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Enchanting a New Set of Tank Gear

Enchant all your gear. It’s pretty easy. Here’s the list, just as my tank mentor gave it to me. (There are obviously other options for some of these… but it’s easiest to just put one)

Helm – Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector
30 Stam, 20 Defense Rating
** Revered with the Argent Crusade.

Shoulder – Lesser Inscription of the Pinnacle
+15 Dodge Rating, 10 Defense Rating
** Honored with Sons of Hodir. (Exalted takes a while, but Honored is easy.)

Cloak – Enchant Cloak – Titanweave
+16 Defense Rating

Chest – Enchant Chest – Greater Defense
+22 Defense Rating

Bracer – Enchant Bracers – Greater Stamina
+40 Stamina

Gloves – Enchant Gloves – Armsman
+ 2% increased threat and +10 Parry
(there are other options, but this is my favorite)

Belt – Eternal Belt Buckle
Adds a socket!

Pants – Frosthide Leg Armor
+55 Stam, +22 Agi

Boots – Enchant Boots – Greater Fortitude
+22 Stam

Weapon (you have choices!!)
** Start with Mongoose. Wonderful for avoidance.
** I like Blade Ward for raiding.
** Other options include Blood Draining…

Shield – Enchant Shield – Defense
+20 Defense Rating


Defense and Defense Rating

Are you a new tank wondering how to gear? Let me help you.

2) Gem for Stam. (once you have CAPPED DEF.)
3) No, seriously, you did cap your def, right?

“What is defense rating?”Wowwiki

Your Defense skill determines whether a boss can critically hit you. Heroic bosses are level 82, and you need 535 defense to make yourself uncrittable. Raid bosses are level 83, so you need 540 defense to be uncrittable in raids.

Gear has “defense rating” on it, and 4.92 defense rating = 1 point of “defense skill”. So the math works like this:
— You need +665 Defense Rating to tank heroics (that’s 535 def)
— You need +689 Defense Rating to tank raids (that’s 540 def)

“That is so much defense!!! How do I get there?”

Get crafted defense gear from a blacksmith – the cheap blue Saronite stuff will do. Gem exclusively +16 Defense gems until you’ve reached the cap. (Then, you may gem stam.)

“So I am almost capped. I have like 525 def. Can’t I tank a heroic?!”

No. Get more crafted gear. Gem more Def. I know, it hurts. Your HP pool will look low. But your #1 priority is to cap def.

This is something that was tough for me to understand when I first hit 80, because I wanted to tank and my HP pool looked so low, and it was so frustrating to spend all my gem slots on def gems…. but def is not an optional priority.

It’s not like melee capping hit – if you are a DPS class without hit capped, you’ll miss some and your DPS won’t be great. If you tank without being def capped, the boss can crit you and your healer will have a heart attack and you will probably die and everyone will wipe.

“Whatever, I can’t cap it yet. Screw you, I’m going to go tank H Nexus!”

Yeah, I was guilty of doing this. I tanked some heroics before I was capped, and I never wiped any runs due to being crittable. It’s bad, but you can do it.

“I am overcapped. What a waste!”

No way! More Def than the cap isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s a great avoidance stat and increases your chance to block, parry, and dodge across the board. Once you have reached the cap, don’t be afraid of going a few points over it.

Starter Gear

When I hit 80, my tank expert friend made me a list of gear that I needed to obtain out of heroics. I figured I would repost it here for the benefit of anyone googling for this information… current up to Patch 3.2, where TOC was introduced.

Helm – H ToC 2nd boss
Neck – H ToC Last boss
Shoulders – H ToC second boss
Cloak – Buy it from the AH, Tattered Castle Drape
Chest – H DTK or Wrymrest Rep
Bracers – H OK
Belt – H AN
Pants – H VH
Boots – ToC reg
Ring 1 – H UK
Ring 2 – Crafted.
Trinket 1 – ToC reg
Trinket 2 – Jewelcrafting or Badges
Weapon – H UP
Shield – Crafted, Titansteel Shield Wall
Libram – Badges

Yeah, right now I’m too lazy to look up what all these are and link them. I will soon. Just browse Atlasloot and you’ll see which gear I mean.

You can farm for some of these before you’re 80 if you have nice friends! I’m talking about the regular TOC stuff. And that trinket from Regular TOC, The Black Heart, that is an AMAZING PIECE OF GEAR. Get it immediately. You will use it for a long, long time.

Farming these heroics for items, you will also amass conquest emblems and start upgrading with those. The very first thing I bought was a libram – it was an absolute necessity and I don’t think there’s any other way to get a decent one.

The progression from there depends on your luck with heroic drops – my next upgrade was pants because I had terrible luck in H VH and never got those. The T8 Chest and Helm are wonderful and you will want them as soon as possible, but they’re 58 emblems each… happy grinding.

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