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Many items have a base item name followed by a suffix. The suffixes are similar to the item naming convention used in other Blizzard games such as Diablo and Diablo II. The suffix will always start with the word of followed by a few words that indicate quickly to the player what enhancements an item will give. How much enhancement an item gives is closely tied to the item quality and item level.

Items of this type are normally uncommon (greens), although rare (blue) and epic (purple) ones exist. On item database websites (like Wowhead) and some crafting patterns, these items are listed with their base name (for example, Slatesteel Girdle or Pattern: Wild Leather Shoulders) and the term "<Random enchantment>" to indicate that the actual items have a randomly assigned enhancement matching the suffixes.

For the most part, animal, job and attribute suffixes are seen most commonly. Resistance and wrath drop less commonly, and the miscellaneous ones drop the least often. Of course, in some cases item suffixes are simply part of a unique name or are used to signify an item is part of a set.

Suffixes that increase a single attribute

Items with an "of Attribute" suffix typically have less total attribute enhancement than "of the Animal". For example, a "Shortsword of Strength" may have +10 strength, whereas a "Shortsword of the Bear" of comparable level may have +6 strength and +6 stamina.

of Spirit
Increase Spirit when equipped.
of Intellect
Increase Intellect when equipped.
of Strength
Increase Strength when equipped.
of Stamina
Increase Stamina when equipped.
of Agility
Increase Agility when equipped.

Wrath suffixes (spell damage)

These suffixes increase damage for a school of magic or increases healing.

of Frozen Wrath
Increases damage done by Frost spells
of Arcane Wrath
Increases damage done by Arcane spells.
of Fiery Wrath
Increase damage done by Fire spells.
of Nature's Wrath
Increase damage done by Nature spells.
of Healing
Increase all spell power (previously only increased healing spell power).
of Shadow Wrath
Increases damage done by Shadow spells

Resistances

There are some items in the game that increase the chances that a school of magic will be resisted. There are currently no items that increase resistance to holy magic, though there are potions available that can absorb holy magic damage. Often suffix items "of X resistance" have some of the highest resistances available, and are useful for difficult resistances like Arcane or Frost, but are nearly impossible to farm.

of Fire Resistance
Increase resistance to Fire spells.
of Nature Resistance
Increase resistance to Nature spells.
of Arcane Resistance
Increase resistance to Arcane spells.
of Frost Resistance
Increase resistance to Frost spells.
of Shadow Resistance
Increase resistance to Shadow spells.

The following newer versions were introduced with the Burning Crusade. They are only available for characters 57+ as drops in Outland, but are significantly superior to the older resistance greens, and in many cases better than the best resist gear blues or purples that previously existed.

of Fire Protection
Increase stamina and resistance to Fire spells.
of Nature Protection
Increase stamina and resistance to Nature spells.
of Arcane Protection
Increase stamina and resistance to Arcane spells.
of Frost Protection
Increase stamina and resistance to Frost spells.
of Shadow Protection
Increase stamina and resistance to Shadow spells.

Animal name suffixes

These are commonly found suffixes that indicate an item increases two attribute stats as shown in the tables below:

Animal suffixStrengthAgilityStaminaIntellectSpirit
Of the Tiger
Of the Bear
Of the Gorilla
Of the Boar
Of the Monkey
Of the Falcon
Of the Wolf
Of the Eagle
Of the Whale
Of the Owl
StrengthAgilityStaminaIntellectSpirit
StrengthN/ATigerBearGorillaBoar
AgilityTigerN/AMonkeyFalconWolf
StaminaBearMonkeyN/AEagleWhale
IntellectGorillaFalconEagleN/AOwl
SpiritBoarWolfWhaleOwlN/A


Class preferences

Certain classes, especially when leveling, will have more of these kind of items than uniquely named items. here is a list of what class will prefer. Do not take this list as a pure guide as some classes will prefer certain items for their play style. This only takes into account PvE builds, especially in classic content (Pvp players would generally favor only the hybrid pieces with stamina).

  • Death Knight: Bear - Monkey - Tiger
  • Druid (caster): Eagle - Owl - Whale
  • Druid (feral): Bear - Monkey - Tiger
  • Hunter: Falcon - Monkey - Tiger
  • Mage: Eagle - Owl - Whale
  • Paladin (healer): Eagle
  • Paladin (melee): Bear - Gorilla - Monkey - Tiger
  • Priest: Eagle - Owl - Whale
  • Rogue: Monkey - Tiger
  • Shaman (caster): Eagle
  • Shaman (melee): Falcon - Monkey - Tiger
  • Warlock: Eagle - Whale
  • Warrior: Bear - Monkey - Tiger

(N.B., Boar and Wolf are largely undesirable for all specializations, and can generally be sold or disenchanted.)

