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Tank / Heal / DPS > Beginning Level 80 Plate Tank Gear

Beginning Level 80 Plate Tank Gear

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At level 80, a tank needs 540 Defense Skill to be uncrittable (5 x Player Level + 140). It takes a minimum of 689 Defense Rating to reach 540 Defense Skill. (Defense Rating is the stat found on gear, which converts to Defense Skill as you see in your character panel at a little less than 5:1.)

This list contains only items that can be crafted, are non-dungeon reputation rewards, or are quest rewards. There are a number of items that may be better, but are drops from bosses, so obtaining them is unpredictable. Be sure to replace pieces and get upgrades once you're able to head into the heroics and Naxx with this stuff! The idea is that if you build an uncrittable set from these pieces, you can do it quickly and efficiently, then start going after improved gear from drops (see the Advanced gear guide).

Simply choose an item from each category, add up the Defense Rating of each item, and create a set that is at least 689 Defense Rating.

 

Equipment Slots

Head | Neck | Shoulders | Back | Chest | Wrists | Hands | Waist | Legs | Feet | Finger | Trinket | Main Hand (Weapon) | Off Hand (Shield) | Gems

 

Head
SlotItem Quality iLvl * +DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From 
HeadThe Crusader's ResolutionRare17460QuestBoP"The Crusaders' Pinnacle", Icecrown
HeadTempered Saronite HelmRare16783Crafted BoE400 Blacksmithing (12x Saronite Bars, 1x Crystallized Earth)
HeadGreathelm of the Titan ProtectorateRare16240QuestBoP"Reclamation", Sholazar Basin
HeadGreathelm of the Unyielding BullRare15446DropBoEAny level 74-80 Trash Mob. (0.1%)
NOTE: Available in AH.
Head EnchantArcanum of the Stalwart DefenderRareN/A20ReputationBoP Veteran Crusader Aliocha Segard, Argent Crusade Quartermaster, Requires Argent Crusade - Revered (150g)

 

Neck
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
NeckBurning Skull PendantRare20028DropBoEVarious Trash Mobs, Zul'Drak / Gundrak (0.5%)
NOTE: Available in AH.
NeckReinforced Titanium NeckguardRare174 26QuestBoP"The Admiral Revealed", Icecrown
NOTE: Has a red gem socket, with +6 Stamina socket bonus.  Either use a yellow +Defense gem for maximum defense, or a red gem to get the socket bonus.
NeckTorta's Oversized ChokerRare17425DropBoEVarious Trash Mobs. (0.1%)
NOTE: Available in AH.
NeckBetrayer's ChokerRare17117QuestBoP"Betrayal", Zul'Drak
NOTE: Has a yellow gem socket, with +6 Stamina socket bonus.
NeckBlood Infused PendantRare16226QuestBoP"A Hero's Burden", Sholazar Basin

 

Shoulders
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
ShouldersWapach's Spaulders of SolidarityEpic20058 BoEVarious Trash Mobs. (0.1%)
NOTE: Available in AH.
ShouldersCrusader's Square PauldronsRare18729DropBoEVarious Trash Mobs, Tanaris / Culling of Stratholme (0.8%)
NOTE: Available in AH.
ShouldersGlimmershell Shoulder ProtectorsRare1870ReputationBoPGeen, Oracles Quartermaster, Requires The Oracles - Revered (35g37s50c)
ShouldersPauldrons of ReconnaissanceRare17546QuestBoP"Halls of Stone", Storm Peaks/Halls of Stone
ShouldersTempered Saronite ShouldersRare17132CraftedBoE405 Blacksmithing (12x Saronite Bars)
ShouldersTundra PauldronsRare15524QuestBoP"Have They No Shame?", Borean Tundra/The Nexus

 

Back
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
BackTattered Castle DrapeRare20025DropBoETrash Mobs, Howling Fjord/Utgarde Keep (0.5%)
NOTE: Available in AH.
BackCloak of Peaceful ResolutionRare18743ReputationBoPCielstrasza, Wyrmrest Accord Quartermaster, Requires Wyrmrest Accord - Honored (23g80s)
BackCloak of EternityRare11223CraftedBoE350 Tailoring (6x Bolt of Imbued Netherweave, 6x Primal Earth)
Back EnchantEnchant Cloak - TitanweaveN/AN/A16CraftedN/A435 Enchanting (20x Infinite Dust, 10x Greater Cosmic Essence, 2x Titanium Bar)
Back EnchantEnchant Cloak - SteelweaveN/AN/A12CraftedN/A375 Enchanting (8x Greater Planar Essence, 8x Primal Earth)

