The World of Warcraft (WoW) is a huge place, so big that most of the other Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) games can’t touch it. What this means for you is that just one character will never see it all, even if you do go from level one to the level cap (which will be 85 with the Cataclysm expansion.) With that size comes thousands of quests, things to do, dungeons, raids, battlegrounds, arenas, and more.
If you want to level up as rapidly as possible, perhaps to join your friends at higher level or get to the end-game content sooner, you might find the number of quests and objectives to be daunting. By following a few rules, though, you can greatly speed up your leveling, regardless of class or faction. The fastest way to get leveled, of course, is with a professionally created product, like Zygor’s, but that’s only for the people who really need to get to max level ASAP.
First off, realize what the time killers are. PvP is great fun (for many of us,) but it doesn’t help you get leveled. Shopping is great sport, especially if you have a full wallet, but it doesn’t get you to 80 any faster. Hanging around town, swapping lies with your pals, spreading nasty rumors about the other faction, won’t get you to 80 or 85 any sooner. Not that you shouldn’t kill them at every opportunity or inform your associates about just how slimey the other side really is, just be aware of how much time you spend doing that.
There are a couple of ways to gain experience faster than the normal way. There’s “rest XP,” for one. End your game session an Inn and when you come back to the game you will get the bonus XP. The longer you stay in the Inn then the longer the XP lasts. The other is World of Warcraft’s Refer a Friend program. What this does is link your account to your “friend’s” and then the two of you team up, kill together, and get 3x the normal XP.
Besides the better XP from Recruit a Friend, teaming will speed your leveling because, even though the basic XP gain is smaller, you will have less downtime in addition to killing things a lot faster. This gives you a big advantage over going solo. Of course, to make this teaming thing work, you do have to have a compatible partner.
Skip the crafting professions, for now, since they’ll slow you down. If you have enough gold then go ahead and skip the gathering professions. Control the time wasting activities and you’ll move faster. Selling your loot is another time waster, but you have to do it. Make a level 1 character to be your “banker.” This character will live at the Auction House (AH.) When your bags are full of loot you just stop by the nearest mailbox instead of making the trip to the big city. Post your stuff to the AH when you log into the banker. You’ll also want to have the biggest bags you can afford. If you’re making it a point to loot things then the big bags will allow you to collect a lot more loot before having to return to the mailbox.
You don’t always have to train when the opportunity presents itself, you can skip that trip to the trainer if the new skill(s) isn’t worth the effort. Lots of people buy new gear every time they can, but you don’t need to do this. Every three to five levels is fine. Certain classes are, of course, a little more gear dependent than others, but even the most dependent can wait three or four levels between upgrades.
Do quests instead of just grinding and group your quests. When you hit a new area grab all the quests you want and then group them by area. Any quests that are in the same area will be done at the same time. If you’re going to hit a dungeon try to get as many dungeon quests as you can. If you want to go into the big city then save all your city quests for that time. The worst way to go is to do one quest that takes you all over the place, then hand it in and do another which hits the same areas.
Just by following a few easy steps and by organizing your time and how you do things you will greatly improve your leveling speed. An expert leveling guide will really speed things up, but you’ll be a lot faster than most of the competition and you’ll have fun doing it. And isn’t that the point?