Arthas and the Hard Modes have been available for a couple of weeks and I need to stop being slack. Here is the updated list that should take us to Cataclysm. Please read over the sections below before looking at the lists. The comments I make here should answer a lot of the questions you may have.
Once again Cowtarus on Stormscale-US helped me out in producing this list. He did all of the data entry for the new instances saving me a lot of time and sanity. So if you appreciate the existence of this list please send him thanks as well. I know I appreciate it.
Once again, I’ve had to make some changes in how I build the list.
- Names: The list will only include the Alliance names for the ToC gear. I apologize if anyone has a huge problem with that, but you’re going to have to deal with it. I will not be producing a separate Horde list. At this point in time you should already know what gear you want out of ToC and ToGC. If you don’t, the old lists should be ok for helping you find the available gear.
- Purges: No one seemed to object to my purges last time, and no one gave me any reason to keep the Ulduar gear. Therefore, I am dropping it from this list as well as all 5man gear. ToC is easily pugable, therefore I doubt anyone is doing major progression in Ulduar. If you would like to see rankings from earlier instances please look at my earlier lists.
There are a couple of exceptions that I still included despite falling into one of that categories above. I think all of the exceptions were trinkets.
- This list is a tool, not a blue print for how to gear. I’ve never intended these lists to be the definitive guide on how to gear a raiding moonkin. I don’t want to see any comments anywhere that say “item X is the best because it’s ranked number one on Graylo’s list.”
- The use of this list requires some thought. It is a general ranking intended to give you an idea on how items relate to each other.
Please realize that these values are estimates based upon my gear level. Two items with a similar value, can be assumed to be relatively equal. Also, realize that if you are at a different gear level then me, you may value the stats differently. I highly suggest you look at this post to determine how you value stats and weigh your options accordingly.
- It is up to you to manage your Hit, Haste, and Crit caps. Do not take every number one item on the list.
- These rankings are purely based upon DPS. Yes, Stamina and mana regen 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.
- Procs are particularly hard to quantify. Trinkets and other items that have procs or on use abilities are estimated in the list. However, it is likely that some of them are wrong given that we know very little about some of the procs. I will update them if I can, but I make no guarentees.
- To rank these items I used the following weights Hit Rating - 2.103, Spell Power - 1, Haste Rating - 0.6748, Crit Rating - 0.6014. To be completely honest, I struggled a little with what weights to use for this guide. In the end I went with what SimulationCraft spit out for me. It assumes you are over both the haste cap and the crit cap, and a gear level around a full set of 264 ilevel.
- 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 = [Reckless 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.
We all know that the primary reason for using our Tier Sets in the past has been for the set bonuses. They have always been good enough for us to ignore poor itemization. However, you only need 4 peices to complete the set. So, in the past we have always been able to pick a slot that is poorly itemized and find a better itemized not tier piece to up grade our gear but still have the Tier bonuses.
I don't think this situation holds for ICC. It depended on some of our gear to be poorly itemized, but the entire T10 gear set is very well itemized. Finding an upgrade out side of the tier set is much more difficult this time around. Most people say that they want to drop one of the hit pieces for something without hit, but even then you're causing yourself to lose DPS stats some where else. In the end, I'm infavor of using all 5 tier pieces, because the gain for going off set in tier 10 is very small if it exists at all. That is just my opinion though.
Black - DPS stat ranking
Red - DPS stat ranking minus Hit rating
There will be some debate on what is best from this slot. As I said before I prefer the Tier pieces. If you are able to get the Heroic legs and are a Night Elf then this gives you a really easy way to get hit capped. Even if you can only get the 264 ilevel set, Night Elfs can easily hit cap with a couple of Vieled gems. Others will say that the Crafted legs are best, because they are very well itemized. However, they do not have a heroic equivalent, and it forces you to pick up the hit else where.
The tier helms are a clear choice again. I don't think anyone will debate that.
Pretty much the same thing I said for the head slot.
The tier set’s itemization wins again.