 

Chest
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
ChestBreastplate of the Solemn CouncilRare20076ReputationBoPCielstrasza, Wyrmrest Accord Quartermaster, Requires Wyrmrest Accord - Revered (52g82s14c)
ChestIvory-Reinforced ChestguardRare16656ReputationBopSairuk / Tainaka, Kalu'ak Quartermaster, Requires Kalu'ak - Honored (43g6s64c)
ChestTempered Saronite BreastplateRare16756CraftedBoE400 Blacksmithing (6x Cobalt Bars, 5x Saronite Bars, 1x Crystallized Earth) [Blacksmith: Tempered Saronite Breastplate]
Chest EnchantEnchant Chest - Greater DefenseN/AN/A22CraftedN/A400 Enchanting (10x Infinite Dust, 1x Eternal Earth)
Chest EnchantVindicator's Armor KitCommon658CraftedUse325 Leatherworking (3x Heavy Knothide Leather, 1x Primal Earth)
NOTE: Requires Leatherworker to be exalted with Aldor to purchase plans.

 

Wrists
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
WristsTempered Saronite BracersRare17548CraftedBoE410 Blacksmithing (13x Saronite Bars)
WristsBracers of ReverenceRare17534QuestBoP"A Wing and a Prayer", Borean Tundra / The Oculus 
WristsPolished Tusk ShacklesUncommon1740QuestBoP"Ample Inspiration", Storm Peaks
Wrists EnchantEnchant Bracer - Major DefenseN/AN/A12CraftedN/A320 Enchanting (2x Small Prismatic Shards, 10x Arcane Dust)

 

Hands
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
HandsRefined Ore GlovesRare20042DropBoETrash Mobs, Storm Peaks/Halls of Stone. (0.5%)
NOTE: Available in AH.
HandsDaunting HandguardsRare18771CraftedBoE 420 Blacksmithing (12x Saronite Bars, 1x Eternal Earth)
HandsGiant-Sized GuantletsRare1870ReputationBoPTanak, Frenzyheart Quartermaster, Requires Frenzyheart Tribe - Revered (25g12s13c)
HandsTempered Saronite GauntletsRare17978CraftedBoE 415 Blacksmithing (14x Saronite Bars)
Hands EnchantVindicator's Armor KitCommon658CraftedUse325 Leatherworking (3x Heavy Knothide Leather, 1x Primal Earth)
NOTE: Requires Leatherworker to be exalted with Aldor to purchase plans.

 

Waist
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
WaistWaistguard of the Risen KnightRare20042DropBoETrash Mobs, Zul'Drak / Drak'Tharon Keep. (0.4%)
NOTE: Available in AH.
WaistGutbuster of Aldur'tharUncommon17440QuestBoP"Not a Bug", Icecrown
WaistTempered Saronite BeltRare16357CraftedBoE395 Blacksmithing (6x Cobalt Bars, 5x Saronite Bars)
Waist Gem SocketEternal Belt Buckle Rare80N/ACraftedBoE415 Blacksmithing (4x Saronite Bars, 1x Eternal Earth, 1x Eternal Water, 1x Eternal Shadow)

 

Legs
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
LegsDaunting LegplatesRare18788CraftedBoE 425 Blacksmithing (14x Saronite Bars, 1x Eternal Earth)
LegsSpecial Issue LegplatesRare18769ReputationBoPVeteran Crusader Aliocha Segard, Argent Crusade Quartermaster, Requires Argent Crusade - Honored (46g36s29c)
LegsTempered Saronite LegplatesRare16332CraftedBoE395 Blacksmithing (5x Cobalt Bars, 5x Saronite Bars, 1x Crystallized Earth)
Legs EnchantVindicator's Armor KitCommon658CraftedUse325 Leatherworking (3x Heavy Knothide Leather, 1x Primal Earth)
NOTE: Requires Leatherworker to be exalted with Aldor to purchase plans.

 

Feet
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
FeetSabatons of Draconic VigorRare20058ReputationBoPCielstrasza, Wyrmrest Accord Quartermaster, Requires Wyrmrest Accord - Revered (37g12s85c)
FeetToxin-Tempered SabatonsRare18734ReputationBoPDuchess Mynx, Ebon Blade Quartermaster, Requires Knights of the Ebon Blade - Honored (35g10s37c)
FeetTempered Saronite BootsRare16736CraftedBoE400 Blacksmithing (3x Cobalt Bars, 8x Saronite Bars)
Feet EnchantVindicator's Armor KitCommon658CraftedUse325 Leatherworking (3x Heavy Knothide Leather, 1x Primal Earth)
NOTE: Requires Leatherworker to be exalted with Aldor to purchase plans.

