HoTs and DoTs: A Restoration Druid and Shadow Priest

Gearing Up Your Sapling

Teldrassil Sapling: Summon your brand new level 80 Restoration Druid

Teldrassil Sapling: Summon your brand new level 80 Restoration Druid and gear them!

I don’t talk about her very often but I have a sapling – a fresh level 80 Restoration Druid – called Restori. Yes, I have two Restoration Druids. Restori currently resides on Nagrand and she’s a big Tauren.

I’ve found myself starting to focus on how to best gear up Restori without raiding (well not much) so that when I’ve got the spare time in the future I’ll be able to PUG the occasional raid for pure fun.

Gearing as a Casual

The best way to gear her is by running heroics. While doing this research I couldn’t stop thinking that this is quite a time consuming and painful way to go about gearing.

I’m sure that joining a guild that runs 10 mans twice a week gearing up would actually be easier. If you have a playing schedule that allows you to join a 10 man raiding guild I strongly recommend you consider that path.

Saplings and Haste

When I first went back to Restori last week I had a grand total of 88 Haste. Those first couple of heroics were painful. While the haste cap isn’t a strict requirement for 5 man dungeons I’ve been spoiled playing Lathere. I’m working and gemming to reach at least 735 Haste and I’ll use a build that talents into Celestial Focus.

What to buy first?

While there are some nice items in heroics, the majority of really good pieces available to baby trees come from Emblems and crafted gear. Restori has very limited gold at her disposal so most of her gear is going to come from Emblems.

I’ve included a list of the best pieces available below so you can make up your own mind how to best gear your sapling but if you want to do the majority of gearing via Heroics this is the order of how I’m spending my Emblems of Triumph and Emblems of Frost.

Note: Don’t follow this as gospel – shuffle it around a little based on what you pick up while doing random heroics. There is no point upgrading the Shoulders first for instance if you have a good ilvl 200 Blue piece yet your wearing a terrible pair of green gloves.

Triumph Order
1. Runetotem’s Spaulders of Conquest 30
2. Idol of Flaring Growth 25
3. Band of the Invoker 35
4. Runetotem’s Robe of Conquest 50
5. Runetotem’s Handguards of Conquest 30
6. Runetotem’s Leggings of Conquest 50
7. Mask/Helm of Abundant Growth 75
8. Heartmender Circle 35
Total 330
Frost Order
1. Volde’s Cloak of the Night Sky 50
2. Purified Lunar Dust 60
3. Circle of Ossus 60
4. Lasherweave Gauntlets 60
5. Lasherweave Legplates 95
Total 265

If the average Heroic gives you 5 Emblems of Triumph you are looking at 66 heroics to get all those pieces.

To get the first 3 Frost pieces (the last 2 are just wishful upgrades) it will take 9 weeks if you stick to doing the daily heroic and weekly raid each week.

The Big Picture

The set I’m aiming for with Restori can be seen here along with my talents, gems and enchants: “Best in slot” Restoration Druid Gear without Raiding.

If you have plenty of cash available and want to inject this into your Sapling there are some great crafted and Bind on Equip epics you can pick up from the Auction House.  On Barthilas these items cost approximately 15000g each so unless you are at gold cap I would suggest making sure that a resto druid is what you like playing before splurging!  This list can be seen along with a different talent build and gems can be found here.

The Gear List

I’ve tried to keep the number of options limited. Basically if there are two ilevel 245 pieces that can both be bought for Emblems of Triumph I’ve only listed here the better itemised of the two. This is the same for crafted gear.

Sometimes the cloth pieces are better than the leather so while there is nothing wrong with choosing the leather piece, I am only listing the item that has the best itemisation for a tree.

* There are a couple of fantastic items in here that drop from easily pugged raids. Feel free to ignore them and go straight to better options. Or use this list to compare those items to others available in that slot.

