The Burning Crusade Prepatch Heirloom Guide

This TBC guide is meant for those who want to prepare BoE/non-binding level 1 gear and consumables in advance for their Blood Elf Paladin or Draenei Shaman alts. Level 1 twinks may also find this useful.

TBC may not officially have heirlooms, so let’s make our own!

  • Shaman
  • Paladin

Shaman

Basic Gear

Purchase some non-binding level 1 gear from the Leather armor merchant located in any of the starter zones:

Buy a Linen Cloak from the Auction House or find someone with Tailoring who can make it.

Skinning Knife enchanted with Fiery Weapon

Weapons

Purchase a Skinning Knife from a trader in any of the capital cities. Enchant it with Fiery Weapon.

Lifestealing could also be an option, but Fiery is way cheaper and you really don’t need the extra healing if you get proper starter gear/consumables. While this stops you from using Shaman weapon spells, it’s worth it in the early levels.

 

If you’re planning ahead, consider investing into a ~lvl8 BoE green with either +Strength or +Stamina and enchant that as well.

Large Round Shield comes from another starting zone vendor, look for a Shieldcrafter. Enchant it with Stamina +7.

Vendor Locations

You could grab the above listed gear in any of the starter zones or Darnassus:

Enchants

In TBC, Shamans still prioritize Strength over Agility and that’s what we’ll be going for as most people will be leveling as Enhancement. Enchant the gear on your main:

  • CloakLesser Agility (+3), Greater Resistance, or even Superior Defense will do.
  • ChestGreater Stats (+4) or Stats (+3), depending on how much gold you’re willing to commit. Major Health +100 HP is also an option and should be the cheapest.
  • BracersSuperior Strength (+9) or the cheaper Greater Strength (+7).
  • GlovesHaste. In the TBC prepatch this enchant will instead offer Haste rating with amazing scaling at low level.
  • PantsArcanum of Rapidity. Similar to the glove enchant, this is changing to Haste rating in the Burning Crusade. Alternatively, the Medium Armor Kit made by Leatherworkers is rather cheap. It doesn’t provide much but it’s better than nothing. You need to be level 5 to apply the kit to the armor, but the armor itself can be used at level 1.
  • BootsMinor Speed is what we recommend, since getting a mount is so far away and you’ll be traveling a lot on feet. This 8% speed boost is probably going to save you more time than anything else, and getting to mobs faster helps with tagging in overcrowded zones.

Consumables

Let’s clog that inventory, shall we?

Alchemy:

Food and water:

Other:

  • Scroll of Spirit has no level requirement and reduces downtime slightly.
  • Scroll of Protection adds some more damage reduction and stacks with other items on the list.
  • Rumsey Rum – all tiers can be used at level 1. Pick whichever you can afford, there are 5, 10 and 15 Stamina rums. Note that this does not stack with food buffs in TBC! You’ll have to make a choice.
  • Deviate Fish – marginal increase for those with deep pockets. The uncooked version of deviate has a chance to increase Spirit and Strength for a couple of minutes. For 99% of people we don’t recommend burning gold on this, but if you’re a minmaxer this is an option for you.
  • Magic Candle. The damage is rather significant at lower levels but its true strength is tagging. You’re going to be competing for tagging mobs and an instant ranged attack like this may make all the difference. Drops off of Kobold Geomancers in Elwynn Forest.
  • Swiftness Potion. Movement speed is what slows down early leveling the most. Popping a Swiftness potion every now and then could briefly make you nearly go toe-to-toe with slower mounts.

Misc.

Perhaps the biggest quality of life upgrade for any alt on their Burning Crusade journey is a large empty bag. Ones such as the 12 slot Mageweave Bags (any color) or 14 slot Runecloth Bags should last you quite a while and only cost a couple of gold each. These are fairly affordable items, but of course if you can afford even bigger bags, go for it.

Another thing you could do is decide on a crafting profession in advance and purchase all the items required for leveling it up so you won’t have to do extra shopping once prepatch drops. Not to mention prices might go up.

Last but not least, gold. Those skills won’t learn themselves, and affording your mount whenever it becomes available is a must these days so don’t forget to send some sweet sweet gold.

Delivery

So how do you get your items to an alt that doesn’t exist yet, as fast as possible? While sending mail to alts is intant in TBC, you’d still have to go to the second quest hub to reach a mailbox and then back (unless you want to waste your Hearthstone).

 

If you’re able to get help from a friend or guildmate though there’s another, faster way.

 

Grab every item you want to transport, hop on the ship at Darnassus and sail to the Exodar. If the TBC prepatch has been out for a while you could also buy a portal from a Mage. Have someone you trust create a Draenei, load all of your items onto them (they might need to equip another bag to fit everything). Log out, create your own Draenei, trade the friend for the items.

