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Posted March 25, 2014 by Tim Wells in Games
 
 

Return to World of Warcraft – Fast Leveling Tips

World of Warcraft (WoW) and Magic: The Gathering… two games that I never seem to be able to quit forever. To quote The Godfather Part III, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

With the announcement of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion, I started feeling the old, familiar itch to start playing World of Warcraft again. Here’s the announcement trailer:

If, like me, it’s been a while since you last played, you may be saying to yourself, “Wow… a level cap of 100? But I’m so far behind!” Fortunately, Blizzard has made it a lot easier to bridge the level gap than it used to be. I’ve been playing for a couple of weeks now and want to share the tips I’ve discovered to help level up quickly.

Instantly Boost to Level 90

Here’s the easiest way to level one of your characters: pre-purchase the Warlords of Draenor expansion through Blizzard and you can instantly boost one of your characters to level 90. It can be an existing character or a newly-created one.

While I do intend to play Warlords of Draenor, I have not yet taken advantage of the level boost. The reason for this is that the classes and abilities have changed so much since the last time I played World of Warcraft, I need to relearn any character I play. The most effective way of learning how to properly play your character is to.. ya know… actually play your character. Sure, instantly boosting to the pre-expansion level cap will give you a character that is ready to tackle the expansion as soon as it’s released, but you’ll have a ton of abilities and no idea how or when you should use them. Personally, I prefer to learn my character over the course of leveling.

Recruit A Friend Bonuses

Here’s another option that I’m not currently using, but that is available to you.

If you are planning on restarting WoW with a friend or significant other, the Recruit A Friend bonuses are an excellent option. Triple experience, level granting, reputation boosts, friend summoning, and even in-game pet and mount rewards are available through Recruit A Friend. The only major catch is that you both need to be playing together. If that’s something you intend to do, you should definitely check out Recruit A Friend.

Heirlooms

If you have any high-level characters that have been gathering dust, and they happen to have a stash of unused Justice Points, you might want to consider redeeming the points for heirlooms.

Heirlooms are items that can be worn by your characters, that grant bonus experience as you play, and that level up with your characters. Not only that, but they are bound to your WoW account rather than a specific character. This means that when one character is done with them, the heirlooms can be sent to another character so that the new character can benefit from the stats and experience boost. Heirlooms can even be sent to your characters on other realms (servers) and factions.

WoWWiki has more details on heirlooms.

Guild Perks

Joining a guild brings its own set of benefits. I recommend joining one that is at least level 8. That way, you get bonus experience and the cool-down on your hearthstone is cut in half, allowing you to turn in quests faster.

Don’t worry about looking for a guild. If your character is guildless, you will likely be inundated with requests from guilds to join, as soon as you log in. The reason your low-level character is in such high demand is because the quests you will be completing as you level will count towards the guild’s activity and increase the rate at which the guild gains levels.

So, which guild should you join? That’s entirely up to you. If you have friends on the server, you probably want to join their guild. If not, you can do what I did: join one that sent me a polite, well-spelled message rather than simply spamming me with a guild invitation. Yes, grammar and manners count – even in World of Warcraft.

Quest Efficiency Addons

One of the things I’ve always appreciated about WoW is the plethora of addons available to customize your gaming experience. And the addon that I have found to be invaluable as I’ve leveled is the WoW-Pro Leveling Addon. This particular addon breaks each zone (area) into a series of steps, optimizing your questing order and route, and making your questing order much more efficient. I highly recommend it, especially since so many of the zones and quests have changed with recent expansions.

There you have it. Those are the tips I’ve uncovered on my current trip through Azeroth. But, regardless of whether you follow any of these tips, you will likely find leveling easier than in the past. Blizzard has done a good job of making catching up to your peers pretty painless. In the two weeks I’ve been playing, I’ve leveled one character to 65, another to 35, and another to 18, all from scratch, as well as my current character who is level 56 and has yet to experience a single death.

World of Warcraft no deaths

Level 56 and no deaths yet. I’ve totally just jinxed myself.

Have any other tips to share? Please leave them in the comments section below. And if you happen to find yourself on the Area 52 server and see a troll hunter named Ghostshot, with his trusty raptor sidekick, Reginald, be sure to say hello!


Tim Wells

 
Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.