Cataclysm DK Pre Raid Gear Guide (4.1)

90 Night Elf Death Knight
7065
Hi all
I´m the owner of the Stickied Paladin gear guide at http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1827524118 and a guy said I could make one for Death Knight so here I am :-)
This guide covers the two Death Knight roles (Tanking and Damage Dealing)
It will ALWAYS be up to date with the best pre raid gear no matter the content currently in progress so, visit the guide often!
Any change - gear recommendation just let me know!.
NOTE: Zone Drops are always BOE (Bind On Equip) so you will find them in trade chat or Auction House, most of them are extremely expensive so far but you may have luck with prices so keep looking!
Edited by Ckrimson on 6/2/2011 8:22 PM PDT
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90 Night Elf Death Knight
7065
Damage Dealing
HEAD:
Reinforced Bio-Optic Killshades - Engineering (525)
Roaring Mask of Bethekk - High Priestess Kilnara - Zul'Gurub
Stonemason's Helm - The Deadmines - Vanessa VanCleef
Anomuran Helm - Throne of the Tides - Mindbender Ghur'sha

NECK:
Buc-Zakai Choker - Zone Drop.
Gift of Nadun - Exalted - Ramkahen
Baroness Silverlaine's Locket - Shadowfang Keep - Baron Silverlaine
Red Sky Pendant - The Vortex Pinnacle - Grand Vizier Ertan
Seedling Pod - Halls of Origination - Ammunae
Pendant of Quiet Breath - 1250 Justice Points

SHOULDERS:
Skullpiercer Pauldrons - Zul'Aman - Daakara
Missing Diplomat's Pauldrons - The Deadmines - Glubtok
Raz's Pauldrons - Blackrock Caverns - Ascendant Lord Obsidius
Pauldrons of the High Requiem - 1650 Justice Points

BACK:
D*#!@ of Inimitable Fate - Zone Drop.
Wrap of the Great Turtle - Hyjal - Exalted (reforge Dodge to Haste)
Hex Lord's Bloody Cloak - Zul'Aman - Hex Lord Malacrass
Shadow of the Past - The Deadmines - Glubtok
Eagle Ray Cloak - Throne of the Tides - Commander Ulthok
Skin of Stone - Zone Drop.
Geordan's Cloak - Lost City of the Tol'vir - Siamat
Shroud of the Dead - Honored - Ramkahen

CHEST:
Elementium Deathplate - Blacksmith craft.
Chestplate of Hubris - Zul'Aman Timed Reward.
Breastplate of the Risen Land - Halls of Origination - Earthrager Ptah
Lord Walden's Breastplate - Shadowfang Keep - Lord Godfrey
Breastplate of Raging Fury - 2200 Justice Points
Phantom Armor - Shadowfang Keep - Lord Walden

WRIST:
Deathcharged Wristguards - Zul'Gurub - Bloodlord Mandokir
Alpha Bracers - Halls of Origination - Anraphet
Terborus's Rotating Bands - Zone Drop.
Bracers of Cooled Anger - Blackrock Caverns - Karsh Steelbender

HANDS:
Plunderer's Gauntlets - Zul'Gurub Random Boss
Hematite Plate Gloves - The Stonecore - Slabhide
Gauntlets of Rattling Bones - Dragonmaw Clan - Revered (HORDE)
Gryphon Talon Gauntlets - Wildhammer Clan - Revered (ALLIANCE)
Gear-Marked Gauntlets - The Deadmines- Helix Gearbreaker
Reaping Gauntlets - 1650 Justice Points

WAIST:
Belt of the Ferocious Wolf - Exalted - Guardians of Hyjal
Belt of the Forgemaster - Grim Batol - Forgemaster Throngus
Elementium Girdle of Pain - Blacksmith craft.
Beech Green Belt - 1650 Justice Points
Garr's Girdle of Memories - Zone Drop

LEGS:
Corefire Legplates - Zone Drop
Jungle Striders - Zul'Aman - Nalorakk
Greaves of Gallantry - 2200 Justice Points
Legguards of Winnowing Wind - The Vortex Pinnacle - Asaad
Alpheus Legguards - Zone Drop.

