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Great end-game gear without raiding: Cat (Sustained DPS)

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Finally…

In a previous post, I laid out my guidelines for this series of three posts: gear that approaches Tier 4 and 5, but without the effort.  The information in these posts is gleaned from a list of BC Feral Gear put together by a European druid player named Emmerald.  While I’m sure we all dream about wearing a full set of Tier 5 equipment, the reality for me at least is I’m not that hard core of a player to know whether that dream will ever become a reality.  So I’m putting together this series to give you a list of great gear that can be had with considerably less effort.

Emmerald’s list breaks cat form down into two sub-categories: “sustained dps” and “burst dps”.  Sustained appears to be about attack power and burst appears to be about crit potential.  Having not used cat form in groups extensively, I’m not sure I have an in-depth opinion on the differences and why I might choose one over the other.  If you do, then please educate me through a comment.  For the time being, I am going to look at the sustained dps flavor of cat as that feels like a more general purpose orientation.

Be sure to also check out Tanuviel’s list of cat gear for other opinions.  Tanuviel has also included recommended enchantments by slot, which I didn’t, and that’s a great help.

Head
For the head slot, we start out with a crafted item at number five on the list.  It’s going to cost you, but many of the mats can be farmed.  It does require one Primal Nether, so if you have one laying around even better.  If not, buy one off the auction house or up your price to your leatherworker.  The piece is the Cobrascale Hood, offering 271 armor +37 agility and +42 stamina.  Equip bonuses are +18 to hit rating and +74 to attack power.

Right below the Cobrascale Hood is Helm of the Claw, a quest reward from The Warlord’s Hideout.  The quest requires you to kill the final boss in The Steamvaults.  This is a great helm with 237 armor, +25 agility and +21 stamina.  It’s equip bonuses are +14 to hit rating and +66 to attack power.  You get a yellow and a Meta socket, with a socket bonus of +4 to resilience.

Just below the Helm is another great head piece, the Stealther’s Helmet of Second Sight, a quest reward from another long quest chain in Shadowmoon Valley (check the comments here).  The helmet has 226 armor, +26 agility, and +18 stamina.  Equipping it, you get +13 hit rating, +60 attack power, and you can see ghosts!  (You mean I can finally get rid of those stupid Spectracles??!!??)  3 gem sockets round out this piece, a red, a yellow and a blue.  The socket bonus is another +8 to attack power.

Neck
The number one neck piece on the list is available to you.  Haramad’s Bargain, when equipped, will give you +25 strength and +24 agility.  Not bad for a neckpiece.  The catch – you need exalted rep with The Consortium. 

So what’s our alternative if you don’t have that rep or aren’t willing to farm for it?  The nearest quest reward is number nine on the list: Natasha’s Pack Collar.  This piece gives you +25 strength and +15 agility and stamina.

A couple other pieces to be on the lookout for include Mithril Chain of Heroismfrom that infamous dust-covered chest in Karazhan, Necklace of Trophies, which appears to drop all over Outland, Choker of Vile Intent which is yours for 25 Badges of Justice, and lastly Bone Chain Necklace which is around a 11% drop off The Black Stalker in Underbog.  These alternatives are in descending order of ranking, so the Mithril Chain is the best of this list and the Bone Chain is last on the list.  All of them however, rank higher than the Pack Collar.

Shoulders
Number four on the list is Expedition Scout’s Epaulets.  The Epaulets give you 217 armor and +25 agility along with two equip bonuses: +24 to hit rating and +50 to attack power.  This gear is a quest reward from the Fel Embers quest obtainable in Honor Hold once you hit 70.  Completing the quest requires a trip into Hellfire Citadel.

These are great shoulderpads, very comparable to the Wastewalker Shoulderpadsat position two.  All you lose is two gem sockets and the socket bonus, but the Wastewalker gear requires heroic Auchenai Crypt runs.

Back
Well, I did say that I was willing to pay money for good gear and number one on the list for this slot is a crafted item, Vengence Cloak.  Looking at the mats and comments, it seems like this is going to be a pretty expensive cloak to outright but.  The stats are great at 89 armor, +23 to critical strike and +52 to attack power.  Heck, the thing even has a red socket and a socket bonus of +2 hit rating.  If you can find this and afford it, buy it.

You do have options though.

Number five on the list is the Blood Knight War Cloak.  If you’re at end game and you’re starting to collect Badges of Justice, this cloak can be yours for 25 badges.  The cloak has 85 armor, +25 agility and +21 stamina.  The equip bonus is +46 to attack power.

