World of Warcraft - Druid 1-60 Gear Guide
As I mentioned in a few other Druid related guides, leveling my furry toon was a curved experience, starting out with a very annoying patch of 20 levels, then continually getting better as I got cat form, got used to playing it and ultimately, got to really smash everything around me with my sharpened claws. Still, one of the most problematic things for me while leveling was gearing up. Not necessarily just because leather gear was scarce, which it wasn’t, but it was so damn hard to choose the right stats, it drove me crazy. As a mage, I knew INT and spell damage were my targets. As a rogue AGI and AP were crucial. But as a druid, almost all stats came to a very high priority (maybe not spirit, but the rest of them did) so it was quite difficult to decided what the best gear is. If you had this trouble at some point while leveling a druid, read on: As a feral leveling druid, chances are you’ll be spending most of the time soloing in cat form. If you’re a very social type of player that only likes to instance, there’s a good chance you’ll be bearforming a lot, but in either case, Strenght should come as a priority. Strenght gives you AP, AP gives you damage and threat. The reason you should favor STR before AP on gear level is that while AP will be a more static stat, STR can be heavily modified with talents. Each point of STR adds up to 2 points of AP, whereas each point of Agilty adds up to 1 point of AP. Sure, agi also gives you hit and crit chance, but at lower levels and in catform, damage is much more important than hit or crit, that’s why you should always favor STR over AGI. Agi and AP could both share the “number 2” slot in your stat priority list. And as you level up, stacking some Agility to get around 15% crit chance could be very benefical, but don’t go out of your way to get AGI, or replace STR items for it. Stamina, of course, is a very delicate stat decision. Whether or not you need Stamina and how much you need it are determined by your skill in playing a druid and the zones you’re questing in. Although you should never do this, if you level in areas where mobs are 2 levels higher than you, Stamina could save your life a time or two, making it a worthwhile investment. On the other hand, gimping damage gear for stamina isn’t the wisest of choice, as you might get less damage if the mob dies faster than if you had more life, but hit softer. Personally, I used a combo of instance drops, AH blue gear (yeah, I’m rich) and Leatherworking craftables. Oh and this reminds me, LW is an awesome profession for a feral leveling druid, offering you a lot of gap-filler gear throughout your 1-60 journey. Good luck my kitties!