Head
ilvl
Source
Haste
Mask/Helm of Abundant Growth
245
75 Emblem of Triumph
74
Lasherweave Helmet
251
95 Emblem of Frost
Stormrage Antlers*
232
Onyxia
72
Helm of the Snowy Grotto*
232
Twin Val’kyr
Malfurion’s/Runetotem’s Headpiece of Conquest
232
50 Emblem of Triumph
Neck
Love’s Prisoner
232
Bronjahm
34
Evoker’s Charm
226
19 Emblem of Conquest
42
Arcane Loops of Anger
232
The Devourer of Souls
45
Shoulders
Pauldrons/Mantle of Revered Mortality
245
45 Emblem of Triumph
59
Lasherweave Pauldrons
251
60 Emblem of Frost
Malfurion’s/Runetotem’s Spaulders of Conquest
232
30 Emblem of Triumph
60
Shoulderpads/Pauldron’s of the Glacial Wilds*
232
Northrend Beasts
52
Back
Volde’s Cloak of the Night Sky
264
50 Emblem of Frost
Disguise of the Kumiho
213
25 Emblem of Valor
41
Cloak of the Fallen Cardinal
219
Scourgelord Tyrannus
Cloak of the Dying*
213
Kel’Thuzad
Drape of Surgery*
200
Patchwerk
25
Chest
Vestments of Spruce and Fir
264
95 Emblem of Frost
108
Lasherweave Robes
251
95 Emblem of Frost
Merlin’s Robe
245
Crafted
90
Chestguard of Broken Branches
232
The Captain’s Chest
72
Malfurion’s/Runetotem’s Robes of Conquest
232
50 Emblem of Triumph
89
Wrist
Bejeweled Wizard’s Bracers
245
Crafted
50
Wristguards of Subterranean Moss
219
Ick
37
Ghostly Wristwraps
232
Trash Mobs
Cuffs of the Shadow Ascendant
213
60 Emblem of Valor
38
Hands
Gloves of False Gestures
264
60 Emblem of Frost
64
Lasherweave Gauntlets
251
60 Emblem of Frost
63
Essence of Desire
232
The Devourer of Souls
55
Malfurion’s/Runetotem’s Handguards of Conquest
232
30 Emblem of Triumph
Suspiciously Soft Gloves
232
Marwyn
Waist
Circle of Ossus
264
60 Emblem of Frost
80
Belt of Arctic Life
226
Crafted
40
Braid of Salt and Fire
232
Ick
60
Belt of the Living Thicket
226
28 Emblem of Conquest
56
Strip of Remorse
232
The Captain’s Chest
62
Legs
Leggings of Woven Death
264
Crafted
108
Lasherweave Legplates
251
95 Emblem of Frost
78
Malfurion’s/Runetotem’s Leggings of Conquest
232
50 Emblem of Triumph
72
Wildstrider Legguards
226
39 Emblem of Conquest
Leggings of the Snowy Bramble
219
The Black Knight
69
Feet
Blessed Cenarion Boots
264
Crafted
72
Spellslinger’s Slippers
226
Crafted
56
Prelate’s Snowshoes
232
Scourgelord Tyrannus
57
Ice-Steeped Sandals
219
Forgemaster Garfrost
57
Slippers of the Holy Light
213
40 Emblem of Valor
37
Finger
Ashen Band of Wisdom
251
The Ashen Verdict Quartermaster
53
Band of the Invoker
245
35 Emblem of Triumph Vendor
50
Runed Loop of the Kirin Tor
251
Harold Winston
Heartmender Circle
245
35 Emblem of Triumph Vendor
Oath of Empress Zoe
232
The Captain’s Chest
Trinket
Purified Lunar Dust
264
60 Emblem of Frost
Ephemeral Snowflake
232
Marwyn
Talisman of Resurgence
245
50 Emblem of Triumph
Abyssal Rune
200
The Black Knight
84
The Egg of Mortal Essence
200
Emblem of Heroism
Embrace of the Spider*
200
Maexxna
Nevermelting Ice Crystal
232
Scourgelord Tyrannus
Staves (2-Hand)
Engraved Gargoyle Femur
232
Scourgelord Tyrannus
86
Unspeakable Secret
219
Forgemaster Garfrost 93
Blood Boil Lancet
219
The Devourer of Souls
Greatstaff of the Nexus*
213
Malygos 104
Charmed Cierge*
200
Four Horsemen Chest 89
Main Hand
Surgeon’s Needle
232
Forgemaster Garfrost
Spectral Kris
219
The Black Knight 46
Bone Golem Scapula
219
The Captain’s Chest 37
Mariel’s Sorrow
219
The Black Knight
Ice Spire Scepter*
213
Malygos 38
Off Hand
Shriveled Heart
232
The Captain’s Chest
50
Handbook of Obscure Remedies
200
25 Emblem of Heroism 25
Faces of Doom
200
Crafted
Scepter of Murmuring Spirits*
200
Instructor Razuvious
Watchful Eye*
200
Grand Widow Faerlina
Relic
Idol of the Black Willow
264
30 Emblem of Frost
Idol of Flaring Growth
245
25 Emblem of Triumph
Idol of Lush Moss
200
15 Emblem of Heroism