 

Finger (Choose 2)
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
FingerSolid Platinum BandRare17525QuestBoP"For Posterity", Zul'Drak / Gundrak
FingerStaunch SignetRare17525QuestBoP"The Struggle Persists", Borean Tundra / The Oculus
FingerKurzel's WarbandRare17119QuestBoP"Search and Rescue", Grizzly Hills / Drak'Tharon Keep
FingerRing of Misinterpreted GesturesUncommon16226QuestBoP"Fortunate Misunderstandings", Sholazar Basin
FingerStoneguard RingUncommon16216CraftedBoE390 Jewelcrafting (2x Eternal Earth)
NOTE: Unique-equipped. Has a blue gem socket, with +4 Defense Rating socket bonus.  Either use a yellow +Defense gem for maximum defense, or a blue +Stamina gem to get the socket bonus.

 

Trinket
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
TrinketMoroes' Lucky Pocket WatchEpic1150DropBoPMoroes, Deadwind Pass / Karazhan (13%)
TrinketAdamantite FigurineRare11232DropBoPBlackheart the Inciter, Terokkar Forest / Shadow Labyrinth (12%)
TrinketRegal ProtectorateRare8826QuestBoP"Overlord", Hellfire Peninsula

NOTE: Tank trinkets that don't come from dungeons are scarce in WotLK.  These are just a couple options from BC, that should be easy to get for level 80 players.

 

Main Hand (Weapon)
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
1h AxeCrescent of Brooding FuryRare17526QuestBoP"Wanted: Ragemane's Flipper", Zul'Drak
1h MaceHammer of Quiet MorningRare17519QuestBoP"Wanted: Ragemane's Flipper", Zul'Drak
1h SwordBlade of the Empty VoidRare17419QuestBoP"Tirion's Gambit", Icecrown
1h SwordQuickblade of Cold ReturnRare1740QuestBoP"Banshee's Revenge", Icecrown
2h AxeAxe of Bloodstained IceUncommon17453QuestBoP"Sindragosa's Fall", Icecrown 
1h MaceHammer of the Alliance VanguardRare1660ReputationBoPLogistics Officer Brighton / Logistics Officer Silverstone, Alliance Vanguard Quartermaster, Requires Alliance Vanguard - Revered (61g69s1c)

 

Off Hand (Shield)
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
ShieldSaronite BulwarkRare17531CraftedBoE410 Blacksmithing (14x Saronite Bars)
ShieldShield of the Lion-HeartedRare16632ReputationBoPLogistics Officer Brighton / Logistics Officer Silverstone, Alliance Vanguard Quartermaster, Requires Alliance Vanguard - Honored (39g19s33c)
Shield EnchantEnchant Shield - DefenseN/AN/A20CraftedN/A420 Enchanting (10x Infinite Dust, 10x Greater Cosmic Essence)

 

Gems
SlotItem QualityiLvl *+DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From
Yellow GemThick Autumn's GlowRare8016CraftedSocket390 Jewelcrafting (1x Autumn's Glow)
Yellow GemPerfect Thick Sun CrystalUncommon7014CraftedSocket350 Jewelcrafting (1x Sun Crystal)
NOTE: These are not purposely made.  They are a random chance to be made while making Thick Sun Crystal.
Yellow GemThick Sun CrystalUncommon7012CraftedSocket350 Jewelcrafting (1x Sun Crystal)
  • NOTE: The rare quality gems are often many times more expensive than the uncommon quality ones.  Unless there are issues meeting uncrittability, avoid using the rare quality gems until gear is aquired that will be kept for a longer time. For example, it would be wise to wait until the item is an iLvl 200 rare quality piece before socketing a rare gem.
  • High level blacksmiths should always add bonus gem sockets to their own equipment using Socket Bracer, and Socket Gloves.
  • For a complete list of gems of all colors, visit WoWWiki's Gem page

* iLvl refers to Item Level, a hidden statistic that is used to compare the quality of items.  To read more about iLvl visit WoWWiki's Item Level page

Thanks to Petrus for the original basis of this info.

SlotItem Quality iLvl * +DEF Loot TypeBindAquired From 
ThrownWeighted Throwing Axe Rare17419QuestBoP 
ThrownDorian's PrybarRare1620QuestBoP 

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