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Blizzard intends to buy ‘Spellbreak’ studio Proletariat to speed up ‘WoW’ development

It’s a busy spell for Blizzard, with Diablo Immortal, Overwatch 2 and mobile game Warcraft Arclight Rumble all arriving this year. The studio has another major release lined up in the form of World of Warcraft expansion Dragonflight, which is expected to arrive by the end of 2022. To help get WoW expansions out on time and ensure they meet the bar in terms of quality, Blizzard intends to buy Spellbreak studio Proletariat to bolster its ranks of developers, as GamesBeat reports.

The news comes one day after Proletariat announced it will shut down Spellbreak early next year. The free-to-play game is an intriguing take on the battle royale genre, with players using magical powers instead of guns. The game never took off, though. It had an average player count of 166 on Steam over the last month. Apex Legends, on the other hand, has more than a thousand times as many players at any given time on Steam alone.

More than 100 developers from Proletariat may soon be focused on World of Warcraft, though the studio has been working with Blizzard since last month. The Boston-based studio also plans to expand its team.

WoW general manager John Hight has spoken of the difficulties his team has had in hiring to deliver content updates to players more quickly (the public turmoil at the studio over the last year might have played a role in that). Bringing Proletariat on board should help.

“A big part of caring for our teams is making sure we have the resources to produce experiences our communities will love while giving our teams space to explore even more creative opportunities within their projects,’ Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Ybarra said. “Proletariat is a perfect fit for supporting Blizzard’s mission in bringing high-quality content to our players more often.”

Activision Blizzard is itself in the process of being bought by Microsoft for $68.7 billion. Given the ongoing labor and workplace culture issues at the company, there’s a bit of irony in Blizzard snapping up a studio called Proletariat.

Correction 6/29/22 5:40pm ET: A previous version of this story stated that Blizzard had acquired Proletariat studios. The sale has not been completed and the copy above has been changed to reflect that.

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WoW will remove ‘inappropriate references’ following California lawsuit

The official World of Warcraft Twitter account has announced that it will take immediate action to “remove references that are not appropriate for [its] world.” While it didn’t elaborate on what those references are, they may pertain to in-game elements connected to its senior creative director Alex Afrasiabi, as Kotaku has noted. Afrasiabi was singled out in the lawsuit filed by California authorities accusing Activision Blizzard of fostering a “frat boy” culture that’s become a “breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women.”

According to the lawsuit, Afrasiabi is known for hitting on and touching female employees inappropriately in plain view of other male employees who would try to intervene and stop him. He apparently has such a notorious reputation within the company that his suite was nicknamed the “Crosby Suite after alleged rapist Bill Crosby.”(The lawsuit has misspelled Bill Cosby’s name.) In addition, executives allegedly knew about his behavior but “took no effective remedial measures.” Blizzard President J. Allen Brack talked to him a few times, the lawsuit reads, but gave Afiasiabi a slap on the wrist for the incidents.

Activision Blizzard denied the accusations in the lawsuit and said it “includes distorted, and in many cases false, descriptions of Blizzard’s past” in its initial response. Executive Vice President Fran Townsend told employees in a memo that the lawsuit “presented a distorted and untrue picture of [the] company, including factually incorrect, old and out of context stories.”

A group of over 800 Activision Blizzard employees decried the company’s response to the accusations as “abhorrent and insulting.” They wrote in an open letter: “Categorizing the claims that have been made as ‘distorted, and in many cases false’ creates a company atmosphere that disbelieves victims.” At least 50 employees working in the company’s main office in California are now planning a walkout on Wednesday to protest the company’s actions and to demand better working conditions for women.

In WoW’s announcement, it said the decision to remove inappropriate elements was made in order to rebuild trust. It admitted that it must earn people’s trust with its “actions in the weeks and months to come,” though it didn’t say what other steps the company intends to take in response to the lawsuit’s allegations. 

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WoW Burning Crusade Classic Review: Great Then, Ok Now

World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic review: Too true to its roots

“Aside from a serious lack of player flexibility, Burning Crusade Classic is a rewarding MMORPG that asks for a lot but remembers to tip generously.”

  • Great community
  • Robust leveling experience
  • Rewarding RPG elements
  • Lacking helpful mechanics
  • Some design decisions show their age

The opportunity to revisit an iconic MMO like World of Warcraft after experiencing the growth, decline, and reimagining of its whole genre isn’t one that comes around often. So what did I find when playing World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic, an update of a game that as a lost, lonely teenager once consumed my life? The same thing I grew to miss when I moved on: Community. And then I lost it. Again.

The 2004 pop culture success of World of Warcraft introduced players to hefty level grinds, sprawling PvP, and complicated, coordinated raids on boss lairs. It was a coming-of-age for the MMORPG genre, bringing it firmly into the mainstream. The Burning Crusade expansion years later asked players to do it all again in a sprawling new zone with more bosses, bigger backstories, and even bigger weapons. It sounds simple; almost unnecessary, in fact. But it was exactly what players wanted more of. And it worked.

A player avatar charging at the Fel Reaver from World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Burning Crusade‘s storytelling methods are basically nonexistent in the face of today’s modern MMOs, but the core experience is still a hoot. At least, it was in the first week or two.

A great start

Burning Crusade Classic begins the same way it did back then. As it should. Players sprint to the Blasted Lands south of the Eastern Kingdoms and charge ferociously through the Dark Portal. The iconic gateway was the starting point of the Warcraft story back in the 1990s, and trudging back through it with an army of friends and future allies will never get old. It’s just a shame that sticking with them after that beautiful moment is so damn hard.

With no server downtime leading up to the big transition from vanilla WoW to Burning Crusade Classic, Blizzard really nailed the execution necessary to have this gigantic MMO expand like the great adventure that it is. Blizzard has had its fair share of disastrous online releases over the decades, but this wasn’t one of them.

Without a hitch, we were able to again experience the iconic moment when waves of players charged forward together, their passion for continuing the quest they started years ago fueling their push into the unknown. Hundreds went in, and server sharding — a method of temporarily splitting players off into smaller servers — kept the first zone we were set to spend a dozen hours in from becoming overcrowded.

Blizzard has had its fair share of disastrous online releases over the decades, but this wasn’t one of them.

A tauren player character riding a mount against the Hellfire Penninsula backdrop in Burning Crusade Classic.

Same game, different experience

Although I didn’t originally start playing World of Warcraft until the Wrath of the Lich King expansion was right around the corner, some of my fondest memories come from the 60 to 70 experience presented here — the struggle of exploring Hellfire Peninsula a little too early at 58, a disdain for the Zangermarsh zone, and growing adoration for the sweeping green plains of Nagrand.

All those memories came flooding back in my two weeks rediscovering the place I called home as a teenager. The good, the bad, and the kind that hit differently after spending years with countless other supposed “WoW killers.”

