Pre-raid fury gear, part 1

Everybody has to start gearing up at some point. In my mind, gearing up is a nice on-the-side thing while levelling up, but it’s not at all central. So, the gearing race starts the moment you hit level 80. That’s the time where you begin to figure out “what do I need to raid?”, which is what most people do these days. Even if you don’t, nice gear is a good thing.

So, what are the pieces that you, as a freshly minted level 80 fury warrior should be gunning for? Let’s have a look.

The head

There really only is one item of note here:

I wish it were otherwise, since I do dislike every character looking identical, but it isn’t. The Spiked Titansteel Helm is the fury helm to get before you enter the raids. It’s expensive, but you’ll be wearing it a long time. If you arent’ turned on by its looks, turn off the showing of it. But do get it. It’s just that good.

The neck

There are two main choices here:

The Titanium Impact Choker is crafted by a jewelcrafter, and the Necklace drops in the heroic version of the Violet Hold. Both of these will do what you want them to do. There is a third choice, namely the Pendant of the Outcast Hero, available for 25 Emblems of Heroism. The Pendant is statswise a direct upgrade from the Necklace, so if you have the Emblems to spare, go for it. However, for the first Emblems, I would spend them elsewhere (namely on T7 gloves and chest) at first.

It’s worth noting that the Titanium Impact Choker has Armor Penetration (ArP) on it. So far, ArP has been a slightly undervalued stat, but this might change come 3.1. It’s certainly worth keeping in mind, and not drop the Choker out of had because of it.

The shoulders

There are four pairs of shoulders to be had:

The two former have crit rating, the two latter have hit rating. Which of the two you’ll want depends on your current need. If you aren’t in dire need of hit rating, the Spaulders of the Giant Lords is likely to be the best pair. If you still need to boost your hit, either of the two latter will work. Both come from the normal Halls of Lightning, although the Mantle of Volkhan is a quest reward and can be completed on heroic mode. So it can nicely coincide with farming for the epic axe that also drops there (see the weapon section).

Coming up in the next part of our pre-raid gear check: cloaks, chests, bracers, gloves and belts.

Also posted on BigHitBox


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