1. Intro post, FAQ.
2. Enchants for heirlooms by class/spec.
3. Racial benefits with specific weapons, list of ideal heirloom shoulders, how to choose heirloom armor.
4. Choosing a heirloom weapon for a specific class/spec.
5. Enchanters with heirloom enchants by faction.
6. Explanation of mechanics or why did you choose the enchants you did?
This guide was created in the hopes that it would aid players in finding heirloom enchants for their leveling characters in Cataclysm and beyond. Patch 4.0.1 changed the way primary statistics like agility or intellect benefit characters, and as a result the ideal enchants for heirloom items changed as well. There are many other enchants that can be placed on heirlooms, but discussing less than ideal options is out of the scope of this thread. They are also commonly more expensive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a heirloom item?
A: A heirloom item is a special kind of account bound item which scales to your level. It appears in a sort of gold colored text and is generally only obtainable at very high levels. Many heirlooms in addition to providing level scaling, provide a bonus to experience and as such are ideal for leveling new characters.
Q: How do I obtain a heirloom?
A: In Wrath of the Lich King there are a few different ways to obtain heirloom items. PvE oriented heirlooms can be purchased through Justice Points at a heirloom quartermaster in Dalaran. PvP heirlooms can be purchased with Honor Points at the quartermaster in Wintergrasp when your faction controls the zone. One additional way of obtaining PvE heirlooms is to complete the Argent Tournament world event, becoming an exalted champion of all 5 cities (not goblins/worgen) as well as The Silver Covenant or The Sunreavers for Alliance/Horde respectively. You will then be able to purchase Heirlooms with Champion's seals obtained through some Argent Tournament daily quests, as well as awarded for defeating bosses in Heroic: Trial of the Champion. A ring is also available through the Kal'uak fishing derby held every Saturday in Northrend.
Q: What sorts of heirloom items are there?
A: Helm, cloak, chest armor, trinkets, shoulder armor, a ring, and weapons are available as heirloom items as of this writing.
Q: Heirlooms say account bound, what does this mean?
A: Account bound items are restricted to characters on your specific account. You can only however mail heirlooms to characters on your realm. You can character transfer a character with heirlooms to another realm and they will keep them, but I can't send my holy priest on a different server a healing mace, yet. You CAN mail heirlooms to your characters on the opposite faction.
Q: Why can't I just use a high level enchant like Mongoose?
A: Heirloom items are restricted to enchants with no item level requirement since they all count as level 1. As of this writing the only enchants that work on heirlooms are from before the release of the Burning Crusade. There are a few exceptions I suppose. Blood Draining and Blade Ward do not have item level requirements and as such will become active for characters after level 75.
Q: Can I enchant other heirlooms like ranged weapons, rings, or the new helms in Cataclysm?
Not with enchanting. Shoulder enchants have a level requirement, and start being available around level 50. You'd need raid rep with old factions, or some other obscure places to get them and it's generally not worth the trouble. Rings can be enchanted, but you will need to be an enchanter to gain the bonus as that is the enchanter's profession perk. This means even the Burning Crusade enchants aren't available until 50 as well. Leg enchants can be obtained through some factions or more commonly crafted with leatherworking and tailoring. These are basically the same in their required level and difficulty to get. Ranged "enchants" are scopes crafted with engineering and each one has a level requirement though it varies depending on the scope. You can put any scope on your heirloom gun/bow as long as you are the correct level to use it, but will need to be that level to gain the bonus.