Abyssal Suffixes

These only appear on Abyssal items, dropped from members of the Abyssal Council in Silithus.

of Striking
Increases Strength, Agility, and Stamina.
of Sorcery
Increases Stamina, Intellect, and spell damage.
of Regeneration
Increases Stamina, spell healing, and mana regeneration.


Health/Mana Regeneration

of Concentration
Regenerates mana while equipped.
of Regeneration
Regenerates health while equipped.


In Burning Crusade

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Modifiers on items have very specific drop rules. The suffixes such as Physician and Prophet will only be found on Cloth gear. Other ones like Hierophant will only drop as Leather gear. Bandit will drop as Leather and Mail gear to facilitate the classes that would most benefit from it. The drop rates are also widely variable. The more standard types such as Beast and Sorcerer will drop quite frequently, while more obscure suffixes like Knight are very rare, and will only drop as Rare quality (Blue) gear.

You will notice that some suffixes add the same stats. These are differentiated by the amount of each stat available on the piece of gear, based on which stat is emphasized.

NameStrengthAgilityStaminaIntellectSpiritBlockCrit StrikeAttack PowerDefenseSpell CritSpell Dmg/HealMana RegenHealingShadow Dmg
of Blocking
of Battle
of the Ancestor
of the Bandit
of the Beast
of the Champion
of the Crusade
of the Elder
of the Grove
of the Hunt
of the Hierophant
of the Invoker
of the Knight
of the Mind
of the Nightmare
of the Physician
of the Prophet
of the Shadow
of the Soldier
of the Sorcerer
of the Sun
of the Vision
of the Wild


of Blocking
+Block Rating +Strength
of Battle
+Strength +Stamina +Critical Strike Rating
of the Ancestor
+Strength +Critical Strike Rating +Stamina
of the Bandit
+Agility +Stamina +Attack Power
of the Beast
+Strength +Agility +Stamina
of the Champion
+Strength +Stamina +Defense Rating
of the Crusade
+Spell Damage and Healing +Intellect +Defense Rating
of the Elder
+Stamina +Intellect +Mana Regeneration
of the Grove
+Strength +Agility +Stamina
of the Hunt
+Attack Power +Agility +Intellect
of the Hierophant
+Stamina +Spirit +Healing
of the Invoker
+Intellect +Spell Damage and Healing +Spell Critical Strike Rating
of the Knight
+Stamina +Spell Damage and Healing +Defense Rating
of the Mind
+Spell Damage and Healing +Spell Critical Strike Rating +Intellect
of the Nightmare
+Shadow Damage +Stamina +Intellect
of the Physician
+Stamina +Intellect +Healing
of the Prophet
+Intellect +Spirit +Healing
of the Shadow
+Attack Power +Agility +Stamina
of the Soldier
+Strength +Stamina +Critical Strike Rating
of the Sorcerer
+Stamina +Intellect +Spell Damage and Healing
of the Sun
+Spell Damage and Healing +Stamina +Intellect
of the Vision
+Spell Damage and Healing +Intellect +Stamina
of the Wild
+Attack Power +Stamina +Agility

In Wrath of the Lich King

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A new set of random enchantments were introduced in Wrath-Logo-Small Wrath of the Lich King. These appear in addition to the "of the job" and "of the animal" and are largely found on items dropped from rare mobs in Northrend.


of the Foreseer
+Intellect, +Haste Rating, +Spell Power
of the Marksman
+Stamina, +Agility, +Hit Rating
of the Necromancer
+Stamina, +Hit Rating, +Spell Power
of Restoration
+Stamina, +Spell Power, +Mana Per 5 sec.
of the Squire
+Stamina, +Hit Rating, +34 Strength
of the Thief
+Stamina, +Attack Power, +Haste Rating


In Cataclysm

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In Mists of Pandaria

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Miscellaneous

  • Of Defense - will add points to the player's maximum defense skill points.
  • Of Healing - will add to healing effects and spells.
  • Of Power - adds to the player's melee and ranged attack power.
  • Of Blocking - Increases the player's blocking power by a percentage and adds some strength as well. Typically found on Shields.
  • Of Marksmanship - Increase in Ranged Attack Power when worn/equipped
  • Of Eluding - Increases agility and dodge rating.

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