The purpose of this gear list is to help those folks that are working to be the best they can be prior to raiding. 

From the start of crafted Blues to being ready for Icecrown, this is the list for you. 

There are certain realities, this deep into the game.

If you’ve got a level 80 Druid, there is a ton of content available at level 80. If your Druid just hit 80 recently, then most raiding opportunities in the earlier 80 realms are past. The group you’re going to run with is either already all geared up and you need to catch up, or the rest of your friends are just getting started in the casual chase, and you’ll get plenty of chances to run Heroics before needing to be raid ready anyway. Either way, chances are good you’re not going to be gearing up by running weekly raids in Naxxramus, Obsidian Sanctum or Eye of Eternity. Even Ulduar and ToC might be relegated to trips down memory lane before too long.

This list serves as a guide for how I rank the items you can acquire from professions, world drops, quests, regular instances, Heroic instances, emblems of all kinds (including Frost), Argent Tournament Crusader Seals and PvP.

No raids are included, not even the commonly pugged ones. I rarely if ever am asked to provide a Raiding Bear’s list of upgrades. What people ask for from me is a helpful starting ground for when they want to get cracking as a new Bear, and don’t really know where to look first.

Whether you prefer more Stamina rather than Agility, or vice versa, more Hit Rating, more Expertise, more Crit Rating, etc is really dependant on your current gear overall. There is no gear list that can replace your judgment. What this list can do is help point out where some great upgrades in general can be found when you’re first starting out.

This first list covers armor. Every item on this list has an Armor Value that is affected by the Bear Form Multiplier. Thus, higher Armor Value matters a great deal for these items.

A few notes on how the gear purchases work.

Emblems of Frost can be used, much like Triumph, to purchase both non-Tier items and items that are part of Tier 10 sets. You will find that the Tier 10 items you can purchase are actually weaker than the ones you can purchase for the exact same amount of Emblems of Frost that aren’t part of any set. One example of this is the Shadow Seeker’s Tunic versus the Lasherweave Raiment.

The reason for this is, the Shadow Seeker’s Tunic is non-upgradeable. It is a fantastic chest piece, but it is a use of 95 Emblems of Frost that, once spent, are what they are. The Lasherweave Raiment, which you purchase from the Druid armor vendor from within the Icecrown Citadel Raid Instance itself, is also 95 Emblems of Frost… but you must purchase it in order to get the higher level Tier 10 upgrades later on. To get a higher Tier 10 item, you MUST exchange the Tier 10 you bought with Emblems of Frost, along with a token from a drop.

In effect, you can consider the Emblem of Frost Tier 10 armor items to represent an investment towards the future. If you will be raiding, and expect to get Token drops, then the Tier 10 items, and their set bonuses, are the better long term purchase. If you are a casual player and may never see a token drop, let alone win the roll for it, the stand alone non-set item represents a beautiful “best in slot”.

Let your own judgment and expectations be your guide.

While perusing the lists, keep in mind the following;

  • Hit Rating Cap for Bears: 262.3
  • Expertise Rating Cap for Bears: 443

(Hit Rating and Expertise Caps are not provided as “much reach” goals, but instead are guidelines to help you know when you have enough of each value, and when stacking more on is a waste of stat point aloocations)

  • Total Dodge is reduced in Icecrown Citadel Raids by 20% from the Chill of the Throne. This does not affect Heroics. Please keep in mind, do not gear or gem specifically for Dodge, or specifically for Health to compensate for this, but use a balanced mix of the two.

Helm

Enchant: Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector Rep vendor: Argent Crusade (Revered)
Meta Gem: Austere Earthsiege Diamond

