Sunwell Plateau was one of those raids that nobody ever expected to see -- nor did they expect additional items for their tier sets. However, the raid was well received. Raiders turned their focus to Sunwell Plateau and the loot within, including three new additions to their tier 6 sets in the form of belts, boots and bracers. However, despite carrying the same name as these tier sets, the models on these items didn't really match the sets at all. But fear not -- if you're looking for a snazzy matching outfit, the Sunwell has some unofficial sets that are absolutely gorgeous. These are the sets that the belts, boots and bracers were made for, and they're perfect for transmogrification. Check the gallery below for the sets, and follow us after the break for strats and guides to Sunwell Plateau.
Gallery: Sunwell Plateau armor sets
Isle of Quel'Danas
You can get to the Isle of Quel'Danas by flight in Azeroth proper or by taking the portal to the Isle available in Shattrath City. The Isle was a progressive content zone back in The Burning Crusade that required players of both factions to complete dailies and slowly retake the island proper. Once it was completely reclaimed, all available vendors were opened up, and the naaru K'iru appeared and put up a zone-wide buff that boosted stamina by 79 and intellect by 40. This buff is still in place today on the island, and it will buff players inside of Sunwell Plateau as well. Enjoy your bonus!
Some of the trash is Sunwell Plateau is easily soloable for the level 85 player; however, the various boss mechanics throughout the zone make soloing your way through the content a considerable challenge. There are still plenty of players interested in completing this raid for the sake of completing it, and far more are interested in obtaining items for transmogrification. In addition, there's a legendary bow lurking on the final boss, and anyone who can wield a bow can get the achievement for that legendary, even if they can't transmogrify the item. To make things speedy, I'd recommend a group of at least five well-geared players, but the more you bring along, the faster it will be to clear.
Once you head into Sunwell Plateau, you're going to be confronted by mass numbers of trash packs. The ones you really need to worry about are the scouts; if given half an opportunity, they will quite happily run off and activate any Sunblade Protectors nearby. While the Protectors shouldn't pose a problem at level 85, unless you're traveling with a large group of people, you really don't want to pull any more trash than absolutely necessary. Work your way through the courtyards and traverse the upper stairways and ramparts to get to the first boss in the instance, Kalecgos.
Kalecgos and Sathrovarr
Kalecgos has been captured by Sathrovarr the Corruptor, and he's in the process of being corrupted, which is why you have to fight him. Kalecgos is reclining on a circular platform -- make sure that everyone moves in as the boss is engaged, because once the fight starts, the platform is encased in a barrier that prevents anyone from moving in or out of the area. The fight is fairly straightforward. DPS Kalecgos, but do not under any circumstances kill him. After a few seconds, portals will spawn around the room. You'll want everyone but the person tanking Kalecgos and perhaps a healer for that player to head through the portal. Once inside, you'll see Sathrovarr.
DPS Kalecgos down to about 20% or so, then take the portal. Your tank should have him nearly dead by the time everyone comes back from the portal realm. While in the portal realm, kill Sathrovarr. Pop out, finish DPSing Kalecgos, and you're done
Tier drops Sathrovarr drops bracer tokens for all classes.
Other items of interest Cloth wearers, check out the Pantaloons of Calming Strife; they are part of an unofficial set in Sunwell Plateau that is gorgeous. Leather-wearing classes, the same applies to you -- the Breeches of Natural Aggression are part of a druid-themed set. Mail classes, the Starstalker Legguards are part of a mail set, and for plate classes, the Legplates of the Holy Juggernaut are part of a paladin-themed set. In addition, those looking for pretty daggers should look at the Fang of Kalecgos, black with a silver blade and gold filigree details, and the Dragonscale-Encrusted Longblade, a one-handed sword with blue and green draconic detailing.
When you're done looting, head across the bridge and follow the corridor to your right, clearing any trash along the way. You'll come to a room with a glass window overlooking a fight between the next boss and the blue dragon Madrigosa. Make sure you stand right on top of the glass when you watch the event -- I promise, it's fun!
Brutallus used to be the major DPS check to this raid. Nowadays, he's a bit of a pincushion. Watch out for his Burn; the debuff can be refreshed and passed on to other players. It does not, however, do much damage these days -- for laughs, the last time I went through the instance with a group, we kept Burn alive and ticking on everyone all the way to the end of the raid and during the Kil'jaeden fight. We did have a healer with us, though! Knock Brutallus over -- it's relatively easy to do -- and check out his loot.
Tier drops Brutallus drops belt tokens for all classes.
Other items of interest Cloth-wearing classes, check out the Leggings of Calamity for another cloth-themed set. For plate classes, the Felfury Legplates are part of another alternate set, this one with warriors in mind. Casters may want to check out the Heart of the Pit for a bizarre and very large off-hand item, and the Reign of Misery is a main-hand mace with a unique Sunwell-themed look.
Make sure you divvy that loot up quickly, because the next boss is right in front of you -- not Brutallus, the corpse of Madrigosa. As you wait, Madrigosa's corpse will become engulfed in fel-tainted essences, and it will strip her flesh from her bones unless she reanimates and takes flight as the third boss in the zone.
Felmyst is the one boss in this zone that still absolutely holds the capacity to wipe a group. She has two phases, a ground phase and an air phase. If she makes it to the air phase, she will strafe across the field and leave a trail of green gas below her. If anyone in your raid is unfortunate enough to be standing in the gas, they will be Mind-Controlled and turn on the rest of you. It is vital to avoid the gas trail. During the ground phase, beat the stuffing out of her -- she should fall fairly quickly.
Tier drops Felmyst drops boot tokens for all classes.
Other items of interest Leather-wearing classes should check out the Leggings of Immortal Night for a rogue-themed Sunwell set. Mail classes, the Chain Links of the Tumultuous Storm are part of another mail-themed set for you, this one intended for elemental shaman. For plate-wearing classes wanting that Sunwell warrior look, pick up the Borderland Fortress Grips for the gloves from that particular set. Players that can wield shields may want to check out the Sword Breaker's Bulwark, a massive shield with a definitive sin'dorei look to it. Lastly, the Grand Magister's Staff of Torrents is an elegantly understated staff with nice details and a soft blue glow.
Three bosses into Sunwell Plateau, and we've already got all the tier pieces there are to offer in this zone. However, there is plenty more to be had in Sunwell Plateau, including the legendary bow Thori'dal, the Stars' Fury.
Besides recipes, T17rash drops include the Blade of Life's Inevitability, a throwing weapon; Mounting Vengeance, an absolutely beautiful off-hand fist weapon, and Shivering Felspine, an ornate and utterly gorgeous polearm. In addition, those looking for the druid-themed leather set will have to find their gloves, Tranquil Majesty Wraps, on the trash -- and so will those looking for the elemental shaman mail set, as the Gauntlets of the Ancient Shadowmoon are a trash drop as well.
Patch 4.3 lets you transmogrify your gear to look like any other gear your class can wear -- but you have to collect it first. Check out our coverage of transmogrification and start running those old dungeons!