Equipment slot

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There are nineteen equipment slots on a character. The combination of equipment slot and item type is often the first categorization of items used.

Armor

The eight armor slots may have one of four types of armor: cloth, leather, mail, and plate. Each class may equip only certain types of armor.

Head

Head icon
Equipment names
helm, helmet, mask, lens, monocle, cap, headpiece, crown, circlet, shroud, cowl, hood, headband, goggles, coif, headdress, chapeau, barbute
Upgrades
Meta gems, Gems

Shoulders

Shoulders icon
Equipment names
amice, spaulders, pads, pauldrons, mantle, monnions, epaulets, shoulder, shoulderpads, shoulderguards
Upgrades
Shoulders enchants, Gems, Inscriptions (inscribers only)

Chest

Chest icon
Equipment names
robes, vest, tunic, armor, wraps, harness, hauberk, jerkin, chain, breastplate, blouse, chestpiece
Upgrades
Chest enchants and armor kits, Gems

Wrist

Wrist icon
Equipment names
bindings, armguards, cuffs, bracers, vambraces, wristguards, bracelets
Upgrades
Wrist enchants, Gems, Fur Lining (Leatherworkers only),  [Socket Bracer] (Blacksmiths only)

Hands

Hands icon
Equipment names
gloves, gauntlets, mitts, mittens
Upgrades
Hands enchants and armor kits, Gems, Tinkers (Engineers only),  [Socket Gloves] (Blacksmiths only)

Waist

Waist icon
Equipment names
belt, girdle, sash, cinch, cord
Upgrades
Belt Buckles, Gems, Tinkers (Engineers only)

Legs

"Legs" redirects here. For the companion, see  [Legs].
Legs icon
Equipment names
chausses, trousers, breeches, leggings, kilt, dungarees, loincloth, woollies, pants, britches
Upgrades
Legs armor kits and spellthreads, Gems

Feet

Feet icon
Equipment names
boots, walkers, greaves, footwraps, sabatons, slippers, shoes, stompers, footpads
Upgrades
Feet enchants and armor kits, Gems, Engineering tinkers (Engineers only)

Non-armor

Non-armor gear only has one type, so there will be nothing in the "type" spot in item tooltips.

Neck

Neck icon
Equipment names
amulet, lei, talisman, medallion, necklace, charm, choker, chain, pendant, collar.
Upgrades
Gems

Back

Back icon
Equipment names
cape, blanket, cloak, drape, mantle
Upgrades
Back enchants, Gems, Embroideries (Tailors only), Tinkers (Engineers only)

Finger

Finger icon
Equipment names
ring, band, signet, seal, loop, circle.
Upgrades
Enchantments (Enchanters only), Gems

Two finger slots are available

Trinket

Trinket icon
Upgrades
Gems (Jewelcrafters only)

Two trinket slots are available

Weapons

Main-Hand (One-Hand/Two-Hand)

Main Hand icon
Weapon types
Axe, Bow, Crossbow, Dagger, Fist weapon, Gun, Mace, Polearm, Staff, Sword, Wand, Fishing Pole
Upgrades
Weapon enchants, Counterweights, Weapon Chains, Fishing line (fishing pole only)

The Main Hand slot can hold main hand, one-handed or two-handed weapons. If a two-handed weapon is equipped, the off-hand slot must be empty unless the character is a warrior with the [Titan's Grip] talent.

Off-Hand (One-Hand/Two-Hand)

Off-Hand icon
Weapon types
Axe, Dagger, Held In Off-hand, Fist weapon, Mace, Shield, Sword
Upgrades
Enchantments, Counterweights, Weapon Chains, Shield Spike

The Off Hand slot can hold off hand or one-handed weapons (Dual wielding classes only), shields (warrior, paladin and shaman only) or Held In Off-hand frill items. If a two-handed weapon is equipped in the main hand slot, this slot must be empty unless the character is a Fury warrior with [Titan's Grip].

Decorative

Decorative items only have one type, so there will be nothing in the "type" spot in item tooltips. Decorative items have no stats and cannot be upgraded.

Tabard

Tabard icon

Shirt

Shird icon

Equipment slots in macros

When creating macros based on "click to use" items (especially trinkets), the common practice is to enter the actual item name. However, using the numeric equipment slot identifiers eliminates the need to manually modify macros after upgrading a particular item.

These slot designations are particularly handy for engineers whose Tinker enhancements and Engineering-only items add and/or posses an "on use" ability for items in the Back, Belt, Foot and Head slot that would not normally posses such capability for non-engineers.

Here are is a complete list of each equipment slot and its numeric designation for macro purposes

Slot Number
Head 1
Neck 2
Shoulder 3
Shirt 4
Chest 5
Belt 6
Legs 7
Feet 8
Wrist 9
Gloves 10
Finger 1 (Top) 11
Finger 2 (Bottom) 12
Trinket 1 (Top) 13
Trinket 2 (Bottom) 14
Back 15
Main Hand 16
Off Hand 17
Tabard 19

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Range/Relic slots are being removed from all classes. Range weapons (bows, guns, wands) will use the main hand slot.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): The ammo mechanic was removed from the game, and the ammo slot was removed along with changing ammo items to gray items.