Friday, March 21, 2008

Pre-Kara Moonkin Gear Guide Part 2

So here is part two. This section will look at Chests, Bracers, and Gloves. Again, if you have any questions please feel free to post them in the comments section.

Gear Guide Part 2.

Chest: This one is pretty hard. There are a lot of good cloth chests and it really depends on what you are looking for. It is nearly impossible to rank them. If you are not willing to where cloth then choice becomes easy.
1. [Windhawk Hauberk] - BoP Crafted - Leatherworking - I realize that not everyone will have access to this chest. However, it you are a leatherworker it is a clear choice. It has great overall stats with a ton of damage and crit. Note that the pure damage and the healing damage on this item stack for a total of 46 damage before sockets.
2. [Robe of Oblivion] - Shadow Labyrinth - Murmur - As I said before this is a really hard choice. I ranked this number two because it has the most potential overall spell damage of the non-crafted items, but there are a lot of other good options if you can't get this one. Check the Honorable Mentions for other options of cloth chests.
3. [Tunic of the Nightwatcher] - Underbog - Swamplord Musel'ek - If you leveled as moonkin you better already have this chest. The heroic chest is only slightly better and much harder to get. It has well rounded stats with nice overall damage. I would also suggest ignoring the socket bonus since 2 mp5 isn't all that much.

Honorable Mentions: [Anchorite's Robes], [Warp Infused Drape], [Auchenai Anchorite's Robe], & [Bloodfyre Robes of Annihilation]

Bracers:
1. [Windhawk Bracers] - BoP Crafted - Leatherworking - Much like the crafted chest these bracers have very good stats and there aren't a lot of other options. The badge bracers are quite a bit better so these probably won't last really long but they are much better then the other options before you raid and do lots of heroics. I do suggest that you ignore the Socket bonus.
2. [Shattrath Wraps] - Dungeon Quest - The Soul Devices - A very nice set of bracers that you are almost guaranteed to have. Doesn't have as much damage as other options, but it does have nice overall stats.
3. [Bracers of Havok] - BoE Crafted - Tailoring - Very high damage and fairly cheap for crafted bracers. I would ignore the socket bonus on these as well.
4. [Mana Infused Wristguards] - Quest - A Fate Worse Than Death - Sadly these are the best Leather Bracers available if you are not willing to wear cloth. They are also a perfect reason as to why Moonkin should where cloth when it has better stats than your leather options.

Gloves:
1. [Gloves of Arcane Acuity] - Magister's Terrace - Kael'thas Sunstrider - Another great new item from patch 2.4. It has a ton of damage and hit with good overall stats as well. This is clearly the best choice.
2. [Starlight Gauntlets] - Underbog - Hungarfen - This is another item that you should already have if you leveled as a moonkin. These are the best leather gloves before you raid and you can use them at level 63. They have decent overall stats with a good amount of spell damage.
3. [Gloves of Oblivion] - The Shattered Halls - Warchief Kargath Bladefist - It seems like every other item I list is a warlock set piece. These gloves are great if you need some spell hit, but the other two options are clearly superior if you don't.

Guild Update:
As I mentioned last post we have been having a little trouble getting enough healers to raid. Thursday was no exception. Hopefully we will have more people back this week and can get back on track. Other than that there is not much to say.

Toon Update:
Graylo - I got about 34 badges over the weekend, bringing my total to 165. I need 45 more to get the 2.4 ring and gloves, and the 2.3 chest. I would need 75 after that to get 2.3 head. If the patch doesn't drop tomorrow I may go ahead and get the 2.3 Helm since it will take a couple of weeks for the 2.4 badge vendors to be available.

Graypal - I didn't do anything with him.

Grayfel - Got him up to level 35. I really like playing him but some of the warlock quarks are starting to annoy me. Soul Shards should Stack!. The freaken pet quests have me running all over the place. I am level 35 and still don't have a fel hunter. My mining as also annoying me because I am a little behind leveling it. I can mine most of the nodes I see but there are a few that I can't because I am to low level. He is out of rested XP again, and I will be having company next week end so who knows when I will pick him up again.


4 comments:

Science said...

One addition to the Pre-Kara chest pieces should be the Robe of the Crimson Order (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=31297). It's cloth, but with its Spell hit, it's a really good piece also considering it's BoE so AH hunting applies. I currently raid Gruul's and still where this chest to avoid re-gem-ing for spell hit.

Cdin said...

Thanks for reading Science.

As I said there are a lot of good choices when it comes to cloth chests. I though about includeing the robe of the crimson order because it is a nice chest. However, ultimately it fell victim to two of my prejudices.

1. It has no stamina on it. I am a big fan of stamina when it comes to raiding. One of the main things most early raiders suffer from is a lack of health and picking items with out stam make the problem worse.
2. I am not a big fan of buying BoE rares and epics. I think it is a big waste of gold. For almost every BoE item there is an item from an instance that is just as good if not better. Sure they are easier to get, but it feels like a waste to me. I even sell them if they drop for me and they are an upgrade.

Monory said...

I am leveling Moonkin now, and it is really good to hear that the 2 items I just got from Underbog (Chest and Gloves) are comparable with level 70 items (I am 63 right now). after I become 70 I want to make my Windhawk set, so should I start farm now or wait to 70?

(Char : Monory : EU Darkspear)

Cdin said...

@Monory

The chest and gloves out of Underbog are the best Leather options before you raid. This has more do due with a lack of leather caster gear at higher levels then the quality of the items out of underbog. There are several cloth choices that are better than both items at 70.

As far as the Windhawk set goes I would try and get it as soon as possible, but don't let it slow your leveling.