It is time to prepare your World of Warcraft character for Cataclysm. As a Retribution Paladin, what you carry in your bags may differ from other classes, and I am going to tell you what I will be taking with me on my journey to level 85. This is a longer post guys, you are forewarned!
Blizzard has done a great job of creating content in expansions that doesn’t require you to be fully maxed out in terms of gear and professions. However, there are still a few preparations you can make that can give you a quick edge in the leveling process.
What I am going to cover in terms of preparing for Cataclysm includes: quests, food, potions, flasks, scrolls, profession materials, and gear.
Quest Log will be full of completed quests at a maximum of 25. Each player can choose whichever quests they want, be it normal PvE quests or daily quests. My choice will be dailies, since I have done all the WotLK normal quests.
My daily quests will include:
- Ebon Blade dailies (6)
- Argent Tournament dailies (9)
- Sons of Hodir dailies (6)
- Icecrown dailies (2)
- Dalaran Cooking/Fishing dailies (2)
I will log out before Cataclysm near the Ebon Blade quest givers and turn in there. Next, I will fly to the Argent Tournament and turn in their respective quests, followed by a trip to whichever 2 Icecrown random dailies I choose to complete. From there, I head to Storm Peaks to turn in SoH quests, then fly back to Dalaran for the final two turn-ins. One of my guildies reminded me to set my hearth to somewhere other than Dalaran, since the portals will be gone! Thanks, Cloud! After I turn my Dal quests in, I’m off to Stormwind!
I know some of these quests aren’t max XP, but honestly, I’m doing this for quickness and ease.
Equipping my bags for Cataclysm is something I have done for every expansion. The goal is to keep essentials for leveling while maintaining enough free space to not have to keep traveling back to quest hubs to unload trash.
I recommend carrying at least four 20-slot bags. If you can’t get your hands on the 20s, 16-slotters will work as well.
The buffs and gear I am going to carry with me may not be the most powerful options, but that’s not the point. Blizzard has made our attacks and abilities so strong, that minor buffs really aren’t needed and won’t make much of a difference while leveling.
Nevertheless, I will still carry enough buff and support items to give me that small edge:
- Flask of Endless Rage x20
- Dragonfin Filet x20
- Runic Mana Potion x20
- Runic Healing Potion x20
- Scroll of Strength VIII x20
- Off-set gear – Tank
- 5,000 to 10,000g
- Scroll of Enchant Bracers – Striking x5
- Scroll of Enchant Gloves – Greater Assault x5
- Scroll of Enchant Boots – Assault x5
Enchants – Purely for support, and I doubt I will use them all. But if I find upgrades along the way, I will be able to enchant them quickly. Because my main is not an enchanter, I won’t be able to enchant with Cata enchants, and it’s highly unlikely I will be traveling to the AH to get upgrades.
Gold – I am recommending 5k to 10k gold, mainly because things are going to get very pricey. If I do need to visit the Auction House, I’d like to prepare myself for inflated prices. (Plus, I’m a sucker for splurging on new items when expansions come out)
Off-set gear – I am choosing to off-spec as Protection for the beginning parts of Cataclysm, since I believe that will get me into groups the quickest. I will still run as Retribution, but when I need speedy runs, tanking will be the route for me.
Also, for any runs I decide to do while leveling, depending on queue times, I might see more frequent action as a tank.
Here comes the tricky part. Getting a jump start on professions in Cataclysm won’t be cheap, and it definitely won’t yield a profit. However, for those with the right professions, it is possible to jump from 450 to 455, or even 460 in some cases.
Most of the professions with epic quality crafted gear can make those pieces until 460. However, I am not going to recommend doing that because it is a complete waste of resources, and chances are, the resulting items would be sold dirt-cheap. Also, some just flat-out cannot be leveled past 450 in their current state.
I have compiled a list of WotLK profession creations that can help get a jump on the Cataclysm profession leveling. I also have a list for those that, in most cases, shouldn’t be attempted.
Professions to NOT attempt to level to 455 or 460 with:
- First Aid
Professions that CAN be attempted to level to 455 or 460:
Cooking – Fish Feasts are RED to 455, and YELLOW to 460. For 10 attempts, you will need:
Blacksmithing - Titanium Plating is RED to 455, and YELLOW to 460. For 5 attempts, you will need:
Alchemy – Any end-game flasks are YELLOW to 457. Types of flasks to make:
Enchanting – Enchant Bracers – Major Stamina is RED until 460. For 10 attempts, you will need: