wotlk classic pve balance druid best in slot (bis) & pre raid gear

Best-in-Slot

Equipment will be the main source of your character’s power, contributing the biggest bulk of your stats. It is therefore very important that you choose the correct equipment for each slot — commonly referred to as “best in slot” equipment – in order to maximize your power.

It is important to remember that Best in Slot lists are not one size fits all, that just isn’t how the game works. The best set for a guild that kills a boss in 70 seconds will be different from the list for a guild that kills a boss in 120 seconds. An Alliance player and a Horde player will have different priorities and buffs. Your mileage will vary always.

This guide is divided into two sections. The first section is three basic lists, providing you full sets for a fresh level 80 pre-raid, a level 80 preparing for their first foray into Trial of the Crusader, and an example of ideal gear to aspire to from Trial of the Crusader. The second section provides more alternatives for each slot, giving an example of gear progression between these three areas of gearing. These lists include Heroic++, otherwise known as Defense Protocol Beta, which drops gear from 10-man Ulduar and Naxxramas. As well as Heroic+, otherwise known as Defense Protocol Alpha, which drops gear from 10-man Naxxramas, as well as regular Heroic gear.

Note: This list may change over time with patches or new information. This list is an educated guess based on information available at the time of writing.

Best-in-Slot

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If you are lacking hit or don’t want to spend your Emblems, Mark of the War Prisoner is a very solid alternative piece.

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Depending on your other gear and if you are Alliance with the extra 1% hit buff, you may want to swap between Sapphire Amulet or Pendant of Fiery Havoc.

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Depending on your other gear and if you are Alliance with the extra 1% hit buff, you may want to swap between Drape or Sunglimmer.

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Valanyr is actually your Best in Slot weapon, but it is very unlikely that most DPS will be able to get their hands on it, so Starshard is the next best thing.

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Legs are the best slot to forgo Tier in, with a handful of worthwhile options to consider here.

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A holdover from Ulduar, Flare of the Heavens will definitely do some heavy lifting for Phase 3. If you didn’t get your hands on one yet, pay Vezax a visit.

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Your mileage might vary here. Some druids will prefer Idol of the Shooting Star if they don’t keep Moonfire up enough to get value out of Idol of Lunar Fury. With 2 pieces of Tier 9 you will likely want Moonfire up most of the time.

Progressive Best-in Slot

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+
Heroic+
Engineering

While regular Heroic dungeons do provide plenty of decent Head items, the ones from Heroic+ will typically knock them out of the water, especially if they allow you to have a Meta gem where you wouldn’t otherwise. Even better, Heroic++ gives you the opportunity to work towards your Tier 8 set bonuses.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+

Even with Naxxramas options available, nothing will quite beat Tier 8 yet. Not yet at least.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++

The Tier 8 available from Heroic++ finally gets dethroned by… Well Tier 8, but cooler Tier 8.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
onyxia (25)
onyxia (25)

Tier 9 will be your priority here. You want to reach the set bonuses ASAP. If you have Tier 8, I recommend trying to maintain 2 piece Tier 8 and 2 piece Tier 9 until you have the full 4 piece Tier 9.

Onyxia drops solid helmets, which are good by themselves, but they do not contribute to your set bonuses so they are usually not worth grabbing.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+
Heroic+
Heroic+
naxxramas – Trash BoE

Players wanting a quick start can grab chain-of-latent-energies off the Auction House, but it generally won’t be worth the money for most. Instead I recommend just doing Heroic+ and grabbing one of the many potential neck items.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
naxxramas – Shared Drop

None of the Heroic+ options last through this far, but wyrmrest-necklace-of-power is a guaranteed drop each run of Naxxramas, allowing you to potentially scoop one up early, especially if you are doing Soft Reserve runs.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++
ulduar – The Iron Assembly
ulduar – The Iron Assembly

While both sapphire-amulet-of-renewal and pendant-of-fiery-havoc are fantastic items, they are also item level 252 gear from Hard Modes, making them highly contested between all casters. On the other hand, pendant-of-the-shallow-grave has everything you could want from an item, and is available without ever stepping foot into a raid.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++

All the options here are going to be solid, so don’t stress about getting Cry of the Val’kyr early. There are plenty of bigger ticket items to focus your efforts on.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic++
Heroic+
Heroic+
Heroic+

