Wotlk Preparation Part 4: Leveling Advantage

3 11 2008

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In Part 3 of our Wotlk Preparation series, we realized that a huge amount of honor is needed for the new level 80 PVP gear and that you should be trying to hit he honor cap of 75,000. In Part 4 we will find some tactics that will give you an edge on leveling to 80. This can include consumables, gear, and even being the right spec.

Consumables that reduce downtime

Consumables that may reduce downtime

There are many ways to speed up the leveling process and reduce your downtime once you hit Northrend on launch day. Blizzard has already provided us with two starting zones (Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord) to reduce the lag and competition for quest items. Lets take a look at some of the ways to provide you with an advantage on leveling.

  • Play the beta– If you are in the beta, one of the best ways to prepare for leveling is to actually level in the beta. Get yourself acquainted on where everything is located as well as which starting zone you want to go to. Note where the flight paths are, vendors, trainers, quest items, and other points of interest. If your profession has daily quests associated with it, try and get a port up to Dalaran and start doing them. I believe that Jewelcrafting and Cooking at the moment have daily quests. I’ve been doing the cooking daily recently, and now I have a good feel for where to go and what materials to save for them. Quests are one of the best ways to gain experience so at least do some of the starter quests if you don’t want to level all the way to 80. This will get you out of the starting zones and into he next one which will have less players stealing your quest items and mobs. When Wotlk launches, you will be prepared on what to do and where to go in your starting zone.
  • Leveling spec– All classes have certain specs that is the best for leveling or grinding. Find out what your leveling spec is, most of you should have a good idea what that is already. It is usually your DPS or hybrid specs. I have even seen protection specs be very effective at AOE grinding mobs. If you plan to level as a group or run instances full time, than being a healing or tanking spec would be an obvious choice. Elitist Jerks has a thread devoted on leveling specs if you are still unsure which is the optimal one for you.
  • Gear– There are various items that offer lots of spirit, health/mana regeneration, and defensive stats. Equipping these items may help reduce the amount of downtime while killing mobs in Northrend. In both starting areas, I have found that the mobs start at about level 68. They are not hard to kill at all, but after killing a bunch of them for quests, your health and mana will eventually get low. This is where any type of regen item comes in use. You should consider losing a bit of DPS stats in favor of health/mana regen stats. A good example of this would be the [Mark of Defiance]. It gives an offensive stat as well as mana regen. When I used to farm, I used [Darkmoon Card: Heroism] to regen health. For casters, I hope you saved that staff or trinket with a high amount of spirit or MP5 (Mana per 5) like [Nightstaff of the Everliving] from Karazhan. Maybe even throw a spirit enchant if you choose. There may be a point where killing mobs becomes very easy, at that point, just switch back to your full DPS gear since your downtime is almost non existent.
  • Consumables– From my experience, very few people use consumables outside a raid setting. I am one of those people that do. From flasking in a battleground or using food buffs and scrolls for grinding. If it gives you an advantage, than why not? I guess most players excuse would be the money. However here at Warcraft Econ, money shouldn’t be much of a problem, seeing that over 40% of our readers have 10,000 gold or more according to our poll. You may also want to hang on to some of that left over raid consumables for leveling. So choose your favorite battle elixir as well as a guardian elixir that either offers health or mana regen. Some examples would be [Elixir of Major Mageblood] (16 MP5) and [Mighty Troll’s Blood Elixir] (12 HP5). Don’t forget about Health/Mana potions for those clutch moments where you need to stay alive or even just to save time eating or drinking. To save bag room, I had my potions crafted in to [Healing Potion Injector]‘s. As I said before in a previous post, you can turn in your [Spirit Shards] for potions. Make sure you have your class reagents and food on hand as well. In the recent patch, if you haven’t discovered already, includes some new and more powerful food like [Pungent Seal Whey] (9180 Mana). Speaking of food, many of the high level raid food in Burning Crusade offers +20 Spirit as a secondary buff. If you are a mana user, [Blackened Sporefish] is always a good choice for mana regen. For melee, pick any of the offensive foods, since the secondary stat of spirit is what your looking for. Also pick up some temporary weapon enchants like [Superior Mana Oil] or poisons for that extra boost. If you really want to go the extra mile, than all those water breathing/walking potions may come in handy when doing those quests in or near water. Personally I am adding items like [Drums of Restoration] and [Greater Rune of Warding] to the list just because I have them around. Consumables are dropping in price as we get closer to the expansion, so this is a good time to purchase them.
  • Leveling Guides– There are not too many of these floating around the Internet yet, let alone one you don’t have to pay for. However I did find one that has a free step by step guide for the first few zones. At the moment it looks like the author is releasing the full guides on specific days. This will certainly give you a leveling advantage over the average player. The guides will tell you exactly what to do for your quests, as the order to do them in for time efficiency. Your average player will take much more time trying to explore areas or read the quest text on what to do. Whatever information that is not included in any leveling guide can most likely be found on sites like www.wowhead.com

As you can see, there are many ways to give you an extra edge on leveling. Use them to your advantage since you may eventually pull ahead of the pack of levelers. Once you do, the zones you go into will have much less players and thus less competition over quest items and mobs. Also don’t forget the opposing faction will be in the starting areas as well, so moving to a higher level less populated zone is a good thing. Hopefully we will all have some fun with the leveling rush to 80!

In [Part 5] we will attempt to answer the question of how much gold is needed in Wotlk. The amount needed is fairly low, if you just want the basics. As you may know, we at Warcraft Econ want more, from multi-passenger mounts to crazy gold sinks. Stay tuned!