Bling and Weapons
In Part One, I looked at Armor items. This time its bling and weapons. Part Three covers item enhancements. Remember, this list is gear you can get from professions, questing and the AH to gear you up for your first Naxxramas run. I’m excluding stuff you have to PvP or farm badges for.
Dragon Prow Amulet -BoE drop from Utgarde Keep. Fairly common on the AH, and therefore reasonably cheap. This baby is my necklace of choice, giving good stats at a reasonable price.
Amulet of the Crusade – Quest/Icecrown. If money is tight, this is a good alternative to the DPA. Less stats, including 10 less Spellpower, but you do get a gem slot. (Although once you factor in the cost of a decent gem, you might prefer to just buy the DPA.
Titanium Spellshock Necklace – Jewelcrafted epic. If money is no object, you might want to burn 2K gold on this. Its really a Balance piece, and not good enough to warrant choosing it over the DPA.
There are a lot of rings you can choose from – especially if gold is no object. I confess there are so many rings and trinkets that I’ve probably missed a couple of good ones.
Loop of the Kirin Tor – Do you have 8500 gold to spare? I had to include this one because its so awesome, but I think I’ll buy a couple of epic flying mounts for my alts before buying this🙂 .
Titanium Spellshock Ring – Jewelcrafted epic. I had to include this one because I saw one on the AH on New year’s Day and treated myself. Its really a Balance ring, but it has a gem slot.
Signet of Hopeful Light – Argent Crusade exalted. Ok, so you’re not likely to get to exhalted with these guys until you hit the heroics, but its nice to have a goal.
Ring of Temerity – Quest/The Occulus. A quest in an instance, so the loot is guaranteed. (Remember its farming random drops we want to avoid). There’s a ring with MP5 from the same quest, but this has so much more Intellect and Spellpower I selected this one instead.
Ring of the Fallen Shadow Adept – Quest/Icecrown. Our first green, and pretty good. Intellect, Spirit, and above average Spellpower.
Twisted-Puzzle Ring – BoE Northrend drop. Can’t be bothered questing? This one should be a reasonable price on the AH.
Darkmoon Card: Greatness – OMG. Buy the Nobles cards or Deck off the AH if you can find them. Or grind your Inscription for the cards.Comes in several different flavors.
Darkmoon Card: Illusion – Probably not quite as good as the Greatness. Still a nice mana battery though.
Futuresight Rune – Quest/Dragonblight. I like trinkets that have an ‘on equip’ +Spellpower, because I don’t currently have them macro-ed to my casts. The +Spirit ‘on use’ is great if you need a boost when you Innervate.
Softly Glowing Orb – Nice ‘on use’ Spellpower boost. Good +Spirit ‘on equip’.
You’re a little out of luck for easily obtainable idols. The only pre-level 80 Northrend idol you can get is Idol of Pure Thoughts. But that’s from Grizzly Hills PvP dailies, so I have to exclude it from my list🙂 . That leaves you with whatever idol you had at level 70 until you can farm the 15 Badges of Heroism for your Idol of Lush Moss. This was going to be my first Badge buy, but I’ve read a few posts saying its broken at the moment so I’m holding off. I’m still using my Idol of the Emerald Queen right now.
Edit (1/8/9) – I’ve just read that Idol of the Emerald Queen is being nerfed in patch 3.0.8. According to the PTR patch notes on MMO Champion – “This idol was providing greater healing than implied by its tooltip. It has been reduced to correct value.” This appears to be Blizzard’s answer to complaints that the Idol of Lush Moss was broken because it hardly gives any improvement over the Emerald Queen – “the new idol isn’t rubbish, it was the old one that was too good. Where’s me nerf-bat”. Looks like I’ll be buying the new Idol just to keep my Lifebloom power as it is😦 . Doesn’t feel good to be grinding badges just to keep from moving backwards.
Totemic Purification Rod – Revered with Kalu’ak. The Kalu’ak are probably the easiest Northrend faction to hit Revered with. Just do all the Northrend quests from their villages, and you’ll be revered before you hit 80. This mace is good enough to start your heroics, but you can get better …
Gavel of the Brewing Storm – Revered with the Wyrmrest Accord. This is a good upgrade from your walrus mace, giving an additional 41 Spellpower. (Shame you lose a little Haste for the Crit, but neither are that important). It takes a while to hit Revered with the dragon dudes, so make sure you start doing their dailies as soon as they become available so you can grab this baby as you hit 80. Drake Hunt is available at level 69, Defending Wyrmrest Temple at 71, and Aces High at 80, but they only give 250 rep each.
Titansteel Guardian – BoE crafted epic. I’m putting this one in the list because a Priest in our guild was really keen on it. I’m not so impressed – its got oodles of Spellpower, but no Int, Spirit or MP5. So its great if you like to have +Spellpower competitions with your friends and don’t care about your other stats (or if you’re happy with the Int and Spirit you get from the rest of your gear). I’d rather save my cash and wait for something a little more balanced to drop. This baby costs a packet – 2000g+ on my server.
The Argent Tournament in patch 3.1 introduced some nice gear for new raiders, You can start grinding the Tournament dailies from Level 77, so you can be well o your way to having the Champions Seals you need to buy the gear you need by the time you hit 80. The dailies also give very good XP.
Probably the most notable item for a Resto Druid is the Dagger of Lunar Purity. This gives 408 Spellpower and a big chunk of Spirit. Its now probably the best starter weapon for Resto Druids, and makes grinding Wyrmrest rep slightly less important.
I favor this dagger over the Titansteel Spellblade for the much better stats balance. The spellblade can be bought on the AH, so if you feel you have enough Int and Spirit, you may prefer to buy that and grind some other rep instead. (But if you’re buying a Titansteel weapon, you’ll want the Titansteel Guardian for the extra Spellpower).
Prison Manifest – BoE drop from Violet Hold. This is an awesome Blue off-hand.
Frostbridge Orb – BoE Drop from the Occulus. Another very good off-hand.
The Witching Grimoire – Quest/Icecrown. Has Spirit and MP5.
Faces of Doom – Inscription crafted Purple. This is on a par with the Prison Manifest, and is probably slightly better. Its likely to cost you more though
Iron-Bound Tome – Inscription crafted purple. Significantly more Spellpower, but only Stamina and Crit. A reasonable buy if you feel you already have enough Int and Spirit and need the extra Spellpower..
In Part Three – Enhancements (enchants, threads, etc).