Hailing from 2004, World of Warcraft Classic pioneered many staple MMO features that the genre still holds dear today. This game revolves around the concept of grinding, requiring a significant amount of time to reach the maximum level. Every decision you make in WoW Classic can either cost you dozens of hours of playtime or a pile of in-game currency that isn’t easy to come by.
Switching classes means starting from scratch with a new character, so it’s crucial to find a class that you enjoy playing before investing too much time into it. This WoW Classic guide will help you find a class that suits your playstyle and offer some valuable tips that can greatly reduce your leveling time.
Choosing Your Class in WoW Classic
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You can’t simply switch your sword for a wand and expect to pick up where you left off in World of Warcraft Classic. Every decision matters, from the class you choose at the beginning to the individual talent points you acquire along the way. Most classes can handle solo and group content just fine, but some excel more in one area than the other.
Refunding talent choices becomes costlier with each character restart, so it’s essential to consider what’s best for your overall journey to level 60. Below, we’ll guide you through each class, their preferred roles, and how to specialize them for the easiest leveling experience.
Personally, my favorite class among them all is the Warrior. It’s a standard melee DPS class for the most part. Warriors can wield almost any melee weapon in the game, but the Whirlwind Axe obtained from a level 30 quest can carry them all the way to level 60. Although they lack self-sustain, their high defense provided by plate armor and significant damage output should minimize downtime between fights.
Among the three main Warrior specs, Arms is the recommended choice for solo leveling. Fury can work but relies more on random skill procs. Protection is a slower but safer option for newcomers who tend to bite off more than they can chew. However, it should be considered if you plan to group up and run dungeons as a tank.
Perhaps the most versatile class, Druids can fill any role effortlessly due to their ability to shapeshift into various creatures. Druids are excellent for solo play, but mastering the stance dancing required to maximize their potential is something that only experienced or returning players are likely to achieve. They rely on a trusty staff with the appropriate stats.
The idea is to start by casting spells, then switch to Feral form for fast melee damage while allowing mana to regenerate in the background. After that, swap back to healing form between pulls and repeat the process. Druids can also transform into a Bear for tanking when needed and gain access to Travel form, significantly speeding up questing.
Hunters are known as the kings and queens of solo play. They send their pets to tank single enemies while burning them down with ranged skills using bows and guns. Hunters are easy enough for beginners to pick up and play, with the ability to use Feign Death to escape sticky situations. Advanced players can maximize DPS and take on multiple targets by precisely timing weapon skills and implementing “melee weaving.” Beast Mastery specialization is the best for that purpose, and they even have Aspect of the Cheetah to increase their running speed.
Warlocks are another viable option for solo players thanks to their pets. They are also fantastic in a duo setting due to low downtime and reliance on damage over time. One of the biggest advantages of playing a Warlock is access to a free mount, saving a considerable amount of gold and providing more freedom to spend on equipment early on. Warlocks use wands as weapons for mana-free attacks.
A recommended spec is a combination of Affliction and Demonology, utilizing the Voidwalker pet to tank enemies when playing solo. If grouping with a tankier ally, swapping the Voidwalker for the Imp or Succubus can result in higher damage output.
Paladins are a slower but safer choice for solo leveling. They have high defense thanks to plate armor and the ability to heal themselves when necessary. To balance this survivability, their attacks are slower and can only be supplemented with occasional abilities. Although they mostly use two-handed maces, this can vary depending on the situation. Paladins shine in group scenarios due to their numerous shields, buffs, and healing abilities. They also receive a free mount. Retribution specialization is usually the way to go.
Rogues are not known for their high defense. Instead, they specialize in high burst damage, allowing them to avoid damage by eliminating targets quickly. Their stealth ability enables them to single out targets easily, but they are not very effective when it comes to area damage in groups. Contrary to expectations, rogues are better with swords than daggers. Eviscerate specialization provides the highest damage output.
Priests are a good option for magic enthusiasts seeking a less stressful experience compared to the Mage class. Priests are a mixture of Warlocks and Mages, with high survivability due to their healing abilities, both damage over time and regular spells, and buffs to support allies. Like Paladins, Priests are often sought after for group play due to their powerful buffs and heals. Shadow specialization is recommended for solo play, while a focus on healing will greatly benefit group scenarios. As with Warlocks, Priests use wands for additional damage.
Mages are a popular choice for PvP due to their exceptional raw damage from a distance. Their Frost specialization spells help slow or freeze targets in place, making them suitable for both PvE and PvP encounters. Their powerful area-of-effect spells make them valuable assets in grinding groups, and their ability to conjure consumables can save a significant amount of money in the long run. Mages also possess teleportation and portal skills, reducing travel time. They finish off targets using wands.
Shamans are a hybrid class similar to Druids. They can choose heavy magic damage in the Elemental specialization, enhance their weapons with the Enchantment specialization for respectable melee damage, or specialize in Restoration for healing. Thanks to their powerful group buffs, Shamans are highly valuable in “melee cleaves” dungeon parties.
Windfury Totem enchants ally weapons, potentially allowing them to hit a second time, while Strength of Earth Totem provides a much-appreciated Strength bonus to everyone nearby. This versatility allows for various weapon choices, although one-handed maces and shields are commonly seen.
Best Solo Class
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While no class will struggle excessively while questing to level 60, the undisputed champion of solo content is the Hunter. If you’re up for a bit of a challenge with weaving, Hunters can take on multiple targets at once. Pets keep them out of danger, they can adapt quickly to sudden PvP encounters, and they can even disengage from losing battles with Feign Death. Their increased running speed significantly enhances the overall leveling experience, a benefit that even Warlocks cannot rival with a free mount. Druids require a bit more skill to master.
Best Group/Hybrid Class
This choice depends on the role you prefer to fill: tank, healer, or DPS. If you plan to engage in both solo and group play and are open to any available role, Shaman might be the better option. Shamans can perform well solo, heal, DPS, or even tank if needed. Their party buffs make a significant difference in overall DPS.
Choosing a Profession
Every profession has its uses, and any character can choose two main gathering and crafting classes. These classes allow you to create equipment for specific classes. However, if you don’t want to spend time leveling up professions to craft gear while you level, consider choosing a profession solely for its money-making potential by selling gear to other players.
Tank or DPS classes can manage well with both crafting and gathering professions. However, if you plan to specialize in healing for dungeons and raids at the maximum level, it’s advisable to focus on double crafting professions. Otherwise, you may struggle to protect yourself while gathering materials in the wild. Engineering often goes unnoticed but offers many helpful tools and gadgets that can help solo players survive against powerful opponents or compensate for the shortcomings of certain classes.
Knowing which class to play from the beginning will ensure that the WoW Classic leveling process isn’t too arduous. Often, in MMOs, we rush to reach the level cap under the assumption that the best experiences are yet to come. While that may be true, there are plenty of enjoyable moments, interesting chat channels, and breathtaking sights and sounds to appreciate along the way. Choosing a class that suits you is crucial for having fun. So, go ahead and embark on your WoW Classic adventure with a class that resonates with your playstyle!
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