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Spiritual Guidance: Raid and pre-raid gear for healing priests, page 2

Dawn Moore

Pre-raid gear in patch 4.2

Getting a new level 85 priest raid-ready has become a lot easier since the launch of Cataclysm. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen this many options in the game before for relevent pre-raid gear, so props to Blizzard for making it easier for players to get into the latest tier of content. It will, of course, be faster to get gear from farming raid dungeons, but if you don't have those resources, now is a great time to be an alt.

ilvl 365 Firelands quest reward gear

By completing the various stages of the Firelands quests and dailies, you'll be able to unlock different vendors. As a priest, you'll get the most gear from unlocking Ayla Shadowstorm first, but since each vendor has at least one item you'll want, I recommend unlocking Ayla last because she doesn't increase the amount of daily quests you'll have access to. Varlan Highbough and Damek Bloombeard, on the other hand, will give you more quests, which means more currency to spend, which means gathering your gear faster. So this means your quest order will be to recruit the ancients (Varlan), then recruit an armorer (Damek), and then build a moonwell (Ayla). You may notice that most of these items don't have spirit on them. If you are gearing up for Firelands raiding, I would take these items over lower-level gear with spirit and just use reforging, enchants and gems to supplement what you need.

ilvl 359 justice point vendor gear

You can find the following gear at a vendor in your capital city. Stay away from anything under ilvl 359 at the vendor. There are other 359 pieces available from this vendor, but I've only listed the spirit gear because I expect you'll be pairing it with the gear you get from the Firelands daily quests (which again, has no spirit) and will want to keep things balanced.

ilvl 353 5-man dungeon gear

The 5-man dungeons added in patch 4.1, Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub, will offer you a few items to fill in the gear slots you can't fill from dailies or vendors. You will find more gear in these dungeons that you can wear than what I've listed here, but because 353 is a bit low for Firelands, I recommend only the following pieces, since I've already listed some better options. Feel free to use this stuff if you're gearing up to go into tier 11 raids, though.

Spiritual Guidance has the inside line on pre-raid gear, valor point and raid gear, and healing strategies for bosses such as Atramedes and Chimaeron. Newcomer to the priest class? Look into Discipline Priest 101 and Holy Priest 101.

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