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.
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)
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.
Krik’thir the Gatewatcher drops Exquisite Spider-Silk Footwraps.
Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom (73-75)
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.
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.
Halls of Stone (77-79)
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.
The Oculus (80)
Mage-Lord Urom drops haste shoes, The Conjurer’s Slippers.
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.
Utgarde Pinnacle (80)
Skadi the Ruthless drops Silken Amice of Ymirjar.
King Ymiron only has a haste ring, Signet of Ranulf.
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,