18 Responses to “Gearing Up Your Sapling”

  1. AnalogueNo Gravatar says

    I really recommend running the top end instances – TOC, FOS, POS, HOR – on regular a few times, getting some nice solid drops, and then queueing for them on heroic. It will make the grind a lot less painful to have some solid pieces in slots that hold quest greens. Make the Idol of Flaring Growth your first Triumph badge priority, ignore the Frost idol until you’ve got everything else you want with frosts.

    FYI I think they nerfed the drop rate on the Ghostly Wristwraps. I saw them drop three times the first day I ran PoS and since then I’ve seen them drop twice. Go for the crafted ones if you can afford it.

    The Circle of Ossus was my second Frost priority and I’m skipping the trinket for now (went for my two set bonus instead). That’s a personal choice but I have a half dozen trinkets I’ve picked up places that I swap in and out depending on the fight. (Pst: you’ve got the Abyssal Rune trinket in your trinkets list, is that right? Are you listing it because of the haste? I think there were a few times I put that one on for the haste so I wouldn’t blame you…)
    .-= Analogue’s last blog: Gearing Up is Easy =-.

  2. BriNo Gravatar says

    I guess I’m a bit confused on the gear list, as you’ve listed several items that drop in raid instances, yet stated you were gearing up without raiding, but maybe I misunderstood. I have a resto druid that’s never raided, and likely never will due to my playstyle, so your post is of extreme interest to me.

    I wanted to mention another source for a good starter weapon is the Argent Tournament. The Dagger of Lunar Purity http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45078 (or the Horde equivalent) is a great starter main-hand for resto druids and a bargain at only 25 Champion’s Seals. The Iron-bound Tome http://www.wowhead.com/?item=38322 is a crafted off-hand, but not an expensive one,and while it doesn’t have the spirit and intellect of the other offhands, it does offer a generous amount more spellpower. Since resto druids are so mana-efficient, it’s my opinion it’s worth the trade-off.
    .-= Bri’s last blog: The "Whoa" Moment =-.

    • CassandriNo Gravatar says

      I think Lathere has put in a few really “standout” pieces from the easy to pug raids (like Naxx). I’ll go through and asterisk them so you can ignore them. Fortunately none of them are the most desirable item listed :)

    • LathereNo Gravatar says

      I’m a raider at heart so even in the midst of dungeoning with crappy gear I’m always on the look out for a PUG VOA, TOC or anything I think I can get away with!

      I’ve tried to add some of these items in just because quite a few casuals are willing to give the odd PUG raid a show and some of the items are worthwhile and not worth overlooking as alternative options.

  3. ArgonNo Gravatar says

    I’d advise running regular ToC for a little bit first before you start grinding heroics. Getting a few 200 epics from there to replace your awful leveling gear will help a lot when you hit heroics.

  4. UeshibaNo Gravatar says

    Awesome… I’m just about to hit 80 on my resto druid and I’ve been dying to find a good gearing guide for “fresh 80s.” One quick question though; Runetotem’s Vestments of Conquest under your Triumph list… isn’t that a boomkin piece? Was this on purpose for some reason?

    • LathereNo Gravatar says

      Yep that was a mistake – I’ve corrected the list and linked the Restoration item instead.

  5. UeshibaNo Gravatar says

    Okay, I swear I’m not trying to spam here =) But… on a previous post of yours (Patch 3.3 Resto Druid Gear for the Casual…), I noticed a couple differences in items. I would love you get your input on why. Specifically, for wrists, I see you’ve listed the Wizard’s Bracers here and Moonshadow Armguards there. Also, for legs, you’ve listed Woven Death here, and Unleashed Legwraps there. The difference I primarily see is between haste vs. crit.

    This leads to my primary question. I’m going to primarily spend my time in heroics as a healer. I don’t have the time to raid (10 or 25 man), and I have plenty of spouse aggro to ensure that =). Once in a blue moon I may step into my guild’s 10-man runs if they need a healer. My goal is really to get the best possible gear I can prior to Cataclysm by grinding heroics and spending gold on BoEs/crafted. Which of these gear lists should I focus on, and how can I resolve the discrepancies I’ve pointed out above?

