Patch 8.2 PTR - Benthic Gear Preview
Patch 8.2 introduces Benthic gear, which is catch up gear similar to the unsullied and relinquished gear from Argus. However, there is a little more to it than that.


  • Nazjatar introduces a new currency called Prismatic Manapearl, which is obtained through many different methods while questing and exploring the zone.
  • Benthic gear can be purchased from a vendor in your faction's Nazjatar hub for 5 Prismatic Manapearl each.
    • Alliance - Artisan Itanu
    • Horde - Finder Palta


  • Benthic gear starts at item level 385.
  • Benthic gear can also be obtained from world quests and the Nazjatar emissary.


  • List of Benthic Gear:
  • There are no weapons, rings, or trinkets via Benthic gear. However, these items can be obtained through Mechagon content.
  • Benthic gear can be upgraded all the way to item level 425 via Voidbinder Zorlan (H) or Voidbinder Sturzah (A):


    • These NPCS operate much like the gear upgrade Ethereal from Pandaria. Instead of Justice points, however, you use Prismatic Manapearl.
    • The first time you upgrade a piece of Benthic gear it costs 20 Prismatic Manapearl and upgrades the item by 15 item levels, changing it to a Pearled Benthic piece of gear.
    • All further upgrades to Pearled Benthic gear cost the following:
      • Non Azerite Armor Pearled Benthic gear upgrades by 5 item levels up to 425, and costs 10 Prismatic Manapearl each upgrade.
      • Azerite Armor Pearled Benthic gear upgrades by 15 and costs 15 Prismatic Manapearl per upgrade.
  • Benthic gear have predetermined stats, meaning there is no RNG to which stats you will get on each slot.
  • Benthic gear also have useful special abilities on certain slots:
    • Cloaks
      • Trader's Stock - You have access to Murloc traders' special stocks.
      • Fishy Fiends - You have a chance to loot a random fish from creatures in Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace.
      • Frost Resistance - Frost damage taken is reduced by 2% while in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace.
      • Resurrect Health - Increases health gained when resurrected by 30% while in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace.
    • Feet
    • Gloves
      • Shadow Resistance - Shadow damage taken is reduced by 2% while in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace.
      • Elemental Instincts - You are more likely to find strange resources related to Mardivas.
      • Carnivore of the Deep - While in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace, your critical strikes have a chance to heal you for 0 over 10 sec.
    • Legs
      • Seabed Runner - Your Speed is increased by 95 while in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace.
      • Swimmer's Legs - You are 5% larger while in Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace.
      • Hatred of Her Court - Heal for 0 after killing a Naga in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace.
    • Waist
    • Wrists
      • Intra-Ocean Navigation - Your swim speed is increased in Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace.
      • Frost Resistance - Frost damage taken is reduced by 2% while in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace.
      • Eel-ectrified Defenses - When taking damage in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace, you have a chance to deal 0 damage to the attacker and slow them for 15% for 5 sec.
      • Exploding Pufferfish - While in Nazjatar and the Eternal Palace, your spells and abilities have a chance to summon a pufferfish that explodes 3 sec later, dealing 0 damage to targets within 8 yards.


Raid Testing Schedule - May 9th - 10th
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Thursday, May 9th and Friday May 10th, we will be conducting out first raid tests of The Eternal Palace.

Thursday, May 9th
Abyssal Commander Sivara - Heroic Eternal Palace
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Lady Ashvane - Heroic Eternal Palace
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

Friday, May 10th
Orgozoa - Heroic Eternal Palace
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Radiance of Azshara - Heroic Eternal Palace
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?
A: In Zuldazar, Boralus, Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade III in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Q: What character should I use to test the raid?
A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players’ effective level to 120 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.

Q: How long does testing last?
A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we’re satisfied that we’ve received that information for a given boss, we’ll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.

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This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 8.2 PTR - Benthic Gear Preview, Raid Testing Schedule May 9-10, DLC #677 started by Stoy View original post
Comments 70 Comments
  1. Yunaqt's Avatar
    Might actually finally gear my alts through it, been heavily neglecting them >.>
  1. dragnipur's Avatar
    Blizzard finally started to listen.I wanted this since the end of Legion(GW2 is better than WoW in this aspect specifically).
    Having a vendor sistem with upgreadble items in it is way better than a shity RNG war/titanforge.It's good to have a mix between dropping items from raids & M+ and buying things with currency.
  1. sch1ntus's Avatar
    ...which is catch up gear similar to the unsullied and relinquished gear from Argus...
    Again with the re-use of previous systems. They're so inventive! One must think the money paid for the subscription goes to something new!
  1. Arvandor's Avatar
    8.2 and benthic gear will not save bfa..

    classic is the only thing that save wow this year!
  1. Sesethi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UselessOrangePeel View Post
    Again with the re-use of previous systems. They're so inventive! One must think the money paid for the subscription goes to something new!


    Whaaaah, Blizz sucks! They removed all those cool features from the previous expansions, the game now is hollow and shallow! WoW is dead!


