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Resto Druid Gear – What to Wear in 4.3

When 4.3 came out I posted a list of all the new gear available in 4.3 (which was just updated yesterday). But what gear should you be aiming for? What do you need from raids and where should you be spending your valor points first?

Normal Mode Dragon Soul

Here’s a good gear set to aim for if you currently have access to normal mode raids:

Helm – Deep Earth Helm (Dragon Soul – Warmaster Blackhorn)
Shoulders – Deep Earth Mantle (Dragon Soul – Hagara)
Chest – Deep Earth Robes (Dragon Soul – Ultraxion)
Wrists – Bracers of Flowing Serenity (crafted)
Hands – Fungus-Born Gloves (Valor vendor)
Waist – Girdle of the Grotesque (Dragon Soul – Hagara)
Legs – Deep Earth Legwraps (Dragon Soul – Yo’sahj)
Feet – Boots of Fungoid Growth (Valor vendor)
Neck – Petrified Fungal Growth (Dragon Soul – Morchok)
Back – Woundlicker Cover (Valor vendor)
Ring 1 – Ring of the Riven (Dragon Soul – Hagara)
Ring 2 – Signet of Suturing (Dragon Soul – random boss drop)
Trinket 1 – Seal of the Seven Signs (Dragon Soul – Warlord Zon’ozz)
Trinket 2 – see note below*
Relic – Lightning Spirit in a Bottle (Valor vendor)
Weapon – Maw of the Dragonlord (Dragon Soul – Madness of Deathwing)
Offhand – Ledger of Revolting Rituals (Dragon Soul – Ultraxion)

*There are a number of options for your 2nd trinket. For those who favour output over regen (like me!), go with Windward Heart (Dragon Soul – random boss drop). If you’re more into regen, go for Heart of the Unliving (Dragon Soul – Spine of Deathwing). It’s a sizable loss of Intellect, but 880 spirit not something to overlook if you’re having mana issues. Alternatively, if you have heroic Jaws of Defeat (Firelands – Majordomo) it’s still a very strong option, providing both a large amount of Intellect and mana savings.

Hard Mode Dragon Soul

Once you start killing heroic Dragon Soul bosses, you’ll want to upgrade all of your valor and crafted gear to the heroic raid gear. Even if the secondary stats on the valor gear look stronger, the extra Intellect that comes from the better ilvl will always be worth it.

Upgrades from the normal mode list:

Wrists – Mycosynth Wristguards (Heroic Morchok)
Hands – Deep Earth Handwraps (Heroic Warlord Zon’ozz)
Feet – Treads of Sordid Screams (Heroic Ultraxion)

Valor Gear

Valor points burning a hole in your pockets? The first upgrade to get is the Woundlicker Cover for 1250 points. It’s really the only cloak option, so you may as well get this one first.

After that, just upgrade your lowest ilvl pieces. Good choices will likely be Boots of Fungoid Growth (1650 points) since the boots in Firelands were poorly itemized or the Lightning Spirit in a Bottle (700 points) if you’re still using one of the ilvl 378 relics.

4.3 Resto Druid Gear

4.3 and the Dragon Soul raid bring all kinds of new gear for resto druids, available from raids, valor points, the new 5-mans and some new crafted loot too.

By Item Slot
By Location

Want an idea of what gear to be aiming for and how to spend your Valor points? Take a look at my suggestions on what to wear.

When looking at upgrades look at:

  • Does it have more Intellect (which comes with a higher ilvl)? Then it’s likely an upgrade.
  • The only stat we have that is subject to caps or breakpoints is haste. If you are under 2005 haste, look for pieces with haste. If an ilvl upgrade will drop you below 2005 you may want to reconsider it.

The secondary stat priority I will be using for T13 is:

Haste to 2005 > Mastery > Crit > extra Haste

There is enough spirit on gear that I’m not factoring it in to the priority, I’ll just take it as it comes.


