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2-01-2012 @ 9:16AM
My guide to gearing a fresh 85 (probably too long for the comment box, but let's try)Gearing up a new 85A fresh 85 can be geared up quickly in practically no time, if they are a class that can heal or tank.My shopping list for when a new character hits 85:Check the rep vendor for the Cataclysm factions that I’m honored/revered with. Questing will get you to a decent level, usually, and there’s often a 333 or 346 upgrade somewhere in there.Do the Rescue Thrall quest and the first day of Molten Front dailies. This will get you a 365 cape and one or two 365 pieces from the vendor in Malfurion’s tree cave.Convert any honor points to justice points. Going through Northrend probably netted you a few if your faction held Wintergrasp while you were dungeoning.Figure out if you have enough JP to buy anything. If not, save them for buying a helmet. If you have a lot of gold, buy the 397 crafted legs and the 397 BoE valor point wrists and boots. Browse the Auction House for deals on purple drops – there are a number of 378 BoEs from Firelands and the new 5-mans that are coming down in price, and don’t spurn 365 or 359 drops if they’re a big upgrade.If not, check if your main has extra valor, and buy the 397 BoE valor point wrists and boots.If you have no cash and your main doesn’t have extra valor, check to see if your main has extra JP or honor. Use them to buy 378 wrists and (perhaps) 359 boots.PVP crafted blues are not too expensive these days and have a high item level. Please don't make all your gear a crafted blue, but if a blue PVP piece is a solid upgrade, make it.Enchant and gem everything. Green gems are cheap as dirt, and there are usually inexpensive alternatives to the best-in-slot enchants.You’re probably qualified for pre-Dragon Soul heroics at this point. I’d avoid them for the first few queues. Hit Cataclysm normal dungeons a time or two before you queue for heroics. It may be just my experience, but it seems that people in pre-DS heroics tend to be far more dickish these days. Also, there’s a good chance that you’ll be thrown into a Zul as your first DS heroic and that can be pretty scary for someone still sporting a few greens.Keep an eye on your JP and VP. Have a plan for which upgrades make the most difference. I plan to get the helmet as early as possible, for that lovely metagem slot.Run Baradin Hold when you can. The chance of getting something useful is pretty slim, but it’s quick VP and practice in your role in an easy raid.And then, before you know it, you’ll be 365 and qualified for the new heroics. Run them all at least once, know which quest rewards are good for your preferred spec. If you keep getting groups in progress and can’t get the quest objectives properly completed, queue specifically for that one instance.Then, voila, you’re raidfinder ready.
2-01-2012 @ 9:29AM
Further elaboration:Figure out who has your helmet enchant, wear their tabard until exalted. If your character is not a scribe, finish up Deepholme and wear the Therazane tabard until exalted next.
2-01-2012 @ 9:37AM
Also, if you're wanting to tank, consider starting the Tol Barad rep grind. Yes, this is the most annoying part of the guide, it'll take weeks. But the Mirror of Broken Images is still one of the best tanking trinkets out there, and I regularly swap out an ilvl 403 trinket for it.
2-01-2012 @ 10:37AM
The requirement for the new heroics is 353. Was 365 in the PTR but they nerfed it for live.
2-01-2012 @ 6:42PM
For a new player who doesn't have thousands of gold to spend on BoE's, 353 is still a reasonably demanding hurdle. That's the same item level you'll find in the Zuls, so if you want to get into Twilight heroics, you'll need at least a few bits of badge or Molten Front gear, 359 craftables, or reputation rewards. First-timers are still required to gear gradually, but the availability of 378 badge gear at least makes it so they can eventually catch up, and gives experienced players a way to shortcut the process. I'd call that Working As Intended.
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