As fantastical as the hype and build-up to run through the Dark Portal was, the fatal flaw has begun to show yet again. The enemy? Nostalgia.

After the initial rush of players powered their way through WoW Classic, the few who were late to the party struggled to reach the top. They were brought in by the hype but spat out by Blizzard’s hardcore group-based game design. And it’s happening again.

A druid fighting an elemental in Burning Crusade Classic.

As work and other commitments have me barely halfway through the leveling experience, it’s already become much harder to find people around my level to run the expansion’s 16 hyperspecific dungeons. Without them to pad out my experience points, I’m left fighting alone, running hundreds of repetitive quests in slightly different locations until I hit level 70.

If I get there, I’ll have no social connections to get me into the group content that players level for in the first place. It’s a curse. Those lagging behind will be forced to fall further. And who knows how many will be left to run level 70 content when casuals like me catch up.

Create the problem, forget the solution

It’s not that leveling without a few dungeon runs is impossible, but it does get old. And lonely. As time goes on and the player base thins out, we’re going to start thinking about what could have been done to address it.

What World of Warcraft has always done well is hook players with staple RPG mechanics. Leveling may take time, but that “ding” and every kill or quest toward it always feels rewarding. It can be laborious and needlessly time-consuming, but whether it’s a new skill here or a rare random item drop there, you’re constantly fed cake on the way to the frosting.

As much as the classic experience is why we’re here, the Dual-Spec feature from the subsequent Wrath of the Lich King is one quality of life feature that absolutely should have been brought forward. It could have made a massive difference to the experience without poisoning the well.

Most classes can fill two or all three of the common roles in a group, but the “talent” system locks them into only being viable in one and makes it increasingly more expensive to swap out. The Dual-Spec feature basically gave players a secondary loadout to change into when needed, offering the chance not only to fill another role when required by a group, but to change up their playstyle to avoid getting bored by pressing the same buttons day after day.

There were no downsides to the system. It was just respectful of a player’s time. And when you’re playing a class that’s designed to be four different ones at once, it’s infuriating to be unable to be whoever my next team needs me to be.

A Tauren Druid in Cat form battling a boar in Burning Crusade Classic.

[/pullquote]After going back to Burning Crusade Classic, I’m reminded again of the magic modern MMOs let slip away.[/pullquote]

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic may lack the hard-hitting story beats of most other games in its class, but the depth of its RPG elements represents old-fashioned values that are still sorely missed in other MMOs. It’s just a shame that some key tweaks weren’t brought forward to fix the issues the inevitably smaller player base is likely to run into far sooner than they did in the original release.

Our take

Whether you’re fighting, crafting, or gathering, your actions always serve a purpose in the Burning Crusade Classic campaign. Anyone can feel like they’re contributing either to their own guilds and groups or to the server as a whole. Leveling can feel sluggish at times, but talent points, meaningful gear upgrades, and a clear endgame goal create an RPG experience that still manages to make it a game worth experiencing if you have the time, even if it’s more demanding than we typically tolerate from games like this.

Retail players can still experience Burning Crusade’s Outland almost piece-for-piece without this release, but for veterans of the franchise, revisiting the title will feel like coming home after a decade away. As it should. It’s just a shame it won’t last nearly as long this time.

Is there a better alternative out there?

If you prefer more flexibility in how you spend your time, Final Fantasy XIV is still a better option. The community is lovely and creative, and you’re free to fill any role you want, leveling in a bunch of different ways to get there.

How long will it last?

It’s about 18 months until Wrath of the Lich King Classic inevitably comes to bring World of Warcraft Classic back to its high point. More raids, new equipment, and bigger stories will come out in the months ahead until that happens.

Should you buy it

Given it technically only costs the price of a World of Warcraft subscription, absolutely. It’s incredibly rare to have the opportunity to go back in time with an ever-changing MMORPG. Experience history. You probably won’t get a third chance.

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WoW Classic: How to Level a Boosted Character from 58 to 60 Fast

Leveling up in World of Warcraft Classic was no easy feat: A bitter reminder of just how little time players of the original game have in adulthood. If you were able to stick it through, you’re likely all set to venture through the Dark Portal as Burning Crusade Classic launches in early June. If not, there’s still hope. A one-time paid boost can take a character of your choice to level 58. But with level 60 still being the goal, you don’t have much time to get there. Here’s how to level a boosted character to level 60 fast in WoW Classic.

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How to boost a World of Warcraft Classic character to 58

Before we get started, we need to explain how to boost a WoW Classic character. Now that the Burning Crusade pre-patch has kicked in, all you need to do to reach the lofty heights of level 58 is purchase the boost from the in-game shop on the character select screen.

You can boost a new or existing character — so long as it’s on a Burning Crusade realm. Even though it’s a paid item, you can only boost one character per account. And they can’t be of the new Draenei or Blood Elf races. So choose wisely.

How to prepare for Burning Crusade Classic

With the Burning Crusade pre-patch, leveling in World of Warcraft Classic has changed ever so slightly. Total experience needed to hit level 60 has decreased 15%, and quests completed over level 30 actually award more experience points than before. With plenty of previously co-op-only quests being nerfed to be more solo player-friendly, the once laborious journey to max level should feel noticeably less so. That’s not to say it won’t still take some considerable time investment, though.

But as a newly boosted level 58, you’ll gain a full set of equipment, some gold, and the riding profession and accompanying mount to get you flying (well, galloping) out of the gate. The armor you’re handed isn’t the best, however. In fact, it’s pretty far below what a manually leveled character could have at that point, meaning your first port of call should be to get that sorted. You’ll struggle to grind those last two levels in your current state.

Before all that, though, you need to make the age-old decision of which talent specialization you’re wont to go down. Talents in WoW Classic work to create an old-school RPG build, meaning every point counts, and fixing any little mistakes can be costly. There are plenty of guides out there to push you in the right direction. All you need to do is decide whether you want to go into The Burning Crusade as a tank, healer, or DPS, and build accordingly.

How to level a boosted character from 58-60 fast in World of Warcraft Classic

As a genre-defining MMORPG, WoW Classic lets you ascend to higher levels in a bunch of different ways to suit your playstyle. It’s not just about battles, either. It’s entirely possible to pick flowers all the way to max level — just expect to watch your life pass you by in the process. So whether you’re into PvP, dungeons with friends, or like to go it alone, here are the best ways to go from 58-60 in WoW Classic.

How to level up from 58-60 with PvP

Alterac Valley is a great PvP battleground for leveling up your boosted 58.

Across Azeroth, you’ll hear the same suggestion over and over: PvP is the way forward. If you’re looking to push to 60 as soon as possible, putting on a brave face and diving straight into mortal combat with your fellow man is how you’ll get there.