Gear by Item Slot

Head

Item iLevel Location
Deep Earth Helm (T13)
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Warmaster Blackthorn
Helmet of Perpetual Rebirth 397 Valor points
2200
Timeway Headgear 378 Well of Eternity

Shoulders

Item iLevel Location
Deep Earth Mantle (T13)
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Hagara the Stormbinder
Spaulders of Eternity 378 Hour of Twilight – Archbishop Benedictus

Chest

Item iLevel Location
Deep Earth Robes (T13)
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Ultraxion
Decaying Herbalist’s Robes  397 Valor points
2200
Chronicler’s Chestguard 378 End Time and Well of Eternity (quest)

Wrist

Item iLevel Location
Mycosynth Wristgaurds
LFR Normal Heroic
378/397/410 Dragon Soul – Morchok
Luminescent Bracers 397 Valor points
1250
Bracers of Flowing Serenity 397 Leatherworking
Evergreen Wristbands 378 Hour of Twilight – Arcurion

Hands

Item iLevel Location
Deep Earth Handwraps (T13)
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Warlord Zan’ozz
Fungus-Born Gloves 397 Valor points
1650
Waterworn Handguards 378 Well of Eternity – trash drop

Waist

Item iLevel Location
Girdle of the Grotesque
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Hagara the Stormbinder
Belt of Universal Curing 397 Valor points
1650
Girdle of Fungal Dreams 397 ??
Cord of Lost Hope 378 End Time – Echo of Tyrande/Jaina

Legs

Item iLevel Location
Deep Earth Legwraps (T13)
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Yor’sahj the Unsleeping
Leggings of Nature’s Champion 397 Leatherworking
Leggings of Blinding Speed 378 Hour of Twilight – Asira Dawnslayer

Feet

Item iLevel Location
Treads of Sordid Screams
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Ultraxion
Boots of Fungoid Growth  397 Valor points
1650
Boots of the Forked Road 378 End Time (quest)

Neck

Item iLevel Location
Petrified Fungal Heart
LFR
Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Morchok
Threadlinked Chain 397 Valor points
1250

Back

Item iLevel Location
Woundlicker Cover 397 Valor points
1250
Cloak of Subtle Light 378 Hour of Twilight – Asira Dawnslayer
Drapes of the Dragonshrine 378 Hour of Twilight – trash drop

Finger

Item iLevel Location
Ring of the Riven
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Hagara the Stormbinder
Signet of Suturing
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – random boss drop
Band of Reconstruction 397 Valor points
1250
Horned Band 378 Well of Eternity – Peroth’arn
Signet of the Twilight Prophet 378 Hour of Twilight (quest)

Trinkets

Item iLevel Location
Heart of Unliving
LFR Normal Heroic
390/403/416 Dragon Soul – Spine of Deathwing
Seal of the Seven Signs
LFR
Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Warlord Zon’ozz
Windward Heart
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – random boss drop
Bottled Wishes 397 Valor points
1650
Reflection of the Light 397 Valor points
1650
Foul Gift of the Demon Lord 378 Well of Eternity – Mannoroth

Relic

Item iLevel Location
Lightning Spirit in a Bottle 397 Valor points
700
Mindbender Lens 397 Valor points
700

Weapon

Item iLevel Location
Maw of the Dragonlord
LFR Normal Heroic
390/403/416 Dragon Soul – Madness of Deathwing
Ti’tahk, the Steps of Time
LFR Normal Heroic
390/403/416 Dragon Soul – Madness of Deathwing
Scalpel of Unrelenting Agony
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Yor’sahj the Unsleeping
Vagaries of Time
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Morchok
Visage of the Destroyer
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Warmaster Blackhorn
Jaina’s Staff 378 End Time – Echo of Jaina
Scepter of Azshara 378 Well of Eternity – Queen Azshara
Stalk of Corruption 378 Hour of Twilight – Archbishop Benedictus

