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.