Update: This list has been updated to account for my revaluation of haste rating.
Update2: Updated for Onyxia.
Edit: This is the Horde version of the list. If you would like the Alliance version please click here.
My Gear lists are some of the most popular posts on my blog. I get very frequent requests to up date it, but real life concerns and the availablity of information often prevent me from getting it out quickly.
These posts aren't completely done because I haven't had a chance to make comments or come up with a BiS list, but I want to get it out there for you guys to start sifting through it.
Part 2 can be found here.
This updated list would not be posted as early as it is if it weren't for the help of Cowtarus on Stormscale-US. He did all of the data entry for the ToC instances saving me a lot of time and sanity. So if you appreciate the existance of this list please send him a fruit basket or something.
I should also thank Chris C. He came to me several months ago and offered to look up all of the locations for the gear on the gear list. He did quite a lot of work and sent me locations for about half the list. He said he was working on the other half but I didn't hear from him again. Since Cowtarus included locations in his list, I desided to include Chris C's as well eventhough it is incomplete. Edit: Chris C. actually sent me the rest of the locations recently, so they should all be there now.
As you can tell, this list is starting to get excedingly long. My goal is to give you useful information but not to crit you with a wall of text. With that goal in mind I've made some changes and executive decisions.
- Purges: I dropped some items from the list. The basic goal was to drop items that were clearly healing focused and not very useful to a moonkin of that level. So I came up with some rule to try and eliminate some records. For example, if it had Mp5 I don't include it on the list because it sucks for moonkin. If Spell Power was the only DPS stat on the item I dropped it. That sort of thing.
- Set Bonuses: There used to be two columns on the end that tried to include the value of set bonuses. Well, I needed the space, and desided that the two extra stats didn't add much value. If you're really researching your gear you know which set bonuses are better then others.
A few comments:
- These rankings are purely based upon DPS. Yes, Stam and Mp5 have value, but there is no way to directly translate them into DPS. By the same token Intelligence and Spirit have both mana and DPS benefits, but only the DPS is considered.
- The use of this list require's some thought. It is a general ranking intended to to give you an ideal on how items realate to each other. It is up to you to manage your Hit and Haste caps. Do not take every number one item on the list. Also realize that these values are an estimate. Two items with a similar value, can be assumed to be equal.
- To rank these items I used the following weights Hit Rating - 1.8213, Spell Power - 1, Haste Rating - 0.8159, Crit Rating - 0.7824. These weights assume a high level of Ulduar Gear. It also assumes your are at or above the Haste Cap. If your below the haste cap, haste will be more valueable to you.
- I assume that all socket bonus will be met using Eqic quality gems. This is how I socket each gem: Meta = [Chaotic Skyflare Diamond], Red = [Runed Cardinal Ruby], Yellow = [Potent Ametrine], Blue = [Purified Dreadstone]. Yes, ignoring socket bonus will improve some of the items. However, the shifts would be small and it's easier manage this way.
Black - DPS stat ranking
Red - DPS stat ranking minus Hit rating
You could make a very good arguement for Breeches of the Deepening Void here, but I went with the Tier piece in my Alliance BiS list. The Tier pants have a little more Hit rating on them and I was a few points shy of of the cap if I didn't pick them up. Being a little bit below the cap is mathimatically ok if you're getting enough stats elsewhere, but misses are annoying.
|Runetotem's Cover of Triumph - H||1 RotGV||597.4||426.2|
|Runetotem's Cover of Triumph||75 EoT + 1 ToC||540.8||391.5|
|Hood of Fiery Aftermath||75 EoT||530.8||396|
|Runetotem's Cover of Conquest||50 EoT||492.3||361.1|
|Gaze of the Unknown||Black Knight - H||470.7||352.3|
|Collar of the Wyrmhunter||Razorscale25||453.9||361|
|Conqueror's Nightsong Cover||Thorim25||437.1||327.9|
|Cowl of Icy Breaths||Hodir10||436.7||312.8|
|Valorous Dreamwalker Cover||Kel'Thuzad25||427||350.5|
|Helm of Abundant Growth||75 EoT||421.5||421.5|
|Helm of the High Mesa||Twin Valkyrs 10 - H||415.4||415.4|
|Helm of Clouded Sight||75 EoT||415.4||415.4|
|Valorous Nightsong Cover||Mimiron10||414.3||314.1|
|Crown of Luminescence||Mimiron25 H||400.7||400.7|
|Helm of the High Mesa||Twin Valkyrs 10||382.1||382.1|
|Headpiece of Reconciliation||Sartharion25 H||377.7||377.7|
|Heroes' Dreamwalker Cover||Kel'Thuzad10||376.5||310.9|
|Cover of the Keepers||Auriaya10||367.1||367.1|
|Cowl of Vanity||Grobbulus25||362.7||362.7|
|Lifespark Visage||Flame Leviathan10||351||351|
|Cowl of the Absolute||Auriaya25||346||189.4|
|Gaze of the Somber Keeper||Confessor's Cache||330.4||330.4|
|Cowl of Winged Fear||Sapphiron10||312.5||312.5|
|Cowl of the Perished||Maexxna25||219.1||219.1|
This is an easy choice since Tier pieces hold 3 of the 4 top spots in my ranking. It's a great source of hit. Plus, since the T8 helm has hit on it this is an easy way to transition to Tier 9 with out messing up your caps to much.
