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Patch 3.2 Resto Druid Gear Guide: For the Casual/10 Man Raider

Emblem Gear

Mmmmm.... Yummy Tasty Triumph Items

With the changes to mana regen (again) and the boost to MP5, I’ve been scouring through Elitist Jerks posts and articles to try and find some consensus on Resto Druid gear weightings for Patch 3.2.  It took me ages, and I ended up going into Northrend Beasts last week with absolutely no idea if there was an potential drop I should be looking out for.

Now that I’ve finished my reading & research I want to make it easier for other trees out there,and have created a gear wish list so you know what to look out for.  I’m splitting this into 2 parts, this first part aimed at players who fit into the below 4 descriptions:

1. The fairly serious 10 Man raider who sometimes PUGs the easy 25 Mans
2. The 25 Man Raider who is trying to gear up a Resto alt or dual spec set
3. The casual player who knows there stuff, runs heroics with friends & PUG easy 25 mans
4. The player who has just come back from a break and wants to get back into 25 man raiding

I’ve listed 3 or so options for each slot, because some players won’t have access to the new 10 man raid.


  • All options included here are leather only & from normal modes.  For an expanded list, check out my Loot Rank Template with weightings included!
  • I define PUGable 25 Mans as Naxxramas, Obsidium Sanctum: 0 Drakes & Eye Of Eternity
  • With the patch 3.2 changes to badges be prepared to run heaps of heroics! You’ll notice that many of the best items available require Emblems of Triumph.  You can get 2 emblems every day by doing the daily heroic dungeon which means 14 emblems per week!
  • While waiting for a good store of Triumph emblems, you can build yourself a great set between Emblems of Conquest/Valour pieces & splashing out some cash on crafted items.

ilvl245 Helm of Abundant Growth: 75 x Emblems of Triumph, Dalaran
ilvl232 Helm of the Snowy Grotto: Twin Val’kyr, Trial of the Crusader 10
ilvl226 Conqueror’s Nightsong Headpiece: 58 x Emblems of Conquest, Dalaran

ilvl226 Life-Binder’s Locket: Requires Quest Item from Sapphiron, 25 Man Naxxramas & 25 Man Malygos
ilvl226 Evoker’s Charm: 19 x Emblems of Conquest, Dalaran
ilvl213 Symbol of Redemption: The Black Knight, Trial of the Champion Heroic

ilvl245 Shoulders of the Fateful Accord: 45 x Emblems of Triumph, Dalaran
ilvl232 Malfurion’s Spaulders of Conquest: 30 x Emblems of Triumph, Dalaran
ilvl232 Shoulderpads of the Glacial Wilds: Northrend Beasts, Trial of the Crusader 10
ilvl219 Valorous Nightsong Spaulders: Thorim, Ulduar 10

ilvl226 Cape of the Unworthy Wizard: Kel’Thuzad, Naxxramas 25
ilvl226 Asimov’s Drape: Mimiron, Ulduar 25 OR Auction House
ilvl213 Cloak of Kea Feathers: 25 x Emblem of Valor, Dalaran
ilvl213 Shawl of the Caretaker: Ignis the Furnace Master, Ulduar 10

ilvl232 Malfurion’s Robe of Conquest: 50 x Emblems of Triumph, Dalaran
ilvl226 Conqueror’s Nightsong Vestments: 58 x Emblems of Conquest, Dalaran
ilvl226 Phaelia’s Vestments of the Sprouting Seed: Iron Council, Ulduar 25 OR Auction House

ilvl213 Esteemed Bindings: Instructor Razuvious, Naxxramas 25
ilvl213 Bands of the Great Tree: 60 x Emblem of Valor, Dalaran OR Auction House
ilvl219 Bindings of the Depths: General Vezax, Ulduar 10

ilvl232 Malfurion’s Handguards of Conquest: 30 x Emblem of Triumph, Dalaran
ilvl213 Valorous Dreamwalker Handguards: Sartharion, The Obsidian Sanctum H
ilvl226 Grips of the Secret Grove: 28 x Emblem of Conquest, Dalaran

ilvl226 Belt of Arctic Life: Crafted (With Runed Orbs coming down in price, this is definitely worth making)
ilvl226 Belt of the Living Thicket: 28 x Emblem of Conquest, Dalaran
ilvl226 Unravelling Strands of Sanity: Malygos, The Eye of Eternity Heroic

ilvl232 Malfurion’s Leggings of Conquest: 50 x Emblem of Triumph, Dalaran
ilvl226 Wildstrider Legguards: 39 x Emblem of Conquest, Dalaran
ilvl219 Valorous Nightsong Leggings: Hodir, Ulduar 10

ilvl226 Boots of Wintry Endurance: Crafted (With Runed Orbs coming down in price, this is definitely worth making)
ilvl213 Rainey’s Chewed Boots: 40 x Emblem of Valor, Dalaran
ilvl219 Boots of the Petrified Forest: Iron Council, Ulduar 10

ilvl245 Band of the Invoker: 35 x Emblem of Triumph, Dalaran
ilvl245 Heartmender Circle: 35 x Emblem of Triumph, Dalaran
ilvl226 Etched Loop of the Kirin Tor: Tiffany Cartier, Dalaran
ilvl219 Lady Maye’s Sapphire Ring: Iron Council, Ulduar 10
ilvl213 Band of Channeled Magic: 25 x Emblem of Valor, Dalaran

ilvl219 Spark of Hope: Kologarn, Ulduar 10 (This trinket is just made for trees)
ilvl213 Illustration of the Dragon Soul: Sartharion, The Obsidian Sanctum Heroic (Every man & his dog seems to have this trinket – I’ve yet to see it drop)
ilvl213 Forethought Talisman: Multiple Bosses, Naxxramas 25
ilvl200 Je’Tze’s Bell: World Drop, Auction House
ilvl219 Eye of the Broodmother: Razorscale, Ulduar 10 (Be prepared to fight some caster clothies for this trinket!)

