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Draenei & Blood Elves leveling

Blood Elves are a new playable race added to the Horde faction in World of Warcraft Burning Crusade. They will be accessible in The Burning Crusade Classic starting on May 18th when the Pre-Patch goes live. Blood Elves can be a few different classes, but most notably they can be Paladins – the only Horde race able to be a Paladin.

Blood Elf players can buy Hawkstrider mounts like Swift Green Hawkstrider and Black Hawkstrider from Winaestra in Eversong Woods – just east of the entrance to Silvermoon City. Riding Skill can be trained from Perascamin, in the building right next to Winaestra.

Draenei are a new playable race added to the Alliance faction in World of Warcraft Burning Crusade. They will be accessible in The Burning Crusade Classic starting on May 18th when the Pre-Patch goes live. Draenei can be a few different classes, but most notably they can be Shamans – the only Alliance race able to be a Shaman.

Draenei players can buy Elekk mounts like Purple Elekk and Great Green Elekk from Torallius the Pack Handler in The Exodar. Riding Skill can be trained from Aalun, right next to Torallius the Pack Handler.

Class Choices for Blood Elves

Blood Elves can select quite a few classes, but they cannot be Warrior, Shaman, or Druid.

Racial Abilities for Blood Elves

Blood Elves are desirable because they are the only Horde race capable of being a Paladin. Paladins provide great utility to groups by providing them with powerful Blessing buffs like Greater Blessing of Might or Greater Blessing of Salvation. The Arcane Torrent ability is situationally useful to silence enemies in PvE, and very often useful in PvP situations to stop important spells from being cast.

Blood Elf Starting Zone Quests

The first quest for a new Blood Elf is given by Magistrix Erona and tasks you with killing a few Mana Wyrm around the area. Once you complete that, be sure to pick up every other quest available in town before venturing out again. Completing many quests at once greatly reduces time spent walking to and from objectives.

Sunstrider Isle will serve as your quest hub from levels 1 through 5, when the quest Aiding the Outrunners will direct you to Falconwing Square. Be sure to grab Wanted: Thaelis the Hungerer from the wanted poster in the square – those poster quests are sometimes easy to forget.

Falconwing Square quests should get to you about level 7. Your next quest hub is Fairbreeze Village to the south. Many of the Fairbreeze quests will lead you west, and you should pick up Lost Armaments and Grimscale Pirates! along the road not far out of town. The items for Grimscale Pirates! can be looted from killing the murlocs on the coast as well as from lootable objects on the ground.

Class Choices for Draenei

Draenei can select quite a few classes, but they cannot be Rogue, Warlock, or Druid.

Racial Abilities for Draenei

Draenei are particularly desirable in groups for their Heroic Presence or Inspiring Presence abilities. Depending on the class of Draenei you will provide a different aura to your party members. It is very good to have a Draenei Warrior, Paladin, or Hunter in a physical damage dealer group in a raid. Similarly, it is very good to have a Draenei Priest, Shaman, or Mage in a caster damage dealer group in a raid.

The healing ability Gift of the Naaru is very nice when soloing and the amount healed increases as you level up.

The process of levelling these two races will take much longer than all other races, because you are not allowed to level up blood elves and draenei instantly to level 58, you are forced to go through all the journey from level 1 to 70. So here are some ways to do it as fast as possible.

Draenei Starting Zone Quests

You can start with the breadcrumb quest You Survived! from Megelon in Ammen Vale, leading you to the main quest hub for levels 1 through 5.

Whenever you are at a quest hub, be sure to pick up every available quest. Once you’ve got your quests you can venture out, complete them all, then return to the quest hub and repeat. Completing quests multiple at a time greatly increases efficiency by cutting down on time spent running around.

When you reach level 5 and finish up the Ammen Vale quests, you can travel west towards Azure Watch. Azure Watch will serve as one of two quest hubs you will use between levels 5 and 10. Pick up all the quests you can, and then head south along the road to Odesyus’s Landing. Quests from Azure Watch and Odesyus’s Landing will take you from level 5 to level 10.

There are two mobs that you will want to kill a few of to get a quest starter item that drops from them. Infected Nightstalker Runt drops Faintly Glowing Crystal and the naga enemies in the southwest drop Rune Covered Tablet. Quests from Odesyus’s Landing will have you killing those naga enemies anyways, but Infected Nightstalker Runt are ones you’ll have to venture out and slay on your own to get the quest starter item.

At level 8, you will unlock two additional quests at Azure Watch, The Missing Fisherman and Learning the Language, so be sure to return and get those when you reach level 8.

The Missing Fisherman from Azure Watch and Tree’s Company from Odesyus’s Landing both send you to an island far in the southwest. It is good get both of those quests before you run all the way down there. On the north side of that small island there is a night elf who offers the escort quest, A Cry For Help. The escort ends right at Cowlen, who is the objective of The Missing Fisherman.

Those quests should get you to about level 9 or 10, and if you aren’t level 10 yet you can go to Farstrider Retreat east of Fairbreeze Village and do a few more quests to get to 10.