FEET:
Skullcrusher Warboots - Zul'Aman Timed Reward.
Waywatcher's Boots - Revered - Guardians of Hyjal
Greaves of Wu the Elder - Lost City of the Tol'vir - General Husam
Gryphon Rider's Boots - Requires Wildhammer Clan - Exalted (Alliance)
Boots of Sullen Rock - Requires Dragonmaw Clan - Exalted (Horde)
Note that epics pieces are in fact tanking boots but the strenght bonus is better than the DPS boots so you may consider them and should work fine if reforged propertly

RINGS:
Blauvelt's Family Crest - Zone Drop.
Ring of the Numberless Brood - Zul'Aman - Jan'alai
Band of the Gurubashi Berserker - Zone Drop - Zul'Gurub
Gorsik's Band of Shattering - Revered - Therazane
Signet of Transformation - Blackrock Caverns - Corla, Herald of Twilight
Ring of the Darkest Day - Lost City of the Tol'vir - High Prophet Barim
Skyshard Ring - The Vortex Pinnacle - Altairus
Circle of Bone - Grim Batol - Erudax
Nova Band - Halls of Origination - Isiset

TRINKETS:
Volatile Alchemist Stone - Requires Alchemy (500)
Darkmoon Card: Hurricane - Inscription craft.
Heart of Solace - Lost City of the Tol'vir - Augh
Impatience of Youth - Hellscream's Reach - Exalted / Baradin's Wardens - Exalted
Figurine - King of Boars - Requires Jewelcrafting (475)
Heart of Solace - Lost City of the Tol'vir - Lockmaw
Mark of Khardros - Grim Batol - Erudax
Might of the Ocean - Throne of the Tides - Ozumat
Right Eye of Rajh - Halls of Origination - Rajh
Magnetite Mirror - The Stonecore - High Priestess Azil

WEAPON: (Dual-wield coming tomorrow)
Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds - ARCHEOLOGIST ONLY
Jeklik's Smasher - Zul'Gurub - Jin'do the Godbreaker
Reforged Trollbane - Zul'Aman Timed Reward
Sword of the Bottomless Pit - The Stonecore - Ozruk
Arced War Axe - Shadowfang Keep - Commander Springvale
Forged Elementium Mindcrusher - Blacksmith craft
Whitefin Axe - Throne of the Tides - Ozumat
Wild Hammer - Grim Batol - Erudax
Blade of the Fearless - Baradin's Wardens / Hellscream's Reach - Revered
Foe Reaper - The Deadmines - Foe Reaper 5000

RELIC:
Record of the Brotherhood's End - The Deadmines - Vanessa VanCleef
Conch of Thundering Waves - Throne of the Tides - Mindbender Ghur'sha
Notched Jawbone - Inscription craft.
Edited by Ckrimson on 6/2/2011 8:53 PM PDT
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90 Night Elf Death Knight
7065
TANK SET:
HEAD:
Reinforced Bio-Optic Killshades - Requires Engineering (525)
Spiritshield Mask - Zul'Aman - Nalorakk
Helm of Setesh - Halls of Origination - Setesh
Crown of Wings - Wildhammer Clan - Revered (ALLIANCE)
Grinning Fang Helm - Dragonmaw Clan - Revered (HORDE)
Headcover of Fog - The Vortex Pinnacle - Grand Vizier Ertan

NECK:
Amulet of Protection - Gri'lek - Zul'Gurub
Carrier Wave Pendant - Blackrock Caverns - Ascendant Lord Obsidius
Darkhowl Amulet - Halls of Origination - Temple Guardian Anhuur
Elementium Guardian - Jewelcrafting

SHOULDERS:
Pauldrons of Edward the Odd - Zone Drop from Heroic Dungeons
Heaving Plates of Protection - Zone drop from The Bastion of Twilight (Regular)
Pauldrons of Sacrifice - Zul'Aman - Hex Lord Malacrass
Earthshape Pauldrons - Grim Batol - Drahga Shadowburner

BACK:
Wrap of the Great Turtle - Exalted - Guardians of Hyjal
Ironstar's Impenetrable Cover - BWD Zone drop
Zom's Electrostatic Cloak - Zone drop.
Billowing Cape - The Vortex Pinnacle - Asaad
Twilight Dragonscale Cloak - Leatherworker craft.