Just below the Blood Knight cloak is Capacitus’ Cloak of Calibration– a mob drop in heroic mode Mechanar.  However, is is also a 20% chance drop in the Cache of the Legionwithin Mechanar (non-heroic I believe).  From looking at wowhead, it appears there are 5 blues in the chest, all with roughly equal chances of being in the chest.  I haven’t been to Mechanar yet, so what I don’t know is how many items are in the chest.  If there are more than one, then your odds obviously go up.

Chest
Tenth on the list here is the Tunic of Assassination.  This tunic is off the last boss in Mechanar, a higher level instance, but not a raid so I’m including it.  The tunic has 292 armor along with +28 agility and +21 stamina.  You get 2 red sockets and a blue socket with a socket bonus of +4 to dodge.  So why is it on the list?  An equip bonus of +54 to attack power.

From reading comments on thotbott and wowhead, if you are going on farming runs in instances looking for any of the Assassination set – you may want to make sure rogues in your group know you are planning on rolling on this gear.  Although it is good gear for us, it is obviously rogue gear based on the set bonuses and rogues in your group may be assuming they would automatically get the drop based on class.  It’s always good to get those conversations out of the way before the run.

Wrists
Number three on the list for this slot is Nightfall Wristguards, a drop off Epoch Hunter in the Old Hillsbrad Foothills instance.  These wristguards offer 139 armor, +23 agility, +21 stamina and an equip bonus of +42 to attack power.  Wowhead lists them as an 12% drop.

Hands
Okay, I told you that I was willing to spend gold or farm mats for great gear, and you’ll definitely be doing one of them for this piece of gear.  Number one on the list in this slot is Windslayer Wraps, requiring 12 Wind Scales, 18 Primal Earth, 8 Primal Air and a Primal Nether.  What do you get for that amount of mat farming?  208 armor, +36 strength, +18 agility, +25 stamina and an equip bonus of +17 to hit rating.

Want gloves from a drop instead of mat farming?  Three positions down the list in position four are the Gloves of the Unbound, a drop in Arcatraz.  These gloves have 183 armor, +27 agility and +20 stamina with an equip bonus of +38 to attack power.  You get a red and a blue socket with a socket bonus of +3 to your resilience rating.

Waist
Number seven on the list is Socrethar’s Girdle.  With 156 armor, +23 agility, +21 stamina and equip bonuses of +20 to hit rating and +48 to attack power, this is a nice piece of gear.  It’s a reward at the end of one of those long quest chains, this time in Netherstorm, and it does require a group to finish.  Here’s the link to the end quest bestowing the gear.  Follow the link to wowhead to get more information on the chain.  This is the Scryer version of the quest – if you’re Aldor, be sure to look at the comments for how you should get started.

Legs
In this slot, we get number three on the list: Clefthoof Hide Leggings.  Be sure to click the link to get info on this gear piece as there are actually two pieces of gear with the same name.  One is a drop and one is a quest reward.  The one we are looking for is a quest reward for Showdown in Blade’s Edge.  (I’ve just linked to the Alliance version – sorry Hordies).

Anyway, with these leggings you get 243 armor, +30 strength, +30 agility, and +24 stamina.  Equip bonuses are +17 to hit rating and +18 to feral combat skill rating.  This is yet another payoff for a long quest chain and a group is suggested for this final quest (although the listed group is only 3).

Feet
Fourth on the list here is a crafted item, Fel Leather Boots.  From looking at the mats, it doesn’t appear they will be too epensive, with the main cost in eight Primal Shadows.  The boots give you 196 and a yellow and red socket.  The socket bonus is +6 attack power.  Equip bonuses are +25 hit rating, +17 critical strike rating and +36 to attack power.

Getting the fourth item on the list is pretty good gear, but 2 of the 3 items ahead of these boots are found within Karazhan.  If you’re headed there, keep your eyes out for the number one item, Edgewalker Longboots, dropped by Moroes, or the number two item, Zierhut’s Lost Treads, a trash mob drop.  Both are excellent pieces of gear for your kitty.

Rings
Number two on the list is Overseer’s Signet, and its ours for Shutting down Manaforge Ara.  Sounds like we should be doing this anyway, so getting a ring out of it is just icing on the cake, no?  The payoff quest of a long quest chain in Netherstorm (theme developing?), this quest has a suggested party size of 3 so it shouldn’t be too hard to complete.  The ring gives you +25 strength and +15 agility, along with an equip bonus of +10 to hit rating.

