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Cataclysm Gear: Leather

Bear Tanks

Besides Stamina, a vital statistic for any tank, a bear's immutable stat is usually Agility. More important, however, are the other defensive stats: Dodge, their Mastery, and Armor. (Note that bear tanks get no benefit from Parry.) Because bears in Cataclysm share leather gear with Rogues and Druid cats, they get most of their avoidance and mitigation stats from tanking accessories: cloaks, necklaces, rings, trinkets, relics.

Quest Reward Gear for Bear Tanks

Zone or Dungeon Item Quest Questgiver
Grim Batol Head Kill the Courier Farseer Tooranu
Halls of Origination Boots Penetrating Their Defenses Brann Bronzebeard
Lost City of the Tolvir Shoulders Targets of Opportunity Captain Hadan
Mount Hyjal Cloak Elemental Bonds: The Vow (none)
Ring [1] Through the Gates of Hell Malfurion Stormrage
Trinket [2] Additional Armaments Damek Bloombeard
Gloves [2] Calling the Ancients Varlan Highbough
Ring [2]
Relic [2]
Filling the Moonwell Ayla Shadowstorm
Twilight Highlands Head Krazz Works! Patch
Necklace Battle of Life and Death Calen
Legs Skullcrusher the Mountain The Hammer of Twilight
Staff Fury Unbound Zaela
  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).

Reputation Reward Gear for Bear Tanks

Faction Honored Revered Exalted
Guardians of Hyjal Chest Necklace Cloak
The Earthen Ring Head Enhancement Ring
Ramkahen Ring?
Dragonmaw Clan Legs Gloves
Therazane Shoulder Enhancement Ring?
Shoulder Enhancement
Hellscream's Reach Polearm Trinket

Crafted Gear for Bear Tanks

Profession 333/Other Rare 346+ Epic 359+
Blacksmithing Polearm
2H Mace
Inscription Relic
Trinket [1]
Jewelcrafting Necklace
Leatherworking Legs
Leg Enhancement
Vicious Leather [2]
Leg Enhancement
Leg Enhancement

  1. Although technically this is a quest reward from the Darkmoon Faire, Scribes (inscriptionists) make the Stones cards that compose the Earthquake Deck, which is exchanged for the trinket.
  2. 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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