The gloves are the other tier 10 piece with Hit Rating. It may make it a little easier for horde to hit cap by going offset here, but I think most people will use the tier gloves.
|Bracers of Eternal Dreaming (H)||Valithria - 25H||216.8||216.8|
|Death Surgeon's Sleeves (H)||Rotface - 25H||216.8||216.8|
|The Lady's Brittle Bracers (H)||Deathwhisper - 25H||314.5||205.1|
|Ether-Soaked Bracers (H)||Rotface - 10H||275.8||195.9|
|Bracers of Eternal Dreaming||Valithria - 25||193.2||193.2|
|Death Surgeon's Sleeves||Rotface - 25||193.2||193.2|
|Wrists of Septic Shock (H)||Festergut - 10H||191.5||191.5|
|Bracers of Dark Blessings (H)||Deathwhisper - 10H||189.4||189.4|
|Bracers of the Autumn Willow||Jaraxxus 25 - H||189.2||189.2|
|Armbands of the Ashen Saint||Anubarak 25 - H||186.5||186.5|
|Bejeweled Wizard's Bracers||Pattern from 25man||179.8||179.8|
|Bindings of Dark Essence||Twin Valkyrs 25 - H||262.4||171.9|
|The Lady's Brittle Bracers||Deathwhisper - 25||280.9||169.4|
|Bracers of Dark Blessings||Deathwhisper - 10||168.6||168.6|
|Moonshadow Armguards||Pattern from 25man||166.3||166.3|
|Wrists of Septic Shock||Festergut - 10||163.8||163.8|
|Royal Moonshroud Bracers||Pattern from 25man||162.9||162.9|
|Armbands of the Ashen Saint||Anubarak 25||160||160|
|Bracers of the Autumn Willow||Jaraxxus 25||160||160|
|Felspark Bindings||Jaraxxus 10 - H||228.8||159.4|
|Ether-Soaked Bracers||Rotface - 10||240.8||156.7|
|Bindings of Dark Essence||Twin Valkyrs 25||224.2||144.3|
|Felspark Bindings||Jaraxxus 10||205.4||129.7|
There really aren't any good bracers in ICC, and that is one of the arguements for going offset at the leg slot. All of the caster bracers have either Spirit or Hit rating on them. I wasn't able to come up with a good set to get close to the hit cap with hit bracers and dropping the Tier legs, so I am sticking with spirit. The Bracers of Eternal Dreaming are your best bet if you go with spirit. The Death Surgeon's Sleeves have the exact same itemization but are cloth, therefore, I would pass them to any cloth who wants them before I would take them.
|Crushing Coldwraith Belt (H)||Marrowgar - 25H||326.9||326.9|
|Professor's Bloodied Smock (H)||Putricide - 25H||310.7||310.7|
|Lingering Illness (H)||Festergut - 25H||299.9||299.9|
|Belt of Petrified Ivy||60 EoF||294.5||294.5|
|Crushing Coldwraith Belt||Marrowgar - 25||292.3||292.3|
|Cauterized Cord (H)||Putricide - 10H||291.3||291.3|
|Circle of Ossus||60 EoF||275.3||275.3|
|Professor's Bloodied Smock||Putricide - 25||271.7||271.7|
|Cord of the Patronizing Practitioner (H)||Marrowgar - 10H||269||269|
|Lingering Illness||Festergut - 25||268.6||268.6|
|Cauterized Cord||Putricide - 10||260||260|
|Cord of Pale Thorns||Twin Valkyrs 25 - H||259.1||259.1|
|Cord of Dark Suffering (H)||Gunship - 10H||256||256|
|Cord of the Tenebrous Mist||Northrend Beasts 25 - H||255.8||255.8|
|Belt of Omission||60 EoF||382.5||247.9|
|Cord of the Patronizing Practitioner||Marrowgar - 10||239.7||239.7|
|Cord of Biting Cold||Faction Champs 25 - H||355.6||233.6|
|Cord of Dark Suffering||Gunship - 10||232.6||232.6|
|Cord of Pale Thorns||Twin Valkyrs 25||222.3||222.3|
|Cord of the Tenebrous Mist||Northrend Beasts 25||218.9||218.9|
|Belt of the Winter Solstice||Jaraxxus 10 - H||218.7||218.7|
|Cinch of the Undying||Anubarak 10 - H||216.4||216.4|
|Icehowl Cinch||Northrend Beasts 10 - H||341.9||213.6|
|Cord of Biting Cold||Faction Champs 25||313.1||205.8|
|Belt of the Winter Solstice||Jaraxxus 10||193.4||193.4|
|Cinch of the Undying||Anubarak 10||193.3||193.3|
|Icehowl Cinch||Northrend Beasts 10||300||180.1|
The Belt of Petrified Ivy is because you can buy it with Emblems. However, it does not have a heroic version, and the Crushing Coldwraith Belt drops off of Marrowgar. If you have access to Hard modes then the Marrowgar belt will be best in slot if you can roll on cloth.
