The purpose of part two 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. 

Part one of this list, and the introduction, can be found here: Armor for starting Bear tanks.

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), 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.

I have made one exception for this list. I have seen many PUG raids form up, specifically to farm the trash in Icecrown Citadel, so as to gain reputation with the Ashen Verdict. Because I really don’t see this as raiding, I’m including the awesome rings you can get as rewards from the faction.

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 second list covers all the miscellaneous stuff that ain’t armor. If something on this list has an armor value, that armor value is NOT affected by Bear form armor mutipliers. What you see is, aside from Meta Gem percentages, what you get. 

One other thing to keep in mind… one of the most interesting variables in a loot list is, does it have sockets or not? If you look at some of the items on either list, the position of older iLevel 200 crafteds may be surprising, until you take into account the older items frequently had sockets, and were itemized when the current epic gems were not in the game. Now those sockets are actually worth more than originally intended, and newer items frequently don’t have them. So, these items not only can vary in power depending on what gems you socket, but are also, when fully socketed, more powerful than originally designed. This should help to explain the high position of items such as the Titanium Earthguard Ring. Whenever you see an item with a socket, it is placed in the position where it would be if it had the absolute best quality gem in it. Use a Rare, or something strange like Spellpower, and it would drop further on the list.

While perusing the lists, keep in mind the following;

  • Hit Rating Cap for Bears: 262.3 (263)
  • Expertise Rating Cap for Bears: 443

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

  • 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.


Ashen Band of Endless Courage - Exalted with Ashen Verdict faction
Harbingers Bone Band – BoE drop off trash mobs in Icecrown Citadel, 10 and 25 man versions
Ashen Band of Unmatched Courage – Revered with Ashen Verdict faction
Ashen Band of Greater Courage – Honored with Ashen Verdict faction
Clutch of Fortification – 35 Emblems of Triumph
Ashen Band of Courage – Friendly with Ashen Verdict faction
Runed Band of the Kirin Tor – 1250 gold and exchange Etched Band of the Kirin Tor
Dexterous Brightstone Ring – 35 Emblems of Triumph
Runed Ring of the Kirin Tor – 1250 gold and exchange Etched Ring of the Kirin Tor
Mark of the Relentless – Drops from Champion’s Cache in Heroic Trial of the Champion
Band of Stained Souls – Drops from Scourgelord Tyrannus in Heroic Pit of Saron
Keystone Great-Ring – Drops from The Prophet Tharon’ja in Heroic Drak’Tharon Keep
Signet of the Impregnable Fortress – 25 Emblems of Valor
Titanium Earthguard Ring – BoE Crafted, Jewelcrafting
Hemorrhaging Circle – Drops from Gal’darah in Heroic Gundrak
Etched Ring of the Kirin Tor – 1250 gold and exchange Inscribed Ring of the Kirin Tor
Ring of Carnelian and Bone – Drops from Forgemaster Garfrost in Regular Pit of Saron
Etched Band of the Kirin Tor – 1250 gold and exchange Inscribed Band of the Kirin Tor
Relentless Gladiator’s Band of Victory – PvP Reward, 47400 Honor Points
The Lady’s Promise - Drops from the Captain’s Chest in Heroic Halls of Reflection
Inscribed Ring of the Kirin Tor – 1250 gold and exchange Ring of the Kirin Tor
Band of Torture – Drops from Drakos the Interrogator in Heroic Oculus
Nerubian Shield Ring – Drops from Elder Nadox in Heroic Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom
Uruka’s Band of Zeal – Drops from The Black Knight in Regular Trial of the Champion
Titanium Impact Band – BoE Crafted, Jewelcrafting
Ring of Earthen Might – BoE Crafted, Jewelcrafting
Titanium Frostguard Ring – BoE Crafted, Jewelcrafting
Inscribed Band of the Kirin Tor – 1250 gold and exchange Band of the Kirin Tor
Signet of Edward the Odd – BoE World Drop
Bloodshed Band – 35 Emblems of Triumph
Ring of the Kirin Tor – Bought from Harold Winston in Dalaran, 8500 gold
Ring of Invincibility – 25 Emblems of Valor
Ring of Ghoulish Glee – Drops from Headless Horseman, only during the Hallowed Eve World Event
Mobius Band – Drops from Chrono-Lord Epoch in Heroic Culling of Stratholme
Titan-forged Band of Victory – PvP Reward, 15 Wintergrasp Marks of Honor
Band of the Kirin Tor – Bought from Harold Winston in Dalaran, 8500 gold
Purloined Wedding Ring – Drops from Ick in Regular Pit of Saron
Signet of Bridenbrad – Quest reward from Light Within the Darkness
Unsmashable Heavy Band – Drops from Ingvar the Plunderer in Heroic Utgarde Keep
Stained-Glass Shard Ring – BoE trash drop 
Bjarngrim Family Signet – Drops from General Bjarngrim in Regular Halls of Lightning