Before ever stepping foot in a raid, you may be able to buy Valorous Dreamwalker Mantle for emblem-of-valor, but 60 Valor is a pretty steep ask, so you’ll be better off settling for a Heroic+ option and grabbing an upgrade in Naxxramas later.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic++
Heroic+
naxxramas – The Four Horsemen

amice-of-inconceivable-horror is way stronger than it has any right to be, but Tier 8 comes with amazing set bonuses.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++

Shoulderpads of Dormant Energies is a very solid piece, but again, you will likely want to grab Tier 8 as soon as possible.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Ulduar – Yogg
Heroic++

Tier 9 will be your priority here. You want to reach the set bonuses ASAP. If you have Tier 8, I recommend trying to maintain 2 piece Tier 8 and 2 piece Tier 9 until you have the full 4 piece Tier 9.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Sold for 25 emblem-of-valor
Heroic+
Heroic+

The Tailoring cloaks such as deathchill-cloak are very easy grabs for most players, and if you’re lucky you may be able to get your hands on one fairly cheap at this point. Outside of spending money, disguise-of-the-kumiho only costs 25 Valor, making it an easy, guaranteed item if you don’t get anything out of Heroic+.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
naxxramas – Shared Drop

Any of these options are solid, but your best choice comes from Heroic++, so you can easily skip Naxxramas entirely.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
ulduar – Assembly of Iron
Heroic++

If you can’t manage to get your hands on an Ulduar hard mode option, your trusty drape-of-the-messenger will keep you warm at night.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
trial-of-the-grand-crusader Heroic
Faction Champions (25)
ulduar – Assembly of Iron

Aethas’ Intensity is a big step above the competition, but also requires near perfect execution of the raid, making it an unlikely option for most players. Any of the other choices here will be solid in the meantime.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+
Heroic+
Heroic+

Heroic+ offers quite a few different options here, but Heroic++ allows you to start working towards Tier 8 set bonuses, so grab it if you can!

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
naxxramas – The Four Horsemen
Heroic+
Heroic+

Even with Naxxramas offering some solid options, Tier 8 will almost certainly be the winner if you can get it.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
ulduar – Assembly of Iron
Heroic++

Surely surprising no one by now, you’ll want to grab the Tier Chest to make sure you can get your 4-piece bonus. There are other pieces that individually are a solid chunk better, but the set bonuses are hard to give up.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source

Tier sets will always be there to hold you on lonely nights. Grab Tier 9 as soon as you can, but avoid the variant that comes exclusively from Emblems, saving for the Trophy version instead.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Sold for 60 emblem-of-valor
Heroic+
Heroic+

If you have been unlucky doing Heroic++ you can buy wraps-of-the-astral-traveler for 60 Valor, but if you do manage to get another option I would recommend not spending your Valor here. Alternatively, wraps-of-the-astral-traveler are also Bind on Equip, so you can buy them on the Auction House, or even buy them on another character and send them over if you have Valor to spare.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++

Like most slots, Heroic++ has the winning piece. Players willing to saunter into Naxxramas again can grab a few different options though.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source

Ulduar has a lot of solid options for you to grab, so take your pick.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source

Trial of the Crusader has a lot to choose from, and you can’t really go wrong with any choice. Players with more Gold than they could possibly need may want to consider picking up Bejeweled Wizard’s Bracers from a Tailor.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+
Tailoring
Heroic+

pulsar-gloves are absolutely fantastic, so if you can get your hands on them, you should. Tier 8 gloves can be used if you want to reach a set bonus, but they are otherwise not great by themselves.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+

Valorous Dreamwalker Gloves are solid, but again, pulsar-gloves just shreds the competition.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++

Pharos Gloves are obscenely strong, and will be the strongest option even during Phase 3 if you aren’t using Tier gloves. If you are going to replace them anyway with Tier 9 gloves, you may want to consider just sticking with pulsar-gloves.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Ulduar – Algalon

Nothing beats your Tier bonuses, but if this slot isn’t going to hit a set bonus just yet, stick with Pharos Gloves.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Sold for 40 emblem-of-heroism
Heroic+
Heroic+

Any Heroic+ belt will likely be just fine, but if you want to guarantee getting one you can spend Emblems on plush-sash-of-guzbah.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++

If you can get your hands on binding-of-the-dragon-matriarch you’lll absolutely be set. If not, Naxxramas has plenty of great belts.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source

