The Tempered Saronite subset of the Blacksmithing tradeskill is a Plate armor collection based around defense rating and strength. This makes it of most interest to Plate-wearing tanks.

Consisting of 8 pieces of armor it is a fairly complete gear set, while not being an actual set. It alone is not sufficient gear for tanking level 80 heroic content, especially due to its lack of gem slots. However, it can be used to fill in slots by a fresh tank, and is sufficient for tanking non-heroic Northrend content.

It is important to note that while there are no gem slots, this equipment has higher than normal defense rating stats, though it lacks other avoidance/mitigation, and has less stamina than seen on higher gear. This means that tempered saronite pieces are great for breaking the 535 Defense "soft-cap" of heroics without the necessity of buying gems and enchantments. However, the tank will still be unable to tank heroic content without the health pool available in other gear, and this should only be used to get those last few points of defense, not as a mainstay of your equipment.

Tempered Saronite Crafting Table
Item [Saronite Bar] [Cobalt Bar] [Crystallized Earth]
[Tempered Saronite Belt] x5 x6
[Tempered Saronite Boots] x8 x3
[Tempered Saronite Bracers] x13
[Tempered Saronite Breastplate] x5 x6 x1
[Tempered Saronite Gauntlets] x14
[Tempered Saronite Helm] x12 x1
[Tempered Saronite Legplates] x5 x5 x1
[Tempered Saronite Shoulders] x12
Total x74 x20 x3

Tempered Saronite Stats
Item Armor Strength Stamina Defense rating
[Tempered Saronite Belt] 1040 24 49 57
[Tempered Saronite Boots] 1305 42 69 36
[Tempered Saronite Bracers] 873 27 30 48
[Tempered Saronite Breastplate] 1898 49 90 56
[Tempered Saronite Gauntlets] 1277 28 55 66
[Tempered Saronite Helm] 1581 46 52 83
[Tempered Saronite Legplates] 1618 43 114 32
[Tempered Saronite Shoulders] 1460 41 84 32
Total 11052 300 440 378

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