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Patch 8.2: Benthic Gear from Nazjatar

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Blizzard added new Benthic tokens to the game in the latest Patch 8.2 build to make gearing up easier while in Nazjatar. This article goes through Benthic gear, item effects, and upgrading.

Benthic Gear Tokens

Benthic tokens are similar to Relinquished tokens in Legion and they're here to provide a gear catchup. The base item level is 385. All slots except for weapons, trinkets, and rings are available. Helm, Shoulders, and Chest pieces obviously provide Azerite gear. The intro quest to the Benthic system will provide you with one piece of ilvl 385 Benthic gear which you're going to upgrade to ilvl 400.

Benthic Gear has predetermined stats and there's no RNG involved.

The following tokens can be purchased from Artisan Itanu (Alliance) or Finder Palta (Horde) in Nazjatar for 5 Nazjatar Manapearls:

Benthic Gear (ilvl 385) can also come from Nazjatar World Quests (Source).

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Finder Plata <Treasures of the Unshackled> vendor in Nazjatar. She sells gear tokens for Nazjatar Manapearls, a new currency rewarded from various activities in Nazjatar.

Buffs

Benthic Gear comes with interesting effects in various slots:

Back

  • Fishy Fiends Fishy Fiends - You have a chance to loot a random fish from creatures in Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace.
  • Frost Resistance Frost Resistance - Frost damage taken is reduced by 2% while in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace.
  • Resurrect Health Resurrect Health - Increases health gained when resurrected by 30% while in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace.
  • Trader's Stock Trader's Stock - You have access to the Murloc traders' special stocks.

Feet

Hands

  • Elemental Instincts Elemental Instincts - You are more likely to find strange resources related to Mardivas.
  • Shadow Resistance Shadow Resistance - Shadow damage taken is reduced by 2% while in Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace.

Legs

  • Seabed Runner Seabed Runner - Your Speed is increased by 95 while in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace.
  • Swimmer's Legs Swimmer's Legs - You are 5% larger while in Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace.

Waist

Wrists

  • Exploding Pufferfish - NYI Exploding Pufferfish - NYI - Your spells and abilities have a chance to summon a pufferfish that explodes, dealing 0 damage to targets within 8 yards of you.
  • Intra-Ocean Navigation Intra-Ocean Navigation - Your swim speed is increased in Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace by 5%.

Upgrading Benthic Gear

The base item level of Benthic items is 385, but you can upgrade them all the way up to item level 415 by talking to Voidbinder Zorian, who will:

  • Empower a Benthic item from Nazjatar, making it Pearled aind increasing its item level to 400 for 20 Nazjatar Manapearl.
  • Empower a Pearled item from Nazjatar, increasing its item level by 5 up to a maximum of 415 for 10 Nazjatar Manapearls per upgrade.
  • Empower a Pearled Azerite item from Nazjatar, increasing its item level by 15, up to a maximum of 415 for 30 Nazjatar Manapearls.

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Upgrade tokens listed below have been removed from the Quartermaster. The upgrade process is now handled by a NPC.

Last Update: June 10th

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Yes this is how alt gearing should be. The ability to bring a fresh alt to raid ready level just by playing on your main. Doing WQ to slowly gear isnt fun and not everyone has a guild group to carry their alt through M+

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9 hours ago, Xaethron said:

Yes this is how alt gearing should be. The ability to bring a fresh alt to raid ready level just by playing on your main. Doing WQ to slowly gear isnt fun and not everyone has a guild group to carry their alt through M+

Did I miss something?  The containers are BoP and the items are BoP.  You'll still have to do it via playing the alt.  The only upside is that you won't have to gradually scale it up.

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10 hours ago, Xaethron said:

Yes this is how alt gearing should be. The ability to bring a fresh alt to raid ready level just by playing on your main. Doing WQ to slowly gear isnt fun and not everyone has a guild group to carry their alt through M+

this is exactly the opposite of how it should be..

get heroic lvl loot for every character by afk farming

WoW realy has become like a loot shooter ......

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On 5/3/2019 at 4:51 AM, Ghash said:

Did I miss something?  The containers are BoP and the items are BoP.  You'll still have to do it via playing the alt.  The only upside is that you won't have to gradually scale it up.

The Pearling Kits said BoA for me. Way I saw it was you could buy them on your main and send them to an alt after your alt got the gear to just level up the gear.

On 5/3/2019 at 5:56 AM, Sombra said:

this is exactly the opposite of how it should be..

get heroic lvl loot for every character by afk farming

WoW realy has become like a loot shooter ......

Stop being critical? This is literally how the legendaries worked at the end of legion. 

First of all you have no idea how many it will take to deck out a whole charcter in heroic level gear. However long it takes though, even 1 piece of gear will be a boost. You call it afk farming but thats better than what it currently takes to gear an alt alone. Get to 120, do a few M0s for 370 gear, then WQ slowly to gradually get up to 385 and do normal, then heroic. No one takes you for an M+10 when youre below ilvl 400. 

With this method im able to essentially just get the gear then upgrade it from my main. Its easier and less time consuming. If i wanted to spend as much time gearing the alt as my main id play the alt when the content released.

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are the manapearls a character bound currency like apexis crystals? or an account bound and moveable currency like polished pet charms?

just curious bcause everyone is talking about gearing alts. but the tear tokens are saying. bind on pickup

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On 5/23/2019 at 12:35 AM, knight85 said:

are the manapearls a character bound currency like apexis crystals? or an account bound and moveable currency like polished pet charms?

just curious bcause everyone is talking about gearing alts. but the tear tokens are saying. bind on pickup

Hey! Sorry for getting back to you this late. The tokens are Bound to account, so I'm sure you can send them over to your alts. There's been a change to the maximum ilvl of the upgrade tokens, they're down to ilvl 415 (from 430). I've reviewed this post and it should be up to date with what we currently have on 8.2 PTR.

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There are two sides of this argument in the above post to consider. First, people are against this being BoA because they don't want to see fresh alts in a raid with all welfare gear expecting to get carried. I can see this argument as when we were running raids in previous expansions you would constantly see people with the expansions catch up gear trying to get pug spots by saying they had high item level but it was all token gear. However, there is also the opposing argument of using this to gear new alts for current content. When you hit max level on a new character if you cannot get into current content because of gear you are expected to progress through old content just to get to current content questing which is very deflating when it comes to just wanting to play the game. No progression raid is going to take a fresh 120 in token gear, however if you need a X role for a raid and that new alt could fill in then it may be viable. I currently have 33 120s but I also know that I will want to play the new zones on all or most of them so whether or not the gear is BoA I will end up with it anyway. 

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