Ulduar, Auction House, or Emblems. Pick your poison, no matter what there is a way to get a solid belt.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
trial-of-the-grand-crusader Heroic
Faction Champions (25)

There are a lot of good belts in Trial of the Crusader, and none of them stand highly above the others. Grab whatever you can get your hands on and you’ll be golden.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+
Heroic+
Heroic+

Tier 8 legs are absolutely going to be your best choice, putting you one step closer to your set bonuses.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+

Again, Tier 8 is a simple winner. Phase 1 raids do offer a lot of other potential options though, so if you aren’t aiming for set bonuses, you have a lot of choice.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++

We love our Tier 8 and these fashionable pants are a solid piece of the 4-set puzzle.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
trial-of-the-grand-crusader Heroic
Tribute (25)

Legs are the weakest piece of Tier 9, so ideally you will want to skip Runetotem’s Trousers of Triumph. Most leg options from Phase 3 will be solid gap fillers, and you can even use this slot for Tier 8 to keep 2 piece until you have 4 pieces of Tier 9 elsewhere.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+
Sold for 40 emblem-of-valor

xintors-expeditionary-boots is one of my preferred pieces to spend Valor on, having a solid amount of Hit and avoiding a potentially pricey alternative from Phase 1 raids. If you have other plans for your Emblems, sandals-of-crimson-fury are a great, guaranteed item from reputation.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+

Both arcanic-tramplers and boots-of-impetuous-ideals are Bind on Equip, making them purchasable options but also potentially very expensive options. If you aren’t looking to burn your Gold, look towards Heroic++ and Heroic+.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++

Plenty of solid options available here. If you aren’t interested in picking any of those up, spellslingers-slippers can be crafted or bought for a not-so-small sum.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
trial-of-the-grand-crusader Heroic
Faction Champions (25)

Another slot where no choice is the wrong choice. Grab what you can get.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic++
Heroic++
Heroic+
Sold for 25 emblem-of-valor
Heroic+

Heroic++ comes with a whole host of fantastic rings, you can’t go wrong. Outside of Heroic++, grabbing band-of-channeled-magic for your Emblems is a solid choice. Alongside that, signet-of-the-malevolent can be found in Heroic+ and is a very strong option.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic++
Heroic++
naxxramas – Shared Drop
Sold for 25 emblem-of-valor

Even with Phase 1 raiding thrown into the mix, Heroic++ still easily beats the competition.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic++
Sold by Harold Winston for 1250gold
Requires kirin-tor-signet
Heroic++

I mean it when I say the Heroic++ Rings are absurdly strong. You can easily use nebula-band all the way into Phase 4.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++

Even with everything available from Phase 3, Nebula Band stands strong. Paired with Lurid Manifestation for a very powerful combination.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic+
Sold for 40 emblem-of-heroism
BoE World Drop

mark-of-the-war-prisoner is an outstanding way to get Hit rating, alongside a rare on-use effect. If you can grab embrace-of-the-spider from Heroic+ it is a great temporary option, but you’ll want to replace it as you progress. sundial-of-the-exiled is a very good way to spend any Heroism you may have, which can still be gained by doing quests in Icecrown.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
naxxramas – Shared Drop
Sold for 40 emblem-of-heroism

dying-curse is a top notch option if you can make use of its stats.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic++

Trinkets in Ulduar are highly contested, as well as being limited. living-flame is an upgraded mark-of-the-war-prisoner. flare-of-the-heavens is obviously your best option, but it is contested to match. scale-of-fates is a very powerful on-use trinket, allowing you to match burst phases.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source

Reign of the Dead is a clear winner in Phase 3, but will be appropriately contested by other casters. Try your best to get your hands on it, even if it means taking hits in other slots.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic++
Heroic+
Heroic+
Heroic+
Heroic+

Any of these are going to be a great upgrade for a Fresh 80, and you can easily bring most of them with you into Phase 3.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic++
naxxramas – Trash Drop
naxxramas – Four Horsemen

Getting your hands on torch-of-holy-fire could be a solid upgrade, but it is handily beaten by Heroic++ weapons.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++
Heroic++

Here it is. The worst possible slot in Phase 2. The absolute best option is valanyr-hammer-of-ancient-kings. Unfortunately, this is very unlikely to go to a DPS. The obvious next choice is starshard-edge, but this is the clear winner for every caster DPS, so getting it is going to be rough.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
trial-of-the-grand-crusader Heroic
Tribute (10)

Phase 3 brings with it a good deal of weapon options. Even if you can’t get your hands on the best of the best, there are plenty of other options to tide you over until then.