|Plague Scientist's Boots (H)||Festergut - 25H||326.9||326.9|
|Boots of Unnatural Growth (H)||Gunship - 25H||304.1||304.1|
|Plague Scientist's Boots||Festergut - 25||292.3||292.3|
|Boots of the Frozen Seed (H)||Deathwhisper - 10H||290.3||290.3|
|Boots of Unnatural Growth||Gunship - 25||273.5||273.5|
|Blessed Cenarion Boots||Crafting||271.7||271.7|
|Boots of the Mourning Widow||Faction Champs 25 - H||271.2||271.2|
|Sandals of Consecration||Crafting||264.3||264.3|
|Pale Corpse Boots (H)||Blood Princes - 10H||260.2||260.2|
|Boots of the Frozen Seed||Deathwhisper - 10||258.9||258.9|
|Boots of the Unrelenting Storm||Northrend Beasts 25 - H||254.7||254.7|
|Icecrown Spire Sandals (H)||Saurfang - 10H||360.8||247.3|
|Footpads of the Icy Floe||Anubarak 25 - H||367.1||241|
|Pale Corpse Boots||Blood Princes - 10||229.9||229.9|
|Icecrown Spire Sandals||Saurfang - 10||318.1||221.4|
|Boots of the Unrelenting Storm||Northrend Beasts 25||220||220|
|Boots of the Mourning Widow||Faction Champs 25||218.9||218.9|
|Sandals of the Silver Magus||Faction Champs 10 - H||316.2||217.3|
|Boots of the Grieving Soul||Twin Valkyrs 10 - H||216.8||216.8|
|Footpads of the Icy Floe||Anubarak 25||325.8||201.7|
|Boots of the Grieving Soul||Twin Valkyrs 10||185||185|
|Sandals of the Silver Magus||Faction Champs 10||268.1||184|
The Plague Scientist's Boots are the best boots available, but Boots of Unnatural Growth and Boots of the Frozen Seed are ver nice as well. You will ultimately want the cloth boots, but keep an eye out for the leather ones because they are likely easier to get.
|Frostbinder's Shredded Cape (H)||Valithria - 25H||242.6||242.6|
|Jaina's Radiance||Tribute Chest 25 - H||236.6||236.6|
|Greatcloak of the Turned Champion (H)||Saurfang - 25H||221.2||221.2|
|Bolvar's Devotion||Tribute Chest 25 - H||219.4||219.4|
|Frostbinder's Shredded Cape||Valithria - 25||216.2||216.2|
|Lich Wrappings (H)||Valithria - 10H||213||213|
|Drape of Bitter Incantation||Tribute Chest 10 - H||209.3||209.3|
|Volde's Cloak of the Night Sky||50 EoF||196.5||196.5|
|Shawl of Fervent Crusader||Tribute Chest 10 - H||194.2||194.2|
|Greatcloak of the Turned Champion||Saurfang - 25||191||191|
|Shawl of the Refreshing Winds||Northrend Beasts 25 - H||189.9||189.9|
|Cloak of Displacement||Faction Champs 25 - H||279.2||176.1|
|Lich Wrappings||Valithria - 10||249.3||163|
|Flowing Sapphiron Drape||Onyxia25||161.7||161.7|
|Shawl of the Refreshing Winds||Northrend Beasts 25||160||160|
|Cloak of Displacement||Faction Champs 25||248.3||143.2|
|Fluttering Sapphiron Drape||Onyxia10||141.6||141.6|
Cloaks have been very hard to obtain in WotLK. ICC does provide some very nice options and the ToGC tribute cloaks are still very nice if you have one. My guess is that we will see a lot of people wearing Volde's Cloak of the Night Sky since it is purchasable with emblems.
|Blood Queen's Crimson Choker (H)||Queen Lanathel - 25H||240.8||240.8|
|Bone Sentinel's Amulet (H)||Marrowgar - 25H||221.2||221.2|
|Soulcleave Pendant (H)||Saurfang - 10H||215.4||215.4|
|Blood Queen's Crimson Choker||Queen Lanathel - 25||215.1||215.1|
|Amulet of the Silent Eulogy (H)||Gunship - 25H||333.3||207.1|
|Wail of the Val'kyr||Twin Valkyrs 25 - H||201||201|
|Bone Sentinel's Amulet||Marrowgar - 25||197||197|
|Soulcleave Pendant||Saurfang - 10||192.3||192.3|
|Amulet of the Silent Eulogy||Gunship - 25||294.9||185.6|
|Pendant of Split Veins (H)||Putricide - 10H||286.8||177.4|
|Wail of the Val'kyr||Twin Valkyrs 25||170||170|
|Pendant of Split Veins||Putricide - 10||248||153.4|
|Darkbane Pendant||Twin Valkyrs 10 - H||236.8||148.5|
|Darkbane Pendant||Twin Valkyrs 10||207.1||131.4|
Blood Queen's Crimson Choker is clearly the best option. Plus, it's even BoE so you may be able to find it on your Auction House but I wouldn't expect it. It is clearly the best in slot neck for a lot of classes, and there will be a fight for it. If you’re running the 10mans, the Soulcleave Pendant is very nice, or you may want to consider picking up one of the multiple spirit necks if you can do so cheaply.