Off-hand

Item iLevel Location
Ledger of Revolting Rituals
LFR
Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Dragon Soul – Ultraxion
Dragonfire Orb 397 Dragon Soul – Trash Drop
Demonic Skull 378 Well of Eternity (quest)

Gear by Location

Dragon Soul Raid

Morchok

Item iLevel Slot
Mycosynth Wristgaurds
LFR Normal Heroic
378/397/410 Wrists
Vagaries of Time
LFR Normal Heroic
378/397/410 1H Mace
Petrified Fungal Heart
LFR Normal Heroic
378/397/410 Neck

Warlord Zon’ozz

Item iLevel Slot
Deep Earth Handwraps (T13)
LFR Normal Heroic
378/397/410 Hands
Seal of the Seven Signs
LFR Normal Heroic
378/397/410 Finger

Yor’Sahj the Unsleeping

Item iLevel Slot
Deep Earth Legwraps (T13)
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Legs
Scalpel of Unrelenting Agony
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 1H Dagger

Hagara the Stormbinder

Item iLevel Slot
Deep Earth Mantle (T13)
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Shoulders
Girdle of the Grotesque
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Waist
Ring of the Riven
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Ring

Ultraxion

Item iLevel Slot
Deep Earth Robes (T13)
LFR
Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Chest
Treads of Sordid Screams
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Feet
Ledger of Revolting Rituals
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Offhand

Warmaster Blackhorn

Item iLevel Slot
Deep Earth Helm (T13)
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Helm
Visage of the Destroyer
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Staff

Spine of Deathwing

Item iLevel Slot
Heart of Unliving
LFR Normal Heroic
390/403/416 Trinket

Madness of Deathwing

Item iLevel Slot
Maw of the Dragonlord
LFR
Normal Heroic
390/403/416 1H Mace
Ti’tahk, the Steps of Time
LFR Normal Heroic
390/403/416 Staff

Trash Drop

Item iLevel Slot
Girdle of Fungal Dreams 397 Belt
Dragonfire Orb 397 Off-hand

Random Boss Drop
Chance to drop off any boss except Deathwing.

Item iLevel Slot
Signet of Suturing
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Ring
Windward Heart
LFR Normal Heroic
384/397/410 Trinket

Valor Points

Item iLevel Slot Cost
Helmet of Perpetual Rebirth 397 Helm 2200
Decaying Herbalist’s Robes 397 Chest 2200
Luminescent Bracers 397 Wrist 1250
Fungus-Born Gloves 397 Hands 1650
Belt of Universal Curing 397 Waist 1650
Boots of Fungoid Growth 397 Feet 1650
Lightning Spirit in a Bottle 397 Relic 700
Mindbender Lens 397 Relic 700
Threadlinked Chain 397 Neck 1250
Woundlicker Cover 397 Back 1250
Band of Reconstruction 397 Ring 1250
Bottled Wishes 397 Trinket 1650
Reflection of the Light 397 Trinket 1650

Dungeons

Well of Eternity

Item iLevel Slot
Timeway Headgear 378 Helm
Horned Band 378 Ring
Foul Gift of the Demon Lord 378 Trinket
Waterworn Handguards 378 Gloves
Scepter of Azshara 378 1H Mace

End Time

Item iLevel Slot
Cord of Lost Hope 378 Waist
Jaina’s Staff 378 Staff

Hour of Twilight

Item iLevel Slot
Spaulders of Eternity 378 Shoulders
Evergreen Wristbands 378 Wrists
Leggings of Blinding Speed 378 Legs
Cloak of Subtle Light 378 Back
Stalk of Corruption 378 Staff
Drapes of the Dragonshrine 378 Back

Dungeon Quest Rewards

Item iLevel Slot
Chronicler’s Chestguard 378 Chest
Boots of the Forked Road 378 Feet
Signet of the Twilight Prophet 378 Ring
Demonic Skull 378 Off-hand

Leatherworking

Item iLevel Slot
Bracers of Flowing Serenity 397 Wrist
Leggings of Nature’s Champion 397 Legs

4.2 Resto Druid Gear

4.2 brings all kinds of new gear for resto druids, available from raids, valor points, rep vendors and some new crafted loot too.