Fresh 80

Item
Source
Heroic++
Sold for 25 emblem-of-heroism
Heroic+

Any of these will be a great compliment to your one-hander.

Pre-Ulduar

Item
Source
Heroic++

There aren’t many off-hand upgrades available in Naxxramas, but surplus-limb could be an upgrade from what you came in with.

Phase 2 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source
Heroic++

Any of these are solid, but cosmos absolutely outclasses the competition.

Phase 3 Best-in-Slot

Item
Source

Once again, Phase 3 brings the goods. Almost any offhand from Trial of the Crusader will be a great piece and enough to last you until next Phase.

Idols are rarely found in raids, instead being available with Emblems.

Item
Source

Idol of Lunar Fury is a winner if combined with Tier 9 set bonuses and decent uptime on Moonfire. By itself though, Idol of the Shooting Star is the better option, providing flat Spell Power in all situations.

 

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Kes
Kes
1 year ago

Hey there, I’m curious why Damnation is better than Torch of Holy Fire + Matriarch’s Spawn? Swapping those weapons puts Haste at 574 with significantly more SP.

Renray
Renray
1 year ago

Hi, the eightyupgrades link you have for the phase 1 BiS set is extremely misleading. You have six different professions slotted for upgrades in your gear. You have Engineering enchants, Ring Enchants, Inscription shoulders, Jewelcrafting specific gems, Leatherworking bracers enchant, and Tailoring enchants.

This is super misleading. It would be beneficial to pick the two BiS professions (Engineering and Tailoring) and remove all the other excess. Your set has almost 200 additional spellpower which is completely unobtainable. You also don’t have a gem in your belt which is obtainable by anyone through a belt buckle.

This is an extremely sloppy BiS list. It looks like very little thought or effort went into this.

Breaze
Breaze
Reply to  bobodingo
10 months ago

I agree with this take! I enjoyed having them all. The professions page is great! It really broke it down, exactly what I was looking for. More info = better

Last edited 10 months ago by Breaze
Shadistro
Shadistro
11 months ago

Should we not be getting the tier gloves and chest form the Heroism vender?

lukashi
lukashi
11 months ago

why do u choose this mace over the kt one?

Struff
Struff
6 months ago

Wrong leggings u put the feral leggings in the bislist, also arnt this list way under the hitcap? imean i got like 270 and its 10.29% hit and then u have 3% from FF and 4% from spec.since u need about 17% to be capped

Passion
Passion(@passion)
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Reply to  Struff
6 months ago

Head = 64 Hit
Back = 46 Hit
Weapon = 44 Hit
OH = 58 Hit
Legs = 63 Hit

Ends up at 275 Hit Rating, or 10.48%
Imp. FF/Misery give 3%, putting you at 13.48%
Balance of Power gives 4%, putting you at 17.48%, 0.48% over the hit cap.

The Phase 2 set is absolutely fine on Hit.

Oik
Oik
2 months ago

Phase 3 BIS horde same as aliance?
so horde don’t need missing 1% hit anymore? 🙂
(acording to sims it should be Dark Essence Bindings instead of Bindings of the Autumn Willow)

Muffins
Muffins
2 months ago

Where is phase 4 bis list?

Passion
Passion(@passion)
Editor
Reply to  Muffins
2 months ago

That will be coming with Phase 4.

Rootnshoot
Rootnshoot
1 year ago
Rootnshoot
Rootnshoot
Reply to  bobodingo
1 year ago

better SP, better crit, better haste?

Rootnshoot
Rootnshoot
Reply to  bobodingo
1 year ago

But most good raid comp will only have a spellhance so you won’t get wrath of air totem, therefore I’m far from the 585 haste soft cap:

Rootnshoot
Rootnshoot
Reply to  bobodingo
1 year ago

I know but won’t spellhance put down windfury totem? so you won’t have wrath of air on your raid

Jamielolx
Jamielolx(@jamielolx)
1 year ago
Disco
Disco
Reply to  Jamielolx
9 months ago

That Item is hot garbage and should not be used in any of the first 2 phases

Last edited 9 months ago by Disco
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