Once again it is a Tier slot and that makes the choice easy.
This is another good spot to transition to T9 from T8. There is a big stat improvement from t8 to T9 and it won't mess up your cap balancing. Plus, if you exclude Hit Rating from the valuation then the Tier 9 chest is the most highly rated.
This is where I broke the tier set in my Alliance BiS List. Your basically trading Spirit for Crit Rating which is a very good trade. Horde may do it a little differently to balance their hit rating.
|Dark Essence Bindings||Twin Valkyrs 25 - H||265.3||187|
|Felspark Bracers||Jaraxxus 10 - H||232.5||172.4|
|Dark Essence Bindings||Twin Valkyrs 25||227.3||158.1|
|Felspark Bracers||Jaraxxus 10||205.2||139.7|
|Bindings of the Autumn Willow||Jaraxxus 25 - H||200.9||200.9|
|Bejeweled Wizard's Bracers||Pattern from 25man||197.8||197.8|
|Bindings of the Ashen Saint||Anubarak 25 - H||197.1||197.1|
|Bracers of Unleashed Magic||Kologarn25||192.7||127.1|
|Moonshadow Armguards||Pattern from 25man||178.2||178.2|
|Grips of Chaos||Ulduar25||175.1||109.5|
|Royal Moonshroud Bracers||Pattern from 25man||173.8||173.8|
|Bindings of the Ashen Saint||Anubarak 25||170.3||170.3|
|Bindings of the Autumn Willow||Jaraxxus 25||170.3||170.3|
|Grasps of Reason||Flame Leviathan25 H||168.6||168.6|
|Bindings of the Expansive Mind||Razuvious25||165.2||114.2|
|Combustion Bracers||Flame Leviathan10||159.8||101.6|
|Bindings of the Wicked||Champion's Cache||159.1||99|
|Wraps of the Astral Traveler||Emblem of Valor||147.2||96.2|
|Shackles of the Odalisque||Razorscale25||140.5||140.5|
|Bracers of the Broodmother||Razorscale25||137.7||137.7|
|Bands of Impurity||Noth25||135.3||135.3|
|Bindings of the Depths||Vezax10||135||135|
|Runetouch Handwraps||Iron Council10||131.9||131.9|
|Azure Cloth Bindings||Cyanigosa5 H||112.9||112.9|
|Cuffs of Winged Levitation||Eregos5 H||112.2||112.2|
|Plauge-Infected Bracers||Mal'Ganis5 H||112.1||112.1|
I go with the Dark Essence Bindings here to meet the hit cap in my Alliance List. They area great source of hit rating in a reasonable amount. That said, you may also want to take a look at the Bejeweled Wiszard's Bracers. They are an awesome set of crafted bracers that are almost perfectly itemized. On top of that your guild should have no problem with you using them since they are crafted cloth rather then dropped cloth.
|Belt of Biting Cold||Faction Champs 25 - H||357.3||251.7|
|Icehowl Binding||Northrend Beasts 10 - H||339.9||228.8|
|Belt of Biting Cold||Faction Champs 25||317.9||225|
|Icehowl Binding||Northrend Beasts 10||297.6||193.8|
|Belt of Pale Thorns||Twin Valkyrs 25 - H||273.5||273.5|
|Sash of Ancient Power||Crafted H||270.8||192.5|
|Belt of the Tenebrous Mist||Northrend Beasts 25 - H||269||269|
|Belt of the Darkspeaker||Vezax25||254.6||152.6|
|Belt of Pale Thorns||Twin Valkyrs 25||236||236|
|Cincture of Polarity||Thaddius25||232.9||154.6|
|Belt of the Bloodhoof Emissary||Jaraxxus 10 - H||232.3||232.3|
|Belt of the Tenebrous Mist||Northrend Beasts 25||231.5||231.5|
|Belt of the Eternal||Anubarak 10 - H||230.3||230.3|
|Belt of the Churning Blaze||Eadric's Cache||218.1||127.1|
|Plush Sash of Guzbah||Emblem of Heroism||210.8||143.4|
|Cord of the White Dawn||Crafted H||209.9||209.9|
|Belt of the Bloodhoof Emissary||Jaraxxus 10||205.9||205.9|
|Belt of the Eternal||Anubarak 10||205.5||205.5|
|Belt of Arctic Life||Crafted H||205.2||205.2|
|Girdle of Bane||Ymiron5 H||198.1||110.6|
|Leash of Heedless Magic||Malygos25||194.3||194.3|
|Belt of the Crystal Tree||Iron Council10 H||190.1||190.1|
|Belt of the Living Thicket||Emblem of Conquest||189.1||189.1|
|Embrace of the Leviathan||Flame Leviathan25||186.3||186.3|