To be completely honest, I don't really know what to tell you about trinkets. Up until a couple of weeks ago I was sure DFO was horrible for moonkin, and that the Reign Trinkets were remain the best trinkets available. The numbers above indicate that might be true, and I am not entirely confident in them. All that said, I have an idea for a post on trinkets that will likely change this ranking to some degree.
# The value of the Onyxia trinkets is the value of the set divided by 2. If you do not have the set, these trinkets are virtually worthless in terms of DPS. On top of that I don't have any hard numbers on the damage proc. I assumed the DoT has a 25% uptime.
|Ring of Rapid Ascent (H)||Gunship - 25H||239.2||239.2|
|Memory of Malygos (H)||Sindragosa - 25H||224.6||224.6|
|Ashen Band of Endless Destruction||Ashen Verdict Exalted||330.9||223.7|
|Ring of Maddening Whispers (H)||Deathwhisper - 25H||220.2||220.2|
|Cerise Coiled Ring (H)||Blood Princes - 10H||217.6||217.6|
|Ring of Rapid Ascent||Gunship - 25||212.9||212.9|
|Valanar's Other Signet Ring (H)||Blood princes - 25H||303||210.5|
|Loop of the Endless Labyrinth (H)||Marrowgar - 25H||311.1||201.8|
|Ashen Band of Unmatched Destruction||Ashen Verdict Revered||306.3||201.1|
|Memory of Malygos||Sindragosa - 25||200.4||200.4|
|Cerise Coiled Ring||Blood Princes - 10||189||189|
|Ring of Maddening Whispers||Deathwhisper - 25||186.6||186.6|
|Band of Deplorable Violence||Anubarak 25 - H||186.4||186.4|
|Runed Signet of the Kirin Tor||10,750 Gold||181.3||181.3|
|Loop of the Endless Labyrinth||Marrowgar - 25||275.4||180.8|
|Valanar's Other Signet Ring||Blood princes - 25||273.6||176.9|
|Ashen Band of Greater Destruction||Ashen Verdict Honored||271.3||166.1|
|Band of the Invoker||35 EoT||160||160|
|Band of Deplorable Violence||Anubarak 25||156.7||156.7|
|Ashen Band of Destruction||Ashen Verdict Friendly||252.8||154|
|Polished Dragonslayer's Signet||Onyxia Head||152.7||152.7|
|Firestorm Ring||Jaraxxus 10 - H||266.4||148.6|
|Firestorm Ring||Jaraxxus 10||223.1||118|
I feel like half of this choice was made for us with the introduction of the Rep rings. It sucks to some extent because I hate having to pick up Hit or Mp5, but it is also clear that these rings are pretty awesome. They have a gem socket, an awesome proc, and they are relatively easy to get.
For the second ring it’s pretty clear that the Ring of Rapid Ascent is the best choice. It’s the only ring without Spirit or Hit rating on it.
|Shadow Silk Spindle (H)||Blood Princes - 25H||233.3||233.3|
|Sundial of Eternal Dusk (H)||Sindragosa - 25H||215.3||215.3|
|Shadow Silk Spindle||Blood Princes - 25||206.9||206.9|
|Sundial of Eternal Dusk||Sindragosa - 25||191||191|
|Chalice of Searing Light||Twin Valkyrs 25 - H||176.4||176.4|
|Scourgelord's Baton (H)||Deathwhisper - 10H||313.1||176.4|
|Chalice of Benedictus||Twin Valkyrs 10 - H||248||157.6|
|Symbol of Transgression||Jaraxxus 25 - H||277.1||157.2|
|Chalice of Searing Light||Twin Valkyrs 25||156.3||156.3|
|Scourgelord's Baton||Deathwhisper - 10||263.6||143.8|
|Chalice of Benedictus||Twin Valkyrs 10||217.8||140|
|Symbol of Transgression||Jaraxxus 25||244.7||139.5|
|Antediluvian Cornerstone Grimoire||Onyxia25||113.7||113.7|
|Antique Cornerstone Grimoire||Onyxia10||97.6||97.6|
A MH/OH combo is clearly a better choice if you have access to Arthas weapons. Therefore, going after the Shadow Silk Spindle should be a priority. However, a case can be made for Nibelung, and you may be dening a great offhand to another raider without upgrading yourself much. Be careful how you make this choice.
