Heroic Preparation: DK Tank

This listing is for a freshly minted 80 with no badges, no gold, and no assumptions about any quest items they may or may not have managed to vendor along the way.  Gear used to comprise this list can be attained through regular instances, crafting* or reputation gains.

In short, if you’re looking to be prepared to run raids, this list is not for you!

*I included both “standard” patterns and raid patterns for those of you who have the cash lying around to buy your way to a superior upgrade.

Becoming Crit Immune: Gearing Your Tank

Overall Gear Plan

Heroics: 535 Defense • Raids: 540 Defense
Hit: 8%
Expertise 6.5 min • 15 Target


Dungeon: Helm of the Ley-Guardian (Cache-Oculus)

Blacksmithing: Tempered Titansteel Helm

Engineering: Armored Titanium Goggles

• Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector


Dungeon: Amulet of Deflected Blows (Skadi the Ruthless-Utgarde Pinnacle)

Jewelcrafting: Titanium Earthguard Chain


Dungeon: Crusader’s Square PauldronsBoE (Trash-Culling of Stratholme)

• Greater Inscription of the Pinnacle


Dungeon: Eerie Runeblade Polisher (Falric-Halls of Reflection)

Reputation: Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions (Honored-The Wyrmrest Accord)

• Enchant Cloak – Titanweave or Enchant Cloak – Mighty Armor


Dungeon: Scourgelord’s Frigid Breastplate (Tyrannus-Pit of Saron)

Blacksmithing: Breastplate of the White Knight (Trial of the Crusader pattern)

Reputation: Breastplate of the Solemn Council (Revered-The Wyrmrest Accord)

• Enchant Chest – Greater Defense or Enchant Chest – Super Health


Dungeon: Svala’s Bloodied Shackles (Svala Sorrowgrave–Utgarde Pinnacle)

Blacksmithing: Saronite Swordbreakers (Trial of the Crusader pattern)

• Enchant Bracers – Major Stamina


Dungeon: Mercy’s Hold (Confessor’s Cache-Trial of the Champion); Crystalline Citadel Guantlets (Captain’s Chest-Hall of Reflection)

Blacksmithing: Daunting Handguards

Reputation: Fireproven Gauntlets (Exalted-Kirin Tor)

• Enchant Gloves – Armsman


Dungeon: Girdle of the Pallid Knight (The Black Knight-Trial of the Champion)

Blacksmithing: Indestructible Plate Girdle (Ulduar pattern)

• Eternal Belt Buckle


Dungeon: Legplates of Frozen Granite (Devourer of Souls-Forge of Souls); Legguards of Abandoned Fealty (Champions Cache-Trial of the Champion)

Blacksmithing: Pillars of Might (Revered-Ashen Verdict pattern); Daunting Legplates

• Frosthide Leg Armor


Dungeon: Boots of Heartfelt Repentance (Eadric’s Cache-Trial of the Champion)

Blacksmithing: Spiked Deathdealers (Ulduar pattern); Boots of Kingly Upheaval (Honored-Ashen Verdict Pattern)

Reputation: Sabatons of Draconic Vigor (Revered-The Wyrmrest Accord)

• Enchant Boots – Greater Fortitude or Enchant Boots – Tuskarr’s Vitality


Dungeon: Dragonflight Great-Ring (Cache-Oculus); Gal’drah’s Signet (Gal’darah-Gundrak)

Jewelcrafting: Titanium Earthguard Ring


Dungeon: The Black Heart (The Black Knight-Trial of the Champion); Seal of the Pantheon (Loken-Halls of Lightning)

Jewelcrafting: Monarch Crab, Ruby Hare

Alchemy: Indestructible Alchemist’s Stone

Engineering: Sonic Booster

Weapon (2-H only.  You’re on your own Frost tanks)

Dungeon: Mourning Malice (Captain’s Chest-Halls of Reflection); Garfrost’s Two-Ton Hammer (Forgemaster Garfrost-Pit of Saron)

Blacksmithing: Titansteel Destroyer

Reputation: Whale-Stick Harpoon (Revered-The Kal’uak); Argent Skeleton Crusher (Revered-Argent Crusade)

• Rune of the Stoneskin Gargoyle

Sigil: You’re screwed. Grizzly Hills has some dps trinkets that you can earn through dailies; however, they’re not a huge help. Until you have badges, you won’t be replacing your sigil.  I personally will be picking up the Sigil of the Unfaltering Knight first (a steal at 15 Heroism badges) since it gives me some more flexibility regarding defense.

Gem Options

These are “budget” gems, and should not be used throughout your DK career.  However, I see no reason to invest significant funds in epic level gems in, often, rare value gear that will be replaced quite quickly.  If you choose to invest in high-end blacksmithing gear, use better gems.  Use your best judgement!

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