It’s not just that it’s a particularly speedy way to gain those last two levels, but the Honor Points you’ll gain along the way should afford you some powerful new weapons and armor to help you on the other side of the Dark Portal. You won’t have to go traversing the world to find level-appropriate quests this way, either. You can just stick to your faction’s major city and repeatedly queue for your preferred Battlegrounds.

The best 58-60 Dungeons in World of Warcraft Classic

Dungeons like Stratholme can help boosted characters level and gear up for TBC.

Although finding players around your level to run dungeons turned out to be easier said than done a few weeks into Classic, the Burning Crusade pre-patch has helped smooth things out. With so many players suddenly boosting mains and alts to 58, finding groups for the final few dungeons of the base game is far easier than before.

A lot of these players won’t be the absolute pinnacle of the player base, but by using the newly added Looking for Group feature or just joining a guild or server-specific Discord channel, you should have no problem finding other players to trek through dungeons with. A boosted character’s lackluster gear will start to show its kinks here, but stick it through and you’ll come out the other end with some equipment upgrades. If you’re going the dungeon route, here’s the suggested order:

  • Stratholme
    • This decimated town holds a special place in the hearts of veteran Warcraft fans. Either of its two sides will suffice for newly boosted character, and with most of its loot being direct upgrades, there’s plenty of reason to stick out the sometimes tedious boss battles and mob packs.
  • Scholomance
    • This relatively simple dungeon works not only as an ideal place to earn some loot, but a great way to grab some profession recipes that’ll come in handy down the line. One player will need a key to get in, but Engineers and Rouges can bust the lock for their team.
  • Dire Maul
    • If the team manages to get a bunch of loot in either of the previous two dungeons, the slightly more difficult wings of Dire Maul can be a great place to see you into The Burning Crusade.

The best 58-60 quest zones in World of Warcraft Classic

Silithus, Winterspring, and the Plaguelands are great quest zones for the 58-60 grind.

If you’re struggling to get a group together for dungeons, you’ll have to fall back on good old-fashioned questing on your 58-60 grind. You won’t be finding any high-tier equipment this way and may eventually struggle in the early hours of The Burning Crusade, but if you don’t have any other option, it’s better than nothing.

Whichever zone you decide to dedicate the final stretch to, most players will advise you to see its quest chains through to the end for the Rare or Epic equipment they’ll typically reward you with for your trouble. And remember: As of the TBC pre-patch, quests above level 30 award more experience points than they previously did, so don’t let tales of the final slog of Classic put you off. Here are the best leveling zones for 58-60.

  • Silithus
    • The home of two high-end raids, Silithus is a fine option for Horde players. To get there, just head into Un’Goro Crater and take the path to the northwest.
  • Eastern Plaguelands
    • The tried and true final zone of most WoW players, Eastern Plaguelands can be a bit of a chore and routinely busy, but its high-level quests and nearby dungeons make it a solid option. Paladins can turn the copious undead enemies to dust, too.
  • Winterspring
    • If you joined World of Warcraft toward the end of The Burning Crusade, you’ll have likely had no reason to step foot in Winterspring. Now’s your chance to see one of the prettier, calmer zones of Classic WoW.

What to do at level 60

Whichever route you take in your journey from 58-60, gearing up is the most important aspect. The gear you get for boosting won’t be up to the task of taking on the monsters of Hellfire Penninsula, and with thousands of other players rushing through alongside you on launch day, you’ll need all the help you can get to stay competitive. Here are a few things you’ll want to do both before attempting to level up from 58-60 and before heading through the Dark Portal on patch day.

  1. Join an active guild (if you haven’t already).
  2. Buy (or make) lots of food and drinks.
  3. Take up First Aid and craft a bunch of high-level bandages.
  4. Level up your chosen professions.
  5. Visit your class trainer and ensure your skills are all ranked up.
  6. Get some bigger bags.
  7. Craft, buy, or loot some armor to replace the boosted gear.

Even with a boost, there’s a lot to catch up on before Burning Crusade goes live. If you’re serious about sticking around this time, though, think about leveling up your professions before launch. Most of the best Burning Crusade gear is crafted by other players, and being the one to supply this stuff for your high-level guildmates will go a long way in keeping you motivated to catch up. Likewise, the goods gathered by miners, skinners, and herbalists will be in high demand for years to come, making them valuable professions for the less passive player. At the end of the day, though, it’s all about who you want to be in this sprawling life simulator. Are you the blacksmith, the forager, or the warrior?

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WoW: Burning Crusade Classic release date revealed following leaks

Earlier this week, we saw a leak concerning Burning Crusade Classic, the incoming expansion for World of Warcraft Classic. That leak, which centered around ads published the Battle.net launcher that were then quickly pulled, suggested that Burning Crusade Classic‘s release date would be June 1st. This sparked a lot of debate among the WoW Classic crowd, but now we’re getting confirmation that those leaks were indeed accurate.

Blizzard announced today that Burning Crusade Classic will be launching on June 1st, just as that leak said. While those who were around for vanilla WoW have noted that the pre-expansion patch rolled out more than a month before Burning Crusade the first time around, this time the schedule will be accelerated. The prepatch for Burning Crusade Classic will go live in WoW Classic on May 18th, a mere two weeks before the expansion itself launches.

When Burning Crusade Classic goes live, players will have a choice to make. They’ll be able to move existing characters over to new Burning Crusade servers or keep them on vanilla World of Warcraft servers. Players can also choose to clone their characters to bring one forward to Burning Crusade Classic and keep one on WoW Classic, but that will cost $35 per character.

With the launch of Burning Crusade Classic, Blizzard is also introducing level boosts. Players can purchase the Dark Portal Pass, which runs $39.99 and boosts a single character to level 58, getting them primed to level through the expansion. Blizzard will also be selling a Deluxe Edition for Burning Crusade Classic, which will include the Viridian Phase-Hunter mount for retail WoW; the Reawakened Phase-Hunter mount, Dark Portal Hearthstone, and The Path of Illidan footstep effect for Burning Crusade Classic; a Dark Portal Pass with a level 58 boost; and 30 days of WoW subscription time.

It’s worth pointing out that if you opt to purchase a Dark Portal Pass, it can’t be used on Blood Elf or Draenei characters, which are being introduced in Burning Crusade Classic. Like WoW Classic, Burning Crusade Classic will be included in the cost of a regular World of Warcraft subscription. You can see the in-game items included in the Deluxe Edition in the image embedded above, but otherwise, look for the Burning Crusade Classic prepatch to drop on May 18th.

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WoW: The Burning Crusade Classic release date leaked by Blizzard itself

Back at BlizzConline earlier this year, Blizzard confirmed that The Burning Crusade will be coming to World of Warcraft Classic. Thanks to leaks ahead of the ceremony, many WoW Classic players expected that announcement, but even without those leaks, adding The Burning Crusade to WoW Classic was the next logical step once all of the content from vanilla World of Warcraft had been rolled out. Today, we may have an idea of when The Burning Crusade will launch, and it’s all thanks to a leak from Blizzard itself.

