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A Newbie Raider’s Guide: Gearing Up For Raiding

Raid Leaders often take for granted that everyone understands raiding like they do. What they forget is that “once upon a time”, they were just as ignorant…
So what’s a Newbie to do? Well here ‘s the start of a series of Newbie Raider’s Guides I’m preparing in hopes of helping out the would be raider.

So You’ve Just Dinged 80


Welcome to the endgame! So now what?

Chances are you’re just now in quest greens and potentially a blue or two. You may have picked up a crafted purple and hoping to get into raiding, but how?

Reputation and Factions

Hopefully as you leveled you spent some time doing several different quest lines for the various factions out there and are already Honored with most of them. Being Honored you may buy the various factions’ tabards. Don’t forget to wear those tabards in heroics to rep up faster! 🙂 Some of the best starting upgrades until you get to 10 man raids is from factions. You’ll also need the head and shoulder enchants and the appropriate rep level to buy them.


Heroics can be tough, but there are some easy ones out there. Nexus and Utgarde Keep seem to be the easiest to start with for most people. Most people will at least try these to get a few Emblems of Heroism to get started. Of course different heroics will drop different items, so knowing which ones to concentrate on is important. Run these alot.


If you aren’t already aware of AtlasLoot it’s time you downloaded it. This is an addon that lists gear drops and upgrades by boss, faction, instance, raid, etc. It has the nifty feature of being able to create a wishlist for you by holding the Alt key and clicking on items you want. This way you can just click on your Wishlist and the items are listed there. As you get better items or the item itself, you can remove those items from your Wishlist. It’s a quick handy feature so you never really have to remember where every piece is.


LootRank is a great website for helping you find upgrades. The reason I like this website better than the Armory is the better filter system it has. Since you’re a newbie raider and trying to gear up for raiding, uncheck all of the boxes for actual raids. Stick to searching for upgrades in heroics, factions, and crafted gear.

Be Imba!

Be Imba! is a nifty gear check website. This will give you an approximate indication of how well you can expect to do in heroics and raids. It is not a guarantee, but rather a guide based on running with others of equivalent gear level as your own. Obviously things will go better if you’re running with uber-geared people and worse if you’re running with less-geared people.

The nicest feature about Be Imba! is the alerts. If you are missing enchants or don’t have what is generally considered the best enchants, it will let you know. If you are missing gems, it will let you know. After a long night’s raiding it’s easy to log out and forget to gem and enchant your gear the next day. Running a report on yourself on a regular basis is a great way to remind you.

Now go out there and gear up! 🙂


3 Responses

  1. Very nice! I find that if you run enough heroics to get your emblem belt, that you should have enough rep gear and epic drops to make yourself viable in 10 mans. Anyone that gets the [Loot 1 Emblem of Heroism] ach in my raid deserves a verbal flogging, lol.

  2. LMAO! Yeah I think we actually had that happen to about 4 people on our first run in Naxx because we were too impatient to wait after these guys hit 80.

  3. […] right Ky, I’ve got my gear and grown a thick skin. Where’s the raid? […]

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