Gear for Healing Priests: Patch 5.2

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This is a list of gear for healing priests in patch 5.2. The list includes items from reputations and valour points, the new Throne of Thunder raid, new world bosses and professions. For the raid drops, I’ve kept normal mode gear as the default with additional links to their LFR and heroic versions. I’ve also included items without spirit with a special note indicating so.

The introduction of Thunderforged items adds an interesting layer to the gearing options. I have not included regular raid items’ thunderforged versions in this list for the sake of my own sanity, but I have included drops from Ra-den, the heroic-only boss in Throne.  Note that all of this comes from the PTR and can change at any time. I’ll try to keep up with the changes as and when they happen, and will update this list accordingly.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Mists of Pandaria Pre-raid Gear for Healing Priests

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Here’s a list of pre-raid gear for the healing priest in Mists of Pandaria. It includes reputation rewards, heroic dungeon drops, items obtainable from professions, and world drops. It does not include LFR gear. I’ve prioritised spirit gear for us healing priests since mana is usually tight early on. However, I’ve included non-spirit pieces in the list with a little note indicating they lack spirit.

I compiled the list primarily from the dungeon journal and the beta items databases. Keep in mind that since it hasn’t released yet, there are some discrepancies between the two. I’ll try to keep up with any changes  and update this list accordingly.

Also, this is my 100th post – so wordpress tells me atleast. Yay! 🙂

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Wintersaber Awesomeness

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A few days ago, during an inspired afternoon, I at last made the final push towards obtaining the Winterspring Frostsaber. I killed giants, furbolgs and fed Rivern Frostwind’s frostsabers large amounts of bear and chimera meat. I traversed the region endlessly and hunted the creatures down time and again, and finally my efforts paid off.

 The Wintersaber Trainers saw fit to sell me the Winterspring Frostsaber.

The beast’s fur was as white as the snows of Winterspring itself! With an exalted reputation, and a beautiful mount to call my own, I could’ve hugged Rivern Frostwind. He politely declined but something tells me he’s seen this before. Anyways, yay!

Achievements: "the Exalted" Title in Cataclysm

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In a recent change of pace, I’ve taken a second look at achievements and titles that I’d like to have. “The Exalted” is a title I wanted to get at some point in time but in the months before the Shattering, it took a backseat to Loremaster and farming the Zulian tiger from Zul’Gurub. It’s worth noting that not too long ago, Blizzard changed the requirements of “the Exalted” title from 40 exalted reputations to now be 50 exalted reputations. Since I now have 50 reputations to worry about, I decided to make a reputation road map as it were, and see if it were even possible in a post-Cataclysm world. Join me for the details!

UPDATE: Blizzard originally bumped up the reputation requirement to 50 but have since reverted it back to the original requirement of 40 reputations. Take your pick of the 50 listed below! =) 


Generally speaking, there are a few ways one can grind reputation for a given faction.I’ve listed them in order my preference – keep in mind that this is personal preference and changes from player to player.

  • Quests: By far the easiest and most preferred way of gaining reputation for me. It takes away the grind’s tedious aspect, adds to other achievements (Seeker/Loremaster), and gives a decent amount of reputation for easy, often low level quests.
  • Dungeons/Raids: Heroics give the most significant amount of reputation here. Dungeons aren’t bad if you’re able to solo them (as in BC) but they could be time consuming at 85. 
  • Item Turn-ins: A tedious method but it gets the job done and the best part is you can power through these kinds of reputation. This depends, however, on whether you can speed it up by buying the items off the Auction House or whether they are BoP and must be farmed out. 
  • Dailies: Ugh. My least favourite kind. Dailies and I never get along simply because it makes me feel like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day…I return every day to do the exact same quest since despite my efforts they always need the exact same thing. *Shudder* 
  • PvP: This probably wouldn’t be all the way down here if I were actually good at it. Sadly, I am not and so at the bottom it stays.

Rather than sorting out the various factions by expansion, I decided to sort them out using the categories above to make it easier to know which faction I’d like to start on first and which one I’d like to save for last.