By Item Slot
By Location

I am not including a ‘best in slot’ list in this. I feel best in slot is a mostly meaningless term at this point. Which piece is best depends on what other gear you have, and with reforging most of it is interchangable anyways. When looking at upgrades look at:

  • Does it have more Intellect (which comes with a higher ilvl)? Then it’s likely an upgrade.
  • The only stat we have that is subject to caps or breakpoints is haste. If you are under 2005 haste, look for pieces with haste. If an ilvl upgrade will drop you below 2005 you may want to reconsider it.

The secondary stat priority I will be using for T12 is:
Haste to 2005 > Mastery > Crit > extra Haste

There is enough spirit on gear that I’m not factoring it in to the priority, I’ll just take it as it comes.

Here’s a sample of what my ideal (normal) gear setup would look like: Chardev profile – this would allow for the 4 set bonus and still retain 2005 haste.

*As 4.2 hasn’t released yet, some information may be missing or incorrect. I will update as things are confirmed*


Gear by Item Slot

Head

Item iLevel Location
Obsidian Arborweave Helm (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Ragnaros
Obsidian Arborweave Helm 378 Firelands raid – Ragnaros
Cowl of the Clicking Menace (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Beth’tilac
Cowl of the Clicking Menace 378 Firelands raid – Beth’tilac

Shoulders

Item iLevel Location
Obsidian Arborweave Mantle (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Majordomo Staghelm (HM)
Obsidian Arborweave Mantle 378 Firelands raid – Majordomo Staghelm
Flickering Shoulderpads (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Shannox (HM)
Flickering Shoulderpads 378 Firelands raid – Shannox

Chest

Item iLevel Location
Obsidian Arborweave Robes (heroic) 391 Firelands Raid – Alysrazor (HM)
Obsidian Arborweave Robes 378 Valor points
2200
Incendic Chestguard (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Lord Rhyolith (HM)
Incendic Chestguard 378 Firelands raid – Lord Rhyolith

Wrist

Item iLevel Location
Glowing Wing Bracers (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Baleroc (HM)
Glowing Wing Bracers 378 Firelands raid – Baleroc
Flickering Wristbands (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Alysrazor (HM)
Flickering Wristbands 378 Firelands raid – Alysrazor
Smolderskull Bindings 378 Valor points
1250

Hands

Item iLevel Location
Obsidian Arborweave Handwraps (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Baleroc (HM)
Obsidian Arborweave Handwraps 378
Valor points
1650
Cindersilk Gloves (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Beth’tilac (HM)
Cindersilk Gloves 378 Firelands raid – Beth’tilac
Heavenly Gloves of the Moon 378 Leatherworking

Waist

Item iLevel Location
Firescar Sash 378 Avengers of Hyjal – Honored
Fireplume Girdle 365 Damek Bloombeard – Firelands dailies

Legs

Item iLevel Location
Obsidian Arborweave Legwraps (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Shannox (HM)
Obsidian Arborweave Legwraps 378 Valor points
2200
Firecat Leggings (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Majordomo Staghelm
Firecat Leggings 378 Firelands raid – Majordomo Staghelm

Feet

Item iLevel Location
Phoenix-Down Treads (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Alysrazor (HM)
Phoenix-Down Treads 378 Firelands raid – Alysrazor
Ethereal Footfalls 378 Leatherworking

Neck

Item iLevel Location
Heartstone of Rhyolith (herioc) 391 Firelands raid – Lord Rhyolith (HM)
Heartstone of Rhyolith 378 Firelands raid – Lord Rhyolith
Flowform Choker (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Majordomo Staghelm (HM)
Flowform Choker 378 Firelands raid – Majordomo Staghelm
Firemind Pendant 378 Valor points
1250
Nightweaver’s Amulet 365 Zen’Vorka –
Firelands Dailies

