Pre-Triumph Comprehensive WotLK Level 80 Gearing List for Death Knight Tanks

With the number of up and coming DKs and Pallytanks in guild asking for advice, spam on trade asking DKtanking questions and such, I thought I’d make a list of gearing recommendations. If you have issues getting def-capped, I highly recommend rolling a dps spec to get through some heroics at least and roll offset on some of the gear [or hey, badges are easy now]. It puts you in a position where you need to give priority to the tank obviously, but if you’re up front about wanting to become a tank and be very agreeable to letting the tank have dibs [if they even need it], you’ll get a lot further and the tank may defer gear to you that’s better suited for you… Eh you never know. I dps’ed to get my tanking gear, and it’s much easier now with the 226 level badge gear.

This is a list of all the dungeon/crafted/badge gear you realistically have access to as a DK [excludes triumph badge gear – if you’re to that point, I seriously doubt you need this list lol], with links to wowhead.  These are the upgrades you can look for.  But it is unlikely you can step into H-ToC immediately as a tank, so keep that in mind.  Gearing up as a tank is a process of balancing all your stats and finding the right mix.

This is just a list of all the gear I could find from craftables/rep rewards/heroics/badges.  I’ll be doing a “Quick and Dirty Way to hit 540” post in a bit.

Arcane Shielded Helm – H-Nexus – Telestra- [BLUE]
Ground Tremor Helm – H-Gundrak –  Moorabi
Tempered Titansteel Helm – CRAFTED
Helm of the Crestfallen Challenger – H-ToC
Conqueror’s Darkruned Faceguard – Conquest vendor from Crown of the Wayward Vanquisher – 226

Pendant of the Nathrezim – H-CoS – Malganis- [BLUE]
Shadowseeker’s Pendant – H-OK – Jedoga Shadowseeker- [BLUE]
Titanium Earthguard Chain – CRAFTED
Chained Military Gorget – Heroism Badge Vendor
Shard of the Cyrstal Forest – Conquest Badge Vendor -226

Regal Aurous Shoulderplates – H-ToC

Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions – Wyrmrest Honored
Platinum Mesh Cloak – Valor Badge Vendor

Ivory Reinforced Chestguard – Kaluak Honored – Level 166 item however.
Ziggurat Imprinted Chestguard – H-DTK – Prophet- [BLUE]
Breastplate of the Solemn Council – Wyrmrest Revered
Conqueror’s Darkruned Chestguard – Conquest Vendor from Breastplate of the Wayward Vanquisher – 226

Bindings of Dark Will – H-CoS- [BLUE]
Bracers of the Herald – H-OK – Herald Volazj
Bracers of Dalaran’s Parapets – Valor Badge Vendor

Gauntlets of the Water Revenant – H-ToC – Ichoron- [BLUE]
Horn Tipped Gauntlets – H-Gundrak – Gal’darah
Fireproven Gauntlets – Kirin Tor Exalted
Mercy’s Hold – REG ToC
Gauntlets of the Royal Watch – Conquest badge vendor

Ancient Aligned Girdle – H-AN – Anubarak
Waistguard of Living Iron – Heroism Badge Vendor
Girdle of the Palid Knight – Black Knight – REG ToC
Shieldwarder Girdle – Conquest Level 226 vendor
Indestructible Plate Girdle – CRAFTED LEVEL 226 – but easier with runed orbs being bought with badges and if you have a Miner and know a blacksmith

Legplates of the Infinite Drakonoid – H-CoS- [BLUE]
Ley-Guardian’s Legguards – H-Occulus – Eregos- [BLUE]
Special Issue Legplates – Argent Crusade Honored
Bolstered Legplates: Heroic Violet Hold
Legguards of Abandoned Fealty – REG ToC

Toxin Tempered Sabotons – Ebon Blade Honored
Greaves of Ancient Evil – H-OK – Herald Volazj- [BLUE]
Sabotons of Draconic Vigor – Wyrmrest Revered
Tempered Titansteel Treads – CRAFTED
Boots of Heartfelt Repentance – Eadric in REG ToC
Kyzoc’s Ground Stompers – Valor Badge Vendor
Spiked Deathdealers – CRAFTED LEVEL 226 – but easier with runed orbs being bought with badges and if you have a Miner and know a blacksmith

Woeful Band – H-HoS – Maiden of Grief – [BLUE]
Band of Torture – H-Occulus – Drakos- [BLUE]
Nerubian Shield Ring – H-OK – Elder Nadoxx- [BLUE]
Keystone Great Ring – H-DTK – Prophet
Titanium Earthguard Ring – CRAFTED
Mark of the Relentless – H-ToC
Signet of the Impregnable Fortress – Valor Badge Vendor

Seal of the Pantheon – REG HoL – Loken
Essence of Gossamer – H-AN – Hadronox- [BLUE]
Offering of Sacrifice – H-Gundrak – Gal’darah
Valor Medal of the First War – Heroism Badge Vendor
The Black Heart – Black Knight REG ToC – one of the better trinkets imho

WEAPON [presumes 2h]:  You want to put “Rune of the Stoneskin Gargoyle” on your 2h tanking weapon.  Choose your weapon based on what stats you need most – I keep several weapons around for when I have to rebalance my stats.
Whale Stick Harpoon – Kaluak Revered
Runeblade of Demonstrable Power – Ebon Blade Revered – [BLUE]
Argent Skeleton Crusher – Argent Crusade Revered [BLUE]
Edge of Oblivion – H-OK – Jedoga Shadowseeker- [BLUE]
Hammer of Grief – H-HoS – Maiden of Grief- [BLUE]
Saliva Corroded Pike – H-VH – Moragg- [BLUE]
Sword of Justice – H-HoS – Tribunal of Ages- [BLUE]
Mojo Masked Crusher – H-DTK – Prophet – [BLUE]
Colossal Skull-Clad Cleaver – H-HoL – Loken
Titansteel Destroyer – CRAFTED
Edge of Ruin – H-ToC
Marrowstrike – H-ToC [not ideal but can work]

Sigil of the Unfaltering Knight – Heroism Badge Vendor
Sigil of Deflection – 226 Conquest Badge Vendor

Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector – Argent Crusade Revered

NOTE: I have NOT listed the Tier 7 and Tier 7.5 token pieces as in the way of badge gear, you can easily get better now.  If you are in a guild who still runs Naxx, these are valid, excellent and wonderful beginning pieces for a dk tank.


Author: Askevar

Raid leader and Tank. Also is an altoholic

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