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Gear Score – What Is It?

In this article about World of Warcraft gear score, we’ll go through what it is, how it’s calculated, and ways to improve it. If you’re reading this article, chances are that you’ve seen the recruitment shouts for raid or heroic dungeons which require a gear score of a number that you’re sure you don’t have. Have you joined up with a random dungeon group and got kicked right away for no reason? Have you tried to join up with a group, only to be rejected because your score was too low? Chances are it was because you weren’t wearing high enough quality gear and the group leader could easily see this through his use of the Add-On called Gear Score. It’s one of the most popular ways for a group leader to determine which of the group members are ‘worthy’ of joining the group.

So the big question is, what is a gear score? Your gear score is the number that is calculated by utilizing the stats that are on your gear. Your gear is, for the most part, every item you have equipped. If you have items that are enchanted, the enchantment will also be included. If you have a score of 4000, you’re doing pretty good. Even higher? Chances are you can get into most raid and heroic groups easily. So how is this number determined?

The simplest way to determine your gear score is use the add-on called Gear Score. An add-on is a piece of software that can customize or enhance another piece of software, such as World of Warcraft. Once you install the add-on, you can use it to determine what your character’s gear score is. Sounds simple, right? It is, until you factor in all the other add-ons that other group leaders may be using. Gear Score (the add-on) is simply the most popular add-on used so the word is used much like ‘Band-aid’=’bandage.’

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