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.
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.
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.
If you’ve spent any time with trade chat open, you’ve probably seen a raid group asking prospective raiders to link the achievement proving they’ve already completed the raid. You may also have noticed that they ask for a higher item level of gear that is necessary to complete the raid. As frustrating as this may be for someone looking to learn the raids, though, there’s a very good reason for this.
Heroic Cataclysm dungeons require an overall minimum average item level of 329 before you can queue for them in the World of Warcraft dungeon finder. While practice running these dungeons cannot be underestimated, here are five ways to obtain plenty of item level 333 blue gear that you’ll need before you can queue for heroics.
Have you just dinged 80 and think you’re ready to start raiding? Here’s a handy guide to prepare yourself, gear-wise. This assumes, of course, that you are already well-versed with your talent specializations and spell rotations.