WotLK Resto Druid Gear: Dungeon Drops

Well, with wrath out, there are a whole bunch of new dungeons; and that means a whole bunch of new loot tables. I’ve run a few of the new instances now, mostly on heroic (I did normal Utgarde Keep, Nexus, Azjol-Nerub, and Violet Hold too, while I was leveling). It’s nice to hit 80 already geared for heroics, but then I was pushing 1300 SP before wrath even hit, and we can’t all be sunwell-geared before we hit 80.

I never moved my BC pre-heroic gear guide onto this blog; it sat on the guild forums. I always thought about shifting it over, but never did. There’s not much point now, but what there is a point for is a guide to gearing an 80 druid for raids and heroics. I’m doing it in a few parts, because there are just so many options out there; it all started with my rep reward guide.

So here it is; what drops where, healer-style. I’ll pop the recommended level range in brackets, so you know when to hit it up.

Utgarde Keep (70-72)

First, pick up the quest Into Utgarde! (there’s a bit of a chain leading up to it). You’ll be rewarded with a Ring of Decimation. Also, grab Disarmament; Your reward is Amulet of the Tranquil Mind, which will be an upgrade for almost everyone.

Prince Keleseth has a couple of great healing drops: Reinforced Velvet Helm and Keleseth’s Blade of Evocation. Bully the dps into passing for you: that spirit is yours!

Skarvald the Constructor has a completely useless loot table for us, even on heroic, but push on, because…

Ingvar the Plunderer can drop Holistic Patchwork Breeches (and you don’t even have to compete with clothie casters!)

Overall, there are a few drops here that will definitely help the lower-level druid, although you’ll probably replace most of this stuff in later instances.

The Nexus (71-73)

Once again, there are a few quests to grab. The key ones are Prisoner of War (for Mantle of Keristrasza) and Quickening (for Sandals of Mystical Evolution).

Grand Magus Telestra gives us a shot at Belt of Draconic Runes.

(I won’t mention bosses which don’t drop anything for us anymore).

Anomalus drops a nice off-hand, Tome of the Lore Keepers.

Keristrasza has Attuned Crystalline Boots and Band of Glittering Permafrost. Sadly, the ring has mp5 instead of spirit, but if it’s an upgrade…

Azjol-Nerub (72-74)

Quests, quests, quests. Always quests. Death to the Traitor King rewards you with some unusual boots (Kilix’s Silk Slippers): spirit, SP, and haste. Neat.

Krik’thir the Gatewatcher drops Exquisite Spider-Silk Footwraps.

Hadronox has a couple of nice items: Life-Staff of the Web Lair and Spinneret Epaulets.

Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom (73-75)

Prince Taldaram has Gloves of the Blood Prince and Talisman of Scourge Command.

Jedoga Shadowseeker drops the dubiously included Cloak of the Darkcaster; you should probably just let a dpser grab this.

Herald Volazj can drop a set of haste shoulders: Mantle of Echoing Bats. Haste gear can be very handy for a resto druid (and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise), but be careful not to gimp your regen.

Drak’Tharon Keep (74-76)

Trollgore drops a nice helm, Berserker’s Horns.

Novos the Summoner has no spirit for us, but we can pick up Crystal Pendant of Warding (beware mp5 over spirit) or Robes of Novos (haste gear).

King Dred has Stable Master’s Breeches, and the unusual Staff of the Great Reptile (that’s a lot of spirit. And haste).

Oh, don’t forget the quests. Search and Rescue for Kurzel’s Angst, and Cleansing Drak’Tharon for Shroud of Temptation.

Violet Hold (75-77)

This place randomly selects 2 bosses from 6 options before you face the final boss.

Moragg can drop Band of Eyes.

Zuramat the Obliterator has Pendant of Shadow Beams, for your haste set.

Basically, hope for those two, because the other options have nothing for us.

Gundrak (76-78)

Moorabi drops two items you might like: Frozen Scepter of Necromancy and Arcane Focal Signet.

Halls of Stone (77-79)

Maiden of Grief has a nice classic druid ring, Ringlet of Repose, and Chain of Fiery Orbs.

Krystallus drops Leggings of Burning Gleam.

Also, completing the quest the NPC Brann Bronzebeard gives you inside rewards you with the excellent Mantle of the Intrepid Explorer.

Halls of Lightning (80)

General Bjarngrim drops nice cloth shoulders, Mantle of Electrical Charges.

Volkhan drops a haste head: Volkhan’s Hood.

Ionar drops Thundercloud Grasps, which sadly have mp5 instead of spirit.

Loken has a great loot table. Chaotic Spiral Amulet and Raiments of the Titans are both excellent bits of gear.

The Oculus (80)

Drakos the Interrogator drops Verdisa’s Cuffs of Dreaming and Timeless Beads of Eternos.

Varos Cloudstrider gives a shot at a haste helm (Horned Helm of Varos) and the very nice Gloves of the Azure-Lord.