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Quest Leveling 10-60

Questing is the most basic method, where you will just go through zones and complete quests in them. Questing can also be done solo, but it is less effective than dungeons, as some classes are more efficient at it than others, as well as it can be easy to stop leveling and be sidetracked by something. The advantage of leveling with quests is that you can quest while doing other things such as leveling professions.

Questing is considered the most common way of leveling in WoW Classic. The advantage of leveling solo is, as you’re usually doing it alone, you are not dependent on a group, and can play whenever your schedule allows it. Without a reliable group to do dungeons, Questing can be as efficient as dungeons.

Although questing can be done solo, it is also beneficial to group up, even if just for certain quests that require more than one player. Not only can it be more enjoyable to share the experience with a friend, you will also kill mobs twice as fast. However, experience gained from killing monsters is shared between all players in the group, so you might slow down a bit on raw experience. The advantage of grouping lies on the fact that you can kill monsters (and thus complete quests) faster, and you will have a lesser need to include additional players for group quests. Not to mention you will have a friend to talk to!

You do gain a small bonus when killing mobs as a group, to slightly offset the fact that you’re in a group. As an example, let’s assume that you’re about to kill a mob that grants 100 experience while you’re solo. This list is considering that all players are on the same level, as mobs grant different amounts of experience to players of different levels.

  • Solo: 100 EXP
  • 2 Players: 50 EXP/person
  • 3 Players: 39 EXP/person
  • 4 Players: 33 EXP/person
  • 5 Players: 28 EXP/person

It is worth noting that, while in a group, only experience gains from killing monsters are affected – Your entire group will receive the same amount of experience for turning in quests. So in a group, the experience losses for killing mobs with more people is often offset by the fact that a group will complete quests faster. Always consider how long it takes to complete a quest vs. how much experience you can gain from monsters before thinking about grouping.

Level BracketHorde Leveling Zones
10 – 20Ghostlands, Silverpine Forest
10 – 30The Barrens
20 – 30Stonetalon Mountains
25 – 30Ashenvale, Hillsbrad Foothills
30 – 35Stranglethorn Vale (North), Thousand Needles
35 – 40Arathi Highlands, Desolace
40 – 45Badlands, Dustwallow Marsh, Stranglethorn Vale (South)
45 – 50Feralas, Searing Gorge, Tanaris, The Hinterlands
50 – 55Azshara, Blasted Lands, Felwood, Un’Goro Crater
55 – 60Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Western Plaguelands, Winterspring


Level BracketAlliance Leveling Zones
10 – 20Bloodmyst Isle, Darkshore, Loch Modan, Westfall
20 – 25Ashenvale, Redridge Mountains, Stonetalon Mountains
25 – 30Duskwood, Hillsbrad Foothills, Wetlands
30 – 35Stranglethorn Vale (North), Thousand Needles
35 – 40Arathi Highlands, Desolace
40 – 45Badlands, Dustwallow Marsh, Stranglethorn Vale (South)
45 – 50Feralas, Searing Gorge, Tanaris, The Hinterlands
50 – 55Azshara, Blasted Lands, Felwood, Un’Goro Crater
55 – 60Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Western Plaguelands, Winterspring

Dungeon Leveling 10-60

While leveling in Classic, often you’ll find quests for dungeons appropriate for your level. Classic doesn’t have quality of life improvements like Dungeon finder or Group Finder, so players must use default chat channels like General or LookingForGroup to find groups for dungeons.

Finding Groups

  1. Using the Looking For Group chat channel (Press “Enter” to begin chatting, and then type “/4” and then press “Space” to begin using this channel)
  2. Many players choose to also utilize “Trade” chat – to do this we use the same method as above, except we’ll use “/2” instead
  3. TBC Classic introduces a revamped version of the “Looking for Group” tool
  4. The World of Warcraft community is constantly looking for ways to improve the average player’s experience – most notably, through the creation of add-ons. There are several add-ons that players enjoy using, including ones that help make forming groups easier

Many dungeon quests are worth completing throughout your journey. However, some dungeons aren’t worth completing for the quests alone. For example, Alliance wouldn’t find enough benefit from quests in dungeons like Razorfen Kraul and Horde in Gnomeregan, even though both factions have quests in those dungeons.

Some dungeons include what is called class quests, such as The Test of Righteousness which sees the Paladin completing both The Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep.

What To Do At level 60

Once you reach level 60, you will want to prepare to adventure into Outland. If you’ve leveled quickly through dungeon boosting, your equipment is likely very weak. Lucky for you, the epic PvP armor and weapons are easily obtainable during the Pre-Patch for The Burning Crusade Classic. These are very powerful armor and weapons like Field Marshal’s Battlegear or Field Marshal’s Earthshaker armor sets or weapons like Grand Marshal’s Right Hand Blade and Grand Marshal’s Mageblade. By doing PvP Battlegrounds you will earn honor points and marks of honor, which can be directly exchanged for these powerful epic items. For the power level of the items compared to the effort to obtain them, this is one of the best ways to gear up a fresh level 60.