Wodin’s Lucky Necklace – BoE, Icecrown Citadel trash drop, both 10 and 25 man raids
Shard of the Crystal Forest -19 Emblems of Conquest
Fossilized Ammonite Choker – Drops from The Captains Chest in Heroic Halls of Reflection
Broach of the Wailing Night – 19 Emblems of Conquest
Barbed Ymirheim Choker – Drops from Forgemaster Garfrost in Heroic Pit of Saron
The Warlord’s Depravity – Drops from The Black Knight in Heroic Trial of the Champion
Titanium Earthguard Chain – BoE Crafted, Jewelcrafting
Chained Military Gorget – 25 Emblems of Heroism
Ancient Pendant of Arathor – Drops in Confessor’s Cache in Heroic Trial of the Champion
Amulet of Wills – Drops from Sjonnir The Ironshaper in Regular Halls of Stone
Spiked Battleguard Choker – 19 Emblems of Conquest
Shadowseeker’s Pendant – Drops from Jedoga Shadowseeker in Heroic Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom
Susurrating Shell Necklace – 10 Crusader’s Seals
Choker of Feral Fury – 10 Crusader’s Seals
Necklace of the Chrono-Lord – Drops from Chrono-Lord Epoch in Regular Culling of Stratholme
Painfully Sharp Choker – Drops from Scourgelord Tyrannus in Regular Pit of Saron
Necklace of Arcane Spheres – Drops from Xevozz in Heroic Violet Hold
Pendant of the Nathrezim – Drops from Mal’Ganis in Heroic Culling of Stratholme
Burning Skull Pendant – BoE trash drop in Heroic Gundrak


Corroded Skeleton Key – 60 Emblem of Frost
The Black Heart – Drops from The Black Knight in Regular Trial of the Champion
Glyph of Indomitability – 50 Emblems of Triumph
Darkmoon Card: Greatness – BoE Crafted, Inscription
Essence of Gossamer – Drops from Hadronox in Heroic Azjol-Nerub
Bitter Balebrew Charm – Drops from Coren Direbrew in Brewfest World Event
Bubbling Brightbrew Charm – Drops from Coren Direbrew in Brewfest World Event
Figurine – Monarch Crab – BoP crafted, Jewelcrafting
Figurine – Ruby Hare – BoP crafted, Jewelcrafting
Indestructible Alchemist’s Stone – BoP crafted, Alchemy
Ick’s Rotting Thumb – Drops from Ick in Heroic Pit of Saron
Brawler’s Souvenir – Drops from Coren Direbrew in Brewfest World Event
Seal of the Pantheon – Drops from Loken in Regular Halls of Lightning
Offering of Sacrifice – Drops from Gal’darah in Heroic Gundrak