Lasherweave Headguard – 95 Emblems of Frost from the Tier 10 vendor inside Icecrown Citadel Raid instance.
Relentless Gladiator’s Dragonhide Helm - PvP Reward
Hood of Lethal Intent  - 75 Emblem of Triumph (Non-set item)
Malfurion’s Headguard of Conquest  - 50 Emblem of Triumph and no token from Tier 9 vendor
Furious Gladiator’s Dragonhide Helm  - PvP Reward
Frayed Scoundrel’s Cap – Drops from Devourer of Souls in Heroic Forge of Souls
Conqueror’s Nightsong Headguard - Token for turn in costs 58 Emblems of Conquest
Mask of Distant Memory  - Drops from The Black Knight in Heroic Trial of the Champion
Deadly Gladiator’s Dragonhide Helm - PvP Reward
Weakness Spectralizers - Engineering crafted BoP 
Titan-Forged Leather Helm of Triumph - 40 Wintergrasp Mark of Honor
Hateful Gladiator’s Dragonhide Helm - PvP Reward
Mask of the Watcher - Drops from Eregos in Heroic Oculus
Savage Gladiator’s Dragonhide Helm - 45 Emblem of Heroism
Shroud of Darkness - Drops from Zuramat the Obliterator in Heroic Violet Hold
Helm of Cheated Fate - Drops from Drakkari Elemental in Heroic Gundrak
Hood of the Furtive Assassin - Drops from Loken in Halls of Lightning
Headguard of Retaliation - Reward from Quest, “Vengeance Be Mine!” in Utgarde Pinnacle
Battlemap Hide Helm - Drops from Prince Keleseth in Heroic Utgarde Keep
Eviscerator’s Facemask - Leatherworking crafted BoE, useable at level 78

Shoulders

Enchant:
Master’s Inscription of the Pinnacle (Inscriptionists only)
Greater Inscription of the Gladiator (10,000 Honor Points)
Greater inscription of the Pinnacle (Sons of Hodir – Exalted)

Lasherweave Shoulderpads – 60 Emblems of Frost from the Tier 10 vendor inside Icecrown Citadel Raid instance
Relentless Gladiator’s Dragonhide Spaulders - PvP Reward
Duskstalker Shoulderpads - 45 Emblems of Triumph
Malfurion’s Shoulderpads of Conquest - 30 Emblems of Triumph and no token from Tier 9 vendor
Spaulders of Black Betrayal – Drops from Falric in Heroic Halls of Reflection
Furious Gladiator’s Dragonhide Spaulders - PvP Reward
Valorous Dreamwalker Shoulderpads - Token for turn in costs 60 Emblems of Valor
Deadly Gladiator’s Dragonhide Spaulders - PvP Reward
Trollwoven Spaulders - Leatherworking crafted BoE
Bewildering Shoulderpads – Drops from Bronjahm in Normal Forge of Souls
Shoulderpads of the Infamous Knave - Drops from The Black Knight in Regular Trial of the Champion
Hateful Gladiator’s Dragonhide Spaulders - PvP Reward
Sprinting Shoulderpads - Drops from Elder Nadox in Heroic Ahn’kahet
Spaulders of the Careless Thief - Drops from Grand Magus Telestra in Heroic Nexus
Savage Gladiator’s Dragonhide Spaulders - Emblem of Heroism
Eviscerator’s Shoulderpads - Leatherworking crafted BoE, useable at level 78

Cloak

Enchant: Major Agility (+22 Agility)

Sentinel’s Winter Cloak – 50 Emblems of Frost (base Armor Value affected by multiplier=177)
Recovered Scarlet Onslaught Cape – 50 Emblems of Frost
Might of the Ocean Serpent - 50 Emblems of Frost
Eerie Runeblade Polisher – Drops from Falric in Normal Halls of Reflection
Platinum Mesh Cloak - 25 Emblem of Valor
Durable Nerubhide Cape - Leatherworking crafted BoE
Accursed Crawling Cape – Drops from Devourer of Souls in Normal Forge of Souls
Shroud of Reverberation - Drops from Volkhan in Heroic Halls of Lightning
Hammerhead Sharkskin Cloak - 25 Emblem of Valor
Ice Striker’s Cloak - Leatherworking crafted BoE
Cloak of the Gushing Wound - Drops from Erekem in Heroic The Violet Hold
Cloak of the Enemy - Drops from Commander (first boss) in Heroic Nexus
Drape of the Undefeated - Drops from The Black Knight in Trial of the Champion (more a DPS cloak)

