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Cataclysm Gear: Leather

Casters & Healers in Leather

In Cataclysm, Balance and Restoration Druids tend to wear the same gear. Any leather item with Intellect on it should work for both subclasses. Like other spellcasters, caster Druids benefit from Haste, Crit, Mastery, and pure Spellpower. What separates their accessories from rings and necklaces more suited to Mages or Warlocks is the Druids' preference for Spirit rather than Hit.

Thanks to Meditation, Spirit regenerates mana for Resto Druids during battle. Conversely, unless contributing some extra dps, healers do not benefit from Hit. Balance Druids do need Hit but can derive it from Spirit (credit a talent, Balance of Power), and the standard out-of-combat regeneration makes Spirit a better bargain than pure Hit Rating.

Quest Reward Gear for Casters & Healers in Leather

Zone or Dungeon Item Quest Questgiver
Grim Batol Gloves Closing a Dark Chapter Baleflame
Halls of Origination Head Doing it the Hard Way Brann Bronzebeard
Lost City of the Tolvir
Mount Hyjal Cloak Elemental Bonds: The Vow (none)
Necklace [1] Through the Gates of Hell Malfurion Stormrage
Belt [2] Additional Armaments Damek Bloombeard
Ring [2] Calling the Ancients Varlan Highbough
Offhand Item [2]
Trinket [2]
Relic [2]
Filling the Moonwell Ayla Shadowstorm
Orgrimmar Boots Traitor's Bait Garrosh Hellscream
Twilight Highlands Ring Battle of Life and Death Calen
1H Mace [3]
The Crucible of Carnage:
The Twilight Terror!
Zul'Aman Gloves The Hex Lord's Fetish Witch Doctor T'wansi
  1. Upon completion of the quest, you must purchase this (for roughly 70-90g, depending on your reputation with the Guardians of Hyjal) from Zen'Vorka, who is next to Malfurion Stormrage, inside the cave.
  2. Upon completion of the quest, you must purchase this from the questgiver (and vendor).
  3. If you have access to a decent offhand item, the 1H Mace is a better choice than the Staff: You get Spirit and a potential Intellect boost by enchanting the offhand item.

Reputation Reward Gear for Casters & Healers in Leather

Faction Honored Revered Exalted
Guardians of Hyjal Cloak Hands
Head Enhancement
The Earthen Ring Necklace Cloak
Ramkahen Ring
Dragonmaw Clan Shoulders Belt
Therazane Shoulder Enhancement Ring Shoulder Enhancement
Hellscream's Reach 1H Mace
Trinket [1]
Trinket [2]
  1. Only for Balance Druids.
  2. Only for Restoration Druids.

Crafted Gear for Casters & Healers in Leather

Profession 333/Other Rare 346+ Epic 359+
Archaeology Ring (BoA)
Trinket (BoA)
Staff (BoA)
Staff (BoA)
Blacksmithing 1H Mace 1H Mace
Inscription Offhand Item
Trinket [1]
Trinket [2]
Jewelcrafting Necklace
Leatherworking Legs Vicious Wyrmhide [3] Belt
Tailoring Leg Enhancement Leg Enhancement
  1. Only for Balance Druids. Although technically this is a quest reward from the Darkmoon Faire, Scribes (inscriptionists) make the Embers cards that compose the Volcanic Deck, which is exchanged for the trinket.
  2. Only for Restoration Druids. As above, this is a Darkmoon Faire quest reward given in exchange for the Tsunami Deck after its assembly from Waves cards.
  3. This is PvP gear but, even for PvE, may be an upgrade for PvE items whose level is 346 or below. (Resilience has no effect in PvE encounters, but the other stats of this 377 PvP gear may outweigh the total stats of lower-level PvE gear.)
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