CHEST:
Hardened Elementium Hauberk - Blacksmith craft.
Icebone Hauberk - Zone drop.
Battleplate of the Amani Empire - Zul'Aman timed Reward.
Beauty's Plate - Blackrock Caverns - Beauty

WRIST:
Sandguard Bracers - Exalted - Ramkahen
Amani Armguards - Zul'Aman Zone Drop
Shackles of Undeath - Shadowfang Keep - Lord Godfrey
Alpha Bracers - Halls of Origination - Anraphet
Terborus's Rotating Bands - Zone Drop

HANDS:
Bone Plate Handguards - Zanzil - Zul'Gurub
Fingers of Light - Halls of Origination - Rajh
Gloves of the Greymane Wall - Shadowfang Keep - Baron Ashbury

WAIST:
Hardened Elementium Girdle - Blacksmith
Belt of the Ferocious Wolf - Exalted with Guardians of Hyjal "Reforge and Gemm correctly"
Coils of Hate - Zul'Gurub - High Priest Venoxis
Sand Dune Belt - Lost City of the Tol'vir - Augh
Iron Will Girdle - Shadowfang Keep - Lord Walden

LEGS:
Legguards of the Unforgiving - Daakara - Zul'Aman
Stone-Wrapped Greaves - Honored - The Earthen Ring
Triton Legplates - Throne of the Tides - Ozumat

FEET:
Boots of Sullen Rock - Dragonmaw Clan - Exalted (HORDE)
Gryphon Rider's Boots - Wildhammer Clan - Exalted (ALLIANCE)
Darksky Treads - Zone Drop.
Baron Silverlaine's Greaves - Shadowfang Keep - Baron Silverlaine

RINGS:
Signet of the Elder Council - Requires The Earthen Ring - Exalted
Talonguard Band - Zul'Aman - Akil'zon
Red Rock Band - Ramkahen - Revered
Elementium Moebius Band - Jewelcrafter craft.
Ring of Three Lights - Lost City of the Tol'vir - Siamat
Felsen's Ring of Resolve - Revered - Therazane
Umbriss Band - Grim Batol - General Umbriss
Phosphorescent Ring - The Stonecore - Corborus
Entwined Nereis - Throne of the Tides - Lady Naz'jar

TRINKETS:
Figurine - Earthen Guardian - Jewelcrafters only
Lifebound Alchemist Stone - Alchemists only
Impatience of Youth - Requires Hellscream / Baradin - Exalted.
Mirror of Broken Images - Requires Hellscream / Baradin - Exalted.
Unsolvable Riddle - Requires Baradin's - Exalted
Throngus's Finger - Grim Batol - Forgemaster Throngus
Tia's Grace - Lost City of the Tol'vir - Siamat
Porcelain Crab - Throne of the Tides - Mindbender Ghur'sha
Leaden Despair - The Stonecore - High Priestess Azil
Tia's Grace - Lost City of the Tol'vir - Siamat

RELIC:
Relic of Khaz'goroth - 700 Valor Points (Spending your first valor points in this piece wold be nice)
Notched Jawbone - Inscription craft.
Stalagmite Dragon - The Stonecore - Slabhide

WEAPON: Dual-wield tanking is FAIL
Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds - ARCHEOLOGIST ONLY
Jeklik's Smasher - Zul'Gurub - Jin'do the Godbreaker
Reforged Trollbane - Zul'Aman Timed Reward
Sword of the Bottomless Pit - The Stonecore - Ozruk
Arced War Axe - Shadowfang Keep - Commander Springvale
Forged Elementium Mindcrusher - Blacksmith craft
Whitefin Axe - Throne of the Tides - Ozumat
Wild Hammer - Grim Batol - Erudax
Blade of the Fearless - Baradin's Wardens / Hellscream's Reach - Revered
Foe Reaper - The Deadmines - Foe Reaper 5000
Edited by Ckrimson on 6/2/2011 8:57 PM PDT
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90 Night Elf Death Knight
7065
Specific Stat Weights (DPS)

  • Strength

  • Yellow Hit

  • Expertise

  • Haste

  • Mastery

  • Crit

  • You will want to cap Hit and Expertise reforging your worst stats (Crit if possible and next Mastery)

    Currently the best gems for each socket color:
    Red: Bold Inferno Ruby
    Yellow: Fierce Ember Topaz
    Blue: Etched Demonseye
    Meta: Reverberating Shadowspirit Diamond

