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Shifting Perspectives: Gearing a new restoration druid, part 3

Allison Robert


As with any advice concerning the gloves slot, you may want to wait to see if Toravon coughs up the tier 10 legs for you before you spend a ton of gold or time on anything else.

Enchant Brilliant SpellthreadBoots

All hail a best in slot (well, pretty close to it, anyway) BoE item! If you're going to dump money on anything, make it the boots.

Enchant Tuskarr's Vitality is the way to go if you ever plan on raiding, and it can be helpful even for 5-man work. Otherwise, Enchant Boots -- Greater Spirit.Rings

This is definitely one of the easier slots to fill, if for no other reason than the existence of a great Triumph badge ring and the Ashen Verdict reputation ring.

Enchant If you're an enchanter, you'll want to slap Enchant Ring -- Greater Spellpower on both.

Blizzard is generally reluctant to make a lot of great trinket options available outside of raids, but you can limp along with badges pieces if needed. However, trinkets are hard to rank, and you should customize them to whatever your needs are at the time. If you're having regen issues, you should prioritize anything with an MP5 use or proc (or, failing that, intellect, due to how mana regen from spirit scales with intellect). If you're not, go for as much throughput as you can.

If you're an alchemist and just starting out, you may get some use out of a Mercurial Alchemist Stone.

If you're an engineer, you may get some use from a Noise Machine.

If you're a jewelcrafter, you may get some use out of a Figurine -- Sapphire Owl.
  • Althor's Abacus If you snag an ICC-25 PUG, be on the lookout for this lovely, lovely trinket off the Faction Gunships fight.
  • Purified Lunar Dust Available for 60 Emblems of Frost.
  • Sliver of Pure Ice Dropped by Marrowgar-10. If you use the trinket on cooldown, it amounts to a little less than 68 MP5.
  • Nevermelting Ice Crystal Dropped by Scourgelord Tyrannus in heroic Pit of Saron. The use effect is definitely more of a DPS thing, but it could be useful for tank healing in hairy moments.
  • Je'Tze's Bell A world-drop BoE. Much less expensive than it used to be, and still useful.
  • Ephemeral Snowflake: Dropped by Marwyn in heroic Halls of Reflection. Yes, it returns mana on EVERY HoT tick!
  • Darkmoon Card: Illusion Mostly useful for the spellpower, as the use effect isn't too worthwhile in any advanced content.
  • Tears of the Vanquished Dropped by the Black Knight in normal Trial of the Champion.
  • The Egg of Mortal Essence Available for 40 Emblems of Heroism.
  • Soul Preserver Dropped by the Dark Runed Chest (i.e., Mal'Ganis) in normal Culling of Stratholme.
  • Talisman of Resurgence This is a lot better for other healing classes than it is for us, but it's usable in a pinch. Available for 50 Emblems of Triumph.
  • Darkmoon Card: Greatness Because of how mana regeneration scales from intellect, this is actually a better card for us than the spirit version.
  • Spark of Life Dropped by Sjonnir in heroic Halls of Stone.
  • Shiny Shard of the Scale Dropped by Onyxia-25. On its own, it's nothing more than a chunk (albeit a large one) of MP5. If you manage to get Shiny Shard of the Flame as well, you get a 250 spellpower bonus and a free 2.5-3k heal on occasion. Obviously, the heal proc is less useful to us than to healers more reliant on direct heals, but I thought I'd mention it.
  • Purified Shard of the Scale Dropped by Onyxia-10. As above.

As a general rule, you'll get more out of using a 1H weapon and offhand than you will out of a staff, but this gets complicated if you're hurting for haste. Fact is, most of the really good haste weapons are staves.

Enchant Enchant Staff -- Greater Spellpower if you have a staff.1H weapons

If you're just starting out, your best bets are drops from the new Icecrown 5-mans and possibly Onyxia; everything else is going to be pretty competitive (ICC drops) or pretty expensive (Battered Hilt).

Enchant: Enchant Weapon -- Mighty SpellpowerOffhand

Honestly, there aren't really a ton of well-itemized offhands for us out there, and almost everything drops in a raid anyway.

Every week, Shifting Perspectives treks across Azeroth in pursuit of truth, beauty and insight concerning the druid class. Sometimes it finds the latter, or something good enough for government work. Whether you're a bear, cat, moonkin, tree or stuck in caster form, we've got the skinny on druid changes in patch 3.3, a look at the disappearance of the bear tank, and thoughts on why you should be playing the class (or why not).

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