|Belt of the Sleeper||Ulduar25||185.7||185.7|
|Belt of the Dragon Matriarck||Razorscale10||173.9||173.9|
|Conductive Cord||XT-002 Deconstructor10||167.3||167.3|
|Belt of False Dignity||Faerlina25||163.5||163.5|
|Belt of Potent Chanting||Noth25||163.5||163.5|
|Vine Belt of the Woodland Dryad||Emblem of Heroism||154.1||154.1|
|The Confessor's Binding||Confessor's Cache||153.6||153.6|
|Sash of Blood Removal||Gal'darah5 H||151.7||151.7|
|Binding of the Tranquil Glade||Champion's Cache||151.5||151.5|
|Sash of the Servant||Anub'arak5 H||147.4||147.4|
|Sash of Mortal Desire||Faerlina10||147.2||147.2|
|Girdle of Lenience||Razuvious10||144.2||144.2|
|Belt of Dark Mending||Ebon Blade rep H||142.3||142.3|
|Ghostflicker Waistband||Kirin-Tor Rep H||134.3||134.3|
Belt of Pale Thorns is an awesome leather belt. As such this is one of the rare times where I will tell you not to roll on cloth. The Belt of the Tenebrous Mist has almost identical stats, but it is cloth. Since both are relatively easy to get and very similar, it would be better for you to pass the cloth belt to the clothies and foster some goodwill for the future.
|Boots of the Icy Floe||Anubarak 25 - H||365.8||256.6|
|Boots of the Icy Floe||Anubarak 25||323||215.5|
|Sunreaver Magus' Sandals||Faction Champs 10 - H||322.1||236.5|
|Sandals of the Mourning Widow||Faction Champs 25 - H||285.6||285.6|
|Boots of the Harsh Winter||Northrend Beasts 25 - H||275.5||275.5|
|Sunreaver Magus' Sandals||Faction Champs 10||274.1||201.3|
|Sandals of Rash Temperament||XT-002 Deconstructor25||271.2||167.4|
|Boots of the Crackling Flame||Black Knight - H||247.7||176.7|
|Boots of Fiery Resolution||Flame Leviathan25 H||245.6||245.6|
|Treads of the False Oracle||Yogg-Saron25 H||244.7||244.7|
|Boots of the Harsh Winter||Northrend Beasts 25||237.6||237.6|
|Sandals of the Grieving Soul||Twin Valkyrs 10 - H||235.4||235.4|
|Sandals of the Mourning Widow||Faction Champs 25||231.5||231.5|
|Barkhide Treads||Eadric's Cache - H||228.2||166.3|
|Boots of Impetuous Ideals||Loatheb25||223.6||156.2|
|Spellslinger's Slippers||Crafted H||212||212|
|Xintor's Expeditionary Boots||Emblem of Valor||208.1||129.8|
|Boots of Wintery Endurance||Crafted H||206.6||206.6|
|Savior's Slippers||Crafted H||201.4||201.4|
|Sandals of the Grieving Soul||Twin Valkyrs 10||200.4||200.4|
|Boots of the Servant||Freya25||200||200|
|Footsteps of Malygos||Malygos10||189.1||189.1|
|Boots of Hasty Revival||XT-002 Deconstructor25||188||188|
|Sandals of the Ancient Keeper||Auriaya25||184.4||184.4|
|Treads of the Dragon Council||Yogg-Saron10||176.6||176.6|
|Boots of the Excaped Captive||Naxx25||173.1||173.1|
|Boots of Persuasion||Patchwerk25||167.3||167.3|
|Boots of Septic Wounds||Patchwerk25||164.4||164.4|
|Sandals of Crimson Fury||Wyrmrest Accord rep H||156.1||156.1|
|Sullen Cloth Boots||Patchwerk10||146.8||146.8|
Again I pick a leather boot over a cloth boot and this time the cloth boot is actually a little better mathimatically. I do so for a couple of reasons. First the values of the two boots are so close that it is hard to say which one is actually better. They are roughly equal. Second, the leather boots are a little easier to obtain since they drop off an easier boss. Finally, this is another good opportunity to foster a little good will with the clothies at little expense to yourself.
Ok, that is all of the primary armor evaluated. My next post will be out early next week and list all of the Jewelry and weapons.
Once again, as you can see there are a lot of links and values in this post. It is quite possible that I messed some of them up. If you find an incorrect link or a valuation just doesn't look right, please let me know so that I can correct it.