You may have noticed that there is a strong focus on frost resist gear and enchants, and very little in the way of resistances for anything else. A frost resistance set will come in handy on the last two bosses of Naxxramas, and will probably have use in later content once it is opened up. So lets look at whats needed, and whats out there.
Here is the link to wowwiki’s explanation of Resistance Mechanics.
Quickly, the resistance cap against a level 83 target is 415, which provides you 75% damage reduction.
Your pet gets 1 resistance point per level, and so will have 80 FR at level 80.
Your pet also gets 40% of your resistances.
So you would have to have 838 Frost Resist to cap your pet’s Frost Resist.
While its easy to cap yourself at 415, its fairly difficult to cap your pet.
The following gear is available in the expansion:
Icy Scale Boots (86 FR)
Icy Scale Belt (86 FR)
Icy Scale Chestguard (115 FR)
Titanium Frostguard Ring (68 FR)
and the following enchants:
Arcanum of the Frosty Soul (25 FR)
Scroll of Enchant Cloak – Frost Resistance (20 FR)
Fur Lining – Frost Resistance (Leatherworking Only – 60 FR)
and the following buffs from players:
Shamans, for Frost Resist Totem (130 FR)
Paladins, for Frost Resistance Aura (130 FR)
Druids, for Mark of the Wild (54 FR, 76FR with talents)
These effects do not stack with each other, but they will “double dip”, that is, the pet can receive the benefit for itself, and receive a portion from your buff.
Old world Frost Resist items include:
The Frozen Eye (35 FR)
Flask of Chromatic Wonder (35 FR)
Pendant of Thawing (30 FR)
Glacial Cloak (24 FR)
Magic Resistance Potion (50 FR for 3 minutes)
The four piece set gives you 355 FR. Add in the Arcanum and Cloak enchant, and you are looking at 400 FR. At this point any more frost resist is going to benefit your pet only, since you are almost at the cap. Your pet should have 240 at this point.
130 from Shaman/Paladin, 182 if you both have the buff.
76 from Druid, 106 if you both have the buff.
So you are looking at 346 or 422, if you have Druid or a Shaman/Paladin in your group, respectively. Again, these effects do not stack with each other . If you arent fortunate enough to have one of these classes, you cannot reach the cap.
If you have the Shaman or Paladin, your pet is at the cap at this point. Congrats! If you dont have either, but you do have a Druid, you could still close the gap with the old world items, but at the cost of other stats. I would not recommend this unless you know you are not going to have a Shaman or a Paladin on a regular basis.
If you take the time to build this set, and the raid’s tanks do not, your pet could be the better option for that fight, so there is an opportunity there.
Let the Hunt begin!