Equipment slot

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There are nineteen equipment slots on a character. The combination of equipment slot and item type is often the first categorization of items used.


The eight armor slots may have one of four types of armor: cloth, leather, mail, and plate. Each class may equip only certain types of armor.


Head icon
Equipment names
helm, helmet, mask, lens, monocle, cap, headpiece, crown, circlet, shroud, cowl, hood, headband, goggles, coif, headdress, chapeau, barbute
Meta gems, Gems


Shoulders icon
Equipment names
amice, spaulders, pads, pauldrons, mantle, monnions, epaulets, shoulder, shoulderpads, shoulderguards
Shoulders enchants, Gems, Inscriptions (inscribers only)


Chest icon
Equipment names
robes, vest, tunic, armor, wraps, harness, hauberk, jerkin, chain, breastplate, blouse, chestpiece
Chest enchants and armor kits, Gems


Wrist icon
Equipment names
bindings, armguards, cuffs, bracers, vambraces, wristguards, bracelets
Wrist enchants, Gems, Fur Lining (Leatherworkers only),  [Socket Bracer] (Blacksmiths only)


Hands icon
Equipment names
gloves, gauntlets, mitts, mittens
Hands enchants and armor kits, Gems, Tinkers (Engineers only),  [Socket Gloves] (Blacksmiths only)


Waist icon
Equipment names
belt, girdle, sash, cinch, cord
Belt Buckles, Gems, Tinkers (Engineers only)


"Legs" redirects here. For the companion, see  [Legs].
Legs icon
Equipment names
chausses, trousers, breeches, leggings, kilt, dungarees, loincloth, woollies, pants, britches
Legs armor kits and spellthreads, Gems


Feet icon
Equipment names
boots, walkers, greaves, footwraps, sabatons, slippers, shoes, stompers, footpads
Feet enchants and armor kits, Gems


Non-armor gear only has one type, so there will be nothing in the "type" spot in item tooltips.


Neck icon
Equipment names
amulet, lei, talisman, medallion, necklace, charm, choker, chain, pendant, collar.


Back icon
Equipment names
cape, blanket, cloak, drape, mantle
Back enchants, Gems, Embroideries (Tailors only), Tinkers (Engineers only)


Finger icon
Equipment names
ring, band, signet, seal, loop, circle.
Enchantments (Enchanters only), Gems

Two finger slots are available


Trinket icon
Gems (Jewelcrafters only)

Two trinket slots are available


Main-Hand (One-Hand/Two-Hand)

Main Hand icon
Weapon types
Axe, Bow, Crossbow, Dagger, Fist weapon, Gun, Mace, Polearm, Staff, Sword, Wand, Fishing Pole
Weapon enchants, Counterweights, Weapon Chains, Fishing line (fishing pole only)

The Main Hand slot can hold main hand, one-handed or two-handed weapons. If a two-handed weapon is equipped, the off-hand slot must be empty unless the character is a warrior with the [Titan's Grip] talent.

Off-Hand (One-Hand/Two-Hand)

Off-Hand icon
Weapon types
Axe, Dagger, Held In Off-hand, Fist weapon, Mace, Shield, Sword
Enchantments, Counterweights, Weapon Chains, Shield Spike

The Off Hand slot can hold off hand or one-handed weapons (Dual wielding classes only), shields (warrior, paladin and shaman only) or Held In Off-hand frill items. If a two-handed weapon is equipped in the main hand slot, this slot must be empty unless the character is a Fury warrior with [Titan's Grip].


Decorative items only have one type, so there will be nothing in the "type" spot in item tooltips. Decorative items have no stats and cannot be upgraded.


Tabard icon


Shird icon

Equipment slots in macros

When creating macros based on "click to use" items (especially trinkets), the common practice is to enter the actual item name. However, using the numeric equipment slot identifiers eliminates the need to manually modify macros after upgrading a particular item.

These slot designations are particularly handy for engineers whose Tinker enhancements and Engineering-only items add and/or posses an "on use" ability for items in the Back, Belt, Foot and Head slot that would not normally posses such capability for non-engineers.

Here are is a complete list of each equipment slot and its numeric designation for macro purposes

Slot Number
Head 1
Neck 2
Shoulder 3
Shirt 4
Chest 5
Belt 6
Legs 7
Feet 8
Wrist 9
Gloves 10
Finger 1 (Top) 11
Finger 2 (Bottom) 12
Trinket 1 (Top) 13
Trinket 2 (Bottom) 14
Back 15
Main Hand 16
Off Hand 17
Tabard 19

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Range/Relic slots are being removed from all classes. Range weapons (bows, guns, wands) will use the main hand slot.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): The ammo mechanic was removed from the game, and the ammo slot was removed along with changing ammo items to gray items.