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Karazhan Entry Set Edit

Disclaimer: This list was accurate during the early stages of gear distribution after the release of The Burning Crusade. Currently, however, most groups are accustomed to their tanks having higher epic-level gear (either scripted or welfare). This can cause difficulties for tanks starting out in Kara unless they are with a guild that is pushing them through to gear them up. This list should not be assumed to be the minimum for Kara for PuGs.

This is a sample set consisting of gear obtainable before Karazhan. All of them are taken from the list of Some Easy to Acquire Pre-raiding Tanking Gear, which means none of them are boss-drops. Therefore, even someone with the worst luck should be able to collect all of them within two to three weeks after reaching level 70.

On a Male Dwarf paladin with maxed Toughness, Anticipation, Sacred Duty, Combat Expertise and Deflection this brings your unbuffed stats to:

  • Health: 11667
  • Armor: 13047
  • Defense: 507
  • Miss: 11.28%
  • Dodge: 21.07%
  • Parry: 16.28%
  • Block: 18.38% (53.71% with Holy Shield)
  • Spelldamage: 239

Note that the total avoidance is 102.34%, which means there is still 0.06% chance of taking crushing blow. This 0.06% is easily removed after self-buffing Blessing of Kings, which is normally the top blessing for tanks. Therefore, with full raid buff, it is uncritable, uncrushable with fair health and armor for someone starting to tank Karazhan. Besides those casted buff, buffing with [Flask of Fortification], [Superior Wizard Oil] and food buff is also recommended. The stats are good enough for maintanking the easier bosses but probably not yet Prince Malchezaar or Nightbane. Nevertheless, this list only used the easiest obtainable sources, so one should have better stats with better drops from 5-man instance bosses or BoP crafted items.

Alternative Karazhan Entry Set Edit

This set is put-together-able through 3 - 4 weeks of farming early TBC Dungeons - some of them are boss drops, but many can be badge farmed. I will provide a first option, and where possible, I will also provide an easy alternative

Should take you to 102.4%

Karazhan Exit Set Edit

Below are two possible gear sets for a full-Karazhan-cleared paladin tank. Note that those Badge of Justice epics added in 2.3, and BoP crafted tanking epics are not included because they are comparable to T5 level gear. Nevertheless, any Kara level tanks should be able to farm heroics or Karazhan for BoJs, and BoP crafted items are only a matter of money. Therefore, it is not difficult for a Kara level tanks to have better stats than listed here.

Standard Tanking SetEdit

On a Male Dwarf paladin with maxed Toughness, Anticipation, Sacred Duty, Combat Expertise and Deflection this brings your unbuffed stats to:

  • Health: 14997
  • Armor: 14617
  • Defense: 496
  • Miss: 10.84%
  • Dodge: 19.93%
  • Parry: 15.84%
  • Block: 20.48% (55.81% with Holy Shield)
  • Spelldamage: 239

This set aims at maxing the stamina while keeping uncrushable and uncritable. The two blue rings are needed for their avoidance in this particular settings, though you can always replace them with [Violet Signet of the Great Protector] or [Shermanar Great-Ring] if you have more than enough avoidance. Also note that both trinkets are chosen for their stamina, but [Darkmoon Card: Vengeance] has the additional benefit as an extra source of threat.

Spell Damage SetEdit

On a Male Dwarf paladin with maxed Toughness, Anticipation, Sacred Duty, Combat Expertise and Deflection this brings your unbuffed stats to:

  • Health: 13267
  • Armor: 14803
  • Defense: 490
  • Miss: 10.6%
  • Dodge: 19.1%
  • Parry: 15.6%
  • Block: 22.14% (57.47% with Holy Shield)
  • Spelldamage: 419

This set focuses on spell damage, at the expense of the health. The high spell damage allows the DPS to go all out. This is good for tanking trash mobs and the easier bosses. However, the health is a bit low for the more difficult bosses, so during those encounters, changing back to the standard tanking set is recommended.

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