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Welcome to our World of Warcraft leveling guide, updated in 2018 for Battle for Azeroth patch 8.1. This WoW leveling guide will show you how to level as quickly as possible from level 1 to 120.
Leveling was nerfed back in patch 7.3.5 in terms of leveling speed. Most XP bonuses have also been removed from the game or have been nerfed. But leveling in WoW is still pretty quick compared to most MMO’s, and you can easily reach max level in a couple of days.
WoW BFA Leveling Guide Index
General WoW BFA Leveling Tips:
Before starting with our WoW Leveling Guide, it might be smart to go over these tips as they will cut down on leveling time.
- Heirlooms: Heirlooms are the best source of bonus XP for leveling. All slots can be gotten pretty easily now, except the rings. The time you need to spend to get the rings if you haven’t gotten a level 3 shipyard in WoW is way to long, so getting the rings is generally not worth it. Having all your heirloom gear will boost xp by 55%. Generally you want heirloom gear with crit on for leveling as you want to kill mobs in a few hits as possible
- Enchants: Also remember to get enchants on your gear as it will increase the rate you kill mobs.
- Recruit a Friend: Recruiting a friend and grouping together rewards you with 50% bonus xp. You can also do this yourself if you multibox. See all RAF bonuses here.
- Rest XP: Always log out in an Inn or in a major city to get rest XP. To see if you are getting rest, look at your characters thumbnail and see if there are a ZZZ mark where your level usually is. For more info about rest xp, see this article.
- War Mode: War Mode can be turned on at level 30 through your talent window, and will give you 10% bonus XP. You will however be attackable by players of the opposing faction, but changes have been made so that all players have a fair shot in a fight and even low level players can kill much higher level players, and at least not get ganked and one shotted.
- Darkmoon Faire: The darkmoon faire comes around once a month and provides two ways of bonus XP. You can ride the carousel to get the “Whee!” buff (10% bonus xp for one hour). You can also get the Darkmoon Top Hat by playing a few games, which gives you 10% bonus xp but only works during the Darkmoon Faire. Both of these are generally not worth it for the most part, as you spend more time running to get the buff than you gain in XP when leveling.
- Insightful Rubelite: At level 100 you can get a Insightful Rubelite and socket it into your gear for an extra 5% XP.
Join a Guild
There are a couple of benefits to joining a guild. You can also find leveling specific guilds that are generally more than happy to help you on your way to level 120.
- Battle Standard of Coordination: This item gives you 15% bonus XP if you stay within 100 yards, with a 10 minute cooldown. Can be useful if you are grinding in an area or when completing a dungeon. If you plant the banner at the last boss of an random dungeon you will get 15% extra from the bonus xp as well as that XP is awarded when killing the last boss. You need to be friendly with your guild to get this. The easiest way to get it on a new alt, is to buy a Renowned Guild Tabard with you main and send it to your new alt. Now you need to join a guild with the “A Daily Routine” achievment completed. So open the guild finder, if you’re not already part of a guild, and look for a guild with a lot of members since they are more likely to have the achievement, and ask to join. Then buy the Battle Standard of Coordination.
- Guild Perks: Some guild perks are quite nice when leveling like the mount speed bonus and the shorter heartstone duration.
- Bagspace: Getting some nice big bags for your character won’t speed up leveling, but you won’t be needing to sell stuff to clear your bags as often.
- Mounts: Always be sure to have the fastest possible mount speed.
- Consumables: Stack up on food, drink and optionally healing and mana potions, to reduce your downtime.
- Hearthstone: Always remember to talk to the innkeeper to change your home when arriving at a new questhub.
- Goblin Glider: The goblin glider can be nice to have to move around certain areas faster, when a flying mount is not usuable.
- Leystone Buoy: Optional item but nice when questing underwater.
- Felslate Anchor: Optional item but nice when questing underwater.
Picking up herbalism and mining is the best professions to have while leveling. Not only will you earn gold as you level, but you will also get extra XP. At level 20 you will get over 500 XP for picking up a ore or a herb while killing a mob only gives a little over 100 XP. Don’t go out of your way to pick herbs if you are trying to level quickly, but pick the ones that are on your way. Leveling from 110 to 120 can be done pretty quickly just by doing this. There are a few items that will help you if you decide to use professions while leveling:
- Sky Golem: This mount allows you to pick up and interact with items without dismounting.
- Monel-Hardened Stirrups: Does the same thing as the sky golem but only works for 2 hours.
- Coarse Leather Barding: Prevents you from being dazed while on a mount.
- Enchant Glover Herbalism/Mining: Will make picking up herbs or ore much faster.
Dugi’s Leveling Guide
Dugi’s leveling guide is the leveling guide I’ve always used to level as fast as possible. It will show you where to go and what to do in-game, speeding up the leveling process. This is optional though, as the game already does a pretty good job at showing you where to go at all times. The addon does however come with a couple of other nice features and perks.
A free alternative for leveling in Battle for Azeroth only.
Handy notes are useful to see treasures on the map.
Alerts you of rare mobs. Rare mobs award more XP than regular mobs.
Titanpanel will show you how long it is until you level up and at which rate you are gaining XP.
WoW Vanilla Zones Leveling
First things first, lets get started with the vanilla WoW levels. Since patch 7.3.5 all the zones scale, and all vanilla zones scale up to level 60. The map below shows the scaling of the different classic WoW zones.
WoW Leveling 1 – 20
The first 15 to 20 levels should be spent in your race starting zone. These areas are made for quick leveling and has a high number of easy and fast quests. Levels 1 to 20 should not take more than a few hours here. At level 20, remember to train your riding skill.
Check your journal to see if you have finished all the chapters in a zone, and can move on.
Leveling in Dungeons 15+
At level 15, you can start queueing for dungeons. To maximize leveling speed, you want to do each dungeon once. The first run of each dungeon will provide you with plenty of quests. Doing random dungeons gives you a big chunk of XP at the end, which can be further increased with a Battle Standard of Coordination, if you plant it near the last boss.
I tend to do random dungeons until I have done all the available ones once, and then do quests in between waiting for queues.