Getting leveled in WoW is easier than ever before. Questing, dungeoning, PvP, it’s all good. Used to be that 6 days (in game time) to 60 was a pretty fast speed, now you can expect to hit 90 in about the time it used to take to get to 60, plus you get to level in the dungeons and/or PvP (battlegrounds) and there are various gimmicks to speed up your leveling (eg: Heirlooms.)
Our Leveling Guides
Note that in Patch 4.3 the amount of XP required to level from 70-80 was reduced by about 30%. This will somewhat break PDF and web based leveling guides, but Zygor’s is fine with it. There shouldn’t be any real leveling changes between 4.3 and the release of Mists of Pandaria and Mists leveling should be about as fast as Cataclysm (80 to 85) leveling.
Now that Mists of Pandaria is up to patch 5.3 (with 5.4 coming soon) I think it’s safe to say that the changes towards faster leveling have continued.
These guides do not cover there “where to go and what to do” parts, see Zygor’s for that. What they do cover is races, builds, talents, tips and so on.
- Death Knight leveling guide
- Druid leveling guide
- Hunter leveling guide
- Mage leveling guide
- Monk leveling guide
- Paladin leveling guide
- Priest leveling guide
- Shaman leveling guide
- Rogue leveling guide
- Warlock leveling guide
- Warrior leveling guide
- Dungeon Leveling – Skip the grinding, skip the questing (most of it) and get better loot and better XP using the many dungeons in WoW. Tips and notes to get the most out of the dungeoning experience.
- The Auction House carries a variety of Quest Items. If you’re having a hard time gathering bits for some “Collect X GoreTusk Livers” quest then you can buy them off the AH, frequently at shockingly low prices. Buy the stuff, hand it in, finish the quest in a fraction of the time. It helps to have a bank alt for this as it will save you lots of travel time. The alt buys it and mails it to your questing character.
- Buy the biggest bags you can afford (Frostweave bags have 20 slots,) but even four 6-slot bags make life easier.
- Set yourself up so that you don’t have to go to town very often.
- Stock up on buffing foods (buy them or level up your cooking skill.) They’ll buff your Stamina at low level, and other things at higher level.
- Stock up on bandages and keep your 1st aid skill maxed, even if you’re a healer. Yes, My Paladins and Druids and such have First Aid. You won’t use it often, but there are the odd times when nothing else will do. Besides, it’s fun to troll someone with you Druid healer by using a bandage on him. If he’s cool then you can give him a real heal.
- Stock up on potions and scrolls (Look into troll’s blood potions.) Scrolls can buff any of your stats and last for 30 min. Potions and scrolls do not stack.
- If you’re using edged weapons look into the Sharpening Stones made by Blacksmiths. The stones are usually dirt cheap. Similar enchants are quite expensive. Maces are hard to sharpen, so get a “weightstone” for those.
- Upgrade your weapon(s) every few levels, the rest of the stuff can generally lag a bit behind. Pet classes (eg: Hunters) can lag on their gear more than melee clesses (eg: Warriors.)
- Grinding? (Why???) Consider getting the local “kill X of this beast…” quests for more XP, if you’re going to be killing them anyway…
- Learn to use HotKeys and macros and then memorize them. All of your game experience will be much faaster and more efficient and somewhat less tedious. ArenaJunkies has lots of macros.
- Here’s a good page (not ours) on the how and why of keybinding. While it’s Warlock (and PvP) specific you should be able to pick up a lot from it.
- The Gathering:
- Get the skinning skill if you’re killing beasts (and you’ll be killing a lot of them.) The gold you make from the skins will buy your level 30 and 60 mounts. If you like, kill a bunch and then skin them. Feel free to skin what others kill. Skinning also increases your crit rating.
- Herbalism and Mining are also good money makers. Pick one. Herbalism also gives you a small heal and Mining adds to Stamina.
- The Grinding – Note that with Cataclysm the changes to the quests make grinding an exercise in masochism. Questing is much faster.
- If you have a choice between killing beasts and humanoids go for the latter, the drops are better.
- When you hit Outlands and Northrend start doing the quests. Yeah, I know. Do them anyway.
- Zygor’s guide review – Zygor’s is our favorite 1-85 fast leveling guide. Check out our full review.
More Leveling Tips
- Always log out at an inn, for the rest XP when you come back.
- If you rotate two or more characters you can play the first, log out when you’re out of rest XP, start the next, and so on.
- If you’re not using a leveling guide then use your main map and group quests so that you can finish them off in the most efficient order.
- Taking time to gather and work on professions will slow you down.
- A DPS, Tanking, or PvP build will work just fine for leveling (questing,) though if you’re actually dungeoning or PvPing then you’ll want the appropriate build.
- Gear doesn’t matter too much when questing.
- Drop the heirlooms and start equipping cataclysm gear at level 77, it’s way better than anything else available.
- At 81 start looking for Mists of Pandaria gear on the Auction House.
Which Class and Race?
Race? It doesn’t matter whether or not Gnomes make the best Mages if you can’t stand the site of them. Ditto Troll Hunters. So pick whichever race works for you. Most races can be most classes (not all) and the same is true for Pandas in Mists.
The Blood Elf area, down through the Ghostlands, is probably is probably the fastest leveling area. The quests and mobs are all relatively close together and there’s a lot of both. You can get a +7 Stamina cloak if you get exalted with Tranquillen, in the Ghostlands. (Just do all the quests, you’ll get there.)
If you’re solo leveling (questing) then anything other than a healer will do just fine, though some are faster than others. Even healers will be Ok, it’s just that things will be slower than with other builds.
