Holy Paladin Pre-Raid Gear You Don’t Need Luck For

I know this is kind of strange timing what with 4.2 just around the corner and all, but I’ll do my best to integrate the new gear in this list and I’ll (hopefully, ha!) update as I get more information.

In case you were wondering, this list was spawned from another post I was writing, where I caught myself listing every single piece of non-instance gear. So if you’ve just dinged 85, are rolling in gold and rep and want to give yourself a head start for heroics, this post is for you.

Or if you’re just loocking to replace a sticky piece and want a quick reference, this post is also for you.

As for the post that spawned this one, it may or may not see the light of day, depending on my motivation.

How this list works

This is all gear that doesn’t come from dungeons or raid bosses. There are some BoEs from raids, but you should able to get your hands on any of these through having a lot of gold, gathering rep, crafting or PvPing. (I did, however, include quest rewards that may involve killing a 5-man boss.)

Each slot is sorted by 4.2 PvE, current PvE, PvP (4.2 and current mixed) and gear requiring a profession. Each subsection is more or less sorted by ilevel. The pieces are not listed in order of usefulness. You’ll have to use your own judgement to decide which ones you prefer. (General rule for PvE is that Spirit and Haste are preferred over Crit and Mastery. If you don’t know whether you want Spirit or Haste, you probably want Spirit.)

As usual, if you notice any mistakes or linkage errors, you’re welcome to yell at me. (But only a little bit.)

Head

Stormforged Helm (ilvl 333, Blacksmithing, should be pretty cheap on Auction House)
Helm of Holy Visions (ilvl 325, random drop, buy it on the AH)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Ornamented Headcover (ilvl 384, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Ornamented Headcover (ilvl 365, PvP)
Bloodthirsty Ornate Pyrium Helm (ilvl 359, Blacksmithing, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Ornamented Headcover (ilvl 352, PvP)
Ornate Pyrium Helm (ilvl 339, Blacksmithing, but is a PvP piece, get Stormforged Helm over this)

Specialized Bio-Optic Killshades (ilvl 359, requires Engineering)

Neck

Firemind Necklace (ilvl 378, Valor points, 4.2)
Nightweaver’s Amulet (ilvl 365, Mark of the World Tree, 4.2)

Dorian’s Lost Necklace (ilvl 359, random drop, buy at AH)
Lightning Flash/Yellow Smoke Pendant (ilvl 359 Wildhammer/Dragonmaw-Exalted)
Celadon Pendant (ilvl 346, Justice points)
Eye of Many Deaths (ilvl 346, Jewelcrafting, buy on AH)
Pendant of Elemental Balance (ilvl 346, Earthen Ring-Honored)
Kuang’s Locket of Secrets (ilvl 325, random drop, buy on AH)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Pendant of Alacrity (ilvl 378, PvP in 4.2, Haste)
Ruthless Gladiator’s Pendant of Meditation (ilvl 378, PvP in 4.2, Spirit)
Vicious Gladiator’s Pendant of Alacrity (ilvl 365, PvP, Haste)
Vicious Gladiator’s Pendant of Meditation (ilvl 365, PvP, Spirit)
Bloodthirsty Amberjewel Pendant (ilvl 358, Jewelcrafting, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Pendant of Alacrity (ilvl 352, PvP, Haste)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Pendant of Meditation (ilvl 352, PvP, Spirit)

Shoulder

Pauldrons of Ambition (ilvl 353, quest reward, Zul’Aman)
Pauldrons of the Forlorn (ilvl 346, Justice points)
Captain Hadan’s Pauldrons (ilvl 333, quest reward, Tol’vir)
Detective’s/Twilight-Heart Shoulderplates (ilvl 333, quest reward Stormwind/Ironforge)
Stormforged Shoulders (ilvl 325, Blacksmithing, buy on the AH)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Ornamented Spaulders (ilvl 384, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Ornamented Spaulders (ilvl 365, PvP)
Bloodthirsty Ornate Pyrium Shoulders (ilvl 359, Blacksmithing, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Ornamented Spaulders (ilvl 352, PvP)
Ornate Pyrium Shoulders (ilvl 339, Blacksmithing, but a PvP piece)

Cloak

Flowing Flamewrath Cape (ilvl 378, Avengers of Hyjal-Friendly, 4.2)
Mantle of Desire (ilvl 365, quest reward, 4.2)

