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Gamer’s Edge: Leveling in WoW 1-58

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Leveling in World of Warcraft 1-58 (Classic WoW)

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Overview

Leveling in any MMO can be a pain. Getting through that “grind” can be quite boring, especially if you’re like me and done a lot of alt leveling. When I level an alt in World of Warcraft, I usually get bored and say screw it around lvl 70 ish and hop back on the main. How does one keep the motivation to keep leveling to get to the actual “game” at cap level. I’ve recently rolled a Mage for a few reasons. One being I wanted to share this leveling guide and felt to give the best tips, I’d have to go through it myself and that’s exactly what I’m doing. Today we’ll be discussing leveling from 1-58 as fast as possible so here we go.

Before you even start

Before you roll that fresh level 1, make sure it’s a class you’ll stick with from beginning to end. Know what your goals are before starting, this way you’ll have something to focus on the way to 85. One other thing I highly recommend is farming yourself a full set of BoA’s! Do this! Otherwise leveling is going to be that much rougher. On top of that, join a guild with the 10% leveling bonus so you’re maxed on the xp bonuses.

Levels 1-10

Getting to level 10 should only take approximately one hour. Not much to say except do those quests! You can’t que for dungeons or BG’s so your best bet is to constantly do one quest after another. If you pick up 5 quests in lets say Goldshire, go out and do all those quests, return, turn them in, receive XP, rinse and repeat. Make sure you’re always doing something for xp. Sitting around in Stormwind trolling trade chat isn’t going to be very helpful.

Levels 10-15

At level ten, we are given the option to que for BG’s. If you’re trying to level as fast as possible, I don’t recommend farming BG’s at this level. Questing is still your best friend at this time, so keep trucking on. Remember to keep checking your capital city’s quest board (Horde’s is in Valley of Strength and Alliance’s is in Trade District.) By doing this, you can assure yourself you’re questing at your proper level. I say this because, with a full set of BoA’s, you WILL out level zones very quickly.

Levels 15-58

Achieving level 15 is your goal from the get go. The reason behind this is obvious, you can now use the dungeon finder tool! This is what you’ll be using from now until level 80 for the majority of the time. Some people say, questing is faster, but I say running dungeons is faster. I say this because, while yes questing can give great xp, you’ll find yourself running around zones either trying to get to the quest, or returning to the quest giver to turn it in. A lot of time can be wasted running back and forth. Also keep in mind, you have no flying mount so many obstacles will get in your way.

I’m not saying, don’t quest, because I certainly have been doing my fair share of it on the Mage. Here’s how it works if you’re DPS:

  1. Que for Dungeon
  2. While in que, run quests
  3. Dungeon que pops, accept and run instance (almost every dungeon has specific quests inside the instance now.)
  4. Complete dungeon and quests, turn in quests.
  5. Rinse & Repeat

It’s honestly that easy. You can do the same if you’re a healer, but from personal experience I’ve found it more useful to just que up as a healer since they have rather fast que times.

If you’re a tank, SPAM DUNGEONS! Tanks get instant ques, so take advantage of this. As a tank, you will level faster than others because of this. Of course, if you get bored of constantly running the same dungeons over and over, feel free to give yourself a break and go do some questing. Then when you’re ready, get back to it!

If you honestly want that toon to 85, he/she will get there in due time. It all comes down to how seriously you take it. Sure it can be fun to dilly dally around, run some low lvl BG’s but just remember, it will be much more enjoyable at cap level.

Well that’s my two cents on leveling. I will be posting the next article once my Mage gets through Outland (58-68) which should be a few days. From there I’ll be continuing with an Outland, Northrend, and Cataclysm guide to finish it off.

~Kronedog

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