Chest

Enchant: Super Stats

Shadow Seeker’s Tunic – 95 Emblems of Frost
Lasherweave Raiment – 95 Emblems of Frost from the Tier 10 vendor inside Icecrown Citadel Raid instance
Knightbane Carapace - Leatherworking crafted BoE from a recipe drop in Trials raid
Relentless Gladiator’s Dragonhide Robes - PvP Reward
Malfurion’s Raiments of Conquest - 50 Emblem of Triumph and no token from Tier 9 vendor
Furious Gladiator’s Dragonhide Robes - PvP Reward
Conqueror’s Nightsong Raiments - Token costs 58 Emblems of Conquest
Choking Hauberk – Drops from Marwyn in Heroic Halls of Reflection
Titan-Forged Leather Tunic of Triumph - 40 Wintergrasp Mark of Honor
Blackened Geist Ribs – The Captains Chest, Normal Halls of Reflection
Polar Vest - Leatherworking crafted BoE
Savage Gladiator’s Dragonhide Robes - 45 Emblem of Heroism
Darkheart Chestguard - Rep vendor: Knights of the Ebon Blade (Exalted)
Crystal-Infused Tunic - Drops from Keristrasza in Heroic Nexus
Exotic Leather Tunic - Reward from Quest, “Junk in My Trunk” in Utgarde Pinnacle
Drake Rider’s Tunic - Drops from Skadi the Ruthless in Regular Utgarde Pinnacle
Eviscerator’s Chestguard - Leatherworking crafted BoE, useable at level 78

Wrist

Enchant: Major Stamina (40 Stamina)

Bracers of Swift Death - Leatherworking crafted BoE from a recipe drop in ToC Raid
Titan-Forged Armwraps of Triumph - 15 Wintergrasp Mark of Honor
Chewed Leather Wristguards – Drops from Ick in Heroic Pit of Saron
Armbands of the Wary Lookout - Drops from The Black Knight in Heroic Trial of the Champion
Wristwraps of the Cutthroat - 60 Emblem of Valor
Bindings of the Tunneler - Drops from Skarvald the Constructor in Heroic Utgarde Keep
Hateful Gladiator’s Armwraps of Triumph - PvP Reward
Dragonfriend Bracers - Rep vendor: The Wyrmrest Accord (Exalted)
Advanced Tooled-Leather Bands - Drops from Loken in Heroic Halls of Lightning
Drake-Champion’s Bracers - BoE Trash drop from Oculus, buyable on AH
King’s Square Bracers - BoE Trash drop from Culling of Time – Strat, buyable on AH
Eviscerator’s Bindings - Leatherworking crafted, useable at level 78

Hands

Enchant: Major Agility (+20 Agility)

Cat Burglar’s Grips – 60 Emblems of Frost
Lasherweave Handgrips – 60 Emblems of Frost from the Tier 10 vendor inside Icecrown Citadel Raid instance
Malfurion’s Handgrips of Conquest - 30 Emblem of Triumph
Gloves of the Blind Stalker - 28 Emblem of Conquest
Gloves of the Argent Fanatic - Drops from either 2nd boss in Regular Trial of the Champion
Charged-Bolt Grips - Drops from Ionar in Heroic Halls of Lightning
Savage Gladiator’s Dragonhide Gloves - 30 Emblem of Heroism
Handwraps of Preserved History - Quest reward from “A Royal Escort” in Culling of Time: Strat
Bile-Cured Gloves - Drops from Meathook in Heroic Culling of Time: Strat
Gilt-Edged Leather Gauntlets - Drops from King Ymiron in Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle
Sidestepping Handguards - Drops from Mage-Lord Urom in Regular Oculus
Seafoam Gauntlets - Leatherworking crafted BoE, useable at level 78
Eviscerator’s Gauntlets - Leatherworking crafted BoE, useable at level 78

Waist

Enchants: Don’t forget your Eternal Belt Buckle

Vengeful Noose – 60 Emblems of Frost
Belt of the Twilight Assassin - 28 Emblem of Conquest
Flayer’s Black Belt – Drops from Forgemaster Garfrost in Normal Pit of Saron
Death-warmed Belt - Leatherworking recipe for BoE drops in Ulduar 25
Sharp-Barbed Leather Belt - Drops from Ingvar the Plunderer in Heroic Utgarde Keep
Titan-Forged Belt of Triumph - 15 Wintergrasp Mark of Honor
Trollwoven Girdle - Leatherworking crafted BoE
Jorach’s Crocolisk Skin Belt - 40 Emblem of Heroism
Polar Cord - Leatherworking crafted BoE
Treasure Seeker’s Belt - BoE trash drop in Azjol-Nerub, buyable from AH

