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The Essential Beginner’s Guide To World Of Warcraft

By Fransisco Brevoort

Before you embark into World of Warcraft, it is best to keep a number of key points and strategies in mind to help ensure a longer and more successful journey.

Plan Ahead

Before you go far with a character, very early on you should plan out how you want to spend your talent points. Taking a random mixture of talents will not get you very far, or fast. While you can easily find lengthy lists of information on your class in forums on the World of Warcraft (WoW) site, a good general rule is to focus on one tree and maximize any talent you start. For example, an Elemental Shaman will want to max out most of the talents in the Elemental tree, with perhaps a few points in Enhancements to max out an Intellect and Spell Crit bonus.

Basic Questing

The first thing you should do is gather quests. That’s quests, plural. Before setting out and trying to kill anything, talk to all of the non-player characters (NPCs) in the area and gather as many quests as you can. The result of this will be that when you finally set out to kill mobs, you will not only get experience for killing the enemies, but also be making progress on numerous quests at the same time. This will allow you to maximize your experience and gold rewards for the time you spend. If you are trying to speed things up and don’t care about extra flavor text, open the game’s options tab and turn on “Quick Quest Text”, which will speed things up.

Take all the quests you can, and then find the nearest spot on your map where you can begin working on the yellow or green quests. While on the way to complete those quests, kill any yellow or green mobs that you see. Once you reach the quest area, focus on killing the mobs related to your quest. Do not run back to town once you finish the quest; instead, complete any other quests in the same area.

Once you have finished up all the quests in your area, then you should return to town and talk to the NPCs to turn in your quests. On the way back, once again, kill any green or yellow mobs that you pass.

Zone Hopping

If there are no more green or yellow available quests in your area, it’s time to move to a different zone. Don’t bother trying to tackle the orange quests. Whether you are taking air transport or walking, get yourself to a new zone and talk to all the NPCs to see if you can gather a bunch of green and yellow quests. Once you finish running that zone and you’re a few levels higher, you can go back to the first zone you were in and the quests that were previously orange should now be more appropriate for your level.

You may find that some quests on your quest log turn grey because you have become too high-level for them. In this case, it’s generally best to just discard them and move on.

Playing In Groups

If you have a few friends on the same server, you should consider teaming up to level together. You can also group up with random strangers, but then your odds increase of getting people who are either rude or incompetent. In either case, most groups are going to want a healer of some sort, ideally a priest. You will definitely want a big damage dealer, such as a mage. To round out your group, you will either want a tank like a warrior to soak damage, or more mages to blast everything in sight.

If you have a dedicated group of friends, or join a guild, you can reliably help each other with quests. If not, you can simply ask people in your region if anyone wants to group up for your current quest. Simply type “/1 LFG to kill Nightbane Shadow Weavers,” and you will alert everyone in your region that you are looking for a group to kill that specific monster.

Power-Level Alone

If you don’t have a dedicated play group, rather than trying to find groups every time you go online, you may find it more efficient and fun to just level up yourself. Some classes are naturally more suited for solo play; the Shaman and Rogue can both take perfectly good care of themselves. (The Priest, conversely, should join groups, and will always find ready invitations.)

When questing solo, it is important to stay a few levels ahead of the monsters in your region. By the time you’re past level 20, you want to stick to mostly green quests only when solo leveling. Even the yellow quests can present a problem for the solo adventurer, and problems mean more dying, more resting, and slower leveling.

Quests By Level

Remember that there are general levels of quests, and your personal questing levels will depend on whether you have a group or not. If you have a band of frost mages backed up by a priest, you can probably head to the Arathi Highlands somewhere around level 34 and blast through things. Conversely, if you are adventuring solo, you won’t want to visit the Arathi Highlands until level 38, so you can stick to green quests.

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