Well, since I can’t level I guess I will toss out an update…
I just hit 76 last night and then promptly ran Violet Hold a couple more times and found myself quickly 4 bubbles into 76 before I decided to get to bed.
Thus far the only upgrades I have stumbled upon have been from Violet Hold.
I don’t plan on going to the cape until the bonus armor from my Slikk’s Cloak of Placation is no longer being multiplied.
By now I guess many people have ventured out into Northrend and are either real happy or really sad about the difficulty of the new content or lack thereof.
So far leveling has been very easy with the exception of a couple quest areas with few mobs and slow respawn times and 1 or 2 group elites that just can’t be soloed. For the most part however respawns are fast for the crowds and group quests are soloable in T5 gear or better… at least for this feral druid.
So far I have tanked these instances and they have all been ridiculously easy… I am sure running them with all T5 or better geared toons didn’t hurt.
The Violet Hold
The Violet Hold is a great way to instance grind XP if you are into that sort of thing. It runs much like Black Morass in TBC with portals and bossfights on a timer. You should be able to complete the instance in under 30 minutes easy.
So far I have not worked on leveling any professions or bought anything new and shiny from the new land especially since I prefer riding around on my Wintersaber you see above.
I started Northrend in Borean Tundra, moved on to Howling Fjord, and I am just finishing up Dragonblight getting the achievements in each zone for questing in the process.
I believe my next stop is Grizzly Hills.
One thing to note. The book for Heavy Frostweave drops all the time in instances but at 375 first aid you won’t get to roll on it. Use some Frostweave and get your First Aid to 390 to make sure when the book falls you can pick it up.
I am currently using a mixed build of bear and cat talents for leveling and running instances. So far so good, I took OoC in the resto tree so I took berserk at 71 and then put points from 71-76 into rend and tear for the increase damage to maul and FB crit. Anyone interested can take a look at my talents and let me know if they have a better suggestion for a leveling feral druid.
Oh, and lastly. I learned savage roar at 75 but I don’t use it for leveling… mobs die with just a couple mangles, a bleed, and a FB.
Lets start with the first 5 points…
5/5 Ferocity – When grinding and leveling we rip not bite so no Feral Aggression
3/3 Feral Instinct – We want the best chance of going undetected in stealth
2/2 Savage Fury – +20% Mangle DMG
3/3 Thick Hide – For bear O crap moments
2/2 Feral Swiftness – +30% faster in cat form even indoors now and +4% to dodge
1/1 Survival Instincts – Another O crap button but used in Cat or Bear
3/3 Sharpened Claws – +6% to crit
3/3 Preditory Strikes – Bonus attack power
NO SHREDING ATTACKS – not wasting 2 points on shred or lacerate
1/1 Feral Charge – now used in cat form as well.
NO Nurturing Instinct
2/2 Primal Fury – Faster combo points
2/2 Primal Precision – 10 Expertise and 80% refund of energy on missed attacks
5/5 Heart of the Wild – Greater Int, STA, and AP
3/3 Survival of the Fittest – Increase of all stats and less chance to get Crit
1/1 Leader of the Pack – +5% to Crit
3/3 Preditory Instincts – +10% damage to Crits
3/3 Infected Wounds – -20% of attackers attack speed
1/1 Mangle – of course
3/3 King of the Jungle – Tiger Fury gives an instant 60 Energy
2/2 Improved Mark of the Wild – increased stats
3/5 Furor – I don’t shift much between mobs when leveling so I am fine using this as a filler and getting 60 energy on shift
5/5 Naturalist – +10% damage
NO Natural Shapeshifter – see above, when I level I don’t shift out of form much
1/1 Omen of Clarity
Ok, 4 points left…
Going with 2/2 Improved Leader of the Pack – Free heals and mana return while in form
2/2 Brutal Impact – 1 more sec on the initial pounce stun so maybe 1 more shred.
Notice I am not going with our 51 point Berserk talent. Sorry but for leveling I think I will live without it until level 71
71 – 1/1 Berserk
72, 73, 74 – 3/3 Mother bear (might start needing this to tank instances)
75, 76, 77 – 3/3 Natural Reaction (might go back and forth with this and the above between 72-77)
78, 79 – Improved Mangle
80 – All bets are off, depending on what I am needed for raiding will determine my build and by then a lot of these talents might have changed.
Here is my level 70 Spec come Tuesday…