Over on the WoW Classic subreddit, users have shared screenshots of an advertisement for The Burning Crusade Classic that briefly appeared in the Battle.net desktop launcher today. That advertisement says that The Burning Crusade Classic will be launching on June 1st, which is just a few weeks away at this point.

Whether or not that’s the real release date for The Burning Crusade Classic is a matter of debate among WoW Classic players at the moment. Some have pointed out that a June 1st release date doesn’t leave much time for The Burning Crusade‘s prepatch, which was live in vanilla WoW for several weeks before the expansion itself launched.

Others are wondering if that June 1st date is when the prepatch will roll out to WoW Classic servers, while others in that thread have suggested that this was merely a placeholder date – or perhaps the date that Blizzard was originally targeting but has since delayed – that wasn’t changed before this ad was mistakenly sent live in the Battle.net launcher.

So, there’s a lot of mystery surrounding this disappearing ad. One thing we know for sure is that The Burning Crusade is on the horizon, and that’s true whether or not this June 1st date is accurate. We’ll keep an eye out for confirmation from Blizzard, so stay tuned for more.

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WoW Classic Best Race & Class Combinations Guide

World of Warcraft has evolved tenfold since its original release in 2004. The gaming culture phenomenon took over the MMORPG community and has since become one of the largest, most dedicated communities of gamers ever seen. Those looking to get into WoW today may have a hard time swallowing everything the game has to offer. Those old-school players looking to get back into WoW were ecstatic when Blizzard announced the release of World of Warcraft Classic in 2017. Day one fans were able to get back to the roots they fell in love with, the races they were first introduced to, and the classes they learned how to play.

The most exciting piece of WoW Classic news came at BlizzCon 2021, where developers announced the relaunch of The Burning Crusade. Original players remember The Burning Crusade as WoWs first major expansion, released in 2007. As WoW Classic players await the new expansion, they’ll want to make sure their current WoW characters are up to snuff. Perhaps they’re even thinking about making a new one. Either way, here are the best race and class combinations for your WoW Classic character.

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Alliance

Made of up Humans, Gnomes, Dwarves, and Night Elves at this point in Azeroth’s history, the Alliance is a collection of peoples both tall and short. Accustomed to cooler climes and embracing nature, they represent both spiritual and economic ways of life. If you’re looking to play on the traditional good side of this never-ending story, here are which Alliance races are best for each class.

Best WoW Classic race for Warrior

Best: Human

Kicking things off nice and simple, Humans typically make the best Alliance Warriors. Their twin weapon specialization bonuses mean Warriors with either swords or maces in their hands will benefit from a naturally higher weapon skill cap. As mentioned in our example, this means more potential damage output, leading to higher Rage generation over time. Without strong natural heath regeneration, the Human Warrior can make use of their Human Spirit trait to regen HP just a little bit faster.

Runner-Up: Gnome

If you’re gunning for PvP, Gnomes are a fine choice. They have ways to negate powerful Crowd Control effects. Warriors need to stay on their toes, so being able to quell these game-changing CC abilities can help Gnome Warriors avoid a cheap defeat. And their increased Engineering skill — a profession Warrior tanks can make good use of — is a nice added bonus.

Best WoW classic race for Paladin

Best: Human

Just like the Warrior, the Paladin is destined to be a Human for the same few reasons: Higher base regen and a duo of increased weapon specializations. Paladins fight in a few different ways depending on the talent tree they head down, but most of these have clear benefits for sword and/or maces, making a Human’s natural specialization boost stand out that much more.

Runner-Up: Dwarf

Paladins and Warriors work in similar ways. If you’re looking to focus on PvP, the Dwarf’s Stoneform can prevent death from Bleed, Poison, or Disease effects.

Best WoW Classic race for Druid

Best WoW Druid race

Best: Night Elf

Well this is an easy one, isn’t it? According to WoW lore, only Night Elves may take up the mantle of Druid. This “rule” was loosened over time, but if you’re looking to ride a Druid in WoW Classic, you have to be this tall.

All jokes aside, the graceful Night Elf is a strong “choice” as a Druid. Their increased base dodge chance is one of the best things the Feral Druid could ask for. Bear tanks can avoid some extra damage, and Cat Druids can play with their prey just a little bit longer.

Best WoW Classic race for Priest

Best: Human

Here’s where things start to get a little same-y. Priests, known for their powerful heals and strong shadow spells, can greatly benefit from the extra Spirit that being a Human affords them. That slightly increased regen works in favor of both damage and healing disciplines.

Runner-Up: Dwarf

The Dwarf actually has a Priest-specific racial ability — Fear Ward. If you know what you’re looking for, the Dwarf Priest can negate a potentially deadly Fear effect on a party member before it even lands. You might run out of mana faster, but at least you can stop your tank from running into more mobs.

Best WoW Classic race for Mage

Best: Gnome

There’s a reason I used to have vivid daydreams of a Gnome Mage army slow-falling from the Orgrimmar sky, channeling Blizzard on the ugly orcs below. Gnomes come with increased Intellect, giving them a clear advantage over other races when it comes to casting spells.

Runner-Up: Human

It’s all about Spirit. We’ve been through this.

Best WoW Classic Race for Rogue

Best: Human

Every Human’s right to bear arms pays off yet again. Despite the focus on daggers late in World of Warcraft‘s life, WoW Classic encourages Rogues to stick with swords and maces. Just look at that Sap icon if you don’t believe me. It’s the case of extra damage once again.

Runner-Up: Gnome/Dwarf

Just like the Warrior, Gnomes and Dwarves have their benefits here if your primary focus is PvP. A good Rogue needs to stay nimble, and a touch of the Gnome racial skill can get you back into the action. You can’t stealth if you’re taking DoT damage of any kind either, so popping Stoneform as a Dwarf can help with a much-needed retreat or regroup effort.

Best WoW Classic race for Hunter

Best: Dwarf

The whole focus on shooting your enemy as a Hunter means only the Dwarf can make real sense here. Similar to how Humans make a near-perfect Warrior, having access to the Gun Specialization bonus makes the Dwarf an excellent Hunter.

Runner-Up: Human

A lot of early Hunter kills revolve favor melee strikes to finish off your target. You can’t kite them with your gun forever. Because of this, Humans make their mark as Hunters if you make use of their sword/axe weapon specialization bonuses.

Horde

Troll Shaman

If you see yourself as a misunderstood baddie or someone who likes to use actions over words to get your point across, then you’re probably after a Horde character. Horde races sometimes struggle to synergize well with particular classes. Just like how the Human reigns supreme with most Alliance classes, the Troll stands above the rest of the Horde with a single powerful ability — Berserker. Then the Undead come in to take the PvP crown.

