Weekly Warcraft Wednesday: Tips For Leveling.

I was able to reach my goal from last week of hitting level 100.  It was an interesting journey with a somewhat unexpected ending…

Ding, ding, ding.

The previous two expansions have only featured a five level jump, first from 80 to 85, and then from 85 to 90.  This time around, WoW has gone back to the ten level approach, with the cap being 100.  In practice, it doesn’t mean much.  Whether the leveling content is stretched across 5 or 10 levels makes little difference really, it’s takes about the same amount of time that it’s always taken.  This time around though, I feel that the team has done a notably good job with how the quests flow from one area to another.  And while I still don’t have a grasp on the overall story of the expansion, the smaller stories within each zone are often times very interesting.  A few notable ones even have some very well done cinematic cut scenes.  I won’t spoil anything for you except to say, make sure you do the quests in Nagrand.  You will not regret it.

A few pro-tips for the leveling leveler.

I have four major tips for you in terms of leveling up in Warlords of Draenor.  They are as follows:

  1. Do those bonus objectives. At first my wife and I were skipping them because we have always been used to WoW’s typical quest flow and didn’t really understand what they were.  Don’t do what we did.  Take the time to go do the bonus objectives because they take about as much time as it takes to complete one quest, but offer about as much experience as four or five quests.  They’re not hard, and they’re typically not too far out of the way.  They’re totally worth it.
  2. Kill every rare mob you see. When you see that skull on your mini-map, make a bee-line for it.  You don’t have to be the first to attack it in order to get credit, so just jump in there and help anyone who’s already fighting it.  If you miss out, don’t worry, they come back fast.  Upon killing each rare you’ll collect some interesting loot from them and usually some garrison resources.
  3. Do not spend your garrison resources on frivolous junk. Garrisons are deceptively expensive.  The first few buildings you get are basically gifted to you as a type of tutorial.  You won’t be able to fully upgrade your garrison until level 100 which, if you’re like most players, is the first thing you’ll want to do.  The thing is, you probably won’t have enough resources yet, and they’re not easy to come by, so you’ll be stuck waiting.  So don’t shoot yourself in the foot by spending your resources dumb stuff.  Sure, use some to build a few buildings, but don’t buy any of the goods that actually cost resources…not yet at least.
  4. Early on in your leveling experience you’ll be flown to your faction’s capital city on Ashran. In the city is an Arakkoa who will sell you treasure maps of each zone.  Each map costs 100 gold and is highly worth the investment.  There are treasures hidden all over Draenor, many of which give all sorts of cool things including nice gear, gold, experience, garrison resources, toys, pets, etc…  For the 500 gold investment, they’re worth it.  You’ll level up faster, and you might end up with enough resources to upgrade your garrison right as you hit 100.  You must be 96 to buy these maps, so you can’t get them right off the bat but they’re still all completely worth it.

Hitting level 100 (queue deflating balloon video).

I don’t believe that Blizzard has an easy job when it comes to designing these expansion packs.  So many people want so many different things that it’s impossible to please everyone.  That said, I was personally disappointed in the amount of content available once I hit 100.  I’m going to go into a lot more detail next week after I’ve had some time to see some more of what there is to do, but suffice it to say that I feel very disappointed right now.  The one thing I will mention, because it was the most shocking disappointment, was the complete lack of the Tanaan Jungle.

If you’re unaware of what I’m talking about, here’s the deal.  There is an area in Draenor called the Tanaan Jungle.  It’s on the map.  You can see it.  It is completely inaccessible at the moment.  I can’t think of the last time that Blizzard did something like this.  If the content isn’t ready, putting the zone on the map is just confusing.  I was sure that as soon as I hit 100 there would all kinds of cool stuff to do out in that place, only to find that I was just going to have to wait weeks or months to set foot in there.  That’s totally bogus, and given the limited amount of other things to do, felt like an added kick in the crotch.  But like I said, I’ll have more thoughts on that next week.