Playing World of Warcraft Classic can be frustrating if you’re unsure how to reach level 60 efficiently. The game is filled with twists, turns, and obstacles that can hinder your progress. However, with the right strategies, you can level up to 60 in no time. In this guide, we’ll explore the best methods to maximize your leveling speed.
Questing in WoW Classic
For most players, questing will constitute the majority of their leveling journey in World of Warcraft Classic. While each quest may not grant a significant amount of experience points (EXP), completing quests in batches proves to be more rewarding than simply killing mobs. However, not all quests are suitable for every level. Each zone in the game is tailored to specific level ranges, so it’s crucial to venture into zones that match your level or when you’ve exhausted quests in your current zone. Keep in mind that loot is usually distributed to solo players or small groups, so it’s best to tackle quests alone or with a partner.
To aid your questing adventure, here are some zones organized by average level:
- Durotar (1 to 10)
- Mulgore (1 to 10)
- Teldrassil (1 to 10)
- Darkshore (10 to 20)
- Barrens (10 to 25)
- Stonetalon Mountains (15 to 27)
- Ashenvale (18 to 30)
- Thousand Needles (25 to 35)
- Desolace (30 to 40)
- Dustwallow Marsh (25 to 45)
- Tanaris (40 to 50)
- Feralas (42 to 50)
- Azshara (45 to 55)
- Un’goro Crater (48 to 55)
- Felwood (48 to 55)
- Winterspring (53 to 60)
- Moonglade (55 to 60)
- Silithus (55 to 60)
- Dun Morogh (1 to 10)
- Elwyn Forest (1 to 10)
- Tirisfal Glades (1 to 10)
- Loch Modan (10 to 20)
- Silverpine Forest (10 to 20)
- Westfall (10 to 20)
- Redridge Mountains (15 to 25)
- Duskwood (18 to 30)
- Hillsbrad Foothills (20 to 30)
- Wetlands (20 to 30)
- Alterac Mountains (30 to 40)
- Arathi Highlands (30 to 40)
- Stranglethorn Vale (30 to 45)
- Badlands (35 to 45)
- Swamp of Sorrows (35 to 45)
- Hinterlands (40 to 50)
- Searing Gorge (45 to 50)
- Blasted Lands (45 to 55)
- Burning Steppes (50 to 58)
- Western Plaguelands (51 to 58)
- Eastern Plaguelands (53 to 60)
- Deadwind Pass (55 to 60)
Dungeon Farming in WoW Classic – Melee and Spell Cleave
While dungeon grinding was not widely embraced in the original World of Warcraft, it has become a viable alternative to questing with increased player skill and understanding. Dungeon grinding involves forming a group and defeating elite mobs within dungeons to accrue EXP. When executed correctly, dungeon grinding can provide comparable or even greater EXP per hour than questing, especially when split between party members.
Two popular dungeon grinding strategies are Melee Cleave and Spell Cleave.
Melee Cleave groups focus on melee area-of-effect (AoE) damage. The ideal composition for a Melee Cleave group is three warriors (with Cleave ability), one paladin, and a priest for healing. Shamans can substitute for the priest, but rogues are not recommended due to their lack of AoE damage. The strategy involves having the paladin pull entire rooms using a protection bubble, while the warriors unleash their AoE attacks. The priest takes care of buffs and healing. Melee Cleave groups pose less risk compared to Spell Cleave groups, but the latter can yield higher EXP once mastered.
Spell Cleave dungeon groups require more coordination. If properly executed, they can clear entire dungeons in one go. However, this method is challenging. Spell Cleave groups rely on pulling packs of mobs using a warlock/hunter pet or bear druid. Mages slow/freeze the mobs with spells like Blizzard before burning them down. These packs can annihilate any player who ventures too close, so paladins with a bubble are valuable when dealing with large numbers. Priests excel at healing in Spell Cleave groups, but shamans and paladins can also be effective. Frost mages with improved Blizzard abilities are highly sought after.
If you find yourself in a smaller group of two or three players, open-world grinding becomes an option. While it may not be a suitable method to level all the way to 60, it can help bridge the gap between zones with a shortage of quests.
Open-world grinding involves rounding up mobs in quest zones and defeating them in packs with your group. It’s a less solitary experience than solo questing and easier to organize. However, it does not yield as much EXP as traditional dungeon grinding. Classes with AoE damage capabilities excel in open-world grinding, while rogues may struggle.
WoW Classic Leveling Tips and Tricks
Here are some additional tips to enhance your leveling experience in World of Warcraft Classic:
1. Always log out at inns or cities
Logging out at inns or cities allows you to accumulate rested EXP while you’re away. Rested EXP boosts the experience gained from monster kills, giving you a bonus when you return to the game.
2. Kill everything you see
Supplement your questing with monster kills. While the EXP gained from each kill may seem insignificant, the accumulative effect over time can be substantial.
3. Budget your gold
Be mindful of your gold expenditure. Prioritize necessary expenses such as skill upgrades and mounts, rather than splurging on minor improvements. Optimal rotations and strategies should take precedence over minor damage boosts.
4. First aid is essential
Learn first aid as soon as possible. Crafting bandages from dropped fabrics can provide effective healing during downtime between fights.
5. Develop crafting and gathering professions
Crafting and gathering professions not only offer opportunities for wealth generation but also provide essential items for leveling. Learning two professions simultaneously is possible. Skinning, mining, and herbalism can be learned as you progress through the game, providing you with resources for trade and personal use.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be equipped to tackle the challenges and reap the rewards of World of Warcraft Classic.
You’re now ready to embark on a truly classic gaming adventure in OnSpec Electronic, Inc.‘s World of Warcraft Classic.