General Tips to Speed Leveling in World of Warcraft

Learn some tips and tricks that will help you level up quickly in WoW.

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General Tips to Speed Leveling

You may be starting out ...or this may be your next alt to walk along the world of Azeroth.

But while some players of World of Warcraft may wish to enjoy the ride and level at their pace, many others want to get to level cap as soon as possible. Many questing guides exist for this reason. Many guides show exact routes and quest information to hit each area as quickly and efficiently as possible.

For a new player this will only break the immersion and spoil the 'story' of the various great story lines found throughout the game. Veteran players may want to level fast but still revisit old places to re experience the game through fresh eyes. How is a player to level quickly without breaking the immersion of the game? Level smart. There are ways to quickly level that apply to any area of the game.

Pick up all available quests in the immediate area.

A quest hub: a town, a small village, any place that has a grouping of non player characters will have a batch of quests. Many of them overlap with each other sharing the same mobs or take place over the same area.

Picking up as many as possible will save you from having to return to town only to return to kill the same mobs for a second time.

Drop quests that turn grey.

Quests like gear are color coded: red quests being almost impossible to complete, orange insanely difficult but possible, yellow a bit difficult but manageable and green at level to easy.

Grey quest are quest that barely reward you experience due to your character being over-leveled for it.

These quests for the amount of time to complete them are not worth a spot that a green quest and above takes up save for questing achievements - this can be finished up later at higher levels (such as for the Loremaster achievement) - or for later rep grinding. Do green quests as soon as possible to avoid the drop in experience when they turn grey.

Do dungeons only after you have picked up all the prerequisite quests.

Try to gather up all quests for a dungeon before trying to queue up for it. Preferably pick up dungeon quests as soon as they are available to avoid getting them when you are over leveled. Dungeons themselves reward a good amount of experience due to the grouping of mobs, but the quests on top of that reward great experience and decent questing gear.

Work in a circular fashion when you quest.

Try to work the entire questing area, making sure you do all quest targets along the way: kill mobs, drops from mobs, gathered items and so on. Work around the complete area until all the quests in your log are complete.

If you are fully rested, turn in all complete quests at one time.

Fully rested experience (this is the blue color your experience bar takes instead of purple) grants 200% more experience per kill. Quest experience do not work the same as mob experience. Instead of just using the rested bonus, quest experience pushes the bar further upwards extending the rested bonus. Say if half your experience bar is blue. If you turn in 10 quests all at one the normal experience from them all could boost a character a full level. Unlike mobs where the experience gain will use up said bonus - the quests merely 'push' the bar further. Doing this could net you a level and still have the 200% bonus for mob kills applying milking the rest bonus.

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