, above. Drops from Beauty in normal Blackrock Caverns.
  33. Finkle's Twinkle Quest reward from Do My Eyes Deceive Me? in Blackrock Caverns.
  34. Signet of the Lookout (Alliance) or Signet of the Lookout (Horde) Quest reward from Defending the Rift in Vashj'ir (Alliance) or Defending the Rift in Vashj'ir (Horde).
  35. Signet of Nascent Fire Quest reward from Black Heart of Flame in Mount Hyjal.



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