Note: Any reference to the amount of reputation gained does not take into account guild bonuses or racial bonuses. 

Quest-heavy Ones

The capital cities reputation (with the exception of Gilneas) can be easily obtained by completing the low level questlines from their respective starting zones. Although they now offer tabards for championing their cause in dungeons, I highly recommend questing over dungeons for these. 

  • Darnassus
  • Ironforge
  • Gnomeregan
  • Stormwind
  • Exodar
  • Tranquilien (Horde-only) 

Total: 5 for Alliance, 6 for Horde.

    Dungeons/Raid with a hint of Quests

    There are two kinds here – the ones where the dungeon mobs give you reputation and the other where you have to championing the faction in a dungeon. 

    Mobs that give reputation:

    1. Honor Hold/Thrallmar: Initial questing should get you to honoured after which heroics are the next best option. All the heroics in Hellfire Citadel (Shattered Halls, Ramparts and Blood Furnace) grant reputation. These heroics are unlocked with the Flamewrought Key and the Shattered Halls Key – sold by the Honor Hold quartermaster. There is a PvP daily available but with the content outdated, heroics are the better bet.
    2. Lower City: Your best bet is to complete the quests and grind normal dungeons all the way until honoured for the keys to unlock the heroics. And then continue merrily on in the heroics of Auchindoun (Shadow Labyrinth, Sethekk Halls, and Auchenai Crypts). The good news is that you have a chance for the rare mount from Anzu in Sethekk Halls as a perk to your grinding efforts! 
    3. The Sha’tar: There are only a few quests for this faction so its worth finishing all of them. You can get reputation until honoured while turning in items for Aldor and Scryers which works out since its two birds with one stone. After honoured, your choice of heroics are Mechanar, Alcatraz, and the Botanica.
    4. The Violet Eye: Simple and easy – the mobs in Karazhan give reputation from neutral to exalted. There used to be a questline as well – I’m not sure if thats changed with Cataclysm or not. I will update that when I can.
    5. Ashtongue Deathsworn: The faction with the coolest name. *Cough* This faction’s reputation begins with the questline in Shadowmoon Valley from Elder Sage Akama with the quest Akama. Following this, grinding mobs in Black Temple is the path to exalted. You can choose to either clear the entire raid (gives ~8k rep) with a friend or ignore the bosses and simply work on the trash. Easily doable with a few friends at 85.
    6. Hydraxian Waterlords: Molten Core is the weekly hangout for this. The trash in Molten Core grants reputation until revered and then no more. The journey from Revered to Exalted is filled with the mean bosses of Molten Core who are soloable, or at the very least two-mannable.
    7. Brood of Nozdormu: There used to be a quest chain for this which has now disappeared with the Shattering. One starts out at hostile and must work up to Exalted by farming Ahn’Qiraj. A cool name but truly one of the more trying reputations. 
    8. The Ashen Verdict: All mobs in the Icecrown Citadel raid grant reputation towards this faction. Grab your friends and get farming!
    9. Keepers of Time: Durnholde Keep and Black Morass instances are your two sources for reputation.
    10. The Scale of the Sands: Reputation for this faction is gained through farming the raid Mount Hyjal, which can be accessed in the Caverns of Time.

      Championing in Dungeons:

      1. Gilneas: I got this one almost solely with championing in 85 heroics. A quick way to add some rep is to do the quests offered in Shadowfang Keep.
      2. Guardians of Hyjal: Questing in Mount Hyjal gets you all the way to revered, which I highly recommend. After that, its championing for the final lap.
      3. Ramkahen: Completing the normal quests got me to honoured after which I hugged the tabard as usual.
      4. Earthen Ring: Their quests are spread out in Vash’jir and Twilight Highlands. Championing is the sure and easy way to go once the quests are completed.
      5. Kirin Tor: The questline gets you to friendly after which championing is the way to go.

      Total: 15.