    Thank you so much!

    • LathNo Gravatar says

      With the 3.3 Raiding guides I only included leather items because quite a few raiding guilds including my own don’t allow restos to roll on cloth items over priests and other clothies. I have found as a casual player doing 5 mans and PUGs people need on anything that is actually an upgrade for them so I loosened the search terms and included cloth items.

      One of the other links I want to post is a Profile for people who have a fair bit of gold to throw into gearing. There are some great Bind on Equip epics that if you have cash lying around will make a huge difference – definitely better than the pieces I can afford.

  6. JaediaNo Gravatar says

    Excellent post! Will bookmark this for later on, if I ever bother to level Kensa, she’s still at 68.
    .-= Jaedia’s last blog: Dragons and Pilla’s =-.

  7. LathNo Gravatar says

    OK I’m sorry I didn’t realise that Cass was going to post this article! I hadn’t finished going through it to make sure all the item links worked correctly and made sure I was 100% happy with the items I was going for. Last night for example I already changed to my mind on the chest and decided to fork out for the Merlin’s Robe instead of going for the badge list.

    I’ve updated and added the extra things I wanted to talk about now :)

  8. GravityNo Gravatar says

    Thank you so much for this list, it’s exactly what I needed for my own druid. I found using Rawr/wowhead and other tools effective, but had trouble with stat weight choices and it doesn’t conveniently organise them into a page I can bookmark.

  9. LenNo Gravatar says

    I realise I’m a little late to this post but it’s been very useful in gearing up my resto druid :)

    Anyway I just wanted your thoughts on a specific problem I’m having – when to break my 4 piece T9. When I do raid its 10 mans only (and not that often) so I don’t have access to the higher level or heroic versions of the T9 or vast amounts of T10. I was lucky enough to get the T10 legs from VoA last night but am really stuck on when it’s worth breaking T9. Half the problem seems to be the amount of crit rather than haste on the T9… I mean there’s crit on 3/4 of the non-leg pieces!

    Any thoughts?

    • LathereNo Gravatar says

      I know a lot of druids chose to keep 4 piece tier 9 until they had 4 pieces of tier 10 to exchange it with. To be honest I’m not too sure if the 4 piece tier 10 bonus is even that great for 10 man raiders – I rarely see my rejuvenation jump and it gets overwritten by one of the other trees in my guild most of the time anyway and that’s in 25 mans. Keeping rejuv on 10 players isn’t too hard as it is, so will the jump benefit you a great deal?

      I swapped out to 2 pieces of tier 10 – the shoulders and gloves when I had the badges and I didn’t feel like I lost out at all. It certainly wasn’t anywhere near as bad as switching out my tier 8 while still picking up tier 9!

      If you can save enough frost emblems for your 2nd piece of tier 10 I think that would be a big upgrade from your current 232 items. If haste is a problem then upgrade the gloves (30 badges) as the tier 10 legs and hands are the 2 haste pieces. You can then use emblems of triumph to get the Helm of Abundant Growth & Mantle of Revered Mortality which are 245 items and also have a heap more haste and spell power on them.

      Going from 4 pieces of 232 tier 9 to 2 pieces of 251 tier 10 (with wild growth bonus) + 2 pieces of 245 will definitely give you greater bang for your buck then the 4 piece tier 9 bonus!

  10. UeshibaNo Gravatar says

    Quick follow up question – are these pieces rank ordered from best to worst in this list? Some of the stats on same-slot pieces are quite comparable, and I was just wondering how or why they were ordered as you have them. For example, through running heroics, I’ve accumulated all 3 of the neckies you have listed and I’m stuck on which one to equip =)

    Thanks!

    • LathereNo Gravatar says

      The data is pulled from Loot Rank – so it is ranked from best to worst, though all options provided are still meant to be tasty. I agree – the neck pieces are definitely all very comparable – in fact I actually choose to wear Arcane Loops of Anger (ranked 3rd) at the moment because I really want the extra haste and MP5 hasn’t been too big an issue for me :)

  11. AiidaNo Gravatar says

    Like others I’m a bit late on this (well a lot late), but this is bookmarked and what I refer to when I have enough emblems to purchase something. Thanks for putting this up. I’m still gearing, but I hope to get into a 10 man raid in the not so distant future. Right now random heroics are boring to heal and I’m not that well geared..I think!

  12. Extremely interesting details!Perfect just what I was looking for!

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