The classic version of World of Warcraft has been famous for its long leveling journey and the harsh combat encounters. We’ve seen countless videos of players pulling more than one monster and ending up on a ten-minute trek on their way to resurrect. Finding the balance between leveling fast and surviving can be tricky.
In most cases, players tend to join a new zone, pick up all the quests, and proceed to complete them. However, oftentimes, the players will be underleveled and the quests will be yellow or red for them. This means that the risk will also increase, as the mobs will have a wider aggro radius and will punch much harder due to the level difference.
In this guide, we’ll share some tips and tricks for WoW Classic Season of Mastery, which will hopefully ease your journey to 60 and help you tackle the majority of the leveling content the game has to offer.
Questing vs. Mob Grinding
Before we delve deeper into WoW Classic leveling, we first have to decide what our goal in the game is and how we wish to approach leveling. If you plan on raiding and wish to get an early head start, getting to 60 should be the first priority. Make sure to check out the best Season of Mastery classes and figure out what class you want to begin your leveling journey with.
So the number one method of leveling is questing. Questing will work like a charm and you’ll be getting steady experience, especially with the new Season of Mastery quest experience buff. This is the most optimal way of leveling in Season of Mastery. By questing, you get to experience the story of each zone, discover various key locations, and pick up some green or blue gear on the way. At the same time, you’ll compete with everyone else who is questing in the same zone, which could slow down your overall progress.
For those who are well-organised and can form premade groups, dungeon spamming could potentially yield more experience/hour. Keep in mind that doing this will get you plenty of gear and superior experience, but you’ll have to make an optimized group and farm for hours on end. Not to mention that you’ll miss all the open world action. This will most likely be the option a lot of top WoW guilds will take.
And lastly, there’s mob grinding. Grinding monsters for hours can feel tedious and boring, and it’s definitely not for everyone. However, those players who can endure the grind will gain an early economical advantage as they’ll get way more loot, level their professions, and gather more resources. This means that you’ll get your level 40 mount easily, and will have a nice chunk saved for the epic version at 60.
The Leveling Mentality
If you wish to maximize your WoW Classic leveling efficiency, you’ll have to adopt a unique leveling mentality. You simply don’t want to waste valuable time wandering in circles and not doing much. What you do want to see is that exp bar constantly moving and pushing you towards that next level.
This is important for a multitude of reasons. The number one reason is the fact that new levels unlock new skills. Roughly every two levels, you’ll unlock several new skills. These can be in the form of a main damage skill, like Frostbolt for mages, or can be something more situational that will come in handy later down the road.
The point is to always keep that experience rolling. So while you’re traveling the world, always keep tagging monsters on your way. They don’t have to be related to a quest you’re on, just do it. By the time you reach the location you were traveling towards, you’ll get an extra bar or two of experience. All of this adds up in the long run.
Also, remember to pick up any ore or herbs on the way. It may seem like a waste of time if you’re rushing to 60, but it will save you from potential headaches later on. Keep those gathering professions leveled up.
A huge part of WoW Classic leveling is managing your rested experience.
For those of you who are new to WoW Classic, rested experience is bonus experience you accumulate while you’re offline. And to gain the most amount of rested experience, make sure to park your character inside an Inn or one of the main capital cities, and then log out. If you log out somewhere in the wilderness, you’ll only be getting a fraction of that potential rested experience.
The reason rested experience is important is because it doubles the xp you gain from slaying monsters. So when you do this step properly, every time you log into the game, you’ll be greeted with a nice blue bar of rested experience which will make that push to the next level so much easier.
WoW Classic Addons
Finally, it’s time to take a look at some of the WoW Classic addons that will push your leveling efficiency to the maximum. It’s important to say that none of these are required, but they do help quite a lot.
The first addon we’ll take a look at is called Questie. If you only downloaded this addon and nothing else, you’d be okay. Questie shows the locations of all the quests on your map and displays all the quest monsters as well. It’s very easy and straightforward.
Leatrix Plus is another great WoW Classic addon that offers plenty of quality of life features. From faster auto loot, auto repair, to many other interface-enhancing options. Requires no special setup, just install and click on/off the features you want or don’t want to use.
And lastly, there’s AtlasLootClassic. This addon will show you the map of the dungeon you’re running, but more importantly, it will display all the possible loot drops from bosses in that dungeon. This addon is especially valuable if you’re rushing dungeons to 60.
Enjoy the Journey
While leveling to 60 is the main objective for the majority of the players , the journey there is arguably the most fun aspect of WoW Classic Season of Mastery.
Whatever method of leveling you pick, make sure you’re enjoying it. Don’t risk burning out too early and quitting, as you’ll miss out on a lot of fun things down the road. Keep a steady pace, but if you ever feel like you need a small break, don’t be afraid to take a day or two off. When you’re back, you’ll have a nice chunk of rested experience ready for you and will be able to catch up quickly.
And finally, don’t sacrifice the social aspect of WoW Classic for the sake of leveling efficiency. This is an MMORPG after all, and meeting new players and making friends is a big part of the experience. Who knows, maybe that friend you met in the early 20’s in Hillsbrad will be the one to help you progress that last 50-60 hurdle.
Follow your journey to 60 and keep a steady pace, but make sure to stop and smell the roses from time to time. If things get overwhelming, log out, make some food and watch your favourite WoW streamers level instead. It can refresh you and give you that break you really needed.
We hope this guide was helpful and that you learned something new that will make your leveling journey in Azeroth a bit smoother.