Haunt of Flies (ilvl 359, Valor Points, Justice in 4.2)
Heavenly Breeze (ilvl 359, Valor Points, Justice in 4.2)
Ritssyn’s Ruminous Drape (ilvl 359, random drop, buy off AH)
Spiritcaller Cloak (ilvl 353, random drop, buy off AH)
Cloak of Ancient Wisdom (ilvl 346, Earthen Ring-Revered)
Cloak of the Dryads (ilvl 333, Guardians of Hyjal-Honored)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Drape of Meditation (ilvl 384, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Drape of Meditation (ilvl 365, PvP)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Drape of Meditation (ilvl 353, PvP)

Chest

Immolation Breastplate (ilvl 378, Valor points in 4.2)

Light Elementium Chestguard (ilvl 359, Blacksmithing, not ideal itemization, but can be bought on AH)
Reinforced Sapphirium Breastplate (ilvl 359, Valor Points- Justice Points after 4.2, not ideal itemization but if you have points to waste)
Chestguard of Dancing Waves (ilvl 333, Justice Points)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Ornamented Chestguard (ilvl 384, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Ornamented Chestguard (ilvl 365, PvP)
Bloodthirsty Ornate Pyrium Breastplate (ilvl 358, Blacksmithing, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Ornamented Chestguard (ilvl 352, PvP)
Ornate Pyrium Breastplate (ilvl 339, Blacksmithing, this is a PvP piece, only acquire if you’re desperate)

Wrists/Bracers

Bracers of Imperious Truths (ilvl 378, Valor points BoE, can buy on AH, 4.2)
Soulheart Bindings (ilvl 316, random drop, buy on AH)

Vicious Gladiator’s Bracers of Meditation (ilvl 365, PvP, Spirit)
Vicious Gladiator’s Bracers of Salvation (ilvl 365, PvP, Haste)
Bloodthirsty Ornate Pyrium Bracers (ilvl 359, Blacksmithing, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Bracers of Meditation (ilvl 352, PvP)
Ornate Pyrium Bracers (ilvl 339, Blacksmithing, it’s a PvP piece, but for once, unless you buy a better PvP piece, this is your only non-boss drop option above ilvl 329)

Hands/Gloves

Holy Flame Gauntlets (ilvl 378, Blacksmithing, 4.2)
Immolation Gloves (ilvl 378, Valor points in 4.2)
Gauntlets of Living Obsidium (ilvl 365, Mark of the World Tree, 4.2)

World Keeper’s Gauntlets (ilvl 359, Earthen Ring-Exalted)
Reinforced Sapphirium Gloves (ilvl 359, Valor points, Justice after 4.2)
Gloves of Curious Conscience (ilvl 346, Justice points)
Repository Gauntlets (ilvl 333, quest reward, Halls of Origination)
Fallen Brotherhood Gauntlets (ilvl 325, quest reward, Uldum)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Ornamented Gloves (ilvl 384, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Ornamented Gloves (ilvl 365, PvP)
Bloodthirsty Ornate Pyrium Gauntlets (ilvl 359, Blacksmithing, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Ornamented Gloves (ilvl 352, PvP)
Ornate Pyrium Gauntlets (ilvl 339, Blacksmithing, PvP piece, don’t get it unless you’re desperate)

Waist/Belt

Belt of the Seven Seals (ilvl 378, Avengers of Hyjal-Honored, 4.2)
Belt of Living Obsidium (ilvl 365, Mark of the World Tree, 4.2)

Sun King’s Girdle (ilvl 359, Ramkahen-Exalted, really good piece pre-4.2)
Corehammer’s Riveted Girdle (ilvl 359, random drop, buy on the AH)
Light Elementium Belt (ilvl 359, Blacksmithing)
Belt of Barred Clouds (ilvl 346, Justice Points)
Clear-Eyed Waistguard/Furybound Waistplate (ilvl 333, quest reward Twilight Highlands, Horde/Alliance)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Clasp of Meditation (ilvl 384, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Clasp of Meditation (ilvl 365, PvP, Spirit)
Vicious Gladiator’s Girdle of Salvation (ilvl 365, PvP, Haste)
Bloodthirsty Ornate Pyrium Belt (ilvl 358, Blacksmithing, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Clasp of Meditation (ilvl 352, PvP, Spirit)
Ornate Pyrium Belt (ilvl 339, Blacksmithing, but a PvP piece)

Legs

Immolation Greaves (ilvl 378, Valor points in 4.2)

Reinforced Sapphirium Greaves (ilvl 359, Valor points, Justice in 4.2)
Fetish Greaves (ilvl 353, quest reward Zul’Aman)
Legguards of the Gentle (ilvl 346, Justic points)
Stormforged Legguards (ilvl 325, Blackmithing, buy on AH)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Ornamented Legplates (ilvl 384, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Ornamented Legplates (ilvl 365, PvP)
Bloodthirsty Ornate Pyrium Legguards (ilvl 359, Blacksmithing, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Ornamented Legplates (ilvl 352, PvP)
Ornate Pyrium Legguards (ilvl 339, Blacksmithing but PvP piece, don’t get unless there’s nothing else)

