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No matter how well you master your character's spell/ability rotation andplaystyle, you will not reach your maximum potential if your gear is not welloptimised. In this guide, we will walk you through everything you need to doin order to get the most out of your character's gear.

In this guide, we will discuss the four ways of improving and optimisingyour gear:

  • Choosing the correct items;
  • Gemming your gear;
  • Reforging your gear;
  • Enchanting your gear.

While each of these processes is independent from the others, they all leadtogether towards the same common goal: to maximise the statistics that aremost desirable to your class and spec. In the case of some specs (mostly DPS),in addition to simply maximising your desirable statistics, you must alsoreach certain caps.

Statistics, informally known as stats, are the various bonuses thatare found on your gear. They are divided in primary and secondary statistics,as follows:

Primary statistics Secondary statistics
  • Agility
  • Intellect
  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Critical Strike Rating
  • Dodge Rating
  • Expertise Rating
  • Haste Rating
  • Hit Rating
  • Mastery Rating
  • Parry Rating
  • Spirit

Each class/spec combination has a primary statistic associated with it.The complete list is:

Agility Intellect
  • Hunters
  • Rogues
  • Enhancement Shamans
  • DPS Feral Druids
  • Priests
  • Mages
  • Warlocks
  • Holy Paladins
  • Balance and Restoration Druids
  • Elemental and Restoration Shamans
Stamina Strength
  • Blood Death Knights
  • Protection Warriors
  • Protection Paladins
  • Tanking Feral Druids
  • Frost and Unholy Death Knights
  • Arms and Fury Warriors
  • Retribution Paladins

As a rule, every class/spec combination values its primary statistic morethan any secondary statistic. The relative value of secondary statisticsdiffers between class/spec combinations. In any case, your general goalwhen it comes to the statistics on your gear is to maximise your primarystatistic and the most valued of your secondary statistics.

2.1. Caps

Due to certain game mechanics, a number of class/spec combinations requirea minimum amount of one or more statistics in order to be able to performtheir role competitively.

Most commonly, these statistics are Hit Rating and Expertise Rating,ensuring that all of the player's attacks or spells will hit their target.Other classes may have Haste Rating or even Critical Strike Rating caps, dueto their own mechanics, although this is more rare.

As a rule, these caps have the highest priority among all other stats(possibly second to the primary statistic, in some cases). After the caps aremet, the value of the capped stat drops considerably (often to the point wherethe stat becomes totally useless).

2.2. Example of Statistics Priority

We will provide you with an example of a class' statistic priority, andshow you (briefly) how you should optimise your stats.

In this example, we will look at the statistic priority of Beast MasteryHunters. In our guide, we list the statistic priority as being:

  1. Agility
  2. Hit Rating (to cap)
  3. Critical Strike Rating
  4. Mastery Rating
  5. Haste Rating

To summarise, this means that you value Agility more than any otherstatistic. After maximising your Agility, your next goal is reaching theHit Rating cap. Once this is achieved (remember that, after reaching the cap,the value of additional Hit Rating is zero), your next most importantstatistic is Critical Strike Rating.

Therefore, you should do the following:

  • Maximise the amount of Agility that you have;
  • Reach the Hit Rating cap;
  • Maximise your Critical Strike Rating (first and foremost) and MasteryRating at the expense of Haste Rating.

This is the first step you should take. When choosing the best itemsfor your class/spec, there are three things to keep in mind (in thisorder):

  1. Choose items of your character's armor type (cloth, leather, mail orplate), because there is a sizeable bonus for using the correct armortype;
  2. Choose items that have the highest amount of your primary statistic. Thisgenerally means that you want items of a higher item level, but you shouldalso check the available sockets (a lower item level item with an extra socketand a socket bonus of your primary statistic may be better than another, higheritem level item);
  3. Choose items that have the secondary statistics most desired by yourclass/spec. In our example of the Beast Mastery Hunter, you would want to avoiditems that have Haste Rating as a secondary statistic, and aim for items thatcombine Critical Strike Rating and Mastery Rating/Hit Rating.

