So you’ve identified the Legendary power you want to use and now you have to decide on the best slot. There are a few ways to go about this decision. First, let’s cover some details that will affect your slot choice.
Item budgets by slot
Legendary items have the same ‘item budgets’ as other items for that slot. An item budget determines the amount of primary and secondary stats on the item. This means that a legendary 190 chest will have the same stat amount of primary and secondary stats as an epic 190 chest.
Some slots have more stats than others, which could factor in to the slot you want to choose (more on that later). Large stat-budget items are head, chest, and legs. And smaller budgeted items are the back and wrist.
Below is a list of the stats you’ll get from each slot, at each Legendary level. They are listed as primary / secondary with the secondary about as per stat. For example, a level 190 legendary chest will have 58 of your main stat, and 58 of each secondary stat you choose for a total of 116 secondary stats.
|Head*, chest, legs
|58 / 58
|70 / 65
|80 / 71
|88 / 74
|0 / 77
|0 / 95
|0 / 106
|0 / 115
|Shoulder, hands, waist*, feet
|44 / 43
|53 / 48
|60 / 52
|66 / 55
|33 / 32
|39 / 36
|45 / 39
|50 / 41
Gem sockets for your legendary
Sockets can be added to head, neck, wrist, waist, and ring slots with a Spatial Realignment Apparatus. This is sold by Ve’nari in the Maw for 2,500 Stygia and requires Exalted rep.
We know this works on regular items and are currently assuming it also works on Legendaries until we can get concrete evidence one way or the other. Here’s an older blue post about sockets in Shadowlands.
Upgrading your legendary
Each legendary item can be upgraded, which gives you more stats. The power itself does not get stronger – all you get are more stats. The stats you picked when you crafted the legendary are set – they cannot be changed when upgrading.
To upgrade the legendary, you need a base item of the higher item level and enough Soul Ash. It costs the same amount of Soul Ash to upgrade as it does to make the higher version right away. You are just charged the Soul Ash cost difference when upgrading vs creating the higher version from scratch.
Choosing the best slot
Each Legendary Power is limited to only a handful of slots (you can’t choose any slot for any power). The slot options are listed in the tooltip (and you can find them here on Wowhead).
So which slot is best for you?
I recommend two different approaches, depending on how you play the game.
Option 1: For those who don’t farm gear and don’t clear raids quickly, and whose legendary will likely be their highest item level item. You won’t accumulate high level gear very quickly and when you do, it likely won’t turn over that fast.
The idea is to capitalize on two things: stats from the higher item and the longevity of not replacing it anytime soon. Because of this, choose a slot with a higher item budget to get even more stats. Also choose a slot that can be socketed if possible, again, to get even more stats.
Below is a list of the highest item level budget, from biggest to smallest. An * indicates it can be socketed.
- Head*, chest, or legs
- Shoulder, hands, waist*, feet
- Back, wrist*
If your legendary will be about the same item level as the rest of your gear, necklaces and rings can be a good option. Necks and rings (whether legendary or epic) don’t have primary stats. But they can be socketed, making them an appealing option. They also have more secondary stats than other items, so being able to hand-pick those stats on a legendary has a bigger impact for jewelry slots.
Option 2: For those who run a lot of Mythic dungeons, raids, and generally get gear at a decent pace. This is also for people who time higher M+ keys each week and do higher raid difficulties over time. Since you are replacing gear more often and gradually increasing your item level, and your legendary won’t be significantly higher than your other gear, you want to plan ahead and choose a slot that fits in well with other near best-in-slot gear.
The easiest way to do this is with the Upgrade Finder. We’ve run a ton of combos with each legendary and other available drops, so we account for several factors. For example, maybe haste/crit are your best stats, but there aren’t good haste/crit neck drops, so using that for your legendary is a slight boost over other slots.
The number of things we account for are much more extensive than any one person can sim on their own (so much so, that we have a network of user computers that help us process all of these simulations). The amount of data we are able to process and analyze is what makes the Upgrade Finder such a popular and comprehensive solution. (Seriously, give it a try!)
Using the Upgrade Finder to pick your legendary
Step 1: run Best in Bags
While this is technically optional, it is a good idea so Mr. Robot knows your best gear for each spec as well as some key details (see picture below):
- Pick a gearing strategy: Single Target or Multi Target, for example. This affects gear recommendations.
- Make sure the talents are correct for your chosen setup.
(See full Best in Bags tutorial for more info on the other options)
Step 2: Start the Upgrade Finder
The Upgrade Finder has a lot of different searches to find you the best sources of gear upgrades. For this purpose, choose the Legendary search.
Step 3: Results!
Every legendary available to you will show up in a ranked list. Below is the example for my Balance Druid for single target fights.
The best Missive stats are listed in green below the legendary item name.