    ENCHANTS
    HEAD - Arcanum of the Dragonmaw
    BACK - Enchant Cloak - Greater Critical Strike
    SHOULDERS - Greater Inscription of Jagged Stone
    CHEST - Enchant Chest - Peerless Stats
    WRIST - Scroll of Enchant Bracers - Greater Assault / Enchant Bracer - Greater Critical Strike / Enchant Bracer - Greater Speed
    HANDS - Enchant Gloves - Mighty Strength
    WAIST - Ebonsteel Belt Buckle
    LEGS - Dragonscale Leg Armor
    FEET - Scroll of Enchant Boots - Greater Assault / Enchant Boots - Mastery / Enchant Boots - Haste / Enchant Boots - Precision
    WEAPON - Dual wielding will use Rune of Razorice on their main hand with Rune of the Fallen Crusader on their offhand.
    2 Handed will use Rune of the Fallen Crusader

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    Specific Stat Weights (TANK)
    Parry and dodge have the same rating and diminish at the same pace. They're equal now.
    Reforge for Mastery, unless you need to reforge for hit/expertise (threat).

    GEMMING
    Meta
    Austere Shadowspirit Diamond
    BLUE SOCKETS
    Solid Ocean Sapphire
    Puissant Dream Emerald
    YELLOW SOCKETS
    Puissant Dream Emerald
    Fractured Amberjewel
    Regal Dream Emerald
    RED SOCKETS
    Guardian's Demonseye
    Defender's Demonseye
    Sovereign Demonseye

    ENCHANTS
    Head - Arcanum of the Earthen Ring
    Shoulders - Greater Inscription of Unbreakable Quartz
    Back - Enchant Cloak - Protection
    Chest - Enchant Chest - Greater Stamina
    Wrist - Enchant Bracer - Dodge / Enchant Bracer - Greater Expertise
    Hands - Enchant Gloves - Mighty Strength / Enchant Gloves - Greater Expertise / Enchant Gloves - Greater Mastery
    Legs - Charscale Leg Armor
    Feet - Enchant Boots - Earthen Vitality / Enchant Boots - Mastery
    Weapon - Rune of Swordshattering
    Edited by Ckrimson on 6/3/2011 3:14 AM PDT
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    100 Worgen Druid
    20405
    Ty for this list. : )
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    85 Draenei Death Knight
    3565
    How about valor gear? You can get valor from random heroics
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    90 Orc Death Knight
    6565
    In terms of DPS there is no way that Wrap of the Great Turtle is better than Hex Lord's Bloody Cloak given your stat weighting. I would also question some of the other orderings but that is the most glaring.

    I would also question the inclusion of a 359 agility/haste ring in the tanking list. Agi does provide dodge but str gives you parry. Haste is just not valuable. There are better 346 options in the list.

    I would also include valor boots in the list since they can be had for 3k-4k on most servers.
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    85 Undead Death Knight
    2515
    Seliza's spear is better than a lot of the tanking weapons you listed and much easier to get.
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    85 Draenei Death Knight
    2590
    Except when 4.2 comes, Agility =/= Dodge for us. So it would probably make more sense starting 4.2 to look elsewhere, even if that means missing out on the Mastery it provides (though seriously, Jeklik's Smasher is only 8 points off, so it won't make a HUGE difference if you got that instead and it will last until you get your hands on Akirus or whatever the next step is from the Firelands).

    After all, 4.2 is already marked as a Release Candidate now, so it won't be long...
    Edited by Amaraa on 6/10/2011 7:49 AM PDT
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    85 Undead Death Knight
    2515
    It is on par with SotBP not Jekliks.
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    85 Blood Elf Death Knight
    2190
    How accurate/current is this? Getting reamed for needing on skullpiercers is tiresome.
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    90 Night Elf Death Knight
    13905
    Better than getting reamed for necro'ing a thread 2 months old.


    Extremely inaccurate. It's 2 months old.
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    85 Night Elf Warrior
    4455
    08/11/2011 11:11 PMPosted by Tzuclauseon
    How accurate/current is this? Getting reamed for needing on skullpiercers is tiresome.


    it's quite inaccurate...firelands vendor items and Jp point transition for t11 means most of the gear here is trumped. but even so, skullpiercers is still the best plate dps shoulders outside of tier items. if your getting grief for needing on them the griefers are clueless.
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    85 Blood Elf Death Knight
    2190
    08/12/2011 01:58 AMPosted by Tritonis
    Better than getting reamed for necro'ing a thread 2 months old.


    So you're actually discouraging someone from using the search function?
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