Preparing for Patch 5.4 Guide: Gear Changes, Removed Content, and More!
Patch 5.4 is a week away, so today we're taking a look at things you can do to prepare for the patch--from saving your
to finishing up Battlefield Barrens! Next week we will publish our Patch 5.4 guide to all the new content, but for now we're just focusing on the changes that can impact how you play the week before.
Olivia from Talk Azeroth covers everything you can do to prepare this week in her most recent show as well:
Existing Gear Changes
In Patch 5.4, all reputation gear tied to MoP factions (except for
) will cost
and the reputation requirements will be lifted--so if you hate grinding reps and are short on VP, just wait a week to buy those items.
gear will still cost
in 5.4, but heavily discounted, so it's probably best to wait and buy those items when the patch hits. Shoulders are unaffected, as they cost gold.
Item upgrades aren't going away in 5.4--if you're not sure what to do this week, upgrade your best pieces with Valor this week, and buy the cheaper
upgrades next week.
Patch 5.4 also introduces
ilvl 496 BoA gear
. While you can't usually control what slot and armor type you'll get a token for, this gear is of a higher item level than the epics which formerly required reputation. Unlike past random-stat items, these epics come with chest, leg, and helm sockets. So hold off on buying some BoEs this week to boost your alt's item level, and send them some Timeless tokens next week.
you will get ilvl 528 from LFR, 540 Flex, 553 Normal, 559 Warforged, 566 Heroic, and 572 Heroic Warforged. Blizzard posted a blog on 9/4 covering
Siege of Orgrimmar Raid Schedules
, and you need ilvl 496 to queue up for LFR
. Flex Wing 1 will be available on September 10th, but LFR Wing 1 will be available on September 17th.
Since this blog's focus is about what you can currently do
5.4, we're not going to dive into new gear too much--we've got more gear blogs planned for launch week, and in the meantime you can check out our blogs on
Tier 16 Itemsets
Season 14 PvP gear
Patch 5.4 Trinkets
Siege of Orgrimmar Weapons
Siege of Orgrimmar Loot tables
. We also have all loot details up on
boss pages, including Flexible loot.
Click the cut to read about more ways to prep for Patch 5.4!
will not be converted to
in Patch 5.4. If you have all
gear already, hold onto it for future upgrades. There will be no new
gear to buy in 5.4.
will be converted to
because there's a new arena season starting.
As far as
, the bonus rolls will now work on
pets in 5.4--if you really like pets, it might be worth saving a few for
. since old LFRs are obsoleted when people level past 90 and you can only get that pet in LFR.
can also be acquired for 0
If you're done with
loot and dislike farming Lesser Charms, hold on to them this week since you'll need them in 5.4 for
It won't be as easy in 5.4 to convert
and quickly get a fresh set of epics, since the conversion has been increased from 375 > 250 to 500 > 250. However, as listed above, there are easy ways to now get PvE epics with
For a full list of currency changes, check out our
5.4 PTR: Currency and Reputation Gear
As far as crafted gear goes, there will be ilvl 476 PvP recipes players can learn when making
. These daily transmutes require about the same materials needed to learn the ilvl 458 PvP recipes, so if you're short on materials and still want to learn some new recipes, it's best to wait a week. Players really into collecting recipes should stockpile
These ilvl 476 Crafted Malevolent recipes will also help with boosting item levels and perhaps bypassing some lower-tier LFRs.
If you want to be one of the first to craft and use the new ilvl 553 BoE epics (legs and belts), you'll be interested in crafting several
a day, which take the raw mats listed above in addition to
, found from DEing 5.4 gear.
Many new glyphs
are being added in Patch 5.4. The recipes will take some farming to get (world drops or
drops), but they'll all require
, so stock up on that.
is also worth hanging on to, as it will be used in a variety of Engineering vanity items, like
We'll have a full overview of profession changes up at the end of the week, so stay tuned!
will be removed from
as the zone undergoes some major changes from the
Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar
trailer. You will still be able to hit Exalted with the
, complete quests that grant achievements, and farm
With the patch coming pretty soon, you're probably best off supplementing daily rep gains with
, making sure to do
at your farm every day, and selecting Golden Lotus for bonus dungeon and scenario rep. Be sure to pick up
at revered to speed your reputation gains along if you want
For a complete look at all the changes in the Vale and a summary of
, check out our
updated 5.4 Golden Lotus Guide
The weekly quests for
, as well as most special vanity items, are being removed in 5.4. You will not be able to get Latent Kor'kron transmog armor or any Darkspear Rebellion vanity gear after the patch, or complete
and get the resulting title.
You will still be able to get
by killing Kor'kron mobs in the Barrens. While it's too late to start collecting
for a full set of Latent Kor'kron Armor, you can probably farm up items like
with some friends quickly before 5.4.
may be available at a later point as well, since they're so popular and occupy a unique transmog niche.
To learn more about Battlefield Barrens, check out our
detailed event guide
Season 13 Elite PvP gear and the
are going away. Season 13 Elite gear is particularly unique because it required players to earn a ton of
but didn't have a rating requirement. Season 14 Elite gear will be handled differently--in addition to earning a ton of points, you also need a high rating.
To help plan Patch 5.4, Wowhead tools can help!
Our PTR database has all the new Patch 5.4 gear, and our Siege of Orgrimmar boss pages have loot broken down by LFR, Flex, Normal, Heroic difficulties as well as by Loot Specialization.
Our items pages and
item comparison tool
now have Challenge Mode scaling options, so you can roughly see what your gear becomes inside a Challenge Mode or 5.4 Proving Ground.
can now be used on our PTR site to make Equipment Sets and item lists of 5.4 gear sets.
Battle Pet Team Calculator
lets you save your ideal pet teams for the Celestial Tournament and power leveling. When 5.4 hits, you can also compare your teams to the Celestial Tournament teams as well.
There's been many glyph and talent changes, which you can check out on our
PTR talent calculator
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