Best In Slot

With 4.3 bringing the ability for us to transmogrify our gear to look the same, it’s time to step up the gear list.

Keep in mind that the point of the Gnome Clones, so far as gear is concerned, is primarily to look the same, so don’t feel like you’re required to go out and farm best in slot gear just because it’s on this list. If you already have your clone gear then you can keep right on wearing what you’ve got. Transmogrification simply allows you to use even better gear while still looking exactly the same.

The lists that follow include farmable upgrades for the items that are currently on the gear list as well as the literal best in slot if you’re interested in taking your clone to the furthest reaches of gnome twinking.

UPGRADE LIST

If you see an item with an asterisk (*) after its name, check the notes below the table before you go rushing off to get one, or you might end up wasting resources on a potential downgrade.

SLOT ITEM NAME STATS LOCATION
Head A Spellpower Goggles Xtreme +18 Int Engineering 225
Head B Lucky Fishing Hat +15 Stam, +5 Fishing STV Fishing Tourny
Neck Brilliant Necklace +2 Str/Agi/Int/Spi, +1 Stam Jewelcraft 75
Shoulder Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle +6 Stam, +6 Int, +4 Crit, +6 Resil Vendor, 2,175 Honor
Cloak Spidersilk Drape* +4 Stam, +3 Int, +4 Hit Tailoring 125
Chest Mechbuilder’s Overalls* +7 Stam, +11 Int, +7 Crit Zone Drop, Gnomer
Bracer Mindthrust Bracers* +3 Stam, +4 Int, +3 Spir Zone Drop, SFK
Belt No Upgrades
Legs No Upgrades
Boots Spidersilk Boots* +8 Stam, +7 Int Tailoring 125
Ring 1 Charged Gear* Varies* Final Boss, Gnomer
Ring 2 Charged Gear* Varies* Final Boss, Gnomer
Trinket 1 Inherited Insignia of the Alliance +8 Resil Vendor, 2,725 Honor
Trinket 2 Arena Grand Master* +12 Stam, Use: Bubble STV Arena Chest x12
Weapon Grand Staff of Jordan +12 Stam, +8 Hit, +8 Resil, +48 SP Vendor, 3,500 Honor
Wand Firebelcher +3 Int, +3 Stam Rare Spawn, WC

The head slot has two options listed because this is one of those times where “upgrade” is a subjective term. The goggles that are on the default Gnome Clone list has +9 Stam, +9 Int, and +9 Spirit making them the best balanced head piece you can get. However, there are two choices that are “upgrades” if you’re looking to maximize a stat rather than staying balanced. The Goggles give you a large Int boost if you want stronger heals/damage, while the Fishing Hat gives you a significant health boost for keeping you alive. You don’t necessarily need to upgrade to either of these items because we have a balance of Int and Stam already. If you’re looking to maximize one or the other, then these are your options.

The Spidersilk Drape isn’t necessarily an upgrade compared to the Tumultuous Cloak of the Sorcerer that’s currently listed in the gear list. It trades 1 Int and 4 Haste for 4 Hit. If you find that you need hit, this is your best/easiest alternative.

The Mechbuilder’s Overalls are nearly impossible to find. They have a 0.03% chance of dropping from four of the mobs inside Gnomeregan at the very best. The other six mobs that can drop them have a 0.01-0.02% drop rate. The “easiest” way to get these is to farm the Auction House hoping someone sells them who has no clue of their value. On the servers that I actively play on these sell for roughly 7,000g on the AH. Before 24 twinking was a big thing I usually saw them for 350-500g. Now that transmog exists I don’t expect to ever see these going for cheaper than that.

Mindthrust Bracers are another subjective upgrade. You lose some Int and Spirit and pick up some Stamina in return. These bracers are hard to find because they’re a zone drop with a max drop rate of 0.11%. However, these did get nerfed in the Shattering so they’re much cheaper on the AH now than they used to be. Pre-Shattering you could find these for 50-75g, these days you’re looking closer to 15-25g. They’re still good bracers, they just aren’t the fantastic bracers they once were.

Spidersilk Boots trade 1 Int and 5 Crit for 3 Stam. Some people might consider that an upgrade, and others might not. Whether or not I made the change would depend on my class and spec. As a Mage, I’d keep the Acid Walkers. As a Warlock, I’d only keep Acid Walkers if I were Destro. As a Priest, I would take the Spidersilk’s if I was healing, and I would consider Acid Walkers if I were Shadow.