Leggings

Enchant: Frosthide Leg Armor

Lasherweave Legguards – 95 Emblems of Frost from the Tier 10 vendor inside Icecrown Citadel Raid instance
Malfurion’s Legguards of Conquest - 50 Emblem of Triumph and no token from Tier 9 vendor
Titan-Forged Leather Legguards of Triumph - 40 Wintergrasp Mark of Honor
Leggings of Wavering Shadow - 39 Emblem of Conquest
Valorous Dreamwalker Legguards - Token purchased from vendor costs 75 Emblems of Valor
Mind-Expanding Leggings - Rep vendor: Kirin Tor (Revered)
Gored Hide Legguards - Drops from Gal’darah in Heroic Gundrak
Legguards of Swarming Attacks - Drops from Amanitar in Heroic Ahn’kahet
Leggings of Brazen Trespass - Drops in Eadric’s (loot pinata) Cache in Regular Trial of the Champion
Savage Gladiator’s Dragonhide Legguards - 45 Emblem of Heroism
Ravenous Leggings of the Furbolg - Drops from Gortok Palehoof in Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle
Chain Gang Legguards - World Drop BoE, buyable in AH
Constellation Leggings - Drops in Tribunal Chest in Regular Halls of Stone
Eviscerator’s Legguards - Leatherworking crafted BoE useable at level 78

Feet

Enchant: Superior Agility (+16 Agility)

Footpads of Silence - Leatherworking recipe drops from Ulduar, crafted BoE, expensive
Blighted Leather Footpads – Captain’s Chest, Heroic Halls of Reflection
Treads of Dismal Fortune - Drops from 1st Champion fight, Heroic ToC
Titan-Forged Boots of Triumph - 15 Wintergrasp Mark of Honor
Polar Boots - Leatherworking crafted BoE
Hateful Gladiator’s Boots of Triumph - PvP Reward
Boots of Captain Ellis - 40 Emblem of Valor
Slag Footguards - Drops from Volkhan in Heroic Halls of Lightning
Gorloc Muddy Footwraps - Drops from Eck in Heroic Gundrak
Treads of Nimble Evasion - 10 Champion’s Seal (Argent Tournament)
Boots of the Whirling Mist - Drops from Sjonnir The Ironshaper in Heroic Halls of Stone
Boots of the Neverending Path - Rep vendor: Argent Crusade (Exalted)
Jormscale Footpads - Leatherworking crafted BoE, useable at 78
Eviscerator’s Treads - Leatherworking crafted BoE, useable at 78

71 Responses to “Patch 3.3 Starter Bear Gear lists (Armor)”
  1. bigbearbutt says:

    And as I already replied once, if you tell me you want a post about trinkets and stuff, that tells me you didn’t visit the website to actually look for it, because the post is stickied right there on the sidebar.

  2. newbBear says:

    Arh well.. Sorry can´t see it tbh :/

  3. jabbathewocket says:

    @bigbearbutt nope no side bars, suggest you try looking at your site as a non-logged in non-admin before talking trash to people reading your site. The sidebar does show up in Internet explorer, but not in firefox.. Suggest you grab a theme that is compatible with more than IE6, before making snarky comments.

  4. bigbearbutt says:

    Wow…

    Website’s broke, huh?

    Boy, I am sure glad a smart fella like you uses Firefox to tell me about these things. I’m glad you know that it must be my website that’s broken, and not, like a mistake YOU made.

    Also, thank you for the tips on what tone of voice I should use on my website. I find that your correcting me has shown me the error of my ways.

    Oh… while you’re waiting for me to fix my website for Firefox, try this.

    See that banner picture at the top of the page?

    Yeah, see how there are words on it? Like “Store”, and “About”?

    See the one that says “Home”?

    Try clicking that.

    Wow, holy shit, look at that! A sidebar! Now see the Wrath posts section? See Patch 3.3 Gear Lists… Miscellaneous? Yeah. Don’t go there. That’s not it.

  5. bigbearbutt says:

    While it’s fun to be snarky to asshats like Jabba, clearly there are people coming here being directed from an internet search engine or a link from someone else, who are only looking for these two posts, and have no interest in visiting the actual website main page where the sidebar can be found, and where current content shows up.

    If you’re not interested in reading the blog, if you only came for this, then here is a direct link to page 2:

    http://thebigbearbutt.com/2009/12/20/patch-3-3-starter-bear-gear-lists-miscellaneous/

    Bye!

  6. Martial says:

    Great blog, great page! i come here often to learn from the more experienced bears (and just read the blogs) :D

    One thing you may want to upate bro is the Treadpads (or is it Footpads-can never remember) of Impending Doom. I just spent 11k on the mats for them and they rock!

    Anyways, keep up the good work and thanks for the effort to provide this site

    :)

  7. lookataco says:

    No, you’re not a wanker for being snarky. Not at all. Glad you’re so confident about being snarky, too, or else I’d think you had serious communication skill problems.