      Item Turn-ins

      1. Timbermaw Hold: The initial questline for Timbermaw starts at Emerald Sanctuary and it is worth doing them since they award a signficant amount of reputation and get you to honoured. Past that, farming the Deadpaw or Winterfall mobs and turning in feathers or spirit beads gets you to exalted. Save your items until you’ve maxed out honoured since mobs will no longer grant reputation beyond that.
      2. Sporegarr: After completing the quests, the easiest way to gain reputation with this faction is to turn in Sanguine Hibiscus. These are not BoP and can be purchased on the Auction House. Alternatively, one can do the repeatable quest Now That We’re Friends…
      3. Kurenai: Completing all the quests in Nagrand should get you revered with this faction. Following that, you’re best bet is to kill Ogres in Nagrand which drop Obsidian Warbeads which can be turned in at stacks of 10 for reputation.
      4. Consortium: There are a couple options for turn ins with these guys. Like Kurenai, they also accept Obsidian Warbeads for reputation, so it’ll be a decision as to which faction to turn those into. Alternatively, you can also turn in Zaraxxis Insignias at Area 52 which are easily farmed in Netherstorm. Another great alternative is the Ethereum Prison Key which drops after honoured with Consortium and after completing the quest Seeking out Ameer. These keys allow you to open Ethereum Prisons which grant rep and also give you a Prison I.D Tag which you can turn in at Ameer for rep.
      5. Cenarion Expedition: After completing the quests, Unidentified Plant Parts can be turned in for rep until honoured. Following this, Coilfang Armaments can be turned in until exalted. Both items are not BoP and can be bought on the auction house from time to time. The Armaments can be farmed from heroics in Coilfang Reservoir (in which case you could combine it with gathering Sanguine Hibiscus). Keep in mind that you need to first complete the quest Orders from Lady Vashj to open up the repeatable Armament turn-in.
      6. Cenarion Circle: The easiest way to get rep for the circle is to grind out the Twilight mobs in Silithus. The mobs drop Encrypted Twilight Texts that can be turned in for a good chunk of rep while you get a little bit of passive rep simply from the mobs themselves.
      7. Thorium Brotherhood: This is a relatively easy reputation to get since the Shattering. You can turn in Dark Iron Ores, Fiery Cores, Lava Cores and Core Leather now which grants 2000 rep per turn-in. A handy way to spend all the stuff collected from those Molten Core runs.
      8. Darkmoon Faire: Befriend a scribe for this one or watch the auction house like a hawk. Reputation with this faction is primarily gained by turning Decks such as the Mages Deck or the more rare Tsunami Deck. Normal decks grant 25 reputation while rare decks grant 350 reputation.
      9. Aldor/Scryer: Turn in Firewing Signets/Mark of Kil’jaeden until honoured (and you also get the passive Sha’tar rep while doing this). After honoured, complete the quests offered by these factions both in Terrokkar as well as Shadowmoon Valley and turn in a combination of Arcane Tome/Fel Armament or Sunfury Signet/Mark of Sargeras until exalted.
      10. Explorer’s League: Their base is in Howling Fjord where they offer a daily at the Steel Gate. Alternatively, running Wrath heroics with no tabard equipped gives reputation to this faction. 
      11. The Frostborn: The easiest way is the one above – running Wrath heroics with no tabard equipped defaults to the four reputation under the Alliance Vanguard.

      Total: 11.