Mage-Lord Urom drops haste shoes, The Conjurer’s Slippers.

Cache of Eregos (unlocked after the final fight) can contain a very nice staff, Malygos’ Favor, and a trinket, Tome of Arcane Phenomena.

CoT: Culling of Stratholme (80)

Meathook drops the very nice ring, Enchanted Wire Stitching.

Chrono-Lord Epoch drops a staff with some great stats: Sempiternal Staff. Unusually, this is an item with good healing stats, and some crit.

Dark Runed Chest is all that’s left after Mal’Ganis runs off like a little girl: luckily, it’s full of nice loot. Hopefully, Gloves of Northern Lordaeron, Demonic Fabric Bands, or Soul Preserver.

Utgarde Pinnacle (80)

Gortok Palehoof drops a haste off-hand (Seal of Valgarde) and a cloak which, sadly, has mp5 instead of spirit (Shroud of Resurrection).

Skadi the Ruthless drops Silken Amice of Ymirjar.

King Ymiron only has a haste ring, Signet of Ranulf.

Wrap-up

That’s it. All the normal-mode instance boss drops I could find that looked healy-ish. I’d love to sit down now and build up some sample sets, do a “pick-of-the-slots” rundown, and tell you what to run; unfortunately, I’ve been at this for hours now, and I’m really not in the mood to combine this with the rep rewards for a final wrap-up. I will do one, but maybe in a day or two. In the meantime,

Happy Druiding,

Althura.

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14 Comments

  1. Aertimus said,

    November 29, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Apparently all good resto druids are using today to think about gear!

  2. mogarth said,

    November 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Great post! Thanks for doing my homework for me. BTW…your blog is now a regular on my list…great insight into my favorite druid spec.

  3. althura said,

    November 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Thanks, Mogarth! It’s good to know people are getting some use out of this stuff.

  4. Bearfoot said,

    December 2, 2008 at 9:53 am

    thanks heaps for putting this up, helped me alot, i had no idea what to do when i hit 80 and this makes things alot more simple and easy. thanks!

  5. Theiara said,

    December 11, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Great Post! I just linked into your website while I am slacking off during work. Great Blog and I will definitely put you blug into one of my ‘regular’ list.

  6. Tempyst said,

    December 13, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Thanks a bunch this helps a lot!

  7. Ajira said,

    December 16, 2008 at 8:27 am

    I was just wondering if anybody could tell me how important spirit is for resto druids these days. That is, does having high spirit improve healing like it used to, or only mana regeneration? Since they altered Tree of Life form I have been very confused as to whether to choose gear with spirit on, or gear with haste/crit/mp5 etc. If anyone could offer some advice I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

    • althura said,

      December 28, 2008 at 10:26 am

      Very sorry to have taken so long to reply… Spirit is still the king. Stacking too high at the expense of int can hurt your regen, but for a REALLY rough guide, you want your spirit to be about 20% higher than your int. Crit is better than it used to be (especially if you take the right balance talents), and haste is CRUCIAL for some fights (I have a few pieces of haste-instead-of-regen gear I swap in sometimes), but spirit is still your focus.

  8. jenniedee said,

    December 21, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Thanks for this post! I was looking for some basic info for this purpose.

  9. malthius said,

    January 17, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I’m confused as to why too much spirit at the expense of int hurts mana regen. Can you explain why?

    • althura said,

      January 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

      Sure. Your mana regen is calculated off both spirit and int; it’s proportional to your spirit times the square root of your int. In addition, your int sets your maximum mana; having an extra thousand or so mana at the start of a fight means you can get more spells off before you need to innervate, for example, and (assuming you have enough regen to get a full bar out of your innervate), means you get even more out of innervate.

      Phaelia has a great write-up on her blog, Resto4Life. Balancing int and spirit can be a bit tricky, but you definitely want to be focusing on spirit overall.

  10. Averii said,

    January 18, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Thanks for taking the time to make a list! I’m new to the Resto world so I’ve been following your guide for gear. Thanks again! :)

  11. Keith said,

    February 11, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Hey man, I think this list is really good, but you didn’t post the Beguiling Sceptor, which drops off of Mal’Ganis in CoS. I’m curious if you think what I have now would be worth swapping out for Malygos’ Favor (Oc). I’m currently working with the Merc. Gladiator’s Salvation (I know….) and Faces of Doom. Thoughts?

  12. althura said,

    February 13, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Yeah, I’d definitely take Malygos’ Favor over those. It’s an all-round stat upgrade, even though I’ve always preferred a weapon+offhand combination. Oh, and thanks for pointing out the Beguiling Scepter, I wrote this list fairly early in WotLK and some loot tables were a bit incomplete back then.

    Also, if you’re still waiting for that staff to drop and you’re revered with the Kalu’ak, pick up the Totemic Purification Rod; it’s a nice upgrade over your PvP mace. If you’ve gone with Wyrmrest rep instead, the Gavel of the Brewing Storm (also available at revered) is pretty neat too.


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