Aside from gearing your character, you may want to level professions. Some professions in The Burning Crusade Classic offer very powerful rewards only usable by players with that profession. Having your desired professions at level 300 before the Dark Portal opens will make it easier to reach those powerful rewards in Outland. You can find more information about the different professions and what they offer in our profession guide, Burning Crusade Classic Professions Overview and Best Professions for Each Class/Role.

If you are leveling your Draenei and the Dark Portal is already open, you can hop right in to Outland around level 58-60. Many quests in Hellfire Peninsula will offer great rewards and give you some decent equipment while you continue your leveling process. It is possible that dungeon boosting strategies will be figured out for Outland dungeons as well, and you could continue the boosting process all the way to level 70.

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Leveling Tips

The Early Levels 1-10

Avoid Competition

First and foremost, you will want to avoid competition. If you have to fight other players for tags on enemies or spam click a lootable quest object as soon as it respawns – you will be wasting a lot of time. It is likely the starting zones will be quite crowded. If you find yourself struggling to tag mobs before other players, waiting for respawns, or competing over lootable quest objects that is not good. It would be advisable to find a friendly Mage to teleport you to a different area so you can progress unhindered, or even a Warlock to summon you directly to a different starting zone.

Do Many Quests at Once

You should gather up all the quests in town and then run out in a circuit and complete them all before coming back to town. This drastically cuts down on time spent running around allowing you to spend more time doing things that actually earn experience. An addon like Questie (Download) can display where quest objectives are on your map which makes it easy to plot out what needs to be done and where.

Transfer Powerful Items

If you really want to go all-in on these first few levels, you can get some special items on your main character and transfer them to your freshly created Draenei to speed up the leveling process a little bit.

  • A level 1 weapon like Short Staff or Large Club enchanted with Enchant Weapon – Fiery Weapon. Be sure the class you are leveling starts with the appropriate weapon skill.
  • Thin Cloth Shoes or another pair of boots enchanted with Enchant Boots – Minor Speed. You’ll be running around a lot, and this will cut down on that time spent.
  • 4x Runecloth Bag will greatly help because you will spend less time sorting through garbage items and managing a limited inventory. These will also come in handy when you start dungeon boosting, allowing you to carry more stuff at once. If you are feeling in a spending mood, you can of course buy 16 or 18 slot bags.

Burning Crusade reputations

In The Burning Crusade, reputation plays a huge role in the game and it will have to be grinded by all players, regardless of their interests and activities in the game. Firstly, for the reputation with some factions, it will be possible to buy some pre-raid gear. Secondly, you can purchase important recipes for crafting professions and earn gold from them. Thirdly, you can get consumables to improve equipment, for example, only from the Aldors and Scryers you can buy shoulder enchants (there is no analogue for them anywhere else in the game). Fourth, flights were added to the game (the ability to move through the air on players’ mounts), and accordingly, various mounts can be bought from some factions by leveling reputation with them.

The Burning Crusade’s attunement process is one of the most infamous attunements in modern gaming history. The Burning Crusade’s attunement process spans multiple dungeons, Heroics, and raids, requiring the player to unlock certain dungeons through key attunements, reputation rewards to unlock Heroic dungeons, and raid attunements that require the player to defeat basically every Heroic Dungeon in the game.

If you want to know more about TBC reputation check out our reputation guide

TBC Classic Dungeon Leveling

In WoW Classic, the fastest way to level up is getting boosted by a high level character, typically Mage or Paladin. Dungeon boosting is where a high level character clears out an entire dungeon while low level characters wait near the entrance and gain experience. The massive quantity of enemies dying grants experience to the low level characters in the group. Someone fully utilizing dungeon boosting can bring a character from level 1 to 60 is less than 48 hours of played time.

If you choose to use dungeon boosting, you will want to know which dungeons to do at your levels. Here is a table with level ranges for the best boosting dungeons for which level ranges. These are picked due to the type of enemies and layout of the dungeon which makes it easier for the booster to round up the enemies and kill them all quickly. In general, ideal experience gain occurs when your average group level is somewhere between 5 levels below and 2 levels above the average enemy level in the dungeon.

Here is a chronological list of all the dungeons you will want to run, and how many times you will want to run them to maximize your reputation gains for WoW: Burning Crusade Classic.

DungeonRuns RequiredFaction (Reputation Gain)Level Range
Blood Furnace12Thrallmar/Honor Hold (Honored)60-61
Slave Pens10Cenarion Expedition (Honored)61-63
Mana Tombs9Consortium (Honored)63-66
Sethekk Halls8Lower City (Honored)66-68
Old Hillsbrad Foothills1Keepers of Time68
Black Morass18Keepers of Time (Revered)68-70
Shadow Labyrinth6Lower City (Revered)68-70
Steamvault7Cenarion Expedition (Revered)68-70
Shattered Halls8Thrallmar/Honor Hold (Revered)69-70

Around level 68, you will want to take a step away from dungeons for a moment to begin your Karazhan attunement quest line. Don’t worry, the chain will get you right back into the dungeon grind shortly.

The best way to level up your character is with the Overgear team, which provides Leveling in any range including 70-80 leveling for WotLK Classic.

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