Most people are pretty surprised when I tell them how many toons I have leveled over the past few years. I have never been content just to pick a single server and level up my toons–I like exploring, and I like having the freedom to pick a new server and know that I can have a new level 85 toon there in a week or so. It’s very liberating.
World of Warcraft is a huge place–the ingame map for this game is way bigger than any other MMORPG I’ve played, and the amount of quests and dungeons are staggering. A player can’t possibly experience even half of what the game has to offer by just leveling up one toon! A lot of the most fun content is also part of the end-game levels which can make it frustrating for new players playing low leveled characters. So how do you skip to the good part faster?
Slow Leveling or Easily Distracted?
The question isn’t how you can speed up your leveling–but rather, what is making you level so slow? There’s a lot of things that influence our leveling speed in the World of Warcraft, but nothing influences our leveling speed more than ourselves. Think about the last time you leveled–I mean those hardcore grinding sessions where you sit behind your computer with a 32oz soda and a box of pizz…okay, hopefully you don’t do that, but what you probably did do was:
- Spend an hour in town chatting it up with guildies
- Spend a few minutes shopping for a new pet
- Took a break to PvPawn a straggling Alliance raider (sorry Alliance ;>)
- or any other number of completely pointless and yet very fun distracting activities…
The Quickest and Easiest Way to Speed Up Your Leveling… Is to Stop Wasting Time!
We all have real lives (I hope), and we can’t afford to sit around on the computer all day. If you really want to level up your toon without having to choose between your hot date and level 85, I suggest following a few simple guidelines the next time you need to level a toon.
Live and Let Live
PvP is fun–if you’re on a PvP server, you know the adrenaline rush that comes when you drop down on an unsuspecting player and take them for all they’re worth. As fun as it is, you can’t grind to level 85 by ganking poor unsuspecting players. PvP has a time and a place, but you should try to avoid it while you’re leveling. Best case, you wind up wasting valuable time that you could be leveling–and worst case, the guy you just made eat dirt has a whole guild of level 85s ready to come school you.
Boosting Your Experience / Kill
There’s two major ways to boost your experience per kill–the first is the most well known and easiest, “rest exp”. The basic idea is to log off at an inn, and when you decide to log back in, you will have a temporary EXP boost. There isn’t really an excuse for not doing this as it extremely easy–just make sure you set your hearthstone to the nearest town before leveling!
The second way is Refer-a-Friend, which I have recently had the pleasure of trying. Basically, you get a friend to sign up under your account and you are able to level with them. By leveling together, you get a 30% experience gain just by being near eachother. It’s an AMAZING system that lets you level up alarmingly quickly. I managed to get three level 85s during my Refer-a-Friend time. I would recommend picking classes that mesh well together–you will be spending a lot of time in eachother’s presence on the route to 85.
Make Your Very Own Auction House Alt
Inevitably your bags will eventually fill, and you will need to sell your bounty. A lot of players waste a terrible amount of time running back and forth between major cities and battle areas just to pander off their items when really all they need is a mailbox. If you create an Auction House alt that “lives” in front of a neutral Auction House, clearing your bags out is just a mailbox away–much easier than finding a neutral Auction House.
Skip Out on Crafting Professions
Crafting professions are a time sink. They are great for making gold, but horrible on time management. If you need the financial stability of a profession, I recommend picking up a gathering profession and mailing back your goods to your Auction House alt. The BEST option is simply to become profficient at Auction House reselling and make your gold from there–it is by far the easiest and most effective way to earn gold in the game. However, if you are uncomfortable with the idea or just don’t have the funds to start with, it’s best to pick professions that require smallest input of time with the biggest reward.
Avoid the Grind
The truth is that grinding will never be as fast as questing. If you want to level competitively, questing or dungeon leveling is pretty much the only option–and dungeon leveling only works if you do dungeon quests! Whenever you enter a new area, be sure to pick up as many quests as you can for your level. Group the quests by the area they take place in–the worst thing is to turn in one quest only to realize you have to go right back to the same area! This is much easier to do with the use of a leveling guide (as it can be tricky if you don’t know your way around very well), but it can be managed alone as well.
Most importantly : Just DO IT!
If you’re constantly thinking about how far you have to do, the trip there will be that much slower. Don’t think about getting to level 85 when you’re level 10–think about getting to level 20, level 30, and so on. If you set more manageable and realistic goals, you won’t feel like the process is so tedious. While I personally use a leveling guide these days to level (I don’t have the time to do all of this manually any more), I think that most players can really speed up their leveling just by managing their time better.