To round off the stuff that will help you prepare your Bear tank, there is just one last area to explore – temporary buffs.
Temporary Buffs are things you can bring with you to help get that last little bit of preparation for when you’re tackling the big jobs.
If you’re going into Drak’theron Keep or Utgardt Keep, generally speaking when you’ve got good gear, consumables are entirely optional.
If you’re facing a big challenge… well, we can always use a little boost at times, right?
For Bear tanks, the best choice really is Blackened Dragonfin. If you are looking for the best tanking results, then Agility plus Stamina is it. It’s all I ever carry around for tanking food. If you’d like some alternatives, then a combination of Crit and Stam, or Hit Rating and Stam, or Expertise and Stam are all also good. Just, not nearly AS good.
2) Flasks or Potions
Flask of Stoneblood – increases maximum Health by 1300 for one hour. I’m sorry, that’s about the best all around Flask.
If you prefer to go with Elixirs, then there are some to look at;
- Elixir of Mighty Defense - +45 Defense Rating for one hour.
- Elixir of Mighty Fortitude - +350 Health and +20 HP/5 for one hour.
3) Finally, other forms of self buffs.
There are two relatively new items that can be crafted that can be used by anyone that are of special interest to us.
Inscription: Runescroll of Fortitude - increases Stamina by 165 for all party or raid members for one hour. For when you don’t have a Priest in the party, can be used by anyone, and only takes 1 Snowfall Ink and 5 Resilient Parchment to make a stack of FIVE.
Leatherworking: Drums of Forgotten Kings - Increases total stats for all party or raid members by 8% for 30 minutes. For when you don’t have a Paladin in your group. 8% is a LOT, my friends. It’s crazy. It takes 8 Heavy Borean Leather and 8 Icy Dragonscale to make one, but’s it’s usable by anyone, and has 50 charges. That’s not a typo, it’s FIFTY charges.