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#1 Nov 08 2012 at 8:15 AM Rating: Good
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I was wondering if you could, or if it was even worth soloing dungeons like RFC as a level 60 Paladin. Also can it be done as Ret, or is Prot the better spec for it? Thank you.
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SilentNightKitsune wrote:
I was wondering if you could, or if it was even worth soloing dungeons like RFC as a level 60 Paladin. Also can it be done as Ret, or is Prot the better spec for it? Thank you.


Define worth it?

Things to get:
-Achievements
-Rare flavor items
-Transmog gear
-Lore, to an extent
-Potentially some gold by selling off loot on the AH
-Reputation if you're wearing a faction tabard

Things you won't get:
-Experience (or very little)
-A good feel for fight mechanics... not like there is much to know at low level fights, but still
-Useful gear. You might find a piece or two that has some extremely limited use, but nothing stat-wise


I've soloed every sub-80 dungeon and heroic in the game, mostly for achievements and reputation, and sometimes for rare drops and mounts. It's not a bad change of pace, but it's not "worth it" for most players who value their time in gold/hour, exp/hour, or getting better gear.

Edit: As for the second part, either spec will work for dungeons below level 45 or so (probably any below 50). If you're only level 60, you'd likely want Prot spec for better survivability in dungeons that are around level 50-60. A better idea would be to just group up for the LFG tool for those dungeons.

Edited, Nov 8th 2012 10:22am by LockeColeMA
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SilentNightKitsune wrote:
I was wondering if you could, or if it was even worth soloing dungeons like RFC as a level 60 Paladin. Also can it be done as Ret, or is Prot the better spec for it? Thank you.


I personally love running old dungeons, expecially if they push my character. You find that you learn a lot about your class when you solo hard content.

To answer your question you should easily be able to solo RFC no matter the spec. After all it is a level 15 dungeon so you would have 45 levels on top of it. The higher you go though the more likely you will have to spec into something more durable. You probably could solo anything sub 50 with relative ease. Zul Farrak would probably give you the most trouble with the mobs that hex. Best advice I can give you is just try it. You will never know what you, as a player, can pull off until you give it a shot.
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Thank you both for the advice. I was wondering, is there anything in RFC that can be sold on the AH, like blues? Maybe I am just not looking right but sometimes I see things on the AH that were bind on pickup for me.
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Generally speaking the most you will get from dungeon runs that will sell on the AH are green's and cloth. It is rare to see blue BoE gear drop outside of high end dungeons, and even then it is infrequent. If gold is what you are after I recommend that you keep leveling. Smiley: tongue For your time spent you will get better gold from quest rewards and grey's that drop.

Unless of course a certain cloth sells real well on your server. That of course varies from server to server and we have no way to know how effective it would be.
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SilentNightKitsune wrote:
Thank you both for the advice. I was wondering, is there anything in RFC that can be sold on the AH, like blues? Maybe I am just not looking right but sometimes I see things on the AH that were bind on pickup for me.

Most bosses will drop blues, but almost every boss drop is BoP and thus cannot be sold on the AH. Killing everything in a dungeon can nab you a bunch of green (and rarely, blue) items, as well as cloth and vendor trash. That's where you would make money.

Oh, and if you have Enchanting as a profession you can disenchant the boss drops and sell the shards that you get.

But realistically speaking, you'll make more by questing or running dungeons at 60 than you would by running level 15 instances for drops.

I really like soloing content. On my first character (back in 2005 or early 2006) I soloed the Deadmines at level 30. It took me almost 2 and a half hours, primarily because I had terrible gear, no idea how to spec, and wasn't that great at the game yet. But I had a blast, and it was a TON of fun. As said, since then I've soloed a ton. The achievements are the primary reason, but I also soloed Stratholme dozens of times to get Deathcharger's Reins (back when they were a 1/10,000 drop rate). I ended up making several thousand gold off of rare drops, Runecloth, and the shards I disenchanted from boss items. This was in TBC however, when such items were in more demand.

