First introduced in Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expands on the tiered item level requirements when queuing for dungeons in the Dungeon Finder. As you level up and your gear improves, you will gain access to additional dungeons, heroic dungeons, and raid finder. Here’s a list of all the item level tiers you’ll be aiming to reach as you gear up in WoW Cataclysm’s Dungeon Finder.
Many factions in World of Warcraft have a tabard that you can wear to gain additional reputation with that faction. If you enjoy running 5-man dungeons, wearing one of these tabards is a smart way to get to achieve exalted reputation as quickly as possible. The following is a simple guide to all of the factions that allow you to gain reputation with their tabard, and where to find their respective quartermasters.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm greatly revamped the 1-60 questing and dungeon experience, making it incredibly easy to access all of the classic dungeons and their respective quests while leveling. Later on, Outland and Northrend dungeon quests were also added to their respective dungeons. Completing dungeon quests is not only the easiest way to gear up your character, but it’s also a great way to level up quickly!
Unlike in Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm now requires your character to obtain a minimum item level in order to queue up for the new Cataclysm dungeons. Upon release, the minimum item level was 272, but it was later dropped to 226. Any fresh level 80 will need to spend a little bit of time upgrading their gear before using Dungeon Finder for Cataclysm dungeons. Here’s a breakdown of all the different ways you can raise your item level up to 226 after you ding 80.
In World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, Blizzard introduced Badges of Justice. For the first time, defeating bosses in heroic dungeons and raids would reward you badges that could be redeemed for epic gear. This instantly became a huge boon to raiders looking to fill gaps in their armor sets, as well as more casual players looking to obtain epic level gear without the committment of raiding. Wrath of the Lich King introduced several tiers of Emblems that served a similar purpose, but eventually this currency system was scrapped and replaced with two types of points: Justice Points and Valor Points.
While Cataclysm heroic dungeons aren’t as frightening as they were when the expansion first came out, Cataclysm heroic dungeon bosses are still far less forgiving than their Wrath of the Lich King counterparts. The experience you gain from tanking regular Cataclysm dungeons will help prepare you for the heroic versions, but you’ll also need a solid set of tanking gear. Here’s a few things to keep in mind as you gear up your tank for heroic Cataclysm dungeons.
Once you’ve reached level 85, you’re probably itching to get into a raid and get yourself some shiny new purples. However, there are several things you can (and should) do to optimize your character for your first raid. Whether you are just getting started, or looking to improve your character’s raid performance, here are a few general tips for properly preparing your character to be part of a Cataclysm raid group.
World of Warcraft’s random dungeon finder tool makes it incredibly easy to find a dungeon group. Even if you’re a damage dealing role, finding a dungeon using dungeon finder is still way faster than it was before this tool existed. One downside of running more dungeons is running into more ninja looters – people who roll on items that are not for their class or role either intentionally or unintentionally. Here’s how to avoid being a ninja looter yourself!
When fighting bosses in lower level dungeons, their health will usually drop so fast it won’t matter which abilities you use. Once you reach the higher levels, being able to maximize your DPS during boss fights becomes a lot more important. With the larger health pools of high level dungeon and heroic dungeon bosses, knowing what your cooldowns & procs are – and when to use your cooldowns – will make all the difference in a quick and easy boss kill.
In World of Warcraft you don’t always need a guild to raid. If you’re well prepared and can do a decent job playing your role, pick up groups – commonly known as PUGs – can provide a great way to get into a raid without the constraints of being in a raiding guild. Or even if you’re in a raiding guild, PUGs can provide a place for you to raid when you’re not involved in a guild raid. If you’re looking to join a PUG raid in WoW, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.