Main Hand Weapons

Enchant: Mongoose

Relentless Gladiator’s Greatstaff – PvP Arena Reward
Lightborn Spire – Eventual reward for Bear Tanks from The Battered Hilt quest chain
Relentless Gladiator’s Crusher – PvP Arena Reward
Relentless Gladiator’s Halberd – PvP Arena Reward
Orca-Hunter’s Harpoon – Drops from Marwyn in Heroic Halls of Reflection
Marrowstrike – Drops from Confessor’s Cache in Heroic Trial of the Champion
Tower of the Mouldering Corpse – Drops from Devourer of Souls in Regular Forge of Souls
Silvery Sylvan Stave - 25 Crusader Seals
Staff of Feral Furies – 25 Crusader Seals
Staff of Trickery – Drops from Cyanigosa in Heroic Violet Hold
Garfrost’s Two-Ton Hammer – Drops from Forgemaster Garfrost in Regular Pit of Saron
Enraged Feral Staff – Drops from Ingvar the Plunderer in Heroic Utgarde Keep
Stave of Shrouded Mysteries – Rep reward – Revered with the Kirin Tor
Lightning Giant Staff – Drops from Loken in Heroic Halls of Lightning
Titansteel Destroyer – BoE Crafted, Blacksmithing
Mojo Masked Crusher – Drops from The Prophet Tharon’ja in Heroic Drak’Tharon Keep
Saliva Corroded Pike – Drops from Moragg in Heroic Violet Hold
Whale-Stick Harpoon – Rep reward – Revered with The Kalu’ak
Hammer of Grief – Drops from Maiden of Grief in Heroic Halls of Stone
Hewn Sparring Quarterstaff – Drops from General Bjarngrim in Regular Halls of Lightning
Argent Skeleton Crusher – Rep reward – Revered with the Argent Crusade

17 Responses to “Patch 3.3 Starter Bear Gear lists (Miscellaneous)”
  1. Naturalregis says:

    Holy list, Batman! Much appreciated.
    .-= Naturalregis´s last blog ..The Morning After Maly =-.

  2. Howard says:

    BBB, Marrowstrike only drops in heroic ToC, not regular. Trust me, I ran it probably 80 times before it finally dropped for me…

  3. bigbearbutt says:

    Thanks Howard, I went back and checked every link, there was that one and the Ancient Pendant of Arathor that were wrong, all fixed now.

  4. Redauroa says:

    Thank you for doing this. Also thanks for putting up the caps. I just never know what they are or where to find them. THANKS!!!!

  5. Mael says:

    Hi Bear,

    You say “No raids are included” but unless I’m poorly mistaken the Rep for the Ashen Verdict faction can only be obtained via raiding?

  6. Rahl says:

    Hi Bear,

    You have missed out one great bear / kitty wep.
    The polearm that drops from Ony.

    Reclaimed Thunderstrike.
    The tank version have loads of stam & 62 expertise

  7. Paona says:

    Hi there, Big Papa Bear!

    I’m surprised you don’t rate Figurine – Monarch Crab higher, since you do mention that “Whenever you see an item with a socket, it is placed in the position where it would be if it had the absolute best quality gem in it”. Ignoring the slot colors for a moment, dropping a pair of Solid Majestic Zircon brings the trinket to +123 Stamina, not too far off from The Black Heart in terms of mitigation. (Slotting for the colors instead leaves it at 117 Stamina plus whatever other bonus your green or orange gem brings.) Your reasoning would be appreciated. =D (I am going to be very disappointed if it turns out I screwed up by passing on an Essence of Gossamer!)

  8. bigbearbutt says:

    Mael… if you read the description above the list, you’ll see I had specifically addressed the Ashen rep. No, really. It’s okay, I understand, most folks probably assumed I copied/pasted the same description from the last post. It’s cool. I’ll expand on what I said to say, on our server rep raids are treated more as pugs, where anyone of any spec or gear level is welcome, so long as there are some tanks and healers, because they aren’t doing anything but kill trash. So it’s really just a big pug, not a raid, and you can stay or go as long as you like.

