1-10: Alliance - These are "safe" zones. If you see a horde
character, don't click on them, they can't attack you. Occasionally you
will see a horde show up and kill some NPCs trying to get some
attention. Azuremyst Isle will probably be the higher traffic
area, followed by Elwynn Forest. Teldrassil will probably be a
ghost town in comparison and Dun Morogh is pretty sparse for players.
(I have noted
recently that Westfall and Astranaar seem to get horde mobs killing npcs
Elwynn Forest - human
Dun Morogh - dwarf/gnome
Azuremyst Isle - draenei
Teldrassil - night elf
1-10: horde - These are the horde starting zones. If
you go here (if you are alliance), you will be flagged pvp. I would avoid all 4 of these zones.
Durotar is where the Horde main city is. Durator and Eversong Forest
will probably have the most horde in them. If you have to travel through
any of these 4 zones ,I would suggest going "the long route" (i.e. stay
off the road.)
An example of this principle would be: if you want to go to
Scarlet Monastery, I would suggest going from Southshore up to Scarlet
Monastery and actually swim through the lake in Tirisfal Glades instead
of running along the road attracting attention.
Eversong Forest - blood elf
Tirisfal Glades - undead
Durotar - orc/troll
Mulgore - tauren
10-20 Alliance - All of these zones are "safe" zones. They can't attack
you if you don't click on them! For the most part they should leave you
alone but a few key notes: Horde sometimes like to mess around at the
docks with the boats between Wetlands and Darkshore. Most players go to
Westfall in this level range.
Westfall - Main alliance zone
(Deadmines is here to do.)
10-20 Horde - 99.9% of all horde (prior to
BC expansion) went to the
Barrens to level, and ignored Silverpine Forest. With the new Ghostlands
zone I'd imagine that's the "new hotness" players are wanting to
checkout. I would avoid both the Barrens and Ghostlands as much as
possible, and if you find yourself needing to do a pass-through on the
Barrens to get somewhere, stay off the road, and avoid "the crossroads"
(the city in the middle of the zone). That is a focal point for PvP.
Alliance players go there when they wanna show their e-Pen off to horde
The Barrens - main horde zone (can actually get to 30 here)
Glades - Shadowfang Keep
15-25 Redridge - the lowest level "pvp" enabled zone with alliance
quests. With that said it attracts a lot of jerks who have no skill at
pvping and typically aren't capable of pvping 70 vs 70 so they have to
pick on level 15-20 players. PvP sometimes happens here on the bridge or
around the gryphen master. I've had little problems here but it occurs
20-30 Hillsbrad Foothills - This is the easy to access lower level pvp
enable zone with horde (and alliance) quests. Tauren Mill (the horde
town) is where a lot of alliance people go to gank horde players. It's
pretty much the same deal as Redridge. This zone is sandwiched right
next to a horde zone as well, so really this isn't the best of zones to
level in. Plus it has a lot of low level murlocks that are good for
farming mats for shammys.
18-30 Duskwood - Alliance this is a very strong zone for alliance,
occasionally some pvp might happen around the graveyard area or the
road, but this would be my #1 choice zone for this level range.
20-30 Wetlands - Alliance heavy zone, this would be my #2 choice.
Probably there is less pvp in this zone (outside of the docks) compared
to Duskwood, but personally I just don't like all the swimming quests in
15-27 Stonetalon - This zone has quests for both level ranges (typically
night elves head this way). This zone is pretty much a low traffic zone,
but it primarily has more horde in it from the Barrens then alliance
players. I typically stick with Wetlands and Duskwood in this range.
18-30 Ashenvale - This is a nightelf zone. I had no idea you can get all
the way to 30 in this zone. Truthfully, I think this zone is like a ghost
town, a lot of players do Wetlands/Duskwood and just avoid this zone. Its
very close to the Barrens so I wouldn't be surprised if you bump into
some horde coming up from there (especially on a pvp server), but for the most part this zone is
typically more alliance then horde, but like I said its a ghost town, so
more might be like 5 players in the whole zone instead of 2.
Blackfathom Deeps is here to do.
25-35 Thousand Needles - This is where most horde go after the Barrens.
The Barrens can EASILY get a horde player to 25-30 range. And this zone
is perfect for the horde. The racetrack area has some fantastic quick
kill quests, but this is where the horde is. Most horde do Starter zone
-> Barrens -> Thousand Needles/STV -> Tenaris
30-40 Desolace - this is a ghost town. Typically you will either bump
into solo players or very small partys in the pockets. Maurodan is here
30-40 Arathi Highlands - This is zone that is trafficked more then Desolace, but it shouldn't be terribly bad for pvp.
