540 Defense at Level 80, A Pre-Heroic Path

We know that Warriors, at level 80, require 540 Defense to be Crit-Immune. This means getting 689 Defense Rating from gear (for a summary of where these numbers come from, see here.)

As I get closer to level 80, I’ve started looking at what gear I’ll need to hit 540. It isn’t trivially easy, but it can certainly be done soon after hitting 80. I’d prefer to be crit-capped before starting heroics, so this list leaves off heroic/badge gear.

If I were to get all the gear below, it provides 805 Defense Rating; well over the required 689 Defense Rating needed . Thankfully, this will allow for some bad luck on drops or a slow Wyrmrest Reputation grind, and will allow me to start swapping out this heavily defense focused gear for some more balanced items.

Helm of the Ley Guardian Oculus, 78 Defense Rating
Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector Argent Crusade (Revered), 20 Defense Rating

Tempered Saronite Shoulders
Blacksmithing BoE, 32 Defense Rating
Lesser Inscription of the Pinnacle Sons of Hodir (Honored), 10 Defense Rating
alt: Crusader’s Square Pauldrons CoT:Strat, 29 Defense Rating

Amulet of Deflected Blows Utgarde Pinnacle, 25 Defense Rating

Breastplate of Solemn Council
Wyrmrest Accord (Revered), 76 Defense Rating
alt: Reanimated Armor Utguarde Pinnacle, 44 Defense Rating
alt: Silver-Plated Battlechest Utguarde Pinnacle (Quest), 74 Defense Rating

Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions Wyrmrest Accord (Honored), 43 Defense Rating
Enchant Cloak – Titanweave 16 Defense Rating

Tempered Saronite Bracers Blacksmithing BoE, 48 Defense Rating
Enchant Bracer – Major Defense 12 Defense Rating
alt: Bracers of Reverence The Oculus (Quest), 34 Defense Rating
alt: Svala’s Bloodied Shackles Utguarde Pinnacle, 27 Defense Rating

Tempered Saronite Belt Blacksmithing BoE, 57 Defense Rating
alt: The Girdle of Obscuring The Occulus, 29 Defense Rating

Sabatons of Draconic Vigor Wyrmrest Accord (Revered), 58 Defense Rating
alt:Slaughterhouse Sabatons CoT:Strat, 34 Defense Rating
alt:Toxin-Tempered Sabatons Knights of the Ebon Blade (Honored), 34 Defense Rating

Daunting Handguards Blacksmithing BoE, 71Defense Rating
alt:Tempered Saronite Gauntlets Blacksmithing BoE, 66 Defense Rating

Daunting Legplates Blacksmithing BoE, 88 Defense Rating
alt: Special Issue Legplates Knights of the Ebon Blade (Honored), 69 Defense Rating

Dragonflight Great-Ring The Oculus, 38 Defense Rating
Solid Platinum Band Gundrak (Quest), 25 Defense Rating

Seal of the Pantheon Halls of Lightning, 65 Defense Rating

Eternally Folded Blade Halls of Lightning, 22 Defense Rating

Saronite Bulwark Blacksmithing BoE, 31 Defense Rating

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5 Comments on “540 Defense at Level 80, A Pre-Heroic Path”

  1. Anonymous Says:


  2. notcoding Says:

    Good point. There are not many choices for plate defense belts, at least not pre-heroics. I’m still wearing my level 70 epic, but I will update the list to contain the single available option:
    The Girdle of Obscuring ( http://www.wowhead.com/?item=36952 ) from The Occulus.

  3. Farx Says:


    Tempered Saronite Belt is also a fairly cheap option if you want to boost your defence rating 🙂

  4. notcoding Says:

    Another good catch. Edit made. Thanks!

  5. mydeathknight Says:

    Added to my Blog roll, keep up the great work mate 🙂

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