    Whaaaah, Blizz sucks! They keep recicling old stuff! Why do I even pay for a game with no creativity? Thats why its hollow and shallow! WoW is dead!
  1. Devilyaki's Avatar
    Good something to do.
  1. Gatto's Avatar
    Given the exclusive bonuses, top guild full mythic will have to farm new equipment before confronting raid bosses?
    I mean, could they be mandatory in order to challenge specific raid encounters?
  1. det's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sesethi View Post
    Whaaaah, Blizz sucks! They removed all those cool features from the previous expansions, the game now is hollow and shallow! WoW is dead!


    Whaaaah, Blizz sucks! They keep recicling old stuff! Why do I even pay for a game with no creativity? Thats why its hollow and shallow! WoW is dead!
    ...and by the magic of the internet, these comments are often back to back.

    By the supermagic of the internet it is then often followed by a baffling generic comment like "8.2 and benthic gear will not save bfa..
    classic is the only thing that save wow this year! ".

    I swear some posters are bots

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatto View Post
    Given the exclusive bonuses, top guild full mythic will have to farm new equipment before confronting raid bosses?
    I mean, could they be mandatory in order to challenge specific raid encounters?
    I could imagine they are "mandatory" if you want every little bit of an edge in the World 1st race. And yea...this resistance / damage to aberrations thingy had me wondering and it could be helpful to anyone trying to crack a specific bossfight. Just like we eventually could beat MC without mindcontroling those guys and fire res buffing the raid or without Onyxia's / Nefarian's head up in Orgrimmar etc etc...but at the beginning it sure helped.

    Then again, there were examples where the guilds with lower average ilv won etc....

    No matter what, the guilds that seriously think they have a chance of competing will likely do ANYTHING that they consider as a benefit in the competition.
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Benthic gear have predetermined stats, meaning there is no RNG to which stats you will get on each slot.

    Congrats Blizz. Only took you what 5 years to realise that nobody liked the RNG stat casino?

    I guess Manapearls will be meh to obtain in return for it but eh.
  1. RoKPaNda's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dragnipur View Post
    Blizzard finally started to listen.I wanted this since the end of Legion(GW2 is better than WoW in this aspect specifically).
    Having a vendor sistem with upgreadble items in it is way better than a shity RNG war/titanforge.It's good to have a mix between dropping items from raids & M+ and buying things with currency.
    You know this is just a catch up system right? WF/TF score really well with the casuals and aren't going anywhere. I don't see anything that specifies that these items won't be able to WF/TF, just that what stats the items have is predetermined - Not the amount of stats / ilevel. Even if this gear can't forge because they want it to be a time sink the raid / dungeon / etc gear still will.
  1. relaxok's Avatar
    resist gear is back!
  1. Axxil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Arvandor View Post
    8.2 and benthic gear will not save bfa..

    classic is the only thing that save wow this year!
    most delusional response of the week.
  1. dragnipur's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RoKPaNda View Post
    You know this is just a catch up system right? WF/TF score really well with the casuals and aren't going anywhere. I don't see anything that specifies that these items won't be able to WF/TF, just that what stats the items have is predetermined - Not the amount of stats / ilevel. Even if this gear can't forge because they want it to be a time sink the raid / dungeon / etc gear still will.
    Where exactly did i say the WF&TF are being removed???I just said they are a shitty sistems nothing else.And how did you made the conclusion that adding vendors is me saying WF/TF will be removed?

    My last sentence is even explayining how i like to have dropping items (aka WF/TF i did not think i have to spell it to any to understand) combined with buyable items is a great combination.
  1. RoKPaNda's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dragnipur View Post
    Where exactly did i say the WF&TF are being removed???I just said they are a shitty sistems nothing else.
    I didn't say you said any such thing. I was just letting you know that they're popular with the casuals and won't be going anywhere.
  1. dragothica's Avatar
    Benthic gear not having RNG is such a lie, when you still buy Tokens from the vendor which turn into items with unknown stats at the moment of purchase.

    Why can't they just add gear as visible items to the vendor when there is still the option to filter items for your spec only? They did it in TBC already. Is it some kind of database thing, which saves someone 1 hour of development time from copy-pasting items to the vendors spreadsheet?
  1. Orochimaruu's Avatar
    can they heave leach avoideance or speed or socket ?
  1. dhru2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dragothica View Post
    Is it some kind of database thing, which saves someone 1 hour of development time from copy-pasting items to the vendors spreadsheet?
    Yep, you have to keep in your mind: Companies are profit oriented they will always go with the least amount of money invested.
  1. Wries's Avatar
    Shouldn't 430 be pretty much normal tier ilvl once the new raid gets released? Pretty overpowered and lame catch-up as always.
  1. zetitup's Avatar
    And the question is, how long does it take to get each piece to 430...
    I bet you have 430 ilvl before you get each piece from the vendor
  1. Assorted Whip's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stoy View Post
    Benthic gear have predetermined stats, meaning there is no RNG to which stats you will get on each slot.
    Are this stats linked to armor type or specialization?

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