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I'm level 80, so I'm shown the option to play a "random Cataclysm dungeon", but when I try to play, by clicking "Find Group", the following message appears:

You do not meet the requirements for the chosen dungeons.

But not requirements are listed.

How do I determine what I need to play these dungeons?

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To queue for a random dungeon with the LFG tool, you will have to meet the minimum item level requirements for all Cataclysm dungeons in that particular mode. If you queue for a specific dungeon, you simply need to meet the average item level requirement for that dungeon.

The 'average item level' (ilvl) is a computed number that represents the quality of all of your gear.

According to Wowpedia:

Normal Dungeons

  • Blackrock Caverns: 226
  • Throne of the Tides: 226
  • The Stonecore: 272
  • The Vortex Pinnacle: 272
  • Grim Batol: 305
  • Halls of Origination: 305
  • Lost City of the Tol'vir: 305

Heroic Dungeons

All pre-zandalari heroics require a minimum item level of 329.

Heroic Rise of Zandalari Dungeons

These heroics require a minimum item level of 346.

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Change the type from "Random ..." to "Specific Dungeons", then checkout the Cataclysm section, hover the listed dungeons to see why you can play them (they should be locked).

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Unless they patched it, in addition to minimum equipment levels, you also need to physically discover the location of the entrance of the instance in order to queue for it.

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They did indeed patch this! As of patch 4.0.6 you no longer need to discover the instance entrance! (too many people were dodging Stonecore this way!) –  LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 25 '11 at 20:58

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