Wednesday, November 19, 2008

[Druid] Reaching the Level 80 Hit Cap As Moonkin

As I been leveling I find I've yet to replace any of my moonkin gear, but as I transition from my early 70s to my mid-70s, it occurs to me that I'm going to want to start looking out for good gear for myself, lest another [Manimal's Cinch] happen where the pre-raid best in slot is some green that people vendored without knowing better.

As a moonkin, first and foremost on my mind reaching the hit cap. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, but hit is always worth more than damage. Because if you don't hit, how much damage are you doing?

And for the math conscious... 1 point of Hit rating is worth 1.09687 Spell Power courtesy of Graylo of Gray Matter. Sure, it's not a lot, but all else being equal, go for the hit. Hit would be especially important beyond the moonkin's own dps if the raid expects the moonkin to provide a debuff such as Improved Faerie Fire for the rest of the raid.

Most if not all raiding moonkin will talent for Balance of Power which brings the chance to miss down to 13% versus a raid boss. Assuming the raid's lucky enough to have a shadow priest (because goodness knows they were a rare breed on my server), the chance to miss will only be 10%. This means that the hit cap would be 341 or 263 hit rating depending on the presence of a shadow priest.

Now if we go to WoWHead and look at the leather caster gear with hit rating... wow, there is none prior to T7! Well, we're used to being the neglected spec. There's no reason we can't wear some cloth to make up for it.

So here's the list of spell hit gear to watch out for (or grind for). Some slots have more options listed than others since I try to go far enough down the list that there is something reasonably convenient to attain in the event heroics and thus badges are in short supply. I'm also assuming [Veiled Monarch Topaz] for all sockets unless following the socket bonus results in more hit or dps. As always, you can socket for spell hit as an option if your gear does not have it natively.


[The Argent Skullcap]61 hitIcecrown quest - The Crusaders' Pinnacle
[Hat of Wintery Doom]52 hit w/ socketTailoring BoE


[Necklace of Taldaram]43 hitAhn'kahet (H) drop
[Emeline's Locket]37 hit w/ socketIcecrown quest - The Admiral Revealed
[Amulet of the Malefic Necromancer]37 hit w/ socketIcecrown quest - Poke and Prod


[Mantle of the Underhalls]33 hit w/ socketIcecrown quest - Mantle of the Underhalls (Alliance only)
[Spauldors of the Runeseeker]28 hit Un'goro Crater quest - The Activation Rune


[Hateful Gladiator's Cloak of Ascendancy]34 hit 38,000 honor
[Dark Soldier Cape]29 hit Honored w/ Knights of the Ebon Blade
[Cape of Seething Steam]29 hit Halls of Lightning drop


[Water-Drenched Robe]76 hit Violet Hold (H) drop
[Ebonweave Robe]68 hit Tailoring BoE
[Robes of Lightning]55 hitHalls of Lightning quest - Whatever it Takes!


[Fleshwerk Shackles]26 hit Icecrown quest - Killing Two Scourge With One Skeleton
[Soothsayer's Wristwraps]23 hit Zul'Drak quest - Hell Hath a Fury


[Ebonweave Gloves]51 hit Tailoring BoE
[Lava Burn Gloves]36 hit Violet Hold drop


[Girdle of Bane]48 hit Utgarde Pinnacle (H) drop
[Plush Sash of Guzbah]45 hit w/ socket40 Emblem of Heroism
[Belt of Unified Souls]42 hitCulling of Stratholme (H) drop
[Sash of the Wizened Wyrm]40 hitHonored w/ Wyrmrest Accord


Forget it. There aren't any. Find some good DPS pants and socket hit if needed.


[Leiah's Footpads]51 hit Icecrown quest - The Air Stands Still


[Ring of Northern Tears]39 hit w/ socketJewelcrafting BoE
[Brunnhildar Runed Ring]39 hit Storm Peaks quest - Making a Harness
[Shimmering Cold-Iron Band]30 hit Howling Fjord quest - Down to the Wire/Hasty Preparations
[Voodoo Signet]24 hit Gundrak quest - For Posterity


[Mark of the War Prisoner]73 hitViolet Hold (H) drop
[Figurine - Twilight Serpent]58 hit w/ socketJewelcrafting BoP
[Rune of Infinite Power]55 hitDragonblight quest - Mystery of the Infinite, Redux

Two-Handed Weapon

[Grand Staff of Jordan]68 hit 325 Stone Keeper's Shard
[Chilly Slobberknocker]50 hit Zul'Drak quest - The Champion of Anguish
[Stave of Youthful Sorrow]44 hit Icecrown quest - Tirion's Gambit

One-Handed Weapon

[Flameheart Spell Scalpel]34 hit Revered w/ Kirin Tor
[Ritualist's Bloodletter]30 hit Icecrown quest - Time to Hide


[Telestra's Journal]39 hit The Nexus (H) drop

It can take several pieces, but it's definitely possible to reach 263, or even 341 hit rating before Naxx. It's even possible to do it with just quest and rep rewards if random drops just aren't happening or PvP isn't your thing. There's an unfortunate derth of decent hit gear in certain slots (shoulders, wrist, legs, and feet), but those can be focused on for sheer dps with other pieces.

Keep in mind that I just pulled out the gear with highest amount of hit rating I could find so in some cases there are greens listed that might be better passed over in favor of gear with less hit but more damage, but if you're having trouble reaching the hit cap, this is a good list to start with.

Final Note: The arena season is not up yet so I did not include any gear that requires an arena rating or arena points. There are a few pieces of very nice hit gear though if you can swing it.


Traxus said...

This is excellent, thanks for the list.

Hana said...

Thanks. I'm glad someone else will be able to use it besides me. :)

Jolene said...

Cheers my dear! This is wonderful :D

Chris said...

Thanks so much! This helps me out big time :)

kaspa81 said...

great list mate. Just wanted to add that i found that if you stack a moderate amount of haste with a lower hit rating, your improved cast time cancels out the misses and keeps your dps high. Still thanks for the most exelent info :)

adamcooks said...

This is a great list, and gave me a few ideas of where to add some hit.

For the belt, (h) CoS Belt of unified souls, good stam and int, 42 hit, 68 SP. i add socket and +16hit yellow gem

For the chest, Turtle Minders Robe, honored Kalu'ak 38 hit 66 SP, decent stam and int