      Dailies
      1. Shattered Sun Offensive: Many of their dailies are in the Isle of Quel’Danas with a couple available from Shattrath. You could also throw in heroic Magister’s Terrace to bolster the rep gained per day.
      2. Silver Covenant: All the dailies in the Argent Tournament award reputation. Alternatively, running any of the Wrath heroics without a tabard on awards reputation as well.
      3. Alliance Vanguard: Is really the combined faction of The Frostborn, Explorer’s League, The Silver Covenant and Valiance Expedition. Reputation gains for this one are passive since gaining reputation for any of the four factions adds reputation to this one as well. It does, however, count as a reputation for the achievement. 
      4. Wildhammer Clan: The questline in Twilight Highlands come highly recommended after which many of the normal quests turn into some easy dailies.
      5. Baradin’s Wardens: These dailies are located in Tol Barad and are the only way to gain reputation with them. Le sigh. The total number of dailies doable is 18, depending on whether your faction controls Tol Barad or not.
      6. Ogri’la: Completing the questline that makes you queen of the ogres should get you to friendly or close. After that it’s the long road of hardmode memory games to gain reputation with these folk.
      7. Shatari Skyguard: Located right next to the Ogres, the dailies open up after you do the breadcrumb quest for this faction in Shattrath.
      8. Knights of the Ebon Blade: Based in Icecrown in the Shadow Vault, completing the initial questline and phased content will open up various dailies. Alternatively, they can be championed.
      9. Therazane: Completing the initial questline in Deepholm will get you from Hated to Honoured where dailies will open up for further reputation. Hitting revered will open up additional dailies. Alternatively, you can champion in a dungeon but the dailies do offer some neat achievements and rewards such as Pebble.
      10. Netherwing: After completing the initial questline from Mordenai and going from Hated to Neutral, dailies open up at the Netherwing Ledge. Note that at each reputation tier, new quests and dailies open up so keep an eye out.
      11. Argent Crusade: After completing the normal quests, they offer dailies spread out in their various bases of Zul’drak, Icecrown, and the Argent Tournament.
      12. Wyrmrest Accord: In addition to the normal quests, dailies open up at the temple with an achievement for one of them. Alternatively, championing the tabard works too.
      13. Oracles/Frenzyheart: Dailies available in Sholazaar Basin once the initial questline of A Hero’s Burden is complete.
      14. Kalu’ak: There are three dailies total – one at each hub of the Kal’uak in Northrend. Doing the normal quests can get you to revered after which the dailies give additional reputation.
      15. Sons of Hodir: The questline beginning with They Took Our Men! opens up this faction. Once honoured, the giants offer various dailies for reputation. To speed things up, Justice Points can be turned in for Hodir rep tokens as well. 
      16. Argent Dawn: With the Shattering, the Argent Dawn has now reverted to dailies for reputation. In order to unlock the dailies, follow the questline beginning with Fiona at the border of Easter Plaguelands and Western Plaguelands.

      Total: 16.

      PvP 

      This one really needs no explanation. It is the slow path of winning battlegrounds.

      1. League of Arathor
      2. Stormpike Guard
      3. Silverwing Sentinels

      Total: 3.

      Of Special Note Are…

      At this point, I’ve thought of all non-crazy factions I can think of and the total number of reputations is at…. 50! You’ll notice I still haven’t included the Steamwheedle Cartel since the Shattering took away many of the repeatable quests in Dire Maul and Ferelas. It is still possible to get reputation with them but it seems to be a lot harder than it was before (never thought I’d be saying that but there you go!) That said, there are two important factions that need special note while we’re doing the count:

      Wintersaber Trainers: This is probably the most grindy reputation I can think of and it certainly survived the Cataclysm. There has been buzz on WoW Insider about the Wintersaber mount being obtained by dailies instead of a reputation grind in Patch 4.1 – more in line with its Horde equivalent. The good news is that the mount will be much easier to get. The bad news is the faction will most probably become a Feat of Strength like Zandalar and Shendralar reputations. Not great if I’m trying to avoid those tedious PvP reputations so I’ll probably grind this one out before the patch hits.

      Guild Reputation: Interestingly, this is just like any other faction and counts towards all reputation achievements.

      Remember, this is not counting factions that have been removed from the game but still count such as the Zandalar Tribe. Maybe I can one of those darned PvP factions afterall! I’d say that this achievement is very possible without having to go the way of “insane” reputation grinds such as Bloodsail Buccaneers or Ravenholdt, or even the Cataclysmic Steamwheedle Cartel now. It is by no means easy and the key is to space it out, rotate between the factions and mix things up to keep yourself from going crazy. But it sure isn’t impossible, regardless if you happen to have old exalted reputations or not. Thanks for reading and happy reputation hunting! (Wow this turned out to be a really long post….)

