The first common mistake relates to professions. In case you plan to level mining or herbalism, make sure that you keep up with it while leveling up. Oftentimes people neglect it or just don’t go out of their way to do it. This leads to falling behind and going back in order to catch up. Skinning is one of the preferred professions, because it is one of the fastest and supplements your gold gaining, as well. If you want to speed-level, you better not take up any profession at all.
Another thing is to make sure to pick up first-aid. Even healers shouldn’t dismiss it, although they have healing spells. Everyone should have first-aid maxed at level 60, because it is just so good in World of Warcraft: Classic.
- Mob Grinding
Do not avoid mob grinding! In Classic you can complete an entire zone of quests and still feel sort of under-leveled. This is going to force you to travel across the world and do quests in another zone before being ready to move on. So, our tip is to mob grind and kill everything in your path. Even more – avoid safe paths! Sometimes you can mob grind for an entire level, or, if you have the patience, for a couple of levels. This is great to do in you 30-40 level range, especially on a new server launch. You can obtain massive amounts of gold just from killing beasts around a zone.
Another thing is when you have handed in a bunch of quests, or you have a bunch of quests completed and ready to hand in and are 3 or 4 bars away from leveling up, you just grind that last bit and then continue on.
Dungeons are so much fun in WoW: Classic. The whole process in an adventure – from finding heroes to fight alongside you, to reaching the dungeon as a team, to even getting lost at times, to finding your way through the dungeon itself. Dungeons in Classic are not exactly linear, and people often make mistakes when taking them up. The first mistake is to do too many dungeons, while you level up. Travelling time to get to specific dungeons can totally slow down your leveling process. However, the biggest mistake, which people usually make in relation to dungeons are the dungeon quests. Of course, there are quests for most of the dungeons, but it not that clear where exactly do you get them. They are generally obtained from random quest areas in surrounding zones, and some even require you make a certain chain, in order to get access. Other times the quests are at the other side of the world for no apparent reason. If you decide to go in anyway, we advise you to first be well-informed about the quests and their locations.
- Getting too caught up in PvP
Stranglethorn Vale is the first truly neutral zone in a way and the first Horde vs. Alliance contested area. It has neutral quest zones and camps, which makes it more attractive to the players. The quests and quest rewards there are great, but on the other hand it can turn into a complete mess. On a fresh launch it can get flooded with level 30s to 40s. On a PvP server, you can easily get lost into endless battles and camping for the longest time.
This majorly slows down your leveling pace. Stranglethorn is a place, which brings out the most competitive aspects of a player and one can even start brawls for no reason, if they get too invested.
- Good-weapon zones
If you have any clue where to find good weapons, or good quest rewards for each level range, try not to skip these good-weapon zones. A strong weapon is the biggest boost that you can get in Wow: Classic, especially when you are a lower level. It speeds up your leveling process significantly.
- Higher-level zones
Do not rush getting into a higher-level zone! When the mob’s level is a lot higher than yours in Classic, you are in a huge disadvantage due to the attack/defense stats you currently have compared to your opponent. The same applies to casters as well. In case that you don’t manage to level up in one zone, always visit same or lower level zones to grind.
- Discover new Flight Points
During your leveling process, try to discover as much travel points as you can. For example, if you are Alliance, do not skip the Wetlands. Or when you are in your 30s, go to Stranglehorn and discover the Booty Bay Flight Path. The Flight Paths will open up the map for you early on and you will easily travel to zones, where you can level up.
- Make Bank Alts!
When you begin, try to make 2 Bank Alts - one for general crafting and one for BoE. Send all of your green BoE items to the second one at a higher level. Sometimes green items are worth vendoring, when you can get more gold out of them, instead of disenchanting them. Or if they have good stats, you can sell them on the auction house. Always pay attention if the green items have a spell power, healing power, or simply really good stats!
- Do not buy useless skills
During the leveling process do not go to your vendor and waste your gold on every useless skill you set your eyes upon! In Classic, it is expensive to train skills, especially early in the game. Instead, train those abilities, who are essential to your leveling experience.
- Res Sickness
Dying can be used as a pseudo-Hearthstone, in order to get back to the quest and hand in or to the next spot. However, at levels 11-20 the res time applies but only 1 minute is added per each level. For example, at level 11 it is a 1 min debuff, at 12 – a 2 min debuff, etc. So, try to measure exactly how much time do you need, and if you judge that it makes sense for you to take a 3 min res sickness, then so be it.