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It’s time to start getting our frost resist gear for Naxxramas and the Sapphiron fight in particular, so let’s cover what you need to get.
Here’s the video version of this frost resist guide:
Why do I need frost resistance in phase 6?
You mainly need frost resistance because of the Sapphiron boss fight in Naxxramas. Sapphiron does a whole bunch of painful frost attacks including:
- 600 frost damage aoe aura every 1 second
- 3k-4k damage blizzard aoe
- 2600-3400 damage ice bolts
Basically this fight can be pretty rough for healing without proper frost resist, especially during progression when everyone is still getting comfortable with the encounter.
How much frost resist do I need?
This depends on your raid comp, but for an average guild doing progression raiding, I’d assume 200-240 unbuffed frost resist would be fairly typical.
Keep in mind you can stack up a lot of extra frost resist from buffs:
- 60 frost resist from pally aura/shaman totem (fyi this does not stack with motw or magic resistance potion)
- 15 frost resist from Juju Chill
- 10 frost resist from Crystal Basilisk Spine (mob drop in STV – 1 min duration/2 min cooldown though)
- 15 frost resist from Bloodkelp Elixir of Resistance (if you picked this one time potion reward when doing your darkmantle quests)
This means at 230 to 240 frost resist you can hit the 315 resist cap with just frost resist buffs (+75 frost resist with just the first 2 buffs listed above or +65 if you have to use magic resistance potion due to no shaman/pally).
Just be aware that on your early clears you won’t have the ‘frozen rune’ pieces from Naxxramas in order to make your full crafted frost resist set. You may need some temporary non-crafted pieces initially if you intend to go for high frost resist at P6 start.
It’s also possible to get some extra healing to offset the frost damage via the Darkmoon Card: Heroism trinket which procs at a fairly high rate (2 ppm base proc rate).
There’s also going to be plenty of people double stacking up Greater Frost Protection Potions with Ice Deflectors to try survive with less frost resist (or just for safety).
Ice Deflector can be made by engineers and used by anyone. They do not seem to share a CD with other pots so you could potentially stack ice deflector with greater frost protection potions during early clears for extra survivability.
Part 1 – Gear: What frost resist gear should I get?
There’s a few options you can pick depending on your guild and how early it is in p6 + your preference. Here are a few options:
Option 1: Mixed bis resist/crafted frost resist gear (mid/late P6)
This set is great, but not possible on day 1 due to limited availability of frozen runes. The good news is once you do have the frozen runes, this set is easy to put together and you don’t actually need every single piece because crafted pieces give a massive amount of frost resist for each item.
Reaching 240 frost resist already puts you at the 315 cap with typical buffs so mix and match based on which pieces you have.
Option 2: Pre-p6 early clear frost resist gear
Tip: For an easy to get pre-bis set I’d go with bloodfang hood + frostsaber/brightcloth set + 2 green rings + icy cloak (with enchant) + 2x engy reflectors + frostbite girdle + chillhide bracers.
That temporary pre-epic set only requires you to farm 2 pieces of instanced gear and should give you enough FrR to survive until you can pick up some epic crafted FrR gear. I don’t recommend Temperstria’s necklace or Icy tomb spaulders as pickups due to the very poor value/time investment required.
If you want to get frost resist for your early clears, these are your best options. You will replace most of this later as you pick up the crafted P6 gear.
How much frost resist you pick here is ultimately partly personal preference and it will depend on your guilds kill times/comp. Stacking both greater frost protection potions with ice deflectors will likely be very common during early clears as well.
Note: Personally, I’d try not go too crazy on +frost resist gear that has no dps stats because you still need to kill Sapphiron in a reasonable time. That and most of this gear will be replaced by your crafted set after early clears.
There’s been some talk of also running 8/8 Bloodfang on top of the heroism trinket for extra healing during those early clears, but we’re unsure how effective or even needed that idea will turn out.
Okay now let’s go more in-depth explaining the item choices…
BiS quested and crafted frost resist gear
Firstly, there are some crafted/quested frost resist pieces that every rogue is going to look at picking up. These are all available at the start of phase 6 (although you do need someone to unlock the recipes by doing Naxxramas first).
A full set of just these crafted/quested pieces alone will give you 179 frost resist not including enchants:
Total mats to prepare for a full set of everything above:
- 24 frozen rune (only available in P6 Naxxramus)
- 40 enchanted leather
- 10 essence of water
- 9 cured rugged hide
- 16 ironweb spider silk
- 3 blue sapphire
- 4 bolt of runecloth (made from 20 runecloth)
- 1 arcanite bar
- 30 gold
note: I didn’t include engineering frost reflectors in the above list, as you can create those right now already in p5 (and they’re also listed below anyway)
General frost resist rogue gear
Here are some of the recommended options outside of the above crafted items (not every single frost resist gear option is listed, but I listed the ones that make sense for rogues).
Some hardcore raiders will be picking up a lot of this general frost resist gear pre phase 6 because they’ll want it for the early Sapphiron clears before they can make crafted gear. Once you do get your full crafted frost resist set, a lot of this general frost resistance gear becomes worthless.
Note: There are a ton of open world drops that end with <of Frost Resistance> that I didn’t list below. For example you might find a green world drop wrist with 25 frost resist. Keep an eye on the auction house regularly to see if you can snipe any cheap world drop frost resist items to fill awkward spots in your resist set.
I also didn’t list all of the 0.1% droprate type dungeon items that require perfect rng frost resist rolls because I feel those are too insane to realistically farm for most people.
Part 2: Frost resist enchants
There are 3 frost resist enchants available:
- Ice Guard – 10 frost resist to head/legs
- Frost Mantle/Chromatic Mantle of the Dawn – 5 frost resist to shoulders (minimum argent dawn revered reputation required)
- Enchant Cloak – Greater Resistance – 5 frost resist to back
Some of these enchants are going to be a little personal preference as you might feel losing the ZG atk enchants may not be super worth the small frost resist increase (particularly once you get crafted frost resist set and have plenty of frost resist already).
If you do choose to get the ice guard enchants, they’re a little bit of work to get, so let’s cover it in more detail.
How to get your ice guard frost resist enchant
Ice Guard enchants comes from a npc at Light Hope’s Chapel in exchange for requires 10 Insignia of the Crusade and 30 gold. So if you want 2x Ice Guard enchants you’ll need 20 Insignia of the Crusade.
It looks fairly straightforward, but the tricky part is to get an ‘Insignia of the Crusade’ you need to complete a task from the NPCs at Light’s Hope Chapel. These tasks also require friendly reputation with the Argent Dawn.
When selecting tasks there are 2 main types you can pick:
- Kill and gather tasks
- Tradeskill/crafting tasks
The kill and gather tasks are simple. Go gather ‘x’ by killing certain mobs until you get enough of the requested drop.
These are the kill/gather repeatable insignia quests:
On the other hand, the tradeskill/crafting tasks are more annoying and function similar to the Earthstrike resource tasks quests in Silithus.
To receive a tradeskill task you need to turn in 1 ‘Argent dawn valor token’ for each task, so hopefully you saved some of these from your leveling/instancing days or you’ll need to go farm some if you intend to do crafting tasks.
‘Insignia of the Crusade’ Crafting/Tradeskill Tasks:
Below are all the possible tradeskill/crafting tasks. Some tasks are significantly cheaper than others to create, such as the Thorium Tubes. I’d suggest stockpiling mats now for the cheaper tasks if you intend to do these tasks in P6.
Note: The crafting task you receive is random. This means you will need to fish with repeated token turn-ins if you want to only do certain tasks.
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