Feet

Emberforged Elementium Boots (ilvl 378, Blacksmithing, 4.2)

Eternal Pathfinders (ilvl 359, Valor Points, Justice after 4.2)
Drystone Greaves (ilvl 333, Ramkahen-Honored, beautifully itemized, get this if you can)
Sussurating Treads of Shok’sharak (ilvl 346, rare spawn drop, buy on AH, not as nicely itemized as Drystone Greaves)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Greaves of Alacrity (ilvl 384, PvP in 4.2, Haste)
Ruthless Gladiator’s Greaves of Meditation (ilvl 384, PvP in 4.2, Spirit)
Vicious Gladiator’s Greaves of Alacrity (ilvl 365, PvP, Haste)
Vicious Gladiator’s Greaves of Meditation (ilvl 365, PvP, Spirit)
Bloodthirsty Ornate Pyrium Boots (ilvl 358, Blacksmithing, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Greaves of Alacrity (ilvl 352, PvP, Haste)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Greaves of Meditation (ilvl 352, PvP, Spirit)
Ornate Pyrium Boots (ilvl 339, Blacksmithing but a PvP piece)

Rings

Quicksilver Signet of the Avengers (ilvl 391, Avengers of Hyjal-Exalted, 4.2)
Soothing Brimstone Circle (ilvl 378, Valor points, 4.2)
Spirit Fragment Band (ilvl 365, Mark of the World Tree, 4.2)

Twined Band of Flowers (ilvl 359, Valor points, Justice in 4.2)
Band of Secret Names (ilvl 359, Valor points, Justice in 4.2)
Ring of the Boy Emperor (ilvl 359, Tol’vir Archeology)
Diamant’s Ring of Temperance (ilvl 346, Therazane-Revered)
Ring of Warring Elements (ilvl 333, Jewelcrafting, buy on AH)
Abandoned Dark Iron Ring (ilvl 333, random drop, buy on AH)
Ammunae’s Blessing (ilvl 333, Ramkahen-Honored)
Immaculate Br’etc Signet (ilvl 333, random drop, buy on AH)
Red Dragonheart Ring (ilvl 333, quest reward, Twilight Highlands)
Eye of the Stars (ilvl 325, quest reward, Uldum)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Band of Dominance (ilvl 384, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Band of Dominance
Bloodthirsty Amberjewel Band (ilvl 358, Jewelcrafting, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Band of Dominance

Trinkets

Fiery Quintessence (ilvl 378, Avengers of Hyjal-Revered, 4.2)
Moonwell Chalice (ilvl 365, Mark of the World Tree, 4.2)

Tyrande’s Favorite Doll (ilvl 359, Night Elf Archeology)
Darkmoon Card: Tsunami (ilvl 359, Inscription, buy off the AH)
Core of Ripeness (ilvl 359, Valor points, Justice in 4.2)
Mandala of Stirring Patterns (ilvl 359, Baradin Hold-Exalted)

Electrospark Heartstarter (ilvl 316, random drop, buy off AH, better for mana than Rainsong)
Rainsong (ilvl 316, random drop, buy off AH)

Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Emblem of Meditation (ilvl 352, PvP)

Vibrant Alchemist Stone (ilvl 359, requires Alchemy)
Figurine – Dream Owl (ilvl 346, requires Jewelcrafting)
Figurine – Jeweled Serpent (ilvl 346, requires Jewelcrafting)

Weapon

Lightforged Elementium Hammer (ilvl 365, Blacksmithing, 4.2)

Maldo’s Sword Cane (ilvl 359, random drop, buy off AH)
Elementium Hammer (ilvl 346, Blacksmithing, buy off AH)
Shimmering Morningstar (ilvl 346, Tol Barad-Revered)
Gurgthock’s Garish Gorebat (ilvl 333, Crucible of Carnage reward)
Mace of Apotheosis (ilvl 325, random drop, buy off AH)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Gavel (ilvl 391, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Gavel (ilvl 372, PvP)
Vicious Gladiator’s Gavel (ilvl 359, PvP)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Gavel (ilvl 353, PvP)

Shield

Ward of the Red Widow (ilvl 378, drops from Beth’tilac, but BoE so purchasable off the AH, 4.2)

Elementium Stormshield (ilvl 359, Blacksmithing, this piece is amazing! Pick up at the AH today!)
Shield of the Mists (ilvl 346, Justice points)
Zulian Swirling Shield (ilvl 333, random drop, buy off AH)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Redoubt (ilvl 378, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Redoubt (ilvl 372, PvP)
Vicious Gladiator’s Redoubt (ilvl 359, PvP)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Redoubt (ilvl 353, PvP)