Best WoW Classic race for Warrior

Best: Orc

While completely up for debate, Orc Warriors have two major racial skills working in their favor: Blood Fury and Axe Specialization. Of course, this might drop to one if your strongest weapon ends up being a sword or a mace, but it can help. Blood Fury is a concrete 25% base melee damage increase for 15 seconds every two minutes. Rage starved no longer!

Runner-Up: Troll

You’ll hear me talk about this a lot going forward, but the Troll’s Berserking skill (a 10-30% attack speed increase based on missing health) can give any class a big boost in potential in a pinch. It’s not only great for rage generation on Warriors but can help them spend excess Rage with Heroic Strike faster, too.

Best WoW Classic race for Priest

Best: Troll

The tusk-laded Troll wins out again purely for Berserking. Any increase in speed can help with both damage and healing. You’ll certainly burn through your mana faster with it active, but if that means keeping your tank alive versus letting them die and wipe the group, there’s nothing to complain about. You might want to ask your tank to chill out with the big pulls, though.

Runner-Up: Undead

Will of the Forsaken can bust you out of Charm, Sleep, and Fear effects, making it incredibly powerful in PvP, if that’s your cup of tea.

Best WoW Classic race for Warlock

Best: Orc

Orcs have this rather unique trait that increases outgoing pet damage. It’s easy to see how this would benefit the Warlock, who can build entire specs around their incredibly versatile range of creatures. Blood Fury might not get a ton of use this way, but if things get too close, you can bash them back with a bit of extra damage.

Runner-Up: Undead

Will of the Forsaken, yet again, makes the Undead a force to be reckoned with in PvP. Removing or negating Fear, Sleep, and Charm effects can utterly destroy an assailant’s strategy, giving you an instant upper hand.

Best WoW Classic race for Shaman

Best race Horde shaman

Best: Troll/Orc

The Horde’s answer to the Alliance’s Paladin. As a hybrid class, the race you pick for this depends on your primary role. Melee Shamans should roll Orc for the base melee damage increase of Blood Fury, whereas healers and ranged DPS Shamans will be better served by a Troll’s Berserking skill.

Runner-Up: Tauren

There’s a bit of guesswork with this recommendation, but War Stomp and Endurance could greatly help out both tank and healer Shamans in a pinch. Cultivation can help with making the money needed to keep on top of Totem Reagents. It’s also the only other combination option on the table.

Best WoW Classic race for Mage

Best: Troll

The Troll wins the ranged game yet again with Berserker. Just like the Priest, this speed-increasing ability allows the Mage to rattle off its incredibly powerful spells that much faster. It’s an easy way to run the mana meter down but also a great way to push a target into an early grave.

Runner-Up: Undead

You better believe it’s time to scream from the rooftops about the benefits of Will of the Forsaken. Crowd Control can make or break for the cloth-clad Mage. Better nip that threat in the bud.

Best WoW Classic race for Rogue

Best: Orc

Rogues pride themselves on killing before they themselves are killed, making a base attack increase like Blood Fury an easily palatable option. Anything to decrease the figurative time-to-kill timer.

Runner-Up: Undead

While the mighty Troll can make help rescue a Rogue from demise, the prevalence of the Rogue in PvP makes the Undead a far more popular option. Will of the Forsaken, again, plays a vital role in surprising players who think their CC efforts will net them a quick kill.

Best WoW Classic race for Hunter

Best: Troll

Berserking proves its worth one final time here, but there’s more to the Troll Hunter (not that kind) than just this one trait. Trolls also bring Bow Specialization into the mix, helping them become the Horde’s answer to the Alliance’s Dwarf Hunter (again, not that kind).

Runner-Up: Orc

Orcs make decent Hunters in PvP purely through their Hardiness trait. It’s a relatively trivial skill for anything other than tanks in PvE, but the 25% extra Stun resistance can help shrug off things like a Warrior’s Charge skill.

Best WoW Classic race for Druid

Best: Tauren

Just like the Night Elf Druid, only Tauren can shape-shift and throw out the beams of the trees. If you’re looking to play a Horde Druid, you’ll have to return to nature and apply to Bovine University in sunny Durotar.

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WoW Classic Pre-Raid Gear Guide: How to Farm BiS Pre-Raid Gear

World of Warcraft Classic returned players to the roots of the MMO-RPG they fell in love with over a decade ago. After grinding through the early to mid-stages of the game, players have finally hit the level 60 cap. Now the fun begins. Players can finally dip their toes into the next stage of the game — raids. These missions reach a new level of difficulty, one you’ve yet to experience in World of Warcraft Classic. Hopefully, you’ve explored some of the best add-ons World of Warcraft has to offer and found decent pre-raid gear. The best gear, though, is hidden deep in these heavily guarded raid dungeons. You’ll need a skilled team, a coordinated strategy, and the following gear to find success in World of Warcraft Classic raids.

The sheer volume of talent tree combinations will make this guide quite extensive. Just scroll down to find your class and you’ll see the entry-level armor sets for each class’s viable roles that should help you make your entrance into the raid scene. From then on, it’s a semi-natural progression to greater gear. The gear choices here are by no means the best you can get. This isn’t a BiS guide. They merely represent the more easily obtained and suitable options to get you going. Most come from dungeon bosses and high-level quests, so we’ve tried to include as little dungeon variance as possible to make it a simple matter of repeated runs through two or three instances.

Warrior pre-raid gear guide

Unlike retail WoW, Warriors can tank in any number of ways. There’s the staple sword and board method, but it’s also entirely possible to dual-wield for the added rage generation. Arms, Fury, and Protection all work here in different ways, so gearing up can be a bit of a mixed bag.

Protection Warrior tank pre-raid gear

  • Head: Lionheart Helm (crafted) / Golem Skull Helm (Blackrock Depths)

  • Neck: Verek’s Collar (Blackrock Depths)

  • Shoulders: Spaulders of Valor (Upper Blackrock Spire)

  • Back: Stoneskin Gargoyle Cape (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Chest: Ornate Adamantium Breastplate (Quest – W. Plaguelands

  • Wrists: Braces of Valor (Blackrock Spire – Any)

  • Hands: Voone’s Vice Grips (Quest – L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Waist: Stonewall Girdle (Blackrock Depths)

  • Legs: Legplates of the Eternal Guardian (Blackrock Depths)

  • Feet: Ribsteel Footguards (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Ring: Magni’s Will (Blackrock Depths) / Naglering (Blackrock Depths)

  • Trinkets: Force of Will (Blackrock Depths) / Hand of Justice (Blackrock Depths)

  • Main Hand: Ironfoe (Blackrock Depths) / Dal’Rend’s Sacred Charge (Human – Upper Blackrock Spire) / Axe of the Deep Woods (Orc – World Drop)

  • Shield: Draconian Deflector (U. Blackrock Spire) / Husk of Nerub’enkan (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Ranged: Gorewood Bow (Quest – E. Plaguelands)