Charged Gear are rings that the final boss of Gnomeregan drops (25%) that have a random enchant on them. There are three particular versions of this ring that you might be interested in: “..of Intellect” (+10 Int), “..of Stamina” (+10 Stam), and “..of the Eagle” (+7 Int, +6 Stam or +6 Int, +7 Stam). You can mix and match these however you want based on your own stat priority. Some people like the idea of +20 Int or +20 Stam from their rings, while others prefer to have +13/14 Int and +14/13 Stamina (the Eagle enchant gives +6 to one and +7 to the other, I don’t believe you can get a +7/+7). Others might even prefer going with +10 Stam on one and +10 Int on the other, or a +10 Int/Stam and a +6 Int, +7 Stam on the other. The great thing is they aren’t unique so you can really customize to your desires, the bad thing is you have absolutely no control over which version of the ring he drops and there are 30 different version of this ring available.

Other versions of the Charged Gear you might consider holding onto if you find them are “..of Arcane Resistance” (+17 Arcane Resist), “..of Concentration” (+4 MP5), “..of the Owl” (+6-7 Int, +6-7 Spirit), “..of the Whale” (+6-7 Stam, +6-7 Spirit). All of these can be useful in certain situations. Arcane Resist helps you against Mages and Boomkins while the others are mostly useful for restoring your mana.

The Arena Grand Master trinket is basically the trinket of twinks. The problem is, it’s freaking hard to get one of these. On some servers it’s not a big deal because nobody else ever goes for it, while on others you’re often looking at anywhere from 2-12 level 85 characters camping people who try to get anywhere near it unless you pay them each enough gold to leave you alone or buy their protection. The chest that this trinket comes from shows up every 3 hours on the 3rd hour (3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock server time) and it’s right in the middle of an arena that auto-flags everyone who enters even against your own faction.

If you can get online during off hours, then you might have a chance at farming this on Durotan. You might be able to talk some AF members into helping you now and then if you need some protection, but with 130+ clones needing 12 chests each…this is a trinket to hope for, not one to count on.

BEST-IN-SLOT LIST

If you see an item here that has an asterisk (*) after the name or listed as a part of the price or something, be sure to check the notes below the table before you go rushing off to find the item as it could be a potential downgrade or have special requirements to obtain it that you may or may not be able to meet.

NOTE: This list only takes into account items obtainable by Alliance characters. True BiS would take both factions into account and require you to faction change as needed in order to get the literal best item for every single slot. I don’t think anybody here is that dedicated to their Gnome Clones, so I’m not going to go that far. If you really, really want me to because you’re obsessed with your Gnome and 24 twinking that much, I will. Maybe.

SLOT ITEM NAME STATS LOCATION
Head Tattered Dreadmist Mask* +12 Stam, +8 Int, +5 Crit, +5 Haste Vendor, 1,350g, Honored w/ Lv 20+ Guild
Neck Brilliant Necklace +2 Str/Agi/Int/Spi, +1 Stam Jewelcraft 75
Shoulder Tattered Dreadmist Mantle +9 Stam, +6 Int, +6 Crit Vendors*
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak* +7 Stam, +4 Int, +3 Crit, +3 Haste Vendor, 1,200g, Honored w/ Lv 10+ Guild
Chest Tattered Dreadmist Robe +12 Stam, +8 Int, +8 Crit Vendors*
Bracer Mindthrust Bracers* +3 Stam, +4 Int, +3 Spir Zone Drop, SFK
Belt No Upgrades
Legs No Upgrades
Boots Spidersilk Boots* +8 Stam, +7 Int Tailoring 125
Ring 1 Charged Gear* Varies* Final Boss, Gnomer
Ring 2 Charged Gear* Varies* Final Boss, Gnomer
Trinket 1 Inherited Insignia of the Alliance +8 Resil Vendor, 2,725 Honor
Trinket 2 Arena Grand Master* +12 Stam, Use: Bubble STV Arena Chest x12
Weapon Dignified Headmaster’s Charge +11 Stam, +9 Int, +7 Crit, +48 SP Vendors*
Wand Firebelcher +3 Int, +3 Stam Rare Spawn, WC

The Tattered Dreadmist Mask is the best helm you can get, though you can’t necessarily get it. If you don’t have a high level character on the server where your Gnome Clone is located, then you won’t be able to get this thing for a loooong time. The only option you have that doesn’t involve leveling or transferring a toon to the clone server is to roll your clone on your home server where you have a guild that can supply this helm and then use RealID with some of the members of your primary clone server. With 4.3 you can now use RID to group with friends and queue for battlegrounds in addition to the dungeons we could already do this with. You miss out on some of the social aspects of being with the other clones, but you can still participate in BG’s and LFG.

The Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak is just like the Mask above, except that it only requires a level 10 Guild. It still requires Honored reputation with the guild though, and getting that on a low level character is something that really shouldn’t even be considered unless you’re freaking crazy and you know it.

The Dignified Headmaster’s Charge can be purchased by 24 twinks by farming a crapload of Honor (5,250 Honor) and then converting it into Justice Points. You can also get it through the new Darkmoon Faire for 160 Darkmoon Prize Tickets. I do not have any information right now on how fast or how difficult it is to earn those tickets, so I can’t even estimate how long it might take you to farm 160 of them. Hopefully I can find a guide soon or experience it myself soon and can tell you then.

The Tattered Dreadmist Mantle is just like the DHC above, except that it’s slightly less expensive. If you’re doing the Honor > JP conversion you need 3,375 Honor to purchase the JP for it. These shoulders can also be purchased with 110 Darkmoon Prize Tickets, though again I need more information on getting those before I can comment on how hard it is to farm them.

The Tattered Dreadmist Robe is just like the Mantle above, with a cost of 2,175 JP (3.375 Honor) or 110 Darkmoon Prize Tickets. You could also consider the Mechbuilder’s Overalls as BiS if you’re looking for higher Intellect than Stamina. Both of these are strong contenders for the top caster chest, and which choice you go with is up to you based on your stat priority. I prefer to lean towards Stamina more than Int when I have two pieces that are this close, but that’s me.

Spidersilk Boots trade 1 Int and 5 Crit for 3 Stam. Some people might consider that an upgrade, and others might not. Whether or not I made the change would depend on my class and spec. As a Mage, I’d keep the Acid Walkers. As a Warlock, I’d only keep Acid Walkers only if I were Destro. As a Priest, I would take the Spidersilks if I was healing, and I would consider Acid Walkers if I were Shadow though I’d probably get the Spidersilks instead.

Charged Gear are rings that the final boss of Gnomeregan drops (25%) that have a random enchant on them. There are three particular versions of this ring that you might be interested in: “..of Intellect” (+10 Int), “..of Stamina” (+10 Stam), and “..of the Eagle” (+7 Int, +6 Stam or +6 Int, +7 Stam). You can mix and match these however you want based on your own stat priority. Some people like the idea of +20 Int or +20 Stam from their rings, while others prefer to have +13/14 Int and +14/13 Stamina (the Eagle enchant gives +6 to one and +7 to the other, I don’t believe you can get a +7/+7). Others might even prefer going with +10 Stam on one and +10 Int on the other, or a +10 Int/Stam and a +6 Int, +7 Stam on the other. The great thing is they aren’t unique so you can really customize to your desires, the bad thing is you have absolutely no control over which version of the ring he drops and there are 30 different version of this ring available.

Other versions of the Charged Gear you might consider holding onto if you find them are “..of Arcane Resistance” (+17 Arcane Resist), “..of Concentration” (+4 MP5), “..of the Owl” (+6-7 Int, +6-7 Spirit), “..of the Whale” (+6-7 Stam, +6-7 Spirit). All of these can be useful in certain situations. Arcane Resist helps you against Mages and Boomkins while the others are mostly useful for restoring your mana.

The Arena Grand Master trinket is basically the trinket of twinks. The problem is, it’s freaking hard to get one of these. On some servers it’s not a big deal because nobody else ever goes for it, while on others you’re often looking at anywhere from 2-12 level 85 characters camping people who try to get anywhere near it unless you pay them each enough gold to leave you alone or buy their protection. The chest that this trinket comes from shows up every 3 hours on the 3rd hour (3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock server time) and it’s right in the middle of an arena that auto-flags everyone who enters even against your own faction.

If you can get online during off hours, then you might have a chance at farming this on Durotan. You might be able to talk some AF members into helping you now and then if you need some protection, but with 130+ clones needing 12 chests each…this is a trinket to hope for, not one to count on.

KEEP IN MIND
One thing you want to keep in mind as you gather your gear sets is something we’ve already addressed before – Hit Rating.

The amount of Hit that you need in PvP is very small, and unless you’re really getting serious about twinking in 24′s I wouldn’t even bother trying to get hit capped for PvP, much less PvE. If you want to cap your Hit for PvP, then you need 4% which is roughly +12 Hit Rating. You can get that from enchants, gear, consumables, or a combination of those. If you still need to consider Hit Rating, then I’ll refer you to my previous post Hit Rating Off Sets.

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  1. In reference to BiS items, what is the break down on the resilience gains of using pvp BoA vs. the pve BoA gear (staff, shoulders)

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