|Royal Scepter of Terenas II (H)||Lich King - 25H||1041.4||1041.4|
|Frozen Bonespike (H)||Marrowgar -25||935.1||935.1|
|Tel'thas, Dagger of the Blood King (H)||Lich King - 10H||921.7||921.7|
|Royal Scepter of Terenas II (H)||Lich King - 25||897.4||897.4|
|Frozen Bonespike||Marrowgar -25||820||820|
|Bleak Coldarra Carver (H)||Sindragosa - 10H||963.3||818.2|
|Tel'thas, Dagger of the Blood King||Lich King - 10||798.4||798.4|
|Misery's End||Anubarak 25 - H||795.3||795.3|
|Blade of Terasque||Northrend Beasts 25 - H||881||773.7|
|Hammer of Purified Flame||5man Quests||750.1||750.1|
|Heartcrusher||Tribute Chest 10 - H||727.5||727.5|
|Blade of the Silver Disciple||Faction Champs 10 - H||725.1||725.1|
|Bleak Coldarra Carver||Sindragosa - 10||835.1||706.8|
|Misery's End||Anubarak 25||704||704|
|Blade of Terasque||Northrend Beasts 25||775.2||680.6|
|Blade of the Silver Disciple||Faction Champs 10||644.9||644.9|
The Arthas weapons are awesome, but that fight is not a push over. Expect a lot of competition. The Frozen Bonespike is the only good MH option that doesn't drop off of Arthas if you are ignoring the staff options.
Two Handed Weapon:
|Archus, Greatstaff of Antonidas (H)||Lich King - 25H||1187.5||1187.5|
|Nibelung (H)||Deathwhisper - 25H||1148.7||1148.7|
|Halion, Staff of Forgotten Love (H)||Lich King - 10H||1120.7||1120.7|
|Dying Light (H)||Queen Lanathel - 25H||1115.7||1115.7|
|Archus, Greatstaff of Antonidas (H)||Lich King - 25||1073.6||1073.6|
|Nibelung||Deathwhisper - 25||1010.1||1010.1|
|Mag'hari Chieftain's Staff (H)||Saurfang - 10H||1004.9||1004.9|
|Dying Light||Queen Lanathel - 25||978.5||978.5|
|Halion, Staff of Forgotten Love||Lich King - 10||976.1||976.1|
|Abracadaver (H)||Festergut - 10H||1204.8||971.4|
|Sister Svalna's Aether Staff (H)||Valithria - 10H||1263.6||948.2|
|Clemency||Tribute Chest 25 - H||922.6||922.6|
|Enlightenment||Twin Valkyrs 10 - H||885.9||885.9|
|Cold Convergence||Anubarak 10 - H||870.2||870.2|
|Mag'hari Chieftain's Staff||Saurfang - 10||848.2||848.2|
|Abracadaver||Festergut - 10||1028.3||815.9|
|Sister Svalna's Aether Staff||Valithria - 10||1066.9||780.9|
|Enlightenment||Twin Valkyrs 10||779.4||779.4|
|Cold Convergence||Anubarak 10||759.8||759.8|
Obviously the Arthas staff is great, but it is difficult to get. We all know that most of the staff debate will center around Nibelung.
Let me put this up front. I am pro-Nibelung, but it is really hard to accurately model. The Val'kyr put out significant damage, but there will always be a little debate about their survivability. I haven't had a big problem with them dying. Their healing mechanic will even keep them up during BQL, but they are stupid. They will stand in fires and die. Therefore, eventhough the simulations say it is an upgrade for me, I have a hard time trusting them entirely.
That said, here is why I like Nibelung. Due to our scaling issues, Moonkin is just about the only spec that Nibelung is good for. Simulations say that it is it is at least equal to MH/OH combos of a similar item level. This means that we can get a decent weapon that no one else will want for very cheap. It's not ideal in the long run, but the other options will be significantly more difficult to obtain.
At this point you should only be thinking about two idols. The [Idol of Lunar Eclipse] is the best and it is purchasable with Emblems of Frost. However, you may be saving your Emblems for your Tier Set or another item. In such a case you should at least have the [Idol of Lunar Fury]. It is purchase able with Emblems of Triumph. Since it is incredibly easy to farm EoTs at the moment, using anything less then the Idol of Lunar Fury is pretty stupid.
Once again, as you can see there are a lot of links and values in this post. It is quite possible that some of them are incorrect. If you find an incorrect link or a valuation just doesn't look right, please let me know so that I can correct it.