Arms/Fury Warrior DPS gear

  • Head: Lionheart Helm (craft) / Eye of Rend (Blackrock Spire) / Mask of the Unforgiven (Stratholme – Live)

  • Neck: Mark of Fording (Quest – W. Plaguelands)

  • Shoulders: Spaulders of Valor / Truestrike Shoulders (hit) (U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Back: Cape of the Black Baron (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Chest: Savage Gladiator Chain (Blackrock Depths) / Cadaverous Armor (Scholomance (if unlucky))

  • Wrists: Battleborn Armbraces (Upper Blackrock Spire) / Blackmist Armguards (Upper Blackrock Spire / Vambraces of the Sadist)

  • Hands: Devilsaur Gauntlets (craft) / Gargoyle Slashers (Scholomance)

  • Waist: Brigam Girdle (Upper Blackrock Spire)

  • Legs: Devilsaur Leggings (crafted)

  • Feet: Bloodmail Boots (Scholomance)

  • Rings: Blackstone Ring (Maraudon) / Tarnished Elven Ring (Dire Maul)

  • Trinkets: Hand of Justice (Blackrock Depths) / Blackhand’s Breadth (Upper Blackrock Spire)

  • Main Hand: Ironfoe (Blackrock Depths) / Dal’Rend’s Sacred Charge (Human – Upper Blackrock Spire) / Axe of the Deep Woods (Orc – World Drop)

  • Off Hand: Mirah’s Song (Quest – Scholomance)
  • Two-Hand: Dreadforge Retaliator (Blackrock Depths)
  • Ranged: Blackcrow (Lower Blackrock Spire)

Hunter pre-raid gear guide

WoW classic Hunter pre-raid gear guide
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Hunters are fairly straight-forward when it comes to gearing. Their sole role as fantastic damage dealers means a focus on purely offensive stats. The desire for 9% increased Hit remains from other classes, so stack for that from the get-go. Then work to avoid it in other gear slots.

Generic DPS pre-raid gear

  • Head: Mask of the Unforgiven (Stratholme) / Crown of Tyranny (Stratholme)

  • Neck: Mark of Fordring (Quest – W. Plaguelands)

  • Shoulders: Truestrike Shoulders (U. Blackrock Spire) / Black Dragonscale Shoulders (crafted)

  • Back: Cape of the Black Baron (Stratholme)

  • Chest: Beaststalker’s Tunic (U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Wrists: Beaststalker’s Bindings (Stratholme)

  • Hands: Devilsaur Gauntlets (crafted)

  • Waist: Beaststalker’s Belt (Blackrock Spire – any)

  • Legs: Devilsaur Leggings (crafted)

  • Feet: Beaststalker’s Boots (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Rings: Blackstone Ring (Maraudon) / Painweaver Band (U. Blackrock Spire

  • Trinkets: Blackhand’s Breadth (Quest – U. Blackrock Spire) / Hand of Justice (alliance – Blackrock Depths) / Rune of the Guard Captain (horde – Quest, Hinterlands)

  • Main Hand: Peacemaker (Stratholme)

  • Ranged: Carapace Spine Crossbow (Stratholme)

  • Quiver: Ribbly’s Quiver (Blackrock Depths)

Druid pre-raid gear guide

WoW Classic Druid pre-raid gear guide

Druids are the most versatile and fluid classes in World of Warcraft Classic by a long shot. They can imitate the playstyles of other classes at will.  They’re not the best in any one role, but their versatility and adaptability make them great choices for players just looking to get some content done without too much waiting around.

Restoration Druid pre-raid gear

  • Head: Tribal War Feathers (Blackrock Spire)

  • Neck: Animated Chain Necklace (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Shoulders: Living Shoulders (crafted)

  • Back: Archivist Cape of Healing (Stratholme – Live)

  • Chest: Robes of the Exalted (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Wrists: Bleak Howler Armguards (L. Blackrock Spire

  • Hands: Hands of the Exalted Herald (Blackrock Depths)

  • Waist: Sash of Mercy (bought)

  • Legs: Senior Designer’s Pantaloons (Blackrock Depths)

  • Boots: Boots of the Full Moon (Dire Maul) / Verdant Footpads (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Rings: Rosewine Circlet (L. Blackrock Spire) / Mark of the Dragon Lord (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Trinkets: Royal Seal of Eldre’Thalas (Dire Maul) / Second Wind (Blackrock Depths)

  • Main Hand: The Hammer of Grace (Blackrock Depths)

  • Off-Hand: Thaurissan’s Royal Scepter

Feral Druid tank gear

  • Head: Mask of the Unforgiven (Stratholme – Live)

  • Neck: Talisman of Evasion (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Shoulders: Atal’ai Spaulders of the Monkey (Temple of Atal’Hakkar)

  • Back: Stoneskin Gargoyle Cape (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Chest: Warbear Harness (craft)

  • Wrists: Wrists (U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Hands: Devilsaur Gauntlets (crafted)

  • Waist: Cloudrunner Girdle (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Legs: Devilsaur Leggings (crafted)

  • Feet: Ash Covered Boots (Stratholme – Live)

  • Rings: Ring of Protection (Quest – E. Plaguelands) / Thrall’s Resolve (Quest – Blackrock Depths)

  • Trinkets: Smoking Heart of the Mountain (Blackrock Depths) / Mark of Tyranny (Quest – U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Main Hand: Hurley’s Tankard (Blackrock Depths)

  • Off Hand: Tome of Knowledge (Stratholme – Live)

Feral Druid DPS gear

  • Head: Wolfshead Helm (crafted)

  • Neck: Mark of Fordring (Quest – W. Plaguelands)

  • Shoulders: Dark Warder’s Pauldrons (Blackrock Depths)

  • Back: Cape of the Black Baron (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Chest: Mixologist’s Tunic (Blackrock Depths)

  • Wrists: Wristguards of Renown (Blackrock Depths)

  • Hands: Devilsaur Gauntlets (crafted)

  • Waist: Cloudrunner Girdle (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Legs: Devilsaur Leggings (crafted)

  • Feet: Swiftwalker Boots (Blackrock Depths)

  • Rings: Tarnished Elven Ring (Dire Maul) / Magni’s Will / Magma Forged Band (Blackrock Depths)

  • Trinkets: Hand of Justice (Blackrock Depths) / Rune of the Guard Captain (Quest – Hinterlands)

  • Main Hand: Bonescraper (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Off Hand: Tome of Knowledge (Stratholme – Live)

Balance Druid pre-raid gear

  • Head: Green Lens of Arcane Wrath (crafted)

  • Neck: Star of Mystaria (Stratholme – Live)

  • Shoulders: Burial Shawl (Scholomance)

  • Back: Archivist Cape of Arcane Wrath (Stratholme – Live)

  • Chest: Robes of the Royal Crown (Blackrock Depths)

  • Wrists: Flameweave Cuffs (Blackrock Depths)

  • Hands: Hands of Power (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Waist: Ban’thok Sash (Blackrock Depths)

  • Legs: Skyshroud Leggings (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Boots: Omnicast Boots (Blackrock Depths)

  • Rings: Songstone of Ironforge (Alliance) (Quest – Blackrock Depths) / Maiden’s Circle (bought / world drop)

  • Trinkets: Briarwood Reed (U. Blackrock Spire) / Eye of the Beast (Quest – U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Two-Hand: Rod of the Ogre Magi (Dire Maul)

Mage pre-raid gear guide

WoW Classic pre-raid mage gear guide

Fantastic damage-dealers in their own right, Mages have a few noteworthy problems in Classic WoW. They’re forced by element-immune content to swap from Fire to Ice specs to deal any actual damage. Arcane isn’t good enough to compete, either. The strange design oversight makes for a very limited class in end-game content, but one that’s relatively easy to gear for.

