What's the best way to gear up for heroics in Mists of Pandaria?



  • I have just reached 90 and my gearscore is way short of the one required for heroics. I am just wondering whether there is another way to improve my gearscore without having to grind reputation points with the various MoP factions?

    Even if I eventually manage to get the reputation required to buy JP gear, then how do I go about earning JP? I can no longer randomly queue normal dungeons at 90 (I can manually select them, but that doesn't give me the seven times per week JP bonus). Essentially I am in a bit of limbo.

    According to this unhelpful comment by Manbullpig, apparently it only takes 15 minutes to gear up for heroics at 90. I am not quite sure whether he was exaggerating or if it's true.



  • Players are expected to gather gear pre-heroics from:

    • Questing, especially completing long questing chains around level 89 and 90 that reward a blue
    • Doing normal dungeons at level 88 through 90. There is enough blue gear here to do heroics in.
    • Cashing in any Justice points from level 85 at the justice point vendor (no reputation required*)
    • Grinding out reputation with factions that award blue gear at honored (not that much of a grind).
    • Doing Scenarios at level 90, there is a ring of valor style scenario that rewards a blue weapon (Arena of Annihilation)

    If your falling short, you might have abandoned long quest chains too early, or didn't do any dungeons (or just got unlucky). Dungeon quests themselves reward a guaranteed couple of blues as a reward for their first playthrough.

    **source: Patch 5.0.5 October 1st Hotfixes: Players no longer require Honored reputation with Mists of Pandaria factions to purchase gear with Justice Points.*



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