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Movement Speed Guide for WoW BFA 8.1

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So you want to move fast? Speed is just fun in WoW, especially when farming old content like dungeons or raids for mounts or transmog. It’s fun to just zoom through the zone, killing and looting everything in your way.

During Legion, it was easy to farm a speed set for your character. And a lot of people were doing it after watching Asmongold with his 170%+ base movement speed set. Legendaries made it easy as some had huge increases to movement speed.

Now in BFA, it’s a bit harder to get movement speed gear, but it is still possible to move fast.

Farming old content is one of my favorite aspects of WoW. So I stopped leveling my Fury Warrior at 115 to still be able to use legendaries. (It is better to stop at level 111 but I had already leveled him past that.) That way I can move with around 174% base movement speed right now, which is a huge advantage in old content. With Bear Tartare and other procs I am normally around 185-200% with short bursts of 250%.

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To turn of XP you can talk to Slahtz in Orgrimmar or Behsten in Stormwind.

If you are wondering how you can see your movement speed stat in WoW, you need to download the addon Deja Character Stats.

WoW BFA Movement Speed Guide Index

  1. Fastest Movement Speed Class
  2. Fastest Movement Speed Race
  3. Movement Speed Gear
  4. Movement Speed Consumables & Items
  5. Movement Speed Addons
  6. Movement Speed Macros & Key Bindings

 

Fastest Movement Speed Class

There are a few classes in the game that can move a lot faster than others, but no one class that is far above the rest. Classes with good movement speed are:

Fury Warrior

My favorite, but very gear dependant, and for top speed at the moment has to be locked at level 115 to be able to use legendaries from Legion. Whirlwind is very useful when AoE farming quickly.

Fury Warrior Movement Talents & Abilities

Heroic Leap

Charge

Bounding Stride

War Machine

Demon Hunter

Has a ton of built-in mobility, and are good at soloing. Double Jump, Fel Rush, Glide and Vengeful Retreat can be combined.

Demon Hunter Movement Talents & Abilities

Double Jump

Fel Rush

Glide

Vengeful Retreat

Mastery: Demonic Presence

Netherwalk

Feral Druid

Good base movement speed because of Cat Form. Good allrounders with a bunch of utility. Swipe is useful when AoE farming. Can use Dreamwalk to quickly reset dungeons.

Feral Druid Movement Talents & Abilities

Cat Form

Feline Swiftness

Dash

Tiger Dash

Windwalker Monk

Can use Zen Pilgrimage to quickly reset dungeons.

Windwalker Monk Movement Talents & Abilities

Windwalking

Flying Serpent Kick

Chi Torpedo

Tiger’s Lust

Subtlety Rogue

Can move very fast while stealthed, giving the option to bypass trash mobs.

Subtlety Rogue Movement Talents & Abilities

Sprint

Stealth

Shadowstep

Fleet Footed

Nightstalker

Hunter

Good soloers with some great passive movement speed. Can multishot while moving which is great for old content.

Hunter Movement Talents & Abilities

Trailblazer

Aspect of the Cheetah

Cunning Pet: Pathfinding

Posthaste

 

Fastest Movement Speed Race

There are a few races that move faster than others. It’s a bit imbalanced between the horde and the alliance though, as the alliance has all the fastest races.

Dark Iron Dwarves are the best race for farming dungeons quickly because of the Dungeon Delver bonus.

Night Elves are slightly faster because of the Quickness bonus.

Worgen have the Darkflight bonus.

 

Movement Speed Gear

A lot of movement speed can be gained through gear, although less in BFA than back in Legion. I will list both gear for level 111-115 movement speed twinks and for level 120’s below.

Head, Shoulder, and Chest

Any Azerite gear with the Longstrider Azerite Power. Longstrider scales with the item level of the gear. It also stacks.

At level 120 there are a lot of ways of getting Azerite gear. But if you want it for a level 111-115 twink there are still quite a few ways of getting gear with Longstrider.

When you do the quest The Heart of Azeroth, you will be rewarded with Azerite gear, some of these have Longstrider. Shift-click on the gear before turning in the quests to see the Azerite powers of each available piece.

