iLvl 346iLvl 359
Some disclaimers before we start. First, I won't be including any valor point gear in this list, because though you can get valor points from doing the heroic daily, you won't really find yourself with a significant amount of points to spend just getting ready to raid. I'll include those items in my raiding gear list later.
I also don't recommend any resilience gear. This is because you can't reforge resilience into usable stats for PvE. We'll tackle PvP and resilience gear at a later date, but feel free to spend any extra honor you have laying around to get yourself raid-ready. Just remember that the honor grind is horrific nowadays, so if you want to PvP later, you may want to save your honor for something you'll actually use in PvP.
Check out the Cataclysm professions for priests guide for information on profession exclusive gear.
- Je'Tze's Sparkling Tiara BoE world drop; the second Je'Tze item, without the cute word play. This drops randomly in the world, so keep your eyes on the auction house if you have deep pockets.
iLvl 346iLvl 359ShouldersiLvl 333iLvl 346BackiLvl 333iLvl 346ChestiLvl 333iLvl 346iLvl 359
WristsiLvl 333iLvl 346HandsiLvl 346iLvl 359WaistiLvl 333iLvl 346iLvl 359LegsiLvl 333iLvl 346iLvl 359FingersiLvl 333iLvl 346TrinketiLvl 333iLvl 346iLvl 359FeetiLvl 333iLvl 346Main handiLvl 333iLvl 346Off handiLvl 346StaffiLvl 333iLvl 346iLvl 359WandiLvl 333iLvl 346Faction reputations
The new factions all have tabards, just like in Wrath
; with most factions, you can do a few quests to get friendly reputation, then grind out a good chunk of your reputation in dungeons using a faction tabard. (If you need help getting the tabards, Shy at WoW
wrote up a nice guide
for finding each faction vendor.)
If you do all of the available quests for each faction, you should typically get to honored, so it's not a bad idea to go back and do any quest zones you skipped. With Therazane, it's very easy to get to revered just doing the introductory quests and one to two days' worth of dailies. The Tol Barad
factions are the only factions you can't get a tabard for, so you'll need to do dailies within the zone to get your reputation up. You can get to exalted much quicker depending on how often your faction wins the battleground, since extra dailies unlock when your faction controls the peninsula. The commendations you need to buy gear, you'll get plenty of while grinding up your rep.
If you didn't figure it out just by examining the list, the first Cataclysm
reputations you'll want to grind out are with Guardians of Hyjal, Therazane, and the Earthen Ring. Hyjal and Therazane in particular have helm (Arcanum of Hyjal
) and shoulder (Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone
) enchants that you're going to want if you're planning to raid.Archaeology
If you're into archaeology, there are also a handful of 359 items you can assemble. The trinket in particular is amazing, but there is a lot of luck involved in the entire profession, so you could try for ages and never get what you want. You could also get what you want the first time you assemble the lot of fragments required to make whatever it is you're after though, so if you intend to go after any of the following items, good luck!Selecting gear
As for what gear you should take, some of this stuff has spirit, some of it doesn't. My advice is to get as much spirit gear as you can, until you no longer feel like mana is a huge issue. This should happen with some new trinkets and mostly 346 gear. If you want to be extra precautious for raiding, stick to the spirit gear -- but remember that if the item level is higher, it's generally an upgrade, so don't keep a spirit item for a higher-iLevel intellect item. Intellect is the stronger stat once mana is no longer an issue.
For secondary stats, disc priests want a balance of all three secondary stats (you can consult the 101 guide if you haven't already). Holy priests should avoid taking too much crit and work at getting 12.5% haste. (I'll explain why later this week in holy 101.)
This wraps up the priest pre-raid gear guide. I'm still tidying up holy 101, but you can expect it toward the end of this week before we close out the year. Take care, and as always, hit the comments if you have any suggestions or questions.
Want more tips for carrying out your priestly duties? Spiritual Guidance has you covered. Check out our profession guide for priests in Cataclysm, Discipline 101 for playing your first discipline priest at level 85, and then review our article on working through levels 80 to 85 as a priest.