ilvl232 Enlightenment: Twin Val’kyr, Trial of the Crusader 10
ilvl232 Cold Convergence: Anub’arak Raid, Trial of the Crusader 10
ilvl219 Devotion: Yogg-Saron, Ulduar 10
ilvl219 Pillar of Fortitude: Trash Drop, Ulduar 10

Main Hand
ilvl232 Blade of the Silver Disciple: Faction Champions, Trial of the Crusader 10
ilvl232 Argent Resolve: Anub’arak Raid, Trial of the Crusader 10
ilvl226 Torch of Holy Fire: Kel’Thuzad, Naxxramas 25 (Yes this once coveted piece is still fantastic)
ilvl219 Stormtip: Iron Council, Ulduar 10

Off Hand
ilvl232 Chalice of Benedictus: Twin Val’kyr, Trial of the Crusader 10
ilvl213 Matriarch’s Spawn: Maexxna, Naxxramas 25
ilvl219 Igniter Rod: Ignis the Furnace Master, Ulduar 10

ilvl245 Idol of Flaring Growth: 25 x Emblem of Triumph, Dalaran (This has got to be the best idol ever designed! It’s the first thing Lath is spending her emblems on)
ilvl213 Idol of Awakening: Multiple Bosses, Naxxramas 25 OR 25 x Emblem of Valor, Dalaran

I hope some trees out there find this helpful! Next up a gear list for the 25 Man raider…



16 Responses to “Patch 3.2 Resto Druid Gear Guide: For the Casual/10 Man Raider”

  1. IhraNo Gravatar says

    *huggles* for this Lath. Running ulduar is out of my range at the moment but I appreciate the stat weights tons. I’d been looking for an mp5 / spirit comparison and now I have numbers to plug in. Their values relative to each other are much the same in PvP, I would imagine.

  2. CassandriNo Gravatar says

    If point for point MP5 is valued higher than Spellpower and Spirit, is it not worth gemming with MP5 gems? That’s not what Loot Rank is recommending, so perhaps I’m missing something here.

    MP5 Gems:

    Royal: Spell Power + MP5 (Purple Gem)
    Lustrous: MP5 (Blue Gem)

    there’s even a PVP one

    Opaque: Resilience + MP5

    • LathereNo Gravatar says

      @Cass, Spirit for gems is still considered the better choice. Basically if you have Improved Tree of Life, you get approximately 2 Spell Power for every 1 Spirit. Spell Power is still our best stat & should be stacked wherever possible. Previously the SP/Spirit gem was way out in front, now with mp5 given a 20% boost, it’s in front… but not by much.

  3. ErclesNo Gravatar says

    I already started looking for Mp5 stuff before 3.2, which perhaps is why I don’t feel the need to get more. I simply can’t remember the last time I went OOM during a fight. Usually I’m able to time to so I’m almost drained as a boss goes down. I’m not saying this to brag, but rather that mana conservation almost feel a bit too easy, so I’ve just started stacking SP now.

    On another note. The Maly 25 neck reward is really nice, but finding a group to do it seems to be impossible. I’ve been sitting on the quest for weeks now. Dear Blizzard, I’ve killed Maly several times, I got the quest, why not just let me have my necklace?
    .-= Ercles’s last blog … N00b Boyfriend =-.

  4. FangaelNo Gravatar says

    Lathere: Cloak question – Do you recommend Cloak of Kea feathers or disguise of the Kumiho? You link the Kumiho but writes Cloak of Kea feathers.

    I am guessing for Kumiho :-)

    Awesome list btw, big thanks!

    • LathereNo Gravatar says

      @Fangael Oooh nice catch! Cloak of the Kea Feathers ranks just that little bit higher on Loot Rank so definitely go for that one. Whenever I look at the stats I automatically assume Disguise of the Kumiho is better, but because MP5 was boosted by 20% in the new patch Cloak of the Kea Feathers is now the better choice.

      Glad you like the list!
      Cheers Lath

  5. AzoraneNo Gravatar says

    U don’t have the toc10H drops why?

  6. CassandriNo Gravatar says

    @ Azorane: At the time this post was published many of the 10 man heroic drops were not yet announed, and those that were, were unconfirmed.

    You can click through to the full list which includes heroic gear by following the Loot Rank link in the first Note in the original post.

  7. ItzeNo Gravatar says

    Did you mean to post Conqueror’s Nightsong Vestments for the chest piece instead of the Conqueror’s Nightsong Robe? The robe is the one that gives you the set bonus, but the stats are similar.

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