What to do When You Hit 80 – Gearing Up

30 12 2009

One of the most common questions from players who recently reached level 80 is “what do I do now?”. Well, you can do whatever you want actually. The real question is “how do I start to do this and this and this”.

“Do Heroics” is an answer but “Do this certain Heroic because blah” is a more useful one. There will be multiple parts to this series (as the word implies) and will end up being a comprehensive guide. There will be something for every player. If you like Achievements, its covered. Want to be a Hardmode-Raider? That too. NOTE: This guide is aimed at Druids although other classes may still get use out of it.

  1. How to Gear Up – Part 1
  2. How to Get Into Raiding – Part  2 – Not Out Yet
  3. How to Start Earning a Lot of Achievements- Part  3 – Not Out Yet
  4. How to Start PvP’ing- Part  4 – Not Out Yet
  5. How to Start Making Money (note that these aren’t get rich quick tips) – Part  5 – Not Out Yet
  6. How to Start Questing (helpful add-ons, tips, etc) – Part  6 – Not Out Yet
  7. If You Want to Make an Alt… – Part  7 – Not Out Yet

How to Gear Up

Since patch 3.3 gearing up at 80 has never been easier (although 3.2 was also easy). You will want to run Heroic-Dungeons to get Emblems of Triumph for Tier 9 gear. For the first Random-Heroic you run each day you get 2x Emblem of Frost if you complete the instance. After that first run you get 2x Emblem of Triumph for each complete dungeon. So if you run an instance with 3 bosses, and kill them all; you get 5 emblems!

Now, some Heroics are harder than others. Your not going to want to start with Halls of Reflection in quest blues/greens. One of the easiest Heroic dungeons is Utgarde Keep. It has 3 bosses and can be completed in under 30 minutes. Here is a list ordering the dungeons into difficulty:

Easy (For Players in Quest Greens/Blues)

Slightly Difficult (For Players in a Few Epics + Quest Blues)

Challenge (For Players Mostly in Epics)

(NOTE: These are not all the dungeons available)

Each boss will drop an Emblem of Triumph. These can be spent on gear and a few other things. When gearing up, the first thing to spend it on is 5 pieces of Tier-9, iLevel 232 armor. The armor can be bought from Aspirant Naradiel (75.5, 72.1 in Icecrown). The gear is as follows:

Restoration

Feral

Balance

Each set totals a cost of 210x Emblem of Triumph. While obtaining these Emblems for the gear you should come across upgrade drops. Once you have the set you should start to buy iLevel 245 items in Dalaran.

Tips/Tricks

If you are so undergeared for any Heroic instance that everyone will kick you, run some Regular-instances. They don’t give Emblems (except for ToC and Icecrown Dungeons) but might have some upgrades for you. If you still get kicked, look for a casual level 80 guild that will help you through. If for some horrible reason you can’t get in a guild run, you may be unlucky but you can save up gold and buy gear off the Auction House.

Thats Part 1 for you – Part 2 will talk about how to get into raiding.


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