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Phat Loot Phriday: Red Sword of Courage

Mike Schramm

Some call it the Sun Eater 2.0. We just call it badass.

Name: Red Sword of Courage (Wowhead, Thottbot, Wowdigger)
Type: Epic Unique-equipped One-hand Sword
Damage/Speed: 160-299 / 1.60 (143.4 DPS)
  • +25 Strength, +58 Stamina
  • Increases defense rating by 38 and hit rating by 26.

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  • Which, yes, means this is a tanking sword (so you Hunters out there, keep your grubby hands off of it -- first, because there are better ways to get the hit and Stam, and second because you'll get /gkicked for even looking at it). This is a non-Naxx sword that can definitely be used to enter Naxx and do some tanking in there, so if you're aiming to get geared up for raid tanking, keep an eye out this one as you run Heroics.
  • And the name seems to be influenced by the novel everyone reads in junior high, Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage, about a young man who runs from battle because he doesn't know any better. So maybe this is a Rogue weapon after all.
How to Get It: It drops from one of my favorite bosses, King Ymiron in Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle. He's the last boss, of course (I really liked how Blizzard introduced us to him relatively early on in flashbacks and magic scenes -- made it much more fun to take him down in Heroic Pinnacle), so get through the instance, drop him, and you'll see the drop around 18%. Of course if you're the only tank in the group, you should have the only roll, but as we all know, the more you want a piece of gear to drop, the less chance it actually does. Here's hoping you're able to get it.

And if you don't, you can always have another tank drag you into Naxx and help you get the sword foretold by Salzman from Accounting.

Getting Rid of It: Keep it until you get the aforementioned Slayer of the Lifeless -- it'll serve you very well in the early endgame. After that, you can sell it for 19g 20s 38c or disenchant it intoan Abyss Crystal.

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