Nowadays I primarily solo raids like MC, AQ40, Karazhan, BT, and trash in ICC for mounts and reputation. You can still make a pretty penny off those raids; Sulfuon Ingots and Blood of the Mountain sell for a few hundred gold each on my server, making MC a quick, painless, and somewhat profitable venture at 90. But again, at 60 you'll be a bit limited in terms of profit and what you can survive.

Best advice: try it out, see how it goes! I constantly try to push myself by soloing things; it's my primary reason to get better gear! Smiley: smile
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IMO, if you want it to be 'worth it' money wise get another 10 levels or so, then you can hit some of the late 50's dungeons a bit easier. At that point you start getting pieces for some of the rarer green transmog sets. Assuming things are about where they were last time I did it (say a few months back), there were several drops in that level range that I sold for a few thousand gold. Was more profitable for me than farming raw materials at that point.

Of course your mileage may vary. Smiley: wink

Edited, Nov 8th 2012 8:49am by someproteinguy
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Personally my advice would be to level up. If you have any desire to run old content the higher lvl you are the easier/faster it will become.
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I also soloed Stratholme dozens of times to get Deathcharger's Reins (back when they were a 1/10,000 drop rate). I ended up making several thousand gold off of rare drops, Runecloth, and the shards I disenchanted from boss items. This was in TBC however, when such items were in more demand.
I wish I'd kept track of the money I made. It had to be a lot considering the 194 runs(about half of which were during TBC).
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I have to wonder if we are talking RFC or RFK?

RFK would make a lot better sense in context.

I also enjoy soloing old content. I would go as Prot. You should be able to go a fair way up the list. Maybe RFD or even SK. Especially as a 60 nowadays can be tricked out in much better gear from the first quests in BC than a vanilla paladin at 60.

Eventually it will become painful at which point you either need better techniques or better gear or a few more levels Smiley: smile
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If I do solo some of the dungeons as Protection, what tips can you give me. Ive gotten so used to using the random grouping tool it has been a long while since I have gone solo on anything, and thank you again for everything said.

Oh and P.S. I have just reached Outland and haven't gotten any BC gear, but I did get the level 60 Epic PvP set from Orgrimmar if that helps at all. Do I still need better gear? And also, I have mining and skinning, would it be worth dropping skinning to take up enchanting for the shards, or would it take too long to raise my enchanting level up to be able to disenchant the higher items?

Edited, Nov 9th 2012 9:38am by SilentNightKitsune

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SilentNightKitsune wrote:
If I do solo some of the dungeons as Protection, what tips can you give me. Ive gotten so used to using the random grouping tool it has been a long while since I have gone solo on anything, and thank you again for everything said.

Oh and P.S. I have just reached Outland and haven't gotten any BC gear, but I did get the level 60 Epic PvP set from Orgrimmar if that helps at all. Do I still need better gear?

Edited, Nov 9th 2012 9:38am by SilentNightKitsune

Level 60 PvP gear... High Warlord? That stuff?

You'll likely replace most of it within a couple of levels. That stuff was from when the PvP system was first released. It's item level is pretty low, but it probably will hold up until you start getting to Zangarmarsh quests. As a comparison, tthis is the level 60 PvP epic two-handed mace, and this axe is from one of the first HFP quests. The stats are similar, though DPS is quite different. I think the main difference you'll start noticing is that Outland armor gets a LOT more stamina on it.

As to whether or not you NEED it? No... but better gear makes soloing easier.

When it comes to Protection soloing, I really can't help. Most of my advice would come from soloing at 85-90, and I don't really know what abilities a Paladin is lacking between 60 and 90. If you know how to tank, just act like a tank, and heal yourself however you best can. Word of Glory? Is that the self-heal? Not sure if you have it yet.

Best advice is to take it slow and not bite off more than you can handle. Or, as said, just level even more. Once you vastly out-level and out-gear old instances, your strategy is pretty much "KILL ALL THE THINGS!" Then the trick becomes finding the fastest way to do so Smiley: grin
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