Learn to fight groups of mobs. It adds to the challenge and the fun. With Mists of Pandaria you’ll be able to loot them all with one click.
Once they get to level 10 a Hunter will pretty much outrun everyone to the level cap. Their pets are extremely useful and the pair just works very well at killing very quickly. Especially for beginners. Warning: You’ll be automatically stuck with the lable Huntard. Try to learn your hunter well enough to lose the label.
Retribution Paladins will go quickly and aren’t hard to play. Heavy armor and weapons, nice buffs, and healthy damage and heals will keep them moving quickly.
Warlocks can level about as well as Hunters, they’re just a little more complicated.
Mages throw lots of damage, but they’re fragile. At mid-levels they will be resting a lot to get their mana back. This is dangerous on PvP servers. A well-played mage will move quite quickly, though. Frost mages have a lot more survivability abilities than the other flavors.
Priest – Go shadow and be patient until your Shadow powers mature.
Healing classes will find leveling painful unless you’re grouping.
Death Knights? Well, they mow everything down.
A leveling guide will make sure you have all the quests lined up in a neat row so that you can knock them off (and level) ASAP. That it’s always updated for the latest patches and expansions is a nice bonus.
Dungeon leveling – If you’re a tank or healer then your queue to get into dungeons with the Dungeon Finder tool will generally be very short. My Pally tank generally has a wait of zero. Get a decent group and dungeons can be fun and fast XP, not to mention getting you into some nice gear. See our dungeon leveling guide for more.
If you’re decked head to toe in heirlooms then dungeoning can really speed things up and you won’t have to worry about gear rolls. If you don’t have the heirlooms then you should keep any eye on the Auction Houise for better gear. While there IS good gear to be had in the dungeons you’ll level quickly enough to outgrow it and you still need to win the rolls.
- DPS classes (Warriors, Mages, etc.,) will have longer waits for dungeons than tanks. Do your quests while waiting for your queue to pop.
- Tanks can literally camp in the big city and get into dungeons whenever they want.
- Healers are somewhere between the two for wait times. You can get the “dual build” ability at level 30 and we suggest you do just that. One build can be damage, for questing, and the other for healing.
PvP Leveling - Used to be that PvP in the battlegrounds gave zero XP. That’s changed. You can get a pretty fair amount at any time, but if you do your BG PvP on the “PvP Weekend” of a particular Battleground, and if your side is winning, then you can pick up very fast XP.
Don’t be like so many of the BG clowns. Figure out what it takes to win and help your team do that. Fighting other players on the roads or the middle zones is fun, gets you a bit of honor, and helps your team to lose. You also get far less XP and honor by losing, but lots of people prefer than for some reason.
Well, Ok, they like to grind kills for the achievements and glory, but wins bring more XP and honor points.
Some of your opposition will be much better geared than you, but many won’t, so don’t worry about it too much. Grow a thick skin, jump in, have fun, level fast.
About Powerleveling :
There are three kinds of powerleveling. Generally they’re used by people who are either lazy or who just don’t want to do the leveling grind to hit the end game content. 3rd party PLing is against Bliz’s rules and, if they catch you, they will act as they see fit (probably suspend or ban you.)
- You pay PowerLeveling4you something and they level your character to whatever level for some amount of money. Nice and easy, if you have the money, and a good way to get banned if you’re caught.We like to play the game (why bother, otherwise?) so we don’t do this. If you want to, and want to risk your account, then go to your favorite and look it up. No, we’re not providing clues, you’re smart enough to figure it out. Oh yes, there are rumors that some of these companies are less than honest. Assuming that’s true, consider your self warned.
- Botting is using a set of scripts to play your character for you. You set it up, teach it where to go, and so on. Hated by many players and frowned upon by Blizzard. Bliz will ban your account if you’re caught and they’re pretty good at finding out.
- Rushing is where a high level character (friend, guildie, or someone found through chat) takes you through the lewer level dungeons. He kills everything and you get XP and, depending on your agreement, you get the loot. This can make for very fast leveling. The downside?
- You don’t learn to play your character (if you get a lot of levels this way.)
- You will have to upgrade all your skills, by a lot, so you should have some cash.
- You skip the game and exploration.
The upside? Fast levels and gear. Perfectly legal
- Leveling Guides – See above. These show you where to go and what to do and some will track your tasks (how many killed, things collected, etc.) The standard in-game guide shows you where things are, once you get the quests, and is far superior to the old style where you has to look it up on Thottbot.com or ask around.The guides not only show you where things are, and do a better job than the in-game system, but they show you the best order in which to do the quests. Zygor’s guideis our favorite or the paid leveling guides and you can learn more about it here. Highly recommended and we do use it. A lot. By the way, Zygor’s guides are 100% Mists of Pandaria 5.x ready and come with a bunch of goodies. Go here to learn more.
The Old Leveling Guides
These are some of the old grinding guides on this site. They are pre-Cataclysm. If, for some reason, you are running WoW without Cataclysm (such as a private server) then they might be interesting, otherwise they’re just here for the heck of it.
- Level 1-12 Orc and Troll leveling guide
- 1-20 horde leveling guide - Same as above, but it continues into the Barrens to level 20.
- 1-20_Night Elf leveling guide - While it starts in the Nelf area it can be used by any alliance willing to go that far. It goes to Darkshore at level 11.
- 1-20_Alliance_Human leveling guide - If you’re a Humie then follow this guide.
- 1-60 leveling guide - note that this is a grinding guide and it actually starts from level 10. It’s for those who don’t want to bother with questing and just mash mobs for their level.
- Zygor’s guide review – Zygor’s is our favorite 1-90 in-game leveling guide. Check out our full review.