Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Welcome to the Big Leagues: A Gear Guide for fresh 80's

So you have just hit 80 with your elemental shaman (or have made the switch from enhancement and have no gear), have got a grasp of the class and how it is played and want to start sinking your teeth into playing. What you need now is some fresh epics to compliment your desire and get you doing some healthy DPS numbers.

This is a relatively simple crash course guide which is as much a learning experience for me as it is for you. I have compiled a list of readily available gear that can get you a set that is cut out for your first 10-mans and, although not recommended, not too shabby for a pug 25. Searching through the three most simple sources: Reputation Rewards, the Emblem of Heroism Vendor and Heroics, I have compiled by slot and tried to add a couple of options for each in case a certain item is not easily obtainable to you. I have also marked my personal preference's with a *.

Note that this is not a complete list of every possible piece of gear. I left out a large amount of resto gear with mp5 and cloth and leather gear with spirit. Do not use this as a be-all and end-all guide to your first gear!
















  • Totem of the Elemental Plane - 15 Badges of Heroism (Note: This totem is pretty shabby, but decent enough when you first hit 80. The Totem of the Void from The Mechanar in Outlands and Venture Co. Lightning Rod which is available to purchase with Venture Coins in Grizzly Hills are fine subsitutes, but make sure you stive for Totem of Hex which can as of 3.1 be purchased with Emblems of Valor. It puts the other 3 to shame!)

I must apologize for not posting in the last few days, I am in the middle of exams and working out my plans for this summer so needless to say I have been pretty stressed out with not much time to spare. Posts will start becoming more regular as we get into summer. I hope you can gain some use out of this guide. Enjoy!



  1. Thanks for this list, I'm about to hit 79 and have been looking for a decent and up-to-date gear list!

    I've started doing the argent tournament quests (available at 78) and was looking at the daggers there (Dagger of Lunar Purity and Scalpel of the Royal Apothecary). They have spirit, but otherwise good stats. And costing only 25 marks they are readily available. You think they would compare well to the options you put up in the list?

  2. I will make sure I add them in when I get a chance, thanks for the tip.

  3. dont forget crafted gear, on most servers stuff like windripper boots or ebonweave robe are pretty cheap to make

  4. Hi Nick,

    I am realizing I have been poorly upkeeping this post. It was the first gear guide I did and I went in feet first here. I will, however, come back and give it a refresher in the near(ish) future so keep sending me additions that I can integrate in when I have a few spare hours.

    Thanks for reading!

  5. Would you also be able to make a furter document for naxx 10/25?

  6. It is quite a bit of time-intensive work to make those gear guides, so I don't think you will see one for a while. I will probably be focussed on making one for the new raids when 3.2 comes out, but if we reach a slow period after that I will put something together.

    Thanks for reading Yundor.

  7. Umm also Whats the BEST rotation Becasue i have Alright Gear and my GL says im not putting out enough dps i can only do 2.4k when fully buffed could you have a look at my guy on the armory.
    My rotation atm is Flame shock, Lava Burst, Lightning Bolt x 3-4 then LB again???
    Any suggestions?

  8. Send me an email at puutnitdown(at)gmail.com and we can discuss it a more. It is just easier than a back and forth over comments and I can make it a little more personalized. I hope to hear from you soon.


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