Frost Mage pre-raid gear

  • Head: Crimson Felt Hat (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Neck: Star of Mystaria (Stratholme – Live)

  • Shoulders: Boreal Mantle (Blackrock Depths)

  • Back: Archivist Cape of Frozen Wrath (Stratholme – Live)

  • Chest: Robe of the Archmage (crafted)

  • Wrists: Flameweave Cuffs of Frozen Wrath (Blackrock Depths)

  • Hands: Frostweave Gloves (crafted)

  • Waist: Thuzadin Sash (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Legs: Skyshroud Leggings (Lower Blackrock Spire)

  • Feet: Omnicast Boots (Blackrock Depths)

  • Rings: Freezing Band (bought / world drop) / Maiden’s Circle (bought / world drop)

  • Trinkets: Briarwood Reed (U. Blackrock Spire) / Eye of the Beast (Quests – U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Two-Hand: Rod of the Ogre Magi (Dire Maul)

Priest pre-raid gear guide

Priest healing guide WoW Classic

Priests utilize Shadow and Destruction magicks to deal damage and invoke Holy incantations to heal allies. They’re typically used as primary healers, but their respectable damage output through hard-hitting spells and DoT ticks can quickly earn them a DPS spot in a group.

Shadow/Destruction Priest pre-raid gear

  • Head: Green Lens of Shadow Wrath (crafted)

  • Neck: Dark Advisor’s Pendant (Scholomance

  • Shoulders: Felcloth Shoulders (crafted)

  • Back: Archivist Cape of Shadow Wrath (Stratholme – Live)

  • Chest: Robe of Winter Night (crafted)

  • Wrists: Tearfall Braces of Shadow Wrath (Stratholme – Live)

  • Hands: Hands of Power (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Waist: Ban’thok Sash (Blackrock Depths)

  • Legs: Skyshroud Leggings (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Feet: Maleki’s Footwraps (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Rings: Songstone of Ironforge / Eye of Orgimmar (Quests – Blackrock Depths / Maiden’s Circle (bought / world drop)

  • Trinkets: Mindtap Talisam (Dire Maul) / Burst of Knowledge (Blackrock Depths)

  • Main Hand: Scepter of the Unholy (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Off Hand: Drakestone of Shadow Wrath (The Temple of Atal’Hakkar)

  • Ranged: Skul’s Ghastly Touch (Stratholme – Live)

Holy Priest pre-raid gear

  • Shoulders: Burial Shawl (Scholomance)

  • Back: Cloak of the Cosmos (Dire Maul)

  • Chest: Truefaith Vestments (Stratholme

  • Wrists: Sublime Wristguards (Dire Maul)

  • Hands: Hands of the Exalted Herald (Blackrock Depths)

  • Waist: Thuzadin Sash (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Legs: Padre’s Trousers (Dire Maul)

  • Feet: Boots of the Full Moon (Dire Maul)

  • Rings: Fordring’s Seal (Quest – W. Plaguelands / Emerald Flame Ring (Dire Maul)

  • Trinkets: Second Wind (Blackrock Depths) / Royal Seal of Eldre’Thalas (Dire Maul)

  • Main: The Hammer of Grace (Blackrock Depths)

  • Off Hand: Thaurissan’s Royal Scepter (Blackrock Depths)

Warlock pre-raid gear guide

WoW Classic Warlock pre-raid gear guide

Warlocks deal damage through a mixture of spells and demonic monsters summoned to their side. Whether it’s an Imp, Voidwalker, or Succubus, they’re nothing without their trusty companion – but Warlock gear doesn’t really care which beast you bring to the fight, it’s all about extra shadow damage from spells. Just be ready to bank on some random stat rolls.

Warlock DPS pre-raid gear

  • Head: Crimson Felt Hat (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Neck: Star of Mystaria (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Shoulders: Shroud of the Nathrezim (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Back: Archivist Cape of Shadow Wrath (Stratholm – Live)

  • Chest: Robe of Winter Night (crafted)

  • Wrists: Sublime Wristguards (Dire Maul)

  • Gloves: Hands of Power (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Waist: Ban’thok Sash (Blackrock Depths)

  • Legs: Skyshroud (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Feet: Maleki’s Footwraps (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Rings: Songstone of Ironforge / Eye of Orgimmar (Quest – Blackrock Depths) / Maiden’s Circle (bought / world drop)

  • Trinkets: Eye of the Beast (U. Blackrock Spire) / Briarwood Reed (U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Two-Hand: Rod of the Ogre Magi (Dire Maul)

Paladin pre-raid gear guide

WoW Classic Paladin pre-raid gear guide

Another wonderfully versatile class, the Paladin can heal, tank, and deal fine damage depending on their spec. Similar to the Druid, they’re rarely the best in any one role, but they can adapt to fit any slot that needs filling.

Protection Paladin pre-raid gear

  • Head: Golem Skull Helm (Blackrock Depths)

  • Neck: Medallion of Grand Marshal Morris (bought / world drop)

  • Shoulders: Stockade Pauldrons (bought / world drop)

  • Back: Stoneskin Gargoyle Cape (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Chest: Deathbone Chestplate (Scholomance)

  • Wrists: Runed Golem Shackles (bought / world drop)

  • Gloves: Boneclenched Gauntlets (Scholomance)

  • Waist: Deathbone Girdle (Scholomance)

  • Legs: Deathbone Legguards (Scholomance)

  • Feet: Deathbone Sabatons (Scholomance)

  • Rings: Naglering (Blackrock Depths) / Magni’s Will (Blackrock Depths)

  • Trinkets: Mark of the Chosen (Quest – Maraudon) / Force of Will (Blackrock Depths)

  • Main Hand: Mirah’s Song

  • Off Hand: Husk of Nerub’enkan (Stratholme – Undead)

Retribution DPS Paladin pre-raid gear

  • Head: Lionheart Helm (crafted) / Mask of the Unforgiven (Stratholme – Live)

  • Neck: Mark of Fordring (Quest – W. Plaguelands)

