Cataclysm Pre-Raid Gear

MMO-C had an article today previewing some of the craftable items that we’ll be able to make and buy in Cataclysm. I suspect for many hunters these items will serve as the foundations for our pre-raid Cataclysm sets.

One thing you’ll notice is that they are all item level 359 (200 was the entry level item level for epics in Wrath). This is significantly higher than the 264/277 gear a lot of folks are sporting now. Translation – it is highly unlikely that we’ll be raiding with our current wrath gear.

Here’s a rundown of some of the items that will be of interest to hunters. Please note that this is beta information so all of this is subject to change.

Item Profession Notes
Elementium Poleaxe Blacksmithing
Elementium Shank Blacksmithing 2H weapons will probably be preferred, but depending on hit needs dual-wielding these might be good.
Corded Viper Belt Leatherworking
Dragonkiller Tunic Leatherworking
Razor-Edged Cloak Leatherworking
Overpowered Chicken Splitter Engineering As a dwarf I’ll for the gun, but what a great name.
Finely-Tuned Throat Needler Engineering Fal’inwhat?
Kickback 5000 Engineering Where are the green stats on this?
Deadly Bio-Optic Killshades Engineering Engineers only. I’ve always liked the goggles.

Additionally Engineers are getting some nice options. Just like in Wrath they’ll be able to craft epic goggle. This time around though they’ll be able to fit them with a cogwheel socket and hydraulic pump socket.

Item Notes
Fractured Cogwheel +132 Mastery Rating
Quick Cogwheel +132 Haste Rating
Smooth Cogwheel +132 Critical Strike Rating
Rigid Hydraulic Pump +132 Hit Rating

By the way Engineering is looking like it’s going to be a lot of fun in Cataclysm. I regret dropping it in favor of Blacksmithing and am currently gathering the mats to level it up and plan to be an Engineer again come Cataclysm.

Of course these aren’t all the items we can get, and I suspect that there will be reputation rewards as well as drop from 5-man heroics that we’ll also want for our pre-raid gear set.

Happy Hunting!

5 comments

  1. "gathering the mats to level it up and plan to be an Engineer again come Cataclysm"

    Do you plan on switching just before 4.0? I believe the cost and paths of leveling will be changed (Rip knows more on this, as I heard it on his AH podcast).

    Ah well the grass is always greener on the otherside…although I am seriously considering dropping skinning for engineering it does look great. Just wondering if the gun and bow being bop is intentional.

    PS I told you not to drop engineering;)

  2. @Bindura – My plan is to switch right before the 4.0 pre-patch drops. If it doesn't look like I'll get the gear and gems to switch to ArP then I might do it sooner.

    But yeah dropping Eng. was silly.

  3. Your Haiku on engineering is awesomesauce. Guess when you get for 550 engineering you will /yell I AM IRONMAN

  4. @Bindura – I just hope the folks at wowhead like that haiku as much as you did, heh. And I have to give credit to Rilgon for the Cata. Eng/Ironman comparison.

    But, yeah, I might /yell it lol.

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