UPDATE: The Overseer’s Signet is an Aldor questline.  No comparable questline that I can see on the Scryer’s side.  Boo.

If you’re exalted with Sha’tar, then you would fill your second slot with A’Dal’s Command, giving you an impressive +28 to strength, +15 to agility and +16 to stamina.

If you’re not exalted yet, head to Shadowmoon Valley for the Acrobat’s Mark of the Sha’tar and get +29 strength and +12 agility.  This is the payoff for a small 2 quest chain which starts with a dropped journal off Val’zareq the Conqueror.  Follow the links for more information.

Trinkets
At number three on the list is Hourglass of the Unraveller, a drop in The Black Morass.  If you’re attuning for Karazhan, you will be going there, and it’s just an instance – no raid required.  The Hourglass will give you +32 to your critical strike rating along with a chance every time you hit to increase your attack power by 300 for 10 seconds.

Next on the list is something called Essence of the Pure Flame.  Emmerald lists it as giving +91 attack power, but searching for it on both thottbot and wowhead only yields a Molten Core trinket that inflicted a small amount of fire damage when you were struck in combat.  Not sure what’s up with that.

Moving down just two items we find Drake Fang Talisman.  With it’s +56 to attack power, +20 to hit rating and +12 to dodge, this is a very nice, well rounded kitty trinket.  Guess where you’re headed for it? BWL – remember that acronym?  This may or may not be a good thing for you.  I know a lot of guilds are heading back into some of the old raids and instances – both just for fun, and because with their new gear they can now run them where before they couldn’t.  If your guild isn’t running BWL, then you might be able to get on a PUG for this trinket – it’s up to you.

If you don’t want to bother with BWL, then the next trinket on the list is a Nightseye Panther, a jewelcrafted figurine.  This figurine increases your effective stealth by 1, but more importantly adds +54 to your attack power.  It can also be used for a 12 second increase to your attack power of 320.

Two-handed Weapon
Wow, there are some nice weapons out there for kitties.  Lots of PvP will get you the Gladiator’s Maul,the number one rated weapon, Karazhan contains Terestian’s Stranglestaff, and heroic Botanica yields the Feral Staff of Lashing

Number four on the list though is our first choice: Wildfury Greatstaff.  This gem has 630 armor and +42 stamina along with almost 68 dps.  What puts it on the list though is it’s +654 to attack power.  Very nice.  It also drops off trash in Serpentshrine, so no boss fights needed.  The downside?  Wowhead is listing it as only around a 1% drop.  This could be due to not enough data, or it could be a true drop rate – I’m not sure.

If you’re looking for something with a better drop rate then just two positions down is the Dreamer’s Dragonstaff.  There’s no armor on this staff, and the attack power buff is only +423, but you get some nice stats: +46 strength, +27 agility and +28 stamina.  Where do you get this?  Wowhead says it’s around a 15% drop off Thorngrin the Tenderin Botanica.

If you’re looking to conserve bag space, then Earthwarden is a viable option.  Earthwarden is our top choice for bear tanking and isn’t all that far down on the list for dps.  It’s rated at 546 “kitty points”, the Wildfury staff is at 654. 

Gems
For items in the list with sockets, Emmerald lists two rankings for the item: a base ranking and a ranking with gems equipped.  I haven’t researched his approach, but I’m assuming he computes the final ranking with the best gem listed for the slot.  With that in mind, here are the gems you should be trolling for:

Blue: Shifting Tanzanite (+5 strength and +4 agility)
Yellow: Inscribed Fire Opal (+5 strength and +4 critical hit rating)
Red: Shifting Tanzanite, as above
Meta: Swift Skyfire Diamond (+24 attack power and minor run speed)

Whew!  That took a while, but I’m glad I did it.  Just knowing what’s out there helps me put some priorities on what I’m doing and the quests I go on. 

Just for grins I totalled up just the attack power of my first pick for each slot.  You end up with around a +1,000 bonus to attack power (that’s +72 to dps kiddies; and that doesn’t even factor in agility and strength bonuses).  Now we know it’s not just all about attack power, but that’s some pretty darn good stats for just questing and trolling the auction house.

I hope you enjoy this writeup and find it helpful.  Comments and suggestions are always welcome. 

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April 18, 2007 - Posted by | Burning Crusade, Druid Gear, World of Warcraft

23 Comments »

  1. Great job mate! It is interesting how yours and mine come up with some similar coiche, but also some different ones. I will definetly use some of your suggestions. Thanks for the great job.
    Tanuviel

    Comment by Tanuviel | April 20, 2007 | Reply

  2. […] you’re a feral druid and you’re here for gear lists, be sure to check out my Cat DPS list […]

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  3. Good Job Amanna. I just got my Cobrascale hood this past weekend. Its very expensive and a pain to farm, but I love it.