  8. bigbearbutt says:

    Sure I am. Well, maybe not a wanker, but I’m certainly a smartass.

    And I’ve got no problem with that. It really is part and parcel of who I am.

    Not a single thing is wrong with this site in terms of looking at the sidebar, and seeing the links to be found there. Not if a person is at the root address of the site, rather than looking at one of the click through lihnks to a page all by itself.

    Now, I’ll certainly accept comments along the lines that the site is counter-intuitive when coming here from a link. Most people use feedreaders, and don’t expect the website to display in different view modes depending on where you are when you visit.

    What people like jabba don’t seem to grasp is, A) If someone isn’t polite on my website, I couldn’t give a rats ass about them, in any way shape or form, and B) I do this website as a fun hobby, and putting up with some knowitall pissant’s egotistical little bullshit ain’t anything I’m interested in. I’m not in the business of coddling people like that, because I’m not in a business. This is not a business. This website has made me, to date, over the last what, three years? Zero dollars. What part of zero requires me to be polite to an asshole? Okay, techically since I pay for hosting, it’s in the negatives. But I’ll stick to zero. Because I do get something back. Something very, very valuable to me.

    I get to spend time chatting with, and enjoying the companyof, those people who visit here who are actually NICE.

    That’s the only reason I do this, and damn, but if it doesn’t feel nice to chat with really nice people in this world, about things we all enjoy.

    The pricks can all fuck off.

  9. Javid says:

    Thank you very much for putting the work into this list, it is the best i’ve found :) The rest of the site is full of usefull info, i love it!

    is there any chance on getting weapons added to the list? I am having a hard time finding a good list of staffs to look for.

  10. Javid says:

    NM if i read further down i see it uner misc lol my bad

  11. Catch says:

    I must be going crazy. What happened to your raider’s list for bears?

  12. windowlicker says:

    lol at your mar 17 post and i agree fuck the ass holes but just wanted to say THANK YOU for the site really helpful while trying to gear out my druid tank i don’t have everything i want yet but has saved me a lot of time, badges and gold. i have tryed to find more site for other toon “like shammies” with nothing near as helpful so again thx and koodos to you

    windowlcker
    aka
    windsheild

  13. Nimizar says:

    Fleshwerk Leggings are another nice pre-raid item – picked those up off Tyrannus yesterday. (No Wowhead link, because the spam filter complained when I included one)

  14. Nitemarejokr says:

    Just to add.. the chest chant shouldnt be Super Stats.. because if your Bear.. then the 18 stam (Knothide Leather Kit) I believe it is.. will give 18 stam then if u put points into [Survival of the Fittest] then thats 6% all attrib. more + Pally buff Kings (in raids gives 10%) therefore.. 18 stam x 1.16 (16%) = 38.88 stam from that chant where 8 stam (from the Super Stats chant would only give 80ish HP) where 38.88 gives around 380hp >.> Soooo yea.. thats not right.. lol 18 stam would be better if ur bear tank.. it gives more HP in the end.. and Imo the 8 all stats isnt nothing compared to 380hp more.. (Plus theres a 10 all stats chant too..)

  15. Nightrayne says:

    the stat increase is more well rounded… it does more then just straight stam, which to me is more important… tanking is more then just being a mana dump for healers

  16. Gingiber says:

    Yay, BBB! Still love the site! Fun posts, and some of these that people just link to really are great, great reference pages. I was chatting with a friend just now trying to get him set up as a new bear, and it got me looking through all these pages you made… And makes me want to play me bear more! Rawr! :D

  17. Iroij says:

    You have some PvP Items on there so PvP gear must be acceptable. I wonder why you do not have the following?
    Relentless Gladiators Belt of Triumph.
    Relentless Gladiators Boot’s of Triumph
    Titan-forged Cloak of Victory

    There are other PvP items that would rank on your list.
    Thanks!

  18. Ghost says:

    What is the def cap for feral tanks if there are any?? i’m lvling my first 80 atm ^^ i heard my friend talk about it

  19. Fairweather says:

    We don’t have any real use for defense. We’re crit-proof thru talents. =D

  20. Ghost says:

    Thanks!:D i just rerolled feral tank instead of DPS pretty just need new gems almost;D

  21. Qwicksylver says:

    Thanks for the Enchant listing, I have the way wrong enchants.

    I was doing 22 stam to boots and 16 def to cloak I also have 275 hp to chest.

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