Monday, November 24, 2008

So You Want to be a Tankadin: Weapons

So sorry for the long period of time between my posts. I’ve been super busy with the end of this semester and I haven’t had much free time…

OMG I’M LIEING! WotLK is soooooo good. I lovez it.

Ok, with all seriousness, I have been busy with school but also with WotLK. Naelum, my Paladin, is currently halfway through 76 and is leveling as Ret. However, I have plans for him to go Prot come 80. With this in mind, I present, for your and my benefit, this multi part series on the gear available at the 78-80ish range for Protection Paladins.

Note: The gear listed here, while intended as a list for Protection Paladins, is perfectly suitable for Protection Warriors as well, since the statistics needed are shared across both specs. Death Knights will also find this gear suitable for them (with the exception of gear that has block rating or block value on it or the weapons and shields listed).

Note #2: Gear is listed in descending order ranked by item level. In theory, the “best” items are at the bottom of this list. However, these items are also the hardest to obtain.

Weapons

1. Warsong Punisher or Hammer of the Alliance Vanguard
Obtained – Revered with Horde Expedition or Alliance Vanguard
Perfect for a starter weapon, most people should be revered with their respective factions by 78. Only problem with this weapon, a total lack of defense rating.

2. Blade of the Empty Void (As opposed to the Blade of the Full Void???)
Obtained – Quest in Icecrown
Harder to get than the above, but a definite upgrade.

3. Sword of Heartwrenching Slaughter/Hammer of Quiet Mourning/Crescent of Brooding Fury
Obtained - Wanted: Ragemane's Flipper in Zul’Drak
This quest offers a plethora of weapons for us to choose from and is not that high a level quest. Get some friends together and you’ll be well on your way to tanking.

4. Eternally Folded Blade
Obtained – Halls of Lightning

5. Infantry Assault Blade
Obtained – Heroic Utgard Keep
A tad slow, but the stats are certainly there.

6. Cloudstrider's Waraxe
Obtained – Heroic Oculus

7. Red Sword of Courage
Obtained – Heroic Utgard Pinnacle
This is by far the best tanking weapon you can get outside of raiding. It’s really well itemized as well, with a big ‘ol chunk of health and defense rating for those of you looking to start raiding. Tanks, get ready to run H-UP a ton to get this.

8. Slayer of the Lifeless
Obtained – 10 man Naxx (Gothik)
Comparable to the Red Sword of Courage, this weapon instead offers more dodge at the expense of defense. Good for those of you who have reached their defense cap, but keep the RSC just incase you dip under the cap later on when swapping gear.

9. Broken Promise
Obtained – 25 man Naxx (Four Horsemen)
I’m not sure what’s up with these slow tanking weapons, but they’re out there for those of you who want them.

10. Last Laugh
Obtained – 25 man Naxx (Kel’Thuzad)
This is currently the best tanking weapon in the game, but also the hardest to get, dropping only from Kel’Thuzad on Heroic.

Next up: Shields

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