This month, the monthly topic asks participants:
“What Are Some Things You Recommend Players Look Out For While Leveling A New Character In World of Warcraft?“
For creating a new character, the first thing one has to decide: why do I want that character? I want it to be a gatherer alt, a raiding toon, am I rerolling ’cause I’m now bored with my old main? Or just simply want one from that class-race combo too, just to have fun? The most important thing is to set this goal before even creating a new character. This is simply important because you need to know what you want, not just wander around blindly or you are just wasting your time. There are several more reasons why someone could roll a new toon, but I won’t list them all here.
Time is a crucial point while leveling. Depending on your goal, you want either level the fastest way you can (for example: if you want to raid with it) or keep a slow pace.
Let me make an example: two of my friends play WoW only 1-2 months every year, meaning they are not too well equipped with high end help (only me and another friend helps them). I always keep a toon somewhere around their level range to be able to play with them. To ensure that I don’t level faster than they, I simply don’t use Heirlooms. We are in the same guild, so the guild perk bonus is equal for us.
Many players tend to forget about their mains and it’s possibilities, when playing a new character – don’t be that guy! For a lvl85 character it’s not a big problem to send some 20-22 slot bags for the little one and trust me, it greatly helps! Of course, it helps the most for a gatherer alt, but every new toon is gratefull for some new equipment.
If you happen to level a gatherer alt, don’t make the same mistake as I did with mine: I tried to get up the gathering profs while leveling my toon. You’ll be bored to death for sure. A max level character has much more traveling options (use of flying mounts for example) than a lower level one and in most regions he doesn’t have to fear from death, he can go whereever he wants – and the feeling when you AoE a dozen mobs who are guarding your precious mineral node, now that’s priceless!
Another way to use your mains resources are of course the Heirlooms. But hey! Watch where you buy them! Don’t just use the Justice vendors, there is still the Argent Tournament quest hub, where you can collect Crusader’s Seals, these can be used to buy Heirlooms as well. If you have some spare Crusader’s Seal with you from the good old WotLK days, it’s a good time to spend them. Another way to utilise them are the BoE pets: with the incoming Pet Battle System in Mists, their prices will elevate a bit – but that’s another topic.
Once you reach the max level, you stand there with a bunch of ilvl 318-333 stuff across all the slots and you can barely enter a Tier 1 Heroic instance with that. Don’t be afraid to spend some Justice and Valor Points on BoE high end epics: up from ilvl 365 ones ’til 397 Valor BoEs, you can almost equip your fresh toon in all of the slots with shiny purples. With that you can already enter Looking for Raid, where you can shower in the ilvl 384-390 stuff. This is not only important for wannabe raiding toons, but you can level faster with better gear in the upcoming Mists expansion, which is soon upon us!
Some words about the professions and their leveling. As I said above, it’s a good practice to first hit lvl85 (or similar high level) before raising a gathering profession. Of course it’s not forbidden to pick a flower or mine a node once in a while during the levelup, but it’s not worth spending too much time on it. This is still true nowdays, when the gathering also gives experience.
As to every rule, there are exceptions to this one also, Skinning is a good example. If you plan to level with questing, which can be very fun and effective in Cataclysm, you are killing lots of monsters anyway, it would be foolish to leave their pelts rot in the wastes – rather skin them and honor their noble sacrifice.
Enchanting being another exception as you’ll be getting tons of trash greens and blues, which you can’t use anyway. Don’t vendor, rather disenchant them. If you want to level Enchanting later, it will be either expensive or a real pain in the a$$.
So, to summarize my advices: the key point in leveling a new character is time management, because we all want to have fun (be it raiding or just fooling around in Azeroth) and why should we delay ourselves in that?