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Cataclysm Gear: Plate

Tanks in Plate

Besides Stamina, a vital statistic for any tank, this group's immutable stat is usually Strength. More important, however, are the other defensive stats: Parry, Dodge, their Mastery, and Armor.

Quest Reward Gear for Tanks in Plate

Zone or Dungeon Item Quest Questgiver
Grim Batol Chest Closing a Dark Chapter Baleflame
Halls of Origination
Lost City of the Tolvir Feet The Source of Their Power Captain Hadan
Mount Hyjal Cloak Elemental Bonds: The Vow (none)
Necklace [1]
Feet [1]
Through the Gates of Hell Malfurion Stormrage
Bracers [2] Additional Armaments Damek Bloombeard
Ring [2]
Ring [2]
Relic [2] [3]
Calling the Ancients Varlan Highbough
Trinket [2] Filling the Moonwell Ayla Shadowstorm
Twilight Highlands 2H Sword [4] The Crucible of Carnage:
The Twilight Terror!
1H Mace [5] Fury Unbound Zaela
Zul'Aman Bow [6] 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. Not for Warriors.
  4. Only for Death Knights.
  5. Not for Death Knights.
  6. Only for Warriors.

Reputation Reward Gear for Tanks in Plate

Faction Honored Revered Exalted
Guardians of Hyjal Necklace Cloak
The Earthen Ring Legs Head Enhancement
Ramkahen Bracers
Dragonmaw Clan Head Feet
Therazane Shoulder Enhancement Ring Shoulder Enhancement
Hellscream's Reach 2H Sword [1]
1H Axe [2]
Crossbow? [3]

  1. Only for Death Knights.
  2. Not for Death Knights.
  3. Only for Warriors. Far from ideal for tanks.

Crafted Gear for Tanks in Plate

Profession 333/Other Rare 346+ Epic 359+
Archaeology 2H Sword [1] (BoA)
1H Sword [2] (BoA)
Shield [2] (BoA)
Blacksmithing 1H Axe [2]
Vicious Pyrium [3]
2H Sword [1]
1H Sword [2]
1H Axe [2]
Shield [2]
Engineering Crossbow? [4]
Gun? [4]
Bow? [4]
Gun? [4]
Inscription Relic [5] Trinket [6]
Jewelcrafting Necklace
Leatherworking Cloak
Leg Enhancement
Cloak Leg Enhancement [7]
  1. Only for Death Knights.
  2. Not for Death Knights.
  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.)
  4. Only for Warriors. Far from ideal for tanks.
  5. Not for Warriors.
  6. 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.
  7. Replaces Charscale Leg Armor as the leg armor of choice for plate tanks.
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