For Druids generally transmoging is a bit underwhelming due to Bear/cat/boomkin form but this is not the case for the de-treed (is that a word?) Resto Druid. As 4.3 reaches ever closer I thought I would look at the past Druid armour sets and post some information on where they can be found and how Soloable they are. As most of the armour sets are only 5 pieces I will include the other three (Wrists, Boots, Belt generally) just so you can see the look. I am not sure what stipulations transmogrifying will have but it can’t hurt to have those pieces just in case.
Tier 1 is all from Molten Core. Remember you have to Kill most of the bosses before you can summon Ragnaros.
Helm – Cenarion Helm
Garr – Molten Core [SOLO] – Like all of Molten Core this can be soloed with ease in any spec
Shoulders – Cenarion Spaulders
Barron Geddon – Molten Core [SOLO] – Watch out for the fall damage from Living Bomb (switching to cat form for reduced fall damage is great)
Chest – Cenarion Vestments
Golemagg the Incinerator – Molten Core [SOLO] – Do not attempt to bring down Golemagg’s 2 core hounds as they just cannot be killed. still does a fair amount of damage against a Balance druid
Gloves – Cenarion Gloves
Shazzrah – Molten Core [SOLO] – Annoying from a caster point of view because of the 50% spell damage reduction but still easy. Watch out for Geddon charging around behind you (and a sneaky core hound)
Legs – Cenarion Leggings
Magmadar – Molten Core [SOLO] – Does an annoying fear so make sure you fight him tucked into a wall if you don’t want to clear all the core hounds.
Boots – Cenarion Boots
Lucifron – Molten Core [SOLO] – Very easy kill just wait until he patrols down.
Wrists – Cenarion Bracers
Trash Drop – Molten Core [SOLO] – probably best to try and buy them on the AH as they are BoE
Belt – Cenarion Belt
Trash Drop – Molten Core [SOLO] – Try and buy them like the bracers.
Tier 2 is from Blackwing Lair with the legs from Ragnaros in Molten Core and it is worth noting that the first boss of BWL is very hard if soloed due to the tactics of the fight.
Helm – Stormrage Cover
Nefarien – Blackwing Lair [SOLO] – I personally haven’t soloed him but I wouldn’t imagine there would be any problems in any spec.
Shoulders – Stormrage Pauldrons
Chromaggus – Blackwing Lair [SOLO] – Pretty standard fight really the sand can be used to cancel the debuffs but no real need.
Chest – Stormrage Chestguard
Nefarien – Blackwing Lair [SOLO] – Before Wrath of the Lich King Onyxia dropped the Head and Nefarien the chest but due to Onxyia being updated Nefarien now drops both chest and head.
Gloves – Stormrage Handguards
Firemaw, Ebonroc and/or Flamegor – Blackwing Lair [SOLO] – Due to the shared loot of the three drakes they can each drop the tier 2 gloves or none at all which can mean that the gloves are quite tricky to obtain.
Legs – Stormrage Legguards
Ragnaros – Molten Core – [SOLO] – If you are playing as a cat or bear be careful he does a massive knock back into the air. You can Feral charge back in so its not a huge issue – Ranged just stay far away and he won’t do it.
Boots – Stormrage Boots
Broodlord Lashlayer – Blackwing Lair [SOLO] – Watch out for his knock back and position yourself against a wall otherwise you may be knocked down a hole and have to walk through the room of slow all over again😦.
Wrists – Stormrage Bracers
Razorgore the Untamed – Blackwing Lair – This fight is very easy with two+ people but very tricky if not impossible for a druid to solo. I would recommend bringing a friend
Belt – Stormrage Belt
Vaelastrasz the Corrupt – Blackwing Lair [SOLO] – A very easy fight though he will probably put a living bomb style magic effect on you which will just kill you but the boss should be dead by then.
Tier 2.5 was the first 5 piece Tier set and was introduced with the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj (AQ40). Quite a few of these bosses are very tricky from a Balance point of view and Twins is impossible to Solo so you need a second person for the last couple of Bosses. All of the Set pieces require various items (such as scarabs) and various levels of reputation with the Brood of Nozdormu
Head – Genesis Helm
Raid Quest (Genesis Helm) – Twin Emperors – Temple of Ahn’Qiraj – Cannot be soloed as if tanked together they just heal each other. Tank apart with two people and you’ll be fine. Drops Vek’lor’s Diadem that allows you (amongst other things) to purchase the helm.
Shoulders – Genesis Shoulderpads
Raid Quest (Genesis Shoulderpads) – Viscidus and Princess Huhuran – Temple of Ahn’Qiraj – Viscidus cannot be soloed by a Druid as it requires frost damage to be killed and Huhuran can’t be soloed by a balance druid for the sheer amount of stuns and poisons she does. Drops Qiraji Bindings of Dominance that allows you (amongst other things) to purchase the shoulders and/or the boots.
Chest – Genesis Vest
Raid Quest (Genesis Vest) – C’Thun – Temple of Ahn’Qiraj
I have never soloed C’Thun but mainly because you have to have two or more people to get to him in the first place but i can’t imagine it would be a problem. Drops Husk of the Old God that allows you (amongst other things) to purchase the Head.
Gloves – Wasphide Gauntlets
Princess Huhuran – Temple of Ahn’Qiraj – Cannot be soloed by a balance druid but i’d imagine a feral tank would be fine. Very annoying stuns.
Legs – Genesis Trousers
Raid Quest (Genesis Trousers) – Ouro [SOLO] – Unfortunately you need two + people to get past twins but the option boss Ouro is very easy. Drops Skin of the Great Sandworm that allows you (amongst other things) to purchase the legs.
Boots – Genesis Boots
Raid Quest (Genesis Boots) – Viscidus and Princess Huhuran – Temple of Ahn’Qiraj – Drops Qiraji Bindings of Dominance that allows you (amongst other things) to purchase the boots and/or the shoulders. See Helm for tactics.
Wrists – Beetle Scaled Wristguards
Princess Huhuran – Temple of Ahn’Qiraj – Another piece of gear from Huhuran check further up for information.
Belt – Regenerating Belt of Vek’nilash
Twin Emperors – Temple of Ahn’Qiraj – Remember twins cannot be soloed.
There you have it – All of the Tier sets in Vanilla apart from Tier 3 obviously as it was removed from the game when Naxxramas was moved. Enjoy
Keep it Tree – Cenaria