The quest The Great Sea Scrolls can be completed quite easily by running around the BFA zones and looting treasure chests.

The main storylines in each BFA zone will reward you with pieces of Azerite gear, some with Longstrider. These are pretty quick to do if you only do the storyline quests.

Some rare mobs drop Azerite gear. Get handy notes for BFA to easily track them down and see their drops on the map.

Neck

Neck will always be the Heart of Azeroth to get Azerite powers and also for stats for Aggramar’s Stride. Do Missions and Island Expeditions to level it up either way.

Cloak

Get a Warlords of Draenor cloak and enchant it with Gift of Haste, Crit or Mastery, which also gives 2% speed. You can solo WoD raids to get some good ones. I got lucky and got one on the AH with extra speed and crit, which is the stat I am stacking.

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Wrist, Hands, Waist & Legs

At level 120 you can either get lucky and get an item with +speed to drop, or you can try to find ones on the AH. On the AH they will most likely be uncommon quality, or very expensive epic ones.

For a twink wearing Aggramar’s Stride, you want to stack as much in one secondary stat as possible. The best way of doing this is to farm Siege of Orgrimmar for double or even some triple prismatic gem socket pieces. I soloed mythic Siege of Orgrimmar once and got everything I needed.  Socket everything with the +40 gems like Deadly Amberblaze, and enchant with the stat you are stacking where possible.

You can also try to join Mythic Antorus Transmog raids to get +speed gear.

Hunters and Shaman can get Vigilance Perch.

Warriors, Paladins, and Death Knights can consider getting Rethu’s Incessant Courage.

Feet

Boots of the Gilded Path is an item that will be available in patch 8.1. It will be very useful when farming old content as you will be looting gold all the time.

Aggramar’s Stride was the best movement speed item in Legion. It is still great for speed twinks. My Fury Warrior gets around 30% speed from just this one item.

The Sentinel’s Eternal Refuge is also a great enchatwink item for Rogues, Monks, Druids, and Demon Hunters.

Another option is getting boots with item level under 136 and enchanting with Enchant Boots – Minor Speed.

Rings

Sephuz’s Secret is also another great twink item.

The best rings to use to stack secondary stats for Aggramar’s Stride is the socketed rare quality BFA crafted rings, available on the AH. Remember to socket and enchant.

Trinkets

Chrono Shard works like the legendaries and can only be used at level 115 or lower. Can be gotten through relinquished trinkets from Thaumaturge Vashreen on the Vindicator.

Hunger of the Pack – can also be gotten through relinquished trinkets from Thaumaturge Vashreen on the Vindicator.

For stacking secondary stats you can get Legion era Uncommon trinkets like Corsair’s Spyglass or Dawnswood Hunter’s Fletchings with stats and a socket. These are often available on the AH.

Weapons

Runeblade of Baron Rivendare is the best weapon for twinking.  Enchant with Windwalk.

Other than the Runeblade you will most likely have to get lucky and get a weapon with +speed or find one with the stats you need or speed on the AH.

 

Movement Speed Consumables & Items

Bear Tartare has been nerfed but still provides you with some speed.

Goblin Glider Kit does not affect movement speed, but offers some increased movability.

Loot-a-rang makes looting faster and easier in some cases. Getting the Auto Loot Plus addon will make it work better, as looting will be much quicker. Can also be combined with Boots of the Gilded Path.

 

Movement Speed Addons

Addons won’t impact movement speed directly but there are a couple that is nice to have.

Auto Loot Plus will allow you to loot faster, almost instantly, so that you can move on to the next mob faster.

Deja Character Stats will allow you to see the movement speed stat in game.

 

Movement Speed Macros & Key Bindings

I won’t tell you exactly what macros to make as it’s different for every class but I would consider making some for farming with movement speed focused chars.

On my Fury Warrior, I have one macro.

/targetenemy [noharm]
/cast charge

This macro will target the nearest enemy and charge. I have this bound to my scroll wheel button. One of my extra mouse buttons is bound to Heroic Leap. This way I can almost always cast either Charge or Heroic Leap to move fast through an instance.

 

If you have any questions or suggestions about movement speed in WoW, feel free to leave a comment below!


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