World of Warcraft Tips For New Players

Navigate Azeroth easier with these tips

Screenshot from World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

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Blizzard Entertainment's popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft first launched in 2004 on PC. It won a Guinness World Record for most popular MMORPG based on online subscribers, with a player base of about 10 million as of January 2008. It's a large, sprawling game that can be intimidating to newcomers. If you want some help getting adjusted to your new life in Azeroth, here are some tips.

Do Your Homework Before Picking a Server

Choosing your World of Warcraft server is an important task, so do some research before you make a final decision. There are four types of servers available:

  • Player vs. Environment (PvE): This is sort of the "default" server type. Here, you can complete quests and go on raids without worrying about attacks from other players.
  • Player vs. Player (PvP): Horde and Alliance members on a PvP server can engage in combat with members of the opposing faction while journeying through Azeroth. This can make gameplay equal parts thrilling and frustrating.
  • Role-Playing (RP): A RP server is like a PvE server, but there's a greater emphasis on storytelling and acting in-character while playing.
  • Role-Playing Player vs. Player (RP-PvP): This server type is for people who like to role-play their characters, and those characters happen to be bloodthirsty jerks who like to "gank" you while you're trying to finish a quest.

You also want a server with a healthy population size during the hours you want to play. Try to find a server in your time zone (Pacific, Eastern, Oceanic, etc.). Avoid overcrowded servers that have a "Maximum" population. Conversely, low population servers can make doing group based content more difficult.

Of course, if you have friends who play World of Warcraft, you'll want to join their server. Also, make sure you pick the same faction (Horde or Alliance), since you can't chat or group up with members of the opposing side.

The Pros and Cons of Level Boosting

If you're a new or returning player who bought the most recent World of Warcraft expansion, you might've received a level boost token. These items automatically level a chosen character so they can do the expansion's new content. This is great if you want to catch up to your friends quickly. But, it also means you're skipping dozens of hours of content, storytelling, and lore from the base game and other expansions. If you're a totally new player, consider not using the level boost right away. Experience some of WoW's early content. Get at least one character to max level. Learn how the game works slowly, instead of jumping into the deep end without floats. Experiment with a few different classes, find the one you like best, then boost that one so you can play through the expansion.

Make More Money With Crafting

If you have high experience in crafting skills like First Aid, Skinning, or Leatherworking, put them to good use to rake in some gold. Herbalism and Alchemy are popular skills, since potions and flasks are always useful. Keep in mind you don't need to sell just crafted items. You can make some easy cash off materials you gather and/or create while adventuring as well. Turn ore into bars, for example, or make bolts of cloth. You can then sell them to other players on the Auction House.

How to Repair Your Gear

Your gear slowly degrades while you're in combat. It can become unusable if ignored. You can keep your weapons and armor in good shape by visiting a NPC who does repairs. The easiest way to find one is to use the drop-down menu on the top left of the mini-map. Select Repair and it'll show any vendors that offer the service nearby.

Save Up For Mounts Early

You can purchase and ride a variety of mounts in World of Warcraft, but it'll cost you. Buying your first mount at level 20, along with the Apprentice Riding skill, costs about five gold. Journeyman Riding comes at level 40 and costs 50G total. You get access to flying mounts at level 60. That training costs 250G, while the mount itself costs 50G. Artisan Riding at level 70 and Master Riding at level 80 both cost 5,000G.

Since a lot of the money you earn in WoW goes toward mounts, it's best to start saving early.

Mounts now scale with your riding skill. This means Paladins, Warlocks, and Druids (who have their own special mounts/shapeshifts) just need to buy the beginning spell if they so choose.

How to Get a New Hearthstone

If something bad happens to your Hearthstone, don't panic! You can get a new one by visiting the nearest innkeeper and binding yourself to that location.

A Note About Buying Gold/Characters

At some point during your time with World of Warcraft, you might see people advertising gold-buying websites or purchasable max-level characters. Don't do it. This is against the game's terms of service and could get your account banned.