Back

Item iLevel Location
Wings of Flame (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Alysrazor (HM)
Wings of Flame 378 Firelands raid – Alysrazor
Flowing Flamewrath Cape 378 Avengers of Hyjal – Friendly
Mantle of Desire 365 Quest – Elemental Bonds

Finger

Item iLevel Location
Quicksilver Signet of the Avengers 391 Avengers of Hyjal – Exalted
Crystal Prison Band (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Shannox (HM)
Crystal Prison Band 378 Firelands raid – Shannox
Soothing Brimstone Circle 378 Valor points
1250
Spirit Fragment Band 365 Varlan Highbough – Firelands dailies

Trinkets

Item iLevel Location
Eye of Blazing Power (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Alysrazor (HM)
Eye of Blazing Power 378 Firelands raid – Alysrazor
Jaws of Defeat (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Majordomo Staghelm (HM)
Jaws of Defeat 378 Firelands raid – Majordomo Staghelm
Fiery Quintessence 378 Avengers of Hyjal – Revered
Moonwell Chalice 365 Ayla Shadowstorm – Firelands dailies

Relic

Item iLevel Location
Singed Plume of Aviana (heroic) 391 Crystalized Firestone + normalversion
Singed Plume of Aviana 378 Valor points
700
Soulflame Vial (heroic) 391 Crystalized Firestone + normalversion
Soulflame Vial 378 Valor points
700
Relic of Elune’s Light 365 Ayla Shadowstorm – Firelands dailies

Weapon

Item iLevel Location
Ko’gun, Hammer of the Firelord (heroic) 397 Firelands raid – Ragnaros (HM)
Ko’gun, Hammer of the Firelord 384 Firelands raid – Ragnaros
Chelley’s Sterilized Scalpel (Heroic)
391 Crystalized Firestone + normalversion
Chelley’s Sterilized Scalpel – 1H Dagger 378 Firelands raid – trash drop
Funeral Pyre (heroic) – 2H Staff 391 Firelands raid – Beth’tilac (HM)
Funeral Pyre – 2H Staff 378 Firelands raid – Beth’tilac
Smoldering Censer of Purity – 2H Staff (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Any boss (HM)
Smoldering Censer of Purity – 2H Staff 378 Firelands raid – Any boss
Lightforged Elementium Hammer 365 Weapon – 1H Mace

Off-hand

Item iLevel Location
Goblet of Anger (heroic) 391 Firelands raid – Shannox (HM)
Goblet of Anger 378 Firelands raid – Shannox
Globe of Moonlight 365 Ayla Shadowstorm – Firelands dailies

Gear by Location

Firelands Raid

Beth’tilac

Item iLevel Slot
Cowl of the Clicking Menace (heroic) 391 Head
Cowl of the Clicking Menace 378 Head
Cindersilk Gloves (heroic) 391 Hands
Cindersilk Gloves 378 Hands
Funeral Pyre (heroic) 391 Weapon – 2H Staff
Funeral Pyre 378 Weapon – 2H Staff

Lord Rhyolith

Item iLevel Slot
Incendic Chestguard (heroic) 391 Chest
Incendic Chestguard 378 Chest
Heartstone of Rhyolith (herioc) 391 Neck
Heartstone of Rhyolith 378 Neck

Alysrazor

Item iLevel Slot
Obsidian Arborweave Robes (heroic) 391 Chest
Phoenix-Down Treads (heroic) 391 Feet
Phoenix-Down Treads 378 Feet
Wings of Flame (heroic) 391 Back
Wings of Flame 378 Back
Flickering Wristbands (heroic) 391 Wrist
Flickering Wristbands 378 Wrist
Eye of Blazing Power (heroic) 391 Trinket
Eye of Blazing Power 391 Trinket

