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soulzek

Soulzek's Supreme Classic Leveling Tips

Really nice post +1

I was hoping to see a leveling route for private servers specifically since the guides used in the VanillaGuide addon are for retail vanilla, or even early TBC which still is perfectly viable but is slightly off sometimes (I believe it's Joana's for Horde and Brian Kopps's for Alliance leveling guides being used).
However this post will definitely be a huge help to people who are struggling with leveling and/or are new to vanilla (or wow in general), really nice to see! :) 

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9 hours ago, soulzek said:

There is a lot of mistakes by searching with "spells/class skills/class" (many spells are missing). It's better to search databse for "specific class trainer/teaches" (or just login to another server and run to main city [it takes 5 min]).
 

9 hours ago, soulzek said:

Weapons are the most impactful gear slot on your character and you will want to keep it up to level at all costs. Don't be scared to spend 3g on a level 17 blue weapon because it is an incredibly worthwhile investment.

Actually... You can get good weapons just by doing quests or running dungeons (along with the dungeon quests). Spending gold like this takes you away from getting lvl 40 asap (ofc if you are playing palading or warlock...).
 

9 hours ago, soulzek said:

If fast leveling is your goal then don't run a single dungeon until you're level 60.

Well, actually I suggest you to go to amost every low level dungeon. There's a lot of XP and good items you can get (most of dungeons has 5+ quests inside so running a single dungeon along with doing those quests gives you around enought XP to get one level). Also FuriusPaul (aka Joana) is including dungeon runs in his guide instead of ginding (but only if you can find a "good" party).

Good example here is RFC. This dungeon takes about 45 minutes to complete. There is 5 quests (you don't have to run to UC/TB to get em, you may just nicely ask some taurens/undeads to share...)

 

9 hours ago, soulzek said:

4.2: Professions

I recomend to learn herbalism and cooking just because:
1. herbalism (find herbs) allows you to see a lot of "questing nodes" on the minimap (examples: gloom/doom weed, sperpent blooms, incendia agave...) You just need 1/75 herbalism fot that.
2. cooking (1/75 -> 15/75) allows you to get few more quests.
 

9 hours ago, soulzek said:

4.1: Grouping
If you're on a 'Kill X whatever' quest or preparing to do an escort you should be spamming group invites on every player you run across. If it says they're in a group, do a /say or /tell and ask to join them for the quest you are both likely doing. You should always group for shared quest credit. ALWAYS. NO MATTER WHAT. Ignore the people who say it kills your XP because of split group XP. Getting a quest done faster is akin to buying a turbo boost in a microtransaction game and will allow you to level significantly faster. However, don't bother grouping for item drop quests.

Yes! But... If you ever been leveling on a fresh server you gotta know that leveling guides fail here. You will always be under level just because of grouping (so when a leveling guide says "you should now be 3-4 bars of level 20 - go grind it" you will actuay be 10-12 bars of lvl 20. And because of this You should go to the dungeons, elite quests etc (You will be lacking XP for the next part of the guide).

For example:
a) go to the desolate Kronos/nost pve server, create fresh character and get lvl 12 in your starting zone. It should take you about 3:50 - 4:20 hour (and you don't even have to finish all the starting zone quests).
b) check any video of ppl rushing lvl 12 on a fresh elysium server. Getting lvl 12 takes lot more time and also You are not able to get lvl 12 just by questing in your starting zone (because of grouping).



Ah... and I still don't get this logic:

9 hours ago, soulzek said:

Don't be scared to spend 3g on a level 17 blue weapon because it is an incredibly worthwhile investment.

9 hours ago, soulzek said:

You MUST purchase your mount after level 40 by any means necessary. It literally reads: "Increases your leveling speed by 60%."

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For knowing which skills are available at any level, I use this site : wow.arcannis.com/mage_skills.php . Very handy. 

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Isnt it best to wait and see if the server actually comes out before making leveling guides? Lol.

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6 minutes ago, Cheapshots said:

Isnt it best to wait and see if the server actually comes out before making leveling guides? Lol.

Why?, this isn't a guide specifically for Crestfall, its useful for any vanilla server..

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Thank you all for the comments. I have made some small changes to the guide that I had completely forgotten about on the first draft.

@Cruzix I actually decided to write up this guide shortly after fixing up a section on Ashenvale I was just doing on ely PvE. You are totally right because Joana's has a lot of TBC vanilla quests in it and it is also tailored around the experience requirement reduction that Blizzard likes to throw in all the time and the levels certainly don't match up with his guide. I can't say for sure if I'm going to rewrite the entire catalog since it did take me over an hour to adjust the route and re-format the coloring for ONE page of ONE section of ONE faction of the guide, but there definitely are parts that I always do in the back of my mind for added xp that aren't listed in the guide that I just learned over time.

On top of that, all the 'enhanced' guides I've seen are basically Joana's copy and pasted but with the TBC vanilla quests removed, so the levels still don't add up. It most certainly could use a lot of work.

@duzyizly with precise money management it is entirely possible to buy blue weapons and still afford your mount in a timely manner. Though it is incredibly tight and depends on the prices you are seeing on the auction house

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I'm curious about the cooking specific quests so I'm going to look those up and possibly inject them into my route for easy xp. But the herbalism you are totally right and it completely skipped my mind despite having taught myself to pick that up earlier on elysium. Enchanting is another one that I played around with for extra money and threw that one in there since again it requires no investment at 1/75 to use.

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18 minutes ago, soulzek said:

but there definitely are parts that I always do in the back of my mind for added xp that aren't listed in the guide that I just learned over time.

This alone could be pretty handy if you wouldn't mind sharing.
Joana's guide is correct 85% of the time for vanilla WoW, so it's just those 15% that needs to get worked on. If you know ways to get around those 15% and is willing to share them, that would be amazing :P

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I'm not a guide/meta follower myself, but I do appreciate well-written and informative stuff. Very nice.

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Nice guide +1

However, I do feel that you have made two assumptions and it would be worth pointing them out to new players.

Firstly, you are assuming that players actually want to level as fast as possible. Many will I grant you, but there are others for whom the opportunity to experience levelling on a more authentic vanilla server, taking in the lore on the way, will be of equal importance.

Secondly, please don't perpetuate the myth that certain classes/specs are worthless and should be avoided. If the players eventual intention is to join a serious raiding guild then of course you are correct, however many players will not have that aim. Some will prefer a less serious social guild, role playing, PvPing or just multiple character levelling. Also it is possible to re-spec. Running a SPriest is a bad idea if you think your eventual intention might change and you might like to try tanking, but not if you think you might eventually like to heal.

Still, thumbs up overall.

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