    Oh for raiding purposes, I went with the Sustained DPS suggestions from Emmerald’s site. You are right on what it focuses on. Its all about Attack Pwr and hit. I pretty much are in the top 3 for dps on some boss fights. The downside is that Karazhan is mostly undead which are immune to rip which is cat’s major damage.

    The Burst list assumes you start with 100 energy, and hope for chaining of crits for combo points.

    Bruennor

    Comment by Bruennor | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  4. Followed this from BRK, figured I’d mention one detail concerning the creation of the Cobrascale Hood and Windslayer Wraps: Primal Nethers are Bind on Pickup. Not kidding. So if you aren’t a leatherworker, you’re going to have to find a friend who is, and drag him/her through 2 heroic instances (the final boss of a heroic either always or almost always drops one). Probably a lot more work than the value of those two pieces of gear.

    Comment by Kaziel | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  5. Kaziel,

    Most leatherworkers that have these patterns run the heroics and then sell this time spent as part of the final crafted product. They craft it, charging for the crafting and for their nether. It’s a pretty common practice now.

    Comment by Eilianna (Mal'Ganis) | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  6. Hi, I just returned to WoW after a 8 month break and started a Druid on a European PVE Server. Your postings are a great help for Casuals like me. Thank you !

    Comment by Frank | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  7. Thank you Frank. Welcome back.

    Comment by Amanna | April 24, 2007 | Reply

  8. Got a new toy last night 😛
    You’re going to have to look at my armory page to see it though 😛 Focus around the neck area.

    🙂
    My first and only time in Karazhan on my druid.
    Was a blast

    Comment by Slipslappy (Icedown) | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  9. Wow – that’s a nice necklace Slip. Grats!

    Comment by Amanna | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  10. i was looking around for end game hunter gear but when i found this i thought well mabey its just hunter gear thats leather soo i kept looking on this then i was disapointed to find out its feral druid gear …does any one have a link for great end game hunter gear ? becouse some peaple just simply say get beast lords…. but the thing is i dont wanna spend all that time farming it in instances when there culd be something beter . now if you ask me if its leather but has beter stats then mail ill use it soo imstill serchingf the web for hunter gear but it wuold be great if some one can link my hunter gear…btw great end game gear for druids

    Comment by nebz | July 3, 2007 | Reply

  11. Nebz,

    Try here: http://www.wow-loot.com/hunter.htm.

    Warning #1 – slow site.
    Warning #2 – lots of gold ads.

    Decent lists though. TBC content included, but no raid gear.

    Comment by Amanna | July 3, 2007 | Reply

  12. thanks man ur the best

    Comment by nebz | July 4, 2007 | Reply

  13. srry to say this but the web you gave me just linked alot of gear but dosnt tell me were to find it…and im loking for something that links only 1-3 that are best for each set of armor i need ,much like this guide…

    Comment by nebz | July 4, 2007 | Reply

  14. If you click the links in their guide it will take you to the item on wowhead, where it will say where it drops.

    Comment by Amanna | July 4, 2007 | Reply

  15. Came across this post only recently in my search for good gear lists, so I don’t know if anyone’s paying attention anymore. But I have an answer to why burst dps vs sustained dps. Obviously there’s a bunch of things for feral druids that proc on crits, so that seems great, but sudden giant bursts of damage are much more likely to accidentally pull the mob off the tank and on to you, as opposed to the gradual build of threat that sustained dps represents. So it’s the safe way vs. possibly downing the enemy a little faster.

    Comment by Anonymous | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  16. Thanks a lot!
    I’m gonna use it as soon as I rich lvl 70.
    Would be interesting to see what are the stats will be after you complete the set.

    Comment by Ptah | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  17. Good list Amanna, anybody know of a list of Kitty PVP gear, with the gladiators set giving us + healing when it should be + attack pwr i am lost in the sauce.

    Comment by bushdoctor | January 14, 2008 | Reply

  18. An alternative to the Overseer’s Mark would be http://www.wowhead.com/?item=31077, easy to get and gives you the same stats 🙂

    Comment by Flakebeak | January 24, 2008 | Reply

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  20. Ye is really nice job but I have a question … this items that u put here for DPS and PVP … is better from gladiators set ?!

    Comment by k0mara | February 24, 2008 | Reply

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