      Cataclysm Reputation Rewards for Resto Druids

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      I’ve been poking around gear rewards from the various factions recently as a good way to get a little more geared up before I hit up those heroics that by all accounts, are no walk in the park. Reputation rewards are a good way to avoid the grind with stressful, drama-filled PuGs and they provide some great gear before you jump into more challenging content. Here’s my shopping list on gear from reputation rewards:

      Guardians of Hyjal:
      Easily get to revered by simply completing all the quests in Mount Hyjal. Provisioner Whitecloud can be found in the Nordrassil Inn, Mount Hyjal.

      Cloak of the Dryads (Honoured) – Back
      Aessina-Blessed Gloves (Revered) – Hands
      Arcanum of Hyjal (Revered)

      Wildhammer Clan (Alliance only):
      Completing most of the quests in Twilight Highlands gets you to friendly and opens up five dailies.
      Quartermaster Craw Macgraw can be found in Thundermar, Twilight Highlands.

      Mantle of Wild Feathers (Honoured) – Shoulders
      Belt of the Untamed (Exalted) – Waist
      Lightning Flash Pendant (Exalted) – Neck

      Dragonmaw Clan (Horde only):
      Grot Deathblow, the quartermaster can be found in Twilight Highlands. Unfortunately I haven’t yet played the horde side in Cataclysm to know more but I assume there would be dailies just as the Alliance equivalent.

      Spaulders of the Endless Plains (Honoured) – Shoulders
      Withered Dream Belt (Exalted) -Waist
      Yellow Smoke Pendant (Exalted) – Neck

      Earthen Ring:
      Completing quests in Twilight Highlands, Vash’jir and Deepholm grants substantial reputation.  Provisioner Arok is in Silver Tide Hollow (Shimmering Expanse).

      Pendant of Elemental Balance (Honoured) – Neck
      Cloak of  Ancient Wisdom (Revered) – Back
      Leggings of Clutching Roots (Revered) – Legs

      Ramkahen:
      There is one daily available for this faction. Blacksmith Abasi can be found in Ramkahen, Uldum.

      Ammunae’s Blessing (Honoured) – Ring
      There really isn’t much more in gear rewards but I know I will be getting exalted with them for the camel mounts =)

      Therazane:
      Completing the quest chain in Deepholm opens up this faction and the daily quests. D’lom the Collector resides in Therazane’s Throne in Deepholm.

      Diamant’s Ring of Temperance (Revered) – Ring
      Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone (Exalted)

      Baradin’s Wardens:
      A faction in Tol Barad. Even though it is a pvp zone, they have great rep rewards for PvE players. They offer numerous dailies which are somewhat difficult to complete considering you can’t fly in that zone. It might be worth your while just to grab the tabard for this one or bring along a buddy for the dailies. Note that you cannot obtain the tabard until honoured.

      Shimmering Morningstar (Revered) – One-handed mace
      Insidious Staff (Revered) – Staff (lacks Spirit but is not a bad option)
      Mandala of Stirring Patterns (Exalted) – Trinket

      20 Cataclysm Daily Quests Speed Run Guide

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      This is a guest post by Val, bringer of fury and wielder of mighty weapons! He’s mastered the art of daily questing here which we’ll all be doing soon for reputation, shiny rewards and some gold. He shares his way to complete these dailies quickly and efficiently. So, here we go! =)

      This guide will give you a step by step path to complete all the Cataclysm dailies in as little time as possible using Deepholm as the starting point. You’ll want to do this to gain reputation for the new factions. Not all new factions have daily quests so for those that don’t, you’ll want to buy and equip a tabard and queue for the new dungeons.


      Set your hearth to the Temple of Earth at the World Pillar in Deepholm or buy a Potion of Deepholm for this great speed run. Travel from Temple of Earth -> Therazane -> Temple of Earth -> Stormwind -> Uldum -> Tol Barad -> Twilight Highlands -> Stormwind -> Bonus Archaeology around Azeroth.

