WotLK Classic Leveling Tips
WotLK Classic will arrive soon. Many fans are eager to revisit this expansion’s memorable zones and instances. Numerous changes and additions to classes and professions add more build options for players to try out. However, accessing the upcoming Classic content and builds requires climbing towards the new level cap. While leveling up can be done just by playing naturally, the speed of one’s progress will vary immensely. Those wishing to reach the WotLK endgame quickly - or even to contend for one of the Realm’s First! achievements - will want to proceed more systematically. Some personal research and planning would be in order, but this text should put you on the right track.
WotLK Leveling Overview
It should be noted that leveling up in WotLK Classic should be noticeably easier than in previous Classic installments. The XP requirements for many parts of the 1-70 stretch are reduced, while many of the XP gains are increased. Class balance changes mean that most types of adventurers are stronger than before, and more capable of taking on the mobs in lower-level zones. Health and mana regeneration buffs introduced later in the original expansion, but active from day one in WotLK Classic, make it much easier for heroes to recover between fights and get back into the fray. To sum up, progress is faster by default, but there are still many best practices that players could adapt to advance more efficiently!
Level Up Solo Through Quests
There are two main methods of fast leveling in WotLK Classic. The first involves completing as many quests as possible. Quests are a rich source of XP and most of them can be done solo. That is a major advantage for most players, since even if one has reliable friends to play with, coordinating leveling sessions can often be tricky. To make the most of this method, players should finish quests in geographical clusters. That is to say, they should work on several quests set in the same location at once. Heavy questing has some added benefits, such as large Gold rewards, rapidly improved reputations with several factions, and a wide range of items to equip or sell.
Find Groups To Take On Dungeons
The second method is running dungeons. Controversially, WotLK Classic will not include the Dungeonfinder tool added in the original WotLK. That makes it harder to find allies for dungeon runs. However, players with enough in-game friends or the willingness to use the Groupfinder tool can still benefit from this strategy. Clearing increasingly advanced dungeons can be a perfectly viable source of XP, especially if the player remembers to take all quests for those dungeons. The gear rewards from this method are lesser in quantity, but greater in quality. Note that this method becomes especially viable at higher levels, when heroes are better-equipped to take on instances.
Combine Both Methods For Best Results
Both of the main methods have their disadvantages. Questing is hampered by having to share zones with other players. A lot of time can be lost waiting for NPCs to free up or for quest targets to respawn. Dungeons, as instances, do not have this problem, but do require group participation and are somewhat less efficient. On the whole, the best approach would be to go back and forth between the two methods. When questing areas become too crowded, players can look for dungeon groups. Also, questing can allow heroes to pick up basic resources and gear before taking on dungeons for narrower benefits in each level bracket. Striking the right balance between the two should ensure an efficient progression.
Take Advantage of Opportunities
Other sources of XP - mainly, killing mobs - are simply not as efficient as the two above methods. However, they should not be overlooked entirely. While following their questing or dungeoneering routines, players should keep an eye out for opportunities. Killing large amounts of decent-level mobs can provide an invaluable boost, so long as it does not distract one from more efficient leveling activities. There are other opportunities that should be used as well. For example, any containers within easy reach should be looted. Their contents could be used or sold, saving time and money in either case. The rewards from any one opportunity may be minor, but they still add up.
Pick a Leveling Build
Some classes, talents, and professions are simply better for leveling than the others. The importance of this should not be overstated. Most players want to level up characters they want to use in the endgame, whether they have the most convenient leveling experience or not. However, when speed is a major consideration, the value of a good leveling build should not be underestimated either. The following classes are widely recommended for the purposes of a quick and smooth progression:
- Druids are extremely versatile, allowing them to handle a variety of situations that may come up during leveling with ease;
- Paladins come close to Druids and benefit from peerless healing abilities that keep the downtime to a minimum. They are also always welcome in dungeon parties;
- Hunters are highly self-reliant and fight at range with beast backup, making it easy for them to get through most leveling content solo;
- Mages can deal enormous damage quickly, which speeds up their progress. They are pretty vulnerable, though. The Frost Mage specialization compensates for this disadvantage with awesome crowd control capabilities.