 

Always mail the crafting materials, if you have any. Your alt won’t need them in the first hour that’s for sure and it’s better not to clog up the inventory too much, so let it sit in the mail until you need it.

Paladin

Basic BoE Gear

Purchase some non-binding level 1 gear from the Armorer & Shieldcrafter located in any of the starter zones:

Buy a Linen Cloak from the Auction House or find someone with Tailoring who can make it.

Weapons

Purchase a 2H Bastard Sword in any of the starter zones, or a Skinning knife if you want more proc chances. Put Fiery Weapon on it. Lifestealing could also be an option, but Fiery is way cheaper and you really don’t need the extra healing if you get proper starter gear/consumables.

If you’re planning ahead, consider investing into a ~lvl8 BoE green with either +Strength or +Stamina and enchant that as well.

 

Alternatively, Iron Counterweight provides a 52% haste boost until level 11 at which point haste scaling starts to fall off. This is cheaper and more consistent than proc based enchants, but not necessarily better. The choice is up to personal preference.

Vendor Locations

You could grab the above listed gear in any of the starter zones, or the Undercity:

Enchants

We’re going to prioritize Strength in order to do the most damage possible. Enchant the gear on your main:

  • ChestGreater Stats (+4) or Stats (+3), depending on how much gold you’re willing to commit. Major Health +100 HP is also an option and should be the cheapest.
  • CloakLesser Agility (+3), Greater Resistance, or even Superior Defense will do.
  • BracersSuperior Strength (+9) or the cheaper Greater Strength (+7).
  • GlovesHaste. In the TBC prepatch this enchant will instead offer Haste rating with amazing scaling at low level.
  • PantsArcanum of Rapidity. Similar to the glove enchant, this is changing to Haste rating in the Burning Crusade. Alternatively, the Medium Armor Kit made by Leatherworkers is rather cheap. It doesn’t provide much but it’s better than nothing. You need to be level 5 to apply the kit to the armor, but the armor itself can be used at level 1.
  • BootsMinor Speed is what we recommend, since getting a mount is so far away and you’ll be traveling a lot on feet. This 8% speed boost is probably going to save you more time than anything else, and getting to mobs faster helps with tagging in overcrowded zones.

Consumables

Let’s clog that inventory, shall we?

Alchemy:

Food and water:

Other

  • Scroll of Spirit has no level requirement and reduces downtime slightly.
  • Scroll of Protection adds some more damage reduction and stacks with other items on the list.
  • Rumsey Rum – all tiers can be used at level 1. Pick whichever you can afford. Note that this does not stack with food buffs in TBC! You’ll have to make a choice.
  • Deviate Fish – marginal increase for those with deep pockets. The uncooked version of deviate has a chance to increase Spirit and Strength for a couple of minutes. For 99% of people we don’t recommend burning gold on this, but if you’re a minmaxer this is an option for you.
  • Magic Candle. The damage is rather significant at lower levels but its true strength is tagging. You’re going to be competing for tagging mobs and an instant ranged attack like this may make all the difference. Drops off of Kobold Geomancers in Elwynn Forest, so it’s a bit harder to get on the Horde side.

Misc.

Perhaps the biggest quality of life upgrade for any alt is a large empty bag. Ones such as the 12 slot Mageweave Bags (any color) or 14 slot Runecloth Bags should last you quite a while and only cost a couple of gold each. These are fairly affordable items, but of course if you can afford even bigger bags, go for it.

Another thing you could do is decide on a crafting profession before heading into TBC and purchase all the items required for leveling it up so you won’t have to do extra shopping once prepatch drops. Not to mention prices might go up.

Last but not least, gold. Those skills won’t learn themselves, and affording your mount whenever it becomes available is a must these days so don’t forget to send some sweet sweet gold.

Delivery

So how do you get your items to an alt that doesn’t exist yet, as fast as possible? Sending mail to alts is instant in TBC, so that’s certainly a viable option. A mailbox can be found in the second quest hub which isn’t that far off and is safe to get to.

 

If you’re able to get help from a friend or guildmate though, there’s another way.

 

Grab every item you want to transport and use the Orb of Translocation in the Undercity to get to Silvermoon City. If the Burning Crusade prepatch has been out for a while you could also buy a portal from a Mage. Have someone you trust create a Blood Elf, load all of your items onto them (they might need to equip another bag to fit everything). Log out, create your own Blood Elf, trade the friend for the items.

 

Always mail the crafting materials, if you have any. Your alt won’t need them in the first hour that’s for sure and it’s better not to clog up the inventory too much, so let it sit in the mail until you need it.