Arena gear is generally considered required to participate in PvP ever since the release of the Burning Crusade expansion, though some classes have moved away from using full arena gear in the more recent months. Classes without a defensive cooldown such as priests, shamans, druids, and warlocks are all encouraged to use primarily arena gear in PvP.
The following price/rating requirements are for Season 5 gear.
|Slot||Hateful Point Value||Hateful Rating Min||Deadly Point Value||Deadly Rating Min|
|Main hand weapon||N/A||N/A||3150||1930|
|Off hand weapon||N/A||N/A||1350||1930|
|Two handed weapon||N/A||N/A||4500||1930|
Hateful Gear can also be bought with Emblem of Valor, has this small chart shows:
During The Burning Crusade expansion, past season gear was available for pve token or at a greatly reduced cost/rating requirement. While Blizzard said they intended to do something similar, it remains to be seen how this will be handled once Season 6 hits. Season 1, 2, 3 and 4's gear is no longer available in the game.
The Arena gear vendors can be found in Dalaran.
Hateful Gear Vendor:
Clicking on the vendor's link will take you to a list of the items they have for sale.
Arena gear is generally considered a poor choice for PVE, but this consideration doesn't apply to the weapons, which are actually quite powerful in their own right and prized as PVE items, just as much PVP items.
It is not uncommon for many dps classes to participate in Arenas for the sole intent of getting a weapon that they will then use for PVE purposes.
|One Hand Sword||Two Handed Sword|
|Off Hand Sword||Two Handed Mace|
|One Hand Mace||Two Handed Axe|
|Off Hand Mace||Polearm|
|Main Hand Claw||Feral Druid Staff|
|Off Hand Claw||Caster Dagger|
|One Handed Axe||Caster Mace|
|Off Hand Axe||Shield|
|One Hand Dagger||Caster's Offhand|
|Off Hand Dagger||Idols|
|Crossbow||Hunter Axe||N/A - Not available for S5.|