    Rahl, to answer you… I didn’t miss it, I didn’t list it because it drops from raids. Likewise, I right now am using the staff from Heigan but it’s not listed here because it’s a drop from a raid. I won the roll for the Orca Hunter’s Harpoon last night… but I am not equipping it yet because it has tons of Hit Rating, and I am already way over the hit cap. I may equip it just because it looks neat, but it’s more for if I get upgrades that take me under the hit cap, which honestly doesn’t look likely any time soon. You are absolutely correct, the Reclaimed Thunderstrike totally rocks… but if you’re raiding, you need to be looking at a totally different loot list. :)

    Paona, nice to hear from you! In answer to your question, yes, absolutely the Monarch Crab rocks. Gem that sucker out, get +123 stam, and also get some sweet Dodge. Not a problem. Stam and dodge, both tasty treats. Where the rankings come into play is in your playstyle. As I said, and really, I mean it, tanking gear and stats are based on the content YOU anticipate running. In fact, that’s going to eventually be the topic of today’s post. But in this case, using your example of the Essence of Gossamer, the more mobs that are pounding on you, the better Essence of Gossamer is. If you are being a main tank on one mob, then it’s actually not very good, but if you are regularly picking up a whole world of trash, then that proc is actually very, very solid. In fact, the only reason I ranked the Direbrew charms above it is because, in MOST raiding situations prior to Icecrown, having stacked obscene amounts of health over all else was necessary in order to survive some of the incredible hits that may come in if you are unlucky in a dodge.

    Really, if you passed on Essence… don’t sweat it. I actually stopped using Essence of Gossamer in favor of the Brawler’s Souvenir, because I’ve been experimenting in the trash heavy new 5 mans with focusing on ridiculous amounts of Dodge. Look at how far down Brawler’s is. It’s not about where something is on the list, so much as what it does to fill a gap in your gear.

    And thanks for the very good comments!

  9. Kaethir says:

    Great list BBB! I wish I had the time and was willing to spend it to build a list like this.

    More than a couple of these items are very good even for folks that ARE raiding, I think, especially if you’re not raiding very heavily – I know I’ve been using a few of them for a LONG time…
    .-= Kaethir´s last blog ..I’m a Druid, and I Cheat =-.

  10. Mael says:

    Ahh, yes I’m guilty :-P
    I scanned through the top bit and it looked the same as the armour list so I skipped over. Humble apologies sir :-D
    I do appreciate the effort and always find your lists useful.
    Happy Holidays

  11. Deandre - Dalaran says:

    …seeing Mongoose as the best bear enchant made me ungodly happy since on my Warrior I was screwing around with a few others in Kara and my wife ended up with that.

  12. Evilmonkeys says:

    Will you be posting a list of gear that includes raid gear?

  13. Karhos says:

    May sound nubbish (even though been playing for 5 years) but does Mongoose procs even if you never swing with it as a melee? Thx for answer I just started tanking with my druid.

  14. newbBear says:

    @@Found it BBB :)

    A great list, and very useful ^^

  15. Aekashi says:

    You used to have the Origin of Nightmares staff from Naxx in this list. Was there a reason why it was dropped out? +100 AGI and +150 STA is hard to sneeze at.

  16. Aekashi says:

    Oh, forget my previous post. I see that you are trying to make it a list for people who don’t raid much, and the Origin of Nightmares is a 25 Naxx drop.

  17. Gooafton says:

    I just got f-cked real hard in a pug ICC25. I rolled 100. Yes it was 100. On a neck dropped by Lady Deathwisper
    And the leader said it was dps only. I didnt get it and I really would have won lots of stats on that neck. I do not favour parry. I do not gain much extra good stuff from defence, but i gett aggrobuild and reduced dmg from ap. And it had stamina to make u smile. Why cant all see that gear is about balancing stats.


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