  • Shoulder: Wyrmhide Spaulders (Quest – Blackrock Depths)

  • Back: Cape of the Black Baron (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Chest: Savage Gladiator Chain (Blackrock Depths)

  • Wrists: Vambraces of the Sadist (Stratholme – Live)

  • Hands: Devilsaur Gauntlets (crafted)

  • Waist: Omokk’s Girth Restainer (Quest – U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Legs: Devilsaur Leggings (crafted)

  • Feet: Bloodmail Boots (Scholomance)

  • Rings: Magni’s Will (Blackrock Depths) / Naglering (Blackrock Depths)

  • Trinkets: Hand of Justice (Blackrock Depths) / Blackhand’s Breadth (Quest – U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Main Hand: Dreadforge Retaliator (Blackrock Depths)

Restoration Paladin pre-raid gear

  • Head: Insightful Hood (Dire Maul)

  • Neck: Animated Chain Necklace (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Shoulders: Dawnbringer Shoulders (crafted)

  • Back: Archivist Cape (Stratholme – Live)

  • Chest: Robes of the Exalted (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Wrists: Loomguard Armbraces (Scholomance)

  • Hands: Harmonious Gauntlets (Dire Maul)

  • Waist: Sash of Mercy (bought / world drop)

  • Feet: Verdant Footpads (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Legs: Padre’s Trousers (Dire Maul)

  • Rings: Fordring’s Seal (Quest – W. Plaguelands) / Rosewine Circle (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Trinkets: Second Wind (Blackrock Depths) / Burst of Knowledge (Blackrock Depths)

  • Main Hand: The Hammer of Grace (Blackrock Depths)

  • Off Hand: Thaurissan’s Royal Scepter

Rogue pre-raid gear guide

WoW Classic Rogue pre-raid gear guide

Rogues pride themselves on swift and stealthy kills in PvP, but there’s little chance of killing a raid boss in 2 seconds flat just by shanking them in the back. Similar to the Feral DPS Druid, Agility plays a major part in Rogue DPS. They want fast, precise strikes to build and spend energy.

Rogue pre-raid gear

  • Head: Mask of the Unforgiven (Stratholme – Live)
  • Neck: Mark of Fordring (Quest – E. Plaguelands)
  • Shoulders: Wyrmhide Spaulders (Quest – Blackrock Depths)
  • Back: Cape of the Black Baron (Stratholme – Undead)
  • Chest: Mixologist’s Tunic (Blackrock Depths)
  • Wrists: Bracers of the Eclipse (Dire Maul)
  • Hands: Devilsaur Gauntlets (crafted)
  • Waist: Cloudrunner Girdle (L. Blackrock Spire)
  • Legs: Devilsaur Leggings (bought / world drop)
  • Feet: Swiftwalker Boots (Blackrock Depths)
  • Rings: Tarnished Elven Ring (Dire Maul) / Blackstone Ring (Maraudon)
  • Trinkets: Hand of Justice (Blackrock Depths) / Blackhand’s Breadth (Quest – U. Blackrock Spire
  • Main Hand: Dal’Rend’s Sacred Charge (U. Blackrock Spire)
  • Off Hand: Dal’Rend’s Tribal Guardian (U. Blackrock Spire)
  • Ranged: Satyr’s Bow (Dire Maul)

Shaman pre-raid gear guide

WoW Classic Shaman pre-raid gear guide

Exclusive to the Horde as their answer to the Paladin, the Shaman fills a similar set of roles. They make decent off-healers in raids and dungeons, can damage with the best of them thanks to unique weapon enhancements, and can tank the occasional dungeon up until around level 40 if need be.

Restoration Shaman pre-raid gear

  • Head: Insightful Hood (Dire Maul)

  • Neck: Animated Chain Necklace (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Shoulders: Royal Cap Spaulders (Scholomance)

  • Back:

  • Chest: Hide of the Wild (Dire Maul)

  • Wrists: Robes of the Exalted (Scholomance)

  • Hands: Harmonious Gauntlets (Dire Maul)

  • Waist: Whipvine Cord (Dire Maul)

  • Legs: Padre’s Trousers (Dire Maul)

  • Feet: Omnicast Boots (Blackrock Depths)

  • Rings: Fordring’s Seal (Quest – W. Plaguelands) / Rosewine Circle (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Trinkets: Mindtap Talisman (Dire Maul) / Second Wind (Blackrock Depths)

  • Two-Hand: Rod of the Ogre Magi

Enchantment Shaman pre-raid gear

  • Head: Eye of Rend (U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Neck: Mark of Fordring (Quest – W. Plaguelands)

  • Shoulders: Truestrike Gauntlets (U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Back: Cape of the Black Baron (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Chest: Savage Gladiator’s Chain (Blackrock Depths)

  • Wrists: Lordly Armguards (bought / world drop)

  • Hands: Devilsaur Gauntlets (crafted)

  • Waist: Bloodmail Belt (Scholomance)

  • Legs: Devilsaur Leggings (crafted)

  • Feet: Bloodmail Boots (Scholomance)

  • Rings: Mark of the Dragon Lord (L. Blackrock Spire) / Blackstone Ring (Maraudon)

  • Trinkets: Hand of Justice (Blackrock Depths) / Blackhand’s Breadth (Quest – U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Main Hand: Ironfoe (Blackrock Depths)

  • Off Hand: Gizlock’s Hypertech Buckler (Maraudon)

Elemental Shaman pre-raid gear

  • Head: Crimson Felt Hat (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Neck: Star of Mysteria (Stratholme – Live)

  • Shoulders: Elder Wizard’s Mantle (bought / world drop)

  • Chest: Alanna’s Embrace (Scholomance)

  • Wrists: Pyremail Wristguards (Blackrock Depths)

  • Hands: Hands of Power (L. Blackrock Spire)

  • Waist: Ban’thok Sash (U. Blackrock Spire)

  • Legs: Luminary Kilt (Blackrock Depths)

  • Feet: Omnicast Boots (Blackrock Depths)

  • Rings: Murmuring Ring (Dire Maul) / Maiden’s Circle (bought / world drop)

  • Trinkets: Briarwood Reed (U. Blackrock Spire) / Ramstein’s Lightning Bolts (Stratholme – Undead)

  • Main Hand: Witchblade (Scholomance)

  • Off Hand: Spirit of Aquementas (Quest – Un’Goro Crater)

Closing Thoughts

A guide as broad as this is subject to change quite a bit as World of Warcraft Classic goes through its various content release phases. The release of Dire Maul in mid-October has already mixed things up a bit when it comes to optimal and easily obtained pre-raid gear.

Again, this stuff isn’t the absolute best pre-raid gear you can get for each class, but it represents a grind-minimized route without too much bought-for or rare world drop stuff. Just grab this gear and enchant it with whatever is good for your class, and you should be set to take on entry-level raids for even better gear.

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