30-40 Alterac Mountains - I would probably try to see how it goes in
this zone, it shouldn't be to terribly bad.
30-40 Stranglethorn Vale (STV)- This is probably the best
leveling/questing zone in the game for this level range. However being
'the best' its also the highest trafficked and most PvPed zone in the
game. The best idea for this zone is to have a 60 or 70 run you through
stuff fast then spend time elsewhere. When players go to this zone they
typically are looking for pvp. ........... is here to do.
35-45 Dustwallow Marsh
- This zone is not trafficked too heavily. There is a horde town
here and its close to the Barrens. In a patch in Feb/March 2008,
Blizzard added a bunch of new quests in here and added a new fp called "Mudsprocket".
It's over close to Oxynia's lair. They also added a road into the
swamp so you could more easily find some of the npc questgivers in
there. This is a good area to do.
35-45 Badlands - This zone shouldn't be to terribly bad. Occasionally
you might bump into some horde. Uldaman is here to do.
35-45 Swamp of Sorrows -
There are a few alliance quests in here, as there are some new npc
questgivers in here, but there is no Alliance fp (the nearest ones are
in Duskwood and in the Blasted Lands). Sunken Temple is in this place. I
do the quests in here too, but I've run into alot of horde npc guards
walking along the roads. There is a Horde town here so be careful if you
are alliance and go to this zone. (On PvE Server, this area is fine to go to
and there are a lot of new quests to do there, but on a PvP Server, you
will want to avoid this zone.)
Hinterlands - I would
go to this zone and do the quests here before going to the other zones
this level. However, as you are doing this zone, you will notice
that the quests do become too high level for you after awhile, so go to
the other zones and do some of the quests there, then come back to the
Hinterlands and finish up.
While in the
Hinterlands, you will want to get the Sacred Mallet so that you can call
the hydra, Gahz'Rilla, in the pool inside the 5-man instance Zul'Farrak
(ZF), when you get down to Tanaris. (You pick up that quest in the
Shimmering Flats Raceway outside Gadgetzan, Tanaris. The reward is
good. Only one person needs the mallet for all party members to
[To get the
Mallet: Go to the Hinterlands, Climb the Altar of Zul, Kill the
elite trolls up there to receive the sacred mallet -
need a group-
then travel to the southeastern edge of the Hinterlands and climb
through the level of trolls to the top of the area -
will need a group
- where the Sacred Mallet can be charged --- basically use the
Mallet on the Altar on the top of the city, but DO NOT touch the
guy on that alter.]
40-50 Feralas - I would head to this zone when you hit 40. Feathermoon
(island) is especially safe. I would spend your early 40s in this zone,
and try to stick to this zone as much as possible. You will want to do
Dire Maul. (DM)
40-50 Tanaris - This is a mixed zone. Might bump into some horde in this
zone. I usually do this zone AFTER Feralas. You will want to do
43-50 Searing Gorge - This zone used to be very highly trafficked (by
guilds traveling from Thorium Point to BRD, BWL, MC, UBRS, Etc. It should be
trafficked a lot less now but truthfully I don't know how it stands player
wise. About 80% of this zone should be a ghost town.
45-55 The Blasted Lands - This is the route to the Outlands. Probably
there will be a lot of traffic in this zone. Also this zone has never
been really all that friendly. I typically skip this one.
45-55 Azshara - This zone, I have never been able to find that many
quests. I run up there do some then head to another zone. Avoid
killing the big bears here, you don't wanna mess up your faction!
90% of this zone should be a ghost town. This zone is wonderful
zone for skinners.
48-55 Felwood - This is a very high traffic area, but you need to fix
your faction so you can run through the tunnel to Winterspring. If
you wanna avoid pvp, then you probably want to skip this zone.
48-55 Un'Goro Crater - This is a volatile area, lots of high level mobs.
I usually do this zone. Sometimes its great, sometimes its bad.
50-58 Burning Steppes - I usually do the quests in this zone
for the Onyxia attunement. Horde know which mobs are the quest mobs
for Onxyia attunement so sometimes they like to hassle you with the
dragonkins. Other then that, the zone shouldn't be to bad. 80% of this
zone should be a ghost town. [There is no attunement for Onyxia now, but
you will still want to do the quests.]
51-58 Western Plaguelands - This is a big mix. It used to be really bad
because everyone was trying to get Argent Dawn faction for Naxxaramus. I
have no idea how it is anymore since people aren't farming up for Naxx
since the BC expansion came out.
I usually do all the quests in this zone.