      Therazane Rep in Deepholm (Six Quests or Seven if Revered)

      First, go to Therazane’s throne using the portal on the north end of Temple of Earth and grab the five dailies there. Then head east to the Goreworm hole. Quickly go inside to pick up the quest from the goblin there. Head into the cave and grab the ores, only killing the Goreworm if you need to get by them. The goal here is to get all the ore and get out of the cave. You’ll find two types of spikey type ores and two types of block type ores to explode, as well as some crystals lying around. Once you have those done head back to the entrance and turn in the quest to the Goblin. If you have any Goreworms left, complete those outside in the surrounding area and to the south as it’s a lot easier. (Note, this Goblin quest also rotates with two other quests that you would pick up rom the Therazane throne. They all are in the Crumbling Depths, though.)

      Next, you’ll want to head to the southeast and up to the fungal growth area. Here you’ll want to destroy the little shrooms. Sometimes they explode and knock you pretty far so be careful not to fall off (Druids need not worry because of their flight form can prevent their fall!). The mushrooms sometimes give a buff to run faster, so do those first. Bounce between mushrooms and occasionally kill the Fungal Lurkers. You’ll need five of those. Make your way northeast towards the pool to pick up some miracle grow. Once you’re done, head back to Therazane’s thrown to turn in the remaining five dailies. If you’re revered you can do a sixth quest called The Restless Brood to the west. From there, take the portal back to the Temple of Earth and then catch the port to Stormwind. View the Therazane rep rewards.

      Cooking and Fishing Quests in Stormwind (Two Quests)

      When in Stormwind, you’ll want to do both the cooking and fishing dailies available near the entrance to the Stockades. These send you around the city and are generally pretty quick to do. Learn more about Cataclysm profession rewards.

      The Ramkahen Dailies in Uldum (Two Quests)

      After you’re done with those two head to the north end of the city to the Earthen Ring portal area and take the port to Uldum. There’s one daily  to the east that you can do for another +150 reputation with Ramkahen. It’s the only daily, and is kinda fun, so be sure to pick this up. As of 12/21/2010 Fire in the Sky in northeast Uldum also rewards +250 reputation with Ramkahen. View the Ramkahen rep rewards.

      Daily for the Venomhide Ravasaur Mount (One Bonus Quest, Horde Only)

      If you’re horde and doing the epic raptor mount quest you’re now be close by to Un’goro and Tanaris so you’ll want to quick do your daily for the little raptor.

      Baradin’s Wardens on the Island of Tol Barad (Six Quests on Peninsula, Five Quests on South Island )

      The next set of dailies to do are in Tol’barad. If there isn’t a battle going on you can pick those up. Bring a buddy if you can as the area is pretty dangerous. If you’re an herbalist there are lost of Azshara’s Veil in the rivers and also the cove (beware the elite shark there!). It helps to bring a potion of Water Walking if you have a quest to go to the cove. Once you finish those quests on the prison island complex head back to your base camp to take the port back to Stormwind. View the Baradin rep rewards.

      Wildhammer Reputation in Twilight Highlands (Five Quests)

      You’re ready to do the final set of dailies, which are Wildhammer one’s available from Thundermar after you complete the dwarf quests leading up to the wedding. There’s another five quests you can do there and there are some really nice rewards. Once you’re done with those, you can use your hearthstone to head back to the Temple of Earth. View the Wildhammer rep rewards.

      Bonus! One More Portal for Archaeology Dig-sites

      Now that you’re back next to the ports in Stormwind you might want to check out your map for archaeology dig-sites and cool down with some relaxing sightseeing. Sometimes you can port pretty close from the Twilight Highlands or Hygal to get sites close by, but keep in mind if you just finished Wildhammer dailies you’ll be in northern Eastern Kingdoms already.. There are some really great epic rewards for this profession so be sure to give this profession consideration for your daily quest runs. Read a guide for the Archaeology profession.

      So there you have it! That’s the fastest way to do the set of dailies available in Cataclysm. I hope you found this helpful.

      Val