Gearing in World of Warcraft can be complicated, but Shadowlands has made steps to improve the layers of complication so let’s take a look at them.
Firstly, all the information in this article is based on Shadowlands Season 1 having started (December 9) which will mean the Normal/Heroic Castle Nathria raid is opened and the Mythic + season and Rated Arena is in full flow.
With that out the way, let’s look at some of the best ways to get gear in WoW: Shadowlands Season 1. We’ll list each method in order of the best item level.
World Quests and Covenant Campaign Set
One of the earliest and easiest ways to get gear early into your gearing adventure is via World Quests and Callings (the daily adventure you’ll be sent on). You’ll normally get around two or three item World Quests per day, with another selection of Conduit World Quest. These short three-to-five minute quests will be found over the four main zones of the Shadowlands and can be completed solo or in a group.
As for the Covenant Campaign set, while the Item level is not as high, some of the early pieces are nice and you’ll get the ability to upgrade them as you progress in your weekly campaign. For alts specifically, due to leveling up your covenant faster, you’ll be able to pick up this set much faster, so it will likely be a better option on alts.
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Crafting and Professions
Crafting is a fantastic way to get yourself up to a respectable item level before you hit level 60 as you look to move in dungeons and raiding. Crafted gear will get you into the high 155 level, with 161 available via Crafters Mark Rank 2. Gear can be made by Tailors, Blacksmiths, and Leatherworkers, with jewelry and a few weapons made by Inscription and Jewelcrafting.
While leveling your crafting, you’ll also start to come across Legendary Crafting items (more on that later) which are well worth your time and will give you a great item for selling. Crafting will never be your end game goal, however, with some focus on leveling up crafting as you level you can find yourself with a nice set of gear ready for you when you hit 60. If done well, you could even avoid most of the World Quest gearing mentioned above.
Dungeons and Mythic +
This is your only farmable source of gear that can be done all day. With Normal and Heroic dungeons, you’ll be able to get some decent starting loot. For those of you who are healers or tanks, you’ll also get near-instant queues, so gearing up will be fast. The final dungeon level before Mythic + is Mythic dungeons, often just called M0. These are once per week, though offer you your first look at some of the epic gear in the game. These dungeons are also your best chance of getting some legendary drops to star crafting legendary equipment.
Mythic Plus (M+) is the final pillar of the Dungeon rotation. These are much harder than Mythic versions, scaling higher with the key you use. These dungeons are also timed and will require you to find a group beforehand and plan accordingly. Thankfully, with the scaling on the ilvl of the loot and the replayability of M+, you’ll be able to spam these to your heart’s content. Providing you can find keys.
The final pillar of gearing via PVE comes from raiding. With loot scaling from LFR, Normal, Heroic, and finally Mythic. LFR is separated into three wings and allows you to sign up to play with random players via the in-game Raid Finder. Though LFR offers the lowest item level, it doesn’t require the time commitment that raiding at the higher levels does.
With Normal and above, you’ll need to enter with a group of friends. Starting at 10, and going up to 30 for Normal and Heroic. With Mythic, the hardest mode is locked to 20. For modes above LFR (especially early in the release of the raid) you’ll need to find a guild to get this content done. The rewards are well worth it though. Mythic raids have the highest level gear in the game for PVE content, so it’s certainly worth seeking out the challenge.
Finally, if you need to find that next source of loot, a handy website has been set up to help you with just that. Warcraftplan, is a new site that allows you to find specific ilvl pieces so that you can help fill those final gaps in your set.