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Epics for casual players in Wrath of the Lich King

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The Wrath of the Lich King has greatly increased the amount of high-quality items available to players who don't have a lot of time to spend (sometimes called casuals). This page consists of a overview of methods to obtain them.

World Drops

There are some level 80 epics available as world drops. These are typically considered as rather weak by players; they are often small upgrades or sidegrades over rare quality loot from dungeons.

Reputation Rewards

Most WotLK factions offer various epic rewards when your reputation reaches exalted. All factions have at least one armor piece which is considered very good for the classes it is intended for.

Regular Dungeons

The first dungeon ran using the Dungeon Finder will reward two Emblems of Triumph. In addition, Trial of the Champion, Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron and Halls of Reflection all drop epics on normal difficulty.

Heroic Dungeons

The final bosses of heroic dungeons will always drop an epic item, as well as a  [Frozen Orb] which can be used for crafting various epic pieces. In addition, all heroic bosses will drop an  [Emblem of Triumph], lootable by everyone in the group, which can be turned in, in varying amounts, for additional rewards.

Bind-on-Equip Craftables

There are many craftable epic items. All require some item from heroics or instances, ranging from the very cheap (Frozen Orbs) to the extremely expensive ( [Primordial Saronite]).

Tailoring

Bind on equip Tailoring craftables
Inv misc cape 02.png [Deathchill Cloak] Inv gauntlets 06.png [Ebonweave Gloves]
Inv chest cloth 48.png [Ebonweave Robe] Inv gauntlets 06.png [Moonshroud Gloves]
Inv chest cloth 04.png [Moonshroud Robe] Inv gauntlets 06.png [Spellweave Gloves]
Inv chest cloth 41.png [Spellweave Robe] Inv misc cape 02.png [Wispcloak]

Leatherworking

Bind on equip Leatherworking craftable Cloaks
Inv misc cape 14.png [Durable Nerubhide Cape] Inv misc cape 13.png [Ice Striker's Cloak]
Bind on equip Leatherworking craftable Leather Armor
Inv boots cloth 07.png [Earthgiving Boots] Inv pants leather 04.png [Earthgiving Legguards]
Inv belt 23.png [Trollwoven Girdle] Inv shoulder 87.png [Trollwoven Spaulders]
Inv boots cloth 05.png [Windripper Boots] Inv pants leather 03.png [Windripper Leggings]
Bind on equip Leatherworking craftable Mail Armor
Inv bracer 15.png [Giantmaim Bracers] Inv pants mail 15.png [Giantmaim Legguards]
Inv chest chain 13.png [Revenant's Breastplate] Inv boots chain 06.png [Revenant's Treads]

Blacksmithing

Bind on equip Blacksmithing craftables - Plate Armor
Inv helmet 134.png [Brilliant Titansteel Helm] Inv boots plate 08.png [Brilliant Titansteel Treads]
Inv helmet 134.png [Spiked Titansteel Helm] Inv boots plate 08.png [Spiked Titansteel Treads]
Inv helmet 134.png [Tempered Titansteel Helm] Inv boots plate 08.png [Tempered Titansteel Treads]
Bind on equip Blacksmithing craftables - Weapons
Inv weapon shortblade 76.png [Titansteel Shanker] Inv sword 73.png [Titansteel Spellblade]
Inv mace 87.png [Titansteel Bonecrusher] Inv mace 87.png [Titansteel Guardian]
Inv mace 84.png [Titansteel Destroyer]
Bind on equip Blacksmithing craftables - Shields
Inv shield 60.png [Titansteel Shield Wall]

Engineering

Bind on equip Engineering craftables - Guns
Inv weapon rifle 19.png [Armor Plated Combat Shotgun] Inv weapon rifle 06.png [Nesingwary 4000]

Jewelcrafting

Bind on equip Jewelcrafting craftables - Amulets
Inv jewelry necklace 33.png [Titanium Earthguard Chain] Inv jewelry necklace 14.png [Titanium Impact Choker]
Inv jewelry necklace 35.png [Titanium Spellshock Necklace]
Bind on equip Jewelcrafting craftables - Rings
Inv jewelry ring 59.png [Titanium Earthguard Ring] Inv jewelry ring 55.png [Titanium Impact Band]
Inv jewelry ring 63.png [Titanium Spellshock Ring]

Inscription

Bind on equip Inscription craftables - Off-Hand Frills
Inv misc book 09.png [Faces of Doom] Inv misc book 09.png [Iron-Bound Tome]

Bind-on-Pickup Craftables

There are also some Bind on Pickup craftables; these require a high skill in a crafting profession in order to craft and must be crafted by yourself. Most of these are trainable, but additional high level patterns (which are themselves not BoP and can be bought) are available in raid instances. These are typically considered extremely good items, focusing mainly on stats deemed important by players. There are fewer of these on WotLK than there were on BC.

Engineering

Bind on pickup Engineering craftables - Goggles
Inv gizmo newgoggles.png [Armored Titanium Goggles] Inv gizmo newgoggles.png [Charged Titanium Specs]
Inv gizmo newgoggles.png [Electroflux Sight Enhancers] Inv gizmo newgoggles.png [Greensight Gogs]
Inv gizmo newgoggles.png [Truesight Ice Blinders] Inv gizmo newgoggles.png [Unbreakable Healing Amplifiers]
Inv gizmo newgoggles.png [Visage Liquification Goggles] Inv gizmo newgoggles.png [Weakness Spectralizers]

Bind on Equip Raid drops

Most raids drop a few items that are Bind on Equip, and these are sometimes sold in the Auction House. They tend to be quite frighteningly expensive, though.

Single Boss Raids

Vault of Archavon is usually run by PUGs, and you can get 2 not very hard  [Emblem of Triumph] which can get you even closer to a good raid-equivalent item if you can do them every week.

If you have some good connections, or just plain luck, you might get into a Malygos raid with a guild that knows of it, with some of the best gear, and only taking you less than an hour per week. This one is harder to do as casual, since the gear requirements are usually above what a casual can provide.

Naxxramas

Both normal and heroic modes of Naxxramas can be done by causal guilds if they spread the clearing over several nights. Some fights are difficult to learn and require some good gear of all raiders, but in a few weeks the bosses will take several less tries and so you, as casual, can hope to clear it in 3 days max in a few weeks training.

PvP

There are several new PvP items in the WotLK

Arena Rewards and the complementary Battleground Marks + Honor items

Wintergrasp Rewards Titan-forged Items

Wintergrasp Other Rewards
Trade blacksmithing.png [Anvil of Titans] Spell arcane arcanetorrent.png [Flow of Knowledge]
Inv misc platnumdisks.png [Platinum Disks of Battle] Inv misc platnumdisks.png [Platinum Disks of Sorcery]
Inv misc platnumdisks.png [Platinum Disks of Swiftness]
Battlemaster Trinkets
Ability warrior endlessrage.png [Battlemaster's Accuracy] Ability warrior endlessrage.png [Battlemaster's Avidity]
Ability warrior endlessrage.png [Battlemaster's Bravery] Ability warrior endlessrage.png [Battlemaster's Conviction]
Ability warrior endlessrage.png [Battlemaster's Hostility]

See also