Relic

Singed Plume of Aviana (ilvl 378, Valor points in 4.2)
Soulflame Vial (ilvl 378, Valor points in 4.2)
Relic of Elune’s Light (ilvl 365, Mark of the World Tree, 4.2)

Relic of Eonar (ilvl 359, Valor points, Justice in 4.2)
Relic of Norgannon (ilvl 359, Valor points, Justice in 4.2)
Tattooed Eyeball (ilvl 346, Inscription, buy off AH)

Ruthless Gladiator’s Relic of Salvation (ilvl 358, PvP in 4.2)
Vicious Gladiator’s Relic of Salvation (ilvl 365, PvP)
Bloodthirsty Eyeball of Dominance (ilvl 358, Inscription, PvP, 4.2)
Bloodthirsty Gladiator’s Relic of Salvation (ilvl 352, PvP)

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19 Comments on “Holy Paladin Pre-Raid Gear You Don’t Need Luck For”

  1. Fannon Says:

    There are some very good pieces (Shoulders, Legs) from the Zul’Again instance quests as well that also don’t require “luck”. Of course, they do require a fair bit of gear just to get into and not suck in the troll heroics. :)

  2. Rhii Says:

    Thank you Ophelie! My paladin alt doesn’t raid, but I’d like her to be raid ready, just in case. This list is going to help a lot with tracking down some of the updated 4.2 pieces. :)

  3. K. Says:

    Yet again, screwed on bracers unless I wear PVP stuff… Hopefully, the VP bracers are of a reasonable cost (700/1250?).

    Will you need to be of a certain rep/phased zone to be able to purchase the new blacksmithing recipes? I’ve got my orbs and truegold ready!

  4. Nicolause Says:

    Thank you. I have limited access out where I am right now, and still am looking at some time before I can return to playing. This will help my research more than a little bit. I am in your debt.

    • Ophelie Says:

      Hope it helps! It’s rough getting back into the game after being away for so long. With the new rep faction and the Mark of the World Tree (which is a bit like Argent Tournament where you do dailies, gets marks and turn them in for prizes), those of us who missed out on hard modes this tier should be able to ease ourselves back into the race.

      • Nicolause Says:

        Heh, it’s been so long now, I have to remember how to heal. It’s with Exorcism and Holy Wrath as I remember, yes?

  5. Ngita Says:

    Nice list.

    K the 365 ilvl recipes are from marks of the world tree, about a month if your doing every possible daily to open.
    The 378 ilvl recipes source is still not known, its not a known rep vendor or marks of the world tree. This means most likely rare boss/trash drops as per uldaar, sunwell etc. In that case expect crafting costs to be exorbitant.

    • Ophelie Says:

      Yep! I’m starting to stock up on Hardened Elementium and Volatile Fires as we speak! (Also Chaos orbs and Truegold!)

  6. Seca Says:

    Great list. :)

    Made me chuckle a little though. The title is “gear you don’t need luck for”, and amoungst the trinkets I find Tyrande’s Favourite Doll.

    I put together over 200 NE relics w/o getting this (before snapping my archeology shovel over my knee and tossing the pieces into one of the 1000s of holes I dug on Kalimdor). So I’d warn your readers there is some luck involved in getting that one.

    • Ophelie Says:

      HAHAHA good call! I’ll add a disclaimer for that one! I had forgotten about the title when I included the doll.

      I feel your pain, I gave up at around 500 NE relics. And periodically, some smartass will write about how they got the doll after 50 relics.

  7. Valithria Says:

    Ooh, wonderful timing! I just dinged 84 on my paladin, and am looking forward to gearing (hopefully without doing too too many dungeons). This list simplifies things to a comfortable level. Thank you!

  8. Gladiola Says:

    All the new purps, so exciting! Looking forward to the thrill of upgrades again!

  9. AliPally Says:

    Did you try linking your items like this? Pop-ups are nice to have :)
    [url=http://www.wowhead.com/item=71149]Singed Plume of Aviana[/url]

    • Ophelie Says:

      Unless they changed something really recently, it doesn’t work with free wordpress :( I know, I’ve tried many, many times.

  10. Andrew Says:

    Bored at work today so I thought I would drop by and say hi. Drop me a line if you’re ever in Toronto.

    -shopshopshop/runeforge gossip

    • Ophelie Says:

      Hey there! Sorry for the sloooow reply! I’ll let you know next time I head to Toronto. There are quite a few WoW folk in the city, so we could plan for a mega party.


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