While classes cannot be changed, specializations and talents are a different story. They offer more flexibility and can be switched out after entering the endgame. Planning efficient leveling builds in advance might save players many hours and much frustration. Each class requires its own approach in this regard, but as a general rule, powerlevelers should seek to maximize damage and minimize resource costs through their talents. That would let them get through quests and dungeons with greater efficiency.
Picking the right professions for leveling is another major concern. A gathering profession is highly recommended, as it creates another opportunity for harvesting materials. Those materials can then be used with a paired crafting profession or sold on the market. Out of the crafting professions, getting one that produces pieces for the adventurer’s armor type of choice saves money, but can be a little too involved. Engineering has many fancy gadgets, some of which can come in handy while leveling up. Alchemy may be the most straightforward option, however, as it offers a rich supply of consumables that would help sustain the hero through all encounters.
Buy Better Equipment
Having appropriate equipment for the current quests and dungeons is vital for leveling up quickly. Otherwise, the player might get stuck for longer than strictly necessary. While some gear will be acquired from those same activities, relying on such trophies is often not efficient. Buying equipment and upgrades such as enchants can make the hero’s progress go much more smoothly. That is one of three main reasons why players should try and earn as much Gold as they can. This Gold can then be used to cover any holes in their loadout via the Auction House. Alternatively, it may be possible to craft some best-in-slot items on one’s own or have a friend do it.
Stock Up On Consumables
Consumables are another important investment. Adventurers are guaranteed to burn through healing and mana potions while leveling, as it requires them to take on as much danger as they can survive. Injectors are a more efficient alternative, and should be acquired as soon as possible. Alternatively, flasks can help heroes who have trouble staying alive, since their effects persist after death. Power-ups like cooking products should not be neglected either. Alchemy and secondary professions can very useful because they provide such items at a cheap cost. If they do not appeal for any reason, though, the Auction House can always be relied on to offer a supply in exchange for Gold.
Speed Up Your Hero
Moving quickly may seem like a minor consideration, but it plays a major role in shaving time off the leveling process. Northrend’s zones and dungeons are larger than most of their predecessors, but even before that, adventurers will need to traverse a lot of ground to get from one quest cluster to another. Adventurers with speed abilities must not neglect their use. Mounts and flight unlocks should be purchased as soon as they become available. Speed enchants and gems for equipment are another worthwhile enchantment, as are acceleration consumables. Again, even minor increases in mobility can add up to save many hours by the end.
Use Guides and Addons
Leveling and build guides can be very handy for all but the most experienced and hardcore gamers. The former advise on the ideal sequence for doing various quests or instances, while the latter offer efficient advancement paths. In addition to preventing costly mistakes, such texts also help save time by automating parts of the player’s decision-making process during leveling. By following them, users can avoid second-guessing their choices and instead use every moment optimally. An even more effective option is installing some questing and/or leveling addons. The following programs can greatly improve the leveling experience:
- Questie. This beloved questing addon provides a wide range of information on quests. Most notably, it adds quests and quest targets to the minimap, making it trivial for users to identify promising clusters. It can also automate some steps, such as quest acceptance and turn-ins;
- Guidelime. Players can download any of a rich selection of leveling guides and use them with this addon. It presents the recommended steps and tasks in a quest-like format, making the guides easy to follow without having to alt-tab away and waste time;
- What’s Training? With this simple addon, players will never miss out on important hero improvements. It informs them about new or improvable spells as they become available for training, and also lets them know about upcoming abilities;
- Leatrix Plus. This program automates a variety of processes, including quest acceptance, repairs, and selling junk. It is a considerable quality of life improvement that is also an excellent timesaver when leveling;
- Azeroth Auto Pilot. Finally, this addon just tells players where to go and what steps to complete next. While some may balk at this level of hand-holding, there is nothing like ti when it comes to streamlining the quest leveling experience.
Prepare Quests Before WotLK Launch
This last tip is quite niche, but it can still be very helpful for those seeking to reach the highest level in WotLK Classic or any other new expansion as quickly as possible. XP for quest completion is only awarded when the quests are turned in. That means players with fully leveled characters can accept quests, complete all steps except for the last one, and then wait for the pre-patch to arrive and push the level cap up. Turning in all quests at that point would result in a massive XP payout that can ensure a running start. A hero can have up to 25 active quests at any moment. Preparing so many quests can be a useful way to spend the time before the expansion arrives.
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