New or returning players will find that the highest level obtainable by characters in World of Warcraft is 120 as of June 2019. There are rumors that Blizzard will eventually lower the level, but as of now, this has not happened. This can seem daunting to a new player starting at level 1, or evening to a returning player with a character at level 60 or 90 and many levels left to go. With the release of patch 8.2 (known as Rise of Azshara) in June, there are many options for leveling.
Players who do start at level 1 can level quickly at lower levels. Once you have one high-level character you can purchase special gear known as heirloom gear. Each piece of heirloom gear can be worn by all characters on the account and greatly increases leveling speed. One thing to keep in mind is that the purchase of heirloom gear will require WoW gold. Players may want to consider a way to earn or buy cheap WoW gold if they wish to level quickly. Once a character is level 90 and enters the Draenor zone, players can visit the Garrison quartermaster and purchase potions to speed leveling more. Players who have at least one high-level character can purchase additional experience potions that can be sent to alts and increase leveling speeds for characters from 100-120.
Players can also utilize a few options for skipping certain levels. A player with one high-level character can unlock special races of character that start the game at level 20, or they can create characters that start at even higher levels. The Death Knight is “born” into the game as a level 58 and the Demon Hunter begins at level 98. If a player does not already have a high-level character, Blizzard sells a character boost that immediately pushes any character to level 110.
Tips for Long-Time Players in WoW Patch 8.2 “Rise of Azshara”:
Many players are aware that Blizzard did something new after the Pandaria expansion in 2012. From the first release of World of Warcraft in 2004 through the Mists of Pandaria, players could save up WoW gold and purchase the ability to fly in every zone. With the release of the next expansion, though, this all changed. In Warlords of Draenor, players could not fly at all as of the release date in 2014. Players complained bitterly, especially when leveling alts across a complex landscape.
Eventually, Blizzard did change this, but they created a new system of achievements known as Pathfinder which enabled players to obtain flying but only by completing a very complex set of quests and gaining reputation with multiple factions. This trend continued with the Legion expansion pack. When the Battle for Azeroth expansion pack was released in 2018, flight was again unobtainable. There was a pathfinder achievement, but it was incomplete. As of patch 8.2, this has changed. Part two of BfA pathfinder is now available and once players explore the newest zones and gain reputation with new factions, they will be able to take flight in every World of Warcraft expansion.
Another travel-related change involves water walking. Prior to patch 8.2 players could water walk with a special Strider mount, with expensive crafted potions or some other crafted gear. Rise of Azshara includes a slot for mount equipment, however, and one type of equipment allows all mounts to walk on water. This does not entirely remove the usefulness of having gained reputation for the Water Strider as those who have the Water Strider can purchase inexpensive mount equipment for their other mounts. The equipment can also be mailed to alts. For those who don’t have the Water Strider, WoW gold is useful to obtain new mount equipment.
Blizzard seems to be preparing to deliver content to players who want “quality of life” perks like flight, water walking, complex character abilities, a wide range of classes and races, etc. At the same time, players who want to return to the simple way of play that was originally in World of Warcraft in 2004, the release of WoW Classic later in 2019 will offer something for everyone!