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5 Things to Do After Hitting 90

Now that you have ventured forth in Pandaria and reached the level cap of 90, the question is what next, I have seen many folks asking or wondering what should be on their plate first?   Especially if you are in a raiding guild the below should put you on the right path to be raid ready.  Its important to keep in mind that there are in-game gear requirements for heroics and beyond.  So maximizing your time is of the utmost importance.

Also as a member of a guild its important to work together in order to assist each other to get the items you all need to be successful in Mists of Pandaria, especially if you are a member of a raiding guild.

Keep reading to find out the 5 things you should be doing once you hit 90.

1.  Normal Dungeons

There are a few dungeons you can run at level 85 that are not heroic that will help boost your item level.  Focus on Mogu’shan Palace and Shado-Pan Monastary.  While nothing earth shattering it will help you get some 450 and 435 gear which is needed to run heroic dungeons.  You will require an item level of 440 to begin heroics.  With some of these gear drops it will help you get on your way to running heroics.

2. Scenarios

Scenarios are a great way to get a chance at some item level 463 gear.  Granted there is no guarantee, at the end of each scenario you will get some gear, a chance at some heroic level gear that is suitable for your spec, is quite good.  Scenarios are quick instanced group quests that typically last between 10-20 minutes, that don’t require specific roles to complete though having a healer is sometimes very beneficial.  Running random ones will earn you valor points as well.  I highly recommend running the Proving Grounds scenario early on, as it is the only one with a quest that will earn you an ilvl 450 weapon.  So that is at least one guaranteed ilvl 450 item that will help you get up to the required ilvl 440 for heroics.

As of release, there are 8 scenarios available per faction

  1. A Brewing Storm
  2. Brewmoon Festival
  3. Crypt of Forgotten Kings
  4. Alliance: Dustwallow Marsh | Horde: Dustwallow Marsh
  5. Kun-Lai Summit
  6. Proving Grounds
  7. The Jade Forest
  8. Unga Ingoo

3. Daily Quests – Golden Lotus, Klaxxi

The Klaxxi and Golden Lotus are two of the main factions you will start to run dailies for.  The Klaxxi you will open by questing in the Dread Wastes.  The Golden Lotus open after you talk with Anduin and finish the trials at the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit, the quest chain begins by getting a quest called Temple of the White Tiger.  This will eventually lead to opening the gates to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and ultimately the quest hub for the Golden Lotus.  At honored with the Klaxxi you can purchase an epic neck with an item level of 489.  The Golden Lotus at honored you can get ilvl 489 rings.  These items can be purchased for valor points.  You must get to revered with the Golden Lotus to open up the Shado-Pan and August Celestials factions.  Many folks joke about the amount of dailies in Mists of Pandaria, but if you focus on these two factions the gear will come faster.

Dailies in Mists of Pandaria are a lot like eating an elephant, trying to eat the whole thing at once will just make you sick.  So I suggest doing it one bite at a time.  If your goal is to raid, these two factions’ dailies are the best way to start.  The nice thing about daily quests is that you can earn valor points to help you get closer to the higher level gear.

4. Heroics

Once you reach an equipped item level of 440, you can begin to queue up for heroic dungeons.  Yyou will earn justice points for boss kills, also running random heroics will net you valor points.  The gear that drops here is item level 463.  So this is where you will spend a good portion of your time until you get an average item level of 460.  There are currently 9 total heroic dungeons you can run to gear up your toon.  These are:

  1. Gate of the Setting Sun
  2. Mogu’Shan Palace
  3. Scarlet Halls
  4. Scarlet Monastery
  5. Scholomance
  6. Shado-Pan Monastery
  7. Siege of Niuzao Temple
  8. Stormstout Brewery
  9. Temple of the Jade Serpent

5. LFR

LFR makes a return but gone are these being pushover fights, you will need to have an equipped ilvl of 460 to enter the first LFR, which is Mogu’Shan Vaults.  The next LFR encounter will be Heart of Fear, followed by Terrace of Endless Spring.  Please note you will need to finish Mogu’Shan Vaults before you can enter Heart of Fear and you need to clear Heart of Fear before moving onto Terrace of Endless Spring.  The LFR runs are easier than normal but some fights still can pose a challenge that may require a bit more communication., than many were used to in the Dragon Soul LFR.  Here is where you will see simplified versions of the normal mode raid bosses, and will drop item level 476 gear.  All of this will get you a bit closer to being even better prepared to raid the normal modes.  Granted its not necessary to run LFR to raid normal mode, but it certainly gives you a leg up.

Gear drops in LFR are rolled in the background, and there is a chance loot will drop for you based on your spec.  Gone are the days of people rolling on gear and trading it to their friends, instead you roll against the computer and gamble with the RNG gods.


With these 5 things you should be well on your way to handle later content of Mists of Pandaria.  In the end being raid ready and ready to help your guild be raid ready are important by and following the above items, you are doing just that.  There are a ton of other things to do besides these 5, Blizzard gave us more stuff to do at max level than ever before, but these five items will put you on the right path to get into raiding content.


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