53-60 Eastern Plaguelands - This is another big mix zone. I usually do
most of the quests in this zone too. You can also get Argent Dawn Rep
want to do Scholomance and Stratholme and eventually get into Naxxaramus.
55-60 Deadwind Pass -
(You head out of Duskwood to get into Deadwind Pass.) This is becoming a very highly traveled zone for Karazhan. People travel through this
zone, but other then to get to Karazhan there isn't much to do here
other than to kill the Ogres that are closer to Karazhan. You can farm
them for their drops of cloth. No quests tho'. Also, you go
a little ways into Deadwind Pass to get to the turnoff to go to the
Swamp of Sorrows (which leads you then over to the Blasted Lands). Don't
worry, no mobs to kill along that part of the trail.
55-60 Silithus - This used to be a highly trafficked raid area (for
AQ20, AQ40), however people aren't really raiding those zones much
any more, not since the BC expansion came out, but you will probably
want to go do those instances. They are fun. As
long as you aren't standing directly in front of the gate (southern
area) it shouldn't be to terrible. The outer areas of this zone should
be a ghost town.
53-60 Winterspring - another high level zone. This one has far less
traffic then Western or Eastern Plaguelands. Most of the traffic in this
zone is from people farming Furblogs (the bears) or going after herbs or
58 (or 60) ---> GO TO THE
Outlands in this order
-> Tekkar Forest ->Nagrand ->Blades Edge Mountains-> Netherstorm ->Shadowmoon Valley.
You will hit level 70 BEFORE you do all of the zones.
(You will probably hit lvl 70 in Negrand or in Blades Edge Mountains.) (Don't forget to kill a lot of
mobs in your path. It will give you xp too, but you will still want to
do quests in the other zones too.)
you get to the OUTLANDS,
will want to immediately start doing the
when you get there,
to work on your reputation. The smaller instances give you Rep to
Honored for killing stuff. After you hit Honored, you ONLY get REP
from doing Quests or from the Harder Level 70 Instances, so it's better
if you do the instances first. (It's easier to get revered). You want
your rep up so you can buy great gear and weapons off the quartermasters
for each of the factions. Also you will get great gear out of the
instances and so you can purchase the "Heroic" Keys to do the instances
on Heroic Mode.
68 (to 70)---> GO TO
(The earliest you can go there is level 68) --->
---->Take the boat from
Wetlands to Valgard in Howling Fjord
and do that zone OR
take the boat from
Stormwind Harbour to
Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra
and do that zone ---> or do them in the reverse order, but do both those
zones ---> THEN go to Dragonblight ----> THEN go to Sholazar Basin --->
THEN go to Grizzly Hills ---> THEN go to Zul'Drak ---> THEN Go to either
Storm Peaks or Ice Crown and do that zone, but end up doing both of
You will probably
reach level 80 by the time you finish most of Zul'Drak, or shortly
after you get to Storm Peaks.
----> Take the Blimp from
Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord
OR take the Blimp from
Orgrimmar to Warsong
Hold, Borean Tundra
to start your questing.
Note: You will want to immediately start doing the
instances in the Outlands when you get there, to work on your
reputation. The smaller instances give you Rep to Honored
for killing stuff. After you hit Honored, you ONLY get REP from
doing Quests or from the Harder Level 70 Instances, so it's better if
you do the instances first. (It's easier to get revered.) You want your
rep up so you can buy great gear and weapons off the quartermasters for
each of the factions. Also you will get great gear out of the instances.
However, if you do the quests first, it's ok, it's
just you will end up having to do harder quests more to get your Rep to
Revered, which is where you want to end up....
SO..... do RAMPARTS and BLOOD FURNACE alot... (many
times) (in Hellfire Penn).
Then.... go do SLAVE PENS and UNDERBOG (if you can)...
(many times) (in Zangermarsh).
Then do the Quests around Honor Hold. (There are
enough for about 2 levels.)
Then do the Quests in Zangermarsh (There are enough
for about 2 levels.)
Then go to Tekkaar Forest.
Then do Negrand.
Then go to Blades Edge Mountains.
Then go to Netherstorm and/or Shadowmoon Valley.
You will hit level 70 BEFORE you do all of the zones
(you will probably hit lvl 70 in Negrand), but you may still want to do
quests in the other zones too.
You will want to
do the quest chain in Shadowmoon Valley to get exalted with the
Netherwing to get your Drake (an epic flying mount). To get exalted with the Netherwing, you
can do the dailies on the Netherwing Ledge.
You will also
want to do the chain of quests to get your "Key" for Karazhan.
Getting "keyed" takes a 5-man group for several instances. You will
definitely want to do this.
GO READ THE SECTION
ON DUNGEONS NOW