Shannox

Item iLevel Slot
Obsidian Arborweave Legwraps (heroic) 391 Legs
Goblet of Anger (heroic) 391 Off-hand
Goblet of Anger 378 Off-hand
Crystal Prison Band (heroic) 391 Finger
Crystal Prison Band 378 Finger
Flickering Shoulderpads (heroic) 391 Shoulders
Flickering Shoulderpads 378 Shoulders

Baleroc

Item iLevel Slot
Obsidian Arborweave Handwraps (heroic) 391 Hands
Glowing Wing Bracers (heroic) 391 Wrist
Glowing Wing Bracers 378 Wrsit

Majordomo Staghelm

Item iLevel Slot
Obsidian Arborweave Mantle (heroic) 391 Shoulders
Obsidian Arborweave Mantle 378 Shoulders
Flowform Choker (heroic) 391 Neck
Flowform Choker 378 Neck
Firecat Leggings (heroic) 391 Legs
Firecat Leggings 378 Legs
Jaws of Defeat (heroic) 391 Trinket
Jaws of Defeat 378 Trinket

Ragnaros

Item iLevel Slot
Ko’gun, Hammer of the Firelord (heroic) 397 Weapon – 1H mace
Ko’gun, Hammer of the Firelord 384 Weapon – 1H mace
Obsidian Arborweave Helm (heroic) 391 Head
Obsidian Arborweave Helm 378 Head

Random Boss Drop

Chance to drop off any boss

Item iLevel Slot
Smoldering Censer of Purity (heroic) 391 Weapon – 2H Staff
Smoldering Censer of Purity 378 Weapon – 2H Staff

Trash Drops

Item iLevel Slot
Chelley’s Sterilized Scalpel 378 Weapon – 1H Dagger

Crystalized Firestone vendor

Crystalized Firestones, which drop from all Firelands heroic bosses can be used to upgrade:

  • Weapons and Relics from the 4.2 Valor point vendor
  • Firelands trash drops
Item iLevel Slot
Chelley’s Sterilized Scalpel 391 Weapon – 1H Dagger
Soulflame Vial 391 Relic
Singed Plume of Aviana 391 Relic

Valor Points

Item iLevel Slot
Obsidian Arborweave Robes 378 Chest
Obsidian Arborweave Handwraps 378
Hands
Obsidian Arborweave Legwraps 378 Legs
Smolderskull Bindings 378 Wrist
Firemind Pendant 378 Neck
Soothing Brimstone Circle 378 Finger
Singed Plume of Aviana 378 Relic
Soulflame Vial 378 Relic

Avengers of Hyjal – Rep Vendor

Avengers of Hyjal rep is gained by killing things in the Firelands raid.

Item iLevel Slot Rep level
Quicksilver Signet of the Avengers 378 Finger Exalted
Fiery Quintessence 378 Trinket Revered
Firescar Sash 378 Waist Honored
Flowing Flamewrath Cape 378 Back Friendly

Mark of the World Tree/Firelands Quests

These vendors are opened up one at a time by doing the new quests in Mount Hyjal. Open up the vendor with the most useful loot first (this will likely be Ayla Shadowstorm).

Item iLevel Slot Vendor
Fireplume Girdle 365 Waist Damek Bloodbeard
Globe of Moonlight 365 Off-hand Ayla Shadowstorm
Moonwell Chalice 365 Trinket Ayla Shadowstorm
Relic of Elune’s Light 365 Relic Ayla Shadowstorm
Spirit Fragment Band 365 Finger Varlan Highbough
Nightweaver’s Amulet 365 Neck Zen’Vorka
Mantle of Desire 365 Back Quest – Elemental Bonds

Leatherworking

Item iLevel Slot
Ethereal Footfalls 378 Feet
Heavenly Gloves of the Moon 378 Hands
Obsidian Arborweave Mantle

Blacksmithing

Item iLevel Slot
Lightforged Elementium Hammer 365 Weapon – 1H Mace