Sockets are sometimes found on gear. A socket is essentially a hole inwhich a gem can be inserted. Gems offer extra amounts of certain statistics(of your choice). There are several kinds of sockets:

  • Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (2)Meta-sockets: sockets in which a meta-gem can be inserted. Meta-gemsgenerally offer something special when compared to other gems (such asincreased movement speed or increased armor). Only head items havea meta socket.
  • Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (3)Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (4)Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (5)Red, yellow and blue sockets: these coloured sockets allow any type ofgem (except for meta-gems) to be inserted in them. However, matching thecolour of each socket of an item will activate the socket bonus.The bonus is a moderate amount of a given statistic.
  • Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (6)Prismatic sockets: this special type of socket allows you to obtain thesocket bonus regardless of what colour gem you insert in it.
  • Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (7)Cogwheel sockets: these sockets are only usable by Engineers. They arefound on head items crafted by Engineers and they can only be filled withCogwheels Gems.

For most DPS classes, it is ideal to gem your primary statistic in mostsockets. Healers and tanks usually have different gemming recommendations,based on the need for versatility in their playstyle. In all of our guides,we provide you with the best gemming strategy.

4.1. Gemming Table for Beast Mastery Hunters

We will once again look at the Beast Mastery Hunter, as an example forapplying our recommended gemming strategy. Our recommendations are simple,as follows:

Sockets Gems
Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (8) Agile Shadowspirit Diamond
Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (9) Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (10) Delicate Queen's Garnet, Delicate Inferno Ruby (cheaper), or Delicate Chimera's Eye (JC)
Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (11)
Veins - Gear Optimisation Guide (WoW 4.3.4) (12)

As you can see, the gemming recommendations listed above do not always aimat obtaining the socket bonus. Whenever the socket bonus is undesirable (anythingshort of 10 or more Agility), you should simply ignore it and use aDelicate Queen's Garnet or a Delicate Inferno Ruby, maximising your primary statistic.

Reforging is an in-game feature that allows you to redistribute 40% of achosen secondary statistic on an item into another secondary statistic.Reforging is subject to a series of restrictions, mentionedbelow. Reforging is done by talking to specific NPCs located in StormwindCity and Orgrimmar.

5.1. Restrictions

Reforging is subject to a series of restrictions:

  • only secondary statistics can be used for reforging;
  • you can only reforge to a secondary statistic that is not already presenton the item in question;
  • only items of item level 200 or higher can be used for reforging.

The cost of reforging an item is the same as the item's vendor value (i.e.,how much a vendor will give you for the item if you sell it to them).

5.2. Reforge as a Healer or Tank

Usually, healers and tanks do not have to reach statistics caps. Thismakes it very easy to reforge, as they simply have to repeat the sametask for each of their items.

For each item, if the two secondary statistics are not your two bestsecondary statistics, take the weakest of the two and reforge it intothe best secondary statistics available.

5.3. Reforge as a DPS

All DPS classes have to reach hard caps (Hit, Expertise) and/orsoft caps (Hit, Haste, Crit, etc.). This makes it much harder to reforgemanually as you want to reach exactly the caps (for example, 17% spell hitand not 17.5%), as otherwise statistics points are wasted.

Enchanting is a means of improving your gear. It works by allowing you toadd certain amounts of statistics to most of your gear pieces (neck items,rings and trinkets are excluded).

Even though there are multiple choices for what you can enchant an itemwith (both primary and secondary statistics, in most cases), there are usuallyvery few viable options and it is best to follow a very clear and simpleenchanting strategy. In all of our guides, we provide you with a comprehensivelist of the best enchants to choose for each specific gear slot.

6.1. Enchanting Table for Beast Mastery Hunters

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Head Arcanum of the Ramkahen
Chest Enchant Chest - Peerless Stats
Wrists Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands Enchant Gloves - Major Agility
Legs Dragonscale Leg Armor
Feet Enchant Boots - Assassin's Step
Rings Enchant Ring - Agility (Enchanting)
Ranged Weapon Flintlocke's Woodchucker

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